Nuacht 2012-13

First Holy Communion

The children from second class made their First Holy Communion last Saturday, 4th May.  Please see below some photos of the event.


Club Spraoi na Gaeilge 2013

A Chairde,

Tá muid ag tosú ‘club spraoi na gaeilge’ i Scoil Sheosaimh.  Beidh an club dírithe ar labhairt na gaeilge chun taitneamh a bhaint as an teanga a labhairt i suíomh spraoiúil, compordach.  Foghlaimeoidh na páistí foclóir nua fad is atá siad ag spraoi.  Beidh Niamh de Paor as an gCeathrú Rua mar mhúinteoir don club.  Is múinteoir bunscoile í agus oibríonn sí le Gaeilge Locha Riach freisin.  Ritheann an club ar feadh sé seachtaine. Má tá suim ag do pháiste/í a bheith páirteach ann  líon suas an fhoirm thíos agus seol ar ais chuig an scoil í roimh an Chéadaoin 8-4-13.

We are starting an after-school Irish club in St. Joseph’s N.S.  This club is for children from 3rd – 6th class.  If successful we hope to extend it to other classes in the next school year.  The club runs for 1 hr and 20 mins every Wednesday after school (3:00-4:20) for 6 weeks.  The emphasis is on speaking Irish in a fun and enjoyable environment.  Children will learn and use new vocabulary in a fun and enjoyable way.  Children will be taught by Niamh de Paor who is a native Irish speaker and also a primary school teacher.  Niamh also works with Conradh na Gaeilge in Loughrea.   If your child would like to take part please fill in the form and return it to school before Wednesday 8-4-13.

Is mise le meas,

Seán Ó Raghallaigh


Green Flag 2012-13

We are currently on our quest for our second green flag  in Carrabane N.S. To achieve this flag we are focusing on conserving energy in our school. We have a dedicated committee of children from Infants to Sixth Class who meet with Miss Kilroy weekly and work on our steps to achieving this flag. We hope to have our flag next March.

Here is our Green Flag Committee 2012-2013:


Active School Flag 2012-13

Active School Flag Committee Members

Active School Week, June 4th – 7th 

The students and staff in Carrabane National School have just completed ‘Active School Week’ which was a resounding success.  Thanks to the glorious weather, and the huge effort put in by staff and students, this week will be remembered for a long, long time!!! Students throughout the school were encouraged to participate in many sporting events and they did so very willingly!!

We would like to thank the following who guided the children through many different activities and gave up their time, free of charge, to provide the children with entertainment for the week: Carrabane Scout Leaders, Zumba & Salsa Teacher, Connaught Rugby Coach,Tennis Instructors, Loughrea Tennis Club, Volleyball Instructors, Hiphop Instructor, Ultraflex School of Dance, Loughrea, Yoga Teacher, St. Thomas’s hurlers!!!

The children in the school participated in all of the following events and really enjoyed the week: Walking, skipping, zumba and salsa, orienteering, penalty shoot-outs, volleyball, running, cycling, rounders, rugby, golf, hurling, tennis, poc fada, cic fada, hip hop, yoga and tabletennis.  They also enjoyed a soccer match against the teachers, (winners ????0.

The boys also participated in the 9 aside football finals in Claregalway but unfortunately were beaten.                                     .

Three of the St. Thomas’s hurling team came to the school on Friday with the cup and signed autographs, tshirts, hurls etc.  The children really enjoyed this.

All in all this was an excellent week and students and staff should be proud of the huge efforts they put in.Please see below some photos of our ‘Active School Week’.  We hope this will help us along the road to achieving the ‘Active School Flag’.





As part of Active School Week 2013 the children kept a diary of the week’s events. Each day they made a record of all of the activities they took part in and drew a picture of their favourite activity from the day. The children really enjoyed this and produced some excellent diaries.

Active School Flag
Our school is working to achieve an ‘Active school flag’.
The Active School Flag (ASF) is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which seeks to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community.

The ASF initiative is open to Primary, Post Primary, Special Schools and Youthreach Centres to apply.
In order to be awarded the Active School Flag, schools must:

1   Provide the correct PE timetable provision as per DES Guidelines
2   Inform and invite the whole school community in participate in the ASF process
3   Commit to a process of self-evaluation and review current provision across 15 areas
4   Plan and implement improvements that will enhance PE and physical activity provision for all students

The initiative encourages a partnership approach. It empowers schools to become more proactive in approaching groups like National Governing Bodies (NGBs), Local Sports Partnerships (LSPs), the HSE, Education Centres and the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST) to help and support them to develop their PE programmes and to promote physical activity

Once awarded the Active School Flag remains valid for a period of three years.

The Active School Flag is funded by the Teacher Education Section of the Department of Education and Skills and based in Mayo Education Centre.

