Thursday, December 23, 2010

Merry Christmas and a happy New Year

Happy Christamas and a wonderful 2011 to you all

Nollaig shona agus athbhliain faoi mhaise daoibh go leir.

Scoil Niocláis will reopen on Monday 10th January 2011 - le cúnamh Dé.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Opening and closing - Wednesday and Thursday

Scoil Niocláis will open again at the later time of 10a.m. on tomorrow
Wednesday 22nd December and Thursday 23rd December.

Children will go home at their normal times on tomorrow Wednesday.

Infants will be going home at 11.45a.m. on Thursday and the all the other pupils at 12 noon.

Have a happy and peaceful Christmas. Nollaig shona daoibh go leir.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Scoil Niocláis on Tuesday 21st December

Due to the recent bad weather, Scoil Niocláis will open at the later time of 10a.m. on tomorrow Tuesday to give pupils and staff a safer and better opportunity to get to school.

Aoife Downey RIP

One of our former pupils, Aoife Downey, was involved in a rare tragic accident in Frankfield last Saturday. We are deeply saddened by Aoife’s loss.

Aoife was a full of energy, a wonderfully talented athlete and was always up for great fun. Our thoughts and prayers are with Aoife’s parents Sean and Siobhan, as well as Aoife’s sisters, Caoimhe and Eadaoin.

The National Educational Psychological Service has been advising teachers in the school to help your child cope with this tragedy.

It is possible that your child may have some feelings that he/she may like to discuss with you. It is helpful to listen to your child, be supportive of them and remain calm in what can be an upsetting situation. Maintaining the normal routine will also help your child.

You can help your child by taking time to listen and encouraging them to express their feelings. It is important to give truthful information that is appropriate to their age.

If you would like to discuss any matter pertaining the recent tragic events, you may contact me and/or the deputy principal, Sheelagh O’Leary at the school.

Aoife will be lying in repose in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield on tomorrow Tuesday from 4.30p.m. until 6.30p.m.

The funeral mass will take place on Wednesday at 11a.m.

Monday 20th December

Scoil Nioclais will be open today. Use the church entrance where possible. If you feel it is unsafe to travel, stay at home. More later.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Important Dates

Important Dates for your diary

Christmas Holidays: School closes on Thursday 23rd December at 12 noon. Scoil Niocláis will reopen on Monday 10th January 2011.

Staff meeting: Thursday 20.1.11 - Children going home at 12 noon; Infants go home at 11.45a.m.

Planning Day : 11.2.11 - School closed

First Confession: Wednesday 2.3.11

Mid-Term Break: School closed from 21.2.11 – 25.2.11 inclusive

St. Patrick’s Weekend: School closed on Thursday and Friday 17th and 18th March

Easter Holidays: 14.4.11 – 2.5.11 School re-opening - 3.5.11

Confirmation: Wednesday 4.5.11

First Communion : Saturday 15.5.11

Monday, December 13, 2010

Christmas Concerts

Junior Infants - Thursday 16th December 12.30 - 1.20p.m.
Senior Infants - Friday 17th December 12.30 - 1.20p.m.
First Class - Monday 20th December 1.20 - 2.30p.m.

4th Class will be taking part in the Carol Concert on Sunday 19th December @ 7.00p.m. in the church.

4th Class will also be Carol singing, weather permitting, for charity at Ryan's Supervalu on Tuesday and Wednesday 21st and 22nd December between 12 noon and 1.30p.m.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

School open

School open. Text-a-parent not working at the moment.

Scoil Niocláis - Tuesday 7th December 2010

School open. Grounds underfoot ok inside the gate but be careful of black ice on footpaths etc...

Monday, December 6, 2010

Scoil Niocláis - 6th December - St Nicholas' Day

Scoil Niocláis is open today. Icy footpaths near the school. Take care.

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scoil Nioclais Friday 3rd December

Scoil Niocláis is open today.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Scoil Niocláis open on Thursday 2nd December

Scoil Niocláis will open again today 2nd November. Main roads are fine. Be careful on the secondary roads, estates and footpaths. There will be an update during the day regarding opening tomorrow.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Scoil Niocláis December 1 - 8a.m.

Scoil Niocláis will open today. However, Bellevue Rd very icy. If you can, walk to school. Use church yard entrance.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Very dangerous on Bellevue Road

There has been an accident just outside the school this afternoon because of the very dangerous icy roads. If you are coming to collect children, please walk to the school where possible or if driving, park in the church car park.

A text will go to all households in the morning informing them whether or not the school will be open. However, if you fear for your safety or that of the children, don't risk it. Stay at home!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Monday, November 8, 2010

Bookfair this week

Lets celebrate reading at our bookfair party from Monday 8th to Friday 12th November. You can choose from hundreds of books for ages 2-12. Every book you buy helps us to earn free books for our library and classrooms. With your support we can develop our children's literacy and encourage a lifelong love of reading. Thanks!

Eileen Chawke
Bookfair Coordinator

Important dates - 8.11.10

Parent teacher meetings 16th and 17th November. Children will be going home at 2.05p.m.

Next staff meeting on 25th November. Infants will be going home at 11.45a.m. and all other classes will be going home at 12noon.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Stay Safe Meeting

Thank you to the people who attended the Stay Safe presentation given by Mary Murphy last night in Scoil Niocláis.

