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Halloween Dress Up 2018

Halloween Dress Up 2018

The pupils of Kiltiernan gathered in the halla for an assembly in October and the principal told everyone that there would be a Halloween dress up competition on the last day of school before the holidays! 

Sadhbh, Katie, Gabriel and Róise were some of the winners. My favourite costumes were the bookworm, the Rubik’s cube (Eimear), the fairy pirate (Róise) and last but definitely not least, ‘it’s raining cats and dogs’ (Erin, 5th Class). Every year the children dress up in their costume feeling proud on stage with their class and as a pupil, I can safely say this is the highlight of our Halloween.

Our Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair

Our Christmas Fair was held on the 9th of December 2018. There were lots of preparations for the fair weeks beforehand. Before the fair officially opened, our choir walked down to the church and we sang a few carols to encourage everyone at Mass to follow us back to the hall. The fair had many stalls including baking, slime and books and there was an area where you could do some art with the help of Orla, who had been coming to after-school for a few weeks to give art lessons. The fair also contained a kids area where you could make a donation and get your face painted, you could get your nails painted and there was also a sweet shop. There was also a Christmas fair raffle which took place by the stage of the hall. There were also guessing games such as how many sweets are in the jar. Overall, the Christmas Fair did extremely well this year. We raised a total of €11,887 for our school. Our raffle netted €5,295 and our Christmas Fair on the day netted €6,592. The Christmas Fair was a great success and it was lots of fun to help out with the 6th Class Baking Stall.

By Eimear, 6th Class

Middle Room Blog First Term 2018

Middle Room Blog First Term 2018

We are back to school with a bang and ready for action in 2018-2019. In September, along with all our usual hard work at school, we had time to go on tours away from school.

First Class went with Infants and Ms. Forde to see the beautiful play put on during the Babaro Children’s Festival. The play was titled ‘How to Catch a Star’ and we all really enjoyed the day out. 

On the 26th of September, 2nd to 6th classes had a fantastic time on a local history tour with Tom O Doherty. We got the bus to the Mausoleum in Cregclare and learned about the history of the people buried there. From there, we drove to the Round Tower in Kilmacduagh and learned many interesting facts about why the tower was built and the tactics the monks used to stay safe in dangerous times. We took some cool photos and they are on the website so you can join in on the fun!  Later, we popped into Coole Park where we heard about the Autograph Tree and saw the headstones for Lady Gregory’s little dogs. It was a very educational and fun day.

In September, the school hosted a coffee morning as a fundraiser for the Galway Hospice. The girls in the senior room had a stall for hot chocolate and treats, yum! It’s great that we can eat treats and raise money for a great cause.

In October, Ms. Fenlon and Ms. Leech are teaching us a programme to develop our wellbeing. Fun Friends and Friends for Life help us all express our feelings and learn ways to cope with worries.

We had the opportunity to play and experiment with Beebots for Maths Week thanks to Ms. Forde who got them for us to trial.

We continued our football, hurling and camogie training and we had great success with the Mini 7s Competition in Camogie. The girls won the initial group stages and we made it to the final in a wet and windy Annaghdown pitch. We were beaten by a great team but had nice treats on the way to celebrate our efforts.

Of course, the usual dress up for Halloween was on the day of the holidays and everyone got a bualadh bos for great effort in their outfits.

We had a very enjoyable Friendship Week where we buddied up with students from another class, did Art and reading together and had great chats about what it means to be a good friend.

We joined in with the Senior Room to do lots of work for Science Week. We worked in groups to do experiments on Heat and Light and also in October, we were able to watch presentations by the Senior Room on new business ideas that they wanted to put to ‘Dragons’ to see if they would invest.

In December, we held the Christmas Fair where we sold slime, sweets and everything in between! The Parents’ Council did a wonderful job in organising and preparing for the Fair and raised lots of money for our great school.  

After that excitement was done, we spent a lot of time preparing Christmas Carols and songs with Ms. Fenlon for our annual visit to the local nursing homes. We love going to the nursing homes and singing for the elderly people who live there.

We’ve had a great first term and are looking forward to term 2. Happy Christmas everyone, see you all in 2019!!!



Sports day and ice Cream day 2018

On Friday, 22/6/2018 sports day and ice-cream day was held in Kiltiernan N.S. We were instructed to bring in a sack, spoon and potato, tights and hurls if you wanted to participate in púc fáda. All  children from Sunflower Montessori to 6th class pupils in Kiltiernan  participated in a eventful sports day.

We started off the day with a eager 60m sprints from the junior infants to sixth class. As soon as Ms.Leech blew the whistle we saw the hopeful looks on all girls and boys faces as they sprinted for the finish line! After that we had some fun races including sackrace , egg and spoon race (but yet we used potatoes) , three legged races, wheel barrow races and also piggy back races.

