Welcome To Our School
St Paul's NS
Message from the Principal
I would like to welcome you to our website. I hope you find the site useful and that it gives you a real sense of our school and its pupils.
Take time to browse through our website, if the information you need is not available on the site please contact our school office at 061 306645 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
John Tuohy, School Principal
NEW PHONE LINE
We experienced some problems with our old line. Our new number is 061 306645
Our school will close for our Christmas holidays at 12 noon on Friday, December 20th and re-open on Monday, January 6th at 8.25am.
I wish you and your families a very happy and peaceful Christmas and every good wish for 2020
Le gach dea-ghuí
John Tuohy, Principal
There was great excitement in our school on Wednesday, December 18th when we had a special visit from Santa who visited each of the classrooms in the school.
Each child was then given a present of a selection box.
A huge thanks to our Parents Association for organising our Santa visit again this year.
See a picture below of all the children in Ms. Cullinane’s 2nd class got the chance to to chat and have a picture taken with Santa. ....
School Closures and Holidays
Our School will be closed on Thursday, December 12th. This is a curriculum traning day for teachers in the area of Language.
Our school will close on Friday, December 20th at 12 noon for the Christmas hoidays. All children will go home at this time.
School will re-open on Monday. January 6th, 2020 at 8.25am.
Christmas Jumper Day
On Friday, DECEMBER 13th we are asking all children to wear their Christmas Jumper/Clothes to school! We are asking each family to donate €2 for ‘FOP Friends’.
FOP (Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressive) is a rare and disabling generic condition that imprisons the body in bone. A healthy mind locked inside a frozen body. FOP causes extra bone to form in muscles, tendons etc, as these extra bones develop across the joints, it restricts the sufferers movements. There is no known treatment or cure.
One of our past pupils, Adam O’Shaughnessy has this rare condition and we would like as a school community, staff, pupils and parents to support his treatment, and further research this condition.
Visit the website to find our more www.fopfriends.com
Annual Carol Service and Choir Singing in Shopping Centre
Our annual Christmas Carol Service will take place in St. Paul’s Church on Thursday, Dec. 19th at 11am.
Our school choir will sing in the Crescent Shopping Centre on Friday, December 20th from 10am to 11am. Please support if possible.
Ms Geary’s 3rd class did the MS Readathon. We read lots of books from October to November. The children raised € 567.40 altogether, which will go towards providing much needed services to people with Multiple Sclerosis.
Mary McCusker from MS Ireland kindly visited the class to tell us all about MS. She explained how the funds raised would help improve the quality of life for so many. Third class children were delighted to be book worms for the month and for such a great cause. Congratulations to all involved. Keep up the good work.
Junior Builders Lego Exhibition
Best of luck to Ms. O'Malley's 1st class who have entered the Junior Builders Lego Exhibition with their wonderful creation 'St. Paul's Lego City'.
Our aim was to work as a team to create a city/ community that would resemble our own surroundings and have a little fun along the way!
Ms. Kelly's 3rd class thoroughly enjoyed their Chess Workshop recently.
Meet our Student Council. Ben McNamara, Isabel O’Mahony, Isabelle McGrath, Megan Murnane, Sharon Inayat, Séan Carswell, Ali Cali. Missing from photo are Adriana Brazil and Darya Sidorova. These children are from Rang a Ceathair, Rang a Cúig and Rang a Sé. We will see and hear more from them throughout the year.
Maths Week, October 2019
We had great activity throughout the school where classes from Juniors to 6th did STEM challenges for maths week (October 12th to 20th). Many learning centres, maths games and trails are happening throughout October in various classes.
Thanks to all the children and teachers for all their efforts through maths month. Thanks to Ms. Geary for her organisation of same.
Staff Coffee Morning
A big thank you to Joan for organising the Staff Coffee Morning in aid of Milford Hospice. Joan raised a whopping €340.00.
The even was in memory of our friend and colleague Rita. Thank you Joan
Junior Infants, Sept 2020
Parents who wish to enroll pupils in Junior Infants for September 2020 should fill in an application form and submit it with relevant documents to Marion in the office.
The closing date for receipt of applications is October 23rd, 2019. As there is huge pressure for places children who qualify under the sibling rule must also submit an application otherwise your child will not be considered for a place.
If you have already submitted an application form please check with Marion to ensure that it is on file and all details up to date.
St. Paul's Parents Association AGM
St. Paul's Parents Association ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING will be held on Wednesday, Sept 25th at 8pm in our School Hall.
We would encourage you to join the committee & help us over the coming years. Its fun and you get to have a real input into your child’s education in St. Paul’s. Ideally we would like representation from parents of children in each class and also from the diverse cultures we have in St Paul's School.
All are welcome to join.
WELL DONE Rory
Rory O'Callaghan played in the GAA INTO Cumann na mBunscol respect exhibition go games, at half time in the all Ireland semi final in Croke Park on Saturday, July 27th.
BIG CONGRATULATIONS RORY, St. Paul's are very proud of you!!
Do this in Memory Mass—June 16th
The ‘Do This In Memory of me’ Committee presented Communion certificates to the boys and girls who made their First Holy Communion in May 2019 in St. Paul’s Church on Sunday, June 16th.
It was a lovely mass where the boys and girls got another chance to wear their First Holy Communion outfits.
During the ceremony the children also got up on the altar to recite the "Our Father" to actions and also sang the final hymn "The joy". Music sung at the mass was by Rita O’Shaughnessy.
Tea & coffee were served afterwards by the church committee headed by Páidrín Ó'Reilly.
Fr. Murphy lead the mass and we were graced with Fr. Leonard’s presence for his 50th anniversary.
It was a truly lovely ceremony and all the boys and girls were a credit to their families.
A massive THANK YOU to the ’Do This in Memory’ committee and Fr. Murphy for all their wonderful work during the year and making our First Holy Communion journey a very memorable one for all.
Máire Rua Mass and Award
Our Máire Rua Award and Mass which was held on Thursday, May 30th in the Redemptorist Church is the School’s celebration of the work and huge contribution made by our teacher Mrs. McNamara R.I.P. in her many years here in St. Paul’s.
Each year a child is chosen either by peers or teacher, for being the kindest child in his/her class.
There is one overall winner in the school. This year’s winner was Blathín Kiely from Ms.Cullinane’s 1st Class.
Picture above is Bláthin being presented with the Máire Rua Trophy by our Principal, John Tuohy and Mike McNamara with Fr.Murphy in the background.
The picture on the right shows all the children from Junior Infants to 6th class who were nominated by their classmates and teachers receiving their certificates on the day.
Academic year 2019/2020
Our new boys and girls who will start in Junior Infants in September 2019 visited our school on June 14th . We hope they had an enjoyable first experience at St. Paul’s School and we look forward to welcoming them back to our school for the next academic year.
Is your child leaving our school at the end of this school year? NOT be returning to us in the new school year, it is vital that you make contact with Marion in the Office as soon as possible. We have a number of children on waiting lists for all classes and we would like to be able to contact these parents as soon as possible. If over the Summer months your family decide to move and have to leave our school, could you please inform us by emailing the school at email@example.com
Junior Infants, Sept. 2020
If you have a child starting school in September 2020, we would urge you to send in an application if you have not already done so as closing date for Junior Infants Sept. 2020 is October 23rd, 2019.
If you have already submitted an application you must activate it in Sept 2019 by contacting Marion.
Science Federation Plaque of Excellence Awarded!
The Science Federation of Ireland have awarded our school their highest award a Plaque of STEM Excellence today, May 29th.
Throughout the year we gathered and provided evidence of children's engagement with STEM in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and STEM Showcase
Well done to everyone who took part. There was a great response and the vast majority of teachers contributed work done by their class. Over the year, the pupils worked with their teachers to develop their investigative, analysing and recording skills and also produced an amazing video on Wind Turbines.
We got some excellent feedback which you can read below. It paints an excellent picture of our staff and students that we should be incredibly proud of.
We should be receiving our plaque in the second half of June so it should be ready to be hung in our new school in September!
An event of this dimension does not happen overnight. A massive thank you to our teacher Mr. Tobin for taking on a project of this magnitude and driving it to fruition over the past year.
Feedback from the SFI....
Congratulations on a fantastic submission. You have covered a broad range of STEM topics and done so in what was clearly an engaging experience for the students. The materials presented were of the highest quality and what it shows is that you have a very committed, skilled and enthusiastic team within the school. The video you submitted and the project on wind turbines in general was very well done. It is great to see that you often provided more examples than were required and no doubt the students benefited greatly from the experience. Well done to everyone involved!
Click on the links below to see Science and Maths experiments carried out by our pupils:
Mr. Tobin’s 5th class Science Group presented their project at the ESB Science Blast event in Mary Immaculate College on Wednesday May 22nd.
Their project looked at climate change and wind energy and asked the question “What is the best material to make a homemade wind turbine?”
The children visited a wind turbine, designed their own and tested different materials to see what worked best. They also made a video showing all aspects of their project that can be seen here and on our app.
A huge thank you to Mr. Tobin for his organization of this event and many other Science events in our school throughout this year.
Check out this amazing video of their project
5th Green Flag Awarded
On Tuesday May 14th Mrs. Bernard, Martina Condell and two Fifth Class pupils Ritu Hossain from Mr.Kennedy's and Vanessa Corluka from Ms. O'Connell's/Ms. Kenneally’s travelled to Cork to collect the 5th Green Flag on behalf of St.Paul's N.S. from An Taisce.
