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To all Our Holy Communion Boys and their Families,

The staff of St. Patrick's Boys are thinking about you all today (Saturday 22nd of May) on what should have been your First Holy Communion Day.

We will celebrate this special day in time, but for now, please know we are thinking of you.

Anita Kelleher and all at St. Patrick's B.N.S.

Update 23/05/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians;

It has been lovely to hear from our teachers and staff how well you are doing during the lockdown. The reports back from our boys and parents through video call, phone call, gmail and now Google Classroom in senior classes have been inspiring. Keep up the great work at home. Be kind to eachother! Be safe!

We have also noted and are very aware of how difficult the current school closure is for some families and are very glad to help in any way we can. Any support that we offer is done so in a non-pressurising way and in the knowledge that each home is in different situations.

A special mention to our Communion boys and teachers in Ms. Kelleher's second class. Unfortunately, they miss out on their special day this weekend. Ms. Kelleher, Ms. Fitzgerald and Ms. Kiely are very sad for the boys and families but are also looking forward to planning their new communion date when the opportunity arises. We hope you like the Communion Message video for the boys prepared by Ronan Lettis, Ms. Kelleher and the teachers.Don't worry boys and parents, our special day will come!

Update 16/05/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians;

Our country is beginning Phase 1 and we look forward to working with you and your sons to finish this school year and prepare for our hopeful return in September. Please stick to all necessary restrictions to help ensure that our country, you and your boys will return to normal as quickly as possible.

Our teachers and staff have been enjoying connecting with our boys and families using the website, emails, phonecalls, class video conference calls, post cards and now in senior classes the Google Classroom Online Platform for teaching and learning.
Our Secretary, Homeschool and School Completion teachers have felt of great purpose  providing food, wellbeing and social support to many families in the school who are glad of the hand during this difficult time.
If you need to contact the school office, you can email
If you need food, wellbeing or social support at this time you can ring or text Ronan(HSCL) during school hours on 0867844845
If you need to contact your son's teachers, the email addresses are available on the class webpage.

Department of Education updates can be found at

Update 02/05/2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians;

It was very welcoming news to hear Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announce the ‘Roadmap to Recovery Plan’ from our current crisis. Even though we still have some way to go, there is light at the end of the tunnel with a plan and possible dates for the whole country returning to the 'new' normal.

We now know that St. Patrick’s B.N.S. will not be re-opening until September/October 2020. The actual date will be decided as we advance through the 5 phases of the new recovery plan. During this time, we hope you, along with your family and friends will be safe and healthy and remain vigilant to the guidelines we are being given along the way.

I would like to say thank you and well done to all our parents, teachers, SNAs, pupils and school community in ensuring that the connections between us have remained supportive and fluid and that the opportunity for your sons to continue their connection with learning in this very difficult time has been well established. The teachers have been adaptive, intuitive and enthusiastic in providing educational and wellbeing support to the pupils, in spite of all the challenges which were presented to them. The secretary, SNAs, Home School Community Links and School Completion staff have all worked together to provide activity resources, food and support for many boys and families throughout this testing time and will continue to do so. The Parents’ Group have been refreshing the school Facebook Page with fun activities and links to keep parents and boys active and happy and have many more to come.

The teachers will provide educational support for your son by updating the website weekly with learning links and activities.  They will continue to engage and respond to the many emails they are receiving and will check in from time to time via phonecalls and stimulating class video calls for all pupils. It is a good idea to keep an eye on the class website page as it is updated weekly. You will also be receiving occasional emails from the school or your son's teachers. If you need to contact the school or class teachers, please do so by replying to the  email address you’ve received correspondence from.  To contact the Principal or Secretary, please use

We understand these are very trying times and know that each home has different circumstances and appreciate that not every child or parent will have the opportunity to engage in learning activities. We fully appreciate that in some homes on some days the added pressure of learning links can make home life extremely difficult. Please use these provisions when and if you deem fit.  Take only what you need, when you need it, from what we have to offer and only what is helpful to your son. If you need any assistance, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Regarding the First Holy Communion we understand how disappointing it must have been for you but please do not worry. You will have your big day in St. Joseph's church at some point during the next academic year. The teachers are keeping a watchful eye on the Diocesan Office website for any updates and once we know the exact date we will let you know and begin planning and preparing.

A special mention and thought for our 6th class boys and families who not only missed  out on their Confirmation celebration but now because of the extended closure, they will not be returning to schooling in St. Patrick's B.N.S..  While we fully appreciate how distressing this has been for them and their families, it is genuinely upsetting for the teachers and staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S. also.  Rest assured that when we return to normal,  we  will ensure that they return to school and celebrate their graduation together. We will also be following the guidelines from the Diocesan Office with regards to Confirmation celebrations and keep you up to date. Between now and the end of June, 6th class boys can still look forward to linking in with their teachers and classmates via website, email, google classroom and video calls. We will still be preparing for secondary school together and giving our best!

