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St Paul's NS
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Award for Excellence and Innovation
During the last academic year, articles on the Erasmus+ programme were posted on many of our Newsletters and School App.
The project promotes physical activity and develops fundamental movement skills through sharing local games and sports with other European countries.
We are THRILLED to announce that our school received an award for excellence in teaching and innovation recently in Croke Park. The event The Gathering was run by Léargus. ‘eTwimming National Quality Label award’
A big thank you to Ms. Shine (Lead Project Co-Ordinator), Ms. O’Dea, Ms. O’Sullivan, Mr Walsh, Ms. Naughton, Mr. Hutton for their organisation of this event in our school and to all the teachers who travelled and taught pupils in various countries the skill of Gaelic Football
Details of our project, its findings and comprehensive instructions of our games with video tutorials can be see by click on the link below.
See article below written by Cathal Doherty, Limerick Leader.
Children in all classes took part in science related activities and experiments, what a fabulous celebration of Science we had during Science Week.
To follow is just an example of some of the experiments which our pupils took part in...
Thanks to Mr. Tobin, our Science Co-ordinator in conjunction with class teachers for creating a fun, interactive, educational week.
October Holiday 2022
Our school will CLOSE on Friday, October 28th at normal time for pupils and will re-open on Monday, November 7th, 2022
Have a happy, safe and enjoyable Halloween break.
Road Works Notice from Limerick County Council
Maths Week 2022
Great activity is taking place throughout the school this week where classes from Juniors to 6th will do STEM challenges for maths week (October 17th to 21st).
There’s plenty of maths in the environment so take a look using your maths eyes!! You’d be surprised what you can find.
Thanks to all the children and teachers for all the effort they put into the week to make it an enjoyable and educational experience and thanks to Ms. Geary for her organisation of same.
Check out our School App and Twitter account for more pictures.
The pictures below are Mr Kirby’s and Mr. Carroll's 4th Classes using the Beebots for maths week. They are little programmable robots that look like Bees. They can move forward backwards and turn left and right depending on the instructions inputted by the child.
Ms. O'Connell's 5th class exploring the IZAK 9 maths challenges during Maths Week.
Ms.Carmody's Senior Infants built a bridge using four sticks and four cups. They were challenged to see how many cubes they could balance.
Ms.Geary's 3rd Classplaying Flip it card games, online maths game; investigating 3D shapes using polydrons and nets, taking a survey and making a graph using the tally.
Ms. O'Sullivan's 6th class did Izak 9 cubes, a maths table quiz and a climate action with maths activities where they calcuated how to reduce energy usage and make positive environmental changes in the household.
Ms. O'Roches's 6th class integrated Maths into their P.E. Lesson (calculating their groups average speed over 20m hurdles, average no of throws, catches & passes with different sports equipment
Wild Happiness Garden - Official Opening
The official opening of the Wild Happiness Garden took place on Monday, June 27th, 2022.
Mr Touhy kicked off the ceremony and spoke about how the garden originated through the 'Per Cent for Art Scheme' funded by the Government. Artist, Kathryna Cuschieri, spoke about the journey of the garden from start to finish. One child from each of the four classes involved read a nature related poem and one child from each class planted a wish for their garden in their flower bed. Mr. Coady, Chairperson of the Board of Management cut the ribbon The occasion ended with everyone singing ‘Three little Birds by Bob Marley. Our teacher Mr Brian Curtin was MC for the occasion.
All staff who were involved in making the garden a reality attended the ceremony. (Ms. Toomey, Mr T. O'Brien, Ms Coughlan, Mr. Curtin)
A very big THANK YOU to our teacher Ms. Ryan who directed and guided the whole project.
Graduation Class 2022
We bid a fond farewell to another amazing group of boys and girls in 6th class.
We celebrated their 8th year journey through St. Paul’s School with a thanksgiving ceremony in St. Paul’s Church on Thursday, June 23rd. Fr Murphy celebrated mass; Mr Tuohy made a speech thanking every child for the contribution they made to our school. Each child was then presented with a certificate by his/her teacher.
A big thank you to our Parents Association who very kindly offered to host refreshments in our school hall and to one of our parents who very kindly donated food.
It was a lovely send off for a wonderful group of pupils.
St Paul's Staff Rowathon
The staff of St. Paul’s National School rowed/cycled the length of the Shannon River (360km) in aid of the Children’s Grief Centre in Limerick this June using indoor rowing machines and exercise bikes.
Please do not feel under pressure to donate as these are very hard times for all. We are just making you aware of our fundraiser. If you would like to donate, you can do by clicking on 'Rowathon' highlighted in blue https://gofund.me/0c522dbb Rowathon
As of June 25th, we have reached a WHOPPING €1,500.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who donated and to all our staff who took part.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO OUR TEACHERS MS. GLOSTER AND MS. FRANCIS for organising this fundraiser in our school.
Analog Robotics Competition
BIG CONGRATULATIONS to Cian Dobbie, Michael Vilkels and Darya Sidorova who represented St. Paul’s School in the FINAL of the Anlog Devices Robotics on Saturday, June 18th in the Analog Devices European Research and Development Centre in Raheen.
The trio team designed, built and programmed a new robot which then competed against the robots created by other finalists.
