Senior School Tour

On June 9th, the senior classes went on their school tour to Co. Kilkenny.

We visited Castlecomer Discovery Park and Dunmore Caves for a very exciting, sometimes scary, and tiring day. The weather was wonderful, if not too humid. We arrived at the centre at twenty to ten and were immediately met by the wonderful guides at the park. 3rd and 4th class began their day with the Tree Top Walk, which proved to be a real challenge for some of us, but everybody put on a brave face and made it through the obstacle course in the trees.

20160609_103047 20160609_105100 Next we went to the boating lake where we were given the choice of exploring the water in pedal boats or canoes. Most tried both. Some groups took to the water like ducks, others managed to run into the reeds more often than not. We had a picnic lunch by the lake before a wild orienteering race through the forest. It was very tricky and the map was hard to read at times, but everybody found their way eventually.

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Following a quick stop in the shops in the Discovery Park we got back on the bus and travelled to Dunmore Caves. It was only ten minutes away. We watched a video all about how the caves were formed, the legends and myths about the caves, its strange and scary history and the important finds made in the cave. Then we descended the huge steps into the caves with our guide who brought us to all the cool areas and caverns inside, including the fairy floor and the cathedral. We saw loads of Stalagmites and Stalactites. Sometimes they looked like different things. One looked like a buffalo. When we were in the back of the cave the lights were turned off for about twenty seconds and it went absolutely dark. There was no light at all. Some of us found that very scary.

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We climbed over 700 steps walking throughout the cave, and even though it was lovely and cool inside the cave, only 9 degrees, the heat hit us when we got out. We were all exhausted by the time we climbed back on the bus, but everybody had a great day!

For the rest of the pictures of 3rd and 4th class on their school tour, check out the gallery on Ms Browne’s page!

First Holy Communion 2016

Saturday 28th May was a very special day in the lives second class pupils.

Sixteen boys and four girls made their First Holy Communion in St. John Paul 2 Church in Raheen.

The choir , made up of pupils from Rang 3rd, 4th ,5th and 6th classes added great spirit to the ceremony with their joyful singing.

Fr. Jimmy Moynihan welcomed all present and made the ceremony very special and meaningful for the congregation- children and adults alike.

All twenty children had a role to play during the ceremony.The readings were delivered by Méabh and Jack.The Psalm was sung by Tadhg, Niamh, Jack and Caoimhe.

The Prayers of the Faithful were read by Tyler, Thomas, Séan, Darragh, Ewan, and  Matthew. While Luke and Tomás played ” Give me your Hand “, Martin narrated the gifts at the Offertory which were brought up by Rory, Amber,Thomas and Jason.

Reflections after Communion  were read by Jake and his Dad, Shane.

The final hymn ” Shine, Jesus shine resonated appropriately as the children processed out the door of the church into the brilliant May sunshine.

We thank God for this memorable day and ask Him to continue to bless our families and friends.


Infant adventure on Carrigbyrne Hill 3rd June 2016

Today we went on an adventure to Carrigbyrne Hill.  We left our school at about 10.30 a.m. and we searched for a very long time on the hill for fairies and trolls, but we didn’t find any.  We had so much fun climbing up the hill and then Ms Furlong, Ms Greene and Laura Furlong brought us up to the base camp where the soldiers stayed a long time ago.  It was so exciting.  We then met a man on a quad bike which was really exciting and we all said hello to him.   Then we went to see Evoy’s forge where all the pikes were made years ago.  We headed back to school at 12.20p.m. and teacher told us that she was very proud of us today because we were so good.


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