Abbeyleix South National School

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Visit from Sharon Shannon

Pupils over the years in Abbeyleix South National school have enjoyed listening and responding to the music of Sharon Shannon in music class, a wonderfully gifted and naturally talented musician. Her musical abilities are world renowned and she is a much sought-after performer across the globe having performed in the US, Canada, Europe, Asia and Australia.

Our 3rd and 4th class have just finished an extensive study of some of her best-known tunes. We then followed up on this study by writing to the musician herself, and from here our letters journey began.  We had to find her address, if all else failed Mrs Wallace was going to try and personally present them at an upcoming concert.

We contacted her Facebook page after Mr Wallace consulted with an industry contact and waited patiently for a reply. In the meantime, with thanks to Deirdre Seale who through her myriad of contacts obtained Sharon’s address, the letters were on their way.

Over the following weekend the most fantastic message arrived on Facebook. Sharon Shannon replied and said that she had received the 3rd and 4th class letters and they were so, so sweet!

The most amazing news is that she had offered to come to meet us, play for us, play with us and answer any questions the children may have. Her time was extremely limited as she was performing at a venue that evening, but we were so appreciative that she has found the time to visit our school.

Sharon Shannon would be coming to our school on Friday the Friday 17th January 2020, we were all so excited we couldn’t wait.

The children all made handmade banners of welcome.

The children, teachers and parents lined the avenue to the school to welcome her. The screams of excitement as she arrived reached even higher levels when Sharon and her team walked down greeting everyone as she arrived.

We then moved to the G.P. Hall that was brightly decorated for Sharons visit.

All classes from juniors to 6th performed with her. While she played some of her best known tunes

Then students in our school who are members of Spink Comhaltas had the opportunity to have a little seisíun with her also.

We then moved to Mrs Wallace’s room where she met the pupils who wrote the letters that captured her attention, they asked questions, took photos and went autograph hunting. two of our pupils also had a chance to play individually with her.

Our time with Sharon Shannon sadly had to come to an end. We loved having her visit Abbeyleix South National School and appreciate her giving us so much time from her busy schedule. As a little thank you we presented her with a basket of beautiful cupcakes from Wendys Cakes.

Thank you Sharon for a fabulous memory for our staff, students and parents.

All photographs with special thanks to Arthur Harvey and Alf Harvey Photographer

Scoilnet Star Site

Our school website has been chosen as a Scoilnet Star Site take a look here

starSite (1)Scoilnet’s much-coveted Star Site award recognises those schools that are embracing the web as a communication tool. Here at Abbeyleix South NS we are very aware of the changing technology needs of our students and parents. We will continue to update content on our website and showcase the daily activities of our students here in the school.

Family Movie Night


Our now annual Family Movie night take place on Tuesday February 19th from 6.30pm. A lovely evening where students can sit with their families and friends and enjoy a movie. This years movie is Peter Rabbit. Refreshments are supplied at the interval. Entry is for students and family members only. This is one of the amazing events our Parents’ Association arrange as fundraisers throughout the year.

Digital School of Distinction Award

digital schoolOur school has recently been awarded as a “Digital School of Distinction”, a nationally recognised award accredited by the Department of Education through Digital Schools
Our school was assessed to evaluate our performance in the following ways:
* Leadership and Vision
* ICT Integration in the Curriculum
* School ICT culture
* Continued Professional Development
* Resources and Infrastructure

The validator was incredibly impressed with the range of ICT activities in the school and we received a glowing report. The feedback in the report provided a roadmap for future development and indeed commended the great work of our pupils and staff.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our Parents’ Association for its support in embedding ICT use in our school through their most generous purchasing of laptops.

We are delighted to have been given this prestigious award and we are planning an award ceremony in the Spring Term.


Triple P Parenting


Midlands Area Parenting Partnership are delivering groups and workshops for parents of children 2-10yrs in Laois to make family life less stressful with children.
Groups and Workshops are FREE for parents to attend, but they do need to book a place with Deirdre 0860274837/ Sinead 0868215102…or contact the MAPP office on 0906447111.


anxiety workshop
They also provide programmes Fear- Less for parents of children 6-12 years who experience anxiety. They are currently hosting seminars with follow up workshops for parents who need further intervention.

Are you concerned about your child experiencing anxiety?
Triple P – Fear Less (Reducing Anxiety in Children)
The 2 hour talk is suitable for parents of children aged 6 – 12 year olds, who might be concerned about their child/teen experiencing anxiety.
The talk will cover the following:
• How does anxiety work?
• Understanding anxiety
• Parents as models
• Being an emotion coach
• Thinking flexibly & realistically
• Avoidance and exposure
• Managing children’s anxious behaviour
• Constructive coping and problem solvin

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PowerPoint Presentation on Entente Florale Europe 2017


Thank you to Mary White who visited 3rd and 4th class on Wednesday 2nd May to show them slides relating to Abbeyleix’s entry in The Entente Florale Competition 2017. Mary gave the pupils a great insight into what the competition involved for the whole town and she talked with the pupils on the importance of biodiversity. Third and Fourth Class met with Mary the previous Friday as part of the Spring Clean Laois week. We are all very aware of the huge part Mary plays in the community.We were thrilled to have her visit our school to help educate our pupils on the importance of playing their part in the community.

Please visit our school blog for lots more photos of our messages of thanks to Mary White. School blog Powerpoint presentation on Entente Florale 2017