Mr Ó Raghallaigh’s 5th / 6th Class 2012-13

Our Sixth class drew a picture of themselves for our end of year graduation mass. The boys and girls wrote about all the talents of their classmates.  We wish them every success in their new schools and in their future.  Slán agus beannacht libh!

Sixth Class Graduation Mass

 Our School Tour 

We went to Lilliput Adventure centre on our school tour.  Here are some of the activities we took part in.

Rock ClimbingBog hopping


“Painting with scissors” Henri Matisse

Matisse Cut out of Le Gerbe

We studied some art work by a famous French artist Henri Matisse.  We looked at ‘Le Gerbe’ one of his most famous pieces of art and tried to do some similar art work.    Henri Matisse, born in 1869, began his working life doing administrative tasks for a court. As a gift, his mother gave him his first art supplies and he fell in love with painting.

He studied art in Paris where he painted mostly landscapes and still lifes. He was successful at this and the state even bought five of his paintings. In 1898, he discovered impressionism. A friend and fellow painter, John Peter Russell introduced him to the work of theimpressionists including van Gogh who was still unknown and Gauguin. Matisse’s style changed completely following this discovery and color took center-stage in his paintings.

This love of color evolved into Fauvism, in which natural scenes are portrayed in unnatural, usually extremely bright, colors.

By the end of his life Matisse was thoroughly interested in patterns and from this interest came his collages. Made from boldly hand-painted paper cut into shapes, Matisse’s collages were usually large works of simplicity. He create a book, Jazz, illustrated with these collages.

Stair/ History

5th and 6th class completed some projects on the Easter Rising of 1916.

Project ResearchAfrican Project
1916 Rising ProjectProject Research

Tír Eolas/Geography

We have been working on projects on the continent of Africa.

Click here to see Nessa and Aisling’s Project AFRICAN ANIMALS!!


Africa Project

Mata/ Maths

This week we are learning about 3-D shapes.  We made some 3-D shapes with  matchsticks and play dough   We also made cardboard copies of the nets and constructed some 3-D shapes.

Constructing a pyramid


3-D construction
constructing 3-D shapes
Making a cube
Making the net outline
3-D construction
A cone party hat!


Corp Oideachas/P.E.

This term we are learning about invasion games.  We play small sided games in soccer, rugby, hockey and Olympic handball.  We have some great players in 5th and 6th class!  This week we are learning about Tag-Rugby.  Let’s hope the weather stays dry!

Putting on rugby tagsWarm up
Working on our passing

small sided tag rugby game on the grass
Playing a game of tag rugby.

 Yoga: 5th and 6th class had a yoga session in the hall on Wed. April 24th with a yoga teacher.  Yoga helps children’s flexibility and balance.  It also helps us to concentrate and relax!

Warrior pose
Warming up!
Down in the dog pose


Relaxing in savasana pose

Ms Egan’s 3rd/4th Class 2012 – 13

Key learning areas that you can support your child in fourth class:


  • Speed and accuracy in both multiplication and corresponding division factors.
  • Reading widely- both fiction, non-fiction and current affairs/news
  • Assist with homework/reading tasks as needed
  • Encourage independence- e.g. organising equipment for school, remembering to return notes etc
  • Assist with personal research related to topic work required.

Our School Tour at Tayto Park





We will be covering area, symmetry, division, multiplication, length, place value, weight, 3D shapes, decimals, money and time in this term.


Each week I display three of the children’s writing in the classroom and award them Star Writer of the week. Throughout the year each child will get the opportunity to have their work displayed on the literacy wall.

Titanic Diary Entries:



For art last term we completed titanic models of the ship. The fourth class pupils came up with some amazing and interesting ideas for their models. Well done fourth class.

Pictures of completed projects:


Other art tasks and activities completed this year:

We are hoping that we can put the umbrellas away now.


Mr Mahony’s 1st / 2nd Class 2012-13

Tá fáilte romhaibh go dtí leathanach rang a haon agus rang a dó.

You are very welcome to Mr Mahony’s 1st and 2nd class webpage. We hope you find this page interesting and enjoy catching a glimpse of our busy school life. With the second term over and the Easter Holidays behind us we head into our final term looking forward to lots of exciting and fun times ahead. If you scroll down through this page you will get an idea of some of the work we did during the last term.


School Tour: On Friday the 24th of May 1st and 2nd class went on their school tour to Lets Go School Tours at The Kingfisher in the University College Galway. A great day was had by all and the kids took part in 9 different activities throughout the day. The activities ranged from Zorbe Balling to Rock Climbing. Take a look at the pictures below to see how much fun we really had.




As part of the SESE curriculum we studied sound in science this term. We learned all about how sound is created by vibrations and carried out some simple experiments to demonstrate this. We also  had lots of fun making paper cup telephones which actually worked.


