Ss. Peter and Paul's PrimarySchool, Kickham St. Clonmel, Co. Tipperary       Tel  052 6121964      Fax   052 6180280


















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Ss. Peter and Paul's Primary School



Congratulations to our U13 football team who won the County Final. We are very proud of the boys' success. Well done also to Mr. Ring and Mr. Larkin who train the boys.

Our debating team defeated Rathgormack N.S. in their first debate this year. Well done to Owen, Paul and Arek. Thanks to Mr. Chris Ryan who prepared the team. Thanks also to Arnav, who chaired the debate, to Joey, the timekeeper, as well as those pupils who researched the topic.

New Winter activities like debating, Lego Club, and Book Club are now up and running.

Congratulations to Killian on winning gold in the Schools Munster swimming Gala.

Well done to all our pupils who participated in the Cross Country running in Thurles recently.

National Swimming Championships:

Congratulations to Killian in 5th class who represented the school at the National Swimming Championships. Kilian came fourth in the 50m Breaststroke competition.

Rockwell Scholarships:

Congratulations to 6th class pupil Kamil on winning a scholarship to Rockwell in the Rockwell Scholarship Exams recently

Important Dates:

Communion         Saturday May 19th.

Confirmation       Thursday March 22nd

School Attendance:

We are delighted to report that our average school attendance is approaching 94%. With a little effort we could manage to improve on that.

Santa Visit:

The great man arrived to the school complete with Rudolf and sleigh. Each class were given time to chat with Santa and each class received a gift.

Homework Club Outing:

Homework Club takes place on three afternoons. The participating pupils had a lovely meal in Mai's Restaurant in Market Place.


Thanks to the generosity of parents we now have a supply of iPads for use by the pupils.

Senior Band:

The Senior Band will be out on the streets over the next two weeks raising money for two charities namely St. Vincent de Paul and Cáirde go Deo.

Junior Band Concert:

The concert will take place on Wednesday 13th December at 2:00p.m.

Junior Infant Concert:

Junior Infants will perform for parents and friends in the School Hall on Tuesday Dec. 22nd

Christmas Decorations:

Thank you to the parents who put up the crib and decorations last weekend. The school looks lovely and there is a festive atmosphere. Pupils and staff appreciate all the hard work put in by the parents.

Thank you to everyone who supported the school with our First Goal fundraiser. We are now in a position to purchase ipads for school use.

National Schools Swimming Gala:

Conratulations to Killian on reaching the national finals in the New Year.

Munster Schools Swimming Gala:

We would like to wish Killian Whelan, Cormac Lynch, Tadhg Quinn and Killian Owens the best of luck as they represent our school in the Munster Schools Swimming Gala in Mallow on Saturday 28th October.

Marlfield Cross Country Running:

We will be represented at the Cross Country Running event in Marlfield on Wednesday 25th October. Best of luck to our runners

Grandparent's Day:  We had an excellent turnout for our first grandparent's Day. Grandparents visited classrooms and were entertained by the boys. Lots of questions were asked and answered and comparisons made between school now and half a century ago. Grandparents were treated to a cup of tea and cake in the hall. This was a very enjoyable experience for the boys, their grandparents and the staff and will be repeated in future years.

Our Confirmation boys enjoyed a glorious weekend of sunshine celebrating their special day with family and friends. The boys participated in all aspects of the ceremony and this is a day they will remember for the rest of their lives. Many thanks to Ms. Kearney for preparing the boys for the Sacrament.

Our U11's and U13's have been training in the hall and using our hurling wall for a number of weeks. Thanks to all the teachers involved in the lunch time training.

Our Art Exhibition takes place on Wednesday, April 5th in the school hall. Each pupil will have a framed piece of artwork on show. Some competitions have been organised for children and visitors.

Cór Fheile for our Senior Band takes place on Tuesday April 4th. The boys will leave at 09:00 for a tour of U.C.C. This will be followed by some busking. After lunch the boys will go to the cinema to relax before their big performance in City Hall.

