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Piercestown National School Virtual Carol Service 2021
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Best of luck to our Masters and Buds chess teams as they head off tomorrow to Gaelscoil Inis Córthaidh to take part in the Ficheall tournament.
Beannachtaí Lá Fhéile Bríde!
Everyone in Piercestown N.S. was very happy to welcome St. Brigid and the first day of Spring today! Throughout the school the children were all very busy making St. Brigid’s crosses and listening to stories about this very special saint. Have a look!
Well done to 6th class children who were on hand to help the children in 1st class to make their St. Brigid’s crosses!
Credit Union Quiz Teams
Best of luck to the Under 13 Credit Union Quiz team – Cillian, Olivia (missing from photo), Jack and Joseph as they represent our school on Sunday.
Best of luck also to our Under 11 team – Charlie, Joe, Rogan and Jack. We are very proud of you all!
Help us win big with Aldi!!!
Aldi offers schools a chance to win €50,000 and ten schools a chance to win €5,000 towards developing their sports facilities.
As in previous years, The Aldi Play Rugby Sticker Competition is now back in action. The Aldi Play Rugby Sticker competition (Aldi Play Rugby) commenced on the 16th of January and will finish on the 23rd April.
If you shop in Aldi, don’t forget to collect your vouchers and send them to school.
The Aldi rugby poster is on display opposite the school office in the reception area. The children are busy adding their stickers daily. As soon as the poster is full, Ms. Walsh will be quick to fill in the form and return the poster by submitting a photograph so that we are entered into the competition. For more information on the competition go to: https://www.aldi.ie/playrugby-terms
Thanks in advance for all your help. Check out our photos to see how quick off the mark we were!
Daniel puts Piercestown on the map for swimming!
Congratulations to Daniel who recently put Piercestown National School on the map for swimming.
Daniel’s training regime had him in top form as he entered the Leinster Championship on Saturday 15th January. The week prior to the competition saw Daniel swim an impressive 8,150m (363 lengths) in one week alone!
All roads led to the National Aquatic Centre for Daniel and his family on Saturday 15th. Not only did Daniel smash his personal best, but he rocketed home in 2nd place with the ‘backstroke.’
Congratulations to Daniel, the whole school is so proud of his achievement.
Dare we say we have the next Michael Phelps in the mix? As the phrase goes, ‘Watch this space’ – we don’t think we have seen the last of Daniel’s success just yet.
Many thanks to Daniel and his parents for sharing these photos for us to acknowledge his wonderful achievement.
Enrolments for September 2023
Enrolments for the coming school year opened December 6th and will close in the coming week.
For any queries, please contact the school on 053-9158854.
If you missed the opportunity to attend our Open Night, please don’t hesitate to get in touch and we can arrange an appointment and an information pack to be made available.
Happy Christmas everyone!!!
Here’s a few pics from our Christmas Assembly today. The children were full of excitement… only four more sleeps!!!
Eason’s Spelling Bee 2022
There was great excitement among 5th and 6th class, with the return of the Eason’s Spelling Bee Competition. This competition is in its 13th year and is open to any boy or girl in 5th and 6th class who wishes to participate. The spelling booklets were given out and a week later, we held our in-school spelling bee competition. The winner of this competition would be crowned Piercestown N.S. spelling bee and go on to represent our school in the County Final which will take place in the New Year. 15 brave pupils stepped up to the plate, as the in-school competition took place in the hall on Thursday December 1st. 4th class pupils were also in the audience as they eagerly watched what opportunity lies ahead for them in 5th class. It was one of the closest and most intense competitions we have seen over the years with the 15 contestants finally being whittled down to two 6th class boys, Arvin and John. Having found ourselves in a ‘sudden death’ scenario, you could cut the tension in the room with a knife. But after several rounds of going head-to-head, John emerged victorious. Well done to ALL of our pupils who volunteered to take part, it takes guts and stamina and nerves of steel alongside good spelling technique!!! Congratulations to John, our 2022 Piercestown N.S. Spelling Bee and we look forward to updating you when the County Final date is announced.
Football Lunchtime League 2022
The last day of November saw us host our eagerly awaited Football Lunchtime League Final. The two semi-finals were very closely fought matches before Team 2 and Team 4 booked their place in the decider. The weather was on our side as the two teams took to the pitch to the music of the Sunday Game and a huge round of applause from the rest of the school there to cheer them on, Team 4 donning the Shels jerseys for the day and Team 2 in the familiar Martins colours. The Martins got off to a flying start and were quickly off to a 2-1 lead before the ‘Shels’ team got their first score. Half time saw both teams on level scores at 2-1 apiece. In the second half the ‘Shels’ team really got into their stride and despite some great defence and some lovely taken scores by the ‘Martins’ there was no stopping the ‘Shels’ as they ran out as winners on a score line of 4 -3 to 3-2.
