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Newsletter, May 2019

Dear Parents,

Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events we took part in.

Sacrament of Confirmation

We congratulate the 6th class pupils who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on April 3rd. Bishop Doran commended the children on their excellent participation in the programme and the choir on their wonderful performance.

First Holy Communion

We congratulate also the children who received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on Sat, May 11th in Ss. Peter & Paul’s Church. The children were wonderful on the day and I would like to express my thanks to all who made this special day such a memorable occasion. A special word of thanks to the choir. I can always depend on them to attend in great numbers and to perform beautifully. Thank you also to the parents for cooperating with the ban on photography in the church. Your cooperation made life easier for all.  Last but not least I would like to commend the Parents Association for the wonderful party they provided in our school hall.

School Tours

School tours have been organized as follows:

Junior Infants: Glendeer Pet Farm & Jump for Joy on Monday, 24th June

Senior Infants: Glendeer Pet Farm & Jump for Joy on Friday, 21st June

1st Class: Turoe Pet Farm, Loughrea on Friday, 14th June

2nd & 3rd Classes: Let’s Go Camp in the AIT on Wednesday, 12th June

4th Class: Shannon River Adventure, Rooskey on Thursday, June 20th

5th Class: Birr Adventure Centre: Tuesday, 18th June

6th Class: Birr Adventure Centre, Wednesday, 19th June

Class teachers will provide you with exact details closer to the time.

Child Protection

A Child Protection & Safeguarding Inspection took place in our school last term over 4 days. I am very happy to announce that the school is fully compliant in regard to Child Protection and that the planning and implementation of the SPHE Curriculum in the school is very good. This is the highest standard achievable. Sincere thanks to Fiona Walsh and Claire Lennon (Parents Association) who took time out of their busy schedules to assist the Inspectorate with their enquiries and to all of you who completed the online questionnaire. All of this feeds into our final report which will be published on the DES website shortly. On the final page of this newsletter please see notification from Board of Management of annual Child Protection review.

RSE Programme

4th/5th/6th classes attended a “Growing Up” talk presented by Fiona Fallon on March 28th/29th. The talk dealt with the sensitive areas of the RSE Programme. Class teachers have all covered the relevant sections of the RSE Programme dealing with body names/changes/ growing up etc. Parents are always notified in advance of these classes so that you have an opportunity to address those issues at home with your child.

School Self Evaluation

As part of School Self Evaluation a School Improvement Plan has been drawn up for the period 2018 – 2020.  This is available on the school website. We are focusing mainly on the Literacy Lift Off Programme (Senior Infants & 1st Class) and Guided Reading throughout the school.  Guided Reading is conducted in smaller reading groups where children read at their own instructional level.  Please take time to read with your children at home and discuss what you have just read in order to ensure children comprehend the material.  It is our experience that while often pupils can be fluent readers they do not always comprehend the content.  As part of the S.S.E. process the New Primary Literacy Curriculum will also be implemented in English and Irish for all classes from September 2019.  At present we are in the process of administering standardised reading and maths tests. Test results will be analysed by the Special Education Needs (S.E.N.) team in conjunction with class teachers and myself to inform curriculum planning for 2019/2020.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhain gach duine an-taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge.  Seachtain na Gaeilge proved to be very enjoyable this year.  On Friday March 15th all classes came together to enjoy a ceili where the pupils entertained us with a variety of dances they had learned as part of the Dance strand in the PE Curriculum.  The children made a huge effort to speak Irish throughout the week and many different activities took place in the classrooms such as dramaíocht, cluichí, amhráin agus filíocht. Well done to those who shared their love of Irish with the entire school over the intercom with such confidence and clarity.  Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

Sport:  Sports Day

Sports Day will be held over 2 days in June. You will be informed of an exact date nearer the time.

Soccer

Our 4th class took part in a soccer blitz Ballybay NS in November. Both the boys and girls played superbly, with the boys 1st team winning all their games.

In February and March, all of our 5th and 6th class boys and girls took part in a Cloonakilla Soccer blitz which was run by Mr Kilbride, Mr Ó Leocháin and Ms Kilmartin during breaks and other available times. All players showed great enthusiasm and it was great fun, culminating in an epic final game between Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Also in March, 3 girls’ teams and 3 boys’ teams were entered into the Spar 5-a-side soccer tournament in Lecarrow, along with the coaches Mr Kilbride and Ms Kilmartin. All teams put in fantastic efforts, with some players putting in magnificent performances, and can be very proud of themselves. Our boys ‘A’ team won all of their games and progressed to the county finals.

The county finals took place in Lecarrow in May. Our boys’ team performed heroically on the day. They beat exceptional teams in the group stage like Roxboro, Boyle and Glanduff. They came up against Cornafulla in the county final. They went a goal down but drew level from a fantastic team goal finished by Szymon Skoczen, but agonisingly lost on penalties. The team, consisting of Cathal, Kevin, Jack, James, Billy, Szymon, Shane and Fionn, worked relentlessly throughout and were commended for their skill, sportsmanship and behaviour on the day. Well done boys!

Gaelic Football

Our boys and girls will be competing in the first stage of the county championship on Tuesday, May 28th in the Clann na nGael grounds. Their opponents on the day will be Cornafulla, Summerhill and Ballybay. The top 2 teams from each group will play a playoff against schools from other groups to see who will go to the county finals. We wish them the very best of luck!

Cycle Safely

Ms Connaughton’s 6th class engaged in a very worthwhile 5 week programme by Roscommon Sports Partnership.  Under the guidance of Noel Feely they learned lots of new skills regarding cycling and taking care of their bicycles.  They got to put it into practice in the school environment.  All agreed it was a very enjoyable workshop.

Dance Instructor

In conjunction with Roscommon Partnership, local dance choreographer Trisha McDermott came to share her expertise with Ms Donnelly’s, Ms Fallon’s, and Ms Kiely’s classes for a number of weeks.  As part of Active Schools Flag, children participated in Active Lines at the end of break-times.  We had lots of hardworking & enthusiastic pupils, some of whom received our Weekly Active Star Awards Certificates.   Active boxes have now been distributed to all classes.  This a box of simple playground equipment that children are encouraged to use to enhance their activities during break-times.  Please feel free to send in any photos/newspaper clippings of your child’s achievements in the sporting world for our “Achievement Wall” on the ASF Board.  Lastly, thank you to all of the teachers who give of their time during lunch break to coach the pupils of our school, Basketball: Ms Kiely & Ms Connaughton, Soccer: Mr Kilbride, Mr O’Leocháin & Ms Kilmartin, Gaelic: Ms Fallon & Ms O’Keeffe and Badminton: Ms McCullagh

Basketball

Both the boys and girls basketball teams competed in the Roscommon Primary Basketball blitz on May 1st.  The boys faced strong opposition in their opening match and were unfortunately knocked out by Cootehall N.S.  However, the girls team got through their opening games displaying determination and a thirst for victory.  After a tense game against Cootehall N.S. the girls managed to secure their place in the semi-finals.  This game took place on May 22nd and when they faced Boyle N.S.  Boyle proved too strong on the day and our basketball journey ended.  Well done to all involved.

Active Schools Week

Our “Active Schools Week” was a great success.  We launched both our Active Schools Walkway for all pupils to use at breaktimes and we started our “Run a mile” initiative for all classes. The focus on fun and participation was achieved by the whole student body.  A huge thank you to the following for giving up their valuable free time to come in and give the children a taste of what they do on a daily basis to enhance the lives of others.

Dolores Waldron (parent) Fitness Instructor

Damian Mitchell (parent)

Sandra Mulhall, “Rinka” co-ordinator

Davina Donnelly (teacher) – for her expertise in the area of yoga.  We also hired a badminton coach for the day to instil in us a love of badminton.  Our teachers vs students “hoop challenge” proved very popular with the students coming out on top after an initial draw.  Well done to all involved.

Please keep up the activity as seen during “Active Schools Week”.  It has huge benefits both physically and mentally and also develops teamwork, leadership and creative thinking.

Cumann ns mBunscol Sports Quiz

The annual sports quiz was held in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Wednesday, April 10th.  19 schools were competing for the prize and showed an incredible knowledge of many sports.  We were very well represented by Ryan Carberry, Sarah Geoghegan, John Hurley and Seán Noone (all 6th pupils) and they came 5th overall.  Sincere thanks to their parents who transported and supported them during this event.  Without your co-operation events like this are not possible.

Debating

The motion for this term’s debate is “Today’s children are under more pressure than their parents and grandparents were”.  Ms Connaughton’s 6th class proposed the motion in our recent inter-class debate and Ms Kiely’s 6th class opposed.  The motion was not carried and the opposing team will now debate against Curraghboy N.S. in June.  Well done to all involved.  Debating is a great way for children to develop their public speaking skills and increase their confidence, as well as preparing them for debating at second level and beyond. Please see website for photographs.

Amber Flag

A group of children from the senior classes are part of the Amber Flag Committee, which aims to promote positive mental health and wellbeing in school.  On Thursday 23rd of May, Caroline Hopkins from Pieta House will visit Cloonakilla to give a short presentation and award the team with their second Amber Flag.  We are currently the only school in Roscommon, primary or secondary, to hold an Amber Flag.  450 schools have received flags nationwide.  Well done!

Cooking All Stars

Children from Ms Harney’s 5th class recently took part in an 8 week Cooking All-Stars Programme with Ms Cronolly, sponsored by Supervalu.  They learned about The Food Pyramid and healthy eating and made meals including scrambled eggs, pancakes, hummus, pasta with marinara sauce and granola.  They surprised their families by making delicious healthy meals at home too.  Each child received a recipe card, certificate and selection of recipes.  All ingredients were provided by Smith’s Supervalu, Monksland. Photographs on website.

Project Maths

Children from 6th and 1st classes collaborated for 6 weeks for our Maths Games Project.  Each week the children from 6th taught the younger group how to play maths games.  The 1st class then took their maths games home to play with their families instead of traditional maths homework.  Everyone enjoyed this educational fun!

STEAM Education

Both 5th Classes participated in a 10 week “Engineering-in-a-box” programme which was delivered weekly by STEM employees from Teleflex.  Pupils were introduced to the various disciplines of Engineering and conducted practical experiments under the instruction of Teleflex engineers.

They visited the Teleflex plant in Garrycastle, Industrial Estate to present their projects and to see at first hand what life in industry looks like.  I would like to thank Teleflex for their warm welcome and the words of encouragement we received on our visit.  Once again I would like to thank Kelly Marie & Dermot Neary for nominating us for this excellent programme.

World Book Day

We celebrated “World Book Day” on the 7th of March.   Some children enjoyed dressing up as their favourite characters while others created book covers, made book marks and preformed drama based activities within the class setting. Support staff visited the classrooms to read stories and the children and teachers collaborated to decorate their classroom doors based on stories and novels that they have enjoyed. Photos can be viewed on the school website. We hope that days like these will instil a love for reading in the children.

4th Class Project Work Celebrating Ireland`s Heritage

The cultural heritage of Ireland includes a wide array of monuments, objects, landscapes and structures that were produced by the inhabitants of Ireland over the last nine to ten thousand years.
4th Classes created projects at home during the month of February and March “Celebrating Ireland`s Heritage”. These projects were on display for all classes during Seachtain na Gaeilge. All the children`s ideas, imagination and project work were outstanding and they should be highly recommended for a job well done.  Thank you to all the parents for their help.  There was a focus on using recyclable objects for their projects as part of Green Schools Recycling theme.  Well done to both 4th classes!

ICT: Digital Technologies

In keeping with current international practice, the term “digital technologies” is now being used in preference to the term “ICT” by the Department of Education. Digital learning refers to the embedding of digital technologies within learning, teaching and assessment practices in a school.  Mrs. Mc Cullagh and Mrs. Kennelly attended a course called, “Planning for The Digital Learning Framework to embed digital technologies in Teaching Learning and Assessment” in Athlone Education Centre this term. We have prepared a Digital Learning Plan for Cloonakilla N.S. to be implemented

 from September 2019 and which will replace our E-learning Plan. It will be available to view on the school website early next term. The focus of our plan will be on pupils creating their own content to support all curriculum areas rather than using drill and practice software. We have also submitted an application for extra funding under the additional funding scheme available to schools to encourage implementation of the Digital Learning Framework.

Green Schools

As part of our Green Schools initiative Cloonakilla took part in An Taisce`s National Spring Clean last month. Pupils  from Juniors Infants to 6th Class all helped out to ensure our school grounds were litter free. Thanks to all of the children who helped out on the day.

We have begun our support for a greener and heathier environment by recommencing our WOW days (Walk on Wednesdays). Each Wednesday morning, we will walk from The Mill car-park to Cloonakilla NS.  The Green Schools committee are encouraging pupils and parents to join us in our bid to be healthy, active and be good global citizens.  

(Last WOW day Wednesday 5th of June)

Catherine Flaherty from the RSA (Road Safety Authority) visited our school to remind all classes about road safety prior to our first WOW day.   Lukas Krzywon an Environmental Education officer held workshops for Juniors, Seniors and First classes last week with a focus on Guzzler`s energy book and saving energy.  We have had a very busy year working towards our Green Flag and a big thank you to everyone for all their help! In September we will commence Year 2 of our Global Citizenship and Energy Programme as we strive to earn our 7th Green Flag.

Junior Entrepreneur Program – J.E.P.

Our 5th and 6th class students have been working hard as entrepreneurs, marketing and advertising their products in preparation for our Showcase Day, where they sold the four chosen products to pupils, staff and the general public.  Thank you to all who supported our businesses.

Each group were very successful and made significant profits, after all of their loans had been repaid. The children will spend their hard earned profits on class trips and will make donations to charities.

On May 20th, the children also attended the National Showcase Day in the RDS in Dublin. They displayed their products and received the opportunity to interact with many others who participated in the programme and view their innovative products and business ideas. A great day was had celebrating Ireland’s Junior Entrepreneurs.

End of Year Mass

The end of year Mass for 6th class will be celebrated on Monday, June 24th at 1.30pm by Fr John Deignan. Children will take their Confirmation Pledge during Mass.  6th class parents / guardians are invited to attend and refreshments will be served afterwards in the staffroom.

Non-Uniform Day

The final non-uniform day for this school year will be held on Friday, May 31st. All children are required to contribute

 €2 which will go towards funding of our new sensory garden.

Book Rental Scheme

The Book Rental Scheme will continue for 3rd to 6th classes.  The Book Rental Scheme represents a saving for parents.  Children have received application forms.  These should be returned with money to class teacher by June 7th.  No late application forms will be accepted this year.

History / Geography

As part of our History / Geography Curriculum, 3rd – 6th classes will embark on local tours in June.  3rd/ 5th will take part in a historical trail of Athlone.  4th/6th classes will embark on a trail of their immediate local area here in Bealnamulla.    1st Class visited Derryglad museum on May 22nd as part of their history programme. Here they had an opportunity to enjoy many artefacts from the past and a glimpse of what life was like long ago.  Geography fieldtrips will also be held for all classes.  Sincere thanks to Mr O’Leocháin for co-ordinating these trips.

Regards,

Mary O’Rourke ,

Principal

Notification regarding the Board of Management’s review of the Child Safeguarding Statement

To: Parents  

The Board of Management of Cloonakilla NS wishes to inform you that:

• The Board of Management’s annual review of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement was completed at the Board meeting of 25th March 2019.

