Sports Day 2017 – Green and Amber Flags- Visit of Carlow Rose, Ciara Dooley

What a day!

Today was our annual sports day and it was jam packed with fun!

We started with swimming races at Graiguecullen pool, where family and friends cheered the children on. The children have progressed greatly at swimming with their block of lessons at the pool this term. Thanks Ali, Bernie, Colm and Julie!

When we returned to the school everything had been laid out for sports races and activities. There were stations set up around the yard with everything from the wheelbarrow race to football drills, parachute cooperative games, teddy bear races, basketball fun and much more. The children moved around from station to station, getting to try all the activities. There was even a drinks station for when thirst struck!

At one o’ clock it was time for a breather and plenty of lunch, but that wasn’t the end of our fun. Mr Kane took to the DJ stand in the staff room and from 1.30-2 we danced away in the yard to an outdoor disco. The staff room was converted into an ice-cream stand and every child had some yummy ice-cream on a cone (thanks Michelle!).

Some past pupils had arrived to join us and 5th and 6th were happy to challenge them to a game of  Bull Rush Tag. There were even Mammies brave enough to take part!

Just after two we gathered in the yard, a special guest was about to arrive. The children got a big drum roll ready…………it was Ciara Dooley, the Carlow Rose and past pupil of Levitstown school.

Ciara had come to help us hoist our fourth Green Flag for Transport and our Amber Flag for Promoting Positive Mental Health. Thank you Ciara! We look forward to seeing her on stage in the Dome later in August.

There was still time for 5th and 6th class to take on some past pupils (even some Kildare players, well done Neasa!) in a basketball match, while the younger children enjoyed some teddy bear races and Peter from the Nationalist was on hand to take some photos of the happy memories made today.

Thank you to everyone, staff, parents and all who came today to help make this a very special Sports Day for the children to remember!

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Land Paws – Water Safety Lessons

Uisce the Bear visited our school today along with Hannah and Ryan.

This team of water safety instructors from Kildare Water Safety came to the school to teach the Primary Aquatics Water Programme, also known as Land PAWS.

The children had a safety talk to ensure they are aware of the dangers around beaches, lakes and rivers. They learned about the safest places to swim and  showed that they were able to correctly identify the meaning of each of the water safety flags that our lifeguards use. There was also an opportunity for the children and teachers to try out throwing a life buoy at a target. This took lots of practice!

Well done to all to the children who achieved certificates of Land Paws 1 or 2 today. They were all given an information leaflet, pencil and stickers to help them to spread the water safety message.

Thank you to Kildare Water Safety for this timely and important safety lesson!


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Walk in My Shoes – Mental Health Talk

Imelda from ‘Walk in my Shoes’ visited the school today to talk to the senior room 4th-6th about positive mental health. She has visited 5th and 6th class across the country this year to spread the word about how to look after yourself in association with St. Patrick’s Mental Health Hospital.

Imelda gave the children a tool kit full of support ideas that they can dip into when they are finding it hard to cope. They had a lot of time to ask questions and the advice given was clear and meaningful.

Thank you Imelda.

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The Gardaí visit the school!

Garda Tom and Garda Aisling visited the school today.

They kindly showed the children all of their equipment, even allowing them to try it on!

All of the children had the chance to sit in the Garda car. They got to see how the lights worked and even try out the siren.

Garda Tom and Aisling emphasised how the Gardaí are our friends who are here to help in times of trouble.

Thank you for taking the time to visit us and to talk to the children.

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Senior School Tour 2017

Today our Senior classes enjoyed their school tour.

Our first stop was St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin. Here Andrew, Niamh, Ciara and Riley treated us to a tour of this 800-year-old building, built in Norman times. Over 600 people are buried within the walls. 6th class heard how King William III had visited after winning the Battle of the Boyne. They also saw a grave from one of the soldiers who fought in the Siege of Limerick, hanging over it was the cannon ball that killed him!

In groups the children designed and made stained-glass windows. We were allowed to bring them home and we hope to put them on display in the school soon.

St. Patrick’s Cathedral offered us this tour and workshop free of charge as part of their school’s outreach programme. They also grant funded €300 towards the cost of our tour bus for the day, an extremely generous offer which we are very grateful for!

Next, we had a short bus trip to the Astro Park in Coolock. Just in time for our big-lunch break!

Here we were divided into two groups. Andrew and Stewie took a group each for a range of exhilarating activities.

In the first section, we had a variety of bouncy castles. Here Andrew organised relay races for the children through the obstacle course, indoor bouncy castle soccer matches and three different types of target practise: basketball, rugby and soccer.

The second section was the warzone. Here each child was equipped with safety goggles, a nerf gun and plenty of ammo. There were several team games including Capture the Flag, Zombies and Soldiers and Bang, You’re Out!

The most popular part of the day was the bubble soccer game. Not only was it fun to play, it was also fun to watch as the children had plenty of opportunities to bounce around, flip over and knock each other down as they competed to get the ball in their goal!

Before we left we had one final section to try out. It sounded simple enough, a penalty shoot-out. However, try hitting the ball (never mind hitting the target!) with your very own pair of hallucination goggles!

There was just time left then to jump on the bus for the very long journey back to the school (not helped by Dublin traffic!). Luckily the children were happily tired and many of them enjoyed a nice snooze on the bus on the way home.

What a great day!

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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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