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Christmas 2010

The first term in the new school year has gone by quickly. Included in this edition is only a sample of the events and work which classes have participated in.

I will take this opportunity to thank staff, parents and pupils for your contribution to a happy industrious environment in our school.

Nollaig Shona Daoibh go léir.

Fiona Meehan

Staff Changes

We have had a fair amount of change in the past few months. Maura Hourihan, who has been a dedicated member of staff for the past 25 years in Goggins Hill , retired on the 30 November. 

She had a memorable send off on that date with our first fall of snow this winter. The eldest and youngest pupil in the school presented her with a crystal vase and flowers on behalf of the pupils of Goggins Hill N.S. (The Parents Association organised the gifts)

She was well liked and respected by those who knew her as a teacher in the Mountain. We wish her health and happiness in her retirement.

We have had 3 permanent teaching appointments this year, namely Jan Kiernan, John Long and most recently Sinéad Kinahan. Also we have a new part-time Secretary, Helen Cronin. We warmly welcome them and wish them every success in their new positions.

ASD Class

A lot of work was undertaken to modernise one of our existing prefabs during the summer holidaysin readiness for our new ASD class which opened this September.

 Most of this work was contracted to local tradesmen. Also much needed drainage work took place in the green area near the school garden. A special thanks to Barry Lombard who gave freely of his time to help in this endeavour.

Our new pupils in the ASD class have settled into Goggins Hill N.S. and are enjoying their time here.


Speech and Drama

On Tuesdays, all classes participated in Process Drama with Mrs. McSweeney. Children performed poems, mimes, still images, improvisations and games. All pupils thoroughly enjoyed these lessons.

Senior Infants in the role of Jack and The Beanstalk




On Wednesdays, Derek Long gave dancing lessons to all pupils. They loved participating in dances like the Jive, the Waltz, the Barn dance, the Macarena and many more.

Hallowe’en Themed No- Uniform Day 22 October



As always the GAA have provided talented coaching for all the children as well as financial assistance for buses to matches.. In the first term Jason Downey worked primarily on football skills. The skills and drills taught were especially useful in the run up to Sciath na Scol. This training proved to be a great advantage, and it showed in our teams’ performances.

We are very lucky to have such an encouraging and fair coach.

Sciath na Scol

Great support for the girls at Parc Uí Rinn

Girls football Final

Goggins Hill and Kilmurray were both declared winners of the Allianz Sciath na Scol Girls Football Final after a pulsating 50 minutes of football when extra time could not separate them at Pairc Ui Rinn on November 9th last. Only a short few weeks previously both these sides met in a league decider in Kilmurray with the home side winning comfortably.

It was a game where both sides had periods of dominance but ultimately a draw was the fairest result.

Boys football

The boys’ football team performed admirable in winning 4 games out of 6 in the DF3 league only losing out to the eventual finalists Kilmurry and Rathduff.

Courthouse 6th class

On Monday, October 18th our 6th class pupils visited The Courthouse on Washington Street. We got to see the cells and travelled underground to the courtrooms. Some children got a chance to sit in the judge’s chair, be televised from the children’s witness room and dress up as a lawyer, complete with a horsehair wig. All the pupils really enjoyed the day. Special thanks to Mary-Clare Kearney and David Power who invited us to the Courthouse and showed us around.

Emergency Closures

During the last few weeks adverse weather conditions meant the school was inaccessible due to snow, ice and freezing temperatures. Although all the children were terribly disappointed that they couldn’t make it to school, they made the most of their snow days by building snowmen, rolling snowballs, having snow fights, making snow angels and tobogganing down hills.

The Board of Management decided that safety of all accessing the school was paramount and due to adverse road conditions the school remained closed to pupils on 3 days over the past month. With the assistance of local farmers,

Gus O’Mahony and John Cullinane, who kindly gritted the roads, we have been able to remain open this week.

Many thanks to both men for their support of the school and to the Board Members who managed to secure and deliver a supply of salt.




School Choir

The school choir has once again been working hard to rehearse Christmas Carols under the capable guidance of Ms. Deasy and with the assistance of Mrs. Madden. The choir performed for the residents of Bishopscourt Nursing Home and the congregation of Goggins Hill Church. Well done to all the children involved, your beautiful singing was much admired.

Parents Association

We would like to thank the Parents Association for their help and co-operation during the year.

Christmas Bazaar

Unfortunately the Parents Association Christmas Bazaar was postponed due to adverse weather conditions. The Bazaar will now be held in Goggins Hill school on Sunday January, 9th.

Diocesan Visit

We recently had a visit from Diocesan Advisor, Bríd O’Callaghan, who reported that it was very obvious that the religious education of the pupils is taken seriously at Goggins Hill N.S.

Operation Christmas Child

We would like to thank you all for the great response which we had to our Annual Christmas Child Appeal again this year. The number of boxes collected was very impressive.

Junior Infants

24 new Junior Infants started school in September and have settled in very well.

They have been busy preparing a concert for their families.

Junior Infants performing for in a play which explains what really happened to Humpty Dumpty.

Representing Ireland

We would like to congratulate Kelsey Flynn who recently represented Ireland in the European Acrobatic Championships in Poland. She came 6th in the competition.


First Communion Class

20 children from 2nd Class are preparing for their First Holy Communion on 28th May 2011. They have worked very well in school and have received wonderful support from their parents. 3 Do This in Memory Masses have already taken place. Thank you to Fr. O’Driscoll and Fr. Timoney and also to Mrs. Bernie O’Halloran – home-school co-ordinator for the Communion Class.

16 children in 3rd Class have given the 2nd Class great support in the classroom. They have prepared readings for each day of Advent and have read for the class each day. We have an Advent Wreath and Jesse Tree in our classroom and we have had a very special experience preparing for Christmas.


Christmas Artwork


2011 Upcoming events.

First Holy Communion will be held in Goggins Hill Church on Saturday 28th May, 2011.

Confirmation will be held in Goggins Hill Church on Wednesday 18th May, 2011.

Colm, our Gymnastic teacher will be returning on January 17th for the term. I am sure all classes are looking forward to it.