Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events
we took part in:
Our football pitch is finally fit for purpose following the
installation of protective netting behind goalposts during the midterm break.
This was funded in part by the Parents’ Association for which we are very
grateful. I would like to thank you all for your patience with this project as
it has been long and arduous. 5th/6th classes are
currently using the pitch during lunchtime and this option will be available to
3rd/4th classes shortly. All other classes may avail of this
facility during PE class.
Thank you for your co-operation with
regard to implementation of carpark rules.
It is imperative that you continue to observe these rules ALL of the time in order to
ensure the safety of all. Parents have
a responsibility to ensure these rules are observed. Pedestrians are requested to use the
pedestrian gate at the footpath/ramp.
Please be mindful of the carpark/front entrance yard on frosty
mornings. The path will be salted but
extreme care should be exercised. It has come to my attention that there is
chewing gum being disposed of in the carpark.
It is unsightly so please dispose of correctly and please talk to your
children on this matter. Smoking and chewing gum is prohibited in
the school grounds.
I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new entrants and their
parents. It is my wish for you all that
your time here will be happy and memorable. I would like to commend the Junior
Infants for the manner in which they have settled into school life here in
Cloonakilla. I would like to thank their parents for their sensible approach in
parting with their children and for their co-operation in regard to dropping
off their children in the mornings, thereby reducing some of the congestion in
the carpark. Please do not accompany
your children to the school door and wait until the bell rings as it creates
too many problems for other parents who wish to drop off their children.
Dates for your diary:
Parent Teacher Meetings: Senior Infants to 6th class meetings will be held week
commencing November 18th.
Junior Infants meetings will be held week commencing November 25th.
Internet Safety Parenting Talk: Thursday, 21st
November at 7.00pm – 8.30pm
School Closure: The school will be closed on Thursday, 28th November for
Sacrament of Confirmation: Thursday, 23rd
April 2020 @11am
First Holy Communion: Saturday, 9th May
2020 @ 11am
The Parish Office have not yet confirmed dates for Enrolment for First
Communion or Do This in Memory Masses.
You will be notified of dates when we are in receipt of same.
choir will sing at 10.30am Mass in Ss Peter & Paul Church on Sun, Nov 16th.
The choir will comprise of 4th-6th class pupils. A full
attendance would be greatly appreciated.
Internet Safety workshops
ZEEKO (Internet Safety Education) based in University
College Dublin will conduct a series of workshops in our school on Thursday 21st
November. We are all aware of the
growing challenges young people and their parents face around online gaming,
inappropriate content, cyberbullying and fake news. Zeeko’s resources equip
children, teachers and parents with the knowledge to ensure their online
behaviours protect them from the negative impacts of the internet and
technology, allowing them to benefit from the advantages. The workshops will be
geared towards 2nd-6th classes and will be age
appropriate. There will be a workshop for teachers after school and one for
parents from 7pm-8.30pm. This is open to all parents and I would strongly urge
you to attend as this is an area that poses a huge challenge to all parents at
different stages of your child’s development.
Oral Health School Visit and Workshop
In October, 2nd
class participated in an Oral Health workshop carried out by qualified dental
nurses who are undertaking a Degree Programme in Dental Practice Management at
AIT. All students took part in the workshop
where they calculated sugar content in popular food and drinks. They also participated in a demonstration of
correct brushing techniques and received a toothbrush for use at home. All students had a fun-filled morning with
the team from AIT. 3rd class will participate
in this workshop on Wednesday 27th November. We would like to thank Ann Marie Fitzpatrick
for nominating us for the workshop.
All classes took part in Maths Week which took place from 14th-19th
October. We all recognise that Maths
promotes the ability to think rationally and to analyse and solve problems.
With this in mind throughout the week children were encouraged to solve a
Problem of the day. 5th class
designed and produced their own Maths games which the Junior Infants
subsequently played. They also accompanied Junior & Senior Infants on Maths
trails. All classes took part in Maths trails using the school environment as a
Maths tool. During this week children were actively encouraged to use their
“Maths Eyes” at home and in school. Support teachers conducted maths activities
in all classes placing special emphasis on “Maths for fun”. Maths Week
activities can be viewed on the school website.
Science Week runs from Nov 11th-16th.
