Eggcellent Fun with Easter Bonnets

This year, to celebrate Easter, all of the pupils in St.Brendan’s N.S. took part in an Easter Bonnet Competition. The children got very inventive with their creations and the results were extremely impressive! Each and every bonnet was creative, interesting and unique. An impartial judge had the extremely hard job of choosing just four bonnets from each classroom but it was clear that each child could have been given a prize for the fabulous bonnets they designed! Have a look at the bonnets here….

Céilí Fun for St.Patrick’s Day

In order to celebrate St.Patrick’s Day here at St.Brendan’s N.S., the whole school took part in a céilí on Thursday 16th March. What better way to celebrate our Patron Saint and Irish Culture than with some fantastic Irish dancing? The Walls of Limerick and the Siege of Ennis were in full flight, with all of the children partaking enthusiastically!

Here are a few snaps of the wonderful dancing 🙂

Some of the older classes had spent time teaching the Junior and Senior Infants the dances – and they were quick learners! 🙂


Confirmation 2017

On Tuesday last, the 14th March, the 5th and 6th class pupils from St. Brendan’s N.S., alongside pupils from Derrinagree N.S. and Dromagh N.S., received the Sacrament of Confirmation. We would like to offer a big congratulations to all of the pupils who received the sacrament, as well as to their families.

The Confirmation class from St.Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole, with their teacher Ms. Fahy, the Parish Priest Fr. Tom Lean and Bishop Ray Browne.

Cork Pops

On Wednesday last, 8th March, the children of St.Brendan’s N.S. attended the wonderful Cork Pops Orchestra in City Hall in Cork. This is a fantastic opportunity for the children to experience and engage with live orchestral music and they really enjoyed the day! Here are a few snaps taken on the day:

Parents’ Association Sponsored Walk and 5K Run

On Sunday March 5th, the Parents’ Association of St.Brendan’s N.S. Rathcoole held their annual Sponsored Walk and 5K Run, in conjunction with the Duhallow Athletic Club. As always, this event was very well supported, both in attendance and sponsorship. The event raised a fantastic €1,740! Congratulations to all who took part in the event 🙂

Each family in the school received a sponsor card to complete prior to the event. Unsurprisingly, the families of St.Brendan’s N.S. made a great effort to complete the cards and raise money for the school. Each family that sent back a sponsor card was entered into the Easter Egg draw, which took place on Monday last. The winners were as follows:

  • Shane & David O’Riordan
  • Leanne O’Leary
  • John Healy
  • Fionn O’Mahony
  • Keane Family
  • Mary Kate Drake McPartlan
  • Rachel Dineen
  • Claire & Joe Lyons
  • Daniel & Patrick Bourke
  • Ben & Rory Kelleher
  • Trevor O’Sullivan
  • Charlie Buckland
  • O’Shea Family
  • Niall Mahony
  • William Clery
  • Daisy Murphy Dos Santos
  • Tomás Cronin
  • Emma Lehane
  • Sorcha Dowling
  • Cathy Byrnes
  • Katie Linehan
  • Nolan Family
  • Evelyn Lenahan
  • Healy Family
  • Alex Ducey

Congratulations to all who won an Easter egg 🙂

The Sponsored Walk and 5K Run was also generously supported by many local businesses and individuals. We can not thank these people enough for their continued and valued support of the school. So a huge thank you to all of the following:

O’Flynn Recovery

O’Mahony’s Centra

Michael Healy

Siobhán O’Riordan

Breeda Kelleher

Anne Maria Lyons

Caroline Cooney

Mary Ita Cronin

Susan O’Connor

Pamela Brophy

Noreen Rahilly

Super Valu Millstreet

Orla Nolan

Lehane family

Keane family

McMullen family

Ted & Fiona Buckley

This event would not have been possible without the hard work of our Parents’ Association. From all the staff and pupils of St.Brendan’s N.S., we would like to say a big THANK YOU!