A huge thank you to Analog and Cork Learnit for such a fantastic experience.
Sports Active Week
Active School Week took place in St. Paul's NS from June 20th to 24th. It was a week of fun and activity and the sun even made a welcome appearance on a few days. Check out the video below.
There was a range of activities for all classes throughout the week. We had lots of visitors doing different activities. They were all fantastic and such fun and it was non-stop activity all week.
Andrew, Alya, Alana and Eimear from Limerick Hockey Club were in school on Monday and Tuesday to coach all the children from 3rd to 6th. They provided all the equipment and taught the children new skills including dribbling, passing and shooting. Thanks guys!
All classes learned Circus Skills with Konor Halpin. The children had a chance to try activities they would never have learned before including plate spinning, juggling, Chinese Yo-Yo and Devil Sticks. There were also skipping and parachute games. Shark was a real favourite! Konor’s use of music added to the atmosphere and all classes had an emphasis on physical movement while developing hand-eye co-ordination.
Ashley O’ Toole was on hand to provide Zumba dancing for all classes. The hall was a hive of energy and activity as the children enjoyed the easy to follow moves and they really enjoyed the music too! Thanks Ashley! You have great energy!
Jill from School Fitness Ireland did a circuits session with all 6 infant classes. The children really enjoyed Jill’s activities and the fun environment she created. “Jill is absolutely fantastic” was one teacher’s comment.
Siobhán and Diane from local gymnastics club, Leaps and Jumps, were in school on Friday to provide an introductory class to all children in 1st and 2nd classes. The children discovered flexibility they never knew they had! Thanks to Siobhán and Daiane! They were fabulous and received a big thumbs up from children and teachers alike.
The highlight of the week for many children was the cycling skills activity with our SNA, Martina Condell. Martina is a trained Cycle Right instructor. Every class from 3rd to 6th took part in this activity. Martina set up a fun obstacle course on the yard and showed the children how to negotiate a roundabout using correct hand signals. Thanks Martina. You are a great cycling instructor!
Shane Tracy of the FAI was on hand on Thursday to coach all children in 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Shane had great energy and developed a great rapport with the children. His soccer drills were fabulous and the children were moving with a ball from the moment they arrived on the astroturf. We’d love to have you back again Shane! Thanks to Barbara Bermingham, Football Development Officer in Limerick City for arranging this great activity.
Some classes even found time to try orienteering around our school grounds. Our teacher, Mr. Tobin, brought in his drone to take fantastic pictures of the school which enabled us to create an orienteering map.
So that was Active Schools Week! Thanks to our teacher, Mr. Carroll, for organising this exciting event in our school. There was a fantastic buzz around the school all week.
Check out the photos below for a flavour of Active Schools Week in St. Paul’s NS!
Maire Rua Awards
The Maire Rua award originated in honour of our wonderful teacher, Mrs Marion McNamara who taught in St. Paul’s School for many many years. During her teaching years apart from being an outstanding teacher she valued family and kindness and she strived to instil the trait of kindness and caring in every pupil. In her honour and memory, the Maire Rua Award was set up.
Certs and medals were presented to 24 children in our school….one boy or girl from each class. The child chosen was selected by all pupils in his/her class for their kindness. As each child was called to collect their award their teacher spoke a few words about why they have been chosen by their classes.
All children then sang ‘Circle of Friends’ …. finale to the celebration.
It was indeed a joyous and special occasion and a huge thank you to Ms Aisling Geary for her organisation of this event and to Mr. Tuohy, Ms. O’Dea, Mr. Madden, Ms Hayes, Ms. Áine McNamara and all staff members.
The City Sports took place in UL on Wednesday, May 18th. 50 children and 4 teachers from St. Paul's travelled to this event
Our boys team, competing in Category B, finished in a tie for 1st place with Lisnagry NS. Both schools are now promoted to Category A for next year's City Sports.
Our girls team, competing in Category C, had a resounding win and will now compete in Category B next year
There was great excitement as the boys and girls team captains received the trophies at the end of the day. Congratulations to all the children and teachers involved in this success. St. Paul's NS has always had a great tradition in athletics and the talent that is in our school was very much in evidence once again this year.
Congratulations to Kathleen Dullea
We congratulate St. Paul’s Church Sacristan, Kathleen Dullea on the occasion of receiving the Bene Merenti Medal from Bishop Brendan Leahy on Sunday, May 12th, in recognition of her long outstanding service, faithfulness and dedication to St. Paul’s Church.
The Bene Merenti Medal is a medal awarded by the Pope to members of the clergy and laity for service to the Catholic Church.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish Kathleen many further happy years as sacristan in St Paul’s Parish and would like to express our sincere gratitude for her support to the children and staff of St Paul’s School as she directed many thousand of our pupils through the church doors over many years.
Bike Week took place in our school from May 17th to May 20th.
The event in Limerick was very kindly sponsored by Limerick City and County Council.107 bikes were counted on Thursday, May 19th where Evolution Cycles came to our school and serviced all bikes. Our Caretaker, Mike (who is a trained Bike Engineer) was also on hand to help out. Lights were also provided to those who needed one. Thank you to all pupils and staff for the support shown over the week
We would like to express our gratitude for all who donated to our Fundraiser on Friday, March 4th in support of Ukraine.
