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
To follow please find a statement from Limerick Diocesan Office in relation to First Holy Communion and Confirmation, 2021
St. Paul's Rowathon
As of April 1st, our staff fundraiser has raised an amazing €3,651.
A big thank you to all involved.
Check out our rowers below.......😃
25th March 2021
Last day of our team charity ROWATHON challenge and our rowers made amazing ground where they covered a distance of 200km over the 3 days. WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED!
The rowathon was a great success for two amazing causes and proved to be a great team building fun exercise.
We had amazing support from everyone. The atmosphere was great and this helped our brave rowers through their challenges.
As of March 25h, we have reached a WHOPPING €3,285.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who donated and to all our staff who took part.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO OUR TEACHERS MS. GLOSTER AND MS. FRANCIS for organising this fundraiser in our school.
24th March 2021
Day 2 down and our rowers pulled together and travelled a distance of 134km…..our goal is 200km… A whopping €2,630 has been raised so far. We are really grateful for your support.
23rd March 2021
Our rowers got off to a flying start today and travelled 75km over the course of the day......WELLL DONE TO ALL...
We have reached a WHOPPING €2050 in donations so far with 2 more days to go.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who donated.
19th March 2021
Several staff members will be taking part in St. Paul’s first ever Rowathon Fundraiser from Tuesday, March 23rd to Thursday, March 25th incl.,
The staff members involved aim to collectively row the distance from St. Paul’s School to Dublin utilising an indoor rowing machine.
Milford Hospice is our chosen charity as they provide many services to the community of Limerick and hold a personal connection to many people in our school. Normally during the academic year, we would hold a Staff Coffee morning in aid of Milford but unfortunately due to COVID we were unable to do so this year. So, our teachers Ms. Gloster and Ms. Francis came up with the idea of a Rowathon.
A portion of the funds raised will also be donated to aid past pupil Tomas Gomez who is embarking on a research expedition to the Rainforests of Honduras in July. During his expedition Tomas will be helping conservation efforts to protect many species.
A huge thank you to all who have donated so far. Our goal was to raise €1,000 and as of March 21st we have reached a WHOPPING €1,400. We look forward to updating everyone on our 'ROW' to Dublin during the week.
Please do not feel under pressure to donate as these are very hard times for all. We are just making you aware of our fundraiser. If you would like to donate, you can do by clicking on the following GoFundMe link https://www.gofundme.com/w6g55 St. Paul's Rowathon
Keep an eye on the School App and our Twitter page over the next week as our staff battle the rogue waves.....
All children from 3rd to 6th class will return to school on Monday, March 15th (as per Government guidelines). It will be wonderful to have the school fully opened and operational again.
Our school has been deep cleaned and fogged. Our cleaners will continue to clean our classrooms, corridors etc during the school day.
We are aware that ventilation is very important in the classrooms and whole school and all our staff will be mindful of this. We endeavour to keep our school a safe place for the whole school community. With this in mind we are asking all parents to wear masks /visors while dropping and collecting children from school. Public health guidelines clearly state that parents/guardians are not to congregate or delay while dropping off or collecting their children. We are requesting you to leave school area as soon as a child is dropped or collected.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
International Women's Day
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women from every corner of the globe.
The theme for this year is 'Choose to Challenge'
We here in St Paul's School would like to raise awareness of this important day by choosing to challenge our pupils to aim for the moon because even if they miss they will land among the stars.
Check out the videos below of some women celebs who took time out to reply to questions from some of our pupils.
Many thanks to our teachers Mr. Fennessy and Mr. Curtin for their organisation of this project. Check out our twitter page for all videos.....
School Closure/Remote Learning
We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2021 and hope that you are all safe and well.
As you are aware the Government announced that due to COVID-19 all schools are closed until January 31st. Therefore, remote learning will commence in St. Paul’s School from next Monday, January 11th.