We will hold a Grandparents' Day on Friday April 28th. Grandparents will have a chance to visit their grandchild in their classroom and light refreshments will be provided in the hall afterwards,

Our 6th class boys have their Confirmation Retreat in Glencomeragh on March 2nd. This is always a special day for the boys when they have the opportunity to reflect on their life's journey.

We congratulate our 6th class pupil Cathal on winning the Rockwell Scholarship. Well done to the many other 6th class pupils who scored very highly on the day and to Mrs. Kearney for preparing them for the exam.

Our second class boys have their First Penance on Wednesday March 8th. These boys have been attending their monthly masses in preparation for First Communion. The First Penance ceremony is a very meaningful ceremony, always much enjoyed by the families.

Anti-Bullying  Week takes place from Feb. 27th to Mar.3rd. All classes will engage in age-appropriate activities to raise awareness of bullying and its negative impact on pupils' wellbeing.

World Book Day is on March 2nd.Our theme this year is "Never judge a Book by its Cover". The boys will be encouraged to read a book they would not normally choose and review it afterwards.

Spring activities have resumed with hurling taking centre stage. Both U11's and U13's are busy training at lunchtimes. Mrs. Tobin has introduced yoga classes for Senior Infants and 3rd Class and we hope to have line dancing for all classes after Easter.

Our Senior Band will perform in City Hall, Cork on April 4th. A tour of U.C.C. will be included in this trip. Parents are welcome to attend the performance in City Hall.

Seachtain na Gaeilge takes place in the run up to St. Patrick's Day. Lots of fun  activities trí gaeilge are planned. Our annual giant ceilí takes place on Thursday 16th March. Boys can wear their Irish colours.

We will hold an Art Exhibition in the school hall on April 5th. Every pupil will produce a piece of art which will be framed and displayed. Parents and families are welcome to attend. The pieces will be available to purchase if you wish.

Our Infants-2nd class pupils have after school fitness club. This is the Junior Infants first opportunity to take part in an after school activity. Classes are now fully booked but there will be an opportunity to enrol for the new term after Easter. Please note that parents are not permitted to drive into the yard to collect pupils after the club.

Choir, band, guitar and chess classes resume for 3rd-6th class students. 2nd class Spikeball continues each week.

Our Communion and Confirmation preparations are well underway. The First Communion boys have a "Do this in Memory of Me" Mass scheduled for each month. Their Sacrament of Penance will take place later this term. Our Confirmation boys have their Commitment Ceremony of Light coming up on Feb. 16th, with Confirmation Day on Fri. March 24th. Please note that all pupils presenting for Communion and Confirmation must produce a copy of their Baptismal Cert. This can take some time to organise, particularly for those born abroad. We advise parents to locate these asap and send them in to the class teacher.

On Tuesday Jan 17th Leanne from Nore Valley Farm delivered some eggs in an incubator. We are counting down the days until the chicks hatch. Ms. Cooney's boys are keeping us posted and all pupils will get a chance to see the chicks when they arrive.

Our debating team took part in their first two debates recently. Well done to Cathal Brennan, Alan Quigley and Lorcan Daly who were our speakers. Unfortunately the boys were not successful this time but they amazed us all with their progress between the two events. Many thanks to Chris Ryan for all his work with the team. We hope to have a debating competition in all our senior classes next term.

Congrats to our 6th class soccer team who won their 1st round tournament in Cahir on Jan. 18th. The boys have progressed to the next round on Thurs. Jan 26th. We wish the team and their coaches Mr. Ring and Mr. Larkin all the best.

Our Junior Infant places for 2017/2018 are filling up quickly so if you are aware of any child who plans to attend here please advise them to send in their enrolment forms to the school office without delay.

The teachers will attend training after school on Mon. Jan 30th on developing comprehension skills. For the rest of this term there will be a major focus on comprehension in all classes. You can help develop your child's comprehension skills by encouraging him to predict what might happen next when you are reading together. Older pupils could explain the reasons for their prediction. Children love to compare their predictions with yours and this also helps to develop their oral language.

