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Fluffy has been found and reunited with her family, but not before she learned her ABCs. We are delighted to be able to send this adorable girl back home for Christmas!!

Wonder Wall

Well done to our wonderful Wonder Wall pupils this week. Beautiful work from around the school.

Christmas cracker camp

1 more week to sign up for our Christmas Cracker Camp! Email to sign up

Wonder Wall

Well done to our Wonder Wall pupils this week. Some gorgeous examples of the wonderful work that’s going on in the school.

all Ireland visit

We had a visit today from past pupil Laura Hayes and Ally Mulkerns. Laura plays with the Cork senior camogie team and they won the All Ireland Final. Ally plays with the u16 Cork camogie team who also won the All Ireland Final. The visited us today and took lots of photos and they signed … Read more

Fire Drill

A very successful fire drill today. The school was empty in under 2 minutes. Well done everyone.

Shoebox Appeal

Our shoeboxes are on their way. Thanks to everyone who donated.

Science Week

We are celebrating Science Week this week in school. Keep an eye on the individual class pages for lots of fun activities.


During assembly today we celebrated the 100+ children who had perfect attendance during the month of October. We also had our kindness award and listened to 3rd class recite a poem. In addition to this we celebrated the wonderful things that are happening in our school that make us unique.

Sensory Path

Our new sensory path is down. Thanks to the PA for buying this for us. We can’t keep some of the adults off it, never mind the kids!!

Christmas ShoeBox Appeal

Thanks to everyone who has already sent in a shoebox. If you still have one at home please send it in by this Friday as they are being collected. You can also donate online through the following link.

Christmas Annuals

It’s that time of year again. Christmas annuals are available to buy from the school for €3. Please send the money to school with your child. Closing date is November 15th. Annuals will be distributed in December.

Toy Show Bags

Final call to get your order in for Toy Show Bags. The PA will be closing orders tomorrow evening, November 8th. You can order through the following link.

MS Readathon

We are participating in the MS Readathon this month. Please read along with us or donate to our page for this very worthy cause.

Halloween Havoc

Halloween Havoc is in full swing here with over 70 children. There will be playing, dancing, games, music, arts, crafts and baking.

The Hope Foundation

Sincere thanks to everyone in helping us raise a massive €330.50 for The Hope Foundation today. We will have the chocolate bars for sale after Halloween.

Wedding Bells

Best of luck to Ms O Brien and Ms Nagle who are both getting married next week!!

Happy Halloween

Spookily horrific dress up today. Enjoy the break everyone.

our annual pumpkin

Thank you to these lovely boys for our massive pumpkin again this year. It’s become a tradition in the school!

The Hope Foundation

Thanks to Faye and Sofia for visiting us today to talk about their upcoming trip to India with The Hope Foundation. The girls have to raise €2500 each before they head away in March. The proceeds of our spooky dress up day on Friday will go towards this very deserving charity. Please support as best … Read more

Garda Talk

Thanks to Gary for coming to talk to 3rd and 4th class today about Halloween safety.

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

We are collecting shoeboxes for the Hope Shoebox Appeal. They are starting to arrive in. Our closing date is November 10th. All donations are welcome. Alternatively you can build a box online.

LorETo open night

The Loteto, Fermoy open night is on Thursday October 26th from 6pm to 8.30pm.

Stay Safe

It’s pretty wet and wild out there!! We’re sure it was an adventure getting home!

Ninja kart

Well done to one of our pupils who was racing a Ninja Kart at the weekend. This is a kart chassis powered by a 50cc Honda engine, with a roll cage and panelling. The track she was racing at was Tipperary Raceway, Rosegreen, Co. Tipperary. This is the only track in the Republic of Ireland … Read more

Tom grumBridge Memorial Tournament

Well done to our 5th class boys who were runners up in Division 2 in the Tom Grumbridge Memorial Tournament over the weekend. The tournament was hosted by Fermoy GAA, the boys played Kiltha Óg, Lisgould and Kilavullen.

Maths Week 2023

We will be celebrating all things maths this week. You will find lots of activities online. Home – MATHS WEEK IRELAND

Up the Saints

We all dressed up in our purple and yellow today to show our support for St Catherines club this weekend. Best of luck to everyone playing. UP THE SAINTS!!

Sciath na Scol

Our Sciath na Scol teams played their final games in Ballynoe today against Knockraha. Well done to both boys and girls who gave it their all in this first of many football Sciath na Scol tournaments. We are proud of your commitment to the game, your team mates and your school. Each player gave their … Read more

James Foley Memorial Plate

Our under 12 girls won the runners up shield in The James Foley Memorial Tournament. They beat off Dungourney to claim the win at the weekend.

Paddy Sheehan Memorial Cup

Well done to our 5th and 6th class who won the Paddy Sheehan Memorial Cup last week. A great win over Castlelyons by 5 points.

sciath na Scol

A great day in Ballynoe for our boys and girls against Clonpriest. Our final matches are on Thursday, also in Ballynoe. Well done to everyone who played their best today.

St ColMans Open Night

Don’t forget St Colmans are holding their open night this week.

Table Quiz

Just incase you are at risk of having a night off!!! Please see the info below for the Inch table quiz.


We held our first assembly today. We recognised the achievements of many of the pupils in our various sporting activities both in and out of school. We celebrated the children who had excellent attendance in the month of September, we set our theme for the month as kindness and we listened to Ms. Nagles 1st … Read more


Today 2nd and 6th went to Mass at 10am to prepare them for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Up the Saints

Best of luck to everyone playing with St Catherine’s club over the coming weeks. We are covered in purple and yellow here in school. We will have to fit in the Rugby World Cup as well.

Come on the saints

We are busy decorating the school to school our support for our club this weekend. Best of luck to all the teams playing over the coming days.

Clothing Collection

A massive thanks to everyone who donated to our clothing collection yesterday and today. We think it is our biggest collection to date. We have no weight yet as the scales was broken!!!

A Very Busy Day

We had a very busy day yesterday with Cycle Right and Super Star Stage School visiting us. Cycle Right will be teaching 6th class lots of bike skills for the next few weeks. Luckily this is heavily subsidised for us as a result of our Active Flag. Super Stars Stage School offered our younger classes … Read more

East Cork Cross Country

What a day in Ballymacoda today. Well done to everyone who participated in the cross country races. Thanks to all the parents who sent their children and to those who attended today. Hopefully everyone got out of the field OK!!

Singing in the Rain

We are definitely singing in the rain today!! Everyone is staying safe and dry inside for the day.

Sciath na scol

Well done to everyone who played again today. A great day out in Killeagh. We have a week off next week before we play our final 2 matches at home in Ballynoe.

Halloween Havoc

Join us for some Halloween fun in school before the holidays!! All are welcome.

Story and Music Time

Visit Jina, one of our talented parents, in Fermoy library next month for story time. She will be reading her beautiful book Strawberry Flower.

Taekwondo Champion

Well done to our Taekwondo Champion who came home with 1st prize after a competition in Midleton over the weekend.

Conna Horticultural Show

Well done to all our pupils for participating in the 62nd Annual Flower Horticulture Cookery Craft Show in Conna Community Hall over the weekend. Thanks to Conna Community Council for all their hard work in organising this fun community event. Lots of happy faces today. Spend the prize money wisely!

Blackwater community school

We welcomed Mr. Ring and Ms. O’ Brien from Blackwater Community school today. They came to talk to 5th and 6th class about their school in Lismore. We are looking forward to their Open Night on October 5th at 6.30pm.

sciath na Scol

Well done to our 40+ panel today. Both teams played great matches in Passage against Monkstown today. Next match is on Tuesday in Killeagh against Killeagh.