Collection of books has been arranged and our main platform for communication will be via Class Dojo, Zoom and the School App (if you have changed your email address or telephone number or have not added the app to your phone, can you please contact Marion at email@example.com)
As a result of the last lockdown, staff have been busy over the past few months upskilling and working with technologies in Education to enable us to deliver an effective remote learning experience.
We realise that remote learning is challenging, it’s not easy to juggle home, school and work life. If you are encountering remote leaning difficulties please contact your child's class teacher via Class Dojo or have any concerns you would like to discuss with Mr Tuohy please make contact with us through the school email address firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you in any way possible.
Keep safe and well over the next few weeks and hopefully we will be back to school very soon.
Green and White Day and Fans in the Stand
There was a sea of green and white around our school on Friday in support of our Senior Limerick Hurlers who are up against Waterford on Sunday, December 13th in Croke Park.
Centra recently held a competition which gave the opportunity for school children to create self-portraits that will feature in the stands of Croke Park on Sunday.
Some teachers entered the competition on behalf of the school and we were delighted to be selected as one of the lucky winners.
100 life size cardboard cut outs were delivered and children in 4th classes, 6th classes and some Senior Infants were busy creating self-portraits on 100% recyclable board, colouring them in in their County colours showing their support for the Limerick Team on Sunday. On Wednesday, Dec. 9th they made their way to Croke Park.
Thanks to Ms. O’Dea, Mr. Walsh and Ms Donnelly for organising this.
It generated great excitement throughout the classes. A massive thank you to CENTRA.
Check out our Twitter Feed for lots of pictures.
ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL WOULD LIKE TO WISH THE LIMERICK HURLING TEAM ALL THE BEST ON SUNDAY!
Christmas Classroom Door Competition
Our Student Council definitely spread some Christmas Cheer throughout the school during December.They organised a competition for the best decorated CHRISTMAS CLASSROOM DOOR.
CHECK OUT THE FANTASTIC VIDEO which they created from the incredible collection of Christmas Door designs throughout the school from every class.
THE WINNING CLASSROOM DOORS WERE: Ms. O'Malley, 1st Class, Ms O'Dea, 4th Class, Mr. Kirby, 5th Class and Mr T.O'Brien/Ms. Gloster, SEN Class.
BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNING CLASSES and ALSO HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO everybody who took part.
Last but not least A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Ms. Hayes and the STUDENT COUNCIL for their organisation of this great event in our school
Redemptorist Food Appeal
The Redemptorists, working with the Society of St Vincent de Paul and many other organizations, hope to distribute 6,000 Christmas Hampers across the city and county in the lead up to Christmas.
The picture below is just one mornings collection of non-perishable items brought in by our pupils here in St. Paul's.... many car loads have already been brought to the Redemptorist by our Principal, Mr. Touhy.
A very big thank you to all our pupils for their kindness, it is so much appreciated.
St. Paul's Church
St. Paul's Church is looking forward to welcoming you back and sharing with you the joy of Christmans under level 3 restrictions.
The Crib and Christmas tree has been put up to celebrate the festive season.
The enrolment process for Junior Infants, Sept 2021 will begin on October 1st, 2020 You will find all the necessary information under 'Parent Information, Enrolment'
MPCC Credit Union Art Competition Winners
A big CONGRATULATIONS to three of our pupils who recently won prizes in the MPCC Credit Union Art Compeition.
The theme this year was 'Imagine More'
Our Winners were:-
Isabelle O'Connell from Ms. O'Malley's 1st Class came 2nd in the U7 category
Niamh McSweeney from Mr. Hutton's 4th class came 1st in the 8-10 age group category
Leilla O'Regan from Ms. Barron's 6th class came 1st in the 11-13 age group caterory.
WELL DONE also to all the boys and girls who entered pictures in the competition. We are very proud of you all...
All the winning entries are now up on the MPCC facebook page....click on the following link to bring to their page https://www.facebook.com/mpcccu/
P.E. with Ashley
As part of our PE curriculum the children have started Wellness classes for a period of 6 weeks.
Activities will include mobility and stretching, mindfulness and dance. These activities will provide physical movement for the children as well as a time to relax and calm their minds and bodies.