St Martin’s Club Chairperson Kevin Waters was on hand to present, for the very first time, the ‘Daithí Waters’ Lunchtime League cup to the victorious team of Tommy Codd, Amy Newport, Gi-Gi Cleary, Lucia Moore, Rory O’ Connell, Jack Brennan, Eva O’Mahony and Maebh Ahern. Kevin offered some words of advice to all the players and spectators and was very impressed by the talent on show on the day, from goal saving clearances to some well taken scores and the level of teamwork on display. Gi-Gi, on behalf of the winning team, thanked Kevin, Ms. Walsh, Ms. Hearne and all the teachers, and congratulated all the teams that participated in the league, giving a huge three cheers to the unlucky finalists, who fought valiantly and showed a great amount of skill in the final but were pipped in the second half. Well done also to all of 6th Class who acted as referees, lines people and umpires throughout the competition. A huge thank you to Kevin for joining us on the day and adding so much to this occasion and to the St. Martins Club for sponsoring the ‘Daithí Waters Cup.’ It is great to have such a supportive club within our community. Special thanks to Ms. Hearne, without whom these lunchtime leagues would not take place. A final congratulations to all 54 participants in this very competitive competition and we look forward to showcasing their sporting talents in other Lunchtime Leagues later in the year. It is great to see the boys and girls, experienced players and new beginners, take to the field together to show their skills and to see the sportsmanlike way in which all interact with each other and offer encouragement to all teammates.
OPEN NIGHT 2022 – DECEMBER 7TH 7PM
SING OUT LOUD – We love it!!!
The children in 5th and 6th class gave the performance of their life in the National Opera House last Saturday, 19th November for SING OUT LOUD. Here’s a sneak peak of some of the songs during rehearsals (no recording allowed during the actual concert) and some backstage photos too. It was fantastic to see them giving their all and enjoying every minute. What an amazing experience!
Here’s some great photos of the children from each class planting bulbs – just one of the many activities that took place this week for Science Week. We look forward to a wonderful display of bright yellow flowers when over 200 daffodils bloom next Spring!!!
Get ready for SCIENCE WEEK!!!
Next week we turn our attention to all things science as we celebrate Science Week. There will be experiments galore, a class trip for 5th class to Teagasc and a workshop for all classes with the Nutty Scientist – sooo exciting!!! For more info on National Science week, see https://www.sfi.ie/engagement/science-week/
Halloween 2022 – Freaky Friday!
Ghosts and ghouls, witches and wizards, creepy clowns and deadly demons all gathered for some freaky fun at the St. Martin’s Centre on the last day before the Halloween break. They were joined by Anna, Elsa, Woody, Little Red Riding Hood, Mario, Luigi and many more as they paraded down to school, with the Active Motto still ringing in their ears – Walk, Run, Jump or Skip, Come On Piercestown, Let’s Get Fit! The children (for they really were children underneath it all!!!) went on to have a great day in school, complete with Halloween games, disco dancing, spooky movies and tasty treats. There was huge competition for Best Costume as always and prizes were given out for best dressed in each class. Have a look at our Freaky Friday video… if you dare!!!
All Roads lead to the Coal Bunker Bar for the Spectrum of Light, Tractor run fundraiser for our ASD class in Piercestown National School. (Sunday 30th October, registration 11am. Tractor run begins 12.30pm)
Fancy a good start to the midterm? All roads lead to our Tractor Run tomorrow beginning at the Coal Bunker bar. This tractor run will be followed by a raffle, an auction, and a kids disco. Come along and join the fun while simultaneously raising funds for a most worthy cause!
Registration is open from 11an with the Tractor run beginning at 12.30pm. We look forward to seeing you all there!
Maths Week 2022
Maths Week 2022 took place from 17th to 21st October and what an exciting week it was! Post Covid restrictions, we were once again able to gather in the PE hall over the course of the week for exciting events such as our Monster Maths Quiz, Tables Bee Final and Countdown Final. In the true spirit of collaborative learning, some of the senior classes were paired with the junior classes for Active Maths sessions and Maths activities, and hats off to them, they did a fantastic job! Bingo over the intercom was introduced as part of Maths Week this year and annual fun competitions such as ‘Guess how many jelly beans in the jar’ and ‘Guess the weight of the pumpkin’ made a return. The Problem of the Day had both children and adults scratching their heads at times! The prize giving ceremony followed on Monday 24th with each winner choosing a Maths themed prize to encourage them to continue learning and having fun. Check out our video to see this year’s Maths Week in action!
GOAL Jersey Day 2022
Friday 14th October saw schools across the whole country don their favourite jerseys in support of GOAL Jersey Day and Piercestown N.S. was no exception. The children in Senior Infants even did some artwork inspired by Jersey Day. Well done to all the boys and girls, their parents and school staff who together raised a total of €580. This money will help to fund the important work GOAL does in vulnerable communities. For more information see https://www.goalglobal.org/jersey-day/ Here are some pics from the day!
Maths Week 2022!!! Let the fun begin!
It is all systems go as Maths Week 2022 kicked off without restrictions! The fun began straight away with momentum being gathered with a Maths-Based Assembly for both the Junior end of the school and the Senior end.
Discussions took place around what is Maths? Who likes Maths? What Maths did anyone use before they came to school today and so forth.
The answers were brilliant with the children recognising Maths in all areas of our lives from making sure we don’t miss our favourite TV programme, to ensuring we turn up on the right day for gymnastics or soccer training, baking in the kitchen at home with our families, playing the drums, going shopping or shopping online to making sure some of the teachers knew how to make the perfect cup of coffee!
The children identified lots of jobs where Maths is required – bakers, bookies, scientists, farmers, teachers, Marine biologists, archaeologists, pitcrew teams for race drivers, builders, engineers, shopkeepers among others.
