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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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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How we celebrated Shrove Tuesday!

During Maths class today all the students learned how to measure out the ingredients for pancakes. This demonstrated a very practical application of weights and proportions. This useful Maths lesson was combined with a cookery one as the batter was made up and the whole school devoured the yummy pancakes for lunch. You can tell

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We celebrated World Book Day

The BFG, Hermione, Chase from Paw Patrol, a pirate, a crocodile, a unicorn, a princess and a skeleton all took part in World Book day at St. Matthias this year. The older classes read to the Junior classes and we had great fun playing musical reading chairs, making book marks and of course, reading our

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Annual Christmas Walk

Just before our Christmas break, we embarked on our annual Christmas walk around Ballydehob village. We walked over the 12 Arch bridge and had some fun in the playground. Of course we were all wearing our RSA safety gear. Unfortunately we didn’t reach the end of the rainbow, so we cannot say if the pot

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GDPR Policy

Data Protection Policy for ST Matthias National School Introductory Statement   The school’s Data Protection Policy applies to the personal data held by the school’s Board of Management (BoM), which is protected by the Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)   The policy applies to all school

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Lest we forget

The Senior room led our assembly at St. Matthias Church. The olive tree, a gift from the Bishop of Cork and our art projects, symbolising peace not war were also brought up to the church as our way to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Armistice ending WW1