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End of Year Awards 2017

Camogie Medals: Well done to our victorious camogie team who were presented with their medals by Senior Kilkenny player and All Ireland winner Aoife O’Carroll. Thanks to the Lisdowney camogie club who sent the ice-cream van as part of our celebration. Well done to Ms. Brennan, Ms. Fennelly and the players on their fantastic achievement this year. 

Swimming Gala: Well done to our team of 26 swimmers who represented the school in this year’s Gala. Congratulations to Orla who came second in the under 10 front crawl and Corey who came first in the under 12 front crawl. Thanks to Deirdre Dunne, Fiona Perry and Rita Phelan for all their help on the day. 

Hurling Blitz Winners: Well done to our 2017 hurling blitz winners.

Sport’s Day Winners: Congratulations to the orange team who came in 1st place on Sport’s Day.

Attendance Awards: Well done to our pupils who received certificates for their high levels of attendance this year (first picture) and also our twelve pupils in the second picture who didn’t miss a single day this year.

Active Week  2017 

Monday: Sports Day

Tuesday: Core, balance and agility exercises with Theresa Dunphy

Wednesday: Orienteering Day in Jenkinstown Woods

Thursday: School Tours to ‘Fota Wildlife Park’ & ‘Rancho Reillys’

Graduation Class and 6th Class Parents 2017 


Congratulations to our school camogie team who won the Roinn D County Final on Wednesday 07th June. The girls had a fantastic win over Bennettsbridge in Nowlan Park on Wednesday evening. Thanks to the coaches Ms. Brennan and Ms. Fennelly for a great year. Well done girls!

Scríobh Leabhar 2017

Congratulations to all of our students who took part in the Scríobh Leabhar competition this year, particularly our three winners who attended the awards ceremony in the Watershed on the 31st May. They were presented with medals and certificates and got to meet the band ‘Seo Linn’. A fantastic day was had by all.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to our students that received their First Holy Communion on Saturday 13th May.  Thank you to Ms Fennelly for all her hard work in preparing the students.

Third Green Flag – Water Conservation

Congratulations to all at Scoil Naomh Fiachra on receiving their third Green Flag for Water conservation.

Leinster Schools Swimming Gala

Congratulations to Corey Bowden who represented Scoil Naomh Fiachra and came first in the Leinster Primary School Swimming Gala.

School Calendar 2017-2018
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Field Trip to Seskin Lisdowney Ballinaslee Group Water Scheme

On Thursday 6th of April, the Senior Room and Green School’s Committee went on a field trip to see how the SLB Group Water Scheme works. This group water scheme provides clean running water to many houses and farms in our local community. Roisín and Joe from the National Federation of Group Water Schemes guided us through the day. Paddy and Angela Mullally came along and explained how they maintain the scheme on a daily basis. We were blown away by what we learned and we have already begun our projects on the local scheme. Thanks to all involved in making the day such a great success, especially to Angela for organising the trip.

Kilkenny Community Games Quiz Champions 2017

Congratulations to the students from Scoil Naomh Fiachra on winning the Kilkenny Community Games Quiz.  The team below will go on to represent us in the All Ireland Community Games Quiz 2017.  We wish them the very best of luck.


Engineering Week – Lego Mindstorms

To celebrate ‘Engineering Week’ this week, we started a new type of coding/programming called ‘Mindstorms’. We have been using ‘Scratch’ coding for the past few weeks and this has been a great help in preparing us to use ‘Mindstorms’. The children built their own robots as part of the project and came up with there own codes which they used to control their robots. This was great fun and we aim to spend time every week improving our coding skills and building our robots. 

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“Water Wise Workshops”

As part of our campaign for the Water Flag, we invited Úna from Global Action Ireland to the school to give three one and a half hour workshops to the classes on Water Conservation. Together, we did an in depth exploration of the Water Cycle, the story of a water droplet, water saving tips, water usage in our daily lives and in the processing of everyday food and clothing items, and much more. We had a great time with Úna and we hope she will visit us again soon. 



Kilkenny Credit Union Table Quiz

Our school entered two under 13 teams in the annual Credit Union School Quiz 2017. We are delighted to report that both our teams performed brilliantly this year, coming 8th and 9th out of 72 teams in total. Well done to all the boys and girls who took part. 



Friendship Week

This was a special week in Scoil Naomh Fiachra as we celebrated Friendship Week 2016. We focused on positive relationships, being kind, caring and looking out for each other to ensure everyone is always included. During the week a lot of activities took place throughout the school including buddy fun where the older children partnered up with the younger children to read books together, complete art activities and carry out exercises on being a good friend. Everyone in the school did a random act of kindness and each child also had a compliment box where other children wrote nice things about them before putting them into their boxes. The children loved reading these compliments at home. We also began our collection for local people in need this Christmas which will run right up until the holidays. Finally, we unveiled our new ‘Friendship Bench’ which was skillfully made and donated by one of our board of management members Kieran Costelloe and varnished by the Tallis family. The children will put their own stamp on the bench when they design and paint it later in the year. A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our very successful ‘Friendship Week 2016’.






Christmas Shoe Box Collection 2016


Thank you to all that contributed to the Christmas Shoebox collection 2016.


Congratulations Ms Brennan….

Congratulations to Ms Brennan on her success with the Thomastown Senior Camogie team who won this years Leinster Championship.




The O’Duffy Cup

 Last Friday there was great excitement when the O’Duffy Cup visited the school. Kilkenny Camogie stars Ann Dalton and our very own Claire Phelan and Aoife O’Carroll brought the cup in and gave some brilliant advice to our future camogie and hurling stars.







