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Storm Ophelia Update

15th October, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

As directed by the Department of Education, Straffan NS will be closed tomorrow, Monday 16th October, due to the Red Status Warning issued countrywide by Met. Eireann this evening.  Below is the statement issued by the Department on their website.  Texts have been sent out to all families, however the text system is very busy […]

October Newsletter 2017

4th October, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

October Newsletter 03/10/2017   Wow! Where did September go?  That was a fast month!  Well I hope everyone has settled back into school by now and that everyone is well into the swing of things.  There is a great buzz around the school and it is great to see the positivity and hard work that […]

Help Needed for Local History Project!

28th September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Primary School Debating Competition

22nd September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

We are spreading our wings out in all directions here in Straffan NS!! For the first time ever 6th Class will be entering into a debating competition.  Public speaking  and having the confidence to stand up in front of an audience is a great life skill and it is fantastic to see that skill being […]

Straffan Boys Bring Home the Tish Carney Cup!

20th September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Well done to the Straffan Boys on bringing home the Tish Carney Cup by beating off stiff competition last Saturday at the Tish Carney event!!  Great news to hear on a Monday morning!                                             […]

U11 Girls Football On a Winning Start!!

20th September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Wow what a great couple of matches from the U11 girls football team!! Two out of two so far.  Going from strength to strength.  Today the girls went all the way to Nurney, and in dreadful conditions played an absolute stormer!!  Well done girls!!  Lets hope we’ll get to the final! Big thanks to all […]

Free Concert-Kildare County Orchestra Culture Night 2017!!

20th September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Hello All You are all invited to a free concert of Familiar Classics in Straffan Community Hall on Friday 22nd September at 8:00pm This concert will be performed by Kildare County Orchestra as part of Culture Night 2017. The 30 piece Orchestra will perform Familiar Classics and Music from the Movies and Musicals. This is […]

U11 Boys Football Start off on the Winning Foot!

13th September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , Fourth Class , Information , School News , Sixth Class

Our GAA season is back with a bang! The U11 boys represented the school fantastically yesterday in the first round of their league, away to Johnstownbridge. The boys led 2-6 to 6 points at half time, and continued their impressive performance into the second half, victorious on a final scoreline of 5-8 to 5-3. Excellent […]

Thank You

11th September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Thank you! On behalf of my family, we would like to thank Straffan National School, the Principal, teachers, parents, students, my classmates, friends and the entire Straffan community for all the prayers, concern, moral support, financial assistance, gifts and love that were so unselfishly and generously given to us during our tough time and long […]

Straffan Youth Club

6th September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Hello All   The Straffan Youth Club are hosting our information evening and sign up this Friday 8th of September at 8pm until 9pm.   The club is open to members from first year to Junior cert and we encourage both young people and parents to attend to find out more.    Speaker on the night […]

September Newsletter

1st September, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

September Newsletter 01/09/2017 Fáilte romhaibh go léir ar ais arís!!  Welcome back one and all for what I hope will be another fantastic year for all.  It is wonderful to see all the happy, smiling children returning back to us again for another year of learning, fun, friendships and new experiences.  We would like to […]

Staff 2017/18

23rd June, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Classes and Teachers 2017/2018 The following is the staff for 2017/2018. Acting Principal: Breda McAuliffe Acting Deputy Principal: Maria Carr Junior Infants: Ms. Brosnan Junior Infants: Ms. Kennedy Senior Infants (Ms. Keena): Ms. Phelan Senior Infants (Ms. Kennedy): Ms. Moffat 1st Class (Ms. Fahy): Ms. Keena 1st Class (Ms. Phelan): Ms. Moriarty 2nd Class (Ms. […]

Straffan’s Got Talent

22nd June, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

What’s your talent?   Is it singing, telling stories  dancing, magic, playing the guitar , gymnastics, skipping?   This is your chance to show YOUR talent at the   Straffan’s Got Talent Show Saturday 7th October, 7:00pm Straffan Community Hall   Competition is open to ALL people of ALL ages For entry forms please : […]

June Newsletter

21st June, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

    June Newsletter 21/06/17 Wowser, that was quick! Well done to the boys and girls who have completed another year packed with activity, fun and learning. Remember to stay safe in the summer especially when swimming and come back to us in September ready for a new year. Staff changes: Ms. Hynes is leaving […]

Arts and Activity Week

21st June, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

What a fantastic week we have had packed full of activities and fun. We can’t wait for next year already!          