These classes are being facilitated by Ashley O’Toole who has taught dance in our school over the last few years.
Thanks to our teacher, Mr. Carroll for organizing this part of our PE curriculum.
Check out Ms. Barron's 1st class below.....just a taste of the action
Student Council and our New Bike Racks
The Student Council were delighted to meet with Councillor Daniel Butler today and have their photograph taken with him and Mr. Tuohy in front of the new bike racks.
They also had a good discussion around their ideas for promoting walking and cycling to school which they are in the process of organising.
A huge thank you to all involved in the provision of these new bike racks, we are looking forward to getting great use out of them.
Many thanks also to Ms. Hayes for co-ordinating weekly meetings with our Student Council.......
Each month the Student Council will publish an article in the School Newsletter.......make sure you keep tuned in.....
A big congratulations to all the pupils and teachers for another fantastic SCIENCE WEEK here in St. Paul's School. What a fabulous celebration of science we had over the past week.
All classes from Juniors to 6th took part in online lessons from LIT, U.L., Mary I, Regeneron and the Science Federation of Ireland.
Many thanks to all these organisiations for sharing their knowledge, experise and enthusiasm with our pupils.
To follow is just a taste of what went on in some of the classes.....
Various classes from Juniors to 6th dressed up for Halloween on Friday, October 23rd and the money raised is going towards a charity
Our School will re-open on Monday, November 2nd, enjoy the break......
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL.......
Check out our new Student Council for Sept 2020/2021 under 'About Us' heading on the homepage.
Maths Week in St. Paul's
There is great activity throughout the school where classes from Juniors to 6th are taking part in STEM challenges for Maths Week.
To follow are just a few pictures from various classes and more will follow as the week progresses.
Music Generation Livestream
Ms. Geary's 3rd Class engrossed in Music Generation Livestream on October 14th.
Music Generation are delighted to announce the MGLC Livestreams, a new interactive approach for performance music education in the classroom, featuring some of Ireland's most exciting musicians. They are launching from October 13-15 with a special show as part of the The Lime Tree Theatre's Bualadh Bos festival.
Video Message from Bishop Leahy
Click on the following link to receive a video message from Bishop Brendan Leahy to all 6th class pupils:
6th Class Graduation
It is time to say farewell to another amazing group of boys and girls in 6th class who are beginning a new chapter in secondary school.
COVID-19 has been extremely difficult time for children of all ages but particularly difficult for all our 6th class pupils who are missing rites of passage – sports day, last school tour, disco and graduation ceremony etc.,
We would like to take this opportunity to send them our best wishes as they take the next step on their educational journey through life.
It has been wonderful having each and every one of you as students of St. Paul’s School and I’m sure you have made lasting friendships along the way
As we are unable to have a graduation ceremony this year, our 6th Class Graduation Mass will take place (live stream) on TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd at 7pm from St. Nessan’s Church.
On this night all the name of the pupils graduating from St. Paul’s School will be called out.
Make sure you tune in by clicking on the following link for the live stream on this night. MCR Parish Live Stream
You will all continue to be in our prayers and thoughts as you make your journey on to new places.
Video to all 6th Class Pupils from President Michael D. Higgins
Click on the link below to see the video..... President Michael D. Higgins message to 6th Class Students
Ms. Barron's 6th Class visit to Ardnacrusha Power Station.
Ms. Barron's 6th class went on a trip to Ardnacrusha Power Station earlier in the year as part of ESB Science Blast. Well done to all the class.
They were investigating 'Can the river Shannon help solve our energy crisis?'
Check out the video below.....
We also got a mention on the Limerick Post Paper where we were listed as one of 12 schools who took part. They were due to exhibit their project this week in Mary Immaculate college but unfortunately this could not happen due to COVID-19
It's such a shame that they didn't get to showcase it, but we are so proud of all our 6th class pupils. A big 'bualadh bos' to you all, you should be so proud of yourselves.
Check out twitter also.....