The junior end of the school recognised numbers in some characters such as Numberblocks, Ben 10, Thomas the Tank Engine and his friends and the senior end learned about Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, Pythagoras and Florence Nightingale.
The Maths Week timetable is more interactive and exciting than before with lots of fun, games and competitions for young and old! Why not join in!
St. Martin’s Ladies bring home the cup!
We were delighted to welcome the victorious St. Martin’s ladies football team into our school this morning, having recently brought home the ‘Ger Mullery’ intermediate cup to the club. It was an honour to have both mentors and players into the school to speak to the children. They entered to a rapturous applause and arms swaying to ‘We are the Champions’. They gave lots of advice to the boys and girls and answered some very thought provoking questions. And the celebrations were finished off with the most important announcement of ‘NO HOMEWORK FOR THE WHOLE SCHOOL TONIGHT’.
Huge congratulations to Fiona Hayes as chairperson and the entire panel on bringing home the cup! We wish the ladies best of luck as they face Glynn Barntown in the camogie semi final this weekend and as they play their first round of Leinster in Carlow versus Éire óg.
Beginning of Year Celebration
On Friday 7th October, St. Martin’s church was filled with the sound of prayer, music, singing and poetry as we celebrated the beginning of another school year. This year’s service was made all the more special by the fact that we had not gathered together in the church as a whole school since 2019 – hard to believe! There was such a lovely atmosphere as Fr. Aodhán welcomed everyone and each class performed their piece proudly on the altar. 5th and 6th class children did the readings and prayers of the faithful, and two children from each class brought up gifts during the offertory procession. Click on the video below for a flavour of this wonderful and heart-warming event.
Indoor Assembly is back!
While it was lovely to gather outdoors during the last term for whole school assemblies, Winter is now looming and we are very grateful that this school year sees a return to indoor gatherings. Our first school assembly since March 2020 took place this week on Monday 3rd October. As was usual practice pre covid, the children were divided into two groups, Junior classes and Senior classes. There was a great atmosphere in the PE hall as Ms. Walsh and the children recalled all that had happened so far this term and highlighted upcoming events such as Jersey Day, Maths Week and Freaky Friday. Classes were also able to practise their song for our beginning of year service which will take place on Friday 7th October. There was plenty more singing as we had both September and October birthdays to celebrate. Junior Infants were given a special welcome and a big clap. It was also acknowledged that this would be a special year for 2nd class pupils and 6th class pupils as they prepare for receiving the sacraments. Finally, we came to the most exciting part of assembly, the announcement of Class of the Month. And the winners were… 6th class! All agreed that the pupils in 6th class had made a super start to the year and would no doubt be excellent role models for the younger children during their final year with us. Maith thú Rang a Sé!!!
Welcome to the newest members of Piercestown National School
On Wednesday the 31st August our newest members of the Piercestown family joined us as they began their journey in Junior Infants. They were welcomed, with open arms, by our Principal Ms. Walsh, Teacher Mrs. Larkin, Mrs. Newport and SNA Trish. It was smiles all round and they quickly settled. They played, listened to stories, worked hard, made lots of new friends along the way and even had time to get their picture taken for the People Paper. Phew! We can’t wait to continue the journey with our new friends and know that you will all make them feel welcome here at Piercestown National School.
All roads lead to Wexford Park today! Best of luck St. Martin’s in the County Final
The staff, management, pupils and wider community of Piercestown National School wish the very best of luck to the St. Martin’s senior hurling team today as they take on Ferns in the County Final today. We are so proud of the whole team and a big shout out to our past pupils on the team. Fingers crossed for a win today!
Rounders Returns – Parents Vs 6th Class!
In keeping with tradition, the much loved and eagerly awaited parents versus children rounders match took place today, following the 6th Class Graduation. After an emotional ceremony filled with memories of their time in school and good luck wishes for the future, both teams were looking forward to the challenge. Amid great excitement and applause from the rest of the school, the parents arrived out onto the playing field, each one wearing a t-shirt with a fun photo of their child on it. One or two were even sporting wigs and other paraphernalia! Led my Ms. Sinnott, 6th class performed their now famous flash mob and then the game began. Everyone was in high spirits as the sun shone and the fun took over. With Ms. Caldicott refereeing and Ms. Hearne giving top tips from the side line, the parents pulled ahead and all too soon the match ended with a win for them. Ms. Walsh presented the trophy to Jenny Bradley and the event ended with three cheers for all!
There was glorious sunshine as we ended our Active Week on a high note with Sports Day today. With a long list of activities – hurdles, GAA, novelty races, Canadian football, No Man’s Land, the parachute, basketball, target games, obstacle course, hoops, skipping and dancing with the DJ – there was something for everyone! The ice-pops were a big hit with the children and certainly helped to cool things down at midday when the sun was hottest. The finals of the lunchtime competitions were held and the day culminated with the final of the senior classes’ lunchtime league, with the whole school watching and cheering them on. All that was left then was the welly throw which took place just before school ended. Both children and staff went home tired but happy after a brilliant day and week of fun and activity. Check out the video which shows each class doing one of their activities. Enjoy!
This will go down as one of the favourite activities of the week with adults and children alike – we had such fun! The video of the Junior Classes is almost four minutes long but there is no doubt that you’ll enjoy every second!
Now check out the Senior Classes as they took on the Lunchtime Limbo challenge!
