Askeaton Senior National School

Children of the Digital Age Guest Speaker

April 26, 2017 · No Comments


Today Wednesday 26th April the pupils and staff of Askeaton Junior and Senior National Schools were delighted to welcome a guest speaker Mr Jason O Mahony from Cork. We thank most sincerely the Parents’ Council of our two schools who arranged for Jason’s visit. Jason’s presentations were called “Children of the Digital Age” and he gave age-appropriate presentations to each class grouping. The audiences were very interested in the topics dealt with and are now much better informed due to the knowledge imparted by Jason. He dealt with various topics concerning online safety and cyber-bullying.

Jason O Mahony will tonight once again do another presentation in the GP room for all parents and guardians. The presentation will begin at 7pm and hopefully the adults will also be better informed having listened to Jason.

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Easter Raffle was “Egg-xtra special” !!!

April 8, 2017 · No Comments

The Easter raffle was a delightful occasion with the pupils and staff of both Junior and Senior NS gathered together in the GP room. The Easter Holidays were only an hour away as the tickets were drawn for the lucky prize-winners on Friday 7th April.

All funds raised by this in-house raffle are going towards the running costs of both schools. The organiser of the raffle Ms Anne Nestor expressed her thanks to all pupils and their families for supporting  the raffle and wished everyone good luck as the tickets were drawn.

The following are the lucky winners on this occasion:

Ms. B McElliot,  2nd class teacher.                Arron McCarthy, 5th class.

Paudie Ryan, 1st class.                                      Ms M Curtin, 4th class teacher

Emma Hanley, 4th class.                                  Alesha Harty, Sen Infants.

Lewis Harris, Sen Infants.                               Lily Heelan, 4th class.

Hazel O Shaughnessy, 3rd class.                    Mia O Rourke, 5th class.

Tyson McCarthy, Jun Infants.                        Aoife Meehan, 3rd class.

Niamh McCarthy, 3rd class.                            John Quilligan, 1st class.

Kieran Hanley, Jun Infants.                           Liam-Og O Sullivan, 4th class.

Chloe Harty, 6th class.                                     Aoife Meehan, 3rd class.

Georgina Horan, 5th class.                             Katie Moran, 2nd class.

Lily Heelan, 4th class.            &                      Marie McKnight, 1st class.

The lucky prize winners can be seen in this brief video-clip:…special/mvi_4115


Happy Easter everyone     🙂   🙂


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Easter 2017 Art and Craft activities

April 8, 2017 · No Comments

                          more photos to follow….

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Kieran O’Hanlon, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick visited our school today

April 6, 2017 · No Comments


Our pupils and staff were honoured today by the visit to Askeaton Junior and Senior National Schools of the 1st Citizen of Limerick.

Kieran O’Hanlon, Mayor of the City and County of Limerick, took some time out of his busy schedule and received a great Askeaton welcome. Our esteemed guest was met by the principals of both schools Ms Aine O Connor and Mr JP O Connell and escorted to the GP room where all of the pupils and staff  were gathered together for this special occasion. The Mayor then gave a very interesting and age-appropriate talk about his role and the type of work he does. He told us about the chain of office and the red robes that a mayor wears when representing Limerick City and County.

He had two important messages to impart to us. The first is that we must all be proud of our county and at all times keep it clean and free of litter.  The other message is that we must always be kind and helpful to others as proud citizens of Limerick.

The pupils then were afforded the opportunity to ask individual questions of the Mayor. He was happy to impart information about the work he does as Mayor and some interesting events he has attended recently. He told us about the car which is provided for the Limerick Mayor and which always has a number plate of L 1 . A driver is also available to accompany the Mayor in his official role. Each Mayor has a term of one year at a time but could be elected more than once. This Mayor Kieran O Hanlon was previously elected Mayor in the 1990s and he is extremely proud of holding this office as our representative.


