October Newsletter

October Newsletter
We’ve survived September and our pupils and staff are adapting well to the new norms. The pupils have settled quickly into school routine and even seem to be enjoying themselves reasonably well.

We appreciate your support and co-operation to date in these challenging Covid times. While the rules on close contacts etc have changed somewhat in the last week, we will endeavour to keep you up-to-date with any developments. We also appreciate that many of you are keeping your children off school if they have minor coughs, head colds and Covid symptoms and we are grateful to you for this. We hope that you appreciate that we are unable to meet with parents in face-to-face meetings as before but we remain available to chat to you if you have any concerns or queries. The best way to do this is to phone the School Office in advance and, to avoid disruption to teaching time, the class teacher or Principal Teacher will return a call at a later stage. We also request that the School Office is contacted if you are to collect your child early for an appointment and we will bring your child to the gate. We are unfortunately not accepting unplanned School Visitors at this stage.

We discontinued the practice of collecting an Annual School Contribution a number of years ago but we propose to hold a School Sponsored Walk this year before the Halloween Break.

Fr Dunne will host a further First Communion Day on Saturday, October 9th at 12 noon for those pupils who were unable to attend at the recent communion. Each family is allowed up to six people in their allocated pew (this number includes the communicant). We wish all a lovely day.

We will, as part of our Friendship/ Anti-Bullying Code, be covering Online Safety and Cyber-Bullying in classes this month. If your child has an online presence, this is an opportune time to refresh online safety rules with your child.

We kindly request that any outstanding fees owed for the School Book Rental are paid as soon as possible. We provide all School Books for Junior and Senior Infants at a cost of €60 per child and we operate a School Book Rental system for Third to Sixth Classes at a cost of €35 per child (family maximum of €60). This fee includes art and photocopying expenses etc.We request that names are refreshed regularly on all school items such as lunchboxes, school jumpers, coats and stationery and, in fairness to
all, that pupils maintain Healthy Lunches. We request that you do not provide sweets, crisps, chocolate, fizzy drinks, glass bottles etc. Please let us know also if you have updated your mobile contact numbers.

We wish to remind you that the School Car-Park is for Staff and School Buses only. The car-park is somewhat busier as we now have a second school bus on the school grounds each day and we request your co-operation in this regard.

Please feel to contact me if you have any queries,

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

GAA League

The annual ‘in-house’ school league will commence on the week beginning Monday 3rd October when students from Rang 4-6 will compete to see who will be crowned league champions 2021-22. The league will consist of 8 teams, divided into two sections. Each team will play a round-robin league with the top two teams qualifying for the semi-finals.

Student Council 2021-22

The senior classes recently held ballots to elect a new student council for the school academic year. The following students were elected by their peers onto the new council and we wish them well in their new positons. Their roles will involve undertaking initiatives which are of benefit to the school and the wider community.

Rang 6 (Lee & Sadie)

Rang 5 (Matthew & Tara)

Rang 4 (Cara & Riley)

Rang 3 (Aaron & Anna)

Our Staff

Foireann na Scoile

Kilmacrennan National School has a staff of an administrative principal, 8 mainstream class teachers, four SET teachers (one shared) and 4 SNA’s. 

There are a further two ASD teachers and four SNA’s in that our ASD Suites. Anne O Donnell is the school secretary.

Ranganna na Scoile

The 2021-22 school year class allocations is as follows.

Naíonain Shóisearach                          Ms Hegarty

Naíonain Shinsearach                          Ms Greene

Rang a hAon                                        Ms McCrossan

Rang a Dó                                           Mrs Cleary

Rang a Trí                                          Mr Toye

Rang a Ceathair                                  Mrs Ferry

Rang a cúig                                         Master Gallagher (Ms Sweeney subbing)

Rang a Sé                                           Master O Donnell

Múinteoirí Tacaíochta:  Sarah Neely, Pauline Doherty, Eimear Diver and Elaine Nelis.

ASD Suites: Síle Galway/ Leonie Nic Aoidh (J-S) and Donna McDaid are the class teachers. The SNA’s are Winnie Huston, Helena Roarty, Marie O’Hara, Adrian Gaffey, Sheila Gorman, Brenda McAtavey, Sharon McLaughlin, Monica McGranaghan.

