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The School Bake Sale

On Friday the 2nd of June, the student council held a bake sale in the school. Everyone from junior infants to sixth class were invited to bake some tasty treats for the school to enjoy. The older classes from second class up to sixth class went to the PE hall to buy some goodies to bring home. The small hall was used by junior infants to first class to get their cakes.


There were all sorts of food at the bake sale ranging from cookies to brownies and even rocky road! Overall, we raised exactly €2300 for goalposts and other yard and sensory room equipment. Many thanks to all the students who bought the baked goods, and to all the members of the student council, and teachers who organised a very successful day.


And a special thanks to Dylan Thomas, a fourth class pupil who donated €1 to make the total an even €2300!


By Lottie McLaughlin and James O’Brien, 4th class


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Athletics May 2023

Last Tuesday, 23rd May, children from 4th, 5th and 6th class had a great day of athletics in Celebridge.

Well done to all who took part and competed on the day. The great spirit and encouragement from the group made for a thoroughly enjoyable day. Sallins NS took home an incredible 35 medals.

A big thanks to all the coaches and all the parents who supported on the day. A huge congrats to all the boys and girls who went and represented their school so well.


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ESB Science Blast 2023

On Monday 27th of February we attended the ESB Science Blast. We arrived  in school early and  got a bus to the RDS. the We got our stands ready very quickly then we took turns on telling people passing by about our projects. Then we went exploring the hall. There were multiple shows going on. You could also test out VR headsets and take part in cool science experiments. We got great feedback and a cool trophy from our judge. All of the judges were very impressed with our stands, projects, presentation skills, understanding and maturity. Over all we had a great time! 😁😁😁










Authors: Albert😁 and Klara

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Hurling Champions-June 2022

A Winning Return to Hurling Competitions – Bealtaine-Meitheamh 2022


It was great to have Gaelic Games back again in the spring of 2022. Our School hurling team was made up of players from 5th and 6th classes. After several training sessions the boys were very excited to get to play in the Cumann na mBunscol Blitz in Eadestown GAA on 13th May.

The boys played three games, winning all three, showing great skill and determination throughout. Every player got plenty of game time throughout the blitz. Their performances on the day put the team through to the final on 2nd June.


St. Laurence’s NS, Sallins and Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock played out an exciting and skilful game of hurling in the Division 2 Boys Final on Thursday 2nd June.

Although playing against the breeze, Scoil Uí Riada set the pace from the start. Their backs were first to every ball, quickly setting up attacks. Strong defending by Seán McDonagh and the Sallins full back line kept Scoil Uí Riada at bay, but they were getting closer and closer to getting the first score of the game. Their efforts were rewarded with a well taken goal, a great finish from a tight angle to left of the Sallins goal.
Scoil Uí Riada continued to push forward with Sallins finding it difficult to keep the sliotar in their opponents half of the field, their goalkeeper, Conor Fagan making some important blocks to prevent another goal.

Sallins finally began to find their feet and points from Paddy Cooke and Cillian McCarthy got them back into the game. A lovely point by Harry Brennan from way out on the ring wing levelled the scores; 1-0 to 0-3.
Sallins began to win more ball in their half forward line and on the stroke of half time, Paddy Cooke found the net, quickly getting the sliotar into his hand and striking, after great defensive blocks by the Scoil Uí Riada defenders.
Sallins led by a goal at half time.

The second half proved to be a tense affair. Sallins started well and scored their fourth point of the game early in the half through Eoin Nugent. Sallins created several good chances but that fourth point was to be their last score of the game, with Scoil Uí Riada’s centre back and wing back and defending superbly.

A great contest continued throughout the half as Scoil Uí Riada’s midfield pair pushed them forward. The Kilcock side scored another two points and laid siege to the Sallins goal for the final minutes of the game. Sallins managed to keep clearing their lines when it mattered with Ross Chapman and Angad Bawa winning several vital balls.
Both teams gave everything and showed wonderful skill and determination throughout.
Final Score:
St. Laurence’s NS, Sallins. 2-4
Scoil Uí Riada, Kilcock.       1-2

Well done to all of the players, they have done their school proud!

