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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. Mullane's 4th Class

Dear parents and boys,
Hope you are all well as we approach the final few days of this most unusual school year. I’m so impressed with the effort you have all put into your school work throughout the year but especially the effort you have displayed during the school closure phase. We know it has been incredibly difficult for you but you have excelled in so many ways. Think of all the things you have mastered over the last few months…emailing, bettering your typing, Google Classroom, designing and building the most amazing things, project work, artistic creations etc. The finishing line is in sight and we now just request that you stick with the work for just a few more days. We’ll continue to engage with you in Google Classroom this week so remember to tackle what’s assigned there firstly and then pick and choose from this list on the website also. We’ll do our best to keep in contact and support you as best as we can. You will receive notification soon about our final zoom session and we look forward to seeing as many of you as possible as we prepare to draw your 4th class year to a close.
The following is a sample of work that you can aim to get through this week. Remember to try your best to really concentrate on developing your joined writing and presentation skills which are incredibly important as you head towards 5th class. Really focus on the layout of your copy and ensure that those margins are as straight as can be. Spend, if possible, 30-60 minutes per day or even more if you wish. Continue to learn new life skills and help out around the house by being as kind and helpful as you can!
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 Ms. Lohan can be emailed at

Looking forward to hearing from you all,

Valerie Mullane and Aoife Lohan

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 Ms. Lohan can be emailed at
You will need to ask mum/dad or someone older for help with the photo and email.


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. Mullane's 4th Class

Read Tom Crean novel (roughly 2 chapters per day)
Write a summary after every 2 chapters

Free writing - 15 - 20 mins per day

English pack: 1-2 sheets to be complete per day

Spellings: Continue as normal
2 sentences per night on new spellings

One Maths Challenge test a day

Maths pack: to be completed at your child's own pace

Practice all times tables

Explore maths language at home. E.g time, measuring, baking,

Project work:
Complete a project on a country of your choice (Can be done as poster, booklet or powerpoint - option is yours)
Possibly look at: Culture, physical features, places of interest, history, famous people, map, flag, include pictures, fact file, etc.

Play board games, card games

‘Go noodle’ website for movement activities

What you need:
Novel: Tom Crean
English copy
Free writing copy
English and maths pack
Spellings and tables book

Maths Challenge book
Maths copy

Project sheet


Ms. Mullane's class
Ms.Mullane's class are a fantastic bunch of boys. They are doing some very nice activities like  going on maths trails, playing in school football matches , going to the Parents' Group book sale. A lady came in and talked to them about birds and how to protect nests and habitats. They enjoy going up to the library, they love their new yard, leaf tracing for Art, lunch time games, and new equipment that they use to have fun at playtime.

Habitat Study

Our class did a habitat study of various locations on our school grounds. We discovered that there are many different habitats such as under logs, trees, hedgerows, under leaves, school garden area, woods area, cracks in concrete etc. Our class created a ‘Conservation Code’ which we used to make sure that we wouldn’t damage any creatures or their habitats. We worked in teams and explored living, non-living and once living items within our group quadrant (we used a hula hoop!). We found minibeasts such as beetles, woodlice, spiders, worms, slugs etc. We used a pooter to carefully pick up the fast legged creatures! Afterwards we returned to the classroom and studied the creatures. We selected one creature and examined it by using a magnifying jar. Next we used a ’Minibeast Key’ sheet to identify the creatures we had found.  Following that, we drew diagrams and labelled them.  Once we were finished we returned the minibeasts safely back to their habitats (home). We thought this science activity was fun, we enjoyed it and we can’t wait for more activities like this.

By: Jamie Hogan and Tommy Walsh.

