Newsletter 2017


First Communion

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

Summer is here

Summer is upon us once more. 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.


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

At Carrig N.S., we have been taking part in the Fís (Film in Schools) project since its inception. It is run at local level by Laois Education Centre. This year, or film “Magic Moments”, which is based around thus year’s school show won an award in Portlaoise for “Best Cinematography”. It now goes on to compete at national level and we hope to reach the All-Ireland Finals in the Helix Theatre for the second year in a row and the third time in all. It is a great opportunity for the children to be involved in all elements that go into making a film and is simultaneously and educational and very enjoyable experience. Our thanks to Mr. Jarred Madden for all his work on the film. Our thanks too to the staff of Laois Education Centre for all their support over the years. Finally, well done to all our pupils who worked hard on the film again this year while also making it an enjoyable experience.

Other news from school year 2016/2017


Carrig N.S. put on their annual school show in Birr Theatre on 24th June. The show was written and directed by our Speech and Drama teacher Mr. Jarred Madden and was titled “Magic Moments”. There was great excitement amongst the children coming up to the show but as always, they performed superbly on the night. Indeed, the standard of the show just goes up and up every year. It is a great experience for the children not only to be involved in the show but to be able to put it on in such a wonderful venue.

We also showed our Fís (Film in Schools) on the night which again goes from strength to strength each year with the help of Mr. Madden. The film has won an award for best cinematography in Portlaoise recently and we hope it will do well in the national stages later in the year.

Our thanks to Mr. Madden for ongoing fantastic work with our pupils and to our Parents Association for all their help on the night. Sincere thanks also to the staff of Birr Theatre for the welcome they give us each year.



Well done to our girls soccer squad who reached the regional finals of the FAI 5 aside competition.

Camogie coaching with Orla Carey and Dara Hanamy took place each Tuesday.

Basketball coaching for girls took place after school each Tuesday for five weeks.



We introduced dance lessons this year and they proved to be very popular. We hope to have another session of lessons in September.



We had French and German lessons again this year for 1st – 6th classes which proved a very enjoyable experience for all the children involved.  We are looking forward to them again next year.



Pilates lessons with Mrs. Martin have finished. The classes proved very popular again this year.



All classes have enjoyed their school tours. Junior, Senior and 1st class went to Athlone Multi SPorts Campus. The 2nd and 3rd went to the Aquarium in Galway. The 4th-6th class went to Boda Borg Zipit FOrest Adventure in Lough Key.



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



Additionally the senior classes went on their annual cycle in Lough Boora and also a hike up Kinnitty mountains.Well done to all who took part and thanks to all those parents who provided transport on the day.



Carrig pupils visit Ardnacrusha Power Station.

The pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th classes visited Ardnacrusha on May 31st. The guided tour provided gave an excellent insight into the history and importance of the facility going back to 1925. In 1929, Ardnacrusha provided 80% of Ireland’s electricity needs. It was great to see the workings of the power station up close. It proved to be a very enjoyable trip for the children, while also being very educational.



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 recently. 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 2nd 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.



Well done to Caoimhe and Síofra Ginty who did so well in the World Championships of Irish Dancing.



Fred the Clown / Magician 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 €755.36. 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 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 Friday 1st September.