Robotics Champions Again!!

Our pupils from sixth class out performed all other schools to become Analog Robotics Champions for 2024.

Following an intense competition, Theo Costello, Jan Makowiecki, Dillon Hinchy and Farooq Muniru emerged as the overall winners

Following a one day workshop run by LearnIT , the boys were selected to go forward and represent their school. Supported by their teacher Ms Aoife Ní Cheallaigh, they worked hard at building their communication and team work skills by working on Lego projects using our LEGO Spike equipment which had been purchased with the aid of sponsorship and Board of Management support three years ago. Though the type of coding and building equipment was different from that used during the competition the boys were able to put their skills to good use. A new feature of the competition this year required competitors to create a display board on the impact of IT on our lives and communicate their thoughts to the judges. Many thanks to the people in Analog, Raheen, who give everyone a great day out.

Congratulation boys , we are very proud of ye.

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Survey of Sporting Activities which Pupils from Our School take part in.

As part of our continued commitment to gaining our Active Schools flag 
6th class boys recently carried out a survey in the school. The purpose of the survey was to find out: 
-How many children were in a sports club.
-What types of sports were most popular. 
-The reasons why they enjoy being a member of a sports club. 
The boys in our school are members of a huge variety of clubs including; St. Patrick’s GAA, Geraldine’s Soccer, Richmond Rugby, Munster Mixed Martial Arts, Fairview Soccer Club, Young Munster Rugby, Southside Boxing Club, Limerick Lyons Basketball Club. It is great to see the boys keeping so active both inside and outside of school.
It is hoped that by conducting this survey that other children will become aware of the Sporting Activities in our area and may be encouraged to join some of them.


Primary School Athletics U.L. and visit by Olympian, Thomas Barr.

Congratulations to our wonderful Team of Athletes who competed in the Limerick Primary Schools Athletics Championship which took place in U.L. on May 16th. A total of 24 boys travelled with their coach, Mr. Shannagher. This is a combined team event with the performance of each child contributing to the overall result.

There was great celebrating when the boys returned carry a very large cup. Well done to all involved, we are very proud of your achievements and a special thanks to all who supported the boys at the event on the day.

Our success was made even more special when we were honored with a visit to our school by Thomas Barr . Tom had heard of our success from Ms Gallagher and came along to speak to all the boys from 3rd to 6th. It was an amazing experience for the children to meet a real Olympian! Thank you Tom for your inspirational chat to the boys and best of luck in your future races. And thanks Ms Gallagher for arranging this opportunity for us.

Active School Flag Initiatives

Active Slogan

Our whole school took part in creating and choosing our Active School Slogan ‘Let’s Jump, Let’s Run, Let’s Have Some Fun!’.

Active Breaks

We took part in the ‘Active Break Challenge Everyday’. Our Active School Committee came up with these ‘Active Break Ideas’ on lollipop sticks for classes to use as inspiration. Classes logged their Active Breaks on a chart in their classroom.

Run Around Ireland Challenge

Each class is taking part in our Run Around Ireland Challenge. The Active School Committee have provided each class with charts to mark their progress and they occasionally use the school intercom to encourage everyone to keep up the good work. 

Feel Good Friday

‘Feel good Friday’ has become a familiar feature in our school. Our Fridays have been filled with skipping, running, dancing and other challenges. When we see the speaker being rolled out to the yard at breaktime you can be guaranteed to see the many dance battles and great dance moves coming out. Music on the yard has been a big hit.

Playground Leaders

Our playground leaders have been doing a great job setting up games and managing equipment on the playground. They encourage all children to become involved and more active during playtime. Keep up the good work boys.

Active Committee

Our Active School Committee have been working very hard throughout the year organising challenges and activities. 

Active School Week 2023

We held our Active School Week from the 1st – 5th of May. It was a great success and both teachers and students enjoyed it immensely. Everyone wore their tracksuits for the week and completed some Active Homework. The week was thoroughly enjoyable and reminded us of the importance of staying fit and healthy. We learned that there are many different ways to be active even if it is something as simple as getting out for a walk. Well done to all boys and teachers who participated in our Active School Week this year. 

Table Tennis Take Over

We kicked off the week with a Table Tennis Take Over. Our table tennis sets were put to good use and each class came out to show off their skills. Our Active School Committee set up  a mixture of games including table tennis, yard tennis and football tennis. It was fantastic. 

Active Walkway Challenges

Our new Active Walkway was put to excellent use during the week. It was a massive hit. Pupils and teachers enjoyed following the new trail and taking part in the orienteering challenges. This is a super resource which links activity and exercise with; Maths challenges, English challenges, Geography challenges, mindfulness and much more. 


We held our big athletics day on Garryowen Green. The mixture of competitive and fun races ensured that everyone was able to take part and enjoy themselves. Our Active School Committee laid out our track and benches for spectators. We saw fantastic sportsmanship as everyone cheered each other on. Boys took part in sprints, relays, long distance runs and the long jump. Winners qualified to represent our school in the UL Athletics competition later in the month. We had a lot of tired but happy faces at the end of the day. 

Run Around Ireland Challenge

Our Run Around Ireland Challenge continued throughout Active School Week. It was great to see all classes clock up the kilometers on their daily runs.

Wake Up Shake Up

Our Active School Committee kept everyone on their toes with Active Lines. ASF committee members led the exercise getting our hearts pumping before returning to class refreshed.

