Active School Committee

The pupils on the active schools committee have been given leadership roles

  • Active line leaders after little break

  • Playground leaders

  • Carry out surveys

  • Report any messages back to their classmates and teachers

  • Keep the PE press neat and tidy

  • Report any PE related issues back to a member of staff

  • Make sure any PE equipment used at lunch is put away

Our Active School Noticeboard

School Suggestion Box

A suggestion box has been placed on the notice board for ideas for monthly active tasks and playground games.

What Club Are You In?

The senior pupils on the Active School committee conducted a whole school survey titled: ‘Sporting clubs that we belong to’

Based on the survey results, we discovered that the pupils in Carlow educate together  attend over 30 different clubs.

Hockey Ireland Training

Hockey Ireland

John from Hockey Ireland did a six-week block of coaching with 1st and 4th Class.

He taught the fundamental basics of hockey and the kids really enjoyed and developed their skills over the six-week block.

Tag Rugby Carlow RFC

Carlow Rugby

The senior classes had a great September as Gavin from Carlow RFC came to teach tag rugby for 6 weeks. They learned many new skills and had a great time too!

5 Star GAA Centre Initiative

The school is participating in the 5 Star Programme this year. This is a GAA initiative that involves us committing to 60 minutes of Gaelic Games activities per week.

Benny Kenny came to talk to the teachers about how to organise and deliver the activities so that we can become a GAA 5 Star Centre.

Damien from Carlow GAA also came in for five weeks in October to teach various classes in the school fun activities and skills that will help us to get started.

GAA Handball Staff Training

The teachers got off to a great new year. Pauric Dowdall the National Club Support Officer for GAA Handball Ireland came to the school to coach the teachers and to give them ideas on how to teach one wall handball.

Carlow GAA

Laura’s 3rd Class completed their posters for the ‘SOUND SUPPORTERS-Be Sound or Be Silent!’ initiative. The initiative is aimed at promoting positive behaviour and encouraging language on the sidelines at our games.

Maith Sibh.

Erasmus+ Virtual Mobility Project

In June Laura’s 3rd class participated in a virtual sports week with a class in Hanover. They recorded videos of Irish dancing and Gaelic football to show the children in Germany. 

They watched videos from the children in Hanover and learned how to play German playground games.

They zoomed each other everyday with feedback. Laura’s really enjoyed this unique experience and all the different sports they tried over the week.


6th class had another great day kayaking today. Big thanks to Go with the Flow River Adventures and Carlow Town Park


We’re extremely proud of our 2nd class teacher Ciara who will captain the  Wexford Junior Ladies Camogie team on Sunday in the 2021 All-Ireland final. Wexford play Armagh on Sunday at 12pm you can watch it on RTÉ. Best of luck to Ciara and the team you’ll hear us shouting from Carlow!

Cycling 2021

5th class had brilliant fun today on our cycle down the barrow track. Special thanks to Mark for organising @kilkennycycletours and County Carlow Sports Partnership for the funding.


Big thanks to Bernard from Cricket Leinster and Jimmy from Carlow Cricket Club who came in for their first session today with our 3rd and 5th Class. Introducing some of our students to Cricket for the first time. They had a great time and looking forward to the remaining sessions over the next couple of weeks.​​

Football Association of Ireland

3rd and 4th class have loved their futsal soccer training over the last few weeks with the FAI.

Erasmus+ Virtual Mobility Project

In January 2022 Laura’s new 3rd class participated in a second virtual sports week with a class in Hanover. Like last year they showed Anja’s class in Hanover how to Irish dance and play Gaelic football.

They watched videos from the children in Hanover and learned how to play German playground games.

The success of the week was celebrated with a French breakfast while they zoomed each with feedback. Laura’s class really enjoyed this unique experience and all the different sports they tried over the week. 

Cumann na mBunscoil

In March our boys and girls football team participated in the Cumann na mBunscoil blitz. Well done to everyone involved!


Throughout the month of March the senior classes were very lucky to receive some Gaelic football training from the GAA.

Community Races

Delighted to share news that four of Sinéad’s Senior Infants went to the community races during the spring break and did a great job at representing CETNS.

They each ran the heats of the Under 8s 60m Sprint. They also ran the Under 8s Novelty Race. Finally they worked excellently as a team in the Under 9s 400m Relay Race.

It was a gruelling three hours but they were all very good and they all won an Easter egg for their efforts.

Well done to some of our older pupils who also participated in the races too. 

Carlow Rugby Club

In April great fun was had, by our two boys teams and our girls team at the Carlow Rugby Club Schools Blitz. Big thanks to Gavin from Leinster Rugby and the refs and coaches from Institute of Technology Carlow for organising a great day out.

Carlow GAA

A big thanks to Brendan Hayden from Carlow GAA, who came in over the month of May after school to give a hand with Ciara,  and give some guidance to our budding hurlers and Camogie players as part of our after school club.

The children learned a lot and really enjoyed themselves, and some are hoping to now join up with their local clubs

Bike Week 2022

Children from the 5th and 6th classes had great fun as part of our Active Schools Week and Bike Week 2022 by becoming familiar with the new protected bike lanes around Carlow Town. It was great to see our bike racks so full in the mornings. We travelled around our town on the bike lanes and used the newly installed raised bike lanes near Hannover Park. We stopped for a short break in the redeveloped park before heading back to school. It was great to see the improvements and we look forward to the continuation of the next phase of this Active Travel project. We discussed it with the children afterwards and the segregation from the traffic made them feel far safer when cycling in Carlow.

