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The whole school travelled to Rineen Woods last Thursday for Orienteering. They worked together in teams to find all the check points.

A big thank you to the Parents’ Association for providing the children with this wonderful opportunity.

A big thank you to everyone who supports our Annual Sponsored Walk as some of those funds were used to cover the cost of the bus last Thursday.

New Goal Posts

A big thank you to the Parents’ Association for our fabulous new goal posts that arrived last Thursday.
A big thank you to Finbarr for delivering them and helping to put them together.
The children absolutely love them.


On Monday the children were all introduced to orienteering thanks to the Parents Association. They practiced their new skills around the school grounds looking for the marks.

Next Monday they we will all travel to Rineen Woods words to test our orienteering skills further.


All pupils will be introduced to a brand new activity for our school in the coming weeks. We have managed to secure two days of orienteering for all our pupils beginning next Monday 8th May.
The first day will be a classroom and school based introduction to orienteering for every pupil and there will be a follow up day where the children will get the opportunity to put the new skills they have learned to the test.
The cost of the instructor is €2 per child per lesson and everyone will be delighted to hear that our Parents Association have agreed to pay for this activity from their fundraising.

Thank you all for supporting the fundraising done by the Parents Association throughout the year. It is wonderful to be able to provide the opportunities for the children to experience a new activity and not having to ask parents for the money.

Go Raibh Maith Agat Coláiste na nÓg.

We would like to thank Mrs. Mary O Driscoll for organising a very successful Irish camp over the Easter Holidays. This is a fantastic opportunity for our pupils and local children to improve their Irish while participating in a fun and activity filled  camp. Mary has once again made a very generous donation of €400 to the school from the proceeds of her camp.  We are absolutely delighted to receive this donation which we will use to invest in resources to help make the teaching of Irish as stimulating  and fun filled as possible for our pupils.
Go raibh mile maith agat!

New Basketball Hoops and Basketballs.

A big thank you to the Parents’ Association and the 6th class students for organising their cake sale. We are delighted with our new basketball hoops and basketballs.
Fingers crossed the wind will stay away and we will be able to play with them during break and P.E. class.

St. Patrick’s Day Parade 2017

A big thank you to the Parents’ Association for all their hard work in organising the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They organised our theme and made wonderful signs  for the children to carry.  They ensured every child had an outfit to wear and walked with the children on the day.

5th and 6th Class Cake Sale

Thank you to everybody who supported our Cake Sale on Sunday 27th of November. We raised €630 and Mrs. Collins has ordered new Basketball hoops for the school yard. Thank you.

Parents' Association Meeting 6th of October

Thank you to all the parents who attended last night’s Parents' Association meeting. It was wonderful to see such a large group of parents attend.

The officers elected are as follows:
Chairperson: Eleanor O'Connel
Secretary: Sarah O'Driscoll
Treasurer: Martina McCarthy
Assistant Treasurer: Sinead Buckley

Some items discussed with Mrs. Collins were:
Break Times: The possibility of changing the School break times next term.
Homework: Some suggestions were made by parents which need to be considered and discussed by the teachers at the next staff meeting.
Halloween: the parents coming into school  to see a Halloween Fashion Show and the children's Halloween art work.
Christmas Carols: On the Day of the Christmas Holidays, the parents coming into school to listen to the children perform music and Christmas Carols.

Fundraising during the year:
It was agreed at the meeting to do the D.V.D.'S of the Christmas Concert and the Calendars again this year.
The Bingo is postponed for the time being.

School Closure:
Please note that the school will be closed on the 24th of November due to regional staff professional development courses for the New Language Curriculum.

Our Parent's Association
The Officers of the Parents association are:

Chairperson: Ms. Eleanor O Connell
Treasurer: Ms. Martina McCarthy
Assisstant Treasurer: Sinead Buckley
Sarah O'Driscoll

We thank the Parents Association for their continued support of our school throughout the year.

All fundraising by the Parents' Association is for a specific purpose and need within our school and must be pre-approved by the Board of Management.

All parents are welcome at Parent's Association meetings to discuss, make suggestions and to hear how any money fundraised is being spent on your children.

Parents' Association Annual Flag Day

Thank you to all who kindly gave their time helping to make our Annual Flag day a huge success. €1790 was raised and will be spent on resources and activities for the pupils, our school and reducing the cost of same for parents.

Silver Lining Production

On Friday the 13th of May, every child in the school got a very special treat thanks to the Parents' Association.
They all attended a musical extravaganza. The show was performed by Silver Lining Productions and had everything; from music to dance and even dangerous stunts.
The children loved every single minute of it. They learnt about a variety of instruments and some children even got a chance to join in and try out an instrument.

To view a short slideshow from the production, double click the link below:

Bealtaine Run

Thank you to Brendan O'Donovan and all the organisers of the Bealtaine Fun Run which made donations to both our parish schools.

We were delighted to receive €300.

Well done to all who ran or walked the 5km and 10km particularly all the pupils and parents from Castletownshend N.S. who participated on Sunday 1st of May.  

Holy Communion

A big thank you to the members of the Parents' Association and parents of last year's Communion class that provided lovely light refreshments and cake after the Holy Communion on Saturday.

Coláiste na Nóg - Fun Irish Camp

A huge thank you to Mrs Mary O' Driscoll for organising another succesful and fun Irish Camp during the Easter Holidays and for the generous donation of €400 towards the school from the proceeds.

Christmas Calendars and DVDs

A huge thank you to Mrs O'Donghue and the Parents' Association for organising the Christmas Calendars. Great work went into organising the children, taking the pictures, selecting the photos, collecting the money and the quality of the Calendar  reflected this.
Thank you of course to all the parents who supported them by buying the Calendars.

Another thank you to the Parents' Association for organising the videographer on the night of the Christmas Concert. The DVD is a lovely souvenir that the parents can keep forever.

The €630 profit made from all the sales, will be invaluable to the school throughout the year.

Santa Visited Tragumna

A sincere thank you to Ms. Triza Hourihane for making a fantastic donation of €325 from Santa's visit to The Skibbereen Eagle.

We are humbled that our school was considered as a co-beneficiary of the money raised on the day along with "Eva's Hope".  

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