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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!

Clann na nGael Visit!

On Thursday October 11th officials from Clann na nGael Gaelic Football club came to our school to speak to us about the county final between Clann na nGael and their local rivals, St. Bridgid’s. The officials brought the cup and showed us the amazing Rossie bus. They talked to us about an art competition; you could enter by drawing the Rossie bus and the prizes included Roscommon gear.

Clann na nGael defeated Bridgid’s in the county final by a score of 4-15 to 1-12.

By James Doherty 6th class

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.!


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.

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


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.