We are thrilled to advise that €2,529 was raised, this was a fantastic achievement. A cheque was presented to Fr Seamus Enright in the Redemptorist Church where the Redemptorist Fundraising event raised over a phenomenal €350K.
The Redemptorists in Ukraine are offering shelter, food and medical support to those travelling away from the conflict.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge will take place in our school the week of March 22nd to 25th.
As always there is a great array of activities which focus on the spoken language throughout the day.
More details will follow in our April newsletter.
Thanks again to Ms. Kenneally for organising this annual event …..
GAA has returned to the heart of St. Paul’s School life….It’s great to be back in action. There has been lots of activity on the pitch both in and out of school.
Both boys and girls football teams are in action this week. Boys against Gaelscoil an Ráithín. Girls against Caherdavin Girls school
Many thanks to our teachers for giving of their time to coach our pupils.
Boys Coaches: Mr. Hutton, Mr Walsh, Mr Madden & Mr. Fennessy
Girls Coaches: Ms O’Dea, Ms. Donnelly, Ms O’Sullivan and Ms. Naughton
Fundamental Movement and basic Hurling skills are taking part for 1st and 2nd class in the hall every Monday and Tuesday for 10 weeks. Each week they will learn a new skill and each pupil received a booklet to mark their progress. Many thanks to Mungret GAA Club in conjunction with the Crescent Comp for rolling out this fun training programme.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION: This will take place on Saturday, May 21st at 10.30am. There will be one mass for a three classes
CONFIRMATION: This will take place on Saturday, June 11th at 11am. There will be one mass for a three classes
Plese note: these are provisional times and could be subject to change.
Music Generation have been interacting virtually with our pupils from 3rd to 6th class since the beginning of this academic year so it was just fantastic to have them back inhouse on Wednesday, March 6th.
The band did a short 30 minute concert for each group followed by an interactive workshop. All going well in May the plan is to brin the whole team to our school to do one big performance. Many thanks to Ms. Dalton for organising this throughout the year.
World Book Day 2022
We had an amazing World Book Week. There was so much activity throughout the school.We would like to express our gratitude for all who donated to our Fundraiser on Friday, March 4th in support of Ukraine.
Ms Geary’s class visited Eason’s book shop and spent their vouchers, others dressed up as a character from their favourite book and let their imagination run wild. Other classes were paired whereby older children read to younger children.
Thanks to our teacher Ms Geary for her organization of this event and to all class teachers for promoting same.
Check out photos in the various classes on the app, below is just a taste of what you will see.
Limerick City/County Council— Idea’s Box
Limerick City and Country Council are launching a new initiative called the ‘Idea’s Box’ which stemmed from Olivia Chan, a pupil in Mr. O’Brien’s 3rd class during speakers corner on Culture Night.
Olivia proposed that there should be a suggestion box open so children of Limerick could post their ideas or suggestions, which they feel will make Limerick at better place for all.
To launch the idea Cllr. Daniel Butler, Mayor of Limerick City and Council visited our school to meet Olivia during March. It also made headlines in The Limerick Leader and The Post newspaper and many Social Media platforms.
Well done Olivia, we are very proud of you….
The suggestion box is available online via the County Council online portal (Click on My Point) https://mypoint.limerick.ie/en/content/mayors-ideas-box My Point
Our Erasmus + Project "Healthy Active Sport" links us with schools in Italy, Spain, Greece and Belgium.
The project aims to promote physical activity and develop fundamental movement skills through the sharing of local games and sports.
Recently we had an in person and virtual opportunity to work with the teachers from our European partner schools. We shared Gaelic Football with our visiting teachers and the children learned some traditional games such as Palla Avvelenata (Poison Ball), Circus Techniques like Chinese plates, juggling and the Diabolo and Tzami!
Ms.O'Dea, Ms.O'Sullivan and Ms.Trant got the opportunity to travel to Thessaloniki in Greece as part of our Erasmus project in February. They were given a great welcome by the teachers and children of our partner school and were delighted to visit many classrooms and answer lots of questions all about our school.
Many thanks to our teachers Ms Shine, Ms O’Dea, Ms O’Sullivan, Mr. Walsh, Mr Hutton for organising this very successful event in our school.
Laura Lynn Foundation
Holly donated 12 inches from her hair to the Little Princess Trust who in turn provide real hair wigs to both children and adults who have lost their hair through cancer treatment or other conditions across Ireland and the U.K.
She also raised €510.00 for the Laura Lynn Foundation LauraLynn is a hospice for children with life-limiting conditions and residential care for children and young adults with disabilities.
What a fantastic act of Kindness…..WELL DONE HOLLY, WE ARE VERY PROUD OF YOU
St Brigids Day - February 1st
Our School celebrated St. Brigid’s Day on Tuesday, February 1st. Mr. Tuohy gave a brief history about St. Brigid (one of the Patron Saints of Ireland) over the intercom to all classes. She is our only female National Saint and Feb 1st celebrates the arrival of longer days and the early signs of spring. St. Brigid’s Day from this year onwards is a national holiday in Ireland. (This year it will be celebrated on March 18th).
