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To All Our Graduating Boys and Parents who finish their time in St. Patrick's B.N.S. this Wednesday:

A special note of congratulations and thanks to our graduation classes of 2020. For the past 6 years( 7 for some), because of these 43 young men's dedication, talents, personalities, successes and challenges; St. Patrick's B.N.S. has been made even more a special place to learn, work and grow for so many of these boys, their parents and their teachers. The Parents Group has grown from strength to strength and been very well supported by these parents. Thank you for your time and care. Ms. Murphy, Mr. Mullins and the boys teachers are preparing a Video Graduation this Tuesday for each class and maybe a little surprise on Wednesday.
Mr. Mullins and Mr. M. O' Mahony put their vip contacts and video editing skills to good use to create the heartfelt, memorable and special videos above for our Graduation Class of 2020. We hope you enjoy them!

We will be having a special graduation ceremony when the opportunity arises.
But for now, Boys and Parents: We are so proud of each and everyone one of you. Well done all!
Boys you have so many special memories and learning from St. Patrick's to help you on the road ahead. We know that your St. Patrick's foundation offers you so much potential in your lifelong learning journey.

Go-néirí an bothar libh go léir!

Ms. Butler's 5th Class

Dear parents and boys,

So here we are with only 2 weeks left in 5th class.  It's hard to believe how fast the months have gone by.  Thank you all for your continued effort and hard work since the school closed back in March.  
You will be delighted to know that this is the last of your learning in 5th class. Our final week of school, before the summer, is Actie week.  Fun times!
I will be scheduling one final Zoom call for the class in the next 2 weeks and will let you know by email.  
If you or your parents need any help from school and you would like to contact me or send a picture of your learning please email me at or you can contact me via “Google Classroom”. I’m here to help. Also our class support teacher. Mr. Jeffers can be emailed at and can be contacted through “Google Classroom” also.
Thinking of you all
Anne Marie Butler, Ger Jeffers,  Eimear Taft and Imelda Santry.

If you do not have  books in your possession, don't worry you can follow this programme very easily. It will just take 2-3 minutes to find the books online. Ask someone at home to help you if you think this bit is tricky.
CjFallon has some great resources so feel free to explore all of them and pick topics that may interest your own learning.
Follow this link to bring you to the ‘CJFallon’ resources:
(Note: parents will need to enter their name and email address)



Dear Parents/Boys;

Mr. Horgan (Sport and Wellbeing Coordinator) and the teachers have been busy putting an active fun remote learning week together for our boys to try at home. He's been trying it out at home with his own busy bunch and they all give it a thumbs up!
Why not take on an activity or more each day this week, our last school week and give it your best, have lots of fun. You deserve it!

Well done on all your learning connections, online activities, emails to teachers, Zoom Calls, phone calls, video messages, Google Classroom learning, projects and huge efforts in continuing your school work at home.
We at school think you are absolutely amazing and we want to especially thank the mums and dads for becoming the teachers, snas, caretakers, secretaries and principals of your home school during this closure.
As  always, St. Patrick's boys, parents and teachers have worked together and played a blinder in spite of the many challenges we faced together. And again, our school motto guides and defines our work together and our pathway to resounding success!

Ó gach duine a dhícheall!
From each person their best!

We are back to school on August 27th. We  we will know more about how those returning days will look in the near future. You, your sons and all our St. Patrick's B.N.S. staff safety and wellbeing will be our first priority as we follow Departmental guidelines for schools.
For now, enjoy our last week of school in difficult circumstances. Have a lovely summer break and if you need anything just let us know

Take a bow mums, dads and boys. You just stole the show! Maith sibh go léir!

Shane Foley


Daily Fitness Sheet. Look at exercises in picture on the left
Fitness With Joe (You Tube 9am) 30min

Active House Work: vacuum a room or rooms at home/tidy up your bedroom to make it spotless

Outside Walk; spot items beginning with each letter of the Alphabet

Writing: Best moment of school this year. (in class or yard or PE or a trip etc)

Drop Everything and Dance to your Favourite Song/music. Mr. Horgan's is Mc. Hammer - Can't Touch this!


Daily Fitness Sheet above
Fitness With Joe (You Tube 9am) 30min

Fitness with Tj Reid (Kilkenny Hurler) Facebook Tj Reid Fitness at 12noon

Active House Work: hang out some washing/move to Dryer

Cycle for 20min / Skipping for 10-15min
Writing: Funniest moment of this school year. Was it the the time Ms. Lohan thought Buddy the Bear was following her?

