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The Amber Flag Initiative 2018.

The Amber Flag Initiative 2018 at Cloonakilla NS

Aim: To Promote Positive Mental Health at School

Our Goals:

Goal 1: To create an Amber Flag notice board in the school, promoting positive mental health strategies.

Goal 2: To hold a Fundraising Event and Awareness Day to promote positive mental health.

Goal 3: To hold a Design a Poster competition within the school to raise awareness of positive mental health strategies.

Meet the Amber Flag Team:

Student representatives: Illya Vents, Aaron Hurley, John Hurley, Leon Macken, Katelyn Goode,  Stephany Faria Fogaca, Abi O’Leary, Nathan Kelly, Lauren Murphy

Co-ordinating Teacher: Mrs. Cronolly


Competition Time. All children in 5th and 6th classes have received templates to design a Postive Mental Health poster.

Event; We will have a Bring “n” Buy Sale and Easter raffle coming up soon.

Catholic Schools Week.

Grandparents’ Day.

Cloonakilla N.S. celebrated Catholic Schools Week by inviting some of the grandparents in to celebrate Grandparents’ Day. The children sang some songs and read some poems while the grandparents shared some of their memories of school. It was a very enjoyable occasion and we thank all those who were able to attend

A Poem for Grandparents

Grandparents are great

Really special and kind they

Always take care of us and

Never forget what we enjoy

Drive us to the shops

Protect us from all harm

Always make us laugh and

Read us lots of stories, they

Enjoy our company and

Never tell us off

To tell you

Something true, you are great and we love you.

School Art



An Aluminium tree “The Tree of Life”.

Cork artists Eithne Ring and Liam Lacy designed and constructed the “Tree of Life” which is hanging in the main corridor of our new school. It is a cast aluminium tree depicting the River Shannon with twelve circular cast aluminium panels with images relating to the school’s ethos and local history. Included are the local scenes of the Meehambee Dolman, St. Peter and Paul’s Church, and Athlone castle. The children and staff have really enjoyed recognising and relating to these panels. We in Cloonakilla N.S. feel very privileged to have this amazing piece of art work and are sure many generations of people will enjoy it for years to come.


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A Mosaic “The School in the Meadow”.

Dublin artist Elaine Prunty designed and constructed the beautiful mosaic titled, “The School in the Meadow” for the outside wall of our new school. She used thousands of pieces of hand-cut glass to create a mosaic that represents our school children. The children’s own art work is incorporated into the clothes design. The children are positioned life size with a mirror face to reflect them as they grow and progress through our school. All the flowers are individual –no two are the same.

Army Band Visit Report

The Custume Barracks Army Band


The army band from Custume Barracks came to our school on Tuesday the 28th of November 2017 to perform.

They showed us some of the instruments in the orchestra. Songs they played included: a Beauty and the Beast medley, ‘You’ve Got a Friend in Me’ (from Toy Story), a segment of the main theme of Star Wars (also verse 5 of Star Wars in 99 seconds: A New Hope), ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ by Justin Timberlake – (from Trolls) and ‘Uptown Funk’ (by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars.

Some children were called up to the stage by the army band instructor. Emma, Ella and Kyra in 5th were invited up to play some instruments. Stephany in 5th class thanked the army band for coming to perform for the school.


This article was written by Oisín Moran, 6th Class student at Cloonakilla N.S.

Visit to the Deane Crowe Theatre.

On the 28th of November 2017 sixth class attended the musical “The Wedding Singer” in the Dean Crowe Theatre which was performed by Athlone Community College.

The play was very humorous and amusing; we all thought everyone was excellent at their part. Their acting was outstanding and they made it seem very realistic. The TY students combined a mixture of wonderful songs and dances. We would like to thank them for an unforgettable experience. Well done to all the students who took part in this remarkable musical!

By Ava May

Take on the Teachers and Run Around Europe

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This week all the pupils got involved in the  Run Around Europe initiative. Every day each class ran some laps. We are keeping track of how far we have run and we are getting fit as well.


Take on the Teachers

On Friday 29th of September, we held a ‘Take on the Teachers’ Challenge in our school as part of the European Week of Sport.

The teachers had a vote and the challenge that they chose was a basketball shoot out. A selection of pupils from 3rd to 6th classes were picked randomly to represent the children. They each took turns to take a shot at the basket. It was great fun and in the end the pupils won by 2 baskets to 1. Ms Dowling scored the basket for the teacher’s team. Kenae Fallon and Diarmuid O’Higgins scored for the pupils.

All of the pupils from different classes came out to cheer on their fellow classmates, some pupils even cheered for the teachers! We would like to thank everyone for participating and the teachers for organising this wonderful activity to get everybody active and fit.


St Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge



































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