Welcome Junior Infants!

On Monday the 3rd of September 2018 , nine little boys and girls started their first day in Junior Infants. We hope they will make many friendships and have lots of fun in Scoil Naomh Lorcáin.

Welcome to Caoimhe, Brian, Tadhg, Ava, Scott,

Emily, Nikki, Leon and Ciarán!





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‘Crazy Hats & Funny Socks’ Day – Promoting Positive Mental Health

All the children and teaching staff showed up to school on Thursday 21st June looking just a little bit different than usual! There was a great display of crazy hats and funny socks by all, putting a smile on everyone’s face. We all set off dressed up on an energetic 3km walk to continue our promotion of positive mental health in our school. A photographer from the Kildare Nationalist newspaper heard about our fun day and visited us to take lots of photographs. Keep an eye out in the newspaper for our crazy hats and funny socks!

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School Sports’ Day

We had our School Sports’ Day on Friday 22nd June. The day began with races in the swimming pool. After little break we took part in lots of races – the wheelbarrow race, the egg and spoon race, the sack race, the ski race and many more. In the afternoon we played tag rugby, basketball, hockey and collaborative games. The weather was absolutely fantastic and a great time was had by all!

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4th, 5th, 6th Class School Tour 2018

The children had great fun on their school tour in Kilkenny today. We began the day by visiting the Kilkenny Union Workhouse, now beautifully restored as MacDonagh Junction Shopping Centre. Having studied ‘The Great Irish Famine’ in history lessons and read the famine novel ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’, the boys and girls showed great interest in the ‘Famine Experience’ audio-visual tour. We heard the poignant human stories recorded in local newspaper articles from the perspective of the Workhouse inmates and staff. We also learned about the ground-breaking research carried out as the result of the unexpected discovery of over 970 human remains in 2005, We visited the final resting place of these victims and paid respect to their memory at the Famine Memorial Garden and saw the beautiful bronze sculpture commissioned in 2017 to honour their memory.

K Bowl was our next destination and everyone had great craic on their bowling teams – Jenna, Sommer and James were especially impressive with their strikes and spares! Afterwards, we headed onto the grounds of Kilkenny Castle park. We split up into three teams and headed off on our 1.8 km orienteering walk/run. It definitely worked out to be a longer distance, as we all seemed to be going forward and backwards at times looking for the control posts! Some were very well hidden and any that mentioned a big tree proved even more difficult, as there were big trees everywhere! The children were very eager and competitive running around. Afterwards, we had some chill-out time in the Castle playground, then back onto the bus and home we went, singing songs all the way!

A fantastic day spent together in Kilkenny.















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Junior and Senior Infant Tour 2018

The Junior and Senior Infants travelled to ‘Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park’ on Tuesday 12th June for their school tour.

The children had the opportunity to play in the ‘Funky Forest’ indoor play area. They also enjoyed playing in the outdoor playground. The spent time trying out the ‘amazing zipline’, the merry-go round and boarding the pirate ship!

The children thoroughly enjoyed meeting the animals on the pet farm. Horses, alpacas and rabbits to name but a few! Many took a shine to ‘Thumper’ the rabbit who enjoyed the attention of the children.

There was many enjoyable moments on the day, but the main highlight was the train ride through the bog. They children sat back and relaxed and enjoyed their surroundings on the train.

To finish off the day, the children visited the fairy village and some reported that they saw the fairy teacher peer out of the school door! I even think I may have caught a glimpse of it myself! We made a wish at the fairy tree and then it was time for the bus back home!

Thank you Lullymore for an enjoyable day!

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Confirmation Day 2018

Congratulations to the children in 6th class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation today in the Church of the Assumption, Castledermot.

Bishop Eamonn Walsh celebrated the sacrament with the children from Levitstown, Kilkea and Castledermot schools.

We are very proud of Erin, Lara, Ryan and Mckenzie.

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‘Write a Book’ Project 2018

The children from 5th and 6th class recently took part in the Kildare ‘Write a Book’ project, by writing their own narrative stories over a six week period.

Each child put so much effort into planning, drafting, editing and publishing their own story books with beautiful illustrations.

As part of the ‘Write a Book’ project, their books visited another school in Kildare and we received a set of books written by another class. The children enjoyed reading these stories and choosing their favourites, before sending them back to Kildare Education Centre.

