Updates for the week starting Sept 13th

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 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.

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.

T’was the night before Croker…..

Piercestown National school would like to send the best of luck to our past pupils, Lisa Firman, Ella O’Connor and Lettie Whelan and the whole Wexford Camogie team as they line out to face Armagh in Croke Park tomorrow in an All Ireland camogie final.

Friday 10th September saw the whole school turn purple and gold and maroon to show their support for this momentous occasion.

6th class in their pods, recorded special messages of support to Lisa, Lettie, Ella and their team mates for Sunday 12pm. If you haven’t travelled the road to Croker be sure to tune into the television at 12pm on RTE2.

Fingers crossed for bringing the cup home. We are so proud of you! Loch Garman Abú!

Return to School 2021-2022

Hi everyone,

It’s time to dust off the school bags and fill up those pencil cases as Piercestown National School gets ready to re-open our doors to you on Tuesday 31st August. We have had a facelift over the summer too so we are excited for you to see our fresh, upgraded summer works almost complete! 
With just two more sleeps to go we can’t wait to see you back.

As per our email last week, please remember to complete your child’s Return to School Declaration form on your Aladdin Connect app.If you have any difficulty with the app, please call the school on 053-9158854 on Monday. 

The Dept of Education and Skills have prepared a document ‘ Advice for parents during COVID-19- Back to School September 2021’. Please see document below.

Similar to last year, the video below shows you where your entrance is and where your waiting area is for your class/bubble. Unfortunately, parents are not permitted onto the grounds with the exception of Junior infant parents. Senior infant parents are permitted onto the grounds also for the 2pm pick up. We will however, allow senior infant parents on the grounds for the first few days until the children know where their new entrance is. Many thanks for your co-operation.

We can’t wait to hear how your summer went and look forward to creating more memories and learning experiences throughout the year ahead. 

Let’s see what 2021-2022 has in store for us!  Enjoy the last few days of sunshine. Let the countdown begin.

Kind Regards,

Ms Walsh

6th Class Retreat and Grand Unveiling Of Our New Buddy Bench!

As part of their preparation for Confirmation, 6th class children attended a retreat with Fr. Marken in his garden on the afternoon of Friday 18th June. They were joined on the day by Ms. Walsh and Mrs. Corrigan. Luckily the sun was shining as the children gathered round in a circle for some co-operative games and activities. They feasted on tasty meals from McDonald’s and afterwards Fr. Marken hosted a table quiz for the class. There was an official unveiling of a Buddy Bench, handmade and painted by Dylan Devereux and his father Bobby – a kind donation to the school which we will treasure always. Then the children participated in a most beautiful Ceremony of Light, led by Fr. Marken in the church. All in all, it was a very memorable occasion which we hope will live on in the minds of the children for many years to come.

School Fun Day – Senior Classes

The children in 3rd, 4th and 5th classes thoroughly enjoyed their Senior School Fun Day. They had an outdoor, hands-on workshop with Gordan Rocheford in the Scout Recreation Area across form the school. Here they learned about various different skills used by scouts, such as starting a campfire safely without matches and tying ropes together to make a secure shelter out of wood. They were also shown some of the tools and equipment used by Scouting Ireland when camping out and they learned about some basic first aid. Great emphasis was placed on how to hike or camp while “Leaving No Trace”, an important lesson for all of us. These classes also went up the St. Martin’s pitch for sports and activities and 3rd class had the opportunity to practice their tennis skills. The day would not have been complete without their own special delivery from McDonald’s, which was rapidly devoured!

School Fun Day – Junior Classes

The Junior classes had their School Fun Day on Thursday 17th June, followed by the Senior classes School Fun Day on Friday 18th. These days were organised in lieu of the usual school tour day, which did not take place this year due to Covid-19.

There was great excitement in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, 1st class, 2nd class and Ms. Sinnott’s class of VIPs on that Thursday morning as puppeteer, Julie-Rose set up her booth in preparation for her show, which had all the traditional theatrics necessary to thrill and delight young children. Junior and Senior Infants brought their teddies on a big adventure up to the St. Martin’s pitch where they had lots of fun and games and a Teddy Bear Picnic! Meanwhile, 1st and 2nd class enjoyed dancing, bubble blowing, building blocks, air hockey, hula hooping and playing giant Snakes and Ladders outdoors while the sun shone! After all that activity, the Junior classes were eager to tuck into their food – a special delivery from McDonald’s. At the end of the day they all went home, tired and happy!

Spectacular Sports Day!!

Today saw the pupils of Piercestown NS enjoying their sports day. There was tremendous excitement and enthusiasm all day from both pupils and staff. Mrs. Sinnott and Mr. Murphy again began the day with our ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’ to get the hearts racing before the festivities began. Pupils got the chance to dance to a DJ, stretch & grow, take penalties, take part in an obstacle course, fun races and play some Canadian kickball, basketball, tag rugby and no-mans land. After a very tough year it was great to see all the happy faces on both the pupils and staff faces. It is days like today that are so truly important in the school year.

Bowled over!

Today we returned to the sunshine and got back into our stride for active week. Again, Ms. Sinnott and Mr. Murphy put us through our paces during ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’ this morning. We then were very lucky to have Herbie Honohan and Peter Hudson on hand to introduce and teach us about cricket. The children got to learn about what the sport is about, the equipment used, honed their skills in catching games before finally getting out onto the field and playing some QuickCricket. Information on the cricket can be found on our previous blog post.

For some lucky classes we were also delighted to welcome Karen Mooney to the school and her fitness class. It was great to work out in the sun especially to some catchy songs. Some of the staff even took part with Mr. Murphy and Pat deciding to maybe cut down on the treats at home after it. It was a really great experience for all and we thank Karen for offering her time to the school.

Today we also had the cones and markers out as some classes took on the long jump. Pupils had to see how far could they leap without hitting the foul line. It was very competitive and we saw some tremendous jumps. Well done to all who took part.

Wexford Wanderers Cricket Club

Hello everybody!

We would like to say a huge thank you to Herbie for coming to our school this week for active week. The kids from all classes had a truly wicket day. We were bowled over by the enthusiasm of the kids and the staff didn’t even bat at an eye as their behaviour was superb. If anybody is interested in getting their child involved in cricket you can see the information below.

Active Week Day 4: Wicket Weather

Hello Piercestown NS,

Welcome to our fourth day of active week. After yesterday’s unfortunate turn with the weather we have rescheduled, refuelled and re-energised and are looking forward to today, where we are lucky to have Graham Barry showing the pupils of Piercestown some cricket skills. We also have Karen Mooney visiting some lucky classes to teach them some functional fitness in a fun, engaging way. There will be more classroom challenges and not to forget our ‘Wake Up and Shake Up’ each morning after the morning bell.

Keep an eye on the blog each day for photos of the various activities that are taking place each day and the home challenges we are asking everybody to take part in.

Today it is another loo roll based challenge performed by Mr. Murphy. Can you do better and beat Mr. Murphy? All entries can be sent to bmurphy@piercestownns.com or even a photo of you having fun trying it.

Many thanks,

Active Schools Committee