Buddy Reading

All children from Junior Infants to 6th Class are taking part in ‘Buddy Reading’ sessions to experience the enjoyment that reading and sharing books brings to everyone, no matter what age you are.
We look forward to hearing the sound of voices reading and discussing books every Friday afternoon over the next four weeks.







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CSI Forensics Workshop





The children in 4th, 5th & 6th class enjoyed their visit to Athy Library recently. They participated in a ‘CSI Forensic’ workshop in recognition of Science Week.

Christina the co-ordinator showed the children two experiments: how to test ink and how to test powder. The boys and girls then took part in a murder mystery scenario. They had to listen carefully to Christina describe the suspects involved in the murder of the singer ‘Margarita’. They used the ink and powder experiments to find out who the culprit was. They really enjoyed this ‘hands on’ workshop and some may even have careers as detectives in the future!

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Mental Health Talk


We welcomed Brigid and Noelle from Kildare Youth Services to our school today. They spoke to all the classes about the importance of looking after our mental health.

In particular, they discussed the topic of feelings – where in our body we experience different feelings and how we deal and cope with the feelings we experience every day. The children enjoyed watching a short clip from the film ‘Inside Out’ which explores feelings.

Brigid and Noelle also explained how important it is to have support around us to cope with our feelings and thoughts. The children came up with a long list – family, relatives, friends, teachers, God and even animals can listen to us and help us feel more positive.

A problem shared, is a problem halved.

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Green School Committee 2017

Well done to Éabha, Hayden, Aodhán, Freddie, Jenna and Erín who have joined the Green School Committee. They join Quinn, Seán, Malachy, Amelia, Kate, Ryan and Ms Morrin.

We look forward to working on the theme of ‘Biodiversity’ this year.

Below are the newly elected members with their winning entries. Well done to all!


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Halloween 2017

We had an enjoyable and wonderful day recently for our annual Halloween Hike.

Junior and Senior Infants went on a walk around the terrace. 1st to 6th Class took a 5km walk around the local area. Parents, friends and siblings joined us for this exciting day. Thank you to those who left out treats along the way.

Thank you to those who sponsored the children and also to those who ‘kitted’ out the children for this special day.

Take a look at the pictures below to see the wonderful costumes!





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Garda Tom visits the school

Garda Tom visited the school recently.

He spoke to all the children about safety at Halloween. He reminded us to stay away from fireworks and bonfires and to take care when out ‘trick or treating’.

Some of the children even had the opportunity to sit in the Garda van and turn on the sirens!

Thank you Garda Tom for visiting our school.


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Mental Health Awareness Week

The children in 4th, 5th and 6th class have participated in mindfulness activities this week to acknowledge the importance of positive mental health in their daily lives. Mindfulness colouring, yoga & meditation and online guided dance activities (‘brain break’ time) were some of the activities they enjoyed.

On Friday, the whole school went on a mindfulness walk. They took time out of their school day to chat with their friends on their journey and take in all the sights, sounds and smells from the local environment.

The senior classes will continue these activities throughout the school year.


Yoga and Meditation time


Mindfulness Walk


Mindfulness Colouring


 ‘Brain Break’ – Guided Movement through Dance

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Cycle Safety Poster Competition

Well done to Oscar, Seán and James who recently won prizes for designing posters to promote cycle safety for Kildare County Council. James also took second place overall. The boys were presented with their prizes in the Seven Oaks Hotel on Friday 15th September. Great work all round.

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Welcome to our Junior Infants!

A big welcome to the Junior Infants who started school on Wednesday 30th of August. We hope they make lots of friends and enjoy their time in Scoil Naomh Lorcáin!



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School reopening!

School reopens for all classes on Wednesday the 30th of August at 9.20am.

We look forward to seeing everyone. We will wear our school uniform on Wednesday with tracksuit days staying on Mondays and Thursdays as normal.

Junior Infants will finish at 12 o’ clock for the first few days.

Senior Infants will finish at 2pm.

All other classes finish at 3pm.

Prior to school reopening, the school office will open on Tuesday the 29th of August from 9.20-1 and from 1.30-3 for any queries (059) 9145217.

In the meantime, you can contact the school via email snlorcain@yahoo.com should you need to do so.

We welcome our new SET teacher, Ms Eimear Fleming to the school.

A huge thank you to Breda and Ned for all the work they have done in maintaining the school and the grounds over the Summer holidays.

There is a bright, new, marmoleum floor in the Infant room with thanks to Tim Flood and a new noticeboard in the school staffroom thanks to Alan Corrigan.

As additional funding was required to complete the repairs to the school roof this work has been delayed, however the Department have now sanctioned the extra money and a builder, (A&D Roofing) has been appointed to complete the works shortly.

Thank you to Relyabuild for the work fixing the drain in the school yard and installing a vent in the staff toilet room.

Best wishes to all, children, parents and staff, for a great school year ahead!

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End of Year Assembly

Friday June 30th was the last day of the 2016-2017 school year.

All of the classes gathered together at 11.30 for our final assembly.

The children in each class were presented with their PAWS swim certificates following their swimming sessions in Graiguecullen Pool.

Certificates were presented to children who had excellent attendance this year.

Two children were very lucky, they had not been sick all year and had perfect attendance. They were awarded a special certificate.

Ms Morrin presented the 6th class Green Committee members with a certificate and gift in recognition of all of their hard work throughout their time on the committee. The four 6th class members were Seán, Fionn, Conall and Lewis.

We said goodbye to our 6th class pupils who are moving to secondary school in September. Finally the parents called in and made a presentation to our Principal, Sandra Corrigan, who will be seconded to the Teaching Council next year as an associate. Ms Jeanette Morrin will be Acting Principal and we all wish her every success in this new role.



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Graduation 2017

On Thursday the 29th of June at 7pm we held a Graduation Service in the school for the 6th class children who are moving to secondary school in September.

The children chose the reading and reflections for the night themselves. One pupil even composed his own rap! Everyone enjoyed a trip down memory lane while looking at photographs from the children’s time in the school.

After the presentation of certificates and a token from the Board of Management the children and their families enjoyed some light refreshments before saying a final goodbye to their primary school days.

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Pizza Party

To celebrate completing the Friends for Life Programme the children from 3rd-6th class enjoyed a yummy pizza party this week. Friends For Life is a ten week long programme designed to help children to build resilience skills and prevent anxiety.

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Leitrim Rose Visit

We were delighted to welcome Erin Moran, the Leitrim Rose 2017 to the school this Wednesday. Erin teaches in our local parish school in Kilkea and has helped prepare the children for 1st Holy Communion in our school. We wish her every success in the Dome this August along with past pupil and Carlow Rose Ciara Dooley.

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Teddy Bear Picnic

The Junior and Senior Infants classroom had some special visitors today – teddy bears. Even Ms. Costigan brought in her pink teddy bear!

The boys and girls sang and danced to bear songs with their teddy bears in the classroom before they set off on their walk. They had a lovely picnic with their furry friends on the green beside the terraced houses. The sun was shining and the teddy bears enjoyed their lunch and treats.



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