Newsletters 2023/2024


As we come to the end of another school year, I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and commitment to our school over the past 12 months. Below are some news items to take note of. As always please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates on school events.  Please be aware that we will reopen Wednesday the 28th of August. 

School reports: Your child’s school report was issued via Aladdin Connect last week. If you did not receive your report, please contact the school immediately. Booklists and the school calendar were also issued today.  

Classes for next year: Teachers have been allocated to the following classes for September. Junior Infants: Ms Cantillon, Senior Infants: Ms O’Grady, 1st Class: TBD, 2nd Class: Mr Murray: 3rd Class: Mr Shanagher, 4th Class: Mr Ryan, 5th Class: Mrs Lohan, 6th Class: Ms Ní Cheallaigh. Special Education Teachers: Mrs Tierney, Ms Beary, Ms Martin, Ms White  and Ms O’Mahony will be participating in a job sharing arrangement, Mrs O’Meara and two others positions to be decided during the summer break. ASD Special Class: TBD. Special Needs Assistants: Jennifer Noonan, Bernadette Carr, Ciara O’Dwyer, Miriam O’Sullivan, Niamh Meehan, Irene McCarthy, Nessa Hanly. We wish Julie Hogan and Sarah Gallagher well as they will be leaving us on a career break for the coming school year. 

We further congratulate Ms Gallagher on receiving a doctorate PHD degree from Mary Immaculate College earlier this month. She successfully completed her studies after four years of research and study on the management of special education teaching in primary schools. Well done Sarah and best wishes next year. 

Biodiversity: Geoff Hunt, a biodiversity expert with heritage schools Ireland, has worked with all classes this term developing their awareness of all things nature in our local environment. With all of the work on developing biodiversity in the school in recent time, Geoff was able to base most of his work within the boundaries of the school. Infants focused on water birds, 1st class on wildflowers, 2nd class on trees, 3rd class on minibeasts and 5th and 6th classes went pond dipping at the canal and again discovered a multitude of flies and insects living in this habitat. The children were fascinated and learned so much about the local environment.  We look forward to having Geoff back with us next year.

4th class with Geoff Hunt

Green Schools: Huge congratulations to Robert and Patrekur who were winners of the Green Schools “Magical Bus Stop” competition. Their very creative pieces were displayed at a number of bus stops around the city. The project aimed to promote public transport networks. It followed on from the students taking part in the “bus in the city” programme. Well done boys!  

Winners of the “Magical Bus Stop” competition

Also, well done to our Green schools’ committee for succeeding in achieving our Travel Flag. A huge amount of work went into the project over the last two years and they finally got their just rewards. A flag raising ceremony too place earlier this week with Calvin of 6th class and Ms Hogan (coordinator) doing the honours of raising the flag. Many thanks to Julie for all her work in guiding the committee.

Green Schools Committee

Child Safeguarding Inspection: Our school was deemed fully compliant in all aspects of the Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspection that took place over two days in February and June. Many thanks to all who assisted in the process. 

JEP: Congratulations to our 6th class boys on successfully achieving the Junior Entrepreneur Programme award for their work on County Bands. The boys worked exceptionally hard throughout the project and showed great teamwork. They produced an amazing product and should be very proud of their work. They earned €180 from the project and this was used to pay for a class pizza party. Many thanks to Ms Ní Cheallaigh for the guidance she gave the boys. 

JEP Class 2024

Sacraments: Congratulations to all of our 2nd class boys who received their First Holy Communion and our 6th class boys who received their Confirmation this term. They were very special occasions in our school calendar and we could not be more proud of all of the boys. Many thanks to Ms Hogan and Ms Ní Cheallaigh for preparing them so well. 

Fun Day & BBQ:We had a very successful fun sports day earlier this month.  It was a fantastic occasion and all pupils from juniors to 6th were kept active all day long.  We had fun relay races, egg and spoon races and sack races along with a variety of other fun activities. While the rain was intermittent, the fun persisted all day. Sincerest thanks to our parents association for organising an amazing bbq on the day. Everyone appreciated the beautiful food and it really made the day. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!

