Principal's Blog

Operation Transformation

We all took part in the 10@10 activities on the 10th February. A bitterly cold day didn't stop adults and children alike from engaging in exercises out doors. A special thanks to Ms Mc Veety and her class who organised the event, learned the moves and taught them to all classes beforehand. see our photo gallery Read more


Valentine's day was celebrated in style with a very romantic Sweet Shop. Thanks to Ms. Mc Carthy and all in R 28. Check out the photographs in our gallery. Read more

Happy Christmas

A very happy Christmas to all our pupils and families and every good wish for 2017


Christmas is certainly on the way here in St Helen's. There is the lovely sound of carols coming from all the classes as everyone prepares for the Carol Service. We hope to see you in the parish church at 12.30 on the 21st Dec. Read more

Book Fair

Our Book Fair is currently under way and there is great excitement among all the boys and girls. Lots of wonderful books to chose from and the school benefits from each sale. Read more

School Closure

We close at 2. 5 this Thurs 20th October to facilitate Parent/Teacher meetings Read more

Date for Confirmation

Confirmation for our school takes place on Thursday 4th May 2017 in St Anne's, Portmarnock @ 11 a. . Read more

Sponsored Walk

Please support our sponsored walk. It will take place at the end of the month - the date will depend on the weather forecast. We will walk up over Paddy's Hill during the school day and hope to raise much needed funds for the school. We will be looking for a few parents to help as stewards and will send out a text when the date is decided Read more

Cross Country

Our annual Cross Country Competition will take place in Woodlands, Portmarnock on 12th October. The first race will begin at 3pm sharp. Pupils from 3rd to 6th who have attended lunch time training are invited to take part. All are welcome to support. Read more

Confirmation Meeting

A meeting for the parents of 6th class pupils preparing for Confirmation will be held on Thurs 13th Oct @ 8 pm in St Anne's Church, Portmarnock

School Calendar 2016 - 2017

Our school calendar for this year 2016 - 2017 is on the Parent Page


Welcome from the Principal

School Crest

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Saint Helen's Senior National School. St. Helen’s School opened its doors for the first time on Friday, 1st July, 1977. Fifty Junior Infants and two teachers, Mr. Bill Lowe and Mr. Pádraig Griffin, set St. Helen’s School on the road, in two prefabs, in the grounds of St. Marnock’s School. St. Helen’s moved to its present location in Martello in 1978 and in 1980 a permanent building was established. In 1981 St. Helen’s was divided into a junior school with Mr. Pat Healy as principal and a senior school under the principalship of Mr. Lowe. On Tuesday 1st September St. Helen’s S.N.S. opened with 130 pupils, 64 boys and 66 girls, and four teachers – Mr. Lowe, Mr. Griffin, Mr. Fitzgibbon and Ms. Murray. Our permanent building was completed in 1985 and the school was officially opened on 23rd October, 1986. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength, reaching a peak in the 1980 with more than 600 pupils. In 2005 Mr. Lowe retired and the present principal, Ms. O’ Leary, was appointed. Today we have 226 pupils in 9 mainstream classes from 3rd to 6th. Our pupils have access to three special education teachers and special needs assistants.