A happy learning environment in which each child is encouraged, respected and cherished

Managed by the Board of Management under the patronage of the Church of Ireland, St. Matthias’ has had a long tradition of education in West Cork, since it welcomed its first pupils in 1827. At St. Matthias’ we prepare pupils for life by treating each one as an individual, identifying and fostering their particular skills and talents and encouraging them to reach their potential. What pupils experience in primary school will form the basis for lifelong learning and the values, interests and memories they will bring with them into adult life.

Message From The Principal

At St. Matthias’ School we provide an environment in which each child is expected and enabled to achieve his/her potential. Team work and collaboration are encouraged so that pupils learn to work together and to help each other.

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Our School Ethos

This Church of Ireland School is a community where all pupils are equally valued and respected, irrespective of gender, social background, family circumstances, educational achievement, physical characteristics or intellectual ability.

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School Board

The Board of Management is one that brings a wealth of experience to the governance of St. Matthias. Since coming to office, the Board has shown a collective determination to improve all aspects of school life and ensure its growth.

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Working in our school yard really adds up!

As ever, having fun and working well together both inside and outside our classrooms permeates throughout our lovely school. We are so proud of it and carry out regular yard cleanings. Using concrete objects for our Maths lessons brings them alive and it is also great fun and helps us enjoy our classes and surroundings even

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

“ The children of Lir” was the theme of the Ballydehob St. Patrick’s day parade 2 years ago before Covid struck. Determined to put our fantastic costumes to use, this year we donned our white sheets and swan masks and marched on March 17th  on a lovely sunny day through the village. We won the

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What a wonderful day!

Once again our high vis jackets were put to good use as we enjoyed a sunny Spring day in our community. First we went for a lovely walk over the 12 Arch bridge and down to the community green where we filled in our Spring checklist. Then we went to our local Working Artist Studios

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Becoming safe cyclists

At the start of the New Year, all students at St. Matthias NS benefitted from a super 5 week bike skills and safety course on our school yard. Ruth the instructor was so patient and knowledgeable. It was super to see how much more confident everyone was at the end of their 5 week course.

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Baby goats at Ferguson’s Farm

In March we walked to the Ferguson family farm to see their new baby goats. They were not at all shy. We fed them and they absolutely loved all the new cuddles. We then went on to the local playground where we enjoyed our lunch and had great fun playing together with all our friends

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Christmas Activities 2020

We did a variety of art projects in the run up to the festive season at St. Matthias. The children created lovely Christmas tree decorations and honed their gift wrapping skills. The junior rooms  wrote letters to Santa and gave them to our postman Kieran. The whole school came together as one and performed a

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Spooky Hallowe’en fun 2021

What a final week we had at St. Matthias NS before the midterm. We were so busy making poisonous potions, mixing and creating all sorts of spooky creations. We were defrosting hands with our droppers, dipping our hands into slippery spaghetti and slimy spider jelly! We played an outdoor scavenger hunt, musical statues, paraded our amazing 

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2nd and 3rd Class explore our world

These are just some of the general things we were doing in class last year: solar system; a virtual assembly; figuring out the capacity of different containers; talking about things we like and don’t like the touch and feel of in the Stay Safe Programme; weather vocabulary in Irish and designing our own chocolate bar wrapper.

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