Uniform from September 2017

16th June, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

The uniform is as follows starting September 2017.   Uniform: Navy Jumper/Cardigan(Crested) Blue Shirt Navy Tie Navy trousers/Navy skirt/Pinafore (Girls can wear trousers if preferred) Black shoes preferable.  Black runners allowed.   Tracksuit: Navy crested tracksuits top and bottoms. (Leggings not allowed) Blue polo shirt. Sixth Class are allowed to wear just tracksuit for the […]

Cake Sale and Coffee morning!

9th June, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Well done to the children on raising €700 euro. We are stuffed to the gills with all those lovely treats. We raised over €750 at our coffee morning. Well done to everyone involved at making these great events successful at such short notice.  

Hurling Training for the summer

7th June, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Hurling Training times in Ardclough Hurling Club. Underage Hurling Training Every Friday 6.30pm-7.30pm Contact Numbers below for all coaches: Nursery “Little Devils” Group: (3-5 year olds):  Claire 0879448802 Under 7 Hurling Group: Colum 0876228505 Under 8 Hurling Group: Chris 0876309035 Under 9 Hurling Group: Sean 0868136536 Under 10 Hurling Group: Chris 0876825253 Under 11-13 Hurling […]

New jerseys

30th May, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Thank you to the Kane family who have kindly donated a new set of jerseys to the school.  They were designed by Emma Kane. The children are excited to wear them in the upcoming hurling semi final.

Straffan National School receive our 5th Green Flag in the Helix

29th May, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Two representatives from the Green Schools committee travelled to the Helix last week with Ms. Keena and Ms. Fagan to receive the schools’ 5th Green Flag which was based around the theme of Biodiversity. Upon their return they had a party at the outdoor classroom with this and last years committees to celebrate all the hard […]

May Newsletter

16th May, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Straffan N.S. May Newsletter We are flying through the months but the school shows no sign of slowing down. We are packing as much as we can into this month’s newsletter including our calendar. (The calendar will also be available for download on the website.) GAA: We are still flying high on a number of […]

Food Dudes

4th May, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Straffan NS are delighted to announce that “Food Dudes” is returning to our school!! It will be starting on Friday 5th of May.  For those of you unfamiliar with the programme, it is a Healthy Eating initiative managed by Bord Bia.  Pupils in Juniors-2nd class will be participating in the Junior Programme which will last […]

Green Schools Update

3rd May, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Information , School News

We are delighted to announce that all the hard work over the last two years has paid off and Straffan N.S. have been successful in earning our fifth Green Flag for Biodiversity!!! Well done to all involved! Previous Flags Our school has already earned four green flags for our work on litter and waste, energy, water […]

Community Games

3rd April, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Straffan/Ardclough (STAR) Community Games 2017    It is that time of the year again when the Community Games activities are happening throughout the country. We will keep you posted on activities that you might be interested in taking part in. We have Soccer, Gaelic and Camogie teams entering the field events. Good luck to all […]

April Newsletter

3rd April, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

April Newsletter Another term has flown by and it has been jam packed with activities and learning. We have had Catholic School’s week (which included the very popular Grandparents day), Engineers week, Seactaine na Gaeilge and Literacy week. Staff news: We welcome back Ms. Fagan and we wish Ms. McShane the very best in her […]

G.A.A. Training

27th March, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , Fourth Class , School News , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

We are now entering the start of the GAA season. All fixtures can be found on the Kildare Cumann na mBunscoil website. Training has already started and the schedule for this week (27th of March) is as follows: Tuesday: Senior girls and U-10 boys football (Children must have a gum shield) Wednesday: Senior Boys football  […]

Intel – Engineers Week

15th March, 2017 | by Sean Keane | Filed in Fifth Class , School News , Sixth Class

Thank you to Intel Ireland and RSA for coming to school and involving our classes in engineering projects. Fifth and Sixth Class made bridges with Intel which had to support the weight of a car, span 75cm and go across between 2 chairs. They constructed their bridges with minimal materials.   Here are a few […]

First Class Fiesta!!!