The Munster awards ceremony was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island and was organised by the Green Schools organisation. The various Green Schools initiatives are held in conjunction with the Environmental Departments of the different City and County Councils. The St.Paul's contingent were delighted to meet Nadia Sakni from Limerick City and County Council to say ‘Thank You’ for helping to arrange the renewal visit for our Biodiversity Flag and for sending us supplies for our TLC5 clean up.
We would love if all the children from our Green School's committee had been allowed to attend the Awards ceremony, unfortunately numbers were strictly reserved to 4 per school as there were so many recipients.
St. Paul's now have 5 flags as Follows : 1. Litter and Waste 2. Energy 3.Water 4. Travel and Transport. 5. Biodiversity
The next theme in our environmental journey is Global Citizenship : Litter and Waste. Are we up for the challenge ??? Of course we are.
A huge thank you to Mrs Bernard and her team and everyone in the school for their help and support in obtaining this flag.
Robotics - Analog Devices
Mr. Madden’s 6th class were selected to participate in the Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Workshop which took place on Februay 13th.
Analog very kindly sponsored the full cost of the event which offers students an opportunity to learn about electronics and robotics by building their own robots. The workshop was run by 'Learnit'.
Anna O'Sullivan, Mae Ann Basilonia and Jakub Szulinski were the overall winners on the day and will now go forward to represent St. Paul's in the County Finals.
we wish them the very best of luck on March 2nd.
Credit Union Quiz Winners
Well done to our three teams who represented St. Paul's School last Friday, February 1st at the MPCC Credit Union Quiz held in Mungret/St. Paul's GAA club.
You did yourselves and your school proud. There were over 19 teams from various school taking part in the competition.
A big congrats to our victorious under 11 team members Rory O'Callaghan, Christian Stack and Ben McNamara from Ms. Barron's 4th Class and Aaron Ryan from Ms. Kenneally's 5th Class who will now represent St. Paul's in the Chapter Final which will take place on SATURDAY, MARCH 2nd at 2pm in the RADISSON HOTEL, ENNIS ROAD, LIMERICK.
The winning team members were presented with individual trophies and a winners plaque for the school.
Well done also to Kynan Flelix Nabor, Matthew Costello, Michal Zuber, Lily Quinn, Luke Finucane, Tanisha Khatun, Diane Paula Boco and Orla Reynolds who all represented St. Paul's School so well also on the night. We are very proud of you all.
Review of Relationship and Sexuality Education in Primary and Post-Primary Schools
The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment is conducting a review of Relationship and Sexuality Education in Primary and Post-Primary Schools.
It is seeking the views of teachers and parents on this topic and has prepared an online survey for parents. Click on the following link for the survey and additional information http://www.ncca.ie/en/updates-and-events/consultations/review-of-relationships-and-sexuality-education-rse/
Ms. McNamara's 1st Class 'Angela's Ashes' Walking tour
Our class watched Angela’s Ashes before the Christmas holidays.
On Thursday, January 17th we walked to two of the settings in the movie, which were St. Joseph’s Church and Souths Pub.
Children loved learning about Limerick long ago and also making this special link with the movie set in our hometown Limerick.
Robotics/Coding with Mr. Tobin
Take a look at the video to follow which shows the first completed task using the LEGO Mindstorms EV-3 Robotics kit by the 6th class coding group under the instruction of our teacher, Mr. Tobin.
The children built the robot and wired the sensors. They then grouped two motors together within the programming tool to enable them to program forward and backwards movement within one grouped code block. They also programmed the front motor to spin the blade and programmed a sound clip to play at the end to show their code had completed successfully.
Each motor or sensor has a number of variable that the children must adjust on each block of code to ensure they complete their activity correctly.
Grace donates her hair to the Rapunzel Foundation
Grace Duggan from Mr. Walsh's 3rd class had a makeover with a difference when she had her hair cut for the charity Rapunzel during the week.
Grace had 14 inches of her beautiful hair cut in Bellissimo Hair Studio so it could be donated to make wigs for those living with hair loss.
What a wonderful act of kindness and selflessness…..we are all very proud of her here in St. Paul’s
The Rapunzel Foundation is a charitable organisation that works to improve the lives of those living with hair loss through fundraising and hair-raising, the latter which is achieved through the group’s Ponytail campaign in which people donate hair to be used for wig making.
Christmas Carol Service
Our whole school gathered for our Annual Christmas Carol and Prayer service on Thursday, December 20th in the Redemptorist Church.
A big thank you to Fr. Murphy for his guidance throughout the year.
Mr. Tuohy thanked the School Choir under the guidance of Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Cullinane and Ms. Roche, our Musicians, Readers, Teachers and all the wonderful boys and girls in our school for all their hard work as it helped us all to remember the real meaning of Christmas.
On behalf of all school management and staff, we wish all school families a very Happy Christmas and New Year.
Thank you to our Parents Association
Many thanks to all members of our Parents Association for organising a Christmas Disco for children in 4th, 5th and 6th class. It was a great success.
Of course Christmas would never be the same without Santa's annual visit to our school and bringing a selection box to all our boys and girls. Again many thanks to our P.A for persuading Santa to take time out of his busy schedule to visit us.
School Choir in the Crescent Shopping Centre
Our choir directed by Ms. Fitzgerald and accompanied by our teachers Ms. Culline, Ms. Roche and SNA Martina sang beautifully this morning in the Crescent. Thanks also to Mr. Tobin for accompanying them.
Many thanks to all who donated and supported us.
Mungret/St. Paul's St. Stephen's Day Match
For the last few years the players have come together to host a charity match, this will take place again this year with a slight difference. On St. Stephens day, 26 December, Battle of the Codes will take place for the Kick & Mix Cup, Registration opens at 12pm for players. First throw in @1pm. There will be at least 4 teams with 2 games each (semi’s – Final & Shield). A team is to include 2 Ladies Footballers, 3 Hurlers, 3 Footballers, 3 Over 35’s and the rest from any team. Get in early with your registration €10 per player for advanced registration, €15 on the day. We are asking each player to bring along a Raffle Prize OR cakes/bun/sandwiches.
There will be plenty of fun for everyone in the family on the day. Entertainment will be provided in the Hall and Clubhouse from 1pm: Kids Movie on the Big screen, kids activities, facepainting etc, Novelty Penalty Shootout. Sandwiches & Tea/Coffee and other goodies will be available. There will be a raffle on the day with great prizes. €5 per adult (if not playing), children will be free.
Gateway to Education
Gateway to Education Limerick is a charity helping parents to minimize the cost of education by providing second hand books and uniforms. We also have a homework club in partnership with the University of Limerick and Mary Immaculate College students.
Fr. Leonard's Retirement Mass
The high esteem in which Fr. Leonard was held by the people of St. Paul’s Parish and Community was demonstrated on Sunday, Dec. 9th by the great attendance at the 12.15 mass in St. Paul’s church to mark and honour his retirement as parish priest from 1991 to 2018.
It was a joyful tribute to Fr. Leonard, thanking him for his 27 years of spiritual leadership in the parish.
We wish him many happy years of retirement.
Representing Limerick in the All-Irelands in Gymnastics
'My name is Cyndi Lynn Harris. I am in 5th class. I took part in a gymnastics trial on Saturday. I came 4th place out of 117 people. I will be going to the All-Irelands in Dublin representing Limerick in March 2019. I did floor and vault routines. My favourite move is splits and back handspring. This is my second time going to the All-Irelands and I’m looking forward to it.'
WELL DONE CYNDI, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU!!
Well done to Ben, Christin, Kacper, Sean, Padraig and Daniel from our Chess Club who participated in the 2018 Munster Junior Chess Championships in the Southcourt Hotel on the 25th November. We’re very proud of you!
Fundamental Skills in Camogie and Hurling
Fundamental movement skills has begun for 1st class boys and girls in Hurling and Camogie every Tuesday..
Many thanks to our teachers Ms. O’Dea, Mr. Walsh, Ms O’Sullivan, Mr. Madden, Mr. Hutton, Ms. Naughton, Ms. Donnelly and Ms. Mann are giving of their time voluntarily.
This is an annual event in our school. It promotes how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are hugely relevant to us in everyday life and develop creativity in our children.
Children in all classes will be doing science related activities and experiments during the month.
Our 3rd and 5th classes thoroughly enjoyed a Science Magic comedy show in the Limetree Theatre on October 179h with comedian and science communicator Donal Vaughan (Bualadh Bos Festival). They were shown how to mix potions to create a volcano, turn water upside-down without spilling it, learn about magnetism, static electricity and much more while having great fun. They are now all budding ‘Science Wizards’.
Our 6th classes went to 'Look up- Science of Space' in the Limetree on Nov 5th.
Ms. Donnelly's 4th class will be going to a workshop in Mary Immaculate on Nov. 16th - BIGGER, BETTER, BRAINTEASER BANDITS!!
A number of trips have been arranged by Mr. Tobin, our Science Co-ordinator in conjunction with class teachers between now and January e.g Aquarium in Galway, The Exploration Dome and much more.....
To start science week Ms. Donnelly's 4th Class have been making Egg Shells disappear!!!!
Ms. Shine's Junior Infants have been busy coding.
As part of Science Week Ms. Shine's class have been learning how to code. Coding teaches the children really important critical thinking and problem solving skills.
