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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.

Ms. Kelleher's 2nd Class,

Hi Boys,

It was so lovely to see so many of you at our Zoom call last week, to see those lovely smiles and hear what ye have been up to. I hope ye enjoyed the quiz and I really hope we get to do another one soon.

Moms and Dads:

I hope you are all well.

There are some work suggestions below to keep your boys busy. They are suggestions only though and please approach work in a way that is manageable for you.
My email is Ms. Fitzgerald can be contacted on .
Remember too, that this work is a suggestion outline only. I know you are all in different situations at the moment and in no way do we want to add to any stresses or pressures.

As always, wishing you well,

Anita Kelleher, Annette Fitzgerad, Margaret Kiely.

Learning Area

25th- 29th May


Handwriting: Encourage boys to consider pencil hold and posture while writing.

Free Writing:  twice per week for 10-15 minutes

Write Here: pgs 40 and 41 (if you have the book)

Starlight (our English Programme) is available on the Folens website. You can set up an account to access all books by following this link and following the instructions. You can also access oral language activities and lots more here.

Read: The Magic Faraway Tree pg. 58 and complete pgs. 59, 60 and 61


Have a look at these story starters. Spin the Wheel and start creating your own story.






This Week we will focus on Money

It would be great if boys could handle coins at home to help support this learning.

Busy at Maths pg. 130-135

There are further pages in Figure It Out to support this on pgs 22, 23,30, 31,64 and 65 if you think these are helpful. We have some of them done.

Tables: -10
(Table Toppers which is the book I use each week to practice tables) is available on


Some parents expressed concern at supporting Irish. Please just do what is workable for you. There is no pressure and remember, you can email me for help and support If you wish.

E-scéal ó Rólo Bun Go Barr pgs. 112-117

Keep this topic for two weeks

Other Resources:

Cúla 4 on TG4 or

Twinkl: www.twinkl .ie


Small World:

The Solar System pg. 86
Earth, Moon and Sun pgs. 87

Check out National Geographic for Kids for some more information on Space

Time to Create!

We are asking all boys to create an acrostic poem using their names with their families. It can be anything positive about school or at home. It can be a picture of a copy page or of an artistic poster style poem
- main word - anything to do with school/home
School, yardtime, friends, closure, lockdown, lessons, uniform etc

Here is an example that Buddy did about school.

B  est friends I have in school
U   p and down the steps to yard
D    oing our best everyday
D    ancing, playing, having fun
Y    ou are welcome in our school.

Please take a picture and ask mum/dad to help you email it to

They will be put in a video and shared here and on the school facebook page at the start of June. So get some help, get creating. Mr. Horgan can't wait to see your ideas.


Covid Time Capsule (in teacher email) CLICK HERE
Take another page and fill it in to remember this interesting time in history.

Homework journal can now be a daily good news  journal- just before bed everynight- think about all the things you did today and maybe write down a nice memory or funny moment from school times


Can you design/create a space themed piece of art? Maybe toilet roll tubes could be used to make a rocket?


There are lovely ideas for parents and boys who love music and would like to learn more. This Dabbledoo Music link helps teach children (and big children) lots about different types and concepts of music. But having lots of fun. Why not have a go!


Play outside in the garden every day if this is possible.

DO a PE workout everyday with BodyCoach Joe Wick

Let's get Cork Active:

The boys will be familiar with go noodle from school for movement breaks, breathing, mindfulness etc. There is a free option for families at the moment. Great for little brain breaks and rainy days.


May is Mary’s month. Many are praying to Mary throughout the world for an end to the coronavirus. During the month of May you are asked to write a prayer to Mary  and draw a  picture of her or of something mentioned in your prayer.           
People make May Altars to Mary during the month of May in homes and in classrooms. Why not make a May Altar at home in 2020 to Mary? You could use your picture of Mary or a statue.

Mrs Kiely made this altar in her house. Didn’t she do a great job.

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?