If you were affected by some to the issues last night and need advice, please contact the HSE phone 021- 4923001

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Safety Notice: 1/11/2010

Notice regarding dropping and collecting of children

It has come to our attention that especially on wet mornings our children are being placed in danger on their way to school. On the Bellevue side the practices of pulling into the school entrance as well as double parking and reversing as children are being dropped are extremely dangerous. In the Church car park please be very careful when parking and reversing and always be mindful of small children. Please do not park behind or at the side of the church when dropping and collecting children.
Do not swing or climb on gates and railings.
Do not allow children to climb gates or railing. Swinging on railings is never permitted.
We are asking for your co-operation in such matters as it is for the safety of our children and the prevention of accidents.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Update - Stay Safe Parent Information evening

'Stay Safe' Parent Information Evening: Reminder

When? Thursday November 4th 2010

Where? School

What time? 8.15pm

What is involved? The Stay Safe programme is a primary school based approach to the prevention of child abuse. Parental involvement is an essential part of the Stay Safe programme.The main aim of this meeting is to outline how parents can improve their child's learning outcomes by involving themselves in the programme through discussing the topics as they arise with their child. Parents are provided with information on child abuse and bullying, the content of the Stay Safe classroom lessons and the key messages for children.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Stay Safe Parent Information evening

'Stay Safe' Parent Information Evening: Reminder

When? Thursday November 4th 2010

Where? Venue to be decided (School hall or Parish Centre)

What time? 8pm

What is involved? The Stay Safe programme is a primary school based approach to the prevention of child abuse. Parental involvement is an essential part of the Stay Safe programme.

The main aim of this meeting is to outline how parents can improve their child's learning outcomes by involving themselves in the programme through discussing the topics as they arise with their child. Parents are provided with information on child abuse and bullying, the content of the Stay Safe classroom lessons and the key messages for children.

See for more information and for English, Irish, Chinese, French, Lithuanian, Latvian, Polish and Spanish language versions of the parent booklet, Stay Safe: A Parent's Guide.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Important dates - 19.10.10

Important Dates - 19.10.10

Staff meeting on Thursday next 21.10.10. Infants going home at 11.45a.m. All other at 12 noon.

Halloween Day 22.10.10

Book Week 8th - 12th November

Cork Footballers cancelled ... for the moment. They shall return!

Parent Teacher Meetings 16th and 17th November. Ranganna 1 to 6 will be going home at 2.05p.m. on both days.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tennis Demonstration in Scoil Niocláis

On Wednesday 20.10.10, there will be a tennis demonstration by our resident tennis coach, Conor Twomey in the school hall @ 2.30p.m. Conor has been coaching tennis in the school since 2006. The course's primary goals are participation, fun and an enthusiatic approach of developing young athletes.

40 minute classes for 6 weeks - €55.

Max number in class - 10 and 2 coaches present.

Wednesday 20.10.10 @ 2.30p.m.

All rackets and equipment provided.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Safety Notice

Safety and Cars
We urge people to drive carefully when dropping children to or picking children up from school. Please take note of the safety signs, do not drive beyond the safety cones, park wisely and always expect the unexpected.

Parents are asked not to park in the Church Car Park nearest the school. This is reserved for School staff . We ask this of parents in the interest of safety of all our children.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Staff Meeting - 21.10.10

Staff meeting

Junior and Senior Infants will be going home at 11.45a.m. on Thursday 21st October to facilitate a staff meeting. All other classes will be going home at 12 noon.

Monday, October 4, 2010

National Tree Day

Thursday 7th October is National Tree Day

2010 is the Year of the Birch Tree.

Teachers, students and parents can find out more about the birch tree and National Tree Day by logging on to

There will also be a tree display on the ground floor of Scoil Niocláis in the next couple of days.

Ms. Lynn Kelleher S.6

Scoil Niocláis Parents Association(SNPA)

The annual general meeting of the Scoil Niocláis Parents Association will take place in Halla Niocláis on Tuesday 12th October @ 8p.m.
All parents/guardians are welcome to attend.

A new committee for 2010-2011 will be elected on the night. If you are interested in helping out with school activities, please come along the on the night. The SNPA welcome all new volunteers.

Fundraising Walk

The Annual Fundraising School Walk takes place on Wednesday 6th October weather permitting. The Walk is organised by the ever hard-working Scoil Niocláis Parents Association. The walk meanders its way around the parks and estates close to the school.
All proceeds go into the SNPA coffers which has over the years resourced the school with computers, sports equipment, classroom resources, musical equipment etc.. Just pray for good weather!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dramatic Win For Scoil Niocláis !


Match Reporter/Corner Forward

Cathal Kenny

On Tuesday the 28th of September, Scoil Niocláis played a football match in Douglas against Upper Glanmire. There was great excitement in the team because we knew this was going to tough. The game was delayed because it was raining heavily and Glanmire thought they hadn’t enough jerseys. They didn’t check but luckily they had enough. Mr Moynihan made a tactical change by putting Sam Hanley centre forward and Ross Howell in full. The captain was Conor Nash.

The match got under way and we were on top. It was very tight at the start. Brian Flahive and Aaron Moynihan dominated midfield and Colm Coakley, Sean Grace, Christian Begley, Kevin Lee, Conor Nash and Daniel Quinlan were good at the back. Adam Idah, Mark Butler, Sam Hanley, David Harrington, Ross Howell and Andrew O’ Connell were doing up front. I am not forgetting the outstanding Cian Allen in goal.

It was a very dramatic ending with only 2 points the margin at the end. Glanmire got a scorable chance and went for goal but missed. In the build-up to the free, Ross Howell was punched and the Glanmire player was sent off. It was so tight at the end Mr Moynihan and Mr O‘Donovan only making two substitutions being Cathal Kenny and Adam Coleman. It was a great game and a deserved, well-earned 3rd victory. We may have to meat these boys again!

However, we have now to concentrate on beating Carrignavar on next Tuesday 5th October at home in Douglas GAA. Roll on Carrignavar.

10 years celebration

Scoil Niocláis first opened its doors on 18th September 2000. As part of the 10 years celebration, a special mass will be held in the church on Friday morning at 11a.m. All are welcome.

