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Diary 2017/2018

Green Schools Presentation

On Thursday May 3rd, Ella Mangan and myself went to a Green Schools Presentation in Cork to collect our sixth Green Flag – Global Citizenship and Litter and Waste. My school and all the surrounding schools in the area went up on a bus together. At the ceremony, An Taisce presented every school with their flag. Afterwards there was a sit down lunch for everybody. The whole day was a huge success and it was so much fun!

By: Ava Meikle

Published by: Ava Meikle

Zumba Dancing

Today we did Zumba Dancing with DJ Nat. It was great, we did a lot of exercises. She put on songs like Waka Waka, Don’t stop Believing, Nancy Mulligan, Tommy K and lots more. The teachers took part also except for Mr MacGearailt. Everyone was having fun. She had a little dog, it was cute. She had a big speaker with her to play all the songs.

By: Ben Levy

Published by: Jamie Ladden

Girls FAI 2018

A few weeks ago, Tirna Murph, Ellen Griffin, Maire Chua O’Brien, Ella Mangan, Eabha O’Callaghan, Tessa McGuigin, Tara Ryan and Suvi O’Connor all qualified as a team to go on to the next round of the FAI soccor competition. Mr. Ryan was our coach and unfortunately due to an injury, one of our brilliant players, Ava Meikle could not attend but all the girls from 3rd to 6th came to support. We drew our first game, won our second, lost our third and fourth but still qualified to the finals. We came second in Kerry and got silver medals.

By: Ellen Griffin.

Published by: Jamie Ladden

K3 Fitness

On Monday the 23rd of April K3 Fitness came in as part of Active schools week. There names were Domnick and Barry. They were very nice. They did stretches with us as our warm up. Then they did  Zuu, which MMA fighters use to be flexible and fit. It was very fun. At the end we done a cool down, we did some more stretches for this as well. We also got a chance to ask some questions about fitness. It was really fun and I hope they come again.

By: Michael O Callaghan

Published By: Keelan Foley


On Friday the 28th of April we had our first basketball session and it was very fun. We did lots of fun stuff like shooting, running with the ball and lots more. The basketball trainers name was Dave. He was a very good trainer. He also trains in Tralee. Even our teacher {Principal} got into it he also enjoyed it. All class rooms got 30 minutes each. Every single class enjoyed it.

By: Tirna Murphy

Published by: Jamie Ladden


We took part in Orienteering during Active Schools Week. It was very funWe did a treasure hunt, the first group back won. We did some races. It was lots of fun, the sixth class were the leaders of the groups. Each group had one or two people from each class. The younger classes were great and they had lots of fun. The races were great for all the classes.

By: Jamie Ladden

Published by: Jamie Ladden


Today’s activity was Athletics for Active Schools Week. The whole school participated in this event. Everyone had such great fun while racing against their classmates. 6th class all the way down to Junior Infants were racing. Everyone had at least three races to participate in. Everyone had so much fun and there were some really fast children. There was a race from goal line to goal line, 100m race around the court and a hurdle race.

By: Marc Murphy

Published by: Ava Meikle

6th Green Flag

This year the school is running for the sixth Green Flag. The topic of this years Green Flag is Citizenship. We have been giving the award of citizen of the month to a student for the past two school years. The Green Schools Committee was delighted to hear that our application was successful and two people from the committee might have the chance to go to Cork for the ceremony.

By: Ava Meikle

Stations of the Cross

We do stations of the cross every second year with Fybough school during lent. We do the stations of the cross the year we don’t have the Confirmation. The stations describe the journey that Jesus had from when he was sentenced to death to when he Rose from the dead. There are 14 stations. We share jobs between the two schools like the cross bearer, two candle bearers and the readers. The cross and Candle bearers walk around to the 14 stations while the readers read about the stations.  Some people travel to Jerusalem to pray or pay tribute to the pain Jesus suffered. Traditionally, the path that Jesus took is called Via Dolorose ( Latin for way of grief or way of suffering)

By Dylan Ladden

Published by Maire Chau

Mór Shiúl Lá le Pádraig

Ar an Sathairn, bhí Mór Shiúl Lá le Pádraig ar siúl i mBaile an Mhuilinn. Chuir gach duine an sheamróg agus éadaí glasa orthu ag dul go dtí pharáid. Tósaíonn an Mór Shiúl i mBaile an Mhuilinn aga a deich a chlog. Ag a dó dheag a chlog, téann an Mór Shiúl go dtí an Caisleán na Mainge. Bhí na scoileanna go léir ag béiceadh agus ag screadadh le háthas sa pharáid! Bhí gach rud ar fheabhas!
By: Ava Meikle
Published by Maire Chau

Girls FAI Blitz

On Thursday 8th March our school competed in a girls soccer competition called the Girls FAI. The girls from 4th, 5th and 6th class went to the blitz. The boys in 5th and 6th had an FAI soccer competition too. There was also one for the 3rd and 4th class girls and boys. The girls in 3rd and 4th won but the boys in 3rd and 4th lost. It was the same for the 5th and 6th class competition. The 5th and 6th class girls won but the 5th and 6th class boys lost. The 5th and 6th class girls played 4 teams. They were Aughacasla, Nohoval, Clahane and Ballincrossig. They won all 4 games. We will be playing the county finals in Mounthawk park on the 25th of April
By Maire chau
Published by Maire Chau

Citizen of the Month

On Tuesday the 13th of March the Green Schools Committee announced the citizen of the month and it was Keelan Foley from 6th class who won the trophy. You get to keep it for the month and hand it back for the next person. They announce the citizen of the month every month. Last month it was Luke Costello from Junior Infants we were so happy for him.

By; Keelan Foley
Published by: Tirna Murphy

Boys FAI Blitz

On the 15th of March our school competed in a boys soccer competition called the Boys FAI Blitz. The girls had one too. There was also one for some younger classes. The boys had 5 games. The boys won their 1st and 4th games. They lost the 2nd 3rd and 5th games. The boys lost the second game with a score of 3-2. They lost the 3rd game with a score of 3-1. They won the 4th game with a score of 2-1 by 2 last minute set pieces .They lost the 5th game with a score of 3-1 also. That game was against our local rivals Fybough. The boys enjoyed the FAI. There were five teams in the group that the boys were. One team form each group went through.

By Jamie Ladden
Published by Maire Chau

Window Display

We put up our St Patrick’s window display. There is three Irish flags on the window. We spelt ó Lá le Paidraig on paper and put blu tac on it and then proceeded to stick it on the window . There is also lots of green shamrocks stuck on the window too.

By;  Dylan o Connell

Published by; Tirna Murphy

Engineers Week

This week was Engineers Week. It celebrates engineers and what they do. It is an important week in Ireland. Our school took part in some of the events. 5th and 6th class watched a video about what engineers do and how they improved the world. We also did an engineering quiz with  Mr Ryan’s room. I learned a lot about engineers. It was fun and everyone enjoyed the week.

By Michael O’ Callaghan

Published by Maire Chau

An Post

On Friday the 23rd of February 5th and 6th class took part in the An Post writing competition. The theme was  St Patrick’s Day and you had to write a minimum of 250 words. This competition was very good and our classroom loved writing about it. Everyone was trying their best and we all hoped to win. Hopefully Castledrum N.S. can win this competition.

By Marc Murphy

Published by Maire Chau

World Book Day Dress Up

Today we could dress up as our favourite character in a book. It was great. 5th and 6th class held a vote for the best character. The winner would get a blue star, Tirna Murphy won. She dressed up as a Smurf. After small break Mr. Ryan took a picture of all the classes together and one full school one with everyone dressed up. Last year we did World Book Day Dress Up too. This year was successful.

By: Ben Levy

Published by: Maire Chau

Blue Star Project

Today, Tuesday March 6th 2018, we had a Blue Star Project or BSP day. Everyone in the classroom brought in a project. The categories we could choose from were Cultural and Creative which my group chose, Institutional, Geographical and Historical. Each group chose one. The winning group got a blue star, 2nd place got 3 yellow stars, 3rd place got 2 yellow stars and last place got 1 yellow star.

By: Ellen Griffin

Published by: Maire Chau

Sister Noreen’s Visit

Today Sister Noreen came to our school. She visited all the classes in the school. She told stories about God and Jesus. She visited 2 years ago also. We thought that she would not come to the 5th and 6th class. She talked about Lent and God.

Safer Internet Day

On the 6th of February we took part in Safer Internet Day. Safer Internet day is about making the internet safer for both adults and children. On safer internet day we leant about how to keep safe while using social media or the internet. There are many different Apps like Intagram, Snapchat, Twitter Facebook etc

Written by: Maire Chau O Brien

Pancake Tuesday

On Tuesday the 13th of February, it was Pancake Tuesday. We learned in school that it is also known a Shrove Tuesday. We had to bring our own pancakes and some toppings too. the class got around 10 minutes in the morning to eat their breakfast in school. people brought in toppings like chocolate spread, maple syrup and marchmallows. if we brought in pancakes we got rewarded with a yellow star. it was a very yummy morning!

Written by: Ava Meikle

Saint Bridget’s Crosses

Today we made Saint Bridget’s crosses in school. We had to bring in rushes and elastic bands to make the Saint Bridget’s crosses. It was great. We had lots of fun making them. Everyone in the classroom made a Saint Bridget’s cross. Some people helped others by folding the rushes when the crosses were made. When we were finished we brought them home.

By:Marie Chau.

Published by: Jamie Ladden

Spikeball Tournament

On Tuesday 30th of January we went to a spikeball tournament in Saint Brendan’s in Killarney. We picked a team. The team was Michael O‘ Callaghan,Dylan O’ Connell, Dylan Ladden, Ellen Griffen, Ebha O‘Callaghan, Ella Mangan and Keelan Foley. We had four games to play we won 3 out of 4 which qualified us to play in the Semi–Finals. We played Fossa  National School. We lost the game by 1 point and if we won we would have got into the finals on March 6th.

By: Keelan Foley

Published by: Jamie Ladden

Catholic Schools Week

This year Catholic Schools Week was from the 29th of January until the 2nd of February. Each day we talked about something different e.g. On Monday we talked all about our family at home. On Tuesday we talked about family and schools in Ireland took part in this session. We also said a prayer each day. All the classrooms in the school and a lot of the schools in Ireland took part in this session. This years topic was called Catholic School: Called to be a family of families. Another topic was Catholics Schools: Families of faith. Father Roche gave all the children in the school a prayer book.

By: Ellen Griffin

Published by: Ben Levy

Credit Union Quiz

On the 28th of January our school competed in the Credit Union Quiz and done well. They came 7th out of about 20 teams. They got 50 questions right out of 72. It was very good. Only three of the team members showed up. The team was Dylan O’ Connell, Marie Chua, Ella and Oisin. Oisin did not show up. It was just Dylan,Marie and Ella. The quiz was on at 2:00pm in the Rathmore Secondary School hall.

By: Dylan Ladden

Publish by: Jamie Ladden


On Monday we had a spikeball lesson with Ed. He came to the school and taught all the classrooms how to play spikeball. On Friday lan Foley came in to teach us some other skills in spikeball, especially the people in the competition. I am on the spikeball team along with Dylan O Connell, Dylan Ladden, Keelan Foley, Micheal O Callaaghan, Ella Mangan and Ebha O Callaghan. The competition is on the 30th of January.

By:Ellen Griffin

Published by:Jamie Ladden

The Eureka Win

On November the 23rd we entered a competition in Eureka and on the 8th of December we got the results back. A boy in fifth class won and his name is Lachlan O’ Shea. There were seven questions in total and you had to put in [a] [b] or [c]. He won five science books for our school. All the teachers are very happy. This is the 3rd time our school has won something in the Eureka competition.

Written by : Tirna Murphy

Published by : Jamie Ladden



We had our first swimming lesson on Wednesday and we will be having them for the next six weeks. At 12:10 we got on the bus and leave the school. We arrived at the Killarney Leisure Centre for our swimming lessons. Once it was over we began to get changed and then the bus came to collect us. The swimming lessons were very good. There are five levels 1 , 2, 3 , 4 ,5. We were back at school for 2:35pm.

Written by : Dylan Ladden

Published by : Jamie Ladden


Christmas Art

This year for our Christmas Art we made baubles that were sent off to other European countries such as Italy,France etc. Almost everyone in the class made them. We each got to make up to three. Another art competition we did was the credit union art. We got the choice of colouring a festive looking house or a decorated Christmas tree. I choose to do the house.

Written by Ellen Griffin

Published by Máire Chau O’ Brien

Christmas Decorations

We put up decorations around the classroom. They all look very nice. There are Christmas banners and and lots of tinsel. We put them up two weeks before the Christmas holidays. Some of the banners we put up are in Gaeilge and say Nollaig which means Christmas. There are some pictures put up on the windows that face the yard. Some of the pictures are of Christmas trees.


Written by: Jamie Ladden

Published by: Ava Meikle

Christmas Concert

This year we are putting on a Christmas concert in the church. We read and play roles in the story of The Nativity. We have had three practices. Myself, Ava Meikle, Ben Levy, Dylan Ladden, Ellen Griffin and Lachlan O’Shea are the narrators. Michael and Éabha O’ Callaghan are reading a poem at the start of the play. There is an angel and the Three Wise Men and many more roles in the play to look forward to.


Written by: Marc Murphy

Published by: Ava Meikle


On the 22nd of November a lady came into teach cycling to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. We were taught how to put on our helmets correctly. She also taught us how to cycle safely on the road. We did a few drills with her and some challenges also. I really enjoyed it and so did everyone else. I really hope she comes again!


