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Gardening – 5th  and 6th Class

5th and 6th  class spent last Friday getting the school garden ready for planting with Mr. Keohane.

Health Promoting Schools (H.P.S.) Flag

The H.P.S. teams have worked under the guidance of Mrs. O’Neill for the past three years promoting health in our school and today we received  our H.P.S. flag. They have helped the school become more aware, more active and healthier in both body and mind. Their motto; "a healthy heart, a healthy head will keep you from being sick in bed" explains their aims.
Caroline from the H.S.E. came to the school today to present the flag.
The H.P.S. team look forward to continuing their hard work.
Video clips from the award cermony are available on our Facebook page.


The whole school took part in the 10@10 today.
We were all puffed and red faced by the end of the 10 minutes but it was great fun.
Some videos clips are available on our Facebook and Twitter pages.


The children were practicing today for taking part in the 10@10 tomorrow morning in association with Operation Transformation (videos are on Facebook and Twitter). The idea is to get the whole of Ireland doing  10 minutes of exercise at 10 a.m. on the 10 th of February.

The H.P.S. have it all organised and have come up with different exercises for the children to do for the 10 minutes.

Health Promoting School 2016 - 2017

3rd and 4th Class are looking forward to a busy year of Health Promotion in our school. They will be keeping us updated on all their hard work.

Healthy Lunch Ideas

Our Health Promoting School team have gave out booklets about healthy lunch ideas to each family in school today.

Our New Green Flag - Travel Flag

On Monday 16th of May, Ms O'Conor and some members of the Green Schools' Committee went up to Cork to accept our new Green Flag,
The flag was awarded for our effort to travel to school in greener ways over the past two years. The committee have worked very hard to meet all the targets required to receive the flag.
After we returned from the Sponsored walk on Monday the 20th of May, they all raised the flag together.

Our Green Schools Committee has been working hard all year long with Ms. O'Conor. They ensured that our school would meet all of it's targets to qualify for the Travel Green Flag. They were delighted to find out that their hard work has paid off and they will  be receiving the new Green Flag on Monday 16th of May in Cork.  

Well done to everyone involved and a big thank you to Ms. O'Conor for all her hard work and time.

The Green Schools' Committee have been working hard in the garden, planting and weeding in anticipation  of nice weather. They have also added a new member; Mr Scarecrow to help them keep the birds away.

Cycle Sense

As part of our Green Schools Campaign the children from 3rd to 5th class will complete two Cycle Sense workshops. On the 2nd of March, Katie Mann of Cycle Sense  came into school and taught the children how to be safe when cycling on today's roads. The children had great fun learning the rules of the road, about safety equipment (helmets) for cycling and cycling skills. They can't wait for next week.

This year we have been working hard towards our Travel Green flag therefore we held a Bike day last Thursday. Pupils brought in their bikes and we learned how to cycle safely and how to look after our bikes properly.

Water Flag and Max.
Well done every one!!

We asked Ms Mary Whitmore, who is retired in  June 2014 to raise the flag. We hope Ms Whitmore will have more time to enjoy her own garden during her retirement.

Hoisting the new Energy Flag 2012

We were delighted to receive our second Green Flag for Energy in June 2012.

We thank:
our Green Schools co-ordinator Ms. O' Connor,
the Green Schools Committee,
Mrs. Nora Hegarty,
and well done to all the boys and girls in our school!

We invited our retired Principal Mr. O Callaghan to raise the flag and we are grateful to him for help us achieve this award.

Hoisting the Green Schools Waste Flag 2011

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