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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.


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










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.

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.

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.



Junior Infants

Mary Cahill

Welcome to the Junior Infants who have joined us this September. They have settled in very well and we wish them a happy and fruitful eight years at Avoca National School. We also wish to extend a special welcome to their families.

Attendance Awards

Mary Cahill

Each year the school presents Attendance Awards. Last year 17 children achieved full attendance, seven children missed one day only and ten children were absent for only two days. Well done.

Christmas Cheer

Mary Cahill

The teachers have been working really hard with the students at Avoca N.S. marking the celebration of the forthcoming feast of Christmas. They have been producing beautiful art and practising cheery songs. The pupils are looking forward to performing their concerts on Thursday. All the children and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Happy and Peaceful Christmas.

Junior and Senior Infants Trip to Ovoca Manor

Mary Cahill

On December the 7th the Junior and Senior Infants went on a visit to Ovoca Manor. They were given a great welcome and made some lovely Christmas crafts while they were there. The children also saw Ovoca Manor's production of the Nativity play. Many thanks to Ovoca Manor personnel for the invitation and the warm welcome. The children really enjoyed the trip to Ovoca Manor.

Junior Infants at the Supermarket.

Mary Cahill

Ms Cullen's Junior Infants have been very busy learning about the supermarket during their ' Asitear ' time.  They enjoyed looking in to the food cupboard and making lists of the supplies that they needed to replace.  The boys and girls went to the supermarket looking for these items. They enjoyed going shopping and eating the food,  especially the bread. They loved the bread so much they decided to make their own bread. While making the bread, they learned all about measuring, weighing and the effect of heat on different. They really enjoyed their brown bread treat after all of their hard work.

Playball at Avoca N.S.

Mary Cahill

This  year the Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Classes are participating in playball classes. This is part of our Active School programme. Playball is noted for helping children to develop their fine and gross motor skills. Here are some pictures of the children having fun and getting some exercise in this morning's playball session.

Book Week

Mary Cahill


The school book week took place from the 23rd to the 27th of October. We had a visit from Robert Marsh, a published children’s author. Thanks to Ms Byrne for orgainising this visit. Dress Up Day took place on Thursday, 26th. The standard was extremely high and all of the costumes  truly deserved a prize. However, difficult decisions had to be made and the following emerged as winners from a very stiff competition; Ellen Kennedy, Joe Sinnott,Simon O’ Connor, Ben Kennedy, Maya Coyne,Bláithin Kavanagh, Ciaran Moore, Riain Christian,Abaigh Mableson,Nicole Kavanagh,Alannah Nic Craith,Aimee Fox,Conor Healy,Niamh McGeachan,Cead Hendley-Muller,Alan Byrne, Grace O’ Reilly and Aoibheann  Donnelly. Well done to the 6th class who orgainised a fantastic array of games and treats in the hall for all of the other classes. Games such as ‘Name the Skeleton, Shoot the Balloon and others ‘ went down a treat’.


Junior Infants and Literacy Lift Off

Mary Cahill

Ms Cullen's Junior Infants have been very busy learning all about the alphabet sounds. They also have been very busy making these letters and putting them together to make words.

Junior Infants at the Doctor's Surgery.

Mary Cahill

The Junior Infants have been very busy learning about the doctor's surgery. They have taken to the work of the surgery with lots of enthusiasm. There were many happy patients visiting the Junior Infant Doctor's Surgery.

Junior Infants at the Opticians.

Mary Cahill

This October, Junior Infants enjoyed playing in the role play corner. We set up an Opticians and learned lots of things about getting our eyes checked. We had a reception desk and waiting room. It was lots of fun trying on different glasses and paying using a credit card.  


Junior Infants

Mary Cahill

Ms Cullen's Junior Infants are busy settling into school. They are working very hard and Charlie Bear is helping them to get organinised for all of the activities that they do during the school day


Welcome to the Stars of 2017

Mary Cahill

Junior Infants 2017

The stars of 2017 joined us at Scoil N. Phádraig Naofa in Avoca on Thursday, 30th of August. Lots of enthusiastic children arrived into the Junior Infant classroom ready to take on the world! They played, chatted and worked together happpily until it was time to return home.We wish them the best of luck during their time with us.


Junior and Senior Infants on Tour

Mary Cahill

It was definitely a case of 'Rise and Shine in the Early Morning ' for the Junior and Senior Infants from Avoca National School. 48 enthusiastic children had gathered in the school yard by 8 a.m. to board the bus to a place called Imaginosity based in South County Dublin. The bus journey was alive with chatter. The children arrived at Imaginosity and proceeded to travel a journey based on pure imagination and joyful interaction with the myriad of play opportunities presented to them. After a very busy morning of play, the group rested and partook of lunch under the lovely sunny skies. It was time to board the bus to make our way home, but one other surprise awaited this group. On our way home the bus driver was kind enough to stop and let us play at the lovely children's park in Ashford. A great day was had by all the children. Thanks to Mrs McGrath and Ms Kinsella for organising this outing. Thanks to Ms Creaton and Ms Griffiths for accompanying us on the day. More pictures can be seen in the gallery.