GAA Success

Our U12 girls were very busy at the weekend. They played in the Rena O Leary Tournament on Saturday in Ballynoe. They played against 3 other clubs. Fr O Neills took the win but our girls did great to secure 2nd play and got the runners up shield. On Sunday the girls played in the … Read more

Sciath na Scol

A historic day for the school today with 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils playing in our first Sciath na Scol football matches in living memory. Well done to everyone who played today against Blaney. They were 2 very exciting matches. We are immensely proud of your team work and commitment.

Homework club

Homework club has started back up again in our school. It runs Monday to Thursday 2:40-3:40. Please email us on

Sciath na scol football

Today we had our 1st ever football training session! We had 30 students from 4th-6th class down at Conna field. We have our first game on Wednesday in Ballynoe pitch! We will have more training next week.


We are delighted to welcome back our GAA coach Seanie today. Everyone enjoyed playing football in the sunshine.

Back to school

We can’t believe that the summer is over and we are back in school with all our friends. We are excited for a busy, fun filled year. The rooms look amazing after a massive declutter and some fresh paint and flooring.

Farewell Ms Roche

Wishing Ms Roche the very best in the next chapter of her life. Could the real Ms Roche please stand up!

Farewell 6th class

A very fond farewell to our class of 2023. Exciting times lie ahead for you.

Graduation 2023

Well done to our 6th class on their graduation tonight. You did yourselves and your families proud. Never forget us but keep looking forward.


Saying some final farewells in the yard today while practicing for our graduation tonight. Followed by pizza and cakes in the classroom.

Sports Day Take 2

The weather stayed fine for us today. We had a very enjoyable sports day on both Conna pitch and the yard. There were lots of games, messing and laughter. A great way to spend our final Monday of the school year.


Well done to these gymnasts for showing great improvement in their gymnastics over the weekend and for persevering all year with it.

Sports Day

The sports day that didn’t happen!! We will try again next week. At least we still got to enjoy the ice-cream!!


Thanks to Alan and Giles for the excellent Taekwon-do demonstration today. Many of us are looking forward to the lessons starting in September.

First & Second Class Tour

Having a whale of time at the Mardyke, playing lego, tennis and more!

Ms Roche

We had a lovely day of celebrations in school today for Ms Roche. We celebrated her 24 years of loyal service and dedication as an SNA in the school. We wish her all the best in her retirement and exciting new chapter. The children outdid themselves with their singing, poetry and art. We are immensely … Read more

Clothing Collection

Thanks to the PA for organising another very successful clothing collection for us. Thanks to everyone for donating their unwanted clothes, shoes, towels etc. We are amazed that we collected 750kg!!

Amber Flag

We are delighted to add a new amber flag to our flag collection. The amber committee worked really hard through fund raising and raising awareness of positive mental health in the school this year. We will continue to work on having a positive, inclusive school for all in the new school year.

Infant School Tour

There is great excitement in school today, the junior and senior infants are off on school tour to Leahys Open Farm. We hope they have a fantastic day.

Cork City Sports

Well done to our super athletes today. We have come home with loads of trophies but more importantly some very proud children and families. They looked really smart in their new singlets. Massive thanks to the PA for funding them.

A Night At The Opera

We had a lovely night at Lismore Castle for Macbeth. The Blackwater Valley Opera provided us with a free bus and free tickets to their dress rehearsal. It was a late one but worth it for the experience.

Athletics vests

We are very excited in school today as our new athletic vests arrived. They look super smart. We can’t wait to show them off on Thursday at Cork City Sports!! A very special thanks to our wonderful PA for all their hard work in organising and paying for them. Thanks to Graham at GOSports for … Read more

Sixth Class Tour

Sixth class had their school tour in Ballyhass, Coachford. We were lighting camp fires, went on the high nets, had lots of fun on the inflatables and tried our hand at archery. It was a very fun day, rounded off with ice-cream on the bus on the way home. Parents you should be very proud, … Read more


MS Rice has been super busy over the last few days planting our new garden bed with our green schools committee. All of the flower pots Ms Nagle and the green schools committee planted are starting to bloom

Show Jumping

by Jack Coughlan I took part in the 50 centimeter league at Maryville, Co. Cork. I got up at 7:30am to eat my breakfast and feed my lamb her morning feed. Then me and my mam got into the car to go to Carrigaline. We got there and I got straight out of my car and … Read more

Chess Club

Chess club is running every Friday in Mr. Clancys seomra. We have up to 30 children from fourth to sixth learning to play or refining their skills. Our club came about as a result of requests from the children.

Bike Week 2023

We have so many bikes in school today it looks like a bike shop!! Well done to everyone who cycled to school this week. We have been giving away some bike related prizes to all the classes. Thee will be another chance to win tomorrow.

St Colmans Maths Challenge

Well done to our 5th and 6th class who represented us so well today at the St. Colmans Maths Challenge. The kids put in a great team effort and made their school and their families proud. Well done to Bishop Murphy Memorial School who were the winners.

bikes and scooters

Look at all the bikes and scooters we had today!

Speed check at conna

Edwina called to us again a few weeks ago to help us check the speed outside our school.

bike week

As part of our Green flag we are holding a Bike Week this week. We are making a big effort to walk, bus or cycle and scoot to school this week for National Bike Week. Here is a video from the Green Flag celebrating young cyclists from around Ireland. We also have this flyer on … Read more

fingerprint memories

In 2nd Class we all chose one colour and added it to a cross to create a collage of our fingerprints. Everyone went home with a copy and one child was the lucky duck who got to keep the original.

First Holy Communion 2023

Today we celebrated First Holy Communion with a very special 2nd class. We are so proud of each of these young people and privileged to work with them every day. The choir sang beautifully, the children were incredible, the sun came was out and even the ice-cream van made an appearance! Afterwards we went back … Read more

Football Blitz

Well done to our 5th and 6th class students who represented us so well at the Tallow Football Blitz today. We are delighted you did your best and enjoyed the day in the sun.

commmunion rehearsal

We are very busy getting ready for our First Holy Communion this Saturday at 11am.

in my shoes Collection

Finally call for any kids sports shoes you may have lying around. They need to be in pairs and in relatively good condition. We will be sending them off next week to be donated to townships in Africa.

Celebrating 50 years of the EU

Today we celebrated 50 years of the EU. Third, fourth and fifth class have been learning all about the EU. Today they sang the EU Anthem, Ode to Joy and we raised the EU flag. We love the EU motto ‘United in Diversity.’

Confirmation 2023

We celebrated the most beautiful confirmation mass this morning. Even the rain stayed away. Thanks to all the families and friends who supported our young people. Thanks to Bishop Crean, Father Billy and Father O Donnell for a beautiful service. Thanks to Mr O’ Kelly, Ms Sheehan, Ms Grant and Bean de Brún for all … Read more


Best of luck to our Class of 2023 who will be making their Confirmation in the morning at 10am. A lot of work has gone into preparing for the service. We are proud of their hard work and dedication over the past few weeks. A special thanks to Mr O Kelly and Ms Sheehan for … Read more

Football Blitz

We had a great day at the football blitz in Ballynoe today. It was great to play alongside our teammates from the other schools in the parish. Thanks to everyone involved in organising the event.

Busy bee summer camp

We are delighted to tell you that we are holding the first every summer camp in Conna Ns!! The summer camp will run from the 3rd to the 7th of July! There will be loads of fun activities!! Please email to register

Communion Party

Preparations are well under way for the Communion party in the hall after the service. The wonderful 1st class parents are busy planning and spending!! Send us an email if you would like to volunteer to help for an hour!

