Summer Newsletter 2018

Newsletter No. 8 – June 27th, 2018

Dear Parents,

As we come to the end of another academic year and term, we take a look back at some of the events that have been going on this school year.

Ms. Donnelly

After 17 years of dedication to Kilmurry NS, we are saying good-bye to Ms. Donnelly and we wish her all the best as she moves on to an exciting new stage in her life. We acknowledge her huge contribution to school and parish over the past seventeen years.  We are indebted to Ms. Donnelly for sharing her talents and gifts so freely with us all.  We wish her good health and happiness always!


Thank you to the Astro-Turf Committee, parents and the wider community who have put so much work into the development of the Astro-Turf pitch. As always in Kilmurry, the community have given the school huge support and we are very grateful for the donations we have received. We are nearly at our fundraising target and one final push will get us over the line! If you would like to support by buying a brick inscribed with your name/family name or business please contact Fran Minihan or Dave Flynn.

The Swift Box on the wall of  Kilmurry

The Green School’s Committee have begun an exciting new project to help the migrating swifts when they arrive in Ireland. Thanks to Carmel Carey and well done to the Green School’s Committee

Last Friday, Carmel Carey came to the school and with the help of the Green Schools Committee told all the classes about the Swift box that will be put up on the wall of the school. The swift box will attract passing swifts with a bird caller that is located beside the box.

Green School’s Committee

Active School : 10@10 on 10th Feb

As part our efforts to promote a healthy lifestyle, pupils took part in the 10@10 for the month of February. 10@10 is an initiative where children do 10 minutes exercise at 10 o’clock every morning. It was a huge success and thanks to Ms. Garry for organising it.

Computer Coding

Ms Garry’s Class have been learning computer coding through the ‘Makey Makey’ project. Oisín and Mark tell us about it:

‘This year 2017 Mark and Oisín discovered the Makey Makey. We can play lots of different games, Including piano, bongos, banana keyboard, tetris and lots more. First we started on piano and bongo’s. We then needed a USB chord and some alligator clips. We plugged the USB chord into the computer. We then put the alligator clips onto Earth on the Makey Makey . This is the start of computer programming. You will love the Makey Makey because it is fun and educational. There are keys on the board for controlling the games.’

Sacrament of First Holy Communion

Congratulations to the boys and girls in 2nd class who received this Sacrament.  I would like to commend them on their hard work and excellent behaviour over the past number of weeks as they prepared and rehearsed for the ceremony. Many thanks to Ms. Fogarty for all her hard work in preparing these students, to the boys and girls in the choir, Ms. Garry and Ms. Donnelly for all her great work preparing the choir. I’d like to thank parents of the 3rd class pupils who organised the refreshments in the school afterwards and also Mary Finnegan who helped with the music.

Parents’ Association

Thanks to Parents’ Association for all their support to the school throughout the year.  A lot of work goes on behind the scenes and it is much appreciated and adds to every occasion.

Ms. Garry

Unfortunately, we are saying good-bye to Ms. Garry this year. We want to thank her for all her work over the last two years and wish her all the best in the future in her new post.

Cumman na mBunscol

It was another great year for our hurlers and camogie players with both teams making it all the way to the finals. Although we were beaten in the finals, it was a huge achievement and the whole school was very proud of them. Thanks to Ms. Clune, Jimmy and Brian Culbert for training the teams and to all parents who supported us during the year by driving, washing jerseys etc.

Scríobh Leabhar

Pupils in Second to Sixth Classes took part in the Scríobh Leabhar competition, eagraithe ag Ionad Oideachas agus Foras na Gaeilge. Bronnadh na duaiseanna san Ionad Oideachais an Chláir, Inis. Great work was done by all our students.  Well done!


Friendship Week

Kilmurry NS celebrated Friendship Week from 5th to 9th February.  Winners of the ‘Anti-Bullying Slogan’ campaign were as follows :

A good friend is someone who …….. 

Ø  Louise O’Mahony (6th class): is kind and never leaves you behind.

Ø  Saoirse McMahon (5th class) a caring friend that helps you along the way.

Ø  Neil Forde(4th class): is kind, friendly, share and is nice.

Ø  Zack Sheedy (1st class): cares for you.

Ø  Daisy Flynn (Senior Infants) : is nice and is not a bully.  A good friend makes me happy.

Well done to everyone who took part!

New Child Protection Statement

The Board of Management of Kilmurry N.S. has developed a new Child Protection Statement. The Statement is available on request or from the school website.


This year, Kilmurry NS 5th and 6th classes merged together for the “Jessies” (Jack Slattery’s School Entrepreneurs). Eloise and Aisling tell us more:

‘The idea we have come up with this year is Kilmurry NS school bags.  The school bags will have multiple colours to choose from including lilac, sky blue, royal blue, purple, light brown, black, navy and grey.  You can personalise it (with initials) on it, add the Kilmurry NS crest or have nothing.  If you would like personalisation, it would come at an additional cost.  Our show case day will take place after the Easter Holidays.  Thank you for your support’.  by Eloise & Aisling.

