School Calendar


Welcome to Ms. Cawley’s class!

A huge welcome back to Ms. Cawley and her new first-class pupils. We are a class of 24 pupils in a busy classroom. We are settling into our new surroundings nicely and getting used to the longer school day.  We have an exciting year ahead full of challenges and learning including the ukulele and the tin whistle. We are also excited to begin our swimming lessons. We intend to work together as a team to make this the most enjoyable school year it can be. ‘Téimid le chéile’


First Class started the Accelerated Reading Programme this month and we are enjoying testing ourselves on the laptops and making good progress with our reading comprehension.  We also did lovely shared reading with Mrs. O’Meara’s Junior Infants to showcase our reading skills.  

We also continued to work hard on the Stay Safe Programme with lots of pair work and whole class discussions. We even burst into a spontaneous waltz whilst listening to the safe and unsafe pieces of music.

As usual this creative bunch have made some beautiful pieces of art based on the unpredictable weather we’ve been having in April. We explored how to use the resistance of oil pastels combined with blow painting to design ‘Spring Shower Umbrellas’. Then we carried on the same theme to create ‘Rainbow Suncatchers’. Both mixed media approaches created striking and colourful finished pieces.   


First class have had so much spórt agus spraoi in the run up to Lá Fhéile Pádraig. We’ve danced and sang our hearts out with a little bit of bingo and art thrown into the mix. 

We have also continued to work extremely hard on ‘Our Class Book’ stories and illustrations. It has been posted away and we cannot wait to see the finished product and become published authors! 

Finishing up this month’s Maths work we’re focusing our efforts on weight and the kilogram. As one of my class said today ‘time flies when you’re having fun!’ and this was very true while working with balance scales.


Although February is a short month, we have packed quite a lot of learning and some fun into the few weeks. Firstly, we prepared for Grandparents Day. We had a fantastic turnout of visitors and we gave them a very warm welcome and some small tasks to complete.

This was swiftly followed by Máirt na hInide/Pancake Tuesday, Valentine’s Day doubling as Ash Wednesday and straight on into making our Lenten promises.

We also started learning fractions this month beginning with half and continued our work on recycling with a trip down the road to the recycling area.


Happy New Year to you all! We made a musical start to the new year learning the song ‘Auld Lang Syne’.

We also continued to work on our first project on ‘Our Solar System and
Galaxy’. We worked so hard and learned so much. We even had a table quiz to finish it all off which was so much fun (and competitive). The projects are so impressive that we decided we had to share our amazing work which is now on display in the school corridor.
GAA football training has also started which we are really enjoying, even  indoors we can work on our strength and conditioning.

We’re also continuing to develop our numeracy skills with some hands-on practise with the clocks learning about half past the hour.



December started off with an amazing performance of our Christmas Play ‘A Christmas Quarrel’. From flawless narration, a very quick Nativity, Tom Smith inventing the Christmas cracker, the Norse people inventing the yule log to the elves and Santa sorting out their quarrel, first class stole the show! I couldn’t be any prouder of the enormous effort they all put in.
Our Christmas jumper day was also a huge success made all the more enjoyable by our annual festive walk to Huntington Castle.

It wasn’t all play and no work however as first class began work on their first project on ‘Our Solar System’. Asking curious questions and finding the answers has never been so enthusiastic.

We also had a friendly visit from An Garda Síochána to get us even more into the party mood.

Merry Christmas everyone and we wish you a happy and healthy 2024.


November just flew by so quickly in Ms. Cawley’s First Class as we worked hard every day to prepare for our Christmas play.

We have been making great progress playing our ukulelesand now we are practicing songs.

Swimming lessons finished up this month and everyonemade huge progress  with their swimming skills. We also worked on our basketball skills; passing, dribbling and shooting.

The Late Late Toy show also featured in our reading this month coinciding with the real show. There were treats and Christmas jumpers for all!


We have continued to work hard throughout the month of October learning about 2D shapes, making them using our bodies was especially fun and making magnificent monsters with clay was great fun also.

Maths Week kept us busy solving two problems every day and Sixth class helped us to create some fabulous ‘Shapenstein’ monsters.

We wrapped up the half term with a very spooky Halloween walk to Huntington Castle and an extremely messy experiment making spooky slime. A
well-deserved break was earned by us all!


It has been an extremely busy September for Ms. Cawley’s First class back in Clonegal. We have had a very musical start to the school year tackling the tin whistle to begin with and following on with the ukulele. We are learning so much musical theory and impressing the whole school with our talents.

We have also done some amazing art work, with more ‘in progress’, focusing on colour mixing theory and painting skills. We also started swimming lessons this term amounting to an action-packed first month.