5th and 6th class put a lot of effort into their story books and were rewarded with medals, certificates and small prizes for their fantastic stories. These books will certainly be a lovely keepsake of their time in primary school.

Well Done!

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Confirmation Retreat

Today Lara, Erin, Ryan and Mckenzie attended a day retreat in Scoil Diarmada with the other 6th class children from Kilkea and Castledermot in preparation for their upcoming Confirmation day on the 10th June. The day was centred on reflecting and developing their faith and bringing them together with their peers through fun team building activities. The children had an enjoyable day and we thank the facilitators from Graiguecullen/Killeshin Youth Ministry who ran the retreat.

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Grandparents Day


On Friday 16th March, we welcomed grandparents from far and wide to our school.  The junior and senior infants opened with a song for their Grandparents, ‘Today is for You!’ 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class recited a poem and showed us the beautiful art work they had created for their grandparents. 4th, 5th and 6th Class sang the traditional irish songs, ‘I’ll tell me Ma’ and ‘Molly Malone’. The Grandparents then participated in a question and answer session with the children. The children learned that some grandparents had to walk to school, bring sticks for the fire and some even learned how to knit and bake at school! The children learned a great wealth of information from this discussion! Sr Pauline concluding the celebration with a blessing of all our grandparents and also by remembering those who could not be with us on the day, especially those in heaven.

Thank you to our Parents Association who provided and served refreshments to our very deserving grandparents on the day!


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Dioscó Gaeilge

Ghlac daltaí Scoil Naomh Lorcáin páirt i ndioscó amuigh faoin spéir Déardaoin seo caite, 15 Márta. Cuireadh an dioscó seo ar siúl mar chuid de Sheachtain na Gaeilge.  D’éist na daltaí le leaganacha Gaeilge de roinnt amhrán cáiliúil le bannaí ceoil ar nós Picture This agus The Coronas. Bhí rath mór ar an ócáid agus bhain na páistí agus na múinteoirí ar fad an-taitneamh as.



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Garda Visit – Cyberbullying Talk


We welcomed Garda Seamús and Garda Conor to our school today. They talked to the boys and girls in 4th, 5th and 6th class about the topic of cyber bullying. The children have learned a lot over the last month about ‘Bullying’ through their Stay Safe class lessons and this knowledge was demonstrated from the answers Garda Seamús received to his questions. Our visitors explained the impact cyber bullying behaviour can have on individuals and how important it is to recognise the need to develop strategies to prevent and deal with cyber bullying.

We appreciate Garda Seamús and Garda Conor taking time out of their busy schedule to come and talk to the children today.

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Eason Spelling Bee

We are so proud of Erin from 6th Class who represented Scoil Naomh Lorcáin at the Kildare Finals of the Eason Spelling Bee on Wednesday the 7th of March in Crookstown. Erin came in 7th place out of over 30 pupils.

Erin did so well getting through rounds of spellings, that even her teacher would find tricky! She received an Eason Spelling Bee, a t-shirt and a special certificate in recognition of her achievement.

Well Done Erin!

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Spar FAI 5 a-side Soccer Day

Well done to the children from 4th-6th class who had an enjoyable day at the Spar FAI 5 a-side soccer games in Athy Community College today.

Two teams represented Scoil Naomh Lorcáin – One played in the boy’s competition and the other team played in the girl’s competition.

The children had great fun displaying their soccer skills!




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Up and Moving in the Classroom!

It’s been an energetic month for the 4th, 5th & 6th class children! They have been up out of their seats participating in daily 10 @ 10 sessions – ten minutes of movement every morning at 10 o’clock.

The boys and girls have enjoyed following the exercises demonstrated by Gráinne and Micheál on the classroom interactive whiteboard. They have shown us that movement breaks each day can make a big difference to our fitness, mental health and concentration levels in school.

With exercises that can be done in the classroom, it doesn’t matter what the weather is like outside!






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Gymnastics Fun!

The children have enjoyed participating in Gymnastics lessons during P.E. over the last few weeks. 4th, 5th & 6th class have practised forward rolls, handstands, cartwheels, symmetrical partner sequences and balancing movements on our gymnastic mats.

Have a look at some of their skills!







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