Try It Thursday – 6th class and Infants!
Today saw the return of this old favourite where the 6th class children play games with Junior and Senior Infants at break time. They did a great a great job!
Wake Up Shake Up – Again!!!
Today we had our final Wake Up Shake Up for the week and it most certainly did not disappoint. The enthusiasm was mighty as the children ‘followed the leader’, in this case Mr. Murphy. Take a look at the video – but be warned, you’ll have the song stuck in your head for the rest of the day!
More lunchtime competitions – Keepy Uppies today!!!
The playground was a hive of activity again today as the children took part in our lunchtime competitions – Keepy Uppy Tennis Style for our Junior classes and the traditional Keepy Uppies for our Senior classes (some of which have still to compete due to swimming). Here’s a video of the younger children giving their all and a slideshow of some of the older children showing their skills.
Walk a Mile with a Smile!
It’s Wednesday now and we are half way through our Active Week already. To make sure our energy levels remain high we decided to start the day by ‘Walking a Mile with a Smile!’ Watch the video to see everyone getting their steps in, under bright blue skies this morning.
Lunchtime Competitions – Hula Hoop-a-thon and Skip-a-thon!
It wouldn’t be Active Week without our usual fun competitions at lunchtime. On Monday we had super hoopers competing in our Hula Hoop-a-thon and on Tuesday out came the super skippers to take part in our Skip-a-thon!!! We caught quite a bit of it/ on camera – go ahead and have a look!
And the fun continues tomorrow with the Keepy Uppy competition, followed by Limbo on Thursday! Watch this space!
WAKE UP SHAKE UP – It’s Active Week!!!
The atmosphere was electric as the whole school moved to the beat of our morning Wake Up Shake Up on Monday and Tuesday of this week. What a way to start the day! Check out the children’s dance moves, led by Ms. Ryan on Monday and Ms. Sinnott on Tuesday, in the video below.
Boys and girls – don’t forget to wear your funkiest footwear tomorrow for our Funky Feet Day. Mams and dads – why not join us for our morning activity tomorrow, Walk A Mile With A Smile! We’ll be in the field opposite the church stepping it out to the music. See you there!
School Tours are back!!!!!!
School tour season 2022 is upon us! Post pandemic we are SO excited to be back on tour!!!! Dates are set, buses and venues are booked and the children (and teachers!) in every class are rearing to go.
Check out the list of venues that lie ahead and watch this space for the galleries as the tours take place.
Junior infants will explore all things ‘farming’ as they head off to Kia Ora Farm.
Senior infants will go back in time as they hit our very own National Heritage Park.
1st Class will be ‘well’ looked after as they head off to ‘Wells House’ for a fun filled day.
Ahoy my mateys…2nd class are destined for Pirates Cove for an action packed day.
3rd class will head to the ‘Home of the Cats’ and venture to ‘Discovery Park’ in Castlecomer
4th class are hitting the beach and the waves in our award winning beach Curracloe as the visit the ‘Surf Shack’ for the day
5th class are heading to the Capital to explore Kilmainham Jail and then head to the Zoo
6th class are ready to make their final primary school tour memories as they head to the much loved Clara Lara.
Miss Sinnott’s class are ready to explore all the fun and adventure to be had in Rosslare as one of the hot spots in the sunny south east!
Let the fun begin!!
Rising Stars Champions!
Congratulations to our Rising Stars team, proud winners for 2022. Bualadh bos do na buachaillí go léir!
Rackard League Success 2022
Congratulations to our Rackard League winners. The girls secured their victory after a nail-biting final and this year’s win made it 3 in a row for the boys!!! Well done to the winning teams and their coaches!
The atmosphere was lovely on the morning of Friday 6th May as the 6th class children and their families gathered together for Confirmation 2022. The ceremony was celebrated by Fr. Aodhán and he was delighted to welcome back Fr. O’Reilly and Fr. Lorenzo on this very special occasion in the lives of the children. Ms. Hearne and Ms. Walsh were so very proud of the Confirmation candidates as they gave their all, both in preparation for the sacrament and on the day itself. This year saw the return of the choir, led by Ms. Sinnott, and the voices of the children in 4th and 5th classes had never sounded sweeter! Well done to all involved and huge congratulations to those confirmed on the day.
There were many early risers in Piercestown on the morning of Saturday 14th May as the children in 2nd class were full of excitement about making their First Holy Communion. Together with Mrs. Corrigan and Lena, these First Communicants had worked so hard all year to prepare for this special sacrament, learning about what it means to be a follower of Christ, saying their prayers daily and practicing their readings and hymns before the event. On the day they made everyone proud as they processed up the church and took their places on the altar, singing sweetly for all. It was a joyful occasion and everyone there was delighted to see Fr. O’Reilly and Fr. Lorenzo return to join with Fr. Aodhán in celebrating the mass. Once again, choir was provided by Ms. Sinnott and children from 4th, 5th and 6th classes who generously gave up their time to enhance the ceremony with their beautiful singing. Congratulations to all the children who made their First Holy Communion, may God bless them and keep them safe always.
Piercestown Parents Association
Our school could not let these events go by without special mention of our wonderful Parents’ Association who hosted heart warming receptions after the Communion and Confirmation for the children and their families. This is such a special touch as it allows people to gather and chat for a while before going their separate ways to continue the celebrations. How wonderful to see it return after its absence for the last two years. Huge thanks to everyone involved, their efforts are very much appreciated.