I would like to take this opportunity to say how proud we are as a staff to hear through phonecalls, video calls and emails how great so many of you are doing, keeping active, supporting each other, learning at home and most importantly staying safe. The positive feedback the teachers and staff, along with myself have been getting is so encouraging and uplifting.

On a final note: We will return to a sense of normality soon, school will resume, the boys will skip into their classrooms and with it we will have another great year in St. Patrick's B.N.S. full of  learning, fun and reaching our potential together.

But firstly, we will endeavour to finish this school year, using these new digital connections to stay together in learning.  Ó gach duine a dhícheall!

Stay safe, best wishes and thank you all for your continued support in these unusual times.

Shane Foley



Update 26/04/2020

Dear Parents/ Guardians:

We hope you are all well. Stay Safe. Follow the Guidelines!

For this phase of school closure; please note the following:
It is very likely that Communion and Confirmation will be cancelled or postponed to a more suitable time in the future when school returns to normal.
This website will be updated weekly at your son's class teacher page with weekly learning links and supports which may be helpful at this time. Should you need any assistance, you can contact teachers using their teacher emails on the class webpage. Teachers will be using your parent emails to contact you with class social connection or teaching and learning updates which may be helpful to our boys st this time. Please ensure we have your current email address and keep an eye out for this contact.
If you need to contact school office, Secretary or Principal please use

Update 20/04/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Our thoughts are with our school past teacher Miriam O Driscoll's family, friends and colleagues at this awfully sad time of her passing. For many years, Miriam was a stalwart in St. Patrick's B.N.S., a brilliant educator and a huge influence in the lives and learning of many boys, families, teachers, SNAs and whole school community. She fought a brave battle with illness since her retirement from teaching in St. Patrick's B.N.S. but always ensured she lived life to the full. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam. RIP Miriam.

We hope that you, your boys and families are all safe. From the phonecalls home before Easter, it was great to hear from the teachers, parents and boys how well families are doing in lockdown. The phonecalls were very positive all around.
We would love to be in our classrooms today hearing about their Easter break, but it will make school return all the more sweeter whenever that is. It looks like the school will be closed for at least another few weeks.
The school website will be updated tomorrow evening (TUES) with your son's class teacher weekly learning links and support email address. These may be of help to you and your son for weekly home learning during the closure.
The school teachers will be in contact with you and our boys again in the coming weeks to provide and offer support and an opportunity for a social connection with his classmates. We reiterate again, that all these supports are offers of help, but ask parents and families not to feel pressurised by school connections. Please ensure the school has an up to date email address for you. You can email with your son's name and class if you are unsure.
During school closure on an ongoing basis, if you need any food support from school, please text Ronan (HSCL) at 0867844845 before 5 pm in any Tuesday.

Thinking of you all. Stay Safe.

The Principal, teachers and staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S

Update 06/04/2020

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Have a lovely restful Easter with your boys and families.
We know this is difficult in our current circumstances but it's important to try to enjoy this time at home together as much as possible.

It was lovely to hear back from all St. Patrick's B.N.S. teachers that the phonecalls home last week informed them of how well you as parents and your sons are doing at home in spite of all the challenges.
We heard many stories of boys and families working as a team and being creative and productive at home   to face this lockdown challenge. The teachers were delighted to hear this good news and also offer any support we can.
Stay Safe! Stay apart! Follow all HSE and Government Guidelines!

Assuming further school closure, your son's class webpage will be updated again after the Easter Break with learning links and support from his class teacher. For this Easter Break, we have included some optional fun activities on each class page which may help at home.

Safe, Happy and Healthy Easter Break to you, your boys and your families,

Shane Foley (Principal)

Update 27/03/2020

Teacher's learning connection to their boys can be found at your son's Class Page on this website. Just click on the link above.

Parents/Guardians: Please ensure that you and your family
stay safe at this time by following all government and hse guidelines

Update 25/03/2020

Please click here for a pdf of  St. Patrick's B.N.S. Extended Closure Information

Dear Parents/ Guardians:  Please read this full school information update.

As you are probably aware; all school closures have now been extended by the Government until 19th April at least. Again this date may be extended but for now, I would like to let you know that myself, our teachers, our SNAs and staff are all thinking of you, your boys and your families wellbeing at home. We hope that you are all keeping safe by following all necessary government guidelines during this difficult time. Stay safe, stay apart!