Homework club

Our homework club has started up again!! Everyone is welcome to join us from 2:40-3:40 Monday to Thursday! The club is fully supervised by teachers. If you have any enquiries please send us an email at

Irish Cancer Society

Thanks to everyone who donated to our fundraiser before Easter. We raised a gigantic €370 for the Irish Cancer Society.

Scór County final

Well done to our 6th class drama group who came 2nd in the county final before Easter! They were absolutely fantastic and worked very hard for the last few months. Well done to our 4th class pupil who is county champion of Sean-Nó dancing!

Scor Final

Best of luck to our drama group who are performing in the Scor final in Ovens this weekend. They got one final rehearsal in this morning!!

PA raffle

Thanks to the PA for the creme eggs and Easter egg. Here is our lucky raffle winner!

Easter Bunny

We had a very special visitor in school today. Hoppy Easter everyone!

Mount Melleray Retreat

We had a lovely day on retreat. Thanks to Fr. O Donovan and the monks for their hospitality. We are really looking forward to our confirmation in a few weeks time.

Wonder Wall

A sample of our lovely work all week!

Uniform Swap

Thanks to the PA for organising a uniform swap for us this year. The video below will give you an idea of how it works. Lots of savings to be had!! Please check your email for full details.

Chess Club

Our new chess club is up and running from today. There is so much demand we have to restrict it to 4th, 5th and 6th classes for now. Third class will get their turn in a few weeks. Thanks to the kids for suggesting it and to Mr. Clancy for organising and running the club.


Thanks everyone for your donations. We collected 813kgs. A very special thanks to Ms. Leahys 4th/5th class for helping us to move almost 1 tonne of clothes!!

Cycle Right

Thanks to CYCLE RIGHT for the extensive training over the past 4 weeks. The children really enjoyed it and we hope it will keep them safer on the roads. CYCLE RIGHT is the National Standard for Cycle Training and provides practical cycle safety and skills training to promote competent and confident cyclists. CYCLE RIGHT is … Read more

Clothing Collection

Thank you everyone, we already have a mountain of clothes in school for the PA collection. You can drop them into school tomorrow up until lunchtime.

Sciath na Scol

Our boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th headed off this morning in less than ideal conditions to play their Sciath na Scol match in Blarney. Thankfully the rain cleared and the matches were held on an astro pitch. We didn’t get the result we wanted despite the best efforts of all involved. We … Read more

Wellbeing Week

We are celebrating wellbeing week in school this week. There are lots of things organised from wellbeing homework and gratitude jars to musical yard time and the daily mindful minute. We hope you all benefit from it at home as well. This is all part of the Amber Flag initiative. We hope to have our … Read more

water workshop

We had a visit yesterday from two members of the Green Schools to complete a water workshop with us. We did LOADS of experiments and learned lots of facts about water. We were working so hard we all got NEW bottles!!!

Ceremony of Light

Well done to our 6th class who celebrated their Ceremony of Light yesterday with Fr. O Donovan in Conna. Thanks to all the parents and guardians for supporting them on their journey. A special thanks to Mr. O Kelly and Ms. Sheehan for helping the children prepare so well. We are looking forward to Confirmation … Read more

Quiz champions

Here are our amazing quiz champions from last night. All four children are in 4th class. If you have a question around here, these are the 4 to ask!

Conna Pa Quiz

What an amazing night we had in the hall in Conna for the PA interschool quiz. An incredible 60 teams participated, fueled on vast amounts of sugar! The PA did a wonderful job organising the event. Thanks to all the parents and staff who gave up their free time so willingly to help prior to … Read more

Amber Flag Dress up

Thanks to everyone who donated to our fundraiser last Thursday. We raised €260 for Pieta House.

Cork City Sports

A sincere thanks to everyone for your cooperation this morning. We had a very productive morning on the pitch and got all our races finished before 10am. Apologies for the state of the shoes going home. It was very mucky by the end! If your child has qualified for Cork City Sports we will contact … Read more

Sciath na Scol

Well done to our wonderful Sciath na Scol teams from 4th, 5th and 6th class. We played Curraglass in the wind and mud today in Ballynoe. We came home with one win and one loss. Well done to Curraglass, small and might!! Roll on next week when we play in Blarney.

Happy Mothers Day

Happy Mothers Day to all our wonderful mothers, step-mothers, grandmothers and guardians out there. Your hard work and generosity of time is often overlooked!! We hope you had a lovely relaxing weekend and someone else took charge of things for a few hours.

Céilí Agus pharáid

Thankfully we got a break in the weather and got outside for our céilí and parade this morning. This was a great finale to Seachtain na Gaeilge. The children and staff put a lot of work into the dances. It paid off this morning. We had great craic agus ceoil. Bain taitneamh as an deireadh … Read more

St Patrick’s day

We have been really busy decorating the school for St Patrick’s Day this week.

First Penance

Well done to our 2nd class who made their First Penance last night. We could not be more proud of them. They are an incredible bunch of kids, we are so lucky that we get to work with them every day. A special thanks you to Fr. O’ Donnell and Fr. Lenihan for making the … Read more

First Penance

A very special thank you to Paddy for taking us down to the church in the rain today for our First Penance rehearsal. When we chanced our arm and asked for a spin he didn’t hesitate to oblige us. Best of luck to the 20 2nd class pupils making their First Penance tonight at 7pm.

Wonder Wall

Well done to all our Wonder Wall stars this week. We are loving the variety of work on display.

SCÓR County final

Well done to all our performers in the Scór County Semi Final at the weekend. Hard luck to our ballad group, who just missed the final. Well done to Stephanie and our drama group who will be competing in the final in 2 weeks time. We have high hopes for them!

Walkabilty audit

Edwina from Green schools called to us again today. We walked to the village to check the signs, the road, the footpaths and the crossings. We will create a full report and send it off to Cork County Council in the coming weeks.

Wonder Wall

Better late than never on the Wonder Wall this week. Look at some of the lovely work we have completed.

Mobile Library

We are delighted the mobile library finally visited us today. The younger kids heard a story and everyone was able to borrow a book. They will be back in 4 weeks to change the books so please keep them safe!


Well done to everyone who competed in Scór this weekend. Every one of our kids competing came home with a trophy! The drama group, ballad group and our Irish dancer are all through to the next round. A special well done to our quiz team who just missed out on a spot in the next … Read more

World Book Day 2023

We celebrated World Book Day today with some of our favourite authors. We are also reading with Read and Raise, kindly organised by the PA. Please don’t forget to register your child. The link is below. We are also looking forward to our first visit from the mobile library next Wednesday. ReadAndRaise | Home

Read and Raise

Thanks to our PA for organising the Read and Raise fundraiser. It officially starts today. Please register your child if you haven’t already done so. There will be lots of reading in school this week to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday. The mobile library are also coming to visit us next week, on Wednesday. … Read more

Bird watching

Look at the fantastic visitors we are having in 2nd class this week. We are learning all the names of the birds we have in Ireland. So far we have seen a blue tit, a robin, a common chaffinch and a goldfinch too.

Primary games

We have four fantastic 6th class members who have been selected this year to represent Conna NS at the Cork Primary Games. We wish them the best of luck in their trials in the coming weeks.


Well done to our Scór participants at the weekend. Many made it through to the next round in Watergrasshill at the weekend, some didn’t but well for participating. Thanks to all the teachers for their dedication in helping the children prepare and attending Scór at the weekends.


We are very proud to be part of the first Student Council in Conna NS.