A big Thank You to parent, Gavin Cooke who helped coach the team throughout the term, and to all of the parents for their support.

Good luck to the 6th class boys and to Harry Brennan in 5th who have moved onto their new schools.

Keep hurling lads!


The full Hurling panel at the Blitz i mí na Bealtaine 2022.


Coach Gavin Cooke and team Captain Paddy Cooke.


Réiteoir Eamon Kelly presents the trophy to Paddy Cooke, captaen na foirne Scoil Naomh Lorcán.


‘BUAITEOIRÍ!’  St. Laurence’s NS – Kildare Division 2 Hurling Champions, June 2022.

Ceiliúradh ar bhus Tom Cross!

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Hurling Team Receive their Medals

Senior Hurling Champions Receive Medals – Fuair Seaimpíní Iomána a mBoinn.

The Senior Hurling team received an early Christmas present on Tuesday 20th December, as they were presented with their winners’ medals.

We were delighted to welcome past pupils, Jack Couch and Stephen Moran to present the medals to our players from 5th and 6th class. Both Jack and Stephen represented St. Laurence’s NS across a variety of sports and were on the first school team to win the very competition our current hurlers won last October. Both currently play for Sallins/Wolfe Tones Senior Hurling team and have represented Kildare on the inter-county stage.

After presenting the medals Jack and Stephen gave some words of encouragement and advice to our team and the players then enjoyed a pizza treat.

Well done to all of the players, they all put in a great effort throughout the term and were deserving winners. A big Thank You to Jack and Stephen for giving of their time to present the medals and speak to the players, we wish them the best of luck in the season ahead.

Sallins Abú!

Jack and Stephen speaking to the players.

An Fhoireann Iomána 2022.


Presentation of the winners medals. Dáileadh na boinn óir do na buaiteoirí.

Dáileadh na boinn óir do na buaiteoirí.

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Hurlers Retain their Title!

Sallins Retain Hurling Title

Tuesday 25th October 2022


It was all on the line! The St. Laurence’s boys hurling team made up of mainly 6th class and some 5th class got on the bus and headed for Hawkfield where the schools division II final was taking place.

When we got to the pitch the coaches Mr Kennedy and Ms Norton gave us the jerseys and named the starting 15.

We had already won two matches to get to this moment and we wanted to remain as Division 2 champions, a title we won last season.


The match against Scoil Ui Riada, Kilcock started and after 10 minutes St. Laurence’s were losing. But, we found our winning formula and started to put points on the board. We had a comfortable lead at half time and our coaches got us into a huddle and our coaches, captain and vice-captain said a few words. We made a few changes and we drove through the second half scoring even more.


When the final whistle blew we were delighted. The final score was 3-9 to 0-4 in favour of Sallins. After we shook hands with the opposing team’s players, an official from the county board congratulated both teams and he called our captain up to him. Our captain thanked the fans, coaches and players from both sides and raised the trophy into the air and that was when the celebrations started. We all got to hold the trophy and we enjoyed the ride home as champions.

Special thanks to our coaches Mr Kennedy and Ms Norton and all the travelling fans.


By Oran Murray,

6th class


Na ceiliúradh ag tosú! Sallins Abú!

Captaen na foirne, Cillian McCarthy receives the trophy.

‘BUAITEOIRÍ!’ St. Laurence’s NS, Kildare Division 2 Champions i mí Meán Fómhair 2022.

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Book buddies RM 17 and RM 5

Yesterday it was our first day doing book buddies. They read their books to us and we read their books to them.

Both classes enjoyed it and they had great experience 👍👍👍


Authors:Albert😁 Klara😍 Fionn😑

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Christmas 2022

We’ve had a fun-filled couple of weeks in the lead up to Christmas 2022.

Our junior infants and senior infants performed their amazing Christmas plays for parents and all of our classes. Second class also put on some plays for us too which was a big hit!

