The School Bell

Welcome Back

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils and Friends of the school,

Welcome back to you all for the 2023/2024 school year!

For those of you who may be new to the school, we use our website and ‘The School Bell’ to keep the school community updated regularly on what is happening in our school and try to provide important information that maybe relevant to you.

We are very happy to welcome any new girls and families to Good Counsel. This summer, we have seen many additions to almost all our classes and of course we are delighted to have our new junior infants also. 

School drop off and collection

We are delighted with how the school drop off and collection is going. Many thanks to all for your co-operation. Please note that when you are dropping your child off in the morning, if you are driving, avoid pulling up outside the school gate as this can stop others from accessing the drop off area. Where there is space, drive your car to the top of the drop off area and you can help your daughter out of the car from there. It is also kindly asked that you use the right lane coming in so that the staff can access the car park via the left lane. Thank you.

Staff emails and information

The email addresses of teachers are below. We ask parents to email the teacher to inform them when:

  1. Your daughter is absent/sick,
  2. Your daughter is late for school,
  3. Your daughter is going to be picked up early from school.

If you have an issue and you need to talk to your daughter’s teacher, please make an appointment via email or by phoning the school.

If you have other enquiries that our secretary Tracey can help you with, please contact her by phone (051) 832984 or via email –

Junior Infants – Ms. Hall

Senior Infants – Ms. Hutchinson

1st Class – Ms. Cunniffe

2nd Class – Mrs. Power

3rd Class – Mrs. Ryan

4th Class – Ms. Power

5th Class – Ms. Walsh

6th Class – Ms. Burke

Parents Information Night

Every year in early October, we hold a Parents Information Night where all parents are invited to the school to see their daughter’s classroom and to meet their teacher. The teacher will go through how the classroom operates and what is expected of your daughter. It is also a great opportunity to ask any questions you may have and to meet other parents. This year the Parents Information Night will take place on Thursday October 5th starting at 6.45pm and will run for approximately 50 minutes. The Parents Association will hold their AGM on the night also where new members are always welcome.  We will provide further information closer to the time. Please take the time to attend the evening as it has proven hugely important in strengthening the link between teachers and parents over the years.

PE Gear

We are in the process of sorting PE days and times for all classes. Your class teacher will inform you/your daughter as to their ‘PE day’ soon if they have not already done so.

Art, Craft & Photocopying Money

Thank you to all who have paid the amount due for Art, Craft & Photocopying for the coming year. If you have yet to do so, we kindly ask that you arrange payment please , this year we are only able to accept cash payments, please put it in an envelope with your child’s name on it and give it to her teacher.

The amounts are;

Junior and Senior infants; €30

1st – 6th Class; €25

Personal Pupil Accident Insurance

Notes were sent home last week regarding Pupil Personal Accident Insurance. This is optional for all children but is recommended by the school. Please see here for more information.

Allianz Pupil Personal Accident Application Form

Please pay before September 29th for your daughter to be included in the scheme.

Intermediate Hurlers

Congratulations to the Ferrybank Hurling Team who, on Saturday last in Walsh Park recorded an historic victory vs Cappoquin in the Intermediate County Hurling final. We were delighted to hold a Green and White Day and to welcome many members of the team to the school on Tuesday of this week where the cups were displayed to the girls. The girls had some excellent questions prepared for the team which were answered accordingly.

A big thank you to the team for taking the time out to visit our school. Thank you to chairman Martin Freeman who was also there on the day. He informed the girls of the Community Family Fun Day that is occurring in the club this Sunday, September 17th and has asked me to share the leaflet for anyone who is interested – Community Family Fun Day – Ferrybank GAA club

If your daughter is interested in playing camogie with Ferrybank GAA club please click here for further information – Camogie Training Times – Ferrybank GAA

Junior Infants

Reminder to Junior Infant parents that the girls will finish at 1.45pm starting on Monday coming, September 18th.

On the same day, the photographer will be here with us for photos with Junior Infants so please ensure that the girls have their uniforms on them.  He will also take photos of any girls that have newly joined us or any girls who missed photos last year and would like to get them taken. You do not have to buy any photos – it is completely up to you. A note has been sent home to those concerned with more information.

National Heathly Eating and Growing School

Congratulations to the present Sixth Class, Miss Walsh and Miss Kelly on achieving accreditation of National Healthy Eating And Growing School in the last week of June 2023. Our Lady of Good Counsel achieved the Silver level as an Incredible Edibles School from Agri Aware. Well done to all involved.


