WHEN YOU ENTER OUR SCHOOL
From once you come inside either of our new entrances and view our main school building sitting on Gallows Hill we think you will be very impressed with what our school has to offer you and your son. This is just a quick snapshot of SOME of the activities that take place in our school. We hope you enjoy your short visit. Under each photo are some buttons - click the forward button to view some more photos each time.
We think you will particularly like our playground. It is completely secure and for the use of infant classes only during break times. Other junior classes are timetabled to use the playground during normal school times. Several of our school staff worked really hard to generate very substantial funding for the equipment in the yard and we are very proud of the way it now looks.
Sport is very important in our school. We have a brilliant pitch, completely secure with a running track around it. It is now also floodlit. We have a purpose built dressing room for the boys to tog out for matches. Junior and Senior football leagues take place during lunchtime before Halloween and after Easter when the weather is usually more suitable to outdoor activities. We participate in football primary school leagues (A division). We also participate in county hurling and all-Ireland Chess competitions. Senior and Junior lunch time table tennis leagues are run during the winter months and basketball leagues for senior classes are held after school.
Our annual sports day is held in June each year and allows all pupils to participate in as many events as they wish - some are quite
Our school has a long tradition in music and it's one we are very proud of. All our boys are taught the recorder and classes are available for all pupils from second class upwards to play the violin. Some small sized violins are even available in the school for pupils to utilize. There are many opportunities to perform during the year - St. Patrick's Day, church masses and celebrations, such as Communion and Confirmation.
Choir - all pupils are encouraged to take part in our school choir which performs for church ceremonies throughout the school year.
Our school is involved in several very interesting projects.
We have been awarded seven green flags to date for our continued work on helping children become aware of the importance of looking after our environment. Pat Shortt raised Green Flag 3 - Paul O'Connell raised Green Flag 2.
We took part some time ago in a cross-border project called Dissolving Boundaries. We were very proud of our link with Omagh County Primary School and worked with them on local history through video conferencing, email and Moodle.
We recently were successful in applying for an Active School Flag which has been added to our Digital Flag and many Green Flags. So many projects!!!
We like our children to experience as much hands-on activities as possible. Apart from our own art and craft classes, our pupils regularly go to the Linenhall for art classes. We utilize fully National Museum of Country Life facilities and classes attend workshops on a regular basis.
Fifth class participate in Knex Challenge - see photo.
AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES
Our school has many after school activities available to choose from. We have computer clubs for third to sixth class on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Chess club is available for classes from second to sixth on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Drama Club takes place on Thursday evenings. Table tennis club is available on Thursdays for senior classes.
We like to encourage our pupils to always be aware that there are always people in need and that we can do our share to help - especially at Christmas. Just two charity events that we support are Operation Christmas Child - supported by the Samaritan's Purse Charity and carol singing at Christmas in Supervalu - proceeds go to St. Vincent de Paul.