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We wish everyone a happy and safe holiday. School re-opens on Tuesday 30th August.

23rd June 2016

On Thursday 23rd June we celebrated all the children with excellent attendance. Margaret Bolton a past pupil and current Lady of Ireland presented them with certificates. She also presented 6th class with a gift to remember their time in school.

Blessing of our New Building and Open Day

A huge crowd of parents, grandparents, past pupils and friends of the school attended our Open Day on Wednesday June 15th. The day began with a prayer service blessing led by Msgr. Coonan. When the blessing was over four children raised our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity which the school was awarded recently. Following this each class performed a variety of dances, songs, poems and tin whistle tunes. Mr. Hyland congratulated 6th class on their eight years in the school and wished them well in Secondary School. Al the children enjoyed a well deserved ice-cream while the large crowd had refreshments provided by our parents.


Sports Day

All the children had great fun taking part in our Sports Day. Thanks to our Parents' Council for providing the medals.

Senior Tour

3rd to 6th classes went to the National Sports Campus and Aquatic Centre on Monday 20th June.

Junior Tour

Junior Infants to 2nd class went to Rancho Reilly's near Carlow on their school tour.

At an assembly on Friday 27th May we celebrated the achievement of all our children who wrote books in the Write -a-Book competition held recently.
The winners from each class were selected by teachers in other participating schools. See the pictures below.


Planting our Vegetables

All classes planted some vegetables in our garden. We will watch our cabbage, lettuce and strawberries grow over the next few weeks.


The children from Cairdeas had a great time exploring the Glebe Walk on Friday 13th May. Click play to view some phoots.


Green Flag

We collected our 5th Green Flag at the Green School Awards Ceremony in Athlone on Tuesday 10th May. We will be raising it at our Open Day on Wednesday 15th June.

5th and 6th Classes

5th and 6th classes have been busy over the last number of weeks.

In Art we have studied two artists, Romero Britto and Piet Mondrian. We have learned about their lives, looked at some of their work and used some of their ideas to inspire us to create our own pieces of art.

We have been doing lots of Maths revision. We have been working on Fractions and Percentages, Co-ordinates, the circle and time.

We are reading a novel called "The Guns of Easter". We are enjoying it and are doing lots of different work about it. We have written newspaper reports about living conditions in parts of Dublin in 1916. We have also created our own crosswords based on the novel.
We based our Drama on the novel also.

In History we have been studying the Industrial Revolution. We have all completed projects on this period.

I nGaeilge táimid ag foghlaim agus ag usaíd na briathra neamhrialta san aimsir láithreach.

3rd and 4th Classes

In Science 3rd and 4th classes have been testing the best designs of single span bridges.

They have been studying Monet's Impressionist paintings. They have also painted in his style.

In History the pupils in 3rd and 4th have done a project on the Celts. They have worked in groups.

They have also learned about the recent Census, even completing their own.

Miss Galvin

Senior Infants have been revising 2D and 3D shapes. They made their own "Monsters" out of shapes.

Senior Infants and 2nd Classes

In Maths, we used ourselves to measure the area of part of our classroom floor. Firstly, we estimated how many of us would it take to cover the area. Then we measured the actual surface area.

History- Alexander Graham Bell
In History we have been learning about Alexander Graham Bell, who invented the telephone. Using paper cups and string, we did an experiment to see could we talk to and hear our friends. We had lots of fun chatting on our phones!!!!!

In History, we learned about our own personal timelnes. We brought in pictures of big occasions such as when we were born, our first birthday, first day at pre-school and so on. We then put them in the correct order.

First Holy Communion

Congratulations to 2nd class who made their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 7th. Thanks to the children who sang so well in the choir.

Junior Infants

Art-May 2016

We made a class display of Elmer the Elephant using lots of colours. We did our best colouring.

We made a class display of the Nursery Rhyme 'Little Bo Peep'.

We made Hot Air Balloons using coloured crepe paper.

Junior Infants News Update

Geography-We had a walk around our school and village.

World Book Day- We got to read our favourite books and made book marks.

Art- We made Mother's Day cards with teabags for Mammy to have a cup of tea.

We made a Spring collage as a class. We had fun painting.

We made Easter Eggs and St. Patrick's Day mobiles.

