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GOAL Jersey Day

Mary Cahill

Avoca N.S. held their Annual Jersey Day in aid of GOAL on Friday, the 11th of October. On that day the uniforms were swapped for jerseys representing counties all over Ireland and indeed Ireland itself. Can you count how mow many counties are represented in these pictures ?

The Big Sing

Mary Cahill

On Friday, 11th of October the Avoca N.S. choir took part in an event known as ‘The Big Sing’. This event is a mental health initiative organised by the H.S.E. and was hosted in the Arklow Bay Hotel. Seventy-eight members of our choir went to sing at this event. They really enjoyed participating and watching the choirs from the other schools. Many thanks to Ms Van Eesbeck and Ms Roche for preparing them for this event.

Wicklow Invitational Athletics

Mary Cahill

32 children from Avoca N.S. competed at the Wicklow Schools’ Invitational Athletics meeting in Avondale today. Despite the very wet weather, the teams competed and ran great races. They came home with quite a collection of silver and bronze medals. Many thanks to Ms Corocran for organising and coaching the children and to Siobhan Mcgreavey for her assistance on the day.

Attendance Awards

Mary Cahill

In line with our attendance strategy, we encourage pupils to come to school in many different ways. Each child who registers full attendance for the year is given a trophy. Certificates are given to those who miss one or two days. These awards are presented at a school assembly in September. Well done to all of the children for achieving such high attendances.

Sixth Class Scientists

Mary Cahill

6th class were invited to take part in a Science module at Arklow C.B.S secondary school. They really enjoyed the experiences that they were introduced to work. We can see from the pictures below that they worked hard and participated fully in all of the activities.

Sixth Class Visit to Avoca Mills

Mary Cahill

Ms Van Eesbeck and 6th class followed in the footsteps of Royalty earlier in the month of September when they undertook a visit to Avoca Mills. Many thanks to Josephine, Martin and all of the staff for showing them around. They found the tour really interesting and learned lots of new things. They were amazed at how the threads were woven and dyed. They also were grateful to have the opportunity to see the weaving of garments from such a famous and worldwide label.

Welcome back to Avoca N.S. for 2019-20

Mary Cahill

I would like to take this opportunity to wish every pupil the best for the coming academic year. Best wishes to the 6th class who are starting out on their secondary school journey. We would like to welcome our new Junior Infants and hope that they will have a happy and fulfilling 8 years here at Avoca N.S.

Avoca N.S. Cake Sale

Mary Cahill

The 6th class at Avoca NS are holding a fundraising cake sale.They hope raise lots of money for Down Syndrome Ireland and for the Make A Wish Foundation. There will be lots of lovely cakes and a great raffle. It is open to the public from 12.30 p.m.onwards.Everybody welcome. This lovely cake will be on  a journey from Caitriona's house to the school in the morning.It will go home with one lucky shopper

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Funday Sunday

Mary Cahill

On May 17th the children and parents gathered to have an afternoon of fun at Avoca N.S. The rain obliged by staying away until the event had finished. Children enjoyed games such as Splat the Rat, Penalty Shoot Out, Walk the spuds into the bucket to name but a few. The tea tent was full of delicious goodies. Many thanks to all of the volunteers both parents and staff whose hard work ensured such an enjoyable and fun filled day for the children.  Many thanks to those who came to support the day, bought raffle tickets and joined in the activities. The day concluded with a monster raffle for many great prizes. I am grateful to all of the businesses that sponsored these great prizes. Many thanks to Cullen Contractors Ltd for sponsoring the event and to the Dainty Bakery Arklow for sponsoring goodies for our tea stall. The prize-winners list is attached. The total sum of €2300 was raised. Please take a minute to look at our ‘Wall of Fame’.

Avoca N.S goes a hunting for eggs.

Mary Cahill

The Junior Infants were extremely busy on the morning of the Easter Holidays. The white bunny slipped into the school unannounced and gave a note to the Principal. The Principal read the note but wasn’t quite sure if she was ‘seeing things’. She then brought the note to Ms Van Eesbeck in 6th class. Ms Van Eesbeck said that she would ask the 6th class to go on a hunt with the Junior Infants to see if what the Bunny had written was the truth. After a walk around the grounds, the children realised that the white bunny had been telling the truth all along. There was an Easter Egg for every Junior Infant.


