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Welcome to St.Mary’s National School Cobh Website


St. Mary’s will close at 12.30pm on Friday, 20th December and will re-open on Monday, 6th January at 8.50am.

Nollaig Shona agus Athbhliain faoi mhaise do gach éinne.

Happy holidays to all.


Policies recently ratified by the Board of Management include:

  • Mobile Phone and Electronic Devices Policy
  • Internet Acceptable Use Policy
  • School Outings Policy

These can be viewed under the Policies tab above. 


This year St. Mary’s NS is working towards achieving The Pieta House Amber Flag. The Amber Flag initiative aims to encourage schools to promote and actively bring about a culture change in the promotion of positive mental health.

Sincere thanks to Ms. Keating who has led the establishment of an Amber Flag committee in St. Mary’s NS. The committee have been busy auditing and affirming the great work already taking place in St. Mary’s to promote positive mental health. They have also devised many exciting ideas which they will begin to put into action in the new year to further promote positive mental health and wellbeing.  

As a start to their great work, the Amber Flag Committee intend to hold a fundraising event on Friday, 20th December. All children will be invited to wear a Festive Jumper on this date. Children will be asked to contribute €2 and all funds raised will go directly to support the mental health services provided by Pieta House.

We thank all families for their generosity in supporting this worthy cause.


Parents and family members of Junior and Senior Infant children are invited to enjoy short festive performances in the school hall on the following dates:

  • Parents/Families of Senior Infants: Tuesday, 17th December
  • Parents/Families of Junior Infants: Wednesday, 18th December

These short performances will commence at 9.30am. There won’t be a charge for entry on the day but a raffle will be held and your generosity would be most appreciated. All proceeds will be ploughed directly back into the school.

Siblings of Junior and Senior Infant pupils will have an opportunity to view concerts prior to concert days and therefore, due to space constraints and associated health and safety risks, will not be permitted in the hall on Tuesday, 17th or Wednesday 18th. Thank you for your understanding.

Dress rehearsals are scheduled for Friday, 13th December. Children are asked to wear their costume coming to school on Friday 13th and on Tuesday 17th/Wednesday, 18th December. Children should bring their school tracksuit in their school bag on these days as children will change into their tracksuits after their performance.

We look forward to welcoming you to our festive performances.

Sonia O’Sullivan- Our Local Hero

On Monday, 2nd December, Sonia O’Sullivan made a special visit to her Alma Mater- St Mary’s National School, Cobh – the place where as a child she daily ran around the school yard. 

Sonia, who celebrated her 50th Birthday on November 28th- the day she was inducted into the Athletics Ireland Hall Of Fame, was delighted with the warm reception she received at St Mary’s National School.

“I have lovely memories of running to and from school all those years ago and I am delighted to see that the teachers and children at St Mary’s are now making The Daily Mile part of their school day, “ Sonia said.

Sonia was greeted by the younger classes, who clapped and cheered her arrival. Sonia proceeded to the hall where she was met by a standing ovation of children and staff. Sonia was formally welcomed by principal, Fiona O’Callaghan and pupil representative, Amber O’Mahony. Sonia spoke of her commitment to running and love of daily activity. Sonia answered many of the children’s questions. She then joined 4th and 6th class as they ran the daily mile together in the yard. Sonia was later welcomed to the library where she found her own books which are located in the Powerful Women’s section of the library.

It was truly magnificent to have Sonia come and visit us and participate with the children in The Daily Mile. Her talk with the children was hugely inspirational and they were also delighted to get the chance to run with her. The entire visit is one which will be remembered for some time to come. 

For more photos please click the news tab. 


Family Mass: 6.00pm, Saturday, 14th December is also the annual Gift Giving Mass for the less fortunate.   It is suggested that a child/family bring a voucher/cash in an envelope for the less well off

On Friday, 29th November, 1st and 2nd Classes shared their learning about Road Safety. 1st class recited the Seat Belt Sheriff’s Pledge while 2nd class informed us of the importance of wearing high visibility clothing when walking or cycling on dark mornings and evenings. Important safety messages were shared- well done girls!


Sincere thanks to all who attended our Christmas Fayre on Sunday, 1st December. It was a wonderful occasion, full of festive fun!

Congratulations to our 4th Class girls team who played an indoor football blitz in Little Island on Tuesday, 26th November. Many thanks to Ms. McElhinney and Ms. Hanley who accompanied them on the day.

Our second Bun Friday was held on Friday, 29th November. This time it was the turn of Mrs. Murphy’s 6th Class and Ms. Gilley’s 1st Class to bake. Sincere thanks to all who baked. €397 was raised.

Now taking enrolments for September 2020. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 31st January. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from this website under the policies tab or can also be obtained from the office.

St. Mary’s National School – Open Evening: Come and view our wonderful school and meet our fantastic pupils and teachers.

Thursday, 14th November, 2019, 6pm, Principal’s address at 7pm

Many thanks to all who attended. A wonderful evening was had by all. 