Football flash

Boys win again against Upper Glanmire. Unfortunately, girls not so lucky. Report on the games later.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The Lord Mayor's Visit 2010

The 73rd Lord Mayor of Cork, councillor Michael O'Connell and his wife Catherine visited Scoil Niocláis on Tuesday 28th of September. He spoke to the children about the history of his job - leading back to the Tudor reign, the significance of the Port of Cork in history and some of the famous Irish patriots who have filled his role as Lord Mayor of Cork. Looking to the future he spoke to the children about the importance of art and culture to the people of Cork. He also spoke about the importance of education in Science and Maths to the future of a smart economy and employment in Cork.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rough and Tough but a Wins a Win by Sean Grace

Scoil Niocláis v Castlelyons

Reporter/Full-back : Sean Grace

On the 23rd of September Scoil Nioclais took on Castlelyons in a league match .In the first half of the match Castlelyons scored a quick point the shot dropped short but it bounced over our keepers head .With a quick kick out, Scoil Nioclais bounced back with a goal which was set up by mark but finished off by outstanding finish by Adam.
Things were not over yet because Castlelyons came with 2 more points which levelled the game. Things were getting exciting! Scoil Nioclais scored another 4 points which were scored by Cristian, Ross, Aaron and Brian. Brian took his chances well and scored the second goal for Scoil Nioclais.

The score board looked good for Scoil Nioclais as it was 2-4 too 1-3 but just to make it even sweeter Cathal scored a goal for Scoil Nioclais after getting a beautiful pass from Colum. He took a cracking shot at the goal which flew past the goalkeeper and into the back of the net . GOOOOOOOAL!!!!!

In the second half, things seemed to get tougher because Castlelyons bounced back with a goal . After they had scored the goal things got even rougher but when Aaron slotted a smashing goal. That put them back into their box.

If it was not for the defenders Castlelyons would have scored a dozen points. Scoil Nioclais still managed to scrap 2 points more - one by Brian and another by Ross. Castlelyons scored 2 more points but by then there was only a minute left and when the final whistle blew the score was 4-6 too 1-5.

Another tough win for Scoil Niocláis. Now for our next match against Carrignavar on the 5th October.

Another win for Scoil Niocláis!

Scoil Niocláis had another wonderful win yesterday against Castlelyons in Castlelyons . The score was 4 goals and 6 points to Scoil Niocláis and one goal and 3 points for Castlelyons. There will be an eye-witness report from our player correspondent shortly.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Three more Football Fixtures

At home in Douglas GAA to Carrignavar on 5th October @ 2p.m.

Away to Kilcredan in Fr.O’Neill's pitch in East Cork @ 2p.m. on 12th October.Last game v Glounthaune Away in Caherlag @ 2p.m. Tuesday 19th October.

Bus to and from matches. Bus will leave at 1p.m. Return between 4.00-4.30p.m

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Scoil Niocláis win their first match

Sciath na Scoil – Buachailli

Scoil Niocláis win their first football match of the season.

Reporter: Ross Howell

On the 14th of September Scoil Nioclais had there first Sciath na Scoil match of the new year. It was held in Douglas GAA. We were playing against Scoil Eoin [Innishannon]. Scoil Nioclais started off great. The ball was thrown in and Brian got it, rounded his man and gave a great pass into Adam. Adam caught the ball and scored a great goal. We played the first half very well. Then Mr O’ Donavan blew the whistle to tell us that it was half time.

The second half started and we knew that Scoil Eoin weren’t going to give up. There were a good few more scores in the second half and there was only about 3 minutes left. The clock ticked on and the whistle blew. It was the end of the game! We were all very happy that we won our first match. The final score was Scoil Niocláis 3-7 Scoil Eoin 0-6

What a start for Scoil Nioclais!!

Scoil Niocláis Girls start off well!

Sciath Na Scoil Cailini
Scoil Niocláis v Scoil Eoin Innishannon

Reporter: Vika Fleming

On the 14th of September Scoil Niocláis had their first league match against Scoil Eoin (Inashannon). The match was held in Douglas GAA.

The two teams went into their dressing rooms and got ready for the match. The girls went down to the pitch and got warmed up. Then the match began!

Scoil Niocláis had the ball but Scoil Eoin ruined their chance of scoring. Scoil Eoin attacked up the pitch and Scoil Niocláis’ keeper came out to try and stop them but they scored a goal.

Scoil Nioclais’ keeper kicked it out to the midfielders and then they passed the ball to the forwards and Saoirsa ran at the Scoil Eoin keeper and scored a brilliant goal.

Minutes went by and there were many points scored. The half time whistle went. The score was 2-4 to Scoil Eoin and 3-5 to Scoil Nioclais. We had a chat about how we were doing and subs who were coming on and off. Game on!

Scoil Nioclais scorched up the pitch and scored a wonderful point. Scoil Eoin came back with a score of their own. Minutes went by and goals and points were scored. Final whistle went and it was all over!

Scoil Nioclais had won the match. The score was 7-6 to 5-5. It was a match well played!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Sciath na Scol - Football - Training and Match Arrangements

Training Douglas GAA - Thursday 16th September
Training Douglass GAA - Tuesday 21st September

Next Game: AWAY to Castlelyons on 23rd September @ 2.45p.m.
Bus will return children to school between 4.30- 4.45p.m.

Home match against Upper Glanmire on Tuesday 28th September.
¡Roinn DF 1
¡A. Glounthane
¡B. Carraig na bhFear
¡C. Sc Nioclais, Frankfield
¡D. Castlelyons .
¡E. Sc Eoin, Innishannon
¡F. Upper Glanmire
¡G. Kilcredan

¡15-a-side, 20 mins a half.

¡All home games will be played in Douglas GAA pitch. A bus will carry the team to the home games and parents will collect.

¡Training sessions will take place in Douglas GAA pitch every Tuesday and Thursday. Parents to drop and collect.

¡Fixtures and training may be altered due to unforeseen circumstances.
¡Queries to Mr. Moynihan or Mr. O’Donovan 4899567

¡A bus will carry the team to away games and deliver the team to the church yard on the way home.

Please ensure that players' mobile phone details are given to the school secretary.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Junior infant calendar

Junior Infant Calendar

First Day: 30th August
9am – 11.45a.m.

The rest of the first week:
8.40a.m. – 12noon.

After the first week:
8.40a.m. – 1.20p.m.

Scoil Niocláis calendar 2010 - 2011

Scoil Niocláis Calendar 2010 – 2011

School opens on Monday August 30th
Infants go home at 11.45a.m. and all other classes at 12 noon .

October 2010 mid-term break
School will close from 25th to 29th October inclusive.

Christmas 2010
School will close on 23rd December 2010 which will be the final day of the school term and will reopen on 10th January 2011.