There is no homework for the month of September in order to give time to the girls to settle for the new school year. Information on homework will be provided at the Parents Information Night which I have informed you about earlier in this newsletter.

Wishing you all a happy and safe school year.

Yours sincerely,



Summer Time!!

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils and Friends of the school,

I hope this update finds everyone well and that you are all ready for the summer break. We have had a very busy few weeks as the school year draws to a close. I hope you all received your daughter’s report card in the post and all of the other information that was included. If you didn’t, please give Tracey, our secretary a call and we will get it sorted.

The girls were given the opportunity to meet their new class teacher in their new classroom on Friday for a little while! They were all very excited and I’m sure they will all quickly settle into their new classes in the new school year!

Last Tuesday we welcomed the new junior infants and their parents. We are delighted to have met you all and I hope you are all looking forward to the new school year in late August. 

We also bade farewell to the 6th class girls on Friday who had their graduation in school. Many thanks to all parents who attended – we hope you all enjoyed the ceremony which was very entertaining and emotional it must be said! Thank you to Ms. Burke and all of the teachers and staff for their efforts over the years in providing an education to the girls to help them better themselves and to prepare them for secondary school. All the best to the girls both in secondary school and in the future. You all have the world at your feet!


Congratulations to Ms. Claire Harney who is one of our SET teachers who recently had a baby boy. We hope you are all doing well!

Congratulations also to Ms. Jean Evans, SNA who will be moving schools to St. Senan’s, Kilmacow next year. Although we are very sad to lose you, we wish you the very best in your new school!

Sports Day

Everyone had a great day in school on Thursday last for Sports Day. Thank you to Ms. Shanahan for her efforts in planning the day out so well for all the classes! The girls enjoyed a day full of activities including an Inflatable obstacle course, an inflatable slide and ice pops to cool down on what was a beautiful day!

Please click on the link to see some of the photos taken on the day – Sports Day 2023 (Photos)

Useful information for parents

Summer Stars Reading Adventure – Waterford Libraries recently launched the Summer Stars Reading Adventure. This would be a great way to keep your daughter busy and reading over the summer. Our library here in Ferrybank will be partaking in the initiative.

Please read the letter here – Summer Stars Reading Adventure – Letter to Parents

You will find more information on Summer Stars here – Summer Stars information

Ferrybank AFC – Members of Ferrybank AFC have been in touch with the school and have asked us to pass on a message to parents regarding girls soccer and summer camps. Please click here – Message from Ferrybank AFC

Primary Curriculum – The Department of Education are in the process of making changes to the Primary Curriculum with more changes planned in the future. It is important parents are kept up to date with these changes and relevant information can be found here – Primary Curriculum – Information for parents. Please note that the leaflet on the above link is available in many different languages on the page.

North Quays Newsletter – You can keep up to date with the developments on the North Quay here – North Quays Newsletter (June)

Half Day on Wednesday

A gentle reminder that we get our Summer holidays tomorrow, Wednesday, June 28th:

Junior and Senior Infants @ 12.10pm

1st and 2nd class @ 12.15pm

3rd – 6th class @ 12.20pm

Finally, just a message to you all to wish you the best for the summer holidays. On what has been a busy year for the school in many ways, I would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome I have received since I arrived in late January. We are very lucky to have such a hard working staff who want only the best for every girl that comes through our door. Thank you to the Board of Management and Parents Association for their help and hard work in making our school a better place for everyone. Thanks to all of the parents and thank you to the girls themselves who continue to be a pleasure to work with.

Have a lovely summer and we will see everyone back on Thursday, August 31st.

All the best,

J. Nagle – Principal

Amber Flag 

The Wellbeing Warriors made the announcement we have been awarded our Amber Flag renewal today. A huge thank you to the children, staff and committee for their hard work during the year. It goes to show that by working together, we can achieve wonderful things.  


A huge thank you to Doxer Burns for teaching First -Fourth Class camogie skills over the last few weeks in Ferrybank GAA itch. The girls had a great time and learnt some new skills.

Ms. Shanahan  

June update!

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils and Friends of the school,

As we get closer to the summer holidays, I am looking to update you on what’s happening in school and some other important information regarding reports, booklists for next year etc.

School Reports and Booklists

School reports will be posted out today, Friday to all families. In the envelope you will receive;

  • Your daughter(s) report card
  • Information on standardised tests (1st – 6th class)
  • A school calendar for next year
  • Information about booklists and photocopying and what the girls need for school for the coming school year
  • Information regarding your daughters teacher next year.