The focus for this week will be Climate Change. 6th Class attended a
show entitled “Science Magic” in AIT
while Michael Bell Heritage Expert conducted workshops with Ms Gately’s 4th
class and the members of the Green Schools Committee on climate change. This
workshop was funded by Roscommon County Council. All other classes focussed on experimental
science for this week and support teachers visited all classes to conduct
Special Educational Needs (SEN)
The SEN team
are working with class teachers and pupils to support literacy throughout the
school through a number of initiatives.
Guided Reading is supported from 1st class to 6th
class. Literacy Lift Off is being
delivered to 1st Class in
Term 1. It will move to Senior Infants in Term 2 and
3. We are delighted that Mrs McCabe is
being trained as our second Reading Recovery Teacher. This means that more pupils in Senior Infants
and First Class can be offered support with literacy through the Reading
Recovery Programme. We appreciate the
ongoing support of parents which adds to the success of all these initiatives.
National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)
National Educational Psychological Services Dr Cathal Duffy has been appointed
to work with us to support teaching and learning in our school.
All of the Special Needs Assistants in our school completed
workshops on Digital Learning this term.
We would like to thank the SNAs who piloted the scheme using Beebot
computational toys which we had on loan from Athlone Educational Centre. Pupils in all classes created digital content
this term. The Infant classes used
animation with student narration to explore themes in Aistear. The older classes explored creating digital
content using familiar and new content creator programmes. Pupils presented their content to their own
School Self Evaluation
As part of
School Self Evaluation a School Improvement Plan has been drawn up for the
period 2018-2020. Details of this plan are available on our school website. As
per last year we are focussing again on Literacy Lift Off Programme (Senior
Infants & 1st Class) and Guided Reading throughout the school.
Guided Reading is conducted in smaller reading groups where children read at
their own instructional level. Once more I would urge you to please take the
time to read with your child at home and discuss what you have just read in
order to ensure your child understands what they have just read. It is our
experience that often comprehension levels are significantly below the actual
As part of
SSE the New Primary Language Curriculum will be implemented in English and
Irish in all classes from December. Junior Infants – 2nd class have
already implemented this new curriculum. Cloonakilla NS will close for pupils
on Thursday, Nov 28th for staff in-service on the New Primary
library is fully stocked with a wide range of books to suit all readers. All
classes are scheduled to visit the school library every week where they have an
opportunity to choose and read books independently. Children are encouraged to
continue this reading at home and we would ask that you support them in this.
Putting aside some time to read with your child is a most rewarding experience
on many levels. Also please ensure that your child returns the books to the
library in good condition.
We will hold
a Book Fair in February 2020. Your support would be greatly appreciated as the
school receives 20% of free-books based on monies spent. This would greatly
help us to replenish our existing stock.
Debating at Cloonakilla
Sixth class have recently
participated in the first debate of this school year. Ms Kiely’s class proposed the motion “All
children should have daily chores” while Ms Connaughton’s class opposed the
motion. Children from both classes
prepared well-written speeches and
four children were chosen to represent each class. Jay, Fionn, Daniel, and Emma represented Ms
Connaughton’s and Kevin, Ruby, Lauren and Ella spoke for Ms Kiely’s and Rachel
Murphy chaired the debate. All of the
children spoke so eloquently and used humour, supporting research and personal
stories to make their arguments.
Debating and public speaking are wonderful ways for children to develop
their self-esteem and confidence, as well as increasing their social-conscience
and their ability to develop a reasoned argument – skills they will be able to
draw on in secondary school, college and throughout their lives. Well done to all involved.
4th and 6th classes
have been studying the history of our local area with heritage expert, Martin
Curley. Over a five week period, Martin
led them through an exploration of the history of our local area using
historical OSI maps to
investigate how the
area has changed over the past 200 years. The children explored their own
townland, the people who lived there, the types of buildings etc. On October 11th, sixth classes went on a
field trip to the nearby medieval town of Rindoon, Lecarrow. They observed
historical features including the town wall, the abandoned castle, medieval
hospital, church and
mill. Among the ruins of the hospital, the children investigated some
headstones. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed studying this aspect of the History
curriculum. 3rd and 6th
classes have studied the History of Athlone which culminated in a historical
tour of the town with children working as historians.