Best of luck to all our Scór performers this weekend. We had a rehearsal in the hall this afternoon. The talent in our school is amazing. We are looking forward to showing you our new silverware on Monday!

Wonder Wall

Lots of lovely work on our Wonder Wall. We even have a brother sister combo this week!

2nd class

Look at how much our plants have grown this week

PA Fundraising

Thanks to our tiny but FABULOUS Parents Association for all their hard work in Term 1. They raised a staggering €6330. They would love for you to get involved in some small way. You can email them at to show your support. All the money raised goes straight back to your kids.

A new bed

We can’t wait to fill this flower bed full of soil and plant lots of vegetables.


Look at the fabulous new bird feeder in our garden.


The signs of spring in our garden


Lots of great work onn the Wonder Wall this week.

Thank You

A massive thanks to our caretaker Pascal who is sadly leaving us. He has been an incredibly reliable person to call upon when we needed anything fixed or moved. He kept our yards safe and clean, our heating ticking over, the garden tidy and so many more small, unseen jobs. You will be sadly missed … Read more

New bird feeder

We got a new bird feeder for our classroom window, we filled it with bird seed and hope to see some new visitors in the coming weeks . We sprinkled some seed outside on the ground first. The bird feeder is plastic so we will be able to watch all the birds as they stop … Read more

Travel visit

Edwina called to us again this week. She visited all classrooms from second to sixth to chat all things travel. She even saw our fabulous posters.

Tesco Commuity Fund

Well done to our very hard working Parents Association and to all our families who shop in Tesco. Terri picked up a cheque for €600 yesterday in Youghal. The PA are always looking for parents to join them in their fund raising efforts, all for a great cause towards the school and your children!! You … Read more

Catholic Schools Week 2023

What an end to our Catholic Schools Week 2023!! The theme for the week was Walking Together in Faith. We really achieved this yesterday at mass. It was great to see so many people turn up. The 6th class did us proud with their readings and prayers. We are especially proud of everyone’s wonderful performance … Read more

Open Night

We had our open night last night. There was singing, music and even some rap. Thanks to everyone who came to see us especially all the small people. A very special thanks to the wonderful staff and pupils of Conna NS who had the place looking at it’s best and who were incredibly welcoming to … Read more

Wow wall

Well done to all our WOW WALL people this week. Some gorgeous work for everyone to enjoy this week.

Wow Wall

Take a look at this week’s WOW WALL winners. Some more examples of the amazing work our children are doing everyday.

Bike Rack

It’s great to see our bike rack almost full today. Keep fit, walk or cycle to school.

Food Dudes

Overall we have enjoyed Food Dudes this week. It was been a chance to taste fruit and vegetables that we may not have tried before or thought we didn’t like. Hopefully it has put us on a healthy eating path for 2023.

Wow Wall

Better late than never with our WOW WALL this week! Take a look at our lovely work. We are all settled back after Christmas.

Homework Club

We are delighted that our homework club is finally up and running. It is on Monday to Thursday from 2.40pm-3.40pm. It is never too late to sign up, just send an email to if you would like your child to be included.


We are delighted to be back swimming this year. First to 6th class will be swimming for January and February. This is our first time taking first class swimming. We are very lucky to have our older kids helping them out in the changing rooms. They thoroughly enjoyed the lesson. It was a much quieter … Read more

Open Night

We are looking forward to opening the school on January 25th to Junior Infants 2023. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you have kids in the school already or are just considering us as an option. Children are welcome to come and have a look around or come without them for some rare peace!! We … Read more

Christmas Art

Here is a little look at all the Christmas art we have been busy with this month. It will soon be decorating you kitchens!


Massive congratulations to the whole team who produced and starred in the fantastic panto over the weekend. We are incredibly lucky to have such a high quality performance right on our doorstep. The community is awash with talent. It was lovely to see so many pupils, past and present, and parents on stage! Well done … Read more

The Today Show

Congratulations to our past pupils Leah and Ellen and to a current granny of the school, Angela, on their appearance on the Today Show with Maura and Daithi on Friday. Great representation for our small community and a stunning transformation.

Christmas Jumper day

Our school was full of colourful Christmas jumpers on Friday. We all wore our jumpers for charity! We raised a staggering €410 for our 2 charities. Thanks to everyone who donated.

Visit to Conna Nursing Home

Thanks to all our friends in Conna Nursing Home for making us so welcome today. We loved performing for you and the treats were great too.

Fire Drill

Well done to the whole school today on our fire drill. It was a surprise drill and the whole school was out and back in within 5 minutes. No child left behind!!

Feed the birds

Today 2nd went out to the garden to feed the birds. It is very cold this week and the birds cannot get enough food. We filled up the bird feeders and put out some fat balls.

Ms Read-a-thon

Well done to all the students who took part in the Read-A-Thon in November. We raised €924!!

Wow Wall

Well done to all our WOW WALL children this week. It’s definitely got a Christmas feel to it!

Student Council

Massive congratulations to our wonderful Student Council who raised €300 on Thursday night selling tea, coffee, chocolate and painting faces. A particular thank you to all the parents and siblings who helped them. Thanks to all of you who supported their shop. All we have to do now is spend it!!

Christmas Performance

What a night!! What a show! What an audience!! Thanks to everyone for their support last night. We are incredibly proud of our whole community this morning.

Dress Rehearsal

We put in a long day yesterday for our dress rehearsal. Our lines are learned, the props are ready and we are trying to keep the bugs away until the weekend! Can’t wait to show you all our talent tonight! We have been working so hard.

Wow Wall

Congratulations to this week’s Wow Wall winners. A lovely combination of writing and art.

Wow Wall

Well done to our Wow Wall students this week. Great work going on as always.

The Late Late Toy Show

It’s that time of year again. Thanks to everyone who supported the PA fundraiser and bought a Toy Show bag. We hope it lasts until the show!!


Thanks to the PA and to Jonathan Kenneally for organising the donation of 10 laptops to the school. They are much appreciated and will be put to good use.

Fire Drill

We had a fire drill today. We just managed to get in before the hailstone!!

Wow Wall

Take a look at this weeks Wow Wall. We are great workers in this school.

WOW Wall

Well done to our wonderful Wow Wall students this week. Everyone worked really hard on creating their best work in class.


Well done to all our Wow Wall heroes this week. They are shining examples of the best our school has to offer.

Bike Rack

Thanks to the PA and the class of 2022 for our bike rack. It took a while to get here but it was worth the wait.

Happy Halloween

Everyone made a huge effort today to dress up today. Well done to all. We had a parade around the yard to show off our efforts. We hope everyone has a restful and happy Halloween.

Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to everyone who got involved with our shoebox appeal this year. We collected almost 40 boxes. They were collected this morning and will be taken to Fermoy to be checked before being sent to some very deserving kids. A special thanks to Caroline for collecting the boxes today and for talking to us about … Read more

Book Fair

Thanks to everyone who got involved in our Book Fair last year. Thanks to your generous support we had €1400 to spend. Who doesn’t love a brand new book?!

winter Window boxes

Look at the winter window boxes our 2nd and 4th class Green Schools members created last week. Also a big thank you to Ms. Roche for spray painting them too. They are outside Ms. Flynn’s office.

Student Council

Congratulations to our new Student Council. Well done to everyone who entered. Apologies to those who didn’t get in. We could have filled the council 4 times over. Looking forward to getting to work and letting our pupil voice be heard.


Thanks to these wonderful boys and their fantastic parents for gifting us these giant pumpkins again this year. It’s becoming a tradition!!

