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Autism Awareness Week in St. Joseph's National School. April 2018.

It was Autism Awareness week in our school, and there was plenty of activities to mark this important week. We held a raffle to raise funds for our two ASD classes. The prize was a weeks worth of shopping, kindly donated by SuperValu Kilcock. One other special event involved the Sixth Class pupils helping out in Ms Grogan's class. Here is a picture of all the pupils working hard:



Well done to the JNR league and SNR league teams. Here are the winners:





Cór na nÓg Concert.

Our fourth and fifth class pupils did the school proud at the Cór na nÓg concert in the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.



School athletic tournament in Kilcock.

3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils attended an athletic competition on the track in Kilcock. It was a great day, and medals were won in every class. Well done to all the participants, both in running, sprinting and long jump. Many thanks to St. Cocas AC for hosting it.



Seachtain Na Gaeilge 2017

We had a great week for Seachtain na Gaeilge. Pupils took part ina tra na gceist, ceili, ceolchoirm and la glas.



Annual Shoe Box Appeal 2016

Well done to all the families who donated a shoebox for the annual shoe box appeal. It was a great success. 

Maths Week October 2016

Here in St Josephs, we look forward to Maths Week. Lots of activities have been completed in classes, including quizzes, puzzles, maths walks and trails and ICT activities. Have a look in our gallery for some pictures.


March 2016

On the 15/3/16, our school, along with all schools in Ireland, commemorated the Easter Rising Centenary. Lots of events and activities told place in the school including assemblies, artwork, poetry, songs and projects. We had our flag raising event, which included reading the 1916 proclamation, and reading our own new proclamation. Brian played the Uileann pipes as the flag was raised. It was a very special day. Have a look in our gallery for some pictures.

February 2016


Happy Catholics Schools Week everyone! One of the highlights was our Grandparents day. We had a prayer service, followed by some brilliant performances by our classes. The Grandparents then went around to the classes to have a look at our hard working pupils! Have a look at our gallery for some pictures.


October 2015

Wow, what a great day we had to finish for our Halloween break. We had great performances in the assemblies. Have a look at our gallery to see our pupils performing!

September 2015 


Presentation of our National Flag


Lieutenant Emma Harney and Corporal Tony Walsh from the Irish Defence Forces visited our school today, 30/09/2015 and presented us with the tricolour. Lieutenant Emma Harney explained to the students how to care for the tricolour before presenting it to Aaliyah Abidoye, (the youngest child in our school) who accepted it on behalf of the school. Corporal Tony Walsh, assisted by Remek Zajac (the oldest child in our school), read the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.


Lieutenant Emma Harney and Corporal Tony Walsh patiently answered lots of questions from our very curious children. They said we were the first school to know the answers to some of their questions. Our senior children sang a piece for their Cór na nÓg repertoire and everybody sang Amhrán na bhFiann at the end. They then took photographs with each class and the children loved this opportunity to get up close to them and ask their own questions.




Aaliyah, the youngest in our school,                  Remek, the oldest in our school,

is presented with our National Flag                is presented with the Proclamation.




We look forward to raising our tricolour on 15th of March 2016 together with schools from all over Ireland, to mark the centenary of the Easter Rising. 


 Schools' Cross Country Competition


Well done to our athletic team who ran very well in the schools' cross country competition, (September 2015) You can see some photos from the races in our gallery.


2014/2015 School Year


Well done to our athletic team in Hawkfield today, racing very well in the Kildare championship!


Sponsored walk 2015

Well done to all the boys for completed their sponsored walk on the 25/3/15. The boys walked different routes around Kilcock. Pupils raised money for the school. Well done to all! Have a look in the gallery for some photos.


Triumphant reunion for Ms Fitzsimons!

Orla Fitzsimons, part of the winning Irish Women's Rugby team was greeted by excited teachers and pupils. She bought in her metal for all the pupils to see. There was a special assembly for her that all the pupils enjoyed. We are so proud of Orla, Well done from all the school. 



World Book Day: March 2015

What a day we had. Loads of our boys dressed up as characters from their favourite books. Lets not forget about our teachers who also joined in the fun. The boys enjoyed extended DEAR time, library time, listening to another teacher read them a story, and paired up with another pupil to complete some reading. Have a look at our Gallery for some pictures. 


Seachtain na Gaeilge 2015

Rinne na paistí go leor rudaí i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge. Chan siad amhran as Gaeilge sa halla. Feach ar na pictíurí anseo:




American College visits St. Josephs! March 15

We were delighted to welcome an American Lecturer and nine students to our School. They were invited to see the high standard of our work in the school. Firstly, The pupils performed a Céilí for our visitors. Brian, a past pupil of our school, played “Amazing Grace” beautifully on the Uileann pipes, and our Cór na Nóg did the school proud by performing two songs. 


