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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Clever Coders

In keeping with our commitment to information technology education, we have recently purchased four new laptops for our pupils. This has enabled us to add a new subject – coding. This has been enthusiastically taken up by our pupils, as can be seen from the pictures.

Our Proclamation Day

Our Proclamation Day today consisted of an introduction by Rev Stephen McCann followed by Tin Whistle Concert, poetry reading, reading of the St Matthias Proclamation and the raising of the flag, while the children sang the National Anthem. Finally Billy Barry read out the names of the 40 children killed in the rising, while the

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Fun and Learning combined during Science Week!

The students learned about Pulley systems, the effects of force and mass, using hands on manipulatives and experiments. They experimented with Mentos and Coke to see how nucleation works. They learned about closed circuits, then designed and built electrical quiz boxes to review maths facts and some research topics. The structure of a molecule –

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We rose to the Orienteering Challenge!

On Tuesday, March 8th, our 5th and 6th class students visited Glengariff Nature Reserve to take part in a 5K orienteering challenge. It was a beautiful day and all 3 teams completed the course, scoring very high in the rankings, so well done to all who took part! This was followed by a picnic in

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Open Day – all welcome!

On Tuesday, February 23rd 2016, St. Matthias School welcomes parents of all prospective pupils to come and visit our wonderful school between 1.30 and 2.30 p.m. We will be delighted to meet you, show you around and answer any questions you may have. See for yourselves the sort of things our pupils are involved in

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Our Christmas Play

Our Christmas Play was called ‘Brian the Christmas Tree’ performed by all of the students on Friday the 18th of December to a packed house. As you can see, a great time was had by all. A huge amount of effort went into learning parts, rehearsals, costumes etc. Our grateful thanks go to all who

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We are an active school

We walked to school as part of ‘Active Schools’ on Wednesday the 22nd of December, our last day before the holidays. We were all treated to hot chocolate upon arrival at the school.Pupils are shown participating in some of the games we organised in the Community hall in November and December. They played rounders, soccer,

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How we have grown!

Pictured are the pupils and staff of St. Matthias’ at the start of the school year. Our school community continues to grow, which is a great tribute to the dedication of our hard working staff. The Board of Management is continuing the work, which was started by the previous Board, of improving the facilities in

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Learning Orienteering Skills

On the 29th of September St Matthias 5th and 6th class children took part in the autumn orienteering event for West Cork primary schools. The event took place in the community grounds of Schull, using the new orienteering map of the area. This was a great introduction to the adventure sport of Orienteering. The course length was approx.

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Our newest pupils

We were delighted to welcome our new Junior Infants class in September and hope that their time with us will be very happy. We hope they will reach their highest potential whilst at the same time building memories and forming friendships that will last a lifetime.