Dear Parents & Pupils
As we face another period of school closure I hope that you and all your loved ones are safe and well. Your health is the main priority at the moment. Please continue to practice social and physical distancing and to minimise physical contact with each other to help avoid the spread of Covid-19.
Please be assured that we are thinking of you all. I will be in touch frequently via email and teachers will shortly be in contact with you to put in place a new mechanism in order to continue distance learning. The school website will also be updated regularly.
These are very challenging times for us all and we must look out for each other as best we can.
With every good wish for your continued safety.
National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. Please click on the link below.
Department of Health and the HSE Covid-19 Resources.
The Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages other than Irish and English, which can be accessed at the following link:
The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.
The site above will continue to be updated with more resources, so we are all encouraged to check it regularly.
Online Teacher and Parent Resources.
In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE is currently preparing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. Click on the link below
We hope you are doing well at this difficult time.Teachers have compiled a list of educational websites and home-based learning activities for each class level. Please click on the links for the relevant classes. We hope you enjoy doing these activities with your family.
Prayers at Home When Gathering for Mass is Not Possible
In these extraordinary times when we cannot gather for Mass, we would encourage you to download and print out this prayer booklet for use at home. This prayer booklet has been prepared by the Diocese of Clonfert and the Diocese of Elphin specifically for this time we find ourselves in. We continue to keep each other in prayer during this time. Please remember to take care of yourself, your family and loved ones and follow the advice of the HSE. Click here for the most up to date advice given by the HSE
2019 – 2020 School Year in Pictures!
Cloonakilla N.S. is a Catholic co-educational school situated in south Co. Roscommon on the outskirts of Athlone. The children attending the school come from a mixed rural and urban background. It is a mainstream school with sixteen class teachers and an administrative Principal. It also has six SEN teachers, and five Special Needs Assistants. The school also has the services of a caretaker and a secretary.
A skilled staff provide a broad curriculum and wide range of activities. In addition to the curriculum children also take part in the following: Gaelic football, soccer, tag rugby, swimming, tin whistle band, choir, quiz teams, Discover Primary Science, Green-Schools Programme and liturgical services. All children are encouraged to reach their full potential in a happy and safe environment that is conducive to learning. The staff, Board of Management and Parents Association work closely together to ensure that all pupils are cherished equally in an atmosphere of openness and freedom. Our learning environment is child-centred where each child is valued, cared for and respected.
Our Mission Statement
Growth: We are dedicated to the Spiritual, emotional and intellectual development of each child
Openess: We aim to provide a positive, inclusive atmosphere and environment based in the mutual co-operation of all involved in its activities
Special: We recognise that each person is created in the image of God
Prayer: Prayer forms a part of our everyday school life
Encouragement: We encourage the children to grow within the Catholic faith
Learning: We provide support for all children to learn
Valued: Each pupil and member of staff is valued for the contribution they make to school life
Acceptance: We accept and respect the religious beliefs of others
Love: We aim to live according to Jesus’ command “Love one another as I have loved you”
Unique: We recognise that each pupil has individual needs and abilities and that each develops at a different rate
Experience: We are open to our responsibilities and links with our parish
Society: Our aspiration is to educate our pupils so that they will be fully integrated members of society