Monthly Archives: October 2016

Maths Week

October 17 – 21

During Maths week we  all took part in interesting maths activities. We had quizzes and trails and various activities. We used our ” Maths Eyes ” to see maths all around us.

We love Maths !

  • Playing Snakes and Ladders on wet days.
  • Wet Days
  • Science Week: 3rd Class carrying out and experiment to find good insulators.
  • Playing games inside on wet days
  • Science Week: 2nd Class Space Projects
  • Science Week
  • Science Week: A visit to Aran Chemicals
  • Maths Week
  • Science Week
  • Maths Week
  • Maths Week
  • Maths Week
  • Making St Brigid's Crosses



2016-10-11-10-53-01 2016-10-11-10-53-09-copyOver the last few weeks the children in Cloonakilla have learned lots of new skipping skills. Every day the school yard is busy with our expert skippers.


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Newsletter September 2016

Cloonakilla National School



5th September, 2016


Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of another school year. I would like to extend a special welcome to our new families, both in Junior Infants and in the other classes throughout the school.  I hope you will be happy among us and that this school year will be a rewarding experience for all.


Cloonakilla N.S. opens at 09.30am. Children will not be admitted into the school building before this time and may wait in the shelter area if weather is inclement.  School ends at 03.10pm.  However, the school yard will be supervised from 9.20am and until 3.20pm to facilitate drop off and collection of children.  The Board of Management do not accept any responsibility for children who are on the premises outside of these times.


I would like to draw your attention also to the following matters;


Pupil Up-date Form:      You are required to complete the attached Pupil Update Form and return to the school.

New School Building:                    This is a very exciting time in the life of our school community as finally construction of our new school has commenced.  The construction is planned as a 2 phase process.  Phase 1:  Construction of new building.  Phase 2: Demolition of old building. However, it is a time when we will all have to make allowances for disruption to our daily routine.  Please note that the following adjustments have been made in order to cope with the demands of the building project..

A:            Playtimes have been staggered as follows:

Junior Classes:   Break-time: 1.45 – 10.55, Lunchtime: 12.15 – 12.45

Middle / Senior Classes:                Break-time: 11.00 – 11.10, Lunchtime: 12.45 – 1.15

B:    Ball games are prohibited during playtimes for Health & Safety reasons.  For this year children will be encouraged to play traditional games e.g. hula hoops, hopscotch etc.  In order to compensate for this, teachers will timetable an extra P.E. lesson per week.  As the year progresses we hope to use the local soccer/GAA pitches for training purposes for middle/ senior classes.  Disruption will be inevitable for this school year so I will need your co-operation and understanding.

School Car Park:               It is of utmost importance that all parents adhere to the traffic management system in the carpark to facilitate the free-flow of traffic and the safety of all.

  1. The Entrance and Exit system must be adhered to. It is not acceptable to disobey these signs.
  1. The yellow box at the front gate is reserved for the school bus. Cars are                       NOT permitted to stop in this box to drop off children.
  2. Please drop your children promptly and move on thus allowing others to do the same. Parents who congregate at the school gate are causing disruption for others.
  3. Children in the old school building must enter and exit school at main school gate. This is for safety reasons.
  1. Please observe parking spaces which are reserved for teachers’ parking.
  2. Please do not park near Vincent Bannon’s private entrance (house beside school) as this denies the family access.
  3. Cones have been placed at the exit of the carpark by Roscommon County Council for safety reasons (so as not to obstruct visibility on exit). Please do not remove these cones.

Code of Discipline:         All pupils are being issued with a Code of Discipline form (excluding Junior Infants as it has already been submitted with enrolment application). I would ask you to read through the school rules with your child and sign accordingly. The Incredible Years Programme is a behaviour management programme that is in operation in the school. It promotes positive behaviour but also manages inappropriate behaviour with discipline strategies. This programme is described in greater detail in the Code of Behaviour Policy which can be viewed on the school website. Please return the Code of Discipline form to the class teacher as soon as possible.

School Tracksuit Top:           All children are expected to have the school tracksuit top.  Tracksuit tops cost €20.00 each and can be purchased by calling to the staff room between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Please label tracksuit tops and uniform.

School Calendar:                   Please see attached.

School Attendance:              Please note that all absences from school of twenty days or over must be reported to the National Education Welfare Board.  When your child has been absent for 20 days or more you will be notified that a referral is being made to the N.E.W.B.  Schools are obliged by law to make this referral regardless of the reasons for absences.  Please notify the class teacher in writing if your child is absent. DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL as this only interrupts class time.

Lost Property:                         There is a large selection of unclaimed coats/jackets etc. from last year.  These can be reclaimed from the staffroom until Friday, 16th September.  After that date all clothes will go to recycling center.

Swimming Lessons:              The first session of swimming lessons will commence on Wednesday, 7th September for 1st, 5th and 6th classes.

Arts & Crafts:                          Each child is required to pay €25.00 towards the cost of Arts & Craft materials and photocopying paper.  This should be given to the class teacher as soon as possible.  Due to the rising costs it is vital that all parents pay this fee as soon as possible.

