Parents Thoughts on Primary Planet and News Flash Magazines

This year pupils in Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class received five copies of the Primary Planet (5th and 6th Class) or News Flash (2nd, 3rd and 4th Class) at the cost of €10. Parents paid for these magazined. We would like to know your thoughts on these magazines and if you would like your child to receive them again next year.

Below is a questionnaire for parents of the current 2nd to 5th class to complete. A hard copy was to go home on Wednesday 18th March but the school is now closed. It would be a great assistance to us in the school if you could e-mail your thoughts to the school, The most important question is would you like your child to get these magazines again next year and if so how many? A hard copy will be sent home when the school re-opens.



Contacting the School during the current Covid 19 Closure

There will be no postal deliveries to the school during the Covid 19 closure. You will not be able to leave a telephone message. If you need to contact the school, please e-mail, Please be advised that it may take a few days before you receive a reply, if a reply is necessary.

Children are reminded to practice Social Distancing. We hope you all keep safe and well.

Athletics Results from 11th March

48 pupils from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class participated in the Leitrim Sports Hall Indoor Athletics on Wednesday 11th March 2020. St Joseph’s N.S. Leitrim Village were placed first for 3rd/4th Girls and placed second for 3rd/4th Boys and 5th/6th  Boys. Congratulations and well done to all that participated. The next rounds, including the County Final, are postponed until further notice. 

Sub Committee Re Aldi €50,000 Prize

The Board of Management (BOM) would like to set up a Sub Committee, comprising of representatives from the BOM, Staff, Parents Association and parents regarding how to spend the fantastic €50,000 prize. The Sub Committee will advise the BOM on how best to spend this prize and will have at most 8 to 10 members.

If you have a particular skill or interest which may be of assistance regarding spending this prize, (e.g. architect, engineer, quantity surveyor, Sports Coach involved with local/ community teams, P.E. teacher etc) and if you are interested in becoming part of the Sub Committee please let the school know before 3 p.m. on Wednesday next 18th March. Please let us know when you would be available to attend meetings.

A letter regarding this will go home to all families today, Thursday 12th March.

School CLOSURE due to Covid 19

Please note that during the school closure due to Covid 19 there will be no postal deliveries to the school. You will not be able to leave a telephone message. If you need to contact the school please e-mail the school, Please be advised that it may take a number of days to receive a repy.

It is vital that all children parctice Social Distancing. We hope you all keep well and safe.

The school received official notification from the DES after 1 p.m on Thursday 12th March, that all schools are to CLOSE from 6 p.m. on Thursday 12th March up to and including 29th March 2020.

This short notice did not give teachers much time to plan and prepare work for pupils to complete over the next two weeks. Most teachers have sent home packs with pupils.

Below is some general advice on what you can do with your child over this school closure: –

1) Don’t worry about progression on new topics. The best thing you can do is take out their maths book and go over old topics. Especially tables!!! Pick a topic every few days and print out a few worksheets for them to do.  Revision is best here.

2) Join Mathlethics. This is a website packed full of maths games. Children can play against each other and work on all the skills that they will have already covered this year!!

3) Pick out the next 2 reading comprehensions in their English reader. Listen to them read. Get them to do the topics in a new copy for home. Have a read over it yourself when they’re done. Spend a week on each story.

4) Read, Read, Read. This is the best time for kids to read as much as they can. Pick a good book. Download a summery for yourself. Most books have book club type questions for each chapter online. Have a chat with the kids about the books.

5) If your children are older, there are some excellent websites for coding. I use scratch when coding with the kids. There’s loads and loads of tutorials online

6) Twinkl are offering a free month to parents. This website is incredible. It is full of printable for everything from pre schoolers upwards. You will find so much here

7) Pick a topic and get the kids to research and put together a project. This could be done the old fashioned way or using powerpoint or Prezi

8) Scoilnet Primary is another website with a wealth of worksheets and topics for researching.

9) Take 20 mins the night before to have stuff ready. Write the list out and let them at it. Don’t over load them. As a teacher the maths would be the most important in my eyes. They can catch up on the rest.  Keep them practicing their tables over and over!!!!

I hope you all find this helpful. We hope you all keep save and well over the next few weeks.

Covid 19 Update

School Principals reveived an updated letter form the Chief Medical Office on Covid 19 on 10th March. This letter, together with a DES circular and information relevant to education settings is available on the DES webiste at Any information and advice that is officially requested to be circulated to parents will be circulated.

Parents will be kept updated via e-mail and/ or text message. Please ensure the school your correct details.

Log onto:

for a child friendly interview with the Deputy Chief Medical Officer talking about Covid 19.

Also an information sheet form the DES on Talking to Children about Covid 19



Scríobh Leabhar

Congratulations to Grace Doyle, Shayne Moran, Sarah Kerr and Lashy Patrasco on winning a prize in the Scríobh Leabhar Competition. Pupils were presented with their awards at a ceremony in the Education Centre in Carrick-on-Shannon on Tuesday 10th March.


Every pupil in Third and Fourth Class the participated also got a prize for participating. First Class pupils also wrote books, as Gaeilge, but couldn’t participate in the competition this year as no other First Class in the area were participating.

Well done to everyone for participating.