We were delighted to welcome back our SNA, Joan Woods who every year demonstrated to various classes the art of cross making. Joan visited Ms. Geary’s 3rd class and Ms Kenneally’s 5th class and we thank her so much for giving up her time to give a lesson on cross-making.
Mungret/St. Paul's GAA Art Competition
Back in November, children from all classes entered the Mungret/St Paul’s GAA Art Competition. Pupils were asked to be creative, designing and drawing the ‘Best Clubhouse ever’.
One winner was chosen by the club in each of the following categories U6, U8, U10 & U12.
St Paul’s are thrilled to advise that AVA O’FARRELL from Mr. Hutton’s 4th class won in the U10 age group. There were over 200 entries in the group with many different designs.
WELL DONE AVA….we are very proud of you.
Marching for Maternities
Lieutenant Jonathan Hughes, whose son Jack in Ms. Bennis’ 4th class is fundraising along with his fellow solider, Stg O’Brien to raise funds for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the Maternity Limerick and the Coombe & Infants Hospital in Dublin. Both soldiers received word that they had to be urgently repatriated when their partners went into early labour.
Lt Hughes was serving in the Lebanon when his partner, Katherine went into early labour at 23 weeks. Daisy was born weighing only 1lb. Daisy is currently in the Coombe in Dublin awaiting surgery however, the good news is that she's expected to meet her dad at the finish line of the Regeneron Great Limerick Run, which takes place on May 1.
To express their sincere gratitude to both hospitals, both soldiers are hoping that the fundraiser will go some way towards demonstrating their thanks.
Their unique fundraiser ‘Marching for Maternities’ in Limerick is being joined with a simultaneous cash drive from around 100-plus troops stationed in Lebanon, where both soldiers were last year when the birth crises arose.
Click on 'Marching for Maternities' which will bring you to the donate page of the website. https://eventmaster.ie/fundraising/pages/JH74658515 Marching for Maternities
Thanks to everyone who supported our Christmas Raffle to raise funds for a sensory pathway within the school. Your support & generosity was greatly appreciated. All prizes were given out just before our Christmas break.
A whopping €2,362 was raised.
Our Sensory Pathway has been placed on the top floor near our SEN classes and is proving to be a great success. It helps with the development of children’s gross motor skills and provides movement breaks from the classroom when needed.
Again, thanks to all who supported our raffle to allow us to provide this invaluable resource for our pupils. Thanks to our teacher, Ms. Reale for organising it all.
Redemptorist Food Appeal
A massive thank you to all the boys and girls for bringing in an item of food for the Redemptorist Christmas Food Appeal. We had an amazing response for such a worthy local cause and were blown away with your generosity
Mr. Tuohy made many trips to the Redemptorist with car loads of food
1st Class Mini Carol Service
Our three 1st classes brought some Christmas cheer and festive spirit with their fantastic festive musical mini Carol Service.
Happy Christmas to one and all from all in Ms Barron's, Mr Curtin's and Ms. Francis 1st class. . .check our their video below
Christmas Door Winners
Our Student Council have been very busy this year looking after our cyclists and walkers (giving out hi-viz jackets and lights for bikes) organising Food Appeals and spreading Christmas cheer throughout the school through their ‘Christmas Classroom Door competition’.
A big thank you to Ms. Hayes and the Student Council Committee members, Kerron, Calum, Cian, Padraig, Hanna and Niamh.
Check out the winning doors below.....
Donation to St. Gabriels
Mr Tuohy and our Student Council presented Ms. Kate Sheehan, Fundraising & Marketing Manager, St. Gabriels Centre with a cheque for €500 from our recent Halloween Dress up day on December 1st.
A special thanks to our Student Council, Teachers and our Carektaker Mike who helped distribute to all classes and to Ms. Hayes for organising this event in our school. It was a massive undertaking each day and would not have happened without the inhouse support.
Below are pictures from Ms. O’Dea’s, Ms. Kelly and Ms. McGrath’s Senior Infant class enjoying their daily menu of fruit and veg from Food Dudes
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Allianz Cumann na mBunscol
We recently celebrated 50 years of Allianz Cumann na mBunsol in our school during the week of June 14th to 18th. Throughout the week of June 14th to 18th we participated in lots of activities throughout our school thanks to our teachers Ms. O'Dea, Ms. Donnelly and Mr Walsh.
We just received fantastic news that St. Paul's School were one of the lucky winners of a signed Limerick Jersey from all our postings and tweets of our activities and interviews during this fun filled week in our school.
The signed Jersey will be presented to the school after the Summer holidays.
Check out Ms. O’Dea’s 4th class interview with Limerick Hurling Captain, Declan Hannon in celebration of 50 years of Allianz Cumann na mBunscol by clicking on the following link. https://t.co/8DE6ZyJwfL Limerick Hurling Captain, Declan Hannon
Ms. Barron’s 1st class were thrilled to interview our member of staff and Limerick Ladies Football star, Amy Ryan as part our celebration of Cumann na mBunscol 50 years https://t.co/mC8Y7ct8zp Limerick Ladies Footballer, Amy Ryan
Check out Mr. Walsh’s 6th class interview with Limerick hurling star, Peter Casey. https://t.co/oSaN3ml9uS Limerick Hurling Star, Peter Casey
Check out the fun we had in St. Paul’s during the week, celebrating 50 years of Cumann na mBunscol. https://t.co/3s9baMIWyG Fun Week of Activities
St. Paul's Rowathon
As of April 1st, our staff fundraiser has raised an amazing €3,651.
