School Notes: Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard

Longford Leader


Longford Leader



Nolan was speaking in the Dáil today

Welcome back

Welcome back to all our students and staff. We hope you had an enjoyable beak.

ESB Site Visit

On Tuesday last, the fifth year LCVP students travelled to Longford along with their teachers Ms. McLoughlin & Ms. Doyle to visit the ESB offices. We received a great reception from the staff. The day started with a talk about the general running of the ESB, then we were split up into smaller groups and got to see in detail all the different jobs that are performed on a daily basis there. It really opened our eyes to all the work that is involved! Refreshments were received and the students were ready to go again. Next was an on-site visit in Ballymahon where we got to see many of the local ESB workers in action and even got to try out a few of the jobs ourselves. From trying on and realising the weight of the harnesses and even a few brave students climbing a pole, the students received a great insight into ‘a day in the life’ of an ESB worker. Some students showed a great interest in maybe doing an apprenticeship with the ESB, so in the future we might be relying on these students to keep the power going!

First Year Blitz in Clonguish

Great day out in Newtownforbes, where our first years were unlucky not to progress to the finals due to score difference. It started off with a close encounter against Moyne C.S. with a few good scores from Padraig Sheridan and Adam Kelly, but the teams could not be separated at the final whistle ending in a draw.  The second game of the day we finished runners up against a strong Lanesborough side. With points from Shane Gettings and a goal from Declan O Reilly it just wasn’t enough to get the win. Solid defending from Alex Fahey and Owen Kelly conceding only 3 points against Ballymahon Vocational school, and a hat trick from Padraig Sheridan sealed the deal on a great victory. Unfortunately at the end of the group stages we finished on level points with Moyne C.S, where we came up short on scores which meant we exited the competition.

Butler’s Chocolate factory

Last Wednesday, our LCA group organised a trip to Butler's Chocolate Experience for Tír Na Óg and Cluain Eala. We had a wonderful day and we developed a knowledge of the history of chocolate and its origins. The tour consisted of a video highlighting the chocolate making process, a tour of the museum, a guided tour of the factory and then a chance to make our own chocolate. We even brought back a sample of our goods for the poor teachers left behind!! Thank you to the LCA girls for organising the trip. 

Architecture in Schools Project

Transition Years were blindfolded and in wheelchairs under the supervision of Ms Mulligan as part of a sensory exercise for the Architecture in school project. This allowed the students to get a better understanding of the challenges of designing buildings for people with disabilities.

Caith Amach É

On Thursday our Leaving Certs enjoyed an interactive workshop based on the Sraith Pictiúr for the upcoming Irish oral. Students also gained some insightful knowledge and tips on the conversation part of the exam. Thanks to Niall and Seán from HighRock Productions for their enjoyable performance and also to Cnoc Mhuire for hosting us for the workshop.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Plans are underway for Seachtain na Gaeilge which will take place in Ardscoil Phádraig from the 13th-16th March. Bígí Linn!

Glasnevin Cemetery Trip

TY's will travel to Glasnevin Cemetery on Monday for the first of two visits where they will be trained as tour guides. In addition, they will receive a guided tour of the cemetery. Thanks to Ms Tully for organising this very interesting and worthwhile project

Stay Safe Stay Smart Stay Social

An information evening will be held in the school on Wednesday 8th March from 7-8pm for parents regarding staying safe whilst using Social Media. Social network sites like Facebook and Twitter have become the world’s largest databases of personal information, a haven for identity thieves and scammers. So come along and learn how to protect yourself and your family online without sacrificing your social interaction. For more information contact Ms Reilly or the school directly.

Parent Teacher Meeting

A parent teacher meeting for parents of Junior Cert and Leaving Cert students on Thursday 9th March.

After School Classes

After school study and classes in various subjects are continuing. These give a great opportunity for students to improve their grades.

PLC Courses

We are now accepting applications for our PLC courses in Animal Care and Nursing Studies. These level 5 QQI courses provide a stepping stone into jobs or can be worth up to 400 points for access into some third level courses. If you require further details, please contact the school.