Written by: Michael O’Callaghan

Published by: Ava Meikle

Christmas Baubles

On Friday, 24th of November we made Christmas Baubles. We made them because this year we are taking part in a program that lets us send something to a different school somewhere around the world and then lets them send something back to us. Loads of people made really cool looking ones like a reindeer and snowmen. Others made lots of different shapes and put multi-coloured patterns on them and some were even made like a 3-D bauble! We had to write Nollaig Shona on them. It was really fun!


Written by: Ava Meikle

Published by: Ava Meikle


Science Morning

On the 16th of November we had our science experiment morning. Everyone in my class went outside. I did skittle colours, it’s when you put skittles around a plate and put milk in the middle of the plate. All the colours should start to come together. Other people did really good experiments as well. Maire made a lot of slime and everyone  played with it. Dylan Ladden put lots of pencils a plastic bag. When we came back inside we had a classroom vote. Dylan Ladden won a blue star for his team.

Written by: Ellen Griffin

Published by: Dylan OConnell

Science Quiz  

On the 17th of November 4th, 5th, and 6th classes had a Science Quiz in Mr Ryan’s class. There were seven teams with six rounds. It was very enjoyable there were four or five people on each team. Team three won the quiz but everyone enjoyed it . The members of team three were; Ava Meikle ,Ellen Griffin,Shay Griffin and Daire Mcarthy. I really enjoyed the quiz and can’t wait for the next one.

Written by: Michael O Callaghan

Published by: Dylan OConnell

Energy Workshop

The Energy workshop lady’s name was Shauna. It was really good and she almost broke the ceiling with an explosion. Luckily it only left a mark on the ceiling . She brought in more stuff to teach us about sustainable energy. She went into all the classrooms. Every class loved Shauna and hopefully she will be back.

Written by: Marc  Murphy

Published by: Dylan OConnell


On the 22nd of November a lady came into teach cycling to 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th classes. We were taught how to put on our helmets correctly. She also taught us how to cycle safely on the road. We did a few drills with her and some challenges also. I really enjoyed it and so did everyone else. I really hope she comes again!

Written by: Michael O’Callaghan

Published by: Ava Meikle


Christmas Baubles

On Friday, 24th of November we made Christmas Baubles. We made them because this year we are taking part in a program that lets us send something to a different school somewhere around the world and then lets them send something back to us. Loads of people made really cool looking ones like a reindeer and snowmen. Others made lots of different shapes and put multi-coloured patterns on them and some were even made like a 3-D bauble! We had to write Nollaig Shona on them. It was really fun!

Written by: Ava Meikle

Published by: Ava Meikle


Art Class Kandinsky Circles

During art class we did some art using the kandinsky art style. We all had fun doing it. You get something like the top of a milk bottle and put it in paint then you press it on a page and then keep doing that with different colors. Everyone did one and we enjoyed it.

By; Jamie Ladden

Published by; Keelan Foley


Halloween Holidays/Fancy Dress

On Friday the 27th of October, we got our Halloween holidays from school. Everyone was allowed to dress up. I dressed up as a robber. My classroom took a vote to see  who had the best costume. When the  scores were counted up, we found out that the winner was Ben. He got a blue star for his team. We played bobbing for apple and it was really fun.

Written by: Ellen Griffin

Published By: Dylan O Connell


Christmas Shoe box Appeal

This year we took part in the Christmas shoe box appeal. Everyone brought in a shoe box full of nice stuff like toys, toothpaste, tooth brushes, colouring books and colours. Then all went to children in places like Africa. We did this last year and we got to see pictures of children opening the shoe boxes. We collected about 49 shoe boxes


Written by: Ben Levy

Published by: Keelan Foley


Museum Artefact

Today we had our museum artefact day. Everyone in the older classrooms brought in something historical. I brought in my great great  grandmothers autograph book. I came joint second with Marc. He brought in a PS3 remote. We each got a yellow star. Keelan came first and he got a blue star for his team. He brought in his Grandads old medals from when he played football.


Written by: Ellen Griffin

Published by: Ellen Griffin


Dodge Ball

Today we had PE, we played dodge ball. It was great. We had 3 games, there were 2 teams . Team 1 and Team 2 . I was one Team 1 . Team 1 won the first game and team 2 won the second game. Then we had a decider. We were winning, they only had 4 players and we had 8 but they made a comeback. Micheal caught 3 balls it was level and 15 seconds to go Marc ran with the ball and threw it at Eabha. It hit her but we hung on to the end and we won.

Written By:  Ben levy

Published By: Tirna Murphy

Match V. Kilgobnait

Today we had a match against Kilgobnait in Keel. There was a boys and a girls match. The boys came up short but the girls won by 11 points. The boys lost by 3 goals and 9 points and the girls score was 3 goals and 7 points to 1 goal and 2 points .

Written By: Dylan o O’Connell.

Published by : Tirna Murphy.


Goal Jersey Day

We had our Goal Jersey Day today. Everyone was allowed to wear a jersey to school. We all brought in 2 euro to go to charity. We all enjoyed wearing jerseys to school and the most important thing was that all the money was going to a good charity. All the money was going to a charity called GOAL. GOAL helps children all around the world who are hungry. It is a great charity.


By: Jamie Ladden

Published by: Ellen Griffin


Halloween Story Competition

On the 2nd of October we started our Halloween Story Competition. We had to write between four and five hundred words. The whole classroom entered  the competition. It was for the Kerryman newspaper. Castledrum have had great luck and success in recent years. We all handed in our stories on the 10th of October. Each one of us had to bring in two copies. One copy of it was for the classroom presentation and the other was to enter. All of us had very good stories. Ellen designed a poster that said “Our Halloween Stories. Tirna helped her.


By: Michael O’ Callaghan

Published by: Ellen Griffin


Halloween Decorations

Today we put up our Halloween Decorations. Everyone was invited to bring in some of the decorations they had. Ella, Éabha, Maire and Michael all brought in different things. Ella brought in a skull. Michael brought in a leg with blood. Éabha brought in a witch and Maire brought in a grave stone and a witch. The classroom looked really good. Ava Meikle then helped Mr.Macgearailt stick up some posters around the classroom. By the end it looked great.


Written by: Tirna Murphy

Published by: Ellen Griffin


Art Competitions

On Friday the 6th of October everyone in the school took part in the Credit Union and Astellas art competitions. Junior infants all the way up to 6th class drew pictures for both. That means we sent off over  90 pictures as numbers are very high in our school this year. We were very lucky to take part in these competitions. Everyone had very nice drawings. The teachers were also very proud of us.


Written by: Keelan Foley

Published by: Ellen Griffin


Gaelbhratach Meeting

On the 19th of October our school had a meeting for the Gaelbhratach. The members are Maire Chau, Lachlan O’Shea, Lucy Griffin, Finn Barton, Lily Mae Clifford and Bart Flynn. We talked about what we did a few years ago to get our last flag and what we could do to make the school better by bringing Irish into our everyday subjects or speaking it on an everyday basis.


Written by: Maire Chau

Published by: Ellen Griffin

Siamsa Tíre

On the 13th of October, the entire school went to Siamsa Tíre in Tralee. We all went on buses and it was really fun. We saw a play which was very educational. As well as everyone going, our new Junior Infants all came along and each had a great time. It was the first outing of the year and everyone really enjoyed themselves. Also at the end of the play we all got to ask questions if we wanted to and a lot of my school did.


By: Marc Murphy

Published By: Ellen Griffin

Maths Week

For maths week this year, we played maths games on the laptops and it was really fun. We all got the opportunity to use a website called Mangahigh and we played lots of fun games. Everyone in the school got their own individual piece of card which had all of our login details. Some people went out to Mrs. Griffin to work on Greens Schools activities and others stayed inside and played maths games. We each took turns going out and it was really fun.


By: Ellen Griffin

Published by: Ellen Griffin


Match vs Castlemaine

We played Castlemaine in Miltown on Tuesday the 4th of October . The game started at 3:30pm and finished around 4:15pm. Castlemaine beat us but we played very well as a team . There was an infant game after the main game . The second game was only 10 mins long and was for the younger kids that made the effort to go to the game on the rainy evening it was. Castlemaine are our close rivals and we played well against them.

Written by : Dylan Ladden

Published by: Tirna Murphy


Green Schools

Today was our first Green Schools meeting of the year. Mrs. griffin and Katherine, our secretary are in charge of the committee. The committee members are: Ella Mangan, Ava Meikle, Patrick Levy, Cormac O’Brien, Odhran Kennedy, Jeff Power and Ruth Prenderville. We discussed our set up for the new school year and how we could improve the school in the future. It is really fun being part of the Green Schools committee and it is such a big opportunity. I love it!!!


Written By: Ava Meikle

Published By: Ellen Griffin

Back To School

On the 29th of August we came back to school. Our school got an extension of an extra classroom and we got two new teachers. Our new teacher’s names are Ms McGrath who is currently teaching Junior and Senior Infants and Ms McHugh who is teaching 1st and 2nd class. This year 19 new Junior Infants started. Their names are Aideen O Brien, Rhea Murphy, Hannah Claire Bonner, Teagan Griffin, Kayleigh McCarthy, Sive Evens, Ella Power, Andrew Bartley, Bredan Ashe, Paul McCarthy, Luke Clifford, PJ Griffin, Cormac Mangan, Noah Costello-Reilly, Thomas Flaherty, Odhran Myers- O Mahony, Michael Sean Flaherty, Aodan O Shea and Luke Costello.
Written by Tirna Murphy
Published by Michael O Callaghan

Match V Caragh Lake

We had a match against Caragh Lake. Caragh Lake won by 4 points. We went  down to the football field at 1:30. We played 11 a side. It was a very good match. It was 30 minutes a half. Both teams played very well. The classes that went down to the pitch were 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. We all enjoyed it.
Written by: Jamie Ladden
Published by: Michael O Callaghan


We completed or first P.E. session on Friday. We played a soccer tournament. We picked 4 teams. Michael’s team played Marc’s team. The score was 5-0 to Marc’s team. Tirna’s team played Maire Chau’s team. The score was 5-1. The winners of both games played each other in the final and the losers of both games played in a third place play off. Marc’s team beat Tirna’s team 5-2 in the final and Michael’s team beat Maire Chau’s team. Marc’s team won the tournament and got 1 yellow star for each player on their team.

Written by: Dylan Ladden

Published by: Marc Murphy

PJ Reidy

Today we had football with PJ Reidy . Mr Ryan’s class and our class trained together. It was great. Mrs McGrath’s class went out for 20 minutes and Ms McHugh’s class had 30 minutes. They enjoyed it a lot . PJ is a great coach he teaches us new things in football . For the next couple of weeks we will be going down to the field in Keel it will be cool . We will be be having games in a few weeks. In our group there are Carragh Lake , Castlemaine and Kilgobnait. It will be hard because those 3 teams are very good.

Written by:Ben Levy

Published by: Marc Murphy

Prayer Service

Today we had our start of the year Prayer Service . I had to say something and light a candle. All of the classrooms had a Prayer Service in their own rooms because there is so many children in the school, not everyone would fit into the prefab or one classroom. The entire class played the tin whistle and they where very good. We played Innisheer and another tune and sang songs.

Written by: Ellen Griffen

Published by: Marc Murphy


On the 7th of September at 9:50 am we set off on our field trip. We had 20 minutes outdoors, in the school yard during which we found spiders, ants, snails and lots more. We met up five times prior to the trip to discuss our roles. We also had meetings before to decide what we would do and after, to discuss what to do with our findings. The weather was not very nice but it did not rain. We had to write up a report on what we found and submit it for the following Tuesday along with our fieldwork pictures and display.

Written By Michael O Callaghan

Published By Michael O Callaghan

Diary 2016/2017

Girls Blitz

Our girls won the Mid Kerry competition for the smaller schools. We played Boheshol, Fybough, and Ballyfinane. We beat Boheshel and Fybough. We lost to Ballyfinane but faced them in the final but this time we won. We got a trophy.

By Carla

Published By Eden

Match v Filmore

The girls played Filmore and they lost as usual. But they did good enough for a small school against a bigger school.

By Sophie

Published By Eden

Girls Skills

Three girls Sophie, Carla and Tirna took part in the skills competition. The skills were held in Miltown pitch and they did well. They were against all Mid Kerry schools.

By Carla

Published By Eden

Art Class

We did art on Friday. We did a paper collage. It was an under water scene. Some people did shipwrecks some did mermaids and some did treasure chests. It was very enjoyable and fun.

By Marcus

Published by Eden

Match vs Kilgobnat

This match was the C final for 4 and 5 teacher schools. We lost by 5 points but it went down to the wire. I thought it was tough and hard. They had some unreal players.

By Eden

Published by Eden

Crab Soccer

We played crab soccer on Friday for our PE. It was fun. Everyone has to go down like a crab and play soccer it was fun and hard.

By Gavin

Published by Eden

Painting Pottery

We painted pottery on Friday for our art session. They turned out great. Four people at a time painted while the rest worked so no one was doing noting. It was enjoyable.

Boys Skills

We had skills with the school on May the 3rd. Eden Murphy, Dylan O Connell and Keelan Foley represented the school. We came Fourth. Eden got 16 pts, Dylan got 11pts and Keelan got 5pts. Thanks to Mary (Keelans Nan) For bringing us to Milltown. We had a great time.

Written by: Eden

Published by: Eden


On Friday we had basketball. The coach we have is called David. He will be coming every Friday. He plays with Tralee Tigers. The whole school  is doing basketball. It is fun.


