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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

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  

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

Covid Update

As part of the gradual phased return to schools, Kilmacrennan NS will open for pupils in Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and Second classes only on Monday, 1 March 2020.

The target return date of pupils in Third to Sixth Classes is Monday, 15 March 2021. Online teaching will continue as normal for these pupils until they return.

A Return to Education Form will be required for each pupil returning. Class teachers will issue this information to their pupils.

Parental communication with the school should continue via phone or by email only.

Parents/siblings etc are to adhere to public health guidelines and not to congregate at the school gate.

Teachers will greet the pupils on the return to school and re-establish our Covid protocols – such as sanitising at entry and exit, segregated yard areas, class lining up areas, classroom pods and bubbles etc.

Know the Sympoms of Covid-19

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 it is important to know and recognise the symptoms. They are:

 High temperature

 Cough

 Shortness of breath or breathing difficulties

 Loss of smell, of taste or distortion of taste

Infection with the virus that causes COVID-19 can cause illness, ranging from mild to severe, and, in some cases, can be fatal. It can take up to 14 days for symptoms to show. They can be similar to symptoms of cold and flu. Common symptoms of coronavirus include:

 a fever (high temperature – 38 degrees Celsius or above).

 a new cough – this can be any kind of cough, not just dry.

 shortness of breath or breathing difficulties.

 loss or change in your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have any common symptoms of COVID-19 (coronavirus), self-isolate (stay in your room) and phone your family doctor straight away to see if you need a COVID-19 test.

Other people in your household will need to restrict their movements (stay at home).

Getting an early diagnosis means, you can get the help you need and take steps to avoid spreading the virus, if you have it. For the complete list of symptoms, please refer to the HSE Website.

Return to Education Form

Please note that it is necessary to complete a Return to Education Form for each pupil upon returning to school

Return to Educational Facility Parental Declaration Form

Child’s Name:
Parents/Guardian’s Name:
Name of Setting: Kilmacrennan NS
This form is to be used when children are returning to the school
after any absence.
I have no reason to believe that my child has infectious disease and I have followed all medical and public health guidance with respect to exclusion of my child from educational facilities.      

Signed                                                                                              Date:                                                   
  • School Holidays

    • Christmas Holidays
      All schools close on Friday, 22 December 2023, which is the final day of the school term.

      All schools re-open on Monday, 8 January 2024.
    • February Mid-Term
      The school will be closed for the February Mid-Term on Thurs 15th Feb & Fri 16th Feb
    • Easter Holidays
      There will be no school from Monday 25th March for two weeks.

      Re-opening on Monday 8th April.
    • Enrolment Application 2024/25
      We will accept applications for the 2024/25 school year in January 2024. We will post the  Admission Notice for mainstream and Special Classes, all relevant Enrolment Info, including Application dates and deadlines, in December 2023.

      Use the first link for Applications to our Mainstream Junior Infant class & for applications to other Mainstream Classes

      Enrolment Application Form  school year

      Please attach a copy of the child's Birth Certificate with the application.

      Please contact the School Office for Information regarding Applications for our ASD Class.

      Forms for Special Class Applications are listed below.

      NCSE-Application-Form-1-Application-for-access-to-SNA-support (9)

      SEN-School-Transport-Application-Form (22)