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Active Schools February Challenge.

Dear Parents,

 For the month of February, as part of our Active schools campaign we are going to take part in a February challenge called “Every Step Counts”. The main aim for the month is to get active. The first thing you need to do is print off the record sheet attached so that you can record the amount of steps you do each day. If you cannot record the exact number of steps that is fine just colour in the foot once you have completed your walk/run. If you miss a day then leave the foot blank. On Mondays, I will ask you to take a photo of your weekly steps & upload it to Seesaw. At the end of the month the steps from all the children & staff will be added up and the aim is that we will have walked enough kilometres to have reached a country in Europe. There is also an app called “Irish Life-My Life” which allows you to get steps for your local club-Clann na nGael. The club have already registered so if you would like to participate just log on to the app & follow the instructions to help them win prizes.(see photo below) Have lots of fun & remember every step counts🚶‍♀️🚶‍♂️ Miss P. Cunniffe.

Amber Flag Christmas Books for Welbeing

As Christmas is just around the corner, why not think about giving a feel-good book as a welcome gift to your family and friends. This list of books promoting mental health and wellbeing comes a selection, many of which are recommended by Children’s Books Ireland. More information is available on

We hope you enjoy these recommendations…this is not an exhaustive list and of course there are many fantastic books available in your local bookshops, online and from the wonderful resource that is our local library.

Happy reading and be well! Happy Christmas,

The Amber Flag Team 2020/2021.

For Very Young Children (aged 0-4):

Feeling Great! By Ailie Busby (lift the flap book for little learners)

ABC of Feelings by Bonnie Liu (alphabet and feelings all rolled into one book)

I Am: A Book About Feelings by Alice Melvin (helps young children to verbalise feelings)

Red Red Red by Polly Dunbar (helping young children to deal with overwhelming emotions)

Minfully Me: Where is Happy? By Louise Shanagher and Rose Finnerty (Using our internal tools to promote positive mental health)

Mum’s Jumper by Jayde Perkin (a story for small children about dealing with grief and loss)

Dare by Lorna Gutierrez (simple poetry about being your best self)

The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf (Funny and touching story about Ferdinand the bull who is not like all the other bulls)

While We Can’t Hug by Eoin McLaughlin and Polly Dunbar (very topical book about Tortoise and Hedgehog who find ways to have fun while social distancing)

For Children Aged 5-8:

A Zebra Named Zion by Ben Smith (colourful book about a zebra learning to manage sadness)

The Girl With The Parrot On Her Head by Daisy Hirst (picturebook about friendship and loss)

Meesha Makes Friends by Tom Percival (How do you make a friend? What do you say? This is a lovely book, particularyly for children transitioning from preschool into primary, or children wjo have difficulty making friends easily)

Little Tree – A Story for Children with Serious Medical Problems by Joyce C. Mills (using the analogy of a tree in a storm, this story is inspiring for children whose lives have been altered by serious injury or illness)

Gringer the Whinger by Jane Landly and Sheena Dempsey (funny book about emotions)

Fox and Goldfish by Nils Pieters (a child appropriate picturebook about death, aimed at opening up discussion with trusted adults about dying and loss)

Cad a Tharla Idir Mamai agus Dadai? Jennifer Moore-Mallinos (leabhar deas Gaeilge faoi caidreamh agus mothuchan)

Look Up! By Jung Jin-Ho (a little girl looks out at the world from her wheelchair – a story of friendship and connection)

The Boy in the Jam Jar by Joyce Dunbar (a little boy dealing with hearing loss and his hearing aids is an inspirational tale)

When Sadness Comes to Call by Eva Eland (picturebook with suggestions for dealing with sadness, such as listening to music or going for a walk)

Child of Galaxies by Blake Nuto (powerful book about the infinite possibilities of life)

For Children Aged 9-12:

My Feel Good Book: 90 Ways to Feel Confident and Happy to Be You! By Francoize Boucher (Colourful, interactive feel-good book)

Mindful Kids: Dyslexia and Me by Amy Rainbow (book/workbook for children about how dyslexia affects a child)

Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen (fictional story about London boy, Ade, dealing with his mother’s depression and the loss of his home)

Not My Fault! By Cath Howe (a book about sibling rivalries)

My Friend the Alien by Zanib Mian (a book challenging discrimination, about a boy who befriends an alien)

The Boy at the Back of the Class by Onjali Q. Rauf (Alexa and her friends want to befriend the new boy in their class and learn about his life as a refugee from a war-torn country)

The Boy With The Butterfly Mind by Victoria Williamson (an interesting read about a boy with ADHD)

Cen Chaoi a Bhfuil Tu? Go Maith o Anke Kranedonk (Sceal e seo ata trom ach tabhachtach a leamh faoi na dushlain a bhaineann le tinneas le linn na hoige)

The Nest by Kenneth Oppel (Steve suffers with anxiety and the new baby in his family is very sick – how will he cope?)