• This review was conducted in accordance with the “Checklist for Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement” published on the Department’s ‘website www.education.ie

Signed ____Fr John Deignan_____________________________ Date __25/03/2019______________

Chairperson, Board of Management

Signed __Mary O’Rourke ________________________________ Date ___25/03/2018_____________

Principal/Secretary to the Board of Management

February Newsletter 2019

February Newsletter 2019

Catholic Schools Week

We celebrated Catholic Schools Week from Jan 28th – Feb 1st. Mrs Cronolly introduced the programme each day with a thought for the day and all classes partook in various activities which focussed on the Catholic ethos which permeates our school. A prayer service was held during assembly with 2nd-6th classes. 2nd class marked Grandparents Day by inviting some of our grandparents to the school. It proved a very enjoyable afternoon with lots of chatting and memories shared. We thank God for the gift of grandparents.

Dates for your Diary

Non Uniform Day: March 15th

Do This in Memory Masses: Wednesday, 20th March @ 7.30pm & Wednesday, April 10th @7.30pm

First Confessions: Wednesday, 27th March @ 6pm in Ss Peter & Pauls Church

The Sacrament of Confirmation: Wednesday, April 3rd @ 11am

New Infants Induction Evening: Thursday, April 11th @6 -7.30 pm

First Holy Communion: Saturday, May 11th @11pm

School Closures

Midterm break: Feb 20th (Teachers In-Service Day), 21st & 22nd

St Patricks: Monday & Tuesday 18th & 19th March

Easter Holidays: Monday, 15th April to Friday, 26th April

Sacramental Preparations

First Holy Communion

The children have been attending Mass as part of the “Do This in Memory Programme”. This is a very important part of your child’s preparation for the sacraments and attendance is required. Preparation for the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion will commence in school after the midterm break. We thank you for your support and participation.

Confirmation

6th class have been invited to attend the Confirmation Programme “Exploring our Faith” in Ss Peter & Paul Church. The enrolment ceremony took place on Tuesday, Feb 12th and the programme will continue on Thursday, Feb 28th for 3 weeks.

School Self Evaluation

As part of School Self Evaluation a School Self Evaluation Report and School Improvement Plan (2018-2020) has been drawn up and is available on the school website. As already outlined we will be striving to increase our literacy levels with particular emphasis on reading and comprehension. The main focus will be on Literacy Lift Off Programme (1st class & Senior Infants) and Guided Reading throughout the school. 1st class have already benefitted from a 6 week intensive course in Literacy Lift Off and it is has now commenced in Ms Martin’s Senior Infants. Please continue to read with your children at home and try to establish a pattern whereby it forms part of your daily routine. While improving your child’s reading skills it also gives you an opportunity to spend some quality time with your child that is removed from the world of screens and online activity.

R.S.E. Programme

4th/5th/6th classes will attend a “Growing Up” talk presented by Fiona Fallon on March 28th/29th. The talk will deal with the sensitive areas of the R.S.E. Programme. It is important that parents communicate openly with their children about these issues as it is a challenging time in their lives and we all need to support them as best we can.  Class teachers will cover the relevant sections of the RSE Programme dealing with body names/changes/growing up etc. Parents are notified in advance of these classes so it gives you an opportunity to address those issues with your child.

Stay Safe Programme

The Stay Safe Programme is currently being taught in Jun Infants, 1st, 3rd and 5th classes. This is a personal safety skills programme which seeks to enhance children’s self protective skills by participation in lessons on safe and unsafe situations, bullying, inappropriate touch, secrets, and the dangers of communicating with strangers. It is very important to encourage your child to discuss the content of these lessons at home. Parents can learn more about this programme at www.staysafe.ie. Our children’s safety both in the real and virtual world is a priority for us all. Please check your child’s online activity at regular intervals to ensure their safety.

Health & Safety

In the interest of Health & Safety we have installed 2 special chairs for emergency evacuation down the stairs.  They will be used to evacuate anyone who may have difficulty using the stairs, in case of an emergency.  The chairs and training for staff members cost approx. €1800 and it was funded by the Dept. Of Education & Skills

Child Protection

Our Child Protection Policy now comprises of (1) Child Safeguarding Statement and (2) Risk Assessment. This can be viewed on our school website and a hard copy is available from the school office on request. If you have any queries/concerns with regard to child protection please contact: Mary O’Rourke (Designated Liason Person) or Heather McCullagh (Deputy Designated Liason Person).  If there are any comments you would like to make in regard to improving our Child Safeguarding Statement please contact me directly. This statement will be reviewed at our next Board of Management meeting.  Your comments will inform this review. Parents will be notified via email of this review.

STEAM Education (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics)

STEAM Education is a new initiative that is being rolled out in a select number of Primary schools. We, in Cloonakilla, are delighted to have been nominated for participation in this programme. “Engineering-in-a-box”will be co-delivered by STEAM employees from Athlone based company Teleflex, in both of our 5th classes commencing on Wednesday, 13th February for a 10 week programme.  STEAM Education bring STEM and Arts into primary schools in a series of fun and interesting demonstrations and experiments with the aim of fanning the flames of wonder and excitement that these subjects can bring to young inquiring minds. I would like to thank Kelly Marie & Dermot Neary (Parents of Eleanor Neary- Senior Infants) for nominating us for this programme.

I.C.T.

We are always adding to our library of apps on our ipads. This term we have purchased many apps including Britannica kids, Myths and Legends audio books, National Geographic World Atlas and Maths Drill. 

5th and 6th classes have been using their I.C.T skills during the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. They have used Microsoft Word to create persuasive advertising posters for their products as well as market research surveys and questionnaires. We also analysed the survey results and converted the data into bar charts and pie graphs using Microsoft Excel. The students on the storytelling teams have been busy keeping a digital record of our progress by conducting recorded interviews with the winning teams and taking photographs of our work, which they will use to create a PowerPoint presentation for our J.E.P showcase day.

Miss Harney’s 5th class are participating in a project that integrates e-learning at a national level. Recently they compiled a bar chart detailing their favourite hobbies using Microsoft Excel and emailed it to their partner school. Miss Cunniffe’s 5th class have kept the school community updated on our Active School Flag activities. We recently created an Active School Flag page on our website where we record our activities.

We display the Frásaí na Míosa for Irish on the news ticker on the home page of our school website. We also have a new page on our school website hosting the names of websites that teachers recommend for parents to use with their children.

Junior Entrepreneur Program – JEP

Our 5th and 6th class students have been busy participating in the Junior Entrepreneur Programme, which provides opportunities to experience real-life business learning.

Successful local entrepreneurs, Kevin and Mary Dooley of Dooley’s Florists, visited our school to engage in a discussion with our students, which provided invaluable insight into the running of their business.

Recently, the students pitched their own product/service ideas to a panel of Dragons and one product was selected from each classroom. Our classrooms are now in the process of producing the chosen products and these will be available for sale soon at our J.E.P Showcase Day where we hope to sell the products to the pupils, staff and the general public.

Each individual in the class has a role to play in this project as part of the marketing team, the sales team, the designing and production team, the financial team or the storytelling team.

World Book Day

World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday, March 7th. Special activities will be held in all classes to mark this event and to promote further interest in reading. Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedules at home to mark this occasion with your children. Book tokens will be distributed to all classes so this is an opportunity for the children to purchase a book of their own choosing.

Spelling Bee

The annual Eason’s Spelling Bee county final is due to take place on Thursday February 14th in the Abbey Hotel, Roscommon.  After holding an in- school competition Kyra Brennan Donovan from Ms Kiely’s 6th class emerged as our school representative.  Kyra will compete at the county final on Feb 14th. We wish her the very best of luck. 

Sport

Basketball

Basketball training for 5th & 6th class boys and girls has been on-going with Ms Kiely and Ms Connaughton at lunch time. Well done to all who participated in basketball training.  A panel of twelve players has now been selected and all players are training for an upcoming Roscommon Primary Basketball Tournament.  Our group will see us play Cornafulla NS, Roosky NS, Lisaniskey NS and Frenchpark NS. The top team from each group will go forward to the semi-final in term 3. 

Badminton

Ms McCullagh has commenced badminton training for all those interested from 4th class during lunchtime on Wednesdays.

Soccer

The Spar 5-a-side tournament will be taking place in April.  Training for 5th & 6th boys will commence this month with Mr Kilbride and the girls will be coached by Ms Kilmartin and Mr O’Leocháin.

Cumann na mBunscol

The Cumann na mBunscol sports quiz will take place on March 13th.  A few lucky boys and girls will be selected to represent the school at the mini 7’s on April 10th.  Selected children will be taking part in a tournament including Ballybay, Summerhill and Cornafulla in May.  Training commences in April with Mr Kilbride, Ms Fallon and Ms O’Keeffe.

Active Flag

Our Active School Flag Committee are:

Aoife Carroll and Sean Noone (6th class)

Brian Finneran and Szymon Sckozen (5th class)

Marianne Molloy and Rachel Akahomen (4th class)

Christina Waldron and Grace Meares (3rd class)

Isla Walsh and Chloe O’Callaghan (2nd class) and

Davy Warde and Alex O’Brien (1st class).

  • Active Break Challenge

All pupils participated in the “Active Break Every Day Challenge” during Nov/Dec for a 4 week period.  It was a great way to generate whole school engagement with the Active School Flag process.  It also means that children gained more active minutes every day as the weather became colder and wetter.  Popular resources used were 10 @10 and Go Noodle.

Sporting Achievements

Our school would like to acknowledge physical activity and sporting achievements attained during and outside of school hours.  Please email us photos of the above for our Active Schools Display if your child is involved in noteworthy events.

  • Art Competition: 1st to 4th class are busy designing a poster to go with our slogan “Commit to be fit, don’t just sit” (Grace Meares) winners will be announced after the mid-term break.
  • “Do your talking as you’re walking” Policy has been introduced on yard as part of our Active School Flag.  Anyone found loitering may get some star jumps or lunges to get them moving.  We also have an “Active Line” initiative.  Children from various classes are rostered to keep classes moving with a selection of exercises until their teacher collects them from their line. “Active Star” certificates will be distributed on Fridays to those children who make in the greatest effort.
  • “Cycle Right” course with Ms Connaughton’s sixth class on March 5th.  This course will provide practical cycle safety and skills training to promote competent and confident cyclists for the future. 
  • Trisha McDermott, dance teacher and choreographer will carry out dance workshops with the following classes on Wednesday 27th for 4 weeks.  1st class (Ms Fallon), Sen Infants( Ms Donnelly) 3rd class( Ms Finnegan) and 6th class(Ms Kiely).

Volunteers Needed

Are you involved in a career based on physical activity? We are looking for volunteers to come and share their ideas/activities with the children during National Active School Week which takes place from May 7th to 10th.  If you can donate one hour of your time during that week please contact us.

Green Schools

Well done to Dylan Conway in 4th Class and Maebh Noone in 5th Class who were the overall winners of our new Green School Codes for our theme Global Citizenship and Energy. The winning codes will be displayed in all our classrooms and each class will learn our new Green School Codes.

Well done to all the children in each class who entered the competition.  There were a lot of creative and catchy codes and the art work was fantastic. The winners from each class are displayed on our green school’s noticeboard.

We will have “A Switch It Off Month” in March to promote saving energy in our school. “The Switch It Off Month” main aim is to reduce our electricity usage in our school. Mr. O’Leocháin will conduct energy lessons with the Senior Classes. Ray Foley from An Taisce will visit to conduct an energy workshop.

4th classes will be constructing projects at the end of February and March. They will be asked to focus on recycling objects when constructing their projects. These projects will promote recycling.

Amber Flag

Our mindfulness group meets each week to promote positive mental health.

All children from Junior Infants to 2nd class have had lessons about how to use our lovely Buddy Bench.  Children who are feeling lonely can sit on the bench and a buddy invites them to play.  It is working very well. The winners of the Infant Buddy Bench colouring competition were:

Lilly and Kayden from Ms O’Keefe’s Junior Infants class

Clara and Christopher from Ms Sexton’s Junior Infants class   

Ryan and Mollie from Mrs Martin’s Senior Infants class

Kiersten and Matthew from Ms Donnelly’s Senior Infant class

Each winner received a certificate – Well done to all

Cooking All Stars

Children from Ms Harney’s 5th class will soon be participating in Cooking All Stars in collaboration with Supervalu.  The children will learn food hygiene and preparation skills. They will try out some healthy recipes and will hopefully have fun and practise their new skills in the kitchen at home also!

Sensory Room/Garden

We are currently well on our way to finishing the kit-out of our Sensory Room.  Our hope is that it will be a relaxed and calm space where any child, at a time when they need it can de-stress in this supervised quiet environment. Its features will include lighting, sound, interactive equipment and soft play area.

Our Sensory Garden is at the planning stage and hopefully over the next few months work will begin on this outdoor area.  It will be a garden area where the children can enjoy a variety of sensory experiences with opportunities to stimulate their senses.

Non-Uniform Day

A non-uniform day will be held on Friday, March 15th. All monies raised will go towards our new sensory garden. Plans are currently being drawn up for same.

Junior Infant Enrolment

Our Junior Infant Enrolment will be completed this week. All successful applicants have been notified pending return of required documents by Feb 15th. Incomplete applications will render the application null and void.

School Photographs

County Photos visited the school on Feb 12th. Proofs will be distributed shortly and all orders/monies should be returned to the class teacher promptly. The photographer will revisit the school on Friday 5th of April for Confirmation photograph for 6th class. Communion photograph will be taken of children in their Communion Clothes on Monday 13th May.

Hoodies

In keeping with Cloonakilla N.S tradition, our 6th class students have received their new personalised school hoodies which they can wear in lieu of their school uniform jumpers.

MS Readathon Success

Congratulations to Muireann Lambe who won an ipad for her efforts during this year’s Readathon. Overall the children raised €3769.71 for Multiple Sclerosis and €414.36 was donated   to our school library.

After school activities

Lego Club

Lego club commenced for 3rd and 4th classes in January until February 25th.  Every Tuesday the children spend an hour working in teams on their lego creations.  Lego develops children’s problem solving and fine motor skills as well as enhancing creativity, communication and critical thinking.  Lego Club will re-commence 1st – 4th class on March 5th.

Spanish lessons

Spanish lessons continue on Tuesday evenings with Begona Sammon and a new session of lessons will commence on March 5th.

Newsletter

Newsletter, November 2018

Dear Parents,

Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events we took part in:

New School

Unfortunately our back football pitch is still not fit for use due to drainage issues.  We hope it will be ready by Spring but this of course will be weather dependent.  We are currently working on installing a sensory room in our school.  This is a special room designed to develop a child’s senses, usually through special lighting, music and objects.  It will be used as a therapy for SEN pupils but also for those pupils experiencing anxiety who may need time out of the classroom or a quiet space.    We also hope to have a Sensory Garden completed by the end of this school year.  Plans are currently being drawn up and the P.A. will be fundraising for this throughout the year.  Please support them in their efforts.

