Nov 202013
 

Dunsany National School

Welcome to our website. Dunsany N.S. is a small, intimate  country school nestled beneath the trees of Dunsany Church in the centre of the picturesque village of Dunsany, Co. Meath.

We have four full-time, fully qualified primary school teachers and a complement of ancillary staff members.  The caring ethos which is the hallmark of  our school  is  valued by all who attend  here. Standards of excellence are expected and strived for.

Some of our educational initiatives include World Maths Day, Artefact Day, Art Exhibitions, Autumn Big Day Out, senior/junior collaborative projects and World Book Day celebrations.

In June 2013 we were awarded the Blue Flag by the European Commission in recognition of our success in the Bluestar Schools’ Programme. 2012 saw us take receipt of our new laptop trolley and 10 new laptops.

We have an active and thriving PA and greater parent body which works hard each year to raise funds which go directly back into the school. In recent years our PA organised  major culinary star Neven Maguire @ Ardboyne Hotel, Navan &  the 25th Anniversary of Dunsany Chase Dinner Dance both events were a major success and enjoyed by all who attended.

The school takes part in inter-schools’ sports competitions in many disciplines;  football, hurling  and cross-country running.  We have had many successes in these competitions over the years. We won the Cumann na mBunscol competitions in both hurling and football in 2014 (Boys – small schools division).  Our Girls’ Team took the football title in 2010 and also took 3rd place in the Meath Cross Country Championship that year. A new basketball court was erected in 2011 and basketball is taught as part of the PE curriculum.   We have taken part in GAA initiatives in hurling and football with external trainers and in a Leinster Rugby initiative, tag rugby and were the first school to take part in Meath Athletics School Programme when they started out in 2010.

Drama and music play a great part in school life here in Dunsany NS too.  Regular performances are the norm in any given school year.  In addition to class performances, the school is home to a stage school which runs from January to June for all pupils. This year will again see over half the school take part in the Hallelujah Choir at Citywest Convention Centre and most recently Peace Proms in the RDS.  We have our own school singers ‘Gliondar’, open to all boys and girls from 1st-6th class incl. It currently has over 3o members.

Each Tuesday  “Chirpy Chicks” toddler group meets in the GP room in the school. This is open to all local  parents and toddlers (It is not necessary to have a child attending the school to attend ‘Chirpy Chicks’.)  10am to 12 noon. (Approved by Meath County Childcare)

The school celebrated its 85th Birthday in style in September 2013  with a Gathering which drew a crowd of over 300, with past pupils coming from all over the country and from England.

This year we held our Open Afternoon  on Sunday June 11th from 2pm – 4pm.  This was a lovely day out for pupils and people in our community.

Enrolment is now open for 2017/18 school year.

Buail isteach orainn anseo sa scoil agus cuirfear fíor fáilte romhat agus roimh do pháiste anseo ag ár doras.  You have to experience a small school to know the joy that it is. If you would like to visit our school please phone or email and we would be delighted to meet you.

Principal: Mrs. Catherine Bockett
Vice-Principal: Mr. Richard Donnelly

 

To contact us: 046 9025058

Or Email: dunsanyns@gmail.com

Here is a link to Senior Room blog:  Click here

 

Dec 092010
 

play_learn_grow_togetherschool bag

The Junior Room is a bright, colourful haven. It is home to our  Junior Infants and Senior Infants pupils.

Mr. Donnelly is their teacher. The children are always busy in this room, whether it’s heads down working, digging in the sandpit or enjoying a book in the new library corner.

Our highlight of the year so far has been our Big Day Out to the Botanic Gardens. We’re looking forward to the Meath Book Festival. We’ll be off to Trim Library!

Dec 082010
 

heart excercising safe cross code                     soccer_boy_girl_clipart

 

The Middle Room is where you’ll find 1st, 2nd & 3rd class all working away merrily under the watchful eye of their teacher, Bean Uí Ghallachóir.

It’s a hive of activity here. We’re really pleased with the lovely crested-cranes we created in honour of Fr. Clement’s visit. We learned lots about Uganda too. We had fun studying the tea-pots of the world too! Was your favourite teacher’s ‘posh’ silver one?! Didn’t you like all those lovely boxes from all over the world too?!

Can’t wait for our hyacinths to bloom! But we’ll have to – till next spring!

 

Dec 072010
 

 

In the Senior Room you’ll find our 4th, 5th & 6th classes who are taught by Mrs. Bockett. We’ve had a very busy year so far with our work on The Suffragettes and The Irish Famine. We’ve posted some creative writing to our blog too – why not check out what’s on our mind!

6th class pupils are looking forward to going along to the cinema to see ‘The Suffragettes’ on our first Big Night Out. We had great fun on our Big Day Out @ the Botanic Gardens.

We’ve worked really hard on our partners’ profiles (and our own) this month. Take a look along the main corridor when you’re next in the school. All 76 are ready!

Hurry up with yours teachers!

Typing on Keyboard.svg.med

 

 

 

 

Here is a link to Senior Room blog:  Click here

Dec 062016
 

We had to say goodbye to our ‘Big Tree’ just before mid-term break. Our lovely copper beech despite producing lovely foliage, was rotten within its trunk. This tree has been the back drop to our communions, confirmations, family chats, hide & seek games and some of our past pupils have even had their wedding photos taken under its rich-coloured leaves. Watch out for the next pics of the exciting removal day!

 

20160824_193714

 

img_0296

img_0301

 

Save

 Posted by at 11:41 pm
Dec 062016
 

The Junior Room went to Dunshaughlin Library recently to meet author Juanita Browne. Juanita is a zoologist, science communicator, and writer. Her session introduced the children to our wonderful Irish wildlife, using props, animal images and sounds. Juanita also gave us an insight into her work, books, and natural history documentaries for RTE television and radio. Her book “My First Book of Irish Animals” was shortlisted for the Literacy Association of Ireland’s Children’s Book Award 2015. She in turn was very impressed with our knowledge of our native animals!

20161021_110341

20161021_104559

20161021_104419

 

20161021_104252

20161021_104054

20161021_104030

20161021_104040

20161021_104043

20161021_104045

20161021_104048

Save

Save

 Posted by at 11:35 pm
Oct 282016
 

It was all fun and frolics at the end of half term here @ Dunsany N.S. Many pupils and even the teachers, got in on the Little Red Riding Hood theme. The Junior Room performed their version of Little Red Riding Hood for all the mums and dads on the day of our holidays. They sang beautifully and acted superbly.

Who’s afraid of the BIG BAD WOLF! (Don’t worry the woodcutter aka Mr Donnelly, will sort him out!)

img_0476

 

 

img_0323 img_0361

img_0364

img_0369

img_0373

img_0380

img_0382

img_0388

img_0395

img_0400

img_0405

img_0412

img_0418

img_0422

img_0429

img_0441

img_0539

img_0542

img_0532

img_0529

img_0527 img_0522

img_0515

img_0511

img_0509

img_0506

img_0504 img_0502

img_0500 img_0497

img_0495 img_0493

img_0491

img_0489

img_0487

img_0485

img_0484 img_0482

img_0441

img_0343

img_0465

img_0447

img_0436

img_0429

img_0428

img_0412 img_408

img_405

img_0405

img_0361

img_0359

img_0358img_0356

img_0357  img_0354

 

img_0350

img_0337

img_0335

img_0331

img_0329

img_0326

img_0324

img_0320

Save

Save

 Posted by at 9:55 pm