I know that ‘home schooling’ brings unique challenges. If I can be of any help or support, please feel free to contact me at
I will help in any way that I can and am delighted to look at any work that the boys may like to send. Ms. Fitzgerald can be emailed at

As always, wishing you well,

Anita Kelleher


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. Kelleher's 2nd Class

Free Writing

BBC Dance Mat : Typing skills

Play Boards Games - using 2 or more dice to practice adding etc.

Copy of BAM Test Booklet

Tables: all plus and take tables

Enjoy reading (books, papers, child friendly websites)

Measure some things at home using a ruler or a measuring tape

Measure somethings for a recipe using ml/litres gr/kg

Discover a country: Think about language, weather, food, clothes, famous people traditions and unique facts.

Research an animal: Consider appearance, diet, habitat and interesting facts.

Gaeilge: Duo Lingo: free app

Communion  Prayers/Responses and Songs

Free Writing Copy, BAM Test Booklet, Library Books, Spellings and tables,


Ms.Kelleher's class

In Ms.Kelleher's class we love art, like stick creations. We made castles and skeletons out of these sticks. Ms. Kelleher plays some maths games like Rapid Fire Buzz around the room. For P.E, we love splashing and swimming in Mayfield swimming pool. We were brought to the library where we were told a story and a retired teacher Paddy O' Brien called in and told us a really fun story. We love Literacy Lift Off with the help of the resource teachers and Ms.Kelleher. The class have been reading stories with Ms.Kelleher. When we were in the yard, we have been nominated for the best class, thanks to our lining up. When we won best line of the week, we got to look after Buddy the Bear for a week as a reward. We have done lots of hard work like our reading and writing. We really liked getting Red Certs for Full attendance. We now have 3 on our door.

Dragon Days
It all started when Ms. Kelleher organised the school choir, and she started teaching us the songs for the play 'Dragon Days'
After learning the songs for a few weeks Ms. Kelleher and Ms. Harrinton started giving us parts in the play.After weeks and weeks of practice the play finally started to come together.
We started putting the sonds together with the script, and the play was nearly ready to be put on for the school and maybe our parents!There were a few things we needed to get perfect like stage direction and someother things like that.
Our teachers Ms. Kelleher and M. Harrinton gave us loads of roars and shouts of encouragement
We took all their tips on board and we finally were ready toput the play on.
We are really looking forward to put on the play in front of the whole school.

First class entertainment

On Wednesday the 15 of March the first class did drama of the Grammy Awards in Irish. The presenters were Ms Murray and Mr Duffy .First up was Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and her backup singers and finally Taylor Swift. When the award was being presented Kanye West tried taking the award from Taylor swift. All of the classes enjoyed the drama by the boys. Then the two first classes did the haka in Irish.

By Stephen Power and Conor Hurley  

Interview with a first class boy.
This is an interview with Mrs. Fitzpatrick’s  first class boy.
Hi my name is Conor Cunningham.   
I am 7 years old.
I play GAA with Glen Rovers and I like to play it because it’s healthy for me and I like to play.
I have two sisters named Sophie and Katie.
My favourite subject is history and it’s interesting. My favourite part is learning about the wars.
I like school because it gives me harder stuff to do.
My teacher is nice and caring.
I like Lunch Time Pals and my favourite thing in LunchTimes Pal is story telling.
When I’m older I would like to be an engineer.
Interviewed by Alex Mc Carthy (Reporters Group)

The Glen Resource Centre
Hi my name is Jayden and today I’m going to tell you about the first class going to the Glen Resource Centre.
Today the first class went to the Glen Resource Centre at 10:50am.  We did football training, so the first thing we did in training was passing the ball to each other, then we did running. We ran about two laps around the pitch. Then we played a nice game of soccer. The teams were 10 vs. 10 on the pitch. The score was 3-2. My team won.

By Jayden Gahan, Ms.Cooneys 1st class

Maths Factor
Hi I am Jayden Gahan and I am in Ms. Cooney’s first class and I am going to talk to you about 1st class maths factor.  Maths factor is something the 1st class do every day to help us with our maths.
We do it every day at around half nine to half ten.  My favourite part is the counting games that we play. Ms. Cooney helps us with maths challenge and our numbers counting, Ms. McGeogh helps us with adding and taking away. I like it because of all the maths we do and I like adding numbers.

