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Congratulations to the swimmers who represented the school on Saturday in Limerick at the Munster Schools Swimming Championships. A special mention to Eibhlis who qualified for the National Championships in Dublin next February in the 50m Butterfly.

St. Vincent de Paul

St. Vincent de Paul have started their Christmas food appeal. Last Christmas, through the generosity of people in the areas surrounding Carrick on Suir they were able to distribute 85 hampers to those in need.

The student council are organising the collection of non-perishable goods for the Christmas food appeal, the hamper is located just inside the entrance. This hamper will be collected by St. Vincent de Paul on Friday, 16th December.

Junior Achievement

We will have 3 volunteers from MSD (Anna Murphy, Jason Ryan and Jamie Kiely) visiting the school under the Junior Achievement Ireland programme. They will be visiting for 5 weeks. It is a great programme centred around inspiring and motivating young people to realise their potential by valuing education and understanding how to succeed in the world.

  • Ms Dempsey’s: Our Community
  • Mr McHale’s: Our City
  • Ms Whelan’s: Our World


The pupils of 3rd and 4th took part in the FAI Futsal non-competitive blitz in Thurles. We were so fortunate that the weather was so mild and dry as it was held outdoors this year on an astro pitch. All involved had a great time.  All of the matches we were involved in were very exciting.

Congrats to all involved.

Suir Art Project

We have been lucky to have been part of the artist in residence scheme.  A very big thank you to Magueritte Kent who has been fantastic and spent many long hours sharing her skills and techniques with the children. The past few months there has been trojan work in every room to produce a tapestry and posters which will be displayed in the County Museum in Clonmel.

Go check it out!!! 

The children’s work has been themed on the wildlife and seasons on the River Suir.

Health Promoting

We are a health promoting school, the past few years we have reviewed our levels of physical activity and promoted healthy eating in the school. The results have had all positive benefits for the children.  This year we will focusing on Mental Health and Wellbeing as well as maintaining what we have achieved thus far.

We have a Health Promotion Team selected in the school who will fronting our campaign, also thanks to Nicola Phelan and Carmel O’Meara for all the support in this initiative.


Red Kettle

The Red Kettle drama group were in the school on November 14th, capturing the children’s imagination with a story involving Normal Norman and his pal Weird Waldo. It was very entertaining and the children engaged in the whole process. Thanks again to the Red Kettle group for the entertainment.

Fantastic performances!!