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Flags for Our Frontline Heros Campaign!

Across the country, children are coming to a new realisation that heroes come in many forms and that many of them in fact are in their own homes. In the face of the Global COVID-19 pandemic, these heroes are their parents, cousins, neighbours and friends who are spending long hours day and night, fighting to ensure that this virus is controlled and lives are protected.

IPPN, INTO, NAPD, TUI and ASTI  are proposing that as a show of support for those workers and volunteers on front lines at this critical time, all children who have a flag in their county or club colours, or whatever team they follow across any code, would hang that flag from their gate posts, windows, or wherever they would normally place a flag when supporting their county club or team ahead of an important match.

While sports events at the moment are currently postponed, such a show of solidarity from the children of the country towards those on the front line will demonstrate our gratitude for their marvellous dedication to their critical work at this extraordinary time. Hanging out the flags will also provide colour to lift everybody at a time when people are psychologically feeling the effects of this terrible pandemic.

We are asking all education agencies and sports organisations to support the initiative and to use their communication platforms to share this information with members.

We hope that in the coming days, with your help, every road, street, lane, avenue, estate and apartment complex will be festooned with colour to honour our Heroes- our families neighbours and friends in the Frontline services.

Cloonakilla N.S. awarded 7th Flag for Global Citizenship and Energy.

We have been awarded our 7th Green Flag for Global Citizenship and Energy. A huge well done to everyone in Cloonakilla NS who worked so hard to achieve this flag. All our pupils and teachers hard work over the last two years means we will have a new flag to celebrate when we get back to school. A big thank you to our fantastic Green Schools Committee for all their Trojan work in achieving this flag for our school. We are very proud of you all!

Additional Supports for Parents During School Closure


There is a wide range of supports available to parents who are supporting their children’s learning at home. We have compiled links to these supports as well as links to useful websites, which provide extra activities that may be of benefit to some of you.

National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS)

The Department of Education and Skills’ NEPS psychologists have developed advice and some resources for young people to manage and stay well when schools are closed. Please click on the link below.

Department of Health and the HSE Covid-19 Resources.

The Department of Health and the HSE have produced Covid-19 resources in a range of languages other than Irish and English, which can be accessed at the following link:

The languages currently available are Chinese, Italian, Spanish, French, Arabic, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Latvian and Lithuanian.

The site above will continue to be updated with more resources, so we are all encouraged to check it regularly.

Online Teacher and Parent Resources.

In addition to the normal supports, the NCSE is currently preparing online resources for children with Special Educational Needs who are at home as a result of the schools’ closure. Click on the link below



R.T.E. to broadcast “School on TV” .

R.T.E. to broadcast “School on TV” .

RTÉ has confirmed that it will broadcast over an hour of “school on TV” to support primary school children and their parents at home.

It is part of a cross-platform teaching initiative that has been developed by RTÉ at short notice with the support of the Department of Education.

The one-hour programme will begin on Monday 30 March 2020.

It will run from 11-12 Monday to Friday on RTÉ 2, with a shorter “catch-up” segment later in the afternoon. It will be aimed particularly at children in 1st to 6th class.

Cloonakilla’s N.S. Good Reads Online!

Creating eBooks for our school website.

This term children are using Book Creator a simple tool for creating awesome digital books. Students combine textimagesaudio and video to create interactive stories, digital portfolios, research journals, poetry books, science report, instruction manuals, ‘About me’ books and comic adventures. The children in 5th and 6th class created eBooks using Book Creator on World Book Day Thursday the 5th of March 2020.  

Pope Francis appeals for 24 Hours for the Lord initiative.

Pope Francis receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation

Pope Francis encourages Catholics around the world to participate in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, and to unite themselves spiritually in those nations where public gatherings are banned due to the coronavirus outbreak.

“24 Hours for the Lord” is an initiative organized by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization, and held annually on the Friday and Saturday preceding the fourth Sunday of Lent.

A church in every diocese around the world is kept open for 24 consecutive hours. The faithful are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to pray in spiritual union with the Holy Father.

Unusual circumstances

At the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Francis called the initiative “an important Lenten appointment for prayer” and a good opportunity to go to Confession.

This year’s recurrence will take place under restricted circumstances, due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.

Many countries have banned public gatherings and limited some freedom of movement to stem the virus’ spread.

“Unfortunately in Rome, Italy, and in other nations this initiative cannot be held under its traditional format due to the coronavirus emergency,” said the Pope.

Pray to participate

But he urged Catholics in countries without restrictions on gatherings to continue “this beautiful tradition.”

“I encourage the faithful to draw near sincerely to the mercy of God in Confession and to pray especially for those suffering due to the pandemic.”

For those who are unable to participate directly in the 24 Hours for the Lord initiative, Pope Francis said he is certain they will be able to experience “this penitential moment through personal prayer.”

Cloonakilla’s N.S. Good Reads Online!

Hi Everyone!

                The children in all the classes were very busy last term creating ebooks using the Book Creator App.

Here are some of the books we published.

Please click on the links below. Be patient as there are videos, audio, text and graphics to load.

Enjoy the read!

Link to book  My favourite Animals by Aoife and Povilas.

Link to book   The Solar System by 2nd Class CloonakillaN.S..

Link to book   Types of Dogs  by Siobhan and Eimear.