Go Noodle Dance e.g. Banana Banana Meatball (Youtube: Go Noodle channel)


Daily Fitness Sheet: Above
Fitness With Joe (You Tube 9am) 30min

Active House Work: wash dishes after lunch or dinner or make mum/dad a nice cup of tea and a sandwich.

Play “Simon Says”
Writing: a message to my teacher (2 Stars & 1 Wish)

Dance to a song picked by a parent or guardian (you must do it!!) It's your chance to have a little dance off with mum/dad/ or your brothers and sisters.


Daily Fitness Sheet: Above
Fitness With Joe (You Tube 9am) 30min OR
Fitness with Tj Reid (Kilkenny Hurler) Facebook Tj Reid Fitness at 12noon

Active House Work: Clean windows (outside maybe?) Harry the school caretaker can clean 3 windows in 15 minutes.

Hide and Seek around the house (all family members??)

Writing: Best lesson of the year or hardest part of my learning this year. Was it Long Division/Briathra Gaeilge/ learning prayers for Confirmation?

Go Noodle (You Tube channel) e.g. “Clap it out”


Daily Fitness Sheet: Above

Fitness With Joe (You Tube 9am) 30min

Active House Work: cut grass/gardening. Water the flowers (without the hose).

Balloon Volleyball
Writing: my hopes and wishes for nest school year

Create a dance to any active or energetic song/music you like. You could call it the Buddy Shuffle!

Online Books Tutorial

You probably won't need to but don't worry if you can't access schoolbooks and you or your son would like to. Nearly all school books are available online for free at and

Why not follow the St. Patrick's Online Books Tutorial. CLICK HERE!
You might recognise the voice.

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 you or your parents need any help from school and you would like to contact me or send a picture of your learning please email me at I’m here to help. Also our class support teacher Mr. Jeffers can be emailed at   


We know that keeping your children busy at home during the COVID-19 school closure may be testing. It is important to ensure that your home is as stress free as possible. Picking a suitable time each day, maybe the morning, for him to partake in learning tasks is a good idea. This can become a good habit during this closure.
Your son's class /SEN teacher has prepared learning tasks specific to his class which you will find in the webpage below under the teacher's name. These will help to support his learning at this time. We encourage our pupils to engage in these learning tasks and activities at a suitable time during the day at home over the course of the closure. As parents, you will know the length of time which is suitable for your son to spend on learning activities during the day. Remember Stress-free is important ! And so is learning!

Any pupil who uses the Toe by Toe book Phonics program is encouraged to practise with an adult daily if possible.

It is also very important to have fun and exciting activities to keep those young minds busy and sharp. Boardgames, reading, painting, tidying, helping out with house chores etc.

Here are some websites with digital learning games and activities recommended by our Home School Community Links Teacher Ronan Lettis. (if your son as access to the internet.)

To get a good child friendly family workout at home, join:
For literacy and numeracy games:

For Comic Artist Will Sliney's daily art challenge:

For general learning websites:

Free Month access to:
Dear parent,
Also, twinkl are offering parents one-month free membership on their website. Go to and use the password IRLTWINKLHELPS.

Parents here are some learning activities to support your son's education at home: Ms. Butler

Focus Genre: Persuasive Writing.
Persuasive Writing extracts and exercises
Debate “Irish should be compulsory in Primary Schools” 1 A4 page supporting or going against the motion (persuasive writing).
Cloze Procedures (differentiated)
Reading “Danny, Champion of the World” and summaries of chapters.
Dictionary Work: three new words per chapter. Write definition in English Copy.

Líón na Bearnaí
Léitheoireacht: 2 Chapters and questions 1 - 10 in each chapter.
Bun go Barr Chapter 10,11,12 Q 1-10 in each chapter

multiplication/division/word problems/fractions/tables
Maths challenge test 67 - test 72
Work sheets.  

- Mexico read and questions
- Outer Space Read Chapter and  answer  Questions

What you Need
Novel “Danny. The Champion of the World.
English Copy
Bun go Barr
Irish Copy
Maths Copy
Maths Challenge
Small World
Various worksheets which will be handed out by Mr O’Mahony & Ms Butler.


Ms. Butlers Class Famine Project

Firstly, our class did research on The Famine so we went online and researched the topic.