Healthy Lunch Policy:          We endorse a healthy eating policy in our school. We encourage parents to plan a healthy lunch using food from each of the food groups.  The following foods are NOT allowed in the school; sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, bars including cereal bars, winders and crisps.   A simple approach to healthy eating is to use the food pyramid.

School Policies:                      All relevant policies can be viewed on our school website.

Anti-Bullying:                         For the month of September all classes will work on the theme of Anti-Bullying as part of the S.P.H.E. Curriculum.  This will help to create an atmosphere within the school whereby bullying of any type is seen as unacceptable behaviour.  A class charter will be drawn up in each classroom and children will be made aware of the procedures involved in the event of bullying occurring.  Parents should make themselves familiar with policy which can be viewed on the school website.

School Insurance:                  Enclosed please find school insurance forms.  If you wish to avail of same please return to the class teacher as soon as possible in a sealed envelope clearly marked as these are forwarded to the Parents Association for processing.            All insurance forms should be returned to the school by Friday, Sept 16th.

P.E.                                              Class teachers will inform children of their P.E. Day.  School Tracksuit tops must be worn on P.E. days and children may wear tracksuit bottoms of their choosing.  Tracksuits are also to be worn on swimming day.  The full school uniform must be worn on all other days.  As stated in the school rules children are not allowed to wear studs, earrings and jewellery on P.E. days.  This is for Health & Safety purposes.

ParentTeacher Meetings:          These will be held in November.  You will be notified closer to the time.  If you wish to speak to a teacher regarding your child please make an appointment to do so.  Every effort will be made to facilitate you.

Birthday Invitations:            We all know that often unnecessary and unintended hurt is caused to children who are not invited to parties. For that reason the B.O.M ask parents/children not to distribute such invitations either in the school itself or at the school gate in view of other children.  We make such a request in order to cherish all children equally.  We have attached a Consent Form for parents of Junior Infants to sign to allow us to distribute your contact details on request.  Phone numbers of class groupings are available on request up to 2nd class.

School SelfEvaluation:      S.S.E. will be on-going in the school for the coming school year.  Our 3 year plan for Literacy has concluded.  For this school year we will be working on Year 2 Numeracy which will focus specifically on Problem Solving.

Sacraments:                             Confirmation has been confirmed for Tuesday, 4th April @ 11am in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church.

                                                      First Communion will be on Saturday, May 13th @ 11am.

Parents Association:            Parents Association have organised a bag packing fundraiser at Tesco Golden Island on weekend of 23rd / 24th / 25th September. It would be appreciated if parents or family/friends could volunteer some time to do bag packing over these days.  Details of time slots etc. will be circulated shortly.


I look forward to working with you all during the new school year.


Yours sincerely,



Mary O’Rourke










Cloonakilla National School

School Rules

    1. Children using the school bus should line up in an orderly manner for evening bus.
    2. On hearing the school bell children should form an orderly line in the morning and after break-times before entering the school building. Children should respond immediately to the school bell.
    3. Children are not allowed leave the school grounds without the permission of the Principal.
    4. Classrooms should be vacated during break times.
    5. A written note is required for absences from school and also for early departures.
  • Children should bring a healthy, nutritious lunch to school. CHEWING GUM IS NOT ALLOWED.


  1. Mobile phones are not permitted in school. Urgent messages will be conveyed to the pupils.
  2. Children should respect themselves and their property. School uniform should be worn on all days except P.E. days when the P.E. tracksuit must be worn. Pupils are not allowed to wear studs, earrings and jewellery on P.E. days.
  3. School yard, classrooms, toilets, etc. are to be kept litter free.
  4. Dangerous games are prohibited, e.g. throwing of sticks, stones, etc.
  5. Children should do their best in school by listening carefully, working as hard as they can and by completing homework.
  6. Children must show courtesy and good manners to each other, to all school staff and visitors to the school.
  7. Children should play only in their designated play areas. They must obey the playground rules which will be explained clearly by each class teacher.
  8. Any f orm of bullying is NOT ALLOWED and will be dealt with in accordance with our Anti-Bullying Policy.


Cloonakilla National School

School Rules

Procedures for Dealing with Unacceptable Behaviour

Some of the following strategies will be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour

  • Completion of “Think Sheet” (Incredible Years Programme)
  • Reasoning with pupils
  • Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
  • Prescribed extra work
  • Communication with parents
  • Temporary separation from peers and/or loss of privileges
  • Referral to the Principal
  • Note to parents
  • Suspension/Expulsion (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by Circular 7/88)`







                          Cloonakilla National School



Co Roscommon Telephone 090 6492569







School Calendar 2016-2017

Mid Term Break:                    Monday 31st October – Friday Nov 4th (Inclusive)


Parent / Teacher Meeting:   November – Date to be confirmed



Christmas Holidays:               Thursday, 22nd December (closing)

Monday, 9th January 2017 (re-opening)


Mid Term Break:                    Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th February


St Patricks:                              Friday, 17th March


Easter Holidays:                     Friday 7th April

Monday, 24th April (re-opening)


May Bank Holiday:                Monday, 1st May


June Bank Holiday:                Monday, 5th June


Summer Holidays:                 Tuesday, 27th June


Please take cognisance of the above when planning family breaks. Written work will not be assigned to children on holidays during school term.