This was followed by a Santa Dash where the children had to walk around the school and count the elves they saw along their route. The fun continued as the children and teachers danced along to Christmas music in their classes.  A big thank you to the Active Schools committee for organising this amazing event.

Our term ended with a magical Carol Service performed by all classes.

Wishing all children, parents, staff and the entire school community a happy and peaceful Christmas.

Nollaig Shona daoibh!


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Cross Country Autumn Competition 2022

On the 15th of September, trials for Cross Country took place in Sallins GAA for 4th, 5th and 6th class. The top 13 boys and top 13 girls were picked to represent the school in the competition in Celbridge AC on their marvellous cross-country track.
The race took place on Thursday the 6th of October, 3 weeks after the trials in Sallins. The girl’s race
was first and they had to run 1km. The girl’s team place in a blazing 2rd place with Zoe Fitzpatrick
placing in the top 5 individual girls.
The second race was the boys race and they had to run 1.5km. The boys team came in an
astonishing 1st place. In the top 5 individual boys were Eoin Nugent, Cillian McCarthy, Daniel Moran and Andy Fox.

Well done to the whole Sallins team – a fantastic achievement by everyone!

We, the Cross Country Team, would like to say a huge thanks to Ms. Stapleton, Ms. Shortall and Derek McConnon for giving up their time to support and encourage us all the way. Without them we wouldn’t have achieved what we did!


Sallins Abú!!!


By Daniel Moran and Zoe Fitzpatrick, 6th class


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Looking Back on Baking!


Some of our past pupils asked us about our wonderful cookie recipe!

Yes! That recipe that can be baked for all occasions!

Pumpkin shape cutters for HALLOWEEN!

Tree Shapes for Christmas!

Hearts for Valentines or Mother’s Day!

Shamrocks for St. Patrick’s Day

On and on….

So for you!

CLICK on this links below to see the COOKIE recipe and remember occasions for baking them!


Christmas Tree Cookies in Room 18


St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

Senior Infants Get Baking!

Valentine’s Day



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We love to read FACTS! See what we are reading!

Reading is the way to grow!

Learning together is fun!

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Let’s read about animals!


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Friendship Week @Sallins NS

Last week, the Student Council organised Friendship Week in our school. Everyone was encouraged to be kind and friendly to one another. Throughout the week the Student Council and teachers were rewarding anyone who showed acts of kindness or were being friendly with a friendship sticker.

Everyone did a great job participating in Friendship Week and we hope that everyone continues to be kind and friendly.

Here are some of the amazing activities that classes did to promote Friendship Week.


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Apple Harvesting @ Sallins NS

In September we gathered the apples from the orchard area of our beautiful school garden! We also got some wonderful potatoes from the vegetable patch! Thank you Kevin!

What have we done with the harvest?

Keep an eye out here….

More to follow!



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LEA HEART Sings for 6th Class @ Sallins NS

Yesterday Lea Heart came to our school to sing a song for us. She sang the song Older… here is how it went.

made by lily mc clean

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Congratulations! First Holy Communions: May 2022 @ Sallins National School

Congratulations to the children in our 2nd Classes @ Sallins NS

They recently celebrated their First Holy Communion @ Sallins Church with Fr. Alex.

They also have lovely Art Work on display at school.

Well Done!

Blog by Lucy A 6th Class


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Student Council News! BAKE-SALE 31st May 2022

Hello Everyone!

Are you ready for the BAKE-SALE?


It will be a great day for us and we hope… for you as well!

The bake-sale is on:

TUESDAY: 31st May 2022

Thank you to all the families that have signed up to bake!

We ask you to let your children bring in the baked goods to their class on 31st May and a Council member will collect them..

On the BAKE-SALE day the children are allowed to bring money to school. The cakes will not be expensive. The children will be able to enjoy the cakes at lunch time or save them for later!

We will set everything up in the hall. and the children will visit the hall class by class to buy cakes.

We hope everyone will enjoy this fabulous event!

