We have been making great use of our new nature trail camera that was installed by our Parents Association. We set it to record the activity at our bird feeders. The still camera works on a motion sensor and picks up any activity day or night!

The children get a chance to check it every few days and compile bird reports on what they have found out. So far, we have identified the blue tit, great tit, goldfinch, chaffinch, house sparrow, crow and the robin.

We will be placing it at ground level next to see what kind of activity we can pick up!

Recycling Workshop

You are invited to join us at Coolbock N.S for the Parent Association’s Love Your Environment Recycling Event in our school on Monday 19th February at 7pm. Recycling Ambassador Imelda Ryan-Jones will deliver an interactive workshop on recycling. Children are welcome to attend with you, as this event supports our Green-Schools programme. We look forward to seeing you all on the night.

VOICE Recycling Ambassadors are running free interactive workshops and events all over Ireland to help the public to know what items can be recycled in their household recycling bins and how to avoid contamination in their household recycling bins.

The Recycling Ambassador Programme is a VOICE (Voice Of Irish Concern for the Environment) programme funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment and supported by the three Regional Waste Management Offices. The programme also partners with REPAK and the Irish Waste Management Association.


A Winter Wonderland…in Spring!

Cool Hairdos Coolbock!

We had a great time at ‘Cool Hairdos Coolbock’ this past while. It was a very busy place! The children took turns being stylists and customers and there was a great array of hairstyles to be seen.
We had a table where the children brushed, combed, plaited, curled and designed great hairstyles on our willing dolls.

The children compiled price lists, wrote lists of hair styles and wrote stories about going to the hairdressers and created hairstyles using wool. Well done to all the children.

Buddy Reading

We just kicked off our “Buddy Reading” initiative in the school. The senior pupils are paired up with the junior pupils, giving them a chance to read aloud to each other. Pairing older and younger pupils together has many proven benefits including improving reading fluency, listening skills, self-confidence but most importantly it’s lots of FUN!

Happy St. Brigid’s Day

Happy St. Brigid’s Day! We were celebrating our patron saint by making lovely St. Brigid’s crosses to mark the occasion.

Aistear: Houses

The junior room just completed the Aistear theme of “Houses”.

The Aistear programme is focused on learning and developing through interactions and play using a station and team teaching approach. Other themes covered so far have been the airport, farming, post office, pet shop and shopping. It provides so many opportunities for learning including turn-taking, reading, writing, speaking and listening. Thank you to everyone for sending in all the things from home for the programme.

Looking forward to our next theme!

Having fun learning is “Snow” joke!

Who needs a pencil and paper when you can do your work in the snow! The seniors getting in some work on the times tables in maths and the juniors working on their letter formations in handwriting, as well as making the most of the beautiful day in Coolbock!

‘Exploring Biodiversity through Art’ Workshop

Great teamwork and co-operation between the pupils for day 2 of our ‘Exploring Biodiversity through Art’ Workshop with Karen Webster. We are so lucky to have such a beautiful outdoor space with so many interactive learning opportunities!

Christmas Concert


We had a very enjoyable Christmas concert on 20th December. The show was opened with some lovely Christmas music with Michael Hurley and the senior pupils on the tin whistle. We then had some light entertainment with a special Christmas Jokes and Toy Show special produced by the pupils in their Green Screen studio.

The children then performed the nativity “A King is Born” with some beautiful singing and acting. It was fantastic to see so many parents, grandparents and all members of the Coolbock community for a lovely festive occasion. Well done to all the boys and girls for all their hard work in preparing for the concert.

Thanks Darren Carr for the brilliant photos!