Abbeyleix South National School

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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

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Third and Fourth Class Orienteering

We headed down the woods to do some orienteering today. We had a fabulous time and the woods were magical!

orienteeringTeacher put us into pairs and we had to find ten control cards and record the symbol found on each card.Then we returned to base to check our answers.

It was such a fun P.E. class and we hope to do some more orienteering soon again. Many thanks to Ciara Delaney for facilitating.

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Our School

Abbeyleix South National School



Abbeyleix South National School was built in 1843 by Lord de Vesci to serve the Church of Ireland population in the area. The school is a co-educational school under the patronage of the Church of Ireland Bishop of Ossory and Leighlin Diocese. The town of Abbeyleix is sited on a carboniferous limestone basin, therefore the school is built with limestone. It is situated adjacent to the parish church in the southern outskirts of the town.

As the population grew, the one classroom building of 1843 was extended in 1893. During the 1950’s the layout of the school was slightly changed again. As a building of architectural merit it makes a valuable contribution to the town which has been designated as an Architectural Heritage Centre by the E.U.

We are fortunate to have in our possession some old roll books dating back to the early 1960’s and 1970’s which document how many children were in each class on each day. Each roll book is in Irish and highlights the day to day running of a school at the time. School roll is still taken to this day.

At present the school has a current enrollment of 107 pupils comprising of boys and girls who reside in the immediate area and in Durrow, Attanagh, Killermogh, Ballyroan, Ballinakill and Ballacolla which are within a six mile radius of the school.


On 16th February 2010 we were given the go ahead by the Department of Education and Science to proceed to stage 2b Tender and Construction of the New Abbeyleix South National School. The plan includes 4 classrooms with WC in each room, a General Purpose Room, Teachers and Staff Room, Admin/General Office, Resource Room, Library, Multi-purpose Room / servery, a Universal Access W.C and Shower and P.E. store.

The school has, in the past, participated in many environment projects run by Laois County Council’s Environment Awareness Office.We have now been designated a litter free school in The tidy Primary Schools’ Competition. The pupils of the school are aware of their responsibility to care for and keep their part of the local environment litter free.

“On September 1st 2011, we unexpectedly moved into our fabulous new school, two months ahead of schedule!”

On Monday, 30th April, 2012 Bishop Michael Burrows officially opened The New Abbeyleix South National School.