10th March, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in First Class , School News , Uncategorised

First Class Fiesta!!! First Class enjoyed a fun filled week learning all about Mexico. We learned so much-from flags to fajitas to chihuahuas. The children completed projects on all the interesting facts they learned. They designed and decorated sombreros and ponchos. They made maracas and even learned some Spanish! All their hard work was rewarded […]

Stamp out those nasty bugs for good

10th March, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Dear Parents/Guardians, As you may be aware, there have been a number of illnesses in the school in the last couple of months and it would appear they are not showing any signs of abating. To help combat these bugs and viruses so that we are all fighting fit for the summer, we want to […]

Our Spelling Bee Champion!!!!

9th March, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , School News , Second Class , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Well done to Gavin Keane who qualified to represent the school in the county finals. He was just pipped to first place but he’s only in fifth class. Who can knock Gavin off the top for next year!!!!! Well done Gavin. We are very proud of you.

Scarlet Fever Information

8th March, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

16/01/2017 SCARLET FEVER Dear Parent or Guardian, There has been a case of scarlet fever within your child’s school and your child may have been exposed. What is scarlet fever? Scarlet fever is a scattered red rash and high temperature caused by bacteria (Group A streptococci). Occasionally these bacteria can cause kidney or heart complications. […]

February/March Newsletter

22nd February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

February /March Newsletter 2017 Would you believe it? We are half way through the year! We are reading, singing, laughing, dancing, swimming, playing football, playing hurling/camogie, saying our prayers and being nice to one another even better than at the start of year. How great will we be by the end of the year? Catholic […]

Wedding Fever!

22nd February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

The Kill Musical and Dramatic society presents “Wedding Fever” in Straffan Community Hall on Friday the 10th and Saturday the 11th of March. We have several parents and a past pupil as some of the actors. It is a fundraiser for the school so we would ask you to support the school while having a […]

Grandparents Day 2017!

21st February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Grandparents Day was a fantastic day here in Straffan school. The children were so excited to show the Grandparents their school and to share their stories, poems and to ask lots of questions. It was a truly wonderful morning and the atmosphere around the school was very special. After the Grandparents visited the classrooms they […]

Friendship week!

21st February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Senior Infants

Last week we celebrated Friendship week! All of the older classes in the school were paired off with a junior class to spend the week getting to know eachother. In Ms. Hanlon’s 4th class were paired with Ms. Fahy’s Senior Infants. 4th class showed wonderful kindness throughout the week. They helped their Senior infant buddy make Valentines Cards, […]

Grandparents Day in Senior Infants!

21st February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Senior Infants , Uncategorised

It was wonderful to open our doors to all of the Grandparents for one very special day. The children in both Senior Infant classes were so thrilled to invite their Grandparents in to have a look at all of their amazing work! We made colourful flower pots and hand-printed certificates to gift to our Grandparents. […]

Exploring Other Countries!

21st February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Senior Infants , Uncategorised

Ms. Fahy and Ms. Phelan’s classes have spent the last few weeks talking about other countries! Ms. Phelan’s class delved into the world of China whilst Ms. Fahy’s class hopped like kangaroos all the way to Australia. We found out lots of amazing things about these countries and had great fun exploring the weather, the people […]

Kildare Chess Finals

20th February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Well done to the boys and girls from 6th Class who represented the school fantastically in the Kildare Chess League. After competitive games with a number of other schools over the past few weeks, we qualified for the trophy quarter finals which took place last week. After an excellent effort, we were defeated by eventual […]

Friendship Week

17th February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in First Class , School News , Sixth Class

Mr. Keane’s 6th Class and Mrs. Moran’s 1st class became best friends this week. We read ‘The Rainbow Fish’ together and then made Rainbow Fish from clay. We learned songs and sang them together and both classes made friendship mottos together. Both classes made gifts to give to each other to remember their new friends. […]

Friendship week assembly

16th February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

This week in Straffan N.S. was “Friendship week.” On Monday we had senior classes visiting the junior classes for a S.P.H.E. lesson/religion leson/ beginning their song or poem assembly. On Tuesday we had Valentine’s day! It was also Random act of Kindness Day. On Wednesday, the senior classes composed a “Friendship Motto” and the junior […]

Rescheduled Mindfulness and Wellbeing Workshop for Parents

13th February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

AnnMarie Ireland from ‘Chill Out Ireland’ will be hosting a ‘Mindfulness and Wellbeing Workshop’ for Parents in the school hall on Thursday the 16th of February at 8pm. This is part of our ‘Friendship Week’. The evening begins with addressing the needs of the parent in terms of their own well-being through offering practices and […]

Intermediate Kildare School of the Year!

