Christmas Carol Service Video Link

Grab your santa hats, because last Thursday, we came together and united in holiday song and spirit and shared in the joy of Christmas.

So gather the family around the tree and put a log on the fire. Get ready to dance along to these special performances once again!

‘Tis the season for the Piercestown Virtual Carol Service.

Video can also be accessed via youtube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smGkF0tLoyI&t=17s

Christmas Lights

If you’ve passed by our school recently you may have noticed the addition of some colourful Christmas lights near the main entrance and some more on the porch at the entrance to right of the building. You may also have seen Santa Claus and The Snowman Family decorating our school. This wonderful display is thanks to Frank Staples and Wexford County Council. Many thanks also to Jenny Bates, who put us in touch with him. The children have been having great fun posing for photos!

Christmas Carol Service

Art Competition For Invitation

In the run up to our Carol Service the children were asked to put on their creative hats and enter a competition to make the invitations to our show. It was a colouring competition in the Junior end of the school while the Senior classes designed their own invitations. As always, it’s amazing what children will come up with when given the opportunity to create something. Some of them even made fold-over cards with pop-ups inside! The standard was very high, so much so that in some classes teachers whittled it down to a few finalists and resorted to picking a name out of a hat because it was so hard to choose. Nonetheless, a winner was picked in each class and they received a selection box for their efforts.

Virtual Carol Service 2020

We would like to invite you to our ‘Virtual Carol Service 2020’.

Whilst we are disappointed that we can’t welcome you in person to St Martin’s Church this year, we hope that you will still join us in an evening celebrating the very best of the Christmas season, from the comfort of your own home!

This beautiful service will feature music, carols and readings, with performances from our wonderful students at Piercestown National School, with some special appearances from staff too!

Join us next Thursday night, by singing along, and listening to the readings and music, making this event the perfect start to Christmas!

You will be invited to join in the singing of a selection of well-known traditional carols, as well as listening to both traditional and innovative music. We can assure you, you will not be disappointed!

A link and code to our show will be emailed via Aladdin on Thursday, 17th December at 7pm. The show will be broadcast via Youtube. This will enable those with smart TVs to access the video easily and share with family and friends. The video will go live on Thursday night and can be accessed using the code in the Youtube ‘search bar’, and will remain public until Friday morning. From Friday, the video will only be accessible using the link or via our school website. The code will no longer be active.

See you all then!!

Drive-In Christmas Eve Mass

Christmas ceremonies are among the most important ceremonies in the church year. Unfortunately this year, under Covid 19 restrictions, there will be a limited number of people allowed to enter the Church to attend Mass. Because of this Fr. O’Reilly will celebrate a Drive-In Mass on Christmas Eve at 6pm in St. Martin’s pitch. This will allow more people from the communities of Piercestown and Murrintown to come together to celebrate the birth of our Lord. It promises to be a very special event and all are invited to attend. We look forward to seeing there!

Is your child ready for school? New legislation coming soon….

Our Schools Admission Policy has been updated over the summer months, in line with new legislation for all schools. We have been informed that our schools Admission Policy CANNOT be published until all new legislation has been commenced. The hope is that this will take place in the coming month or so.

All schools have been asked to adopt 14th January 2021, as the date on which the school will begin accepting applications for admissions for the coming year. The Admissions process cannot begin therefore, until after this date.

Keep an eye on our website for any further updates about our Admissions Notice and Admissions Policy.

We look forward to hearing from you and planning for our next new cohort of students in 2021-2022.

In the meantime, if you have queries, please do not hesitate to contact us on 053-9158854.

It’s Great to Be Back!

The weather has been kind to us and even though the temperature is dropping, we are so delighted to be back in school together we have a warm feeling inside our four walls!

It is was with the greatest excitement that we reopened our doors on Thursday 27th August! We had a busy summer to ensure our school was safe and ready for your return. Our children have been amazing adapting to any new measures put in place and the happy atmosphere around the place is tangible from the moment we as a staff step inside our building.

While we feel sad, that our ‘open’ door policy is less ‘open door’ this year, we are working hard to come up with alternative options to continue our open communication.

We are rolling out Aladdin Connect, we will be updating our website regularly and don’t hesitate to contact us by phone or email should you need us at any point. In the meantime, stay safe and we continue to work as a team as we navigate our way through these unprecedented times.

This is not goodbye, but simply see you later……

This video was brainchild of the staff of Piercestown National School and ably assisted by some local famous faces to wish our ‘Class of 2020’ a virtual farewell on what should have been their last day in Piercestown National School.

We hope you enjoyed it as much as the ‘Class of 2020’ did!

Huge thanks to Miss Sinnott for her technical mastery and Ms. Hearne for her co-ordination and all who contributed in any small way.

Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show!

Congratulations to the Class of 2020!!!!!! See you on the 23rd July for a face to face goodbye.

School is out for Summer!

And with that, COVID 19 and the 12th March abrupt halt became a distant memory. Playgrounds have re-opened, children are back playing in the green spaces and laughter and chat can be heard around the place again. The sun is shining and for all of the parents and children we can finally say, SCHOOL IS OUT FOR SUMMER!

Never before and probably never again, will our country experience such events. The aim of the game was to stay safe and thankfully our school community remains in tact. It will go down in history as our biggest ‘victory’ to date. For that, we will be forever grateful.

Now it is time to take a deep sigh of relief and look to the future. While social distancing still remains, we look forward to the summer months, 99’s, BBQ’s, no homework, no homeschooling, and after a well earned break the sound of our school bell again and the hustle and bustle as we meet back together! There is SO much to look forward to.

For the ‘Class of 2020’ we salute you. You have even more fun times ahead. We will zoom at 10am this morning, and you can open your surprise post. We will see you back in your old stomping ground on July 23rd and while it may be slightly different we look forward to a ‘face to face’ graduation. And from there we will look ahead to our Confirmation on July 25th and then you fly the nest……..bid us ‘farewell’ and head to new pastures!!!! We are so proud of you!

And so people don’t miss out on the interim ‘virtual’ farewell, this blog will be followed in an hour or so by a final blog to celebrate the ‘Class of 2020’ on what should have been their last official day in Piercestown N.S. 26th June 2020!!!! Watch this space.

But finally, on behalf of all the staff at Piercestown N.S. ‘go forth, be strong and never feel alone, because Piercestown National School will always be your home!’

And finally, after many months of blogging, it is time for me to bow out for the summer. Boys and girls you have been superb, parents you have been AMAZING! Staff you have been a credit to your school. So without further delay, on behalf of myself as principal and the Board of Management, we thank you for ALL YOUR EFFORTS, wish you a restful summer and look forward to seeing you when we return after the summer months.

Stay safe, have a great summer and have fun! We miss you already 🙂