Parents Association: Many thanks to our Parents Association for all their efforts throughout the year. There were numerous events that were organised including the halloween movie, Toy Show treat bags, bake sale and summer bbq. A cheque of €1000 was presented to the school last week by our Chairperson, Joanne O’Driscoll. Míle buíochas!! All funds will go towards the new playground which we hope will be in place for the new school year. 

Parents’ Association cheque presentation

Sports: Well done to all of the boys who participated in the variety of sporting activities that took place over the summer term. We had a wonderful day in U.L. for the county athletics day. There were excellent performances all round from the boys and demonstrated the abundance of talent we have in the school. We had hurling practice after school for our u11 and u13 hurlers and each team participated in cumann na mbunscol blitzes. Many thanks to Mr Stakelum and Miss O’Neill for coaching the hurlers after school. Mr Ryan and Ms Hogan coached our basketball team who participated in the 6th class league again this year. They had some really good matches and all the boys enjoyed the experience. We encourage all boys to get involved with local sporting organisations. Details of some of these can be found on our website. 

U13 hurling team

Jub’s Story: Congratulations to our 5th class boys who performed Jub’s Story on the Lime Tree Theatre stage earlier this month. This was a collaborative project between ourselves and Mary Immaculate College where the boys provided their interpretation of a selection of fairytales through still image, movement and sound. It was a wonderful experience for the boys and one they will remember for a very long time. Many thanks to Mrs O’Meara, Ms Cantillon, Ciara O’Dwyer and Mr Stakelum for spearheading. 

Jub’s Story

Ms Lynch: Miss Lynch recently announced that she will be resigning her position in the school at the end of the school year as she takes up a deputy principal’s role in Scoil Mháthair Dé. It is certainly a case that their gain is certainly our loss. We are though, very grateful to her for her vast contribution to our school over the past 17 years. In that time she contributed in so many ways, including her teaching abilities, her leadership in Stem education, PE, probation of newly qualified teachers and the establishment of our autism special class. On behalf of the whole school community, we wish her the very best in her future. 

School Choir: The school choir supported many events in the school this year with their amazing ability to perform to very high standards. We are sad to say goodbye to its 6th class members but also look forward to hearing the younger boys take on the mantle next year. Thanks to Ms Beary for leading throughout the year.

6th Class Graduation: We wish our 6th class every success and happiness in their studies in Secondary School and their futures. With them, we also say goodbye to their families that we have worked closely with over the years. We thank you for your cooperation and wish you all of the best.

Graduation Class of 2024

Le gach dea-ghuí

Anthony Liddane

Principal

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

As we approach the end of our second term of our school year, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all of the support and help you have offered the school over the past few months. Below are some news items over the past term. As always, please follow us on Facebook/Instagram to stay up-to-date with school news and activities.

Seachtain na Gaeilge: Bhí sár seachtain againn sa scoil le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí caint, ceol agus cluichí i rith na seachtaine agus bhain gach duine taitneamh as. We had a wonderful week for Seachtain na Gaeilge during March with a huge amount of Irish spoken by all children across the school. It culminated in Rannta le Chéile and a Céili in the hall at the end of the week. Sincere thanks to Mrs Tierney for planning and organising all of the events. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!!

Green Schools’: Our Green Schools’ committee led an action week recently, The Big Travel Challenge, where boys from juniors, seniors, first and second classes were encouraged to scoot, walk and cycle to school. It was amazing to see so many boys participate and have so much fun on their scooters. This is all part of our Travel flag application which we hope to achieve in this school year. Many thanks to Ms Hogan for leading the programme.

School Choir: Well done to the school choir, Cór Phádraig, for taking part in the peace proms in UL in January. It was a wonderful experience for all the boys and was a magical night of entertainment for all who attended. Many thanks to Ms Beary for leading.

Analogue Robotics: Many congratulations to Dillon Hinchy, Jan Makowicezi, Theo Costelloe and Faooq Muniro on winning the annual robotics competition in Analogue Devices two weeks ago. With over thirty competing schools taking part, it was a tremendous achievement for the boys, their families and our school. This is the second time we have won it in the space of three years. Míle Buíochas to Ms Ní Cheallaigh and Mrs Tierney who supported them in preparation.