Every year we plant vegetables in our school plant boxes. The boxes are located at the back of the school behind the prefab. Every classroom work on them during the summer.

Active Schools Week

Today we did some activities to mark Active Schools Week. We did basketball shootouts, dress up relay, an obstacle course and a water relay.


We made our Confirmation on the 27th of April. It was about 1 hour and 45 minutes long. At 6:30p.m there was a disco for the people who made their Confirmation. It was in the Anvil.


Today we had a rugby training session in the school. A man came and and did a session with first to third classes for thirty minutes and a session with forth to sixth for thirty minutes. It was very fun and everyone enjoyed it.

Zumba Dancing

Today someone came into the school to do zumba dancing with us. Each classroom got 20 minutes each. It was really fun. It was for Active Schools Week.

FAI Boys Blitz

Today we went to Tralee for the FAI Boys Blitz. It was on the 29th of March. We played five matches but one team didn’t show up. We won one of the matches. We scored three goals. I was the goal keeper and Gavin was a striker, Keelan was a back, Marc was a forward and Michael was a midfielder.

Engineer’s Week

Last week was Engineer’s Week. On Friday our classroom went into Mr Ryans classroom for an engineering quiz. I taught it was very fun. It was also pretty easy. There was six questions per round and there was ten rounds. My team won because I am a geek.

Girls FAI Blitz

On Tuesday the 28th of March we had a soccer blitz in Tralee. The blitz was held in St. Brendans park in Tralee. it was a girls only team. The team was Sophie, Carla, Tiarna, Ava, Eabha, Ella, Maire and Ellen. We lost three games out of three. we scored only one goal which was scored by Tiarna. We played Kilgarvan first and lost 2-1. We played better in our last game but they got a lucky goal. We had a lot of fun. there was very good players on the other teams and they deserved to win.

Set Dancing

On Wednesday 8th  of March Mr MacGearailts and Mr Ryans classroom did a set dancing class outside in to yard. It was immensity fun. I enjoyed it very much . I danced with Ellen. Tirna and l also danced with Sophie. I danced with Gavin at the end too. I was quite good at it but I did trip on my lace once.


Today we had a session in the prefab with a man called Chris. He is helping us make films for our Fís project. 3rd and 4th classes and 5th and 6th classes are making different films. 5th and 6th are doing an animation film. It must be no longer than five minutes not including credits. We are split into three groups to make the beginning, middle and end. Each group had to make five scenes. We are going to have four sessions altogether. It was really fun I cant wait until next week.

Sister Noreen

We had Sister Noreen in our school on Monday. She admired our art work. She asked us to sing a song or two. We told her a few stories about Jesus’ life. The stories we talked about were The Loaves and the Fish, The Wedding of Kenah and when Jesus helped the man who had leporacy. She was very kind and helpful. We also did some meditation to relax us. l enjoyed it.


Today we had a rugby training session in school. A man came and did a session with first to third classes for thirty minutes and a session with forth to sixth for thirty minutes. It was very fun and everyone enjoyed it.

Zumba Dancing

Today someone came into the school to do Zumba dancing with us. Each classroom got 20 minutes. It was really fun. It was for Active Schools Week.

Pancake Tuesday

On Tuesday the 28th of February everyone in our classroom brought in pancakes. We were allowed to eat them in the morning. Mr. Ryan made pancakes for his classroom and Ms. Griffin’s classroom. Everyone really enjoyed them.

Catholic Schools Week

For Catholic schools week we did activities and some research on Pope Francis. We also learned more about Jesus and God.


We took part in a Spikeball blitz in St Brendan’s College in Killarney. We won one match and lost three. The team was Eden, Sophie, Tirna, Ava, Jamie and Marc.

Community Games

We took part in Community games handwriting and drawing competitions in school. The winners were Oisin, Ella, Keelan, Jamie and Dylan. Jamie and Dylan got medals for both competitions.

Valentines Window Display

Mr. MacGearailt put up our Valentines pictures on the windows for Valentine’s Day. It looked cool. It had hearts and one had a picture of cupid.


We took part in a Readathon. It was fun to read all the different books. All the money that was collected went to the MS charity. We collected a lot of money.

St Patrick’s Day Window Display

For St Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March our classroom put up a display on the windows. We put up pictures of shamrocks and St Patrick. We had a banner saying “Lá Fhéile Pádraig”. It was very colourful and it got us in the spirit for St Patrick’s Day.

Written By: Marcus

Published By: Marcus

World Book Day

On the 2nd of March we celebrated World Book Day in school. Everyone dressed up as their favourite character from a book they like.  I dressed up as Chris Kyle from the book American Snipper. We had a competition to find who had the best costume. Ava Meikle won. It was a fun day.

Written By: Gavin

Published By: Gavin

Arts and Crafts

We did arts and crafts with our clay pieces. These were the pieces we made with the pottery teacher who came to the school earlier in the year. We painted glue on them and next we will paint them. We also did a poster for art during the same class.

Bicycle Class

We had cycling classes in the school for the very first time.  3rd to 6th classes took part in the training. The trainers were Ruth and Katie. They were kind. Everybody enjoyed it.

The School Extension

Today the builders came to school to start on our new extension. They put fencing around the work area so that nobody will get hurt by the machinery.

St. Brigid’s Day Crosses

On Wednesday we brought rushes and elastic band into school so we could make St. Brigid’s Crosses. We had to clean up everything after.

PJ Reidy Football

On Tuesday PJ Reidy came and did a football session with the school. 1st,2nd and 3rd classes and 4th, 5th and 6th classes go every second week for 50 minutes. Junior and Senior Infants go every week for 20 minutes.


We went swimming on Wednesday. It was fun. We leave the school at 12pm and we are back at school at 2:30pm. 2 parents have to go with us. Mr.Ryan and Mr. MacGearailt take turns going.

Credit Union Quiz

On Friday we did an in-class quiz to decide the A team and the B team going to the Credit Union Quiz on Sunday 29th of January. The A team is under 13 and the B team is under 11.


Today Ed came to the school to do Spikeball with us. We did a few drills then we had a match boys vs girls. He told us how to play properly and told us some of the rules. He is coming again next Thursday.


Today we played rounders during our P.E. class. It was Sophie’s team against Eden’s team. It was really fun. Eden’s team won and everyone on it got points.


Today a man from Tipperary came to teach us some pottery. He was at our school for the day. He thought us how to make a face out of clay he was very fast at doing it. Everyone made good faces and everyone enjoyed it a lot.

Christmas Decorations

Today we put up our Christmas decorations as it is nearly Christmas.We also put up a window display. Each class room has decorations up and they also have pictures on their windows. It looks very nice.

Dentist Visit

On Friday the 16th of December a dentist came to the school to talk about dental hygiene. It was very interesting. She spoke about everything good and bad for your teeth. During the day she visited all of the classrooms.

Tin whistle classes

Today a man called Brendan O’Sullivan came to do music with first to sixth classes. He comes in every Tuesday to teach us tin whistle and other instruments that are brought in. He comes to our class for half an hour.

Cinema Trip

On Friday the 9th of December we went to the cinema in Tralee to see a movie called Moana. It was very funny and good. I think everyone enjoyed it.

Christmas Prayer Service

On the 21st of December we had a Christmas prayer service. The whole school went to the prefab to listen to the Story of Christmas. We sang hymns and played tunes on the tin whistle, guitar and concertina.

Kerry County Council Meeting

Today the 6th class pupils from the school went to a Kerry County Council meeting. We went to Miltown Community Centre to go see it. It was very interesting to watch and listen to them.

Haloween Dress Up

We had a Halloween dress up day in school for Halloween. It was fun. The winner got a green star for their team.

FAI Boys Blitz

The 5th and 4th classes had a soccer tournament in John Mitchels. They drew all their games 1-1. They said it was a great day.

Science Table

We did a science table for science week. People had to bring in science artefacts. It was fun looking at all the projects and the winner got a green star for their team.

Clothes Collection

We had a clothes collection today. People came in with bags full of clothes. A man in a van came to collect them. There was over 50 bags altogether.

Maths Week Quiz

On the 21st of October we had a very good Maths quiz for Maths week. There was riddles and questions but none of them were very hard. There was only one difficult quetion. Marcus and his team won. It was a fun quiz.



Active schools/ Health Promoting Schools meeting

On Tuesday we had a meeting in the office about Active schools and Health Promoting schools. We talked about bringing back Try it Tuesday. The meeting ended around 9:20am.


On Friday we played basketball during our PE class. We played 4 matches with 4 teams. Sophie’s team won against Edens’team.It was great fun. I hope we can do it again.

Gealbhratach Meeting

Today we had  a Gealbhratach meeting in the school office. Gealbhratach is a scheme to get people to speak Irish. The representatives from each class were there as well as the teachers.

Green Schools Meeting

Today a Green schools meeting was held in the office. The representatives from our class room and Mr. Ryans class room were there.

Kerryman Story Competition

We entered a Halloween story competition with the Kerryman. Jane Moriarty and Adam Clifford got a piece of their story published in the paper.

Goal Jersey Day

Today was Goal Jersey day most people in the school wore a jersey. Our school raised about 130 euros and that was sent to charity Goal.

Museum Artifact

Today we all brought in an old item for our museum table. Jamie won and he got a green star. Ava came second and Sophie came third.

Maths Week

This week was Maths Week. We played lots of Maths games. On Friday we had a Maths quiz in Mr.Ryans room. The winners got prizes.



Kerry Minors

The Kerry Minors came to our school with the Tom Markham cup. We got pictures and items signed by the players. Our school football team were at a match in Dingle so they missed the cup.


Back To School

We are back to school. We went over the rules, the teams for the year and blog months as well so it was kinda fun if I say so myself. Our teacher Ciaran MacGearailt was very happy to see us listen for the whole day.


Food Dudes

On the 29th of September we started the Food Dudes programme. We will receive fruit and veg for the next 8 to 16 days. We get prizes for eating all our fruit and veg.


Match vs Ballyferiter/Fybough

We had a match against Ballyferiter on the 26th of September. We lost by two goals. On the 28th of September we played Fybough, we lost by two points. We played seven a side in the first half  and eleven a side in the second half.


Prayer Service

We had a prayer service when we came back to school. We all went to the prefab. Eden lit the candle and then read a prayer. Marcus, Sophie, Carla and Gavin also read some prayers. It was very nice.



We played Dodgeball for P.E. on Friday the 16th of September. We had two teams and played 3 games 5 mins each. The winners got a green star and team 6 won it. The team that won the dodgeball won by alot. It was fun.


Field Trip

On Tuesday the 20th of June we had football with P.J. Reidy. He is on the Kerry County Board. He used to be the Keel GAA manager. We did drills, games and a match at the end of the training. We go out for an hour and fifteen minutes.


Fruit Art

We did fruit art on the 23rd September. It was lots of fun. The winners were Dylan O’Connell and Jamie Ladden. It was a very close vote but I think Lachlan’s water melon shark was the best.


Roald Dahl Day

We had  Roald Dahl Day on the 13th of September. It was fun. Most of us dressed up as Roald Dahl characters. The top 3 were Jamie, Marcus and Ava. We will have Roald Dahl Day again next year.



We played soccer for P.E on the 2nd of September. It was great fun. The winning team got red stars. Gavin Sheehan’s team won it. We played 2 games and in the final it was Edens team vs Gavins team. It was a very good game.

Diary of Events 2015/2016

Back To School

On the 29th of August, all pupils started school after a 2 month break for summer holidays. The starting junior infants are Kyle Levy, Gene Griffin, Samuel Moriarty, Robert Barton, Padraic O Dowd, Grace Ryan, Maya Cizmaroza, Sarah Clifford, Anna Hurley, Ruth Prendiville, Aileen Clifford, Erin O Connor, Anna May, Nessa Clifford and Kaylee Flynn. We gave out all the rental sceme books, we went through the rules, gave out sheets for the school yearand made teams, the team captains are Marcus Lavery, Eden Murphy, Gavin Sheehan and Sophie O Connor.

Written By: Eden Murphy

Published By: Marcus Lavery

St. Patrick’s day parade

On the 17th of March 2016 we went in the St. Patrick’s day parade. We had our own float. It was really cool. It took a long time to design but eventually we got there. It was based on European union. There were lots of people at the parade. People were wearing Irish clothes & were waving flags and were holding banners.

Written by: Conor o’Dowd

Published by: Laura Donohoe

Blue Star Project

On Thursday the 3rd of march. We did a blue star project. We were split into 4 groups. There were Historical, Geographical, Cultural & Creative, and Institutional. Everyone got a color for there team. Historical got yellow, Geographical got blue, Cultural got green and institutional got orange. we made a book out of all the cards.

Written By: Aoife Clifford

Published By: Laura Donohoe

Shoe Box Collection

Today we were doing the shoebox collection. It was very good. Half the class did the shoebox collection but unfortunately I didn’t have anything to bring in but at least other people did. It went on for a whole week. Most came in the last three days. A lot of people joined in.

Written By: Damian G

Published By: Dylan Moriarty


Biodiversity Visit

A man came to our school to talk to us about biodiversity. He talked to us about the green flags and biodiversity. We came up with a biodiversity slogan for the school. It was very interesting and I hope he comes again.

Written By: Aoife Clifford

Published By: Dylan Moriarty


Halloween Dress Up

On Friday the 23rd we dressed up for Halloween. We also had to bring in two euro for Temple Street Children’s Hospital. Nearly everyone dressed up. There were Witches, dead school girls and boys, Doctors and much more. JJ won best dressed in Mr. Mac Gearailt’s room. He was a minion from the movie despicable me and the minions movie. He deserved to win because he looked like a minion and had face paint on.

