Teachers: Ms. Y Kelly, Mr. P Kelly, Mrs Flanagan
During the school year the children participate in a wide range of activities as part of the second class programme:
All three second class have access to an interactive whiteboard technology and are timetabled for weekly use of the computer room. Children also have access to a classroom computer for additional educational support.
The second classes have the opportunities to summit entries for the following art competitions:
Féile na hÍnse ealaín
Tidy towns Art
Health information Day
As well as interschool competitions
Hurling : The children are trained in basic hurling skills which are developed further over the course of the year. An external trainer, Gerry , takes the children for a 45 minute slot once a fortnight on Thursdays. The school provides helmets and hurleys at a discounted rate.
Swimming: The children are introduced to swimming in second class. Swimming rotates in three week cycles on Mondays for each class over the course of the year. One can expect to have between six and nine swimming lessons. Children are grouped according to ability and every child participates in the lesson.
Indoor hurling league: In the second term, Mr. P Kelly takes children interested in hurling for an indoor league. Once they have a helmet, they will be supplied with a hurley with a rubber boss. They are divided into county teams and play once a week during lunchtime.
Sports day: Sports day is a highlight of the school year. Each June, books are cast aside for a day of fun and sport. The children in second take part in a novelty event, relays, obstacle course, musical chairs, penalty shootout and finish it off with a go on the bouncy castles.
Trip to the library:
The children are taken to the library during the October Children’s Book Festival to see a puppet show at no cost.
Variety selection: In order to include everyone and showcase the amazing talents the children have, they are given an opportunity to perform in front of the school community and their family. The acts are always of such a high standard and we have all been entertained through the years with hip hop, ballet, Irish dancing, singing, playing musical instruments and many more.
Christmas concert: Each year the children in second put on a play based on the nativity that incorporates acting, singing and dance.
Each year before the school closes for Christmas the children are brought to the cinema as a treat.
Second class is an important year as they will be making their First Penance and receiving their First Holy Communion. In Winter, they have their Enrolment mass. In Spring, they will make their First Penance. In Summer, they will be receiving their Holy Communion. There is a parents talk to explain all the year entails and a number of ‘Do this in Memory of Me’ masses in conjunction with the parish throughout the school year.
A civil servant working in the local community comes in once a week over the course of six weeks for approximately an hour. They teach the child all about their community and the jobs people do and how they affect their lives.
Another highlight of the school year is the School Tour in May. The children are taken on a tour of Bunratty castle and folk park, followed by bowling in Limerick.
The children are taken on a trail of the school identifying trees , as well as comparing and contrasting them during the different seasons. In the summer they conduct a habitat survey recording mini beasts and wild flowers in their immediate environment.
Trip to the Farmer’s market:
The children are brought down to the market to identify vegetables , learn about what is native to Ireland and listen to the person at each stall explain about their produce.
In the latter stages of the school year in conjunction with their history books, the children are taken on a historical tour of the town visiting areas of interest such as the Courthouse, Bindon street, Cathedral, Daniel O’ Connell’s monument...
Ger, the school caretaker is invited in to talk to the children about recycling and litter.
A member of the Gardaí is invited in to talk to the children about road safety.