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 Scoil Fionntáin Naofa, Shanahoe accepting applications for Junior Infants 2022-2023

Shanahoe National School

Scoil Fionntáin Naofa, Shanahoe, Abbeyleix will be accepting applications for Admission to Junior Infants for the school year 2022-2023 from 13th January 2022 until 10th February 2022.

We are a vibrant, rural national school located 6.5km (4 miles) from the Heritage town of Abbeyleix. We are a Green School, an Active School and a Discover Primary Science and Maths school. 

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Junior and Senior Infants help the principal to feed the birds in the yard at lunchtime.
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5th and 6th class pupils getting ready to plant a tree to mark the beginning of the new school year.

In Scoil Fionntáin Naofa, Shanahoe we strive to ensure that all of our pupils reach their full potential in all domains of their lives.

We offer a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum that is responsive to individual learner needs. All stakeholder groups including staff, parents, the Board of Management and the wider school community, work collaboratively to ensure that a safe, happy, productive & inclusive learning environment exists in our school.

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1st & 2nd class pupils on a ‘Maths Trail’ in our natural play area during Maths Week.

We endeavour to offer optimal learner experiences for all of our pupils that will in turn lead to improved learner outcomes across the curriculum. 

The activities, initiatives and projects that we participate in and engage with in Scoil Fionntáin Naofa include:

  • Cumann na mBunscol Leagues;
  • Whole school Readathons;
  • Our School Band;
  • Green Schools;
  • Active Schools;
  • Discover Primary Science and Maths;
  • Scratch Computer Programming; 
  • Picker Pals’ Environmental Awareness and Care initiative:
  • Artists in Schools’ programme;
  • Blast: Artist in Residence’ 
  • Laois Primary Debating Festival;
  • Blue Star’ programme on the E.U.
  • Laois Heritage in Schools project;
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Our School Band practising in the school yard.

We have a Student Council with representatives from Junior Infants to 6th class and they are consulted regarding different school matters. In addition to this they plan and organise different events during the school year. 

We have extensive grounds which include a natural play area, a football pitch, basketball court, general yard area and a school garden which is developed and maintained by our pupils. We also have an ‘Outdoor Classroom’ area with a whiteboard and benches.

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1st and 2nd class with their ‘Shaving Foam Water Cycle’ experiment during Science Week.

Our most recent school extension was completed in Autumn 2020, with the addition of a large, spacious classroom. The existing school building was also renovated and upgraded over the course of 2020-2021. 

Please visit our website www.shanahoens.weebly.com , ‘Like’ & ‘Follow’ us on Facebook at ‘Shanahoe National School’ an on Twitter at ‘ShanahoeNS’ to get a sense of what daily life is like in our school. 

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Goal Jersey Day in the Infant Room!
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The whole school Readathon began in earnest on November 1st.

You are more than welcome to contact the Principal Barry Whelan to discuss admission of your child in the school. He can be contacted at (057) 87 39715 or at principalshanahoens@gmail.com.

Similarly. ‘Application For Admission Forms’ and all of the information relevant to the admissions process can be accessed and downloaded in the ‘Parents’ section of our website www.shanahoens.weebly.com.

The forms can also be requested from the school by contacting us at:


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Some of our 3rd & 4th class pupils participating in the ‘Picker Pals’ environmental awareness and care initiative as part of the Science and Geography curricula in conjunction with Laois County Council.
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1st and 2nd class on ‘Roald Dahl Day’ in September.

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