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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.!


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.

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


Discover Primary Science STEM Showcase

Discover Primary Science STEM Showcase

On Thursday April 12th, all of the pupils in Cloonakilla NS took part in a science showcase as part of the Discover Primary Science and Maths program.  The showcase invited parents and grandparents to come and observe all of the work we have done this year in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.  Children from Junior Infants to Sixth Class were busy on the day teaching parents and grandparents all they had learned. All of this work was completed as part of our application for the Discover Primary Science and Maths Plaque of STEM Excellence award.

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.

  • Amber Flag Fundraiser for Pieta Hse.
  • Amber Flag Fundraiser for Pieta Hse.
  • Amber Flag Fundraiser for Pieta Hse.
  • Amber Flag Fundraiser for Pieta Hse.
  • Amber Flag Fundraiser for Pieta Hse.

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 Lavery 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.


  • Tree of Life
  • Tree of Life
  • Tree of Life
  • Tree of Life
  • Tree of Life
  • Tree of Life

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