Pump up the Volume

During a very entertaining dance off we saw amazing moves from the boys of St. Patrick’s Boys NS. We saw the Cha Cha slide, Rock the Boat, the Griddy and lots of other dance moves being displayed. It was fantastic

Junior Entrepreneur Project Update!!

Following weeks of planning, negotiations and designing the pupils in each group presented their ideas to The Dragons, aka Mr. Liddane, Mrs. Tierney and Ms. Cantillon. Each group made an excellent presentation outlining how they had researched their product, conducted their market research and the amount of initial investment required. The Dragons were very impressed to see that recycling and environmental awareness was a factor in many of the proposed schemes.

After some deliberation The Dragons chose the Healthy Smoothie product.

So on Friday, the 5th of May, sixth class, with the help of their teacher Ms Ní Cheallaigh, had their action day with all boys working together to promote, create and dispense delicious smoothies.

The orders rolled in and so did they money. The pupils report that their health smoothie produced a healthy profit !

Well done to all involved and many thanks to everyone who supported the pupils by buying a smoothie especially the parents who came to sample the goods.

Analog Primary School Robotics

This year we were represented yet again by an excellent team at the annual Analog Primary Schools Robotics Challenge. Over a hundred children, representing 32 primary schools from Limerick city and county, took part in this years competition.

Following a day of training in April with the Learnit Robotics Team Jasiu, Michael and Jia Jie were chosen to compete in the Robotics Challenge.

Over the last two weeks the boys have spent some time working together designing and creating many different Lego projects in school .

The boys designed a super machine on Saturday and competed in several exciting rounds but unfortunately did not manage to progress to the final.

Well done boys, we are very proud of your work and commitment and thanks to your parents for supporting your participation in this venture.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023

Ba mhór an sport agus an spraoi a bhí ag na scoláirí ag ceiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana. Rinne siad iarracht speisialta Gaeilge a labhairt an oiread gurb fhéidir leo . Bhain gach duine taitneamh as na cluichí  agus as na comórtaisí  go léir a bhí ar siúl againn .

Maith sibh do na buachaillí go léir a glac páirt i Rannta Aonair. Bhí sibh go léir go h-iontach

Chun deireadh a chur le Seachtain na Gaeilge, bhí Lá Glas againn. Chaith na páistí éadaí glasa agus bhí rannta le chéile againn sa halla  ar maidin. Um thráthnóna bhí céilí sa halla agus thaitin sé go mór leis na  páistí. Míle buíochas do  Mr Murray agus Danny Burke (ó Pearl River New York City!) a bhi ag seinm ceoil don chéilí. Bhí craic agus spraoi againn!

Lean leis an Gaeilge  a bhúachaillí…cúpla focal gach aon ló sin mar a bhíonn teanga beo.

We had great fun during Seachtain na Gaeilge this year. Everyone made a great effort to speak as much Irish as possible and we all thoroughly enjoyed the games and competitions which every class took part in. Well done to all the boys who took part in Rannta Aonair. Standing up in front of an audience and reciting a poem or singing a song takes great courage.

To conclude Seachtain na Gaeilge we held a Green day and everyone dressed up in an amazing variety of green outfits! On that day we also held Rannta sa halla and had a ceilí in the afternoon. Many thanks to Mr Murray and his friend Danny Bourke (who hails from New York) for providing live music for our dancing.

Keep up the Gaeilge boys….. a few words every day goes a long way!!

Junior Entrepreneur Project 2023

Best of luck to the boys in sixth class who have begun working on their Junior Entrepreneur Project

JEP is about letting pupils think for themselves and understand what entrepreneurship really means. Children use their creativity to come up with business ideas, then as a class they choose one idea and work as a team to turn the chosen idea into reality over a 12-16 week period. One of the steps along their journey involve the children meeting with a local entrepreneur to hear their story and ask questions. The boys were thrilled when Limerick hurler William O’Donoghue came to speak about the business he and his sister, Kylie had founded . FemFuelz produce a diverse range of sports nutrition products for women of all ages.

While he was in the school he kindly passed on a few hurling tips to the boys practicing in the yard!!

WE wish all the boys in sixth great success in their project.

J.P. Mc Manus Award 2022

Congratulations to past pupils Ebrima Dumbuya, Jamie McNamara, Garry Barrett and Kacper Ostrowski who were each presented with a J.P. Mc Manus Scholarship Award for their outstanding results in their Leaving Certificates .

Twenty-four Coláiste Mhichíl Students were officially honoured at the 2022 JP McManus scholarship awards ceremony in Adare Manor on Friday 25/11/2022

Niall Collins TD, Minister of State for Skills and Further Education presented the students from 2020, 2021 and 2022 with their JP McManus scholarship awards.

The staff, both past and present, of St Patrick’s BNS would like to wish all the boys warmest congratulations on their wonderful achievements and wish them every success in future.

Winners Celebrate

Congratulations to Fionn, Odhran and Bruno from sixth class on their winning performance in the Analog Robotics Competition on Saturday June 18th. The boys were crowned champions after competing against schools from Limerick city and county. Their achievement was down not only to their logical thinking and innovative design but to their outstanding teamwork.

Having secured funding from some local business and a grant from IOP ( Irish Institute of Physics) our IT coordinator , Mrs Tierney, purchased some Lego Spike Kits and these assisted the boys with their preparations.

Mrs Tierney says the boys practiced every Friday after school for a few weeks. They would build cars and race each other but most importantly they learned to share their ideas and knowhow with each other which helped them become a winning team.

Well done boys, the whole school is very proud of your achievement. 🏆🏅

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