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Congratulations to Askeaton Junior NS on their success with the Road Safety Authority Poster Competition

April 6, 2017 · No Comments

Congratulations to our colleagues in Askeaton Junior NS on their wonderful achievement in the Road Safety Authority competition once again this year. The pupils and staff have been justly rewarded for their posters and road safety messages which were runners-up in the two National Safety competitions.

The message from Askeaton Junior NS in the Seatbelt Sheriff Poster Competition is  Click me in and go for a spin” and this won the public vote nationally in the Facebook campaign.

“Out for a jog or walking your dog” was also a runner-up in the ‘Hi-Glo Silver’  poster competition. 

This road safety programme promotes valuable skills which will be important throughout our lives. 

The pupils from 1st and 2nd classes were hosted at Dublin Castle and Dublin Zoo and really enjoyed celebrating their success. 


The following report is from the Road Safety Authority Website:–Hi-Glo-Silver-Awards/

Road Safety Authority buckles up for annual Seatbelt Sheriff & Hi-Glo Silver Awards

The Authority rewards school children’s commitment to road safety for the thirteenth year

Over 200 primary school children were in Dublin Castle today for the Road Safety Authority’s (RSA) annual Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards.

Now in its thirteenth year, the RSA hosted children from schools in Dublin, Limerick, Carlow, Louth, Galway, Clare, Cork and Mayo to celebrate their efforts in making the roads safer. One of the most vibrant and lively road safety events of the year, the children received special awards for their exceptional dedication to keeping themselves, friends and families safe on our roads.

Hundreds of entries were received for the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ poster competitions. First class students from Castletown Girls National School in Dundalk, Co. Louth took the top prize in the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition for their poster, ‘Secure Our Future’. Students from Second Class in Scoil Mhuire na nGael from Dundalk, Co. Louth took first prize in the ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competition for their poster, ‘Ready, Steady, Glow’.

This year we opened up the competition to a public vote on the RSA Facebook page and Askeaton National School in Co. Limerick won the award from the public vote for the Seatbelt Sheriff competition and Scoil Mhuire na nGael, Dundalk, Co. Louth won the public vote for the Hi Glo Silver competition.

The awards were presented by Ms Moyagh Murdock, CEO, RSA and Superintendent Con O’Donohue, An Garda Síochána.

Speaking about the importance of the awards for developing road safety skills at a young age, Moyagh Murdock, said: “Our Seatbelt Sheriff and Hi-Glo Silver Awards give school children the opportunity to learn valuable road safety skills in a fun and imaginative way. I want to congratulate all of the award winners, runners-up and their teachers for their admirable and creative projects, which truly demonstrate their dedication to road safety. It is my desire that the lessons learned will stay with these children throughout their lifetime, keeping themselves, peers and their loved ones safe on our roads.”

In the ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ competition, the runners up were:

  • Click me in and go for a spin – Askeaton National School, Askeaton, Co. Limerick
  • Have you felt for your seatbelt? – Borris Mixed National School, Borris, Co. Carlow
  • Prevent your life unravelling by safe travelling – SN Naomh Breandán, Eanach Dhuin, Co. na Gaillimhe
  • Crios Dúnta Slán Abhaile – St. John’s National School, Logboy, Tulrahan, Claremorris, Co. Mayo

In the ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ competition, the runners up were:

  • Why did the chicken cross the road? To show off his new high vis – Clooney NS, Carrahan, Tulla, Co. Clare
  • Out for a jog or walking your dog – Askeaton National School, Askeaton, Co. Limerick
  • Day or Night, Stay Bright – St. Marnock’s National School, The Strand Road, Portmarnock, Dublin
  • If you’re bright, you’ll be alright – Barryroe National School, Lislevane, Bandon, Co. Cork

Superintendent Con O’Donohue, An Garda Síochána said: “On behalf of An Garda Síochána, I want to congratulate all the students here today on their fantastic work. The ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ Awards help our youngest and most vulnerable road-users to learn vital road safety skills. We are appealing to parents and teachers around the country to build on the work being done in schools and at home by establishing safe and responsible road use at all times.”

‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ are fun, educational road safety programmes, for children in first and second class in primary school. The competition encourages children to get involved in saving lives on the road by teaching them the importance of buckling up and wearing high visibility clothing.


‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ are fun, educational road safety programmes for children in first and second class in primary school. Children in first class become ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ by taking a pledge to wear their seatbelts and making sure that everyone else in the car is buckled up too. Once they become ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’, they can flash their sheriff’s badge so that everyone they’re travelling with knows that they must wear their seatbelts.

After becoming honorary ‘Seatbelt Sheriffs’ in first class, ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ encourages second class students to wear bright clothing when they are out walking or cycling. They will pledge to wear jackets, armbands or belts and remind their parents, family and friends to do the same. Just like becoming a ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’, pupils will receive a certificate that gives them the power to instruct everyone when they walk or cycle to wear safety gear.

Further information on the Road Safety Authority’s ‘Seatbelt Sheriff’ and ‘Hi-Glo Silver’ educational programmes is available at

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Easter crosses created in 3rd class

April 4, 2017 · No Comments

3rd class have this week been busy in their craft class creating 3-D crosses.

The crosses are both meaningful and delicately beautiful, as they capture the message of the crucifixion.

The pupils under the direction of Mr O Connell have enjoyed both the process and the creating of a top-class finished product.


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Futsal Girls’ Under 13 team – Munster champions!!!

April 4, 2017 · No Comments


Congratulations to the Askeaton/ Ballysteen Community Games Under 13 Futsal team who achieved Munster gold medals on Sunday at UL sports grounds.

The panel had 7 girls with 5 playing at any one time. Their coach Mike Heelan is to be complimented on this wonderful achievement.

The team members all attend Askeaton Senior NS and were delighted to show their medals to their classmates in 4th, 5th and 6th classes.

This team of Munster champions have now qualified for the All- Ireland Community Games Futsal Final in Dublin during May.

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Easter Raffle next Friday

April 3, 2017 · No Comments

Next Friday an Easter raffle will be held in Askeaton National School Hall.

Funds raised will be for the Junior and Senior National Schools in Askeaton.

There will be lots of prizes with an Easter theme.

Tickets are on sale from Majella at the Secretary’s office throughout this week.

Tickets cost 1 euro for one strip of tickets or 2 euro for 3 strips of tickets.

How we all love Easter bunnies and chocolate 🙂   🙂



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Science and Maths project in 6th class

March 30, 2017 · No Comments

As part of  “Discover Primary Science and Maths” the 6th class have completed an engineering project.

Designing and building bridges has been a focus of 6th class during this month.

The pupils under the guidance of Ms Doyle investigated various designs of bridges in group projects. Each group designed a bridge as part of an Art lesson and they drew plans for their design. They collaborated and decided which materials are most suitable for their construction project. Then they used recyclable materials including cardboard boxes, lollypop sticks, matches and similar materials to build their chosen design.

As a follow-up the pupils will be testing their structures with toy cars to assess if  they have the strength to hold the weight of the toy cars.

It will be interesting to observe which designs have most strength, which construction materials work best and why one bridge type is more practical than another.

The 6th class pupils loved this engineering project and learnt to work well in groups.


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Science experiments in 5th class: Lava Lamps

March 30, 2017 · No Comments

5th class under the guidance of Mr. Harnett have worked on some very interesting science experiments over the past few weeks.

The “Lava Lamp” experiment  was a highlight for the class. It was exciting and educational.

The class looked at the interaction of molecules and whether these molecules mix or separate.

In this experiment we looked at the interaction between oil and water and how these molecules always separate.

Students made the lava lamps by using transparent jars, vegetable oil, food colouring and Alka-Seltzer.

As the oil and water do not mix, the tablet dissolves creating carbon monoxide, which cause water particles to move through the oil.


The experiment can be viewed from the following video clips:

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