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Junior Infant Coffee Morning

A big thank you to the PA for organising a fabulous, socially distance, coffee morning for all the junior infant parents. It was so lovely, to have the opportunity to meet up and get to know each other 🙂

Olympic Games Tokyo 2020

We are so incredibly proud of our past pupil Natalya Cole, who is competing in the Olympics for the third time. We wish her all the best as she represents Ireland in the pentathlon. We can’t wait to see her and we will be all cheering for her. Natalya won the ‘Girls Junior Sports Cup’ when she was a pupil in Castleknock and she is now representing her country in the Olympics 🙂

Goodbye and Happy Holidays!

It is so hard to believe that it is the end of another school year. It is always a bittersweet time of year because we have to say goodbye to our wonderful 6th class but we know wonderful adventures and new beginnings await them all. We are so proud, of each and every one of you and as the quote says ‘It’s not a goodbye, it’s see you soon’. We want to wish you all the very best in the future, ‘Go n-éirí libh go léir sa todhcaí’, and don’t ever be a stranger, because you will always be a very special part of our CNS community. We hope that everyone has a wonderful Summer and we hope to see everyone else back in school at the end of August ready for another year full of fun!

Our 2020/2021 Graduates

6th Class Graduation

We had a lovely evening, celebrating the great achievements and accomplishments 6th class have achieved over the last eight years. They are a class that were full of fun, enthusiasm and kindness. We wish them all the best as they move on into the next chapter in their lives. The world is your oyster ‘Tá an domhan i gcroí do bhoise agat’

Important Information

Please note that the return to school date is Thursday 26th August.

We close for Summer holidays on Friday 25th June at 11.30am. We would ask that all parents of pupils from 1st-6th Class collect their children via the front gate. Parents of Junior and Senior infants may walk through St Brigids as usual,  respecting the fact that they have a ‘usual school day’.

Class Teachers for 2021-22 are as follows:

Junior Infants     Ms Hannah McGuckin

Senior Infants     To be confirmed.

1st Class             Ms Holly Gray

2nd Class            To be confirmed

3rd Class             Ms Ingrid Duncan

4th Class             Ms Sharon Leopold

5th Class             Ms Katharine Deane

6th Class             Mrs Aoife McMurdock

Mrs McMurdock will continue to co-ordinate support next year as SENCO.

Please see the newsletter page for the end of the year newsletter.

Kind regards,

Sandra

300th Anniversary Aerial Photo

A big thank you to the PA for organising the aerial photo, to celebrate and mark our 300th year anniversary. This amazing photo can be purchase, please see the PA page for the link to purchase a digital or hard copy of this fabulous picture 🙂

Ice Cream Fun Day!

We want to say a massive thank you to our wonderful PA for organising the ice cream van to come and visit CNS yesterday. The children had a wonderful time, enjoying their slushie or ice cream out under the sun, while they listened to music and danced with our fantastic PA dancers 🙂 Here are just a few of the wonderful pictures from yesterday, please see the PA page for more pictures and videos.

Please click on the links below, to learn how to interpret your child’s standardised test scores.

Sten Scores

Standardised Testing 2020/2021

Our wildflower garden is looking beautiful and is being really enjoyed by the bees 🐝

We planted some wild flowers to help the bees. They look beautiful in our Wildflower Garden.

A visit from the Fire Brigade

We had an unexpected visit from the Fire Brigade last week, as they were putting out a fire behind the school. We were so grateful that they took the time to show each class their fire engine, equipment and spoke to the children about what their jobs entails. Some of the classes even got the opportunity to use the hose. It caused great excitement for the day and I am sure we have some future fireman and women among the pupils of CNS, so many of them were fascinated by what the fireman and women do on a daily basis.

Cycle for CNS’ Friday Update 

1st Place: Yellow Team (276km) 

2nd Place: Blue Team (271km)

3rd Place: White Team (260km)

4th Place: Red Team (258km)

5th Place: Green Team (252km)  

Due to the huge distance that was cycled, the teams managed to cycle through Ms Culbert’s hometown of Waterford and managed to reach Ms Deane’s hometown of Cork 🙂   

Don’t forget to have a look at the ‘CNS Active Week’ video on the website, go to the events tab and it is under ‘Active Week 2021’. We will be updating you on how much money we raised next week. We hope everyone has a lovely long weekend.

