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A few things that we do in SPN.
Click on the images below to see the powerpoints that Mr Elphick made.

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Check out the boys with our Autumn harvest in the garden ==>


Presentation of Tricolour to the School

Basketball Blitz in Neptune

Our powerpoint presentation for the schools garden competition.Click here to view

Something Fishy

The boys in 5th class are currently taking part in the 'Something Fishy' competition. This is a competition organised by Inland fisheries Ireland. As part of the project the children have done eight lessons in class with their teacher Mr.Kelly. The children have also carried out a river visit with Michael Mc Partland, a Senior Environmental Officer. They had a brilliant afternoon down at the river. Michael divided the boys into small groups and they investigated various sea creatures. They even got hands on with some of them. Following on from this the children are currently designing a project for submission to a national competition on the 12th of June. The theme of this is water quality and the environment. We wish 5th class the very best of luck.

Pedal Power!!!
The boys in 4th class were very lucky to take part in a 6 week Cycling programme ran by The Sports Partnership in April and May. During this time we learnt about road safety, the importance of wearing a helmet and got a chance to practise cycling a bike. It was fantastic to see everyone improving on the bike week by week. We really enjoyed doing obstacle courses on a bike- it's not easy doing the limbo on a bike! Watch out for future Tour de France races as you might see a boy from Scoil Phádraig Naofa!

S. P. N. Basketball Tournament 2015

Ten weeks of competition come to a tantalising end where six teams from 5th & 6th class battled courageously. Team F from 5th class came in a very unlucky 3rd place as these were the leaders of the tournament from the 3rd week until the last. Team B - Emilis, Fionn, Ayo, Cillian, Josh & Alex - were the overall success story winning the tournament in a playoff final versus their colleagues from 6th class Team C. So impressed by their achievement Ms. Twomey awarded the winning team with a basketball for each team member. A very big WELL DONE to all the boys involved in the tournament. So impressed by their achievement Ms. Twomey awarded the winning team with a basketball for each team member. Scoil Phádraig Naofa are a very lucky school to have such wonderful, young and talented boys and basketball stars.


1st Class School Tour: The Secret Garden

We had an excellent day out for our school tour at The Secret Garden in Kilbrittain. The day was full of activities and excitement for everybody. We went on a nature trail and followed maps while orienteering. We also completed many team building activities and Go-Kart races. Our favorite part was the obstacle course and water slide! We had great fun getting all mucky and wet! To top it all off we enjoyed a delicious pizza! We needed it after our fun-filled day.

Fire! Fire! Ring 999 or 112!
3 and 4 class were treated to a visit from a local fireman, Aidan Buckley, who gave a very interesting talk on fire safety. We were amazed at some of his stories. The boys really enjoyed interviewing a local hero. 3 and 4 class are going to make a trip to the local fire station to learn more about the life of a fireman!

First Steps English.
The whole school has been striding towards being better readers, writers and speakers. We have focused on the following genres of writing: procedure and persuasive writing. We focused more on allowing the boys to share their opinions and justify them with reasons through debating. In reading we have been picking out the important information and determining importance. When some information has been missing, we've had to jump to conclusions and infer! We know that we are improving every year!
It might seem like a small step, but it's a giant leap for Scoil Phádraig Naofa!

1st Class Art!
We took full advantage of the sunny weather in the last week of May to explore some nature art. We discussed what we could use from nature to make art and we were pleasantly surprised with what possibilities we had in our schoolyard. We then worked in groups to gather up items such as sticks, leaves, stones and grass and constructed amazing art pieces! It was great to work in groups and make our masterpieces.


Sport for Life

Scoil Phadraig Naofa was one of the privileged schools in Cork chosen to partake in ‘The Sport for Life All-Island’ research programme aimed at encouraging primary school children to participate more in physical activity and adopt healthy and active lifestyles for life.
The programme designed specifically for children aged eight to nine years old, was launched by the University of Ulster in 2009 and expanded across Ireland teaming up with Dublin City University, University College Cork and the National University of Ireland Galway to make the project the first and biggest of its kind in Ireland.
P.E. teacher, Carolyn Connelly from University College Cork delivered the programme to Mrs Crowley’s very lucky 2 and 3 class pupils during term two, for a twelve week period. The fun and educational physical education lessons were thoroughly enjoyed by all.
What’s more, in order to celebrate the completion of the programme, pupils were invited to Neptune Stadium on May 25, where they got to meet other school participants from around the country, play cooperative games and receive a memorable certificate as a lovely keepsake. We feel truly grateful to have been part of this exciting and beneficial project.


Trip to the County Hall.
4th Class were delighted to be invited to the County Hall to view the work of Irish artist Louis le Brocquy, a great Irish artist. We got to see the Tain Exhibition, had a storytelling session with the librarians based on the story of "The Cattle Raid of Cooley". We got a tour of the County Hall. The boys got to debate in the council chamber how they would use a million euro to improve their town. Some of the topics were quite interesting! The view from the top of the County Hall was amazing! We also enjoyed a quick trip to Wilton to finish an excellent day out!