6th February, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Scoil Bhríde Straffan won Intermediate school of the year. We entered into 7 competitions and got out of our group in all 7. We reached three finals winning the Senior Camogie. The Parents Association were kind enough to sponsor a set  of jerseys. Onwards and upwards for 2017!!!!!

An Siopa Scoile!

20th January, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Beidh siopa scoile oscailte an seachtain seo chugainn. Beidh na paistí in ann peann, peann luaidhe, rubair, bioróir agus rialóir a cheannach. Tá an liosta praghas sa pictiúr faoin píosa seo. Caithfidh na paistí iarracht a deanamh ag caint as Gaeilge sa siopa. 

Continued Chess Conquests

19th January, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Sixth Class , Uncategorised

Another excellent round of the Kildare Education Centre Chess League. Thanks to St.David’s NS for coming to Straffan NS.   Now looking forward to the finals on February 14th.     

Chess Tournament

17th January, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Sixth Class

Well done to all who took part in our chess matches today and thank you to our hosts in Scoil Naomh Mhuire. Everyone enjoyed the games and the experience!

January newsletter

12th January, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

January Newsletter 2017 Fáilte romhaibh go léir ar ais arís. As Paul McCartney said over the Christmas, “Another year over, a new one just begun.”  It was great to see all those happy children in their lines on Monday morning retelling all their stories of Christmas. Eamon the Elf did his job and told Santa […]

Christmas Play fun

10th January, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Junior Infants , School News

The Junior infants put on a fantastic show for us this year.

Results of Uniform Survey

10th January, 2017 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Information , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Click on the link below for the results of the Uniform Survey. Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/results/SM-8YXCVTB3/

St. Vincent De Paul Cake sale

21st December, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Yesterday’s cake sale raised over €575 for St. Vincent De Paul charity. Well done to Ms. Brosnan’s fifth class who organised it and to all the junior bakers who busy baking the night before.

A Well Earned reward!

20th December, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Sixth Class

Thank you 6th class for all your help so far this year. You have been a great help during break times and have set a high standard for your own and others behaviour in and out of school. Enjoy your day in Base! 

Senior Infants Christmas Concert!!!!!!

15th December, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Senior Infants

The Silly Senior Elephants have been hard at work preparing for their Christmas Concert. With Christmas poetry (written by our very own Ms. Phelan!!), Christmas art, singing Christmas songs and hip-hop dancing,  we have been very busy!! You are all in for a real treat this year so we HO HO HOPE you enjoy and we look forward to […]

Food Appeal for the homeless update!!!!

14th December, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News

Well done to all the boys and girls who brought in food for the homeless. Anne Travers was delighted with the response and said that all this food will go to good use. “Start by doing what is nescessary; Then do what is possible; And soon you will achieve the impossible” (St. Francis of Assisi). […]

Mini Scientist – Once Posted, Always Posted

7th December, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , School News , Sixth Class

For our project we researched how safe children were online, focussing on their use of social media. Here are a few tips we have come up with to help children to be safer online. ONCE POSTED – Web Page   If you have some extra time, please complete our survey to help us find out […]

Eamon the Elf

1st December, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Boys & Girls, This morning when I arrived into school the door was wide open. I got a fright because I thought I had forgotten to lock the doors yesterday. When I popped my head inside I noticed there was one of Santa’s elves waiting in the office for me. He told me his name […]

Straffan NS Mannequin Challenge!

1st December, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

We have jumped on the band wagon! Click below to watch Straffan School’s Mannequin Challenge.   https://drive.google.com/open?id=0Bwt40GKOy2xxUHRtRV9iZ3dQcUU

December Newsletter

29th November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

December Newsletter 28/11/2016 The Ho ho ho ho season is back and with it we welcome the madness of school plays, carol services and the odd dusting of snow. Make sure you are all wrapped up for the winter mornings with your hats, scarves and gloves. New appointments: We welcome Karen Murray our new secretary […]

Mini Scientist

28th November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Today, after weeks of work 6th class present their Mini-Scientist projects to Intel judges! They have all done superb work and have already shared their projects with everyone in the school. We would like to invite all parents to school tomorrow Tuesday 29th from 14:15 to 15:00 to view their incredible exhibition. Good LUCK everyone […]

Green Schools

28th November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Green Schools Update We are currently working on earning our 5th Green Flag for the theme of Biodiversity (ie. the variety of plant and animal life in the world, how important they are and how we can help them to survive and flourish). Over the last year we have made many changes to our school […]

Say Cheeeeeese!!!