My classmate and I were working as a team in carrying out the huge famine project. We printed out our research on the famine. Each class had a different year, our class had 1949. When we had read over our sheets, we firstly wrote a rough draft. Afterwards we did the real thing, it was stressful because I didn’t want to make a mistake, luckily we did not. Afterwards I got my friend Chris who is really good at drawing to do the illustrations.

On the evening of the open night the projects were displayed in Áras Phádraig.

By Luke Byrne

St. Aidan’s Visit

In February, the two fifth classes were invited to St. Aidan's C.S. to get a little taste of what happens in secondary school. We all piled onto the 207 bus and made our way to the secondary school in Ballyvolane.
When we arrived, they gave us a big welcome to their school and explained the classes and what we were doing there. Firstly, they questioned us about the secondary school we were going to and the majority of our class were hoping to get into GCC.
Then they showed use a laboratury full of science gadgets. Secondly, they showed us a few gas rocks and the science teacher soaked them in water and they started to burn up and let out some gas. After that she showed us what flares were made up of and we did electrical circuits. Thirdly, we used microscopes and we looked at some animal parts such as cat fur.
Later, we went to the geography room and we did a guess the country with emoji’s test such as jam and pan makes Japan. After that we did a guess the city quiz, so they showed us a picture in a city and we had to write the place where it was in down on a sheet of paper.
Next, we went to the wood crafts room and the woodwork teacher showed us some of the senior and junior cert projects and how to cut wood. So off we went and got to work. Some people cut two pieces of wood others cut one and some did not get to cut a piece of wood.
Finally, our class reached the metal work room and he showed us the tools we were going to use and he showed us some projects. Then we smoothed metal and tried to cut a bit of metal with a Hat Saw. Then we had our lunch and off we went back to school.
I really enjoyed my visit and am a lot more confident about starting secondary school.

By Chris Johnson (Fifth Class)


One Book One Community

We went to the library for One Book One Community. The book of choice this year was ‘The Breadwinner’ by Deborah Ellis.
The author talked to us about her inspiration for the book, she spent a lot of her time in refugee camps in Pakistan.
The setting of the book is in Afghanistan; it is about a girl whose father is taken by the Taliban soldiers.
Under Taliban law all women must have a man or boy to go outside so Parvana must pretend to be a boy. It is a dangerous task.
Parvana see things adults should not even see like violent punishments in a football stadium.Eventually her sister gets married and everyone but Parvana and Mrs Weera are left behind.
Parvana is caught short in an old house with a stranger. Is this the end of the road for Parvana?

I liked this book because it is a perfect mixture of fictional things like Rarvana and realism like the Talban. I recommend this book to everyone.

By James Mullane 5th Class

Ms.Butlers 5th class

Ms. Butler's class are very clever and a great listening class. We love visiting the Glen Resource centre on Thursdays for Sports and P.E. We really enjoyed doing our line and spiral drawing art pieces. We learned long multiplication and how to draw angles in Maths. Walking up to the library on Wednesdays, getting new books and meeting David Rudden, the author was really inspiring. We had lots of visits from Secondary Schools which is helping us to decide where we would like to go in First Year. Growing plants and seedlings with Mr. Foley, learning about WW1 and WW2, reading Irish stories,listening and learning about music, even rapping the Boneyard Rap and going out to yard were just some of our favourite lessons and activities since September. We even got a 5th class maths quiz for Maths Week. Ms. Butler's class is a place to learn and have fun.

2nd Class Interview
We asked Ryan Torpey from Ms. Butler’s class some questions and here are his thoughts,
What is your name? Ryan Torpey.
How old are you? I am 8 years old.
Do you have brothers or sisters? No.
What is your favourite subject? Maths because I enjoy it.
What’s your favourite game in lunch time pals? Story telling. I enjoy the stories.
What are your hobbies? Hurling. But I don’t play with a club.
What  do you like about your teacher? She is very nice.
What do you want to become when your older? A guard
By Ben Heffernan

Counties and Provinces

Hi my name is Luke O’ Keeffe. I am in Ms. Butler’s second class and I am typing about counties and provinces.
So I asked my best friend Alex stuff about counties and provinces. Alex’s favourite county was Cork. His favourite county was Cork because he lives there. His least favourite county was Mayo.

His least favourite county was Mayo because it’s not from Munster. Alex’s favourite province was Munster because he’s from there. So that’s Alex’s information from counties and provinces.
By Luke O’Keeffe (Ms. Butlers 2nd class)

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