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The Eason School Spelling Bee                                                 
On the 21 st of March 2017, my mum, dad, uncle and I went to the cork county spelling bee final.
I was the only St. Patricks representative at it as I won the school spelling bee. I was a bundle of nerves when I walked in the doors of the Rochestown Park hotel. We walked up two flights of stairs to a big hall, where I registered and got my spelling bee t-shirt. The room setup was 60 seats at the top facing the audience of about 150 seats. I sat down with my family and waited for the spelling bee to begin.
When everybody arrived, they called up all the spellers in groups of 10. I was in the last group to be called. First we had a practise round, where someone spelled ‘towel’ as ‘towl’ and ‘enough’ as ‘enuff’. When the real competition started, it was nerve racking waiting for your turn.
So the spelling bee went on. In the first few rounds we lost about 40 children. There were only about 22 left in the 6 th or 7 th round. The round started, before I had my turn, 6 people were out. When it got to my turn, I was given Leprechaun. I stood up and spelt ‘Leprechaun’. I was out. In the end, I finished joined 16 th out of 65. I collected my dictionary and goodie bag and left the spelling bee, both disappointed and happy.
I had a great day, and maybe I’ll get a chance again next year!

           By Shane Ryan 5 th class

Seachtain Na Gaeilge

From the 5 th of March to the 17 th was Seachtain Na Gaeilge. We celebrate Seachtain Na Gaeilge all over Ireland
On Monday Mr. Duffy’s class put on a role play at assembly. It was about shopping for clothes. All the teachers had to speak Irish for the whole assembly  
On Tuesday we had an Irish quiz. There were 2 quizzes 1 for 123 and a second for 456. Team LOL won the junior quiz and team 5 won the senior quiz. There were 5 rounds and my favourite round was round 3 because I knew what most of the answer were.
Every class learned a song in Irish too. ‘Beidh Aonach Amárach’ was the song. I had a lot of fun learning it. The entire school went to sing it in the halla at the end of the week.
We also did a céilí mór out in our gigantic lower yard with our Irish dancing teacher where the kids, the staff and teachers were dancing. We each had our own partner and for one dance, even four per squad of Irish dancers, we called it the quad squad.
We also, on Thursday, had a big walk, a Siúlóid Glas, all up around St. Luke’s, near town and the army barracks and back down by the grotto, across the road and up the steps and past the Girl’s school building.
We then went through the gate to our own school, in all it took us about 45 minutes to do the walk in full. We were all wearing green clothes and St. Patrick’s Day accessories. On the way, we held banners that said Scoil Phádraig Naofa. We sang our school song as we walked.
Bhí an craic againn! We had a lot of fun learning and speaking Irish over the two weeks.    

By Corey Brooks and James Houlihan

Green Schools
On the 15th of February the student council/ green schools committee met up at 9:15 because a lady came to the school to check on how we are doing with our bins. She came to see if we can keep the green flag and if we can get the second green flag for energy. She came and asked us questions about what we do to check up on the classrooms bins. We told her that Mr. Duffy calls out the scores every week at assembly. Also, every Friday the boys in sixth class come around to each class to check our compost bins. Every week we can pick one boy from each class to do litter patrol around the school. She was very impressed with our recycling. She even asked the boys in the student council to go to another school to tell them tips and tricks on recycling and which bin to throw certain waste into. Then, we showed her some power points made by sixth class on composting and recycling.
In order to get the energy flag we have to watch our energy use. If we get the second green flag four boys will be chosen to go to the Radisson to get it presented.
By Conor Hurley


The Boys in Green (and White)

In early September , Mr. Horgan announced at assembly that the school would be taking part in the Sciath na Scoil tournament.