25th November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

All the children are going home today with their pictures which were taken by County Photos. Should you wish to purchase simply fill in the form enclose payment in the clear pouch and return to the teacher. All monies should be returned by next Friday 2nd December to ensure a quick turnaround.

Christmas Annuals!!!

25th November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Yes it’s that time of year again…!!!! Just a reminder for the children to bring their €4 into school. Annuals will be delivered to the school the end of next week.

Amazing Shoebox Appeal!!

22nd November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

We had an early Christmas visit this morning from two of Santa’s heplers!!! Linda and Emma from Team Hope came to collect the shoeboxes the boys and girls had made at home. There was a fantastic reaction this year, with over 137 shoeboxes packed tightly into Linda’s car with the help of some sixth class pupils!!! […]

`Slapped Cheek` Information

21st November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

21/11/2016 Please see the note below from the HSE in regards to Slapped Cheek. SLAPPED CHEEK SYNDROME (PARVOVIRUS B19) Dear Parent or Guardian, There has been a case of slapped cheek syndrome (sometimes called Fifth Disease) which is caused by the parvovirus B19 virus in your child’s school and your child may have been exposed. […]

November Newsletter

7th November, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

  November Newsletter 07/11/2016 Bbbbbbrrrrrrrr iiiiittttt’sssssss cccccoooooollllllddddddd oooouuuuutttttssssiiiiiddddeeeeee! Wrap up in those silly hats, gloves, scarfs and winter jackets. Welcome back everyone after a very scary Halloween.  I’m sorry to say that this month plans to be just as hectic as the last. We may have put away our superhero costumes but fear not, our […]

Primary Language Curriculum in-service day.

15th September, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

The school will be closed on Wednesday the 8th of February to facilitate the training of teachers for the new Primary Language Curriculum. Click the link below to find any information on the new curriculum and how best you can support your child primary-language-curriculum_parents_2-pages

School Calendar 2016/17

13th June, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

Click on the link below for the calendar for next year. Calendar 2016-2017   

Our SMURFit Golf Course

31st May, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in First Class , School News

In the week leading up to the Irish Open, 1st class had great fun brainstorming about how we might celebrate the Irish Open coming to the K Club. We decided to make our very own golf course window display. One student very cleverly thought that we should make a SMURFit golf course with lots of […]

The Vicious Vikings!

31st May, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in First Class , School News

For the month of May, 1st class looked closely at the Vikings. We learned about the countries they conquered, the effect that they had on the people who lived there and how they got from place to place! We were particularly interested in the Vikings who founded Dublin. We discovered why they named our capital city Dublin […]

A walk back in time to 1916 DVD now on Sale!!!!!

25th May, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

A truly incredible DVD has been created to capture the amazing week in which we celebrated our culture, our heritage and our flag. It will be on sale all this week and all funds go to the school. The prices are as follows: €8 for one €15 for two €20 for three

TUG OF WAR TITANS!

18th May, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , School News , Sixth Class

5th and 6th class participated in a taster Tug of War session on Monday 16th May 2016 with Cathy O Toole from the Irish Tug of War Association! There was some close calls in the mini games! Huge thanks to Cathy for her expertise and time! We all had a ball😁

Healthy Eating Week 23rd-27th May.

18th May, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

17/05/2016 Dear Parents, Thank you to everybody for the very positive feedback to our Healthy Eating Survey. It gave us a great insight into the different types of lunches children eat in school.   The results of the survey are on the school website.  There were many positive aspects to the children’s lunches such as 96% […]

May Newsletter

5th May, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

  Welcome back everyone after the Bank Holiday weekend.  Summer is finally here and hopefully we’ll be seeing long sunny days, sooner rather than later.  Firstly there is fantastic news to report.  The Straffan NS stork has been very busy once again! We want to send our congratulations to Mr McGowan and his wife as […]

Cross Country update!