Carpark

Thank you for your co-operation with regard to implementation of carpark rules.  It is imperative that you continue to observe these rules ALL of the time in order to ensure the safety of all.    Parents have a responsibility to ensure these rules are observed.  Pedestrians are requested to use the pedestrian gate at the footpath/ramp.  Please be mindful of the carpark/front entrance yard on frosty mornings.  The path will be salted but extreme care should be exercised. Smoking is prohibited in the school grounds

Junior Infants

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new entrants and their parents.  It is my wish for you all that your time here will be happy and memorable.  I would like to commend the Junior Infants for the manner in which they have settled into school life here in Cloonakilla. I would like to thank their parents for their sensible approach in parting with their children and for their co-operation in regard to dropping off their children in the mornings, thereby reducing some of the congestion in the carpark.  Please do not accompany your children to the school door and wait until the bell rings as it creates too many problems for other parents who wish to drop off their children.

 Dates for your diary:

Enrolment for First Communion: Wednesday 21st November @ 8pm

Triple P Parenting Talk: Wednesday 21st November at 7.30 – 9pm

5th & 6th Class Debate:   Tuesday 11th December at 7pm

First Holy Communion:  Saturday, 11th May 2019 @ 11am

Sacrament of Confirmation: Wednesday, 3rd April

 First Communion

Enrolment for First Communion will be held on Wednesday, Nov 21st. It is important that you attend the “Do this in Memory Masses” with your child as they form a very important part of your child’s preparation for First Holy Communion.  N.B. Please note that Mass times have been changed from Sundays to Wednesday evenings.

Do this in Memory dates:  

Wednesday 28th November @ 7.30pm

Wednesday 19th December @ 7.30pm

Wednesday 30th January 2019 @ 7.30pm

Wednesday 20th March @ 7.30pm

Wednesday 10th April @ 7.30pm

 School Choir

The school choir will sing at the “Do this in Memory Mass” on Wednesday 19th December in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church at 7.30pm.  The choir will comprise of 4th-6th class pupils. A full attendance would be greatly appreciated.

Non-Uniform Day

Thank you for your response to Non-Uniform Day which raised €688.  All funds raised will go towards funding of sensory room.

Art Exhibition

Children from all classes had their art work framed and displayed at a 2 day exhibition in our school hall.  It was an opportunity for children to showcase their artistic ability while at the same time raising funds for our school.  The Exhibition was a great success and I would like to thank you for your support.

Library

Our school library is now fully stocked with a wide range of books to suit all readers.  Children from all classes visit our school library every week.  During library time they read and choose books independently.  Children from 2nd to 6th classes bring home these books to read at their leisure.  The children agree that it is a time they look forward to during the busy school week.  Please continue to encourage your children to read at home as a love of reading is something they will carry with them forever.

Debating at Cloonakilla

Children from 5th & 6th classes have been busy preparing speeches and auditioning for our upcoming debate.  The motion for this term’s debate is “We need better role models for our generation”.  Many of the children have put a lot of effort into researching this topic and writing their speeches.

Debating is a wonderful way to develop presentation and public speaking skills, and improve critical thinking skills and to learn the importance of evaluating evidence to create a reasoned argument.  It is an engaging, active learner centred activity, which also develops social consciousness in young people, and of course it instils self-esteem and confidence also.  We would like to welcome parents and children from 5th and 6th classes to our Christmas debate on Thursday 13th of December at 7pm in the school hall.  Please support the children who have worked so hard on their motions.

Sport

  1. Swimming

Session 2 of swimming lessons is in progress this term for 1st & 3rd classes. This session will end at Christmas and this will conclude our swimming lessons for this school year.

  1. Gaelic

Gaelic training has commenced with Marie Kelly (Clann na nGael) and all classes will have an 8 week block of lessons. Teachers will commence Gaelic training with   classes after Christmas. This will be in preparation for the Cumann na mBunscoil Competition later in the year.  Our 6th class girls attended a gaelic blitz in Ballyleague on 19th of October.  Roscommon Ladies Gaelic Football  Association organised it to encourage more girls to participate  in the sport within the county.  The team got an opportunity to play against many teams from around the county.  Well done to all the girls who participated.

 

  1. Basketball

Ms Connaughton and Ms Kiely have commenced training for 5th and 6th classes during lunchtime.

  1. Soccer

Mr Kilbride has commenced soccer training during lunchtime for an upcoming FUTSAL tournament for 4th class.

The FAI are running the Primary Schools Futsal for 4th Class on Wednesday 28th November in Hodson Bay Celtic FC’s Astro pitch beside Ballybay School. The day will be ran in in accordance with the FAI

Player Development Plan so it will be non-competitive. There will be no medals for the winners but each child will receive a participation certificate on the day.

  1. Active School Flag

We are now registered for the Active School Flag (ASF).  This is an initiative by the Department of Education & Skills and supported by Healthy Ireland.  It’s aim is simple. “Get more schools, more active, more often”.  Interested candidates from 1st – 6th classes have written their letters of application for a coveted place on our brand new ASF Committee.  The candidates will be announced in the coming days and we are looking forward to putting both ours and the children’s ideas into action over the coming year.  Watch out on the school website for what’s happening as part of our ASF journey.

  1. Cross Country

Following numerous trials 12 finalists from each class were chosen to attend the County Roscommon Cross Country Competition held in St Brigid’s GAA Centre on Thursday 4th October.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable day for the 48 children who participated.  There were hundreds of competitors from all over the county representing their schools.  Shay McGuinness (4th class) came in 12th place in his section whilst Cathal O’Brien (6th class) came in 10th position in his age group.  They both received medals and we are very proud of them.  They went on to represent our school at Connacht Championships in Loughrea on Saturday 14th October.  In inclement weather they both ran superbly on a very hilly, wet course.  Well done to both of them.

  1. Orienteering

Padraig Higgins, a local orienteering expert, carried out a workshop with 5th class to share his expertise on this strand unit of our PE curriculum.  He gave a very detailed presentation on the topic and answered all questions before bringing the pupils into the playground to experience it for themselves.  It was so much fun and map reading skills were most definitely improved.  We hope to share our expertise with other classes during the year.

  1. Sporting Achievements

Our school would like to acknowledge physical activity and sports achievements achieved during and outside of school hours.  Please email us photos of the above for our Active Schools Display Board if your child is involved in noteworthy events.

Congratulations to Lauren Murphy (6th class) who competed in SouthView Equestrian Center in England where the top 4 Irish riders compete against the English, Scottish and Welsh.  Lauren was riding her pony The Bullseye.  Lauren had a great show where she brought home 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th & 6th wins over the week.  Each class had 120 children participating.   Congratulations also to Kailum Dunning who won a silver medal in the World Kick Boxing Tournament in Italy.  This is the biggest Martial Arts Event in the world so well done Kailum.

 

Local Cultural Tour

On Thursday November 8th, 5th class visited the Aidan Heavey Library.  There, they got to meet with award winning author Anna Carey.  It was an inspiring workshop and she gave the children plenty of food for thought on how to write a good story.  They were engrossed in the talk and afterwards the librarian very kindly let us borrow 15 copies of her

 

 

book to read “Mollie on the run”.  Afterwards fifth class proceeded to the Luan Gallery to view and interpret an

exhibition of “Neon Lights” by Kevin Killen and “Reseux” by Martin Coyle.  The geographical trail of the “Golden Mile” completed their trip to our local town of Athlone.

 

Green Schools

Our 6th Green Flag Global Citizenship, Litter and Waste was raised on Thursday the 25th of October. Sarah Geoghegan

in 6th Class and Conor Farrell in 1st Class raised our Green Flag. Well done to the Green Schools Committee for their presentation on the day and their diligence and enthusiasm over the last two years.  Our guest speaker Suzanne Dempsey from Roscommon County Council praised our Green School’s Committee and all the pupils in our school for all their hard work. Well done to everyone!

Litter picking has commenced with 4th classes making sure our grounds are litter free. The bin police will continue to patrol our rubbish bins. Children are encouraged to bring home all of their lunch wrappers to cut down on waste in our bins.  Our theme for our next Flag is Global Citizenship and Energy. This theme gives schools the chance to revise the Energy theme while looking at issues surrounding energy on a global scale. The global link to the energy theme is Climate Change.   A new Green Schools Committee will be established this month. We will then work on our environmental review and action plan for the next two years. A competition will be held among the pupils to design a new Green Code for our school as part of the Global Citizenship and Energy Flag over the coming weeks. We look forward to working towards our new Green Flag!

 

Amber Flag

We recently also celebrated the raising of our first Amber Flag – the first school in County Roscommon to raise an Amber Flag.  The Amber Flag initiative aims to promote positive mental health and wellbeing.  The committee will continue their work after Christmas by holding a mental health awareness event and continuing to inform the school community about strategies for minding our mental health.

 

Attendance

Attendance for Sept/Oct was 96.7 %. Please note that daily attendance is recorded electronically before 10.30am. Any child not present at this time will be marked absent unless this absence is preceded by a note of explanation from parents. Again please note that all absences over 20 days are reported to the N.E.W.B. It is important that those with a poor attendance record for 2016/2017 improve their attendance for this school year.

Importance Note

It has come to my attention that some parents persist in taking children out from school early on Fridays.  This is not acceptable on a regular basis and will be addressed via attendance days if it continues.  Also children will not be called to the front door until a parent presents for collection. Please do not ring ahead.

School Self Evaluation

As part of School Self Evaluation a School Improvement Plan has been drawn up for the period 2018 – 2020.  This will shortly be available on the school website. We will be focussing mainly on the Literacy Lift Off Programme (Senior Infants – 1st Class) and Guided Reading throughout the school.  Guided Reading is conducted in smaller reading groups where children read at their own instructional level.  Please take time to read with your children at home and discuss what you have just read in order to ensure children comprehend the material.  It is our experience that while often pupils can be fluent readers often they do not always comprehend what they have just read.  As part of the S.S.E. process this New Primary Literacy Curriculum will also be implemented in English and Irish (Jun Infants – 2nd Class).

Literacy Lift Off

During Term 1 the Special Educational Needs Team (SEN) have been supporting the development of literacy through in-class work with the Literacy Lift Off Programme in 1st Class.  We have just completed a six-week intervention in Ms Fallon’s class, where, on average the pupils made progress of 7 months in reading.  Many thanks to parents who

supported the children by reading with them every night.  Keep up the good work! The programme is continuing in Ms Kilmartin’s class for November and December.

 Maths Week

All classes took part in Maths Week which took place from the 14th-21st of October. The children enjoyed partaking in maths games, trails and activities throughout the week. They also tried to solve a “Maths Problem of the Day” and the 4th, 5th and 6th class children took part in the “Maths Eyes Competition”. The senior classes had fun making up games for the junior classes to enjoy and the support teachers conducted mathematical activities in all classes placing a special emphasis on “Maths for Fun”.   Maths trials were conducted in most classes, using our new school environment as a Maths tool.

 Science Week

Science week ran from the 11th -17th of November.  This year’s theme was “Game Changes and Change Makers”.   All classes focused on experimental Science for the week and the support teachers visited all the classrooms to conduct  interesting experiments with the children. The second class children made projects based on “The Solar System” which they displayed in the classroom. Photos can be viewed on the school website.  As part of Science Week 6th class (Ms Kiely) will attend a show in the AIT entitled ”Fantastic Physics”.

Library Quiz

5th Class are looking forward to taking part in the Roscommon County Library Quiz on Monday 27th November.  Preparations are underway and we are busy choosing our team to represent our school.

Parents Association

A new Parents Association Committee has been formed.   Officers are as follows:

 

Chairperson                       Christina Melican                             Vice Chairperson              Kevin Murray

Secretary                             Jolene Cummins                               Vice Secretary                   Leeanne Walsh

Treasurer                            Laura Devlin Carroll                         Vice Treasurer                   John Brennan

They will be issuing a newsletter next week to inform you of their plans for 2018/2019.  The PA have organised a Cash for Clobber Collection on Thursday 22nd November.  You have already been notified in this regard.  Bags can be left into old school hall from Monday, November 19th to Thursday 22nd as the hall will be open during school hours.  The Parents Association will also be running Tesco Tokens for the month of December.  Please support our Parents Association in their endeavours as their hard work and dedication benefits all children in the school.  I would like to thank them for giving willing of their time and support.

After school activities

Lego Club

Lego club commenced for 1st & 2nd classes in September.  Every Tuesday the children spend an hour working in teams on their lego creations.  Lego develops children’s problem solving and fine motor skills as well as enhancing creativity, communication and critical thinking.  Lego Club will be opened to 3rd and 4th class in the New Year.

Spanish lessons

Spanish Lessons continue on Tuesday evenings until Christmas with Begona Sammon

Homework Club

You have already received a letter from the Board of Management to ascertain if there is interest among parents in the setting up of a homework club in the school.  This would run for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3.10pm to 4.10pm for 2nd to 6th classes.  At present there is not much interest in this project.  If you feel this is something you may be interested in please return original form or ring Maria at the school office on 090 6492569.

Christmas Show for Senior Infants.

Senior Infants will attend a Christmas Show “Elfie saves Christmas” in Dean Crowe Theatre on December 4th.  Class teachers will furnish you with exact details.

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

Thanks to all those who supported our Christmas Shoebox Appeal which brings some joy into the lives of vulnerable children in Eastern Europe and Africa.  Altogether we donated 200 boxes from Cloonakilla so well done to all!

Christmas Annuals

The forms for the Christmas Annual will be circulated on Monday next.  Please return along with the money by Monday 26th November.

New Staff

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Mary Jo Henry (S.N.A.) and Senan Kilbride (teacher) on securing permanent contracts in Cloonakilla.

Congratulations

Congratulations to Ms O’Keefe who was recently married.  We wish her and her husband a long and happy life together.

Message of Sympathy

The Board of Management, staff and pupils would like to extend a message of sympathy to the Rafferty family on the death of Michael Rafferty (father of Adam and Mollie) and to the Lynch / Webb family on the death of Aidan Lynch (father of Hannah).  May they rest in peace.

Yours sincerely,

Mary O’Rourke

____________________________

Mary O’Rourke

Principal

Newsletter, September 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of another school year.  I would like to extend a special welcome to our new families both in Junior Infants and in the other classes throughout the school. I hope you will be happy among us and that this school year will be a rewarding experience for all.

Cloonakilla N.S. opens at 9.20 am. Children will not be admitted into the school building before this time unless the weather is inclement. On wet days they may enter the school assembly hall at 9.10am where they will be supervised. School ends at 3pm. However, the school yard will be supervised from 9.10am each morning and until 3.10pm each evening to facilitate drop off and collection of children. The BOM do not accept responsibility for children who are on the premises outside of these times.

I would like to draw your attention to the following matters:

Pupil Up-date Form:    You are required to complete the attached Pupil Update Form and return to the school.  An email address is requested for all parents so we can correspond with you electronically.  This would greatly reduce our paper usage.  We requested same last September but the response was not sufficient for us to proceed with electronic communication.  I would be most grateful if you could make a special effort in this regard.

Carpark:    It is of utmost importance that all parents adhere to the traffic management system in the carpark to facilitate the free flow of traffic and the safety of all. Please bear in mind the following points to ensure that everyone can enter/exit the carpark safely with minimal risk.

Inside lane is for set down only. DO NOT leave car unattended.

If you need to enter school you may park in Parents’ Carpark (to left of main entrance gate as you enter).

When exiting from this carpark you must turn left and drive around the set down area.

The outside lane is for circulation only. Under no circumstances should children exit while car is in outside lane.

Do not park in the teachers’ carpark as the buses must have free access here. This allows for extra space in the set down area.