They have been practicing with Mr. Kirby's 5th class for a few weeks and have tried it on our own this week. They have been using Scratch Jr. and Lightbot Jr. Try some of these great apps with the children yourself if you have a computer or tablet at home!
Ms. Donnelly's 4th Class - Brainteaser Bandits Workshop
Ms. Donnlly's class went to the Brainteaser Bandits Workshop on Friday, November 16th. The workshop explored the world of mathematics through a variety of different puzzles and investigations.
Mr. Hutton's 1st Class creating a Marble Run for Science Week
4th Classes - STEM Afternoon
Ms. O'Dea, Ms. Donnelly and Mr. T. O'Brien's 4th classes got together to build the tallest structure possible using the materials provided.
Ms. Toomey's 2nd class buidling bridges for Science Week
The requirements were for the children build a strong bridge that looked good and could hold 5 toy cars. They were given tape and 35 lollipop sticks per group to do this.
Mr Kennedy's 5th Class explored electrical circuits.
Dog's Trust Visit
All three 2nd Classes had some very important visitors on November 12th . Dawn and her fabulous dog Piper came in to us.
They learned all about the fantastic work that Dogs Trust do and Dawn shared with the classes all the important things that dogs need to be happy. They found out how to properly care for a dog and every child had an opportunity to show Piper their 'safe hand' and to rub him if they wished.
Many thanks to Ms. Toomey for organising this visit.
Visits to Dooradoyle Library
On Thursday 24th October our fourth class children visited Dooradoyle library to meet Gillian Perdue, the author of Adam’s Starling’, the novel the children have read last term.
Gillian entertained us with stories from her own childhood: her muinteoir with the ruler and her brother who played the ‘typewriter game’. Gillian used her childhood experiences to explore what it is to be scared and to be bullied. This is a very serious topic but through role play, mime and drama Gillian engaged and entertained each child for well over an hour.
Thank you to Ms. Niamh O Rourke of Dooradoyle library for inviting our children to such a stimulating and inclusive experience. Thank you to Mrs O’Mahoney for organizing this event.
Our three 3rd classes went to visit Arran Towers on October 9th. It was a thoroughly enjoyable ‘Big Friendly Giant' performance as the pupils were involved in recounting the story of the BFG by Roald Dahl.
There is great activity around the school this week for maths week. To follow is just a taste of what went on. More can be found on the app.
Ms. Kelly's 3rd Class doing a maths trail based on shape.....
Ms. O'Dea's 4th class maths trail around O Connell Ave and Mary immaculate college
Ms. O'Dea's 4th Class designed, made and tested parachutes.....a sample of some action to follow....
Ms. Donnelly's 4th class waiting patiently to challenge Mr O'Briens 4th class in a 'Tables' game for Maths week.
All very serious here in Ms Donnelly's 4th class as they try and comlete tricky Maths puzzles.
Our birthday graph on display for Maths week as children have finished learning about data.
Henry’s masterpiece has come to fruition. Building a house of cards is challenging and fun and takes incredible patience and skill. Well done Henry!
Ms. Reale's 6th Class having a session of Swift coding on iPads with our teacher, Mr. Tobin
Mr. Carrolls 3rd Class doing a Maths Trail around the school today. The trail was based on addition, subtraction, data, shape and space.
Great fun was had by all1!!
Ms. Geary's 6th class made a suit of armour and weaponry fit for a king........Creativity in the classroom using mathematical shapes
Hail to King Luke!!!!......
Angel Wings made from shapes as part of our Maths Week......
Problem solving around our school using our Maths Eyes !!!
Mr. T. O'Brien's 4th Class had a very exciting week of maths activities
Ms. Toomey's 2nd class covered 2-D shapes and odd/even patterns. Represented in the form of an odd/even street.
Ms. O’Connell’s 5th class we had lots of fun playing maths card games and board games using our multiplication facts
Mr. Kennedy's 5th Class collected, graphed and analysed data during Maths Week
Ms. McGraths Senior Infants went on a Maths trail as part of their Maths week activities. The children had great fun finding lots of shapes and numbers around the school. The trail also included lots of counting and measuring activities. Maths is everywhere!
Do This in Memory Masses
The Do This In Memory programme is a pre-sacramental programme designed to help children, parents and guardians prepare for First Eucharist.
The first mass (Enrolment Sunday) in the Programme is on Sunday, October 21st in St. Paul's Church.
It is very important that children making their First Holy Communion attend these masses with their parent/s, guardians.
A list of dates for the 'Do This in Memory' masses for First Holy Communion Children can be found under the tab 'Sacraments'.
Our First Holy Communion date is Saturday, May 18th, 2019 at 11am in St. Paul's Church
Junior Infants, Sept 2019
Parents who wish to enroll pupils in Junior Infants for September 2019 should fill in an application form and submit it with relevant documents to Marion in the office.
The closing date for receipt of applications is October 24th, 2018. As there is huge pressure for places children who qualify under the sibling rule must also submit an application otherwise your child will not be considered for a place.
If you have already submitted an application form please check with Marion to ensure that it is on file and all details up to date.
Parents Association AGM
Our Parent's Association AGM will take place on Monday, October 15th at 8pm in Scoil Carmel School Hall
Please support them as they do amazing work for our school.
Beginning of Year School Mass
Our beginning of year school Mass will take place on Thursday, October 4th at 11am in the Redemptorist.
All parents are welcome to attend.
Superb concentration in our Chess class with Ms. O'Connell and John Alfred :-)
St. Paul's Confirmation
Our Confirmation Date has been confirmed for Saturday, March 30th, 2019 at 1.30pm in St. Paul' Church.
Our New Junior Infants, Sept 2019.
School Building Project
check out some recent pictures of our New School under the tab 'New School Project'.
Mr. Madden's 6th Class - Dreams of the Future
Mr. Madden's 6th class children did some pastel art work that shows some of their dreams for the future as they leave us. We wish them all the best and hope that they fulfill their dreams in the years ahead!!
To view the video of their artwork please click on this link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1zrrBmsJEyoC3xpYpSpTdSKwgxdl-8ql4/view?usp=sharing/
Huge Congratulations to our Debate Team from Mr. O’Brien’s 5th class on reaching the quarter finals of the Limerick County Primary Schools Debating Competition. The standard from all participating teams was considerably high and our teams worked very hard and prepared really well for the debates thanks to our dedicated teacher Mr. O’Brien. All did themselves, their school and their families extremely proud. Congratulations to all……...
An article written by Kayla, Faith and Wanessa from Mr. O’Brien’s 5th class about their debating experience…..
‘We were debating in a competition with 30 other schools. We were thought how to debate by Mr. O’Brien. We got as far as the quarter finals. Our favourite topics were ‘the iphone is taking over our lives and Ireland is the best place in the world to live’. Sometimes we stayed in at break and after school. We learned a lot from other teams and our speeches. We had an amazing time debating and would love to continue in the future.’
Garden Party with our President, Michael D. Higgins
Two of our pupils, Tara O'Brien & Anna O'Sullivan from Mr. Kirby's 5th Class had the great honor of being invited to meet Uachtarán na héireann, Michael D. Higgins at a family day garden party at Áras an Uachtaráin on Sunday, June 10th after writing a letter to him last year about their school, Munster Rugby and much more.
The event was organised to pay tribute to the love, friendship and solidarity that binds us together as people and as a nation.
What a wonderful occasion it was for both girls and an honour for our school.
Máire Rua Award
Our Máire Rua Award and Mass which was held on Friday, June 1st in the Redemptorist Church is the School’s celebration of the work and huge contribution made by our teacher Mrs. McNamara R.I.P. in her many years here in St. Paul’s.
Each year a child is chosen either by peers or teacher, for being the kindest child in his/her class. There is one overall winner in the school. The award is called the Máire Rua Award, after our teacher Marion.
We also remember our colleague, Rita Lavelle R.I.P.—SNA, at this time.
Many thanks to our teacher, Ms. Aisling Geary for her organisation of this event.
Overall girl chosen was Aaliyah O'Grady from Ms. O'Malley's Junior Infants and Overall boy chosed was Jack Kelly from Ms. O'Sullivan's 3rd class.
Jack Kelly was picked as Máire Rua Winner 2018. (pictured below)
Pictured below are the winners from each class......
Thanks to our SNA, Joan Woods (pictured below) for creating beautiful floral displays for our special occasion.
Primary School Games
Well done to Ella Page and Cian Moloney who will represent St Pauls school and Limerick in the primary game on May 19th and 20th.
Ella competed on the Camogie team on Sunday 20th and Cian competed on the football team on Saturday 19th
Green School TLC Cleanup
Just prior to Easter , many classes in school took part in TLC4.
This was a wonderful initiative, sponsored by J.P McManus and administered through Limerick City and County Council.
Many of you will have noticed environmental work throughout various communities on Good Friday. Our school completed the final phase of our project on Wednesday May 2nd. This involved children from Ms.Kenneally's 4th class cleaning up the area around the grotto and refurbishing the paint work.The children were so enthusiastic, and really worked hard to spruce up the grotto in time for Our Lady's special month of May.
Rugby Blitz - Thomond Park
Some of our pupils went to Thomond Park on Wednesday, April 18th to take part in a Schools Rugby blitz organised by Munster Rugby. . The Schools blitzes put the emphasis on running rugby, with uncontested scrums and no lifting in the lineouts, as the players continue to learn and grow into the game in their school colours. It was a victorious day for St. Paul’s as they were unbeaten!!
New School Project
On Monday April 9th 2018, Conack Construction Ltd commenced work on our new school building. It is wonderful to see the work finally commence.
We will keep you posted throughout the coming months…… keep updated on this website by clicking on the tab at the top of the homepage 'New School Project'
'Reach Out' Gala Concert in UL
55 children from our school took part in the Music Generation ‘Reach Out’ Gala Variety Show on Friday, March 16th at 7.30pm in the University Concert Hall.
‘The annual Reach Out Gala raises funds for programmes in the Children’s Ark, St Gabriel’s School and a variety of other programmes using music as a means to improve mental and emotional health.’ ‘Presented by Eoghan McDermot (Voice of Ireland, 2fm) the show will feature an eclectic mix of young performers from across the region, plus special guests, spot prizes and surprises.
It was an amazing concert, our children performed beautifully.
A huge thank you to Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Cullinane, Ms. Roche, Mr. Tobin and SNA , Martina for their many hours of preparing our children for this very exciting evening
National Indoor Athletics
27 children from 6th class travelled to Athlone, County Westmeath on Wednesday, March 22nd to participate in the National Indoor Athletics Championships. This event took place in the very impressive international indoor arena which is located on the campus of Athlone Institute of Technology.
This is an initiative run by the various Sports Partnerships around Ireland. The boys and girls had qualified for the final by virtue of winning the Limerick Indoor Championship, organised by the Limerick Sports Partnership, at the end of February and so were delighted to be selected to represent Limerick. Teams from all over Ireland assembled to compete in an array of athletics events including relays, obstacle courses, long jump, triple jump, javelin, speed bounce and shot putt.
It was a day to remember for the two 6th class teams. The boys and girls won multiple events and represented St. Paul’s and Limerick with distinction. Indeed at the conclusion of the day’s events a coach from Athletics Ireland spoke to the children to say how impressed she was with the talent on show and to encourage the children to join their local athletics club to develop into even better athletes.
It wasn’t only the children’s sporting talent that caught the eye. Their behaviour and courtesy towards their fellow athletes, Athletics Ireland Officials and other adults who acted as stewards and judges was exemplary and must be commended. The stop on the way home at Barack Obama Plaza was well deserved!
A special thank you to Limerick Sports Partnership who have run a very successful indoor athletics programme over the winter. All classes in 5th and 6th participated in this very beneficial programme. Liam Cantwell from Limerick Sports Partnership was present in Athlone yesterday and was delighted with the performances of all the children.
Thank you to Mr. Carroll, Mr. Madden and SNA Martina who accompanied the children to Athlone on what was a very proud day for St. Paul’s NS.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge ran from 12 - 23 March. All children from Juniors to Sixth participated in a wide rang of class based activities.
A ‘Cainteoir na Seachtaine’ was chosen at each class level and children were encouraged to make a huge effort to speak Irish in class and throughout the school day.
Part of the Dance Strand of the P.E curriculum was taught through the medium of Irish and each class took part in a Céilí Mór.
Fifth & Sixth classes took part in the Tràth na gCeist with Quiz Master Mr Walsh.
Tràth na gCeist Winners from Mr. Madden's 6th Class - Katelyn. Aoife, Cathal, Adriana, Aadith
Tràth na gCeist Runners Up from Ms. Geary's Class - Tony, Olivia, Lee and Emilijus who is missing from the photo.
The Principal & teachers also used their ‘cúpla focal’ during their Sos Gaelach and throughout the week.
We hope the enthusiasm shown by the children for an ghaeilge during Seachtain na Gaeilge will continue throughout the remainder of the school year and into the future.
Cainteoir na Seachtaine winners from Juniors to 6th Class
'GREEN' Dress up Day
We will be having a GREEN DRESS UP DAY on Friday, March 16th in aid of Autism Ireland.
€2 contribution per family would be much appreciated.
NOTE: All children will go home at 12 noon to facilitate staff training in the new revised Child Protection Procedures.
World Book Day 2018
There was great excitement in our school for World Book Day which we celebrated on Monday, March 12th.
Each year all our classes participate in World Book Day. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and - most importantly it's a celebration of reading. Throughout the week classes focus on activities based on books, dressing up as their favourite character, reading to other classes, visiting bookshops and our local library.
Thank you to our teacher Mrs O'Mahoney for organising this annual event in our school.
Ms. Shine's Junior Infants went to O'Mahony's Bookstore on March 1st and had so much fun! They dressed up as their favourite characters and brought their favourite books to school!
Leo won best dressed boy as Harry Potter and Juliette won best dressed girl as Princess leia. Patrycja also won a colouring competition prize!
A fantastic morning was had by Ms. O'Sullivan's 3rd class in O'Mahony's bookshop on March 5th with Author, Nigel Quinlan. Nigel read from his new book 'The Cloak of Feathers and gave a talk about his writing.
Loreto and Oskar P in my class both won a prize for the quiz . They are pictured here holding up books signed by Author, Nigel Quinlan
Mr. Tuohy 1st class visited O’Mahony’s Bookshop and met with Author Roisin Meaney on Tuesday, March 6th to celebrate World Book Day. All had a fantastic morning.
On MONDAY, MARCH 12th, the CRESCENT BOOKSHOP came to our school so children could excange their book tokens for books. Pictured above are some children with the books they received from the exchange of their world book day tokens. The lovely ladies from the book shop in the crescent visited with a wonderful array of books that could be redeemed with world book day tokens.
Ms. Ryan's Senior Infants had an array of charachers in her class for World Book Day on March 12th from Harry Potter look-a-likes to Where's Wally, to Princesses and Super Hero's.....
Some fantastic books were also brought in to class..
Ms. Toomey's 2nd Class came to school dressed up on March 12th and brought in their favourite books . All thoroughly enjoyed World Book Day activities.
Well Done to Daisy, Will and Amy who represented St. Paul's in the Robotics Final on March 10th.
They made it through to the final 16 from 28 teams and their robot creation “Search & Destroy” was fantastic. They all received medals and should be very proud. A big thanks to Mr Walsh.
Pay Forward 'Act of Kindness' Festival 2018
Daisy O'Keeffe Howard and Isha Kennedy are representing St. Paul's Scouts and St. Paul's School in the up and coming 'Act of Kindness Festival'.
The Pay it Forward will host their Fourth Limerick Kindness Festival in Limerick city. During this time a team of volunteers, local businesses and the people of Limerick, who are embracing Pay it Forward, will be busy carrying out intentional acts of kindness.
Check out their website https://www.limerick.ie/discover/whats-on/festivals/festival-kindness-2018/
Ms.Ryan's Nature Walk
Ms. Ryan's Senior Infants enjoying a healthy nature walk and noting the signs of Spring....
** IMPORTANT LINK - Junior Infant Information **
Sometimes important information can get lost in your child's schoolbag.
Our Junior Infant teachers have created a link which will ensure you receive information as it is happening in the class. Click on this link http://tiny.cc/stpaulsjuniorinfants/
Ms. Hayes - Rang a Dó Valentine's Art
Children in Ms. Hayes 2nd class displaying their artistic creations for Valentine's Day
Robotics Workshop - Mr. Walsh's 6th Class
Mr. Walsh’s 6th class were selected to participate in the Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Workshop which took place on January 31st. Analog very kindly sponsored the full cost of the event which offers students an opportunity to learn about electronics and robotics by building their own robots. The workshop was run by Learn it Educational Solutions Ltd. A special work of thanks to Mr. Walsh for organisng this event.
AMY REDDAN, DAISY O’KEEFFE HOWARD and WILL KELLY were the overall winners on the day and will now go forward to represent St. Paul's in the County Finals on March 3rd.
Runners up on the day were EDMUND MARKHAM, ELLIOT DZIKAVITSKI and MIRIAM NZEFFE.
Catholic Schools Week - Grandparents Day
As part of Catholic’s Week, we had a visit from Elsa Mar's grandad for Grandparents Day. He told the children about life in Limerick when he was growing up and his schooldays. All the children had a go at writing using their weaker hand. He answered every one of their questions, of which were hundreds.
The children had a fantastic morning. Thanks Mike.
Finn's Pottery Workshop
During December and January, all three 5th classes took part in clay worshops with Tipperary Potter, Finn O'Hara.
Finn brought out the children's creative talents as can be seen in the masterpieces produced below. Lots of fun was had whilst learning a skill.
Health and Safety Message
There has been a long standing agreement by the BOM, Staff and Insurers to allow children into school 10-15 minutes early on inclement days, when it is deemed by the Principal or Deputy Principal that there is adequate supervision for the children. It has been noted that parents are coming into the school with children before school at 8am and before 1pm. Our caretaker, Tony will open a double prefab each morning in case children or parents need to shelter, this will be closed by 3pm each day.
Any parent collecting children must ONLY enter school at reception and not through the back doors.
We are advising parents never to congregate in toilets as our children are using them and this will create a safe-guarding issue.
The school has been just been assessed for mice and vermin by Rentokil and there is no evidence of vermin activity but precautionary boxes have been put in certain areas as on ongoing prevention. This is both an annual and ongoing exercise to ensure the safety of all member of our school community.
We encourage every parent to speak to their children about road safety to and from school. Please be aware of the designated road crossing areas which are safely supervised by our Traffic Wardens. It has been noted that some children are going to the petrol station ‘Inver’ after school and running straight across the road to the bus stop without so much as looking up or down the road—oncoming cars have on a few occasions had to come to a screeching halt.
Teachers in various classes have spoken to children about the danger of running across the road without looking for oncoming traffic but we need this message urgently reinforced by you the parent. The safety of our children is paramount.
Invitation from the Bishop - World Meeting of Families
RDS Primary School Science Fair
Our three 5th classes thoroughly enjoyed their day at the Science Fair held in Mary Immaculate college organised by our teacher Mr. Tobin.
It is a programme which showcases class projects including science shows and interactive exhibits.
The Mobile Library visited our school on Jan 17th for children in 3rd, 4th and Resource classes. It is a fantastic service whereby children can exchange their books and a great educational tool to instil the love of reading in our children.
Thank you to our teacher, Mrs O'Mahony for organising this visit.
Santa visited our school on Dec 21st taking time out of his busy schedule to give all of our very good boys and girls that have worked really hard throughout the year a selection box.
A very big thank you to our Parent's Association for organising Santa's Visit.
Annual Carol Service
This year’s Christmas Carol Service was held in the Redemptorist Church on Wednesday, Dec.20th. It was a beautiful, reflective service of carols by our choir (directed by Ms. Fitzgerald), instrumental pieces from our String Orchestra (guided by Daniel Sherlock), readings and a dramatisation of the Christmas story.
It was a very moving service attended by all our students, staff, parents and past staff members, it brought a sense of peace and goodwill to all who attended.
A huge thank you to Ms. Fitzgerald (conductor), Ms. Cullinane (Organ), Mr. O’Brien, Mr. Tobin, Ms. Reale and Martina and all our teachers for their hard work in preparing this beautiful service.
Well done to all in the choir, orchestra, readers and all in the drama group.
Thank you to Fr. Murphy and the Redemptorist Church.
Christmas Card Competition Winner
Well done to Orla Reynolds from Mr. Kennedy's 5th Class who won the Dooradoyle Library Christmas Card Competition.
National Dog's Trust Visit
Our three 2nd classes had a vist from The National Dog's Trust where they learned how to take of and be safe around dogs.
Thank you to Ms.Toomey for organising this wonderful event.
Carol Singing in the Crescent Shopping Centre
Our Carol singers performed beautifully today in the Crescent Shopping Centre, conducted by Ms. Fitzgerald, accompanied by Ms. Cullinane on the piano and Martina on the bongo's. Thanks also to Mr. O'Brien, Ms. Reale and Mr. Tobin for their help in organising this event.
Thank you also to all our parents for coming out to support us.
Check out a short video clip of our performance in our twitter feed.
DATES AND EVENTS for your diary.........
COLOURS DAY - FRIDAY, DECEMBER 15th
We will have a colours day on Friday, December 15th.
The proceeds will be divided between Evan Barrett and Cian Barry (past pupils) who will be going to Zamiba with The Serve Redemptorist Programme (volunteeer programme tackling poverty) and The Peter McVerry Trust for the homeless.
€2 contribution per family would be much appreciated.
More events as follows.......
West Midlands children’s Theatre Group came to our school on Tuesday, December 5th and put on a performance of ‘Dick Whittington’ for children in Juniors to 2nd.
It was thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Thanks to our Arts Co-ordinator Ms. Ryan for her organisation of these events.
Our Parents Association are organising a Christmas Disco for children from 4th to 6th class as follows...
Ms. Barron's 4th Class Christmas Art - SNOWMEN
Heritage in Schools for Science Week
Our Junior Infants had a visit from heritage expert Catherine Daly.
'We had great fun this week when we got a visit from all these animals. We learnt about predators and prey. We found out lots of interesting facts; did you know that the fox uses his whiskers to measure the length of a hole to see if his body can fit into it!'
2nd Class Artwork
Ms. Reale's 2nd class work of art.....LATE LATE SHOW TOY SHOW CHRISTMAS JUMERS
Cross Country Championships
The Limerick Primary Schools Cross Country Championships took place in Limerick Racecourse on Wednesday, October 25th.
There were over 1,400 children representing 32 schools with 20 races in all. 39 children represented St. Paul's.
All children from St. Paul’s acquitted themselves very well with some fine individual performances. The first 6 finishers in each race were awarded medals.
There were some great achievements considering the huge numbers of children who lined up to participate in each race.
The full results can be viewed on the Limerick Athletics website as follows:- http://athleticslimerick.com/
Thank you to Mr. Carroll, Ms. McGrath and Ms. Naughton who accompanied the children to Limerick racecourse on the day.
This is an annual event in our school. It promotes how science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are hugely relevant to us in everyday life and develop creativity in our children.
Children in all classes will be doing science related activities and experiments during the month. A number of trips have been arranged by Mr. Tobin, our Science Co-ordinator in conjunction with class teachers between now and January.
Science Week got off to a great start when Ms. O'Dea's, Ms. Barron's and Ms. Kenneally's 4th classes, Ms. Kelly's 3rd Class and Mr. Walsh's 6th class went to an interactive show in the Limetree Theatre - Mary Immaculate on Nov. 13th.
The Ugly Animal Show - interactive show which looked at what makes hideous creatures so amazing and study how they evolved.
Our three 5th Classes visited the Science Fair in LIT on November 14th. This event consisted of a circuit of experiments which proved to be hugely educational and enjoyable.
Ms. Toomey's 2nd class STEM challenge was bridge building.....they gathered their material, decided a suitable span and thoroughly enjoyed the task at hand.
Ms. Kenneally's 4th class went to Mary I on Friday, Nov. 17th to take part in 'Brainteaser Bandits - leave no problem unsolved' which showed the link between maths and science. They solved maths/science puzzles by actively working together in groups.
Our three 4th classes got together to complete a STEM challenge. The children were asked to build the tallest construction. Each group was given the exact same materials and there was a time limit. Children had to work together in teams. They thoroughly enjoyed it and hope to do more of these activities throughout the year.
Mr. Hutton's Senior Infants enjoying the fun experiment of Magnet Making.....
Ms. O'Malley's Junior Infants making Flubber - 'Happy Goo'. The children had great fun whilst stimulating and exploring their sensory and fine motor skills.
Ms. Barron's Junior Infants had a great time experimenting with different materials to make some flubber/happy goo!:-) They used pva glue, shaving cream, paint, glitter and washing detergent. It was great fun stretching the goo and really good for their fine motor skills!:-)
Our three 4th Classes visited the Aquarium in Galway on November 29th. Disecting a squid was great fun and a very engaging and experiential way of learning ….
Munster Swimming Competition
Big congratulations to Marcus Hourigan from Mr. Madden's 6th class who won a Bronze Medal in October at the Munster Swimming Competitionships in Cork.
Hurling and Football Champ
Well Done Cian Moloney who represented St Paul's School on the Limerick City Sarsfield Cup team. They beat the Limerick South team on a score line of 1-7 to 1-5. They now go on to the final in the Gaelic Grounds next Tuesday night, November 21st.
U13 Football Final Champs
Congratulations to the entire U13 team who played so well together, combined skill and spirit to win the final against Gaelscoil Ráithín in the Gaelic Grounds on Tuesday, Oct. 24th .
Captained by Brian Hassett they won on a scoreline of 3-1 to 1-6. Some great defending and play lead to a super performance. Our scorers on the day were Sean Morrissey (1-1), Callum Daly (1-0) and Evan Harrington (1-0).
Congratulations to Sean Morrissey on receiving 'Man of the Match'.
Also a big thank you to their coaches and teachers, Mr. Ruaírí Walsh, Mr. Kieran Madden and Mr. John Hutton who dedicated such time and energy to training and to Wanda Dwane and John Rochford for helping provide juvenile goalposts throughout the championship
Thank you to Mary Immaculate College for allowing us to use their sports field for our home games.
Assembly in our School Hall on October 26th, where the team were congratulated by our Princiapl, Mr. Tuohy and cheered by their fellow pupils on their fantastic victory.
Check out dates for the 'Do This in Memory' masses under the 'SACRAMENTS' tab on this website.
The first mass in this programme for all First Holy Communion children will take place on November 12th at 11am in St. Paul's Church. It is very important that all children attend these masses.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION DATE date is Saturday, May 19th at 11am in St. Paul's Church
CONFIRMATION DATE is Saturday, April 28th at 1.30pm in St. Paul's Church
Maths Week 2017
Great activity last week throughout the school as each class participated in ‘Maths Week’. Thanks to Ms. Geary for promoting this national event and to all Class Teachers for supporting and organising activities with their own classes…..
Check out Finn O’Neills Sphero Video on our Twitter Feed.
To celebrate Maths Week Ms. Bennis's Senior Infants engaged in a number of maths games whilst having great fun.
Staff Coffee Morning Fundraiser for Milford Hospice
A huge THANK YOU to our SNA, Joan Woods for organising our Staff Coffee Morning Fundraiser.
Each year we hold this event in rememberance of our work colleague and friend Rita Lavelle R.I.P.
A fantastic array of buns, cakes and flowers showered our staff room on October 6th and a whopping €400 was raised which will be donated to Milford Hospice.
Thank you to all members of staff who donated money, cakes buns etc.
St. Paul's Parents Association Committee
All classes from 3rd to 6th visited our local LIBRARY in Dooradoyle during the month of October.
