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Welcome to St.Mary’s National School Cobh Website


The PA will hold an information evening on Mon 23rd Sep at 7.00pm in the School Hall. There will be tea/coffee and a chance to find out what the Parent’s Association is all about.

Our annual Sponsored Family Fun Walk will take place on Sun 29th Sep at 11.00am. (Due to bad weather we had to postpone it from the original planned date of June 19th) The walk will take place in full at the Tech Field this year. The Jnr & Snr Infants will do 3 laps of the track & the 1st to 6th Class girls will do 6 laps. All families should gather at the tech field at 11.00am.

Looking forward to a fun occasion for all.


Congratulations to our Sciath na Scol team who were victorious on Thusrday, 19th September against Gaelscoil Mhachan. It was a close match but St. Mary’s came out on top in the end. Our next match is an away game against Scoil Maria Assumpta in Ballyphehane. This game is scheduled to take place on Thursday, 26th September at 1pm. The team and coaches will travel by bus. Each team member is asked to bring €5 to cover the cost of the bus. St. Mary’s abú!


First Confession: Wednesday, 4th March 2020, St. Colman’s Cathedral- 7.00pm

First Holy Communion: Saturday, 9th May, St. Colman’s Cathedral- 10.00am

Confirmation: Saturday, 25th April, St. Colman’s Cathedral- 1.00pm

18 girls have been chosen to represent St. Mary’s NS in this years Primary Schools’ Cross Country Running event taking place on Friday, 27th September. The venue for this event is Father O’ Neill’s Sports field, Aghavine, Ballymacoda. The children will travel by bus. Information given to the children involved. St. Mary’s abú!

Photographer: On Thursday, 19th September a photographer will come to the school to take individual photos of Junior Infant children, Junior Infant children with siblings and class photos of Junior Infants to be taken. Children should wear full school uniform for this occasion.

Sciath na Scol Football Campaign 2019: Best wishes to our Sciath na Scol football team who will play their first match of the season on Thursday, 19th September in Cobh GAA grounds. Our opponents will be Gaelscoil Mhachan. Kick-off is scheduled for 1.00pm. St. Mary’s abú!

Please see below information received from Cobh Family Resource Centre. Please contact Louise on 086-1727135 for more information.

On Thursday, 5th September, 4th Class travelled by bus to Castlemartyr National School to attend a Road Safety Workshop entitled ‘StreetSmart’.

What is StreetSmart? StreetSmart is an exciting initiative set up by the Road Safety Authority which aims to bring issues of road safety to life for young school children.  StreetSmart involves a streetscape mat which invites children to carry out typical, everyday cycling or pedestrian tasks. The Road Safety Authority representatives were on hand to coordinate the activities. It was an action packed, fun filled day that enhanced the student’s knowledge of the rules of the road. Photos of the children engaging in practical activities are available to view under the NEWS Tab.

All visitors to the school are asked to please close the pedestrian gate after use, using the bolt, at all times. Thank you for your co-operation here.

Camogie: We welcome Noel O’Brien to St. Mary’s NS. Noel will work with children from Ms. Hallahan’s 1st/2nd- Ms. Walsh’s 5th Class every Tuesday in September. Any girl wishing to bring her own gear is welcome to do so otherwise hurleys and helmets may be borrowed from the school.

Bun Friday: Bun Friday was a great success last year. What is Bun Friday? In essence this is a cake/bun sale. Buns will be sold at a cost of 50c each. The older children will sell the buns. All children will be given the opportunity to purchase buns. This term it is intended to hold a Bun Friday on the following dates. The rota of bakers is also outlined. Please support this effort. All monies raised will go towards classroom resources and educational activities for the children.

4th October Ms. Fitzgerald & Ms. Hallahan’s classes asked to bake
29th November Mrs. Murphy & Ms. Gilley’s classes asked to bake

Any person calling to the school should always report to the secretary’s office. Any parent wishing to speak to a class teacher should make an appointment to do so for a time that is convenient to both parties. Appointments are best arranged through the school journal.

Tracksuit Days: In St. Mary’s, the girls are asked to wear their school tracksuits 2 days each week. Correct school uniform should be worn on other days. Tracksuit days are as follows:

Junior Infants: Ms. Lynch Monday & Wednesday
Junior/Senior Infants: Ms. McCarthy Tuesday & Thursday
Senior Infants: Ms. Kelleher Tuesday & Thursday
1st Class: Ms. Gilley Tuesday & Thursday
1st/2nd Class: Ms. Hallahan Monday & Wednesday
2nd Class: Mrs. Kelly Tuesday & Friday
3rd Class: Mrs. Lane Monday & Friday
3rd Class: Ms. Quinlan Tuesday & Wednesday
4th Class: Ms. Greally Monday & Thursday
4th/5th Class: Ms. McElhinney Wednesday & Friday
5th Class: Ms. Walsh Tuesday & Thursday
6th Class: Mrs. Murphy Wednesday & Friday
6th Class: Ms. Fitzgerald Tuesday & Thursday