Pedestrians must enter by pedestrian gate at front of school only. Pedestrians must use footpaths at all times.  Please do not walk through teachers’ carpark as buses will be reversing here.

It is up to you the parents to ensure that everybody acts responsibly in the carpark.  Traffic should run freely if everybody does the right thing ALL of the time.  Please ensure that anyone collecting your child is made aware of the contents of the above.

Code of Discipline:          All pupils are being issued with a Code of Discipline form (excluding Junior Infants as it has already been submitted with enrolment application). I would ask you to read through the school rules with your child and sign accordingly. The Incredible Years Programme is a behaviour management programme that is in operation in the school. It promotes positive behaviour but also manages inappropriate behaviour with discipline strategies. This programme is described in greater detail in the Code of Behaviour Policy which can be viewed on the school website. Please return the Code of Discipline form to the class teacher as soon as possible.

School Calendar: Please see attached.

School Attendance:      Please note that all absences from school of twenty days or over must be reported to the National Education Welfare Board.  When your child has been absent for 20 days or more you will be notified that a referral is being made to the N.E.W.B.  Schools are obliged by law to make this referral regardless of the reasons for absences.  Please notify the class teacher in writing if your child is absent.  DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL as this only interrupts class time.

Swimming Lessons: The first session of swimming lessons will commence on Wednesday, 12th September for 1st and 4th classes. Each class will be notified further next week.

Arts & Crafts:   Each child is required to pay €25.00 towards the cost of Arts & Craft materials and photocopying paper.  This should be given to the class teacher as soon as possible.  Due to the rising costs it is vital that all parents pay this fee as soon as possible.

Healthy Lunch Policy:   We endorse a healthy eating policy in our school. We encourage parents to plan a healthy lunch using food from each of the food groups.  The following foods are NOT allowed in the school; sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, bars including cereal bars, winders and crisps.   A simple approach to healthy eating is to use the food pyramid.

School Policies:      All relevant policies can be viewed on our school website.

Anti-Bullying:          For the month of September all classes will work on the theme of Anti-Bullying as part of the S.P.H.E. Curriculum.  This will help to create an atmosphere within the school whereby bullying of any type is seen as unacceptable behaviour.  A class charter will be drawn up in each classroom and children will be made aware of the procedures involved in the event of bullying occurring.  Parents should make themselves familiar with the policy which can be viewed on the school website.

School Insurance: Insurance forms will be issued to all children next week.

P.E.  Class teachers will inform children of their P.E. Day.  School tracksuit tops and navy tracksuit bottoms must be worn on PE days.  Tracksuits must also be worn on swimming days.  Tracksuit tops cost €20.00 each and can be purchased by calling to the staff room between 9.20am and 2.20pm.    The full school uniform must be worn on all other days.  Please label tracksuit tops and uniform. As stated in the school rules children are not allowed to wear studs, earrings and jewellery on P.E. days.  This is for Health & Safety purposes.  Only runners will be permitted in the new assembly hall.

ParentTeacher Meetings:    These will be held in November.  You will be notified closer to the time.  If you wish to speak to a teacher any other time regarding your child please make an appointment at the front office to do so.  Every effort will be made to facilitate you.

Birthday Invitations:   We all know that often unnecessary and unintended hurt is caused to children who are not invited to parties. For that reason the B.O.M ask parents/children not to distribute such invitations either in the school itself or in the school grounds in view of other children.  We make such a request in order to cherish all children equally.  Phone numbers of class groupings are available on request up to 5th class.

School SelfEvaluation:         S.S.E. will be on-going in the school for the coming school year.  For this school year we will be working on the New Primary Language Curriculum (Jun Infants – 2nd class) and literacy with emphasis on reading (1st to 6th class).

Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) came into effect on the 25th May 2018. Under GDPR the Department of Education and Skills are required to keep you informed of the types of data we hold on you and your child, the purpose it is used for, and your rights in relation to how it is processed.

The Department of Education and Skills, which provides for the education and training of people resident in the State, requires certain personal data on all learners in order to fulfil its function. For primary school pupils, this data is held on the Primary Online Database (POD). The data held on POD forms the basis of the allocation of resources to schools as well as statistical reporting on education; it is also used for research and analysis into the operation of the education system and the formation of future policies. Data is shared with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for validation purposes, and with the Central Statistics Office under Section 31 of the Statistical Act for statistical reporting and analysis. For further information please see https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Data-Protection/.

 

Parenting Talk:

A parenting talk for parents of the new Junior Infants will be held in the school on Friday September 7th @ 11.20.  The session will be conducted by Ms Angela Egan (Triple P Parenting).  Refreshments will be served afterwards by the Parents Association.

 

Parents Association:   The Parents Association welcome parents who are new to the school. Please visit the Parents Association section of the school website for information about the PA.  Attendance of all parents at the Parents Association AGM is most welcome. It takes place on Wednesday 19th September at 9.00pm in the school.

I look forward to working with you all during the new school year.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

________________________________

Mary O’Rourke

Principal

 

School Rules

  1. Children should enter the school in an orderly fashion each morning. Children entering by foot should so do via the pedestrian gate.

 

  1. All children must congregate at the front of the school each morning. No ball games or running allowed at this time.

 

 

  1. On hearing the school bell children should form an orderly line in the morning and after break times before entering the school building.

 

  1. Children should play only in their designated play areas. They must obey the playground rules which will be explained clearly by each class teacher.

 

 

  1. Children are not allowed leave the school grounds at any time unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.

 

  1. Classrooms should be vacated during break times.

 

 

  1. Children using the school bus should form an orderly line each evening and proceed to the bus in an orderly fashion.

 

  1. A written note is required for absences from school and also for early departures. This must be given to the class teacher.

 

 

  1. Children should bring a healthy nutritious lunch to school. CHEWING GUM IS NOT ALLOWED.

 

  1. Mobile phones are not permitted in school. Urgent messages will be conveyed to the pupils.

 

  1. Children are not permitted onto clay areas until grass has fully grown.

 

  1. School uniform should be worn on all days except PE days when the PE Tracksuit must be worn. This consists of school PE top and navy tracksuit bottoms.

 

  1. Pupils are not allowed wear earrings, studs and jewellery on PE days. Runners/indoor shoes must be worn when using indoor PE hall.

 

  1. The school yard and classrooms must be kept litter free.

 

  1. Dangerous games are prohibited at all times.

 

  1. Children should do their best in school by listening carefully, working as hard as they can and by completing homework to their best of their ability.

 

  1. Children are expected to show courtesy and good manners to each other, to all school staff and visitors to the school.

 

  1. Any form of bullying is NOT ALLOWED and will be dealt with in accordance with our Anti Bullying Policy
  2. Children are not allowed to distribute birthday invitations in school.
  3. Children must walk up/down stairs on left side only in single file.

                                                                                                   

Pupil Information Update Form

Name of Child:   __________________________________            Class:_________________

Parent’s/Guardian’s Name:  ______________________________________________________________

Home Address:

__________________________________________________________

Email: _____________________________________________________________

Parent Contact Details

Mother:               _____________________                            Contact No: ____________________

 

Father:                 _____________________                            Contact No: ____________________

Code of Discipline Form

I have read the ‘Code of Discipline’ with my parents and I agree

 

to comply with it while I am a pupil in Cloonakilla National School.

 

Pupil Signature:  __________________________________

 

Date:   __________________________________________

 

 

Parent / Guardian Signature:  __________________________________

 

Date:   ____________________________________________________

School Calendar 2018-2019

Presidential Election:           Friday October 26th

 

Mid Term Break:                  Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November

 

Parent / Teacher Meeting:  November – Date to be confirmed

 

Christmas Holidays:    Friday, 21st December (closing)

Monday, 7th January 2019 (re-opening)

Mid Term Break:         Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd February

 St Patrick’s Day:          Monday & Tuesday 18th & 19th March

Easter Holidays:           Monday, April 15thFriday, 26th April

May Bank Holiday:      Monday, 6th May

June Bank Holiday:     Monday & Tuesday, 3rd & 4th June

Summer Holidays:       Wednesday, 26th June

Please take cognisance of the above when planning family breaks.  Written work will not be assigned to children on holidays during school term.

Newsletter May 2018

Newsletter, September 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of another school year.  I would like to extend a special welcome to our new families both in Junior Infants and in the other classes throughout the school. I hope you will be happy among us and that this school year will be a rewarding experience for all.

Cloonakilla N.S. opens at 9.20 am. Children will not be admitted into the school building before this time unless the weather is inclement. On wet days they may enter the school assembly hall at 9.10am where they will be supervised. School ends at 3pm. However, the school yard will be supervised from 9.10am each morning and until 3.10pm each evening to facilitate drop off and collection of children. The BOM do not accept responsibility for children who are on the premises outside of these times.

I would like to draw your attention to the following matters:

Pupil Up-date Form:    You are required to complete the attached Pupil Update Form and return to the school.  An email address is requested for all parents so we can correspond with you electronically.  This would greatly reduce our paper usage.  We requested same last September but the response was not sufficient for us to proceed with electronic communication.  I would be most grateful if you could make a special effort in this regard.

Carpark:    It is of utmost importance that all parents adhere to the traffic management system in the carpark to facilitate the free flow of traffic and the safety of all. Please bear in mind the following points to ensure that everyone can enter/exit the carpark safely with minimal risk.

Inside lane is for set down only. DO NOT leave car unattended.

If you need to enter school you may park in Parents’ Carpark (to left of main entrance gate as you enter).

When exiting from this carpark you must turn left and drive around the set down area.

The outside lane is for circulation only. Under no circumstances should children exit while car is in outside lane.

Do not park in the teachers’ carpark as the buses must have free access here. This allows for extra space in the set down area.

Pedestrians must enter by pedestrian gate at front of school only. Pedestrians must use footpaths at all times.  Please do not walk through teachers’ carpark as buses will be reversing here.

It is up to you the parents to ensure that everybody acts responsibly in the carpark.  Traffic should run freely if everybody does the right thing ALL of the time.  Please ensure that anyone collecting your child is made aware of the contents of the above.

Code of Discipline:          All pupils are being issued with a Code of Discipline form (excluding Junior Infants as it has already been submitted with enrolment application). I would ask you to read through the school rules with your child and sign accordingly. The Incredible Years Programme is a behaviour management programme that is in operation in the school. It promotes positive behaviour but also manages inappropriate behaviour with discipline strategies. This programme is described in greater detail in the Code of Behaviour Policy which can be viewed on the school website. Please return the Code of Discipline form to the class teacher as soon as possible.

School Calendar: Please see attached.

School Attendance:      Please note that all absences from school of twenty days or over must be reported to the National Education Welfare Board.  When your child has been absent for 20 days or more you will be notified that a referral is being made to the N.E.W.B.  Schools are obliged by law to make this referral regardless of the reasons for absences.  Please notify the class teacher in writing if your child is absent.  DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL as this only interrupts class time.

Swimming Lessons: The first session of swimming lessons will commence on Wednesday, 12th September for 1st and 4th classes. Each class will be notified further next week.

Arts & Crafts:   Each child is required to pay €25.00 towards the cost of Arts & Craft materials and photocopying paper.  This should be given to the class teacher as soon as possible.  Due to the rising costs it is vital that all parents pay this fee as soon as possible.

Healthy Lunch Policy:   We endorse a healthy eating policy in our school. We encourage parents to plan a healthy lunch using food from each of the food groups.  The following foods are NOT allowed in the school; sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, bars including cereal bars, winders and crisps.   A simple approach to healthy eating is to use the food pyramid.

School Policies:      All relevant policies can be viewed on our school website.

Anti-Bullying:          For the month of September all classes will work on the theme of Anti-Bullying as part of the S.P.H.E. Curriculum.  This will help to create an atmosphere within the school whereby bullying of any type is seen as unacceptable behaviour.  A class charter will be drawn up in each classroom and children will be made aware of the procedures involved in the event of bullying occurring.  Parents should make themselves familiar with the policy which can be viewed on the school website.

School Insurance: Insurance forms will be issued to all children next week.

P.E.  Class teachers will inform children of their P.E. Day.  School tracksuit tops and navy tracksuit bottoms must be worn on PE days.  Tracksuits must also be worn on swimming days.  Tracksuit tops cost €20.00 each and can be purchased by calling to the staff room between 9.20am and 2.20pm.    The full school uniform must be worn on all other days.  Please label tracksuit tops and uniform. As stated in the school rules children are not allowed to wear studs, earrings and jewellery on P.E. days.  This is for Health & Safety purposes.  Only runners will be permitted in the new assembly hall.

ParentTeacher Meetings:    These will be held in November.  You will be notified closer to the time.  If you wish to speak to a teacher any other time regarding your child please make an appointment at the front office to do so.  Every effort will be made to facilitate you.

Birthday Invitations:   We all know that often unnecessary and unintended hurt is caused to children who are not invited to parties. For that reason the B.O.M ask parents/children not to distribute such invitations either in the school itself or in the school grounds in view of other children.  We make such a request in order to cherish all children equally.  Phone numbers of class groupings are available on request up to 5th class.

School SelfEvaluation:         S.S.E. will be on-going in the school for the coming school year.  For this school year we will be working on the New Primary Language Curriculum (Jun Infants – 2nd class) and literacy with emphasis on reading (1st to 6th class).

Data Protection

The General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) came into effect on the 25th May 2018. Under GDPR the Department of Education and Skills are required to keep you informed of the types of data we hold on you and your child, the purpose it is used for, and your rights in relation to how it is processed.

The Department of Education and Skills, which provides for the education and training of people resident in the State, requires certain personal data on all learners in order to fulfil its function. For primary school pupils, this data is held on the Primary Online Database (POD). The data held on POD forms the basis of the allocation of resources to schools as well as statistical reporting on education; it is also used for research and analysis into the operation of the education system and the formation of future policies. Data is shared with the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection for validation purposes, and with the Central Statistics Office under Section 31 of the Statistical Act for statistical reporting and analysis. For further information please see https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Data-Protection/.

 

Parenting Talk:

A parenting talk for parents of the new Junior Infants will be held in the school on Friday September 7th @ 11.20.  The session will be conducted by Ms Angela Egan (Triple P Parenting).  Refreshments will be served afterwards by the Parents Association.

 

Parents Association:   The Parents Association welcome parents who are new to the school. Please visit the Parents Association section of the school website for information about the PA.  Attendance of all parents at the Parents Association AGM is most welcome. It takes place on Wednesday 19th September at 9.00pm in the school.

I look forward to working with you all during the new school year.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

________________________________

Mary O’Rourke

Principal

 

School Rules

  1. Children should enter the school in an orderly fashion each morning. Children entering by foot should so do via the pedestrian gate.

 

  1. All children must congregate at the front of the school each morning. No ball games or running allowed at this time.

 

 

  1. On hearing the school bell children should form an orderly line in the morning and after break times before entering the school building.

 

  1. Children should play only in their designated play areas. They must obey the playground rules which will be explained clearly by each class teacher.

 

 

  1. Children are not allowed leave the school grounds at any time unless accompanied by a parent/guardian.

 

  1. Classrooms should be vacated during break times.

 

 

  1. Children using the school bus should form an orderly line each evening and proceed to the bus in an orderly fashion.

 

  1. A written note is required for absences from school and also for early departures. This must be given to the class teacher.