Written By: Laura Donohoe

Published By: Dylan Moriarty


Castledrum VS Ballyferriter

We had our first school game against Ballyferriter on the 21st of October. In the first half we were up by ten points and just before half time they got three quick fire goals, which meant we were up by a point at half time. In the second half we fought our hardest and we were against the wind. At the end we just fell short and lost by four points.

Written by: Dylan Moriarty

Published by: Dylan Moriarty


Roald Dahl day

We dressed up as Roald Dahl characters from Roald Dahl books for Roald Dahl day. You didn’t have to dress up as a character if you didn’t want to. Around thirteen people from Mr. Mac Gearailts room dressed up. Lots of people dressed up in the school. There was Matilda, James and the Giant Peach, the BFG, Fantastic Mister Fox, Violet, Willy Wonka and loads more. We had a competition and Ava won. She got two red stars for her team. It was Ava and Marcus in the final. Ava was the BFG and Marcus was Willy Wonka.
Written by: JJ Moriarty
Published by: Aoife Clifford

Irish National Flag Delivery
On the 29th of September two soldiers came from the Irish Army to give us the Irish national flag. Their names were Chris and Paul. They offered Mr. Mac Gearailt, the principal a package if we didn’t get homework for the night. He accepted the package so we didn’t get homework. They talked to us about the GPO and why they were bringing the flag. They asked us questions and we asked them questions too. It was fun and interesting.

Written by: Aoife Clifford
Published by: Aoife Clifford

Kerry Post Card Competition
We did a Kerry post card competition on Friday the 11th of September 2015. The question was how many times did someone from an Gaeltacht football club captain the Kerry team to an All Ireland victory. The answer was two the people who captained them were Páidí O Sé and Darragh O Cinnéide. You had to decorate a postcard and fill in all your details on the back. There were loads of prizes like a Kerry jersey, a Kerry hoodie, two tickets to the All Ireland final,a Kerry t-shirt and two tickets to the Kerry banquet. They put all the postcards into a hat and pulled out one for every prize. I didn’t win but there is always next year.

Writren by: JJ
Published by: Liath

Prayer Service
On the 4th of September we had our start of the year prayer service.There was 73 people at the prayer service.There was 11 readings and 4 songs. At the end 4 people brought in musical instruments and played a few songs together. The prayer service took about 30 minutes. Everyone sang the songs along with the music.

Back to School
On Monday 31st of August we came back to school. 16 new junior infants started and some new students transferred here.This year Mrs.Griffin has junior infants and senior infants, Mr.Ryan has 1st class, 2nd class and 3rd class and Mr.MacGearailt has 4th class, 5th class and 6th class. We got no homework on Monday but only a small bit on Tuesday. Mr.MacGearailt’s classroom came up with new teams for the school year.

Diary of Events 2014/2015

On Friday an engineer came to our school for engineer’s week. The engineer’s name was Fionnán McCarthy. Fionnán was asking us what our world would be like without engineers. There are a lot of types of engineers. He did and exercise with us that involved balloons. What we had to do was hit the balloon as hard as we could and see how far it will go. After we hit the balloons hard we hit it softer to see how far it goes.

This year in the mini 7s we went on our own. We had no luck in our first game but we played very good in the first half of the first game and we had Marc Murphy in goals who did very well because he is only in 3rd class. We had a little bit more luck in the second game when Cathal Griffin played his heart out and nearly won the game for us. We were out of school for the day but we came home with nothing.

Seachtaine Na Gaeilge
This year for Seachtain Na Gaeilge week we had an Irish role play. There were four teams an I was on team six. The winning team was picked by the class. The winning team was team six. I was on team six with Jerry, Savandra and Moira. We got two green stars for the best play. Our play was about a nuns fashion show and I was the judge and Savandra and Jerry were the nun models. Moira was off sick with a chest infection to make to the play so we had to do it without her. We also had a quiz out on the court and team three won it. This was six class last Seachtaine Na Gaeilge in Castledrum N.S.
By: Cian Lenihan

Credit Union Quiz
On Friday the 30th of January the school took part in the Credit Union Quiz. The schools that were there was: Milltown, Castlemaine, Fybough, Ballyfinnane, Killtalagh, Listry and us. The U13 came fifth but we were only 6 points off first. Milltown came first. U11 came fourth. It was very fun and we had a great time.
By Cathal Griffin

Today is the 28th of January and we went to the spikeball in Killarney Leisure Centre. The team was Jerry Griffin, Cathal Griffin, Dearbhla Foley, Jake O’Reilly, Dylan Moriarty, Moira Griffin and me {Ellie Redmond}. Before we went we had to have training sessions. Our first game was at 12 o’clock. Jerry Cathal, Dearbhla and I were the first four on the court. We were against a very good team. We did very well but sadly we didn’t win. We had four games and came ninth.
By Ellie Redmond

Today was our first swimming lesson. We go swimming every year with the school. We go to Killarney Leisure Centre. We go every Wednesday at 12:10. Not all of the school goes. Second class and up go. At swimming there are different levels. There are some pretty good swimmers in our school. At the end of each lesson we get 20 minutes of play. Every week we learn something new. We learn Back stroke, Front stroke and Breast stroke. Everyone enjoys it.
By Ellie Redmond

Catholic Schools Week
The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2015: Catholic Schools: A Call to Serve, invites all involved in Catholic education to examine what we understand by service and how we live out the call to serve. We are called to self-reflect and remind all members of the school community of the founding values : in other words, education is never simply about transmitting simple facts. This year, school communities are encouraged to answer the Call to Serve; for example , by reaching out to those who are most in need in society. During CSW 2015, Catholic Schools are encouraged to celebrate their identity as Catholic Schools.
By Dearbhla Foley

Credit Union Quiz
On Tuesday 13th of January, we choose our team for the Credit Union Quiz. The people who are eligible for the U11 competition went into Mr.Ryans. The rest of the classroom stayed in our room and Mr. Macgearailt choosed the U13 ‘s Team. When we finished our quiz Sir asked, who got the highest score. The U 13 Teams Captin is Jerry Griffin, Vice Captin is me {Holly Pendergast}, Cathal, Rachel and Dearbhla is the sub. The U11 teams Captin is JJ Moriarty, Vice Captin is Jake OReilly, Marcus Lavery, Conor ODowd and the sub is Eden Murphy.The quiz is on Friday the 30th of January. The U11 team answer 10 rounds while the uU 13 team will have to answer 12 rounds.
By Holly Pendergast

Active Schools Meeting
On Monday the 12th we had an Active School Meeting. We talked about Football Free Friday, where you have to play a different sport instead of football or soccer. Try It Tuesday or Slí na Slánte is where you have to do laps around the court either by running or walking. Last year we did gymnastics and we might do it again this year. Right now we are taking swimming lessons in killarney. Mr. Ryan will put all this information in our Active Schools Folder.

By Zara O’Reilly

On Thursday the 7th of January we had our Gaelbhratach meeting. The meeting took place in the office around 2 o’clock. The committee attended as well as the teachers. The meeting took place for approximately 5-10minutes. The discussion of the meeting was about the third part. What we talked about at the meeting was how we were going to initiate it. Like #1 was Amhrán Na bhFiann, #2 was speaking Irish in class. Gaelbhratach is to promote speaking Irish more often.
By Holly Pendergast

Confirmation Art

This Year our school had to draw The Fruits of the Holy Spirits. We had to draw the Fruits of the Holy Spirits four years ago.
There is 9 fruits. Ellie, Zara, Jake and Holly drew the Fruits of the Holy Spirits. The rest of the class painted them and I think they did a very good job. They are very nice.
By Cian Lenihan

On Thursday the 27th of November, Zara won the Astellas Art Competition. The theme this year was all about saving Water and Lives. When Zara was at Astellas, They had lots of speeches. They also had lots of prizes and prepared lots of food and sweets. Zara was Highly Recommended and won a prize for herself and the school. She got lots of paints and lots of art materials. They had to split it among each classroom. Zara saw lots of peoples  art work from our school on the walls of Astellas. And lots from other schools.
By: Zara O’ Reilly.

On the 20th of November Mrs Quins held a clothes collection. Our school always does it because we have lot of jumpers, jackets and even some T-shirts in our cloakrooms. The school sent a text out to all of the parents to bring in old clothes. I f people brought in clothes they  were to be put in black bags. The clothes were put into a white van. Our class helped out taking the bags out to the van. And the white van will bring all the black bags to charity.
By: Jerry Griffin

On Thursday the 20th of November Brendan O’Sullivan came to our school. He came to teach us the tin whistle. Brendan came last year also and  though us tin whistle and though some people the guitar, accordion and the violin. J.J, Rachel and Aoife play the accordion. Liath plays the concertina, Conor plays the banjo and Cathal and Holly play the guitar. Brendan is teaching us the little diamond polka, Slip Jig and Polka Dealaí. Brendan is making us learn The Little Diamond Polka off by heart. Brendan also plays music and is very good at it.
By: Ellie Redmond

On Wednesday the 19th of November we had our Ceremony of Enrollment in Kiltallagh. It started at 7:30 P.M. Sir told us to be there at 7:20. There are 46 children making their Confirmation this year. There are 18 making their Confirmation from our school. Cian said he was going to pick St. Anthony as his Confirmation name. We are making our confirmation on the 27th of February.

Credit Union Art Competition.
On Friday the 14th of November. Holly won from our classroom[6th&5th]. She came second in the 11-13 category. The first place winner was Cillian Broadbery from Presention Secondary School and Eve Mackessy came third and all Hollys family went to the dinner and holly got a lovely trophy. She said she loved the night.

Halloween Fancy Dress.
On Friday 24th of October we had a fancy dress day in school. we had a fancy dress competition in our classroom and Cian won the best costume. We went bobbing for the apples and a lot of peoples face paint came off in the water. Everyone brought in two euro for temple street. As part of their trick or treat for temple street campaign. This is to raise money for Crumlin children’s hospital in Dulbin. . Some of the teacher dressed up as well. Mrs.Griffin dressed up as Dracula and Mr.Deleney dressed up as a surgeon after getting brain surgery.
By: Cian Lenihan

Goal jersey day
On Friday 19th of September our school had a goal jersey day. We have this every year the reason we have the jersey day is to raise funds for goal jersey day initiative. Goal is an international humanitarian agency dedicated to alleviating the suffering of the poorest of the poor. We are a non-denominational, non-governmental and non-political Organisation. Goal was founded in Dublin in 1977 by former sports journalist and former Chief Executive, John O’Shea. Since its inception, Goal has spent in excess of £790 million on humanitarian programmes in more than 50 countries
By: Holly Prendergast

Painting the pencil holders
On Friday the 3rd of October we had to paint our pencil holders. I painted my pencil holders multi-coloured and so did many other people. I am going to give one of my pencil holders to my nan and I am going to keep the other for myself. Jerry, Ellie, Holly and myself were the first to paint our pencil holders. I enjoyed it a lot
By: Cian Lenihan

Film festival 2014
On Friday 10th of October our school went to the film festival. The film festival this year was a series of small movies instead of one long movie. My stuffed granny was the first film. It was made by a Russian person. The second film was called Mr. Plastimime it was about a mime. The third film was called Rockmount it was based on Roy Keane when he was younger and played at rockmount. The fourth film was Sebastian and was black and white and was about a boy that could see colour instead of black and white. The fifth film was called Subs and it was about two boys who go to soccer training and they were the last ones left to be picked and became friends. The last movie was called Deadly and was a cartoon and was about a person taking the souls of old people and become friends with an old lady.
By: Holly Prendergast

Astellas Art Competition

Today we did our Astellas art competition. The topic for this year was Save water saves life. It’s all about saving water and lives. Everyone had different designs. Some people drew the world with water all around it. We hope someone wins this year, almost every year someone wins or gets highly recommended.
By: Zara O’Reilly

Football with Martin Horgan
On Tuesday the 13th of September Martin came to the school to do football with us. He takes them by room. He did lots of different drills with us. He does matches and games. He does it on the tarmac sometimes because the grass is wet. He will be coming for another 4 weeks. He is nice but strict.
By: Cathal Griffin

green schools
We had our first meeting on the 19/9/2014 at 2pm. This year our motto is maintain four and drive for five. our new is Mrs.Griffin, Mr.Ryan, Mr.Macgearailt, Mary Prendergast, Mary Murphy, Catherine O’Connor, Cian Lenihan, Jake O’Reilly, Marcus Lavery, Abbie Redmond and Dlyan Ladden. We would like to welcome Mrs.Griffin and Lara O’ Dowd and we would like to thank the parents for their work for the last 8 years.

By: Cian Lenihan.

new furniture
we got our new furniture on the 16th of September. Every classroom got new furniture.. Mrs Griffins class got a full transformation they got new tables and chairs and a new table for the teacher. Then Mr Ryan’s room got the second biggest transformation they got new tables and chairs. Then in the office they got a new table and comfy chairs wit cushion but last but not least Mr Mac Gearailt got a new teacher desk.
by Dearbhla Foley

Rugby with Ray
We had our first rugby class in the 15th of September and we will have it every monday for six weeks. We first had to catch the people with out the ball and then you had to run as fast as you can away so the new person with the ball will not catch you, we enjoyed the rugby.

