Scoil Áine reopened on Monday March 5th.Many thanks to all of the volunteers who helped to clear the snow from the school grounds on Sunday afternoon.




Dear Parents/Guardians,

Following consultation with Fr John Hackett and the Principals of Scoil Mhuire and St John the Evangelist it has been decided to postpone this week’s Confirmation ceremonies and move them to next week. Confirmation for Scoil Aine’s pupils will now take place on Friday March 9th at 11.00am.

The schools greatly regret having to take this decision at such short notice and realise it will cause considerable inconvenience to many families. However the weather forecast for Thursday and particularly Friday is looking increasingly problematic and it might not have been possible to hold the ceremony safely and without disruption this Friday.

Confirmation photographs have been rescheduled for Tuesday March 13th.


Yours sincerely


Martin Meehan

Acting Principal




Dear Parents/Guardians,

Following the departure of Sean Hourihane to take up his new post as Principal of Scoil Mhichil Naofa in Athy a new Principal has been appointed to Scoil Aine Naofa.The Scoil Aine community congratulates Conor O Reilly on his appointment and extends the warmest of welcomes to him. Staff and pupils are looking forward to meeting and working with him.

Conor is currently Principal of Gaelscoil Shliabh Rua in Ballyogan Road in Dublin 18. He will be taking up his new post in Scoil Aine after Easter.

The school will be closed for midterm on Thursday February 15th and Friday February 16th.

On Friday February 23rd the school will close at 12 O Clock to facilitate teacher training in the new Child Protection measures. The pupils will be going home at midday on this day.


Martin Meehan

Acting Principal.


Protected Disclosures Policy [see Policy Section] 

Updated Healthy Eating Policy [see Policy Section] 

Uniform must be worn on all days other than your child's assigned PE day unless your child has permission from his/her teacher due to taking part in a match/extra-curricular.

School Closures 2017/18 - see Policy/Reports Section

Attendance: Parents/Guardians please note from Monday January 23rd 2017, you will receive a text message from the school when your child has reached 10 and 15 days absent from school, explained or otherwise. Absences 20 days or over will continue to be notified by letter. [Board of Management 19.01.2017]

Parents/Guardians are reminded that clamping is in operation at the front carpark of the school between 08:30 -09:15 & 13:00 - 15:00. Parking during these times is by permit only.

Social Media Presentation for parents - copy of slides available on the following link



Homework Club

Application Forms for after Easter now available from Room 10
Operates Monday-Thursday 14:40-16:00
Ms. Mc Goldrick


Yoga Term 3

I’m delighted to be in a position to offer the following Yoga Dates  in   Term 3

3rd Class Room 1

Lunchtime Wednesdays . Children to wear school tracksuit .

Dates Wednesday April 18, 25 & May 2nd


4th , 5th & 6th

2:40 to 3:40 Hall Fridays

Dates : April 13,20 & 27th .

 Permission slips available from Ms Whyte Room 7 should your child be interested.


Intercultural Policy

Dear Parents/ Guardians,

Scoi Áine Naofa is currently undertaking a review of Interculturalism in the school. We would greatly appreciate if you would take a moment to complete this short survey to help us to develop a School Intercultural Policy.



Basketball Finals 2017

Congratulations to the Boys Team who won the A final v Killester 12-10 last Thursday. We are also very proud of the Girls Team who unfortunately lost their A Final 14-8 to Rush. Well done to team coaches Mr. Somers and Ms. Mc Goldrick.

Intel Science 2017

The Intel Mini Scientist was back  in Scoil Áine Naofa again during Science Week  from Nov.13th -16th .

The Mini Scientist is all about having a fun and exciting time with science for students of a young age.

126 6th class students took part and exhibited their innovative and imaginative science based projects. There were 46 projects in total.

It certainly was a fun filled few days in Scoil Áine. The children exhibited their knowledge of Science and  presented  their projects with purpose and confidence to a wide audience.  Parents, teachers, students and second class pupils from St.Thomas’ JNS all came to view the projects over a 3-day period.

Intel judge, Mike Nolan and his team of 3 other judges had the extremely difficult job of choosing the winning projects.

1st place winners were  Phargavi Shyam Sundar, Ayo Salawu, Leah Kiniry and Melissa McGrath with their project “Air Pollution”. They will go on to represent Scoil Áine Naofa at the Regional Finals in Intel in early December. We wish them every success!

In 2nd  place were Louise Bredin,  Hannah Lynch, Evlia Malaj and Isobel Kilduff  with their project “Cosmetics”. Well done Girls!

There were many other  very interesting projects on display and all the children were a credit to their teachers and their school. Congratulations to all those involved and  best of luck to the girls as they go on to compete in the Regional Finals.


14.09.2017 - Board of Management Parent/Guardian Nominees

Two vacancies have arisen on the Board of Management for Parent/Guardian Nominees due to the fact that the current nominees no longer have children attending the school.

I would like to take this opportunity, on behalf of the Board of Management to thank Stephen Jio and Mary Dwyer for their service to the Board over the last number of years.

An election to replace Stephen and Mary will take place before the Parents Association AGM on Tuesday September 26th at 19.45. Nominations will be invited for both vacancies at this meeting. A parents/guardian can nominate him/herself. If you are nominating someone other than yourself, please ensure that you have his/her agreement and consent. Each nomination will neeed to be seconded by another parent/guardian of a child in the school at the meeting.

