Initiatives & Activities

Courtenay Breakfast Club

The school provides a complimentary Breakfast Club that commences at 8.00am each day.

Breakfast Club is free and accessible to all students enrolled in the school. In Breakfast Club the children meet to eat, chat and socialise together in our Assembly Hall.

After-School Facility

Aoife McCarthy manages an onsite after-school programme at Courtenay School every day from 1.10pm – 6.00pm.

For inquiries, please contact Aoife McCarthy at (087) 760 3894.


As per the Arts curriculum, music is taught in all classes.

Additionally, in-school group music classes take place every Friday for pupils from 3rd to 6th in the school assembly hall.

During these group lessons, students learn songs and tin–whistle tunes.

Our students perform at various school functions throughout the year and participate in many musical performances including, school Masses, concerts, carol singing and busking events.

Our music group enjoy visits to St. Ita’s Hospital where they entertain patients and staff with their talents.

Chess Club

Courtenay Chess Club is a free after school activity available to children from 3rd – 6th class.

Courtenay Chess Club is ran and organised by Mr. Shepherd and Mr. Sheridan, every Wednesday from 2.10pm – 3.00pm.

Games & Active Movement

At Courtenay National School we encourage sport, fitness and movement for all. We have an indoor Sports Hall to facilitate physical education classes all year round.

As part of the PE curriculum, we provide our pupils with exposure to a range of activities; including gymnastics, athletics, badminton, basketball, dodgeball rounders and many more fun and movemnet games. 

Every year our 5th class participate in a Cycle Safety Training Course with Cycle Right.

The school is fortunate to have the Limerick Greenway situated nearby which serves as a safe and convenient route for class cycling trips and walks. Our special classes access the Greenway for sensory walks.

Swimming lessons are organised for our senior classes in the local swimming pool.

Our school regularly organises trips to Liskennett Equine Assisted Activity Centre. Liskeenett is an excellent service for children with additional needs. Our students enjoy the calm of the centre and experience of horse-riding.

Our Gaelic football and hurling teams participate in Cumann na mBunscoil each year. Our school’s reputation on the GAA field is highly regarded and the school continues to promote participation in our national games. Core work training and hurling skills training with George Fitzgibbon is facilitated in school every Thursday for classes from Junior Infants – 4th class.
Tuesday, after-school Gaelic Football training with Mr. Cunningham & Anthony for 4th class.
Wednesday, after-school Gaelic Football training with Mr. Devine & Mr. Ruddle for 3rd class.

Soccer training is offered to 5th & 6th class with Mr. Cunningham. Soccer teams participate in organised soccer leagues and 5-a side soccer competitions during the year.

Rugby after- school training with Mr. Sheridan is offered to for 5th & 6th class. Classes participate in Tag-Rugby tournaments organised by the local club.

Creative Schools

The Creative School’s initiative put the arts and creativity at the heart of children’s and young people’s lives. The Creative School’s Committee places our students’ voices at centre of the initiative and the creative workshops.

In line with the Arts curriculum classes engage and learn new skills incorporating all the Arts subjects of Drama, Visual Arts and Music as well as including STEM learning through Videography and Green Screen introduction, Stop Motion Animation and Coding workshops.


In line with the Primary Mathematics Curriculum, Mr. Shepherd facilitates coding classes for 5th & 6th children.

The children use Scratch as a platform to advance their coding skills and develop their creation of games.

Creative School’s Week 8th – 12th May 2023

8th to 12th of May was Creative Schools Week and Courtenay kids are certainly all that! In a week of fabulous creativity, the week was an outstanding success for all. Led by the creative schools co-ordinator, teacher Sandra O’Donovan assembled a student creative...

School Tours

School trips take place in June and are another highlight of the year. All classes travel to age appropriate activities. Our younger children visit the farm while older boys go to more active centres for outdoor adventure!

ESB Science Blast

5th class represented our school at the ESB Science Blast this year! We had great fun, both presenting our project and exploring and learning about the other projects. We are already looking forward to returning in the future!

Clean Up Day

Clean Up Day

We teach the children the importance of keeping our environment clean and tidy. Pictured here is Mrs. Sheehan and her pupils as the took part in clean up day.