Book and Drama Club

All of the enthusiastic bookworms and aspiring young actors were sad to see the end of book and drama club this month. Katie K and Róisín organised the book and drama after school club this term. It was an exciting eight weeks filled with novels, book talk, drama and treats! Each week we discussed books and favourite authors. Róisín read ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ by Roald Dahl with first and second class. Whereas third to sixth class read ‘Mr. Nobody’s Eyes’ by Michael Morpurgo with Katie.

Drama was based on the chosen books. The children were enthusiastic and eager to engage in the drama. They created still images and improvisation scenes, depicting excerpts from the books. They developed the role of various characters and re-enacted their favourite parts of the stories.

 Book Club Choices


The feedback from book and drama club members was very positive…

“I really enjoyed book and drama club. My favourite part was reading the book and eating the treats!” (fifth class pupil)

“I really loved the drama! And all of the yummy treats!” (third class pupil)


Katie and Róisín would like to thank all of the members of the book and drama club for all of their hard work and enthusiasm over the term. They hope to see you all next year!

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day from Emily’s Class

Have a wonderful long weekend, lá fhéile Pádraig!

From Emily ‘s 2nd Class


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Community Games County Final

Great news!

The Ashbourne U10 and U12 draughts team won gold in the community county games!

Well done to all involved!


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February in Katie’s Third Class

February was a busy month in Katie’s third class. We learned about continents and completed a case study on Africa in geography lessons. We learned about the countries, languages, natural features and animals in Africa. We also discovered the significance of masks in the African culture.  The African theme was further developed in our art lessons, where the children created colourful African masks.

Katie’s class are huge fans of Roald Dahl and were delighted to hear that they would be reading the novel The Twits in February. The boys and girls were very enthusiastic and had many laughs while reading the story. The children read the novel with great expression. They were inspired by Roald Dahl’s illustrator Quentin Blake to draw the horrible Mr and Mrs Twit and their garden where they kept Muggle-Wump and his family captive!

The children were once again given the opportunity to develop their sewing skills in Visual Arts. They created pictures using hessian, thread and buttons. The class revised their sewing skills from Term 1 and learned a new sewing technique – cross-stitching. The boys and girls made huge improvements with their sewing skills since last term.

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Update on structural works at AETNS

Dear Parents and guardians,

Please find the latest information provided by the DES in relation to ongoing structural works at AETNS:

 A provisional schedule for the detailed investigations in the remaining 15 WBS schools that have precautionary measures in place.   This includes your school.  The dates are provisional at this time to allow flexibility for any unforeseen issues that may arise.  The provisional schedule is as follows:

Gaelscoil Portlaoise Laois 20081O Friday 8th March
Portlaoise ETNS Laois 20347D
Griffeen Valley ETNS Dublin 20166W Friday 22nd March
Lucan East ETNS Dublin 20303G
Macroom BNS Cork 15597W Friday 29th March 
Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Athy Kildare 16705E Friday 5th April
Athy Model School
(GP Room)
Kildare 06209J
GS Atha Í, Tomard (GP Room) Kildare 20192A
Scoil Phádraig Naofa, Rochestown Cork 20335T Friday 12th April
Cara Jnr (Special) School Cork 20354A
GS Chloich na Coillte Cork 20006A Friday 3rd May
Castlemills Education Centre Dublin N/A
De Lacy College Meath 76196W Friday 10th May
Gaelscoil na Mí Meath 20382F
Ashbourne ETNS Meath 20396Q

As previously advised, the works are due to be carried out over weekends to prevent disruption to the schools.  The dates set out for each school will be confirmed as we work our way through the schedule.

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