We made daffodils. We painted them and stuck our photo in the middle of the flower.

We made kites using lots of coloured paper.

Play-Time-We had fun in construction threading and making jigsaws.

Write-a-book-We all wrote our own books for write-a-book competition.

Maths- We were measuring in Maths with a pan balance. We know what is heavy and light!

History- We talked about the 'Story of a Tree'. Then we went to 'The Glebe Walk' to see trees.

Green School News

We were delighted to hear that we have been awarded our fifth Green Flag. Congratulations to all involved!

Board of Management

Click here to view report to the school community from our last meeting.

All children have been very busy since the Easter holidays. We have all become authors and have entered our books in the Write-a-Book competition.

We have also started Irish Dancing lessons again.

Our Proclamation Day

We held our Proclamation Day and Flag Raising Ceremony on Tuesday 15th March. A large crowd of parents, grandparents, past pupils and friends attended. They watched the children sing and play music, read the 1916 Proclamation and launch our school's Proclamation for a New Generation. The ceremony finshed with Amhrán na bhFiann and the raising of our National Flag by a student from Sixth Class and Junior Infants. They were assisted in this by Mrs. Kearns and Ms. McGrath who this year both celebrated their 30th Year Anniversay as teachers in Geashill N.S. Following this our visitors toured the school looking at the work we had done for the day. Then there was tea served by the Parents' Council which was enjoyed by all.
Thanks to everyone who contributed to the day and for making it such a memorable event.

Proclamation Day

Everyone invited to attend our Proclamation Day and Flag Raising Ceremony on Tuesday 15th March at 11.30. We have been busy preparing for this celebration.


3rd to 6th classes completed their swimming lessons on Friday 11th March. Well done to all the children for their efforts and excellent behaviour. As usual they represented themselves and the school wonderfully.

Green School

We have sent in our application for our 5th Green Flag to An Taisce. Our assessment visit from Orla Fogarty Offaly County Council went very well. We hope to hear good news soon. Well done to our Green School Committee and Mrs. Hyland for all the hard work.


Congratulations to 6th class who received the Sacrament of Confirmation in St. Joseph's Church Ballinagar on Friday 4th March. Well done to the children from both Ballinagar school and Geashill who sang so beautifully in the choir.

First Confession

Well done to the children in 2nd class who made their First Confession on March 2nd.

First Day In Our New Building
There was great excitement on February 23rd when we moved into our lovely new rooms. Everyone was very eager to get inside and look around.

Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to our senior quiz team who came second in the All Ireland Credit Union Quiz which was held in Tullamore on Saturday 27th February. The team answered a very impressive 94 questions out of 100 and only lost out by one point. Well done to the team for all their hard work and for representing the school with such distinction.

6th Class Retreat

As part of Confirmation preparation 6th Class went on retreat to Mt. Saint Anne's in Killenard on Thursday 25th February. They really enjoyed the day and are looking forward to the Confirmation ceremony on March 4th.

Credit Union Quiz

Congratulations to both Junior and Senior Quiz teams who performed so well in the Tullamore Credit Union Quiz on Thursday 11th February. The Junior Team were victorious following a nail-biting tie break. The Senior Team came second in another very bright contest. The Senior Team now go forward to the All- Ireland Final in Tullamore on Saturday 27th February. Well done to all ten children for their hard work over the last couple of weeks.


We got into the spirit of St. Valentine's Day!

Catholic School's Week

A big Thank You to the parents and children who turned out in such great numbers at mass on Saturday 6th February in Raheen Church. The children sang their hearts out in the choir and it was a very appropriate way to end Catholic School's Week.

Junior Infants

We have been looking at the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears'. WE have sequenced the stort order of what happened. We had fun with the story of 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears!

Pancake Tuesday-We made playdough pancakes. We know that 'P' is the sound for pancakes.

Valentines- We made Valentines Day cards for our Mammy and Daddy,. We made mobiles to decorate our classroom.

Construction-Look what we made in construction this week using straws.

St. Bridgid's Day- We decorated St. Bridgid's Day. We did Art work and we made St. Bridgid's crosses.

Sounds- We have been learning about the 'ch' sound. We used marla to make the sounds and we found 'ch' sounding words.

Senior Infants and 2nd classes

The children had great fun at Art making Spring Flowers.