Bronze medal for our running team!

Our running team ran a great race at Kilcock GAA with other schools from around Kildare. Both our under 11's team and under 13's team placed third. Great running Boys!


Paul Robinson visit! March 2015

Paul Robinson visited the school to tell us all about how his training is going for possible qualification for the Olympics. And he asked all the boys to join with him on St. Patricks day for the mile run challenge! 


Grandparents day: February 2015

We had such a great day with our grandparents. It was catholic schools week, and as part of this, we had our grandparents in. Fr Boghan had a prayer service, and all the pupils performed for the parents and grandparents. Then they visited the rooms to see their grandchildren and all the other pupils. Thanks to all who took part. Have a look in our gallery for some pictures.


Ár realtaí nua! Maith sibh buachaillí!


Paul Robinson’s visit to the school!


What a day! Paul Robinson paid the school a visit! All the pupils went for a run with him, and Paul ran a lap of Honour. It was brilliant! Thanks for coming Paul. Have a look in our gallery for more pictures.



P.R.P.R. Paul Robinson Pitch Run! September 2014

All the boys are so proud of our former pupil Paul Robinson, that in order to stay healthy and fit, all  the boys are performing a lap of the pitch before they have their playtime.




The mile run challenge: September 2014

All the 4th, 5th and 6th class pupils are completing the mile run challenge. 6 times during the year, the pupils walk to the track, and run a mile! They try and get a great time, because they get a band for it. The colour of the band depends on how well they have run! Its great fun, and a good way to keep fit.





We are officially a digital school of distinction!

After all the teachers and boys hard work, we are a digital school of distinction. Only a handful of schools in the country have this award! Well done to all involved!

Ms Fitzsimons in the Women's Rugby World Cup: Summer 2014

Ms Fitzsimons, our First Class teacher, is an Irish International rugby player. During the summer when all the other teachers were relaxing, she was training every day. In August she headed of to France with the team, and competed in the Women's Rugby World Cup. The Irish women's team did better than they could have imagined by beating the four time World Champions New Zealand. Ms Fitzsimons and her team reached the semi finals; which is the best any Irish team have ever done in a rugby world cup but were defeated by England. Ireland is now placed 4th in the world! We are very proud of Ms. Fitzsimons!!


A former pupil of St. Josephs in a European Athletic final: August 2014

Paul Robinson, a former pupil in our school flew to Zurich to complete in the 1500 metres contest. After qualifying for the final, Robinson ran a fantastic race and came fourth, narrowly missing out on a medal! We are all so proud of him! Well done Paul!

 Sports Day 29/5/14

St. Joseph's had our annual Sports Day! The overcast weather didn't hold back our boys from having a fantastic day. Plenty of running, jumping and throwing was done. Each class participated in a tug o' war followed by an ice cream for all their efforts. 


Communion 17/5/14


Well done to all the boys in Ms Grogan's Second Class who made their communion. You made  your parents and teachers very proud. 



Digital Schools May 2014


A digital schools Validator, Tom, came into the school last Friday. He was observing how our school is using ICT to enhance the pupil’s education. If validated, St. Josephs BNS will be a digital schools of distinction, a great achievement



Kildare Cross Country April 2014

Well done to the sixteen boys who participated in the schools cross country in Hawkfield park. They did the school so proud, and achieved 5th place out of 25 teams. Well done boys. Thanks to teachers, Mr O Boyle and Ms McNickle for training the boys, and Pamela and Marian for offering lifts.

Sponsored walk 2014.


All the boys participated in the school sponsored walk. They raised money for the school by getting a sponsorship card. Then on Thursday the 10th of April, all the boys took part in a walk. Some classes went to the track, while others did a 5k walk. We were so happy with the boys, and we thank everyone who contributed to the school, and those parents that walked with various classes. 



Portable farm in St. Joseph's.

A portable farm was set up in St. Joseph's on Wednesday the 2nd of April. Pupils were educated on different animals, including a donkey, pig, calf, lamb, hen and cockeral. Pupils learned about the farm, and the important of agriculture in Ireland. The younger pupils got to feed the animals. For more pictures, have a look at our Gallery.


 Interschools "Run a Mile" Competition!

St. Joseph's was delighted to take part in this competition. All the boys ran really well, and we are very proud of them. Jamie got a gold for the over 12s boys, and Eoin got a bronze for the 11s. Well done to all!


Cainteoirí Na Seachtaine

Rinne gach duine iarracht, níos mó gaeilge a labhairt ar féadh Seachtain na Gaeilge. Phioc gach múinteoir an cainteoir is fearr i ngach rang.

Maith Sibh!!!


World Book day 2014!