Huge thanks to Carlow County Council and Carlow Sports Partnership for their generous sponsorship and to Southeast Cycling Safety and Bicycle Hire. Thanks also to our German guests from Hannover who accompanied us on two of the trips.

Hopefully we can look forward to more of our children being able to cycle around our town safely in future.

Carlow GAA

Our 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th Classes had a great time at our GAA Sports Day organised by Carlow GAA 

Carlow GAA Coaching and Games

Big thank you to Carlow Town Hurling and Camogie Club for the use of their grounds for the day.

Cumann na mBunscoil

Two great wins for our girls and our boys football teams, in their opening game of the Cumann na mBunscoil 2022. A great start to September.
Well done to all involved and thanks to the parents who came to support the teams.


We are delighted to have Bernard from Cricket Leinster back again this September. Our senior classes are loving leaning the skills of the game!

Cumann na mBunscoil

Tomorrow our boys football team play in the semi-final of the Cumann na mBunsoil. They play Kildavin N.S., and the game will be in Kildavin GAA club with throw-in at 10:30.

Sean Nós Dancing

Irene Cunningham, champion Sean nós dancer was here today to give 5th class a taster class. Some budding dancers here!

Sports Against Racism (SARI)

We were delighted to welcome @SARI (Sports Against Racism Ireland) to our school today. 5th and 6th class got to take part in their fantastic workshop. Thanks very much to Kerrie, Fayaaz and Dori for their really important work. Kerrie warned us she was the best at being sneaky, she wasn’t lying! We learned a lot in a really fun way.

O'Hanrahan's GAA

Big thanks to Pio Kennedy from O’hanrahans Gaa who has been doing some coaching with our Senior Infants, 1st and 2nd Classes. They’ve been having great fun doing the sessions.

South East Schools Orienteering Competition

Congratulations to all the 5th class children who took part in the South East Schools Orienteering competition in Kilkenny this week. We are very proud of how well they represented our school, with some amazing times achieved.

FAI Primary Schools 5s 2023

4th, 5th and 6th class girls and boys started their training in February for the FAI primary schools 5s 2023. They are working really hard at improving their soccer skills every Monday and Wednesday at lunchtime. They can’t wait to head off to the competition on March 21st. 

Cycle Right

5th class worked with Cycle Right for 6 weeks doing a Cycling Safety course. They did four sessions in the school where they simulated situations they would encounter on the roads and how to approach them in a safe and responsible manner. Passing parked cars, cycling in a group, indicating, turning and much more. They then did a cycle from the school on a local route to use some of these skills into practice.

FAI Primary Schools 5s 2023

Well done to our girls soccer team, who finished top of their group today in the FAI 5-a-side regional tournament. Our boys teams were unlucky not to progress unfortunately.
The girls won all their games and came from 2-0 down in their final game to win 3-2. They now progress to the regional finals on Friday which will be played on the SETU campus pitches.
Our girls soccer team did themselves very proud today in the Carlow finals of the FAI 5-a-side school’s competition. Unfortunately they didn’t win, but can hold their heads high after a great performance.
Well done to Ballon National School for winning our group.

Cricket Staff Training

In March our staff took part in cricket CPD training  after school. Bernard from Cricket Leinster went through the various skills of the game and gave the teacher lots of new ideas on how to teach the game. 

Carlow Athletics Relay

We had teams from 5th and 6th class competing in the Carlow Athletics Relay event in SETU today. Well done to our girls 6th class and boys 5th class teams who qualified for their finals.
Unfortunately both teams just missed out on medals as they finished 5th and 4th respectively in their finals. We brought 32 children to the event in total and they all had a great day out.

Bike Week 2023

Senior Infants made a great start to National Bike Week!

We had a great Bike Week 2023 and there were a huge amount of kids taking part in different activities over the week. Thanks to County Carlow Sports Partnership for the generous funding and to Jason from Cycling Safety for the lessons for the 5th classes leading up to our cycle down the Barrow. The infant classes and integration classes were practicing all week in the school grounds and we have a lot of newly independent cyclists with no stabilisers.
It was great to see the bike racks and the Geodome (the fanciest bike storage area in the country) full of bikes all week.
On Monday 22nd our school is going to trial it’s first ever Bike Bus for the 4th – 6th class children. The Bike Bus will be run by parents and teacher volunteers and collect children on their bikes all across Carlow town on the way to school. This is a great start to Active Week which runs all next week.

Bike Bus to School

Our first Carlow Educate Together National School Bike Bus went really well this morning. We collected children from different points across Carlow Town as we went and enjoyed our active start to the day.
If you and/or your child would like to take part in the next Bike Bus we are looking for adult volunteers to help out occasionally. Please contact if you are in a position to do this.
Thanks again to County Carlow Sports Partnership who helped enable this to happen. 

ALDI Play Rugby Sticker Competition

We got some brilliant news during Active Week. We have won five thousand euro that will help upgrade sports equipment in the school. Well done to the active committee who worked hard gathering all the stickers and for helping Teresa send away the posters.