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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Great News

SUMMER IMPROVEMENT WORK PLANNED AT BALLYDEHOB NS Saint Matthias COI National School in Ballydehob is to undergo a Summer Works Scheme approved by the Department of Education and Skills. The work will involve improvements to the office space and toilet facilities within the school building and is set for completion ahead of its reopening next

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Our Sports Day

The dreary weather didn’t dampen the spirits of our pupils during our annual sports day. There were 5 stations including egg and spoon races, a tricky obstacle course, penalty shoot outs, welly throwing and water races. As usual the parents and siblings running race was fiercely contested! The day was rounded off with a delicious

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Junior School Tour

Clonakilty was the first destination for our recent school tour. The Junior room had a private screening of “Boss Baby” followed by an hour in the soft play area. The senior room spent 2 hours in the Clonakilty adventure park doing daring stunts like the tower jump, zip lining and rock climbing. After lunch we

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Walking on air!!

We recently visited the Clon adventure park, where the pupils  of the senior room  displayed their physical skills – not to say tremendous courage – on the climbing structures. The Junior Room pupils were in the indoor jungle gym. We stopped at Pirates Cove on the way home and went through their new Maze. As

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Well done Junior Room!

The Junior room seen busy celebrating their recent success in the Moo Crew competition where we scooped the Junior category county winners prize. We submitted a cheese project in April, which was deemed worthy of winning the county prize. For our efforts we received a €100 sports voucher and a certificate. There were winners all

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Safety on two wheels

We spent a very enjoyable day learning new cycling skills in the Ballydehob community park recently. Under the watchful eye of Cyclesense, the pupils spent 3 hours  alternating between 3 stations acquiring new skills and getting comfortable with road safety. They were doing slow cycles and completing an obstacle course in their groups. Ruth Bullough

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“A River runs through it!”

It was all things aquatic in St. Matthias during the month of May. The students commenced their annual swimming lessons for 6 weeks in Schull swimming pool. The Senior room hosted their ” Hopa ma boata floata ” regatta in their classroom. Mr. H constructed an impressive stream in the room where the children raced

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Local Wildlife Exploration

We collected samples of wildflowers ( from Rev Steve’s garden!!) and the heritage worker identified them for us. We caught and identified leeches, mayflies, flatworms, invaded and cased caddis. We explored the nearby stream located at end of the Rectory to see what wildlife we could find. A local heritage worker visited our school and talked

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