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Filtering by Category: 6th Class

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.


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.

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










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.

Christmas Concert 2018

Mary Cahill

Avoca N.S was full of Christmas cheer during the month of December. Children and teachers were busy preparing for the annual Christmas concert. We had to put on two performances to accommodate the crowds of people who wanted to come and see us. We stated off with a prayer service and then' Ava and Donnacha introduced the Junior Infants who sang two songs: ‘Rocking Around the Christmas Tree’ and ‘Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer’. Next came the Senior Infants who sang’ Here come the presents’ and ‘Baa Baa Bananas’. First Class wanted to wish everybody ‘ A Merry Christmas’ and also requested an elephant off Santa for Christmas. Second class sang ‘We Beseech Thee’ and gave us a great rendition of ‘Shotgun- Santa Style’. Third and Fourth classes joined forces to give us a great rendition of’ The Grinch’, ‘It’s Christmas Time’ and ‘ A Sky Full of Stars’. Fifth gave us a lovely recital of’ When a Child is Born’ and ‘ It’s a Wonderful Time’. 6th class sang ‘She’s the One’ and gave us a lively delivery of their memories of Avoca School. This was followed by the choir who sang O Holy Night in addition other carols. They rounded off what was a great show with their beautiful singing. Well done to all involved for putting on a great show. There are excerpts from the Choir and 6th class performance available on this website. Other classes will be uploaded over the coming weeks as videos become available.

Avoca N.S. at the Athletics

Mary Cahill

24 children from Avoca N.S, competed at the Wicklow Invitational Schools event in Avondale on Tuesday, 20th of November. Our school was represented by Helen, Niamh,Casey Maya, Prince,Lucas, Sean O’ N, Ryan D,Aimee F,Aimee W, Rebecca, Irene, Rocco, Liam Jack, Michael, Ryan, Josh, Conor, Jack,Keeva, Carrie, Eve and Rebecca N. They had a fantastic day and competed well in their respective races. Well done to Helen who came first in her race.

World Champions in Avoca

Mary Cahill

The learning community at Avoca National School would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Paddy (6th class ) on becoming a World Champion in Kickboxing . This World Championship was held at City West at the end of October. Paddy fought off stiff opposition from the Canadians to earn a gold medal and a World Champion Title. Paddy’s dedication to his sport has certainly paid off. Well done, Paddy. Paddy also took a silver in the points fighting contest of the Kickboxing competition.


Boxing News

Mary Cahill

Donnacha from 6th class was chosen to represent Arklow Boxing Club at an international event at the Wildcard Boxing Club in Manchester. His opponent was a boy called Mike Duffy.It was a tough fight which went to three rounds. Donnacha represented his club and school well. He thought that it was a fantastic experience. He brought in his trophy and showed it to the entire school at Monday’s assembly.


Cool Dudes Cookery Course

Mary Cahill

6th class are taking part in a 6 week practical cookery course. This a ‘hands on’ course. Last week they made smoothies. This week they made soup and scones. We would like to thank Ann and Hillary from the HSE team for introducing and conducting this course with us

Maths Week at Avoca N.S

Mary Cahill

Maths Week at Avoca N.S. took place from the 15th to the 19th of October inclusive. The school was a hive of activity. Children were seen huddled in groups having passionate debates about solutions to Maths problems which kept ‘cropping up’ in various places around the school environment. Following these hot debates, children put their answers into the solution boxes. At the end of the day, all correct answers were entered into a draw. The lucky winner received a lovely prize. 3rd to 6th took part in a Maths Treasure Trail. They all worked extremely well trying to unearth the clues as they looked for Maths in the school environment. Many thanks to Ms Creaton for organising the activities for this week.

6th class visit to Avoca Mills

Mary Cahill

6th class accompanied by Ms Van Eesbeck and Siobhan went to visit the original Avoca Mills located at the bottom of the visit. They had a very enjoyable and informative field trip. They met the staff who worked in the weaving section and were shown many examples of fine woollen goods which are woven on site at this mill. 6th class were also gifted some lovely pieces of yarn which will be used during Art and Craft activities in school. Avoca National School are extremely thankful to Avoca Mills for hosting this enjoyable and informative visit.

