Cycle Safety Training

Our Cycle Safety Training sessions have now finished. A huge thank you to Don and Ritchie who ensured that all of the children made great progress during their lessons.

The senior class finished their training with two sessions out on the road, cycling as a group.

Junior and Senior Infants have enjoyed cycling on balance bikes and bikes with no stabilisers.

Every child’s confidence has grown!

The children in the Senior Class have completed Stage 1 of the Cycle Right Training Programme and will receive certificates at our end of year awards ceremony.

Thank you to the Green School Programme, An Táisce and Athy Tidy Towns who helped to make this possible.

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Fire Safety Officer Visits 1st, 2nd and 3rd class

Our Fire Safety Officer Claire visited 1st -3rd class on Monday morning for her annual Fire Safety talk.

Claire spoke to the children about what to do to prevent fires in the house and about the work of Fire Officers.

Thank you Claire!

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Confirmation 2017

Congratulations to Seán, Conall, Kenny, Lewis, Fionn and Mateusz who received the Sacrament of Confirmation today in the Church of the Assumption, Castledermot.

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Mateusz is a spelling star!

Congratulations to Mateusz! We are so proud of him.

Yesterday he travelled to Dublin with his family to represent County Kildare in the Leinster Final of the Eason Spelling Bee at the Spencer Hotel, Dublin.

He performed brilliantly through ten rounds of brain testing complex spelling challenges. Imagine being asked to spell “eidolon” on stage, in front of a large audience!

Mateusz came joint second overall, a fantastic achievement.

Well done Mateusz!

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New books for our library

Our parents held a book sale recently and the proceeds were used to purchase new books for the classroom libraries.

We were delighted to receive the new books today. The children are very excited to start reading them. Thank you to all who supported the book sale!

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May Assembly

On Thursday we held our end of month assembly. Junior and Senior Infants showed us their mindfulness colouring and talked to us about how much they enjoyed this activity.

Conall, Kenny and Lewis showed us the Senior Boys’ Cumann na mBunscol Trophy which the Grangenolvin school’s team has won. They spoke about their matches and the part they played in the final. There were lots of cheers from the school.

The winners of this year’s Write a Book competition were announced.

In 6th class 1st- Mateusz       2nd – Ayomide     3rd- Lewis

In 5th class 1st- Erin        2nd- McKenzie       3rd- Ryan

Each winner was presented with a medal and all of the participants received a certificate, a pencil and Kildare Education Centre wrist band.


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Mental Health Day

Our school was full of happiness and smiles today!
As part of our effort to achieve an Amber Flag for promoting positive Mental Health, the boys and girls had a jam-packed day of activities.

They began their Friday with the usual visit to Graiguecullen pool for swimming lessons – the exercise woke up their bodies and minds and they were in great form arriving back in school. After little break, they all enjoyed an Art class – drawing a picture of what makes them feel happy whilst listening to some relaxing background music.

Afterwards, we were delighted to welcome J.J. Grace, a Youth Officer worker to our school to speak to all the classes about our mental health. His key message was to be happy in yourself every day, try your best to make others happy and sharing happiness will make our world a better place. We need to smile and laugh each day at school with our friends and at home with our families.

Following big lunch, the boys and girls got their dancing shoes on for the outdoor disco – there was lots of laughing and some great dance moves on display to songs from Katy Perry, Justin Timberlake and many more artists.

After such an energetic activity, it was time to come back indoors from the sunshine and wind down with some relaxing meditation, mindfulness colouring and buddy reading.

A fun and happy day was had by all – Well done boys and girls!










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Huge congratulations to the Senior Boys GAA team who are the division champions!

The team played against Kildangan today at Moorefield GAA club in blistering heat. It was an intense match with only three points separating the team at full time.

Well done to Kenny, Conall and Lewis who represented our school and to coach Eileen Bergin.

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Tag Rugby Blitz and Rugby World Cup Trophy

Thank you to Killeen NS and Mr Lynch who organised a fantastic tag rugby blitz today for the senior classes in several local schools.

The children played alongside pupils from Killeen, Arles, Ballylinan and Barrowhouse as they were sorted into teams representing countries from around the world. This gave them an opportunity to make new friends and to put aside any school rivalry or competition, focusing instead on the sport.

After a blitz of matches we moved into Killeen Hall, here the children got to see the Rugby World Cup. Made from silver, it is rarely handled. Ireland will be fighting to keep it in our country this June as the World Cup matches take place in Ireland!

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Renewal of Green-Schools Flag



Conall, Seán and Fionn represented The Green School Committee in The Helix, DCU to  receive the school’s fourth green flag for Travel.

They had a lovely day and they enjoyed the experience immensely!

Well done to all who have helped us achieve this award!



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Eanna Ní Lamhna – Irish Wildlife Talk

The children visited Athy Library this morning for a talk by Eanna Ní Lamhna wildlie expert.

Eanna told them the truth about many myths that exist about our native creatures.

For example – Did you know that bats are not blind, squirrels do not hiberate, robins are belligerent creatures and we can have frog spawn in the school.

Eanna showed us lots of wildlife photos and took the time to answer all of the children’s questions.

Thank you Eanna!

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Clean Up Day


Yesterday we had to abandon our annual clean-up due to bad weather.

Thankfully today the sun was shining and we were able to get to work making the school and it’s surroundings sparkle!

In the classrooms children carefully cleaned the desks and washed the windows.

Outside litter was collected both around the school and in the nearby estate.

The children enjoyed weeding the flower beds and planting new bedding plants.

In total we collected 14.1kg of rubbish.

Ned our caretaker visited to see all of the excitement, he joined in pruning the hedges, helping to ensure the school is in tip top condition.

Thank you to the Green Committee for organising our clean up today.

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Bush Craft

As part of biodiversity week, we visited Ciara at Athy Library on Wednesday the 17th of May Bush Craft workshop.

The children explored the four principles of survival; Shelter, Food, Fire and Water by using Forest School-style games and activities.

They learned how to tie knots and securely fasten ropes to trees.

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First Holy Communion 2017

Congratulations to the children from Levitstown and Kilkea who received their First Holy Communion this Saturday in Levitstown Church.

Thank you to all who helped to prepare the children, the church, the refreshments in the hall and to the lovely singers from 1st-6th class in the choir.

We done Aodhán, Brandon, Noah, Scott and Seán!

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Infants School Tour

Junior and Senior Infants had a enjoyable day on their school tour. After their usual swimming lesson in Graiguecullen pool on a Friday, they went the short distance across Carlow town to the Visual Centre to see a ‘Pinocchio’ show in the theatre. Afterwards, the boys and girls ate their lunch and treats outside in the beautiful grounds of Carlow Cathedral and played chasing games in the lovely sunshine.

Once back inside the Visual Centre, the children had great fun exploring the indoor playground which included a giant ‘Lozziwurm’ tunnel, sand area, trampoline and climbing frame. Next they went upstairs in the Centre to take part in a workshop designing their own play areas using a variety of materials.

Even though the bus back to school was late collecting them, the children had lots of fun on their school tour! I’m sure they were all tucked up in bed early that night for their Mammies and Daddies…










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