A big thank you to all involved.
Check out our rowers below.......😃
25th March 2021
Last day of our team charity ROWATHON challenge and our rowers made amazing ground where they covered a distance of 200km over the 3 days. WELL DONE TO ALL INVOLVED!
The rowathon was a great success for two amazing causes and proved to be a great team building fun exercise.
We had amazing support from everyone. The atmosphere was great and this helped our brave rowers through their challenges.
As of March 25h, we have reached a WHOPPING €3,285.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who donated and to all our staff who took part.
A MASSIVE THANK YOU TO OUR TEACHERS MS. GLOSTER AND MS. FRANCIS for organising this fundraiser in our school.
24th March 2021
Day 2 down and our rowers pulled together and travelled a distance of 134km…..our goal is 200km… A whopping €2,630 has been raised so far. We are really grateful for your support.
23rd March 2021
Our rowers got off to a flying start today and travelled 75km over the course of the day......WELLL DONE TO ALL...
We have reached a WHOPPING €2050 in donations so far with 2 more days to go.
THANK YOU SO MUCH to all who donated.
19th March 2021
Several staff members will be taking part in St. Paul’s first ever Rowathon Fundraiser from Tuesday, March 23rd to Thursday, March 25th incl.,
The staff members involved aim to collectively row the distance from St. Paul’s School to Dublin utilising an indoor rowing machine.
Milford Hospice is our chosen charity as they provide many services to the community of Limerick and hold a personal connection to many people in our school. Normally during the academic year, we would hold a Staff Coffee morning in aid of Milford but unfortunately due to COVID we were unable to do so this year. So, our teachers Ms. Gloster and Ms. Francis came up with the idea of a Rowathon.
A portion of the funds raised will also be donated to aid past pupil Tomas Gomez who is embarking on a research expedition to the Rainforests of Honduras in July. During his expedition Tomas will be helping conservation efforts to protect many species.
A huge thank you to all who have donated so far. Our goal was to raise €1,000 and as of March 21st we have reached a WHOPPING €1,400. We look forward to updating everyone on our 'ROW' to Dublin during the week.
Please do not feel under pressure to donate as these are very hard times for all. We are just making you aware of our fundraiser. If you would like to donate, you can do by clicking on the following GoFundMe link https://www.gofundme.com/w6g55 St. Paul's Rowathon
Keep an eye on the School App and our Twitter page over the next week as our staff battle the rogue waves.....
All children from 3rd to 6th class will return to school on Monday, March 15th (as per Government guidelines). It will be wonderful to have the school fully opened and operational again.
Our school has been deep cleaned and fogged. Our cleaners will continue to clean our classrooms, corridors etc during the school day.
We are aware that ventilation is very important in the classrooms and whole school and all our staff will be mindful of this. We endeavour to keep our school a safe place for the whole school community. With this in mind we are asking all parents to wear masks /visors while dropping and collecting children from school. Public health guidelines clearly state that parents/guardians are not to congregate or delay while dropping off or collecting their children. We are requesting you to leave school area as soon as a child is dropped or collected.
Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday.
International Women's Day
International Women's Day (March 8) is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women from every corner of the globe.
The theme for this year is 'Choose to Challenge'
We here in St Paul's School would like to raise awareness of this important day by choosing to challenge our pupils to aim for the moon because even if they miss they will land among the stars.
Check out the videos below of some women celebs who took time out to reply to questions from some of our pupils.
Many thanks to our teachers Mr. Fennessy and Mr. Curtin for their organisation of this project. Check out our twitter page for all videos.....
School Closure/Remote Learning
We would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year for 2021 and hope that you are all safe and well.
As you are aware the Government announced that due to COVID-19 all schools are closed until January 31st. Therefore, remote learning will commence in St. Paul’s School from next Monday, January 11th.
Collection of books has been arranged and our main platform for communication will be via Class Dojo, Zoom and the School App (if you have changed your email address or telephone number or have not added the app to your phone, can you please contact Marion at email@example.com)
As a result of the last lockdown, staff have been busy over the past few months upskilling and working with technologies in Education to enable us to deliver an effective remote learning experience.
We realise that remote learning is challenging, it’s not easy to juggle home, school and work life. If you are encountering remote leaning difficulties please contact your child's class teacher via Class Dojo or have any concerns you would like to discuss with Mr Tuohy please make contact with us through the school email address firstname.lastname@example.org and we will assist you in any way possible.
Keep safe and well over the next few weeks and hopefully we will be back to school very soon.
Green and White Day and Fans in the Stand
There was a sea of green and white around our school on Friday in support of our Senior Limerick Hurlers who are up against Waterford on Sunday, December 13th in Croke Park.
Centra recently held a competition which gave the opportunity for school children to create self-portraits that will feature in the stands of Croke Park on Sunday.
