Category Archives: Events

Cloonakilla Fox!!!

Last December, we put out a wildlife camera to see if we could catch a fox! We set up the camera at the Junior yard placing some chicken under a rock as bait. As you can see, we did it! A fox came into our yard! We showed the video to the Junior classes and answered their questions! It was so much fun!



The children from Ms Harney’s Class are taking part in the SuperValu Cooking All Stars Programme during Tem 2 2019. Each week the focus will be on learning a key cookery skill and learning fun facts about a hero ingredient. Then we will have a demo by Ms Harney and Mrs Cronolly and a practical lesson where we will cook a healthy recipe for our classmates. We can then take our skills home and practise cooking healthy meals with our families.

Public Speaking Event at Cloonakilla NS

On the evening of December 11th pupils from 5th and 6th classes and their teachers Ms Connaughton, Ms Kiely, Mrs Cronolly, Ms Harney and Ms Cunniffe held a public speaking event for our parents in the school hall. It was a great success.

The theme of the event was “Role Models.” Some of the children read a Seamus Heaney poem, others read aloud pieces they had written about their own personal role models. There was a debate on the night. The motion was “We need better role models for our generation” and the debaters on both sides had excellent speeches prepared. There was lovely musical entertainment provided by the children and Mrs O Rourke.

We were delighted to see so many of our families there to support us on the night. Our teachers and parents were very proud of us. We debated again with 4th class as an audience the next day and we hope that some of the children in that class will take part in public speaking next year. We will have another debate next term.

Green and Amber Flags at Cloonakilla NS 2018

The Raising of Our Green and Amber Flags at Cloonakilla NS 2018

On the 25th of October we had a ceremony in school to celebrate raising of our First Amber Flag and our sixth Green Flag. The Amber Flag is flying high to represent the fact that our school promotes positive mental health and wellbeing for all the pupils and staff who come here every day to learn and work. This year’s Green Flag was about increasing our awareness of Global Citizenship. The children worked really hard to prepare for these flags. There was a committee of volunteers working on each of these flags. They created Power Point presentations to show to the parents and our VIP guests, Suzanne Dempsey from Roscommon County Council and Gerard Tiernan from Pieta Midlands. During the day of celebration, there were lots of fun activities organised for the children. Mr O Leochainn gave a workshop about dog litter. Ms Donnelly gave yoga workshops. Invited guest Michael Bell spoke to the children wildlife. The Parents’ Association provided tea and cakes. It was a lovely day!

Amber Flag Fundraising 2018/19:

The Amber Flag Committee Bake Sale!

The Amber Flag Committee held a Bake Sale to fundraise for Pieta Midlands. Pieta helps people with mental health difficulties who are feeling sad and depressed. We raised €750! We will present a cheque to Gerard Tiernan from Pieta at our Amber Flag raising ceremony next week.

The Amber Flag Committee held a raffle to fundraise for the school’s planned new Sensory Room. We raised €902! A cheque will be presented to the Board of Management.

School Tours 2018

5th and 6th class Tour to Delphi Adventure Centre.

On the 15th of June 5th and 6th classes went on their school tour to Delphi in Connemara. They were accompanied by Mrs O’Rourke, Miss Connaughton and Miss Cunniffe.

Every child had three activities per day. There was a morning activity, afternoon activity and an evening activity. Some of the activities included surfing, bog hopping, zip lines, climbing frames, climbing obstacles and a camp fire.

There were tasty four meals per day; breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea.

The dorms were shared between 6-10 people; upstairs was for girls and downstairs was for girls and boys. There was also a cool common room for children to chill out in.

Every instructor was kind and polite and the scenery was fabulous. Everybody had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Senior Infant Tour

On Thursday, 21st June 2018 Senior Infants went on their School Tour to Jump 4 Joy and Glendeer Pet Farm. First, we went to Jump 4 Joy where we bounced on bouncing castles, played football, went down the slides, played mini golf and played in the ball pen. After all that running around, we relaxed and had our lunch. Then, we went to Glendeer Pet Farm. We fed the goats, saw some deer, donkeys, puppies, emu’s, macaws, monkeys, chicks and lots more! We had a great time and really enjoyed the whole day.

Junior  Infants all had  a great day at Glendeer Pet Farm and Jump 4 Joy adventure centre!

Second Class Tour to the A.I.T..

We had an action packed day at the A.I.T. where we all took part in a wide range of activities.

First Class Tour to Turoe and Derryglad Folk Museum.

Fourth Class Tour to Shannon River Adventure Centre.

4th class went to Shannon River Adventure Centre in Rooskey, Co. Roscommon. We were split into two groups and we both began with the land activities. We took part in an obstacle course involving barrel jumps, tyre runs, balance walk, and diving under and jumping over beams. We played archery where we aimed for bull’s eyes and we climbed the high wall.

After lunch we put on our wet suit, helmet and life jacket for the water activities. We slid down the mud slide, paddled in the lake on kayaks and went pier jumping. All of the children had a great time!

3rd class Tour to the A.I.T.

Third class all had great fun at Let’s Go Tour in the A.I.T.!