Close Closure Notice

As per instruction from the Department of Education, St. Joseph’s NS will remain closed until March 30th.
Next week’s Ceremony of Light, First Penance & Confirmation are postponed until further notice.
Workbooks/packs have been sent home for all pupils. Additional resources can be found by registering (FREE) on

Grandparents Day

We are delighted to announce that as part of Catholic Schools week, St Joseph’s NS are holding a special “Grandparents Day” on January 31st. We invite all grandparents and parents in our school community to join with us for mass at 11.00am. After mass, everyone is invited back up to the school hall for refreshments.

There will be “Grandparents” art and projects on display in the hall. We hope as many of you as possible can join us on the day.

Following this event, school will close at 12.45pm for staff training.


Girls camogie team on fire!

St Joseph’s girls camogie team recently competed successfully in two competitions in Ballon & Blessington respectively. Considering that most of these girls have never played at club level the standard they set was very high. A number of local Wicklow & Carlow hurling/camogie clubs have since made contact with the school offering lucrative contracts in an effort to sign a number of high profile star players. Negotiations are ongoing.


Hurling team compete in Cumman na mBunscol

Well done to our boys hurling team who recently competed in the Carlow Cumann na mBunscol indoor competition in Ballon. Whilst results didn’t go our way we put in an admirable effort and some fine displays against a number of schools which would hail from hurling strongholds. Well done to the lads on a great effort.


Break for the Border raises over €7,500

4th October 2019 – Our annual fundraiser Break for the Border raised over €7,500 for St Joseph’s NS. All profits raised enhances every child’s experience and education while attending school and will be put towards fixing equipment, upgrading computers, school jerseys for teams representing the school etc.

Whether you volunteered to help on the day, provided baking and refreshments, signed up for the race, filled out sponsorship cards or bought raffle tickets, your help was greatly appreciated.

The event creates a great atmosphere in Hacketstown, showcases our beautiful school, provides a great opportunity for children to show their school to family and friends and most importantly raises much need funds for the school.

As you will see from our facebook page we receive a lot of sponsorship from our local companies (€4,300 approx) with Londis O’Reilly’s Petrol Station donating €1,200 plus €800 worth of products for refreshments etc. Together with company sponsorship and your help the Break for the Border is a huge success.

Next year’s event will take place on Sunday 20th September 2020 and preparations are already under way with a very special medal to mark the 5th anniversary of the event.

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Congratulations to everyone on coming together and creating a great event for our school.

St Joseph’s NS Joint Winners of Hurling Blitz

St Joseph’s NS hurling/camogie team did their school proud as they came out join winners at a recent blitz held in Ballinakill Centre of Excellence.  We were narrowly defeated in the first match 2-0 to 1-1 by Bearna Chlé. We knew we had it in us to get a victory and in the second match we were successful with a score line of 1-2 to 1-0.

In both matches Jack Weekes was outstanding in mid field and attained some fantastic scores. Josh Kelly played well in full forward and added a goal to our scoreboard. Emily Kelly worked steadily in midfield. Cian Weekes, Óran Keating, Conor Forde, William Whelan, Luke Kelly made up our defence line and made it very difficult for Bearna Chlé to score. L.J. Coleman and Katie Cahill worked well in the forwards.

We are joint winners of the Mixed Blitz and will be sharing the cup with Bearna Chlé. Well done to the St Joseph’s NS team.

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Meet the Award Winners

This week was no exception as our students pulled out all the stops to work hard and help others while in school. Our well deserved winners of star students and citizens of the week are Harry Altree; Ella Mulvany; Jack Lyons; Abbie Smyth; Luke McGrath; Michael Davis; Thomas Joyce; Tyler Byrne and Emily Joyce.

Star Students and Good Citizens in top form

Congratulations to all of our award winners over the past two weeks. Our star student and good citizen awards encourage children to be the best they can and to help others as much as possible. Well done to Charolette, Jack, Ellie-May, Kate, Oisin, Bobby, Dillara, Cian, Ellie, Abbie, Madison, Bogdan, Rory, Julia, Harry, Kelsey, Kendall and Rory.