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Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to all the children who took part in the Credit Union Quiz on the 29th of January in the Mount Errigal! It was great to see so much interest within the school and the teams certainly made Woodland NS very proud! Our U-11 teams came joint third and 5th...

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Creative Schools

On Tuesday 30th January our pupils had a surprise Creative Day in school, led by the Creative Schools team. We had a fantastic day!! We met that morning in the hall for a surprise assembly where Mr Shiels explained that there would be no time for English or Maths or...

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Drop Everything and Create

Drop Everything and Create

Our school had a very exciting day at the end of January. We had a 'Drop Everything and Create' day with the theme being the words 'inspire', 'nurture' and 'learn' from our school vision. The children in Junior Infants had a ball creating using lego, junk materials,...

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Friendly 6th Class Visitors

Friendly 6th Class Visitors

Today the junior class from An Choill were joined for PE by some 6th class pupils. They were very eager and full of fun setting up physical games and activities for everyone. It is lovely getting to know all pupils from around the school and having fun together....

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Vex Robotics Team

Vex Robotics Team

The boys and girls from our Robotics team demonstrate the VEX Robot and Arena they've been working on!  

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Grandparent’s Day in Junior Infants

Grandparent’s Day in Junior Infants

A wonderful day was had last Wednesday when the Junior Infant classes welcomed their grandparents into their classrooms. All the grandparents gathered in the big hall where they were welcomed and escorted to the Junior Infant classrooms by our Student Council. In the...

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Grandparents’ Day in 6th Class

This week in 6th class we celebrated Grandparents’ Day as part of Catholic Schools Week. The 6th classes wanted to find out about their grandparents’ lives. They asked their grandparents questions about their lives when they were young. They enjoyed telling us their...

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Díolachán Cácaí

Cuireadh tús spleodrach le spiorad na Nollag i Scoil Thalamh na Coille ar an chéad lá de mhí na Nollag. Bhí díolachán cácaí againn sa halla mór. Rinne achan teaghlach sa scoil iarracht mhór rudaí deasa, blasta a dhéanamh don díolachán. Bhí brioscaí, cácaí agus bonnóga...

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Visit to Santa Claus

Visit to Santa Claus

As part of our social programme some of our pupils went to visit Santa Clause in the Courtyard Shopping Centre.  They had a great time looking at the Christmas displays in the shop windows and doing a little festive shopping.

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Our Strengths Tree

Today we put up the last of our Bravery leaves on our strength tree. These wonderful children got a well-deserved leaf to recognise their bravery. We are very proud of them. Next week we will be starting our new Strength which is Love. Children who show love will get...

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Junior Infants trip to the theatre

Junior Infants trip to the theatre

The children in Junior and Senior Infants had a very exciting day last Friday. They travelled on the bus to An Grianan Theatre to watch a show called 'Polar Bear and Penguin' which told the lovely story of an unlikely encounter between a polar bear and a penguin. They...

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Active Brain Breaks

Active Brain Breaks

The Student Active Committee thought it would be a great idea if Active Brain Breaks were used in every classroom. The committee compiled a list of ideas that teachers could use. Every week each class records their active brain breaks and the most active class receive...

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Staff Steps Challenge

Staff Steps Challenge

The Student Active Committee set a challenge for the staff at Woodland National School. All staff have to record their daily steps and hand them up at the end of the week. The student committee pick a destination for the staff to walk to. The first stop was Paris! The...

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Our Strengths Tree

The character strength we are focusing on in November is: BRAVERY. Ms Slevin thought these  6th Class pupils were very brave to present and act  in front of a whole school assembly. These 4th Class girls were very brave this week when doing new work in class.

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Creepy Orchestra!

Creepy Orchestra!

We had a very strange orchestra practice today when witches, vampires, a dinosaur and even a banana picked up their instruments to play.  We are very proud of their progress as they go from strength to strength.  Thanks to the DMEP Donegal Music Education Partnership...

