Green Lane, Leixlip, Co Kildare. W23FY81 Charity No: 20124922 Principal: Mr Seán O'Boyle Deputy Principal: Claire O'Gorman School Roll No: 19684O Phone: 01 - 6243130 Fax: 01 - 6242670 Email: email@example.com
Holiday Calendar 2023 - 2024
Scoil Eoin Phóil Scoil Mhuire Scoil Bhrí (01) 6243130 (01) 6244851 (01) 624485 Green Lane, Leixlip, Co. Kildare. CALENDAR FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2023 -2024
School re-opens on Thursday, 31st August 2023.
October/November 2023 Closed Monday, 30th October – Friday, 3rd November (Mid Term). inclusive. Re-opening Monday, 6th November.
December ’23/January ’24 Closing at 12.30pm on Friday, 22nd December for Christmas holidays. Re- opening on Monday 8th January 2024.
February 2024 Closed Monday, 5th February (Public Holiday)
Closed Thursday, 15th and Friday 16th February (Mid-term) . March / April 2024 Closed Monday, 18th March (Public Holiday)
Closing at 12.30pm on Friday, 22nd March, for Easter holidays. Re-opening Monday, 8th April.
May 2024 Closed Monday, 6th May (Public Holiday) to Friday 10th May inclusive. Reopening on Monday, 13th May
June 2024 Closed Monday, 3rd June (Public Holiday)
Please Note: Closing at 12.30pm on Friday 28th June for Summer holidays.
In keeping with DES guidelines, should the school be affected by extensive or prolonged school closures (e.g., due to bad weather, etc.) the Board of Management may decide to implement the following contingency arrangements.
Reduce the Easter break by up to 3 days by the school remaining open up to and including the Wednesday immediately preceding the Easter weekend.
PLEASE RETAIN THIS CALENDAR FOR REFERENCE
Our trip to Leixlip Fire Station
Thank you very much to everyone at Leixlip fire station for an amazing and fun experience for our infant classes! The boys and girls were delighted to learn about the life of a fireman and were even more happier to get their turns trying on uniforms, using the fire hose and checking out their fire truck!
Congratulations to our senior boys and girls soccer teams on a fantastic day out at the Leixlip Amenities Centre. The girls team were runners up on the day and the boys won the cup! A great day out for everyone. I hope the sun cream was on!? Well done everyone :)
Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine 12/5/2023
Earth Day 2023
Diving into History with a BIG DIG!
All classes became archaeologists for the day today as students got their hands dirty using their excavation tools to discover skeletal remains, weapons ( safe ones of course!) , jewellery, cooking utensils and much more.
Engineers in the making!
Students from Ms Sheehan’s 5th Class have been busy working with Mrs Gaffney’s and Mrs Spencer’s 3rd Class building their engineering skills. Students were put into groups to work together as they constructed motorised vehicles, windmills, lights etc.. Well done to both classes on such great work!
Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine 24/3/2023 Maith sibh gach duine agus comhghairdeas lena dáltaí i rang a hAon, a Ceathair agus a Cúig cé a bhuaigh pás obair bhaile .
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023
Thank you to all our Scoil Eoin Phóil families and staff members for making this year's Seachtaine na nGaeilge one to remember. This year's Lá Glas took place on Thursday March 16th. It was a busy day, starting with a performance of traditional music to the whole school by Donal Falon and his friends Paul, Seamus and Terry. The students enjoyed the music so much that we even saw some take to the floor to perform some Irish dancing for us all to witness. It was also a lovely moment for all our students as we stood together to close off the ceolchoirm with a sounding rendition of "Ireland's Call" ahead of the weekend's 6 Nations.
Students returned to the hall after break to take part in our Trá na gCeist. Classes from 3rd to 6th were mixed into teams to take part in our Irish quiz. Winners recieved easter eggs as prizes.
To end the day of celebrations, the whole school took part in our céilí outside on the yard. Senior students had been paired with our younger classes as they performed traditional dances. As part of our PE strand for dance, classes had been rehearsing in the weeks leading up to Seachtaine na nGaeilge. Thankfully the weather remained dry!