Look at Senior Infants lovely lambs!

Board of Management

Click here to view report to the school community from our last meeting.

Junior Infants

Art- We made snowmen using cotton wool and coloured paper. It was snowing in Geashill.

English, Art and Drama- We read the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'. We listened to the audiobook on the computer. We pretended to be the wolf and the Three Little Pigs.

History-We sequenced the story of 'The Three Little Pigs'.

Geography- Weather- We were dressed for the cold January weather. We wore coats, hats, gloves and scarves. We were Weather Forecasters, we kept a log of the weather for a week. We used Thermometers to measure the cold temperatures.

Art-'The Three Little Pigs'-we used spaghetti, lollipop sticks, and red paper to make 'The Three Little Pigs' houses.

2nd class

In Maths, we made 3D objects from recycled materials!

5th and 6th classes

In Maths we have been learning all about the circle. We know the names of the different parts of the circle and we also worked out their areas.

For Art we made some lovely circle designs using contrasting colours.

In Geography we are learning about rainfall and the water cycle. We drew graphs to show how much rain fell in December in 2013,2014 and 2015. We found out Decmber 2015 was the wettest month ever.

Dale Treadwell

Last Friday January 8th all classes took part in a nature/biodiversity workshop given by environmenatlist Dale Treadwell. All children dressed up warmly and were delighted to be out exploring. Take a look at some photos.We are working hard towards our fifth Green Flag on biodiversity. We have all been learning our Green Code. This is it;

Plants, animals, birds and insects too.
They are all safe in our Green School.
Biodiversity Rule

Christmas Party

Thanks to our Parents' Council for organising the children's Christmas Party. Thanks also to Santa Claus for making an appearance!

Look at one of the pupils from 3rd class play some Christmas songs on the banjo!

Christmas Holidays

School re-opens on Wednesday 6th January. We wish you all a Happy Christmas and Peaceful New Year!

Nativity Play

There was great excitement on Wednesday evening 16th December when all the classes took part in our Nativity Play in Raheen Church. A huge crowd of parents and extended family enjoyed the children acting, singing, playing bells and tin whistles as well as doing sign language while singing some Christmas songs. A big thank you to everyone who helped make the evening so enjoyable.

Bring and Buy Sale

We raised €525 in our Bring and Buy Sale. On Tuesday 15th December we were delighted to present our cheque to Jacqueline and Mary, representatives from Daingean St. Vincent de Paul. They explained to the children how the money will be put to good use locally.

Senior Infants and 2nd class

We were busy doing Christmas art!

Junior Infants

Christmas Art

We made advent wreath, Rudolphs, Christmas trees, Christmas cards and a Santa Group Display based on 'he see's you when you're sleeping.


In Science, we were investigating with magnets. Metal attracts magnets. We had fun!!


We are getting very good at our writing.


We have been looking at plastics, wood, metal, paper and fabric. We went on a material hunt.


We have been looking at old and new toys. We asked our Mammy and Daddy what they liked to play with when they were small.

Bring and Buy Sale

We held our annual Bring and Buy sale on Friday 11th December. The children enjoyed spending their money on a variety of items. All money raised is going to St. Vincent de Paul.

New Building

Things are really taking shape in our extension. Windows and doors are in while the roof is almost complete.

Heritage Project Competition

Well done to 6th class for winning 3rd prize in the Heritage Project Competition held in Portlaoise on 3rd December. Over the last few weeks the class have put a huge amount of work into their project on Fr.Thomas Burbage. They produced a wonderful project and a very well made Powerpoint presentation.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas around the school.

Our annual Nativity Play takes place on 16th December at 7pm in Raheen Church. We are holding our Bring and Buy sale on 11th December. Children can bring in items from Monday 7th.

U-16 A Hurling Champions Cup Visit

On Friday 27th November some players from the Na Fianna U-16 A Offaly Hurling Championship winning team visited the school. Reece Seery a past pupil of the school was very proud to show us the cup. Well done everyone!

3rd and 4th classes

3rd and 4th classes have been working on electrical circuits. They designed and made quiz boards with in-built circuits for 1st class to try.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to all the children and parents who filled shoe boxes. We had a great response again this year.


In Drama, we have been acting out our nursery rhymes stories 'Miss Polly had a dolly' and 'Little Red Riding Hood'.

