Literacy Liftoff


Mrs. Cawley has been very busy over the past six weeks implementing the Literacy Liftoff programme with students from 1st class and 2nd class in the Junior room.  Both Mrs. Cawley and Ms. Campbell have been facilitating students working at stations to develop their literacy skills.

This year’s stations include:

  1.  Familiar reading
  2. Unfamiliar reading
  3. Working independently
  4. Working online.

During each session of Literacy Liftoff the students work at each station for approximately 15 minutes before rotating to the next activity.  Students also bring some activities home.  At home parents and students read through some literature, ask probing questions about the text and check new vocabulary.  During these interactions what is learned in school is re-enforced at home.

A huge thanks to Mrs. Cawley for driving this initiative which we are very fortunate to have in our school.

Carol singing


On Thursday 20th of December the students in Cornanool N.S. will deliver a Carol singing service in the foyer of Supervalu and Pennys shopping centre in Castlebar.  The Carol singing service takes place from 10 am – 11 am.  Huge thanks to Ms. Campbell who has been busy harmonising the voices of JI – 6th classes into a melodic symphony.

Computer Club


Our students have been taking part in our new after school Computer Club initiative.  Our Computer Club takes place on Mondays and Tuesdays from 3pm – 4pm and is currently open to students in the Senior room.

During the first term the students have been exploring learning about Computer Science through the Google CS First online programme.  The programme is split into themes, ranging from Fashion Design to Game Design and Animation.  Using laptops and headphones the students follow online video tutorials in order to create short programmes.

While learning programming skills the students are also exposed to higher order mathematical concepts including loops, if-then statements and variables.  Students also practice Computational Thinking skills including Algorithmic thinking and debugging, which is very essential when their programmes go wrong.

During term two and term three, once the students have developed their technology literacy using Scratch we will move towards knowledge construction and knowledge creation by introducing new technologies such as ‘Makey Makeys’, ‘LegoWedo’ and ‘Microbits’.




The school recently launched its very own ‘Youtube’ channel.  Initially the channel is being populated with short instructional videos in Gaeilge and Maths.  Over time expect to see some of our students creating and presenting their own educational videos online.

You can find our Youtube channel at the following address:


Please, like, share and subscribe!

Google Class

Our students have recently begun using Google Class as part of their learning. Using Google Class provides students with full access to G-suite apps which include, Google Docs – a word processing application, Google Slides – a presentation application, Google Sheets – a spreadsheet application and Google Forms – a data collection application.

The students have begun to type up assignments in class, design and deliver presentations based on topics they are researching and will also begin to become acquainted with the many affordances of learning to use spreadsheets.


One other interesting development is that our students now have online access to each curriculum subject, meaning they can explore the curriculum subjects in their entirety, independently of the teacher. What this means is that students will soon have the possibility to focus in on areas of the curriculum which they wish to explore more in depth, in turn developing their skills as an independent learner. It is planned that the students will be given time to explore their own interests in the curriculum during SOLE learning activities. The acronym S.O.L.E. stands for self-organised learning environments.

A visit from the Doctor

The senior room were fortunate to have a visit from Dr. Richard Millwood. Dr. Millwood has been working in the area of Computer Science since the 1970’s and is a Trinity College Dublin alumni. During the visit the students were tasked with building a Dance Mat using Makey Makeys and the Scratch programming tool. The students were also tasked with creating a Rock, Scissors, Paper game using a microbit.

Using the Makey Makey the students had to create a short programme using Scratch which would enable a musical note to be played upon a student touching a piece of paper. The pieces of paper were attached to alligator clips which in turn were plugged in to a laptop. Each time a student placed their foot onto a piece of paper the computer programme would play a note.

Using a Microbit and the students had to create a short programme which would enable a wearable device to display either a rock, paper or scissors, when shaken. The students had to write a short piece of code, download it to the Microbit and then attach the Microbit to their arms. After shaking their wrist the led display on the Microbit would demonstrate a variable of either a rock, paper or scissors.

The school would like to extend its thanks to Dr. Richard Millwood for visiting our class and engaging the students in 21st century learning. We look forward to seeing you again in the near future!

Upcoming events

Two upcoming events organised by the Parents Association to bring to your attention:

10/12/2018 Card game in the local community centre beginning at 8:30 pm. Tickets cost 10 euros.

21/12/2018 Social night in the Key West with music by Matt Dillon, raffle and spot prizes throughout the night. Tickets cost 5 euros.

Please return monies collected from tickets given to the students to the school.

Flag day

The annual Cornanool N.S. Flag day will take place this Saturday 22nd September 2018, beginning at 9am.
Volunteers are asked to add their names to the list on the parents’ board in the school.
We thank you for your continued support.
le meas,
Dermot Walsh

Welcome 2018/19

Dear Parents and Guardians,

It is with both a large sense of excitement and a small sense of nervousness that I welcome you to the 2018 – 2019 school year. I’d like to take this opportunity to wish Ms. Ann O’Hara all of the happiness she deserves in her retirement and to thank her for her ongoing support and guidance as the school transitions from one stage of its journey to the next.

Preparing students for citizenship in the 21st century presents many challenges to educators. It is no longer sufficient for students to master the three R’s of traditional education. In order to succeed in the 21st century students will require the ability to think critically about real world problems, be creative in their problem solving, communicate with team mates and collaborate with co-workers face to face, online, locally and internationally. All while mastering technology and using it appropriately. While primary school is only one part of the wider education system it is important that we can react to the needs of modern society and equip our students with the toolkit necessary to thrive in the future. I am looking forward to working closely with students, teachers, parents & guardians and outside agents over the coming years to develop our school community’s identity in the 21st century and we should be excited about the many challenges which will present themselves on the road ahead.

On a personal note, I am very excited about joining the school community and intend on upholding the traditions, values and reputation which the school has built up over its one hundred years plus of existence. Secondly, I look forward to meeting and working with you all over the coming weeks, months and years.

School starts back on Monday 3rd of September. Mrs. Cawley, Ms. Campbell and I are looking forward to engaging in team teaching, collaboration and multi-class learning opportunities over the coming year while officially responsible for learning support, the Junior room and the Senior room, respectively. You will also find the calendar, booklists and updates about recent and upcoming events on our school website, which is undergoing some changes. The official school email has changed to While emails sent to will still reach their intended target the address will be phased out over time.

Looking forward to meeting you all in September,

Best regards,

Mr. Dermot Walsh