Category Archives: Fifth Class



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.

Term 1 5th class

Orienteering with Padraig Higgins

An orienteering expert came to carry out a workshop on this interesting strand unit of our PE curriculum. First, he introduced us to the topic with a powerpoint and some real life examples of maps. He then brought us outside to carry out an orienteering exercise based on our school grounds. Here is what some of the pupil had to say:

“Orienteering is very similar to a treasure map.”   Charlie Whyte

“It is easy to get lost in orienteering.” Oisin Connor

“I felt like a pirate searching for treasure!”  Adam Donaldson

“It’s like a really cool treasure hunt!” Rachel Murphy

“Always use your map to ensure you don’t get lost.”  Ruby O’Leary

“There’s a few symbols to remember…. a red circle fora control, a red triangle to signal the starting point and concentric circles to indicate where you finish.”  Lauren O’Brien

“I wonder what it would be like to do orienteering outside of school.”  Emily Mullally

Writing to Padraig

5th class decided to write letters to Padraig to express our gratitude. We all hope he liked them, because we sure loved orienteering! We had fun getting used to the format of a letter and using the correct terminology when writing a letter to someone.

Scavenger Hunt & Pumpkin Village

During October, Ms.Cunniffe’s 5th class went out on a nature walk to collect sticks, twigs, moss, leaves, wildflowers etc. to create our very own pumpkin village. We were divided up into teams of 3 to design and become engineers of the future. There was an element of problem solving involved as it was a little tricky. We tried to avoid the use of manmade products like glue and used cocktail sticks and pins instead. You can see clearly from the pictures how imaginative and creative 5th class were during this fun project.

Maths Games

As part of Maths Week , Ms.Cunniffe’s 5th class made maths games for 1st class to enjoy! We were in various groups to come up with these games. We had to be imaginative and come up with suitable games that would be fun but educational for a first class pupil. Some of the games were called “Mathsnopoly” and “Bingo Shapes”. It was a very successful project that we enjoyed and first class were a great audience.

 Halloween Art

Before the Halloween break Ms Cunniffe’s 5th class did Frankenstein art. We were all given a purple, dark green, light green, black, and white card. The purple card was the background, the two toned green cards were for Frankenstein`s face, the black card was for the hair, pupils and eyebrows. It was hard but fun cutting out weird shapes. Finally the white card was for the eyes. When we were finished we hung them up and they looked great in our classroom display.

Ms. Cunniffe`s 5th class did Halloween Silhouettes! It was lots of fun! We chose our preferred silhouettes, carefully cut them out. This was a little tricky as the shapes were quite detailed. We integrated our Maths skills with art as we had to use our compass to draw circles with radii of 7 cm and 9 cm to use as the disks for our backgrounds. Finally we glued the silhouettes to our circular disks. We put them on the window and it looked like a spooky shadow of a creepy ghoul!               By Ruby Rose O’Leary 5th 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.

Connaught Cross Country

Cross Country

We went to a Cross Country on the 4th of October 2018. It was in St.Brigid’s. Our experience at the cross country was very enjoyable. The competition was for 3rd -6th classes. The distances were 900m and 1200m. We have two boys from our school that made it to the Connaught Final. Their names are Shay Mc Guinness from 4th class and Cathal O’Brien from 6th class. Cathal came in 10th place, Shay came in 12th, and they both got medals. We all had an awesome time at the cross country and hopefully we get to go again soon. Best of luck to the boys in the Connaught Final.

Summer Term 5th class.


I had lots of fun at Delphi. It was the best school tour ever and one of the best few days of my life. When I got to school I was so excited I could not wait to get on the bus! The scenery was spectacular. My favourite activity was bog hopping because after you got all mucky, there was a pond with slides into the water and  stuff like that.These are some negatives for example  the food .Also, it was too rainy and windy and for some of the activities you had to wait a long time for a go.I would give it a 9.25/10.00         James Doherty 5th class

Trail of Athlone

On Tuesday at 10:30 we went on a trail of Athlone. First we got on the bus. Then we got off at the Luan Art Gallery to go on a nature walk and answer questions. Some of the questions were hard and some were easy. After we handed up the questions we went to St. Peters and Pauls Church. When we got to the church, Ms. Cunniffe and Ms.Harney gave us a new sheet of questions. After we were finished outside the church, we went inside to answer the rest of the questions. We also had to be extremely quiet so it made it harder to ask your teammates for help. After we finally finished the questions we headed over to St. Mary’s church to answer the questions about the churches. Then we made our way to the Athlone castle. At the Athlone castle the questions were easier than all the other questions. I never noticed that there were so many tourists around the town. After about an hour and a half we went back to school. Katelyn Goode and Mya Conroy

Giraffa Cakes

In our class we did a piece of art call Giraffa cakes! They were so much fun to create and colour them! There was so many vibrant colours to choose from. We used oil pastels to colour them. The giraffe was hard to cut out.    Katelyn Goode and Mya Conroy

City of Bright Lights

During the year we did lots of art but this has to be one of my favourites. It was so fun to make the unique cities. There was so many different types of cities to create. I went for a more modern style. My friend went for a more futuristic style.   Mya Conroy and Katelyn Goode

Day of the Dead

So for our Mexico projects we made sugar skulls. First a template of our teacher. There was a sugar skull on it. We coloured the sugar skull and then cut it out. We got to customize our sugar skull with glitter and some accessories. They turned out amazing.  Katelyn Goode and Mya Conroy


On Wednesday our class made sculptures out of clay. Our class made some creative sculptures. I was very impressed with the finishing products. It was a very fun activity to do. Painting them was just as fun.    Mya Conroy and Katelyn Goode

Frida Kahlo

Frida Kahlo was a famous Mexican artist she made a lot of self-portraits. She painted with her mouth as she had a major back injury. These are our very own versions of her fabulous artwork.

More Art!!

Spring Term 5th Class

St Brigid’s Day.

French Projects


In January fifth class learned all about France. We carried out projects based on France gathering as much interesting material as we could from as many sources as we could think of. We had three weeks to complete the project. Our impressive projects were scored on a rubric out of 100. We really enjoyed the project and held a French Friday on the day of the presentations to taste typical French foods. Cathal’s project got first place, Sean was in second and we had Billy and Kaitlin joint third place. Au revoir!

Written by:

Kevin Jordan, Sarah Geoghegan and Sean Noone

World Book Day

In March we had World Book Day. Fifth class made really cool comic strips with Mrs.Cronolly. We dressed up as our favourite character from a book. Later that day we did a book hunt with famous books and authors. We also ran a competition called “How well do you know your teachers?”. The teachers each brought in a book that they had read recently and the children using what they know about each teacher to choose which book they would be mostly likely to read! It was a difficult task but really fun. Now we know a lot more about our teachers. We all had a terrific day. Our class also dressed up as their favourite characters from the world of literature. We had lots of interesting characters including Gangsta Granny, Harry Potter, Mary Poppins ,An Assasin, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Dorothy and Willy Wonka. We had lots of fun making our costumes and dressing up.

By Tara, Meabh, James and Cathal.

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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.

  • 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.