Monksland Cross Country Running Competition
A huge congratulations to all of the
48 children from 3rd to 6th class who participated in a cross country running
competition with Summerhill NS on October 24th. It was a super morning and
children performed very well in their races. 3rd and 4th had to run 800m while
5th & 6th ran 1000m. We were very
successful, winning 10 of the 12 trophies! We are so proud of everyone’s
These are the results;
4th class boys: 1st Thomas Jordan, 2nd Cian Foley, 3rd Ethan Sammon
4th class girls: 1st Saoirse Dunne, 2nd Isabelle O Toole, 3rd Abigail Cooney
6th class boys: 1st Stephen Kelly (Summerhill NS), 2nd Fionn O’Brien, 3rd Brian
6th class girls: 1st Sophie Byrne, 2nd Matilda Parker (Summerhill NS), 3rd
Active Schools Flag
Our school reinforces the message
that children require 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity
every day. We as a school are committing to an active break every day from
November 11th for four consecutive weeks. To coincide with this commitment, all
pupils are tracking their daily efforts and choosing a physical activity from a
sheet each day as part of their homework. They try to fill in as many boxes as
possible. Children will be entered into a draw at the end for their efforts.
will be our chosen PE strand for development this year.
encourage children to use our active school walkway at break times and to do
their talking as they’re walking.
boxes are now introduced for all classes with equipment to promote moving well
and moving often.
coaching has commenced with Marie Kelly for 1st, 3rd, 4th and 5th until
Christmas. All other classes will receive coaching in the New Year.
Sports Partnership are lined up to carry out a 10 hour cycling workshop with
our 6th class.
of the month – To promote leadership and friendships, 2nd and 3rd class have
paired up with junior infants to teach them a fun game to play during break
times. Once they have established the rules and concepts of the game, the
infants will be able to play it independently.
would like to acknowledge all sporting success in our school. If your child
participates in competitions outside of school in any discipline please send or
email in their photo for our ASF board.
on the Teachers Challenge” took place in September as part of Active Ireland
and National Fitness Day. It was a fancy dress obstacle course. We also
challenged the teachers to do as many burpees as possible in 30
seconds, push ups and hold a plank.
It was a very enjoyable day.
will be a questionnaire left outside classrooms during Parent/Teacher meetings
this month. Please take a few minutes to fill it in to inform our ASF committee
of your thoughts and ideas on achieving this very worthwhile flag.
have very kindly volunteered their services during lunchbreaks to share their
love of all things sport and fitness. This is confined to 5th and 6th classes.
Mondays –Gaelic for
girls with Ms Fallon & Ms Dowling
for boys with Mr Kilbride
for boys with Ms Connaughton
for girls with Ms Martin & Ms Kilmartin
Fridays-Basketball for girls with Ms
Athlone Library Visit
18th October, 4th class had the privilege of visiting the Aidan
Heavey public library for a reading by storyteller and illustrator, Wayne
O’Connor. Wayne had each child
transfixed from start to finish with his telling of an age old Japanese fable. All of the children thoroughly enjoyed the
experience. Thank you to all the staff in the library for inviting us and for
the warm welcome received.
We are in
Year 2 of working towards obtaining our 7th Green Flag, Global Citizenship and
Schools Committee have been busy since September, revising and setting up
initiatives such as the bin police, litter picking and the bin buddies to make
sure our school is a green space.
we held an energy mascot competition for 5th and 6th classes. Children were
asked to create an energy mascot for our school, to remind us to save energy in
our classrooms. The winner was Kyle Behan in 5th Class. Kyle’s ascot will be
distributed to all classes this month and it will be our school mascot for
saving energy. Well done Kyle!
Climate Action Week 14th – 18th October
celebrated Climate Action Week the third week of October and raised awareness
in our school about Climate Change. The Green Schools Committee worked very
hard in preparation for this week, compiling ideas and activities for all the
Seniors Infants and 1st Classes planted wildflowers with Mr. O’Leocháin. There was an Art Competition for 2nd and 3rd
classes based on Mr. O’Leocháin’s talk “How Bees Help Our Environment”. The
Winners were Ryan Hajroussi, Leon O’Leary and Ryan O’Kane. Watch out in our
local newspaper for our winning artists!
classes made their own projects at home based on Climate Change. They were
excellent and they all deserve high commendation for a job well done! 4th
Classes showcased their projects to all the other classes in the school.
explained thoroughly what each project was about and all classes learnt a lot
about Climate Change from their projects.
