St. Oliver’s N.S. News


Everyone in St. Oliver’s N.S. has lots of fun as we learn in school.

Below you’ll find our blog with lots of pictures and news of what we have all been up to throughout the school year. Use the menu above to find our more information about our school and our school community.


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Juggling 101 with 3rd and 4th class


This January we had a very exciting time learning how to juggle in 3rd and 4th class. We started by making our very own juggling balls in a science lesson. We explored different materials and discovered that by combining rice and balloons, we could make our very own juggling balls.

Here are the steps to make them;

Step 1; Get a small plastic bag and fill it with about 3-5 tablespoons of rice.






Step 2; Twist the top part of the plastic bag and wrap it around itself to create a ball (be very careful and make sure there is no air trapped inside this)


Step 3 ; Next get three balloons and cut the necks off them.


Step 4; Push the bag of rice carefully into one of the balloons. You’ll need a friend to help you as it can be very tricky to do this on your own. There will be a small opening where you can see the bag of rice.


Step 5; Take your second balloon and use it to cover the opening that is showing. Now it will start to look like a juggling ball.


Step 6 ; Finally take your last balloon and place juggling ball into the balloon (We found that the more balloons you add the more durable they will be)


Step 7 ; Time to Juggle!


We each made two juggling balls and were shown the very basics of juggling by Ms. Higgins. You can see below how much fun we had both making them and learning how to juggle.

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Little Red Hen in Senior Infants

We have been looking at the story of The Little Red Hen in Senior Infants. We read the story and talked about the different characters including the little hen, the dog, the cat and the duck. Then we got the chance to dramatize the scenes from the story. Take a look at our photos. We really had so much fun.

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Catholic Schools Week 2016 & Religious Inspection

imageimageimageimageHuge Congratulations to all the teachers,  staff and pupils on a wonderful RE inspection today. Sr Elizabeth was extremely impressed by the children’s behaviour, presentation, knowledge and “outstanding” singing. She commented on the fabulous sacred spaces in each of the classrooms and the Foyer. Thank you to all those who brought in beautiful flowers- they made such a difference. Congrats  to all on your hard work!


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More Personal Bests for Aoife Representing St Oliver’s in the All Ireland- Irish Minor Schools Swimming Championships!

Congratulations to Aoife  McGoey who represented St Oliver’s  in the Irish Minor Schools Championships. She was fantastic in both of her swimming events over the weekend, achieving personal bests in both events.

  • Event # 1 Girls 50m Front crawl           Time 38.17 seconds, 13th place

(2.27 seconds better than time Aoife got in Leinster Schools (40.44seconds))

  • Event # 7 Girls 50m Back crawl         Time 46.13 seconds, 14th place

(0.48seconds better than time Aoife got in Leinster schools finals(46.61seconds))

We are delighted and very proud of Aoife -an amazing achiever! Well Done Aoife.

Thank you also to Aoife’s parents who were able to bring her along to represent herself and the school at these events.

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January Assembly Awards

2nd class presented a wonderful Assembly on Respect recently, where we were treated to a musical treat!

Some more of our great pupils were also given excellence awards.

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Designing and Making Electrical Buzzer Games

We have been very busy working as electrical engineers in 4th, 5th and 6th designing and making Electrical Buzzer Games inspired by the properties of 2D shapes.

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Look where we are? This was such an amazing experience at Leinster House!


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Low Energy Day

On Thursday 11th February our school will be holding our Green School ‘Day of Action’. As part of our work on the theme ‘Energy’ we must have a day of action, and we have decided to have a ‘Low Energy Day’! So that means no lights, no interactive whiteboards, no laptops, no energy! We hope it will show us how much we depend on energy and electricity, and that we should try our best to save energy. We will also be running a poster and slogan competition! We encourage everybody to try to save energy at home also.


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There are children who obviously have head lice who are not being treated appropriately i.e. not following the steps provided to help deal with the problem. The primary way we in school can help is by spreading the information on what to do and by alerting all parents there is an issue. All classes seem to be affected but it is becoming more obvious at this particular time in the senior classes 3rd/4th and also a serious case in 1st class had been reported. But all classes are and have been affected so all parents must check heads and treat accordingly.

This serious case of ongoing head lice in our school, is getting very frustrating and a welfare issue. We understand this is every parent’s nightmare and we are trying to help and support parents  by providing information to help you, to help us, get this situation under control. But this time it will take ALL families to check ALL children/adults in your household.

This note is for all parents of children in EVERY CLASS in our school!

My Kid Has Lice! What Do I Do Now? The school year means your kid will be confined in a classroom with other kids all day. That’s right – a breeding ground for lice! If your kid has never had lice, it can be difficult to pinpoint it and get rid of it. Here are the facts about lice that you need to know.