Some teachers entered the competition on behalf of the school and we were delighted to be selected as one of the lucky winners.
100 life size cardboard cut outs were delivered and children in 4th classes, 6th classes and some Senior Infants were busy creating self-portraits on 100% recyclable board, colouring them in in their County colours showing their support for the Limerick Team on Sunday. On Wednesday, Dec. 9th they made their way to Croke Park.
Thanks to Ms. O’Dea, Mr. Walsh and Ms Donnelly for organising this.
It generated great excitement throughout the classes. A massive thank you to CENTRA.
Check out our Twitter Feed for lots of pictures.
ST. PAUL'S SCHOOL WOULD LIKE TO WISH THE LIMERICK HURLING TEAM ALL THE BEST ON SUNDAY!
Christmas Classroom Door Competition
Our Student Council definitely spread some Christmas Cheer throughout the school during December.They organised a competition for the best decorated CHRISTMAS CLASSROOM DOOR.
CHECK OUT THE FANTASTIC VIDEO which they created from the incredible collection of Christmas Door designs throughout the school from every class.
THE WINNING CLASSROOM DOORS WERE: Ms. O'Malley, 1st Class, Ms O'Dea, 4th Class, Mr. Kirby, 5th Class and Mr T.O'Brien/Ms. Gloster, SEN Class.
BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNING CLASSES and ALSO HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO everybody who took part.
Last but not least A MASSIVE THANK YOU to Ms. Hayes and the STUDENT COUNCIL for their organisation of this great event in our school
Redemptorist Food Appeal
The Redemptorists, working with the Society of St Vincent de Paul and many other organizations, hope to distribute 6,000 Christmas Hampers across the city and county in the lead up to Christmas.
The picture below is just one mornings collection of non-perishable items brought in by our pupils here in St. Paul's.... many car loads have already been brought to the Redemptorist by our Principal, Mr. Touhy.
A very big thank you to all our pupils for their kindness, it is so much appreciated.
St. Paul's Church
St. Paul's Church is looking forward to welcoming you back and sharing with you the joy of Christmans under level 3 restrictions.
The Crib and Christmas tree has been put up to celebrate the festive season.
The enrolment process for Junior Infants, Sept 2021 will begin on October 1st, 2020 You will find all the necessary information under 'Parent Information, Enrolment'
MPCC Credit Union Art Competition Winners
A big CONGRATULATIONS to three of our pupils who recently won prizes in the MPCC Credit Union Art Compeition.
The theme this year was 'Imagine More'
Our Winners were:-
Isabelle O'Connell from Ms. O'Malley's 1st Class came 2nd in the U7 category
Niamh McSweeney from Mr. Hutton's 4th class came 1st in the 8-10 age group category
Leilla O'Regan from Ms. Barron's 6th class came 1st in the 11-13 age group caterory.
WELL DONE also to all the boys and girls who entered pictures in the competition. We are very proud of you all...
All the winning entries are now up on the MPCC facebook page....click on the following link to bring to their page https://www.facebook.com/mpcccu/
P.E. with Ashley
As part of our PE curriculum the children have started Wellness classes for a period of 6 weeks.
Activities will include mobility and stretching, mindfulness and dance. These activities will provide physical movement for the children as well as a time to relax and calm their minds and bodies.
These classes are being facilitated by Ashley O’Toole who has taught dance in our school over the last few years.
Thanks to our teacher, Mr. Carroll for organizing this part of our PE curriculum.
Check out Ms. Barron's 1st class below.....just a taste of the action
Student Council and our New Bike Racks
The Student Council were delighted to meet with Councillor Daniel Butler today and have their photograph taken with him and Mr. Tuohy in front of the new bike racks.
They also had a good discussion around their ideas for promoting walking and cycling to school which they are in the process of organising.
A huge thank you to all involved in the provision of these new bike racks, we are looking forward to getting great use out of them.
Many thanks also to Ms. Hayes for co-ordinating weekly meetings with our Student Council.......
Each month the Student Council will publish an article in the School Newsletter.......make sure you keep tuned in.....
A big congratulations to all the pupils and teachers for another fantastic SCIENCE WEEK here in St. Paul's School. What a fabulous celebration of science we had over the past week.
All classes from Juniors to 6th took part in online lessons from LIT, U.L., Mary I, Regeneron and the Science Federation of Ireland.
Many thanks to all these organisiations for sharing their knowledge, experise and enthusiasm with our pupils.
To follow is just a taste of what went on in some of the classes.....
Various classes from Juniors to 6th dressed up for Halloween on Friday, October 23rd and the money raised is going towards a charity
Our School will re-open on Monday, November 2nd, enjoy the break......
HAPPY HALLOWEEN TO ALL.......
Check out our new Student Council for Sept 2020/2021 under 'About Us' heading on the homepage.
Maths Week in St. Paul's
There is great activity throughout the school where classes from Juniors to 6th are taking part in STEM challenges for Maths Week.
To follow are just a few pictures from various classes and more will follow as the week progresses.
Music Generation Livestream
Ms. Geary's 3rd Class engrossed in Music Generation Livestream on October 14th.