BLOG by DAVID (Deputy Chairperson)


The Student Council

Why not CLICK on this link below to revisit The Student Council’s last BAKE-SALE: February 2020 just before the Pandemic! We raised a lot of money for school projects! Read all about it….. 🙂

It’s great to be BACK!

bake sale « Search Results « Sallins National School (


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Come and See! The Blue Tit Chicks have hatched in our Nesting Box

We are vert lucky in Sallins NS to have a TV-Camera link to the NESTING box outside in the School Garden. This TV is set up in the School Library and we can check on the nest daily.


The Good News….

The Chicks have hatched and the parent bird is caring for the young

Come and See…


We are very excited to see the Blue Tit family growing stronger by the day!


We will keep you posted!


BOLG by Lucy A & Lily McC

6th Class



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Walk & Talk ART: We review the Art Displays digitally… so that you can VIEW TOO!

Take a look around the school with us today…

See the beautiful Art Work on display…


Thanks to our photographers!

Lily, Ross & Kate

Room 21

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6th Class Room 20: Celebrating Easter with White Clay Medallions! Decorative and Imaginative!

Click on the video link below to view our Easter Medallion Art:

Clay Medallions 6th Class Room 20 – YouTube


Follow the recipe posted by our friends in Room 21 if you like to try making models at home.

You will need adult help to cook the clay. Always be careful!

We modelled the medallions using this quick drying pre-cooked white clay!

Once it dried (A few days on a warm windowsill) painting/colouring is easy!

Let us know what you think!


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HOLES by LOUIS SACHAR: BOOK REVIEWS from 6th Class Room 22

Recently as  a class group, we read the novel

‘HOLES’ by Louis Sachar

CLICK on the video below to read our reviews.

Pause at any time to read in more detail!

Let us know what you think!


Have you read the BOOK?

You can also check out the MOVIE

We did!


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Room 21: 6th Class making White Clay this week!

This week in Room 21 we made White Clay

  Thanks to Miss Macnamara so give her a big thank you!

If you would like to make the clay at home here is the recipe:

Mix one cup of bread soda with half a cup of corn flour. Add three quarter cups off water and cook over a gentle heat. Keep stirring so it doesn’t stick to the pot until it forms a soft dough.  Off you go!

look out for more blogging soon

bye for now   from Lily and Kate 🙂


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Sallins National School Sensory Room: A Calm & Relaxing Place

Some more work has been done in our Sensory Room. Thank you to the Parents’ Council for helping fund raise with us! Yesterday we went over to check out the atmosphere.

It was very calming and relaxing. We have a new Lava Lamp that makes the room glow with warm red and pink light. We also have a a light box that changes colour and fills the the room with a rainbow of colours.

The Yoga Balls are lovely to relax on and help with your balance. It is nice to lie under the weighted blanket and let your mind empty of any stress or worry. Before leaving we had a competition on the wobble board! My turn to win 🙂

Check it out!


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Today in 6th Class, Room 21, everyone took part in the GAA training with our Sallins’ GAA coach, Mark. It is great to see Mark again after the Covid-19 lockdown. Here are some of our class warming up and playing the GAME!

Scroll down through the GALLERY below to view our GAA training and on below this to see our 5th class CYCLE SAFTEY INITIATIVE as well

Now view 5th Class, Room 15, taking part in the 7 week Cycle Right Programme sponsored by the Sallins N.S.Parents’ Council.

So! Can we give them all a big THANK YOU for this wonderful activity that they have organised for us!

Thank you to our PE coordinator Ms. Byrne as well 🙂

photos and blog by lily mc clean


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As part of World Book Day 2022, we were delighted to link up with Petra from CLEVERFOXBOOKS.COM, a local Sallins based online bookshop.


Petra of CLEVERFOX BOOKS came to our school on Wednesday 23rd March and kindly facilitated an exchange of World Book Day tokens for new books. This allowed every child in our school to use their free World Book Day token to get a brand new book of their choice!

The excitement and the joy was evident as each child in each class arrived into the PE hall and selected their own book.

World Book Day is all about encouraging everyone to read more and to enjoy reading.