Every Tuesday and Thursday from 3 to 4 pm the boys who wished to play for the school team walked up to the Tank Field for training. Mr. Horgan and Mr. Mullins trained the out field players and Mr. O’ Mahony trained Frank the super keeper. In training we improved on picking up the ball, hand passing, shooting and supporting the man on the ball. Also every 6th class boys got a chance to be captain

For the first few weeks we trained non-stop and in early October we played our first match against Scoil Owen in Ballincollig and we won barely  by 2 points and silly mistakes. Our next match against Glasheen was a dominant performance and we won by 13 points. The week after we had a break so we done 2 solid training sessions. The next Wednesday we played against Blarney Street. It was an unbelievable match. It was neck to neck till the last few minutes, Mr. Horgan told the team to push up. Michael Lane received the ball and popped the ball over the top to let Oran Ross run onto it. With a last gasp effort he picked up the ball and scored a beautiful goal. The final score was St. Patricks 3-4 Blarney St. 2-4.

Our last match was by far the easiest against Togher B.N.S. We beat them by a big margin. Now we had one week of training, where we had to get everything pitch perfect.

The day of the semi final came around against Passage Star of the Sea. It was a really tight game with both teams equalling each other. Eventually Passage got a break through goal. When the last whistle blow all of the St. Patricks sat on the ground in misery.
That was the end of St. Patricks journey and it was a silent walk to the school!

By Frank Sobolewski and Ben Heffernan ( Sciath na Scoil players)


Trip to Nursing Homes

On the 1st of December  50 lucky boys got to go on the Red Fm bus to go to four nursing homes to deliver Christmas cards to elderly people all around Cork.
The boys left at 10 past 9 in the morning. We all brought Christmas hats to bring Christmas spirit. Tv3 came along aswell to interview a few boys. Every boy got a Christmas card to give to an elderly person. We also sang Christmas carols and songs. When we were done singing we could have a chat with the elderly people.
The very last nursing home we went to was St. Luke’s nursing home. Before we went in we got a picture with our Christmas cards. It was a really good experience for all the boys. And we just want to wish the elderly people a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
By Conor Hurley
5th Class

Halloween Horror


St. Patrick’s B.N.S. again participated in the wonderful national Maths Week initiative which was held from the 15th to the 23rd October. This was the most successful year to date with thousands of children throughout the country joining in on the fun. The purpose of this nationwide celebration is to promote a positive attitude towards Mathematics, to help raise confidence among our pupils, to demonstrate that Maths is a life skill and to prove that Maths can actually be enjoyable!  

Classes engaged in varied thought-provoking activities such as on-line Maths games, puzzles, target board missions, table quizzes, tangrams, card games etc. These were designed to encourage the problem solving abilities of our boys which is the primary target of our Numeracy School Self-Evaluation Plan. Everyone was encouraged to use their ‘Maths Eyes’ when out and about, thus taking note of Maths in their locality. Numerous photos were taken and the Maths terms/questions elicited from these photos were unbelievable! The school grounds were brilliantly utilised as classes of all ages took part in Maths trails. Ms. O’Connor’s 3rd class ventured further and tackled a trail which took them as far as Mayfield library. The overwhelming response from the boys was ‘This is fun!’  

Ms.Murray(HSCL) organised many  engaging activities for the wider school community e.g. ‘Maths trails with Parents’ were held with the 1st classes of Ms.Fitzgerald and Ms.Fitzpatrick; the 5th class pupils of Ms.Murphy helped the senior infants on a Maths trail etc. The brilliant ‘Maths Puzzles for Parents’ idea was also launched. Well done to all who submitted entries and the lucky winner of the voucher was Steven Walsh, father of Tommy Walsh in 2nd class.   
Competition was generated among the pupils in every class and those that were deemed to have put the most effort in were awarded ‘Maths Champion’ medals.  These Mathematical Magicians were Tommy Murphy, Daniel Meade, Charlie Barrett, Madou Sidibe, Luke Byrne, Seán Ring, Samuel Kumurkiewicz, Joshua Martin, Lee Butler, Kevin Lin and Ben Heffernan.
Well done to all, teachers, pupils and boys who put a huge effort into organising and participating in such a wide variety of activities. Our hope is that a greater interest in Maths has been generated and that our boys now see Maths as an essential skill which is used in many areas of their everyday lives.


We are looking forward to meeting you this Wednesday or Thursday the 26th and 27th of October for our School Parent Teacher Meetings. Your son/teacher will inform you by note/journal of which day and time has been scheduled for you. Boys will finish on Friday at the usual time of 2:30 for the Mid-term break. The boys and staff always enjoy the Halloween no uniform day. Have a great Halloween.
Thank you for your continued support.