As previously communicated, parents will not have to pay for school books/book rental for the coming school year. Instead, thanks to funding from the Department of Education, all books and copies will be provided to your daughter(s) free of charge on the first day of the new school year.

Please note that photocopying costs will still stand in all classes. These will be;

  • €30 for girls in Junior and Senior infants
  • €25 for girls in 1st to 6th class

It is kindly asked that you pay the appropriate amount in September. 

School Tours

School tours are in full flow and the girls have really enjoyed the tours that have happened so far.

3rd and 4th class had a great day out at the Wexford Heritage Park and the Dunbrody Famine Ship Experience.

Junior and Senior infants had a super day yesterday in the Copper Coast Farm.

5th and 6th are surfing today, Friday in Tramore.

1st and 2nd class will be in Lismore Heritage Centre for their tour on Monday, June 26th.

A big thank you to the Parents Association for their help in subsidising the tours, thank you to the teachers for their work in sorting the trips and to Tracey, our secretary for all of her hard work in the office!!

Junior Infant Induction

We look forward to welcoming our incoming Junior Infants and their parent(s) on Tuesday coming, June 20th.  We hope you will all feel very welcome in your new school!!

Sports Day

We will hold a Sports Day for the girls on Thursday next, June 22nd. We have some lovely ideas in mind for the day. Unfortunately, we are not in the position to invite parents in on the day.


We will hold a graduation for the 6th class girls on Friday next, June 23rd. Parents of the 6th class girls have been sent information regarding the event. We look forward to seeing all of the 6th class parents to give the girls a lovely send off!

Closing Date

We will be closing for the Summer Holidays on Wednesday, June 28th. Collection times are;

Junior and Senior Infants; 12.10pm

1st and 2nd Class; 12.15pm

3rd – 6th Class; 12.20pm

I will be in touch again before we finish up for the summer.

Yours sincerely,



Summer Fun

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils and Friends of the school,
Since I last reached out to you, there has been a lot going on in our school. Firstly, a big congratulations
to the 6th class girls who celebrated their Confirmation last night with the boys from St. Marys B.N.S.
Many thanks to Mrs. Burke for all of her hard work in preparing the girls and to Fr. O’ Shea for his help in
the preparations and for a lovely ceremony. The girls were exemplary on the night and we hope that
everyone enjoyed the occasion.

On Tuesday May 16th, 24 of the girls represented the school at the Primary School Athletics in the RSC.
The girls had a great day and got to both meet and compete against other schools. We even had a
medal winner! Thank you to Mrs. Burke and Miss. Kelly for bringing the girls…Well done everyone!

Rhythm and Shakes

1st, 5th and 6th class are currently receiving Rhythm and Shakes lessons every Monday for 6 weeks with Cathy. I know the girls really enjoy it and I was lucky enough to be treated for an excellent performancefrom 6th class last Monday. Keep up the good work!
Visit from Sr. Maria
Last Thursday we had a visit from Sr. Maria from the Ossary Diocesan Office who came to talk to the
girls about how they are getting on in school and what they are learning. As ever, she was very
impressed with all of the girls who were all on their best behaviour. Sr. Maria is always very welcome in
our school and we look forward to welcoming her back in the future.


Just a reminder to parents that school photographs will be taken tomorrow, Friday in the school and that
your daughter is to wear her uniform. The photos will include class photos, individual photos and photos
with siblings. Information regarding purchasing photos (if you so wish) will go out in the next couple of

Dates for your Diary

School Closures;
Monday and Tuesday June 5th and 6th (Bank Holiday weekend)

Wednesday June 28th – School closes for the Summer break between 12:10pm and 12.20pm.

Yard time
With the weather getting better, the girls in Juniors – 2nd class have had the opportunity to get to play onthe grass area at the back of the school during break time. They are having great fun and are enjoying
the bigger space! Please remember to apply suncream to your child before school and to ensure that
they have plenty of drinks and a hat.

School Tours
With school tours quickly approaching, just a gentle reminder to parents that we are continuing to take
payments (cash) for the school tours. If you have a daughter in 3rd/4th class, payment is due tomorrow for their tours. Please feel free to contact the school in confidence if you wish to discuss payment of your
child’s tour.
I will be in touch again in the next few weeks.
Yours sincerely,
J. Nagle – Principal


Our u11 and u13 teams were in action last Monday in Kill. We played against two very strong Kill sides. The girls played exceptionally well and they never gave up. We are so proud of the girls who represent our school so well.They are also excellent role models for the younger girls and they have helped generate interest among our younger girls. A huge thank you to parents who helped us to fund the buses. Your generosity makes commuting to these matches possible. 

