New Pupil Information

 Our school uniform for Nenagh Community National School.

 CNS Uniform – Tracksuit- A Sportsman’s Dream €40

 CNS Uniform – Tracksuit

CNS Full uniform – Girls (pinafore or trousers)- Generally Available

School Jumper (Teal): Slattery’s Nenagh

Tie : Available from school €6

CNS full uniform – boy

School Jumper (Teal): Slattery’s Nenagh

Tie : Available from school €6

Navy Trousers: Generally Available 

School Calendar

School Opening and Closing times 23/24

  • School open: 8:50 am
  • Break 11.00am – 11.15am
  • Lunch 12.30pm – 12.55pm
  • Junior & Senior Infants finish: 1:30pm
  • School closes: 2:30pm (1st & 2nd  & 3rd Class)

Early finish for Junior Infants

  • Wednesday 30th  August – Tuesday 12th September (inclusive) Junior Infants will finish at 12.30pm.
  • Wednesday 13th September and thereafter Junior Infants will finish at 1.30pm

School Payments

Payments for class money and other items can be made through the Aladdin Connect app. Payments can also be made in cash at the school office or to the class teacher, but online payment is encouraged. 

Supplies for Junior Infants

The following is a list of materials which your child will need for use in school. These can be put in a pencil case of your child’s choice for their first day at school. These items will be for use in school only. Your child will need other supplies (pencils and colours) for home use.

  • 2 Tripod pencils (image below)
  • Eraser
  • Pencil sharpener (with larger slot to fit tripod pencil-image below)
  • A packet of Twistable colours (please label each of these with your child’s name)
  • A glue stick
  • Craft scissors (please ensure scissors can cut paper & card-image below)

It is vital that all supplies and uniform are labelled with your child’s name. You can write the name on the equipment or purchase labels online from companies such as 


We encourage a schoolbag that is big enough to carry an A4 size plastic folder. A backpack type bag is encouraged rather than wheelie bags. Wheelie bags are a trip hazard in schools. 


We encourage your child to wear shoes with Velcro fastenings as laces are very difficult for Junior Infant pupils.


We support healthy eating in Nenagh C.N.S. and encourage parents to provide a healthy lunch for their children each day. We also partner with a local company called the Lunch Bag who deliver pre-ordered lunches to the school. Parents can register for the service on their website and order lunch for the child to be delivered. Further information is available on their website, 

Useful information on getting your child ready for school.

Click links below to access  ‘Your child in the primary school, tips for parents’ by the INTO. There are also links to some publications by the National Parents Council.


Should you have any queries, please contact us 
We wish you and your child health and happiness this Summer and look forward to welcoming you to our school in September.

Tips for Junior Infants

Tips for Junior Infants


It would help greatly if your child is able to:

  • Button and unbutton a coat and hang it up.
  • Use the toilet without help and manage pants and buttons.
  • Know how to flush the toilet and wash hands, without having to be told.
  • Use a tissue when necessary.
  • Share toys and playthings with others and ‘take turns’.
  • Tidy up and put away playthings.
  • Remain contentedly for a few hours in the home of a relation, friend or neighbour. If children have had this experience, then separation from parents when they start school will not cause any great anxiety.
  • Manage their own shoes. Velcro is the best option for this.
  • Open and close his/her own lunchbox.
  • Undress and change themselves in the unlikely event of a toileting accident.

Social skills are very important. Our goal is to foster the development of good interpersonal and mixing skills. We place a high value on good manners and expect all children to be able to know when to use “Please”, “Thank you”, “Excuse me”, “I’m sorry”, “Hello”, “Good morning”, “Goodbye” etcetera.



Oral Language Development

It is important that a child’s ability to talk is as advanced as possible.

It is through speech that children communicate their thoughts and

feelings, needs and desires, curiosity and wonder.

You Can Help …

  • Talk to your child naturally and casually about things of interest that you may be doing at home, in the shop, in the car, etc. Remember that all the time children are absorbing the language they hear around them. It takes them a while to make it their own and use it to express their needs.
  • Try to make time to listen when your child wants to tell you something that is important to him/her.
  • Introduce a child gently to Why? How? When? Where? If? etc. Asking questions demands more advanced language structures.



Reading Ability to read is the foundation for all future learning. However, learning to read is a gradual process and much preparatory work must be completed before a child is introduced to a first reader. We very deliberately do not rush or push children into reading. We get them ready for it over an extended period. Reading is meant to be enjoyable. It should never start as a chore for the small child.

How can you help?

