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Active Schools Day

There was a fantastic buzz around the school on Friday as the sun shone brightly for our active flag celebration. We were honoured to welcome local sports star and former pupil, Tadhg Donnelly to raise the flag for us. Tadhg is regularly topping the podium at local, national and hopefully again in the near future when travel resumes, at international level.


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Letter for Parents

Dear Parents,

It’s great to be back!  It’s great to see all our pupils back where they belong, delighted being with their friends and enjoying school again.  Thanks to all our school community, pupils, staff and parents, whose patience and co-operation has ensured that our return to school has been a successful one.  A warm w


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Return to School Information

August 21st, 2020   Dear Parents/Guardians/Children, I hope that you are all staying safe and well. Over the last number of weeks, the staff of Callystown N.S. has been busy preparing for the school’s return. We know that students, and indeed their families and school staff will be looking forward to going back, reconnecting with the


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End Of School Year 2019/2020 Messages

End of Year Messages for each class.
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Wellbeing Week 15th June – 19th June

Student Instructions

Friday

Student Instructions

Wellbeing Music (Friday) &#x


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Niall de Búrca

A familiar face in Callystown NS is that of the incredible storyteller, Niall de Búrca. Every visit he has a captive audience and the children talk about his storis long after he leaves. Here are some links to some of his stories, old and new. Enjoy. READ MORE

Education Support Activities/Seesaw

Listed below are the same activities as already listed on the Seesaw app.

Student Instructions

June 15th Wellbeing Week - https://cally


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Education Support Activities – Home assignments

Student Instructions

June 15th - Wellbeing week https://callystownnationalschool.ie/news/wellbeing-week-16th-june-20th-june/ June 8th- Arts and Crafts we


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Arts And Crafts Week June 7th – June 12th

Student Instructions

Thursday ~ Creative Collage 🎨

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Sports Week

Student Instructions

Sports Week – Friday – Stay at Home Challenges

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A Message from all the staff at Callystown NS

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Active Home Week

Active HOME Week

(April 27th – May 3rd)



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Letter to Parents regarding Seesaw

Dear Parents I hope this email finds you and your families safe and healthy. It is a challenging time and hopefully that all our combined efforts will shorten the duration of these unusual times. You are aware that the Government has extended restrictions until May 5th and it still looks very uncertain as to when our schools will re-open. The sc


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Flags for Frontline Heroes

Across the country, children are coming to a new realisation that heroes come in many forms and that many of them in fact are in their own homes. In the face of the Global COVID-19 pandemic, these heroes are their parents, cousins, neighbours and friends who are spending long hours day and night, fighting to ensure that this virus is controlled and lives are prot


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Letter to Parents

Friday, March 27th, 2020 Dear Parents, I hope this letter finds you and your family well. These are strange and challenging times. Hopefully, in the not too distant future, we will be able to look back and say that we came through this ordeal and that we really cared for each other. The school will do it’s very best to support its pupils and


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Seachtain na Gaeilge

Seachtain Na Gaeilge is an international Irish language festival and one of our biggest celebrations of our native language and culture. It takes place nationwide every year in the run up to St Patrick’s Day. Ta Seachtain na Gaeilge ar suil sa scoil an seachtain seo. This week is Seachtain na Gaeilge (Irish Week) in Callystown NS. Ta a lan rudai ag tarlu-comort


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New Classroom Completed

We are delighted to announce that our new extension is fully completed and ready for it's new students in the coming weeks. We hope there will be many years of exciting learning opportunities housed there and many happy memories made. READ MORE

Microsoft visit Callystown

Last week Callystown National school had a visit from 3 tutors from Microsoft to facilitate our participation in Hour of Code: the largest learning event in history!