Inland Fisheries Ireland Visit

On 28 May, Mr John Twomey and his assistant David Lordan from ‘Inland Fisheries Ireland’ visited 3 class. Through a power point presentation Mr Twomey gave the class a very interesting and informative talk on the valuable role which the ‘Fisheries Board’ play in protecting, managing and conserving Ireland’s inland fisheries and sea angling resources.
What’s more, the boys got to see a real life jacket and lots of fishing equipment, which they thoroughly enjoyed. Donncha McCarthy even got to bring a fishing rod home having won the class raffle.
The visit ended with lots of photos and questions from the boys, plus they were given booklets, badges, key-rings and posters to take home. Liam Twomey was very proud to have his Dad, John visit the school.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank John and David most sincerely for giving up their time to educate the boys about the important role this organisation has to play in environmental protection.

Debating in 5 Class

As part of the First Steps English program in Scoil Phadraig Naofa, 5 class carried out a class debate. The class was split into six teams, each team was told whether they would be proposing or opposing the motion. They had two weeks to research, write and practice their speeches. The motion of was ‘we should have more P.E in our schools’. On the day of debate the classroom was set up and the class welcomed three external adjudicators into the classroom. Ms. Twomey, Gillian Crowely and Catherine Quinn. Each debate was keenly contested and the judges were given an extremely difficult task of picking the victorious teams. The boys of 5 class put in enormous work researching, writing and practicing their speeches. They all can be extremely proud of themselves as they spoke with confidence and composure in front of their classmates and the adjudicators.

1st Class Writing !!!
We had great fun exploring Procedural Writing in our class. We learned about writing recipes and making instructions. We explored such things as, how to brush your teeth and how to make a toasted sandwich. Our favorite part our procedure writing was about making smoothies. Once the writing was done we had to test if our instructions were correct, so we had to taste them! We added many healthy fruits such as bananas, mangos, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and oranges as well as vanilla yoghurt and we made delicious smoothies! We had a great time drinking our finished smoothies and enjoyed a refreshing healthy snack!


Book Fair
The Book Fair was held from the 12th - 17th Nov with great success. It really showed us all that the love of reading is aive and well with hundreds of books being sold. A huge thanks to Ms O'Regan for all the hard work organising and overseeing the fair. Happy reading!!!

Literacy Twinning with St Brogan's
4th Class are enjoying paired reading with the boys and girls from Transition yearin St Brogans as part of a H.S.C.L Initiative. They are reading 'The Butterfly Lion' by Michael Morpurgo.


National Heritage Day Nov 12th
As part of National Heritage Day, Niamh form Heritage Ireland came to the Senior Classes in the school where she discussed and chatted all about her work. The boys learned a great deal about nature.

Science Week 2014
As part of science week all classes got experimenting and researching. Pictured are 4th class as they learned all about electricity and were successful at making circuits. Well done boys.


St Mary's Famine Graveyard

Hurling Training with James

Junior Infants Halloween Art

Senior Infants Halloween Art


Cross-Country Running 2014

Schools GAA Blitz



All Classes throughout the school got the chance to learn the basic skills of golf. The grip, the stance, the swing, putting and chipping. We may have a few pro-golfers for the future...

(Nov 2014)

In SPN we cover three programmes for our SPHE (Social, Personal and Health education) subject area. They are the RSE, Walk tall and the Stay Safe Programme. Click on blue for a parents guide to the Stay Safe programme available in different languages.

Our New Playground !!!!
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Huge congratulations to all classes on receiving the Award for Science and Maths Excellence 2013 for the school! This is our sixth year in a row recieving this award. Each pupil has received an individual award certificate for their participation in this year’s Discovery Science Programme and the school had received a plaque. Discover Primary Science and Maths (DPSM) is the national programme to foster interest in science, technology, engineering and maths among children in primary schools. The explorative science and maths activities carried out throughout the school were compiled into a Discovery Log and this was sent off to the DPSM for inspection. The Discovery Log this year was very impressive with interesting contributions such as: ‘Investigating Waterproof Materials’ in Junior Infants, ‘Dancing Raisins’ in Senior Infants, the ‘Greenwave project’ in Senior Infants/First Class which focused on recording temperature and observing primroses, learning ‘How To Make Plastic’ in Second Class, making ‘3D Shapes from Cocktail Sticks and Marshmallows’ in Third, evidence of the Fourth Class’ ‘Types of Engineering’ talk during Engineers Week 2013, evidence of Fifth Class’ organisation of Science Week 2012 including a science quiz, a science exhibition, the astronomer Rob Hill’s visit and all class’ trips to food producers in the Bandon community and finally evidence of Fifth and Sixth Class’ visit to Blackrock Castle Observatory for the Engineering Workshop during Engineers Week 2013. Well done to all students and teachers, you certainly deserve the award, plaque and certificates!

We are very lucky to have Michael Heffernan calling to the school on Fridays teaching the tin whistle to the boys. As result we have found some talented musicians. He also helps out the boys with guitars with tuning and advice. We will be having an irish music day in March 13th. Check out our tin whistle page

Last updated on 10/09/'17

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