Amber Flag

We had a jam packed wellbeing week and we hope everyone enjoyed themselves. It was fantastic to try out activities like Zumba dancing (thank you Board of Management for funding), food tasting and cooperative games. A big thank you to the girls who led our cooperative games. They took their roles very seriously and it was a lovely morning. Another highlight of the week was Wear your Bright Colors Day. It always puts everyone in a good mood to see such bright colours around the school. We raised €304 as a result of your kindness. All money raised will go towards end of year activities. 

On a separate note, the application for Amber Flag was completed and sent off last week. We are waiting to hear back from Pieta House if we were successful so fingers crossed 🤞

Incredible Edibles
Fifth class have been working on the Agri Aware Incredibles Programme since the start of
this year. They have been learning about Irish food produce and following it from farm to
plate. They have learned about the role fresh produce plays in a healthy balanced diet. Over
the last few months they have also participated in Zoom calls with Agri Aware on topics of
food origin and healthy eating. They have been busy growing their own vegetables in the
school garden – planting potatoes, carrots, turnips, lettuce, chieves and strawberries. In the
coming weeks, we look forward to cooking and tasting the potatoes and hopefully the
strawberries will ripen soon. This week they submitted their logbook of learning to Agri
Aware in Dublin to showcase their amazing work. Well done to all our future growers and

Africa Day
Africa Day is celebrated on the 25 th of May. It is an annual worldwide celebration of the
people, cultures, food, music and dance from the African Continent. Our school and pupils
share many links with different countries on the continent of Africa. To mark this day in
school, we shared stories through beautiful picture books on different aspects of African
culture with all the classes. We have a very colourful flag display, created by fourth class,
showcasing all flags of the countries in Africa. There were two displays showing artifacts,
pottery, wooden animals, African patterns, famous African people and some beautiful books.
We would like to say a big thank you to our past pupil, who visited the classes in native dress
and spoke about different aspects of living in Africa. We had a wonderful day. we would like to wish all families and friends celebrating today and at the weekend a Happy Africa Day.
Miss Kelly

May Update

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils and Friends of the school,
I hope this message finds you all well. As we get closer to the summer we look forward to the longer
days and better weather (hopefully!). In the month of May we celebrate Mary Our Mother. We enjoyed a
special assembly with Ms. Power’s 2nd class last Friday and Ms. Kelly has arranged a beautiful May
altar in the entrance hall in the school. Thank you to all the girls who have brought in flowers for the May

Wellbeing Week
This week we have had a very busy Wellbeing Week which has been organised by Ms. Shanahan and
the Wellbeing Warriors. Each day had a different focus ranging from Mindful Monday to Friendship
Friday. We started off on Monday with Zumba for all classes thanks to the Zumba dance teacher, Rachel
Dunne. Throughout the week the classes have enjoyed activities including an intercom message daily,
mindful walks, the daily mile, breathing techniques, mindfulness colouring, meditation, a guest speaker
for 5th and 6th for healthy eating, Healthy Eating Assembly and healthy food tasting with Ms. Burkes 6th
class, cooperate/teamwork games….the list goes on. Thanks to everyone for their hard work in arranging
and participating in a busy but very successful Wellbeing Week!

To conclude Wellbeing week, tomorrow, Friday, we will have a ‘Wear your Brightest Colour Clothes Day’
where the girls are invited to dress in bright colours coming to school. We will be fundraising for ‘Wear
your Brightest Colour Clothes Day’ and any contribution you would like to make is greatly appreciated. All
funds will be used towards activities for the girls.

First Holy Communion
Congratulations to the girls in 2nd class who made their Communion on Saturday. Thank you to Ms.
Power who had everything perfectly prepared and to Fr O’ Shea for his help and a beautiful mass. Well
done to the girls themselves who were so good, as ever on the day. Fortunately, the weather was nice to
us and we hope that everyone celebrating the Communion had a lovely day.

Primary Schools Athletics
We are holding running trials for the girls in 1stto 6th class as Primary Schools Athletics will take place in
the Regional Sports Centre (RSC) on Tuesday coming. Best of luck to the girls who have qualified to go.
If your daughter has qualified, she will receive a permission slip which is to be signed and returned to the


The weather is gradually improving and just a reminder to you to please ensure that your child has plenty
of drinks to keep them hydrated in school and that we encourage you to apply suncream to your
daughter before school and for them to wear a hat also.