It is a global movement with more than 100 million learners in 180 countries. https://www.microsoft.com/en-ie/windows/upgradeyourworld/Hourofcode

Mr Crosbie's and Mr Fortune's cl


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National Concert Hall Workshop 2

Catholic Schools Week 2020

This week we celebrated Catholic School's Week. The theme this year was 'Living in Harmony with God's Creation' This year’s theme asked us to think about how we live our lives. We are all part of God’s creation. How we treat others, the world around us and how we look after ourselves, these are the ways we can live in harmony with God’s creatio


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Supporting our Secretaries

Callystown National School supporting our secretaries and caretakers for fair pay and better conditions. #supportingoursecretaries


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Christmas Carol Service

Our annual Christmas carol service took place on Wednesday and Thursday night in our local St Michael's church. It was, as usual, a resounding success both nights with beautiful singing by our children and choir, fabulous music from our musicians and great reading from our narrators. We even had some comedy thank to some jokes from Fr. McVeigh. A huge thank you t


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Christmas Jumper Assembly

The annual 'turning on of the lights' Christmas assembly took place on Friday the 6th December and it was it's usual joyous celebration. Ms O'Kane and the Green schools committee took the opportunity to tell us how our small changes have been making a big difference to the environment. Mr Crosbie made the exciting announcement that our school has earned it's firs


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5th class walking Tour of Drogheda

 Miss O'Donoghue’s 5th class went on a historical tour of drogheda on the 22nd of november. They visited Millmount museum where they learned the history of the fortress and saw many artifacts and historical and artistic objects before taking in the view of Drogheda from Millmount fort. Next they went to the town centre an


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National Concert Hall Workshop

A lucky group of musicians from Callystown have been selected to perform at the National Concert Hall in March. It's an amazing opportunity and as part of the journey they will take part in a number of musical workshops. The first one took place on Friday 29th November. There was lots of song music and dance coming from the hall as Hilda and Ms Deery led the fun-


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Kevin the Builder visits Infants

Infants classes had a special visit from Kevin the main builder with Broomfield construction on the new classroom. The children have been watching excitedly out the window as all the changes take place. The children asked Kevin lots of questions about his job and Kevin had a lovely chat with them and had many stories to tell of his work. READ MORE

Green Schools Climate Change

Ms O'Kane and Ms O'Connell led the green school committee in campaigning for action on climate change and the powerful message was sent home to each child that they can make a difference just by making one small changes every day. Ask your children to tell you what they learned. The future is in our hands. READ MORE

‘Under every roof, a story….’

'Under every roof, a story, just as behind every brow, a history' - Gregory Maguire Our new classroom is currently getting it's new roof. We are hoping the sunshine lasts long enough to get the job done smoothly by the dedicated construction team. We believe the classroom will have many stories to tell in years to come of the memories that will be made under h


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Garda Sports day Victory

It was a beautiful day for the annual Garda Sports Day on October 25th. The children all participated to the best of their abilities and it was great to bring home some medals on the day. Congratulations to Prince for his first place gold medal in the 50m sprint. Well done to all the children who represented the school so well and enjoyed all the activities. <


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Literacy Week -Niall de Búrca

Nialll de Búrca As part of our Literacy week, Niall de Búrca the famous Irish storyteller returned to Callystown on Tuesday 5th November. It has been 6 years since Niall last visited Callystown and we hope it won't be as long until his next visit. Niall entertained all the children from each class and the corridors were echoing with the laughter from his


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Keep Fit-A-Thon

The Keep Fit-A-Thon was a great success on Wednesday 23rd October. The trainers from Me time fitness came to the school to guide and motivate the classes. Their energy and enthusiasm was infectious and the whole school thoroughly the day. Many thanks to Mr Crosbie and Mr Clifford for organising the activities as part of our Active school Flag. Thanks to all wh


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Halloween Dress Up Day!

There were ghost and ghouls, witches and zombies, and even a giant Pikachu wandering the corridors of Callystown NS on Friday 25th October all in preparation for Halloween. We had an assembly detailing the dangers posed by fireworks and bonfires and also the importance of wearing high visability clothing when out and about now that the evenings are growing dar


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Clothes Recycling Success!

Thanks so much to all who supported our clothes recycling drive. It was a great success and almost €500 will be raised for the school. READ MORE

M&M Theatre Company come to Callystown NS

There was great excitement in Callystown NS on Thursday 17th October as M&M theatre productions arrived to bring the Classic novel 'little Princess' by Frances Hodgson Burnett to life. There wasn't a sound from the captive audience as the actors gave a powerful performance. We look forward to their return with a new production next year.

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Are you finding your way around the website?

