Summer Newsletter 2019

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 Clune

Next year, Kilmurry N.S. will be moving from having five classroom teachers to four classroom teachers.  Unfortunately, this means that we will be losing Ms.  Clune.

Ms.  Clune has been teaching in Kilmurry NS since November 2014 and we would like to acknowledge her huge contribution to the school and parish.   We wish Ms. Clune the very best as she moves on to the next stage of her career and we thank her for sharing her talents and skills with the children of Kilmurry.

Astro-Turf

A huge thank you everyone who supported the development of the astro-turf.  It was a massive project for the school community to undertake and required a lot of fundraising, but as we can see in  the article below written by Conor and Cathal, it has been well worth it!

Over the summer our school has been raising money for our astro turf pitch and  ball wall. Parents were helping people pack their grocery bags in Dunnes Stores, Ennis and Limerick. We put our names on a brick that will be put on one of our school’s walls. We also purchased fashion show tickets.

It is wonderful to have an astro turf pitch. You don’t get all mucky and dirty. In the mornings we get to play hurling on it and we definitely didn’t get to do all that before we had the astro-turf.

We have a rota for all the classes and on Friday the teachers decide who was the best class all week and they get an extra day! The grass was always really slippy and the astro is never slippy. We only ever got to use some of the grass because some of the field was always mucky, slippery and swampy. Now with the astro-turf two classes use it at a time and this means there is more room on the yard. We split the astro up into sections and when a class gets it they bring in their own soccer balls. You don’t have to play soccer – you can play whatever game you want!

Thank you to all the teachers, parents, Anne, Jimmy and a special thank you to all the builders

By Conor and Cathal 4th class

School Policies

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

 

End of Year and Graduation Mass

Our End of Year and Graduation Mass will take place on Monday 24th June at 6pm in St. Mary’s Church, Kilmurry . All are welcome.

Coding Club and Fair

Thanks to Philip Miesbauer for running the Coding Club this year. It was a great opportunity for children to learn about coding. Well done to all children who took part and it was great to see them demonstrating their work at the Coding Fair.

 

Junior Tidy Towns

This year we have formed  a Junior Tidy Towns Committee who will work with Kilmurry’s Tidy Town Council to improve the school environment.

2nd Class: Fionán and Aisling

3rd Class: Isaac and Céire

4th Class: Cathal and Sarah

5th Class: Zenith and Caoimhe

6th Class: Jacob and Helena

STEAM

For the past number of years, Kilmurry NS has taken part in the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths) project thanks to funding from the ‘Ireland Fund’ and Clare Education Centre. You can see pictures of our projects on the school website.

 

Christmas Carol Celebration 2018

On December 21st, all pupils took part in celebrating the story of Christmas in St. Mary’s Church, Kilmurry.  Pupils acted, played music and sang. They performed really well. Thanks to the P.A. for providing refreshments afterward and to Santa for his visit to all classrooms.

 

World Book Day

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

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.

 

Child Protection Statement

Our Child Protection Statement is available on our website or on request from the office.

 

Junior Entrepreneur Programme – ‘Jessies’

As part of their Jessies Junior Entrepreneur Programme, 5th and 6th class will holding a Fun for All/ Sports Day on Friday, June 21st   at 10am (weather permitting). There will be a €2 entry fee. All parents are welcome. We will also have the official opening of the Astro Turf after our Fun for All/ Sports Day.

 

Spar 5’s Soccer

Well done to both the boys and girls teams who both qualified for the Clare Finals in Lee’s Road. Unfortunately, neither team qualified for Munster stages this year but it was a great achievement to make it to the Clare Finals.

Doireann and Helena tell us about their day:

‘On the 23rd of March we went to Tulla for our qualifiers. All the girls came including: Doireann, Helena, Grace, Katie, Kate, Ciara and Lauren. We play Lakyle, Raheen Wood and Bridge Town. We beat Lakyle 2-0. We beat Raheen Wood 3-0. We drew with Bridge Town 1-1. On Wednesday the 1st of May, we travelled to Lee’s Road for the FAI 5-a-Side soccer tournament. First we played Kilnaboy N.S. Unfortunately we lost 2-0. Next we had a small break. Then, we played Cree N.S. Again we lost 4-0. Then we watched the boys. After lunch, we played a massive game of soccer with the boys and girls. Thank you to Ms Clune, Jimmy and Mr Flanagan for bringing and supporting us.’

By Doireann and Helena 

 

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.

 

Scríobh Leabhar Awards Ceremony

Pupils in Second to Sixth Classes took part in the Scríobh Leabhar competition, eagraithe ag Ionad Oideachas agus Foras na Gaeilge. Bronnadh na duaiseanna in Ionad Oideachais an Chláir, Inis.

Great work was done by all our students. Those who received a prize were:  Doireann, Céire, Oisín, Darcy, Katie, Sarah, Bláthnaid, Aishling, Joe, John, and Holly.  Well done to everyone who took part.

 

Science Week

3rd and 4th Classes 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

 

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.  To help us in that evaluation, we asked parents to fill out a short questionnaire which was returned to the school.  Thank you to those of you who contributed to this evaluation.

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 as they prepared and rehearsed for the ceremony. Many thanks to Ms. Collins for all her hard work in preparing these students, to the boys and girls in the choir and to all the staff who helped make it such a special occasion. I’d like to thank parents of the 3rd class pupils who organised the refreshments in the school afterwards and also Mary Finnegan and Laura Donnellan who helped with the music.

 

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. Can I remind those students and their families that they can keep in touch with what is happening in Kilmurry School by logging on to this website.

 

Important dates for you diary

School  will close for Summer Holidays on  Wednesday 26th June  at 12noon

School will reopen on Thursday 29th August 2019

Fun for All / Sports Day will take place on Friday 21st June at 10am.

Ceremony to mark the opening of the Astro- Turf Pitch will take place on Friday 21st June.

May, I take this opportunity to thank our school community – parents, pupils, Board of Management, Parents’ Association, teachers, Fr. Harry, Anne and Jimmy  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,

Principal.

 

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