February 2011 mid-term break
Scoil Niocláis will close from 21st – 25th inclusive

Scoil Niocláis will on close on Thursday March 17th Friday March 18th.

Easter 2011
School will close on 15th April 2011 which will be the final day of the school term and will re-open on 3rd May 2011.

School will remain closed after June Bank holiday weekend to include Tuesday 7th June.

School closes Thursday June 30th.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Nuacht Nioclais!

Here are some achievements and activities that the pupils in Scoil Nioclais have been involved in this term. Well done to all!

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Incredible Edibles


We are learning to eat better, stay healthy and get 5 a day. As part of this programme we are growing our own fruit and vegetables. We are taking good care of our potatoes, carrots, spinach, lettuce and strawberries. They are coming along nicely.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

4th Class Memories

Memories of fourth class by Ms. O’Mahony’s class.

My favourite memory in 4th class is when I was playing in the basketball tournament, winning all the matches and bringing the cup back to school for a second time.
My second favourite memory is when we made some cool looking hats with vibrant colours. We had a fashion catwalk. It was a laugh seeing all the crazy poses. The presentations were also very different. I loved every one of the hats because they were all very different. I hope 5th class art will be as much fun. by Marie

One of my memories is when we made our own hats and then we had a fashion show. That was great fun.
At Christmas time we made flower arrangements for our Christmas tables at home. My Mom loved it. At Easter time we made really nice Easter cards. At the end of the year, Chika came and taught us the art of origami and how to write my name in Japanese. We will have our school tour in the Mardyke Arena. I am looking forward to that. by Laura

Fourth class started with setting up chairs and tables and our of nowhere there were three new kids – Georgia, Ucha and Alex. They’re funny. My favourite part of 4th class was the Japanese project. I loved Rome too. Fourth had many adventures and I loved most of them. I can remember Halloween in 4th. I’m so sad leaving fourth class. by Cian

One of the best memories that I have would probably be the Japanese workshop. I liked it because we learned lots about Japan and I liked learning about the Japanese culture.
I also liked the Roman project because I learned new things about the Romans that I never knew before. It was very enjoyable. When we were doing our Roman project these men came into the halla dressed in Roman clothing and told us all about life in Ancient Rome. by me!

In my memories, the exciting thing that happened in class was Christmas. On the last day of the holidays, we were doing what we wanted. The funniest thing I ever saw was David in the hat show with his big hat. by Ucha

My happiest memory was when we were drawing our friend’s faces. I was drawing my friend and it was so bad because you were not allowed to lift the pencil off the page and you were not allowed to rub your mistakes out!
I had a great time. It was really enjoyable. by Áine

One of my favourite memories was doing The Romans. I loved all the art. it was my favourite project. We learned so much about them.
I never knew three new students would come this year. They are all really nice. Their names are Alex, Ucha and Georgia, Ucha’s English is very good because he is not from Ireland.
We have Japanese classes which are really good. We learned so much and did so much art. I wish it was longer than 8 weeks. by Conor

My best memory of 4th class was learning about Japan. It was sooooo fun. I also learned a lot as well as playing a few games and doing art! I also enjoyed our games of dodge frisbee. It was a laugh.
The funniest moment was when my friend Ucha lifted Jamie up when my teacher asked what did he do.
4th class was an enjoyable year that was fun in lots of ways. I’d rate it 9 out of 10 and I’d love to replay this year. by David

One of my best memories of 4th class was making the Philip Tracey hats. I loved mine because I put a lot of hard work into it. They were the best art this year.
I also loved the Xmas Factor when the teachers dressed up as High school Musical.
I loved the Japanese work shop. It was really good. I loved all the different lessons. I though it was superb, and the best Geography all year long.
I also loved the Roman project. It was excellent. I loved it because we did different topics each. I really loved my fourth class memories.
by Fionnuala

The funniest moment was when Cian was doing pastels and got them all over his face. The best moment in 4th class was walking into a new class and meeting new friends and a brilliant new teacher. It was wonderful. My memory was when I found out a teacher from my old school works here in Scoil Nioclais and every day I come in school I can see her and say hello. Every Tuesday a very artistic woman called Chika comes in and teaches us Japanese things. The best things she did with me and the class was probably the Japanese writing. It was so wonderful and DIFFICULT but we got there.
They were all my best memories of 4th class by Georgia

My best memory of 4th class was when we found out there was a girl called Chika coming to us.
Chika was from Japan. She came to teach us Japanese which is the most fun and enjoyable subject EVER!
But yet there still are other memories about 4th class yet to come so hang on in there!
I thoroughly enjoyed the Cork Pops which was in the City Hall. I had been there before but each time I went there was either a different song, different people but there was always something different! by me!

One of the most interesting things that has happened in 4th class is meeting my learning support teacher Mr. Keany. I first met him a while after I came into 4th class. All through 4th class we were doing things like learning how to use Microsoft Word, throwing a ball, idioms and sometimes we even did art! I thought that he was very nice and friendly. We had some nutty adventures and I really hope I have him as a learning support teacher in 5th and 6th class and have some more crazy and nutty adventures! by Conor

The highlight of being in fourth class was making the centre pieces for Christmas. I liked them because they were so beautiful on the kitchen table.
I was amazed to see that we made so many projects during
the year. My favourite project was about the Romans because it was so interesting learning more facts than I knew already.
I was disappointed to see Chika go because after the eight weeks we had, I wish she could have stayed longer.
I really enjoyed when Bean De Róiste’s daughter Sarah
came to do the art work shop with us because it made me see that everyone was creative. by Mary

My favourite memory from fourth class was when we mae hats because it was fun writing the commentaries and doing the catwalk to the cool music.
I also loved making the Christmas centre pieces with the pretty flowers. The Santa and the candle also made them more unique. They were all beautiful and looked gorgeous on the kitchen table.
Another one of my best memories was when Ms O’Mahony told me that I had a gift for writing stories.
Fourth class was definitely a year I am going to remember for the rest of my life! by Rachel

My favourite memory is Ms O’Mahony and Chika too. Its fun when they teach us for me and for you.
Dodge Frisbee is fun too, trying to dodge the things ye throw.
It was fun drawing portraits without lifting the pencil. The faces I drew were funny, how about you?
It is fun reading “Holes” and CAPER books too, I hope we finish it how about you?
The Roman history and Egypt too, I bet you wish you were doing it too.
When someone says “I’m done” Ms O’Mahony says “finished” that’s the way she is, trying to get us to speak proper English! by me!