Our annual Book Fair is scheduled to take place this year on the following dates:

Tuesday, 19th November: 1.30-3.00 pm, 6.00-7.15 pm

Wednesday, 20th November: 1.30-3.00 pm

Thursday, 21st November: 1.30-3.00 pm

Thanks you to Ms. Fitzgerald for organising our annual Book Fair. Thanks also to Ms. Kelleher, Ms. Keating and the parents who will be assisting over the course of the Book Fair this year.


Past pupil, Jayne Devlin, visited St. Mary’s on Tuesday 5th November to present her Cork Ladies U14 Munster and All-Ireland trophies to senior classes. Jayne spoke of the commitment required to reach such accolades but also of the benefits and enjoyment gained from involvement in sport. Jayne thanked the staff of St. Mary’s for inspiring a love of sport in her. Well done Jayne, we are very proud of your achievements.


Best attendance in October 2019: Ms. Kelleher’s Senior Infants with 97% attendance. Well done girls, well done families. Attendance in highly-prized in St. Mary’s. We come to school everyday and we stay for the whole day. 


Science Week 2019 commences in St. Mary’s on Monday, 11th November. The theme this year is Climate Change. Lots of fun and fascinating activities planned. Thank you Mrs. Lane for co-coordinating our efforts here. 

Cowhie-Ryan School of Irish Dancing
After School Club available for fun and fitness 
Suitable for Junior Infants to 6th Class
Date: Tuesday 12th November
Times: Weekly from 2.30-3.30p.m.
Cost: 4 classes for 25 euro


Thank you to all parents who attended the meeting on Tuesday, 5th November to elect parent nominees for the new Board of Management which will take up office on 01/12/19. The two parents elected were David Doyle and Georgina Hamilton. 

Sincere thanks to all families who generously contributed to the Team Hope Shoebox appeal this year. A fanatstic total of 201 shoeboxes were collected. Thanks to Ms. Greally for coordinating our charitable efforts towards this worthy cause.


St. Mary’s NS will be close on Friday, 25th October at the regular time of 2.30pm. The school will remain closed for the full week commencing Monday, 28th October. School will re-open on Monday, 4th November. 

Trick or Treat for Temple Street Dress Up Day: Our annual fundraiser whereby children are permitted to wear their Halloween costumes will take place on Friday, 25th October. €220 euro raised for Temple Street. Well done and thank you to all!


Formal Parent/Teacher meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd October, Wednesday, 23rd October. The school will close at 2:15p.m. on these days for 1st-6th Class. Parent/Teacher meetings will run from 2:30-5:30p.m. each day

Junior Infants aided by Senior infants have been busy learning about road safety. At assembly on Friday, 18th October, the three infant classes performed the Safe Cross Code. Each Junior Infant pupil was presented with a Hi-Viz jacket. All classes enjoyed hearing the girls present their work. Key road safety messages were explored by all classes. Well done girls!

As you may be aware the current term of the Board of Management will expire on 30/11/2019 and a new Board of Management takes up office on 01/12/2019. Special thanks to the outgoing Parent Nominees, Colette Brennan and Stephen Mulcahy, for their contribution to the Board of Management over the past four years.

Two parents of children enrolled in the school (one being a mother and the other a father) must be elected by the general body of parents of children enrolled in the school for the new Board of Management.

In order to obtain nominations, a letter was issued to each parent on Monday, 14th October to:

  • establish their willingness to stand for nomination and election as parent, and
  • obtain consent for the circulation of their name and the classes attended by their child(ren) to all other parents, if they are willing to stand for nomination and election.

If a parent is willing to stand for nomination and election as parent nominee to the Board of Management they should complete, sign and date the Consent Form issued and return it to the school no later than Friday, 18th October so that the school may furnish your details (i.e. your name and classes attended by your children) to other parents.  Parents are asked not complete the consent form if they are not willing to be nominated. Thank you.

Exciting news! We have been invited to participate in a programme called Roots of Empathy. This programme teaches children about feelings, their own feelings and the feelings of others.

The focus of Roots of Empathy in the long term is to huild the capacity of the next generation for responsible citizenship and responsive parenting. The focus of the Roots of Empathy programme in the short term is raising levels of empathy, resulting in more respectful and caring relationships and reduced levels of negative behaviour and aggression.

At the heart of the programme are a neighbourhood infant and parent who visit the classroom nine times over the school year. As a trained Roots of Empathy Intructor, Ms. Hanley will coach Mrs. Lane’s 3rd Class pupils to observe the baby’s development and to label the baby’s feelings and intentions. In this experiential learning, the baby is the “teacher” and a lever that the instructor uses to help the children to identify and reflect on their own feelings and the feelings of others.

We’re very excited that we’ve been chosen to participate in Roots of Empathy and we thank baby Emily and her Mammy for kindly assisting us on our Roots of Empathy journey.