Visit to the Library

Junior and Senior Infants visited Sixmilebridge Library in October to hear the author Máire Zeph read her story ‘Rita and the Robot’.

Visit to Glór

5th and 6th class attended the Children’s Book Festival in Glór on Thursday 26th to hear the authors Caroline Bush and E.R. Murray read from their new novels.

Clare Museum – workshop for senior primary school children

The pupils from 6th class visited the Clare Museum on 7th November .  They attended a workshop where they had an opportunity to handle, examine and investigate artefacts including a polished stone axe and a quern stone used for grinding grain.  The workshop also made the children aware of the prehistoric monuments surviving in their own area as well as helping them to understand the chronology of the period.   Here’s what the pupils thought …..

“On the 7th November, the sixth class students from Kilmurry N.S went to the Clare Museum in Ennis. We left at half nine in the morning. When we arrived we were greeted by Caitríona and she told us about the first people in Ireland which was very interesting. We learned that they use stone to make tools but then they figured out that metal was a lot stronger and could be sharper. After that she let us hold two 6,000 year old axe heads made of stone and metal. When she was finished she let us walk around the museum to see all the other artefacts from thousands of years ago such as arrow heads, pottery grinding stones and a well which was under the museum from thousands of years ago. On the second floor there was a lot of stuff about old hurling in Ireland hundreds of years ago. We saw hurling goggles and all Ireland medals from 1914. It was great craic.  By Louise, Fionn, Katie and Paddy”

SPAR FAI Primary School 5s 

Well done to Ms Clune, Jimmy and the girls’ soccer team on winning this year’s Clare SPAR FAI Primary School 5s. It was the first time the school has won a soccer competition so we are very proud of them!  The girls then went on to represent Clare in the Munster section of the tournament in Kerry. Aoibhín and Ciara tell us about it:

Earlier this year the sixth class girls went to Tralee on a very rainy day to participate in the Munster F.A.I  5-a-side soccer tournament. We played 2 matches in our group and played another later on to see where we would be placed. We came fourth in our group which meant we went out on score difference by a goal.  After our last match we went back to school but we had a great time.

By Ciara and Aoibhín

Standardised Testing 

Standardised testing was completed in all classes from 1st to 6th during the months of May and June. I would like to thank the teachers for their excellent dedication to the high academic achievement of pupils in the school. These overall results will be presented to the Board of Management and will also be forwarded to the Department of Education and Skills.

Mini Scientist

During the first term of this school year the pupils of 4th, 5th and 6th Classes were extremely busy preparing their science exhibits for the Intel Mini Scientist Exhibition. This is a program which allows primary school students to develop science related projects which are then exhibited at fairs held within their own schools.  The program supports the Primary Science curriculum and is a great way to encourage enthusiasm and practical learning in the area of science.  The initiative aims to encourage a love of science through an investigative approach to learning.

In November the pupils presented their projects to other pupils, their parents and to a team of judges from Intel.  This year the winning project was ‘Which Structure Can Withstand a Natural Disaster?’ by Paddy, J.J., Robert and Sam.

Well done to all the students who participated!

Maths Stations

Here is a snap shot of what the pupils say about Maths Stations  :

‘On Friday, 2nd and 3rd classes do Maths Stations with Ms. Donnelly and Ms. Garry.  Everybody is divided into groups and we have to work together as a group to solve math problems in areas such as money, weight, area, length and capacity.  We enjoy working together and helping each other.’ 

Oisín .

Infants Blessing / Grandparents’ Day

Fr. Harry visited the school on St Brigid’s Day and blessed the children in the infant classroom, their grandparents and the St Brigid’s Crosses.

Indoor hurling & camogie

Girls and boys took part in this competition this year in Cratloe hall.  Thanks to Jimmy and Ms. Clune for all their work (more on website).

School Policies

All curricular, organisational and administrative polices are available for parents to view on request.

Moving to Secondary School

We all wish the very best to our students who are moving on to secondary school and also to their families.  These students have contributed a lot to the school and we have enjoyed watching them grow into mature, confident and very capable young people.

School Calendar

The school calendar for the 2018-19 school year was sent home recently.  This is always available to you on the school website for your convenience.  Please note that the calendar could be subject to change as part of the contingency arrangements.  See calendar at end of newsletter, please keep this for your convenience.


Important dates for you diary

School Closes                          Wednesday 27th June @ 12.00

School Reopens                       Wednesday 29th August 2018

Can I take this opportunity to thank our school community – parents, pupils, Board of Management, Parents’ Association, teachers, Fr. Harry, Jimmy and Anne for all their hard work, dedication, commitment and help in what has been another extremely busy and successful school year. As you can see, a lot of these activities took place outside of school and we are very grateful to all the parents who took the time to drive the pupils to these events. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!


Have a wonderful and safe summer and we look forward to seeing you all safe and well for the next school year.


Yours sincerely,

Kevin Clohessy,