Rabbih Soki Story/Poetry Competition 2023:
Congratulations to all our winners of this year's Rabbi Soki writing competition. Judges have said that the standard was extremely high this year and that every student who entered should be extremely proud of their effort. Every year our writing competition is integrated with World Book Day and our literacy lessons to promote the enjoyment and creativity of writing. Students were presented with their medals at a special assembly where we also take a moment to remember Rabbi, a student of Scoil Eoin Phóil who will always be remembered. Mrs Farrell, who organises the competition spoke to our students at assembly about Rabbi, his love for reading and writing and why the competition is held in his memory.
1st Class Rm 7: 1st – Story ‘Ella’s Magical Dream’ by Daniela Borta 2nd- Poem ‘My Family’ by Cian Madden 3rd- Story ‘The Dreamy Fairy’ by Nuha Khan
1st Class Rm 13: 1st –Poem ‘Shark Boy my Hero’ by Luke Farrell 2nd-Story ‘Frolly’s Unicorn Surprise’ by Romy McCabe 3rd-Poem ‘My Hero’ by Sam Mostyn
2nd Class Rm 14: 1st- Story ‘The Adventures of Max, Penny and Jojo’ by Isabel Jones 2nd- Poem ‘The Zoo’ by Cillian Moynihan 3rd-Poem ‘Blue’ by Sophie Keegan
3rd Class Rm 15: 1st- Story ‘Mimi and Pippin and the Kitten Disappearance’ by Holly Lonergan 2nd-Poem ‘The Zoo’ by Lucy Jordan 3rd-Story ‘The Great Scooter Heist’ by Henry Lake
4th Class Rm 1: 1st-Poem ‘The Planet’ by Thomas Lloyd 2nd-Poem ‘The Zoo’ by Rian Scott 3rd- Story ‘An Important Announcement’ by Daniel Coburn
4th Class Rm 8: 1st-Poem ‘Easter’ by Ava Kennedy 2nd-Story ‘The Hidden Gem’ by Sadhbh Roche 3rd-Story ‘Chelsea V Napoli Cup Final’ by Daniel Marrone
5th Class Rm 12: 1st-Story ‘Just Like a Brother’ by Seán Flannery 2nd-Poem ‘Our Planet’ by Ailbhe Kelly 3rd-Poem ‘Dylan’s Day’ by Ryan Guiney
5th Class Rm 16: 1st-Story ‘Olivia’s Lotto Ticket’ by Lauren Malone 2nd-Poem ‘Feelings’ by Eve Coffey 3rd-Story ‘The Worst Summer Ever’ by Daniel Smith
6th Class Rm 11: 1st-Poem ‘Dreams’ by Zoe Lloyd 2nd-Story ‘1 Shot’ ’ by Seán McLoughlin 3rd-Poem ‘My Family’ by Megan Murray
World Book Day 2023
Well done to everyone for participating in World Book Day 2023. In the lead up to the special day, there was a big focus on all things literacy in Scoil Eoin Phóil. Classes came together to share in reading activities, our Student Council started up the Scoil Eoin Phóil Book Club and students looked towards forming book reviews, entered in our annual Rabbi Soki writing competition and dressed up as their favourite book characters for the day.
Slán Go fóil Omo
Today Scoil Eoin Phóil said a fond farewell and a big go raibh maith agat to Omo. We thank her for her work and dedication to our school and wish her well in the future.
Please go to our Kildare Libraries link for events taking place during March and also Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023 - 1 - 17 Márta
Odd Sock Friday!
ODD SOCK FRIDAY was celebrated as part of Anti-bullying Week 2023 to help support the message that everyone is different, unique and special in their own way, and that individualism is always to be celebrated and encouraged.
Students also designed Anti-Bullying paper chains. Each individual strip created by the students are linked together to form chains. The idea of this is to show that we are united in spreading the message of kindness and saying NO to bullying.
Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine
Comhghairdeas le gach duine! Well done to this week's winners of Gaeilgeoirí na Seachtaine. Every assembly, students who have been awarded a Ticéad Ór for gaeilge, their names are put into a raffle with a chance to win a homework pass and a certificate as a reward for their hard work and effort. Congratulations to this week's winners!