We can see that lots of you are visiting the 'News' section of the website! Yay! But don't forget to check out the 'Newshounds' who will show you what's happening around the school each month! https://callystownnationalschool.ie/october-2019/ The 'Notes Home' section in case the note goes mi


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Clothes Recycling – Extended until Tuesday 22nd October

  Please drop bags of clothes/shoes to the school any day from today Monday 14th to Tuesday 22nd October. Towels/sheet/curtains or any kind of fabric are acceptable as the fabrics are recycled.


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Fayda May Dances into 1st Place!

Fayda May in 5th class performed a showstopping lyrical solo in Dublin at the Intensity Dance Championships 2019. The judging panel were so impressed with her performance that she placed 1st out of 57 competitors in her category. Her team dance also achieved 1st place What an achievement! We are all s


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Building Work on New Classroom Begins

It was with great excitement we witnessed the arrival of diggers and trucks to begin work on the the new classroom. The first job was to move the cherry tree planted by Fr. Murtagh's in 2009 on the occasion of his 90th birthday and the opening of our new extension. https://www.independent.ie/regionals/droghedaindependent/news/callystown-open-new-extension-2


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Clogherhead bids a fond farewell to Doris Bleasdale

It was a wet and windy morning down at the Little Strand as the 5th and 6th class children walked down to wave lifeboat 'Doris Bleasdale' off. There was a sense of sadness in the air as the children performed a guard of honour while Doris made her way down the beach for the last time. It was a poignant moment as we waved farewell to Doris who served Clogherhead a


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Callystown Shines at the Fleadh!

Drogheda Fleadh Cheoil 2019 saw the town transformed into an oasis of music, song and dance. Callystown National School certainly contributed to the displays of talent during the week with an array of talented and buoyant musicians, singers and dancers. And what a week it was with record-breaking crowds of more than 600,000 people arrived in Drogheda to enjoy the


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Junior Entrepeneur Programme 2019

Junior Entrepreneur 2019 The junior entrepreneur programme has given students across the Ireland the opportunity to experience practical, real-life business learning as part of their formative education. Under their teachers guidance, and with inspiration from local entrepreneurs, children discover their strengths as individuals and as part of a team. Together,


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The Michael O’Brien

Junior Infants take a trip to the beach to welcome the new lifeboat. Despite the dull weather, the three infants classes set off with their buckets and spades. They were very impressed to see the new lifeboat.They enjoyed some time on the beach playing with friends and making sandcastles. The lifeboat is the latest in a long line of search and rescue boats provi


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Active Schools Week 4th June- 7th June

Callystown NS has been a hive of activity this week with dancing, boxing, football, martial arts, golf, rugby, yoga and basketball all happening throughout the school. What a fun and exciting week for all the children which culminated in our annual sports day on Friday June 7th. We would like to say a huge 'Thank You' to Mr Crosbie and Mr Fortune for all their ha


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Grandparent’s Day

The hugely successful first Grandparents Day was held in May 2019 in Callystown NS. Ms Kelledy and Ms Neary put huge effort into the fabulous day and the parents council provided teas and coffees. There wasn't a dry eye in the house as the beautiful rememberance tree painting by the talented Karen Faulkner was unveiled. The assembly ended with a very memorable mo


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Trocaire Picnic May 16th

On Thursday May 16th Fr McVeigh was invited to the school where he was presented with a cheque for €968 which he accepted on behalf of Trocaire. This year’s Lenten campaign has been in aid of Trocaire who run aid projects in developing countries. The projects this year are to help children who belong to families who have lost their homes due to serious inf


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New Extension for Callystown NS

The Department of Education and Skills has granted funding for the provision of an additional classroom to the school. The extension is due to an increase in enrolment over the last number of years and will mean that there will be 13 classrooms in the school when it is completed. The new classroom will be built to adjoin the staffroom and a new corridor will be n


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Seachtain na Gaelige

Seachtain na Gaeilge March is the time for our annual Seachtain na Gaeilge. It was great to hear the classrooms resound with the music, song and sounds of our native language. Everywhere you went there were children trying out their cupla focail and they all have to be commended for their efforts and the use of the language. The highlight of the week as always is


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