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School ActivitiesWe run lots of events throughout the school year include Credit Union Quiz, Seachtain na Gaeilge, Easter Celebrations, Ceile Mhor – St. Patrick’s Day, Basketball marathon, Sports Day, Rugby Blitz, Class Outings, School History Tours, Celebrations of First Holy Communion and Confirmation, Graduation Ceremonies, Open day for parents, Samaritan Shoe Box Appeal, St Vincent de Paul Helping Hands, Discovery Primary Science Day, Nativity Plays, Christmas Party, Musicals, Hallelujah Chorus,Strings Project, Art Exhibition and Aquatics Programme.

We are joined every week by Muchtar from Portrane Hockey Club who runs Hockey skills classes for 3-6 classes.

Mark from St. Patricks GAA also runs GAA Skills training in the school for all classes.

See our School Brochure on home page for more information on Awards and Programmes.

School Strings Project

St. Patrick’s BNS through the setting up of a “Strings Project” aims to provide free violin lessons to every child from 3rd to 6th class.

The National Concert Hall sponsored an introductory programme and have helped us to put this programme in place. We were very greatful to Katie Wink, Learn & Explore Manager, The National Concert Hall (www.nch.ie) for all her support.

It was our pleasure to welcome Dorothy Conaghan to the school in January. Dorothy has visited school string projects in Texas, Atlanta Georgia, and Newark New Jersey, as a guest of the New Jersey Symphony outreach, and consults to many schools countrywide on behalf of the National Concert Hall Learn and Explore.

Dorothy conducted a workshop with our 6th class. The class thoroughly enjoyed the experience and Dorothy certainly inspired us all to make this programme happen. The school have had the pleasure to visit The National Concert Hall on many occasions, our last visit was in January for “Music in the Classroom”.

Thanks to our Grandparents, Parents, Staff, our local Credit Union, local businesses, a “Fairy Godmother”, and all our friends and supporters we raised enough funds to buy 30 violins. Our classes are now up and running on a weekly basis and run by Cliodhna Malone, Violin Teacher.

Our primary aim is to ensure that children learn to love music and acquire basic skills. This project is a serious undertaking for the school but with everyone’s support I am confident that we will achieve this wonderful goal.