Students of the Week Friday December 18th

This week we felt it would be most unfair to select any individual as our chosen ‘Students of the Week’. It was decided that all our students would be rewarded as a small thank you from all of the teachers who recognise all the great work and effort from all of the children throughout our school.

Well done everyone, we’re very proud of you all! Maith sibh, bhí sibh go léir ar fheabhas!

Maths for Fun in our Junior Infants class!

Ms.Henry’s Fourth class joined Ms.Quinn’s Junior Infants today for a game of “Face Off”. This is a counting and number recognition game for our younger students. This game is available for all to print at

Well done to Rang a Ceathair for their great work with our wonderful infant class. This was a lovely way to wind down after a very busy end to our week!

Christmas Concerts

It’s full speed ahead this week in school for our annual Christmas Concerts which will take place tomorrow, Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. and on Thursday evening at 7pm sharp!

Well done to all our girls and boys for all their hard work, it really promises to be a great show.
Sincere thanks to Joe Lowther and Brendan Horkan for all their help with the sound system and of course to our Parents Association for all their support and help with our concerts.

We look forward to meeting you all in the coming days.

Mr.Paddy Merriman

It was with deep sadness we learned yesterday evening of the passing of Mr.Paddy Merriman who was the Principal Teacher of our school from 1964-1993.

Mr. Merriman gave a lifetime of commitment and service to our school community and ensured our school always moved forward throughout his tenure.

Mr.Merriman, an archetypal schoolmaster, took great pride in his profession. He had a huge interest in education. He placed great importance in ensuring all his students’ learning needs were met. A great legacy to his vision and foresight was that St.Attracta’s was one of the first schools in Mayo to offer learning support to their students from 1982. He also took great pride in his pupils’ academic achievements as they progressed through Secondary School and those who went onto Third Level.

Mr.Merriman believed wholeheartedly in extra curricular activities, be it through the legendary school leagues through to the many exciting school tours which were often the highlight of a school year. He realised and identified the importance of the holistic development of each child. Many of his past pupils can attest to this.

We, the members of the present St. Attracta’s NS Charlestown school community wish to acknowledge and pay tribute to Mr.Merriman. We extend our sincere sympathy to his wife Carmel and the Merriman family on this sad occasion.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Students of the Week Friday December 4th


This week in school we had decided to look at Gaeilge in our classrooms. We had a pupil from every room who was put forward in recognition of their continuous effort in using their Gaeilge daily and making a much greater effort in class. The teachers commended their efforts and were delighted with the response.

We also presented our students of the week which is a highly sought after accolade. Children were praised for their attitude to work, to their class and school in general. Always having a positive outlook makes our day in school pass much more quickly and is so much more enjoyable for all. Students were awarded for their contribution to the classroom and their eagerness to help both their peers and their teachers. It’s always a nice gesture to offer help. We heard of pupils who are trying to improve their work and have impressed their teachers in that regard. We were also informed of pupils who can just get on with things without making a fuss or complaining about the task they are given. This is a wonderful attitude to have towards tasks in the classroom.

Well done everyone. As always we are so proud of all of you and the effort that you continue to make in your school lives. Maith sibh go léir. 

Dates for your Diary

The Annual Lighting of the Charlestown Christmas Tree and Crib Blessing as well as the blessing of the Bridge and River Lighting will take place on Tuesday, December 8th at 6.30 p.m. The Charlestown Senior Choir will lead the carol singing and we hope that everyone will join in.

On Wednesday evening December 9th the annual Christmas Carol Service will take place in St.James’ Church at 7pm. Everyone is welcome to what is always a special evening.