School Chess Team February 2024

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2024

Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge den scoth again anseo i Scoil Naomh Cainneach!

Bhí ceolchoirm iontach againn ar an Aoine le roinnt ceoltoirí, thóg gach rang páirt ann agus bhain na páistí an-taitneamh as. Bhí an craic ag na buachaillí sa halla le haghaidh cluiche Biongó Mór!

Bhí lá Glas againn freisin agus bhailigh muid €600 do mhuintir Gaza.

The children we amazing practising their Gaeilge, dancing and songs all week. They showed great enthusiasm for all things Irish and made a great effort! Is fíor an seanfhocal ‘Mol and óige agus tiocfaidh sí’.

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2024

Amber Flag for St.Canice’s

We are delighted to say that St. Canice’s BNS have been awarded an Amber Flag! The Amber Flag is an initiative by Pieta House to promote positive mental health. We are incredibly happy as a school to receive this flag after everyone’s hard work this year.

In October, we had a whole school ‘Wellbeing Week”. During this week we practiced positive affirmations each morning as well as starting the day with some upbeat music and dancing. We participated in yoga, making friendship bracelets, practiced gratefulness and so much more! It was a very positive and uplifting week in our school.

Towards the end of January we celebrated another important week. This time we were focusing on saying no to bullying in our school, we called this week ‘Friendship Week’. Once again the whole school got involved, there were team- building games, internet safety talks for pupils and staff, mindfulness with Úna Curran, buddy activities between infant and senior classes, anti-bullying poster competitions and other workshops. It was another very successful and positive week in our school.

We hope this years efforts have made a positive impact on all the children, teachers and families and  we hope to continue to promote positive mental health next year in our school.

School Quiz Team 2024

Quiz Teams


Both of our quiz teams have gone from strength to strength this year, getting through to Stage 2 of the Credit Union Quiz which took place on the 1st of March 2024.


Our senior team achieved an amazing 3rd place, narrowly missing out on a spot in the All-Ireland Final.


Our junior team, coming in 2nd place, secured their spot in the final and €100 for the school which will go towards Quizzing Resources.


After much preparation and dedication, on the 7th April 2024, we headed to the RDS for the prestigious All-Ireland Final.  Following 10 difficult rounds, they achieved a remarkable joint 9th place out of 44 top-tier teams from all over the country. A hugely proud moment for their families, teachers and the entire school community.


Both teams dedicated much of their time to studying, practicing and fine tuning their knowledge across a multitude of subjects. From History to Pop Culture, they left no stone unturned.


Beyond the accolades and the rankings, what really shone through in both teams was the spirit of camaraderie. They didn’t just demonstrate academic excellence, but also exemplified the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and a passion for learning.


Huge congratulations to both of our quiz teams on their incredible accomplishments. They have made us proud and their success will be remembered as a shining moment in our school’s history as we look ahead to the Credit Union Quiz 2025!


School Chess Team February 2024

Chess Tournament

On Friday, 23rd February, our Chess Team attended the Feile Fichealle Tournament held at St.Patrick’s BNS Drumcondra. A total of six schools participated in the tournament, with thirteen teams in all (eight Senior Teams and five Junior Teams). Over 100 pupils played in each of the six rounds of chess games, so you can imagine it took a lot of organization and goodwill from all involved!Our boys displayed excellent chess skills and were successful in securing First Place in the Junior Section and Second Place in the Senior Section! It was an early start and a long day of chess, but our boys gave a strong performance throughout. They were polite, friendly, and a credit to the school and their families! Special recognition goes to the Team Captains, Pawel and Jacob, for leading their teams and setting a great example on the day.We extend a big thank you to all the staff and parents who supported the boys, and we look forward to next year’s tournament with great anticipation.

FAI Schools – Cup Competition

On Wednesday, 28th February our senior soccer team played in the opening round of the FAI Schools’ Cup Competition versus Good Counsel NS from Shankill.  In a most entertaining match, our boys performed very well on the day but unfortunately, we were beaten 6-2.  However, the result did not reflect the level of the performance and the score line should have been much closer.  We will continue to train over the next few weeks ahead of the commencement of our league campaign.  Well done boys!

First Soccer Match of the Year
Buddy Bracelet Making
Internet Safety Seminar

Friendship / Anti-Bullying Week


From January 29th to February 2nd we celebrated Friendship / Anti-Bullying Week in St. Canice’s B.N.S.  We promoted friendship amongst our pupils throughout the week and we raised awareness of bullying throughout all classes.  The school motto for Friendship Week this year was ‘Friends should lift you up, not knock you down!’.  Throughout the week, the boys were involved in some of the following activities;

  • Daily whole-school positive affirmations
  • Team-building activities in the P.E. Hall (Junior Infants – 1st Class)
  • Junior classes made ‘Buddy Bracelets’ with pupils from senior classes.
  • Internet Safety Seminar (3rd Class – 6th Class)
  • Art Competition for all classes
  • Workshops with Unleashing Personal Potential which focused on building positive peer relationships (2nd Class – 6th Class)
  • Friendship story time

The parents and guardians were encouraged to discuss the topics of friendship and bullying with their children.  Overall, the entire school community really enjoyed the week and we hope the pupils will use the skills that they developed in their daily lives. 


