The academic calendar for 2018-19 has been decided on. Every pupil will have received a copy of the planned school closures for the coming school year. Dates for next year's confirmation and communion will be announced once the pastoral council have decided on suitable dates .
Well done to Kilkishen NS Debating Team, who today met St. Mochulla's NS in Tulla to debate the motion 'President Trump's wall in Doonbeg will be good for County Clare.' Kilkishen were opposing the motion and they were very convincing in their arguments. Unfortunately St. Mochulla's were a very strong team also and they just beat Kilkishen by a narrow three points. Adjudicator, Liam Lawlor, spoke about both teams and was highly complimentary of their research, delivery. and ability to think on the spot in the Cross-Fire round. We wish St. Mochulla's NS the very best going forward in the competition.
Pupils in 5th and 6th class were challenged to design and make a 3-D shape using marshmallows and toothpicks as part of learning about 3-D shapes in maths this week. The pupils designed their construction on paper and then set about constructing their model. The pupils created some fascinating and very imaginative constructions. Pupils were asked to rank their top 3 favourite models apart from their own creation to select 3 overall winners. It was a very close ballot but the following pupils were chosen by the class as the top 3 constructions. In first place was Paula with her 3 D star, in 2nd place was Myra with her very impressive tower and in 3rd place was Eadaoin with a very creative pyramid structure. Have a look at some of the models below.
The boys and girls from Kilkishen N.S. participated in the Marion Keane memorial basketball blitz in Gurteen N.S. on Thursday last. Both teams took on Tulla N.S., Kilmurry N.S. and Quin N.S. The girls team had great performances from Azarah Keane, Julie Murphy and Paula Strazdina and were unlucky not to progress loosing out to the Quin girls in overtime on a scoreline of 8 points to 6. The boys were also very competitive recording a victory over Quin and narrowly loosing out to Tulla and group winners Kilmurry. The boys had great displays from Sean Boyce, Cathal McNamara and Sean Ryan. Both teams can be very proud of their efforts on the day. Thank you to Richard Greaves and Martina for their coaching with the boys and girls this term
Thank you to Kevin Donovon for taking our confirmation class photo for 2018. Congratulations to all the pupils that received confirmation on Friday March 9.
Bhi tráth na gcéist i rang a 5 agus a 6 chun Seachtaine na Gaeilge a chéiluradh inné. Bhí 13 foireann ag glacagh páirt ann. Bhí daltaí ó rang a 3 agus a 4 i ngach foireann freisin. Bhí an spórt ag na daltaí agus d'eirigh gach duine go han mhaith. Fuair gach dalta duais beag tar éis an tráth na gcéist agus bhí uibheacha na cásca a bhronnadh do na buaiteoirí agus na foirne a chríochnaigh sa dara agus sa tríú háit. Bhuaigh foireann 8 an comótastas. Bhí Azarah Keane ó rang a 6 chaptaen na foirne. Bhí Aisling McNamara, Claire Shanahan agus Aimee Cleary ar an bhfoireann chomh maith. Ba mahiath liom buíochas a ghábháil do gach duine a ghlac páirt sa tráth na gcéist. Bhí tráthnóna iontach againn i rith an chómortas. Dean iarracht níos mó ghaeilge a labhairt ar fud na scoile ar feadh seachtain na gaeilge.
Boys and girls in Seniors/1st engaged in various activities to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2018. Bhain chuile dhuine an-chuid taitneach as! Children who tried their best to use cúpla focail were awarded with a Gaeilgeor na Seachtaine certificate. We had a quiz on St. Patrick and children worked in groups to answer with either 'fíor' nó 'bréagach'. The class loved singing irish songs and rhymes and dancing to 'An Dreoilín' and 'Léimigí, Casaigí'. They also enjoyed performing 'An Haka Gaelach'. They enjoyed An Leabhar Mór Mící Moncaí and playing games such as 'Cluiche Biongó' and 'Deir Ó' Gradaigh'. Beatha teanga í a labhairt!
