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Gaelic football coaching

We are delighted to be using the indoor pitch at the GAA grounds on Bunclody for our PE lessons again this year. The middle room had PE there from September to Halloween. The senior room will go from now until Christmas. Last week was the first session for the seniors since last year. Kristof played gaelic football for the first time ever! He thought it was a good game!


Rev Mike came to talk to us last week at assembly time. He told us a story about three trees who all wanted to be something special. It was a very good story. We were listening carefully.

Rev. Mike at assembly

Rev. Mike at assembly


The Infant Book Project

Just before the Halloween holidays the infants wrote books. They went to the library and they met an author called Dolores Keaveney. She was really nice and she encouraged them to write their own books. The infants wrote their books in school. On a special day the infants invited their parents and Dearbhla, our librarian to come to school to see the books. The children took turns and read their books out loud. Mrs Wilson used the visualiser so that all of the visitors could see the book on the big interactive whiteboard.

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Tag Rugby with Larry

We were so pleased earlier this month to welcome back Larry Canavan from Tullow RFC, following his illness last school year. Larry is a favourite visitor and sports coach in our school and was very much missed! As soon as Larry came back he started training with the senior classes, 4th – 6th. As there are a lot of children in the class he spits then into two groups. Larry trains with the kids on Mondays. The children really enjoy tag rugby and we are very grateful to Larry, Tullow RFC and the youth development team in Leinster for the support our school receives.

On Wednesday 30th September Larry organised a blitz between the senior pupils of our school and the senior pupils of Shilelagh NS. The children had a great day with great weather and played great rugby! Thanks to Larry and to the teachers involved.

Tag rugby teams Shilelagh NS and Carrigduff NS

Tag rugby teams Shilelagh NS and Carrigduff NS

And a funny pic!

And a funny pic!

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Teaching Practice

Welcome back to our former pupil Jessica Jacob now a student teacher in the Church of Ireland College of Education. Jessica will be joining us in November for teaching practice in the middle room. She will be visiting the school once a week over the next four weeks observing and preparing and will begin teaching on Monday 2nd November, straight after the Halloween break. We are delighted to facilitate Jessica’s teaching practice and look forward to working with her as a colleague!


Vision & Hearing Tests

The Junior Infants will have their vision and hearing tests on Tuesday 13th October. Parents should note that 6th class will not be routinely tested this year following a national directive. Parents with any concerns should let a class teacher know before this date as teachers can still make a small number of discretionary referrals.

Harvest Service

Don’t forget our school’s Harvest Service on Sunday 4th October in St. Mary’s Church, Bunclody at 11.30am.

Sport all over the place!

What a great week for sports in the senior room! Last week 22 children got onto a bus and headed off to Carlow for the St. Laurence O’Toole Athletic Club’s Cross Country Races.  They had a great day and placed very well. There were over 200 children in each of the six races. Almost all of our pupils finished the very long races of 800m (4th class), 1000m (5th class) & 1200m (6th class) and most of our pupils were in the top 50% of runners. A special well done to some of our 4th class students who placed very highly indeed; Niall Warren 12th, Damien Duke 15th, and Leah James 22nd place.

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Next week our senior girls are taking part in the gaelic football Mini 7s on Tuesday 29th in Caim NS and our senior pupils are taking part on a Tag Rugby Blitz with Shilelagh NS in our school on Wednesday 30th. Go néirí an tádh libh a pháistí agus bainigí taitneamh as na gcluichí!


On Friday 25th September local librarian Dearbhla, from Bunclody Library came to school to present certificates and medals to the fifteen pupils from our school who completed the Summer Reading Challenge this year. We are delighted to promote this programme and we include information about the reading challenge in our packs with our annual reports in June. Each year a number of pupils take part, and this year was the largest group to date with 15 out of our 71 pupils completing the required number of books by the end of August. Comhghairdeas a pháistí! Rinne sibh an iarracht agus tá bualadh bos mór tuillte daoibh!

Classroom visits to our local library will start shortly. We are so lucky in Bunclody to have a great bunch of librarians who organise children’s events, speakers, workshops, reading circles, chess clubs, exhibitions, help with project research and of course manage books. All children are encouraged to become familiar with the services that our local library offer. Thank you to Dearbhla and the team of librarians who help us when we visit!

Rev Mike comes to assembly


On Friday 18th September Reverend Mike was in school for a special assembly. He brought some bananas to school and told us how the colour is such a cheerful yellow, how the food is so good for us and how the shape reminds us of a big smile. He told us that sometimes our friends can be upset or sad and their mouths might look like a down turned banana but we can spot that, be kind and turn the down turned banana shape back into a smile!

Rev. Mike is in the photo above with our new Junior Infants. The children loved hearing Rev. Mike’s story and were delighted to check their lunchboxes afterwards for bananas of their own!

Mrs Hobson played the keyboard for our song and our students of the week were Matthew Kirwan (Jun Rm), Zoe Levingstone (Mid Rm), Leah James (Sen Rm) and Emma Warren (Green Sch). Well done to all of our hard working students!

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