For Mother’s Day we made a special personalised flower for our mammy which I’m sure they loved.


Write a Book Competition

All of the children in 1st and 2nd class entered the “Write a Book” competition. The children can be very proud of their entries as each one of them produced a book of a really high standard. All of the books were sent away to be judged by another participating school and the eventual winners were Tara Delahunty from 1st class and Ciara Burke from 2nd class. Well done girls!

1st class with their entries for “Write a Book”

2nd class with their “Write a Book” entries.


I rith seachtaine na gaeilge tháinig beirt bhuachaillí isteach chun cluichí simplí a imirt leis na paistí. Bhí na paistí ag leanúint treoracha tri gaeilge agus bhí spóirt agus spraoi ag gach duine.


Ms Kelly’s Senior Infants 2012-13

Tá fáilte romhaibh go léir go dtí Naíonáin Shinsearacha!

There are 22 children in our class – 13 boys and 9 girls.  We have been busy bees so far this year.  Here is some of the stuff we’ve been up to.  We hope you enjoy reading about it!

Our School Tour:

We went on our school tour to the Aquarium in Salthill followed by Monkey Business in Knocknacarra. A great day was had by all!

Incredible Edibles

We took part in the Incredible Edibles healthy eating initiative for Primary schools.  We’ve been busy growing carrots, lettuce, potatoes, strawberries and turnips. We have been learning lots about plants, how they grow, and we’ve been taking great care of the plants we’ve sown.  We really enjoy watching them grow, watering them and weeding the garden!  We’re looking forward to harvesting some of our fruit and vegetables in a few weeks.


In Science we used magnets of different shapes and sizes to explore their effects on different materials.








We enjoyed investigating the fact that magnets attract certain materials.








Digital Art

We celebrated Digital Art Week by drawing these pictures on the computer.

Reading Buddies

We are really enjoying our Tuesday visits from our Reading Buddies from Ms. Egan’s 4th Class.  We love reading for our buddies and listening to their stories for us too.

Reading Buddies 2013

Easter Activities

We were very busy making Easter egg baskets.  First, we had to cut out the baskets and assemble them.  Then we had to mix the primary colours – blue, red and yellow – to make more lovely colours to decorate our baskets.  We also went on an Easter egg hunt!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhaineamar an-taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge i mbliana.  Ar an gCéadaoin, tháinig an cláirseoir Áine Sheridan isteach, sheinn sí an chláirseach agus bhí sé go hálainn.  Sheinn na páistí an chláirseach freisin!

We all had to tap out the beat of the music to accompany the harpist.
Playing ‘Twinkle, Twinkle’ for everyone. Well done!









Our visit to the Teddy Bear Hospital

We went on a trip to the Teddy Bear Hospital in NUI Galway.  When we arrived at the hospital, we had to stay in the ‘waiting room’, which contained jugglers and face painters. Then our teddy bears were seen by a team of Teddy Doctors and Teddy Nurses, who examined them with special X-ray and MRI machines! Some of our teddies needed minor surgery so were stitched up!  Finally, we had to bring our prescriptions to the pharmacy to receive our medicine.  After all this, we got to play on the bouncy castles and some of us got our faces painted.  We had a fun day at the Teddy Bear Hospital and our teddies were happy too!

Teddy Bear Hospital January 2013


We had great fun getting dressed up in our Halloween costumes.  Look at our scary faces!

Happy Halloween!


Girls’ Camogie Panel
Girls’ Football Panel



Boys Football Panel

The boys football team played in the 9-a-side football blitz in Kilimordaly on Friday 24-5-13.  They won both games against Esker N.S. and Gaelscoil Riada, Baile Átha RÍ. Well done to all the panel.  We are very grateful to all our parents who provided transport on the day.

Friday, May 24th, 2013Girls: 11 a-side Camogie Blitz, St. Thomas’s Hurling Pitch at 11am.Boys: 9 a-side Football Blitz, Killimordaly Pitch, Time to be confirmed._______________________________________________________________


30th  APRIL 2013

Report by: Eoin Tuohy (Rang a Sé)

As both teams marched onto the field on the 30th of April 2013 they knew it was essential to bag a win on this the first day out of the 2013 13 a-side schools hurling league. The teams were Carrabane NS and Killimor NS. The conditions were perfect for quick, fast and intelligent hurling. From the moment the ball was thrown in both teams lunged in giving it their all, but it was Carrabane who came out on top. The half forward line, led by Captain Sean Burke, put the Killimor goals under siege assisted by midfield and the full forward line. Any balls that made it as far back as the half back line were quickly intercepted by brothers Peter and Niall Martin along with Eoin Tuohy. As the first half went by things got a bit heated in the middle of the field with the 20°C heat and Killimor quick downfall, but eventually the half time whistle blew. The score at half time Carrabane 4-6 Killimor 0-1.