Active Flag: We were delighted to have Limerick senior hurler and St Patrick’s GAA star, Gearóid Hegarty in school last month to help raise our Active Flag. He was joined by our Active Schools coordinator and 6th class teacher Ms Ní Cheallaigh, who herself plays inter-county football with Galway. Thanks to all who helped in achieving the award and to Gearóid for dropping in.

First Confession: Well done to our second class boys who received their first confession in St Patrick’s Church last week. Many thanks to Ms Hogan for preparing them and Canon Shire for presiding over the ceremony. 

Basketball:  Last week, we had a basketball court installed on the senior side yard in the school. The boys are absolutely delighted with the upgrade and we look forward to many years of basketball ahead. 

Hurling: Our 4th class boys played in the annual indoor hurling blitz earlier this month, held in Old Christian’s GAA hall. They played five games, winning two, drawing one and then losing the semi-final to Patrickswell by two goals. A good start to the hurling season. 

FAI Soccer: Our two five-a-side soccer teams acquitted themselves very well in the FAI soccer tournament in Parteen last week. They each played four games and had some exciting battles, mainly against local school. Well done buachaillí!!

Prayer Service at St Patrick’s Well: Last week we held a prayer service at St Patrick’s Well on the 15th March. The boys sang traditional hymns including Hail Glorious St Patrick and Dóchas Linn Naomh Pádraig. 

World Book Day 2024: All our pupils enjoyed a fantastic World Book Day on Thursday March 7th. Our juniors, seniors and first classes dressed up as their favourite book character for the day.  We had a book swap event  in the school which ensured every pupil went home with at least one new book to read at home.  All classes enjoyed shared reading lessons throughout the day. All pupils received a world book day voucher to spend in local book shops.

Please be aware that school closes on Friday March 22nd at 12pm and will reopen on the 8th of April. 

Wishing you all a happy Easter. 

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Anthony Liddane

Principal 

Dear Parents Guardians,

As we approach our Christmas holidays, I am writing to thank you for your continued support of our school since the beginning of the school year. We have had a busy term of activities and hope that you and your children are looking forward to the Christmas Break. Please read the following newsletter and check out our school blog on Facebook/Instagram @stpatricksboysns for more information and photographs of school activities.  Please be reminded that we finish on Friday 22nd of December at 12pm for our Christmas holidays. School will reopen on the 8th December.

On Tuesday we welcomed our families to the school morning and evening for our Christmas Concert. Junior Infants and 6th class put on two wonderful shows and all of the other classes sang Christmas songs and carols to create a very warm Christmas spirit. Many thanks to Mrs O’Meara, Ms Ní Cheallaigh and all of the teachers for their efforts in preparing the boys. Our school choir, Cór Phádraig, also sang which added greatly to the occasion. We held raffles at the two concerts and collected €1700 which will go towards the creation of a food garden along our woodland walk. Many thanks to all of the local businesses and people who contributed prizes big and small. It is greatly appreciated. These include: Unique Hair Salon, Limerick City Build, Patsy Nicholas’ Bar, Park Homework Club, Limerick City Build, Oscar & Co. Barbers, O’Sullivan’s Pharmacy. Videos and photographs from the night can be found on our Facebook and Instagram Pages link above.

We continue to take enrolments for next year’s junior infant class. The closing date for accepting applications is January 17th. Forms are available from the office or by calling Cliona on 061-412913 or registering your interest here and we will send you a form.

The school choir, led by Ms Beary, have recently secured a place in the University of Limerick Peace Proms at the end of January and are working hard preparing for the event. They have large repertoire of songs to learn but we have no doubt will be up to the challenge.

Stay Safe lessons are continuing in the school at present. We have completed our bullying module just before Christmas and now continue with the remainder of the programme. This is a mandatory programme for schools and promotes child safeguarding awareness among our pupils. As always, we remind you of our reporting responsibilities regarding Child Protection and follow the revised Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary School 2023. For more information on our Child Safeguarding Policy and practices, please click here.