Scoil Eoin Phoil were delighted to welcome so many of our grandparents into our school to celebrate Grandparents Day. It was such a special occasion. We learned so much about school life in the past through interviews with our grandparents. We sang songs, presented projects, painted and played games. We were so proud to share our learning with our grandparents who mean so much to us. A big thank you to all who shared in our celebrations.
Senior Infants on the Move!!
Mrs Macken and Mrs O'Connor's Senior Infants enjoyed a little break from the class as the went down the town to visit our local estate agent last Friday. The students have been recently learning about estate agencies as part of the Aistear role play. Many thanks to John "Bosco" and Fiona French from French Estates for the warm welcome and for speaking with the Children. It was a great day out for the students.
Santa visits Scoil Eoin Phoil
Thank you so much to Santa and his helpers who came to visit all our students and staff in Scoil Eoin Phóil. There was great excitement as staff and students dressed up in their Christmas colours to welcome Santa onto the Green Lane. Santa's visit was in aid of Temple St Children's hospital and in keeping with spirit of Christmas, a donation was made on behalf of all students and staff members by our Board of Management.
Our Student Council is Growing!
This year we have opened up our Student Council to 3rd Class students also. Each member has a role as an officer of a class representative. Currently our members are busy preparing for the re-opening of our school shop. Well done Student Council. Keep up the great work!
Giddy Up 3rd Class!!
Pictures from the recent workshop in 3rd class - The Wonder of the Racehorse brought to life the story of the Irish thoroughbred, from birth to full grown racehorse, in a fun and interactive session.
It was Delivered by Heather from the Irish National Stud and Horse Racing Ireland.
This workshop covered curriculum-based themes including animals and living things, maths, materials, environmental awareness and care. This workshops gave the children an insight into the horse and thoroughbred industry in a fun and interactive way.
Thank you to Heather from The National Stud who was so interesting to listen to! We all want to try horse racing now!!
Chess Jamboree 2022
Well done to our Chess team who took part in the year's chess tournament hosted by Scoil Mhuire. We are very proud of our students who represented the school is fantastic fashion as they played against some very tough opposition. We've already began practicing for next year :)
Scoil Eoin Phóil - Hallowe'en / Autumn Photos
Our Student Council 2022/23
Congratulations to our newly elected Student Council Members!! Our Student Council plays a large role within our school and we are very much looking forward to working with this year's members. The council will meet every fortnight to discuss new ideas, initiatives, and any other ways in which we can help to improve our school. While our class representatives are elected from our senior classes, the council has already started brainstorming ideas to ensure our younger students are also represented. Our members were presented with their badges and, as you can see, are very excited for the year ahead. Best of luck Student Council!!
Maths Week 2022 Table Quiz 3rd - 6th Class
Trip to Castletown House
Our 2nd and 3rd Class students experienced some local history as they toured Castletown House on Wednesday October 12th. Students received a guided tour of the area and also had fun dressing up in costumes as they learned about local history and nature.
Student Council Elections
Scoil Eoin Phóil held our Student Council Elections on Thursday 13th October. Our hall was set up as the polling station and each class got their chance to vote in a student council representative from their class. Well done to all students who were willing to take on the role to help our school. The posters in our lobby are amazing. Our new council will be announced shortly.
On a beautiful, bright October morning, all of our Infant Classes enjoyed a lovely walk to Squirrel Wood on an Autumn trail. They found lots of conkers, colourful leaves and pine cones but sadly no squirrels. They enjoyed their forest experience using their senses to explore what they could see, hear and smell. Well done to all the Infant Classes fro being so sensible on their outing.
European Schools Sports Day at Scoil Eoin Phóil
Despite the rain our wonderful children at Scoil Eoin Phóil enjoyed participating in lots of fun activities to celebrate European School Sport Day on Friday 30th September. Some wonderful football and basketball skills were on show at our inflatables targets. The children relaxed with Yoga, got active with Go Noodle and had lots of games in the PE hall. The parachute was a highlight. Well done to all the children for their displays of teamwork and manners throughout the day.