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Our Strengths Tree

    All these amazing children got leaves for showing the strength of kindness  over the last few weeks. Well done, everyone!    

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Student Council Elections

Student Council Elections

The elections for our new Student Council 2023/2024 were held on Wednesday, 25th October and were ran byMs Slevin and the existing Student Council who did a great job!

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Pumpkin Carving

Some of the class got into the Halloween Spirit by rolling up their sleeves and scooping some pumpkin guts. We had some lovely carvings brought in today and the winner was chosen by our SET teacher Ms Mooney. Well done to our winner for her fantastic carving that took...

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EU Coding Week: Mr. Muldoon’s 3rd Class

Last Week was EU Coding Week. As a school we endeavored to get our coding hats on and get stuck into some really complex work. Our school is wonderfully resourced when it comes to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). From iPads to programmable robots, we...

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3rd Class Student Council Election

This week was a huge milestone for 3rd Class Children as they voted for their first student council member. Last week the class put their names forward as nominees. Each class from 3rd up has a student council representative who is tasked with  bringing ideas from...

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STEM Week in WNS!

STEM Week in WNS!

Last week we celebrated EU Code Week in WNS with lots of interesting STEM games and activities. Junior classes used BeeBots, Botley Robots and Scracth on our iPads to practice some programming. Some classes used Lego WeDo to design, contruct and programme various...

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Cross Country

On 14th September the local GAA set up cross country for the local schools in Letterkenny.  All students ran really well.  Some children ran really well but best of all Woodlands won the overall prize for the best school. The next school cross country competition was...

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A Trip to the Museum

A Trip to the Museum

The students enjoyed a trip to Donegal County Museum. The class engaged in a workshop based on 'The Workhouse'. They learned all about what life was like during The Famine. The matron checked the students into the workhouse and put them all to work. 

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2nd Class School Tour 2023

2nd Class School Tour 2023

The children in 2nd Class had a great day recently on their school tour. They started out their tour by getting on the bus and making their way to Rathmullan. There was great excitement when they landed as there were horses on the beach- however some disappointment...

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Run to Croke Park Challenge

Run to Croke Park Challenge

The 3 2nd classes learned about Croke Park and the importance of exercise to stay fit and healthy recently. Following these lessons, they did a ‘Run to Croke Park’ challenge to fit in with these two topics. Just last week, they finished collectively running 238 laps...

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Woodland Has Talent

Woodland Has Talent

All the boys and girls, teachers and SNAs and parents were treated to an amazing Woodland Has Talent show last week. The first show took place on Thursday morning when the junior classes came to see it. The second show took place on Thursday afternoon when the senior...

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Music Show

Music Show

There was great excitement in Woodland NS this week when the children in the Junior and Special classes attended a Music Show in our own yard. There was singing, dancing and story telling as the students enjoyed the interactive music show, courtesy of the Song Tales...

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Woodland Has Talent

Woodland Has Talent

Woodland Has Talent is back!! On Thursday and Friday this week, children from our senior classes will take to the stage to showcase talents of singing, playing instruments, dance, art, card tricks, poetry, drama and much more. Since the auditions, these children have...

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Fun In Lurgybrack Farm

Fun In Lurgybrack Farm

Today we got glorious weather to head on our trip to Lurgybrack farm. The children were all very excited and had done lots of preparation for this trip away. Learning about animals on a farm, their homes, what we get from farms and much more. There was much amazement...

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Outdoor Classroom

Outdoor Classroom

Have a look at phase 1 of our new outdoor classroom which has just recently been completed after lots of hard work and planning by Ms Duffy and our Outdoor Environment team. It is located at the back of the school down at the bottom of the football pitch. A huge thank...

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Chicks and Ducks

Chicks and Ducks

Our school has been full of excitement recently with the arrivals of 5 chicks and 6 ducklings. Each class suggested two names for the chicks and the ducklings. Our chicks are called Fluffy, Chicki Minaj, Tiger, Ginga Ninja and Jeremy Cluckson. Our ducklings are called...