Problem solving is our focus in Maths this term. We find that some pupils have difficulty translating written problems into mathematical terms and we aim to improve this important skill.
The lighting in all our classrooms and corridors is currently being replaced. As you can imagine this is a very expensive job and we are grateful to our Board of Management for continually working to improve our facilities.

Seasons greetings to all our pupils, teachers,parents and school community.

Carol Service:

Our annual carol service was held in the School hall. The band played, pupils sang and the Christmas tory was retold. We were delighted to welcome back retired staff members.

Junior Infant Concert:

Well done to all our young Junior Infants who performed for the school pupils and for their parents.

Band on the Street:

Our school band have once again taken to the streets to raise funds for charity. This is an annual event. We are grateful to the people of Clonmel for their generous support for two very deserving charities - St. Vincent de Paul and Cairde go Deo.

Liam McCarthy visited the school today in the company of Ciarán Barrettt and John O Keeffe. Blue and gold flags and bunting adorned the school as past pupil Ciarán and John brought both the senior and minor cup to the school. Speeche were made, Sliabh na mBan sung and photographs were taken. Hopefully this visit will encourage our young players to aim to emulate the sporting achievements of both Ciarán and Many thanks to all who supported our fundraiser at the beginning of term. It was a great success and will help with the purchase of furniture for our outdoor classroom and new sports equipment. Congratulations to Cillian Fahey who sold the winning ticket and to his mum Vicky who was the holder of ticket 41:41.

A meeting for Junior Infant parents takes place in Room 6 on Tues. 27th and Room 2 on Wed. 28th. These meetings are very important as the teacher will be outlining the programme for .the year ahead and explaining how the boys develop their literacy and numeracy skills.

We will hold a bookfair in the school library on Thurs/Fri Oct. 27th/28th. The books will be supplied by Khan’s Bookshop in Kilkenny. A wide range of books suitable for all our pupils will be available. There will be books for all budgets with most books priced between €1 and €5.
Parent/Teacher meetings for Senior Infants to 6th class take place on Thurs. Nov. 24th. Your child’s teacher will arrange an appointment for you.
School photos will be taken on Wednesday Nov. 9th. All pupils need to be in uniform on the day for class photos. There is absolutely no pressure on parents to purchase the photos. However many of the packs are very good value and the photos can make ideal Christmas presents for grandparents.
A meeting for parents of boys making their First Communion in May will be held in the school hall on Thurs Oct 13th.

Our U11 and U13 footballers are busy training at lunchtimes with Mr. Ring, Mr. Larkin, Mr. Ryan and Mr. Kearney. It’s great to see so many pupils involved. The U13s were successful in their first match. We are still awaiting dates for the U11 blitz days.
Our athletes are also training hard at breaktime each day with Ms. Kearney. Their first big event takes place in Thurles on Wed. Sept 28th with over 3000 athletes involved. We wish Ms. Kearney and her teams all the best on the day.

Our School Band is back in action with rehearsals each Tuesday. The new Junior Band members have commenced their music reading and recorder programme on Wednesday evenings.
We are extending our ukulele programme to both 4th and 5th classes this year. Our current 5th class boys made excellent progress last year and were keen to further develop their skills. The 4th class boys have just started and we look forward to a great concert later in the year with almost 80 boys in our ukulele orchestra.
The Food Dudes programme will be rolled out over the next 4 weeks. The programme aims to encourage pupils to eat more fruit and vegetables. The boys will be provided with a small pack of fruit and vegetables each day. They are encouraged to taste and are rewarded with stickers and other prizes. At the end of the programme all pupils are provided with a lunchbox and encouraged to eat more fruit and veg as part of their lunches.
We remind all parents using the Shamrock Hill entrance to be mindful of residents in the area and to avoid blocking entrances. Parents are also advised to drive very slowly in this area