Scoil Eoin Phóil welcomed Skippy John who hosted a two day workshop on Thursday 14th and Friday 15th of September with all classes on how to skip. Did you know that if you can bounce you can skip? The students all had a wonderful time bouncing and skipping with many of them purchasing skipping ropes to continue practicing their new skills. It was great to see everyone have fun, use lots of energy and try their best. Well done to all!
GAA Champions 2022!!!
We would like to congratulate all of our students who were involved with the Leixlip GAA. Over the last week or so the boys won their promotion to Division 1 Hurling league last week and the girls who won U13 Division 1 Sheild Final. Well done to you all. A fantastic achievement!
Awards Day in Scoil Eoin Phóil
On Wednesday June 29th, we held our end of year assembly where students from each class were presented with awards for their effort, hard work and kindness throughout the year. Once the certificates were presented, Ms McAndrew’s Junior Infants performed some songs in front of the whole school. They were absolutely fantastic and should be very proud of themselves. Well done boys and girls!
Sports Day 2022
Thank you to Barney the Bull for taking time away from Barnhall Rugby pitches to visit Scoil Eoin Phóil during Sports Day. It was a big surprise for our students! We would also like to thank Liffeybank FC, Go Fresh Inflatables and Michelle Van Valey, our yoga instructor, for all their support and help throughout the day. Well done to all the boys and girls who were took part in all our different activities throughout the day! We hope you had fun! Please click on the video below to see Mr Reilly showing Mr O'Boyle how it's done in our Staff Vs Students penalty shoot out!
Student Council 2022
Well done to all our student council members for their hard work which has made a great contribution to our school community. Please have a read of what our members had to say about their experiences on the council this year.
Senior Infants enjoyed their teddy bear's picnic to the GAA club last Friday 27th May. Both teddies and children had lots of lovely treats, and enjoyed fun and games in the beautiful sunshine.
Lego Club SEP The highly anticipated Lego Club is up and running during lunchtimes in SEP! Thanks to everyone who donated their unwanted Lego from home. Children are busy creating all sorts of world's, characters and creations using their imaginations! (All Lego donations still welcome!)
Sing Space for 1st and 5th Classes:
On Wednesday May 4th , the children of 1st and 5th Class took part in a SingSpace workshop with Sing Ireland in the Riverbank Arts Centre, Newbridge. I was informed by the teachers that the bus ride home was full of voice and song after a day of being musically creative with other schools in the area. We hope the children enjoyed their day!
Clean Up Day with Leixlip Tidy Towns for Earth Day
On Friday 29th April our two 4th Classes went out litter picking with Berni, Martin and Dermot from Leixlip Tidy Towns. The children enjoyed volunteering to pick up litter around Green Lane and filled their bags with all kinds of litter, including plastic bags and wrappers, cigarette butts, crisp packets, chewing gum and plastic bottles. After all their hard work, they enjoyed learning about nature and insects at the wild meadow area and completing a tree trail that Berni set them and then sat down for a break on the benches for a well earned treat. Ms. Hallissey and Ms. Murray’s classes also designed posters and t-shirts for Earth Day. They also spent time in class researching how important sustainability is in protecting our environment for the future. Thank you to Ms. Farrell and Berni from Leixlip Tidy Towns for organising our Clean Up Day, we really enjoyed ourselves.
6th class have planted sunflowers to celebrate Earth Day. We care for them each day by placing them in the sunniest location in our classroom and by giving them lots of water. We hope to plant them in the school garden very very soon. Please see the photos below of just 2 of our sun flowers. We will keep you posted when the flowers start to bloom!
6th class Mr Mulcahy
2nd Class learned about the importance of bees in our environment. They were amazed to find out what would happen in a world with no bees.
Solar Energy Experiment for Earth Day in Room 15 We investigated solar energy by creating a solar box and tested it by placing a glass of water inside. We then had to look at the orientation of the school building and position our solar box accordingly. We recorded the temperature of the water before and after to see if solar energy could heat it.
We celebrated International Day 2022 on Friday, 8th April. We invited all students to wear their national costume / colours of their country / region. Our Irish students wore green or the Irish / county jersey. 6th class helped the Junior Infant children with an Easter hunt .