Cycle for CNS’ Thursday Update 

It was another absolutely amazing day in CNS! Not only did we have all our amazing parents cycling today, but we also had all our super CNS teachers cycling for their teams. Even our wonderful Ms. Moloney had a go 🙂 .6th class then took to the bikes, the winners from 6th class will be announced at assembly tomorrow. (See the 6th class page for all their amazing pictures)


The Red and Blue Teams won today. 

10.00am Cyclists:

BLUE – Fran Salmon (Winner) 

GREEN – Therese Pike 

YELLOW – Sarah Simpson

RED – Adele Mulligan

WHITE – Feargal Meade  


12.00 Cyclists :
BLUE – Jemma Sinclair

 GREEN – Simona 

YELLOW – Gerald Rogers 

RED – Chris Booth 

WHITE – Phil Osman (PAST PUPIL) 


Teachers Who Cycled @10.00am: Ms.Gray ,Ms.Culbert, Ms.Duncan, Ms.McGuckin and Joanne
Teachers Who Cycled @12.00:Mr O’Connell – our VIP :), Ms.Furney, Ms. Leopold, Ms.Deane, and  Ms.Caldbeck . Ms McNutt was our exercise Instructor.

Cycle for CNS’ Wednesday Update 

Another brilliant day, full of fun in CNS 🙂

10.00am Cyclists:

BLUE – Ross Metcalfe (Ross & Eloise Salmon’s birthday’s today 🙂 

GREEN – Kevin Daly 

YELLOW – Jade Singh

RED – Louise Creagh  

WHITE – Peter Ryan 
Winners : Joint 1st: White & Green


12.00 Cyclists:

 BLUE – Anthony Byrne 

GREEN – Niki Giltrap 

YELLOW – Katherine Laidler 

 RED – Saul Roche-McHenry

WHITE – Allen Nuzum 

1st Place: Red Team (Saul is a CNS past pupil!)

Cycle for CNS’ Tuesday Update 

Another exciting day in CNS, the bad weather didn’t affect the good mood and it definitely didn’t stop our cyclist. The competition is really heating up now, as the children cheer from the side lines.

The winning today were the Blue Team!

10.00am Cyclists: 

BLUE – Gareth Myburgh

GREEN – Sean White (past CNS pupil) 

YELLOW – Adeline O’Brien 

RED – Zelda Booth

WHITE – Fiona Carey

12.00 Cyclists:

BLUE – Angus Sinclair 

GREEN – Simon Cornish

YELLOW – Declan Ryan 

RED – David Mulligan (A big Happy Birthday to David) 

WHITE – Brian Hutchinson 

Cycle for CNS’ Monday Update 

Well, today was brilliant! What a fantastic first day. The sun was shining, the music was playing, the children were cheering and the parents were cycling 🙂

The cyclists @10.00am were:

BLUE – Mark Middleton 

WHITE – Claire Hutchinson

RED – Shane Hendron-Kenny 

Yellow- Emma Fitzsimons

GREEN – Yvonne Regan 


The cyclists @12.00 were:

BLUE  – Rhonda Metcalfe

WHITE – Shane Loghrey-Grant 

RED – Liam Cullen 

YELLOW – Levanya Singh 

GREEN – Ruth Hosford 


The winning team today was Yellow but it was a very close race! 

Barnardos Online Safety Workshop

4th, 4th/5th, 5th and 6th class took part in a Barnardos online workshop on the 14/4/21. They learnt about the dangers online and how to stay safe online. All the children really enjoyed the online workshops with Noreen.

Online Safety Workshop with Barnardos (14/04/2021)

Noreen from Barnardos gave a talk to 4th, 4th/5th, 5th and 6th Classes on Wednesday this week. She zoomed each class at different times. Noreen spoke about online safety and how to be safe online.

Noreen went through the ‘STAR’ approach to online safety with us:

Noreen asked a variety of questions throughout the talk and asked us to complete some activities. She gave us a password activity to do. We were asked to create a password using numbers, signs and symbols based on this sentence ‘I ate bananas in 2020’. My password was: I@teb@nan@s#in2o2o.

