Reading month started on March 19th and we were very excited as the author Marita Conlon-McKenna came to visit 5th and 6th Class. She told us about growing up in Goatstown and Greystones and how she became a writer. She was very interesting and has inspired many girls to write their own stories.
Last week, we celebrated our own 'Lá Gaeilge' in the school. The cailíní took part in all kinds of Irish activities - damhsa, spórt, amhráin, scéalta agus ceol! In the afternoon, we held a 'Tráth na gCeist' where the girls put their Gaeilge and their general knowledge to the test!
Comhghairdeas to the winning teams!
Go raibh maith agaibh to the teachers and to Ms. Brennan's dad, Frank, for helping out and to the cailíní for their enthusiasm on the day!
Bhaineamar an-thaitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge 2019!
On March 7th Ms Gaffey's class had an early start as they were going to Dublin to take part in the ESB Science Blast exhibition in the RDS. The girls had posed the question 'What happens when we practice mindfulness every day?' They did a pre test and post test and displayed their results. They learned a lot about how the brain functions and they even made their own models of brains. When the judges came around the girls were very confident answering all the questions. The judges were very impressed with the project. The girls got the opportunity to visit all the other schools' stands, watch science workshops and take part in plenty of scientific activities. The class were presented with their award at the end of the day and Ms. Gaffey was very proud of their achievements. They all had a most enjoyable day. Thank you to Ms. Gaffey for getting involved in such an interesting project.
We are very lucky to have 2 heritage experts coming to our school each week. Melanie who works with straw and Geraldine who works with wool. We learn a lot at every visit and enjoy our art activities. Here are some photos of Ms Gaffey's class weaving leprechauns.
Well done to our senior quiz team on winning the overall quiz. It was such a fantastic achievement to come in first place. The girls were presented with plaques and prizes by Fra Mollen, Chairperson of Tullamore Credit Union. It was a very tense night but all the girls tried very hard and kept their cool throughout. They will now take part in the National Finals in Enfield on March 9th and we wish them the very best of luck. Huge thank you to Ms. Lee for preparing the teams so well.
We held the final of our Spelling Bee on Tuesday February 12th. We had six finalists from 5th and 6th Class. It was very tense and the girls did very well under pressure. Well done to Izzy, Jade, Jenny, Lillian, Alexandria and Grace, who were runners-up. Congratulations to Lillian who will go forward to represent the school at the Offaly final of the Spelling Bee on March 5th in Tullamore Educate Together School.
St. Philomena’s N.S. Enrolment Evening
Our Information on Enrolment Evening for parents will take place on Tuesday, January 22nd, in the school at 7.30 p.m. Enrolment /Application Form packs will be available on that evening or from the school on Wednesday January 23rd,
Closing date for receipt of completed Enrolment/Application form is Wednesday January 30th, 2019.
If you are unable to come on the evening, please contact the school at
We look forward to meeting you on January 22nd
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