Winter Food Drive 2018

Thank you to everyone in the Ard Rí CNS community who contributed so generously to the Winter Food Drive again this year. This campaign has grown from strength to strength and this year we are delighted to donate to two charities; Navan Meals on Wheels and the Meath Food Bank. We received a lovely note of thanks in the mail today from Rose at Meals on Wheels. Our hampers have gone to some of the 100 elderly and otherwise disadvantaged people from the Navan area who benefit from their daily service. Rose writes, ‘we commend your generosity and your thoughtfulness towards those in our community who are more vulnerable than most.’ Well done everyone. Happy...

Winter Food Drive

Winter Food Drive 2018 Thank you to everyone in the Ard Rí CNS community who contributed so generously to the Winter Food Drive again this year. This campaign has grown from strength to strength and this year we are delighted to donate to two charities; Navan Meals on Wheels and the Meath Food Bank. Our Parent Association organise this event every year and were on hand to divide the food into hampers which will be delivered directly to the charities. We have tried a few different means of donating to charity at Christmas time but the simple giving of food to needy people in our Community is one which children grasp and and can relate to. Community Focus is a cornerstone of the Community National School ethos. Supporting charity is a great way to exercise our ‘Attitude of...

Cheerios Childline Breakfast- November 2018

Wednesday 14th of November 2018 will live long in the memories of the Ard Rí Community. Most people like their Cheerios in a bowl but we had our breakfast in a blackout! Our Parent Association organised this event to raise funds for this very worthy charity. Childline run a Freefone line for children up to the age of 18 to call and have a chat when they need someone to talk to. We were just pouring in the milk when the whole school went dark. The spirit and determination of the Ard Rí staff and parents present shone through as we just kept going! Children had great fun looking at teachers running around with torches and they wondered what all the fuss and stress was about. We received over €368 which we are delighted to donate to Childline. Well done to everyone involved!!     ...

Halloween 2018

This is the Fifth Annual Pumpkin Festival at Ard Rí. Every year each family enters a pumpkin. This is a family project and parents and children are encouraged to work together in planning their entry, purchasing the pumpkin and material required, constructing the piece and finally submitting their entry on the morning of the festival. This all started five years ago with only one class entering and this year we had over 100 entries “A clear focus on community building is a corner-stone of school life at Community National Schools. The Pumpkin Festival is just one community event we run at the school. It is great to see families coming together on a creative project. Some of these have been months in the making. It’s not only for the children. On the day of the festival, parents are chatting together, they’re getting to know one another and this binds the community. The buzz is unreal.” Darragh Roe- Principal This Year’s...

Hedgehog Rescue Dublin

This January were were delighted to welcome Yvonne from Hedgehog Rescue Dublin to Ard Rí Community National School. Yvonne is an experienced zoologist and lots of the boys and girls recognised her from RTE The Zoo. Yvonne brought with her two rescue hedgehogs called Maureen and Simon. We learned all about hedgehogs in the wild and how we can help to conserve them and their habitat. Yvonne told us all about the great work she and her colleagues do at the Rescue Centre. We were delighted to make a donation of €266 to help the centre in continuing to provide support for this vulnerable native...

Meath River Rescue visit Ard Rí Community NS

The children at Ard Rí Community National School were delighted to welcome Peter Boland and Claire Whyte on Wednesday 11.05.2017. ‘This month the boys and girls are all learning about water safety in class so it was great to have the guys from Meath River Rescue in to really bring it to life for them’ said Junior Infant teacher Maria Bradley O’Connor. The children were fascinated with the rib Peter brought down. ‘My favourite part of the job is coming to schools and teaching the children about river safety’ said Peter who is a diver with the voluntary organisation, ‘I hope that from this they will be more careful around water and in years to come they might even get involved with the Rescue Team’  Everyone at Ard Rí Community National School would like to thank Peter and Claire for giving up their time to teach the children about this very special community...

Holi 2017 at Ard Rí Community National School

We laughed, shared food and celebrated our diversity together… On Friday 24.03.2017 the Ard Rí CNS community came together to celebrate the Hindu Holi Festival. Every year the community holds a different cultural celebration.The staff worked in partnership with the Indian families whose children attend the school and the most important aspects of Hinduism and Indian life were decided upon to teach the children. During the week the children learned about India in class through story, poems, research projects and the preparation of displays. On Thursday each class enjoyed yoga workshops.             On Friday the Parent Association and Indian families provided Indian food and we were joined by our guest of honor Swami Purnananda. The whole community came together and Swami Purnananda spoke about the value of a life, how each day is important and how special each individual life is. Children then took part in the Colour Ceremony and we spread coloured powder to celebrate the coming of spring and the friendship and love that we share together....

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017

Tír gan Teanga. Tír gan anam.   Bhí SnaG2017 den scoth againn ag Pobalscoil Náisiúnta Ard Rí. Bhíomar gnóthach le Tráth na gCeist, Céilí, Amhránaíocht, Ealain angus neart gníomhaíochtaí eile, go léir trí mheain an Ghaeilge. Bhí íonadh orainn go raibheamar ábalta teaghmháil lena chéile agus gheallamar dá chéile níos mó Ghaeilge a labhairt agus muid ar...

Cór Fhéile na Scoileanna

Following on from their performance with Three Tenors Ireland in The Solstice Theatre last month the boys and girls from the Ard Rí Community National School Senior Choir, under conductor Ms Eimear Donnelly, performed at the School Choir Festival in The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght on Tuesday 07.03.2017. The school is delighted to have taken part in this festival which has been running for over fifty years. The boys and girls gave rousing renditions of a medley of traditional Irish songs and a their version of Katy Perry Firework had the audience on their feet dancing. The school choir at Ard Rí CNS, Navan has gone from strength to strength and rehearsals have already begun for The Navan Choral Festival in...