We would like to say a big ‘Thank You’ to Petra and everyone at CLEVERFOXBOOKS.COM for giving us a full day of their time and giving every pupil the chance to take home a lovely new book to read.

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Sporting Success for Past Pupils

St. Patrick’s week brought great success for some of our past pupils.

On a sunny Lá Fhéile Pádraig in Croke Park; Colm Dalton, Seán McDonnell and Stephen Kelly took to the field with Naas CBS as they looked to win their first Hogan Cup. The Hogan Cup is the All Ireland Competition for Secondary Schools’ Boys Senior football teams.

Naas CBS beat St. Brendan’s of Killarney in a brilliantly competitive and skillful game of football.

All of us here in Sallins NS, would like to congratulate the boys on their wonderful achievement of securing an All-Ireland medal!

Just a few days later on Sunday 20th March, the Ireland Under 20’s Rugby team took on Scotland in Musgrave Park. Their convincing win secured them a Grand Slam win for their Six Nations Championship.

Past pupil, Diarmuid Mangan is part of the team and we would like to congratulate him on the great achievement of representing his country and on a brilliant Championship win!

We are delighted that, like many of our past pupils, they have continued to develop their skills in sport and most importantly, that they continue to keep active and enjoy their games.

Comhgairdeachas daoibh, Diarmuid, Stephen, Seán agus Colm!!

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The Teddy Bears’ Picnic: Junior Infants Rooms 1, 2 & 3… PODS & POSES!

Today The Junior Infant Classes, with Teddy Bears and picnics in tow, set off on a little trek to our beautiful school garden. There we found a grassy bank to play and picnic.


Come and join us in the garden.

We had a wonderful Teddy Bears’ Picnic.

We were all very tired and sleepy after a busy picnic and playtime.

At Home Time we were all very tired little Teddy Bears!

Tomorrow is our last day in Junior Infants!

Well done everyone!



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A Walk in the School Meadow

Today we went for a walk in the school meadow. The flowers are so pretty. Kevin said we could collect some petals.
We made this POD PETAL COLLAGE back in Room 3. We drew ourselves and now you can see us walking in the meadow!

Happy Days!

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Student Council News Bulletin – Summer 2021

Welcome to the Student Council’s latest, summer news bulletin.
We hope you enjoy!

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World Book Day Dress Up in Room 13

Enjoy our characters!

We had a splendid time dressing up!

We brought them to life in costume.


Why don’t you bring them to life in your imagination by READING them!


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The Junior Infant Daffodil Patch… Kevin is tending our garden for us!

Hello Children in Junior Infants!

This past week we all said ‘HELLO’ to our wonderful caretaker KEVIN via ZOOM!

Kevin is taking care of the School Garden for us while we are on HOME SCHOOLING!

Come and See…   

Click on this hyperlink below to see our DAFFODILS and Kevin at work in the garden:

In The School Garden February2021 – YouTube


Do you remember our garden walks…

Our apple sauce…

Scroll back through the BLOG to see the history of our lovely garden…


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ZOOM @ Sallins National School: A HOW TO… VIDEO-GUIDE

Welcome this week to your class group Zoom check-in.

This video-guide shows you how to prepare for your child’s class session

Keep safe and well. We are all Home-Schooling as a team.

“Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”


Hopefully connecting to ZOOM will be as direct as clicking on the link in the email you receive from the class teachers, or opening the zoom app and joining the meeting using the ID number and the Code in the same email.

If you have difficulty joining the class meeting, please contact us as soon as possible, emailing the class teacher or contacting the school. We will do our best to sort this before the next meeting. We are trouble shooting as we go.

Thank you!



Greetings from our Wonderful School Garden: January 2021

Hello to Everyone form The Garden @ Sallins National School!