By;Cian Lenihan

Devices with Infants
On Friday two teams go down to Mrs.Griffins classroom to let play with our device’s like I pods I pads blets of all sorts. we let them play games like Subway Surfer, maths games,Minecraft and spelling games and other games like that. Last year was our first year bringing down our devices to Mrs. Griffins room this is our second year going down.

field trip
On the 5th of September we had a field trip in the school yard. There were four teams. Over the week the team had to plan everything out. The team captains would give every one a job and on the last day you had to bring to school. Some people had to type dictionary work, fieldwork five and others had to draw a map of the school yard with the markings where they found the bugs, Others had to draw and colour pictures of bugs and some had to get rubbings of a tree bark or a leaf. On Thursday the 5th sir gave the captain instruments for their teams. They had pouters and tweezers magnify glass , we had to go around with the instruments to find bugs, then the teams had to get all together. then we had to vote for the best project the teams were 3 4 5 and 6 they were all very good. when we counted up all the votes team three won.
by Zara O’Reilly

By: Jerry Griffin

Decorations for Kerry v Donegal
We hung up our decorations on the 2nd of september. We have flags and poster hung up in the school and in the school yard we have a wheelbarrow in the wheelbarrow there is a teddy bear in the kerry colours. We have the flags along the gates and on the railings. we have the flags two big flags and they are on our basketball hoops

By: Cian Lenihan

Prayer Service
Every year we do a start of year prayer service to welcome in the junior infants and help us make the most of the new school term. At midterm we do another prayer service. Then at end of year prayer service we give thanks for the school year tp rember thoses you died during the school year and we say good bye to our six class students as they leave the school

By; Dearbhla Foley

Back to School
On the twenty sixth of August we came back to school and so did our former sixth class students who started secondary school. Nine new junior infants started this year. There are four boys and five girls. There names are Brandon, Drew, Odhran, Ryan, Ciara, Jayne, Kaylee May, Lily Mai and Robyn. we also have a new girl Ava who started third class today. She’s from Ballyfinnane. This year for the class situation is Mrs Griffin has junior infants, senior infants and first class. Mr Ryan has second, third and fourth class. Mr Mac Gearilt has fifth and sixth class

by: Holly Prendergast

Diary of Events 4th,5th and 6th Class
January 2012

Coach Our Spikeball coach is called Edward. He comes most Tuesdays. He only started coming last week. He comes for about an hour. Bringing us out for half an hour and then the smaller classes for about twenty minutes. Edward is about thirty five and has been doing spike ball for around twenty years. Edward will be coming for the next month or so to teach us spike ball, before the tournament that will be happening at the end of the month.
By Colin Foley

On the 12th of January we went down to the sports field for gymnastics. We were down there for 45 minutes, but didnt get much done because we had to be up again for 11 o’clock break. When we got down there we started off with some warm-ups, then the teacher showed us the fundamentals of gymnastics. Then Gary came out and did a few rolls for us. After that we got to try it for ourselves. Then the teacher told us to walk over a long stick or a volt, while we were on that we were allowd to do jumps and turns. We did all the activities on the mats, which belong to the school. We all enjoyed it and thanks to Keel GAA for supplying the clubhouse.
By Garret Prendiville

INEC Kilarney Music In The Classroom
Today we went to see Music in the classroom at the INEC in killarney. The RTE concert Orchestra were the people holding the concert. It was a good enough concert. In the orchestra there were many instruments violas , violons, chellos,double basses, french horns, and tuba to name just a few. The main theme of the concert was toby the tuba. They also played music from some films including Toy Story. It was realy good when they played you got a friend in me. The conductor told us to put our arm around the person sitting next to you. Then two Indiana Jones characters came on stage they were running around like maniacs! There was a game the other teams Indiana found the treasure but ours ran up to him and stole it. it was great fun. Sadly it wasnt our group who got the prize. We all had a great time!
By Micheal Griffin

Fire Station
On Wednesday the 18th of January we visited the fire station in Kilorglan. The firefighters gave us a tour around the fire station to see what it was like. They showed us the radio room, the kitchen, the classroom,The bathrooms, the cloakroom and outside. We got to use the hose. We got to see everything they used in an emergency and what was in the fire truck. Shay was one of the firefighters he showed us this really cool thing called the jaws of life. They are use to take the door off a car and other stuff too. It was really heavy, the firefighters were taught how to lift it. It was so stong that if you put it under the fire truck it would be able to lift it. We were split into two groups Damien Ouigg had one group and Sean Coffey had the other. We all had a great time and at the end we got stickers. When we came back to school we went on their website it showed them in action. It aslo had a tour of the station and all the firefighters names were on it.
By Nicole Murphy

Green Flag
On the sixteenth of January our classroom went out to check the water meter.It is out on the road so the teacher had to pick one student to go out and check it with him.While the rest of us and write down the numbers the boy or girl called out to us.We take down the reading every monday.Each week someone different will go out to check the meter.
By Sean Langford

On friday we went planting crocusses. Crocusses are a memorial of the Jewish people who were invaded by the Nazi’s. First of all we emptied the compost and stones out of the old beds. Then we put in new earth and stones in. Then we planted the crocuses bulbs. Finally we watered them and put them outside each classroom.
By Anthony O’ Shea.

Writer’s Week
We are entering a writing competition for writer’s week. You can write a story short, poem, limerick or an essay. We all chose a short story. You can write about anything, like maybe a scary story or a funny one; it could be fiction or non-fiction whatever you want. Everyone in the class is to write 500 words for the under 13 category except Clodagh Murphy only has to write 300 words because she is in under 9 category. There are prizes for first, second and third. Last year Clodagh Murphy came 3rd with her story and won some money. A few more years back Laura Prendergast came second also winning money. Let’s hope the school will have another winner this year. Good luck to everyone participating.
By Shauna Courtney.

Credit Union Class Quiz
On the 24th of January the teams were picked for the credit union quiz. The team for the under 11s is Caoimhe Evans, Lara Moriarty, Sean Langford and Sean Corcoran. Caoimhe is the captain for the under 11s. The under 13s team is Darragh O Brien, Nicole Murphy, Anthony O Shea and Micheal Griffin. Darragh O Brien is the captain for the under 13s. It is on the 3rd of February, we are all looking to it. We had a class quiz to decide who was to be on the team. The class quiz had 20 questions. The sub for the under 13s is Aoife Corcoran and the sub for the under 11s is Cara Clifford. They will come on the team if a team member can’t make it.
By: Lara Moriarty

February 2012

Green Schools Meeting Castledrum N.S. Wednesday 2nd February 2012 Present: Carla, JJ, Jerry, Colin, Anthony, Katherine, Miss Mary, Mary, Marian, P.J. and Ciaran.

Mr. Ryan opened the meeting by welcoming all present.
Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adapted.
Led by Mr. Ryan a discussion ensured on our application for our third Green Flag.
The meeting was informed that a toilet flush tracker system was introduced and in operation in all classrooms.
The committee was also informed that regular water metre readings were been taken in the school and that the weekly water consumption was in the region of three cubic metres.
Mr. Ryan suggested that the committee introduce a water survey grid/ bar chart to show same.
A visit to the water reservoir in the area was suggested as viable option as part of our Action Day. As well as tracking the path of the Broken River adjacent to the school.
The committee acknowledged and commented upon the great improvements made re: water conservation in the school over the past year particular reference was made to the upgrade of the plumbing system.
It was decided to start in earnest with our written application.
Next meeting was fixed for around 22nd of February.
Meeting was adjured by Mr Ryan at 2:40pm.
by Shauna Courtney

Catholic Schools Week
This week is catholic schools week. This is a very special time of year celebrated every year. This tear is the year of the Eucharist. On Wednesday the 1st of February we had a small prayer service for catholic schools week. This year we had our prayer service on grandparent’s day. So we had the prayer service in memory of them. The prayer service only lasted around twenty minutes. Miss Mary a former teacher of Castledrum came in to talk to us about how it was like to live around 1940. And she stayed for an hour.
By Colin Foley

Spike Ball Tournament
Today we went to Tralee to play spike bell. The team was Darragh O Brien, Nicole Murphy, Aoife Corcoran, Micheál Griffin, Anthony O Shea and Shauna Courtney we recorded the first third fourth and the semi-final. We came third overall. We won our first game and fourth and the quarter-final. We were very disappointed because we only lost by four points. We got taken there by John Corcoran and Jason Foley. They brought us home too. We had a great day and we got no homework! which was great
By Micheál Griffin.

Last weekend our teacher got two goldfish. We get to pick their names. The suggestions were Lightning and Thunder, Harry and Potter and Barbie and Ken. Whoever Sir picks will get a red star. We have to feed the fish twice a day. And also we have to clean their tank out about every month.
By Caoimhe Evans.

St. Brigid’s crosses
Today we made St. Brigid’s crosses in school. It was a lot of fun. Sir brought in some rushes and we brought in elastic bands. Everybody had a partner to make the crosses with it was hard at first but then we got a hang of it. Some people made big ones and and others made small ones. This is how to make a St. Brigid cross, first you bend all the rushes except one, second you put the bent rushes around the straight one and go clockwise or anticlockwise , thirdly you put your elastic band around the ends
By Sean Langford

Valentines Window Display
On the 6th of February the teacher put up the Valentines decorations. There are big letters in the middle of the window saying Lá Fhéile Valentine which means Happy Valentine’s Day. In the other windows there are posters with love-hearts on them and in the middle of the heart it says love. There are a few posters with splatters on it and hearts in the middle which are class. We used pink, purple and red to paint the pictures. HAPPY VALENTINES DAY!!!!!!!!
By Garret Prendiville.

Credit Union Quiz
On the 3rd of February the two quiz teams went to Miltown Secondary school For the Miltown credit union quiz. There was a lot of teams there. The questions were very hard. In the end our under11 team came 3rd which is a great achievement. Our under13 team came 4th which is again a good achievement. The under11 team got a trophy and a pencil case with pencils and rubbers. We all had great fun. We are looking forward to next years quiz.
By: Lara Moriarty.

Listowel Writers week
This year we found out that 4th, 5th and 6th had to do Listowel writers week again. The prize money would be big if we won. Clodagh is the only one who is in the under 9′s and everyone else is under 12′s.All the stories are very good and I wouldn’t be surprised if one of us won. When we get the stories back we will make a booklet for the stories. Good luck to everyone.
By: Darragh O’Brien

On the 14th of February the mobile farm came to our school. We went out to visit classroom by classroom. There was a goat, sheep, lambs, rabbits, ducks, a pig, chickens and a calf. There was a girl. She told us about the animals. She asked us what our young was called. We got 10 minutes to look at all of the animals and we got to pet and hold some animals. We got to hold the lambs. They were born last Friday. They were really big.
By; Aoife Corcoran

World book day
yesterday was world book day the first of March. World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world. This is the 15th year there’s been a World Book Day, and on 1st March children of all ages will come together to appreciate reading. Very loudly and very happily. The main aim of World Book Day in the UK and Ireland is to encourage children to explore the pleasures of books and reading by providing them with the opportunity to have a book of their own. Everyone gets a token for £1 off any book.
By Shauna Courtney

Last Friday everyone in our class put on plays. We had four plays altogether. All twenty students were split up into four groups with five people in each group. We had to write the play ourseleves in Irish with the help of our comhrá book. It was a competition to see whose group had the best conversation, props and coustumes. Team 6 won it. They had great conversation, props and coustumes. all the other groups were great too. By Anthony O’ Shea Comic Strips 5th and 6th class all made comic strips, two each. Everyone made comic strips for a lesson in our English lesson. A comic strip is a sequence of drawings arranged in interrelated panels to display brief humour or form a narrative, often serialized, with text in balloons and captions. After everyone finished their two comics it was made into a book for all the classroom to see and enjoy.
By Aoife Corcoran

The Incredible Edibles
Today we are planting incredibale eddibles. The incredible edibles are a fruit and veg package we got. We have turnip, Carrots, Strawberries, potateos and lettuce. We planted all of them in little pots and big ones. We were split up into pairs and we all have our own veg or fruit pot. We have to water them everyday to keep them growing and soon we will have lovely fruit and ved to eat. By Colin Foley National Tree week Last week was national tree week. All of our whole school went outside to the yard to plant some trees. We planted 6 trees altogether. We dug a hole with a shovel and then put the tree in. Three lucky students at the end of the day went home with a tree of their own, so they can celebrate National Tree week at home too. Everyone had a great day.

Boys Mini 7s
On Friday the boys had there mini 7′s. They joined up with fybough. There was 6 boys from our school and 4 from fybough going to Glenbeigh. The boys had to play Milltown and Glenbeigh. They beat Milltown and lost to Glenbeigh by 4 points. All the teams had the same number of points. So they put them in a hat and what every team that got pulled out were through. Milltown got pulled out so they played Glenbeigh. They lost that game. All in all they had a great day. St Patricks Day On the 17th of March it was Saint Patricks day, Lá Le Pádraig. Saint Patrick is Irelands patron saint. We celebrate Saint Patrick on this day. At our school we put up some decorations, a window display of lots of Irish pictures that we drew over the years.
By Caoimhe Evans

Girls Mini 7s
On the 16th of March Miltown pitch held the girls mini 7s. All the girls from 4th 5th & 6th class went to play. We joined up with fybough, they all went too. Our first game was against Miltown, we lost by one point. Our second game was against Caragh Lake, we lost by a lot. Since we didnt win any of the games we were out of the semi finals. We all had a great day anyway.
By Shauna Courtney

Water Project 2012 This year for our Green flag application we made a water project. We split into teams of four. We had to have it in for the 22nd of March as that was world water day. We also made a big board to stick our projects on to. So on the 22nd of March all the teams brought in their projects. Team 1 which was made up of Nicole and gang made a model of the water cycle starting in the water moving up to the clouds on to the mountain and back down to the water. It was very good. Team 2 made a video of them back at Inch Beach talking about water pollution. Team 3 made a slideshow which didn’t go to plan unfortunately. And then Team 4 made a mini well which was cool. Well done to everyone. By: Garret Prendiville

Easter Window display This year for Easter the techer put up Easter decorations. He stuck them up on the window so the people driving by could see them. There are pictures of Easter eggs, rabbits and baskets of Easter eggs. The colours that they were painted with are blue, green, orange, pink, purple and yellow. In the middle of the windows there are big letters saying CÁISC SHONA which means HAPPY EASTER in english. Happy Easter to everyone! By: Garret Prendiville.

