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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Sports Day 2019

What a day we had! The sun shone all day at Tragumna beach. We had a very busy day with the Senior room cycling a 5km road distance. The Junior room learnt new bike safety skills in the beach car park. All the running races and various games took place What a day we had! The

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Fishy fishy!

As part of our aquatics strand, we have been going to the lovely Water school in Ballylickey for our 6 week block of swimming lessons. How fortunate we are to have such a top class resource in our locality. The pool has no chlorine and is situated in a lovely bright site. The children look

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Truly scrumptious!

St. Matthias had a lovely time, cooking our own healthy menu last week. The pupils prepared and ate their own creations. A menu was composed together, which promised the use of as much fruit and vegetables as we could. Seasonal & local produce was part of our shopping requirements. The food pyramid was taught in each

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Every Wednesday after school, a local lady, Sarah Canty has been giving singing lessons to all the children in the Ballydehob district. Pupils from St. Matthias NS & Scoil Bhrìde have been gathering together in the Junior room at St. Matthias NS for a lovely hour of harmonies and tunes. This is a wonderful opportunity

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We have been fortunate of late to avail of the generosity in free Judo lessons from an Italian instructor. Each Wednesday with our high viz jackets on we all walk down to the Community Hall. We are then given an hour of Judo instruction free of charge. The children are enjoying the 5 classes a

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Learning about Fire Safety

Pupils were treated to a front row performance by the local Fire fighters recently. They spoke to us in the classroom first about all the fire hazards there are and the steps we should follow if we ever have the misfortune of needing the fire brigade. The students were brimming with curiosity when they saw

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Jazz comes to St. Matthias

We had some very excited pupils recently, when some jazz musicians called to our school. They taught us all some steps and we enjoyed listening to the music in the sun. Ballydehob hosted its annual jazz festival this May bank holiday weekend. There was a huge attendance at the various events, the highlight being the “Jazz

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Our lives are precious

At St. Matthias School we take road safety very seriously. On March 10th we had a talk with activity on this important topic from the Road Safety Authority. Here we see students participating in Safe Cross Code dance during our RSA talk.


Celebrating Easter

Egg hunts, Construct-o- Straws, Noodle Dancing and Easter art – all part of the excitement we had in the Junior room as we celebrated the feast of Easter with creativity and then headed out to the school garden to see if the “Easter Bunny” had left us some surprises – he had  hidden them well

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Fundraising in Skibbereen

Our thanks go to Margaret who organised a collection day for St. Matthias’ School on March 23rd. We are also very grateful to members of our Board of Management and our Resource Teacher, Raymond and parents who gave up their time to help out with the collection. Unfortunately, the funding we receive from the Department

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