You’re my Wonderwall

Welcome to our Wonderwall. Each week this wall will display the best of what the kids have to offer from all the classrooms. It may be a subject, an act of kindness or some good news. Look out for your childs name on it over the coming months.

Best of Luck

Best of luck to our friends, colleagues and teammates in the Sciath na Scol final in Páirc Uí Chaoimh tomorrow. Curraglass and Ballynoe will play against each other. We are so proud of you all for getting this far. Whatever the result, it’s a win for St Catherines GAA, girls in sport and the whole … Read more

Garda visit

Gary Crowley came to visit us today to have a chat about Halloween safety, fire safety, vandalism and anti social behaviour. We also talked about the pros and cons of social media and the importance of privacy online.


Thanks to the wonderful team from Tallow Medical Health Centre for coming to us today to administer the flu vaccination. See you all again next year!


We really enjoyed handball today in the hall. Looking forward to it again next week.


It’s beginning to look very spooky around here.

Clothing collection

Thanks to everyone who donated clothes and to our wonderful PA for organising the collection. We collected 992kg of clothes!!

Under 13s Albert Griffin Cup

Well done to our under 13 boys who won the Albert Griffin Perpetual Cup in Ballynoe on Wednesday night. They played against Killeagh in a tough match, winning by more than 2 goals. Well done buachaillí.

Shoebox Appeal

We were delighted to welcome Caroline to school to talk to us today about the Cope Foundation shoebox appeal. She told us all about the 4 Ws for the boxes. The Fermoy branch collected 3639 shoeboxes last year. They all went to the Ukraine. If you don’t want to fill a shoe box, just send … Read more

East Cork Cross Country

What a fantastic day at Fr. O Neills pitch in Ballymacoda. Our athletes did us proud not only with their running skills but also by displaying the type of sportsmanship that makes us proud. We have a great haul of medals after the day but better than that is the pride we have in our … Read more

St Colmans/Loretto Blitz

More than 20 pupils from 5th and 6th class participated in the St Colmans and Loretto Blitz when it made its welcome return on Friday. The boys played hurling and the girls played football. Hopefully next year our numbers will be bigger, and we will be able to enter some of the girls into the … Read more

Conna Show

Well done to everyone who entered Conna Show at the weekend. We came home with a mountain of prizes. Special congratulations to Kate who won best in show.


Our thoughts and prayers are with Sharon, Denis and the extended family of David McDonnell on his very sad passing. It is a devastating loss for his family, friends and community. David is a past pupil of the school and is remembered very warmly by all who knew him here. Rest in peace David.

Shoe Box Appeal

We are collecting shoe boxes for the Hope Shoe Box Appeal again this year. We know the costs of filling a shoe box can really mount up so we are collecting items from the 4Ws and will make some boxes in school. Please feel free to send in your filled shoe box or some items … Read more

farewell to 6th class

All the best to our amazing 6th class. We wish them every happiness in the future. Exciting times ahead for you all!! Have a great summer break everyone.

that holiday feeling

The excitement of the holidays was intensified today when the ice cream van turned up at 10am!! Thanks to the Board of Management for organising this treat.


Class of 2022 We thoroughly enjoyed graduation on Tuesday night on the top yard. Fr. Billy said mass before the children performed a variety of poems, songs, music and dance. We then enjoyed tea and cake on the bottom yard in the sunshine. Thanks to all our families for coming out in huge numbers to … Read more

class of 2022

We celebrated our 6th class in school today with graduation on the top yard. There was music, singing and dancing. We had ‘most likely’ awards for both students and staff. the pupils of 6th class treated the school to a bike rack which we are delighted with! They also treated all the kids to some … Read more

Active Flag

We are delighted to have achieved our Active School Flag this year. The committee put a lot of work into it. We were swimming, played tennis, walked, ran, skipped and much more. A big thanks to Ms Sheehan and Ms Rice for guiding us on our journey.


We had a wonderful trip to UCC today. We got a little glimpse into what it would be like to be a student. We were given a tour of the campus and learned all about the history of the college. We even got to taste campus food! Thanks to Paul and Erin for showing us … Read more

Lismore opera festival

Children from 3rd to 6th went the see Orfeo ed Euridice in the grounds of Lismore castle last night. It was a spectacular production and was very much enjoyed by all. We are incredibly lucky to have such an event happening so close to us. Thanks to the Lismore Opera Festival for the free tickets … Read more

Family Fun Day

Thanks to everyone who came along on Friday May 27th to our Family Fun Day. The children performed their Scór pieces, Zumba dances and circus skills. We also had some very talented singers and musicians to finish things off. The PAs coffee van went down a treat, as did the various fun stalls. We hope … Read more

Scór na bpáistí

Students from 4th to 6th class participated in the East Cork Final last Sunday in Watergrasshill. It was a fantastic day and we won Best Overall School!! The children worked so hard preparing and all their hard work paid off! We are so proud of them all! Check out the Avondhu for even more photos!



Last week we got a very special delivery of over 30 chromebooks. They had their first use in the classroom today. 4th and 5th class were the first lucky kids to try them out. We intend to make good use of them before the school year ends!!

Cork City Sports

It was fantastic to get everyone out today to compete for Cork City Sports. There were lots of happy faces and a few disappointed ones too. We are sorry we can’t send everyone! Well done to all who ran today. You were amazing compeditors. Best of luck to the finalists. Cork City Sports will be … Read more

Scór na bPáistí 2022

Well done to everyone who participated in Scór na bPáistí over the weekend. We are so proud of the huge effort you all made. It was wonderful for us to get together on Friday to watch the rehearsals. Well done to Ms. Joyce and Ms. Nagle for all their efforts. Also a big thank you … Read more

GAA match

We had such a fantastic day today in Ballynoe pitch where we played two brilliant games of hurling and camogie against Ballynoe! All the children were delighted to see all of their St. Catherine’s teammates. We will have two more games next week! We had 38 pupils who togged out today and well done to … Read more

easter bunny

The junior classes got a lovely surprise today when the Easter Bunny came to visit. Thanks to the PA for sponsoring the bunny!!

the book fair

The book fair is in town. Please visit us Friday between 2 and 4 or Sunday between 11 and 1. Thank you for all your support. The school will benefit with new books from it.

St Patrick’s Day

Here is some drone footage from our St. Patrick’s Day celebrations. The Irish dancing is very impressive. Go hiontach gach duine.

stand with ukraine

Thanks to everyone who donated today. We raised a whopping €633. We will donate this to UNICEF Ireland who are working with children in Ukraine.

First penance

March 14th 2022 We are so proud of this lovely bunch of kids. They made their First Penance with Father O’ Donnell in Conna church tonight. It was a lovely service and the kids were very supportive of each other. Special thanks to Ms Power for preparing them so well. Well done parents, you must … Read more

mini Marathon

We got the new year off to a healthy start by running a mini marathon!

Mini Marathon

We got the new year off to a healthy start by running a mini marathon!

pancake Tuesday

We are all enjoying pancakes in school today!!

Computer Classes in tallow

St Catherines Ladies Football St Catherine’s ladies need your help. St Catherines Ladies Football


Lots of prizes were given out to all the children who raised money for the MS Readathon. It was a fantastic success and we can’t wait to do it all again next November.

open night 2022

We held our open night for our new Junior Infants last night from 6:30pm – 7:30 pm. We had balloons, lego and lots of treats for all the families. It was a fantastic night and the school looked amazing. Thanks to The Lunch Bag for sponsoring the night. We are accepting enrolment forms now and … Read more

We visited the Crib at Conna Church


We are so excited to be off swimming today. A little bit of normality finally!!