March 2012

Green Schools Meeting Castledrum N.S. Friday 22nd March 2013. Present: Carla, JJ, Colin, Anthony, Darragh, Katherine, Miss Mary, Marian, PJ and Ciarán. 1. Mr. Ryan opened the meeting by welcoming all present. 2. Minutes of the previous meeting were read and adapted. 3. A discussion ensued on our application for our 3rd Green Flag. 4. The meeting was adjourned at 2:40pm. By: Garret Prendiville

Listowel Writers Week and The Kerryman. This year the Kerryman sent out a letter to all the schools in Kerry. The letter said that they had joined Listowel Writers Week and we had to make a poem. You could make a poem in English or Irish. There are four castegories. They are categoree 1 3rd and 4th class english, categoree 2 5th and 6th english, categoree 3 3rd and 4th class irish and categoree 4 5th and 6th class irish. A lot of people wrote about the seasons. The Kerryman will pick out a winner. Best of look to everyone.

P.E Hour. On the Wendesday the 28th of March we had a p.e hour from two to three o clock with Mr. Ryans classroom. There were seven teams of six and there were seven stations with some sort of activity there. The stations were, station 1: basketball, station 2: obstacle course, station 3: tennis, station 4: penalty shoot out, station 5: cricket, station 6: hula hoops and station 7 skipping. Half way through we had to take a break for a drink of water because it was roasting hot. We all enjoyed it and thanks to Mr. Ryan and Mr. Macgearailt for organising it. By: Garret Prendiville

Titanic project This year to commerate the Titanic we decided to do a project on the Titanic. We split into five teams they are: team 1: Anthony, Darragh, Garret and Micheal, team 2: Nicole, Shauna and Aoife, team 3: Caoimhe, Lara, Cara, Molly and Clodagh, team 4: Sean, Colin, Darragh and Liam, team 5: Gary, Killian, Sean and Patrick. To start off the project Patrick brought in an excellent replica of the Titanic. The deadline is the 10th of May. Best of luck to everyone. By: Garret Prendiville

Green Flag Last week we got our 3rd green flag. The flag this year is for water. Last year the flag was for energy and the year before that was for recycling. The committee this year is Mr Ryan, Mr Macgearailt, Ms Marian, Miss Mary, Catherine, Carla, JJ, Jerry, Darragh, Colin and Anthiny so well done to them. The flag will arrive in the school in the coming weeks and we will have a party to celebrate it. Well done to everyone. By: Garret Prendiville

2012/2013 School year:September 2012

Basketball On Friday 14th we had P.E and we played basketball we made 4 teams. The captain of team 1 was Caoimhe, the captain of team 2 was Lara, the captain of team 3 was Colin and the captain of team 4 was Sean Langford we had lots of fun. by Gary Murphy

Back to School This year we went back to school on the 3rd of September. We welcome to our classroom Holly Prendagast, Zara O’Reilly, Ellie Redmond, Dearbhla Foley, Cian Lenihan, Cathal Griffin and Jerry Griffin. Our teacher also picked out the teams randomly. There are five people on each team. The people on team 3 are Colin Foley, Clodagh Murphy, Killian Murphy, Sean Corcoran and Ellie Redmond. The people on team 4 are Sean Langford, Gary Murphy, Liam Clifford, Cathal Griffin and Zara O’Reilly. The people on team 5 are Caoimhe Evans, Annmay Broonfield, Darragh O Dowd, Molly Donohue, Jerry Griffin and Cian Lenihan. The people on team 6 are Lara Moriarty, Cara Clifford, Patrick Cocoran, Dearbhla Foley and Holly Prendagast! And we all hope that this term of school will be fun by Clodagh Murphy

Green Flag This week we picked our green flag committe. The people who are on the team from our classroom are Holly Predagast from 4th class, Patrick Cocoran from 5th ans Sean Langford from 6th class ! These people will now go to the meetings with the teachers and other people who were picked from other classrooms . By Sean Langford

Music class A man named Conor came to the school. He had an accordion and a tin whistle. He wrote peg Ryans’s on the board and Jim Wards jig then he played Peg Ryan’s Jim Wards jig. He came from 2 to 3 o clock. We all had lots of fun. By Sean Cocoran

Muesuem artifact Today we did our Muesuem Artifact.Everyone read their presitation and showed their Artifact.After that everyone nominated people the person had to get at least two votes to get to the final of the voting.People kept geting knonked out until their was only three left.Then that gave us first, second and third.First was Patrick Corcaran,second was Lara Moriarty and third was Cara Clifford.They won one green star and three red stars for their team. By Lara Moriarty

Prayer Servise We had a Prayer Servise in our school. All the classes in the school came to watch us. We all had our chairs in a row. 6th and 5th did the readings and 4th played tin whistle with us. In the middle of the room there was a table with the candle and the Alive-o book onm it. Everyone enjoyed the prayer servise we did for them and we enjoyed preparing and doing our parts in the prayer servise.

Decorations Our school put up green and gold decorations to show our support for the Kerry ladies football team. We had great fun decorating the front of our school and when we were finished it looked really well. We wish them the best in their final. By : Caoimhe Evans

Food Dudes Today we are starting our Food Dudes program again. Each week we bring in fruit and veg and then get prizes and certificates. Mr Mac Gearailt checks it each week to make sure we are bringing in the right stuff. We only started doing the program last year. We watched a DVD every two days last year, and the fruit and veg was delivered each day. By; Colin Foley

Halloween Costumes On the 29th of October we dressed up for our Halloween Party. We played bob the apple with crab apples, and some people dressed up as ghosts and witches. After playing the games we went outside ro play football. The people that didnt want to play football played basketball instead. After a good game of football we went back inside and watched a movie. We went home at 3 o clock. County Final We got into our County Final and we were playinng against Tousist. We played them in Auston Stacks Stadium under lights at 6;00. This was our team our goal keeper Sean Langford, our three backs Sean Corcoran, Darragh O Dowd and Liam Clifford, our two midfielders Caoimhe Evans and Colin Foley, Colin was our captain, and last but not least our forwards were Gary Murphy, Killian Murphy and Dylan Moriarty. Tousist were very good and they beat us, we were very disappointed but we kept our heads held up high and we were proud to get into the final. By; Colin Foley

Castledrum VS Ballinskellig On Friday 16th of November we played Ballinskellig in Cromane football pitch. Out captain was Caoimhe Evans, nine aside with Sean Langford in goal, corner backs Darragh O Dowd and Liam Clifford and our full back Sean Corcoran, Colin Foley and Caoimhe Evans (c) were midfield, Gary Murphy and Dylan Moriarty were our corner forwards and then there was Killian Murphy our full forward. It was a great battle of a match, both team putting in all their effort but the end result was Castledrum 6-10 Ballinskellig 4-9. By; Colin Foley

Ventry Match We were playing Ventry N.S on a wet, cold and windy day so we knew that it was going to be a hard match. It was meant to be a semi-final but turned out to be a quarter-final but it was alright because we won by seven points. It was a great game. The two teames were drawing at half time, but we were against the wind. But we had the wind in the second half so we won by a lot, so everybody was glad to be in the semi-final. By; Colin Foley Green Schools Meeting With

Angela Wall Last week a woman called Angela Wall came in to our school to talk about our 4th green flag. This flag i about travelling to school. She talked about park and stride. This is when you park your car somwhere and then walk the rest of the way to your location. She also talked about other ways you might like to come to school like bus, park and stride, casrpool, bike, walk and other ways. By; Colin Foley

Science Morning Today we had our science morning, it was realy fun. There were a lot of really cool experiments. Jerry did a rocket thing where he put a tablet into water and then it exploded. Everyone loved it. We made groupes and the four captains were the people from 6th. They were Colin Foley, Caoimhe Evans, Sean Langford and Lara Moriarty. There were a lot of differnt experiments. By; Colin Foley

Enrolment Ceremony On the 21st of November 5th and 6th class went to Killtalagh church to enrole for confirmation, Fybough, Castlmaineand Ballyfinane were there aswell. Darragh O Dowd and Molly Donohoe went up at the start of the ceremony bringing up a candle and the enrolment leaflets. All of us had to sit with one of our parents or sponcers and the teachers went around to light the candle, then on child from each school went up to say a prayer of the faithfull Cara read it for Castledrum. By; Colin Foley

Christmas Window Display On the 3rd of December we put up our Christmas Window display. The display said Nollaig Shonna. Nollaig Shona translated into English means Happy Christmas. Darragh O Dowd, Dearbhla Foley and Patrick Corcoran went outside this morning around 11:30 to pose for a picture. Putting up the window display in our school marks the official opening of December and Christmas. We also put up all the decorations inside the classroom as well. By: Colin Foley

The Keel Walk Name Competition On Wednesday the 5th of December a lady came to talk to us about walking. She gave us cards showing where is a good to walk and routes. Then she asked usc to make up a name for the walk and draw a picture of what you might see. Everyone drewc up a oicture and sometimes another one and a name, we thought all the drawings were very good and colourful. We hope someone from the classroom will win, Good luck to everybody. By; Colin Foley

Keel Christmas Art Competition This week we entered an art competition for the Keel Christmas Market. The theme was for The Gathering Ireland, and some people just did a christmas theme aswell. There were different categories for each class. Our class was in the 3rd and 4rth class catagory and the 5th and 6th class catagory. Each student would draw a picture for the competition and give it to in to the teacher in school and soon they will be given to some one in the market. By; Colin Foley

Dodgeball Last week for P.E we played dodgeball. Mr Mac Gearailt picked two teams outside, I was on the 2nd team and we won. We had fair teams so it was really fun. We had loads of fun playing it and we hope we do it again. By; Colin Foley

Our Projects A few weeks ago the teacher told us that we were going to do a Local History Project. There were three groupes of three and six groups of two. They were very good projects with two groupes bringing in display and two other groupes bringing in videos. Ross Castle and The South Pole Inn were brought in as displays. They were all good but there could only be three winners. 1st place went to Lara and Caoimhe, 2nd place went to Clodagh and Annamay, and 3rd place went to Sean L, Gary and Liam. They were all great and they all deserved to win. By; Colin Foley

Credit Union Art Competition A few weeks ago our teacher gave ous A sheet of paper with Santa Claus on it for the Credit Union Art Competition. Yesterday we got the results back, Clodagh Murphy won. She coloured Santas clothes red and his sack brown with little patches, and she drew a little christmas tree with presents in the background. She got little pizes too, a little selection box. We are glad she won and all the pictures were really good. By; Colin Foley Crocus Plants A few days ago we planted our crocus plants. We plant the crocus bulbs every year. We plant them because they look nice. We all have so much fun planting them. We bring out three tables from the classroom and then we put the pots up on the table and plant them. Every winter we put them into a shed that we have around the back of the school to shield them from the cold and to allow them t0 sprout, then we take them out in January again. Each week a different person waters them. By; Colin Foley

Snowfall Today when we all got to school there was snow all over the ground. At break all of the school had a massive snowball fight, and some people made snowmen, and then joined the fight. We all had so much fun, and we were trying to make the most os the snow because we thaught the snow would only be here for a day, but to everybodys surprise there was still snow there the next day. And we all went to play in the snow again. By; Colin Foley

Spikeball Today we did spikeball. A Polish spikeball teacher came in to teach us about the game, his name is Ed. There is a spikeball tournament on Monday in Killarney. Colin, Caoimhe, Lara and Sean are going. The teacher had to pick three other people to go aswell. They are Gary, Darragh and Molly and we hope we win. By; Colin Foley

Football With Martin On Tuesday the 15th of Januarywe had football. Our football trainer is called Martin Horgon. We practised kick passing and catching the ball over our heads. Then we played a match. There were three teams, team one’s captain was Jerry, team two’s captain was Cian, team three’s captain was Cathal. Team 1 won 0 games, team 2 won 1 game and team 3 won 1 game. By; Colin Foley

Jep Rolls and Responsibilities

Credit Union Teams On Friday the 17th of January we had our Credit Union School Quiz to figuer out who would be on the teams. The teacher asked all the pupils 20 questions, and whoever got the highest score is on the team. The under 11′s team is, Cathal, Sean C, Clodagh and Ellie and the under 13′s team is Liam, Colin, Sean L, Killian and Caoimhe. We will be representing the school and we hope we do very well. By; Colin Foley

JEP Rolls and Responsibilities Today Mr Mac Gearailt gave us our Rolls and Responsibilities. Everybody is on the Design and Production Team. On the Marketing Team there is, Clodagh, Anna May, Darragh, Ellie, Zara, Jerry, Cian, Cathal, Dearbhla and Holly. On the Finance Team there is, Darragh, Cian and Cathal. On the Public Relations team there is, Colin, Sean L, Lara and Caoimhe. And on the Sales Team there is, Liam, Killian, Cara, Sean C, Patrick, Molly, Gary, Cian, Caoimhe, Clodagh, Lara and Darragh.

