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If you are thinking about enrolling your child/children in Ardfert School please ring 066 7134289 for more details or pick up an enrolment form from the school.
 
 
 
Junior Entrepreneur Programme
The sixth class pupils will hold their JEP showcase day in the school on Thursday 27th March at 1.00pm. Everybody is invited to the school for this event where the pupils will be selling the products that they have produced 'Kreative Keyrings and Krafty Kases'. There will also be a bake sale, so please come along and support this event.
 
 
 
 
Calling all past pupils of the old Schools in Ardfert, Tubrid, Barrow and Banna to the reunion of the amalgamated schools which took place 40 years ago in 1974.It will take place in the Ballyroe Heights Hotel on April 4th. Mass will be celebrated at 8pm followed by refreshments and entertainment in Ballyroe.Tickets will be available in the local shops and the School. All Welcome
 
Congratulation to the Sixth Class Pupils who were confirmed in Kilmoyley Church on Tuesday March 4th at 11am by Bishop Ray Browne.
 
Congratulations to the Under 11 Quiz team.
The County Final of the Credit Union Quiz was held in Ballyroe Heights Hotel on Sunday March 2nd 2014. Congratulations to our team Eimear O Sullivan, Brahim Renai, Lorcan Ryan and Jack Kearney who came second and are now on their way to the All Ireland Final in the RDS in Dublin on April 6th. Go n-eirì libh  a Phaistì .
 
 

Mooney Goes Wild in Ardfert National School

On Wednesday October 9th we received a visit from Eanna Nì Lamhna from RTE Radio 1's Mooney Goes Wild Show who announced Ardfert National School as winners of the  nationwide "Fuel your School" competition  and presented us with a cheque of E5000 from Electric Ireland .The competition recognised our efforts and initiatives in the area of environmental improvements for  example tree planting, the creation of a pond and vegetable growing.The children also take part in the annual clean-up of Banna Beach and the Ardfert village Spring clean.

The show can be listened to on RTE Player/ Mooney Show broadcast on Wednesday Octobe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

     

     

     

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    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.
    Deputy Principal/L.S Teacher: Anne Kearney.
    L.S. Maths Teacher--Marion Flaherty
    Class Teachers:
    Sixth: Marie O Connell
    Fifth/Fourth: Tomàs Hanafin
    Third/ Fourth: Lynda McElligott
    Second: Billy O Connor
    First: Mary Costello
    Senior Infants: Joan Holland
    Junior Infants:Deirdre Courtney
    SNA: Mary O Connor
    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.