The talk was very easy to understand and it was fun! Our teacher gave us booklets to bring home based on the ‘STAR’ approach. There were tips for parents in the information booklet also. At the end of the safety talk Noreen showed us a game that we could play online. I thought that this talk was very useful.

                                                           By: Isabelle Murphy-5th Class

Swift Boxes

We were delighted to be part on an initiative with Castleknock Tidy Towns and Fingal County Council who funded the location of some ‘swift boxes’ at our school. This is a conservation project and boxes have been placed at 4 schools in Castleknock. We are very excited and hope to attract some of these migratory birds to our school.

We will be watching our nesting boxes as swifts arrive in Ireland in May and we hope to have good news to share before the end of term…

PA Art Competition

The PA held an Art Competition for Easter. Everyone used their artwork to decorate their home and sent in a photograph of it via email. There was an overall family prize and prizes for individuals. You can see from the winners that we have many artistic and creative pupils in CNS. There were over 70 entries!

Congratulations to everyone who took part and thank you to the PA for organising the competition and providing the prizes!

OVERALL WINNER:

Family Entry: Senan (1st) / Molly (4th) / Cara (6th) Hosford

RUNNERS UP

  1. Junior Infants: Sam Regan

  1. Senior Infants: George Chiswick 
  1. 2nd Class: Dirinn Biddlecomb
  1. 3rd Class: Isabel Booth  
  1. 4th/5th Class: Rebecca Pike
  1. 5th Class: Lila Courtney

Happy Easter

Happy Easter to everyone in CNS, we hope you all have a lovely break and stay safe and well. We will see you all back in CNS on the 12th of April. Beannachtaí na Cásca oraibh go léir.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021

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Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021

Bhain gach duine sár taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021. Bhí sé saghas difriúil an bhliain seo, ach bhí sé fós lán le ngníomhaiochtaí spraoiúil. Ghlac gach duine páirt sa chomórtas filíochta, bhí Tráth na gCeist ar zoom do rang a 3, 4, 5 agus 6. Bhí ranganna corpoideachas agus ealaín againn tríd Gaeilge. Bhí Ceolchoirm iontach againn agus tá sé suas ar Seesaw anois. Bhí gach rang ag léamh agus ag éisteacht le leabhair Gaeilge. Bhí siad amuigh sa chlós ag damhsa agus ag imirt cluichí Gaeilge. Bhí lón Gaeilge ag roinnt ranganna agus bhí an deis ag roinnt rang féachaint ar clár teilifíse as Gaeilge. Is bliain deacair é an bhliain seo, ach cruthaigh CNS ‘Crann Dóchas’ lena ndóchas do 2021. Bhí an-spraoi againn an bhliain seo agus támar ag tnúth go mór le Seachtain na Gaeilge 2022. ‘Is fearr Gaeilge bhriste, ná Béarla cliste’

Buaiteoirí Comórtas Filíochta

Naíonáin Shóisearacha

David Rogers

Isla Smith

Naíonáin Shinsearcha

Lennart Donaldson

Leila Molloy Sadlier

Rang a hAon

Alex Downes

Juliet Hutchinson

Rang a Dó

Holly-Mae Leatham

James Pike

Rang a Trí

Ellie Moore

Rían Mulligan

Rang a Ceathair

Jack Leatham

Jayda Ozatlar

Rang a Ceathair agus Cúig

Jason Shelley

Juliet Gargan

Rang a Cúig

Alannah White

Will Bolt

Rang a Sé

Chloe Birks

Ivy Brereton

Lá Glas (16ú Márta)

Bhain gach duine sult as ‘Lá Glas’ inniu. Lá Fhéile Pádraig daoibh go léir.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2021

Thosaigh Seachtain na Gaeilge i CNS ar an Luan (8/3/11) . Tá gach duine ag baint taitneamh as na cluichí Gaeilge, corpoideachas tríd Gaeilge agus ag éisteacht le labhair Gaeilge. Bhí Tráth na gCeist againn ar zoom do rang a 3 agus a 4 agus bhí Tráth na gCeist eile againn ar zoom do rang a 5 agus 6. Beidh imeachtaí eile ar siúl an seachtain seo chugainn. Támar go léir ag tnúth go mór leis an gceoilchoirm. Beidh gach duine ag glac páirt i gcomórtas filíochta, rince Gaelach agus támar chun ‘Crann Dóchas’ a chruthú.