Some of my most valued memories of 4th class came from the Japanese workshop. I absolutely loved doing the daruma dolls. One of the funniest memories was when Ucha lifted Jamie of the ground. My most painful memory was when I smacked my elbow off the table. by Ross
I loved the Romans because the culture, games and war were interesting. I like the gladiators and the chariot racing. They were brilliant. It was so much fun.
We also did Egyptian masks. They were fantastic. They were very easy to make. You get a plastic mask and cover it with Vaseline and plaster of paris then you paint it you get cardboard and paint it as well. by Eoin

I liked doing the project on the Romans because they were really interesting and they always had really clever ideas for everything
Although the poor people didn’t have very good lives I thought
It was really interesting where they lived and what they ate!!! When the Romans came we had a lot of fun.
I liked when we did art because we made really cool things like the
Cool Christmas Centrepieces and the Egyptian Death Masks
And the marbling with acrylic oil paints was awesome. We also did Paul Cezanne style still life pictures. Ms O Mahony always has something fun to do in art!!!
I thought that when we played dodge Frisbee for P.E. it was awesome because I liked playing it with my friends.
But the best was when we had Japanese culture lessons with Chika Ueda we made lovely origami, koinobori (wishing carp) and beautiful Daruma Dolls.
by Erica.

I loved doing the Italian project because I love learning about other countries and the people in them.
The surprising memory this year was when I found out that there were three new children in my class, because I never would have expected that to happen.
The Japanese workshop was the happy memory because I enjoyed learning and making things from Japan.
The funny memory this year was when my teacher overheard my friend and I talking about our favourite teacher!! by me!

My favourite memory in fourth class was when we ere doing the skipping workshop. The person who was teaching it was very funny. He was a very good teacher. It was the first time I had seen double dutch. At the start of it I couldn’t skip at all!! But after it I could skip very well. by Jamie

My best 4th class memories were skipping workshop, dodge frisbee and when a guy dressed as a bear walked past our window. They were all a laugh. They are the funnies things in 4th class. by Dave

My favourite memory was when we were doing the Roman project. My funniest memory was when we did Sports day. by Alex

I have a lot of memories about fourth class but my favourite memory was the first day of school and three new people joined our class group. We made great friends with each other.
My funniest memory I have is when Dave Scott told the class really funny jokes. He is one funny friend and his jokes were always hilarious.
The other good memories of 4th class are the roman project, the energy project and I think it will be our school tour.
I really enjoyed my time in 4th class and I hope 5th class will just as good!
by Daniel


6th Class Confirmation

On Wednesday 21st April, 6th Class in Scoil Niocláis made their Confirmation. We were very lucky with the weather, for on that day the sun was shining down on us. When we reached the church everyone was in their new clothes and they looked lovely. We were honoured to have Bishop Buckley celebrating the mass and confirming us on our special day. The ceremony was lovely and very prayerful. It was made even more special with our family and friends around us. The 5th and 6th choir also sang beautifully and all of our preparation and practice really showed. After the mass some people went to restaurants and had parties with their families who might have travelled a lot to come and celebrate our day with us. All together the day was a great success and on behalf on all of 6th class we would like to give a big thank you to all the teachers involved!
By Aoife Costello

Easter Hunt

Skip Hop

Under the Sea in Third Class!

Science Day for Third Class

The three third classes held a Science Day in the halla to show 1st and 2nd class and their parents the exciting experiments they have been doing as part of the Discover Primary Science programme. Experiments on the day included balloon rockets, dancing raisins, paper helicopters, fingerprints and more. Well done to all the budding scientists in third class!

Walking Bus in Action!

Swimming Success

Scoil Niocláis Swept The Boards at the Swimming Gala!!

Well done to all the pupils who took part in the Northside Swimming Gala in March!
Twenty students from first class to sixth class did Scoil Niocláis proud at the swimming gala. Each student won a medal, with many taking home two or three medals, ranging from bronze to gold.

Children took part from five different schools from Cork. The children opened the gala by parading around the pool, school flag held high and finishing with the National Anthem. A win in the very first race of the gala got us off to a great start. It got better and better from there, with every swimmer doing their very best and reaping the rewards for their great efforts. Plates were awarded for winning Sections A,B and C of the event, the children achieved first place in the relays and to top it off their effort as a team was awarded by adding up all the points gained throughout the day and they were presented with the much sought after Overall Winners Plate!! The under 8s and under 9s did really well in what was their first Gala for some, to achieve the positions they did in the races and gain the very important points to achieve this Overall Awrad. So a special thanks to them.

A very special thank you also to Fiona O’Callaghan who managed the team so well on the day and during preparations. Thank also to Ms. Hipwell for all her help on the day of the gala.

Well done again to all the swimmers who took part for their excellent behaviour and speedy swimming!!

Ms. Hennessy

The Children of Lir by Second Class

Basketball Blitz

Well done to our fourth class boys and girls who took part in the Father Matthew basketball blitz last week.
Both teams played really well with our girls winning out the overall competition. Thank you to Mr Moynihan and Paula Duggan for all their work in coaching and preparing the teams. Well done to all – you did Scoil Niocláis proud!

Guitar Superstars

Fun on the farm for Junior Infants!

Term 3 in Room 4 Junior Infants

Our Daffodils
At the end of April, we went to admire our beautiful daffodils. We planted these ourselves earlier this year.

Sports Day
We really enjoyed our first annual Sports Day. We had a wonderful time playing the different games together!

Mobile Farm
The mobile Farm came to visit in May. We had a great time looking at and holding the different farm animals. Our favourites were the baby chicks and the rabbits.