 

 

  1. Children should bring a healthy nutritious lunch to school. CHEWING GUM IS NOT ALLOWED.

 

  1. Mobile phones are not permitted in school. Urgent messages will be conveyed to the pupils.

 

  1. Children are not permitted onto clay areas until grass has fully grown.

 

  1. School uniform should be worn on all days except PE days when the PE Tracksuit must be worn. This consists of school PE top and navy tracksuit bottoms.

 

  1. Pupils are not allowed wear earrings, studs and jewellery on PE days. Runners/indoor shoes must be worn when using indoor PE hall.

 

  1. The school yard and classrooms must be kept litter free.

 

  1. Dangerous games are prohibited at all times.

 

  1. Children should do their best in school by listening carefully, working as hard as they can and by completing homework to their best of their ability.

 

  1. Children are expected to show courtesy and good manners to each other, to all school staff and visitors to the school.

 

  1. Any form of bullying is NOT ALLOWED and will be dealt with in accordance with our Anti Bullying Policy
  2. Children are not allowed to distribute birthday invitations in school.
  3. Children must walk up/down stairs on left side only in single file.

                                                                                                   

Pupil Information Update Form

Name of Child:   __________________________________            Class:_________________

Parent’s/Guardian’s Name:  ______________________________________________________________

Home Address:

__________________________________________________________

Email: _____________________________________________________________

Parent Contact Details

Mother:               _____________________                            Contact No: ____________________

 

Father:                 _____________________                            Contact No: ____________________

Code of Discipline Form

I have read the ‘Code of Discipline’ with my parents and I agree

 

to comply with it while I am a pupil in Cloonakilla National School.

 

Pupil Signature:  __________________________________

 

Date:   __________________________________________

 

 

Parent / Guardian Signature:  __________________________________

 

Date:   ____________________________________________________

School Calendar 2018-2019

Presidential Election:           Friday October 26th

 

Mid Term Break:                  Monday 29th October – Friday 2nd November

 

Parent / Teacher Meeting:  November – Date to be confirmed

 

Christmas Holidays:    Friday, 21st December (closing)

Monday, 7th January 2019 (re-opening)

Mid Term Break:         Thursday 21st & Friday 22nd February

 St Patrick’s Day:          Monday & Tuesday 18th & 19th March

Easter Holidays:           Monday, April 15thFriday, 26th April

May Bank Holiday:      Monday, 6th May

June Bank Holiday:     Monday & Tuesday, 3rd & 4th June

Summer Holidays:       Wednesday, 26th June

Please take cognisance of the above when planning family breaks.  Written work will not be assigned to children on holidays during school term.

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Newsletter, May 2018

Dear Parents,

Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events we took part in.

 

Official Opening of New School

The official opening of our new school will be held on Thursday, June 7th @1.30pm.  School will finish at 12.30 for Junior Infants – 3rd class. 4th – 6th classes will remain in school for the ceremony as they will have various tasks assigned to them on the day.  Our school will be officially opened by Minister Denis Naughton.  Bishop Kevin Doran will officiate at the blessing of our new building.  Parents will receive an invitation in the next few weeks but attendance will be limited to one parent per household as space is at a premium. You will be furnished with exact details closer to the date.

 

First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion will be held on Sat, May 19th in Ss. Peter & Paul Church at 11.00 a.m. Mass. First Communicants are expected to be in the Church at 10.45. The school choir will sing at this Mass and full attendance is expected. The Parents Association have organised refreshments afterwards in the school hall for the First Communicants and their families. We remember them in a very special way at this important milestone in their lives. Please refrain from photographing the children during the Mass as it is an unnecessary distraction for them.  A group photo will be taken at the end of Mass.  Please also bear in mind that photographing other children without permission is not permitted.

 

Sacrament of Confirmation

We congratulate the 6th Class Children who received The Sacrament of Confirmation on April 25th.  Bishop Doran commended the children on their excellent participation and the choir on their wonderful performance.    Children will take their Confirmation Pledge later this month.

 

School Tours

School tours have been organized as follows:

Junior Infants: Glendeer Pet Farm & Jump for Joy on 25th June

Senior Infants: Glendeer Pet Farm & Jump for Joy on 21st June

1st Class: Turoe Pet Farm, Loughrea on 20th June

2nd Class: Let’s Go Camp in the AIT on 19th June

3rd Class: Let’s Go Camp in the AIT on 19th June

4th Class: Shannon River Adventure, Rooskey on 13th June

5th & 6th class: Delphi, 13th – 15th June

5th & 6th not attending Delphi:    Shannon River Adventure, Rooskey on 13th June

Class teachers will furnish you with exact details closer to the date.

 

R.S.E. Programme

5th/6th class will attend a “Growing Up” talk presented by Laura Kiely on Monday, May 14th. The talk will deal with the sensitive areas of the R.S.E. Programme. It is important that parents communicate openly with their children about these issues as it is a challenging time in their lives and we all need to support them as best we can.  Class teachers will cover the relevant sections of the RSE Programme dealing with body names/changes/growing up etc. Parents are notified in advance of these classes so it gives you an opportunity to address those issues with your child.

 

 

 

 

 

S.S.E. – Numeracy

Year 3 of our 3 year Numeracy Plan is nearing completion.  The primary focus has been on the development of problem solving skills. Through analysis of Standardised Test Results and teacher designed test/tasks we will determine how well our targets have been met.  Many initiatives developed over the 3 year period will now be adopted as part of our Whole School Plan for Maths.  We are currently gathering evidence from teachers, parents and pupils in order to plan for a new area of focus for 2018/2020.  There will be a further update of S.S.E in the end of year letter.

 

Sport:  Sports Day

Due to inclement weather it is difficult to plan a date for Sports Day. However, you will be informed of the exact date when we are confident that the weather has improved. Sports Day will be held over 2 days this year to accommodate all pupils on our restricted site at present.

 

Soccer

Some of our 5th and 6th class boys and girls took part in the Roscommon schools SPAR 5-a-side blitz on Tuesday March 20th in Lecarrow. The girls entered two teams and both competed admirably. The girls ‘A’ side beat a few teams convincingly, with many of the girls performing superbly. Unfortunately, they came up against a strong Cornafulla team who ended the day for our girls. There were 3 boys teams entered into the competition. Our ‘C’ team battled bravely, but found themselves in opposition against a few very strong teams primarily Cloonfad ‘A’ team who went on to compete in the final. Our B team performed well and beat Cornafulla ‘C’ team but as with our ‘C’ team they played some very strong opponents. Our ‘A’ team played some scintillating football at times and scored some splendid goals on their way to winning a few game. They reached a playoff for the finals but just came up short against Cloonfad ‘A’.  Well done to all who participated on the day!

 

Gaelic Football

Gaelic coaching continues with Marie Naughton from Clann na nGael on Thursdays for the junior end of the school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Clann na nGael for their continued support in gaelic coaching. The annual Cumann na mBunscol blitz which was due to take place this Friday 11th May in St Brigid’s GAA Centre will be rescheduled.  Gaelic training is held every Thursday afternoon.  The girls’ team are coached by Ms Fallon and Ms O’Keefe and the boys’ teams are coached by Mr Kilbride and Mr O’Leocháin.  Good luck to both players and managers in upcoming blitz!

 

Cumann ns mBunscol Sports Quiz

The annual sports quiz was held in the Abbey Hotel Roscommon on Wednesday, March 14th.  24 schools were competing for the prize and showed an incredible knowledge of many sports.  We had no winners but we were very well represented by James Doherty, Billy Glennon, John Hurley and Seán Noone (all 5th pupils).  Sincere thanks to their parents who transported and supported them during this event.  Without your co-operation events like this are not possible.

Basketball

A selection of 5th & 6th class students will be participating in the first ever Roscommon Primary Schools tournament on Friday June 8th in the Convent Gym, Roscommon.  This is a new endeavour for most schools and I’m sure will be an enjoyable experience for all involved.  Mr Connolly will coach the boys on Friday during lunchtime and Ms Connaughton will coach the girls on Thursdays at lunchtime also (weather permitting).  Best of luck to all involved.

 

Active Schools Week

Our “Active Schools Week” was a great success.  The focus on fun and participation was achieved by the whole student body.  The photos on display are clear evidence of this.  A huge thank you to the following for giving up their valuable free time to come in and give the children a taste of what they do on a daily basis to enhance the lives of others.

Brian Chalmers (parent) – Fitness Instructor at Hodson Bay Hotel

Martin Warde (parent) – Na Fianna Martial Arts & Fitness Centre

Charlene Hussey – Roscommon Sports Partnership

Agnieszka Pila – Owner of Athlone Zumba

Davina Donnelly (teacher) – for her expertise in the area of yoga.

Please keep up the activity as seen during “Active Schools Week”.  It has huge benefits both physically and mentally and also develops teamwork, leadership and creative thinking.

 

Discover Primary Science Programme

On Thursday 12th April, all of the pupils in Cloonakilla N.S. took part in a Science and Maths Showcase afternoon.  Parents and grandparents viewed all of the work we have done this year in science, technology, engineering and maths.  Children from Junior Infants to 6th 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.

 

World Book Day

We celebrated “World Book Day” on the 1st of March.  The children had a lot of fun dressing up as their favourite fictional characters and trying to guess what books teachers were reading.  They took park in writing competitions,  created beautiful book marks and designed book covers.  They also had many opportunities to share and read the books they enjoy. We hope that days like this will instil a love for reading in the children.

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhain gach duine an-taitneamh as Seachtain na Gaeilge.  Seachtain na Gaeilge proved to be very enjoyable this year.  The children made a huge effort to speak Irish throughout the week and many different activities took place in the classrooms such as dramaíocht, cluichí, amhráin agus filíocht. Well done to those who shared their love of Irish with the entire school over the intercom with such confidence and clarity.  Go raibh maith agaibh go léir.

 

ICT

New apps purchased recently ensure that all classes are benefiting from use of ipads.  All classes have displayed their work for the spring term on the school website.  Senior pupils use our new laptops to report on school events which are then uploaded by the teachers. We aim to have a computer station at the back of each classroom by 2019.   We are currently in the process of starting on E-Twinning with another primary school in Ireland and Dubai.

 

Green Schools

We recently received confirmation from An Taisce informing us that our application for the Green Flag for Global Citizenship Litter & Waste was successful.  We are delighted with our achievement as this will be our 7th Green Flag.  Our flag raising ceremony will be held in September.  A special word of thanks to members of the Green Schools Committee who ensure all tasks are carried out to the highest standard.  In the meantime we will continue with our Green School activities.  WOW days will continue until Wednesday 23rd May.  Please ensure you assemble at The Mill @8.50am wearing a hi-vis jacket.  Once we have formally completed the WOW days we would encourage parents to continue WOW days with your children until summer holidays.

 

End of Year Mass

The end of year Mass for 6th class will be celebrated on Friday, June 22nd at 1.30pm by Fr John Deignan.  6th class parents / guardians  are invited to attend and refreshments will served afterwards in the staffroom.

 

Non-Uniform Day

The final non-uniform day for this school year will be held on Friday, June 1st. All children are required to contribute

€2 which will go towards funding of our new library.

 

Parents Association

On behalf of the Board of Management I would like to convey a special word of thanks to the Parents Association for their fantastic fundraiser “The Kube” which was held in Athlone Springs Hotel on March 18th.  It was a most enjoyable night which raised the hefty sum of €11,000. This funded our new school stage and the balance will go towards stocking of the library which will cost approx. €10,000.  I am very grateful to them for their continued enthusiasm and support for our school.  Thanks also to the generous sponsors and participants who gave willingly of their time and money.

Book Rental Scheme

The Book Rental Scheme will continue for 3rd to 6th classes.  Children have received application forms. Please return with money by May 31st.  No late application forms will be accepted this year.

 

History

As part of our History Curriculum, 3rd – 6th classes will embark on local history tours in June.  3rd/ 5th will take part in a historical trail of Athlone.  4th/6th classes will embark on a trail of their immediate local area here in Bealnamulla.    1st Class will visit Derryglad museum on May 22nd as part of their history programme. Here they will have an opportunity to enjoy many artefacts from the past and a glimpse of what life was like long ago.

 

Carpark

Sincere thanks to you all for adhering to the traffic management system in the carpark.  However, it has come to my attention that unless it is monitored regularly users will revert to bad habits.  Please be reminded of the following

 

  • Inside lane is for set down only. DO NOT leave car unattended.
  • If you need to enter school you may park in Parents’ Carpark (to left of main entrance gate as you enter).
  • When exiting from this carpark you must turn left and drive around the set down area.
  • The outside lane is for circulation only. Under no circumstances should children exit while car is in outside lane.
  • Do not park in the teachers’ carpark as the buses must have free access here. This allows for extra space in the set down area.
  • Pedestrians must enter by pedestrian gate at front of school only.

It is up to you the parents to ensure that everybody acts responsibly in the carpark.  Traffic should run freely if everybody does the right thing ALL of the time.

 

Regards,

Mary O’Rourke

_______________

Principal

Newsletter, February 2018

Dear Parents,

Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events we took part in.

 

Catholic Schools Week

We celebrated Catholic Schools Week from Jan 29th to Feb 2nd. All classes partook in various activities which focussed on the importance of the Catholic ethos which permeates our school life. A prayer service, conducted by Deacon Willie Gacquin, was held on Tuesday, Jan 30th for 2nd-6th classes. On Feb 1st we celebrated St. Brigid’s Day and 4th class (Ms. Gately’s) made St Brigid’s crosses to mark the occasion. 2nd & 5th class (Ms Cunniffe’s) marked Grandparents Day by inviting some of our grandparents to the school. It was a very enjoyable occasion for all with lots of music, song, dance and memories shared. We would like to express our thanks to all who attended for sharing their life experiences and wisdom with us.

 

School Self-Evaluation

Literacy Lift Off Programme

First Class has now completed the Literacy Lift Off Programme.  This early intervention programme has been very successful in raising literacy and writing levels in the class.  Please continue to support your child by reading stories and books on a daily basis and continuing to supervise homework.  Literacy Lift Off has commenced in Mr O’Leocháin’s class and will continue for six weeks, starting each morning at 9.20 am so please ensure the children are in school promptly each day.  Please ensure their writing copies are kept in their Literacy Folders.

Numeracy

Year 3 of our Numeracy Plan is on-going in all classes. It focuses mainly on improving problem solving skills across all strands of the curriculum. If children are working on problem solving for homework they should be able to illustrate to you how they move from the concrete to pictorial to the abstract. Please encourage your children to use Maths in their everyday lives in a variety of ways as it is important that they understand the relationship between Maths and the real world.

A School Improvement Plan for a 3rd Curricular area will commence in Sept 2018. We are currently evaluating all areas of the curriculum in order to identify our area of greatest need. We will be distributing a student/parent questionnaire shortly and would be grateful for your feedback in this regard.

Dates for your diary

First Confessions:                                            March 6th at 6pm

Non-Uniform day:                                           March 16th

New Infants Induction:                                 Thursday 19th April at 6pm

The Sacrament of Confirmation:                April 25th at 11am

Do This in Memory Masses:                        4th March, 25th March & 15th April

First Holy Communion:                                  19th May at 11am

Easter Holidays:                                                Friday 23rd March April and returning to school on Monday 9th April

Discover Primary Science Showcase day: Thurs, April 12th

 

Sacramental Preparation

Preparations for the sacrament of Confirmation have commenced in 6th class with our Confirmation candidates attending the “Exploring Our Faith” parish programme. The “Do This in Memory” Masses will run until April 15th. We thank you for your attendance and participation.