September 2016
Welcome to our First Class Pupils. They have transferred from the Infants school and are already part  of everyday school life. We are very happy with their beginning in the Boys' school.

Thomas Kent State Funeral

1. Thomas Kent was a hero back in 1916 and still is today because he gave his life for Ireland to be a better place. He died because the British soldiers raided his house in Castlelyons near Fermoy in Cork, but instead of surrendering he started shooting back. Thomas Kent was sentenced to death.
2. Thomas Kent was shot at Cork Detention Barracks as a result of a court- martial, British soldiers came in and   arrested him at his home in Castlelyons, Fermoy, Co Cork.  
3. Thomas Kent used to be buried at Cork prison until the summer of 2015.
4. Thomas Kent made the ultimate sacrifice- his life to save Ireland’s freedom.
5. Thomas Kent was not afforded a proper burial and he lay in an unmarked grave in Cork Prison until September 2015.
On the day of the state funeral, the 18th of September, my class with Mr. Foley and Mr. Lettis walked to Rathmore road to view the procession. There were lots of other classes from St. Patrick’s Boys’ and Girls’ schools there to pay our respects. We stood by the Barracks wall and waited for the cortege car to arrive. After about 40 minutes we finally saw the cortege car with the coffin in the back and also 15 Gardaí on bikes. We stood silently and watched the green, white and orange flag pass us on the coffin of a Cork hero. After that all of us went back to school.      

       By Alex McCarthy (5th class)

The Lord Mayor’s Visit

On Tuesday the 22nd of September 2015, the Lord Mayor of Cork, Christopher O’Leary came to visit our school. We are very lucky to have the Lord Mayor come to visit us because he has lots of places to visit in one day.
Christopher O’Leary is from the Sinn Féin party which is one of the political parties in Ireland. When he arrived, we gave him a warm, St Patrick’s School welcome. He gave us a speech about friendship, and that we should always stand by our friends. We sang our school’s anthem ‘Scoil Naomh Phàdraig’ and he said that he would allow no homework if we answered two questions right.
Although we were happy to pass, the teachers weren’t! Other than that the, Lord Mayor gave an inspirational speech that made everybody think twice about hurting their friends feelings.

By Iftikhaar Rizwan (Fifth class reporter)

Scrumptious Cake Frenzy

On the 28th of May 2015, we held our annual Parents Group cake sale in the amazing  Aras Phadraig. Mr Foley's 4th class were supposed to help sell the cakes with the parents but the parents volunteered to do it themselves. Our class went over to buy our cakes  at  quarter to twelve. I and many other boys brought in €5 and it was good for us because the cakes were cheap. Most of the cakes were made by boys parents. We had five minutes to buy our cakes so everyone started to go into the cake frenzy. With €7 in his pocket, Alex McCarthy bought 20 cakes in the space of five minutess. After the cake sale had finished, we finished off the day by watching a movie while munching down on our cakes. To conclude, the cake sale was a great success. Thank you to all the parents and Parents Group who helped our school by baking, buying and selling. There was €781 raised for the Parents Group.

By Ben Heffernan and Iftikhaar Rizwan

Collins Barracks Open Day

On Wednesday the 20th of May, Mr. Foley’s class went to the Collins Barracks Open Day. We went there because Michael Doyle’s dad gave us a free pass to look around. Half an hour before we went, it started pouring rain. We were all very disappointed because we had to go up there while we were getting soaked. Luckily, the scorching sun dried it up in ten minutes flat. We walked around. We got split into two groups and some of us even got our faces painted. We got to see and try out sniper guns, rpgs, cannons and camouflage suits. There were gas masks and a chemical truck. I was listening really hard so I got a gold badge. We looked around some more, and then we gathered around the display square. Mr. Foley brought us to the display square and we saw soldiers launching a pretend rocket. We headed over to the military museum and into the badges room. Overall, it was a lovely experience holding guns and getting into tanks and I hope we can come again next year.