Drawing Outside
During the beautiful weather in May, we even took our Art lessons outside. We drew great pictures of our school in the sunshine.

Japan comes to Scoil Nioclais!!

Fourth classes are taking part in an eight week programme featuring classes in Japanese culture, origami, traditional arts and crafts and brush calligraphy offered by Triskel arts Centre, cork.

Fourth class followed an 8 week course in Japanese art, origami, culture and language, given by Chika Ueda from the Triskel Arts Centre. We loved learning about Japan and all of the art activities.

See a selection of photographs from NB7 showing the daruma dolls and hina dolls we made, along with our beautiful calligraphy. Arigatou Chika!

We made stunning daruma dolls. They are Japanese dolls made by sticking newspaper bits onto a balloon. It was great fun. My favourite part was painting it. I called mine daffodil. by Ester

In the Japanese workshop we made daruma dolls. We had a terrific time making them. It is traditional to make a wish while making the doll. It is also traditional to put one eye on but I decided to put two on mine.

3rd Class in the garden!

We have been really busy over the last few weeks as our tomatoes; peas and basil have all been growing really well. The recent spell of good weather has resulted in great growing conditions and we expect to have a bumper crop of vegetables and herbs this year.

Hina Dolls!

4th Class Egyption Dolls!

Ahhhhh ! King Tut has awakened!

Gold and blue – the colours of King Tut. Ms. O’Mahony’s 4th class created beautiful Egyptian masks. Truly amazing, all are unique. Just look below and see each and every one !!! Rachel

Ancient Egypt returns!
Ancient Egypt has returned to Ms. O’Mahony’s 4th class, We have made these gorgeous masks from plaster of paris and painted them with royal blue and a shimmering gold on a background of cardboard. They’re so amazing, they really do look like King Tut’s death mask!

I feel like a pharaoh!

We made probably the coolest masks ever! My mask was legendary!
We first covered the mask in Vaseline and stuck plaster of paris on. Then we put a backing on. We painted it in metallic gold and royal blue and we were finished.

4th Cllass Daruma Dolls!

4th Class Calligraphy!

Friday, June 18, 2010

They cannot talk back !

The Scoil Niocláis Website.

The Scoil Niocláis website displays children’s work, tells of some their school experiences and keeps parents and friends informed.


Children cannot put information on the website. Children cannot email from the school website.

Teachers are the only people who are permitted to put information up on the school website.

Well done to all those teachers who use the school website to parade, display and showcase the talents of the pupils in Scoil Niocláis.

A special mention for the webmistress, Ms. Mary Walsh and one of our parents, Mr. Brian O’Flaherty who were the initial driving force behind this initiative.

Molaim sibh!

A Big Thank You to Parents

A Big Thank You

Dear Parents and Friends,

As you are well aware, fund-raising for our school has been ongoing for a number of years. We would like to inform you that due to your continued support over these years, we have been able to clear our initial debt.

Now that we are in more difficult times, we appreciate it is going to be hard for parents to continue in this vein. With the building of our extension almost ready to commence we would ask parents to where possible, continue supporting our fund-raising efforts in any way they can.

Mile buiochas also to the members of the Scoil Nioclais Parents Association for all their hard work during the year in supporting the school in many different ways. It is much appreciated.

Once again, on behalf of the Board of Management of Scoil Nioclais, we thank you for your support in the past and look forward to your continued support in the future.

Kindest regards

Fr. John Walsh
Chairperson of the BOM

Micheál Ó Cochláin
Priomh Oide

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Intercultural Day Tomorrow!

A sincere thank you to the parents who have offered to help out with our Intercultural Celebration. In order to add to the colour and atmosphere of the day, all children are invited to wear clothes that represent either their own or another country. The more creative the better! Why not make your own costume using the colours of a particular country's flag? We look forward to seeing your efforts, and who knows, there may be a few prizes for original costumes!!

Monday, June 14, 2010

Scoil Nioclais Intercultural Day Friday 18th June

One of our great traditions here at Scoil Nioclais is our annual Intercultural day where students can both learn and explain different aspects of other cultures.
In the past we have had great support from parents on this day, whereby they came and brought a taste of their country to the students. Events included:
-Dance and Musical displays
-Cookery demonstrations and sharing of recipes
-Wearing and explanations of National Costumes
-A visit to your child's class to talk about your country
-Story telling, translations and much more.
We would be delighted to hear from parents who would like to bring a little of their native country to Scoil Nioclais and would welcome any ideas you have. Help us keep this wonderful tradition going by contacting Orla (SNPA), through the school office or Rosemary in Room 18.

The Walking Bus

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Scoil Nioclais School Uniform 2010

Laura's of Douglas are suppliers of the Scoil Nioclais School Uniform and are having a 3 day promotion event from Tuesday 8th until Thursday 10th of June. There is 10% off the School Uniform or alternatively you can avail of one of our promotional packs available on these days.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Nuacht Niocláis - latest news

Parent Contributions

Many of the services that Scoil Niocláis provides are as a result of parent contributions. Recently, those contributions to swimming, art, Irish Dancing and local contribution are “drying up”. The school has tried to lessen the financial burden on families in recent years by cutting some activities e.g. Speech and Drama classes and by reducing the number of fundraising events e.g. Golf Classic etc..

However, if we are to continue to offer the best learning environment and experiences for our pupils, all parents must make the effort to contribute. Otherwise, these events will have to be cancelled. So, if you haven’t made your contributions to date, we would be grateful if you could do so now. Thank you all for your continuing support for Scoil Niocláis.

Please refer to the recent note from the school to all families.

Important dates for remainder of Term 3
Scoil Niocláis will remain closed on Thursday and Friday 3rd & 4th June as part of the June Bank Holiday.

A staff meeting will be held on Friday 11th June. Infants will be going home at 12.15p.m. and all other pupils will be going home at 12.30p.m.

Intercultural day of celebration on Friday 18th June.

Pupils from 6th Class will take part in a prayer service in celebration of their 8 years in Scoil Niocláis on Tuesday 29th June. The ceremony will take place in the school and will begin at 11.15am.