In Maths, we were learning about 2D shapes.

Look at our lovely patterns!

Can you see us fishing for our new words?

We made different shapes using the vertex balls and rods.

A reminder that the Parent Teacher Meetings take place on Tuesday 17th and Wednesday 18th November. Times will be set out on Monday 12th.

5th and 6th classes

In Science, we have been learning about spiders. We want to examine them closely so we have set some traps on our school grounds to catch them. We will return them safely when we have finished looking at them.

We drew a plan of our school grounds and marked on it where our traps have been laid.

Junior Infants

In Music we had great fun learning about percussion instruments.

In Art, we made some scarecrows.

3rd and 4th classes

In Science we classified good and poor reflectors. We used periscope too.

In Maths we have been working with money. We made shopping lists from catalogues.

We made megalithis burial tombs in clay.

Building Works

Our extension is making great progress. It is almost ready for roofing.


Everyone got into the Hallowe'en spirit on Friday 23rd October. Look at all the wonderful costumes.

The staff looked better than usual!

All classes did lots of Hallowe'en work over the last week. Take a look.

Thanks to everyone who sent in such lovely buns and cakes. Thanks to all who donated to Temple St. Children's Hospital and the Corey Mulpeter fund. €140 was collected.

Presentation of Proclamation and Irish Flag by Defence Forces.

On Wednesday 21st October we were visited by Sgt. Derek McKevitt and Gunner Peter Scally from the 2nd Artillery Regiment in Athlone as well as Sgt. Seán Sweeney, parent, Board of Management member and representative of the Air Corps. They presented the school with our National Flag and a copy of the Easter Rising Proclamation. One of our pupils also read out part of the proclamation. Well done to the boys and girls for their interesting questions and the rousing rendition of Ámhrán na bhFiann. Thanks to the parents, grandparents and past pupils who attended to help us celebrate this occasion. Thanks also to the three members of the Defence Forces who carried out their duties so well.


On Thursday volunteers with the OSPCA visited every class reminding us how to look after our pets. We had a special visit from Minnie the dog and two lovely kittens. Thanks to all who donated pet food and money to the OSPCA. They were very impressed.

5th and 6th classes

In Maths we have been learning about gathering data and representing it on various types of graphs. We drew bar charts and trend graphs. We also created graphs on our tablets.

In Science we were learning about gravity and air resistance. We had fun carrying out an experiment to see which material made the best parachute. Our results showed a tissue paper parachute was best. However, none of us would use it to jump out of a plane!

In Art we painted our Bronze Age weapons and jewellery.


The children in Cairdeas made a beautiful Autumn display.

5th and 6th classes

In History the children have been learning about the Bronze Age . For Art they made jewellery, tools and weapons from clay.

3rd and 4th classes

In Science, the children have been dissolving different substances in water.We found the saturation point of a solution. We dissolved different types of sugar in hot and cold water.

In Art we made some leaf prints.

In Maths we drew different types of graphs.

1st class

In Science, we made some butter. After making it we got to sample it on some crackers. Yum! Yum!

Senior Infant and 2nd classes

In Maths, we have completed a graph displaying the results of a survey. The survey involved us asking questions to the children in the school about their favourite subjects, colours and pets.

Junior Infants

Junior Infants went to explore our local area in the Glebe Walk.

In Art, we made some hedgehogs using leaves.

Look at how good we are at cutting.


24 children from 3rd to 6th classes took part in the Offaly Primary Schools Cross Country Competition on Thursday 1st October. Well done to all for taking part. A special mention to our Bronze medal winner.

Building News

Here are some pictures from this week's building work!

Tullamore to Calais Project

Geashill School, along with most other Offaly primary schools, is supporting the Tullamore to Calais project as our response to the refugee crisis developing in Europe. Children have brought in Hygiene Packs which will be shipped to Calais along with other supplies. We really appreciate your support for this most worthy cause.

Welcome back everyone.
We give a special welcome to our 15 Junior Infants and our 4 new entrants to Cairdeas.

Building News

Our four classroom extension is progressing well. Everyday there is something new to look at.

5th and 6th Classes

In History we have been learning about archaeology. Mr. Conneely, a former archaeologist brought in some artefacts to show the class.

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