Hello from Ms. Cleary!

Dear parents,

I hope you are all safe & well. I miss seeing & teaching your children. Below is some general information on what your children could be doing. These are only suggestions & so there is absolutely no pressure to complete them. Remember home activities such as gardening, baking, exercising, playing lego, jigsaws, board games etc are all valuable educational activities. If you have any questions at all, however big or small, please do not hesitae to contact me at brid.cleary@stjosephsgorey.ie .I would be delighted to work with you.

Bríd Cleary

Some General Information:

READING for 20 minutes daily
Keep a record of the book, dates & pages – A book you have at home or storytimeonline.net or getepic.com

Write a few sentences -include dates, capital letters & full stops!

Those doing SNIP, continue it -the lists are free on snip-newsletter.co.uk



Chess Winners from St.Joseph’s !


On Wednesday 4th March , almost 30 children represented our school playing chess.We travelled to Enniscorthy to play in the Ficheall.ie Regional Tournament , in Gaelscoil Inis Corthaigh.

We entered one team of eight from 5th/6th classes & two teams of eight from 3rd/4th classes. All our super subs. played also. Each child played six games. The emphasis was on participation & fun ,so we did not get the following news of our success until the following week .

THE MASTERS ( 5th /6th classes )

1st Gorey Gladiators 29 points ( St. Joseph’s)

2nd Bunclody Beats 28.5 points

3rd Ríthe Inis Corthaigh 23.5



1st Andrew Hennell 6 points

2nd Oran Duffy 5.5 points

3rd Diarmuid Cronin 5points

Highly Commended : Max Finn


THE BUDDING MASTERS ( 3rd /4th classes )

1st Gorey Gangsters  ( St Joseph’s)

2nd Gorey Gurus ( St Joseph’s)

3rd Ballon Chess Pros.



1st Luke Gill

2nd Nathan Vos

3rd Anna Garamvolgi

Highly Commended : Ruadhan Cullen, Danny Dowling, Brooklyn Fleming, Seán Morris & James Murphy .

WELL DONE TO ALL WHO TOOK PART. We are very proud of you .

Chess Jamboree ( Co Wexford Primary Chess Challenge ) in St Joseph’s PS

What a night ! Over 230 children from all over the county had great fun playing three rounds of chess each . 19 teams of six in the senior section {5th /6th classes – aged 11 and 12 approx. ) and the same entry in the junior section!

Parents suggested to the organisers that it should be called The Co Wexford Primary Chess Jamboree! It certainly was a large gathering of enthusiastic children from Duncannon up to Kilanerin , having funplaying chess,socialising & having refreshments organised bythe amazing, St Joseph’s PS Parents’ Council!
(… sandwiches/ biscuits/ tea/coffeeand juice for players and their families and friends.)
And thanks to Deirdre who keeps the whole event running smoothly!

There was a big welcome for our new entrant : Loreto Gorey who entered four teams. Arklow also entered for the first time. If Galway can play in the Leinster GAA final , we can welcome our near neighbours in Arklow to play chess with us!

We were lucky to have Manuel Gardenes as one of our arbitrators and also Eamonn Barrett, who founded the chess challenge 26 years ago in Piercestown NS.

Gorey Chess Club have been supervising the 300 games plus for the last five years in St Joseph’s PS. A big thank you to Club chairman, Seamas Halpenny, and also to Steven, Remy, Mel & Robbie .

We could not run this celebration of chess without the help of our secretary Geraldine and our caretakers, Jackie and Alan .

So the results : Seniors – 1. Duncannon NS; 14 & 1/2 points. 2. Kilanerin 14 pts. New Ross 14 pts. 5. St Joseph’s 1. 13 & 1/2 pts. 6. St Joseph’s 2. 13 pts
Juniors – 1. Kilanerin 2. Piercestown 3. New Ross

The event was presented by Eamonn Barrett, retired principal of Piercestown, and Bríd Cleary, St Joseph’s PS.