We will celebrate Maths Week in St. Mary’s NS from Monday, 14th October to Friday, 18th October. There are a wonderful array of Maths based activities planned for the week. Sincere thanks to Ms. McElhinney, Ms. Quinlan and Mrs. Lane who have organised many activities which aim to provide the children with additional opportunities to explore, develop and extend their Maths skills and further enhance their problem solving skills. A sample of some of the activities the children will be involved in are completing target board activities on i-pads, using ICT to extend mathematical understanding of key learning points, Maths trails, bingo, Maths Works Workshop facilitated by the Lifetime Lab, Maths on mats and much more! Parents too can add to the great learning taking place by visiting www. to veiw sample maths ideas to try at home.


On Wednesday, 16th October, 1st Class will visit Cobh Library to meet author and illustrator Tatyana Feeney. They will experience a workshop facilitated by Tatyana. The girls have been busy preparing for this excursion and are looking forward to a fun afternoon. 


On Thursday, 10th October, we marked World Mental Health Day. A wonderful group of Wellbeing Warriors (Committee of Children and Teachers)  came up with some wonderful activities which classes engaged in. Homework was also adapted to include a wellbeing activitiy. This activity has been uploaded to a folder entitled ‘Wellbeing’ which is located under the news tab should you wish to view it in the furture. 


Our Sciath na Scol Football campaign has come to an end. The girls played well this week and gave it their all, however luck was not on our side for either match. Well done to our team and the entire panel who worked so hard, showed great commitment and determination. We are very proud of your efforts. Well done and thank you to Ms. McCarthy, Ms. Madine and Ms. Hanley who assisted on match days. A special word of thanks to our wonderful trainers Ms. Walsh, Ms. McElhinney and Fr. Kelleher. Our involvement in Sciath na Scol would not be possible but for your willingness to share both your talents and your time. 


Formal Parent/Teacher meetings are scheduled for Tuesday, 22nd October, Wednesday, 23rd October. The school will close at 2:15p.m. on these days for 1st-6th Class. Parent/Teacher meetings will run from 2:30-5:30p.m. each day. You will be informed of your child’s/children’s time(s) on Tuesday, 15th October. Please note that Parent Teacher meetings are for Parents/Guardians only. Verbal reports on children’s progress cannot be provided to siblings or grandparents. We look forward to meeting all parents.


Sincere thanks to all who attended the PA AGM on Monday, 7th October. The Committee for the year ahead is outlined under the Parents’ Association Tab. 

Christmas Cards: Letter distributed to all children this week. Please return consent slip to school if you wish your daughter to partake in the Christmas Cards Project. If the Consent slip isn’t returned your daughter won’t be able to design or order any cards.

Next Meeting: Monday, 4th November. 7.15pm. All Welcome.


The Parents’ Association contribute hugely to the school. All parents are automatically members of the Parents’ Association but there will be an election to select the committee for meetings throughout the year at the AGM on Monday 7th October. All parents are welcome to attend. 


The match scheduled for Thursday, 3rd October was postponed due to poor weather conditions. The details of the remaining two matches are as follows:

Tuesday, 8th October: Home match against Scoil Mhuire Ballincollig. Kick-off: 1.30pm

Wednesday, 9th October: Away match against Star of the Sea, Passage West. Kick-off: 1.00pm 


Best Attendance September 2019: Ms. Hallahan’s 1st/2nd Class with a percentage attendance of 99.05%. Attendance is highly prized in St. Mary’s N.S. We come to school every day and we stay for the whole day.


Bun Friday 1 was held on Friday, 4th October. Ms. Hallahan’s 1st/2nd class and Ms. Fitzgerald’s 6th class baked. Sincere thanks to all families for contributing to this fundraiser. A wonderful €424 was raised.   All monies raised will be spent on funding educational activities for the children and resources for classrooms. Our next Bun Friday will be Friday, 29th November. It will be the turn of Mrs. Murphy & Ms. Gilley’s classes to bake please.

Information received from Cobh Library. 




Congratulations to our Cross-Country running team who traveled to Ballymacoda on Friday, 27th September to take part in the Primary Schools Cross Country Running Event. Competition was tough but an enjoyable day was had by all.  Thanks to Ms. O’Mahony for organising our attendance at this event again this year. 



Thank you to all who supported our annual school walk which was a lovely occasion on Sunday, 29th September. After the walk a raffle was held between all those who returned sponsorship cards. The winners of sports shop vouchers were Orla Moynihan, Shauna Mahony and Lily Mae Ryan. Congratulations girls- happy shopping!

Next PA meeting is scheduled for 7pm on Monday, 7th October. All Welcome.


Congratulations to our Sciath na Scol team who were again victorious against Scoil Maria Assumpta in Ballyphehane on Thurs. 26th September. Our next match will take place on home turf (Cobh GAA grounds) against Scoil Mhuire, Ballincollig on Thursday, 3rd October. Kick off is 1.30pm. St. Mary’s abu!


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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