Newsletter 2018

NEWSLETTER 2017/2018

Summer is here

Summer has arrived again.

Well done everybody!

I wish to thank you for all your continued help and co-operation. I also wish to compliment all the children on working hard and being very well behaved.

Thanks to our B.O.M. and our Parents Association for all their hard work and dedication to our school.

To our staff a big thank you also for your dedication and care for all our pupils.


First Communion

Well done to our 2nd class pupils who made their First Communion in May.


Well done also to our 6th class pupils who made their Confirmation in May. Thanks to Fr. David who conducted a lovely ceremony on the day.

Our Fís Film

For a number of years now, the pupils of Carrig N.S. have been making films as part of the Fís (Film in Schools) competition, run locally by Laois Education Centre. Over the years, our films have been very successful and we have reached the National finals in the Helix Theatre on three occasions. Last year, we made the top three in Ireland and were narrowly defeated by school from Kerry in the finals.

This year, our film “Brush to the Future” won an award for Best Special Effects and we are keeping our fingers crossed that we might reach the National Finals again this year. Our thanks to Mr. Madden for all his work on our film and well done to the boys and girls in our senior classes on another great achievement.

Other news from school year 2017/2018


The pupils of Carrig N.S. put on their annual school show recently in Birr Theatre. Under the direction of Mr. Jared Madden, our Speech and Drama teacher. We were treated to a mix of comedy, song and dance in a fast – moving, slick and highly entertaining show called “Star Gazing”. These shows just get better and better year by year, with the children becoming more and more comfortable on stage with each production.

It is a great preparation for future participation in school shows, drama, musicals etc. and really helps enormously in growing the confidence of all the pupils involved.

Sincere thanks to all who came along to support the children on the night and to our Parents Association for their great work, not just with the show but throughout the year. Thanks also to the staff of Birr Theatre, who are always so welcoming and accommodating. Finally, well done to all our pupils who provided us with excellent entertainment on the night.



Carrig Girls – 2 Camogie County Titles

Following a very busy few weeks, the girls from Carrig N.S. contested two camogie county finals recently. On Monday 21st May, they took on Ballyboy N.S. in St. Brendan’s park, Birr. The girls were excellent all through. Their skill level, work rate and teamplay really told on the day against a very game Ballyboy side who kept plugging away to the very end. This was a second county title this year for these girls having won a football title earlier on.

On Wednesday 23rd, the girls were in action again as part of a Carrig / Killeen team taking on Shinrone / Clonlisk in the Division One County Final. Having beaten Shinrone / Clonlisk by 3 points earlier in the competition, the girls for Carrig / Killeen were prepared for a tough test in the final. Again, the girls displayed a fantastic attitude from the off with everyone working hard for the team. This was a super display of skill determination and a great work rate from every member of the team.

Well done to everyone on a very successful season. Well done also to Shinrone / Clonlisk, who contributed handsomely to make this a very competitive and enjoyable final for all the supporters present. We look forward to seeing what these girls will achieve on the sporting fields going forward.

Gaelic Football Title – Girls – they won the County Title.

Boys did very well in Hurling – unlucky not to make a County Final.



We had again a 6 week session of dance lessons for all classes which was highly enjoyed by the pupils.



We had German lessons with Brigit again this year for 2nd – 6th classes which proved a very enjoyable experience for all the children involved.



Our Pilates lessons with Amanda were indeed fun an great exercise.



All classes have enjoyed their school tours.



Our 2-3 club has proven to be very popular and the numbers availing of this service are growing all the time.

It is a very special service particularly in this school which is greatly appreciated by the parents. Thanks to Teresa.



Additionally the senior classes went on their annual cycle in Lough Boora and also a hike up Kinnitty mountains.

Thanks to the parents who took part and provided transport on both days. Your support and help is much appreciated.



Thanks also to Ger Oakley for his continued work with our pupils in hurling and camogie.



Swimming lessons for 1st – 6th class pupils concluded recently.

All pupils are making great progress and the vast majority are strong swimmers by the time they leave primary school.



Our 6th class graduation evening took place. Thanks to Fr. David for his attendance on the night.

We wish all our 6th class pupils the very best as they progress on to the next step in their education and in their lives.



We recently won 3rd place in the North Tipperary Tidy Schools Competition.



Thanks to everyone who supported our Parents Association cake sale in Carrig Hall and sincere thanks also to all who baked and helped out in so many ways on the day.



Our Literacy Initiative continues in the middle classes. This is proving to be both very popular and very beneficial for the children and the results speak for themselves. Thanks again to all staff members who run this initiative.

Procedural Writing continues in all classes.



Fred the Party Professor was with us again recently. The children enjoyed his tricks and instrument playing.



Mrs. Burke hosted a fundraiser for the Downs Syndrome Association of Ireland recently. It was part of the Ice Cream Fundays campaign.



Gymnastics lessons with Mrs. Feehan were very popular again this year and we look forward to having her with us again next year.



Our Pottery lessons with Finn were a fun and lively affair and again we hope to have him with us next year.



We recently sent money to both Temple Street Children’s Hospital and the Jack and Jill foundation. The total raised was €967. this was raised by our pupils in a variety of ways during lent and we say well done to you all for working so hard to raise the money and for thinking about and helping those who are less well off than yourselves.



We had a six weeks tin whistle session which the pupils really enjoyed.



Our Credit Union Quiz was very successful. Our school was 2nd place for under 10s.



Birr library was visiting our school to read books with the children.



We appreciate our grandparents and all they do for us. We held a special mass for them in February.



Our annual book fair was again very successful. The children enjoyed reading new books.



In this readthon we raised over 500 Euros and one of our pupils won one of the 10 ipads and another one won one of 15 headphones.




Martin – Caretaking

Ita – Flowers/Garden etc.

Keira – cleaning and general help


Thanks to the parents association

Sincere thanks to our Parents Associations for all their hard work during the year. Their continued support of our pupils and the work of the school is much appreciated.

Thanks to Fr. David

Thanks to Fr. David for all his work with the children over the past number of years. We wish him well in his new parish.

Thanks to the pupils

Well done to all our pupils on their hard work and good behavior during the past school year. They really are a credit to you. Finally sincere thanks to you our parent body for you continued co-operation and support. Enjoy the summer break.


We try to give the children as many opportunities in as many areas as we possibly can during their time in Carrig N.S.

Finally, I would like to wish you all a very enjoyable summer.

School will re-open on Monday 3rd September.