Buddy Bracelets

Gaelic Football

Our Gaelic Footballers are back in action soon with the Fingal Leagues coming up for both the Senior and Junior Teams.  We look forward to seeing the boys participating in training and in matches over the coming weeks and months.

Fingal Schools League
Credit Union Quiz Junior Team
Credit Union Quiz Senior Team

Quiz Teams



We’re thrilled to announce the outstanding success of our school’s Junior and Senior Quiz Teams in the recent Finglas Credit Union Quiz! The teams showcased their exceptional knowledge and quick thinking, securing the top spot in both the senior and junior competitions.

Competing against other school in Finglas, our quiz teams demonstrated remarkable expertise across various subjects. Their dedication to preparation and teamwork truly paid off, as they navigated challenging questions with confidence.

Congratulations to all the members of our quiz teams for their impressive achievements! We commend their hard work, determination, and passion for learning, which have undoubtedly contributed to their success.

We wish them the best of luck as they progress to Stage 2 on Friday the 1st of March 2024!






Sponsored Walk

Our sponsored walk will take place on the week before the Halloween Break.  Many thanks to all our pupils and parents who will help raise funds for ICT resources for the school.  A particular thanks must go to our Parents’ Association for organising this fundraising event for our school.

Sponsored Walk
Wellness Week

Wellness Week

The Amber Flag Committee are excited to announce that we will be celebrating Wellness Week at St. Canice’s BNS from Monday, 23rd October to Friday, 27th October 2023.  The aim of this week will be to promote positive mental health and to bring attention to how we can help our children make good choices and build healthy, happy lives. 

Each school day during the week will have a theme that highlights an aspect of healthy living and well-being.  We would encourage parents and guardians to have conversations with their children about the different themes and about wellness in general.  The themes for the week are as follows:

Monday, 23rd October –       Mindful Monday

Tuesday, 24th October –       Thankful Tuesday

Wednesday, 25th October – Wellbeing Wednesday

Thursday, 26th October –     Thoughtful Thursday

Friday, 27th October –          Friendship Friday

As part of Wellness Week, children will have no homework for the week.  Children are encouraged to engage in ‘Acts of Kindness’ each evening in lieu of homework.    

Our Home School Teacher, Anthony, will be in touch with parents in relation to some wellness activities for parents that will be hosted in the school during this important week.

Dates for First Holy Communion and Confirmation

Below are the times and dates for the sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion for 2024. 


Thursday 7th March 2024 in St Canice’s Church, Finglas

Mr. Power’s Class at 11:00a.m.

Ms. Hewison’s Class at 12:30p.m.


First Holy Communion

Saturday 25th May 2024 in St Canice’s Church, Finglas

Ms. Stevely’s Class at 10:00a.m.

Ms. Murphy’s Class at 11:30a.m.

St. Canice's Church
Finglas Swimming Pool


All classes from 3rd to 6th Class get the opportunity to take part in Swimming Lessons during the year.  The following classes are swimming for the next number of weeks.  Please remind children to bring in their gear for swimming and to be at the school for before 8.30am to walk over to the swimming pool with their teacher.  

Mr. Murray’s Class – Wednesday

Ms. Fitzgerald’s Class – Friday


Investment in ICT

Our school has recently invested in a number of ICT projects.  Below are the most recent projects that we have invested in

  • Laptop Trolley timetabled for students
  • iPad Trolley timetabled for students
  • Sound system in the PE Hall
  • Projector and Motorised Screen in the PE Hall
  • Gigabit WiFi capabability throughout the school
Our New iPads
Our Senior Infants in Action


Erin’s Isle GPO Laura has been visiting our school every Friday to teach the skills of Gaelic Football to our Infant Classes. Laura has been very impressed with the great skills displayed by our young and upcoming footballers and hurlers. Erin’s Isle welcome children who wish to join their club. We look forward to the day when these boys will be playing for the school team!


Recently our school has been promoting the game of chess.  We now have a huge number of children playing chess for fun.  A number of children have been given lessons in chess by our chess coach Ms. Egan.  Earlier this year a number of children took part in an internal chess competition within the school.  Ms. Egan and Joe have also been involved in organising outdoor chess tables for the children to play chess at break time.  These tables are available for children on the Senior Yard and they can accommodate up to 12 players at a time.  We look forward to our Chess Team’s next outing when they will get to play against other schools competitively.  