Ms. Hayes 2nd class thoroughly enjoyed the recent workshop they had on Biodiversity
Sarah explored the topic through the mediums of PowerPoint, hands on creation of food chains and crafting an Irish animal. They shared previously known knowledge on the subject and reported back on the new skills and information they had been working on.
Thanks so much to Sarah for making our learning so interactive and interesting.
World Book Day 2020
There was great excitement in our school for World Book Day which we celebrated on Thursday, March 5th
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. Barron's Junior Infants had a great time celebrating World Book Day. They stood on the magic step for show & tell and told everyone about who we were dressed up as and about our favourite book. Later in the day Ms Barron’s 6th class came to be our reading buddies & read our favourite book to us. They also helped us to make some lovely bookmarks that we could bring home for reading
Ms. Naughton's Junior Infants joined the World Book Day crew in O'Mahony's Bookshop for a robotic event celebrating Robots and Books ... They all dressed up and received a goodie bag.
Mr. Madden's/Ms. O'Sullivan's 6th class acting as reading buddies on the day.....
Ms. Bennis's 4th class went to O'Mahony's Bookshop to listen to author Shane Hegarty. He signed his books for children who bought and won his books.
Jamie and Grace won the Fancy Dress and Sean and Kelly won the quiz. Everyone got treats and a goodie bag with stationery items. All thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Many thanks to O'Mahony's bookshop for inviting us to this wonderfuly event.
Official School Opening
January 31st, 2020 marked the official opening of St Paul’s new school.
The ceremony began with an opening speech by the Chairperson of the BOM, John Coady followed by speeches (in no particular order) from Principal, John Touhy, Patron of Catholic Schools, Bishop Brendan Leahy, Mayor of Limerick, City and County, Michael Sheahan, Rose of Tralee, Sinead Flanagan (former pupil of St. Paul’s) and John Moran CEO and founder of RHH International (former pupil of the first graduating class of St. Paul's School)
We were honoured to have Bishop Brendan Leahy bless our amazing new school and SInead Flanagan cut the ribbon.
Also in attendance were Staff (past and present), Board of Management members (past and present) Local Clergy, Fr. Noel Murphy and Fr. John Leonard, Parents Association members, Politicians, Dept of Education personnel, Our builder and Architect, Primary and Secondary School Principals and many more locally invited guests.
It was an important and exciting day for our school and we would like to thank all those who attended and who were involved.
Old School versus New School
Write up on the Limerick Post Paper
CHECK OUT OUR TWITTER ACCOUNT FOR A SLIDESHOW FROM THE LIMERICK LEADER
MPCC Credit Union Quiz Winners
CONGRATULATIONS to all our teams who represented our school so well at the MPCC Credit Union Quiz on January 31st.
Big CONGRATS to our U11 team who won Category A section.
Our winning team comprised of Pádraig Murphy (Mr. T O’Brien’s 4th Class) , Christian Stack (Mr. Kirby’s 5th Class) , Alex Finucane (Ms. O’Dea’s 4th Class) and Mark Neligan (Ms. O’Dea’s 4th Class) who will now represent MPCC Credit Union in the Chapter Final which will take place on Friday, February 28th at 6.30pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick. Both winners and runners-up at Chapter Level go on to the National Final in Dublin on Sunday, April 5.
The winners got a ‘Winners’ Plaque’ for the school as well as the individual awards plus certs.
Again well done to all who took part. You did both yourselves and your school proud.
Thank you to Mr. Carroll for taking the time to organise this event for our school.
Robotics with Analog Devices
Mr. Walsh’s 6th class were selected to participate in the Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Workshop which took place on January 27th.
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 Solution.
OLIVIA EDWARDS LOPEZ, CARL DASCO AND OLIVIA HERLIHY were the OVERALL WINNERS on the day and will now go forward to represent St. Paul's in the County Finals.
RUNNERS UP on the day were DAVID O'SULLIVAN, KACPER ZAK AND SADHBH BARRETT.
It was a very educational workshop and we thank both Analog and Learn it Education Solutions
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. ....
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.
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.
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