Our work with Leaf Ireland continued earlier this month with 4th class creating a Bug Hotel and also a Hedgehog home along our woodland walk. We hope that this will encourage our pupils’ interest in learning about nature and biodiversity in our local school environment. Last month, we also planted the recently rediscovered Burren Pine trees in the school, the original native pine trees that were once thought to be extinct. Many thanks to Burren Beo for the donation of six trees to the school.

During the month of holy souls, we held a ceremony in the school to remember all deceased members of our school community. We planted a tree along our woodland walk in their memory. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

Second and fourth class went on some fieldtrips recently. Second Class visited Mary Immaculate College late last month for a STEM workshop. They learned about the Science of bubble and engaged in fun activities and experiments to explore and investigate them. Third class on the other hand had a very enjoyable visit to King Johns Castle having been learning about castles in Ireland in their history lessons. It is fantastic to use local amenities in such an educational and fun way.

The following policies were recently issued to you for review on the Aladdin Noticeboard.

Should you have any feedback, please follow the link on the Aladdin Notice.

Chess Club with Gabriel started after the mid-term break. We have over 25 boys signed up and we look forward to taking part in some inter-school competitions in the new year.

School development plans are being implemented at present and are summarised below.

Our Literacy plan is focusing on improving children’s motivation to read and their enjoyment of reading. We have a number of strategies that we are implementing including.

  • Accelerated Reader Programme in 2nd and 3rd class.
  • Book swap day and visits to the library
  • Continued in-class and station teaching activities in all classes

Numeracy work is focused on developing children’s productive disposition towards maths, which means creating a clear link for pupils between maths and real life uses of it. We will also use concrete materials and resources and that makes maths hands-on and visual for learners.

Attendance data for this year shows that we are currently at a rate of 93.1%, the exact same figure for the same period last year. We urge you to continue to send your children into school until the Friday of the holiday. Every day they come to school they are benefitting in so many ways, including academically and indeed socially.  As people are looking to book summer holidays for next year, again, we ask that these are kept to holiday time.

Our partnerships plan has looked at making homework more accessible and enjoyable for pupils as they learn. We are offering children more choice in their homework, with a couple of online activities each month in the senior classes. Project work is also a feature that we hope will be enjoyable for pupils to complete.

Wellbeing activities that have been introduced include the use of buddy benches on the playground, wellbeing walks along our woodland and choill bheag and social skills. Resilience programmes like Friends for Life and The Incredible Years are being implemented in classes.

Wishing you all a lovely Christmas.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Anthony Liddane

Principal

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08/12/2023

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

We are looking forward to meeting with you on the 19th December for our Christmas Show. We will have a matinee at 11am on the morning and will return again that evening at 7pm. All parents/guardians and family members are welcome to attend. Junior infants and 6th class will be performing nativity plays with all other classes singing a variety of Christmas songs to really get us into the festive spirit. Our school choir will also perform.

We are holding a raffle for both shows and would greatly appreicate your support. If any local business or individual would be willing to donate a prize, please drop it into the office or give a call at any time. Raffle tickets will be on sale in school next week and on the night. All funds raised will go towards the development of a food garden/polytunnel along our woodland walk and will be a great asset to the pupils once installed.

€642 was raised from the selling of the toy show goody bags last month.  Many thanks for your support on this and we are now glad to say that a new defibrillator/AED has been ordered by the school. This would not be possible without your help. Míle buíochas!

We continue to take enrolments for next year’s junior infant class. The closing date for accepting applications is January 17th. Forms are available from the office or by calling Cliona on 061-412913.

Please be reminded that there will be no school next Tuesday, December 12th due to staff in-service training for the new Primary Maths Curriculum.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Anthony Liddane

Príomhoide

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November 2023

Dear Parent(s)/Guardian(s),

Well done to all of the boys who participated so positively in Kindness week this week. There were many lessons completed on promoting kindness and themed on anti-bullying. Our assembly this morning also reiterated the importance of not being an idle bystander when bullying is taking place.

Over 250 toy show goody bags were distributed this week by the parents association. I hope you all have a lovely evening and sincere thanks to the association for their hard working in preparing them.