Chess really encourages good sportsmanship and self-regulation. We always place great emphasis on shaking hands, congratulating your opponent and trying not to give your game away by showing too much reaction to a win or a loss however hard it may be!

Our Chess players in action
Our Runners at Santry


Recently we have had some boys from 5th and 6th Class attend Santry for Cross Country running. Well done to the boys who performed so well on the day. Many thanks to Ms. Bianconi and Ms. Coyle for bringing the boys on the day.

Gaelic Football

Our Gaelic Football teams have been in action in September and October. Well done to our Junior Team who have performed extremely well this year. Well done also to our Senior Football team who reached the quarter finals of the Cumann na mBunscol competition. We look forward to the spring when we will play in the Fingal League. Many thanks to Mr. Hickey, Mr. Murray, Mr. Power and Mr. Irvine for looking after the teams this year.  

O Neills Ball
The Senior Classes Performing in the Hall

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Recently we had our annual Seachatin na Gaeilge.  The boys fully participated in a range of activities during Seachtain na Gaeilge.

Some of the activities that took place were

  • Amhráin Gaeilge
  • Ceol Tradisiúnta
  • Spóirt as Gaeilge
  • Lá na gCluichí
  • Ealaín
  • Cluichí Digiteach
  • Gaeilgeoir an Lae/Gaeilgeoir na Seachtaine
  • Tráth na gCeist
  • Céií
  • Lá Glas
  • Ceoilchoirm sa Halla
  • Ag Damhsa go dtí an Dreoilín

Grandparents’ Day

On Wednesday 25th January 2023, as part of Catholic Schools Week, we invited the grandparents of the 2nd Class and 6th Class boys to come into St. Canice’s  BNS for the annual prayer service. It was the first time since January 2020 that the prayer service was held in person and it was wonderful for the boys to see many of the grandparents present in the school hall. There were some readings and prayers read by the boys and Fr. Martin Hogan from St. Canice’s Church spoke to us about the importance of his grandparents in his life. One of the highlights of the morning was when one of our Ukrainian pupils and his grandmother lit our Catholic Schools’ Week candle. Mr. Walsh spoke to the congregation about the theme for the week, ‘Walking Together in Faith and Love’ and thanked everyone for attending. All who attended were invited to the Parents’ Room for some refreshments after the prayer service. It was a most enjoyable morning and we look forward to our grandparents visiting again very soon.

Grandparents' Day
Our Garden

School Garden

The school has been working very hard on maintaining and developing our school garden.  Children and teachers have been working very hard on maintaining the eight plots in the garden.  Only recently the plots have been redesigned using recycled plastic planks.  Additional benches were purchased and new gravel was laid to help make the area an enjoyable place to visit. The garden is often used by classes for reading, eating lunch, completing lessons or relaxing.  Many thanks in particular, to Joe and Ms. Mulkeen for their hard work in maintaining the garden area.


Our school has placed a huge amount of emphasis on Wellbeing over the past number of years particularly following the pandemic.  We have put in place a number of programes that teachers and pupils engage in to ensure that our children are happy and content while in school.  Weaving Wellbeing is a programme that has been implemented in many of our classes.  There have been lessons in meditation provided for children also.  We also teach the SPHE curriculum that focuses on aspects like self identity, safety and protection, taking care of our bodies as well as developing citizenship.  We also place a huge emphasis on ensuring that children exercise and engage in physical activity through PE lessons and also while on yard.  We encourage children to tell us, their parents or a trusted adult when they are feeling upset, nervous or anxious. 

The boxers at a recent showcase


The Start Box Initiative, a partnership between the Irish Amateur Boxing Association (IABA) and Dublin City Council (DCC), represents an ideal way to first engage with amateur boxing through the communities of Dublin. St. Canice’s B.N.S. is fortunate to be one of the schools that engages with the IABA on this programme. Oisín Fagan, the local Community Development Officer, came to our school earlier this year and undertook this programme for thirteen weeks with our 6th classes. The first eight weeks of training and preparation were held at St. Canice’s B.N.S. at the end of which the boys achieved the Bronze and Silver Certificates. The Gold Phase of the programme took place at the High-Performance Unit training facility at the National Stadium. A number of our pupils will represent our school in December 2023 in a showcase exhibition. It is a wonderful programme that is expertly tutored by Oisín Fagan and it is one of the highlights for the 6th class boys each school year.

Science Blast

Recently Ms. Coyle’s 5th Class went to the RDS to the Science Blast. We were among a number of schools taking part on the day. The class had a stand there displaying the procedure and results of their investigations and experiments in relation to Gravity. The class investigated ‘What Falls Faster, Heavier or Lighter Objects?’. As with any experiment, the results were based on a fair test followed by an in-depth investigation into their results.

Ms. Coyle's Class at the RDS