Literacy high flyers

Literacy High Flyers went really well this year. 5th class created dioramas based on a specific scene from the novel they have read. This was completed in pairs and presented to the class.

Well done Rang 5!



Mr. Nobody’s Eyes


Benny and Omar


Wildflower Girl

Bumbleance buzzes in for a visit

On Wednesday the 16th of May, the pupils and staff of Castlelyons National School had a very special visit from the BUMBLEance!

The BUMBLEance is the  world’s first ambulance service specifically designed and tailored for children. BUMBLEance is the most modern children’s ambulance service on the planet. It is the world’s first interactive ambulance purposefully designed for children, with the capacity to operate the latest medical equipment and inter hospital communication systems. BUMBLEance ensures that the journey of a sick child is as safe and comfortable as possible.


All classes were invited to see the BUMBLEance and even got to go inside the BUMBLEance to see all the fun technology such as a library of books, a PS4, wifi and much more. The children that get to use the service really are treated like the King/Queen Bee 🙂 .


The children learnt all about the wonderful BUMBLEance service and were treated to stickers and pens to mark the special occasion.


The School also presented a cheque to BUMBLEance to help towards this wonderful service.

Thanks BUMBLEance for buzzing by to say hello 🙂



AISTEAR fun in ‘Le Chéile’

The children in Le Chéile and 1st class have enjoyed many AISTEAR themes this year. Take at look a the pictures below to see the fun that was had by all.

THEME 1: The Supermarket

THEME 2: The Hair Salon

This was one of the children’s favourite themes of all. They enjoyed chatting with each other at the salon, choosing hairstyles and colours, making recommendations to their customers and being creative with hairstyles.

THEME 3: Santa’s Grotto

Children dressed up as Santa’s Little Helpers, they baked Christmas cookies, decorated the Christmas tree, posted their Santa letters and enjoyed Christmas dinner.

THEME 4: The Café

This theme was another class favourite. The children enjoyed getting into role as customers and waiters/waitresses. The customers looked at the menu, placed their orders and waited for their yummy food. The waiters/waitresses showed the customers to their seats, took the orders, cooked the food and served each table of customers.

THEME 5: The Doctor’s Surgery

Children got into role as receptionists, doctors, nurses and patients. They also made their own stethoscopes using pipe cleaners and put plasters on wounded teddies.

THEME 6: The Dental Surgery

After the Doctor Surgery theme, the Dentist theme seemed like the perfect follow on. The children used knowledge and experience gained from the previous theme to really make this theme an enjoyable and worthwhile learning experience. The children scrubbed marker from laminated pictures of teeth using tooth paste and toothbrushes. They also scrubbed lego blocks that we pretended were really large teeth. Snippets of conversations overheard included the following:

‘I have to take your tooth out. Don’t be scared!’

‘I will give you an injection. Close your eyes and count to 3.’

‘Next Please! What’s wrong? Do you have a pain?’

Fly a goat to Africa with Bóthar


Each Easter, Castlelyons National School takes part in the annual Bóthar Fly a Goat to Africa campaign.

The school must raise €300 to send an Irish dairy goat to help families in Africa.  An Irish goat produces up to four times as much milk as a local cow giving families and communities up to four litres of nutritious milk per day. That  is enough to enable the family to enjoy milk in their diet and enables the family to raise money from the sale of extra milk and cheese.

Families who receive dairy goats from Bóthar would often not have enough land to support a larger animal,  this ensures that the goat goes to the people that need it the most.

This year, the school were lucky to have a visit from the goat that will make her way to Africa to help those families in need.


Grandparents Day with Second Class

Every year Castlelyons National School makes a big effort to recognise the special contribution that grandparents make to families in their school.

Second Class recently celebrated ‘Grandparents Day’ in school as part of Catholic Schools Week and it was a big success!

Many of the children’s grandparents attended the school on Wednesday 31st January to be given an insight into what school is like nowadays. The children loved showing their grandparents around the classroom, showing them their projects/artwork and introducing them to their classmates. The grandparents were amazed to see all of the resources and displays in classrooms today.

Each of the children wrote an acrostic poem about their grandparents and explained why a grandparent is special in their own words. This was particularly heart-warming.

The children performed a ‘Grandparents Day Poem’ which was enjoyed by all. They also presented their grandparents with beautiful cards that they handmade.

Grandparents got involved in history projects with the children through assisting in questionnaires. Many grandparents shared their own experiences of school and their childhood which led to a fun question and answer session. The children were particularly amazed by how their grandparents had to walk up to 3miles to get to school and how they remembered their teachers making ink in the classroom.


Finally, tea, coffee, cakes and chat followed in the halla. Thanks to Carmel for facilitating this.

Overall it was a fantastic day that we are sure the children will remember and cherish for years to come.

Miss Forde and Mr. De Róiste would like to send a big thanks to everybody who attended!