December Newsletter 2018

Dear Parents,


The Christmas Story

Our pupils will present the Story of Christmas in music, word and song on Friday 21st December at 10.00 in

St. Mary’s Church, Kilmurry followed by teas and coffees in the prefab afterwards.  All are welcome.


Coding Club

Coding Clubs are an international network of volunteers and educators who run free, extra-curricular coding clubs for children in 3rd to 6th class.  Children will do easy to follow coding projects which help them learn Scratch, HTML & CSS and Python by making games, animations and websites. For more information please go to

The Club is being organised and run by Philip Miesbauer, a parent in our school, and it will take place on Tuesday 5-7pm. 

****   Parents are needed to assist with supervision during Coding Club.   A rota needs to be organised, so             please arrange to supervise with Philip when coding club returns in January.

School Opening Times

Classes commence at 8.50 am each day. The yard/school will be supervised from 8.30 a.m. until the bell rings.  No formal responsibility can be accepted for pupils arriving before that time.  As staff may be involved in organisation and preparation for the day ahead, they cannot supervise formally so parents are requested to bring their children to school as close to the official start time as possible. The Board of Management and Staff acknowledge the ongoing parental support with this and the car park as we work to protect the safety of every child in the school.

Swimming Lessons 

Swimming lessons will take place for 3rd to 6th classes in the Ennis Leisure Complex next term.  The cost of the lessons is €35 per child.  The lessons will begin on Monday 14th January 2019 and continue for 5 weeks. If you haven’t already done so, please send €35 in an envelope marked for the class teacher at your earliest convenience.

School Car Park.

Could we remind drivers once again to be extra careful when using the school carpark.  The mornings are a little darker and we ask that your child uses the designated walkway which is alongside the garden fence.  **  Please reverse into the space, let your child out and they should walk safely to the school door  along by the fence.

Science Week

3rd and 4th Class were invited to Mary Immaculate College, Limerick for Science Week. Shona and Sarah tells us about their day:

On Wednesday the 21st November, 3rd and 4th class went to Mary Immaculate College to take part in the Science Week Hands on Minds Workshop. There were groups of four children working on different experiments. One group learned about slopes using a piece of paper and experimented with different things to see which materials made the best car. Another group learned about parachutes and made one each. We saw that different materials worked better to land the egg from the third floor to the first floor. Another group were building bridges and used different materials to make them. Also another group learned about our lungs. They made makeshift lungs with balloons and plastic bottles. It was very interesting and we had great fun.  We all said bye and went back to school and we got pencil and rulers

Clare Primary School Cross Country Running Finals

Our school was represented at the Clare Primary School Cross Country Running Finals by Grace (over 10s) and Darcy (u-8s) who qualified from the east Clare section earlier in the year. It was a great achievement to reach the finals and both girls did the school proud.

School Tracksuits / personal belongings

Please label your child’s tracksuits (especially tops), jackets, etc.  This is the only way we can identify the owner of lost property.  There is a number of tracksuit tops hanging outside classrooms which have not moved in some weeks.  Please feel free to call in and see if they belong to you!

Intel Mini Scientist

Congratulations and well done to all the pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th classes who took part in the science exhibition on November 16th.  They put in a tremendous effort and the very high standard of the projects was commented on by the judges from Intel in Shannon. Thanks to the teachers and parents who helped and encouraged the students.  The winning project, ‘Vitamins and Minerals’ by John and Daighre, went on to compete in the regional finals in Shannon.

John and Daighre tell us about their day:

 This year 4th, 5th and 6th classes competed in the mini scientist exhibition. The quality of all projects were of an amazing standard and the pupils explained their projects brilliantly.

We ended up winning in Kilmurry and will represent our school in the regional finals in Intel, Shannon. Our project was about Vitamins and Minerals and how much of them we are consuming. On the day there was a huge variety of topics from physics and chemistry to biology.

Everyone enjoyed this exhibition and I’m sure the children and the parents learned lots from this exhibition.


Important Dates

Christmas Carol Service                  10am Friday, December 21st  

 Christmas Break                             School closes Friday December 21st @ 12 noon.

School will reopen on Monday, 7th January 2019.

 February Mid-term                         School will be closed on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd February.

First Holy Communion                    First Holy Communion will be celebrated on Saturday 6th April at 2pm  in Kilmurry Church.

Confirmation                                  The Sacrament of Confirmation will be conferred on Saturday, 25th May in Kilmurry Church at 10am.


Kilmurry National School – Christmas Homework 2018


During the Christmas holidays, your teachers would like you to;

  • Spend some time with the people you really care about
  • Do something nice for somebody else each day
  • Do the things that you enjoy
  • Eat the food that you love
  • Make somebody laugh or smile each day
  • Watch your favourite programme or film
  • Visit your favourite place
  • Play with your toys
  • Learn something new

And finally . . . . . . come back to school ready to learn!


Have a lovely Christmas and see you in 2019.


Thank you for your ongoing support and cooperation.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin Clohessy,