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Digital Technology Showcase

Digital Technology Showcase

Here's some footage of boys and girls from 4th and 6th class demonstrating some of the coding skills they've learned over the course of the past year. In the videos they show examples of how to use Scratch to create a story based on myths and legends, how Scratch can...

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Woodland School Orchestra

Woodland School Orchestra

Our Woodland School Orchestra had its first full rehearsal today. They have only been learning their instruments for a few weeks now but they have all been practising hard at home. Aren't they amazing.

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Digital Showcase

Digital Showcase

Our Digital Showcase is off to a great start this morning. The pupils from Mr O'Malley's 4th class and Ms Walker's 6th class are demonstrating the various technologies we have in school with Ms Haughey's class as happy participants!! All the teachers in school will...

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Thank You from Jack & Jill

Thank You from Jack & Jill

We had a lovely visit from Jack and Jill Liaison nurse Anne Reilly who met with our 6th Class children and The Student Council. She expressed her sincere thanks to the Woodland Community on such a successful fundraiser . The proceeds will be used to fund 121 hours of...

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6th Class Donate

6th Class Donate

6th Class made a wonderful donation to the Irish Cancer Society from their Confirmation money. The children collected an impressive €600. We welcomed Ena Barrett to the school and she spoke to the 6th classes about the brilliant supports the Irish Cancer Society...

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Sportshall Athletics

Sportshall Athletics

Our athletes had a great day at the Aura Leisure Centre representing our school at the Sportshall Athletics County Finals on Thursday 20th April. There were 23 students in attendance and everyone did an excellent job representing Woodland N.S. and supporting each...

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Ards Forest Park

Ards Forest Park

What a truly great day out and one to remember!! With the weather on our side we boarded the bus and with great anticipation and excitement made the trip to Ards Forest Park. Although there was a bit of a chill in the air it did not wiorry us. We did our nature walk...

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March Assembly

We had a wonderful celebration at our Assembly today. We started by asking Our Lady to bless all of us and all our families during the Easter break. We have been so busy for the last month. Here are some of the activities we have been up to. Kieran's class presented...

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Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023

Féach ar na gníomhaíochtaí a rinne muid i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge- Comórtas Seanfhocail, Tráth na gCeist, Ceolchoirm agus Céilí Mór. Bhain gach duine taitneamh as.

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Lá Glas

Lá Glas

We have had a wonderful Lá Glas to finish our Seachtain na Gaeilge. Today we had four Ceilís sa halla. We have also enjoyed our Tráth na gCeist, two concerts and lots of other Gaeilge treats over the last fortnight. Special thanks to our Gaeilge Team in the school for...

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Céilí dancing

Céilí dancing

Lots of our classes have been busy learning The Walls of Limerick/ Na Ballai Luimnigh over the last few weeks during their P.E. lessons as part of the dance strand. Ar an Déardaoin beidh Céilí Mór ann sa scoil 🙂

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Crisp Spring Walks

Crisp Spring Walks

We went on a walk armed with clipboards, pencils and spring checklists trying to find some signs of Spring out there. We went to the forest and had a great time. It is truly wonderful experiencing new vocabulary and language out and about and using it with our friends...

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Pyjama Day

What a day we had during our First Pyjama Day at school.  We were so cosy in our jammies! Some classes celebrated by doing lovely artwork, others had their breakfast at school.  Hot chocolates were polished off, bedtime stories read and teddies cuddled as the children...

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Sportshall Event

Sportshall Event

Our athletes had a wonderful day today at the Sportshall event in the Aura in Letterkenny. We had a team of 46 athletes who competed in a variety of events including the vertical jump, triple jump, long jump, speed bounce, chest throw, the javelin and relay races. As...