Keeping a happy, healthy and stress-free home at this time can be testing but as parents, you are the primary caregivers and you know best how to ensure that your home, your boys and your family get through this difficult time. We know as parents and family members ourselves that this is a new and challenging experience for you all. For public safety, we are bombarded with new restrictions and guidelines in a national crisis. The Easter holidays will  have a different feel.

This is a whole new experience for the staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S. also. Thank you to all parents who responded to our parental survey on how the school can support any optional home learning at this time. There is a lot of praise for the system used on last closure date 12th March and we will continue to provide this mode of optional home learning support. Thanks to your responses, we now have great food for thought and school learning idea plans for  future development when our school community is back at learning, work and fun.

As a parent, you are your child’s prime educator and this is now more relevant than ever. Any school learning activities are optional. Whether you have the opportunity to help your son complete some or all of these is a choice you need to make. My own son is sitting across from me as I type, excited to be nearly finished with his Maths Challenge, whilst the youngest is trying to climb my leg and use my laptop as a drum kit. We understand!

We at St. Patrick's B.N.S. are providing these activities and resources as something which may bring  a bit of learning  routine and normality to your home. But we know that every home and every learner has different needs, so you decide what's best in your home. There will be no pressure on pupils/parents when returning to school to have all of these activities completed. We in school will be busy teaching when we return, so parents should not be stressing at home about difficult items to cover or putting unnecessary pressure on themselves or our boys. When we return, our staff will be ensuring  that any necessary steps will be taken to cover the learning curriculum with your boys. When preparing learning activities for your son,  all teachers have considered the extended closure, and Easter holiday until 19 April.
All learning activities can for now be accessed through the use of this school website at your son’s class page in the classes tab above.  Your son’s class webpage will be updated by his teacher  this Friday.  There will be activities,digital links to activities and digital links to online books which you and your son may access and use. Your son’s schoolbooks  should be non-essential during this time. All the main book companies are offering free access to online schoolbooks to help in this closure. These links will be posted on your son’s webpage.
Remember these are optional activities designed to not put any unnecessary pressure on families. We understand that not all families have suitable laptops/wifi/tablets for access to our learning digitally. We know that every pupil is different. If the school/staff can help with your son’s learning wellbeing in any way please email We will do our best to assist in the current climate!

None of us know when schools will return, but be assured that our teachers and staff will continue to offer optional support for your son’s learning wellbeing at home.  We will work together to get through this difficult time until the school bell in St. Patrick's B.N.S. rings again, the staff and boys all fill their classrooms with fun and learning and we are all ready to return to normality.

To stay informed, monitor our website home page  or Facebook Page   If you need to contact the school/ staff, please email School Secretary Sandra can be contacted at 0214502024  this Thurs and Friday morning from 10-12. Ronan Lettis our Home School Community Link teacher can be contacted on 0867844845 during school hours.

Again, thinking of you, your wonderful boys and families; take care!

Shane Foley (Principal), teachers and staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S.

Update 21/03/20

Dear Parents/Guardians,
We hope that you, your sons and your family are keeping safe at the moment. The staff and teachers of the school are thinking of you at home and we know as parents and family members ourselves that this is a new and challenging experience for us all. Keeping a happy, healthy and stress-free home at this time can be testing but as parents, you are the primary care givers and you know best how to ensure that your home, your boys and your family get through this difficult time.
Before the school closure last Thursday, all of our staff worked efficiently and proactively in a short time frame, to help ensure that your son can continue his educational journey at home. We did so by ensuring every parent/pupil has access to learning activities which can support his time at home. These activities have been posted by your son's teachers on our school website class pages and  more general fun activities have been posted on the school facebook page. The National Parents Council, and teacher organisations (IPPN and INTO) have praised schools for using Distance Learning strategies.
As a parent, you are your child’s prime educator and this is now more relevant than ever. These learning activities are optional. Whether you have the opportunity to help your son complete some or all of these is a choice you need to make. We at St. Patrick's B.N.S. are providing these activities and resources as something which may bring  a bit of learning  routine and normality to your home. But we know that every home and every learner has different needs, so you decide what's best in your home. There will be no pressure on pupils/parents when returning to school to have all of these activities completed.
As we are all aware, none of us know when  schools will return to normal. We want to give our pupils and parents learning support which works for you.To best support you, we need feedback from you in relation to Distance Learning  and we are asking you to complete the short questionnaire below. We would like to know if you and your son have used our online resources and how they have helped you recently. Your answers will help us greatly and be assured that all answers are anonymous. There are 12 questions to complete. Please click on the link below and complete before 6p.m. on this Sunday 22nd.

We will be using your feedback to help the school plan any future possible Distance Learning. We will work together to get through this difficult time until the school bell in St. Patrick's B.N.S. rings again, the staff and boys all fill their classrooms with fun and learning and we are all ready to return to normality.

Thank you for your continued support.

