School News

15 10, 2018

School Self-Evaluation

By | 2018-10-15T09:19:50+00:00 October 15th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

For our School Self-Evaluation we have decided to focus on Spelling.  Teachers will be focusing on specific spelling rules from the ‘single word spelling test’ and pupils will be given spelling lists appropriate to their level.

15 10, 2018

Focus on STEM & Irish Culture

By | 2018-10-15T09:11:09+00:00 October 15th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

This year we have decided to focus on STEM (Science, Technology Engineering and Maths) at each class level.  We will continue with the Scratch Computer Programming. Mr. O’Brien’s class will be taking part in the VEX Robotics, Ms. Mangan/Ms. O’Brien’s class will be doing the Engineering in a Box Initiative in conjunction with the Tyndall Institute and kindly sponsored by Jacobs Engineering.  

We will also be focusing on promoting our Irish  culture.  Pupils will learn a number of Irish songs at each class level and perform them to parents during Seachtain na Gaeilge.

12 10, 2018

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

By | 2018-10-12T12:51:56+00:00 October 12th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

Each year Cairdeas ask everyone to participate in the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal.  This appeal promises to get your box into the hands of a needy child, maybe an orphan in rural Romania, a girl living on the streets of Mozambique, a boy with cancer in a Ukraine hospital.  As a result of your generosity, last year Team Hope funded all year round feeding, water, education and agriculture projects for children and their families in Romania, Kenya, Swaziland, Burundi, Congo and Moldova.

We ask you to fill a shoebox with a range of simple Christmas gifts explained in the leaflet sent home with the kids during the week.  Include €4 in an envelope, either on top of the gifts or taped to the inside of the lid.  Don’t forget to indicate whether your box is for a BOY or a GIRL.

Please drop the shoebox to the School by Tuesday, November the 6th.


The Shoebox will be checked by the Team Hope Organisers that it meets all the customs and safety requirements,  send it on its way by truck or container and deliver it right into a child’s hands – in hospitals, schools, shelters, churches, orphanages, community centres or family homes.

Remember the four Ws when filling your shoe box …

  • WRITE – Items for school – like a pen, pencil, copy book, paper, colouring book, felt pens, sharpener, eraser, solar calculator.
  • WASH – Some hygiene items – toothbrush and toothpaste, soap (wrapped please), facecloth, hairbrush, comb.
  • WEAR – Small clothing items – a hat, scarf, gloves, socks or underwear
  • WOW ! – A treat – sunglasses, game, small Irish gift, a photo of yourself, sweets (must be in date until at least March 2018), make up, a small musical instrument, toys like a doll, a car, cuddly toy, skipping rope, yo-yo, a finger puppet… even a ball is fantastic.

Click HERE for more information on the Team Hope Foundation and the Shoebox Appeal.

Thanking you in advance for supporting this worthy cause!

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12 10, 2018

Halloween Walk

By | 2018-10-12T12:43:30+00:00 October 12th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

The annual Halloween Fancy Dress Walk is being held at the School on Thursday, the 25th of October at 12:30.  Children are encouraged to arrive in their Halloween outfits for the walk.  Sponsor Cards are available for this walk (one per family).  The short route for the walk will remain the same as previous years, weather permitting.

Join us for a biscuit and a cuppa afterwards.  

All parents, siblings, grannies, aunts, uncles, cousins, carers, etc. welcome!!


10 10, 2018

Calendar Advertising

By | 2018-10-10T13:26:28+00:00 October 10th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

We are in the process of putting together our calendar for 2019.  Our calendar has been a great success over the years.  We are again selling advertising space on our calendar.  The calendar generates much needed income for the school and it is a great way to promote your business. 

Newcomers and Loyal Supporters:  Please contact the school as soon as possible to reserve your advertising space.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


4 10, 2018

A very important date for your diary

By | 2018-10-04T12:42:05+00:00 October 4th, 2018|School News|0 Comments

You might have spotted defibrillators at your place of work or around town whilst shopping or at the hall across from the school … but do you know how to use one?

Knockavilla parents and friends are now given a great opportunity to acquire a life-saving skill!

Defibrillator training is offered on Monday, 15th of October in Upton Hall from 6:30 to 10pm.  

Certificates from the Irish Heart Foundation.

Cost €20.

To book, contact Sheila on 087-2704911

Closing date for booking is the 10th of October.

Sign up to save a life!