By Jayden Gahan (Ms Cooney’s 1st class)

St. Patrick’s Boys’ First Class Interviews

The first class boys transferred from the fantastic St. Patrick’s Infants school (over the wall) this September.  The boys are settling into the school and getting used to all the new teachers and making new friends.  
Mr. Foley’s fifth class were looking at interviews at the time and we needed a suitable group to interview and we thought the first class were the right people to interview.
We interviewed Ms. Fitzgerald’s class first and it went really well. The first class were very polite and they answered all the questions. We also interviewed the other first class, Ms. Ní Chatháin’s class.  They were all very excited, gave us interesting answers to our questions and listened very carefully.
Some examples of these interviews are below.Welcome to the school first class boys and we hope that you enjoy the next six years of fun!

By Iftikhaar Haque (5th Class Interviewer)

1. What is your name?
2. How did you feel when you came into the school?
3. On a scale of one to ten how hard is your homework?
4. Who do you support?
I follow no team.
By Shane Manning and Alex McCarthy

1. What were your thoughts of the school at first? Very excited.
2. Are you looking forward to different P.E. activities? Yes.
3. How many new friends did you make in the school? I made five new friends.

1. What do you think about the school?
2. Did you make new friends in the yard?
 By Eoghan and Kian
1. What is your name? Charlie Barracks and Dillon
2. What is your favourite sport? Charlie hurling and Dillon soccer.
3. What were your feelings when you walked through the door? Charlie surprised Dillon surprised.
4. Did you go to any other country besides Ireland? Charlie no Dillon no.


. What is your favourite subject? Maths
2. Did you make new friends in the yard? No
3. Are you happy in this school? Yes
4. Do you like the uniform? Yes
5. What is your favourite game to play? Football
By Michael

1. What were your feelings when you came through the school door?
Eoin; I felt happy.

2.  Do you have any new friends?
Eoin; Some from my old school but my new one was Kyle.

3.  What’s the big difference between the Infants  
School and this school?
Eoin: We were small in the Infants school.

4.  What do you think of the school in the last few days?
Eoin: I like it. The school is strict though.
By Iftikhaar Haque and Michael Kozlawski

1. What is your name?

2. What were your first thoughts when you came to this school?

3. What is your coolest thing that you ever done?
He done wheelie and feel of the bike.

4. What`s is your favourite team?

5. What is your favourite sport?
By Luke and Aleksandras

1. What is your name? Charlie Barracks and Dillon
2. What is your favourite sport? Charlie hurling and Dillon soccer.
3. What were your feelings when you walked through the door? Charlie surprised Dillon surprised.
4. Did you go to any other country besides Ireland? Charlie no Dillon no.

1. What’s your name? Callum.
2. How did you feel on your first day? Good.
3. What is the difference between infants and primary school? There is no girls.
4. What is your favourite subject so far? Irish.
By Callum and Frank

1. How did you feel when you came in to the school?
2. Are you enjoying your first two weeks?
3. On a scale of 1 to 10 how hard is the homework?
4. What is your favourite subject?
5. What is your favourite sport?
By Luke Daly and John Morey

1. How did you feel on your first day in the school?
It’s very good in the school I like it
2. Have you made any new friends in this school?
3. Did or do you have a brother in the school?
Thomas and Ben

4. What were your thoughts of the school at first? Very excited.
5. Are you looking forward to different P.E. activities? Yes.
6. Are you going to try out for the school team in the future and if so what team? Yes hurling.
By Olan O’Brien and Stephan Callaghan
First Class Interviews by Mr. Foley’s Fifth


First Class Interview

1. What is your name? Eddie
2. What is the big difference between the infants and this school? Eddie: I don’t want to go back to the Infants’ school.
3. Did you make new friends in this school?
Eddie:  I have one new friend.
4. What is your teacher’s name? Eddie: Ms. Ní Chatháin
5. What do you think of the school in the first few weeks?
Eddie: It’s good.

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