Celebrating World Book Day

”There is no friend as loyal as a book”

                                     – Ernest Hemingway

”Books give a soul the the universe, wings to the mind,               flight to the imagination, and life to everything … ” 

It was a day to remember as the whole school community dressed up as their favourite character from a book in honour of the day.

Well done to all involved !!!! 🙂

Cena the class camels adventures!

Our class mascot Cena the Camel

Here in Miss Finucane’s class, our class mascot Cena the Camel has been enjoying some wonderful adventures with his friends!

Two weekends ago, he went to Liverpool to visit Anfield and watch a Liverpool match with Jamie Lee! We were all very jealous!
Last weekend, he had a super weekend travelling around Kerry and doing lots of fun things such as horse riding, going to the cinema and going to the playground with Grace and Daniel! “On Friday evening Cena arrived home with Grace and Dan and asked to be taken for a roam.
So Friday night was the start of his fun and off to see the game like father and son. Saturday morning he woke at the crack of dawn and wanted to buy flowers for the lawn so into the car and off to Tralee to get shrubs and some brekkie and a sup of tea. Midday then and where will we go so Grace picked him up and off steamside for little trot don’t you know.
Sunday already and Cena wanted more travels so to limerick city and The Jasmine Palace.
He ate like a horse even though he’s a camel and then we packed up and hid dessert in his saddle.
To the omniplex next to see Lego Batman now and Cena was loving it til the joker did show. He got a bit nervous but stayed to end and every one had the best fun weekend.!”
He is currently en route to Disneyland in Paris and we are awaiting pictures with anticipation!
 Check back in next week to see what Cena has been up to! 

Junior Entrepreneur Programme


Znalezione obrazy dla zapytania Junior Entrepreneur Programme.

Ms. Kearney’s class pupils are taking part in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. The project the class decided to do involved the production of keyrings. The pupils agreed to print individual photos of each child on one side and the school crest on the other side of the keyring. They must prove to the entrepreneur judges that all elements of their business adventure were carried out. On Monday 13th March the pupils will showcase their keyrings at the entrance of the school and parents and puils are welcome to come and make a purchase. The cost is 2 euro per keyring or 3 for €5. We wish them every success and congratulate them for taking the initiative.

Green Flag

We are delighted to announce that we have beed awarded our second green flag! It is fantastic news, after all of the hard work that has been carried out in the school on the theme of ”ENERGY”.

Thank you to Ms Kearney and Ms Prendiville our green-school coordinators. Well done to everybody involved.



Dealing with Loss

Dear Parent/Guardian

The school is deeply saddened by the  death of Ella Ahern.. Our thoughts and prayers are with  her entire family. May the light of heaven shine on her.

The children here at school have reacted differently and we have support structures in place to help your child cope with this tragedy. It is possible that your child may have some feelings and questions s/he may like to discuss with you. It is important to give factual information that is age appropriate. You can help your child by taking time to listen and by encouraging him/her to express feelings. All children are different and will express their feelings in different ways. It is not uncommon for children to have difficulty concentrating or be fearful, anxious, or irritable. They may become withdrawn, cry, complain of physical aches and pains, have difficulty sleeping or have nightmares. Some may not want to eat. These are generally short term reactions. Over the course of the coming days, please keep an eye on your child and allow him/her to express their feelings without criticism. Although classes will continue as usual, I anticipate that the next few weeks will be difficult for everyone.

We have enclosed some information which you may find useful in helping your child through this difficult time. Young people frequently turn to social media to see what others are saying, or to find out more. At these times it is important that you monitor their use and engage with them about what they read.

Please keep in touch with the school if your child is having difficulty coping with this loss and all efforts will be made to help deal with their needs.

Margaret Watters

Clothes Collection

The Clothes Collection will be held on 17th February, if anyone has clothes please drop them to the school on the 16th February. Please leave them inside the school wall. Thank you 🙂


Today was the final day of our Golf lessons with Liam Duggan.

After our ”6 week programme” we developed lots of skills including:

  • motor skills,
  • social skills,
  • communication skills,
  • cognitive awareness,
  • core life skills such as honesty, integrity and respect,
  • cross curricular activities (numeracy skills & spatial awareness).

We will continue this training in September 2017.

Latest News

We wish to inform you that our school has been sanctioned a new classroom, The Early Intervention Class is specifically for children with a diagnosis of Autism in the 3-5 year bracket. This new allocation gives our school a total of 12 Teachers and 7 S.N.A.s

We also wish to inform you that there has been a change to our  B.O.M. Fr.Brendan  Duggan is to replace Fr .Patrick Bowen as Patrons Nominee.

Parent Teacher Meeting went exceptionally well with the majority of parents attending on the day. For those who could not attend ,please make contact with the teacher through the homework journal.

Shoe box appeal was the best this year in numbers. A huge thank you  to all.

Tin whistle classes have begun and will continue over a period of 6 weeks.

Sponsored walk raised a total of €3,050 .This money was greatly appreciated especially as we spent a total of €35,000 this Summer. Projects completed included the lowering of the ceilings in  classrooms 4,5,and 6. The replacing of high fencing around the back of the school and the floor and wall tiling of the 12 toilets in the classrooms. This left the school finances completed depleted. Unfortunately, the Dept .Of Education did not contribute  towards these expenses.

Dates for the Diary

School is closed on Dec.9th

We will be having our Grandparents Day on Friday 16th December. Mass at 10:30 followed by light refreshments .Your help to make this a special day would be greatly appreciated.

Please note First Communion date has been changed to 13th May.

1916 Commemoration Preparations

On Thursday November 19th we will meet with two soldiers in honour of the 1916 centenary. We will later be presented with a flag. We have lots of interesting questions we will ask them when they come. We have also prepared some songs and music to mark the occasion. The youngest and the eldest pupil will then accept the flag.

About Athea School

Athea National School is a Catholic Primary School which strives to provide the children of our community with a caring, happy and secure learning environment, a school where each individual is valued, encouraged and respected for their uniqueness and facilitated to reach their full potential.

We are very proud of our high academic standards to which we have always aspired. Our children are given opportunities to experience all aspects of a broad and balanced school curriculum. Our students have been very successful in numerous National competitions such as Discovery Primary Science and Maths, BT Young Scientist Competition, The Junior Entrepreneur Programme, Doodle4Google and Green Flag to mention just a few. We are also very proud of the fact that some of our past pupils are  now entering the teaching profession and are returning to our school for their work experience.

Athea National School has seen considerable change in recent years. With a staff of 12 teachers and 6 Special Needs Assistants, it has become one of the largest schools in West Limerick. Athea School is also the only school to have  a special class for children with Autism, an Early Intervention Class and a Preschool. We are very proud  to be able to provide  such a service. The current school population is 159 pupils.

Our Staff & Teachers:
Principal: Mrs. Margaret Watters

Deputy Principal: Ms. Maura Mulvihill
Junior Infants: Ms. Quilty
Senior Infants and First Class: Mrs. Nolan
First and Second Class: Ms. Hayes
Third and Fouth Class: Ms. O’Connell
Fourth and Fifth Class: Mrs. Ahern
Fifth and Sixth Class: Ms. Kearney

Learning Support Teachers: Ms. Prendiville
A.S.D Teacher: Mrs. Horgan

Early intervention Class: Ms. Finucane

Special Needs Assitants 

ASD Class: Mrs. Mary O’ Connor & Mrs. Bridget Sheehy

Early Intervention Class: Mrs. Magdalena Landziak

Mainstream: Ms. Amina Bhayat, Mrs. Fiona O’Keeffe & Ms. Dawn Quaid

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