In Service Day
Reminder: The school will be closed for the girls next Friday (not tomorrow), May 19th for teacher In Service training. We will reopen on Monday, May 22nd.

We have arranged to have photographs taken of the whole school on Friday, May 26th. This will include
individual photos, photos with siblings and class photos. Information will go out to parents after regarding the photos including proofs (examples of the photos taken) and how to purchase, if you wish to do so.

Traffic Disruption
BAM (the company carrying out the works near our school) have informed me that there will be some
disruption on the Abbey road next week. They have informed me that they will try to avoid disruption
during pick up and drop off times.
Given the nature of the works that are going to take place in Ferrybank in the foreseeable future, we will
do our best to let you know of disruptions/changes regarding traffic that effect our school. As the weather improves, it could be a good time to leave the cars at home and walk to and from school with your child(ren) especially if you live nearby.


Our U11 camogie team were in action last week in Kill. They played three games against Newtown, St. Saviours and Kill.  We won 2 games and played out a close draw.  They will be back in action in a few weeks. They girls played really well and did a brilliant job representing our school.


Finally, a big congratulations to Ms. Eilís Walsh our 5th class teacher who got married last Saturday. We
hope you had a great day and wish both you and your new husband many years of health and happiness.

Yours sincerely,
J. Nagle – Principal

Summer Term News

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils and friends of the school,

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter break. As we look forward to our final term in school this school
year, we are delighted to welcome back school tours. Many thanks to the Parents Association for their
support in raising funds for school tours. The dates and locations of the tours are below. Other
information including the cost of the tour will be sent out by the class teacher closer to the time. If your
daughter for whatever reason cannot go on a school tour, please let their teacher know as soon as you
Class Location and Date
Junior and Senior Infants- Thursday June 15th Copper Coast Farm
1st and 2nd class – Monday June 26th Lismore Heritage Centre
3rd and 4th class – Friday June 2nd Dunbrody Famine Ship & Wexford Heritage Park
5th and 6th class -Friday June 16th Freedom Surf School Tramore

Ceremony of Light and Communion
The 2nd and 6th classes are busy getting ready for their sacraments. The 6th class girls, in preparation for their Confirmation will celebrate the Ceremony of Light on Wednesday coming, May 3rd in the Sacred Heart Church Ferrybank @ 7pm.
The First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, May 6thth
in the Sacred Heart Church Ferrybank@11am.
Best of luck to all of the girls and their teachers, Ms. Power and Ms. Burke!
Bank Holiday Weekend and School Closure
Reminder; We will close today, Friday April 28th and reopen on Wednesday May 3rd @ 9.10am.

The school will also close on Friday May 19th as the staff will have in service training in the school.

Craig Breen
Finally, some very sad news broke during the Easter break regarding the passing of Craig Breen. Having
been lucky enough to meet him on a few occasions, it was obvious how warm and giving of his time
Craig was to everyone. Our Lady of Good Counsel would like to pass on their condolences to the Breen
family. He will be hugely missed in Ferrybank and beyond. May he Rest in Peace.
Wishing you all an enjoyable long weekend,

Yours sincerely,
Mr. Nagle – Principal

Our Lady of Good Counsel Feast Day
On Wednesday the 26 th of April, Our School celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Some
girls from Fifth Class, visited all the classrooms in the school, to share the story of Our Lady of Good
Counsel. The girls brought around the Picture of Our Lady of Good Counsel, which shows Mary
holding her son, the baby Jesus. This picture is always hanging in our school.
The word ‘counsel’ means advice. To know that Our Lady is there for us, gives us hope and comfort.
Our Lady is there to always listen. Our Lady is there to give us advice. Our Lady of Good Counsel,
Pray for us. Amen.

We would like to say a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Trócaire appeal. We
raise eighty euro. The Trócaire Ambassadors and Miss Kelly handed over the funds to Angela in the
Parish Office this week. Well done everyone.

News from the Wellbeing Warriors
A speech was put together and delivered at assembly by our Wellbeing Warriors.
Good Afternoon everyone, this week the wellbeing warriors have been busy making worry boxes.
The purpose of the worry box is if you have a fear or worry, you put it into the box. By putting your
worry in the box, it will help your worry disappear. A worry might be homework, having no one to
play with. A worry can be anything tests, family, friends or if you are being bullied. If you can’t write
your worry down, you can draw a picture and your name, so your teacher can address the situation.
When your teacher has a chance, she will check the worry box. When the teacher sees the worry,
she will help you as much as they can,
Thank you for listening, we will now say our worry poem for you.

