Fenor NS

Welcome from the Principal

Dear Parents / Guardians,

A warm welcome to Fenor National School. On behalf of the school community, we hope you enjoy getting to know all about our wonderful school here in Fenor, Co. Waterford.

We are a mixed rural school from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. We have two special classes for children with autism and an adjacent preschool and afterschool facility. Our pupils are full of energy and enthusiasm, and they are the impetus for everything we do as a school community. We pride ourselves in attaining high standards in the academic curriculum, but we endeavour to ensure each child has a sense of belonging in our school. We hope all our pupils feel safe and valued in Fenor NS. We want our pupils to have confidence in the path they travel and look out for one another and all they meet along the way.

Our staff are a dedicated team of 21. We are committed to continuous professional development and are enthusiastic about the developments in the National Curriculum. We are proud to welcome children from all corners of the world and embrace our Catholic ethos by building an environment that is warm, happy, and conducive to learning for all.

Our setting along the Copper Coast affords us the opportunity to avail of the beautiful surroundings of our school. We regularly visit our local Fenor bog and playpark and feel blessed to see first-hand, rural Ireland at its best.

We welcome any visitors to our school and would be honoured to host your child as they complete their primary school years with us.  

Please browse our website to get a snapshot of what life is like as a Fenor N. S. pupil. Better still, why not make an appointment to come and see us anytime. 

Denise Keating, Principal

School News

Time Capsule Event 2023 🌈🚀

The children in Fenor National School were honoured to be one of only 25 schools in Ireland to take part in the Green School’s Time Capsule Event. In celebration of Green Schools 25th Anniversary, An Taisce chose 25 outstanding schools to design a poster outlining our hopes and wishes for the next 25 years. Each school taking part are encouraged to send the capsule to the next school using a sustainable method of travel. The Time Capsule was sent to us from a school in Wexford by registered post. We are then sending it to Knockmahon Primary School. 

One of our pupils in 5th class, Matthew Byrne’s Mam teaches in Knockmahon N.S.. Matthew was delighted to accept the Time Capsule and will pass it to his Mother who will bring it with her to school. Thank you Matthew.

Literacy Board 2023

These are the photos of the Literacy Board winners for January '23 and February '23 along with the winners of the Book Review Competition. Well done to all the boys and girls. 👏👏👏

Christmas 2022 🧑‍🎄❄️🎄⛪

Christmas, as always, is a wonderful time of year for all the children in Fenor NS.  We had an exciting Eight Days of Christmas, as a build up to the Christmas holidays. This included many fun activities including an exploration of Christmas Around the World, a  'Hot Chocolate Day' and of course our wonderful Carol Service, which can you watch HERE.

Anti-Bullying Week 2022 🧦🤗🌍

Anti-bullying week took place in Fenor NS from 14th to the 18th of November.  The theme of this year's Anti-Bullying Week was Reach Out. Whether it is in school, or at home in the community or online, we are encouraging children to Reach Out and show each other the support and friendships they might need.

The children had so much fun on Tuesday, learning lots of new skipping games from a super skipping coach. 

On Friday, the whole school came together to sing Circle of Friends, showing the power of friendship to all the children. Also on Friday, the children and  teachers wore Odd Socks to school to celebrate what makes us unique. To finish off the week,  children who made a particular effort to make and include everyone in their games received a 'Good Friend Award'. What a week!

Halloween 2022 👻🎃🧙‍♀️

Fenor NS was the place to be Friday before Halloween. Check out lots more scary photos HERE

Maths Week 2022 ➗➕➖🔢

 Maths week took took place in Fenor NS from the 15th to the 23rd of October. The purpose of maths week, is to encourage and enhance a positive attitude to maths throughout the school, and it was a great success! All classes participated in various activities and events organised by each class teacher and by Maths Ireland. 

Check out a video of Maths Week HERE

Have a look at some more photos of Maths in class HERE

Incubator Project 🐣🐥🐣🐥🐣🐥

The children in Fenor NS took part in the Incubator Project.  An incubator was delivered to us with seven fertile eggs which were laid by hens in Nore Valley Farm.

All the classes watched a video about the development and life cycle of a chicken and the hatching process. We eagerly watched the eggs for 3 weeks and were very excited when they started to hatch. We were delighted to welcome 6 healthy chicks who are named "Jeffrey, Sunny, Oreo, Lester, Chick Chick and Egbert".

All the children  have had the opportunity to view the chicks daily and to hold them.  We will miss them when they return to Nore Valley Farm, but hopefully some of our pupils will visit them this summer

Book Review Competition Winners 2022

Well done to all the children who entered our annual Book Review Competition. HUGE congratulations to the children who won.  👏👏👏👏

Leap Room 1:  Paul O'Neill

Leap Room 2:  Lilly Power

Junior Infants:  Noah Foley

Senior Infants Mrs. Flynn: Finn Tolan

Senior Infants ( Mrs. Nugent):  Euan Cooke

1st Class: Aoife Mc Cormack

2nd Class:  Sophie Duignam

 3rd Class: Isla Jones

4th Class: Luke O' Byrne

5th Class:  Lauren Scannell

6th Class: Olivia Allen

First Penance

Congratulations to all the boys and girls in 2nd class  who celebrated their First Penance on Thursday the 24th March.  