Piercestown N.S. Rocked their Socks for World Down Syndrome Day 2022!
It was odd socks galore, as Piercestown N.S. reopened their doors after the long bank holiday weekend. To join in the celebrations that mark, today 21st March 2022 World Down Syndrome Day, the school community were invited to root out their odd socks! And as always, the boys and girls stepped up to the plate! There were long socks, short socks, fluffy socks, sports socks, Wexford socks, Kerry socks, St. Martin’s socks, spotty socks, super hero socks, to name but a few! Rumour has it ‘odd socks’ from washing machines world wide, were absolutely thrilled to be the main features of todays events.
Senior infants made their own display of odd socks, with Mrs. Ryan bringing in ALL of her boys odd socks! We are surprised they have any matching ones left, going by the clothes line in her classroom! Ms. Farrell and her class celebrated by making rice krispie buns and creating a window display for the front our our building. Ms. Lyttleton has some our her senior infants make pizza and have a pizza party as the sun shone down on them! Both senior infants and 5th class brought in their knowledge of ‘lámh’ to make a short video to celebrate this special day in our school community!
Check out our gallery for some of the fun had today!
Celebrating Lá Gaelach 2022
The school was awash with green, white and gold on Wednesday 16th March as part of our national festivities.
There was craic, ceol agus fun galore!
Here is a sneaky peak of some of our footage which will be uploaded over the next days.
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022
Tá seachtain na Gaeilge linn arís…leis an Ceilí an bhliain seo! Cé go bhfuil Covid fós linn, ní shin é a rá nach mbeidh, spraoi agus craic againn. Tá gníomhaíochtaí ar fáil le haghaidh gach rang agus beimid, mar scoil, in ann bheith le cheile, mar ghrúpaí, tríd na gníomhaíochtaí i rith na seachtaine.
Seachtain na Gaeilge is upon us again…and this year it involves a Céilí! Even though Covid is still with us, we won’t let that stop the fun. Each class will have the opportunity to come together as a school through the activities we have organised.
Our school is very committed to encouraging and stimulating the Irish language on a daily basis. To further promote the Irish language, a great effort is made during Seachtain na Gaeilge The following are just some of the activities we will undertake:
- The whole school will be decorated with symbols of our Irish heritage and traditions for that week – leprechauns, shamrocks, posters etc.
- Irish music will finally be heard wafting from the classrooms
- Each class will perform either a song, poem etc.
- In class pupils are encouraged and rewarded for their effort to use their “cúpla focal” during the day – even outside in the playground. A draw will take place on the final day of the week with lots of prizes to be won.
- Teachers endeavor to incorporate many aspects of our culture in their lesson content for this week. Traditional Irish dances and songs are taught along with an array of poems, stories, folklore and dramatic activities.
- The whole week culminates with the Lá Gaelach on the final Wednesday.
What an amazing day this is! Pupils and teachers come to school dressed in our National colours. It is a fun-filled day of activities all “as Gaeilge” including Biongó, Scéalaiocht, Deir Ó Grádaigh, Ceilí and much more.
- The Lá Gaelach culminates with the Céilí Mór for the senior students when the school will be rocked by the Siege of Ennis, The Walls of Limerick & The Haymaker’s Jig to name but a few
Gan dabht ar bith, mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí!
Ní líofacht atá tabhachtach ach iarracht!! Mar a deirtear, is fearr Gaeilge bríste ná Béarla cliste, “Broken Irish is better than clever English” so this is your call to maintain the Irish heritage and language, and a cry to everyone to speak Irish whenever they can throughout the week.
Ní neart go cur le chéile and what better time to come together and celebrate our heritage.
Anocht bain triail as scéal a léamh as Gaeilge nó cuir ceann ar siúl! Tonight why not kick off the participation by reading a story in Irish or popping one on for the kids to listen to https://www.facebook.com/glornangael/posts/1774570219344088
Tá an Comórtas Selfie ar ais! Time to go and find the cúpla focail in the local environment or indeed create a scene sa bhaile and include a frása!
Go on, bain triail as!
Sacrament of Reconciliation – 2nd Class
The children in Rang a Dó are very busy with final preparations for their upcoming First Confession, which will take place next Thursday 10th March at 7pm in St. Martin’s church.
While the class have been working towards this special event since the beginning of the year, more formal preparation has taken place of late. They have been practicing their prayers daily and learning about Zacchaeus, the greedy tax collector who changed his ways when he discovered the love and forgiveness of God! They have done a fantastic job on their art work which will decorate the church beautifully and they’re having lots of fun singing their songs outdoors, to keep safe from Covid.
Last week they attended a special Mass during which they received their “Do This In Memory” candle. Fr. Aodhán spoke to the children about the light of Christ and encouraged them to always shine their light brightly for all to see. The congregation, some of whom were grandparents to the children, held out their hands and joined Fr. Aodhán as he blessed the children on their sacramental journey.
Here is a little video of the children working on their art and music for First Confession. Enjoy!
CALLING ALL BOOK LOVERS……!!!
World Book Day 2022 marks the celebration of 25 years of World Book Day! Join us in Piercestown N.S., for a fun filled week of activities beginning on Monday 28th February 2022!!