  • Have attractive colourful books in the home.
  • Join Nenagh Library, we are very lucky to have such an excellent library in our locality.
  • Read a variety of stories from time to time. Children will begin to associate these wonderful tales with books and reading.
  • Children have their own particular favourite stories that they never tire of hearing. Repeat them over and over again and gradually get your child to tell you the story.
  • You must gradually convey that books are precious things. They should be minded, handled carefully and put away safely.
  • Look at the pictures and talk about what they say.
  • Read nursery rhymes.
  • Sing the alphabet song with your child, so that he/ she has at least heard of the letters. If he /she knows what each one looks like, all the better.
  • Focus on your child’s progress, not other children’s progress. Don’t compare.
  • Above all, don’t push with early reading. You may turn your child against it for evermore.



First, a Word of Warning:

Maths for the small child has nothing to do with “sums”, figures, tables or adding and subtracting. These will all come much later. Maths is really part of the language a child uses in understanding and talking about certain things in his/her daily experience e.g.

  • Colours – black, white, red, green, etc.
  • Prepositions (telling position), over/under, before/after, inside/outside etc.
  • Matching/Sorting–objects of the same size/colour/texture/shape etc.
  • Patterns
  • Odd One Out – difference in size/colour etc.

You Can Help…

  • In the course of your ordinary daily routine in the home, in the shop, in the neighbourhood you could try to use suitable opportunities to casually introduce the maths vocabulary referred to above, e.g. How many cakes? The glass is full/empty. We turn left at the lights, etc.
  • Children associate certain numbers with particular things – two hands, four wheels, five fingers etc.
  • Counting – one, two, three, four, etc.
  • Setting the table
  • Drawing attention to shapes in the home and the environment.
  • The child’s understanding of Maths is best developed by handling, investigating and using real objects. This has been his/her natural method of learning since babyhood.



Making letters on paper is not easy for small children. They must learn to hold the pencil properly and make regular shapes. Their hand and finger muscles are only gradually developing at this stage. They must develop the ability to get hand and eye working together (hand-eye coordination). This is very important.

You Can Help …

Encourage your child to manipulate toys like:

  • Jigsaws, Lego, beads to thread etc.
  • Plasticine (Marla) to make his/her own shapes.
  • A colouring book and thick crayons. (In school, we use chubby crayons for most of the first year)
  • Sheets of paper that he/she can cut up with a safe scissors.


When your child begins to use a pencil make sure that he/she holds it correctly from the beginning. It is difficult to change bad habits. Special pencils are available for early users. Pencils are provided in school for school use. Children may be making block capital letters at home even before coming to school. This is fine. But when they start making lower case letters at school, please try to encourage them to discontinue the use of capitals and practise the new system. Children who begin to show left hand dominance should be allowed to hold the crayon / pencil in the left hand.



Letter to parents 20/6/23

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Please note the following information as we reach the end of this school year and prepare for 23/24;

School will close at 12 noon this Friday 23rd June for summer holidays.
We will re-open to all pupils on Wednesday 30th August.
New junior infants will finish at 12:30 for two weeks. All other pupils finish st the usual time of 1:30 for senior infants and 2:30 for others (Sonas 1:15pm).
School reports are available on your Aladdin connect App. If you require a printed copy, please email
You do not need to purchase schoolbooks, workbooks or copybooks for the new school year. Books will be provided by the school and should be looked after carefully for the year, then returned to the school next June. See attached free schoolbooks information sheet and letter from Chairperson of BOM.
Pupils will need to buy their own stationery (pencil case, pencils, colours etc). a detailed list of stationery for each class will be added to the parents information page of our website this week.
We ask for a donation of €60 per child to cover pupil insurance(€10), art and craft materials (€15), photocopying (€15), and 2 x school activities including yoga (€20). This payment can be made on Aladdin from Friday, or to the school office.
School ties can be bought from the school via Aladdin. When a payment is made, we will then give the tie to the pupil in September.
Details of the school calendar and class teachers for 23/24 are on the attached pdf. A hard copy will be sent home with each child later today.
Next year we will have classes up to Third class, including two x first classes. Mr. O’ Dwyer’s current senior infants will be in Mr. O’ Meara/Ms.MacLoone’s first class and Ms. Harte’s current seniors will have Mr. Prout as their first class teacher next year.
If your child has out grown their uniform or if you do not need it, or if they are moving to a new school, please donate to the school. These uniforms can then be donated to newly arriving families.
Please see our website or Aladdin app for the latest information.
Thanking you again for your continued support of our school,

Yours Sincerely,

John Gunnell,