Open Night

There will be an Open Night for parents of new pupils starting school in September on Tuesday 16th February at 8.00pm. Please come along and see what our school has to offer your child.

Eleven children --Grace Kearney, Ella Brosnan, Gemma Lawlor, Sarah Bodenham,James Baxter,Odhran Pierce, Clara Heather, Gavin Raggett, Jack Bodenham, Jack Kearney,and Ruth Duffy travelled to Dublin with Mrs Stack and Delores Martin on January 1st to represent Kerry at the official launch of the 2016 State Centenary Programme.They joined children from other counties to form a 32 County choir.  It was a huge honour for the school to be part of this special event
Congratulations to Brid Courtney and Sixth class who produced a 5 minute film called Someone Like Me with the help of Mr O Connor and Miss Martin about inclusion in Ardfert National School. Having won the County Final of this competition they went on to win the All Ireland Final in Farmleigh House in Dublin Last Thursday December 10th 2015. Well done to all involved.
Congratulations to Ardfert National School's debating team of Fiona Sheehan, Avril Barrett, Katie Hussey, Sean Brosnan, James Baxter and Jack Kearney who are now in the county Final of the debating competition having defeated Loreto School Killarney when they opposed the motion "Water Conservation is not an important issue".
They now face Balloonagh in the final where they will propose the motion "Children should do an extra hour exercise everyday at school",Best Wishes to the team.
Congratulations to Sophie McGowan in 3rd class who was one of the winners of the Christmas Spraoi in Tralee Colouring Competition. Sophie has won a trip for her whole class to The Wetlands in Tralee. Well done Sophie.
Congratulations to Lauren O Sullivan in 3rd class who recently won third prize in the 8 to 10 years category of the Credit Union Poster Competition. Lauren drew a beautiful picture of herself and her dad cycling. Lauren received her prizes at an awards ceremony in Manor West Hotel last Friday 20th November.
On Tuesday night November 10th a wonderful night was had by all in Ballyroe Heights Hotel where Chef Darren Thibeaud gave a cookery demonstration for the Christmas Season.There was a mulled wine reception with mince pies and lots of  super prizes.
Super Draw for Ardfert School Hall Building Fund
This is a vital fundraiser. Our children need a hall.We have the Planning Permission.We will continue to seek funding from Dept of Education and Skills but in the meantime we are raising funds ourselves as their continued response is that our hall is not a priority.
Please help us and lend your support to this fundraiser-----OUR SUPER DRAW with lots of amazing prizes.
(See below for details)
The Harvest Cycle
    Congratulations to all the cyclists who participated in the Annual Cycle on September 12th. A great day was had by all. The sun shone and as the music played the cyclists set off on the 40Km and 75Km routes at 10am. Past pupil Sinead Kissane started the cycle.
Afterwards the cyclists enjoyed  a burger and drink while they chatted and enjoyed the atmostphere.
A big thank you to all the organisers, marshalls, Darren the Chef and everyone who helped on the day.
A big congratulations to 5th class on being shortlisted for the final of the Fìs competition with their film "Fight for Freedom" about the arrest of Roger Casement in McKenna's fort in 1916.They travelled to  the Helix in Dublin on November 3rd with their families and teachers. They won the Best Script Award . The film can be viewed on www.fisfilmproject.ie. Well done to all involved especially Mr O Connor who directed and mentored the children.Here is the youtube link for the FIS film https://youtu.be/I2cT57ptEm0 


'Fight for Freedom' - a film made by 4th class in Ardfert N.S. in 2015 that won the 'Best Script' category in the national FÍS awards.
On Thursday October 8th, two members of the Defence force arrived at Ardfert National School to present the National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation of Independence to the school as part of the 1916 centenary commemorations.The children sang Mo Ghile Mear and Amhràn na bhFiann as well as playing tunes on their tin whistles.
Katie Hussey from 6th read a paragraph from the Proclamation and James Baxter and Gavin Raggett sang The Lonely Banna Strand.
Parents, teachers and children enjoyed the occasion.








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    Here's the link for the online tickets http://tgun.it/e/62

    ..Main prize in our Super Draw is an Aberdeen Angus Bull kindly donated from the Ardconnell Angus Herd Ardfert.

    Other Prizes include:

    Summer House for one week (1Km from Banna)

    Weekend for two , Randles Hotel Killarney (plus a family pass for a Lake Tour in Killarney)

    Weekend for two, Whitesands Hotel Ballyheigue.(plus a family pass for Cragg Caves and a child's pass for Crazy cave)


    Our School

    Ardfert Central National School was opened on August 26th 1974.It involved the amalgamation of Ardfert, Banna and Tubrid schools.
    We have 202 children on roll with a staff of 11 teachers--an administrative Principal, 8 class teachers and 2 Learning Support/Resource teachers.

    Principal: Betty Stack.

    LS Teacher: Lynda McElligott

    Resource Teacher: Billy O Connor.

    L.S. Maths Teacher--Emer McCarthy based in Bouleenshere School Ballyheigue

    Class Teachers:

    Sixth: Lisa O Flaherty
    Fifth /Deputy Principal: Anne Kearney
    Fourth: Joan Holland

    Third: Marie O Connell

    Second: Tomàs Hanafin
    First: Mary Costello
    Senior Infants: Margaret Kearney
    Junior Infants:Deirdre Courtney
    SNA: Mary O Connor, Antoinette McGrath, Sabrina Kavanagh

    Secretary: Agnes Heaphy
    Caretakers: John Martin Lyne
    Christy Hanafin
    Traffic Warden: Grania Costello
    Cleaners: Mary O Mahony
    Doreen Dunne.


    Our Locality

    The village of Ardfert is situated in North Kerry, 8km from Tralee and 2km from the beautiful Banna Strand.The village is enriched with some of the most attractive historical sites in the country.
    Ardfert means 'Height of Graves' or 'Height of Miracles' and is most widely recognised through its connections with St.Brendan.He was known as 'Brendan the Navigator' and the murals on our school walls show some of the adventures he had on his many voyages.
    It was St. Brendan who who founded a monastic settlement in Ardfert at the beginning of the 6th century.

    Historical Buildings

    Ardfert Cathedral
    The first monastery in Ardfert was built on the site of St.Brendan's Oratory.This limestone ecclesiastical site has undergone much restoration work in recent times as the building has many beautiful architectural features.These features include a singular arcade of nine windows known as the 'Nine Choirs of Angels' as well as Romanesque doorways and Ogham stone features.

    The Fountain
    A beautiful stone crafted fountain is located in the centre of the village.It was built by the local landlords the Crosbies and would have been the main water supply used by the local people until a new water system was introduced during the 1970's.

    Franciscan Friary
    The substantial remains of Ardfert Friary or Abbey can be found to the east of the village.This was founded by the first Lord of Kerry, Thomas Fitzgerald in 1253.The Friary consisted of a cloister, a square tower and a dormitory.

    The Glandore Gate
    Located in the heart of Ardfert village , the Glandore Gate was the main entrance to the Great House of the Crosbie family.The building is now privately owned.

    The Red Brick Hall
    The old Ardfert Parish Rooms which were built in 1914, served as a meeting place for local people.