Returning to School

Dear Parent,

The new school year is upon us, and we’ve only one more sleep to go! We look forward to seeing you all tomorrow. I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of a few important issues. Unfortunately, the Covid pandemic is still rampant in the community, and this will continue to influence how we will operate for the foreseeable future. We will continue with pupil pods and bubbles, social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices, class group segregated play areas, separate entry and egress areas etc. Rest assured, the children adapt readily and these practices quickly become second nature to them. Staff will greet pupils at the school gates and familiarise all with the procedures over the coming days. Pupils from Junior to Second Class should enter via the Lower Gate, and Third to Sixth at the Upper Gate. We will advise from that point onwards.

It is important that you do not send your child to school if they are feeling unwell or are displaying symptoms, such as headaches, sore throats, coughs, runny or blocked noses, high temperature, vomiting, diarrhoea, loss of sense of taste or smell etc. Please seek medical advice if you have any concerns, and follow HSE guidelines at all times.

The gates open daily from 9am. We do not assume responsibility for pupils before that time, and not until they have been transferred by a parent into our care. Pupils can arrive until 9.20am and should be accompanied to and from the gates by a supervising adult. Please note that the carpark at the school is for Staff and Bus Parking only. Parents may use the car park opposite the school.

The children transfer from their class line in the yard to the school at 9.20 daily. For the first few days, Junior Infants – if they wish to avoid the hustle and bustle of a busy yard – may arrive until 9.30am, and a staff member will bring them to their class. Unfortunately, parents are not to enter the school grounds unless by prior agreement or appointment but this can be arranged via the School Office. We do hope to allow individual parents to visit the Junior Infant classroom to see their child’s environment over the coming weeks.

Class ends at 12 noon for Junior Infants until Monday, 6th September and at 2pm daily thereafter. Senior Infants also go home at 2pm while other classes remain at school until 3pm.

Please ensure that all items of clothing, lunchbox, stationery etc are labelled with your child’s name and that this is refreshed regularly throughout the year. In the interests of fairness to all, we request that the official school uniform is worn at all time, and particularly request that any tracksuit bottoms should be of the darker grey variety, and to be non- branded. We also operate a Healthy Lunch Policy and there should be no sweets, crisps, chocolates, fizzy drinks, glass bottles etc. In the interests of classroom tidiness, we do not allow popcorn either. Please visit our Healthy Lunch Policy for further information.

We operate a School Book Rental Scheme in most classes, and respectfully ask that the fees are paid by Friday, 4th September.

Finally, we are looking forward to seeing you all, and, with a good forecast, it will be nice to see the children at work and at play. Indeed, we’ve added a new large tarmacadamed area to our upper yard over the summer months and I am sure we will all get good use out of it.

Feel free to contact the School Office if you have any queries,

Kind regards,

John Devenney

June Newsletter

Dear Parent

The end of term is drawing to a close and the school will close for the Summer Holidays on Friday at 12 noon. We thank you for your support during what has proved to be a challenging time for all.

All parents should have received a School Report for their child/ren this week. Please contact the School Office if you haven’t received this.

Booklists are being distributed to classes this week and are also available on the website. We will operate a Book Rental System for pupils in Third to Sixth Class and, due to Covid restrictions, give these books to the children when we return in August.

School Calendar dates are available on the school website.

Class teachers are conducting their own end of year Sports in class bubbles. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, parents are unable to attend these events.

Our Sixth Class students are finishing their primary schooling this week. We thank Fr Dunne for a lovely End of Year Service. Ann O’Donnell prepared a lovely barbeque which we thoroughly enjoyed. We bid a fond farewell to our Sixth Class students and wish them all the best as they embark on a new challenge.

The Confirmation for Sixth Class pupils will be held in the Church of the Irish Martyrs on Thursday, July 8th at 7pm.

Our School Debating Team is competing in the Concern Primary School All Ireland Final on Friday, 18th June at 10am. We wish them all the best.

Yours sincerely,

John Devenney.

All Ireland Debating Champions

Hearty congratulations to our School Debating team who won the All-Ireland Concern Debating Final competition in June 2021. Read the report, as posted in The Donegal News newspaper.


All-Ireland debating success for Kilmacrennan school

Posted: 9:57 am June 24, 2021

A DONEGAL village is celebrating after a team of primary school children won a new national debating contest that had over one hundred teams participating from around the country.

Fifth and sixth class pupils from Scoil Cholmcille in Kilmacrennan won the final of the inaugural All Ireland Concern Primary Debates, which is run by the humanitarian organisation Concern Worldwide.

The champions successfully argued for the motion that “GM Crops are key to ending world hunger” in their word-clash with Scoil Bhride from Paulstown, Co. Kilkenny.

Concern Primary Debates was set up to encourage awareness of global issues through debates about serious world topics and to improve the level of debating skills amongst young people.