After a few races we had a little break and we were told that you could get our two euro for the fundraiser for down syndrome Ireland, so when we got our two euro we all went to get ice-cream in the hall . It was a really nice award from all those races we ran and we raised one hundred and 85 euro for Down Syndrome Ireland!

Without delay the break flew by and we were back in action. Tug of war took place then and lots of students took part. We started with the lower classes and reached are way up to the older classes as the rivalry grew. Shortly afterwards we stared up relay races. All ages could take part. We had an over dose of fun. Suddenly it was 2:00pm and children started to go home early. There was only an hour left of school and 10 pupils left. We began a round of Púc Fada. After Púc Fada we played hurling and lots of soccer.

Unfortunately Sports day had to come to an end and we went home wondering would are school tour be as exciting as today sports day!


First Class Booklist 2018-2019

First Class Booklist 2018-2019


Irish: Abair Liom D


Maths: Planet Maths First Class

Master your Maths 1

Fallon’s Table Book


English: My Spelling Workbook B (New Edition)

New Wave Handwriting 2nd Class

Oxford School Dictionary: Edco

1 Hardback A4 Copy for Spelling Tests & Rules/ Grammar

Music: Tinwhistle D, Display Book 100 pages


Religion: Grow in Love 4 Second Class


SESE: Philips New Irish Primary Atlas


Visual Art: A3 Plastic Folder: Button closing


Book Rental Scheme: Provided by School

English Read at Home 1, Literacy Leap 3
SESE Unlocking SESE 2
SPHE €10 for ‘Friends For Life’




Copies and Stationery

  • 2 x 88 page Maths Copies
  • 5 x 120 page ruled copies for Gaeilge, English, Litriú, SESE/SPHE, Religion
  • 2 x Display Books (100 pockets, A4 size) One for Music and the other for general worksheets/hand-outs/prints/published work by the children
  • Well-stocked pencil case: Pencils (triangular pencil for 1st Class only, Faber Castell: Grip 2001 or similar), eraser, pencil sharpener, red pen, ruler, set of colours (Twistables/ crayons/ colouring pencils, not markers). Please label everything!
  • USB Key

Monies Payable in September 2018

Class Personal Accident Insurance Book Rental Visual Art Miscellaneous Exp. Total
1ST Class €7 €23



€10 €20: Testing materials, supplementary reading resources, photocopying, SALF folder, €60


Uniforms can be purchased in Pat Smyth’s, Gort and in The National School Wear Centre on the Tuam Road, Galway. Polo shirts and trousers without logos can be bought on the High Street.

Books from this booklist can be bought from Gort Educational World, Bridge St., Gort, from Books ‘n More in the Oran Town Centre in Oranmore and ABC Bookshop on the Tuam Rd./ Eyre Sq. Centre in Galway.

Fundraising by the Parents’ Council will continue through the Weekly Raffle every Thursday. Thanks to every family who contributed last year, especially those who contributed.


Thursday Raffle

We have lots of exciting prizes for our next 2 raffles and all envelopes for the last 3 draws will be included in our draw on Thursday 21st December. Prizes include vouchers from Q Beauty, Rafterys Rest, Busy Bees, Afternoon Tea at Dillisk on the Docks, Paul Hewett bracelet from Hartmanns. Lucky dip for the children, chocolates and treats galore! Please Support.


Coffee Morning

Coffee morning

On the 21st of September Kiltiernan N.S held their coffee morning for the Galway hospice. We had loads of sweet treats such as buns, cakes, cookies and many more. Pupils were asked to bake and bring in as many cakes and buns as possible. My nana and I baked treacle cake. It was delicious. Lagan Construction supported us all the with the coffee morning. Outside the gates of the school we had ‘a coffee to go’ table so if you didn’t want to come in you could stop get a coffee and hit the road fast! At the end of the busy day all our pupils got little goody bags full of jellies and crisps. We raised about 900 Euro for the Hospice which is a great cause. By Adam 6th Class

First Class Booklist 2017-2018



First Class Booklist 2017-2018


Irish: Abair Liom C


Maths: Planet Maths First Class

New Wave Mental Maths 1st Class

English: My Spelling Workbook B (Prim-Ed)

Just Handwriting Pre cursive Handwriting Programme First Class

Just English First Class (Published by educate.ie)

Oxford Children’s Dictionary (CJ Fallon)


Music: 1 Scrapbook (Use last year’s book please)

Religion: Grow in Love Senior Infants


SESE: Unlocking SESE Senior Infants



Visual Art: €10


Rental Scheme: My Read at Home Book 1: €5 (Supplied by school, price included in €35 mentioned below)