Non-Uniform Day

A non-uniform day will be held on Friday, March 16th. All monies raised will go towards the stocking of our new school library.

Full school uniform must be worn on all other days, except P.E. days.  Again please note that earrings/ jewellery must be removed for P.E. as a matter of Health & Safety.  I understand that earrings cannot be removed for the first 6-8 weeks after the piercing.  However, it is not acceptable for children to miss out on P.E. class after this initial period due to piercing.

 

School Closures

Cloonakilla N.S. will close for midterm on Thurs & Friday February 15th & 16th.

School will close at 12.30pm on Friday, March 2nd for staff training on new Child Protection Guidelines and March 19th  for Bank Holiday. The Easter holidays are : Friday March 23rd @ 12 noon to Mon April 9th.

 

Junior Infant Enrolment

Our Junior Infant Enrolment Procedure has been completed this week and all successful applicants will be notified next week.   An open evening for new Junior Infants will be held in the school on Thurs, April 19th at 6pm.

World Book Day

World Book Day will be celebrated on Thursday, March 1st.  Special activities will be held in all classes to commemorate this event and to foster a love of reading. Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedules to mark this occasion at home with your children. Children will receive book tokens so this is a chance for them to purchase a book of their choosing. Dolores Keaveney (author) will conduct a workshop with Junior & Senior Infants and 1st classes on Friday, March 2nd. Senior Infants visited Athlone library in preparation for World Book day. All children have an option to join the library and we would really encourage you to use this resource.

 

Book Fair

We held a very successful Book Fair in our school library last week.  Over €3,000 worth of books were sold and the school received €1,500 worth of free books to help stock our new library.  If you have any unwanted children’s books at home, in good condition, we would be delighted if you would please donate them to the school.

School Choir

The school choir will sing at the” Do This in Memory” Mass on April 15th in SS Peter & Paul Church. They will also sing for Confirmation and First Communion ceremonies.

Stay Safe Programme

The Stay Safe Programme is currently being taught in all classes. This is a personal safety skills programme which seeks to enhance children’s self-protective skills by participation in lessons on safe and unsafe situations, bullying, inappropriate touch, secrets, stranger danger and telling a trusted adult their fears. It is important to encourage your child to discuss this content if possible. Parents can learn more about this programme at www.staysafe.ie.

Our children’s safety both in the real and virtual world is a priority for us all. Please check your child’s online activity at regular intervals to ensure their safety.

School Photographs

County Photos visited the school on Feb 13th. Proofs will be distributed shortly and all monies should be returned to the class teacher promptly.  The photographer will revisit the school on Friday, 27th April for Confirmation photograph for 6th class.

 

Sport

As part of our “Get Active” campaign at Cloonakilla all classes recently participated in the 10@ 10 activity programme. The children (and teachers) thoroughly enjoyed it and an increased level of energy and enthusiasm was evident afterwards. It is a well known fact that sport enhances mental health and wellbeing. We would encourage all of our students in Cloonakilla to become active as much as possible both in and out of school.

Soccer

Soccer training continues on Fridays for 4th – 6th classes with Gerry in preparation for the upcoming SPAR 5-a-side tournament. We will also be taking part in a local schools soccer blitz.

Gaelic

Gaelic training will continue with Marie Brady (Clann na nGael) for 2nd, 4th & 5th classes.  Gaelic training has also commenced on Thursday afternoons for 5th & 6th classes.  Mr Kilbride and Mr O’Leocháin are coaching our boys while Ms Fallon and Ms O’Keefe are coaching the girls.

Rugby

A number of classes recently enjoyed a short workshop with Charlie Cooper from Buccaneers Rugby Club.  Pupils got a taste of the game and maybe the next Robbie Henshaw could be from Cloonakilla!!

Healthy Tip

Try using the local Greenway track for a walk or a cycle or even a “scoot” with your children.

Green Schools

Fourth classes took part in a project to promote recycling as part of our Green Flag Global Citizenship -Litter and Waste.  Pupils collected recycled materials for the month of January and they constructed a range of items from the recycled materials. Their constructions are on display in the library. Well done to all!

Green Schools Co-Ordinator Ray Foley visited the school on January 12th and he completed a carbon footprint workshop with 4th and 5th classes.  Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the day.

WOW days (Walk on Wednesday) will commence after Easter and your participation would be greatly appreciated.  We will shortly be applying for our 6th Green Schools Flag for Global Citizenship.  If our application is successful we will have the flag raising ceremony at the end of May.

Discover Primary Science & Maths

All classes are participating in the Discover Primary Science& Maths  Programme and are working on experiments which cover a variety of strands within the Science Curriculum.  As part of the programme, 3rd class will visit Galway Atlantaquaria. Here they will attend a workshop on animal anatomy and squid dissection.  4th class will visit Lisbrock Pumping Station where an engineer will explain where our water supply comes from.  They will also have an opportunity to see how the pumping process works. Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about Science in Cloonakilla at our show case afternoon on Thursday, April 12th.

 

 

Cinema Visit

Recently 6th class read the novel “Wonder” by R.J Palacio. It told the story of a boy, named August, who was born with facial abnormalities. This novel taught many important life lessons, such as to be true to yourself and not to judge others by their appearance.  To consolidate work completed on  the novel 6th class went to the IMC cinema in Athlone to watch the movie.

 

Coláiste Chiaráin Musical

6th class attended the musical “The Fiddler on the Roof” which was performed by the TY students from Colaiste Chiaráin. The students presented us with an amazing show of music, song and dance.  After the show, the children enjoyed lunch in their canteen.  We thank them for their hospitality.

 

Credit Union School’s Quiz

The annual Credit Union School’s Quiz was held on Sun, Jan 30th in the AIT. Unfortunately we had no winners on this occasion but I would like to commend all who took part. A special word of thanks to their teachers for preparing them for the quiz and to Ms Cunniffe, Ms. Connaughton and Mr Kilbride who accompanied them on the day.

Child Protection

The Children First Act 2015 was fully enacted on Dec 11th 2017 and consequently our existing Child Protection Policy must be replaced with a new Child Safeguarding Statement and a Risk Assessment Policy.  All staff must undergo training in line with the new legislation. In order to facilitate this Cloonakilla NS will close at 12.30pm for all students on Friday, March 2nd.

 

Defibrillator

As some of you will be aware we have an Automated External Defibrillator on site. It is stored in the main hallway of our school. The AED Response Team has recently undertaken additional training and the team has been expanded to include 9 staff members. In the event of cardiac arrest in a child or adult on school property or in the immediate vicinity a member of the AED Response Team will be summoned and CPR will commence followed by the AED until medical help arrives. The procedure will be used on children and adults alike unless parents indicate in writing to the Board of Management that they do not wish to avail of this service in the vent of cardiac arrest. As in the past we assume consent unless indicated otherwise.

 

Artist in Residence

5th class reached the end of their weaving project in December with a memorable “cutting off” ceremony (photographs can be viewed on the school website).  This project was run in conjunction with the Artist in Residence Scheme sponsored by Roscommon County Council.  Frances Crowe, a local textile artist, worked alongside the children to create and produce a stunning eight piece tapestry.  Each wall hanging is based on iconic images of our local area.  The end result speaks for itself and it is no wonder that the children are so proud of their work!  We hope that their work will adorn our school hallway for many years to come. Congratulations and well done to all of the pupils.

 

After school activities

Lego Club

Lego Club has continued to be a great success this year.  Children from 1st to 4th classes have enjoyed working in groups to create intricate lego buildings, vehicles and much more.  They have also used their problem-solving skills and imaginations to complete complicated lego challenges!  There will be a final lego club for 1st and 2nd classes after the Easter break.

 

 

 

Spanish lessons

Spanish lessons will continue for 4th-6th classes on Monday Feb 19th or Thursday Feb 22nd depending on demand. The course will run for 6 weeks. Cost:  €30 per child or  €25 for 2 children from same family.

Note from Parents Association

As you are aware the Parents’ Association will hold the Cube fundraiser event on Sunday 18th March in the Athlone Springs Hotel. The Event will see 48 contestants entering The Cube and competing against each other in a series of seemingly easy tasks, the winner on the night will win €1500. Some of these contestants have already pledged that if they win they will donate prize money to various local charities. Our contestants have come mostly from clubs, societies and businesses in our local area.

Parents are encouraged to support by coming along to the event on the night. It promises to be a great night’s entertainment for you, your family and friends, where we can promote local clubs, societies, charities and businesses as well as promoting our school. Tickets are available for €10 each at the school office, Bannon’s Service Station, Super Valu, Kennedy’s Monksland Service Station and the Athlone Springs Hotel. Your support will help us reach our fundraising target, allowing for the purchase of a stage for the new school hall.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

___________________________

Mary O’Rourke

Principal

November Newsletter

Phone: 090 6492569, email: cloonakillaschool@gmail.com, website: www.cloonakillans.com

Newsletter, November 2017

Dear Parents,

Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events we took part in:

New School

It was with great pleasure that the BOM and staff welcomed you all to our new school in Cloonakilla on September 4th. This project has been many years in the making and I’m sure you will all agree that it was well worth waiting for. We are delighted with our new school and the wonderful facilities afforded therein. Staff and pupils alike deserve this opportunity to work in a beautiful new building that is awash with colour and stimulation. Planting and seeding of green areas will take place in Spring. Consequently our official opening will not take place until early summer. Stocking of our school library and purchase of stage for assembly hall are our priorities for this school year. I would ask you to please support all school based and Parents Association fundraising efforts for both initiatives.

Carpark

Sincere thanks to all those who helped with traffic Management in the carpark for September.  Thanks also to all of you for your cooperation implementing the new system. It is imperative that you continue to observe the carpark rules in order to ensure the safety of all its users.   It has come to my attention that some parents drop off children in the outside lane.  This is prohibited at all times as this lane is for free-flowing traffic.  If you witness this happening please report it to the front office.  Also, pedestrians should use the pedestrian gate or  the footpath/ramp.   Pedestrians are asked not to walk through the teachers’ carpark as this is reserved for buses.  All of these requests are made in the interest of Health & Safety.  Please be mindful of the carpark/front entrance yard on frosty mornings.  The path will be salted but extreme care should be exercised.

Smoking is prohibited in the school grounds

 

Junior Infants

I would like to extend a warm welcome to all our new entrants and their parents.  It is my wish for you all that your time here will be happy and memorable.  I would like to commend the Junior Infants for the manner in which they have settled into school life here in Cloonakilla. I would like to thank their parents for their sensible approach in parting with their children and for their co-operation in regard to dropping off their children in the mornings, thereby reducing some of the congestion in the carpark.  Please do not accompany your children to the school door and wait until the bell rings as it creates too many problems for other parents who wish to drop off their children.

 

Dates for your diary:

First Confessions:                            Tuesday 6th March

First Holy Communion:                 Saturday 19th May @ 11.00am

Sacrament of Confirmation:       Wednesday 4th April @ 11am

 

 

 

 

 

 

First Communion

Enrolment for First Communion was held on Nov 13th. I commend you for your attendance. It is important that you attend the “Do this in memory Masses” with your child as they form a very important part of your child’s preparation for First Holy Communion.

 

Do this in memory dates:  

Sunday 26th November @ 10.30am

Sunday 17th December @ 10.30am

Sunday 14th January 2018 @ 10.30am

Sunday 11th February @ 10.30am

Sunday 4th March @ 10.30am

Sunday 25th March @ 10.30am

Sunday 15th April @10.30am

 

School Choir

The school choir will sing at 10.30am Mass in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church on Sunday, Nov 26th. The choir will comprise of 4th-6th class pupils. A full attendance would be greatly appreciated.

Non-Uniform Day

Thank you for your response to Non-Uniform Day which raised €634.  All funds raised will go towards funding of school library. If you have books at home in good condition that are no longer in use we would be grateful if you could donate them to our library. This would help to reduce costs.

Maths Week

All classes took part in Maths Week which ran from 16th-21st October.  4th, 5th     & 6th Class signed up to IXL.com as part of their homework and some brilliant scores were recorded over the course of the week. All children can develop their mathematical ability on the website throughout the year.  All classes were encouraged to walk a kilometre in our school yard.  The senior classes designed and produced their very own maths games which the Junior classes subsequently played.  Junior classes participated in Maths Art Style competition.   4th, 5th & 6th also looked for their interesting Maths photos in many environments using their “Maths Eyes”. Support teachers conducted mathematical activities in all classes placing special emphasis on “Maths for fun”.  All activities can be viewed on the school website.

A sincere word of thanks to Christine Macken and Damien Mitchell who visited 5th class during Maths Week.  They demonstrated the  use of Maths in everyday life through their chosen career paths: Laboratory Manager and Sports Scientist.    They inspired us to see Maths as a valued and worthwhile subject for the future.

 

Science Week

Science Week ran from November 12th -19th. This year’s theme was “Fact or Fiction …. Stop And Ask”.  As part of Science Week 6th class attended a show entitled   “Science of the Circus” in AIT. All other classes focused on experimental science for the week. Support teachers visited all classrooms to conduct experiments with the children as part of the Discover Primary Science Programme which will be ongoing in the school for this year.

Abbey Theatre Visit

5th and 6th Classes recently attended a play called “ Me Sara” in our school library.  This specially commissioned monologue style drama and workshop was based on John Sygne’s “Playboy of the Western World”.  It proved extremely popular with the children and they were captivated by the main actress “Sara.” This play was run in

conjunction with the Abbey Theatre and it is fantastic that we now have the space to showcase these type of events.

 

 

 

Sport

Clan nan Gael U12 success

Massive congratulations to all the boys from Cloonakilla N.S. who won the county U12 Football Final recently.  Our very own Kenae Fallon was the team captain.  Other boys involved in this wonderful success were Conor Naughton,

John Hurley, Aaron Hurley, Cian Duffy, James Doherty, Billy Glennon, Kevin Jordan, Sean Noone & Caimin Macken.  Well done boys!  We are very proud of you.

 

P.E.

  1. Swimming

Session 2 of swimming lessons is in progress this term for 1st & 4th classes. This session will end at Christmas and this will conclude our swimming lessons for this school year.

  1. Gaelic

Gaelic training has commenced with Marie Kelly (Clann na nGael) and all classes will have an 8 week block of lessons. Teachers will commence Gaelic training with   classes after Christmas. This will be in preparation for the Cumann na mBunscoil Competition later in the year.

  1. Soccer

4th, 5th and 6th classes started training on Friday 17th November for upcoming soccer tournaments.  The SPAR 5-a-side local competition will be held in Monksland before Christmas (weather permitting).  Our school has also entered teams for the Roscommon and District League Schools Competition.  This will be held in Lecarrow in January.  We would like to wish both the boys and girls the best of luck in all competitions!

 

Green Schools

This year we are aiming for our 6th Green Flag. Out theme is Global Citizenship – litter and waste. Children are taught that we all have a responsibility for looking after our world. They will be learning about countries around the world in conjunction with highlighting a number of global issues that exist at present and continue to threaten our planet. As we revise content covered under the litter and waste banner our litter pickers are busy ensuring that our school yard is litter free. Meanwhile the Bin Police are constantly monitoring our bins to ensure that waste and recyclable materials are being disposed of properly. The Green Schools Committee meet once monthly to discuss our action plan. They then report back to their classes about how we can be better global citizens.