Thanks to Ms. O' Shea for helping to facilitate maths stations in our classroom. Seniors and first enjoyed 2D shape fun at each station. Activities included making various pictures using tangrams, playing 2D board games, using play dough to make 2D shapes and children loved playing 2D Shape Bingo.
The boys and girls in seniors and first celebrated World Book Day by sharing their favourite book with the class. Other classes paid us a visit to share their favourite books too and even dressed up as their favourite book character! We also enjoyed making bookmarks for our mums for Mother's Day.
Congratulations to all pupils that received a Gold Star last week for doing their best, showing respect and completing their homework. Stars of the Week were chosen at random from each class. Well done everyone and best of luck again this week!
The pupils of 6th class received the sacrament of confirmation at a beautiful ceremony in St. Patrick's church O'Callaghan's Mills today celebrated by Bishop Fintan Monoghan and Fr. Donal Dwyer. The pupils were treated to a very thoughtful homily from Bishop Fintan and beautiful singing throughout from O'Callaghan's Mills N.S and Kilkishen 5th class choir. Thank you to all staff and parents that helped with confirmation practice in the lead up to today. We wish the pupils and their families a lovely day on this special occasion for all families.
The boys and girls school basketball team will travel to Gurteen on Thursday 15 March and participate in the Marion Keane memorial primary schools basketball tournament. The pupils have been working hard on developing their skills with Richard Greaves and Martina O'Hagan over the past number of weeks and they are looking forward to competing against Kilmurry N.S., Tulla N.S. and Quin N.S. The girls blitz will commence at 10 am with the boys starting at 12 noon. We wish both teams the very best next week. Thank you to both Richard and Martina for volunteering their time to help prepare both teams.
Confirmation for 6th class pupils takes place this Friday at 11 am in St. Patrick's church in O'Callaghan's Mills. Bishop Fintan Monaghan and Fr. Donal Dwyer will celebrate the cermeony confirming pupils from Kilkishen N.S. and O'Callaghan Mills N.S. Pupils from 5th class will be supporting the school choir and have been busily practicing in the lead up to the big day. We wish all our pupils and their families our best wishes on this very special day. Thank you to all parents that helped transport pupils to practices for the confirmation.
On Wednesday pupils from 5th and 6th and some pupils from 4th class pitched their Junior Entrepreneur ideas to "The Dragons" as part of the Junior Entrepreneur Programme. There were 10 group presentations in total and the standard this year was higher than ever. "The Dragons" Mike Hogan, Pat O'Brien and Ms. O Shea were thoroughly impressed with the prospective business ideas and commented on the excellent presentations the pupils gave. One project will be selected as the class "Big Idea" and "The Dragons" will announce their decision in the coming days. Well done to all pupils that participated in the event.
World Book Day in Ireland was celebrated on Thursday 1st March. Due to the unexpected but wonderful snowy weather, we celebrated World Book Day in 3rd and 4th Class today. The main aim of World Book Day is to encourage children to explore the pleasure of books and reading. We engaged in lots of fun book-based activities and shared stories with each other. The children came to school dressed as some of their favourite characters from books they have read and they visited the other classrooms to show off their costumes. Every child then spoke to the class about their all-time favourite book. Last night, for homework, the children were set reading challenges such as reading to their toys or reading while wearing a hat and gloves. They were also encouraged to share a 10 minute story with somebody at home. In class the children rewrote classic stories in a comic format and they designed a display for our novel The Hiring Fair. Working in pairs the children also described characters from popular books and their partner had to draw them.
Costumes and Favourite Books
The students of 2nd and 3rd class finally got to celebrate world book day. Due to storm Emma our celebrations were delayed. However in our classroom everyday is a celebration of reading and the students were just as excited to express their love of literature after the short delay.
Show Respect and Expect Respect
Scoil Muire na Dea Chomhairle Kilkishen N.S.