What Are Lice? Lice are six-legged parasites, about the size of sesame seeds, that live on the human head. Nits are the eggs that females glue onto individual hair strands near the scalp and they are even harder to spot. Head to head contact is usually required for lice to spread because they do not have the ability to jump or fly. However, lice are known to spread and reproduce quickly. They feed off the human head, so they cannot survive without one. But, they do survive submersion in water, so you can’t just have your kid take a shower to get rid of them.

Is it Preventable? All you can do is teach your kid how to avoid getting lice. Make sure they do not share hats or hairbrushes with anyone. Additionally, have them avoid direct contact with someone who has lice. Remember that lice are not dangerous, nor are they signs of a child’s poor hygiene.

How Can I Tell if My Kid Has it? Only 1 in 3 people who have lice experience itchiness. If they are experiencing itchiness, it will most likely be more severe behind the ears or at the back of the neck. In the bathroom, use a thin-toothed comb to comb through a strand of hair several times, inspecting the comb after each stroke. Check for movement or nits, which are transparent when empty or black when they have not yet hatched.

What Should I Do if My Kid Gets it?Parent’s first reaction when they find out their kid has head lice is panic. But, panic is not proactive. Here are the steps you should take immediately.

  1. Once you’ve confirmed your kid has lice, you should treat the problem with anti-lice shampoo, if you see live lice in their hair. If you find nits further than 1 cm from your kid’s scalp, they may have already hatched or do not contain lice in them, indicating that it may not be a live infestation.
  2. Each night, inspect your child’s hair and remove any lice or nits you find. Wash all of your child’s clothing and bed sheets in hot water. If you want to avoid washing everything, at least put them in the dryer for about 20 minutes to kill the lice. Also, make sure to vacuum the house to remove lice from the carpet or furniture.
  3. To clean items, clothing, bedding and carpeting that has been in contact with the infestation 24 hours to 48 hours before treatment began. Anything that cannot be washed, like toys, should be placed in a plastic bag for a few weeks to starve the lice.

Final Steps

If your kid has lice, then it’s a good idea to check everyone in the household, including yourself. If the lice doesn’t go away after treatment, you should visit your doctor because he or she may prescribe a stronger lice medicine. Children can usually return to school after they have been treated with a lice shampoo, even if they still have nits. But you should continue to search and pick out the nits at home.

The HAIRFORCE: This company has also been highly recommended by a very concerned parent and if your child keeps catching head lice – maybe you would consider this serious action!!!!!image

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The ceremony was a very enjoyable 30 mins of school for all at St Oliver’s on Friday morning 15th  Jan 2016 and  followed the protocol set out by the Defence Forces. All classes from JI-6th were assembled into the school hall for the memorable occasion. Staff members and parents made up the remainder of the school community present for the ceremony. The pupils were wonderfully prepared by their teachers and beautifully presented  by their parents. They were a credit to themselves, their school and their parents, conducting themselves in a extremely respectful manner. They were later complimented for their  outstanding behaviour throughout this honourable event and  were knowledgeable in their questioning and answering throughout the ceremony.

The 1916 Proclamation

The Proclamation, was read by our very own Sergeant Anthony O’Reilly originally from Carlingford and a past pupil of St Oliver’s N.S. and assisted by the oldest boy in the school, who was the nominated pupil for reading the following extract

“The Irish Republic is entitled to and hereby claims, the allegiance of every Irishman and Irishwoman. The Republic guarantees religious and civil liberty, equal rights and equal opportunities to all its citizens, and declares its resolve to pursue the happiness and prosperity of the whole nation and all of its parts, cherishing all the children of the nation equally, and oblivious of the differences carefully fostered by an alien government, which have divided a minority from the majority in the past.”

The National Flag

We had a Q&A session  on the flag followed by an explanation of the importance of Flag Protocols (care and custody) by Sergeant  Riccardo Lucchesi. 

Presentation of the Flag

Presentation of the Flag to an appointed personage- the youngest girl in our school. A very proud moment for the pupil, her parents and the school community, with this little girl accepting the flag with grace and a lovely loud “Go raibh maith agat”!

Information Pack and Presentation of the Proclamation

The DF Team also handed over an official copy of the Proclamation and  a pack which  includes a copy of Amhrán na bhFiann and a short informational item on the history/traditions and ethos of Óglaigh na hÉireann to the School Principal Ms. Eileen Mary Pike who accepted on behalf of St Oliver’s N.S.


The ceremony concluded with the whole school community present, singing Amhrán na bhFiann. A very sweet end to a beautiful ceremony.


We would like to thank all the children and teachers for their hard work in preparing for the event.


Well Done to all those present for their respect and dignity throughout the ceremony . Go raibh míle maith agaibh to SERGEANT RICCARDO LUCCHESI AND SERGEANT ANTHONY O’REILLY the Defence Force Representatives who led the ceremony with such ease and confidence.

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