This year, we will again run our popular book cover competition, where we ask you to recreate your favourite book cover at home, and send the pictures to firstname.lastname@example.org
All entries will be added to our World Book Day cover collection on our school blog throughout the week, where you can view them all from home @ piercestownns.com.
This competition is just for fun and open to all to get involved in. A special someone who loves books just as much as we do (a very familiar face in Piercestown N.S.) will be asked to choose and announce this year’s winner for ‘best book cover recreation’ early next week! Keep an eye on the school blog throughout the week to see some of your fellow classmates and teachers getting involved…
Let the fun and games begin!!!
Is your child ready to enrol in big school? Click on our Annual Admissions Notice for further information.
Tractor and Truck Run – An Epic Success – In aid of Ms. Sinnott’s Class
“I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot, together we can do great things!” – Mother Teresa
Rathangan was the place to be last Sunday October 24th as a ‘Tractor and Truck’ run had been organised by two of our families from Ms. Sinnott’s Class. What had started out as a mere chat between two people, turned into a roaring success.
There were tractors and trucks galore on a glorious day of sunshine, fun and laughter and above all AMAZING GENEROSITY.
From a the tractor and truck run to a funfilled auction including the sale of a goat, a puppy, a lamb as well as a plough and some bales of hay the fundraiser itself was a roaring success.
Such events don’t just happen and while it is impossible to name everyone for fear of leaving anyone out, the following people deserve a special mention:
Jenny and Colm (Lauryn’s parents)
Mairéad and Richie (Callum’s parents)
Billy Bates – the owner of Rathangan Bar
Chris the Manager of Rathangan bar
All the boys and girls in Ms. Sinnott’s class
and everyone who entered the run on the day. The generosity of the community on Sunday last will ensure that Ms Sinnott, Bryan and Fiona and Ms. Walsh can continue to plan ahead and buy resources and plan trips that otherwise would not be possible.
Having only opened our Class in 2019, mere months before the pandemic changed the landscape of our world, we had yet to be in a position to organise any big event.
As the saying on the boxes on Sunday said ‘Little by little, little becomes a lot’. This was surely the case on Sunday last.
Check out some of the photos from the day
Camán Everybody! – Official Launch
Piercestown N.S. were delighted to welcome some very special guests today, Tuesday 20th October, for the official launch of Camán Everybody – a programme aimed at introducing the fundamental skills of hurling from a young age. Among those present were Chairperson of Coiste na Nóg, Mick O’Connell, John O’Connor, Coaching Officer, Séamus Casey, Games Promotion Officer and Willie Clancy who made the hurls.
Ms. Walsh also extended a warm welcome to Vanessa and Becky, members of the Kirby Family, who are generously making an annual donation towards the cost of the hurls for the programme. This very kind gesture is to honour the memory of Vanessa’s brother, Michael Kirby, who was a past pupil of our school and an avid hurler.
Two pods of children, one from Junior Infants and one from Senior Infants, were invited up to the socially distant gathering in the PE hall, to receive their hurls on behalf of their classes. The children were delighted to be chosen and proudly received their hurls presented to them by Vanessa and Becky.
We are very fortunate in our school to have such a wonderful relationship with our local club, St. Martin’s and we would like to thank all involved in bringing this latest initiative to our school. Special word of thanks also to the Kirby family. No doubt their generosity will lead to many boys and girls growing up to share the same passion for our national game as Michael did.
Please see below for more information on how the Camán Everybody programme will work in our school.
| Camán Everybody!!!!|
October sees the launch of Camán Everybody.
What is the Camán Programme? Camán Everybody is a programme aimed at introducing the fundamental skills of hurling from a young age. All children are provided with a small hurley. Special attention is given to the children personalising their own hurley and identifying the names of the hurley. The aim is to introduce the basic fundamental skills of hurling in the early years. It also aims to create a positive and FUN learning experience through FUN activities and simple coaching techniques.
What classes will take part? In our school community, it has been agreed that this initiative will be introduced to Junior Infants each year. However, as this was supposed to being last year, under the guidance of our GPO Séamus Casey, 2021-2022 will see Junior AND Senior infants involved. Every year after this, Junior infants will be the class taking part thus seeing the initiative run from Junior infants to 1st class from 2022.
Is there a cost? The normal cost of the hurley would be €5. ***Subsidised cost will be €3 thanks to the generous sponsorship by the Kirby family.
Sponsorship We are honoured that the Kirby family is part sponsoring this initiative and subsidising the cost of the hurleys in a tribute to her late brother, Michael Kirby, who was a past pupil of Piercestown National School and had a particular passion for hurling. Michael played many a match donning the maroon and white colours and was even Captain during his time playing with the school team. It too is fitting, that Michael’s nephew, will be in the cohort of children to be the first pupils to experience the ‘Camán Everybody’ programme. The Kirby family have committed to make this an annual contribution to our school. Huge thanks to the Kirby family for this most generous contribution to our school. Tuesday 19th October, in collaboration with our GPO Séamus and members of our local club St. Martin’s we will have an official launch of the programme. Keep an eye on the school blog to see how this event unfolded.
For more information please go to https://leinstergaa.ie/caman-everybody/
Mystery Gifts make it a Magical Monday!
