Green school Flag launch



On Thursday 18th of June, the whole school community gathered to celebrate the raising of the schools fifth green flag.


Each class sang a song about  helping the earth and how to be a good global citizen.



Pupils dressed in green or wore superhero costumes!

Special guest, Cork hurler Niall O Leary, came to raise the flag with the pupils from the Green School Commitee.

To mark the day, 2nd class planted two apple trees next to the path of the entrance to the school.

My Canine Companion

The students in Le Chéile were overjoyed to get a visit from service dogs from ‘My Canine Companion’ this week. The children interacted with the dogs by petting them, hugging them, chatting to them and taking them for walks around the room on a lead. The dogs responded excellently to all children and really brightened up their day.

We’d like to thank the volunteers from this fantastic organisation for bringing the dogs out to visit our class.


My Canine Companion provides highly trained and skilled service dogs to assist children and young adults living with disabilities, particularly Autism. They are committed to helping children and their families gain independence, companionship and safety through the provision of service dogs. They provide a customised and individualised service which meets needs of each individual client.


World Down Syndrome Day 2019

“The difference between ordinary and extraordinary is just that little ‘extra‘.”

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IMG_0161Everyone in our school wore odd/funky socks today to celebrate World Down Syndrome Day.  Socks are used as the symbol because chromosomes are shaped like socks and people with Down Syndrome are born with an extra one. GET CELEBRATING!


Pancake Tuesday in ‘Le Chéile’

We had great fun making pancakes for Pancake Tuesday.

We mixed flour with eggs in a large bowl and added milk gradually until we were happy with the consistency of the pancake batter. We all got a chance to stir the batter to make sure there were no lumps. We helped teacher to cook our pancakes and put our favourite toppings on top. They were YUMMY!

Our favourite part of the process was eating our delicious pancakes. As you can see from the photos, the most popular topping for the pancakes was…


Brilliant Brazil

Le Chéile decided to learn about Brazil for the multi-cultural Green School’s project.

One of the students in our class is from Brazil. He brought in some traditional Brazilian food and drinks for us to taste. They were delicious. He also brought in a Brazilian flag and jersey. For our project we learned many facts about Brazil, made carnival masks and flags during art class and also danced to samba music. It was great fun.

‘Social Butterflies’ in Le Chéile

Children in ‘Le Chéile’ have been social butterflies this month. They learned a lot about people and places in our neighbourhood when they met with the Gardaí, went on a visit to the local Centra shop and Post Office and went on a Christmas outing to the cinema to see the festive, funny movie- ‘The Grinch’.  Great fun was had by all.





Self- Portraits in Le Chéile

The children in ‘Le Chéile’ did self-portraits this week. First they looked in the mirror to identify their features. Each child did a great job at making sure their painting resembled them. I think you will agree that they turned out wonderful. Well done to all!

Welcome to our School!

The children in ‘Le Chéile’ were delighted to welcome two new fabulous friends to their class this school year. You are both very welcome and we hope you have fun and make lots of new friends here at Castlelyons National School.

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?’