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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)
 
 
Confirmation 
Congratulations to the sixth class who were confirmed by Bishop Ray Browne in Ardfert Church on May 6th 2015.
 
 Active School Flag 
Ardfert Central National School is working toward achieving an Active School Flag in recognition of all the sports. physical education and other games played in the school. A committee of 8 children, 2 parents ,1 member of the wider community, an SNA and 3 teachers was formed to organize activities during the year.
We encourage parents to check www.getirelandactive.ie for information and activities in our local area.(Please check our Active School Flag page for details)
 
 
The Harvest Cycle
The Harvest Cycle will take place on September 12th. Keep the date free and join us for this annual event.
 

Ardfert N.S. winners of the National Finals of 'One Good Idea' competition in Dublin Castle

A group of six children from third class in Ardfert N.S. WON  the "One Good Idea " competition in Dublin Castle on the 7th of May which was run by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. Congratulations to Sarah Bodenham, Craoi Horgan, Gary O Riordan, Timmy McElligott, Tiernan O Sullivan and Adam McDonagh and their teacher Marie O Connell. (See our Green Schools page to see details)

 

Junior Entrepreneur

Sixth Class presented their Junior Entrepreneur project in Killarney on Wednesday April 29th. Their project was greeting card. They have worked on the priject for the past 6 weeks and held a cake sale in conjunction with a sale of their cards in the school hall.Well done children.

Science Quiz 

Congratulations to Rory Dalton, Eimear O Sullivan and Lorcan Ryan from Sixth Class who were winners at the Kerry Regional Finals of the ISTA Primary Science Quiz on Thursday night March 19th 2915 .
 

 

 
Debating Competition
    Congratulations  to the debating team who won the County Final  of the Debating Competition against Spa National School. The team were proposing the motion that "Ireland should leave the E.U.
It was a very close and tightly fought debate.This is the second time in three years Ardfert National School have won this competition.
Well done  to Eimear O Sullivan, Christopher Egan, Lorcan Ryan, Rory Dalton, Sarah Lawlor and Padraig O Sullivan. Congratulations to their mentors Mrs Betty Stack and Joan Holland.
 
Credit Union Quiz
 
Congratulations to the Under 11 and Under 13 Quiz teams who  came second in the Tralee Credit Union Quiz following a tie break.Well done  to the U11 team of Fiachra O Connor, Donal O Sullivan Adam Renai and Jack Kearney and the U13 team of Lorcan Ryan, Sarah Lawlor, Brahim Renai and Rory Dalton. The children also took part in the County Final on March 1st at Ballyroe Heights where they performed very well on the day.
 
         
 
Congratulations to Jamie O Sullivan in third class who won the Fire Station Art Competition.Well done Jamie.
 
Road Safety Competition
 
Congratulations to Donal O Sullivan in fourth class and Brìd Courtney in fifth class who won the kerry County Council Road Safety Art Competition.
They were presented with their prizes in the Council chambers by The Mayor of Kerry John Brassil on December 16th.Well doneBrìd and Donal.
 
 On Monday 15th December parents, teachers and pupils of Ardfert National School gathered on the school grounds to unveil an Artistic Memorial" to commemorate the opening of the school 40 years ago.(See Childrens work page for details)
  
  
 

     

     

     

     

     

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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

    Weekend for two, Whitesands Hotel Ballyheigue.

    2 All Ireland Football Final Tickets 2016.

    Mercedes Watch worth 200 euro (McElligottts Tralee)

    Dinner for two (wine includes), Oyster Tavern The Spa Tralee.

    Dinner for four, Kaynes Bar and Bistro, Dromhall Hotel Killarney.

    Sunday Lunch for two, Castle Rosse Hotel, Killarney.

    "Love Hate" box set signed by Nidge

     

     

    Banna  Beauty

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

    This is the plan of the proposed hall

     

     

     

    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: Joan Holland
    Fifth /Deputy Principal: Anne Kearney
    Fourth: Margaret Kearney

    Third: Marie O Connell

    Second: Tomàs Hanafin
    First: Mary Costello
    Senior Infants: Gemma O Mahoney
    Junior Infants:Deirdre Courtney
    SNA: Mary O Connor, Antoinette McGrath, Sabreena 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.