Laura Lynn

Thanks to everyone for their generosity for our Christmas Jumper Day. So far we have raised €691. This is an incredible amount of money especially considering the €1840 you all donated towards the Parents Association raffle. You can still donate through this link If you want to see where your money is going follow … Read more

Christmas Show

Happy Christmas everyone!. We hope you enjoy our Christmas performances.

Enrollment 2022

We are now enrolling for September 2022. Forms are available under the enrollment tab on the website or by contacting the office on 05859440. Please pass this information on to anyone you may know that might be interested!

Storm Barra

We are still standing after the storm!! The yard is a total mess but Superman aka Pascal is on the job today and the place will be all ready to welcome everyone back tomorrow morning.

Parents Assocciation Raffle

The Parents Association is organising a Christmas raffle. They have some great prizes. many of which have been sponsored by local businesses. Please support the school by buying your tickets online using the link below. Tickets start at €5 and the more you buy, the cheaper they are!! The closing date for the purchase of … Read more


We participated in the MS Readathon for the month of November. It encouraged many of the children to take up reading as a hobby and we also raised money for a great charity. So far we have €2765!!! That’s an incredible achievement for a school of our size. Well done to everyone!!

Thank You Cora

A fond farewell to Cora who is finishing up with us tomorrow, Friday. She has kept the school in great order over the past few years under exceptionally difficult circumstances. Thank you for all your hard work. We will miss you around the school in the evenings!

Fire Drill

We had a fire drill today. The kids were amazing. The school was empty in 3 minutes. Well done everyone!

Christmas lights

We held our first annual Christmas lights switch on today. You will all have to come back in the dark to see them. Looks like a lot of people were in the attic last night hunting out the Christmas bling!!

Christmas Jumper Day

Please support our Christmas Jumper Day in aid of Laura Lynn on Friday December 17th. You can donate in school or through our iDonate page

The lunch bag

Our free samples have arrived. We will be able to order lunch on the app from today. Our first delivery will be Friday.

folens annuals

It’s that time of year again to order our Christmas annuals. We have sent out a form today to all families. Price of annual is €2.50 each.

Christmas SHoebox appeal 2021

A huge well done to all the students who created a shoebox for Team Hope this year, this is an annual campaign that delivers gifts straight into the hands of children affected by poverty. We hope that they bring some joy and excitement to the children that receive them.

Shoe box appeal

They are on their way. Thanks to everyone who donated!!

Halloween Dress Up Collection

We raised €320 for Barnardos when we dressed up for Halloween on October 22nd. WELL DONE TO US!!!

Shoebox mountain

Thanks to everyone for the shoeboxes donated so far. They will be a very welcome gift this Christmas. We have extended our collection date to Monday November 8th. If you haven’t sent one in yet please consider putting one together over the weekend for this very worthy cause.

Happy halloween

Thanks to everyone for the huge effort made today. We had a parade in the yard to celebrate our costumes.

take over

At this stage we almost have the numbers for another teacher! The cats are taking over!

Farewell to mr mulcahy

Mr Mulcahy has served Conna N.S. for 26 years and has been teaching for 43 years. Today we said an emotional farewell to him. We had a lovely send off on the yard with staff and pupils. We wish him a long, happy retirement with the best of health. He will be sadly missed by … Read more

Parents assocciation

Thanks to the Parents Assocciation for their presentation to Mr Mulcahy to mark his retirement. The Parents Assocciation is hugely important in any school. We are very lucky to have such great parents!!

Clothing collection

The Parents Association are holding a clothing collect on Wednesday October 13th. This raises much needed funds for the school and your children. It’s also a great excuse to declutter!! Please support. See the attached leaflet for details.


We celebrated our communion in style today. Thank you Father O Donovan for such a lovely service and thanks to Mr. Clancy and our parents for getting us ready for the big day. If you need us we will be on the bouncy castles for the rest of the day!!!


We are really excited for Communion tomorrow at 10am. Best of luck to everyone. Double trouble Meet Garfield and Jennifer!! Our yard kittens.


Congratulations to our sixth class pupils and one special guest who made their confirmation today. You made the school, your families and yourselves very proud. Sincere thanks to Ms. Joyce for all her hard working in preparing the children for the sacrament and for preparing the art work for the church. Thanks to Father O … Read more

Singing in the rain

Massive thanks to Rory from the Fermoy Concert Band for visiting us today in the rain!! We learned about several brass instruments and heard some lovely music. The weather wasn’t in our favour but we made the best of it. All in the name of art! Thank yyou parents assocIATION Thanks to our fabulous Parents … Read more

Clothing collection

The Parents Association are holding a clothing collect on Wednesday October 13th. This raises much needed funds for the school and your children. It’s also a great excuse to declutter!! Please support. See the attached leaflet for details.


We celebrated our communion in style today. Thank you Father O Donovan for such a lovely service and thanks to Mr. Clancy and our parents for getting us ready for the big day. If you need us we will be on the bouncy castles for the rest of the day!!!


We are really excited for Communion tomorrow at 10am. Best of luck to everyone. Double trouble Meet Garfield and Jennifer!! Our yard kittens.


Congratulations to our sixth class pupils and one special guest who made their confirmation today. You made the school, your families and yourselves very proud. Sincere thanks to Ms. Joyce for all her hard working in preparing the children for the sacrament and for preparing the art work for the church. Thanks to Father O … Read more

farewell to 6th class

We said farewell to our 6th class today with a guard of honour in the yard. We wish them all the best in the next chapter of their lives. We are so proud to call them our past pupils. Happy holiday everyone. We hope you stay safe and happy during summer. We look forward to … Read more

6th class graduation

The sun was shining for our graduation ceremony today. We had plenty of practice and were ready for the ceremony to go live. Jason was on camera and Mr. Mulcahy on the microphone. We said a sad farewell Conna NS and all it’s staff. There was singing, music and poetry. The school also says farewell … Read more

Sports Day

Junior Infants to 2nd class had our sport day in the school today and what an amazing day we had. We had great fun with games, yoga, dance, water and the parachute. The highlight of our day was when the ice-cream van came to visit! Third to 6th class walked to the pitch for fun … Read more

Wellness Wednesday

Between now and the end of June we will be celebrating Wellness Wednesday in Conna NS. We know the academics are important but above all we value our mental health and the wellbeing of pupils and staff. You might catch us taking a stroll around the yard to chat to our friends or enjoying a … Read more


There was caws for concern this morning when a crow flew into Senior Infants. We had to get a crow-bar and some vel-crow to remove him…he must have thought he was in CAWlege!! Thankfully he returned to his pals safe and sound before the children arrived in.

Happy Easter

We had a very egg-citing day in school today. The Easter Bunny came to visit with Easter eggs for everyone. He bounced in to every classroom. He told us he has been in quarantine for the past two weeks. Thanks to the Parents Association who sponsored him!!

Odd Socks

THANKS EVERYONE. WE RAISED A WHOPPING €294 FOR DOWN SYNDROME IRELAND. Thanks to everyone for supporting our odd socks/lots of socks fund raiser for Down Syndrome Ireland. We had lots of fun showing off our socks. We will put up the total amount raised next week as it is still rolling in!!

St Patrick’s Day

Happy Saint Patrick’s Day to all our wonderful families. We had a wonderful Teddy Bear Parade in the sunshine today. Some teddies were big, some were small, some were bald but all were welcome! Enjoy the day off school tomorrow. See you all on Thursday. St Patrick’s Day Parade Junior Infants to 1st … Read more

Open Night

Welcome to our online Open Night. We hope you find it useful!! Hopefully we will meet our new families later in the year.