Fr. Walsh’s Silver Jubilee Celebrations

Fr. John Walsh, our parish priest and chairperson of Scoil Niocláis Board of Management, is celebrating his Silver Jubilee to the priesthood in early June this year. The parish assembly is organising a celebratory night for Fr. John on Friday, May 28th. The celebrations will begin with mass at 7.30pm in the church followed by refreshments and a presentation to Fr. John in the parish centre directly after mass. All parishioners are warmly invited.
If you wish to give a voluntary donation, it can be put into the tall brown box between altar and sacristy in the church. Contributions are going towards refreshments and a presentation to Fr. John.

Whole School Evaluation
The report on the recent inspection undertaken in Scoil Niocláis has been cleared for publication and will be posted shortly on the website of the Department of Education and Skills(

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Nuacht Niocláis: Notes, reminders and updates

Nuacht Niocláis: Notes, Reminders and Updates

The Sacrament of First Holy Communion will take place in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield on 11a.m. on Saturday 15th April.

On Monday 17th May, summer exams begin.

Sports for All Day will be on Tuesday 18th May – weather dependant. Please ensure that children wear sunscreen on that day.

The Mobile Farm will visit the Junior infants, Senior Infants and First Class on Thursday 20th May.

Scoil Niocláis will remain closed on Thursday and Friday 3rd and 4th June as part of the June Bank Holiday.

Pupils from Scoil Niocláis will take part in Cork Primary School Sports in Pairc Ui Chaoimh on Friday 11th June.

Congratulations to the Swimmers of Scoil Niocláis who swept the boards in the recent Corks Schools Invitational Gala. – see photo

Intercultural Day of Celebration on Friday 18th June.

On Thursday 24th June, Liam Russell’s Bookshop will be based in the school hall where next year’s school books can be purchased.

Pupils from 6th Class will take part in a prayer service in celebration of their 8 years in Scoil Niocláis on Tuesday 29th June. The ceremony will take place in the school and will begin at 11.15a.m.

Mobile Phones in Scoil Niocláis

· The BOM of Scoil Niocláis accepts that mobile phones can be intrusive and distracting in a class and school situation. In addition, they are a potential and real source of bullying and abuse through texting and the dissemination of unacceptable inappropriate images
· Children are not allowed to have mobile phones in school without prior permission from the school principal.
· Parents are urged not to allow their children to bring phones to school at all, unless they genuinely need them.
· Pupils, who have been given permission to have a mobile phone on the school premises must keep it in their school bags where it must remain switched off at all times until they leave the school premises.
· The school premises include the school building and grounds.
· Pupils who breach any of the above rules will have their phones confiscated. It will be stored in the office where it may be collected by a parent/guardian.
· The school accepts no responsibility for damage, loss or theft under any circumstances including where a phone has been confiscated from a child by a teacher.

Informal parent teacher meetings.

It is school policy that when a parent/guardian wishes to see a teacher at any stage during the year they make an appointment. Please ring the office to arrange any such meeting.
For the safety of the children all visitors to the school should first call to the office. Please do not go directly to your child’s classroom.

Safety at the main entrance
It has come to our attention that some pedestrians at school opening and closing times are standing across the main entrance. This is an extremely dangerous practice. While waiting, pedestrians should stand on the footpaths. Please do not stand or park in the way of cars exiting and entering the school.

Sun safety.
Pupils in the third term will be involved much more in outdoor activities. Please provide your child with a sun hat and put on sun cream before coming to school.

Birthday and Party invitations.

In Scoil Niocláis, it is school policy that birthday or party invitations are not given out in the classroom or any where on school grounds. If you wish to invite pupils to your parties please do so privately. The BOM and teachers in the school are greatly concerned about the distress caused to individual children who are not invited. We therefore appeal to you, the parents, to co-operate with us; please do not give your children invitations coming to school.

Summer Holidays

Scoil Niocláis will close for the summer holidays on Wednesday 30th June at 12.15p.m.

The school will reopen on Monday 30th August. Children from 1st to 6th Class will be going home at

12.15p.m. to accommodate a staff meeting.

The infant classes will go home earlier at 12 noon.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Staff meeting - 11th June

The next staff meeting will be held on Friday 11th June. Infants will be going home at 12.15p.m. and all other pupils will be going home at 12.30p.m.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Staff meeting - 30th April 2010

The next staff meeting will be held on Friday 30th April. Infants will be going home early at 12.15p.m. and the remainder of the pupils will be going home at 12.30p.m.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The New Extension to Scoil Niocláis

Scoil Niocláis

Re: The new extension to Scoil Niocláis 23.3.10

A chairde,

The Department of Education and Skills(!) has sanctioned the building of 16 room extension to Scoil Niocláis, Frankfield. Reddy O’Riordan Staehli, Douglas, Cork are the architects for the project.

While the project will be progressing to tender in the near future, no start date for construction has been named as yet.

Nevertheless, the Board of Management of Scoil Niocláis intends to keep the the local community up to date with developments by communicating regularly through the Scoil Niocláis Parents Associations, through the local residents associations and the school website.

When the construction date is announced, it is the intention of the Board of Management to call a meeting in the school hall to outline the strategies that will be put in place to combat the disruption to the community, particularly at opening and closing times. All interested parties will be invited to the meeting. One suggestion is to form “walking buses” from different areas of the parish i.e. groups of children from the same park/area walking to school together under the supervision of the parents.

Representatives from the board of management, the county council, the gardai and the design team will be on hand to answer questions.

Access to the school from the church yard will be suspended during the construction period. This access will open again once the building has been completed.

At present, there are two entrances to the school from the Bellevue Road. A third temporary access point will be opened up on the Cooney’s Lane side of the school ground. This will be only used as an emergency access once construction is completed.

Any suggestions regarding alleviating traffic problems at opening and closing times should be addressed to:

The Chairperson of the Board of Management,
Scoil Niocláis,

Or contact the school through E-mail:

The extension to the school is a welcome development which will further strengthen the whole community of Frankfield/Grange. I’m sure that with discussion and cooperation we will overcome any difficulties that may arise.