Crawford Art Gallery
On the 13th of February our class excitedly walked to the Crawford Art Gallery in the city centre. We’d never been there before so we were curious to see what would be inside.
We firstly entered a large room where there were many large and impressive marble statues. Our friendly guide then brought us to an exhibition area which had many different types of paintings and pictures by many fantastic artists. This artwork was based around the topic of ‘Heroes and Villains’. There was a cool photograph of Cork’s Roy Keane holding the claw of a raven up by his eye. It was interesting to discuss why some see Roy as a hero but others view him as a villain. There was another of Satan falling from the sky with angels flying in the background. There was even a painting of Hitler’s wife. We amazingly saw a print called ‘Le Vieux Roi’ (The Old King) by the famous artist Pablo Picasso. We saw one painting based around Hell! Many of the pieces were very colourful and we had to use our imaginations to work out what was happening in some of them.

We then moved onto an exhibition dedicated to the artistic and archaeological work of George Victor Du Noyer. We saw many of his drawings and sketches based around Irish nature and landscape, especially The Giants Causeway, which he loved.
Finally, at the end of our visit, we got to sit down and draw some of our own pictures which was great fun. We all really enjoyed our trip to the art gallery and we would definitely like to visit it again someday.
By: Raphael Brosnan, Raymond Mooney and Luke Wolfe

4 th Class to UCC
On the 19 th of October both fourth classes went on a trip to UCC for a tour of the campus.
Once we arrived we excitedly greeted our lovely, German guide, Nadine.
Firstly, Nadine took us through an artistic archway to see the college crest which was divided into three sections. We discovered that it was bad luck to step on the crest as you’d fail your exams.
Next we went to the fascinating Crawford Observatory which has three huge telescopes and a domed roof that opens.
Then we went to the Honan Chapel which has thousands of mini mosaic floor tiles. These created 33 fish, each representing a year of Jesus’ life. We also noticed beautiful stained glass windows.
Following that Nadine showed us unusual standing stones with ogham writing inscribed on them.
Finally we were presented with mini gowns which made us feel like mini Harry Potters! Nadine then officially presented us with UCC certificates.
It was a great outing and we hope to study there when we’re older.

By: Rory Ryan, Ryan McClue and Jack Hourigan

4th Class Interviews

We interviewed a fourth class boy. Here are his thoughts.
What is your name? Darragh Malony
What are your favourite hobbies outside of school?
Skateboarding, soccer and G.A.A.
Why do you like about your hobbies?
They keep me fit.
What’s the biggest change from last year to this year?
The subjects.
My favourite subject is English.
My favourite game in Lunchtime Pals is one touch.

By Ben Heffernan

A Trip to the Lifetime Lab

On Tuesday the fifth of April my class, Ms. Mullane, Ms. Lohan and I went to the Lifetime Lab to learn about science. At ten, we departed school and travelled to the lab by bus. Upon arrival, we were given a warm welcome by our instructor, Úna.
Once we entered the classroom, Úna told us the area of science we were going to be investigating. We were going to be exploring electrical energy. I was in a group with Ben Connolly and Farhan Fahim.
After that, Úna set us our first assignment which was to light a lightbulb. Úna gave us a bag of materials which included a battery, battery holder, lightbulb, lightbulb holder and two clip wires.
First, we inserted the lightbulb and the battery into their separate holders, then clipped the wires onto the holders little bolts, and the bulb lit up! We had created a circuit!
Soon after, Úna set us a tougher challenge where we had to still get the bulb to light up, but without the battery holder! My team and I had a solution though. We clipped a wire onto the positive side of the battery, but it wasn’t so easy on the negative side, where there was no bolt to clip onto. So we had to touch the clip to the battery for it to work.
Our next task was to work a motor, and attach a plastic shamrock, just for looks. We had to connect the clips onto the little bolts on the bottom of the motor and then it spun!
Next we had to work a buzzer, which made an annoying sound. My team managed to work the buzzer AND the motor together at the same time! (This involved a bit of work!)
After that, Úna taught us about conductors and insulators. A conductor is an object that allows energy and heat to pass through and an insulator is the opposite.
Soon after, we had lunch and then went up to the playground for a run around.
When we came back in, Úna set us the task of going around the lab looking for conductors and insulators. The bulb would light up if it was a conductor and if it didn’t it was an insulator. Some examples of conductors are tin foil, nails, an empty can and a spoon as they all contain metals. Some examples of insulators were wood, duct tape and a blackboard.
Afterwards we did something which was great fun! Úna gave us a sort of house made from a cardboard box which we had to stick the bulb into and flick a switch so that the bulb would turn on or off. Our challenge was to keep all the wires of our circuit hidden outside the box and to get the switch to work.
Finally we did one last experiment. We had to make a ‘Scoobie’. We had to connect a motor and a battery to a brush and watch it move across the floor!
We had a brilliant, enjoyable and interesting day. I hope I get the opportunity to go again!