Monday 18th October was to be an exciting day in Piercestown N.S. The boys and girls (and staff) have been counting down the days to the arrival of the ‘mystery gift’ for our classes by our amazing Parents’ Association. Even the poor weather conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits of all in our school.
At 12 noon, the wait was no more. Over the intercom, Ms. Walsh announced the arrival of Suzanne and Amanda to hand over the much eyed up mystery boxes! Each teacher had randomly selected two children from their class to receive the box on behalf of the class and return it for the grand reveal.
And so Ms. Sinnott’s class were the first to collect. Once, they had safely returned to their room (ensuring all COVID safety procedures were still in tact), Ms. Taylor’s representatives were called up, followed by Mrs. Ryan’s, Mrs. Larkin’s, and so on all the way up to 6th class. As each gift was collected cheers and screams of excitement could be heard all around the corridors! The representatives from each class were so excited and appreciative. While we wish you could have shared the moment with us, Ms. Walsh was on hand to gather the photographic evidence.
And just when we thought all of the mystery boxes had been revealed, there was one more left? Who could it be for? Surely, there was nobody else left?! Our wonderful Parents’ Association are so kind they included a box of treats for the staff too. Thanks to Mrs. Corrigan who collected this on the staff behalf…….and handed it over to the rest of the staff too (phew!!)
Huge thanks to our creative Parents’ Association who turned a dreary Monday into a magical Monday. The cheers from all the classes could be heard in the reception area as the Parents’ Association were leaving our school. It was a moment to be savoured.
Keep your eyes posted for an updated post of the list of ‘Mystery gifts’ on the blog tomorrow
Special Delivery from our Parents’ Association
Ms. Walsh received a lovely surprise today from our Parents’ Association. Suzanne was at our school bright and early to deliver some of the ‘Mystery Gifts’ in anticipation of next Monday’s surprise presentation. It is literally like the ‘Late Late Show’ as there is literally a ‘mystery box’ for EVERY class in the school sponsored by the Parents’ Association. While we can’t all see them in the hall way, as we might have done pre-covid, Ms. Walsh was on hand to take the photographic evidence and will spread the word on the blog, via Aladdin and into the classrooms. Check out Suzanne making the first of the drop off. How many class gifts arrived? How many more boxes are to come? Five more sleeps until the boxes are opened by a lucky member for each class? What will each box have in store for their class? Keep tuned in for more updates.
Countdown to Halloween 2021
Senior Infants were hot on the heels of 1st class today with their Halloween art. From dark skies with nocturnal bats to orange glowing sunsets, with silhouettes of bats and cats!
Check out the lovely paint and cutting skills by Mrs. Ryan’s Senior infants boys and girls.
The question is what class will make the blog for the next showing of Halloween art?!!!
Dark skies with nocturnal bats decorated the walls outside 1st class today, as Piercestown begins the countdown to one of our favourite times of the year.
Don’t forget that our ‘Freaky Friday’ Halloween fancy dress will take place on Fri 22nd October. As always, for fun there is a ‘token’ prize for best dressed.
I wonder will there be any spooky staff around this year?!
Mystery Gifts from our Parents’ Association
With just two weeks to go to midterm, there is a buzz of excitement around the walls of Piercestown National School, even more so, among the teachers. Our innovative and creative Piercestown Parents’ Association have come up with a new initiative to give a little something to all classes before we break for midterm! This will be a class gift, something that the teacher will get to use with all of the children, that they wouldn’t ordinarily have had in their classroom!
We will be kept guessing over the next ten days as the countdown to the presentation of the Mystery Gift begins! Some classes may be hoping for something musical, others might be hoping for something in the visual arts category, other classes may be hoping for some more equipment to keep them active!
Whatever the gift, our teachers and classes will be so excited and grateful to be the recipients!
So let the guessing and the countdown begin!
Many thanks to our Parents’ Association for always keeping the teachers and the children at the heart of their ideas! This is the first time the ‘Mystery Gift’ has taken place on our school. We can’t wait to watch it unfold!
Updates for the week beginning 27th Sept. 2021
As September draws to a close, take a look at what the week has in store for us:
- Tuesday – No GAA coaching for this week. It will return next week as usual.
- Wednesday – The 6th class of 2021 return for Confirmation rehearsal in the church at 6:30pm.
- Friday – Rugby coaching continues with a second session for all classes. The children really enjoyed their first session this week with coach Graham Barry!
- Saturday – The long awaited Confirmation ceremony will take place at 11am in St. Martin’s Church. Fingers crossed the sun will shine as it did last week for our First Holy Communion class!
FUN BINGO! – One more sleep!
With prizes galore to be won, the excitement has been building all week here in school as the children look forward to our Fun Bingo. This event will take place on Thursday and Friday of this week and promises to be one of the highlights of this first term in school.
Many thanks to all parents who purchased cards to raise money for the school team, who are participating in the St. Martin’s Walkathon Fundraiser. Proceeds from the Walkathon will go towards the running of the club and the purchase of sports equipment for our school.
Next Saturday 25th will see team members from our staff taking their turn to walk for an hour. It will be an early start as we are booked in for the 7am slot. Hopefully the morning sun will shine, putting a smile on everyone’s face!
St. Martin’s Walkathon Club Fundraiser
Our local club is fundraising money to maintain their much loved and much used facilities. While doing so, they intend also to give sports equipment to the value of €2500 (for each school) to both Murrintown NS and Piercestown NS.
