Newsletter March 2019

Newsletter No. 5 – March 29th 2019

Dear Parents,


Artist in the School Scheme School Mural and Nature Talk

We have been successful in our application for Clare County Council’s Artist in the School Scheme. The purpose of the scheme is to give pupils an opportunity to work with a professional artist on a project in school. We have been given thirty hours contact time which we hope to use to create a mural on the playground wall. Local artist Shona McGillivary will begin working with 4th and 5th class in May and they hope to draw inspiration from the recent nature talk presented by Wildlife and Park Ranger David Lyons.

Bláthnaid and Sean tell us more about the nature talk:

   On Thursday the 21st of March a man named David Lyons came in to give 4th and 5th class a talk about wildlife. He is a National Parks Wildlife Service Ranger. He showed us how precious wildlife is. He brought in some stuffed animals. That included an otter, an owl, a red squirrel, a pine martin, a hedgehog and a hare. He also brought in some dried bats. We got to touch them. He also told us what kinds of animals live around Clare and more specifically Kilmurry. He told us where they live, what they eat and much more. He told us how important wildlife is.

Lunchtime Champions League

Pupils from 3rd – 6th class have been taking part in our lunchtime Champions League on the new astro-turf pitch.  The winning team will be presented with the Jimmy Conlan Cup. We are almost at the final stages now – keep an eye out to see who are champions will be !!

Electrical Circuits

Ms Collins’ Class have been learning about electrical circuits.

School Self Evaluation

This year we are looking closely at the teaching and learning of music in Kilmurry N.S. This is part of the school’s self-evaluation and follows on from previous work that focused on maths (problems solving) and literacy (comprehension). To help us in that evaluation, we will be asking parents to fill out a short questionnaire. We will be sending the questionnaire to each family over the next few days.

Internet Safety Talk by Ger Brick

Internet Safety Expert, Ger Brick gave an excellent talk to both children and parents on Thursday. Ger spoke to 4th – 6th class pupils during the day and to parents that evening.  Thanks to the Parents’ Association for their help in organising this event.

World Book Day

We celebrated World Book Day on 7th March by dressing up as our favourite characters.

Hurling Wall

Sincere thanks to John, Naoise and Tim who gave of their time and energy to paint the markings on the hurling wall – in the Kilmurry colours.

Mile buiochas!

Girls and Boys Basketball

During March, both boys and girls teams represented Kilmurry National School at the Marion Keane basketball tournaments. Both teams were unlucky not to qualify, with the boys missing out by just one basket! Shay and Sam tell us about their day:

 On February 28th the boys from Kilmurry sixth class journeyed to Cratloe for a basketball tournament. Kilkishen, Tulla and Bridgetown also took part. Kilkishen won marginally by one basket over ourselves. Overall it was a great day out and we all really enjoyed it. We would also like to thank Mr Flanagan for bringing us on the trip.  Shay, Sam, Oisín, Eamonn, Ben, John, Jacob, James, Diarmad and Darragh were all the boys on our team.


Kilmurry 2 -7 Bridgetown

Kilmurry 13-8 Kilkishen

Kilmurry 10- 6 Tulla

By Shay & Sam

Coding Club

A Coding Fair was held in the school on Wednesday, February 20th. The members of the Coding Club demonstrated the games which they designed using Scratch.

Well done to the pupils in the Coding Club and a word of thanks to Philip Miesbauer.

Coding Club will continue on Tuesdays.

Music with Laura

Laura Donnellan has started a beginners music class after school on Friday’s from 2.45 to 3.15pm in the prefab.

School Opening Times

Classes commence at 8.50a.m. each day. As staff are 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 of 8.50am as possible. No formal responsibility can be accepted for pupils arriving before 8.30am. In the interest of the safety and protection of your child you are requested not to drop off your child/children at the school before 8.30am.  The Board of Management and Staff acknowledge your ongoing support as we work to protect the safety of every child in the school.

Important Dates

Easter Holidays

School will close on 12th April at 12.00pm

School will remain closed from Monday 15th April to Friday 26th April

School will reopen on Monday 29th April

 First Holy Communion

6th April at 2pm – St. Mary’s Church, Kilmurry

May Bank Holiday

School closed Monday 6th May

School will reopen on Tuesday 7th May

Local and European Elections

School will remain closed on 24th May


25th May at 11pm in St. Mary’s Church, Kilmurry


Yours sincerely,

Kevin Clohessy,