As the second half went by Carrabane manager and principal Sean Ó Raghallaigh saw an opportunity to take some players off to rest for their next match against Clarenbridge. Killimor were quick to notice and took the opportunity to narrow the score line. Carrabane’s full back line of Martin Hickey and Cathal Bryan were hugely tested for the remainder of the half but remained relatively strong. Full forward and free taker Sean Connaughton, who had played a blinder in the first half scoring 3-1 simply did not get as much ball in the second half. Although Killimor slightly narrowed the score line in the end it was a great performance overall. Final score Carrabane 6-9 Killimor 4-1. We are already preparing for the next day out against, Loughrea in Loughrea on Monday the 13th and against Clarenbridge on Wednesday, the 15th  of May at Kilconieron GAA grounds. Go n-èirí an t-adh linn!

Team Lineout 

Ben Keane

Martin Hickey                                                    Cathal Bryan

Eoin Tuohy                   Peter Martin               Niall Martin

Tomas Burns                                                    Euan Walsh

Luke Evans                      Sean Burke                Oisin Connaughton

Ciaran Connaughton                              Sean Connaughton


Scorers                                                                      Substitutes

Sean Connaughton 4-2                                            14. Keith Burke

Sean Burke 2-6                                                        15. Alex Evans

Martin Hickey 0-1                                                      16. Tony Tuohy

17. Mark Keogh

18. Mark Randals

Boys Hurling Blitz 14-3-13

The mini-sevens  hurling finals took place on the 14-3-2013 in the Kilconieron G.A.A pitch.  Our first match was against ‘Gaelscoil na Bhfilí’, Gort.  Carrabane played a great match but lost 4-2 to 2-5.  The second match was against Eyrecourt.  In this match Carrabane were winning right up until the last few minutes.  Eyrecourt managed to score a goal and the last few points to win the game.  The final score was Carrabane 2-2, Eyrecourt 3-3.  Eyrecourt went on to win the group stage and the final.  Maybe if we had beaten them we might have gone on to win the trophy!

(By Gráinne  6th Class)

Carmel Marzouk

Carmel Marzouk

Minister Ciaran Cannon presenting certificates

Carmel Marzouk from Canine Buddies visited our school on March 15th.  Canine Buddies is an educational dog centre, dog rescue shelter, and kennels in Kincullia, Loughrea.  It  aims to promote responsible dog ownership and the ethical treatment of all animals.  Carmel spoke to the children about caring for their pets and about choosing the right pet for their lifestyle.  Afterwards Minister Ciaran Cannon presented the pupils with a certificate on responsible pet ownership

Canine Buddies believes that proper consideration before taking on a new pet would greatly reduce the number of unwanted, abandoned, and abused pets in Ireland, a situation which has left animal sanctuaries full around the country.

Before deciding on a new pet don’t just ask what your pet can do for you; you should also consider whether you are in a position to give your pet a decent quality of life. Consider the cost of owning a dog, from the price of the dog to veterinary fees — both initially for vaccinations, check-ups, microchipping, etc, and the ongoing costs such as food, equipment, grooming, annual dog licence, and vet visits due to illness.


Killimordaly Schools  Football 9 aside Blitz!   24-5-2013

Match Report by Euan Walsh & Oisín Connaughton

Carrabane  vs  Esker

When we arrived at the pitch Esker were playing Gaelscoil Ríada and Esker lost severely at a score of 8-6 to 1-1 in favour of the Gaelscoil.

We then were called to play Esker.We started off well scoring 1-3 in the first half then Esker took off their best player, Luke Linskey to save him for a county B1 final with Killimordaly the following day. We then scored another  3-3 to make the final score 4-6 to 0-0 (no score).

Carrabane                    Esker

Euan 0:1                       Mintin: Almost

Oisín 1:0                      Linskey: Almost

Seán. C 1:2               Donoghue: Almost

Seán. B 2:1      Nobody: not even close

Tomás 0:1

Peter 0:1

Carrabane  VS  Gaelscoil Ríada

This was a serious match if we won, we would go through if they won, they would go through. We were off to another great start. With a half-time score of 3:4 to 0:0, then in the second-half we then scored another 3:5 so we were thrashing them and then all of our players came off except our goalie Cathal Bryan who then let in two whole goals without the great original players and some subs J. We now go through to the finals in June.


Carrabane                     Gaelscoil Ríada

Euan 0:1                          ? 1:0

Luke. E 1:0                      ? 1:0

Tomás 0:2              CARRABANE TEAM

Peter 0:1                       Cathal

Seán. B 2:1        Martin   Peter   Niall

Seán. C 1:3             Tomás      Seán. B

Niall 1:0            Euan      Luke. E   Seán. C

Ben 0:1

Ciarán. C 1:0