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HPS Flag Raising Ceremony

We were recently  informed that the Health Promotion School (HPS) Flag would be presented to our school for our long term commitment and efforts to address the health and well-being of our whole school community. 

Our school has registered annually over the last four years and have submitted HPS Journals, all highlighting our HPS journey and process.

Thus, having been formally recognised once before, the HSE felt that we are now entitled to have the new National Healthy Ireland-HSE Health Promoting School Flag flying proudly above our school !  This is a wonderful achievement for our school community.  This ceremony took place on September 30th 2016,  and it was, indeed, a wonderful day of celebration!!


The Health Promotion Team was led by 2nd Class teacher,  Margaret Ryan, who worked tirelessly to ensure that the school fulfilled all the criteria to become a Health Promoting School. Great credit must go to Margaret for her continued enthusiasm over the past number of years. The HPS Committee was previously led with enthusiasm, by Senior Infant teacher, Naomi O’Donovan, when we first became a Health Promoting school, some years ago.

Three of our former staff members, Helen Fox and AnneMarie Barry and Sineád Ní Loingsigh played a big part in helping to achieve that status and  current members in clude  staff Patricia Kelly, Mary Sheahan, Regina Landy, Naig Boland and Kathleen Tuohy. The Parents’ Association have also played a big part in helping to achieve the HPS Flag and their help was acknowledged by Mr. Nolan today. Special thanks was given to parent, Marianne Cotter for all her help with the garden, over the past few months. 

Our three special guests on the day were Paralympic hero, Niamh McCarthy, Ms. Eileen Hara from the HPS, and local T.D. and Finance Spokesperson, Mr. Michael McGrath T.D.   Junior and Senior Infants and the Language Class  formed a guard of honour at the front door of the school and all three guests were then led into the Halla, where they were formally welcomed by Principal, David Nolan.

Pupils from 3rd -6th Classes then outlined the work that had been done, by means of Powerpoint presentations. They explained how healthy eating can improve our lifestyle. They spoke about the fact that we took part in Operation Transformation on TV and also told the audience about the Gardening Initiative which took place over the past year at school. 

Eileen Hara was the first guest to speak and it was clear that she was very impressed by all the work that had taken place, in order to become a Health Promotng School. Michael McGrath, who was delighted to greet his niece,  a pupil in our school,  was next to speak and he also praised the pupils and staff for the great work which was evident all around the school. Pride of place went to our third guest, Ms. Niamh McCarthy, from Carrigaline, who was a Silver medalist at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and European record holder in F41 Women’s Discus.

Niamh, who was interviewed by Mr. Nolan,  shared some moments of the past few weeks with us and she had some excellent  advice for the pupils. She also spoke about the fact that her father, Florence McCarthy, was a past-pupil of Shanbally school.  It was wonderful to have such an inspirational sports-person visit our school and we are greatly indebted to her for accepting our invitation. We also thank Lorraine Goggin who was the official press photographen who ensured that the occasion ran smoothly, invited everybody to then go out to the front of the school and the flag was raised by Niamh McCarthy, accompanied by the oldest pupil in the school, Colin and the youngest pupil, Gearoid. Ms. O’Connell then led all the pupils as they sang the school song, “Nach Deas a Bheith Óg!”

Our new flag is now flying high, in the school grounds and this continue to remind us to make wise choices about food and nutrition  in the future. 

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Harvesting Onions and Rhubarb

The children had a wonderful time harvesting the onions and rhubarb from the school garden recently.  The photos below capture some of the excitement.

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Shanbally NS Pitch and Putt Champions!!


Well done to Mark , Declan, Philip and Tim, all 6th Class pupils, who were recent winners of the  2016 Primary Schools Pitch and Putt Competition. The boys frequently bring their Pitch and Putt Clubs to school and head off down to Raffeen Creek for a round or two, straight after school, a tradition that has been part of the Senior pupils of Shanbally NS for many,  many years.

Well done, boys!!



No-Uniform Day for 96FM’s Giving for Living Radiothon.

Giving For Living’ Radiothon:

On  Friday, May 27th,  we held a non-uniform day in aid of the ‘Giving For Living’.

All the pupils were delighted to get the opportunity to choose what they wished to wear to school for the day, in return for a small donation to the wonderful charity, Giving for Living, organised by Cork’s own 96FM,   while several of  our staff came to school dressed as students on the day!

More than €800 was raised in school – well done to everybody, especially Regina, who co-ordinated this very successful  event.

Seo iad na Gaelgeoirí na Seachtaine!!!

Maith sibh!!!!

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Seachtain na Gaeilge Winners


Ceoilchoirm 2016

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6th Class STEAM Engineering in a Box

Week 1

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Easter Egg Hunt

Well done to 6th class who organised an Easter Egg Hunt for Juniors, Seniors, 1st and 2nd class. Great fun was had by all and 6th class were very impressed by how quick the younger children solved the clues. Well done to all.

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Daniel’s Photograph Exhibition

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Congratulations goes to Daniel, 4th Class, whose Photograph Exhibition has been on display in the school Halla over the past number of weeks. Daniel is a talented photographer who displays a keen interest in photography. His exhibition includes a project with a brief explanation of what is involved in the photography  process. His photos are really excellent and we are delighted that Daniel choose to exhibit the photos at school.

Well done, Daniel, and keep it up!!  No doubt we will enjoy many more of your Photograph Exhibitions in future years. The photos and the project are really excellent and well worth a visit!

Parents and friends are invited to call in to the Halla, to admire the photos and read Daniel’s project, over the next few weeks.  Here are some photos of the exhibition.

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