Junior Infants School Tour to Glendeer Pet Farm followed by "Jump for Joy"

The Junior Infants had a fabulous school tour to Glendeer Pet Farm near Athlone. They traveled by bus to Glendeer Pet Farm. First they had a little snack to give them energy for their tour. Then they had a lovely walk around the farm where they got to meet parrots, emus, monkeys, goats, , rabbits, puppies, lizards, wallabies to name a few. Our tour guide for the day was Charlotte and she was really impressed with how well the Junior Infants listened to her when she was teaching them about the animals. During the tour, they had an opportunity to explore an old house that had lots of old household items in it. eg an old iron, stove, radio, butter churn, bicycle etc. After the tour, the children had some free time in the playground and then they were well ready for their lunch. After that, we got back on to the bus to continue our day out at “ Jump for Joy” an indoor playground. The children had a ball there.

Then it was back on the bus . Some children had a lovely sleep on the way home . Others sang and chatted. It was a wonderful day. Everybody was in great humour. Many thanks to Martin our bus driver who got us there and home safely. Also thank you to Karen, Hilary and Michaela for their help on the day. I hope the Junior Infants will remember their first school tour of Primary School.


The Green School Committee, Junior Infants and the chidren in Damien's classroom visited " Green Earth Organics" to learn all about organic farming from owner Kenneth Keavey

We had a wonderful outing to Green Earth Organics and thank you so much Kenneth Keavey for the very informative and educational tour. He brought us to the cold room, the shop , the poly tunnels and the fields. Kenneth showed them how to grow vegetables without using chemicals. It was great fun. The children even got the opportunity to pull up their own vegetables and bring some home. They had a great time rolling around in the fields at the end of the tour having some good “old fashioned fun” in the fresh air.

Thank you so much Kenneth!


New Sports Gear

Claregalway Educate Together were delighted to receive support for their sports teams recently. 
Costello Bus Hire Ltd and Raftery’s Centra kindly sponsored a set of gear bags for the school’s hurling, camogie, volleyball and soccer teams. We wish to acknowledge these local businesses and look forward to continued cooperation with them in the community of Claregalway in the coming years. Here’s to lots more enjoyable sporting school events! Scoil Oideachas Le Chéile Bhaile Chláir abú!


CETNS got involved in the April National Spring Clean

Every year, the staff and children love to get involved in the April National Spring Clean. We always pick litter all around the Abbey, the Abbey car park, Cloonbiggen Rd,. and our school grounds.

The children really look forward to this event and love using the gardening gloves and litter pickers. Thank you to Caitriona Cunningham for sharing her high viz vests, litter pickers and gloves with us.

St Patrick's Day Celebrations

A big thank you to all the students and families that turned out today to represent the school at the Claregalway St Patrick’s festivities. Here are two videos Terri took earlier. A big thanks to Daniel, Niamh and Siobhán for all their work getting it all together for today’s performance.

Exciting News

Yesterday we received our architect’s impression of our new build by ABM Design and Build. Progress on the site opposite the Community Centre is being made rapidly. We have been given a best case scenario of moving in to our new purpose built school at the end of October 2019 during the Mid-Term. What an exciting time.  The space will be so welcome. Thank you to all in the school community who believed in us from when we started out with 29 pupils here on Cloonbiggen Road. Our vision hasn’t changed and has survived so many obstacles- Planning Permission for Additional classrooms, working in less than adequate premises but still having high standards, hosting events without a gym, hosting Activity Week each year thanks to our creative parents, providing sports without a pitch or gym and always borrowing or bussing to venues….. It has been challenging but we are so near the permanent premises with all it will afford us. We look forward to the busy months ahead. Thank you again for your patience and your support.