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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First Term at St. Matthias

It was a busy first term at St. Matthias NS. The Senior room treated us to some magic and scientific tricks which amazed us. We read a story in the Junior room which we loved called “The chimpanzee’s Happy tree” and decided to recreate a playground in our art class using fruit and other objects.

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Music, Jazz and Easter Eggs

Lots of lovely events happening at St. Matthias NS this year. Some of our talented musicians brought in their instruments and treated us to a lovely afternoon concert. Visiting French jazz musicians also played a sunshine gig before the Ballydehob Jazz festival kicked off. Sunshine allowed us to have a fun Easter egg hunt and

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Spooky News!

  The Senior room once again this year participated in the Halloween school workshops with artist Millie Egan in making super masks. They will be used in the annual Ballydehob Jazz Festival Samhain parade. They had a great day playing traditional Halloween games, participating in a piñata game outside in the yard and being entertained

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School Tour Memories 2023

An adventure park in Kilbrittain played host to St. Matthias NS this year for our school tour. “West Cork Secret” was the name of our destination and we had an absolutely brilliant day. The sun shone, spirits were high and the pizza was delicious afterwards. Team building games, orienteering, obstacle course and dance routines were

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

The children and staff were busy making musical instruments and colourful flags in preparation for the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ballydehob this year. Staff and students along with their parents showed off our school flag at the front of our group as we walked in the lovely sunshine.

Creativity with recycled materials

The Junior room was also very busy in March creating projects from recycled objects and bringing them in for their Show and Tell. The pupils showed amazing creativity and skill. They were so proud showing the Senior room their projects and explaining what they used and how they made their projects. Well  done everyone!

World Book Day

March has been a very creative time at St. Matthias NS. One of our favourite days in the school calendar is World book day. Every year we look forward to seeing the beautiful and original costumes the children wear. We love to hear about their favourite books and the excitement it brings. This year we

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Singing, St. Brigid’s Crosses and Art

Pupils at St. Matthias NS have just finished a 5 week singing course with local singer Lisa Canty. Lisa came into the Junior room every Wednesday for 30 minutes and spent another 30 minutes in the Senior room. Amongst the wide range of songs she covered were “We don’t talk about Bruno”, “ The 3 little birds”,

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Cycle Sense

The Junior Room had 4 weeks of Cycle sense instruction during the month of January. Ruth was our instructor and carried out the lessons on our school yard. The Junior & Senior Infants had an hour with her and then the 1st & 2nd class had an hour each week with her. Most of the

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A very happy Christmas to all!

Our favourite time of year at St. Matthias NS! It was filled with creative festive crafts and was topped off with a Nativity play at our local church. We made the most of the recent icy weather by freezing all the aquatic animals in our tuff tray and defrosting them with our droppers and warm

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