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Sacrament of Confirmation

Sacrament of Confirmation

Congratulations to all our Sixth Class pupils who celebrated the sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday 25th February. Bishop Alan McGuckian SJ confirmed the children in a beautiful ceremony. We were all so proud of you.

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A visit from an Ambulance

A visit from an Ambulance

Today we had an Ambulance in the school grounds. The Paramedics were Gavin and David. Gavin is Katie Marie's dad and he kindly facilitated this wonderful experience. They came to show us around the inside of the ambulance and some of the equipment they use inside. We...

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Ms Slevin was very lucky today. She had a private recital! Isla came to play the violin for her in her office. Both Isla and Ms Slevin are very excited that the school orchestra is starting very soon.

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Spelling Bee

Spelling Bee

Well done to all the finalists of the Spelling Bee from the 5th and 6th classes. Congratulations to Sama from 5th class who was the overall winner. 

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Our Strengths Tree

Our Strengths Tree

The strength we are focusing on for February is  FORGIVENESS. These great children told us all about times they had been spotted showing the strength of forgiveness.

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Ms Slevin is such a lucky principal. Ódhran, Sara May and Ben visited her today in her office because they are doing such amazing work! They chose a prize and got a sticker. Ms Slevin is very proud of them.

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First School Assembly

On Friday we had the first of our Monthly Assemblies. The whole school got together to share lots of wonderful news. Ms Slevin told us about the Vision for the school and we all said it together: We are a happy caring school family who inspire, nurture and learn from...

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Our Strengths Tree

Our Strengths Tree

These wonderful pupils were were spotted by their teachers and SNAs showing the strength of Kindness. Their leaves are so beautifully decorated!  

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Christmas Colours for St Vincent de Paul

Our incredible school community raised €2251.60 for St Vincent de Paul. Our Student Council treasurer, Oisín, presented the funds to Cormac and Kathleen. We are very thankful to everyone who donated so generously. Thank you.

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Christmas Carol Service

Christmas Carol Service

We had a wonderful morning at our Junior and Senior Carol Services. Our beautiful choir  was directed by Mrs O'Donnell and accompanied by our musicians Mr Boyle, Mr Heneghan and Luke! Special thanks to Megan and Luke for their wonderful singing and playing during the...

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Mark English gets a big Welcome Home from Woodland NS

Mark English gets a big Welcome Home from Woodland NS

Mark English visited his former school Woodland NS this week to raise the school’s Active Flag. The school was awarded the Active Flag just before the Covid pandemic and was raising it today for the first time.  Mark was met at the school with a Guard of Honour of...

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Staff celebrating Pink Day

Staff celebrating Pink Day

As part of our staff wellbeing promotion, we recently had an after school talk about breast cancer awareness. Everyone attending agreed they learned a lot. Following on from this in October we had a Pink Day fundraiser. Staff wore pink and some of our wonderful bakers...

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Kindness Leaves

Kindness Leaves

Look how many wonderful children we had displaying the strength of kindness over the past couple of weeks. All their beautifully coloured leaves are now on Our Strengths Tree.

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Rang 6 Desk 25K

Rang 6 Desk 25K

We had the most wonderful morning at our Sixth Class 5K last Friday. We are so proud of the children for their commitment and enthusiasm towards the 5k. They trained and worked so very hard over the past weeks and really put their hearts and souls into the event. They...

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Teacher-Artist Partnership – Artist in Residence

Teacher-Artist Partnership (TAP) is a unique Department of Education and Skills initiative for supporting and enhancing arts in education in primary schools. Following a CPD summer course, Ms Harkin applied for an in-school artist in residency and the school was very...

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More new arrivals- Ducky Us

More new arrivals- Ducky Us

Last week brought more excitement to our school as we welcomed 6 little ducklings. Welcome to Woodland N.S. Donald Duck, Daisy, Dotty, Daffy, Quackson and Jemima Puddleduck!!! See the video below as one of our ducklings enters the world, assisted by their sibling!