End of Year Awards 2016

Congratulations to the students in the picture below who received certificates for full attendance this year. Well done on not missing a single day this year!


Well done to the students below for being consistent attenders too. They also received certificates for their excellent attendance!


Our winning team for sports day (below) received their prizes too. Well done to the blue team!


Well done to Alan’s team (below) who won the in-school hurling league this year and received grips for their hurls.  IMG_1468[1]

Well done to Ciarán’s team (below) who won our in-school Junior to 1st class soccer league!


Presentation to Our Local St. Vincent De Paul

Well done to our Confirmation class who donated €250 of their confirmation money to St. Vincent De Paul. The Holy Spirit is truly guiding them in the right direction. Thanks to Eilís Costello who came in on behalf of our local St. Vincent De Paul to receive the cheque.


School Calendar

September 2016 – June 2017




August 2016 School will reopen for new academic year on Tuesday 30th August 2016.
October 2016 Monday 31st October through to Friday 4th November 2016 inclusive. School will close on Friday 28th October 2016 at 2.40pm for Mid-term Break and will re open on Monday 7th November 2016.
December 2016/January 2017 Thursday 22nd December (12 noon) through to Friday 6th January 2017 inclusive. School will close at 12 noon on Thursday 22nd December 2016 and will re open on Monday 9th January 2017.
February 2017 Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th February 2017. School will close on Wednesday 22nd February at 2.40pm for Mid-term Break and will re open on Monday 27th February 2017.
March 2017 Friday 17th March 2017 School will close at 2.40pm on Thursday 16th March and reopen on Monday 20th March 2017 for St Patrick’s Day.
April 2017 Friday 7th April (12 noon) through to Friday 21st April 2017. School will close on Friday 7th April at 12 noon and will re open on Monday 24th April 2017.
May 2017 Monday 1st May 2017 Bank Holiday – Monday 1st May 2017.
June 2017 Monday 5th June 2017


Friday 23rd June 2017

Bank Holiday


School will close at 12 noon on 23rd June 2017 for the summer holidays.

Standardisation of School Year

Click here for further details regarding Primary Schools for the years 2017/18, 2018/19, 2019/20.

Proclamation Day

On the 15th of March, Scoil Naomh Fiachra celebrated Proclamation Day. We began by welcoming everybody. Brandon read out the Proclamation from 1916 as Pádraig Pearce did from the steps of the GPO. This was followed by the reading of our “Proclamation for a New Generation” which was written by the students of Scoil Naomh Fiachra. This can be seen further down on this page. After this, Aoibhe and Céin gave us some information on the History of the Tricolour and the protocols that surround it. The flag was then risen by Charlie, who is the oldest student in the school. After the flag was raised we celebrated with Irish songs, poems, tin whistle and Irish dancing. The parents then viewed some of our project work on 1916. A brilliant day was had by all. Thanks to Denis O’Connor who took photographs for the school on the day.


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Seachtain na Gaeilge

We are celebrating Seachtain na Gaeilge in our school this week. We are making an extra effort to speak Irish throughout the day and chidlren earn a raffle ticket and will go into a draw at the end of the week to win a prize. We had a ceolchoirm on Thursday which you will see in photos below and to finish the week off  we are having a tráth na gceist.












 Proclamation for a New Generation

The pupils of Scoil Naomh Fiachra have been busy re-imagining the 1916 Proclamation. A lot of hard work has gone into having this document ready for Proclamation Day on the 15th of March. It will be read out on the day before we raise our flag at 12 midday. All parents and wider members of the community are invited into the school on Proclamation Day to celebrate with us from 11:45am.


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1916 Centenary Celebrations

On Wednesday 13th of January Scoil Noamh Fiachra  welcomed three members of the Irish Defence Forces to our school to present our school with The National Flag.

The presentation included a history of the national flag and the correct protocol for its use.  The flag was then presented to Séan Dowling and the Proclamation was presented to Katie Brennan.The Defence Forces member also read part of the Proclamation assisted by Brandon in 5th class.

The children sang and played Amhrán na Bhfiann and Oró Se Do Bheatha  Bhaile on the tin whistle. It was a really memorable day. Thanks to everyone involved.










On the 15th of March (Proclamation Day), every school in the country will raise their flags at 12 o’clock. Parents are invited into the school for this event and the children will perform a number of songs and tunes to mark the event.



Newsletter September 2016

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Newsletter April 2016

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Newsletter January 2016

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Newsletter September 2015

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New Primary Language Curriculum

The National Council for Curriculum and Assessment has developed a new language curriculum which will be phased in next year.  For more information and support for parents please click on the following links:, and



Army Barracks

The children from Scoil Naomh Fiachra will visit the Army Barracks in Kilkenny on Monday 8th February. Thanks to Army Barracks for facilitating this visit.

 6 Km Walk

Our 6 Km fundraising will take place on 12th June 2016.  Funds raised will be go towards the purchase of Graded Readers for the school.

The Fun Run will take place on Sunday the 12th of June 2016 after 9.30am Mass in Clontubrid.
This will be followed by some fun activities and refreshments back in the school.
This will also be the closing event for our “Active Schools Week”.
We look forward to a fantastic day out for the entire school community.
Please come along and support.

Active Week 2016

The Active Fun Week will run from 7th – 12th June 2016.  More details to follow.


Enrollment for September 2017

Parents wishing to enroll pupils for the school year 2017- 2018 may do so by contacting the school for Enrolment Application Form and copy of the school’s Enrollment Policy.

Tel.: 056 8832417.
Contact us by email.