Grandparents Day Prayer Service On the 1st of Febuary we had our Grandparents Prayer Service, all the school gathered in Mr. Mac Gearailt’s classroom for it. Fourth, Fith and Sixth class started off by playing the Foggy Dew on the tin whistle, it was followed by some readings by sixth class, then we sang a song, we had more readings from fifth, then we played Jim Wards Jig on the tin whistle, some final readings from fourth class, and we finished on a song. By; Colin Foley

St. Bridgid’s Crosses On Tuesday 29th of January we made St. Bridgid’s Crosses. It was lots of fun. We put every two tables together. There were four people at every table. We did it for an hour in the morning until the 11 o clock break. It was great fun and everybody had a St. Bridgit’s Cross to take home. By; Colin Foley

Rounders On Monday 3rd of Febuary, Dylan Prendergast came to our school. He organised and refereed games of Ro0under’s with us. He picked 3 teams. My team got to the final but we lost to Caoimhe’s team. First of all there was a quarter final, a semi final and then the final. All the teams were fair so we all had a really good time. We hope we do it again sometime soon. By; Colin Foley

Science Quiz There is a science quiz on in Tralee on Thursday the 28th of Febuary . We have to send three pupils from classes 4th, 5th and 6th. From 4thb four people wanted to go . Deaarbhla, Ellie, Holly and Zara. So sir had to do a mini quiz and Holly, Ellie and Zara got the highest scores so they were the three pupils from 4th. Nobody from fifth wanted to go. From 6th class Sean L, Caoimhe and Lara got to go. By; Colin Foley

St. Patrick’s Day On Sunday the 17th of March Castledrum National School participated in the Milltown Parade, our theme was Junior Entrepreneur Programme. We wore our t-shirts we designed ourselves. We won two trophy’s, one for taking part and the other for best group. There was a massive crowd there cheering for everyone. We had banners that we made at school during the week. By; Colin Foley

T-Shirts On Monday we had sent out a note saying that our t-shirts which we had designed will go on sale on Tuesday for ten euro each. On Tuesday we sold 39 t-shirts and we made three hundred and ninety euro. On Wednesday we sold another 15 t-shirts. On Thursday we sold 8 more and we sold 8 on Friday aswell. Then on Friday we were given 2 t-shirts each to sell at home. We had a contest to see who would sell the most t-shirts. By; Colin Foley

Lá Le Pádraig On Friday the 8th of March we put up our Lá Le Pádraig display on our window outside the school. St. Patrick’s day is coming up and everyone is excited because we are going to be taking part in the Milltown St. Patrick’s day parade. We will be trying to promote our JEP project by wearing our hand painted t-shirts By; Colin Foley

Louise Quill Last week a woman called Louise Quill came in to talk to us about children in Africa and the food they eat. They showed us photos of them in the place they work. The place they work is called Tir na Nog. It is and orphanage. There are about 17 children in Tir na Nog. Tir na Nog is in Tanzania. By; Colin Foley

T-shirt painting Today we started off painting our t-shirts in our school. It started off with sixth class painting the t-shirts because we did not have enough paints for everyone in the class. Our teacher had already had some paints in the classroomfor us. He also had some t-shirts ordered from the internet and they would be here for Monday. We got the t-shirts of Sean Langfords mom. We will hopefully have all the t-shirts done by Friday and have started selling them by Tuesday. By; Colin Foley

The Pledge On Saturday the 2nd of March and on Sunday the 3rd the pupils that are makinng their confirmation went to mass to recieve the pledge. The pledge involves not taking any alcoholic drink until you are 18 years of age and never to take any non prescribed drugs. The pupils from Castledrum, Castlemaine, Fybough and Ballyfinane stood up and answeared questions that the priest asked. Then the people from the community stood up and promised to help the children to follow their promise. By; Colin Foley

Angela Wall A woman called Angela Wall came to our school to talk to us about the 4rth green flag. The 4rth green flag is about travel. She told us what other schools did to get the freen flag. She said that one school wore highlighted vests in the car so they could be seen when they got out of the car. She asked us questions about who traveled by car, cycled and who walked. She was really happy with what we had done. She said to keep it up.

September 2013

Back to school

On the 28th of August we returned to school for another year. The four pupils from 6th left to go to secondary school and eleven pupils from 3rd class came into our classroom. A new teacher started in the infant class along with five new infants. When we came back our classroom also had lots of new tables because the old ones were all covered in tipex and pen. Well that’s all that happened on the first day.

By Molly Donohoe

New Furniture

On the 28th when we all came back to school we all came into the classroom and saw that the school had got us brand new tables! They are nicer than the other tables that we had last year. The only rule is this year is that we are not allowed to write or mark them because they were very expensive.We are all delighted to get new tables

By Clodagh Murphy

Ms Griffin comes to school: Ms Griffin is the name of the new teacher we got to replace Ms Marian who retired last year. Ms Griffin will be teaching the junior and senior infant classes. We all are very excited that she will be teaching here. She will be teaching the five new people that started junior infants. Ms Griffin used to teach in Glenbeigh school before she came to our .

By: Sean Corcoran

Start of year prayer Service: On Friday 30th of August we held our Start of year prayer service. We were practicing since we had come back to school. The start of year pray service is where we welcome the new infants and staff to the school. This year we held it out in the prefab and everyone was there. By Annamay Broomfield

Roald Dahl Day:
Today is Roald Dahl day and the teacher let us dress up as charecters from his books. I dressed up as fantastic Mrs Fox. A lot of people dressed up as Mitilda and they all looked pretty in their blue dresses. Some people dresses up as the twits, witches, The hunters from Fantastic Mr fox, cats and lots more of his charecters ! At the end of the day we are going to have a competition for best dressed. The winner gets 2 red stars. I think everyone did their best and we should all win but only one person will win. Good luck to everyone!
By: Clodagh Murphy

Agri Aware Poster Competition:
On Friday the 11th of September we had to draw a poster to promote farm safety. The competition was called Agri Aware poster competition. The winner got their poster copied on to a pair of willies for them and their classmates. Some people drew animals, lakes, machinery, slurry pits and other stuff too. Runners will get a fifty euro book voucher. I hope someone in our school wins.
By Cara Clifford

Football with Martin:
Last Tuesday we stared football again with Martin Horgan. We do lots of football training and drills. He shows us how to do solos, Fist pass, pick up the ball properly and so on. All the classes go out for football even the infants! We all love football and thinks its lots of fun and he lets us make our own teams and sometimes lets us plays matches with each other. We all love football!
By Killian Murphy

life in the school yard:
Last week the teacher said we would be doing the fieldtrip again and we all got into our teams and gave out the jobs. Like camera work and art and displays ect. Then our teacher let us vote on how we would so it this year and we voted on scrapbooks. So we all had a week to work on the field trip. So when the day finaly came to bring in the all things every team had some sort of display. Team 3 Made a model of a mini beast playground and it was wonderful, Team four made a model of the school, Team five also make a model of the school, and Team six made a paper maché ant and ant nest. At the end we all voted and team four won with eight votes.
By Liam Clifford

COW / WOW/ And park and stride:
Yesterday the teacher told us to encourage walking to school and cycling for the Transport Green flag. Lots of people decided to ditch their cars to walk or cycle and it was a great turn out and we are planning to do this nearly every Wednesday. I myself is going to cry cycle and walk to school. By Darragh O’ Dowd

Repainting of the bird table:
Yesterday we brought our bird house and feeder out of the shed for the birds. Then the teacher asked if a few of the boys could repainted seeing as it was in the shed all summer, and they said yes. They painted it a nice shade of brown and it now looks lovely, I hope the birds appreciate our hard work for their little house!
By Gary Murphy

Keel decorations:
On the 21st of September keel played St.Pats in Fitzgerals stadium in Killarney. keel won by 7pts. On the 12th of October they are playing in Austin stack park against Glenbeigh in the final. Yesterday we made decorations to support keel. Cara and Molly painted a white board blue and yellow for keel colours, Clodagh painted the crest and Cian and Ellie helped the teacher put flags up outside. We hope keel win.
By Cara Clifford

P.E On Friday

On Friday we played rounders and dodge ball. We were split into 4 teams. Teams 3 & 4 played dodge ball first and team 5 & 6 played rounders. After an half an hour we switched. Team 4 won dodge ball and team 6 won rounders. Dodge ball was played on the concrete and Rounders was played on the grass. It was enjoyable and we all enjoyed the exercise!
By Molly Donohoe

October 2013

Match vs. Castlemaine

Yesterday we played Caslemaine school in a football match. We all were very excited to be playing them. Last year when we played them we beat them. This time when we played them we lost. At half time in the match the score was 4 goals and 4 points for us and 5 goals and 5 points to Castlemaine. After half time Castlemaine got a lot better and got a big lead. We did get 2 goals back but it wasn’t enough.
By: Sean Corcoran


On the second Friday of the school year we had p.e . This time we did basketball. There were four teams. Each match was played on half a court. The team 4 was playing team 6 on one side of the court when team 3 played team 5 five on the other side of the court. It was really fun. Team four beat team six in one of the two semi finals. Team three beat team five in the other semi finals. In the final team four beat team three by a lot. In the losers final team 3 played team 6 and team three won.
By: Liam Clifford


On the ninth of October first second third fourth fifth sixth classes went swimming. It was really fun. They thought us how to swim. They put us into three groups. One group was in the babys pool another group was people who know how to swim and the other group was people that were really good at swimming. We left the school at twelve o clock. We got home at around half two it was great.
By: Molly Donohoe

Museum Artefacts

On Wedensday we all had to bring in old things for this years museum. Some people brought in old phones,sewing machines ect. Then we had to rate them out of thirty. When everyone made up there mind we voted. In first place was Annamay with her lava rock from mount Everest. In a joint second was Clodagh and Aoife, Clodagh brought in a sword and Aoife brought in a old wood antique. I thought they were all good and all diserved to win.
By: Clodagh Murphy

Window Display
Every year we put up decorations for Halloween, Christmas, Easter ect. Today we put up the Halloween decorations for this year. They say Happy Halloween in Irish and English. We also put decorations in the classroom such as vampires, bats, skulls, witches, masks and lots of other things. We also painted pictures which are also displayed on the window. It’s nice to put up decorations to celebrate the occasion.
By Killian Murphy

JEP Flag Launch

Tuesday was a very exciting day for us because we were launching our JEP flag. We are 1 in 14 schools to have it, nad we are very proud. The Mayor of Kerry came especially to launch it, he also gave a short speech. Then we raised the flag we were all so proud. Then afterwards we had a little party, the parents kindly suplied the food and drink. We all had so much fun, I hope we can maybe win more in the future.
By Clodagh Murphy

November 2013

Music Classes with Brendan O Sullivan

On the 5th of November Brendan O Sullivan came to our school to teach 1st to 6th classes Tin Whistle. Brendan went into Mr Ryans class first, he spent 30 minutes in their and then came into our class. Brendan brought in his fiddle and played that while we played the Tin Whistle. Some people brought in their own instruments. Darragh and Cian brought in their guitars, Cathal brought his violin and J.J brought his accordian. Brendan will be coming to teach us for the next 10 weeks, we hope to really improve by the time he we are finished. We really enjoyed our music classes.
By Cara Clifford

Halloween Dress-Up

Two weeks ago before our Halloween holidays all the school dressed up. Most girls dressed up as witches and most of the boys dressed up as zombies. We all brought in sweets to share and watched a movie called War horse. Zara brought us all in lovely cupcakes that tasted lovely and they were also Halloween themed.
By Molly Donohoe

Astellas Art Competition Winner.

A few weeks ago Astellas had a drawing competition and the theme was A Greener Cleaner World. And today Astellas rang to tell us that Jake O Reilly from 4th class had won. He drew a wonderful Recycling symbol with little things in the back round. We all very happy for him and we all knew his drawing was very good and some of us thought he would win. I thought all the drawing were good, some people drew other recycling symbols, some drew windmills, Electric cars ect. But I thought they were all good and every should get a prize.
By Killian Murphy

Match vs ceannn tra

Last week we played conn tra. We played in lispole. The pitch was crap.Our team was:Killian in goals Cian and Cathal corner backs Liam was full back. Sean and Darragh were midfield. Gary and Dylan were corner forwards and JJ was full forward. We lost but they were way better.
by liam Clifford

Music classes with Brendan o Sullivan

On the 5th of November Brendan o Sullivan came to our school to teach 1st to 6th classes tin whistle. Brendan went into Mr Ryans class first, he spent 30 minutes in their and then came into our class. Brendan brought in his fiddle and played the tin whistle. Some people brought in their own instruments. Darragh and Cian brought in their guitars, Cathal brought his violin and j.j brought his accordion. Brendan will be coming to teach us for the next 10 weeks, we hope to really improve by the time he we are finished. we really enjoyed our music classes.
by cara Clifford

JEP Flag Launch

Tuesday was a very exciting day for us because we were launching our JEP flag. We are 1 in 14 schools to have it, and we are very proud. The mayor of Kerry came especially to launch it, he also gave a short speech. Then we raised the flag we were all so proud.Then we rasied the flag we were all so proud. Then afterwards we had a little party, the parents kindly supplied the food and drink. we all had so much fun,i hope we can maybe win more in the future
by Clodagh murphy

Keel window display

Last Friday we out up a window display. It was for Keel they were about to play in the Junior County Final against Glenbeigh and guess what… KEEL WON!! There was great celeabrations that night. That Monday the Keel team came to the school. We were all excited to see them. They signed our jerseys and took photos with us. It was an awesome day.
By Darragh O Dowd

Active Schools meeting (minutes)