The Kilmacrennan debaters – Conn McGettigan, Sadie McGettigan, Orla Kearney and John Cannon (captain) – were praised by their school principal and debating mentor John Devenney, who said: “We are delighted with this victory for the school.

“There has been a strong record of participation in debating competitions here in recent years, which is thanks to our teachers who have been fostering this tradition.”

The hundreds of students who participated in the competition each get a medal for their efforts and the winning school is awarded with a large wooden wall map of the world while the runner up will receive an engraved plaque.

The debates took part online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Concern Worldwide congratulated and thanked all participating pupils, their parents, teachers and wider communities.

“We applaud all Concern Primary debaters and those who supported them,” said Concern’s Head of Active Citizenship, Michael Doorly.

“Debating teaches us how to put our points across in a respectful, dignified, yet convincing way.

Any school that wants to participate in the next Concern Primary Debates competition can email debates@concern.net

May Newsletter

We welcome all back to school after the Bank Holiday weekend and look forward to the remainder of term. We are doing our best to maintain our best practices in relation to Covid and, on behalf of the school, Mrs Doherty, our Covid Officer, wishes to commend the pupils and the wider school community for their continued efforts. It is important that you keep your child at home if you have any medical or Covid contact concerns, and that you follow HSE medical advice in this regard. We also request that the school is informed of any such concerns.

The ongoing concerns in relation to Covid is likely to impact on school religious services this year. A decision regarding Confirmation will be taken later in the term while we will follow guidelines from the Bishop and the government that strongly recommend that First Holy Communions are postponed until the Autumn term.  We hope to give a provisional date for the Communions shortly.

The School Debating Team will compete in the Concern All Ireland Quarter-Finals on May 18. We are opposing the motion that ‘Tomorrow’s children will inherit a better world’. We wish the team all the best.

There will be no school for pupils on Friday 21 May (to facilitate Staff training).

I have posted details of the provisional dates for the forthcoming School Year on the school website.

Pupils from First to Sixth Classes will undergo standardised testing in English and Mathematics over the coming weeks, with selected classes also participating in testing in Irish. These results will issue to parents in June.

The Board of Management has submitted an application for a prefabricated building to house the second ASD Class which we are opening in September. The Board are also progressing plans for a permanent extension to the building (for Special Education).

Donegal Debating Champions

We wish to warmly congratulate our School Debating Team on winning the 2021 Donegal Primary Schools Concern Debating Championship. John, Conn and Orla represented the school and came out as winners in a tense final against a school from Ballyshannon. We successfully opposed the motion that ‘Children Can Make a Big Difference to the Environment’. The team will now represent Donegal in the National Stages of the competition.

Indeed, the school is maintaining a proud record in this competition, claiming our third title in four years. Last year, Oisín, Damhán and John were 2020 County Champions but Covid restrictions meant that the National Stages weren’t held.

Online Webinairs for Parents

Please find attached information regarding upcoming webinars that may be of interest to you.

Cyber Safety Webinar for Parents, to be held on Thursday, 29th April at 7pm

Making an Effective Transition to Second Level: Coping with Changeto be held on Tuesday, 18th May at 6.30pm. 

Let Go and Be Still Wellbeing Webinar for SNA’s & Parents, to be held on Thursday, 6th & 13th May at 7pm. 

Online booking on www.donegaledcentre.ie  

Administration Department
Donegal Education Centre
Floor 2
Pier 1
Quay Street
Donegal Town
Co. Donegal
  • School Holidays

    • Halloween Holidays 2021
      All schools will close from Monday 25th October 2021 to Friday 29th October
      2021 inclusive
    • Christmas Holidays
      All schools will close on Wednesday 22nd December 2021, which will be the final
      day of the school term.
      All schools will re-open on Thursday 6th January 2022.
    • February Mid-term 2022
      We will close on Thursday 24th February 2022 and Friday 25th
      February 2022.
    • Easter Holidays 2022

      We will close on Friday 8 April 2022 and re-open on Monday 25th April 2022

    • May Bank Holiday 2022
      We will close on Monday 2 May 2022
    • June Bank Holiday 2022
      We will close on Monday 6 June
    • Summer Closing Date 2022
      We will close on Fri 17 June 2022. Please note that these dates are provisional and subject to change.


      Please contact the School Office for up to date enrolment information.

      1.Enrolment Application for Mainstream Classes (click below).

      Enrolment Application Form for Mainstream Classes (including Junior Infants)  2021-22 school year

      2.  Enrolment Application for our ASD Special Class Suite ( click below)


      3. Enrolment Application for our ASD School Transport (click below)