By Iftikhaar Rizwan

Fiona Hayes- Six Nations Trophy Winner

Fiona Hayes visited our school on Thursday the 16/4/15. Fiona was holding the Six Nations Rugby Cup. Fiona trains on Tuesday when she goes to the gym at ¼ past six.  On Wednesday Fiona goes running on the field and sometimes on Sunday Fiona may have a match.
Some boys from our school asked her questions. Now maybe we will talk about Fiona when she was young. Her favourite sports were soccer and GAA. Fiona always made dirty tackles in soccer so she realised she should play rugby. When Fiona’s mum heard that Fiona wanted to play rugby she was shocked. In her first match she even had a big cut on her forehead. She is from Limerick. Now she works for the Glen Resource Centre and she lives in Cork. Some boys got signatures from Fiona Hayes. It was a great time meeting Fiona Hayes, one of our best rugby players from Ireland holding up The 6 Nations Cup.

By Frank Sobolewski

March 2015

To champion the diversity that Polish people bring to Ireland, PolskaÉire 2015 was established as a nationwide festival to coincide with the UEFA Republic of Ireland versus Poland qualifier on the March 29th. The initiative was led by the Minister of State for New Communities, Culture and Equality, Aodhán Ó Rí¬ordáin T.D. (Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht and Department of Justice and Equality), the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Dublin and the Football Association of Ireland. The festival was supported by Dublin City Council and other local authorities, along with many Polish organisations and cultural, community and sporting groups across the country. It is estimated that there are presently 150,000 Polish citizens living in the Republic of Ireland resulting in Polish becoming the second most widely spoken language on the island. Throughout the week, a number of cultural and sporting events took place including Easter craft workshops, Polish piano and poetry evenings, intercultural dance festivals, short film showings and a host of other events across the country.
Boys from St. Patrick's B.N.S. on Gardiners Hill were invited to play a friendly game against students from the Polish school who use the same building situated between Ballyhooley Road and Gardiners Hill. Monika Okuniewska and her colleagues have used St. Patrick's school since 2007 as a base to teach children the Polish language on weekends when their normal school week has ended. The principal played a pivotal role in setting up the friendly game on March 21st and it was the first shared venture between the schools despite sharing the same building for the past eight years. The morning of football kick started with a Republic of Ireland side taking on Poland and an exciting encounter ended scoreless despite plenty of goalmouth action. The game was followed by a tournament which integrated all the children into mixed teams. Six games followed and it was especially encouraging to see both boys and girls competing in the tournament on the day with Polish supporters lined up to give vocal support to all children taking part. Irish and Polish flags were provided for the supporters and following an action-packed morning of football, Monika Okuniewska provided teachers from St. Patrick's B.N.S. with a plaque and footballs thanking them for taking part in what is hopefully the first of many events between the schools.Ronan Lettis and John Mullins, teachers at St. Patrick's ensured the smooth running and refereeing of the exciting games.
The PolskaÉire festival ended on March 29th after numerous successful events took place over nine exciting days and the 1-1 draw between Ireland and Poland at the Aviva Stadium was perhaps a fitting way to end a memorable time for both countries.

January 2015

At school, we have many programs and education to promote healthy eating and exercise habits for our boys and staff. We have Lunchtime Pals at break times, Irish Dancing, P.E., Afterschool sports, Swimming, Walk on Wednesday, free Fruit for pupils and we have just added another lesson to keep our hearts and lungs healthy. Each Monday, the boys will partake in a 5 minute exercise circuit in the school yard. This initiative was inspired by this years Operatioin Transformation on RTE. Why not try to copy our boys in your own workout!

September 2014
Fáilte ar ais roimh chách!

Welcome back to all our boys, parents and staff. A special welcome to all our new first class boys and their parents. We will be getting to know you all over the coming weeks and months. The school is a very busy time in September. New classes, new teachers, new books, new lessons and even new homework. The first few weeks are a settling in period with lots going on around the school. If you need to speak with a staff member, it would be preferable if you make an appointment with the staff member by note/ phonecall.

Summer Camps 2014
There was lots happening in the school during the summer incuding the Summer Camps which catered for 70 pupils in all. They had lots of fun doing different activities and games. These camps run every summer at a cost of only €5 for a place, thanks to funding from Pobal. The camps are a great experience for all involved.

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