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Our focus for this school year is on the well-being of all of our pupils.
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Our Latest  News  & Events:

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2023


Bhí an-spraoi ag na paistí le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge. Rinne na paistí an-iarracht ‘Cúpla focal’ a úsaid. The teachers chose an Irish speaker of the day and an over-all Irish speaker of the week. We had a lot of great activities; whole school Bingó, two fabulous Irish assemblies with some incredible Irish dancing, a visit from the Army Band, Tráth na gceist and the Junior and Senior Infants also went on a parade around the neighbourhood.
See our 'Gallery page' for more photos. 

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Army Band Visit

The No.1 Army Band came to help us celebrate St. Patricks Day. They played for both Boys and Girls Schools in two sessions, one for the Junior and one for the Senior Classes. It was a very emotional experience with everyone singing along to the music played, including Ireland's Call. 


World Book Day 2023

We had fun celebrating World Book Day. There were many activities on March 2nd and 3rd, including Bookmark Competitions, DEAR time and dress-up day.
See our 'Gallery page' for more photos. 

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Hot Water Bottles for Ukraine

In December, Oksana, who works with the Ukranian children in our school, appealed for hot water bottles to send to Ukraine.  These have arrived in her home town of Paklova and have been distributed by her friends and relatives to children who are living in very difficult circumstances there. 


New Table Tennis Tables

 We recently purchased six table tennis tables. Their arrival caused much excitement in the school. All classes have had an opportunity to try them out. The girls have had lots of fun trying them out and are enjoying learning a new skill. You will see Senior Infants using them in the photos below.


Microsoft Coding Workshop

 On February 22nd, both of our 5th classes took part in a coding workshop led by employees from Microsoft Ireland. They were awarded a cerificate on completion of this training. Hopefully this inspires an interest in coding.

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Grandparents Day - January 25th

Today was a very special day. We were delighted to welcome over 80 grandparents to visit us in the school. After refreshments in the hall, they went to their grandchildren's classrooms to meet the teachers and pupils. They shared experiences from their childhood, and answered questions from the students. They also listened to the girls sing songs and some even tried out the interactive whiteboards! The staff, pupils and the grandparents themselves, thoroughly enjoyed the visit.

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 Our Movie Madness Day, took place on Friday, December 9th. It was run by our 6th class students and their teachers, in aid of the VDP, (Society of St. Vincent dePaul).  Thanks to all of our students and their families for your support. A grand total of €3,275 was raised to support people in need in our local community.

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Each group of 4 classes have chosen an inspirational quote for their corridor.
These are currently being beautifully painted by our very talented staff member, Gill.

This is the quote from 'Matilda', chosen by 1st & 2nd classes, currently in progress.

See the 'Gallery' page on this website for more photos.
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Junior Infants  performed their play, 'Whoops-A-Daisy-Angel' on Monday, 
December 19th.
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Senior Infants  performed their play, 'Ralph the Reindeer' on Tuesday, December 20th.
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See the 'Gallery' page on this website for photos.

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Thanks for all your support for our School Christmas Fair on December 3rd. It was a great success and a fun day was had by all.

A note from the Principal

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On behalf of the school community I would like to welcome you to the official website of Our Lady of Good Counsel Girls National school.  Our school is an all-girls school. We also have three mixed classes for children with autism. 

We are a Catholic school that strives to provide a caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the individual strengths and needs of each child, together with their cultural and background, are nurtured and embraced. We are extremely lucky to have a vibrant positive and hardworking staff who put the children at the centre of their endeavours.

Our school community here in Johnstown, comprises of the children, their parents, our staff, the Parents'Association and our partner school, Our Lady of Good Counsel Boys N.S. We all work collaboratively to ensure that each child received the best education experience and reaches their fullest potential.

We welcome new students and their families to our dynamic and supportive community. 

Lisa Breen

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