Buaiteoirí Tráth na gCeist – Rang a 3 agus 4

Skye Sinclar

Zac Simpson

Ryan Metcalfe

Sarah Zhang

Saoirse Biddlecombe

Matthew McAuliffe

Amy Johnson

Buaiteoirí Tráth na gCeist – Rang a 5 agus 6

Conor Laidler

Chloe Birks

Debbie Pop

Cara Hosford

Oisín White

Ethan Daly

Art Competition

I would like to thank everyone who took part in this years Art Competition. I was blown away with the talent and had a very difficult job trying to pick winners. Please find the winners below, we have the ‘Overall Winners’ and then we have an ‘Outstanding Art Creations’ category because we had so many amazing entries we decided that we had to give a few extra prizes this year. Both categories will get their prize and certificate when they return to school. All entries below will also be uploaded to our ‘Virtual Art Gallery’ on our website. A massive well done to all the winners below. Tá comhghairdeas tuillte ag gach duine.

Mrs. McMurdock

Overall Art Winners 2021

Junior Infants

Clara Melbourne

Jeremy Liu

Senior Infants

Claire Osman

Lucy Booth

1st Class

Heidi and Juliet Hutchinson

Michael Griffin

2nd Class

Ella Melbourne

Craig McGovern

Thomas McDonagh

3rd Class

Darragh Cullen

Alva Melissa and Alexandra Kenny

4th Class

Molly Hosford

Christian O’Sullivan

4th/5th Class

Rebecca Pike

Saoirse Biddlecombe

5th Class

Odhran Biddlecombe

Eleni Limond

6th Class

Anna Qui

Zoe Byrne

Outstanding Art Creations

Junior Infants

Alvar Brennan

Caolán Biddlecombe

James McGann

Seóna Cormady

Senior Infants

Isla Brennan

Jhanusree Kannan

1st Class

Aoibhín Ryan

Darragh Ryan

Avril Alfa

Isobel Mulligan

Sarah McGeever

2nd Class

Alvah Alfa

Dirinn Biddlecombe

James Pike

Lily Hayden

Mattie Carmody

3rd Class

Emma McGann

Isobel Booth

Rhys Byrne

4th Class

Kate Abayawickrema

Lily Byrne

4th/5th Class

Lily McDonagh

6th Class

Joshika Kannan

Matti Saccarola

Robyn Connolly

Santa came to C.N.S

Day Care Packages for the Capuchin Day Centre

The Helix Pantomime ‘The Sword in the Stone’

We had Santa visit us virtually today 🙂

C.N.S Story and Poetry Competition

Once again, I was blown away by how talented the children in Castleknock N.S are. I had the pleasure of getting lost in so many different stories and poems. I then had the incredibly difficult job of trying to pick the winners. I am so proud of each and every single child that participated and I would like to thank you all for entering. I hope you all continue to write, and I can’t wait to read more of your stories and poems in the future. As Stephen King said ‘’If you want to be a writer, you must do two things above all others: read a lot and write a lot.”

A massive well done and congratulations to everyone that took part. All stories and poems will be published on the website.

Le gach dea-ghuí,

Mrs. McMurdock

Overall Winners Short Story

6th– Conor Laidler

5th– Adam Lampart

5th– Eleni Limond

5th– Juliet Gargan

2nd– Ella Melbourne

2nd– Lily Hayden

1st– Juliet Hutchinson

1st– Sarah McGeever

Overall Poetry Winners

5th Odhran, 4th– Saoire,  2nd -Dirinn and J.I- Caolán Biddlecombe

4th– Lily McDonagh

2nd– Thomas McDonagh

Outstanding Stories

1st– Alexandra Kenny

1st– Avril Alfa

2nd– Alvah Alfa

We are so proud of Líla staring in this amazing video, such amazing talent!

Book Launch

Short Story and Poetry Competition

We are running a short story and poetry competition. The title must be Castleknock N.S., it can be typed or written. It is to be no longer than six pages. Please submit your entry to amcmurdock@castleknocknationalschool.ie by the 11th of December. This competition is open to all pupils from 1st-6th Class. I am really looking forward to reading all your entries. The winners will be announced before Christmas 😊

 Mrs. McMurdock

Show and Tell via Zoom