3rd Class – History Field Trip to The Wonderful Barn
The third classes in SEP took a historical walk to the Wonderful Barn on Monday 28th of March. It was a beautiful day to walk with our classmates to visit a local historical building. Together we learned many interesting things about this unusual ,‘wonderful’ building…..we sketched drawings in our history notebooks and discussed what life might have been like for the locals of Leixlip at this time….we would all recommend a leisurely walk around the grounds of this amazing structure over your Easter Holidays! It was brilliant to be back outdoors together, exploring nature and the history of our village.
The Wonderful Barn is a corkscrew-shaped building on the edge of Castletown House Estate, formerly of the Conolly family, in Celbridge, County Kildare, Ireland. The barn itself is formally in neighbouring Leixlip.
Structure Flanked by two smaller dovecote towers, the barn was built with the stairs ascending around the exterior of the building.
View of the Barn and the adjoining house, circa 1900.
History The barn was built in 1743 on the Leixlip side of the Castletown Estate. One theory is based on the custom in Georgian times of using doves as a delicacy when other game or animals were not in season, and suggest its use as a dovecote. The height of the structure would also lend itself to sport shooting, supporting another theory of its use as a shooting or gamekeepers tower. The tower is seen from the east windows of Castletown House, so it filled that vista, possibly as a folly. However, a central hole through each of the floors supports the generally accepted theory of its use as a granary. The barn was built in the years immediately following the famine of 1740-41, as there was a need for new grain stores in case of another famine. The Conollys owned Kilmacredock and rented it out, so the barn was also useful for their tenants. The construction project also likely served as a way to keep the local poor employed. In this, it is not unlike the Conolly Folly (an Obelisk), which was built on the estate in 1740-41.
" Ms McAndrew's Junior Infants are all ready for St. Patrick's Day!!"
Look at what our budding engineers in Rang 3:Room 15 have been up to. Designing 'Our Ideal Playgrounds'! Which one would suit SEP do you think!?!.
Lá Glas i Rang a hAon
Leprechaun Traps 1st Class
Engineers Week 2022 Both 6th classes celebrated Engineers Week 2022 by attending a virtual workshop hosted by Intel on Friday, 11th March. Our engineering project was to design a “Scribble Bot” using recyclable materials, a battery pack, motor and markers. Before setting off on our project, an engineer called Chloe spoke about her career as an engineer in Intel. After that, we completed our projects in groups of 5. Chloe was very patient and answered all the questions we had along the way. After 90 minutes, lots of trial and error and many re-designs, each group had created their very own Scribble Bot. We absolutely loved the event, especially those of us who hope to study engineering next year in secondary school. Finally, a big thank you to Luke’s Mam for all her help in organising the event. 6th class Mr Mulcahy and Ms Tierney
Mrs Reynolds' First Class have been working hard on their writing.
World Book Day held on Friday 4th March - Scoil Eoin Phóil
Story Teller Event: 4th March 2022 On the 4th of March the school celebrated World Book Day after a week of lots of fun reading activities. Everyone dressed up in their favourite book characters including the teachers. Alannah dressed as a character from the “Hunger Games”. Michael’s costume was from the book “A Boy in a girls dress” while Otto was dressed as Harry Potter. After little break, the class were treated to a story telling event in the hall by a man called Seosaimh. It was our first time in the hall with other classes in 2 years and even that made it very exciting! Seosaimh was a man from Dublin. The first thing he mentioned was how much he loved books of all shapes and sizes and for all ages. He read to us from an infant book to explain even the simplest of stories can be magical. After that, he told us 2 stories. For example, one story spoke about 2 men (a rich and a poor man) going to court over a plot of land and having to answer 3 puzzling questions. The moral of the story was that nothing is more important than love, kindness and family. Seosaimh told these stories so well and we were all so intrigued as he spoke. We loved the event! Immediately afterwards, we got the opportunity to put our story telling skills to the test by reading to the Junior Infants. It was out first time properly meeting them and we all really loved getting to read to them on the yard. We hope we were as good as Seosaimh!
6th class Mr Mulcahy
Anti-Bullying Week 2022
This year's Anti-Bullying Week has a very busy one for all of us here in Scoil Eoin Phóil. Thank you Patrick Courtney who spoke at our parent's anti-bullying workshop and also to Community Garda Christopher Fallon who spoke to some of our older classes about internet safety.