Fr. John Walsh Chairperson of BOM
Micheál Ó Cochláin, Principal
School Website:

Monday, March 22, 2010

Céilí Mór - Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhí lá iontach ag na páistí ag an gCéilí Mór i rith seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhain siad an-thaitneamh as an rince. Buiochas agus comhghairdeas mor ag dul chuig Niamh Marie agus Cáit Ní Chonchúr a eagraigh an ceili.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Scoil Niocláis Calendar 2010 – 2011

School opens on Monday August 30th

October 2010 mid-term break
School will close from 25th to 29th October inclusive.

Christmas 2010
School will close on 23rd December 2010 which will be the final day of the school term and will reopen on 10th January 2011.

February 2011 mid-term break
Scoil Niocláis will close from 21st – 25th inclusive

Scoil Niocláis will on close on Thursday March 17th and Friday March 18th.

Easter 2011
School will close on 15th April 2011 which will be the final day of the school term and will re-open on 3rd May 2011.

School will remain closed after June Bank holiday weekend to include Tuesday 7th June.

School closes Thursday June 30th for the summer holidays.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Lotto Tickets to be returned

All Lotto tickets to be returned for the opening draw next week.

Easter Holidays 2010 - Scoil Nioclais

Easter Holidays 2010

Scoil Nioclais will close at 12 noon on Friday 26th March for the Easter holidays and reopen on Monday 12 April.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

School Closure

Scoil Nioclais will remain closed on Friday 12th March to facilitate a curriculum planning day.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Scoil Nioclais Lotto

Scoil Niocláis, Frankfield have launched their annual Lotto Draw for 2010

The Draw itself, based on the National Lottery numbers, will start on Wednesday St. Patrick’s Day 17th March and last for 5 weeks(10 draws), ending on Saturday 17th April. Each contestant chooses six numbers The person with the most points wins €1000. Second place wins €300. Least amount of points wins €100. All tickets should be brought to the school office on or before Friday 12th March.

Draw costs €10 per line. The league table will be updated each Monday and will be on display in the school and the school website: www.scoilnioclá

Each school family will get a set of tickets to sell. Tickets are also available from the school office.

Monies fundraised by the Finance Committee go towards the local contribution to the building of the new school extension and furnishing extra resources

“ Scoil Niocláis had benefited hugely from the generosity and help of parents and friends in Grange/ Frankfield. We would like to thank all those who have supported our cause to date and wish everyone luck in this year’s Lotto Draw.”. said Mr. Robert Oldham, Scoil Niocláis Lotto Organiser.

Fr. John Walsh , Chairperson of the Board of Management said: “ We hope that construction on the new 16 classroom extension will go ahead before the end of the year. The funds generated from the Scoil Niocláis Lotto will furnish the school with the resources essential for a modern primary school.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

First Confession

Second class will be making their First Confession on Wednesday 3rd March at 7.30 in the Church of the Incarnation, Frankfield.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week gives us the opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution that our Catholic primary and post-primary schools make not just to Irish society, but to the mission of the Church. Last year marked a very successful beginning of an all-Ireland celebration of Catholic Schools Week and we hope this year to build on that foundation and continue to create a space where we can proudly articulate and celebrate our ethos and identity.

This year the theme for the week is ‘Catholic Schools – A Light for Every Generation’. This theme reminds us that we are constantly challenged to let that light shine for the present generation and this will remain part of our task for future generations. It also allows us to remember with great gratitude all those who contribute through their work in establishing schools and places of education.

Scoil Niocláis Timetable

Monday 1st February La Fheile Bride: St. Brigid’s Day - School Assembly - Fr. John Walsh PP.

Wednesday 3rd February - Prayer Service to celebrate Grandparents Day – Feast of St. Blaise - Fr. Colin Doocey CC.

Junior Infants @ 12.50p.m.
Rang 3 @ 1.50p.m.

Friday 5th February : Mass with Communion and Confirmation Classes. Grandparents and parents are also invited.

A small altar will be erected in the foyer of the school to remind us of St. Brigid – Murie na nGael. A special petitions box will be available for requests, prayers and petitions. A representative selection will be read out at Mass on Friday.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Camogie Success for Scoil Niocláis!!!

A fantastic year of sporting success for Scoil Niocláis was added to by our 5th class camogie team, who won their division in Blackrock GAA Monday 25th of January. The girls played fantastic all the way through and won out an epic final game on a scoreline of 1 goal to nil!
The girls were led by a fantastic coaching staff of Miss Sheila Holland and Miss Leslie Horgan, thanks also to all the parents who helped out on the day.
Everyone in Scoil Nioclais are so proud of you all, well done and good luck in the finals!!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Parent Teacher Meetings 2010

All parent-teacher meetings will be held on Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th of February. Children will be going home at 11:oo a.m. for infants and 11.15 a.m. for all other classes on those dates.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Raffle Tickets on Sale Tomorrow!

Sixth class are organising a raffle this Friday to raise money for the Haitian disaster. Tickets for the raffle will cost €1 for one strip or €3 for five strips and will be sold on Thursday.
The prize for these raffles will be delicious, tasty, large cakes!!! Hopefully we will raise a good bit of money to donate to Concern's Haiti appeal.

Green Schools Slogan Competition On Saving Energy!

Write your slogan on a piece of paper. On the back write your name, your class, room number and teacher's name. Submit it to your teacher by Friday the 29th of January.e.g. "Be bright, turn off the light"
1st - 6th class.
Slogan about energy.
Prize is a Smyths voucher.

Sixth Class Cake Sale

The sixth classes are organising a cake sale in Scoil Niocláis this Friday for the people of Haiti. They will be going around to classes to sell them.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

School Staff Meeting

Pupils will be going home early on Friday 22nd of January due to a school staff meeting.

Junior and Senior Infants- 12:15

1st - 6th classes- 12:30

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

School Re-opened Tomorrow

School will re-open tomorrow Wednesday 13th of January at the usual time.

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Scoil Nioclais Closed

Scoil Nioclais will be closed by ministerial order until Thursday 14th. Any changes will be posted.