If the Garden could SPEAK… we think it is saying…

“LOOK! Everything here is alive, well and growing … Nature is awake and soon Spring will be here…”

Thank you to Kevin for tending to “The Garden” while we are at HOME/SCHOOL

Here are some photos from Friday 22nd January 2021



The bulbs the junior classes, planted last term by Rooms 1, 2 and 3 are appearing above ground. The bulbs planted over a year ago (Autumn 2019) by rooms 4, 5 and 6 are springing to life. The Peace STAR crocuses, planted by our 6th classes a few years ago… are ready to bloom once again and the world in SALLINS GARDEN is beautiful. 

Enjoy your garden too and keep watching for spring…..

See you soon!




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Rm 25 Christmas Readers Theatre

We have been working very hard in Rm 25 and have prepared some readers theatre for the Christmas holidays. Enjoy.


1 Our Snowman


2 Runaway Snowman


3 Bob the Snowman


4 Snowy Day


5 Snowed in at Polkweed Public School


6 Twas the night before Christmas


Merry Christmas!

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The Christmas Plays 2020

Dear parents and families,

Welcome to the St. Laurence’s NS, Sallins, Junior Infant and Senior Infant Christmas plays for 2020.

The good thing about the plays being online this year is that you can watch them whenever you like and as well as that, extended family and friends from far and near will be able to view them too!

We hope you enjoy the shows. Just click on the videos below. Merry Christmas to you all 🎄

Junior Infants Room 1:

Junior Infants Room 2:

Junior Infants Room 3:

Senior Infants Room 4:

Senior Infants Room 5:

Senior Infants Room 6:

Music from all of the plays is from Out of the Ark Music.

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Student Council News Bulletin December 2020

The Student Council have created their first news bulletin. This month they introduce the new Student Council members from the three 3rd classes, interview Mr. Lanigan and inform you all about our recent rag day.


Rm 25 Discovering the Banana Piano

As part of Science Week, we set up a Banana Piano in the classroom. We tested the Banana Piano to see how it worked. We found out the Banana Piano works by creating a circuit. We had lots of fun. We recorded a little tune for you. We hope you enjoy it.

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Sallins School lives well with Covid19!

Room 13 have created a video about how life has changed in school as we live with and adapt to the important changes that keep us safe in Covid19 times.

We hope you enjoy our mini-television show.
Please let us know how you are getting on!

Leave a comment below!


2nd Class Rm 25 – Haunted Houses

We made Haunted Houses for Halloween. The haunted houses are all different. They look very creepy and spooky.

They were very difficult to make. We worked very hard and used our team work to do our best. We really enjoyed making them.

How we made them:
• First, in our groups, we discussed and sketched our plans.
• Next we brought in bottles, cardboard and other recycling materials.
• Then we built the haunted houses using the materials.
• After that, we painted the haunted houses.
• Finally we displayed them in the small hall for everyone to see.

Here is a video of the process. We hope you like them.

Happy Halloween

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Happy Halloween from Room 3


Room 2: Rainy Day Walk…..

We went for an ART Walk

We saw lots of Lovely paintings!

Look with us!

Room 2

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A Social Distance Song Room 13’s BUBBLE!


Listen to our song and you’ll find out how to heal the world.


It’s a happy song to entertain you during Covid 19 times!

We worked together in our PODS to make this special song.

Sing along with us today from your own BUBBLE.

We can save the planet…

One Bubble at a time!

Thank you for watching and Listening!


Duffy’s Room 13

Sallins National School

Duffy misses his visits to you!






Washing Our Hands

After just 6 weeks of settling into life at ‘big’ school, the Junior Infants have learned many new routines. They now have the ‘all important’ routine of washing their hands, before eating their lunch, down to a fine art.

Watch below to see the Junior Infants in Room 3 busy, lathering those hands!


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Sallins School Garden September 2020

Thank you to Kevin our Caretaker for keeping our gardens so beautiful and GROWING all through the months we could not be here!
We will enjoy apple Sauce made from the apples 🍎 ripe and ready to eat!
The apple cake 🧁 was yummy too! And the apple pancakes!!
As we settle back into School we look forward to helping Kevin with the harvesting!
Onions! Kale! Salads! Vegetables!
Sunflower 🌻  Seeds…. And pumpkins 🎃 in the way!
thank you Kevin!

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