Attendance

Attendance for Sept/Oct was 96.7 %. Please note that daily attendance is recorded electronically before 10.30am. Any child not present at this time will be marked absent unless this absence is preceded by a note of explanation from parents. Again please note that all absences over 20 days are reported to the N.E.W.B. It is important that those with a poor attendance record for 2016/2017 improve their attendance for this school year.

School Self Evaluation

School Self Evaluation is on-going in the school. Once again we are striving to improve literacy levels with the continuation of the Literacy Lift Off Programme and the Shared Reading Programme. Please read with your children and encourage them to read any material you feel may be suitable for them.

We are currently working on Year 3 of our Numeracy Programme which focuses on problem solving across all strand areas and one other strand  of the Maths Curriculum. Please talk to your children about what they are learning in Maths and encourage them to use their “Maths Eyes” at home and in the wider world around them.

Christmas Show

Senior Infants will attend a Christmas show “Rudolph Saves Christmas” in Dean Crowe Theatre on Thursday 21st December. Class teachers will furnish you with exact details.

 

 

Library Quiz

5th Class are looking forward to taking part in the Roscommon County Library Quiz on Monday 27th November.  Preparations are underway and we are busy choosing our team to represent our school.

Library Visit

On Thursday, November 16th, 2nd class visited Athlone Library.  They were  welcomed by the Librarian and a very talented writer, Mia Samovich.  Mia is a transition year student at Our Lady’s Bower, Athlone.  Mia’s love of animals came across as she read some of her stories to the children. With this fresh inspiration driving them on, second class then had a tour of the children’s library and a look at the many amazing books on show.  Our children have all joined up and are excited at the prospect of becoming both great readers and writers!!

 

Artist in Residence

Frances Crowe, a local artist was recently  appointed to our school through the Artist in Residence Scheme which is run in conjunction with Roscommon County Council.  All of fifth class are participating in the ten week programme.  Initially they were introduced to the concept of weaving horizontally and vertically.  It then progressed to diagonal weaving..  We are currently in week 7 of the project.  The final product, a large eight piece wall hanging is beginning to take shape and we can’t wait to see the finished design which we are hoping to unveil by Christmas.  The design is incorporating several images of our local area and surrounding elements of our landscape.  It is a huge undertaking and the children have proved quite the textile artists during this weaving project.  A special mention must go to Christina Lorenzo who volunteers her time every Thursday to help us achieve our end goal.  We are extremely grateful to her for her generosity and goodwill.

 

Parents  Association

The PA will host ‘The Cube’ next March as a fundraiser for the school.  See details below. Parents/guardians help may be sought with this significant fundraising event. Many thanks to all parents/guardians who volunteered for Super Valu bag pack in October. The PA committee continues to meets regularly. Details of this year’s committee members are on the PA page of school website. Feel free to contact any member with any queries.

 

Can you beat the Cube?

‘The Cube’ is on its way! The ’Cube’ will play-out on the 18th March next in the Athlone Springs Hotel and boasts a 1st Prize of €2,500. Do you think you have what it takes to beat the Cube? Entries and other enquiries to

e-mail: cloonakillacube@gmail.com. Clubs, businesses and individual participants are invited to enter. Brilliant night’s entertainment guaranteed!!  Limited to  40 entries. More details to follow.

 

After school activities

Lego Club

Lego club commenced for 1st & 2nd classes in September.  Every Thursday the children spend an hour working in teams on their lego creations.  Lego develops children’s problem solving and fine motor skills as well as enhancing creativity, communication and critical thinking.  Lego Club will be opened to 3rd and 4th class in the New Year.

Spanish lessons

Spanish Lessons continues on Monday and Thursday until Christmas with Begona Sammon

 

Christmas 

  • Christmas Concerts Schedule

Junior Infants: Friday, Dec 15th @ 1.00 pm

Senior Infants: Monday 18th @ 1.00 pm

 

 

 

 

 

1st Class: Tuesday 19th Dec @ 12 noon

2nd Class: Friday, Dec 15th @ 2.00 pm

3rd Class: Tuesday Dec 19th @ 1.15pm

4th/5th/6th: Christmas Carol Service: To be confirmed

 

  • Carol Singing

The school choir has been invited by the Monksland Tidy Towns Committee to sing at the switching on of Christmas lights at Supervalu on Sunday Dec 10th. The children will sing carols from 5-5.30. You will be furnished with more information closer to the event.

Congratulations to Szymon Skoczen (4th class) who won the Monksland Christmas Card Art Competition. He will have the honour of turning on the Christmas lights in Monksland on Dec 10th.

  • Army band

The army band will officially launch the Christmas season in Cloonakilla with a performance for all classes on Tues, Nov 28th. This is always a wonderful occasion and we look forward once again to being entertained. It is also a great opportunity for the children to see the workings of an orchestra at first hand.

 

Cash for Clobber

Sincere thanks to all of you who participated in the Cash for Clobber Clothes Collection.  We raised €850 which will help to stock our library.

New Staff

We would like to extend a warm welcome to Olga Harney (teacher) and Rosaleen McGrane (SNA) who have recently joined our staff. We hope they will be very happy here.

 

Yours sincerely,

___________________________

Mary O’Rourke (Principal)

 

September 2017 Newsletter

Bealnamulla, Athlone, Co Roscommon
Telephone 353 90 6492569

Email: cloonakillaschool@gmail.com,   www.cloonakillans@gmail.com

 

September 2017 Newsletter

Dear Parents,

It is my privilege to welcome you all to our beautiful new school building which has exceeded all our expectations. Many people have toiled long and hard over the years to try and push this project forward. To you, I say a sincere and heartfelt thanks. I hope our present and future pupils enjoy many happy and fruitful years here. The project is not fully completed and of course there will be teething problems. Please consult our school website for further information as the project proceeds towards completion. Thank you for your cooperation and patience to date.  The BOM have funded many extras that have accrued with the new school building to ensure that it is finished to the highest degree.  We will  be asking you, the parents, to engage in and support fundraising throughout the next two years to purchase the necessary outstanding items e.g. stocking of school library, gym, portable stage to mention but a few.

 

I would like to extend a special welcome to our new families both in Junior Infants and in the other classes throughout the school. I hope you will be happy among us and that this school year will be a rewarding experience for all.

 

Cloonakilla N.S. opens at 9.20 am. Children will not be admitted into the school building before this time unless the weather is inclement. On wet days they may enter the school assembly hall at 9.10am where they will be supervised. School ends at 3pm. However, the school yard will be supervised from 9.10am each morning and until 3.10pm each evening to facilitate drop off and collection of children. The BOM do not accept responsibility for children who are on the premises outside of these times.

 

I would like to draw your attention to the following matters:

 

Pupil Up-date Form:    You are required to complete the attached Pupil Update Form and return to the school.  An email address is requested for all parents so we can correspond with you electronically.  This will greatly reduce our paper usage.

Carpark:                     It is of utmost importance that all parents adhere to the traffic management system in the carpark to facilitate the free flow of traffic and the safety of all.  Please check school website for regular updates

 

Code of Discipline:          All pupils are being issued with a Code of Discipline form (excluding Junior Infants as it has already been submitted with enrolment application). I would ask you to read through the school rules with your child and sign accordingly. The Incredible Years Programme is a behaviour management programme that is in operation in the school. It promotes positive behaviour but also manages inappropriate behaviour with discipline strategies. This programme is described in greater detail in the Code of Behaviour Policy which can be viewed on the school website. Please return the Code of Discipline form to the class teacher as soon as possible.

School Calendar: Please see attached.

School Attendance:      Please note that all absences from school of twenty days or over must be reported to the National Education Welfare Board.  When your child has been absent for 20 days or more you will be notified that a referral is being made to the N.E.W.B.  Schools are obliged by law to make this referral regardless of the reasons for absences.  Please notify the class teacher in writing if your child is absent.  DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL as this only interrupts class time.

Swimming Lessons:     The first session of swimming lessons will commence on Wednesday, 13th September for 1st and 4th classes.

Arts & Crafts:           Each child is required to pay €25.00 towards the cost of Arts & Craft materials and photocopying paper.  This should be given to the class teacher as soon as possible.  Due to the rising costs it is vital that all parents pay this fee as soon as possible.

Healthy Lunch Policy:             We endorse a healthy eating policy in our school. We encourage parents to plan a healthy lunch using food from each of the food groups.  The following foods are NOT allowed in the school; sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, bars including cereal bars, winders and crisps.   A simple approach to healthy eating is to use the food pyramid.

School Policies:      All relevant policies can be viewed on our school website.

Anti-Bullying:          For the month of September all classes will work on the theme of Anti-Bullying as part of the S.P.H.E. Curriculum.  This will help to create an atmosphere within the school whereby bullying of any type is seen as unacceptable behaviour.  A class charter will be drawn up in each classroom and children will be made aware of the procedures involved in the event of bullying occurring.  Parents should make themselves familiar with the policy which can be viewed on the school website.  Teachers will also work on the theme of Road Safety for the month of September.  It is important that you as parents discuss this theme with your children.

School Insurance: Enclosed please find school insurance forms.  If you wish to avail of same please return to the class teacher as soon as possible in a sealed envelope clearly marked “Insurance” as these are forwarded to the Parents Association for processing.  All insurance forms should be returned to the school by Friday, Sept 16th.

P.E.                                 Class teachers will inform children of their P.E. Day.  School tracksuit tops and navy tracksuit bottoms must be worn on PE days.  Tracksuits must also be worn on swimming days.  Tracksuit tops cost €20.00 each and can be purchased by calling to the staff room between 9.20am and 2.20pm.    The full school uniform must be worn on all other days.  Please label tracksuit tops and uniform. As stated in the school rules children are not allowed to wear studs, earrings and jewellery on P.E. days.  This is for Health & Safety purposes.  Only runners will be permitted in the new assembly hall.

ParentTeacher Meetings:    These will be held in November.  You will be notified closer to the time.  If you wish to speak to a teacher any other time regarding your child please make an appointment at the front office to do so.  Every effort will be made to facilitate you.

Birthday Invitations:   We all know that often unnecessary and unintended hurt is caused to children who are not invited to parties. For that reason the B.O.M ask parents/children not to distribute such invitations either in the school itself or in the school grounds in view of other children.  We make such a request in order to cherish all children equally.  Phone numbers of class groupings are available on request up to 3rd class.

School SelfEvaluation:          S.S.E. will be on-going in the school for the coming school year.  For this school year we will be working on Year 3 of Numeracy which will focus specifically on Problem Solving and one other strand area.

Sacraments:             Confirmation has been confirmed for Wednesday, 25th April @ 11am in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church.

                                       

 

Parents Association:   The PA would like to thank the BOM, Principal, teachers and staff for all their efforts to get the new school up and running and wish everyone the best of luck for the coming school year.  We would like to also welcome parents who are new to the school. Please visit the Parents Association section of the school website for information about the PA.

Attendance of all parents at the Parents Association AGM is most welcome. It takes place on Wednesday 27th September at 8.30pm in the school. A bag pack fundraiser has also been organised in SuperValu, Monksland on Friday 6th and Saturday 7th October. It would be appreciated if parents could volunteer an hour or two to help with this. Details to follow.

 

I look forward to working with you all during the new school year.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

________________________________

Mary O’Rourke

Principal

Newsletter September 2016

Cloonakilla National School

 

                                                                                      

5th September, 2016

 

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the start of another school year. I would like to extend a special welcome to our new families, both in Junior Infants and in the other classes throughout the school.  I hope you will be happy among us and that this school year will be a rewarding experience for all.

 

Cloonakilla N.S. opens at 09.30am. Children will not be admitted into the school building before this time and may wait in the shelter area if weather is inclement.  School ends at 03.10pm.  However, the school yard will be supervised from 9.20am and until 3.20pm to facilitate drop off and collection of children.  The Board of Management do not accept any responsibility for children who are on the premises outside of these times.

 

I would like to draw your attention also to the following matters;

 

Pupil Up-date Form:      You are required to complete the attached Pupil Update Form and return to the school.

New School Building:                    This is a very exciting time in the life of our school community as finally construction of our new school has commenced.  The construction is planned as a 2 phase process.  Phase 1:  Construction of new building.  Phase 2: Demolition of old building. However, it is a time when we will all have to make allowances for disruption to our daily routine.  Please note that the following adjustments have been made in order to cope with the demands of the building project..

A:            Playtimes have been staggered as follows:

Junior Classes:   Break-time: 1.45 – 10.55, Lunchtime: 12.15 – 12.45

Middle / Senior Classes:                Break-time: 11.00 – 11.10, Lunchtime: 12.45 – 1.15

B:    Ball games are prohibited during playtimes for Health & Safety reasons.  For this year children will be encouraged to play traditional games e.g. hula hoops, hopscotch etc.  In order to compensate for this, teachers will timetable an extra P.E. lesson per week.  As the year progresses we hope to use the local soccer/GAA pitches for training purposes for middle/ senior classes.  Disruption will be inevitable for this school year so I will need your co-operation and understanding.

School Car Park:               It is of utmost importance that all parents adhere to the traffic management system in the carpark to facilitate the free-flow of traffic and the safety of all.

  1. The Entrance and Exit system must be adhered to. It is not acceptable to disobey these signs.
  1. The yellow box at the front gate is reserved for the school bus. Cars are                       NOT permitted to stop in this box to drop off children.
  2. Please drop your children promptly and move on thus allowing others to do the same. Parents who congregate at the school gate are causing disruption for others.
  3. Children in the old school building must enter and exit school at main school gate. This is for safety reasons.
  1. Please observe parking spaces which are reserved for teachers’ parking.
  2. Please do not park near Vincent Bannon’s private entrance (house beside school) as this denies the family access.
  3. Cones have been placed at the exit of the carpark by Roscommon County Council for safety reasons (so as not to obstruct visibility on exit). Please do not remove these cones.

Code of Discipline:         All pupils are being issued with a Code of Discipline form (excluding Junior Infants as it has already been submitted with enrolment application). I would ask you to read through the school rules with your child and sign accordingly. The Incredible Years Programme is a behaviour management programme that is in operation in the school. It promotes positive behaviour but also manages inappropriate behaviour with discipline strategies. This programme is described in greater detail in the Code of Behaviour Policy which can be viewed on the school website. Please return the Code of Discipline form to the class teacher as soon as possible.

School Tracksuit Top:           All children are expected to have the school tracksuit top.  Tracksuit tops cost €20.00 each and can be purchased by calling to the staff room between 10.00am and 2.00pm. Please label tracksuit tops and uniform.

School Calendar:                   Please see attached.

School Attendance:              Please note that all absences from school of twenty days or over must be reported to the National Education Welfare Board.  When your child has been absent for 20 days or more you will be notified that a referral is being made to the N.E.W.B.  Schools are obliged by law to make this referral regardless of the reasons for absences.  Please notify the class teacher in writing if your child is absent. DO NOT RING THE SCHOOL as this only interrupts class time.

Lost Property:                         There is a large selection of unclaimed coats/jackets etc. from last year.  These can be reclaimed from the staffroom until Friday, 16th September.  After that date all clothes will go to recycling center.

Swimming Lessons:              The first session of swimming lessons will commence on Wednesday, 7th September for 1st, 5th and 6th classes.