End of Month Treat

Mary Cahill

6th class were very busy organising the first ‘End of Month Treat’ of this academic year. They decided to organise and hold ‘A Best Buddy ‘ Competition for the 1st to 6th class children. Roan O’ Neill and Kian Fluskey emerged as overall winners. They treated the Junior and Senior Infants to an novelty Obstacle Course where everyone was a winner!

U9's Fundraising Event

Mary Cahill

The St Pat’s U9 Soccer Team had great fun participating in a Hell and Back Event at Kilruddery Estate on Sunday 30th of September. They told great stories about their adventures at this morning’s Assembly. Many thanks to the following who participated in this event:  Ceitinn Cardiff, Jayden Doyle, Ryan Doyle, Ruairi Fleming, Kyle Fluskey, Darragh Harper, Conor Healy, Evin Kinsella, Thomas Nolan,James O’ Keeffe, Sean O Neill, Sean Og O Neill, Lucas Reid and to Melissa Fluskey, Paul  O’ Keeffe and Nicola Fleming for their input into this project. Well done to these boys and their mentors for using their own initiative to organise this project. I would be grateful if you could return the sponsorship cards by the end of this week please.



Science Tour to C.B.S- Arklow

Mary Cahill

The 6th class accompanied by Ms Van Eesbeck and Siobhan took part in a 2 hour Science Module at the Christian Brothers Secondary School in Arklow. The class got an opportunity to dissect animal parts and also got to carry out experiments on the effect of heat on Materials.Many thanks to the C.B.S for hosting this.

Pop Up Shop Shop

Mary Cahill

Pop Up Shop.

Avoca National School will be holding a Pop Up Shop at the school on Thursday, April 12th, 2018. This event will start at 7.p.m. and finish at New and nearly new clothes, shoes and bags for ladies will be on offer at the knockdown price of €5 euro per item. This is an excellent opportunity to rejuvenate your wardrobe for next to nothing. There are also some lovely pieces of jewellery for sale on the night. Maureen, the proprietor of ' Maureen's Accessories' in Gorey will give a demonstration on how to accessorize outfits for special occasions. This demonstration will take place at 8.p.m.

Entry for this event is €5  and this includes a free glass of Prosecco and complimentary raffle tickets. If you are looking for a night out with the girls that won't cost the earth, please drop in to see us. This event is being run to raise funds for an all-weather playing surface at Avoca National School. Your support in helping us to provide a better playing space for our young children would really be appreciated.


Boy's Football Blitz

Mary Cahill

Well done to the boys from 5th and 6th classes who emerged as winners of the ‘B’ Final of the Blitz held in Ballinakill on Friday last.  Well done to the following; Donnacha, Cormac, Josh, Jack Jake, Paddy, Kian,  Joe, Lee, Niall, Noel, Jack, Adam and Liam.  Many thanks to Ms Corcoran and Martin Kenny for their great work with this team

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We are Writers

Mary Cahill


We are very proud of our 'We are Writers' publication. Every child from 1st class to 6th have contributed to this publication.It is an achievement to have produced a piece of published work in primary school. There is a huge variety of short stories and poems contained in this publication.


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Football Blitz

Mary Cahill

Our school football team took part in the semi-finals of the County Blitz in Ballinakill yesterday. They won 2 out of the three games that they played. They now advance to the County Finals at the end of February. Well done to the following; Donnacha, Cormac, Josh, Jack Jake and Paddy (front row).

Back row- Kyle, Joe, Lee, Niall, Noel, Jack, Adam and Liam. Thanks to Ms. Corcoran and Martin Kenny for working with the team.



Avoca N.S. at the Gorey Credit Union Quiz.

Mary Cahill

On Friday the 26th of January, two Avoca  teams went to the Gorey Credit Union Quiz. There was a huge turnout on the night with over fifty teams taking part.

The U11 team of Conor Burke, Donnacha Murphy, Conor Christian and Keeva Kelly came joint 4th. The U13 team of Joe Sinnott, Fiona Daly, Brian O' Hara and Liam Murphy came 2nd. Both teams had done lots of practice all through the week with Ms. Corcoran. The U13 team are now through to the next round which will be held in Wexford. On the night there were 10 rounds with 6 questions in each round for the U11's and 12 rounds of 6 questions for the U13's. A single point was all that separated the winning team and our U13's, the runners up. Well done to both teams for such a great effort. Thank you to all the parents for coming to support on the night.