If you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Le meas,

Seán Hourihane


On behalf of the Board of Management


Cross Country Champions 2017

Congratulations to our Athletics Team, winners of the South Dublin County Cross Country Championship 2017. This was a fantastic result  for team with 68 schools and in excess of 3000 students involved over three days. Well done in particular to Gerard Gorman (6th) and Saoirse Fitzgerald (4th), both of whom secured 1st places in their respective races last week. Many thanks to coaches Mr. Lawlor (3rd class), Mr. O Sullivan (6th Class) and all other teachers/SNAs' that helped with supervision etc over the three days thatthe competition was held.


Talent Show 2017

Congratulations to all who participated in our Talent Show this year. As always, there was an exceptionally high standard with the children displaying a huge variety of talent. In the end 18 acts qualified for the Grand Final. The winners were:

3rd/4th Classes:

1st Place - Daniella Melnik [Gymnastics]

2nd Place - Elliot Kelly [Singing]

3rd Place - Daniel Anatjev [Piano]

5th/6th Classes

1st Place - Jessica Power [Piano/Singing]

2nd Place - Anna & Mattie Wanic [Singing/Guitar/Piano]

3rd Place - Kayleigh Kilduff Fox [Singing]

Many thanks to Mr. Greene [MC], Ms. Murphy, Ms. Zauers, Ms. Flanagan [Organisers] and all staff/parents who helped make the event a great success.


Intel Mini-Scientist Final beckons for Scoil Áine Naofa Students

Four pupils from 6th  class in Scoil Áine Naofa, Esker, Lucan have qualified for the Intel Mini Scientist Grand Final, to be held on Feb 3rd in The Helix. A big congratulations to  Katie Dwyer, Noor Mohammed, Joe Murphy and Erica Collins who put on an impressive display with their project “ The Heating Point of the Body”. They were praised for the quality of their work and their ability to deliver their project with such enthusiasm and confidence.

It started with tough competition in Scoil Áine itself with 50 projects  on display by all 6th class students in the school hall on Nov.15th &16th .  It was the first stage of the Intel Mini Scientist competition. Great credit is due to all these 6th class children and to their teachers. There were some very interesting projects on display. The children presented their work on a poster and in a folder, in addition to their table display. Project titles included “ The Self Inflating Balloon”, “ Do Energy Drinks Really Work?”, “Do Plants Change Colour?”. Some very innovative projects included  “ Birdhouse Electric”, “ How do Blind/Deaf People Play Sport?”, “How do Rollercoasters Defy Gravity?”  Concentration, The Brain , Memory were all topics that the children investigated.

The third, fourth and fifth classes came to see the projects. There was great excitement in the hall as the children explored each project. Proud parents also came to see the projects. The 2nd class pupils came to visit and were eager to learn about some of the experiments. On the final day in Scoil Áine five judges came to see the projects. Sarah Keegan, Siobhan Curtin, Cathy Cronin, Hariprasad Govindharajan and Wai C Yu were welcomed into the hall. The judges went to each table. They were intrigued by each project.

In second place was a very well researched and interactive project “ Killer Rain” by Anna Wanic, Fadilah Wan and Nicole Oncea. Well done girls! Erica, Joe, Noor and Katie secured first place and represented Scoil Áine, with their teacher Mr.Greene, in the Regional Finals in Intel on Dec 8th . The group successfully got through to the Intel Mini Scientist  Grand Final. We wish them every success.



First Sporting Event Held in Scoil Aine Naofa

The first ever sporting event was held in Scoil Aine Naofa on the 20th October 2016. The boys and girls basketball teams played a match in the hall and on the outside court against Mary Mother of Hope. There was great excitement in the school as some children and teachers all watched the intense games. The basketball team were delighted to play a game using their new basketball hoops.


The girls played on the inside court in the hall while the boys played outside.

The first quarter of the girls game started and the ball was hit down by Mary Mother of Hopes [MMH] tallest player into our hands but soon after we were tackled and MMH got possession of the ball and they scored from that. Five minutes later the score was 4-0 to MMH. Not long after that we got back with one basket and the first quarter ended 4-2 to MMH.

The second quarter started with a bang, with two baskets from SAN leaving the score 6-4 to us. After a few minutes it was 10-8 to us but a few seconds before the whistle blew MMH got a basket leaving that quarter at a draw at 10-10!

The third quarter was great! It started with two baskets by us but was then followed by two from them also. There then was another basket from both teams leaving the second last quarter as a draw.

The fourth quarter was intense and started off with a great basket almost straight away from us and then another one from MMH. The game ended 22-20 to MMH but it was a great game all the same! Well done Mary Mother of hope and hard luck to Scoil ‘Aine Naofa girls basketball team!

The boy’s basketball team also played Mary Mother of Hope on the 20th of October. They won by one basket. In the first quarter Mary Mother of Hope dominated. They played the ball to their quality players and scored as a result. In the second quarter Scoil Aine Naofa came fighting back. They were all over the opposition. The following two quarters were very challenging and both teams continued to score. The game went to extra time and Robert McCormack scored the winning basket in a very exciting game. Scoil Aine has one game left in the group. If they win the next game they will be through to the league final.

By Gerard Gorman and Katie Dwyer


Scoil Áine Naofa - A brief history....

Scoil Áine Naofa was founded in 1980 and is a Mixed Catholic Senior school (3rd - 6th classes) under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. Our mission is to create a warm welcoming environment wherein our students can learn and grow to their full potential. Our school motto "Unity is strength" encapsulates how we hope to achieve this. Staff, parents and students working together in partnership, ensures that students of all nationalities and backgrounds are embraced, their needs identified and addressed accordingly.



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