Welcome to the class page.



On Tuesday, we said a very emotional “goodbye” to Alex who is moving on to Killina in September.  Alex started in the Áthas in Junior Infants and has clocked up 8 years in the class.  He has grown into a fine young man who has enriched the lives of everyone in St. Joseph’s over the years.  He has served as the Chairperson of the Student Council this year and has undertaken every task with enthusiasm and warmth.  Alex, we will all miss you but wish you the very best in your new school.

Salthill Beach

On Friday, we travelled to Salthill beach in Galway to enjoy the sunshine.  We a picnic when we arrived then played on the beach and in the sea until it was time for ice cream!  We had brilliant fun before getting back on the bus to come back to school.  We stopped at Supermac’s on our way back and finished off our tour nicely!

Special Olympics National Games

We are so very proud of our Special Olympic athletes who travelled to Dublin for three days of intense competition.  Team Athas stayed in accommodation in Maynooth for three nights and took part in athletics in Santry and kayaking in Salmon Leap.  Oliwia, Alex, Moira and Becky competed as part of the Leinster delegation and took part to the best of their abilities – earning medals, ribbons and personal bests.  Well done to Team Leinster!


We are delighted to be working with Aoife Byrne and her clients from Rehab Care who are coming to deliver a series of PE lessons over the next few weeks.  Today we worked with Conor who put us through our paces to help us build up speed and team work.


Congratulations to Alex who made  his confirmation this weekend.  Everyone is so proud of you Alex!

Dogs Trust

Áthas senior had a visit from Paul with his dog, Magic.  Paul spoke to us about how to stay safe around dogs.  He said we should always ask if we can pet a dog, let the dog sniff our fist before stroking and then stroke gently.  We all got to try this out and made a new friend in Magic.

Happy Christmas from everyone in Áthas – and Santa too!!

Carol Singing

We headed to the Bridge Centre today to do some carol singing.  We took a bus and sang beautifully underneath the Christmas tree, accompanied by our trusty musician, Noel.  We were supporting some of the mums who are fundraising for our Special Olympic athletes, Alex, Oliwia, Becky and Moira, who are heading to the national games in Dublin next June.  The ladies ran a lovely cake and decoration sale and looked fabulous dressed in their Christmas aprons.  Overall, we raised €501.27, a wonderful amount!  Well done to everyone involved.  Special thanks to Vinny who picked out the winning ticket for the Christmas cake raffle.  The cake was won by Chris, another Special Olympic athlete from Ballinamere club.  Enjoy it, Chris!

Áthas 2

Some activities in class in Áthas 2

Library Visit

The children from the senior class visited the town library.  We had a great time reading stories and then chose books to bring back to school to help us with our topic – Energy and Forces!

Senior Áthas

We are very happy to welcome Jake, Robbie and Callum to the Senior class.


Halloween is our favourite time of year – we just love dressing up and leading the parade!  This year we we took to the seas around Arden View, leading a band of hearty pirates, ably accompanied by a motley crew of helpers.  We saw some land-lubbers waiting to watch us [AKA Mammy and Daddy!] and followed our music maestro, Deirdre on the button accordian.  Happy Halloween everyone!

Fruit Tasting

A great big “thank you” to Mrs. O’Brien and Jill from Bradbury’s who organized a Halloween fruit tasting session.  We got to try banana, grapes, apple and satsumas and even got to dip them in chocolate!  Helen took lots of photographs but there was something wrong with her phone and only four were saved so apologies to Oliwia who was present who isn’t in the photos.

Halloween Party

We had a great time at the annual Sacred Heart Halloween Party. Everyone dressed up – skeletons, clowns, ninjas, cowboys, Robin Hood and Spiderman!

Active Flag

Not only did we meet the Rose of Tralee today, but the school’s third Active Flag was celebrated today.  We are all so proud of Oliwia who was selected to raise the flag, in recognition of the school’s Special Olympics team.  Well done, Oliwia.  You represented us perfectly!

Rose of Tralee

There was great excitement today as we welcomed the Rose of Tralee, Jennifer, to St. Joseph’s.  As the Chairperson of the Student Council, it fell to Alex to officially welcome her.  Abbey, who is a neighbour of Jennifer, presented her with a gift.  We’re so proud of you both.


Our lovely SNA, Deirdre, brought in her accordian and told us all about it.  We all got to try and had great fun making music!

Clay Tiles

In 2015, we had a parent and child pottery day with Finn O’Hara.  We made clay tiles which spell out the school  motto, Every Child, Every Chance, Every Day.  Well, after two years, we are proud to say that the tiles have been mounted on a spectacular board on the corridor.  We hope you will come in to see it and see if you can find the tiles you made.

Junior Áthas

We are having lots of fun in Junior Áthas with Miss Larkin and all our helpful SNA’s. We are all settling in very well and enjoying different activities. We love art with Carmel. We also love to play with water and sand. The sensory room is our favourite. We love watching the fish and relaxing on the water bed.