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Book Loan Scheme
Junior Infants, Senior Infants and 1st class: Text books and work books are provided in September to the children at no charge to the parent. Text books are returned at the end of the year. Stationery (copies, pencils etc.) is supplied to the children in school. A contribution of approx. €10-€15 is requested towards stationery and art and crafts costs. The class teacher will inform you in early September.
2nd to 6th class: A book loan scheme operates for the children from 2nd class to 6th class. Text books are provided to the child in September and must be returned at the end of the year. Stationery and workbooks are purchased on behalf of your child and are provided in September. Bills for stationery and workbooks typically amount to approx. €20 - €30 per child for the year for pupils in 3rd to 6th class. Book bills for 2nd class pupils are higher.
There are four raised beds in an enclosed garden area towards the rear of the school. We plant a variety of vegetables and herbs each year including cauliflower, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, scallions, beetroot, onions, turnip, broadbeans, peas, lettue, rhubarb, strawberries and potatoes.
The children prepare, sow and look after the garden themselves. We get a huge amount of help from parent volunteers and local people each year to get our garden going. Thank you!
We are very lucky in Killeen NS to have our school situated in the countryside on extensive grounds. Our play areas include a yard for the Junior children, a yard for the Senior children, a basketball court, a football pitch and large grassy areas for both Juniors and Seniors.
The children in the school take part in Cumann na mBunscoil games every year. Parents volunteer to help train the children and prepare them these matches. Mayo GAA provide a coach once a week to train the children usually in the last term when our pitch is dry. In June we travel to Clare Island to take part in a small schools' blitz. This is a great day out for parents and children alike.
Other sports we take part in include rugby, Boccia (inclusive indoor bowling game), cross-country running, Fitness West, Zumba, sean-nós dancing, horse riding at the local stables, surfing at Carrowniskey beach and safe cycling. The children from 3rd class upwards take part in a school duathlon, consisting of a 1km run and a 4km cycle.
We travel to Westport Leisure Park for 6 weeks every year in the last term for swimming lessons. The children become more confident in the water, learn new strokes, perfect techniques and have great fun!
After School Service
Our After School Club is run in the school between the hours of 1.45pm and 2.45pm. This club is for children in Junior and Senior Infants. It costs €3 per child per day. It is fully supervised, runs from Monday to Friday and the children partake in a wide range of activities. Please phone the school on (098)68651 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Music Lessons and Instrument Rental
The children from 2nd class upwards take part in music lessons once a week with Ms. Mary Finn. The children start learning traditional Irish tunes on a tin whistle.
There are a number of instruments in the school which have been purchased with funds from Féile Chois Cuain. These include flutes, accordions, fiddles and a concertina. The children from 3rd class upwards get the opportunity to select an instrument and have the use of it for one school term. Ms. Finn will guide the children in learning how to use the new instrument. As a result, the children in the senior classes play a wide range of instruments. We perform at the Mol an Óige concert every year in Louisburgh as part of Féile Chois Cuain.
There is a very active an enthusiastic Parents' Association committee in our school. The Parents' Association fundraise on an on-going basis through the Killeen School & Community Lotto. These funds go towards music classes, computer classes, attendance at the Sancta Maria musical, bus bills for outings, classroom resources, IT equipment etc. As a result of this invaluable fundraising, the school is well equipped and costs to the children and families for books, outings and extra classes are minimal.
We have a trolley of laptops available for every class to use on a rota basis. Children use the laptops to research topics and to type their poems, reports and essays. We have also recently purchased a set of ipads for the children's use.
Contact us: Scoil Náisiúnta an Teaghlaigh Naofa
Killeen National School Killeen, Louisburgh, Co, Mayo