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Desk25K – Rang 6

Desk25K – Rang 6

Sixth Class are busy training for their Desk25k presently. We train on a Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 2pm. We are using the couch25k app. We started training when we came back after Easter. We use the track at our school to complete our laps. Hopefully, We will be...

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Chirpy New Arrivals

Chirpy New Arrivals

Last week brought great excitement to our school as 6 chicks hatched from eggs here in Woodland N.S. The classes all got to suggest two names for the chicks and 6 names were chosen. The two yellow chicks are named Rocky (Mrs Sweeney) and Ricky (Ms Gormley). The four...

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Sensory Garden Art

Sensory Garden Art

Congratulations to the boys and girls who designed these beautiful posters for display in our sensory garden .They examined the theme of the 5 senses . We have some very talented artists in Woodland NS . They should be very proud as their work will brighten up our...

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First Holy Communion 2022

First Holy Communion 2022

Well done to the girls and boys from Ms Kilkenny and Ms People's classes who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday. It was a very special day receiving this sacrament for the first time. Thank you to the Parent's Association for the lovely treat on Monday.

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‘Future Leaders’ Gaelic Blitz at St Eunan’s College

‘Future Leaders’ Gaelic Blitz at St Eunan’s College

Our boys from fifth class were invited to participate in a Go-Games blitz at St. Eunan’s college in Letterkenny. The transition year students organised it as part of their ‘Future Leaders’ module in TY. It was extremely well run and the boys had a fantastic day out...

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UNICEF Ukraine Appeal

UNICEF Ukraine Appeal

Our 6th class children donated some of their confirmation money to the UNICEF Ukraine appeal. A total of €1000.00 was raised to help children and their families in Ukraine. This money will go a long way in helping UNICEF work day and night to scale up its response and...

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Lá Glas

Lá Glas

On Wednesday, 16th March, we held our St Patrick's Day Colours and we raised an amazing €1070 for the Laura Lynn Foundation.  Thank you to all our families for their generosity for this wonderful charity. Our Student Council is pictured below presenting the cheque to...

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First Confession Preparation

First Confession Preparation

The boys and girls in 2nd Class will make their First Confession on Tuesday 22nd of March. They have worked so hard in preparing for this very special sacrament.

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Céilí Dancing i Rang a Dó

Céilí Dancing i Rang a Dó

The boys and girls in 2nd Class were learning Céilí dancing this week. The learned An Dreolín and Ballaí Luimnigh. Look at them go-they were fantastic!!

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Well-Being Week: “Let’s Connect”

Well-Being Week: “Let’s Connect”

Our Well-being team at Woodland NS organised a very successful Well-being week in February. Our theme this year was "Let's Connect". The idea was that even with all the restrictions, we still value the importance of connecting as a staff and a school body. We paired...

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Our Strengths Tree

Our Strengths Tree

  This month we were able to start adding leaves to our Strengths Tree again after nearly 2 years. This initiative is to help us develop our well-being. Different people have different character strengths. When we use our best strengths it helps us feel happy....

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Congratulations Rang 6

Congratulations Rang 6

A massive congratulations to our Rang 6 boys and girls who made their confirmation at the weekend. They did fabulous work in their preparation for receiving the Holy Spirit. Maith Sibh!!

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Confirmation Retreat

Confirmation Retreat

Our Confirmation Retreat In the morning we started with a morning prayer. We played a clapping game. We then got put into our small groups. In our small groups we played a game and talked about ourselves. The small group teachers were called Sandra, Jamie, Henry and...

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Stories of our Grandparents

Stories of our Grandparents

Catholic Schools Week was celebrated in our school from Monday, January 24th – Friday, January 28th. The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2022...

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Stay Safe Online

Stay Safe Online

Safer Internet Day took place on Tuesday, February 8th. We discussed and learned how to stay safe online. Some important tips we learned and would like to pass onto you are…. Don’t share your personal information with ANYONE! Never meet anyone you only know online....

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