Arts & Crafts:                          Each child is required to pay €25.00 towards the cost of Arts & Craft materials and photocopying paper.  This should be given to the class teacher as soon as possible.  Due to the rising costs it is vital that all parents pay this fee as soon as possible.

Healthy Lunch Policy:          We endorse a healthy eating policy in our school. We encourage parents to plan a healthy lunch using food from each of the food groups.  The following foods are NOT allowed in the school; sweets, fizzy drinks, chocolate, bars including cereal bars, winders and crisps.   A simple approach to healthy eating is to use the food pyramid.

School Policies:                      All relevant policies can be viewed on our school website.

Anti-Bullying:                         For the month of September all classes will work on the theme of Anti-Bullying as part of the S.P.H.E. Curriculum.  This will help to create an atmosphere within the school whereby bullying of any type is seen as unacceptable behaviour.  A class charter will be drawn up in each classroom and children will be made aware of the procedures involved in the event of bullying occurring.  Parents should make themselves familiar with policy which can be viewed on the school website.

School Insurance:                  Enclosed please find school insurance forms.  If you wish to avail of same please return to the class teacher as soon as possible in a sealed envelope clearly marked as these are forwarded to the Parents Association for processing.            All insurance forms should be returned to the school by Friday, Sept 16th.

P.E.                                              Class teachers will inform children of their P.E. Day.  School Tracksuit tops must be worn on P.E. days and children may wear tracksuit bottoms of their choosing.  Tracksuits are also to be worn on swimming day.  The full school uniform must be worn on all other days.  As stated in the school rules children are not allowed to wear studs, earrings and jewellery on P.E. days.  This is for Health & Safety purposes.

ParentTeacher Meetings:          These will be held in November.  You will be notified closer to the time.  If you wish to speak to a teacher regarding your child please make an appointment to do so.  Every effort will be made to facilitate you.

Birthday Invitations:            We all know that often unnecessary and unintended hurt is caused to children who are not invited to parties. For that reason the B.O.M ask parents/children not to distribute such invitations either in the school itself or at the school gate in view of other children.  We make such a request in order to cherish all children equally.  We have attached a Consent Form for parents of Junior Infants to sign to allow us to distribute your contact details on request.  Phone numbers of class groupings are available on request up to 2nd class.

School SelfEvaluation:      S.S.E. will be on-going in the school for the coming school year.  Our 3 year plan for Literacy has concluded.  For this school year we will be working on Year 2 Numeracy which will focus specifically on Problem Solving.

Sacraments:                             Confirmation has been confirmed for Tuesday, 4th April @ 11am in Ss Peter & Paul’s Church.

                                                      First Communion will be on Saturday, May 13th @ 11am.

Parents Association:            Parents Association have organised a bag packing fundraiser at Tesco Golden Island on weekend of 23rd / 24th / 25th September. It would be appreciated if parents or family/friends could volunteer some time to do bag packing over these days.  Details of time slots etc. will be circulated shortly.

 

I look forward to working with you all during the new school year.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

________________________

Mary O’Rourke

Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloonakilla National School

School Rules

    1. Children using the school bus should line up in an orderly manner for evening bus.
    2. On hearing the school bell children should form an orderly line in the morning and after break-times before entering the school building. Children should respond immediately to the school bell.
    3. Children are not allowed leave the school grounds without the permission of the Principal.
    4. Classrooms should be vacated during break times.
    5. A written note is required for absences from school and also for early departures.
  • Children should bring a healthy, nutritious lunch to school. CHEWING GUM IS NOT ALLOWED.

 

  1. Mobile phones are not permitted in school. Urgent messages will be conveyed to the pupils.
  2. Children should respect themselves and their property. School uniform should be worn on all days except P.E. days when the P.E. tracksuit must be worn. Pupils are not allowed to wear studs, earrings and jewellery on P.E. days.
  3. School yard, classrooms, toilets, etc. are to be kept litter free.
  4. Dangerous games are prohibited, e.g. throwing of sticks, stones, etc.
  5. Children should do their best in school by listening carefully, working as hard as they can and by completing homework.
  6. Children must show courtesy and good manners to each other, to all school staff and visitors to the school.
  7. Children should play only in their designated play areas. They must obey the playground rules which will be explained clearly by each class teacher.
  8. Any f orm of bullying is NOT ALLOWED and will be dealt with in accordance with our Anti-Bullying Policy.

 

Cloonakilla National School

School Rules

Procedures for Dealing with Unacceptable Behaviour

Some of the following strategies will be used to show disapproval of unacceptable behaviour

  • Completion of “Think Sheet” (Incredible Years Programme)
  • Reasoning with pupils
  • Reprimand (including advice on how to improve)
  • Prescribed extra work
  • Communication with parents
  • Temporary separation from peers and/or loss of privileges
  • Referral to the Principal
  • Note to parents
  • Suspension/Expulsion (in accordance with Rule 130 of the Rules for National Schools as amended by Circular 7/88)`

 

 

 

 

 

 

                          Cloonakilla National School

Bealnamulla

Athlone

Co Roscommon Telephone 090 6492569

Email:cloonakillaschool@gmail.com

Website: http://cloonakillans.scoilnet.ie

 

 

 

                                                                                   

                                                                                            

School Calendar 2016-2017

Mid Term Break:                    Monday 31st October – Friday Nov 4th (Inclusive)

 

Parent / Teacher Meeting:   November – Date to be confirmed

 

 

Christmas Holidays:               Thursday, 22nd December (closing)

Monday, 9th January 2017 (re-opening)

 

Mid Term Break:                    Thursday 23rd & Friday 24th February

 

St Patricks:                              Friday, 17th March

 

Easter Holidays:                     Friday 7th April

Monday, 24th April (re-opening)

 

May Bank Holiday:                Monday, 1st May

                                               

June Bank Holiday:                Monday, 5th June

                                               

Summer Holidays:                 Tuesday, 27th June

 

Please take cognisance of the above when planning family breaks. Written work will not be assigned to children on holidays during school term.

Newsletter February 2016

 

Cloonakilla School Newsletter, February 2016

Dear Parents,

Please find below details of forth coming events in our school and events we took part in.

 

New School Building

A contractor has been proposed for the construction of our new school. At present we are awaiting final approval from the DES to proceed with construction. You will be notified immediately once this final approval has been granted. The BOM are confident that the process will be completed shortly.

Catholic Schools Week

We celebrated Catholic Schools Week from Feb 1st – 5th. All classes partook in various activities which focussed on the importance of the Catholic ethos which permeates our school. On Feb 1st we celebrated St. Brigid’s Day and 4th class made St. Brigid’s Crosses to mark this occasion.

School Improvement Plan

(a) Literacy

During this term all classes will engage in shared reading. Please find time to read with your child at home, no matter what age, as it is an opportunity to engage with them in a quiet environment away from the distractions of technology for a short while.

The children in all classes are also developing work began last year on the writing genres. For this term they will use the Procedural and Explanative forms. All writing samples are displayed on noticeboards outside each classroom.

Junior/Senior Infants continue to learn through play using the Aistear Programme. Please encourage you children to share with you the new vocabulary they have learned through this medium of play.

After midterm Junior Classes will engage in Scribing as part of their homework. You, their parents will be asked to act as Scribe (Writer) for your child’s story.  Class teachers will issue you with more information.

(b )Numeracy

We are continuing to work on improving problem solving skills throughout this school year. Children are engaged in Maths Circuits, games and problem of the week in order to develop the higher order skills of integrating and connecting.  If children are working on problem solving for homework they should be able to illustrate to you how they move from the concrete – to the pictorial – to the abstract.

 

School Self-Evaluation

School Self Evaluation is ongoing in Science. We are presently analysing all evidence gathered from parents, pupils and teachers and this will inform our School Improvement Plan for Science which will commence in Sept 2016 All

teachers have engaged with 3 evenings of Continuous Professional Development in Science as part of this process.

 

Discover Primary Science Programme

All classes are participating in the Discover Primary Science Programme and are working on experiments which cover a variety of strands within the Science Curriculum. As part of the programme 2nd Class will visit the Irish National Stud in Kildare after Easter.  Here they will have an opportunity to learn about and observe horses close up in a natural and relaxed environment.  An Astronautical Engineer will also visit the school in the coming weeks to address the senior classes on space science.  Parents will have an opportunity to learn more about Science in Cloonakilla at our open-afternoon on Tuesday, April 12th.

Lego Club

Children in 1st-3rd classes will have the opportunity to take part in an after school Lego Club organised by Ms. Kelly/Ms. Campbell. Lego has recently grown into a worldwide phenomenon where children can develop many different skills by using and exploring Lego in different ways. The club will commence after the mid-term break and should be an enjoyable experience for all those taking part.

Readathon Success

As a means of promoting literacy and to encourage children to read, children from 3rd– 6th classes took part in the MS Readathon. It was a huge success as the children read many books and raised a staggering €3073.85. The school earned 10% commission. This money will go towards purchase of books for introduction of Literacy Lift Off in Sept 2016.  Well done to all those involved.

Dates for your diary

First Confessions:                                                            9th March

Non-Uniform Day:                                                           16th March

1916 Flag Raising Commemoration:                          Tuesday 15th March

Discover Primary Science Open Afternoon:         Tuesday, April 12, 1.30pm to 2.45-3.00pm

New Infants Induction:                                                                 Thurs, April 21st @ 6pm

The Sacrament of Confirmation:                                               Tuesday 26th April @ 11 o’clock

Do this in Memory Masses:                                         Sunday 28th February, Sunday 10th April

First Holy Communion:                                                  Saturday 14th May @ 11 o’clock

 

Credit Union Schools’ Quiz

 

The annual Credit Union Schools’ Quiz was held on Sun, Jan 31st in the A.I.T. Unfortunately, we had no winners on this occasion but I would like to congratulate especially the 6th class team of Shane Cleary, Katie Keegan, Sarah Costello and Candice Lynch who were pipped at the post by merely 1 point. Many thanks to their teachers, Ms. Cunniffe, Ms Gately and Mr. Kilbride who prepared them for the quiz.

 

1916 Commemoration

At present 3rd – 6th classes are studying the 1916 Easter Rising as part of the History curriculum and they are also engaged in project work on this theme.

As part of the Ireland 2016 commemorations, “Me Mollser”, a specially commissioned monologue play visited our school on Wednesday February 10th. 3rd – 6th classes attended this event which is being run nationwide in conjunction

with the Abbey Theatre. It told the story of the Easter 1916 Rising through the magical power of a performance and

workshop. We all thoroughly enjoyed the production.   On March 15th we will hold a special commemoration of 1916 when the Irish Flag is raised for the first time on school grounds.  You will be furnished with more details closer to the event.

School Photographs

County Photos will be here to take the school photos on Tuesday, February 16th.  Children should wear full uniform on the day.

Beauty and the Beast

Sixth class attended Beauty and the Beast on Tuesday Feb 2nd.  Both Summerhill and St Aloysius  College were involved in this impressive production.  We thoroughly enjoyed it and were very impressed with the performances especially some of the past pupils from Cloonakilla.  We thank both students and staff of Summerhill for the hospitality shown to us on the day.

Book Fair

Tara Book Company, Galway is holding a book fair in our school from Feb 22nd – 25th. The books will be displayed in the old school hall and children will have an opportunity to look at the books on display during school time. Parents can purchase books daily that week from 2.10- 3.00. Please use this opportunity to encourage your child to read. The school will receive 50% commission in free books on the total spend. This will help us to restock our class libraries at minimum cost.

Carpark

The BOM and PA issued a joint letter in January requesting you to please follow the carpark rules as a matter of extreme urgency. These rules are not intended to frustrate or make life more difficult but are necessary for the safety of your children. Sincere thanks to those of you who make a special effort to cooperate in this matter. Now that the reality of a new school is in sight it is important that we all work together to ensure the safety of all carpark users.

School Uniform

Full school uniform must be worn on all days except P.E. days. Again please note that earrings/jewellery must be removed for PE as matter of Health & Safety.

Junior Infant Enrolment

Our Junior Infant Enrolment Procedure has been completed this week and all successful applicants have been notified. If there are any siblings who have not completed this process they must do so immediately. An open evening for new Junior Infants will be held in the school on Thurs, April 21st at 6pm.

School Closures:

Midterm break :                                               Thurs & Fri, Feb 18th/19th Feb:

School closed for polling station:               Fri, Feb 26th

Easter holidays :                                               Thurs, March 17th-Mon, April 4th

 

Sport

We are awaiting news of the next stage of the Roscommon & District Football League. Both boys’ and girls’ teams have qualified.  We have entered the FAI 5-a-side competition.  We are really looking forward to this particular one to

see if we can build on last year’s success and to get to Aviva again! Cumann na mBunscol entry forms have been sent back and we will enter in the gaelic section.  The fixtures booklets should be with us very soon when we will see who we are up against in this year’s competition.  Gaelic Training will continue with Eamon Mc Manus (Clann na nGael) and Mr Kilbride for middle/senior classes.  Soccer training will continue with Gerry Doyle and Ms Gately.

 

Green Schools

We have been working on our Biodiversity theme this term. Congratulations to Ava Meehan (6th class) who was the overall winner of the Green Code Competition. Pupils in all classes are now learning Ava’s Biodiversity Code.

We have worked on ways to attract more wildlife to our school grounds. Pupils in 6th Class constructed an Insect Hotel from recycled materials.   We are hoping that this ‘hotel’ will provide a home and shelter to many mini beasts.

5th class pupils erected bird feeders around our school. We also put up a bird table to attract birds to our garden.  Each classroom has a bird feeder outside their window so all pupils can keep a look out for birds and hopefully identify them.  We are erecting extra bird boxes around the yard.

Other classes have been involved in planting flowers and keeping our grounds tidy. Our litter picking rota is working very well.   This is encouraging all pupils to take care of the environment around us.

Our Biodiversity Action Day takes place on Wednesday 10th of February. All classes will be learning about food chains and the habitats that are around us.  Martina Butler from Roscommon Co. Council is visiting us on the day.  She will be doing biodiversity workshops with some classes.  Pupils will take part in colouring and poster competitions on the day.

 

Parents Association

The Parents’ Association comprises of all parents and guardians of pupils attending Cloonakilla N.S. with an elected committee taking responsibility for the day to day work of the association. Our aim is to work closely and effectively with the school staff and to support and initiate activities that benefit our children’s education, development and well-being. The committee meets regularly to organise various events throughout the school year. Many thanks to the large number of parents and family members who helped out with the Tesco bag pack in December. Total raised was €1,217. If you or family/friends are in Tesco Golden Island, please place blue tokens in donation box for Cloonakilla NS.   Current fundraising efforts will support the delivery of the Literacy Lift Off Programme to be introduced in September 2016 and this will benefit all children in the school. In addition to above, other fundraising efforts include seeking sponsorship from local businesses, another bag pack in Tesco on 23rd / 24th September 2016 and the copper trail (see below).   Please feel free to get in touch with any members of the committee if you have any queries or ideas. Your help with future activities such as the First Communion Reception or bag packing would be much appreciated. See school website for committee contact details.

As a fundraising effort all children are asked to bring in unwanted coppers or spare change that may be lying around at home in jars etc. A collection bucket will be placed in each classroom from 22nd February to April 30th. The class with the highest amount raised will receive a treat!

 

Yours Sincerely,

 

___________________________

Mary O’Rourke

Principal