Avoca Mens' Shed on a visit.

Mary Cahill

Avoca National School is grateful to the Vale of Avoca branch of the Men’s Shed for donating and making such a beautiful Friendship Bench for the school. We had a lovely handing over ceremony at the school on Thursday last. Both the children and staff are grateful to the members of the Men’s shed for the effort and time put into improving the quality of life at Avoca N.S.


Sixth class performing at the Arklow Music Festival

Mary Cahill

Ms Van Eesbeck’s 6th class have been very busy preparing an action poem for the Arklow Music Festival. Ms Van Eesbeck wrote the piece herself and it it called Happy Ever After The class performed the piece to an extremely high standard and were awarded second place in a competition where the placings were closely contested. The adjudicators were extremely impressed with Ms Van Eesbeck’s writing and the children’s performance . They did the school proud.

Fourth Class and the Stone Age

Mary Cahill

We have been busy learning about the Stone Age in 4th class.

1.We learned that there were 3 periods of the Stone Age: 1. Paleolithic, 2.Mesolithic and 3. Neolithic.

2. The Stone Age people used wooden and stone tools.

3. A modern man’s brain is three times bigger that the brain of an early Stone Age man.

4. Stone Age people did cave paintings. A discovery in Lascoux, France was made. Lots of cave paintings were discovered.

5.Stone Age children did not get to go to school.

6. Their clothes were made out of animal skins

7. They had to hunt for their own food.

8. Their houses were made out of wood, wattle and daub.

9.The Stone Age began in Ireland at Mount Sandel, Co. Derry.

The Stone Age people first lived along the coast and ate fish for survival.

Third Class are busy baking

Mary Cahill

Last Thursday our class made chocolate Rice Krispie buns. Everyone in the class took turns to make them and it was so much fun! 
Firstly, we melted some chocolate over a saucepan full of hot water. Next, we poured Rice Krispies into the bowl of melted chocolate. Then we took turns stirring the Rice Krispies so that they would be all covered in chocolate. After this, we used small spoons to scoop up the Rice Krispies and put them into the cupcake cases. We then let them set for 10-15 minutes. While they were left to set, we wrote out the procedure that we followed in our best handwriting. Finally, once they were ready, we each got to eat a Rice Krispie bun.  It was a lovely Thursday treat!:) 

Mid -Term Camp

Mary Cahill

Mid –Term Camp at Avoca  N.S.

A Mid –Term Camp will take place at Avoca NS on Thursday, 21st of and Friday 22nd of February. It will run from 8.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. Half –day options are also available. This camp is open to all students in the school. It will consist of indoor and outdoor sporting activities, arts and crafts. A nutritious meal and health snacks are also provided. It is being run by KidsInc- the people who provide the afterschool childcare. For more information or to book please phone Natalia on 086 1592141 or email See attached flyer for further details.

Kids Inc have  also included more flexible options in relation to the Sibling and Homework Clubs for the remainder of the year. See fee schedule below.


Fees Payable monthly


Sibling Club 2pm – 3pm

Monthly Fee

5 day-€138

4 day-€119

3 day-€95

2 day-€66

Homework Club 3pm – 4pm


4 day-€104

3 day-€80

2 day-€55










Third Class Projects (continued)

Mary Cahill

As you can see from these happy faces , the children have thoroughly enjoyed learning about Egypt. Well done !

Sixth Class at the B.T. Science Fair

Mary Cahill

R.D.S. Science Fair.

On Thursday, the 6th class, Ms Van Eesbeck, Ms Creaton, Ms Lawson and Siobhan set out before daybreak to the R.D.S. 6th class were very excited to be displaying their project entitled’ Antacids and their effectiveness’ at the BT Primary Science Fair. They all enjoyed the day which was a very busy one. They had lots of people visit their stand. Even the Minister for Housing , Eoghan Murphy called by. The children also enjoying visiting  theprojects at the other stands,  They were very impressed with what they saw, in particular the project from  St Mary’s, Arklow . The project featured in Friday’s Irish Times. Observations made by Ava Doyle and Roan O’Neill were included in the article ( c.f. link attached) Many thanks to Ms Van Eesbeck , Ms Creaton and Ms Lawson for their assistance with this project.