The school will close for all pupils at 2pm on Thursday October 22nd.  On Thursday we are marking the retirement of Mrs. Morris with a presentation ceremony in the sports hall from 1.30 pm.  Parents collecting children are welcome to join us.  Mrs. Morris will retire on Friday, October 23rd.  She was appointed to our school in 2005 having taught in Graiguecullen, Bagenalstown and Newtown.  Over the last 10 years Mrs. Morris has been part of the learning support team and her work in this area has benefited many children.  We wish her well in the years ahead in what will certainly be an “active retirement”.

School closes at normal times (2pm for infants and 3pm for all other classes).  Please note error on school calendar.

A reminder that we are “dressing up” on Friday.  No masks for anyone or one piece costumes for infants please.

Meeting for parents in school sports hall on Thursday, November 5th at 8pm.  (Joint meeting with other schools).

See letter attached.

Congratulations and best of luck to our boys who will play their final in O’Moore Park tomorrow at 11.30 am. against Ballyadams.  Huge thanks to James Loughman and Olllie Walsh for all their help with the team throughout the competition and to the parents who attended many of the matches.  Arrangements for tomorrow are as follows:-

  • Team will travel by bus at 10.15am

  • Supporters bus will leave at 10.30 am – children form 6th class, 5th class and some 4th class children.  The bus will return directly after the match (no face paint please).

  • Parents who wish to bring their children can “sign them out” at reception.

  • Entry fee:  Adults – €4.  Children free.  OAPs and students – €3.

  • Programmes – €3.

  • No terrace in use – stand only.

  • Parking restrictions in place outside the grounds.  No parking available at old Portlaoise G.A.A. grounds.

Great excitement in 6th class during the week when it was announced that Puss ‘n Boots will be our panto this year.  On stage Tuesday December 8th and Thursday December 10th.

We hope that everyone has an enjoyable mid-term break and that above all, children return to us safe and sound on Monday, November 2nd.


Best of luck to the boys who will play The Heath in the semi-final tomorrow (Thursday) in Rathleague (new G.A.A. pitch, Portlaoise) at 12.30pm.

Children from 6th Class will travel to Athy on Friday to take part in a blitz at Athy Rugby Club.

A big ‘thank you’ to everyone from our Green Schools Committee for the massive turnout this morning.  It was a wonderful occasion.  Photos on school website –

After Halloween Ms. Cotter will be moving into Learning Support/Resource and Ms. Farrell will be taking over in 1st/2nd Class.

All infants (Juniors & Seniors) finish tomorrow (Thursday) at 1.30 pm.


A reminder that we are “Walking on Wednesday” tomorrow and we are hoping for a big turnout.  The “Walking Bus” will depart from the old petrol station (Kilkenny Road) at 8.50 am. and will pick up passengers at “The Village”, Centra and St. Anne’s Church along the way.

We are “dressing up” again for Halloween this year on Friday October 23rd.  As in previous years we are asking for a contribution of €2 per child or €3 per family.  Any funds raised will go to charity.  No masks please and no “one piece” costumes for infants!!

The girls completed their matches last Friday in Portarlington.  Playing a division 1 this year was a challenge but a great experience to be playing at the highest level.  Already looking forward to next year!  Thanks to Ms. Hayden and Ms. Farrell for looking after the team so well and being so generous with their time.

Parents of children in 5th class should now be looking seriously at enrolment for secondary school.  We will keep you updated as information becomes available.

Ardscoil na Tríonóide:        Open Day in November (date not yet available).

Athy College:
September 2016 (current 6th class):  Closing date for applications –

Friday October 23rd.
Incoming Parents evening (6th Class) Thursday Nov 12th 7pm – 8pm.
September 2017 (current 5th class): Now open for applications.
Enrolment forms for September 2016 & September 2017 can be
downloaded from the website

Knockbeg College:        Open Day – Friday 6th November 4 – 7pm.

Thanks to a number of parents who have paid their bills in the last two weeks.

School will finish at 2pm on Thursday October 22nd for all pupils.  More details in next newsletter.