19th April, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , Fourth Class , School News , Second Class , Sixth Class , Third Class

The boys and girls of Straffan N.S. were fantastic in their quest for glory in the cross-country last Friday. Both of our teams just finished outside the medal places. The future looks bright for our budding athlete’s so keep up the running!!!!! On Monday there were trials for the cross country. 8 boys and 8 […]

The Story of the 1916 Rising in Photos

12th April, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in First Class , School News

St Patricks Day Parade

12th April, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Remembering 1916

7th April, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

To mark the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising, schools across the country raised the Irish flag and remembered those who fought for Irish independence. Leading up to this occasion, the students were learning all about the events that led Ireland to this point and of course what happened after the Rising. In 1st […]

April Newsletter

6th April, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

April Newsletter 06/04/16 Failté romhaibh go léir arais arís. The children have arrived back with chocolate covered mouths and with bellies full of smarties and buttons. It was great to see all the happy faces on Monday morning eager to meet their friends and teachers.  The streets, newspapers, televisions and our radios were full of […]

The Irish Open Golf Trophy visit!!!

2nd March, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Des Smyth winner of 8 European golf titles and veteran of two Ryder Cups brought the Irish Open Golf Trophy to the school. Brian McIlroy (Uncle of Rory),President of “The Rory Foundation”(who are hosting this year’s event in the K-Club), visited also and had a question and answer session with the children from 3rd to 6th. […]

‘Out of this world’ Science Projects!

1st March, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in First Class , School News

3…2…1..BLAST OFF!!! The 1st class students have been learning lots about our world, outer space and beyond. In February we decided to create our very own Space projects. The students chose a Space topic and presented their work to the class. From Solar System models, 3D ‘Moon Landing’ posters, floating tinfoil stars to cardboard space […]

We’re back training! The G.A.A. season is under way!

22nd February, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , Fourth Class , School News , Sixth Class , Third Class

Training starts tomorrow Tuesday the 23rd of February at 3pm in Straffan GAA pitch. Training finishes at 4. Please ensure children are picked up on time. Training will be as follows weather permitted. Tuesday Gaelic football training boys and girls for third to sixth class children. Wednesday Hurling and Camogie for third to sixth class children. Thursday Gaelic […]

Spring has sprung!

12th February, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in First Class , School News

Finally Spring is upon us! In first class, we have been talking about the fabulous features of Spring and how we expect to see lots more animals and plants growing and blossoming over the next number of weeks. We wrote our very own ‘Muddled Minibeasts’ poems, inspired by all of the creatures you might expect […]

February Newsletter

11th February, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

February Newsletter 11/02/16 Spring has sprung and the first daffodils are blooming and reminding us of rebirth and new life. We were almost blown away in January with all the storms but now we look forward to the warmer weather and longer evenings that come with spring. Catholic Schools Week: This was a very successful […]

St. Brigid’s Day!

9th February, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

  St. Brigid St. Brigid is the 2nd patron saint of Ireland, whose feast day is her birthday, the first day of Spring, 1st February (Lá Fhéile Bhride). Brigid is also known as Muire na nGael or Mary of the Gael which means Our Lady of the Irish. Brid, the Celtic Goddess of Fire But […]

Grandparents/Great Grandparents Day

27th January, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class , Uncategorised

  Grandparent’s/Great Grandparent’s Day   Dear Grandparents/Great Grandparents, You are cordially invited to visit our school for Grandparents Day on Wednesday the 3rd of February 2016. We acknowledge that Grandparents and Great Grandparents can play a special role in the lives of our students. Grandparents Day is part of the Catholic schools week which starts […]

Enrolment Information

8th January, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Junior Infants , School News

    Dear Parents / Guardians,   Enrolment Day for Junior Infants September 2016 is on Thursday, February 4th from 9.30am to 11.00am.   If you wish your child to start school this September, please attend Straffan N.S. on that date to complete an application form.  Please bring a copy of your child’s birth certificate […]

January Newsletter

8th January, 2016 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

  January newsletter 08/01/16 Welcome back and a Happy New Year to every man, woman and child of Straffan! The shepherd, sheep and Santa outfits can be put away for another year as we long for the first sign of the daffodil to let us know that Spring is coming. The madness of Straffan N.S. […]

6th Class Bake Sale in aid of St. Vincent dePaul

21st December, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Sixth Class

The 6th Class put on a wonderful bake sale last week to raise some well needed money for the Vincent de Paul. All classes came in and were able to pick from a delicious selection of home baked goodies. Thank you to everyone who donated their lovely cakes. We are very proud to say that […]

Junior Infants put on a SPECTACULAR show!!!