This year we welcome Ms. Emma Keating and Ms. Aoife Madine as new members of staff to our team. We hope they will enjoy their time in St. Mary’s

Afterschool Activity:

Flyers distributed. If interested in learning to play the keyboard please contact Krisha on

 Phone:01 4854536

Parents of Junior Infant children are invited to meet with class teachers on Monday, 9th September at 7:00p.m. This will provide parents with  an opportunity to meet with Ms. McCarthy and Ms. Lynch. Meeting for Senior Infant Parents: Parents of Senior Infant children are invited to the school on Monday, 16th  September at 7:00p.m. This is an opportunity for these parents to meet with class teachers and explore the work that will be covered this year.

Photographs of or Students of The Week for 2019/2020 will be available to view under the NEWS Tab.

A Busy Summer in St. Mary’s: Much was achieved in the school during the summer months. The sink and storage units were replaced in all classrooms in the New Building. New blinds were fitted to all windows in the classrooms in the New Building. The Garden area to the rear of the school received an extensive overhaul. The carpet in Room 15 was replaced. New classroom furniture was purchased and installed in a number of classrooms. The entire school underwent a deep clean. A Resource Library was established for Teachers. Remedial works were completed including the repairing/replacement and painting of drains and guttering on the Eastern Elevation of the Old Building. Sealant was placed around all windows. And the work continues….

Remedial Works: Work continues on the Western and Northern Elevations of the Old School Building. This will involve underpinning below the crack evident on the Western wall and lime rendering the entire wall. In order for this vital work to take place a section of the yard will be cordoned off for the duration of the works. The Bishops Street gate will be closed daily from 9.15am-2.25pm to facilitate this work. You are asked to use the main gate only during these times. Thank you for your co-operation.

Staff Gate: In the interest of Health and Safety parents and guardians are reminded that the upper gate is for staff cars only. Pedestrians are asked to enter and exit via the lower gates only.

St. Mary’s reopened it’s doors on Thursday, 29th August after our summer break. St. Mary’s has already settled back into the routine of school life. These first few days and weeks are all about establishing routines and good habits again. As the saying goes “Tús maith, leath na hoibre”- a good start makes it easy.

As we begin our school year 2019-2020, I would like to welcome back our current pupils. I hope you all enjoyed a happy and restful summer break. I wish you all continued success in St. Mary’s. I would also like to welcome our new girls. Last Thursday we welcomed 34 Junior Infants and 7 girls transferring into other classes. I hope you will be very happy here in St. Mary’s


Both Frasaí na Seachtaine and our Whole School Oral Language phrases will be available to view under the parents tab for the school year 2019-2020.

Tips for Parents: Developing Oral Language with your child

Junior Infants to 1st Class

  • Listen to what your child is saying/trying to say and respond to contributions
  • Make and maintain eye contact while talking with your child
  • Explain the meaning of words
  • Talk through activities
  • Talk through everyday experiences
  • Involve your child in discussions/plans
  • Ask/answer questions
  • Teach your child nursery rhymes/songs/poems/raps
  • Develop your child’s receptive language by asking him/her to follow simple instructions
  • Assist your child to express ideas in an orderly fluent way
  • Read to your child each night

2nd Class to 4th Class

  • Set aside 10-15 minutes to discuss the day’s happenings
  • Encourage your child to express and justify opinions
  • Involve your child in adult conversation when appropriate
  • Talk about your child’s favourite TV programme
  • Play language games which focus on words i.e. Scrabble/Crosswords
  • Encourage your child to talk about experiences with a wide range of people; peers/relations/other adults
  • Listen carefully and clarify meaning ‘Do you mean/Is this what you mean?’
  • Encourage your child to give reasons for decisions
  • Encourage your child to listen courteously to the opinions of others
  • Talk about school topics and assignments

5th Class to 6th Class

  • Encourage your child to develop a positive attitude to speaking/listening
  • Discuss your child’s school work – successes/concerns/interests
  • Respect your child’s opinions and feelings
  • Involve your child in adult conversations, when appropriate
  • Help your child to extend his/her range of words in specialised subjects
  • Encourage your child to listen and respond courteously to others
  • Watch and discuss TV news/current affairs programmes together
  • Assist your child to locate information in local library/internet
  • Talk about school topics and assignments
  • Play commercial games that focus on word building

A word from the Principal:

As Principal of St. Mary’s, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school website which aims to give you a snapshot of the life of our school community. We also hope to provide you with some useful information.

The website showcases the wealth of experiences we offer the children and gives them a wider audience for their wonderful work. We hope you enjoy your visit and return regularly to check out our latest news.

You are also very welcome to visit us in person. We would be delighted to meet you!


Fiona O’Callaghan


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