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Summer Newsletter 2011

            Another school year over and what a year. A special thank you to our first Student Council, who have set a high standard for those who follow. They have been very proactive in their involvement in various school activities and have written most of the articles for this newsletter.

In conjunction with the Parents Association the Student Council have been busy fundraising for a new hall floor. We hope to have sufficient funds to complete this project next summer. Thank you to all the hard working members who served on the Parents Association this year.

This year we opened our ASD class and welcomed our first 2 pupils and their families to our school community. In the coming months work will begin on a permanent extension to accommodate the growing class.

We wish Ms. Kiernan happiness on her forthcoming marriage.

Finally I wish all our pupils and their families a happy and safe summer and to those leaving us go n-éirí libh sa mhéanscoil.

Fiona Meehan

School Website

This year we have relaunched and updated the school website. It includes the school calendar, policies and of course plenty of information about all the work the children are doing in class. The staffing schedule for next year and booklists are also available to view on www.gogginshillschool.com


Irish Dancing

The school enjoyed having Claire showing us Irish dancing such as jigs, polkas, and the basic “aon, dó, trí’s”.  At the end of our dance term each class performed for the rest of the school. We look forward to improving our dancing skills next year with both Claire and Dancing Derek.

Sam Maguire

In January, Cork Senior Footballers Nicholas Murphy, John Miskella and Eoin Cadogan brought the Sam Maguire to Goggins Hill N.S. The halla was a sea of red and white as the students cheered on their heroes. It was a great opportunity to get to talk to some of countries most successful sportsmen.


Every Monday for ten weeks Colm taught us lots of ways to keep fit. Thanks to Colm we are all now experts in doing cart-wheels, handstands, flips and many more types of stretches. Our gymnastics lessons were full of fun and enjoyed by all.  We hope Colm will return next year to keep us fit and on our toes.

Feis Maitiú

Once again we had a very successful year in Feis Maitiú. Mrs. McSweeney did a wonderful job in preparing students for poetry, mime, and group events.

Mini Sevens

This year’s INTO mini-7’s blitz was held in St.Vincents GAA grounds .Our girls’ team won all of their matches and qualified the next round. Unfortunately the boys narrowly lost out, winning 2 out of their 3 matches. The girls did brilliantly in their next blitz, winning all their matches and getting through to the final where they met Barryroe. It was a tightly contested game, but we won by 2 points. In addition to being crowned County Champions for the 3rd year running, we also get to nominate a player to take part in the mini games in Croke Park on All-Ireland Final Day. Congratulations to Kelsey Flynn who was chosen to represent the school!

Greedy Zebra

In May, pupils from Junior, Senior Infants and First class attended a performance of The Greedy Zebra. It was an interactive performance that had the children singing and joining in the fun. Afterwards the children got to meet the characters and try on the costumes.


In March, we entered a boys and girls team in the FAI Ribena 5-a-side soccer blitz. Our boys played against St. Luke's, Gaelscoil Chloich na gCoilte, Berrings N.S. and St. Mary’s in Cobh and got as far as the semi-finals on the day. Our girls played in Carrigtwohill and they qualified for the finals in College Corinthians. Unfortunately, we lost out to St. Mary’s but we did bring home the runners up prize.

City Sports

This year over 30 athletes represented Goggins Hill NS in the city sports and they all did extremely well. The boys’ races were held in the morning, with Jonathan Keeffe, Diarmuid O Connor both placing 2nd in their heats and brothers Brian and Kevin Lynch who won their heats.

Brian and Kevin then went forward to the county semi-finals. Kevin went on to qualify for the county final where he finished in a respectable 4th place. Well done to all the boys who participated on the day and did the school proud.

The girls races were held in the afternoon, and both Aoibhinn O'Connor and Laura Cussen won trophies for their heats, coming 2nd and 3rd respectively. Again all of the girls ran to their full potential on the day.


Primary Game

Congratulations to Katie Reynolds, Eoin Lombard, Laura Cussen and Kevin Lynch who represented Goggins Hill in the Cork primary hurling, camogie and football trials. Laura was selected to represent Cork and played at half time in Páirc Uí Caoimh during the Cork and Clare match. Well done to all involved!!!