Here in Piercestown, we are crying out to upgrade our sports equipment for the children – with a long wish list! This would enhance our physical activity two-fold.
St. Martin’s Club have organised a ‘Walkathon’ and have invited the school to enter a team. Each team must fundraise for the cause, prior to the event. This is where we need a little help from our best team members, the children!
Having successfully raised funds for the event, a team of staff have committed to getting their ‘walking’ shoes on and pounding the track for their hour time slot!!!!! Watch this space!
At Piercestown N.S., we have decided to organise a fun Bingo for the children to help towards our fundraising.
Here’s how it will work:
- Children from Junior and Senior infants will play their games as separate classes. To participate and support the fundraiser the Bingo costs €5.
- Children in 1st and 2nd class will play two games. To participate and support the fundraiser the Bingo costs €5.
- Children from 3rd to 6th class will play two games. They can have an option to purchase one bingo card for €5 or two cards for €8.
- There will be an array of prizes for one full line, two lines and of course the FULL house.
- There will also be spot prizes up for grabs.
- Payment for bingo cards will be taken via our electronic payment system Aladdin.
- All families will receive an option to purchase from Fri 17th Sept – Wednesday 22nd Sept.
- The purchasing of cards closes next Wed. 22nd with the fun event taking place on Thursday 23rd/ Friday 24th.
Prizes on the day include the following:
- Vouchers for the Omniplex Cinema
- Vouchers for Waffel house
- Vouchers for bowling in Leisure Max
- Family pass for Footgolf
- Smyths toyshop vouchers
- And much more to be announced this week
Spot prizes include:
- Homework passes
- Golden time passes
- Stationery/ games
- Treats galore
Many thanks to all businesses who have sponsored prizes to date.
So, is your luck in? Bingo cards at the ready? Will it be ‘Rise and Shine’ with number 29! Knock at the door, with number 4! Or number 17 the ‘Dancing Queen’ that will see a lucky winner get a full house! We will have to wait and see!!!
Updates for the week starting 13th Sept.
NATIONAL BIKE WEEK 2021!!!
National Bike Week 2021 kicked off on Sunday 12th September. As a GREEN and ACTIVE school, we have been learning all about bike safety, road safety and the importance of wearing a helmet when cycling on our bikes. Some classes have discussed the benefits of cycling as a mode of transport in the fight against climate change. Some classes have discussed road safety and the safe cross code. Other classes have held ‘Bike Week’ themed colouring competitions too. Here is a little peep at some of the photos coming into Ms. Taylor this week… If you have any you would like to add to our school blog this week – send them to Ms. Taylor at email@example.com
Have a lovely week everyone!! Happy cycling!!
There will be a Bike Maintenance Workshop with The Bike Shop Wexford at The Bike Shop, 9 Selskar St, Wexford from 5-6pm on Thursday 15th September for all interested. You must register by email before hand. See: https://firstname.lastname@example.orgemail@example.com/
Saturday 18th September: Balance Bike Come and Try Festival at Min Ryan Park
|1.30pm-3.30pm||3-5yr olds||Min Ryan Park, Wexford|
Bikes and Helmets provided. For more information visit: http://www.wexfordcoco.ie/BikeWeek
Well done to all who took part in National Bike Week 2021. There was a lovely buzz about Piercestown NS with talk of bikes, favourite cycling tracks and trails, bike safety, helmet design, keeping active and raising awareness about climate change and looking after our planet – take a look at the photos below to see some of our very own pupils out and about during the week…
Huge congratulations to the Wexford Camogie team especially our past pupils Lisa, Ella and Lettie on their win in Croke Park today. It was a nail-biting match but one that Wexford fully deserved. What an occasion to see the cup being lifted in Croke Park – an inspiration for all the young girls in Wexford for the years ahead! Hopefully, we will get to see the Kay Mills cup at some stage in the school! Enjoy the celebrations ladies. Loch Garman Abú!
Junior Infants begin their full days!
Junior infants take another big step in their school journey today, as they begin their full infant days until 2pm starting tomorrow September 13th. Well done to Junior infants on such a successful start to their primary school journey. We are so proud of them all.
Hurling Coaching / Camán Everybody!
Dust off those hurleys and helmets as we welcome coach and GPO for St. Martin’s, Séamus Casey back this week. Séamus will be back this Tuesday and every Tuesday putting his hurling skills to the best use with our boys and girls. Junior and Senior infants are not required to have hurleys and helmets yet and they will be starting a new initiative soon called ‘Camán Everybody’ – we will have more information on this soon. But any child from 1st-6th class with hurleys and helmets, leave them at the door on Monday nights so you don’t forget them on Tuesday morning.
NATIONAL BIKE WEEK 2021
Sunday the 12th of September marks the beginning of National Bike Week across Ireland. Piercestown N.S., as both an ACTIVE and GREEN school, are looking to get involved in the fun!! To celebrate Bike Week 2021, we want you to send in your photos from your bike rides far and wide next week – whether it is to school, the local shop, or a weekend adventure with the family. Cycling is a great way to stay fit and healthy, and it is also a good means of transport when it comes to the environment and combating climate change. Why not dust off your helmet and head out for a cycle? And don’t forget to send your snaps in to firstname.lastname@example.org
Interested in finding out more?? Take a look at the link below…