Welcome back to school…..again

We are delighted to be welcoming Junior Infants to 2nd class back to school on Monday March 1st. We are also looking forward to seeing the senior classes on March 15th. Hang in there parents, we know it’s been a very challenging year. You have all done amazing work, the end is in sight!

Shrove tuesday or pancake tuesday

Yay for pancakes. We hope you will all be attempting to make some pancakes on Tuesday. Top them with lemon and sugar, Nutella and ice cream or cream and fruit to mention a few. The following day is Ash Wednesday which marks the first of 40 days of lent. Below are two pancake recipes. The … Read more


Happy Valentines to all our wonderful pupils. May your day be full of love and chocolate. Here are a few videos that you might find interesting. Some information on St. Valentine A Valentine’s Song Valentine’s Day Facts Valentine’s Jokes More Jokes Valentine’s Science-sensory bottle Three easy science experiments … Read more


If you are in need of some art inspiration, why not Make and Do with our very own Mary Fitzgerald. Ms Dillon will post some art ideas for you regularly. Peacock February 22nd 1 2 3 Valentines Day Cards February 9th 1 2 3 4 Spring Umbrella February … Read more


WE LOVE READING IN CONNA NS. If you find all the emails, videos and Zoom calls too much then give yourself a break and just read to your child, especially if they are in the lower half of the school. If they are older, encourage them to read for 15/20 minutes every day. Let them … Read more

School Closure

As per department guidelines the school will be closed for the month of January. Learning will continue online. We hope you are all staying safe and well. If you need to contact a member of staff or the school office please email us. You can find all email addresses under contacts on the main website … Read more


Wishing everyone a peaceful and safe Christmas and a Happy New Year from everyone at Conna National School. Here is a little message from all the boys and girls.

Happy Halloween

Thanks to everyone for the huge effort that went into all the costumes and face paint today. We had lots of fun and games in school and also raised lots of money for a great cause, Pieta House. In total we raised a whopping E435 so far. Have a fantastic break. We look forward to … Read more

Discover science and maths award

Our school has achieved the SFI Discover Science and Maths Award for the 2019/2020 academic year. We will receive the plaque of STEM shortly. Well done to all the students, staff and parents for their very hard work both in school and at home during the lockdown. The school provided evidence of children’s engagement with STEM in the following … Read more

u12 County league winners

Massive congratulations to our under 12 County League winners. We are very proud of Ronan, Shay, James and Eoghan who all played on Saturday in Ballynoe. They beat Sarsfields 5-10 to 3-6 after extra time.

Contact us!!

We miss the quick chat at the gate or the catch up in the yard with our parents and guardians. Instead you can now contact each teacher on their personal school email if you have any queries or problems. Ms Joyce- Ms O’Brien- Ms Quigley- Ms Power- Mr Clancy- Ms … Read more

School entry and exit

Here is a little video to show you where to go on Monday morning. There will also be plenty of staff around to help you. See you then.

Back to school

We can’t wait to see you all on Monday. Things may look a little different than normal but we are very excited to see you all again.

Here is some useful information for getting back to school.

First Holy Communion Congratulations to our 16 students who are receiving their First Holy Communion tomorrow. We hope you and your families have a wonderful day. We are very proud of you all here in Conna National School. We are looking forward to hearing all about it in a few weeks time!!

Graduation We had some famous friends wishing our 6th Class of 2020 the best on their graduation from Conna N.S. You can view them in the links below. Christopher O’Sullivan Jake Carter Joe Schmidt Kieran Kingston Norma Sheehan Nathan Carter

holidays!!!! Happy Holidays Everyone!!! We should all be skipping out of school today excited for the next 8 weeks!! Enjoy the summer everyone. Remember to read every day and play outside. Be kind to yourself and others. Help your parents a little, give them a little holiday too. Looking forward to seeing you all on … Read more

Graduation Massive Congratulations to all our 6th class pupils and their families who had their graduation tonight. We had a fun Zoom party and a trip down memory lane. We wish you all every success in Secondary School and beyond. Never forget how proud we are of you all. Be The Best That You Can … Read more

Virtual Sports Week The Summer 2020 Target Table is designed to engage children in collecting their own data and seeing if they can improve(with practice!) over the summer of 2020, on dates of their choice. The children could choose what aspects of their own sporting ability they would like to improve or perhaps pick a … Read more

Virtual Sports Week Have you ever measured your reaction time? There’s an easy way to test reaction times using just a ruler. Reaction time is the time taken for a person to respond to a stimulus. For example if you touch something very cold, there is a slight delay between you touching it and moving your hand … Read more

Virtual Sports Week Design and make your own crazy golf course, either indoors or outdoors. Use whatever you have available. Get the whole family involved. Here is some information to help you.

Virtual Sports Week Take a look at hurling from a different perspective. Analyse it with your maths and science eyes.

Virtual Sports Week Have you been improving your fitness during lockdown? Would you like to represent Ireland in The Olympics in the future? Or maybe your are just mad about maths and sport! If any of the above is true then take a look at this fun activity to see how your fitness compares to … Read more

Dublin Zoo-The Eco Explorers Club Dublin Zoo have launched The Eco Explorers Club. It features educational videos, Draw with Don Art Class with Don Conroy, Imagination Children’s Yoga and Virtual Eco Explorers Tour at Dublin Zoo.

Air Hockey If you would like a new game to play then why not try air hockey. You can play it indoors or outdoors. Use old bowls, plant pots, tins or anything else you can think of to hit with. A beanbag or pair of socks will do as a puck. Use some pieces of … Read more

seaShell Collage If you were inspired by the Nautical School yesterday then try a seashell collage. Glue your shells to some wood and then paint with some watered down paint. You could stick to ocean colours or use a rainbow theme. Alternatively you could paint some shells with old nail varnish. Add glitter or stickers. … Read more

Scoil na Mara-Nautical school The Cork County Council Environmental Awareness Team have an online educational resource called Scoil na Mara. It is comprised of a series of videos exploring and celebrating the Irish seashore biodiversity and highlighting the importance of the ocean. They also have news and quizzes on their Facebook page. You will find … Read more

fort Building Ikea Russia has shared instructions for fort building using furniture, pillows and blankets. There are six structures in total.

Raised salt painting This is a fun painting activity that kids and adults of all ages will enjoy. All you need are a few basic tools and off you go. Here is a video tutorial of what to do. Have some messy fun!!

GAA Don’t forget to check out the GAA website regularly. They are issuing weekly lesson plans, physical activities and competitions.

Sardines Are you as tired of playing hide and seek as I am?!! If so why not try playing sardines, this is hide and seek in reverse. One person is designated to hide while the others count. If you find the hidden person, you join them. Last person to find them loses. Hours of fun!

DIY Do you have any broken toys or appliances at home? If so why not let the kids take them apart and see how they are made or if they can be fixed. It’s a great STEM project and fantastic for fine motor skills.

Kitchen Roll Colouring Patterns This is a perfect activity to keep big and small people busy! Look at a sheet of kitchen roll and notice the tiny indented dots on it. Use pens or markers to dot some colour on each to make the patterns bright and colourful.

lego steamathon Cork County Council are running a LEGO building competition with a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) theme every week. It is open to all ages. See the poster for full details.

Julia Donaldson Calling all Julia Donaldson fans! Julia Donaldson and Friends are live every week with one of her books. There is reading, singing and illustrating. You will find her on the Gruffalo Facebook page every Thursday at 4pm.

