School Calendar 2019-2020

Term 1     Friday 23rd August – Friday 20th December 2019
Friday 23rd August  9.00 – 12 noon           First Years only
Monday 26th August  9.00 – 1.15 pm           First Years, Third Years and Sixth Years.
Tuesday 27th August  9.00 – 3.50 pm           All Students (Except Transition Years)
Tuesday 3rd September  9.00 – 3.50 pm           Transition Year Students
School Closed:     Monday 30th September 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
Christmas Holidays:  Monday 23rd December 2019 – Friday 3rd January 2020
Term 2   Monday 6th January – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:     Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
St Patrick’s Weekend       Monday 16th March and Tuesday 17th March 2020
Easter Holidays:  Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April 2020
Term 3     Monday 20th April – Friday 29th May 2020
Bank Holiday:  Monday 4th May 2020

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School News & Events

School Notes – 11th October, 2019

Green Day

Last Thursday marked our first Wellbeing event. The TYs highlighted the “Connected” Wellbeing indicator, encouraging everyone to connect with their peers, the school community and the wider community. This is the first of the 6 Wellbeing events (highlighting the 6 Wellbeing indicators – connected, responsible, active, resilient, respected, aware) that will be run throughout the school year. Everyone was encouraged to wear Green to support the Irish rugby team.


Ciné-Club Français

The Ciné-Club Français shows French films with English subtitles every Thursday at lunchtime from 13:20 in Room 23. The current film is “Astérix et Obélix – Mission Cléopâtre” and this will be followed by other great French classics during the year.


School Sports

A busy week of sport in Ardscoil Phádraig as the football and basketball seasons kicked off for our Senior and U16 girls’ teams. Our U16 basketball team got their season off to a winning start with a one point victory over St. Joseph’s Rochfortbridge on Tuesday while our U16 footballers finished the week on a high with a convincing win over Ballymahon Vocational School yesterday. Well done to all players and thank you to their mentors Ms. Reynolds, Ms. Mulligan, Ms. Conlon, Ms. Cheevers, Ms. Magan and Ms. Doyle.

Well done to the girls U16 Gaelic team in their strong victory again Ballymahon Vocational School with a score of 11-18 to 3-8. A great start to the year with fantastic performances from several of the girls.

Well done to the girls U16 Gaelic team in Ardscoil Phádraig who were victorious against Ballymahon Vocational School

Our senior and U16 boys’ basketball teams welcomed Mercy Kilbeggan to Granard this morning for their first games of the season. Following two very competitive encounters, both teams were unlucky to be defeated, our U16s eventually losing 28-26 while our senior team were defeated 30-19. Best wishes to both teams and their coaches Ms. Reilly and Ms. Brennan as they move forward in their respective league competitions.

Ardscoil Phadraig’s U14 Boys team who were narrowly defeated by Lanesboro

On Thursday the U14 boys’ team played a highly competitive game of football. While Ardscoil Phadraig put up a fierce battle, the final score line was 4:6 to 2:5 to Lanesboro. Some fine individual performances but unfortunately, in the wet conditions, Lanesboro were the better team on the day.

Our senior ladies team played Ballymahon vocational school recently in Ballymahon. The girls put in a great performance and were extremely unlucky to lose by a goal. Our under 16 girls are in action against Ballymahon this Friday; we wish them the best of luck.

Well done to the first year boys who recently participated in the Longford schools 7 a side blitz. There were some fine individual performances on the day. Training continues every Tuesday. Best of luck to the 2nd year boys team who start their Leinster campaign next Thursday with an away game against Lanesboro.



Following the success of our inaugural Ardscoil Phádraig Parkrun last year, Ms. McLoughlin and her organizing committee today announced details of this year’s event. Pictured are committee members Byron Small and Ms. McLoughlin along with first student home in last year’s event Seán Farrell and current All Ireland U14 100m sprint champion Funmi Talabi. We invite all students, parents and friends of Ardscoil Phádraig to join us at Longford parkrun on Saturday 23rd November for what promises to be a fantastic community event.


Causey Farm

Transition Year students enjoyed a fantastic trip to Causey Farm this week where they baked their own traditional Irish soda bread before completing a number of bog jumping activities. Thank you to Ms. McLoughlin and Ms. McGuinness for accompanying the group.


Mental Health Awareness Week

Plans are well under way to mark mental health awareness week with a number of initiatives. More details next week.


T.Y. Photography

TY’s had their third week of photography. Amazing pictures are being taken under the helpful guidance of Shelly Corcoran. Next week the students will be taking their Halloween pictures. Can’t wait to see what ghoulish images we will be treated to.


Leaving Cert Educational Trips

A busy and enjoyable week for our Leaving Certificate students. On Wednesday our Biology and Agricultural Science classes travelled to Causey Farm to complete their ecology field trip while many of our students also attended the Higher Options Careers event at the RDS last Friday. Many thanks to Ms. Magan, Mr. Domican, Mr. Gerety, Ms. Doyle and Mr. O’Brien for facilitating the trips and to our Leaving Certificate students for being such great ambassadors for our school throughout.


Panto Auditions

The preparations for this year’s Ardscoil Phadraig Christmas Panto are well underway. Auditions have begun this week and there is a great buzz of excitement in the air with the anticipation of who will nab the leading roles. A huge thank you to Mr. Byrne for organising the event again this year, watch this space for more info to follow!


Academic Excellence Awards

Huge congratulations to Eimear Corcoran and Dylan Kiernan who were presented with Academic Excellence Awards by LWETB recently in recognition of their fantastic Leaving Certificate results. Eimear is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Maynooth University while Dylan has undertaken a Bachelor of Engineering Degree in GMIT. We wish Eimear, Dylan and all of our 2019 Leaving Certificate students continues success as they progress through the next stage of their educational journey

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