17th December, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Junior Infants , School News

Christmas Newsletter

10th December, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

  Christmas Newsletter 10/12/15 Hohoho! The Christmas cheer is here for all to hear. Straffan N.S. is in full swing for Christmas. Crazy Christmas doors, Cool Christmas Carols, flickering Christmas lights, stage a glow. We are all ready for the spectacular that will be Christmas concert season. Christmas concerts: The Junior Infant Christmas Play takes […]

Christmas Plays and Carol Service

9th December, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Junior Infants , School News

The Junior Infant Christmas Play takes place in the school hall on Wednesday 16th December at 10.00am!  The senior infant Carol service will take place on Wednesday the 16th also at 11:15. There will be a Carol Concert in the school hall on Monday 21st December at 2.00pm for  all the parents! Hohohohohoho!

Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition

30th November, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News , Sixth Class

The children in 6th class presented their projects to the visiting judges from Intel today. A big effort was put in by the whole class to prepare for the exhibition. All groups showed great enthusiasm and teamwork over the past few weeks. Well done to all groups who took part and congratulations to Thomas Eve […]

Team Hope Christmas Shoe Box Appeal

27th November, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News

Team Hope would like to say a massive THANK YOU to the pupils and families in Straffan NS. We collected 188 shoe boxes for the children in need in Syria and Africa. Team Hope were overwhelmed with the generosity of the children in the school. We should be very proud that we have such giving, […]

School Newsletter 23/11/15

23rd November, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

November Newsletter Parent/Teacher Meetings: Meetings will take place this Wednesday the 25th and Thursday the 26th of November. School will close at 2:30. If you can’t make the times given to you by the teacher please ensure that you arrange another more convenient time. Break in: The school had some unwanted visitors last week. Apart […]

Shoebox Appeal

16th November, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Miss Fagans elves collected over 100 shoeboxes full of gifts for children all over her world who may not have as much as we have. Well done to everyone involved.

Board of Management Parent nominee elections.

13th November, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News

Straffan National School 11th  November 2015   Dear Parents,   Re: Parents Association AGM Monday 16th November 2015   A joint Board of Management and Parents Association AGM is being held in the school hall on Monday 16th November 2015 at 7.30pm.   Attendance at the joint AGM is important as two Parent Nominees will […]

Student Council

11th November, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , School News , Second Class , Sixth Class , Third Class

Hi! The student council is a new thing that Straffan National School has introduced. We do a load of things, but we base everything around fairness, and making the school a better place for everyone. We plan on doing lots this year, and we’ve already started. We’ve introduced the Yard Buddy system. Many 6th class […]

Halloween Newsletter

26th October, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Well the first half term has flown by and what a couple of weeks it has been.  The nice quiet image of Straffan was scared away by all the witches, zombies and superheroes this morning. Long may that madness continue. Parent- teacher meetings Parent -teacher meetings will take place on Wednesday the 25th and Thursday […]

Presentation of the Irish Flag and Proclamation for the Centenary of the 1916 Rising

30th September, 2015 | by matteve | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

On Wednesday September 30th, two members of the Irish Army, Lieutenant Hurley and Corporal Davis visited the school. The reason for their visit was to present the Irish flag to the school to commemorate the 1916 rising. Corporal Davis explained the importance of the flag and how it should be respected. The flag and the […]

Welcome Letter

1st September, 2015 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in Fifth Class , First Class , Fourth Class , Junior Infants , School News , Second Class , Senior Infants , Sixth Class , Third Class

Dear Parents / Guardians, Welcome to a new school year at Straffan National School.  I hope that you all had a great summer. I warmly welcome parents of new pupils to our School and I am sure that your children will be very happy here. This is also a very special year for me, being […]

Halloween Dress Up Day 2012

31st October, 2012 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News

We had a successful dress up day with some great Halloween costumes on display.            

Extension Complete

6th September, 2012 | by Breda McAuliffe | Filed in School News

The School Extension is now complete and pupils are delighted with their new classrooms!

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