Pancake Day

Tuesday 25th February was a very exciting day in Junior & Senior Infants.

It was Pancake Day.

We had started preparing on Monday by learning a rhyme about making pancakes. We listened to a story about a very naughty pancake who didn’t want to be eaten!

We even did a Pancake Dance – youtube/watch?v=vPccTY3sph4

On Pancake Tuesday we mixed flour, cracked eggs, poured milk and made a beautiful batter.

Then we got cooking and deciding on the most delicious toppings – chocolate sauce was our favourite!

We had a super day and learned lots.

Have a look at our photographs…


Love Day

Friday 14th February was “Love” day in Junior and Senior Infants.

We listened to a story call “Guess How Much I Love You” about a little brown hare and his Daddy.

We learned a new song to sing to our Mammies and Daddies – “Roses Are Red.”

Then we made beautiful hearts to show them how much we love them.

Last of all Ms. O’Connell painted love hearts on our faces so everyone would know it was a very special day.

Have a look at our photos.


Jack Kavanagh

On the 31st January our school had a very special visitor. Pupils from 3rd, 4th 5th & 6th class listened to a talk by Jack Kavanagh who we had learned about from the book “My Brilliant Life Journal.”

Jack talked to us about the importance of learning, grit, magic and dreams. We got the opportunity to ask him lots of questions and we learned so much from his talk. He taught us to never give us and to follow our dreams.

Nora 3rd Class.

You can  read Jack’s story here – page 1 page 2



Over the last few weeks we have been learning about Lapland in Geography. One of the things we enjoyed the most was learning about the Northern Lights. We watched videos, looked at pictures and learned a few facts. Here are some of the things we learned:

  • They are also called “Aurora Borealis”
  • They are bright, dancing streams of purple, green, red & yellow in the night sky!
  • It must be dark and clear to see them.
  • Places like Canada & the Arctic Circle are some of the best places to view them (but they can also be seen in Donegal!)
  • They are caused by “Solar flares” (charged particles) which react with the earth’s atmosphere.

We really enjoyed learning about Lapland, especially the Northern Lights. We even did our own pictures, here are some photos for you to enjoy. We hope you like them.


Christmas in Kilcleagh NS

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our families a very Happy & Peaceful Christmas & best wishes for 2020.

We look forward to working with you for the good of all in the next term.

Here are some photos of school life in the run up to the Christmas break. Take a moment to enjoy them.


Carol Service

The children performed in St. Ciaran’s Church last evening for our Annual Carol Service. We have a group of 103 pupils and they did themselves proud.

This year we introduced some new songs and they added immensely to the performance, we have a very talented group of pupils ably assisted by our music teacher Patrick Heffernan. So well done to everyone for giving us such an enjoyable evening.

A special thank you to all who contributed to our door collection, we raised the very impressive sum of €881.05 – as mentioned last night this will be shared 50/50 between the school and Fr Paddy Moran at Arba Minch prison.

Many thanks to our photographer last night – here are a selection of photos for you to enjoy.


Deirdre Connolly – An Appreciation on your Retirement

Deirdre Connolly, A.K.A. Mrs.O’Connolly to the pupils, first came to Kilcleagh N.S, Castledaly in 1994. During the following 25 yrs she taught 3rd/4th class and 5th/6th class before moving to Special Ed.

She also acted efficiently as staff rep on successive boards of management. During that time she became firmly embedded in the life of our school and is extremely popular.
Deirdre is a most generous person. She has showered us all with her time, her expertise, her energy, her friendship and her unfailing good humour!

She worked tirelessly to improve and develop teaching and learning in our school, digital learning being of particular interest to her. Deirdre was a supportive, helpful and positive colleague and could always be relied on for sound, measured and invaluable advice.

We will miss her hugely, the staffroom won’t be the same without her hearty laugh and the goodies she regularly brought, our poor laminator will get a breather too!

All associated with Kilcleagh N.S. wish her a long, happy and fulfilled retirement. Go raibh míle maith agat Deirdre.


Christmas Shoebox Appeal

We had a great response to our Christmas Child Shoebox appeal, we received in excess of 50 boxes and wish to thank you so much for your generosity. 

Here is a selection of the boxes prior to collection.


Artist in Residence – Recycling Art Project

We have recently completed an Arts & Crafts module with Artist in Residence Rosemarie Langtry.

Before we began we decided that given the huge amounts of plastic contaminating our earth we would try and recycle some of it.

Everybody collected plastic bottles and we agreed these would be our raw materials.

Junior & Senior Infants made light catchers and cute little bottle people.

1st & 2nd class make a wonderful bouquet of plastic flowers

3rd to 6th class made a message board which is displayed in the yard – it uses Castledaly colours and spells out the words “Cara” “learn” ” fun” and “sport.”

We thank Rosemarie for her time and attention to this module & bringing it to a successful conclusion.

We are extremely grateful to Westmeath County Council Arts Officer, Miriam Mulrennan, who approved our application for funding this project. We hope to continue to work with her in the future. We have some photos of the project as it evolved and invite you to have a look.


A.I.T. Athletics

Pupils from 1st to 6th class have just completed a 6-week block of Athletics training in A.I.T.

They tried various disciplines including – long jump, hurdles, relays, sprint & high jump.

We are very grateful to the staff of A.I.T. for affording the children this opportunity.

Míle Buíochas!

Have a look at them in action!


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