Our teachers have been very busy focusing on anti-bullying this week and promoting positive behaviours in our school. While class lessons have focused on our Stay Safe Bullying / Cyberbullying curriculum, students have also been creating anti-bullying posters and display boards. Classes have also been making whole-class paper chains and hand wreaths to show how we are all connected and play a role in making our school a happy and safe place!
Thank you to all the teachers ad students for all their hard work over the past few days :)
Celebrating St. Brigid's Day, our patron saint of Kildare
Well done to all the boys and girls in Ms Hallissey's 4th Class and Mrs Gaffney/Ms Stokes 3rd Class for their lovely St. Brigid's Day crosses.
3rd Class getting their hands dirty!
A big thank you to all our helpers in Mrs Gaffney's and Mrs Stokes' 3rd Class for helping to make our school look lovely and colourful as the spring weather begins to shine through.
5th Class "Is Gaming Good for You?" Fifth class have been learning all about persuasive writing. Persuasive writing shares a particular point of view or opinion. The goal of persuasive writing is to persuade the reader by arguing one side of the topic. The pupils in fifth class were asked to explore the topic 'Is gaming good for you?'. The class researched information online, discussed the pros and cons of gaming and wrote a persuasive argument to support different view points. We hope you enjoy reading our persuasive pieces!
Lots of outdoor learning took place today as Goska from Heritage Ireland came to give a workshop on Biodiversity, climate change & Irish mammals to a range of classes.
We learned so much about how to take care of our wild national mammals, birds and flora and fauna.
We asked lots of interesting questions on biodiversity and climate change in our environment.
We will be writing reports on what we found out in the new year!
Thanks to Goska, we will be on the look out with our 'ecologist eyes' over the winter holidays to protect our national wildlife habitats.
Merry Christmas St Vincent de Paul!!
Student council members 'checking 'em twice' before the hampers are delivered to SVDP! 30 boxes full of Christmas goodies will bring a smile to lots of families this Christmas! Thank you to everyone who has donated this year and a very big thank you to Ms Gaffney, Ms Murray, Ms Browne and Ms Sheehan for all their work with the Student Council this term. Merry Christmas Everyone!! 🎅☃🎄
Green Lane Leixlip Schools' Postman Bert will deliver the children's Christmas cards to the elderly in our community
Student Council sorting the Christmas Cards for the elderly in our community as our Christmas community wellbeing focus. School postman Bert, set to deliver them soon! 🎄
Christmas in full swing on our corridors
Literacy Display of the Month Ms O' Connor's 2nd Class
Well done to all the boys and girls in 2nd Class who took the opportunity of putting their recount writing in practice for Christmas. Their recounts were based on their viewing of the Late Late Toy Show! Thanks to all the class who wrote brilliant recounts!
Santa's visit to Scoil Eoin Phóil Monday 6th December 2021 A BIG BIG THANK YOU to Santa for taking time out of his busy schedule to come and visit everyone here in Scoil Eoin Phóil. He brought great cheer and excitement with him as the boys and girls wore their Christmas jumpers, sang Jungle Bells and, and wished him a Merry Christmas! Because the boys and girls were so well behaved he even left a little treat for each class to enjoy. Thank you also to our Community Garda Officer Christopher Fallon and his colleagues for speaking with Santa and arranging his visit to the Green Lane. It was very much appreciated and a great way to kick off the week and get everyone into the Christmas spirit!!
3rd Class Science Week Experiments taking flight!!
Well done to all the boys and girls in Mr Matthews' 3rd Class for designing, constructing and testing their very own handmade rockets! Factors such as weight and size had to be discussed and considered as the students worked together to help create what were very successful and powerful rockets. I believe a few even ended up on the school roof!!
Well done 3rd Class :)
Hallowe'en in our School 2021
Friday, 22nd October 2021
Our last day before the mid-term break saw students and staff dress up for some Hallowe'en fun. Mr O'Boyle organised a tug-of-war event from 1st to 6th Classes. Looks like he was caught lying down on the job!!😃
Thank you to our two 6th class girls for taking these photos so we can display them on our website for all to see.