Fossa School receives New Green Flag Award

Fossa School received its first Green Flag, on May 27th last. This was a great achievement for the school. Great appreciation is due to all the children, staff (including our secretary and caretaker) and parents, who all have worked together to achieve this goal. Matthew O’ Connor and Zara Clifford, two of our Green School members, travelled to Cork on May 27th to receive this award. They proudly accepted this flag on behalf of Fossa School.  

Digital Schools Award

A Digital Schools inspection took place in all classes in Fossa School on Monday June 16th. The award promotes and acknowledges best practice and use of ICT to deliver the best educational experience for pupils at primary level. A sincere thank you to Michael Finnegan (mainstream teacher) who leads practice in ICT in the school and all staff for their hard work and eagerness to equip our children with the ICT skills they will require for the future. To find out more click here  

Active School Flag 2014

Fossa National School has been actively involved in securing the prestigious Active Flag Award for 2014. The Active School Flag was launched by the Department of Education and Skills in 2009. It is a non-competitive initiative which seeks to recognise schools (both primary and post-primary) that provide quality PE, co-curricular physical activity and sports programmes for their students. Thank you to Lisa Kerfoot, PE co-ordinator for all the work she does behind the scenes ensuring access to quality resources and maximum participation by all children. All classes in our school took part in Get Active Week which was held from June 9th to 13th. Get active week was a culmination … Read More >>

Spikeball County and All Ireland Champions 2014

East Kerry Girls 7 a Side Champions: Our school’s girl’s football team successfully continued our commendable record in Gaelic Football competitions by winning the East Kerry 7 a side competition for the second consecutive year. The standard of gaelic football in East Kerry is particularly high so we are very proud of our girls to emerge victorious form the 32 teams who entered the competition. Click to link to 7 a side picture East Kerry Skills Champions 2014: Our girls schools skills team were crowned East Kerry Skills Champions on May 20th. Each of our three representatives had to perform eight different GAA skills and the team with the highest … Read More >>

Fis Film Award Winners

Ms Hallisseys Fourth Class 2013 made it through to the National Finals of the Fis film making competition which took place in The Helix Theatre, Dublin. The children made a film entitled “The Gold Cross of Fossa”. It was about a priceless gold cross which was unearthed during the building works which took place in the school last year. The children travelled back in time to the Middle Ages and were transported to Muckross Abbey where the unsuspecting Brothers in the monastery were plundered by the Vikings. One brave, athletic Brother escaped and hid the cross in ……You guessed it … the grounds of Fossa School!

Donal Walsh Live Life Competition

The Sixth Class pupils made a feel good short movie for the competition. Their movie gives messages to children to “Carpe Diem” and live life to the full every day. The pool scene was the highlight for the children. The class were shortlisted for the final and attended an awards ceremony in Tralee. They took second place (a trophy and 100 euro) and had a wonderful day mingling with celebrities from the sporting world and television. Click to hyperlink to Live Life Competition Movie

County Schools Debating Competition

The Sixth Class reached the semi final in the debating competition. The children engaged in a war of words on the controversial topic of “homework” with The Spa National School Tralee and triumphed. Then they battled it out with Sneem National School on the subject of Climate Change and Fossa was once more victorious. We took on a local school after that but Fossa were unstoppable. Finally we came up against last year’s National Final Winners and they took the trophy. Debating was a valuable exercise for the whole class and everyone contributed in helping the team to excel.

Story Writing Competition

The Kerry Library held a short story writing competition in October. Lucy Sweeney penned a humorous tale about a boy’s adventure in a cardboard box. Lucy has a vivid imagination which seemed to appeal to the judges. She went on to win the overall prize of a 650 euro School Tour to The Eco Adventure Centre in Killarney. The children enjoyed a day of team building exercises, survival skills, paint ball shooting, BMX bike skills, and orienteering thanks to our young author. Sarah O Neill, another talented young scribe was awarded a commendation in the same competition.