By: Shane Ryan, Ms. Mullane’s Fourth class

Fourth Class Hurling Blitz

Hello, my name is Shane Ryan from Ms. Mullane’s fourth class, and today I’m going to write about the fourth class hurling blitz.

On the ninth of February, 10 boys from each fourth class were picked to go to Whitechurch Community Hall for a fourth class hurling blitz. The boys from our school partaking were Kane O’ Brien, Michael Quill, Alex Quinlan, Scott Lawler, Kian Nelligan, Evan Lane, Conor O’ Callaghan, Oran Ross , Connor McDonagh and myself.

There were also six schools partaking including Mitchelstown N.S., Scoil Oilibhéir, Scoil Iosagáin, Cloghroe N.S., Charleville B.N.S. and us, St. Patrick's B.N.S.
There were two groups, each with three teams. In our group, there was us, Charleville and Cloghroe and in the other group were Scoil Oilibhéir, Scoil Iosagáin and Mitchelstown.

The first game was Cloghroe vs. Charleville, which Cloghroe won. The second game was Scoil Oilibhéir vs. Mitchelstown, which Mitchelstown won, and then the third game was us, up against Cloghroe where we narrowly lost.  Cloghroe were through.

After our loss, Mitchelstown played Scoil Iosagáin which Mitchelstown won. That meant two teams had booked themselves a spot in the semi- final. The next game was a decider to see who would go through in our group; we were playing Charleville. We took an early lead, but Charleville came back to win by a goal, which meant that unfortunately, we were out of the competition.  
For the decider in the other group, Scoil Iosagáin beat Scoil Oilibhéir. Two out, three to go!
So, to kick off the semi finals, favourites Mitchelstown were knocked out by Charleville. In the other semi- final, Scoil Iosagáin beat Cloghroe. The final was going to be Scoil Iosagáin versus Charleville.
Charleville were the underdogs to us, but amazingly, Charleville won the final!
We were unhappy that we could not win, but we were glad that we got to take part in the tournament and we would love to do it again!

                           By Shane Ryan, Fourth Class.

Fourth Class Animal Reports
Hello, my name is Shane Ryan, from Ms. Mullane’s fourth class.  I’m a new member of The Reporters Group and I’m going to tell you some things we’re doing in class. Today I’m telling you about our class doing Animal Reports.
First we had to think of an animal. For lots of people, that was very hard, seeing as straight away most of the animal ideas people wanted to do were taken to write about.
Then, we had to write it out. So first we had to have a classification, to describe what it is. Secondly, a description to say what it looks like and what it has. After that, we had to say where it is located. Finally we had to describe its dynamics, which means what it can do.
After that, we had to get our teacher to correct it, and then we took it to the computer room to type it up. We also got to change our font and choose a border and a picture.
My animal was a Mountain Gorilla. I quite enjoyed researching and typing it. I really liked Kevin Lins’ report on the panda. If you would like to see the rest of our reports, in the next couple of days they will hopefully be hanging up outside our classroom.
This is my first report and I hoped you enjoyed it.
   By: Shane Ryan (fourth class)

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