Some classes met with AnnMarie McCarthy, a Limerick Author and Illustrator who discussed her background and the inspiration behind her beautifully illustrated books for younger children. She then gave a master class in illustration to the pupils showing them how to draw their very own book cover.
To follow please find a report from two pupils from Ms. Geary's class:-
Our visit to the Library by Stella Fox Edwards and Angel Alfred...
'This week all the 5th classes and Ms. Geary's 6th class met the illustrator / author Ann-Marie McCarthy. She told us about her books, Fungie, Bubble the Rainbow Dragon, The Dancing Parrot and her new series called Chill Out Charlie. She gave us an insight to the process of drawing and publishing. Ann Marie invited us to draw a cover of one her books with her. We hope to have a display of our masterpieces, so please come in and take a look.
Also, you can check out AnnMarie's website at:- http://annmariemccarthy.com/
Some illustrations from Mr. T. O'Briens and Ms. Geary's Class for the front cover of AnnMarie's book 'Bubble the Rainbow Dragon'
On Oct. 11th and 18th other classes met with Historian, Michael Moylan and Arran Towers. The classes thoroughly enjoyed their interactive presentation and learned lots of historical facts. Children had the opportunity to dress up as historical figures and it was a fantastic way to engage children with past events.
Mr Kirby's 5th class met with Author Bob Burke who spoke on the process of creative writing. He also focused on where ideas come from and his own inspiration for his series 'The Pig Detective'.
Sacraments- Academic Year 2017/2018
'Do This in Memory' Programme. The programme will begin with a meeting for PARENTS ONLY of all First Holy Communion Children on Monday, October 9th at 7pm in St. Paul’s Church. It is very important that all parents attend this meeting.
Date for the First Holy Communion is Saturday, May 19th in St. Paul's Church
The Diocesan Office have advised that the date set for Confirmation is Saturday, April 28th at 1.30pm in St. Paul's Church
School Times - Academic Year 2017/2018
Just to confirm our school times as follows........
School starts at 8.30am for all pupils.
All Junior and Senior Infants go home at 1.10pm each day.
All 1st Class to 6th Class pupils will go home each day at 2.10pm
Our new Junior Infants, Sept. 2018
The Limerick Leader surprised us with a visit our school on Thursday, Sept. 6th and took a photo of our Junior Infants Classes. The photographs will be in the Limerick Leader (City and County) on Sept. 28th Edition.
Horse Riding Champ
Well done to Henry Coveney from Ms. Mortell's 3rd class who won a Rosette at the Limerick Show recently.
Well done to Jason Hassett who was selected to play primary game for Limerick against Clare in Ennis on May 28th this year. He has had a fantastic year of sport.
1st Class School Tour
All 1st class pupils had a thoroughly enjoyable day on Thursday, June 15th when they visited Bunratty Folk Park and Delta Adventure.
Well done to Cian Moloney and Jason Hassett who represented Mungret St Paul's Gaa Club & Limerick at the U14 Hurling Feile na Gael 2017 in Wexford over the weekend. They did brilliantly, topping their group, winning the quarter final and reaching the semi final of the Division 3 Cup.
Fundraising for St. Gabriels
Thank you to all parents who contributed to our last Jersey Day. A cheque for €300 was presented by the children of St. Paul's School to Erin Hackett (Hyrdo Pool Manager) and Kate Sheahan (Fundraising and Development Manager) from St. Gabriel's to contribute towards the reburishment of their Hydrotherapy pool.
We wish them all the best with their fundraising for this very deserving and much needed resource.
We had a great time today when Ger the farmer came to visit us with all his animals. We got to pet and help feed all the animals, they were really friendly. We sang happy birthday to Harry the miniature horse and Annie the hen loved our singing so much she even laid an egg. Peppa the pig was up to lots of mischief. We also had to think of some names for the new baby bunnies! It was a really fun day!:) Ms. Barron's Junior Infants.
Analog Robotics Final
Well done to our budding engineers, Marlena Zaj and Lee Murphy who represented St. Paul's School in the Robotics Final held on June 10th in Mungret College.
A big thank you to Analog Devices for sponsoring this fantastic event and Colmac Robotics for delivering such amazing workshops.
LEAF Programme -Green School
Our Learning About Forests (LEAF) Programme culminated in an exciting trip to Curraghchase for Mr.Tobin’s 3rd and Mrs Bernard’s 4th classes on Wednesday May 24th.
The children took part in three activities during the Forest Based Workshop (FBW). An Taisce kindly sponsored both the tutors and the bus to the venue so we are extremely grateful for the opportunity, particularly since only 35 schools in Ireland have been chosen for this pilot project.
It has proved an enriching experience for the children and a great boost to our Biodiversity theme.
Active School Week
Active Sports Week in St. Paul's is from Monday, May 29th to Friday, June 2nd. There are lots of activities planned for the week including the Junior and Senior Sports Days, Zumba Dancing, Cycling, Orienteering, Novelty Games and Gymnastics to name but a few. Follow our daily blog.
DAY 5 - FRIDAY, JUNE 2nd
Active Schools Week concluded today in a welter of activity. 3rd to 6th classes went to the hall this morning for a Zumba dancing class with Darren Nash. Darren is brilliant with the children and they were quickly engaged in moving to the upbeat music being played. The easy to follow moves develop coordination, fitness, elevate mood and boost self-esteem. Most important of all, Zumba Dancing is great fun! Thanks once again to Darren for visiting our school. He’s cool!
Children from 3rd and 5th classes walked to Mungret Park for the orienteering activity which has proven to be very popular this week. All children in 3rd, 4th and 5th had an opportunity to engage in this activity which provided physical and intellectual development and taught the children how to read a map, navigate a route and work as a team. Orienteering also develops spatial awareness. It was also fun being able to roam out of sight within a controlled environment.
Junior Infants to 2nd class were extremely busy today. 1st class were spotted early this morning participating in the Junior Orienteering activity. Throughout the day children in the Junior Classes took part in Skipping, Hopscotch, Hoola Hoop and Obstacle Course activities. There were also stations in the yard that included games of basketball, unihoc and soccer. Where do they get all their energy!
And so Active Schools Week concludes for this year. It was a fantastic week of physical activity and thanks to all the children and parents for your enthusiasm, interest and participation during the week. It is no mean feat to organise an Active Schools Week for a school this big ensuring there is physical activity each day for each class. It would not happy without the dedication and enthusiasm of the wonderful staff in St. Paul’s NS. Míle Buíochas!
Let’s hope Active Schools Week will encourage the children to engage daily in physically active outdoor play. Well done everybody on a fantastic week!
DAY 4 - THURSDAY, JUNE 1st
Junior Infants experiencing Gymnastic in a fun and safe environment with skilled coach, Ms. Naughton.
DAY 3 - WEDNESDAY, MAY 31st
There was no let up to the activities in Saint Paul’s NS today on Day 3 of Active School’s Week. Children from Senior Infants and 2nd class were to be seen throughout the day scurrying and racing around the school yard. They took part in a wonderful orienteering event organised by the teachers in these classes. The aim was to find 28 letters hidden around the school and use these letters to solve a puzzle. Every nook and cranny was searched in pursuit of the elusive letters!
Children from 4th class walked to Mungret Park and also participated in an orienteering event using the tarmac paths around the perimeter of the Park to find the identities of 10 counties hidden in various locations. The children once again used maps to navigate their way around the vast Park. There was even time at the end to enjoy the wonderful playground. Junior Infants were to be seen playing hopscotch and even found time to go on a walk to the local green area past St. Gabriel’s to enjoy the lovely sunshine.
1st class also enjoyed hopscotch in the morning and after break they went to the hall to participate in an obstacle course activity organised by the teachers in 1st class. Tunnels, climbing frames, stepping stones, hurdles and benches were the order of the day as the children’s fitness and endurance levels were put to the test.
3rd and 5th classes went to the field for a soccer blitz. Some very competitive and skilful matches were played by the boys and girls. Ronaldo, Messi and Ibrahimovic would have been impressed with some of the skilful touches on display!
6th classes travelled to Cappanalea Activity Centre in County Kerry for their school tour today. Orienteering and Kayaking were among some of the activities the children were looking forward to when they left the school yard this morning. Roll on Day 4!
DAY 2 - TUESDAY, MAY 30th
A good night’s rest and we were ready to go for Day 2 of Active Schools Week. Almost 200 children brought a bicycle to school this morning for our much anticipated school cycle.
Children from 5th and 6th classes had to opportunity to cycle a 7km circuit around Dooradoyle and Raheen. There was great excitement as the huge group of cyclists left the school yard accompanied by many teachers.
We are also grateful to the Guards from Roxboro Garda Station and members of the St. Paul’s NS Parents Association who provided fantastic support along the route.
The rain did nothing to dampen spirits as the huge mass of enthusiastic cyclists sped along the route with everybody safely returning to St. Paul’s sometime later. The school cycle has quickly become a highlight of Active Schools Week as it is a very exciting experience for the children to cycle in such a large group on public roads.
After break children from 2nd, 3rd and 4th classes took part in a cycling skills event in the school yard. Again some very promising cyclists were spotted weaving their way around the 3 cycling courses which were set up in the Junior, Senior and Middle yards. A special thank you to Alan Loftus from Greenmount Cycling Academy for coming to help with the cycling events in St. Paul’s today.
