Abbeyleix South National School

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Fields of Life Donation

Mrs Wallaces Third and Fourth class hosted a pop up restaurant in April. Parents were treated to a beautiful sit down meal in an unrecognisable GP Room. The mood was set with beautiful lighting and background music while the children worked busily serving their nearest and dearest.

The students donated the funds they raised from this evening to the Fields of Life charity.

Wendy and Eamon Cahill received the donation on behalf of Fields of Life. Please read Wendy and Eamons letter below.

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Many thanks to 3rd and 4th class for your wonderful donation to Fields of Life from fundraising at your pop up restaurant. We are very grateful and assure you it will go along way in Uganda to helping school children in Education and bringing life changing clean water to communities. We had the privilege of visiting Uganda this Easter to learn more about the work of Fields of Life. To date they have built 117 schools in East Africa which are educating more that 50,000 children and drilled more than 670 wells providing water to c. 650,000 villagers. We had the pleasure of opening 2 such wells while we were there and it was wonderful to see first hand how clean water was be able to take away disease, allow children to collect water in safety (as they are not walking miles on lonely roads), and also allow the children to attend school again because they are not spending hours walking to collect water from dirty waterholes. If children can be educated they have a chance to bring about lasting change and break the cycle of poverty. We loved the hope we saw through the different programmes in place.

Again heartfelt thanks for your generosity.

Wendy and Eamon Cahill

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Family Fun Day

On Sunday the 29th April 2018 we had our annual Family Fun Day. It was a break from the tradition of holding it in June on the school grounds. We would like to thank Liz and Canice Farrell and their family for hosting our day at the picturesque location of Knockatrina Stud.

Our Family Fun Day coincided with the annual blooming of the Bluebells in adjacent Knockatrina Wood, part of Leafy Loop walk in Durrow, Laois. See trail map for Leafy Loop

Our day started with a wonderful service in St Michael’s and All Angels Church in Abbeyleix. The families then all met up at Knockatrina Stud where the Farrell family had organised parking and picnic facilities. After the adventure of the walk in the woods it was time for a picnic and the start of our games.

We had running races, egg and spoon races and sack races with little prizes for participants.

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Even our fantastic parents got involved!!

Thanks to our Parents Association for funding and organising a fantastic day out with a special mention to the Chairperson Hannah Black for all her time and efforts to ensure a safe and happy day.

All photo graphs courtesy of Arthur and Michelle Harvey, thanks again!!

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Inhale…..exhale. The Respiratory System

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The Respiratory System – Projects by Third and Fourth Class

Third and Fourth Class have really enjoyed learning about The Human Body. This project was based on the Respiratory System.

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The boys and girls had great ideas about how to create the lungs, bronchi, bronchioles, alveoli or air sacs and the diaphragm using various materials for the collage. Very creative pupils. Well done everyone. Your projects are amazing! They are on display in our hall alongside our projects on The Digestive System. Check out our school blog for lots more close up photos of our work. Abbeyleix South National School Blog post on the Respiratory System

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All about light!

 Light Science

In First and Second class have been all about light!

We had a big discussion about light, the different types of light, where light comes

from, etc. We completed concept maps all about light, in pairs.

We learned how to make a rainbow using a torch, a container with some water in

it, a mirror and a sheet of white card.

Check out our blog post for more photos of what we learned. All about light 1st and 2nd Class

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Outdoor Classroom


Work on our outdoor classroom began on the 22nd of May 2017. The space required a lot of care and attention to become what it is today this was with  the assistance of parents from the school. This is in preparation for our Fifth Green Flag for Biodiversity as well as preparations for the Entente Florale Competition which Abbeyleix is partaking in this July.

First the area had to be cleared and made safe.

Then work began on creating bug hotels, seating areas, flower beds and butterfly garden.


The pupils even enjoyed a teddy bears picnic in their new outdoor space, check out the blog post for how they got on Teddy Bears Picnic