Initiatives & Services
The school has put in place a wide variety of programmes to complement the teaching of the curriculum subjects. Those programmes consolidate and widen the pupils’ learning through active participation. We also offer a wide range of after-school activities.
Parents and Guardians can order a lunch to be delivered to the school for their child. The service is totally flexible – it can be used from one day a year to every day!
Download ‘The Lunch Bag’ app from the play store or app store.
Accelerated Reader Programme
The Accelerated Reader is a curriculum-based assessment tool that primarily determines whether or not a child has read and comprehends a book. A student who uses the program selects a book from the more than 25,000 titles on the AR list. Each book is assigned a point value based on the number of words it contains and its reading difficulty. After reading, the student goes to the computer and takes a multiple-choice comprehension test on the book’s content. Tests may have 5, 10, or 20 items, depending on the length and difficulty of the book. The computer scores the test, awards the students points based on the results and keeps a complete record. Passing the quiz is an indication that the student understood what was read.
Active School Flag
We have been awarded an ‘Active School Flag’ in recognition of all the physical activity that takes place in our school.
The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community, by awarding them with an Active School Flag.
In order for Barefield National School to achieve the Active School Flag we must begin by self-evaluating our current provision across PE, Physical Activity and Partnerships. We must then plan and implement improvements that will have a real and tangible impact on our school community.
We already have a very strong history of physical activity and team sports here in Barefield School, with many after-school and during-school activities in place. There have been some very exciting additions to the timetable this year. Since September, we have introduced the Fitness for Fun programme with John Conroy and a Duathlon programme for Fifth Class with Triathlon Ireland.
As part of the Active School programme, we will be organising an Active Schools Week in May. This will be a whole school initiative, with exciting activities and lots of fun and games to look forward to. One of the aims of Active Schools Week is to show that not only is physical activity good for you but it can also be lots of fun and a great way to spend time with friends.
We look forward to making Barefield School an even more active place this year and as our Active School’s motto says, ‘Get up off that seat and start to move your feet!’
To find out more about the Active School initiative click on www.activeschoolflag.ie
Féile na hÍnse
Féile na hÍnse is a County event the school partakes in dedicated to promote the Irish language and Irish culture in general. It takes place every year in the Auburn Lodge Hotel and Barefield NS has been a huge supporter of this event for many years.
Teachers let pupils choose a poem, drama or song in Gaeilge and get them ready for their performance. Traditional music is also on the programme and the school Ceili band and Grupa Cheoil have played in Féile Na hÍnse every year over the past twenty years.
Children from first to sixth classes in Barefield National School avail of six swimming lessons annually. 1st and 2nd Classes attend swimming classes at Ennis Leisure Complex and children from 3rd to 6th Classes attend lessons in Shannon Pool.
Children from third to sixth classes also get the opportunity to take part in an end of year Swimming Gala. Barefield School has captured the best large school swimming trophy at this gala on numerous occasions.
Cuman na mBunscol
We have a proud history of participation in the Cuman na mBunscol camogie, hurling and football competition. Staff offer after-school training.
St.Josephs Doora/Barefield GAA Club also provide a coach who trains all classes in the school in fundamental movement skills for hurling, camogie and football.
We have a proud history of participation in the Marion Keane Basketball tournament. Staff offer after-school training.
Ms Corrigan runs an after-school choir every Thursday evening. The school choir has won numerous national awards and sing at school events.
Before/After School Childcare
Breda Culligan provides an excellent child minding service before school starts and after 2.00pm, on the school premises.
For further details, please contact Breda at 065 68 28952.
All children in the school receive four weeks of gymnastics classes from a professional gymnastics instructor.
All children in the school receive four weeks of yoga classes from Eimer McCarthy during the school day.
Eimer also offers yoga classes after school.
All children in the school receive four weeks of modern dance lessons from a professional dance instructor.
The Denis Liddy Music School offer traditional Irish lessons immediately after school each day.