World Book Day March 2022

The children had great fun on World Book Day, dressing up as their favourite characters. Check out some of their amazing costumes HERE

2nd Class Science & Art

The children made cards and prints for St Valentine's Day in second class. Their art work is just wonderful! 

Thumb pots, clay tiles and aliens inspired by their alien poem. 

Chinese New Year inspired Dragons

Chinese New year Lanterns

St Brigid's day Cross and Cloak weaving 

Raincloud in a jar- weather and space 

The children explored what makes a good  insulator and also how a paperclip can float exploring surface tension of water! 

Grandparents Day

Wednesday the 26th of January was Grandparents Day,  a very special day in Fenor NS.  Junior & Senior Infants prepared a lovely song for all the grandparents and the Leap Room also prepared lovely art work and a gorgeous poem about their Grandparents! The whole school worked together to make Grandparents Day Art - each leaf represents a deceased grandparent or great grandparent.

Winterval in  Fenor NS December 2021

Christmas is truely underway in Fenor NS. Christmas music is heard playing in the yard before children start school creating a lovely christmas atmopshere. All children and teachers  participated in the Nine Days of Christmas Random Acts of Kindness which was a great success. They enjoyed scrumptious hot chocolate and they wore their Christmas jumpers as they watched Fenor NS Virtual Christmas Concert on Friday. What fun was had by everyone.

Take a look at our 'Virtual Christmas Concert' HERE and some amazing photos HERE!

2nd Class

2nd Class were very busy creating Christmas Art inspired by Van Gogh and learning about Christmas Traditions👏.Check out some more of 2nd Class Art  HERE

5th Class

Check out 5th class playing an old style version of Battleship HERE

'One Kind Word' -  Anti Bullying Week Nov. 2021

Anti-bullying Week ran from the 15th to the 19th of November. The theme for this year’s week was ‘ONE KIND WORD’. During the week classes explored the topics of bullying, being a nice friend and the uniqueness of us all. It is hoped that by promoting the use of kind words, then one kind word will lead to another among the children in our school. Fifth and sixth class were visited by our friendly Community Garda who spoke with the children about Cyber Bullying. The whole school took part in Odd Socks Day and had an Outdoor Assembly around being kind and being a nice friend.  

Science Week   November 2021

Science week took place in Fenor NS from Monday 8th November to Friday the 12th November. Have a look at some of the pictures of experiments that took place in 2nd class with Mr. Conway! They really enjoyed each experiment 

2nd class observed the changes to a gummy bear when it is submerged in water!

They explored the effects of drinks on teeth using a boiled egg!

They investigated how to make an orange sink!

Every year we celebrate Christmas with a Carol Service or a  Christmas Concert, which unfortunately couldn't  happen this year! However, we decided we would share some Christmas Spirit with you by having a virtual Christmas Concert. Check it out  Here

Monday Dec. 14th: "Unity in Adversity Event' in aid of Pieta House

Check out the the Event HERE

The year of 2020 will forever be remembered as one of the most challenging in living history. The whole world was impacted when the Covid-19 pandemic, changed our daily lives and impacted us all. In adversity, we were unified in dealing with the task ahead of us- keeping apart from vulnerable loved ones, social distancing, washing our hands, working from home, distance learning -the list is endless. 

Our family here in Fenor NS know there are many people in our lives who have struggled during this time, young and old. We want to send a message to highlight to the country the resilience of our nation. We want all to know that You Matter to Me’.

Sincere appreciation for the idea goes to Arthur Curry for wanting to deliver a message of hope and strength and inviting Fenor NS to share his idea. Thank you to Suir Engineering, for sponsoring the event.                                    Thank you to Tina Schley for taking the photos on the day, thank you to Ronan Flanagan and his team at Rescue 117 for sharing their overhead images and supporting mental health awareness. Thank you to Shay Fitzpatrick for the drone images and video and putting our final presentation video together. 

We are proud to have fundraised for Pieta, Waterford and happy to have Olive Ruane of Pieta with us for the event. Massive thanks to all the staff and pupils here in Fenor NS for embracing the idea and conveying such enthusiasm, as is evident in the footage. 

Thank you to all who have donated to our fundraiser to date. 

This week, Junior & Senior Infants have been learning all about the 'spider'. The Junior Infants made illustrated reports about the spider & the Senior Infants wrote a report. They had great fun learning all about the spider! 

They also learned about hairdressers & 'Crazy Hair Styles',  'Houses' and created  fabulous art about 'The Tiger who Came to Tea', and lots more!

Check out more photos HERE