. Minutes of last meeting, plans of meetings going forward.
. Committee structure discussed
. Rep of each class 1th-6th, Community/parent rep, secretary, teachers.
. Roles of reps discussed
. PE Equipment: New location of equipment
. -Care of equipment- mis-uses of equipment
-reps can come up with ideas for new equipment-
. Noticeboard: cut down amount of stuff: compact information
. Active Schools slogan review: competition for new one
. PE activities in the school:
-Option of Keel Walkway
-Station teaching with the whole school (PE hour)
. Inform parents by use of notes/blog/twitter
. Photo of committee taken


Water Gauge

Today we went outside to look at the water gauge Mr Ryan put in the river. It is used to tell how high and low the water is going to go during the winter. We are using it to help us get our maths and science award. We will go outside and examine the gage and take a photo so at the end of December we can see how different it was.
by Killian Murphy

Astellas art competition

On Monday we got a letter back from the Astellas art completion, Jake O’Reilly won in his age category. Jake went to Killorglin where the Astellas office is last Wednesday, he got art supplies and his drawing was published into the 2014 Astellas calendar. We were delighted for Jake and will be entering the competition next year and hope to do that well again.
By Molly Donohoe

Munster Final

Keel was playing on Sunday,guess who won? Not our team… just kidding Keel won!! There was big celebrations that night in the pubs. And they also came to our school just yesterday with the cup. We wrote a song and a prayer for the Keel team and they loved it! It was a great day.
By Sean C

Christmas Decorations

Last Wednesday we put up our Christmas decorations in school. Holly helped Mr.McGearailt putting them up. There is a lot of decorations up in all the classrooms. Cara and Molly helped Mrs.Griffin put them up in the Juniors Classroom. We all cant wait for the Christmas holidays and to get lots of presents.
By Liam Clifford


Yesterday Mr. Ryan came into our classroom with his laptop so we could Skype another school in Ireland. We Skyped another school in Wexford, they told us about their school, and facts about Wexford it’s self. They also asked us questions about our Parish and school. They also asked us what we liked to do when we are board, the most popular answer was to play X-box! They also asked us our favourite games such as Call of Duty, Assaisins Creed, Fifa, Pokemon and lots more. It was so much fun and we all loved it and we are planning to skype other people too. Then Mr. Ryan told us about mystery Skyping and we all loved the idea.
By Clodagh Murphy

Christmas Play

Yesterday we had our Christmas play in the church. It went very well there was loads of family and friends of the children at the church. The play was what happened the night Jesus was born, we had 6 story tellers and about 12 different actors. Zara was the angel and Marcus and Sophie were Mary and Joseph. It was a lot of fun and we will be doing another play in 2 years time.
By Cara Clifford

January 2014
Last Tuesday we went out for football again with Alan. We do lots of football training and drills. He shows us how to do solos, Fist pass, pick up the ball properly and so on. All the classes go out for football even the infants! We all love football and thinks its lots of fun and he lets us make our own teams and sometimes lets us plays matches with each other. We all love football!

Spikeball Today we did spikeball. A Polish spikeball teacher came in to teach us about the game, his name is Ed. There is a spikeball tournament on Monday in Killarney. Liam, Killian, Sean , Cara and Clodagh are going. The teacher had to pick three other people to go as well. They are Cain and Holly and we hope we win.


Credit Union Teams On Friday the 17th of January we had our Credit Union School Quiz to figuer out who would be on the teams. The teacher asked all the pupils 20 questions, and whoever got the highest score is on the team. The under 11′s team is, JJ, Conor, Zara and Jake and the under 13′s team is Liam, Cathal, Cara and Holly . We will be representing the school and we hope we do very well

Catholic schools week
This week is catholic schools week. This is a very special time of year celebrated every year. On Monday the 27th of Jan we had a small prayer service for catholic schools week.everyone From baby infants to 3rd class was there. The prayer service only lasted around twenty minutes. we played two tin whistle tunes and four songs. Everyone was happy at the end and we went back to class

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On Friday we went planting crocuses. Crocuses are a memorial of the Jewish people who were invaded by the Nazi’s. First of all we emptied the compost and stones out of the old beds. Then we put in new earth and stones in. Then we planted the crocuses bulbs. Finally we watered them and put them outside each classroom.


Music class A man named Brendan came to the school. He had an violin . He wrote peg Ryans’s on the board and Jim Wards jig then he played Peg Ryan’s Jim Wards jig. He came from ten to half ten. We all had lots of fun


On Friday we made St Brigids.
It was a lovely day and our teacher said that we sould do them outside, so we brought out five tables and started to make our crosses


On Monday we put up a valentines window display. It was very nice and romantic.
They were all paintings of hearts.
We put a lot of work into it .


We did awriting competiton on writing.
It is called Writers Week.
Everybody in the class had to write a story on any topic they want.
We posted them
February 5, 2014

Yesterday we got something in the post about an An Post Competiton.
We lucked at the website and they showed us how to make a post box out of an old shoe

Blog by Darragh O Dowd for this month 🙂


Devices to Infants
On the 14th of March 13 people went down to Mrs Griffin’s Class with Ipods, Ipads, and phones. We did this because 2 out of the 3 classes bring in gadgets. We will be doing this every Friday to try and earn a digital schools award.
By Cara Clifford

Mission priest
On Tuesday the 18th of March a Mission priest came to our school. He was telling us about the stations of the cross. He played a game with us. He had something in his pocket abd said whoever could guess what it was he would give it to them.First of all he carries it everywhere with him. Everyone guessed a wallet or a phone but they were wrong, then he said he had lots of fun with it . Ellen guessed a bouncy ball and she was right so she got to keep it. Then he put on two songs and we all danced around to them. He said there will be a mass on every day this week at 7 o clock in the morning for any one who can be there.
By Cara Clifford

Sult na nog
On the 2nd of February Cara, Aoife and Liath danced in a set dancing competition and came 1st. We danced the sliabh lurca. Now they are going up to Galway on the 23rd of March for the Munster Finals. They hope to place somewhere. We danced against 4 teams. They were very good. We dance with 6 other girls from Ballyfinane.
By Cara Clifford

Pancake Tuesday
On the 4th of March we brought in pancakes. There was to many people in the classroom to make the pancakes in the morning. We all had pancakes. Patrick and Gary brought in pancake makers. Some people brought in toppings. We were eating then for a half an hour then we had to go back to work. But we all enjoyed our pancakes.
By Liam Clifford

Listowel art competition
Last Saturday I went to the Listowel art competition. It was in Listowel. I had great fun. Cian Lenihan was there with me. I drew a hand holding a racket and Cian Lenihan drew a basketball. It was a great day.

Seachtan na gaeilge
This week Ireland is celebrating seachtan na gaeilge. We sang songs such as An maidrin rua, Ta na baid and many more. When we practised the songs a few pupils volunteered to read an Irish poem but we didn’t have enough time to read them. Then on Thursday all of the pupils went out onto the yard and did a quiz. Everyone was split into ten teams. Cathal’s team came 1st then Clodagh’s team came 2nd and Molly’s team came 3rd. Now on Friday 4th, 5th and 6th are doing a role-play with four teams. Everyone can’t wait!!
By Molly Donohoe

Gaa project
Today we presented out Keel Gaa project that we were working on for the last two months. It was all about the progress Keel made in the Junior Championship. Cian’s project won and he got two green stars for his team.

St Patricks day posters
We are preparing for the St Patricks day parade. We are making two posters for it. We split up into three teams of three. Two teams went out every day to draw the posters. When that was finished we all took turns at going out to the prefab to paint the posters. There were three people on each team. We had great fun painting the posters.
By Gary Murphy

Heritage and schools
On Tuesday a lady came in teaching us about the Stone Age. She taught us about this boy from France and the cave. The boy and his dog were playing and the dog fell down a hole. The boy went to his friends for help. They went down the hole and found the dog but they were in a cave. In this cave was Stone Art. The Stone Art was thousands of years old. Me and the rest of the class found it interesting and cool.
By Killian Murphy

St Patrick day window display
Every year we put up posters about St Patricks day. The posters we put up we drew them ourselves. We drew the posters a few years ago. The posters are orange with green letters. The letters say St Patrick in Irish which is La Le Phardraig. There are pictures of shamrocks aswell between all the words
By Sean Corcoran


Art with Ms Sheehan
On Wednesday Ms.Sheehan came to the school and did art with us. We did step by step drawing and we all drew a roses,chickens and a puppies. We had to draw all the steps out. There was five steps for every picture. We all had great fun drawing them.
By Gary Murphy

Painting of the raised beds
On the 1st of April (April fools day) Cara, Molly, Clodagh and Darragh re-painted the vegetable beds. There were three beds, Cara painted one, Clodagh painted one, Molly Painted one and Darragh did another coat on all of them again. Cara and Aoife’s dad made the vegetable 3 years ago. And ever since we have been growing vegetables in them
By Annamay Broomfield

Garda visit
Today a Garda came in to talk to us about his job and safety on the roads. The Garda talked about texting strangers online, wearing seatbelts, wearing high-vis jackets. After that he showed us his safety equipment. He had hand-cuffs, pepper-spray, a baton and a flash-light. It was very interesting and we thought it was fun.
By Molly Donohoe

Stain Glass Windows
Last Friday we did art. We made Stain Glass Windows with different scenes on them. Some people made ocean designs and some people made vases with flowers. They were all very Unique in their on ways and very colourful too! I think they were all very pretty and I bet they made beautiful colours when you hang them up on a window.
By Clodagh Murphy

Girls mini 7’s
A few weeks ago six girl’s from Castledrum and seven girls from Fybough entered into the girl’s mini 7’s competition. We got into the quarter-finals by two goals. Even though they lost at the quarter-final everyone was really proud of themselves and they got to go to the shop afterwards!
By Annamay Broomfield


Community Games
On the 28 of April the Community Games were held in Keel Sports Field. There was u6s, u8s, u10s, u12s, u14s and u16s there. There was a lot of people, it was really fun. There was also a relay at the end. Today Joanne Lenihan came in and gave everyone who came first, second and third in all the races a medal.
By Gary Murphy

Match V Blennerville
On the 29th of April we went to Blennerville to play Blennerville. Our team was in goals Cathal,Full Backs were Connor and Darragh. Half Backs were Liam,Sean and Cian. Midfield was Killian and Dylan. In Half Forward was Dearbhla and JJ. And in Full Forward was Gary and Holly. We were beating them at Half Time but they came back and drew. It was sad but we were happy we didn’t lose.
By Liam Clifford

Mini Golf
On the 30th of April we had our first session of mini golf. The golf teacher had Liam, Kilian, Darragh, Ellie, Molly, Zara and Dearblha setting up the course. Once that was done he gave us instructions on how to play properly. The two clubs were a hitter and a putter. The putter was for putting a short distance and the hitter is the same as a iron you hit on the golf course. Everyone was put into groups of two and had to take turns . We will be having three more sessions of golf. It is really fun.
By Cara Clifford

The Skills
On the 6th of May Killian, Darragh and Liam went to Milltown to do the Skill. The skills involved hand passing, hook kicking and kicking the ball into the net. Our school came 3rd in the competition. Killian got 12 points Liam got 10 points and Darragh got 6 points. We though it was a lot of fun.
By Killian Murphy

Yard Markings
Last weekend while we were at home the school brought in some painters to update our yard markings. They also put new ones like a jumping game and hop scotch. They also made our basketball court look more colourful. I think they are all very nice.
By Clodagh Murphy

Active School Week
This week all the pupils in the school had to race in races for active schools week. For Monday we had to race in a 100m sprint, a 100m hurdles race and much more. Than on Tuesday we did the egg and spoon race, sack race and tug of war. Than on Wednesday we did dress up, water relay and obstacle course. Than today we are doing stations and orienteering. Than forthe final day we are doing football, spikebal, rugby and much more.
By Molly Donohoe

Local And European Election
We did a project on local and European elections. We had four teams of seven and each team had a poster. The places were Kerry, Listowl,South/west Kerry and Tralee. Each person on the teams had to write up something about the area. Some people had to do history and some people had to do population and art. Team three won. We had lots of fun and each team did a great project.
By Annamay Broomfield

Bishops Visit
Today Bishop Raymond Browne visited our school. He told us about Jesus and what his job is like. He was very nice. He told is that we are all Gods children and that God made the Sky and Stars. I thought it was very interesting.
By Clodagh Murphy


School Tour
Last week we went on our school tour to Knockreer House and Muckross Farm. We started off in Knockreer House and we learned all about wildlife. We got to see thing under a microscope, we caught little mice and observed them until we let them free and we had a hunt. We then went to Muckross Farm, we saw old the old house and we even got to try some old bread and make some butter! We also got to see some animals like horses and dogs. It was a very good and wet day!
By Molly Donohoe

Mike O’Shea Ice man
Last Tuesday Mike O’Shea came to visit us. He is an North Pole explorer from back in Dingle. He told us about his adventures and what its like in the North Pole. You have to get up every four hours to clean your tent in the North Pole or else it will be covered in ice! Also you can’t have any liquids (except water and hot chocolate in a flask) and you mostly only have porridge for breakfast , lunch and dinner. And he told us all about how to survive in the cold too. I thought it was very interesting.
By Annamay Broomfield

IT Award
Today we were given the news that we had been approved of a IT award. An assessor came to the school on Friday to see how we use our IT. We told him about our new laptops,Ipads and our dropbox system. We were also we were suppost to Skype a class in France but sadly that wasn’t possible as our internet was down. We also told him that we bring in tablets every Friday and we bring them down to the infants for half an hour to play with. We are delighted to have achieved this award.
By Clodagh Murphy