When Life Gives You Mangoes by Kereen Getten (a fictional story about grief and anger)

For Children/Teens Aged 13-16:

Car Wash Wish by Sita Brahmachari (a sweet story about a boy with Asperger syndrome dealing with grief and the arrival of a new baby in his family)

Knock Knock by Pauline Burgess (troubled Belfast teen, Ben, spends time in a summer camp and uncovers a family secret)

The Weight of a Thousand Feathers by Brian Conaghan (fictional tale about seventeen year old Bobby who cares for his mum, who has Motor Neuron Disease)

Choose You-Become the Unique, Incredible and Happy Teenager You Choose to Be by Dr Sharie Coombs (A book for teenagers who want to take control of their emotions and improve their wellbeing)

It’s Not Ok to Feel Blue and Other Lies by Scarlett Curtis (contributions from a number of inspirational people, including celebrities, who open up about how they have managed mental health difficulties in a positive manner.

Christmas in Cloonakilla N.S.

Santa visits Cloonakilla N.S. on Monday the 21st of December 2020!

Watch slide show below.

We had a whole school Advent Prayer Service on Tuesday the 1st of December. The children decorated their classrooms for Christmas. Here are the decorations they put on their classroom doors!

The Junior Infants and Senior Infants had a jolly, lively JINGLE WALK on the 9th of December!

The Amber Flag committee created lots of laughter and good cheer for everyone this Christmas. They played Christmas songs told us hilarious Christmas jokes and hosted “Guess the tune” a Christmas Quiz .

All the classes performed songs and sketches and had a Christmas Crafts Day. Happy Christmas everyone from the Cloonakilla N.S. school community.

Our School

Official Opening of New Cloonakilla N.S. Building

The official opening of the new  Cloonakilla N.S. building was on Thursday, June 7th 2018 at 1.30pm.

  • Failte: MC Siobhan McCabe-Deputy Principal
  • Mr. Tommy Cormican-Cloonakilla N.S. B.O.M.
  • Bishop Kevin Doran
  • Fr. John Deignan-Chairperson Cloonakilla N.S. B.O.M.
  • Unveiling of plaque
  • School Choir
  • Blessing cermony
  • Cutting of ribbon
  • Minister Denis Naughten
  • Mary O Rourke -Principal

Halloween Costumes.

 We dressed up. Here are some of our costumes!

Miss O Keeffe’s Junior Infants Class

Miss Shine’s Junior infants Class

Miss Martin’s Senior Infants Class.

Miss Sexton’s Senior Infants Class.

Mr.O Hógáin’s First Class

Miss Donnelly’s First Class

Miss Fallon’s Second Class

Mr. Connolly’s Second Class

Miss Finnegan’s Third class and Miss Dowling’s Third class.

Miss Gately’s Fourth class and Miss Campbell’s Fourth class.

Miss Cunniffe’s Fifth class and Miss Harney’s Fifth class.

Miss Kiely’s Sixth class and Miss Connaughton’s Sixth class.

6th Green Flag Global Citizenship & Energy

We celebrated and raised our 6th Green Flag Global Citizenship & Energy on Thursday 22nd of October. Our caretaker, Gerry Doyle, Ms Gately and the Green Schools Committee raised the flag and all classes had an opportunity to visit the site of our new flag, in their own class bubbles, where one child  tied a green balloon around the flag pole to symbolise their cooperation and help over the last two years. All classes watched a production by the Green Schools Committee and 4th Class created a video called ” A Trip Down Memory Lane” showcasing all the themes of our Green Flag. Our current 5th class project work was on display in the hall.  A big well done to the Green Schools Committee for all their hard work over the past two years. 

Click on the slideshow below to see our Infant classes participation in the 6th Green Flag celebrations!

The Green Schools Committee raising the 6th Green flag Global Citizenship & Energy!

Children representing their classes tying a green balloon around the flag pole to symbolise their cooperation and help over the last two years.

Maths Week 2020!

The pupils in all the classes were very busy during Maths Week.

Here are Sixth class pupils playing maths games and outside doing a Maths Trail!

First Class, Junior Infants and Senior Infants were very busy during Maths Week using their Maths Eyes and playing Maths games!

Second class used their Maths Eyes, played games and were outside doing Maths Trails this week.

Fifth Class Maths Eyes at home!

Fourth Class Maths Eyes!

Fourth Class Term 1

Our Local History Trip

On Wednesday 21st October the 2 fourth classes embarked on a local history trail to Meehambee. It was a 2.6km walk to our destination. Lots of fresh air and exercise! On the way we completed a Science trail noting all the signs of Autumn around us. When we reached the dolmen we acted like historians looking for clues from the past. Did you know Meehambee dolmen was built 5520 years ago? The Neolithic people used the dolmen as a burial chamber. Drum Heritage group have lovely information boards explaining more about the history and nature in the area. It is well worth a visit. We had a fantastic day out.

Photos of our trip to the Meehambee Megalithic Dolmen.

Autumn Art

We did paintings called “The Sunflowers” inspired by the artist Vincent Van Gough.


Spooky Halloween Art!

Winter is here!

Christmas Art!