Music Generation are delighted to announce the MGLC Livestreams, a new interactive approach for performance music education in the classroom, featuring some of Ireland's most exciting musicians. They are launching from October 13-15 with a special show as part of the The Lime Tree Theatre's Bualadh Bos festival.
Video Message from Bishop Leahy
Click on the following link to receive a video message from Bishop Brendan Leahy to all 6th class pupils:
6th Class Graduation
It is time to say farewell to another amazing group of boys and girls in 6th class who are beginning a new chapter in secondary school.
COVID-19 has been extremely difficult time for children of all ages but particularly difficult for all our 6th class pupils who are missing rites of passage – sports day, last school tour, disco and graduation ceremony etc.,
We would like to take this opportunity to send them our best wishes as they take the next step on their educational journey through life.
It has been wonderful having each and every one of you as students of St. Paul’s School and I’m sure you have made lasting friendships along the way
As we are unable to have a graduation ceremony this year, our 6th Class Graduation Mass will take place (live stream) on TUESDAY, JUNE 23rd at 7pm from St. Nessan’s Church.
On this night all the name of the pupils graduating from St. Paul’s School will be called out.
Make sure you tune in by clicking on the following link for the live stream on this night. MCR Parish Live Stream
You will all continue to be in our prayers and thoughts as you make your journey on to new places.
Video to all 6th Class Pupils from President Michael D. Higgins
Click on the link below to see the video..... President Michael D. Higgins message to 6th Class Students
Ms. Barron's 6th Class visit to Ardnacrusha Power Station.
Ms. Barron's 6th class went on a trip to Ardnacrusha Power Station earlier in the year as part of ESB Science Blast. Well done to all the class.
They were investigating 'Can the river Shannon help solve our energy crisis?'
Check out the video below.....
We also got a mention on the Limerick Post Paper where we were listed as one of 12 schools who took part. They were due to exhibit their project this week in Mary Immaculate college but unfortunately this could not happen due to COVID-19
It's such a shame that they didn't get to showcase it, but we are so proud of all our 6th class pupils. A big 'bualadh bos' to you all, you should be so proud of yourselves.
Check out twitter also.....
Ms. Hayes 2nd class thoroughly enjoyed the recent workshop they had on Biodiversity
Sarah explored the topic through the mediums of PowerPoint, hands on creation of food chains and crafting an Irish animal. They shared previously known knowledge on the subject and reported back on the new skills and information they had been working on.
Thanks so much to Sarah for making our learning so interactive and interesting.
World Book Day 2020
There was great excitement in our school for World Book Day which we celebrated on Thursday, March 5th
Each year all our classes participate in World Book Day. It is a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and - most importantly it's a celebration of reading. Throughout the week classes focus on activities based on books, dressing up as their favourite character, reading to other classes, visiting bookshops and our local library.
Thank you to our teacher Mrs O'Mahoney for organising this annual event in our school.
Ms. Barron's Junior Infants had a great time celebrating World Book Day. They stood on the magic step for show & tell and told everyone about who we were dressed up as and about our favourite book. Later in the day Ms Barron’s 6th class came to be our reading buddies & read our favourite book to us. They also helped us to make some lovely bookmarks that we could bring home for reading
Ms. Naughton's Junior Infants joined the World Book Day crew in O'Mahony's Bookshop for a robotic event celebrating Robots and Books ... They all dressed up and received a goodie bag.
Mr. Madden's/Ms. O'Sullivan's 6th class acting as reading buddies on the day.....
Ms. Bennis's 4th class went to O'Mahony's Bookshop to listen to author Shane Hegarty. He signed his books for children who bought and won his books.
Jamie and Grace won the Fancy Dress and Sean and Kelly won the quiz. Everyone got treats and a goodie bag with stationery items. All thoroughly enjoyed the event.
Many thanks to O'Mahony's bookshop for inviting us to this wonderfuly event.
Official School Opening
January 31st, 2020 marked the official opening of St Paul’s new school.
The ceremony began with an opening speech by the Chairperson of the BOM, John Coady followed by speeches (in no particular order) from Principal, John Touhy, Patron of Catholic Schools, Bishop Brendan Leahy, Mayor of Limerick, City and County, Michael Sheahan, Rose of Tralee, Sinead Flanagan (former pupil of St. Paul’s) and John Moran CEO and founder of RHH International (former pupil of the first graduating class of St. Paul's School)
We were honoured to have Bishop Brendan Leahy bless our amazing new school and SInead Flanagan cut the ribbon.
Also in attendance were Staff (past and present), Board of Management members (past and present) Local Clergy, Fr. Noel Murphy and Fr. John Leonard, Parents Association members, Politicians, Dept of Education personnel, Our builder and Architect, Primary and Secondary School Principals and many more locally invited guests.
It was an important and exciting day for our school and we would like to thank all those who attended and who were involved.
Old School versus New School
Write up on the Limerick Post Paper
CHECK OUT OUR TWITTER ACCOUNT FOR A SLIDESHOW FROM THE LIMERICK LEADER
MPCC Credit Union Quiz Winners
CONGRATULATIONS to all our teams who represented our school so well at the MPCC Credit Union Quiz on January 31st.
Big CONGRATS to our U11 team who won Category A section.
Our winning team comprised of Pádraig Murphy (Mr. T O’Brien’s 4th Class) , Christian Stack (Mr. Kirby’s 5th Class) , Alex Finucane (Ms. O’Dea’s 4th Class) and Mark Neligan (Ms. O’Dea’s 4th Class) who will now represent MPCC Credit Union in the Chapter Final which will take place on Friday, February 28th at 6.30pm in the Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick. Both winners and runners-up at Chapter Level go on to the National Final in Dublin on Sunday, April 5.
The winners got a ‘Winners’ Plaque’ for the school as well as the individual awards plus certs.
Again well done to all who took part. You did both yourselves and your school proud.
Thank you to Mr. Carroll for taking the time to organise this event for our school.
Robotics with Analog Devices
Mr. Walsh’s 6th class were selected to participate in the Analog Devices Primary School Robotics Workshop which took place on January 27th.
Analog very kindly sponsored the full cost of the event which offers students an opportunity to learn about electronics and robotics by building their own robots.
The workshop was run by Learn it Educational Solution.
OLIVIA EDWARDS LOPEZ, CARL DASCO AND OLIVIA HERLIHY were the OVERALL WINNERS on the day and will now go forward to represent St. Paul's in the County Finals.
RUNNERS UP on the day were DAVID O'SULLIVAN, KACPER ZAK AND SADHBH BARRETT.
It was a very educational workshop and we thank both Analog and Learn it Education Solutions
There was great excitement in our school on Wednesday, December 18th when we had a special visit from Santa who visited each of the classrooms in the school.
Each child was then given a present of a selection box.
A huge thanks to our Parents Association for organising our Santa visit again this year.
See a picture below of all the children in Ms. Cullinane’s 2nd class got the chance to to chat and have a picture taken with Santa. ....
Junior Builders Lego Exhibition
Best of luck to Ms. O'Malley's 1st class who have entered the Junior Builders Lego Exhibition with their wonderful creation 'St. Paul's Lego City'.
Our aim was to work as a team to create a city/ community that would resemble our own surroundings and have a little fun along the way!
Ms. Kelly's 3rd class thoroughly enjoyed their Chess Workshop recently.
Science Federation Plaque of Excellence Awarded!
The Science Federation of Ireland have awarded our school their highest award a Plaque of STEM Excellence today, May 29th.
Throughout the year we gathered and provided evidence of children's engagement with STEM in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and STEM Showcase
Well done to everyone who took part. There was a great response and the vast majority of teachers contributed work done by their class. Over the year, the pupils worked with their teachers to develop their investigative, analysing and recording skills and also produced an amazing video on Wind Turbines.
We got some excellent feedback which you can read below. It paints an excellent picture of our staff and students that we should be incredibly proud of.
We should be receiving our plaque in the second half of June so it should be ready to be hung in our new school in September!
An event of this dimension does not happen overnight. A massive thank you to our teacher Mr. Tobin for taking on a project of this magnitude and driving it to fruition over the past year.
Feedback from the SFI....
Congratulations on a fantastic submission. You have covered a broad range of STEM topics and done so in what was clearly an engaging experience for the students. The materials presented were of the highest quality and what it shows is that you have a very committed, skilled and enthusiastic team within the school. The video you submitted and the project on wind turbines in general was very well done. It is great to see that you often provided more examples than were required and no doubt the students benefited greatly from the experience. Well done to everyone involved!
Click on the links below to see Science and Maths experiments carried out by our pupils:
Mr. Tobin’s 5th class Science Group presented their project at the ESB Science Blast event in Mary Immaculate College on Wednesday May 22nd.
Their project looked at climate change and wind energy and asked the question “What is the best material to make a homemade wind turbine?”
The children visited a wind turbine, designed their own and tested different materials to see what worked best. They also made a video showing all aspects of their project that can be seen here and on our app.
A huge thank you to Mr. Tobin for his organization of this event and many other Science events in our school throughout this year.
Check out this amazing video of their project
5th Green Flag Awarded
On Tuesday May 14th Mrs. Bernard, Martina Condell and two Fifth Class pupils Ritu Hossain from Mr.Kennedy's and Vanessa Corluka from Ms. O'Connell's/Ms. Kenneally’s travelled to Cork to collect the 5th Green Flag on behalf of St.Paul's N.S. from An Taisce.
The Munster awards ceremony was held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Little Island and was organised by the Green Schools organisation. The various Green Schools initiatives are held in conjunction with the Environmental Departments of the different City and County Councils. The St.Paul's contingent were delighted to meet Nadia Sakni from Limerick City and County Council to say ‘Thank You’ for helping to arrange the renewal visit for our Biodiversity Flag and for sending us supplies for our TLC5 clean up.
We would love if all the children from our Green School's committee had been allowed to attend the Awards ceremony, unfortunately numbers were strictly reserved to 4 per school as there were so many recipients.
St. Paul's now have 5 flags as Follows : 1. Litter and Waste 2. Energy 3.Water 4. Travel and Transport. 5. Biodiversity
The next theme in our environmental journey is Global Citizenship : Litter and Waste. Are we up for the challenge ??? Of course we are.
A huge thank you to Mrs Bernard and her team and everyone in the school for their help and support in obtaining this flag.
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