The Worry Box Poem

I’m your little worry box
I am always here

When worries pop into your head
Don’t let them turn to fear

Take a piece of paper

Make sure you write your name

Explain your worry
Write it clear and plain

Put the worry into the box
And let me take away you fear
Put a smile upon your face
And let your worry go free

Firstly, it is just fantastic to see so many girls showing an interest in camogie. Ferrybank club
members are putting in huge work at underage level and we are just delighted with the progress our
girls are making. Yesterday, our u13 team drew with Glor na Mara, Tramore and next week our u13
and u11 will be in action. Well done girls, we are so proud of you!!

Beannachtaí na Cásca

Dear Parents, Guardians, Pupils and friends of the school, 

I hope you are all looking forward to the Easter break. As we know, schools are busy places for everyone and the break at Easter gives everyone a chance to reflect and re-set before getting into our last term for this school year. 


Over the last couple of weeks, the Parents Association have been organising an Easter Raffle. The funds raised will go towards activities for the girls in Term 3. Many thanks to the Parents Association for all their efforts – in putting the prizes together and sorting the envelopes with the tickets. Thank you all who donated prizes and a big thank you to all of the children and parents for buying and selling tickets!! Over €1100 was raised….Well done everyone!!

Book Scheme

Last week, the government announced a new Book Scheme initiative for the coming 2023/2024 school year where parents no longer have to pay for school books or book rental. Great news for parents! Instead the school will supply the books on the first day of school. We will let you know more closer to the time!

Covid-19 and illness

Although we seem to be moving on from Covid-19, we continue to implement good practice in terms of sneezing, coughing, sanitising, handwashing and ventilation. These measures are helpful in avoiding illness of many types – not just Covid-19. We have noticed more recently that some other illnesses are circulating. Please continue to monitor your own child(ren) and if they are sick, please keep them at home until they are better. 

Communion and Confirmation dates

Communion and Confirmation will be upon us soon after the Easter Break. Wishing the girls in 2nd and 6th class the best in their preparations. 

Communion 2nd Class: 

Saturday, May 6th @ 11am Sacred Heart Church, Ferrybank.

Confirmation 6th Class:

Confirmation Retreat: Today, Thursday March 30th – Kilkenny Cathedral

Ceremony of Light: Wednesday May 3rd @7.30pm Sacred Heart Church, Ferrybank.

Confirmation: Wednesday May 24th @ 7pm Sacred Heart Church, Ferrybank.

School Closures

Finally, the school will have a half day tomorrow, Friday for the Easter holidays. The closing times are as follows:

Junior & Senior infants 12.10pm

1st & 2nd Classes 12.15p.m.

3rd – 6th Classes 12.20p.m.

School will re-open on Monday April 17th @ 9.10am

Wishing you all a happy Easter. 

Yours sincerely,

Mr. Nagle 

Outdoor Learning Space and Garden – From Seed to Plate.

This week the pupils from Junior Infants to Third Class, between the rain showers, began planting early seed potatoes. A big thank you to Mark, our caretaker, for preparing the soil. By planting our seed potatoes now, it will ensure that we will be harvesting in June, before we break up for the summer holidays. Over the coming months, each class will take care of and watch how their potato crop progresses. Hopefully, and with our fingers crossed we will have a good yield. This will enable the pupils to see the potatoes come from the soil to the kitchen, where we will cook and taste them.  5th Class and Miss Walsh planted their seed potatoes three weeks ago, as part of the Incredible Edibles programme, and so far the green shoots are shooting up. 

Happy Ramadan 

Ramadan Mubarak to all families who are celebrating this Holy month. May your special month bring peace, happiness and infinite blessings.  


On Wednesday we had a special visitor to our school from Trócaire Head Office, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. The pupils in 4th and 5th classes took part in this year’s workshops. Grainne, who has worked with Trócaire for over 20 years told the pupils all about the important  work Trocaire does in 16 countries around the world. The focus of the workshop this year is the girl, Nasteha and her family, who features on this year’s Trócaire box. The pupils enjoyed the workshops and asked many questions afterwards. Thank you all for your support and generosity during this Lent and especially to our Trócaire Ambassadors in 5th Class. I wish you all a happy and Holy Easter. 

Miss Kelly.