Maths Challenge This is a great activity to help children learn their 2D and 3D shapes. It’s the same as the headband game but with shapes. How many questions will you use to guess the mystery shape? Follow the link for full instructions.

Heritage in Schools Competition The following is an email from The Heritage Council. They have a really interesting site for anyone interested in nature and the environment. They are also running a competition but the closing date is June 2nd so you only have a week if you are interested. Good luck!! The Heritage Council, … Read more

Maths challenge-Become a magician Maths and magic are more closely linked than you may think. Why not learn some magic tricks and entertain your household. Follow the link below for a good starting point. Just remember- a good magician never reveals their secrets!

Maths Challenge-Quadrant Sampling This activity will have students apply their maths skills of measure and statistics to monitor biodiversity (the variety of life around us). This activity is more suited for older children but you could simplify it for younger kids by using a hula hoop and throwing it down randomly in the garden. Find … Read more

Maths Challenge-Bird Survey A bird survey is a fantastic way to become aware of the many species of birds around us. Birds love singing at dusk and at dawn, mainly to mark their territory and let everyone know that they are here. To us, the songs of birds sound like songs of joy and together … Read more

Dino Dig – Melting Ice with Salt and Water If your child loves dinosaurs, this Dino Dig activity will be a big hit. It’s easy to set up and will have your child melting ice with salt and water to free toy dinosaurs and other treasures from a frozen block of ice. Science, water play, and … Read more

Today is World Bee Day!!! To celebrate World Bee Day, here is a symmetry activity which brings maths and art together. If you have water-based paint, paper, and a scissors you are ready to go. There is also lots of very interesting information on bees and maths here. Look up some information on bees … Read more

Getting Active Exercise is so important for both our physical and mental well being. Put away the school books, forget about the housework and get outside for half an hour. Safe Food have a great interactive game where you spin the wheel to select an activity. The whole family can get involved. Unfortunately Marty Wheelan … Read more

Giant Wordsearch Create a giant word search on a large glass window or door using a white board marker. Alternatively use some old wallpaper, a large box or chalk to create one. Alternatively you can make one online. You can play online or print them off. Here is just one site. There are loads.

Calling All Harry Potter Fans You can now enroll at Hogwarts and take online magic classes. They are completely free. The site is run by a group of passionate Harry Potter fans. Just follow the link below. Happy wizardry!!

Maths Challenge This quick maths activity can be played many times throughout the day and will keep young children’s mental maths ticking over. In a twist of usual events, students will be given the answer to a maths problem and they will have to think of lots of different possibilities for what the question might … Read more

Blind Man’s Bluff If you don’t know this game your parents probably do! The person who is “it” wears a blindfold and tries to tag the other players. Be sure to play this in an area safe from obstructions and other hazards. It’s best played in a small group. All you need is a scarf, a … Read more

Drawing Try drawing with your eyes closed. Start with some simple shapes and then move onto something a little more complex like your pet or your favourite food.

Maths Challenge-Place Value Battle This two-player game will have participants thinking logically about where to place the digit cards – the player with the largest number will win the battle.

Letter Hunt This is something for the smallies. Look at the letters in your name and then go around the house or garden and take pictures of some objects that start with that letter. Move onto the letters in brothers, sisters or parents names.

 Agamograph Art An agamograph is a series of images that change at different angles. This work is named after the Israeli sculptor, Yaacov Agam who was born in 1928 and is still living today. Can you work out what age he is? You can create you own agamograph with some paper, colours, a ruler, glue and scissors. … Read more

Maths Challenge Shapes are everywhere! Use this activity sheet to locate a selection of 2D shapes in your home and/or garden. If you cannot get outside to search for these shapes, then you could search inside or look through a magazine or newspaper. You can then expand the activity to area, perimeter and 3D shapes. … Read more

Maths Challenge- 3 in a Row A mathematical twist on the game BINGO, where participants practice their maths skills of counting, addition and subtraction.

Party Time! Why not have a party for a pet or a teddy if nobody in your house has a birthday this month. We celebrated our cat turning 15. We had to write out party invites, make a birthday card, decorate banners, bake a cake and arrange the (teddy) guests in order of size and … Read more

Maths Challenge Wonderful magic squares! These are great for children of all ages. You can make them more complex for older or more skilled children.

Make your Own Projectors Use some toilet rolls and a torch to make your own mini projectors. If you are feeling really adventurous make a bigger one to watch a film on. However you will need a magnifying glass.

Cloud Dough If you don’t like mess look away now!! This is a lovely sensory activity that involves just flower and oil.

Maths Challenge If your kids are looking for something to really challenge them then you will definitely find it here. There are some very difficult puzzles. Look away now if you are feeling dull from the lockdown!!!

Maths Challenge- Towers of Hanoi This is an ancient puzzle that requires your child to problem solve. If you don’t have the towers there are lots of practical alternatives you can use.

Grow a rainbow Use some washable markers to make some dots at the two ends of some kitchen roll. Place both ends into some shallow water and watch your rainbow grow.

Maths Challenge Monster Calculations. This is a great way to practice addition and to learn about chance. It can be adapted to practice multiplication or division.

Lego or Duplo Fun Make some fun games from the lego or duplo that’s lying around. Tic tac toe, a maze or a ring toss are just a few ideas in this clip.

Maths Challenge World Cup Puzzle There are 6 teams in a group. Each team plays every other team twice. How many games are there in total?

Maths Challenge Space Mission A rocket blasts off from Earth heading for Mars, getting faster as it travels. In fact, the rocket’s speed doubles every week that it’s in space. If the rocket lands on Mars in week 12, in which week was it halfway there?

Maths Challenge World Cup QualifiersThere are 6 teams in a group. Each team plays every other team twice.How many games are there in total?

Straw Pick Up Game Cut out a variety of coloured squares. Mix them up and grab some straws. Have a competition to see who can pick up all their squares first by sucking on the straw and transferring into a bowl. If you have no-one to play with then try and beat the clock.

Maths Challenge The classic puzzle of getting the farmer across the river with the animals and grain without the animals eating the grain or each other! There is a further extension for older kids involving the members from U2 crossing a bridge to get to their concert on time. Definitely worth a look.

Shadow Drawing Try drawing your favourite toys by placing them on a sheet of paper and casting a shadow on them with either the sun (fingers crossed!) or a torch. All you have to do is draw around them and then colour in. Can you make your picture bigger or smaller by changing the angle … Read more

Maths Challenge Today’s challenge is for older kids. It’s called A Triangle with a Difference. Its available here Can you arrange the numbers 1-15 on cards so that each card is the difference between the two cards immediately below it? Have fun!!

Rainy Day Fun On a wet day why not take a virtual tour of Dublin Zoo. Find it here Alternatively National Geographic have lots of safari videos on You Tube and they have a great website,, with animals, science, history, crafts and much more.

Maths Challenge Can you work out how many days we have been off school? How many hours did you spend on devices yesterday? How many hours outside? How many minutes did you spend doing homework yesterday? How many seconds since you had a fight with someone in your house?

Cosmic Kids More than a million kids do yoga, mindfulness and relaxation with Jaime on the Cosmic Kids YouTube Channel. There are lots of ideas on her website Its great for kids of all ages and very engaging.

Maths Challenge Practice addition and subtraction of 10 for younger kids. Increase the target number for older kids and use multiplication and subtraction. Find the instruction here.

GAA Challenge The GAA are running a competition this week. You are asked to design and build your own stadium from materials of your choice or on the computer. The closing date is Friday, May 1st. Find all the details here.

Maths Challenge Dastardly Diagrams. This is a great challenge for older primary kids. Follow the link below.