Miscellaneous Expenses: €20 (Self Assessment and Learning Folder, Testing- MIST,NRIT, Drumcondra testing, personalised homework journal, worksheets, etc)


€7 Personal Accident Insurance


Total monies payable in September €42 + €2 weekly family raffle (Parents’ Council)



1 Hardback Copy lined at side- (Last year’s book if possible)

1 A3 Art folder

1 10mm square Sums Copy

1 Project Book 15 Copy

1 Plastic A4 folder

Well stocked pencil case with contents labelled (no biros necessary)

Crayons /Twistables



If you are unsure of any of the textbooks please do not cover or write on them as it may need to be exchanged in September. If there are any further tests/materials required during the school year you will be notified.

Uniforms can be purchased in Pat Smyths ,Gort and the National, Schoolwear Centre,Tuam Rd., Galway. Trousers and polo shirts, without logos, can be bought on the High Street.

Books from this booklist may be obtained from Gort Educational World, Bridge St., Gort, First Chapter, Market Hall, Gort, Books ‘N More Bookshop upstairs in the Oran Town Centre, Oranmore or ABC Bookshop Tuam Rd, Galway.


The Parents’ Council will hold a raffle every Thursday as a fundraiser. Cost of tickets will be €2, which can be paid weekly or at the start of each term in full. Each family will be given a raffle number in September which will be their number for the year.

Summer in the Junior Room

Summer in the Junior Room

Summer is fast approaching and we’re as active as ever in Kiltiernan. While 1st Class were swimming for the first time in Kilcornan, Junior and Senior Infants were brushing up on our Water Safety knowledge and we’ve learned so much. Sarah and Mary’s dad Rory will be coming in on the 28th of June to do a Water Safety Workshop with the whole school so we will learn even more then. Thanks Rory, we are looking forward to it.

All of the testing is over and we’ve worked hard. The Infants had a lovely trip to Kilcornan walled garden while the others were swimming. We played with Frisbees, soccer and all joined in some parachute games. Poor Miss Broderick got captured by some Junior Infants who used the hula hoops very creatively!!

We are still working on our Biodiversity Green Flag and have learned lots about the school habitats and some animals living near our school. We look out for Song thrush, robins, bluebells, thistles, nettles and butterflies all the time now.

We had some new arrivals in Kiltiernan this month. Jack’s dad John brought in an incubator. We set it up in the Resource room where the eggs were kept safe and warm for three weeks. John and Jack checked the eggs regularly to make sure the temperature in the incubator and water levels were at optimum levels.

Around day 13, John brought in a box and torch so we could do some ‘candeling’. Here, we saw the shadows inside the eggs. We could see that one egg had a line of bacteria in it and so the chick didn’t develop in that one. In others, we could identify blood vessels and an eye developing. We had pictures to compare the development in each day in the three weeks incubation period so we knew what to look out for.

We got a wonderful surprise when we came back from the bank holiday weekend. We had eight healthy little chicks surrounding broken eggshells in the incubator. They were taken home to be reunited with the hen and she took to them very well.

John brought the hen and chicks back in for the day so we could see them all together again. The children and staff learned a great amount during this whole process.

Thank you so much John and Jack, it was a great experience and we loved having the chicks in our school. Matthew’s dad Pat has uploaded a video of the chicks onto our school YouTube channel so take a look at it. Thanks Pat!

Our school tour will be on the 23rd of June. We are going to Athenry Castle where we will dress up in medieval costume, partake in archery and hide in the maze. We may need to put a few people in the stocks so beware!!Afterwards, we will head to Busy Bees so we can run off some more energy!

First Class have started to do hurling training with Cian Walsh and Eoin Bermingham every Thursday mornings and are doing well. Keep hurling over the summer everyone.

Congratulations to Emily and her family who welcomed baby Colin this month and also to Matthew Quinn and his family who welcomed baby Rachel. Best of luck to Sheila and family who make the move to America this summer.

Happy birthday to May and June boys and girls- Emily, Amelia, Marlon, Matthew H. Also, a big happy birthday to the summer birthday dudes Ella and Sophia in July and Martha and Nathan in August. We’ll give you a spin on the chair in September!

We welcome the new parents to an induction meeting at 2pm on Friday the 16th. The new infants will come into our room for a few hours on Monday the 19th from 9.20 til 11.20 to sample how life the big school.

We are getting holidays on Friday the 30th of June.

Thanks to all the mums and dads for your great support in teaching your children this year. We’ve had a wonderful, fulfilled year. They’re the best!!!

Have a wonderful, safe and happy summer to everyone. See you in September.