2014 brought another memorable "World Book Day" to St Josephs. The pupils received book vouchers, teachers swapped classes and older pupils read stories to younger pupils. Lots of pupils brought in their favourite books, and dressed as their favourite characters from various stories. It was a brilliant day. Have a look in our Gallery for more photos.



Confirmation 2014.


Our Confirmation boys are preparing for the sacrament of confirmation on the 8th of March! Good luck boys!




Keith Duffy’s visit to St. Joseph’s Boys National School!

Both teachers and pupils were excited with the news that Keith Duffy was visiting our school. He came to thank all the pupils and staff for raising money for a brilliant charity, Irish Autism Action . We gave him a very warm welcome and sang some songs for him. He talked to the pupils, and took lots of photos with them. Everyone was so well behaved that he gave a night off homework!

Have a look in our gallery for more photos. 

Keith Duffy later tweeted about the school:


Maths Week 2013

The boys are busy using their "maths eyes" to find maths all around them.


We celebrated Maths Week in Ms. Travers Class by collecting and sorting autumn leaves. We used hoops to sort the leaves according to their shape. We made sets of oak leaves, beech leaves, sycamore leaves and horse chestnut leaves. We played fun matching games in class and picked out eaves that matched each set and took away those that didn't belong to each set. This was part of the 'Early Mathematical Activities ' Strand of the Junior Infant Maths Curriculum.




Ms Kinsella's Junior Infants explored number, colours and lots of other fun topics during maths week.



First Class have been learning about shape.


Liam Farrell in St Joseph's BNS.
The school was fortunate to have published author, Liam Farrel,l pay a visit. He has published a variety of stories, including "The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf". The junior classes met "the Big Good Wolf" who tried to convince them that it wasn't his fault that the Three Little Pigs' houses got blown down! 
He told the senior classes all about what it takes to write a book.
It was a great day and Liam was very impressed with how well the boys listened.



Moyglare Children's Art Competition 2013
This is the second year of this popular children's art competition for 5th class pupils inaugurated by Eva Bucher-Haefner to involve the primary schools local to Moyglare Stud and create a family orientated day's racing for the Moyglare Stud Stakes Day in the Curragh Racecourse.
The first, second and third prizewinners in each school were invited to attend the Moyglare Race Day at the Curragh Racecourse with their families free of charge, on Sunday September 1st, where they were presented with their prizes by Eva Bucher-Haefner.


The three prizewinners from St. Josephs BNS were as follows:


1st - Aaron (6th Class)
2nd- Shane  (6th Class)
3rd- Alan  (6th Class)



 Well done boys.


Sports Day in St Joseph's. 

The sun came out for sports day 2013. It was a great day, full of games, fun, and ice cream. The boys participated in 11 station games that included penalty shoot outs, obstacle courses, races and sprints. All classes then competed in a tug of war. Adults had their own sports day aswell! A big thank you to all the parents, past pupils, and staff for making the day a great success. Have a look in our gallery to see some of the action.


Cór na nÓg in St Joseph's!

In summer 2012 Mrs Divilly and Ms Shiel Nolan attended a summer course for Cór na Nóg, the national children's choir. Many choirs from around Ireland part take and it has been running for many years. In September 2013 Cór na Nóg came to St. Josephs BNS for the first time. The school decided that 4th and 5th class would partin icipate this event. The choir  consists of Altos, Sopranos and 4 descants. A lot of very hard work has gone into this, by both the boys and teacher;  Mrs. Divilly, Ms. Kinsella, Ms. Stenson, Ms. Harlow and Ms. Shiel Nolan. The boys attended three rehearsals in Scoil Uí Riada. At each rehearsal the boys had great behaviour and were a credit to the school. Well done boys!

We are now fast approaching the big concert in City West on May 16th and the boys will be polishing up their songs before this. Following this performance, twelve boys from the choir will be selected to represent our school in the National Concert Hall. It is all very exciting for St. Joseph's. 

The repertoire include English, Irish, Latin and French songs. We would like to encourage anyone who can, to see them perform on the night.



School League (May 2013)



St Joesph's B.N.S participated in leagues where pupils competed against each other in teams made up of different classes. It has been a great way for the boys to improve their skills.



Senior League:



A: Rory K

B: Conor L

C: James K

D: Craig B

E: Patrick O S

F: Colm C


 The overall winners were Team E.

Well done Patrick!


Junior League: 


A: Jack C

B: Cameron N

C: Eoin O’ C

D: Mark G


The overall winners were Team B.

Well done Cameron!



iPads in the school!!!


The school have received five new ipads. At the moment, teachers are working with them, and playing games with the pupils. They are a great resource, and we look forward to furthering the pupils learning with them. 


Step it Up!

The School is getting active! Every day for one minute, the whole school exercise together, to a song played over the intercom. The pupils dance and run on the spot, and exercise! We hope they carry this on at home.