Not to be outdone Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st class played a novelty game in the school yard called Hungry, Hungry Hippos. This was great fun (when it wasn’t raining!) and many older children and teachers cast an envious eye on the Junior yard wishing they could play too! Mr. O’ Brien’s 5th class also got to go to the field for a rugby coaching session with Kenneth from Munster Rugby. It was thoroughly enjoyable as the children engaged in a number of rugby drills with the emphasis on ball handling. (No scrums or lineouts!)
Children from 3rd and 5th classes walked to Mungret Park to take part in an orienteering activity. The Park is a wonderful amenity within walking distance of our school. The children, working in groups, used a map of the park to navigate their way around the beautifully presented pathways searching for the names of 10 counties which were hidden at different locations. Thankfully nobody got lost (not for very long anyway!) and all children returned to Saint Paul’s at the end of a very active day. What a busy day that was!
DAY 1 - MONDAY, MAY 29th
Active Sports Week kicked off in some style this morning. All children from Juniors to 2nd had an opportunity to take part in a Zumba Dancing class with instructor Sarah. The school was buzzing as the chilren were put through their paces in a high energy workout.
After break Children from 2nd class returned to the hall to take part in a Gymnastics class with Ms. Naughton. The hall was a sea of gymnastics mats as the children were put through their paces performing an array of movements and balances. Senior Infants and 1st class will have an opportunity to take part in this gymnastics class during the week.
Not to be outdone all children from 3rd to 6th participated in the Senior Sports Day. Grey skies didn't dampen enthusiasm as the children enjoyed activities such as bouncing castles, an inflatable obstacle course, rugby coaching with Kenneth from Munster Rugby, Long Jump, Tug o' War and Gladiators. The children completed 12 stations enjoying the fantastic variety of activities that were organised by the teachers.
It was continuous activity all day with the emphasis on fun and participation.
Well done to everybody for taking part today!
Dessert Making with Tuscany Restaurant
Ms.O'Dea's 3rd and Mr. T. O'Brien's 5th class won 1st and 2nd prize for selling the most tickets for the Catherine Fulvio Cookery Demonstration.
On Tuesday, May 23rd Tuscany Restaurant came to the school and baked mini cheesecakes with both classes. Thanks to Chef, Peter Barrett from Tuscany Restaurnt for sharing his passion of baking....creating wonderful mini cheesecakes with the children which they got to take home. A great morning of fun was had by all.
Cian and Jason played in the Gaelic Grounds today, May 23rd for Limerick City Schools in the Mackey Cup.
Well done boys!!
Music Workshop with Robbie Costelloe
Athletics - UL
50 children travelled from St. Paul’s to UL for the annual City Sports on Wednesday, May 17th. The boys and girls had trained well over the last number of weeks and were looking forward to a great day of competitive action. The ice-cream at the end of the day was also very enticing! The City Sports is an excellently organised event where children have the opportunity to take part in events such as the 100 Metres, 200 Metres, 400 Metres, Long Jump and 4 x 100 Metres Relay.
The boy’s team, competing in Category C, had a resounding victory securing promotion to Category B for 2018. There were many outstanding individual performances throughout the day. The boys performed particularly well in the Relays winning 3 out of 4 and finishing 2nd in another. There was great excitement when the trophy was presented to the team at the conclusion of the days events.
The girl’s team competed in the competitive Category A division. Once again there were many excellent performances particularly in the Long Jump and Relays. Although victory was not meant to be on the day the girls gave their all.
Well done to all the children who represented St. Paul’s in UL and thank you to Ms. Hayes, Ms. Naughton, Mr. O’ Brien and Mr. Carroll for preparing them for this event.
It has been a fantastic year of Athletics in St. Paul’s with teams participating in the County Cross Country Championships and City Sports. Earlier in the year classes from 4th and 5th took part in a 5 week Indoor Athletics Programme in UL organised by Limerick Sports Partnership. A number of classes from the school also engaged in a 4 week training programme in advance of the Great Limerick Children’s Run. Over 40 children from St. Paul’s participated in this event at the end of April. Well done to all children who participated in Athletics events in St. Paul’s throughout this school year!
Ms. Cullinane's Junior Infants
'We went on a walk last Thursday and teacher surprised us by taking us to the playground!!! We had lots of fun!!'
Ms. Kenneally’s 4th class went to Dooradoyle Library for a History talk, it proved to be a very enjoyable and fantastic way of engaging pupils with history in a way they would not only enjoy but remember.
City Skill Football Competition
Well done to Jason Hassett, Lee Murphy and Michael Curran pictured below with Limerick players, Peter Nash and James Ryan
They won the City Skills Football Competition and now go forward to the County Finals. Well Done Boys!!
A special thank you to their coaches, Mr. Ruairi Walsh and Mr. Kieran Madden for giving of their time to train.
Analog - Robotics Workshop
Mr. Walsh’s 6th class were selected to participate in the Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Workshop on Tuesday, May 9th.
Analog very kindly sponsored the full cost of the event which offers students an opportunity to learn about electronics and robotics by building their own robots.
A special word of thanks to Mr. Walsh for organising this. Only 20 schools in the City and County were selected.
Hazel Duggan and Marlena Zak were the winners on the day and will now go forward to represent St. Paul's in the County Finals.
2nd Prize went to Jack Tuohy and Lee Murphy.
FAI Primary School's Soccor Competition
Well done to the boys and girls teams from St. Paul's NS who competed in the Limerick County Finals of the FAI Primary Schools 5 a side soccer competition. Both teams had qualified from the first round which was played in March. On the day each team played with great skill and determination in a very competitive tournament. Indeed the boys team finished runners up and were unlucky to miss out on a place in the Munster Final. Thank you to Ms. Barron, Mr. Madden and Mr. Carroll who managed these teams.
Worlds Irish Dancing Championships
Well done to Abigail from Ms. Bennis's School of Irish Dancing who danced beautifully and came 15th in the World's Irish Dancing Championships in Dublin in April. What a fantastic achievement.
Ms. Barron's Junior Infant Spring Art
We really enjoyed using clay to create our Easter nests. We first had to shape the clay into a pinch pot. The clay took a few days to dry. When dry, we painted and decorated them. We filled the nests with straw, baby chicks and Ms Barron put in some eggs (filled with chocolate!!) :)
Fundamental Skills - CAMOGIE
Beginners Camogie Fundamental Skill Training for 1st class pupils was a fantastic success. The teachers worked on simple drills revising and advancing each week which developed each child’s athletic and personal capacity. On the final week all players were awarded a certificate for the skills attained.
A very big thank you to our teachers Ms. O'Dea, Mr. Hutton, Mr. Walsh and Ms. O’Sullivan for giving of their time so generously to train.
St. Paul's SOW and GROW Campaign
Frankie Bal from Mrs Bernard's 4th class is star grower from our Sow and Grow campaign. We will be expecting some runner beans to go with our water cress and carrots after Easter .
'Take care of your plants during the hols !!’ says Mrs Bernard
Our new Tablets!
'We were delighted to arrive in to school on Friday morning only to be told play time today would involve educational games on our new tablets! We played number games, letter games and drawing games. It was so much fun!
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge ran from 27 - 31 March. All children from Juniors to Sixth participated fully in all activities. A Cainteoir na Seachtaine was chosen at each class level and children made a huge effort to speak Irish during lunchtime while playing in the yard. Part of the Dance Strand of the P.E curriculum was taught through the medium of Irish. Each class took part in a Céilí Mór.
A big thank you to Ms. Kenneally for her organisation of this event and to Ms. Cullinane, Ms. A. Barron, Mr. Kirby and Ms. Bennis for giving of their time and expertise. Fifth & Sixth class took part in the Tràth na gCeist which was won by a team from Ms. O'Connor's 6th class closely followed by two teams from Mr. Walsh's class. Thank you to our quizmaster Mr. Walsh.
We hope the enthusiasm shown by the children for an ghaeilge during this week will continue throughout the remainder of the school year.
The captions to follow are just a taster of the week.....
UL Sport Run for Fun
The UL Sport Run for Fun will take place on Saturday, April 29th in the University of Limerick. It is part of the Barrington’s Hospital Great Limerick Run weekend. The Run for Fun is now the largest children’s event in Ireland with over 3,500 children taking part last year.
There is a fun warm up before the race with lots music, dance and movement. There are different races for different classes. Junior and Senior Infants will run 1km, 1st and 2nd class 1.5k, 3rd and 4th class 2km and 5th and 6th 2.5km. There is also a wheelchair event. Races are non-competitive. Parents are allowed participate with smaller children free of charge. Every finisher receives a t-shirt and medal.
It is €15 per child to register with an additional booking fee of €1.05. €5 from each entry will be returned to St. Paul’s N.S. When registering your child’s details select St. Paul’s NS from the dropdown menu. All money raised will be used afterwards towards purchasing new sports equipment for our school. The Run for Fun is a fantastic family day out with many benefits to the children participating and also to their nominated school.
Hopefully lots of children from St. Paul’s will take part.
Internet Safety Talk
St. Paul's School in conjunction with St. Paul's Parents Association have organised an Internet Safety Interactive Presentation for pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th class on April 3rd, 2017.
Following on from this parents are invited to a presentation in the evening at 6.50pm.
The items listed below will be discussed in detail.
A short survey will be completed IN CLASS by the pupils before the workshop. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VTFVWSM
LEAF (Learning about Forests) Workshop
This year our Green School activities are focussed on the theme of Bio-Diversity. In a change from recent years, 2 classes Mrs Bernard's 4th and Mr. Tobin's 3rd class will be the subject of some workshops and classes given by An Taisce on the theme of LEAF ( Learning About Forests). The children in the aforementioned classes have already had a class based workshop, given by Ray Foley the LEAF co-ordinator for this area. This workshop was broadly based on our native trees, Bio diversity and caring for our environment both locally and nationally. They were shown fabulous slides on the re-introduction of the Golden Eagle and other endangered species to our wild environment. The children had the opportunity to achieve valuable insights into these topics and to have an enjoyable time weaving with willow sticks.
Saxophone Music Workshop with Robbie Costello
Here in St. Paul's our teacher's strive to enliven a passion for music through song and music making instruments.
Ms. Ryan organised a Saxophone Workshop for her Senior Infant Class with Robbie Costelloe on March 10th.
Robbie brought with him a tenor and alto saxophone. The children learned the parts of the saxophone and listened to different styles of music played by Robbie.
It was a thoroughly enjoyable experience for them.
Heritage in Schools - David Swift
Pupils from our school enjoyed a visit from David Swift, Heritage in Schools Scheme on March 8th. Irish archaeology is animated for children as they experience an engaging demonstration on domestic and military life during a given historical period.
Pupils from Mr. Walsh's and Ms. O'Connor's 6th Class below immersing themselves in the 1916 Historical Timeframe.
Peace Proms Concert - UL Arena, March 5th
Over 20 schools took part in the Peace Proms Choral Ensemble in the UL Arena on Sunday, March 5th.
A massive thank you to our teachers, Ms.Fitzgerald, Ms. Cullinane, Ms. Doherty, Mr. T. O'Brien and our SNA Martina Condell, who did an outstanding job in preparing the children for this incredible event. It was an amazing experience for all concerned.
St. Paul's School Celebrating World Book Day
Each year all our classes participate in World Book Day. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and - most importantly it's a celebration of reading. Throughout the week classes focus on activities based on books, dressing up as their favourite character, reading to other classes, visiting bookshops and our local library.
On MONDAY, MARCH 6th, the CRESCENT BOOKSHOP came to our school so children could excange their book tokens for books.
Thank you to our teacher Mrs O'Mahoney for organising this annual event in our school.
Ms. Doherty's 5th Class met with Author Matt Griffin who shared his passion for writing in the Crescent Bookshop.
Ms.Reale's class with the books they received from the exchange of their world book day tokens in school today, March 6th. The lovely ladies from the book shop in the crescent visited with a wonderful array of books that could be redeemed with world book day tokens.
Ms. O'Dea's 3rd class met with Author, Nigel Quinlan in O'Mahony's Bookshop (Monday, Feb. 27th). It was a fantastic portal to the world of imagination for our pupils and an inspiration for all ages to continue their love of books. Well done to Alicia Hogan who won a prize in the quiz.
Ms. Ryan's Senior Infants enjoyed a morning of Storytelling and Craft in O'Mahony's on March 1st. Pupils Cian Hayes won best Costume as the 'Tin Man' and Joshua Carne came 1st in the quiz. They had a reading of the 'Smartest Giant in Town', followed by a Quiz, party and face painting. Lots of Fun was had by all.
Ms. Barron's Junior Infants had a great time celebrating World Book Day. They brought in their favourite story book and dressed up as their favourite character. They did show and tell. The boys and girl in 4th class also visited the Juniors Infants and read stories to the children.
Ms. Reale's 2nd Class got into the spirit of Word Book day...they dressed up as their favourite book character and read aloud excerpts from their favourite books. They even had an excerpt from the Polish translation of Pippi Longstockings!
Ms. Cullinane's Junior Infant Book Lovers celebrated their favourite stories by dressing up and having fun.
Thank you to Mr. Walsh's 6th class who paired up with Ms. Cullinane's Junior Infants and had great fun reading to them.
Ms. Kenneally's 4th class really enjoyed World Book Day as they immersed themselves in their own favourite books and characters.
A big thank you to all the children in Ms. O'Malley's Junior Infants who made a fantastic effort for World Book Day. They dressed up as their favourite book character and they did a 'show and tell' of their favourite books.
Massive thanks to Ms. O'Dea's 3rd class who paraded their costumes and took part in a paired reading activity with the Ms. O'Malley's Juniors. All are very excited for Monday when they will get a chance to buy new books with their book vouchers!
Ms. Kelly's 3rd Class having a fun World Book Day. Great Costume from Sean O'Shaughness who won Best Costume on the day.
Ms. O'Dea's and Ms. Kelly's 3rd class visited Dooradoyle Library on March 2nd. They thoroughly enjoyed a Green School theme based puppet show on the topic of Litter/Recycling.
Mr. Hutton's 1st class thoroughly enjoyed their outing to O'Mahony's Bookshop on March 2nd. They met with author Julian Gough and dressed up as their favourite book character.
Heritage in Schools
The Heritage in Schools Scheme provides a panel of 175 heritage specialists to visit primary schools throughout the country. The scheme provides an additional educational tool and resource for teachers.
Specialist Melissa Shiels and Ruth Marshall visited our school on Feb. 8th, Feb 9th and 10th.
Melissa brought a range of historical periods to life for the pupils. During her visit the pupils got to handle historical artefacts e.g. clothes, jewellery and learned old dances and songs etc.,
Pictured below are Ms. O’Dea’s 3rd class learning about the Normans and Medieval life.
10@10 Operation Transformation Challenge
Our 3rd and 4th classes took to the outdoors this morning to take part in the 10@10 Operation Transformation Challenge. They braved the cold and excercised to their hearts content.
Ms. McGraths 1st class having a fun workout.....10@10 Challenge
Ms. O'Malley's Junior Infant Fitness Fanatics participating in the 10@10 Challenge...
Click on this link to see our fitness fanatics at work https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B2lS-mobxOR0NDQxa0xyTGFaMGM/view?usp=drivesdk
PEACE PROMS - Choral Education Programme
The CBOI (Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland) plays a vital role in enhancing Music and Arts Education in Ireland through their Peace Proms program. Peace Proms is a choral education program which impacts 20,000 primary school children in Ireland and Northern Ireland. St. Paul's school are delighed to be part of it.
Children in our School Choir (from 4th, 5th and 6th class)went to U.L. on Feb. 8th to rehearse with children from 18 other schools for the official concert which will take place on SUNDAY, MARCH 5th at 8pm.
Click on this link and scroll down to Limerick Peace Proms Choir Workshop 3 to get a taster of the live stream from today's rehearsal. https://www.facebook.com/pg/crossborderorchestra/posts/?ref=page_internal
TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE ONLINE and are SELLING OUT FAST. Tickets will NOT be available to buy at the UL Arena on the night of March 5th.
Please click on the following link and it will bring you to straight to the ticket site for the correct date and time of the concert. http://peaceproms.com/limerick-sunday-8pm-tickets/
A huge thank you to our teachers Ms. Fitzgerald, Ms. Cullinane, Ms. Doherty, Mr. T. O'Brien and our SNA Martina Condell for the many hours spent training and encouraging each and every child involved.
STAR SITE - SCOILNET
We were delighted to have received news that our School Website has been chosen by Scoilnet as one of their Star Sites (June 23rd). Scoilnet is the official education portal of the Department of Education and Science in Ireland. The award recognises websites that embrace the web as a tool of communication.
Click on the line below for additional information on the award.
Thank you to Mrs O'Mahony and Ms. Geary's 6th class children for organising the bric-a-brac on Friday, June 24th.
A WHOPPING €3,000 was raised and the proceeds were presented go to Feileacain (stillbirth and neonatal death Assoc of Ireland) on June 29th.
A huge thank you to parents, children and the wider community for all your very generous donations of buns, cakes, toy, books etc.,
4th GREEN FLAG AWARDED
It was a proud moment for our school on May 17th as we were awarded our 4th green flag - 'TRAVEL' Theme - in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cork. Padraig O’Neill and Weslee Hennessy accepted the flag on the school’s behalf.
Ms. Bernard and her Committee over the past two years have been raising awareness among both pupils, staff and parents putting together a very comprehensive programme which included our WOW (Walk on Wednesdays), walkability audits, Green School Exhibition in the RDS, Road Safety Programme (RSA), Cycling Workshop – Bike Safety, Walking Awareness and Action Day (Bling our shoes, wall displays and posters, tee-shirt slogans, posters) and much more.
The committee would like to thank pupils, staff, parents and all who have helped and participated in the many events held regardless of the weather and to Rosin Garvey from An Taisce for her support in working with us to achieve this flag.
Now on to our next Green Flag which is on the theme of Biodiversity (caring for all things that live on earth which is essential in keeping the environment healthy and fit for human life). The Committee look forward to the many challenges this will present.
Primary Online Database (POD)
The Department of Education and Skills is developing an electronic database of primary school pupils called the Primary Online Database (POD) which will involve schools maintaining and returning data on pupils to the Department at individual pupil level. In order to assist with the gathering of data a form will be given to each pupil for completion. Information in Section 1 (non sensitive data) will be transferred to the Dept. and Information in Section 2 (sensitive data) will only be transferred upon signed consent.
Please ensure your child’s contact details are up-to-date. If there has been any change to your home address, telephone numbers etc., please contact Marion in the office or email your changes to firstname.lastname@example.org