S. Foley Principal,
R. Lettis HSCL,
Staff of St. Patrick's B.N.S.

Department of Education:

HSE advice:

Update 18/03/20

Possibility of extended closure past 29th March: Taoiseach Leo Varadkar hinted that schools may be closed for longer than initially perceived. We can assume from his COVID-19 address to the Nation last night that it is possible that we will not be returning to  school on the 30th March. All questions/queries regarding this possibility will be addressed in due course if and when we have received confirmation from the Department. We hope your boys have plenty to keep them busy learning and having fun until 29th of March.

Update 13/03/2020

Parents, today we are hearing many reports from our national broadcaster, news sources and social media about social distancing for all children and adults during school closures. The idea of social distancing is to help prevent the spread of Covid-19. Please consider you, your sons and families social interactions during this testing time. There are also guidelines for parents about protecting the vulnerable elderly members of our families and communities (grandparents) from coming in contact with younger carriers of COVID-19.

Please read below and click on the links for official Government advice for parents.

Department of Health advisory video:

13/03/2020 Department of Education Guidelines schools: General Secretary Seán Ó Foghlú

During school closure:

All pupils in schools are urged to practise social distancing, and to minimise physical
contact with each other, to help avoid the spread of Covid-19. This should include
minimising social contact, avoiding meeting up and keeping physical space between
them. Parents and guardians are urged to support their children to maintain this

During school closure, If you need to contact the school, you can email or ring the school secretary Sandra on 0214502024  in the office on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th between 10-12 in the mornings.

Update 12/03/2020

All contact parents will have received a text message regarding COVID-19 school closure. Preliminary info: All schools finishing today 12/03 until 30/03. Your school text message will have a link to your son's class web page on this website where activities for home to support your son's learning during the school closure can be found and are encouraged. The teachers have specifically designed these activities for their pupils. We hope that they will keep those young minds buzzing and give them a break from the gaming. Please try to ensure your sons don't spend the whole closure on the gaming consoles.

All information from the Department of Education regarding COVID-19 can be found at this link:

All information from the HSE regarding COVID-19 can be found at this link:

If you need to contact the school, you can ring the  secretary on 0214502024  in the office on Thursday 19th and Friday 20th between 10-12 in the mornings.

Take care of your boys, and yourselves. Hopefully we will be back to normal in the not too distant future. We wish you and yours well during this closure.

Míle buíochas,

Shane Foley

School Support

''And here we learn the golden rule,
to help eachother everyday.
From everyone their best, we say!''

Parents and boys: During this closure, can the school or teachers be of any support to you or your boys?

If there's anything you need from St. Patrick's B.N.S. or our caring staff thinking of you, please email and we will do our best to help.
Ronan Lettis HSCL Teacher is available during school hours at 0867844845

St. Patrick's Boys' National School is situated in Gardiner's Hill, Montenotte, on the north side of Cork City. We are a Catholic boys' primary school under the patronage of the Bishop of Cork and Ross. Pupils of other faiths who respect the Catholic ethos are welcome to enrol. The school serves a wide catchment area comprising Montenotte, Dillon's Cross, Mayfield, The Glen and Lower Road areas.

The academic tradition of St. Patrick’s Boys’ National School dates back to 1841 when the school was located at St. Luke’s Cross, Cork. We have had many illustrious past pupils over the years, including the writer, Frank O’ Connor, and Donal Lenihan, the former Irish Rugby Captain, to name but a few.

We aim to provide a caring, happy and stimulating environment,which promotes the holistic development of our pupils.
Our school motto is “Ó gach duine a dhícheall” (From each person, their best). Our staff is committed to helping each pupil realise his full potential with the help of his parents. Indeed our Parents’ Association provides great support to the school on an ongoing basis.In addition to the Principal and mainstream class teachers, we have highly qualified teachers working in the areas of Learning Support,Resource/Special Needs, Language Support and Home/School liaison. Our Special Needs Assistants cater for pupils’ individual care needs. We provide a homework club and after school activities for pupils attending the school.

We welcome performers from the Dramatic and Visual Arts to the school on a regular basis. Sport is an integral part of the curriculum at St. Patrick’s B.N.S. with many different sports being played. Information technology is also well catered for in the school and we have a dedicated computer room for that purpose.

If you would like your child to be part of the St. Patrick’s experience please contact us to arrange a visit or to find out more about enrolment procedure.

Shane Foley - Principal


School now enroling 1st to 6th class pupils for 2019/2020.
Please feel free to contact our Super Secretary Sandra (021-4502024) for more information.
Likewise, call in anyday to see us on Gardiner's Hill, for a tour of the school  and meet our helpful staff and bright, happy pupils.
See why you should be choosing St. Patrick's for you and your son's most important steps.

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