Pancake Day Delights!

As always, our resident chef Mrs.O’Brien cooked up a storm and created what can only be described a culinary masterpiece- PANCAKES!!! 🙂 The Junior and Senior Infants were on hand to make sure Mrs.O’Brien was following the recipe correctly and to act as official tasters (of course!) Mrs. Lynch was also swept up in the fun of it all and tried tossing some pancakes (which she did with great success and to the delight of the young onlookers). We hope everyone enjoys Pancake Day and gets really inventive with their topping this year – the children here at St.Brendan’s certainly had some interesting ideas!

Wonderful Achievements at Scór

We here at St.Brendan’s N.S. have always enjoyed success and outstanding performances at Scór each year and this year proved to be no different. The children of St.Brendan’s, along with those from many other schools and parishes, took to the stage in the Edel Quinn Hall in Kanturk on the 19th February last. They competed in many different categories and, we are delighted to report, were very successful. With places for our brilliant ballad group, magnificent music group, superb soloists and a cracking quiz team, the night was a resounding success. We also won a first place in the solo dancing on the night and earned a place in the County Semi-Finals.

All of the pupils and staff of St.Brendan’s N.S. would like to offer each and every performer a huge congratulations. These talented children spend hours of their free time practicing and they really made both their school and themselves very proud. Well done!

Here are some of our successful performers with their medals and trophies:

Basketball Fun!

The fifth and sixth class in St.Brendan’s N.S. attended the annual basketball blitz in Neptune Stadium on Thursday 16th February. Three mixed teams were formed and each team played three games. As the day is non-competitive, it really gave the children a chance to play just for fun! We thoroughly enjoyed the day out and the chance to play schools we wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to interact with. Here are some pics of the group on the day…..

Credit Union Quiz Winners

Last week, on Friday night 27th January, the 5th and 6th class quiz team from St.Brendan’s N.S. won first prize in the Credit Union Schools Quiz in the Edel Quinn Hall in Kanturk. They will now progress to the next round of the competition and we wish them the best of luck!

Our 3rd and 4th class team also came second on the night with a very strong performance.

St.Brendan’s have now won the competition two years running and with the younger children doing so well again this year, the chances for another win next year look promising!

Congratulations to all involved – it is a wonderful achievement and you should all be very proud.

Here is the 5th and 6th class winning team from St.Brendan’s N.S. with the trophies and shield they received on the night.

Green Code 2017

We here at St.Brendan’s N.S. are already the proud recipients of two Green Flags – for Waste and Energy. As we have posted about many times before, we are currently on the hunt for our third Green Flag, this time for Water. For over a year now, the children in St.Brendan’s have been working diligently to save water in our school, as well as continue the great work done to achieve our first two flags.

As we are working on our third Green Flag, it stands to reason we also have three slogans:

 Put the litter in the bin, that is the way to win.

Do the earth a favour, be a power saver. 

 Save every drop, make the wasting STOP!! 


We have also created a Green Code for our school. This is the code all of our pupils, teachers and visitors to the school follow.

  • We will continue to Reduce, Reuse, Recycle (use the three bins properly)
  • We will recycle stamps, clothes, mobiles, cans, batteries and paper.
  • We will Push the Green Button when flushing to save water.
  • We will push all taps softly to use less water.
  • We will use the stopper when washing after art and crafts.
  • We will report any leaks/ dripping taps.
  • We will compost waste fruit and vegetables (and their peelings) and pencil toppings.
  • We will pick up litter, even when it’s not our own.
  • We will use less plastic wrappers and cartons and no tin foil.
  • We will reduce waste by bringing in just enough food for lunch.
  • We will reduce the amount of heating oil by turning on heat only when required.
  • We will turn off all lights when they are not needed.
  •  We will turn off all electrical appliances when not in use.
  • We will close all doors, both inside and outside, to keep heat in. Windows too!
  • We are a Health Promoting School.