Parent teacher meeting took place during the week. Many thanks to all who attended. Anyone who was unable to attend, please contact the class teacher or the school office to arrange at your earliest convenience.

We are thrilled to annouce that from this year onwards, we have been elevated on the admission’s criteria for entry for St Munchin’s College in Corbally, and now all of our pupils have a much higher chance of gaining entry. Many thanks to St Munchin’s College and Mr Quilter for their support of our application.

Our Christmas Concert will take place at 7pm on the evening of Tuesday, December 19th. We hope you can join us on the evening. We will have a matinee show at 11am that morning. Prizes for the raffle would be greatly appreciated. 

Our new Board of Management has been finalised, as follows:  Chris Mortell (Chairperson), Anthony Liddane (Secretary) Canon Joe Shire (Patron’s Nominee) Lindsay Massey, Aidan Finn (Parent Nominees), Mícheál Shanagher (Teacher Nominee), Kieran Chambers, Denise Reddin (Community Nominees).

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Anthony Liddane,

Principal

Please click on the link to view our most recent newsletters.

2022/2023

Summer Newsletter 2023

Easter Newsletter 2023

December Newsletter 2022

November Newsletter 2022

September Newsletter 2022

2021/2022

Summer 2022

Easter Newsletter 2022

Newsletter Christmas 2021

Newsletter 27th August 2021

St Patrick’s Boys NS Response Plan September 2021

2020/2021

22/06/2021: Summer Newsletter

24/05/2021: Covid-19 Reminder

24/05/2021: Covid-19 Assessment & Decision Making Pathway

18/05/2021: RSE Note

07/04/2021: Aladdin Connect

09/04/2020: Returning to school

26/03/2021: Easter Newsletter

23/03/2021: Student Absences links

10/03/2021: Letter to 3rd- 6th class parents

10/03/2021: Updated Reopening plan for full return of pupils

09/03/2021: Letter to Parents/Guardians

02/03/2021: Working online- Reminders

26/04/2021: Letter from the Deputy CMO

26/02/2021: Letter to Parents/Guardians

26/02/2021: Our School’s reopening plan 

04/02/2020: Remote learning update

19/01/2020: January Newsletter

Letter from the Minister

08/01/2020: Remote Learning

Parents Guide to Contact Tracing

08/12/2020: December Newsletter

30/11/2020: Helmet purchase scheme

06/11/2020: Child Safeguarding Review

02/11/2020: Stay Safe Programme

21/10/2020: October Newsletter

21/10/20: Secondary School Virtual Open Nights

09/10/20: Using home devices

01/10/2020: Homework, Online Learning & Communication

01/10/2020: Logging into Google Classroom

31/09/2020: 5th class Health and Fitness

29/09/2020: Covid-19 procedures update

15/09/2020: Covid-19 update

09/09/2020: Face Coverings and Parent teacher meetings

08/09/2020: Privacy statement

07/09/2020: Newsletter

03/09/2020: Newsletter

August 2020: Reopening our School 

24/08/20: Aladdin Epayments

21/08/2020: Reopening Summary for Parents

21/08/2020: St Patrick’s Boys Response Plan

17/08/2020: Junior Infants Induction & Contact Tracing Log

12/08/2020: Letter to Parents

06/08/2020: Letter to Parents

Covid-19 Policy Statement St Patrick’s Boys’ N.S.

Reopening Our Schools: The Roadmap for the Full Return to School

2019/2020

Confirmation: Parish Invitation

First Holy Communion: Parish Invitation

26/06/20: Summer Newsletter

23/06/20: Computer leasing

18/06/20: Collection of reports and Book Rental Return

17/06/20: 6th Class Graduation and Collection of End of School Packs

6th Class Transition Programme and Education Passport links

Communion/Confirmation Registration 

18th May 2020 – Newsletter

15th May- Book Collection 

Bishop Leahy’s Confirmation Letter

Bishop Leahy’s Communion Letter

March 2020– School Closure update

Jan/Feb 2020

December 2019

October/November 2019

September 2019

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October 2018

December 2018

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