Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We had a great response to our Christmas Child Shoebox appeal, we received in excess of 50 boxes and wish to thank you so much for your generosity. 

Here is a selection of the boxes prior to collection.


Artist in Residence – Recycling Art Project

We have recently completed an Arts & Crafts module with Artist in Residence Rosemarie Langtry.

Before we began we decided that given the huge amounts of plastic contaminating our earth we would try and recycle some of it.

Everybody collected plastic bottles and we agreed these would be our raw materials.

Junior & Senior Infants made light catchers and cute little bottle people.

1st & 2nd class make a wonderful bouquet of plastic flowers

3rd to 6th class made a message board which is displayed in the yard – it uses Castledaly colours and spells out the words “Cara” “learn” ” fun” and “sport.”

We thank Rosemarie for her time and attention to this module & bringing it to a successful conclusion.

We are extremely grateful to Westmeath County Council Arts Officer, Miriam Mulrennan, who approved our application for funding this project. We hope to continue to work with her in the future. We have some photos of the project as it evolved and invite you to have a look.


A.I.T. Athletics

Pupils from 1st to 6th class have just completed a 6-week block of Athletics training in A.I.T.

They tried various disciplines including – long jump, hurdles, relays, sprint & high jump.

We are very grateful to the staff of A.I.T. for affording the children this opportunity.

Míle Buíochas!

Have a look at them in action!


All About Me – Junior Infants


Infant Classroom

Ms. O’Connell’s room is a very busy place! We welcomed 14 new junior infants and I new senior infant. There are 29 children in our room and we have great fun.

We play together every morning and we make a big mess. When we hear our “Tidy up Song” we work very hard to put everything away before we start our work. Have a look at us playing and getting to know each other!


Moate Show 2019

As always we submitted lots of entries to Moate Show, we drew pictures, we wrote poems and we did very careful handwriting.

Here are our proud prize-winners with their work and their plaques. Congratulations and well done to all.


Sports Day

Due to the weather this year we ran a succession of Sports Days. Children from 1st to 6th classes were grouped into 8 teams. The Woahs, The Money-makers, The Nifty 9’s, No Name, Fastest Friesians, Unbeatable 8, The Reckless Rebels, The Rocks.

Events included: Relay race, 3 legged race, hurdles, hoola hoops, water relay, skipathon, basketball, & wellie throwing.

Our winners were Unbeatable 8 – well named indeed!

Look at our photos.


Junior Tour

On Friday 21st June Junior & Senior Infants & 1st class were very excited. We were going on our school tour! We went all the way to Turoe Pet Farm. We played on bouncy castles, in bale pools, we met fluffy rabbits and saw lots of chickens and doves. We went on a lovely walk around the farm and we fed goats, lambs, llamas, alpacas, ponies and cows along the way. We also checked for the evil troll under the bridge! We saw lots of fairy doors and even a fairy playground. We all had a super day and when we got back to the school we had ice lollies!

See our photos.


Booklists for September

Booklists for each class listed below.

1st Class

2nd Class

3rd Class

4th Class

5th Class

6th Class



 Each year we make 2 special awards “Sports star of the Year” for a pupil in 6th class and our “Michael English Award for contribution to School Life” which goes to a 5th class pupil. Here are some pictures of Kellie (6th class) and Seara (5th class) receiving their well-deserved awards. Well done girls.



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