Sciath na Scol Camogie

On the July 1st the Goggins Hill camogie team took on Kilcredan NS in the DC1 camogie final in Pairc Uí Rinn. Kilcredan opened the scoring with a point but we fought back and at the end of half time the score was 1-2 to 1-1 to Goggins Hill. The backs defended well in the second half with Kilcredan only scoring a point from a free. Some great shooting from our forwards left the final score at 2-5 to 1-2 to Goggins Hill .Well done girls and thanks to all the supporters who came to cheer us on on the day.

Confirmation and Communion

21 of our 6th class pupils were confirmed in Most Holy Heart of Mary Church, Goggins Hill on 18th May this year. On 28th May, 19 2nd class children received their First Holy Communion, also in Goggins Hill Church. Both days ran very smoothly, reflecting the effort the children had put into preparing to receive these sacraments.


Over the past 8 weeks 6th class pupils have been attending swimming lessons in Leisure World, Bishopstown.They learned how to do the front crawl, backstroke, breaststroke, how to dive and straddle jump entry. By the end of the term children had progressed on to basic life-saving techniques.

School Tours

Juniors to 3rd class had a great day out in the Mardyke Arena, enjoying a variety of activities such as water sports, dodgeball, parachute games and team building games.

4th and 5th classes journeyed back in time in their visit to the Geraldine Medieval Experience. They also ventured through the 1 million year old, 350m long Crag Cave. It was an adventurous and fun-filled day.

6th class got to enjoy the great outdoors while participating in kayaking, orienteering, abseiling, rock climbing and archery in Russagh Mills, Skibbereen. It was a fantastic day out and a wonderful way to finish their days in Goggins Hill!

Student Council

The first student council in Goggins Hill N.S. was established in February of this year. In only 5 months the student council have made a huge impact on school life and have organised a range of events fun-filled and fundraising events. They were responsible for the co-ordinating Goggins Goes Green Day, Coin Trail, Art Exhibition, Pyjama Day, Sports Day, Teddy Bear’s Picnic, Friendship week activities and the Yard Buddy System. They have raised funds for Enable Ireland and the School Hall Floor Fund

Members of student council: Kevin Lynch, Annemarie Leahy, Gráinne Mulcahy, Paul Corcoran, Aoife Brooks, Clodagh Brady, Seán Dillon, Niamh Mulcahy and Diarmuid O’ Connor.

 Daffodil Day

Daffodil Day turned out to be a great success once again this year. Thanks to all who contributed to this worthy cause. All children got to dress in yellow costumes/clothes, bringing Spring early to our school.  Everyone’s outfit was made with great effort but only the most ‘budding’ of outfits or those who were lucky in the ‘lollipop dip’ were chosen to enjoy a day trip and lunch in Brinny.

Buddy System

The buddy system was set up by the Student Council this year. Each child from 3rd class up was given the opportunity to participate in the Buddy System, and make the yard a happier place. Each day 2 children were selected to help children from 2nd class up. The younger children benefitted greatly from this initiative and really enjoyed playing with older pupils.

Friendship Week

Friendship week was a new event introduced by the Student Council this year. The aim of Friendship Week was to promote positive relations within the school and by doing so reduce the chance of bullying and exclusion. During Friendship Week every child was assigned a secret friend that they had to be especially nice and friendly to. Each class also got to create some friendship themed work, such as poetry, songs and artwork. It was a great success and we hope to make it an annual feature in our school calendar.

Coin Trail

On the final day of friendship week we held a coin trail.

The children had been busy collecting coins and on the

day they went out onto the yard and created lots

of friendship themed coin-art.





Sports Day

The student council and 6th class pupil’s jointly organised the Fun for All Sports Day. Children got to take part in a range of fun activities such as penalty shoot-out, obstacle course, water race, 3 legged race and much more.

Penalty Shoot Out                                                         Obstacle Course

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

We had a very special lunch time on the Sports for All day. Children from the younger classes brought in some of their favourite furry friends for our teddy bear’s picnic. We were very lucky with the weather on the day and we got to have our picnic out on the pitch.


Pyjama Day

Our final fundraising fun-day was Pyjama day. All the children were invited to wear their pyjamas, slippers and dressing gowns coming into school last Friday. The day was a great success and all funds raise have been put towards the new floor fund for the school hall.