5th Classes completed a workshop with Mura Tierney from GOAL. A guest speaker from the AIT Chris Mc Cormack spoke to all the children in
6th Class about Climate Change and the effect it is having on our earth. Climate Action Week was a great success! We
had great fun learning about Climate Change, raising awareness about it and
taking action to combat same. Remember
everyone “A Green Space is A Better Place”
After school activities
commenced for 1st & 2nd classes completed 6 weeks of
Lego Club before Halloween. 2nd to 4th classes commenced
Lego Club after Halloween. Every Tuesday
the children spend an hour working in teams on their lego creations thereby developing
their problem solving and fine motor skills as well as enhancing creativity, and
critical thinking. Lego Club will be
opened to 1st to 4th class in the New Year.
Lessons continue on Tuesday evenings until Christmas with Begona Sammon.
Christmas Show for Senior Infants.
Senior Infants will attend a
Christmas Show “Santa’s Fairy Tale Christmas” in Dean Crowe Theatre on Monday,
December 9th. Class teachers
will furnish you with exact details.
As a fundraiser The Parents
Association have organised for children to design their own Christmas
cards. The proofs have been distributed
and must be returned to the school by Wednesday, 13th November.
The forms for the Christmas Annual were
circulated last week. Please return
along with the money by Wednesday 20th November. We will not be in a position to order annuals
after this date.
Christmas Concerts will be held in all
classes. Schedule is as follows:
Junior Infants: Friday, Dec 13th @
Senior Infants: Tuesday,
Dec 17th @ 11.30 am
1st Class: Thursday, Dec
12th @ 11.30am
2nd Class: Friday, 13th
@ 11.30 am
3rd Class: Thursday, Dec 12th Dec @
4th, 5th &
6th: Christmas Carol Service, Tuesday, December 17th @ 7pm
for your response to Non-Uniform Day which raised €600. All funds raised will go towards funding of the
newly erected protective netting at the football pitch.
for Sept/Oct was 95.7%. Please note that daily attendance is recorded
electronically before 10.30am. Any
child not present at this
time will be marked absent unless this absence is preceded by a note of
explanation from parents as to reason for late arrival. Again please note that
all absences over 20 days are reported to the N.E.W.B. It is important that
those with a poor attendance record for 2018/2019 improve their attendance for
this school year.
It has come to my attention that some parents persist in taking children
out from school early on Fridays. This
is not acceptable on a regular basis and will be addressed via attendance days
if it continues. Also children will not
be called to the front door until a parent presents for collection. Please do
not ring ahead.
Board of Management
The term of the current BOM
expires on November 30th. I
would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to the members of the board for
their dedication and support over the past 4 years. They gave willingly of their time and
expertise for the enhancement of our school.
The new board will take up office on December 1st.
Please see newsletter below
N.S. PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION NEWSLETTER
Welcome to Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’
Association Newsletter. The purpose of the newsletter is to
make you – the parents/guardians—aware of the
activities of the Parents’ Association. We hope
you enjoy the read.
Who and What is the Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’ Association? Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’ Association is made up of all parents and guardians of pupils attending Cloonakilla N.S. The Parents’ Association is the means by which parent/guardians in the school can work together with the school for the benefit of all our children.
Cloonakilla N.S. Parents’ Association Committee is an elected committee who takes responsibility for the day to day work of the association. The committee’s aim is to work closely and effectively with the school principal and staff and to support and initiate activities that benefit our children’s education, development and well-being. The committee meets at regular intervals to organise it’s
Our Committee Officers for 2019/2020 are:
Chairperson- Christina Melican
Vice Chairperson – Kevin Murray
Secretary – Jolene Cummins, Co – Secretary – Leeanne Walsh
Treasurer – Laura Carroll, Co-treasurer – John Brennan
We are very fortunate and grateful to have other Committee Members who support the work of the officers, volunteer and attend & contribute to meetings.
Activities of the Parents’ Association:
Fundraising activities/Flag Days • Contribution of funding made to School Goal Posts & Netting / Sensory Garden / School Stage (2018) • Hosting of party after First Holy Communion • Paying for: Inflatables for sports day; Ice Cream van visit; Christmas selection
boxes etc. • Reviewing and offering comment on various school policies.
What can you do? While the committee is dedicated to organising the events for the year, there are times when additional volunteers are needed from the wider Parents’ Association. We would ask that where you can, please do respond to our requests for additional help when needed e.g. Flag Days/Bag Packs, Holy Communion party, Sports Day Supervision etc. The activities and success of the Parents’ Association relies solely on parents/guardians volunteering their help!
Finally, many thanks to the school’s Board of Management; Principal Mary O’Rourke and all the
school staff for their ongoing support to the Parents’ Association.
for your Diary!
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