Amazing Accomplishment for Emma in the An Post/INTO Handwriting Competition

We here at St.Brendan’s N.S. would like to offer a huge CONGRATULATIONS to Emma Otten, one of our Junior Infants, on being a runner-up in this year’s An Post/ INTO Handwriting Competition. The standard of this national competition is always very high and we are all very proud of Emma’s amazing achievement!

As a runner-up in her category, Emma won a One4all voucher for herself, as well as €100 for her school! She also won a branded pencil for each child in her class and a post-box for use in role-play in the Junior and Senior Infant classroom.

The theme for this year’s competition was ‘Witness History – Life in Ireland in the Early 1900’s’. Take a look at Emma’s entry and I think we can all agree, her work was simply outstanding!

Well done also to all of the other children who took part in the competition. The standard within the school this year was exceptionally high and we’re sure we’ll have more winners again in the future!

Recycling Day in Rathcoole!

Here at St.Brendan’s N.S., we are constantly working to keep our school green by saving water and electricity and, of course, by recycling! We recycle as much as possible on a constant basis but we also gather other items that are then collected at different times throughout the year. On Wednesday last, many of these items were collected and an impromptu Recycling Day happened!

Green Dragon Recycling came to collect the cans the children have been bringing in.

Wee arrived to collect all of our old used batteries – there was quite a lot!

Lenrec also came to take away all of the clothes we have been collecting for recycling.

I think this wonderful day of recycling in the school really demonstrates just how committed the entire school community is to being a Green School.

Well done to all involved!

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: