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First Class News

Mary Cahill

Here are some pictures of our movie day. Everybody got to bring in their favourite teddy and blanket. We had a party and watched the movie 'Hop.'

Please have a look at our lovely swans and ski slope.

Today we got a very special delivery of 5 caterpillars. we are going to watch them for the next few weeks as they transform into amazing butterflies. More pics to follow

First Class Maths

Mary Cahill

Here we are learning about tens and units. The children are grouping lollipop sticks into bundles of tens and units.

First Class Pattern Making

Mary Cahill

First class were learning about shapes and patterns. We explored how to make a pattern using two colours. We made patterns using 3 shapes. Some groups even made patterns with shapes and colours.

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.


Senior Infant Science Experiment.

Mary Cahill

The children learned all about parts of plants, the life cycle of an apple tree and participated in a Science experiment. We put lemon juice on one apple and left the other one without anything. The children observed this for the day and concluded that the lemon juice prevented the flesh of the apple from going brown. 


School Closure

Mary Cahill

In line with the Red Alert warnings that have been issued, Avoca National School will not be open tomorrow ( Thursday ) and  Friday. Further updates relating to the Enrolment Mass, the Arklow Festival Choir Competition and the Credit Union Quiz will be circulated on Saturday.

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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Second Class visit China !

Mary Cahill

Ms Byrne's 2nd class have been very busy learning about China. They have worked hard making eye-catching presentations relating to the facts that they have been learning. Ms Byrne's class have enjoyed doing these projects.

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.



Senior Infants- Aistear Theme; The Estate Agents

Mary Cahill

Our Aistear theme 'The Estate Agents' was incorporated into many subject areas. In our Maths lessons we focused on Data. We sorted houses into categories, recorded the amounts and represented them on our  pictograms. We then discussed our findings and identified the most,the least, how many more and how many less. In order to develop our vocabulary on this theme we identified specific objects relevant to each room of a house. We used catalogues to find specific furniture and appliances. Afterwards, we cut and pasted the pictures into the appropriate rooms on our house plans. Our English lessons involved writing up leaflets advertising different types of houses. This month Senior Infants have been learning about different types of homes and dwellings. During Aistear one of our stations involved making a dwelling from junk art. During this activity, we have learned that there are many different types of homes for example bungalows, detached houses, semi-detached houses and apartments. Senior Infants named their street 'Lucky Street'

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. 

Avoca National School Open Afternoon on February, 3rd from 2-4.p.m.

Mary Cahill

Avoca National School will be holding an Open Afternoon on Saturday, 3rd of February from 2 to 4 p.m. Avoca is a co-educational school, serving a rural community. The school is presently operating single stream classes while retaining the small country school atmosphere. The school has an excellent choir with participants from Third Class upwards. Sport also features significantly in the day to day programme at Avoca National School. This school offers a varied and comprehensive list of after-school activities such as football, tin-whistle and French. The school also offers a coding module to all children from Second to Sixth classes.

If your child is ready to start primary school in September 2018 or if you are moving to our local area in the near future, we are more than happy to show you around our fantastic school at a time that suits you.  I'm sure you will be pleasantly surprised with what we can offer your child. All are welcome to come and join us for this open afternoon. Should you have any further queries, please email the school office at

Third Class visit Egypt.

Mary Cahill

Ms Creaton's Third Class have been very busy doing projects on Egypt. Here is an account of their work written by Aimee Fox.

"Everyone did their project in a different way. For example, some people made their project in book form, others made pyramids and others used large sheets of chart paper. Here are some of the facts that I learned...

Fact I- Tutenkhamun is the world's best known Pharoh. He ruled Egypt from the age of nine to eighteen. His death was a mystery.

Fact 2 -The slaves who helped build the pyramids were poor. The pyramids had mazes and the slaves knew their way around the mazes. They tried to use this knowledge when they went in to rob the tombs.

Fact 3- Make up was important to both men and women. They wore heavy kohl on their eyes and covered their faces with creams and oils.

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.

The 'A Talent' Show

Mary Cahill

On December the 8th the children of Avoca N.S. came out in force to witness the battle of the 'A' Talent. The preliminary audition stages had been taking part previous to this date and the finalists from each room had emerged as worthy contenders for the ' A Talent' finals. The finals which were organised, compéred and judged by Ms Van Eesbeck's 6th class were a resounding success. The depth of talent on display was astounding and it was extremely hard to pick a winner as all of the performances were super. Thanks very much to the 6th class for putting on such a well-organised event. Congratulations to all of the winners.

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.

Senior Infants at the Café

Mary Cahill

Ms O' Neill's Senior Infants have been very busy working in the Café during 'Aistear' time. They have been busy putting menus together and making sandwiches for the customers. There was a great variety of sandwiches on offer from jam to chocolate spread. The customers were very pleased with the tasty sandwiches prepared by Senior Infants. The Café is very busy as it is coming up towards the Christmas holidays

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.