School Quiz Team in All Ireland Final
4th class pupils will participate in the All Ireland
Credit Union Quiz Final in the RDS Dublin on April
6th. Go néirí go geal le Anna, Ross, Cullin agus Emma
Welcome to our school
Founded in 1949, St Patrick's National School is located in the country village of Whitechurch, approximately 6 miles from Cork City. The school has a long history and we are very proud particularly of our academic and sporting history. We hope you enjoy our website, which is designed to communicate and inform pupils, parents and the wider school community.
Winning Quiz Teams
Congratulations to 4th class pupils who won the Credit Union Schools Quiz in Blarney on January 31st. The second team came 3rd.
Happy ChristmasOn the 13th December we held our school carol service. We were joined by parents and by Fr. Sheehen for the blessing of the school crib. The crib ornaments were placed into the crib by the oldest and youngest children in the school. We had a morning of music, song and poetry, provided by the boys and girls. Following the carol service, Santa came to visit, arriving on horse and cart. He lit the Christmas tree lights and then visited the children in the junior classes, bringing every child in the school a small gift. Thank you to the parents association for their help in organising this event. A special thanks to the music and choir teachers for their hard work.
Unveiling of Sculpture
On Monday November 11th, a sculpture was unveiled outside our new school by the Chairperson of the Board of Management, Mr. Donal Burke. This beautiful creation depicts the oak leaf and the acorn, symbolic of learning and fruitfullness. Three limestone seats at the base are inscribed with the years 1835, 1949 and 2012, representing the three schools on this site over the years. Sincere thanks to the talented work of the sculpture, Mr. Wilkins who has enhanced the appearance of our new school with this artistic statement. Images below from a historic day...
'Team Hope' Christmas Shoe Box Appeal November 19th
Pupils from all classes filled shoe boxes with gifts for children less fortunate than us -street children, orphans, kids in hospital, poor families, victims of war or other needy situations in the Ukraine. This is our 11th year contributing to this special cause.
Past Pupil returns with All Ireland Cup
We extended a warm welcome to past pupil Valerie Mulcahy who returned on October 23rd with her 8th All Ireland Ladies Football medal. This has almost become an annual event, an occasion we look forward to and cherish. Valerie spoke about her sciath na scol medal that she won while attending Whitechurch National School and the pride of place that this medal takes. Her inspiring and encouraging words were appreciated by all. Comhgairdeas Valerie.
On Friday 6th of September the boys and girls came to school looking brilliant decked head to toe in red and white to support Cork playing in the All Ireland hurling final against Clare on Sunday.
We'll be cheering on Jimmy Barry Murphy and the team!
Bring the Liam McCarthy cup home to the banks!
Full Attendance Awards 2013
Presentation to pupils who were present every day (183 days) this school year. Comhgairdeas libh agus coiméad suas é.
On March 20th, last year's 6th class pupils returned to our new school to plant a tree as a symbol of the time they spent here.
Seachtain na Gaeilge 2013
Sixth class ECO project
To coincide with the opening of the new school, a new tracksuit was introduced in September 2012. 6th class pupils decided to send all the old tracksuits and uniforms to a Chernobyl Children's Charity. The pupils also came up with a unique idea to recycle all old and new unwanted buttons. The HOPE foundation plan to take the buttons collected to their Tailoring School Training Lifeskill Projects in India. We wish all 6th class pupils the very best of luck in the ECO UNESCO Environmental Project competition and we commend their efforts to improve the lives of those less fortunate than us.
Féilire na Scoile 2013- 2014
School Re-opens: August 29th
Mid Term Break: October 28th - November 1st (inclusive)
Christmas Vacation: School closes December 20th and re-opens January 6th
Mid Term Break: February 20th & 21st
St. Patrick's Day: March 17th - 21st (inclusive) School closed (week)
Easter Vacation: April 14th - 25th (inclusive). School opens on April 28th.
Bank Holiday: May 5th
Bank Holiday: June 2nd
Summer Vacation: June 27th
Note: If inclement weather causes school to close, it will be necessary to open for 3 days at start of Easter holidays to make up for days lost.