Welcome to Kilmessan National School's website
As you are aware, all schools in the country have been instructed to remain closed until April 19th at least. Our teachers sent home some work packs for the original 2 week closure (until March 29th). We have updated & refreshed the Distance Learning suggested activities for the coming week. These updates will be posted on the school website www.kilmessanns.com on Monday next March 30th. Please note that these suggestions are not prescriptive lists of work which must be completed, they should be treated as a varied menu of activities to be engaged with at a level that best suits the needs, abilities & circumstances of each individual child. Our primary concern at this time is the physical & emotional wellbeing of ourselves & our families. Teachers have been careful to pitch the activities at a level that should be accessible for most pupils. We will not be posting any update for the Easter Holidays. If schools are still closed, an update will be posted on Monday April 20th & fortnightly thereafter.
Distance Learning is not Home Schooling so parents/guardians, we do not expect you to spend endless hours each day trying to replicate the school day in your home. While educational continuity is very important, your family’s mental & emotional health must be prioritised above all else. The current global pandemic is bigger than all of us. Please try to stay positive & use this time as an opportunity to do things together that you would not otherwise get the chance to do.
We look forward to seeing everyone again in the not too distant future. Take care, mind yourselves & each other.
Le gach dea-ghuí,
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Facebook Community Action Grant
We are delighted to announce that Kilmessan Mixed NS has been selected as an award recipient for the 2019-2020 Facebook Community Action Grants. Last December, our school along with our Parents Association sent in an application seeking €18,000 to purchase 20 iPads and 20 laptops. Not only have we received the amount we applied for but we also received an additional €1,000 to purchase these devices.
The 20 laptops we purchased earlier in the school year have gotten great use across the school but with 230 children using them, they are in high demand. We currently have 10 iPads that are also popular among all classes. This funding enables us to purchase a further 10 laptops and 20 iPads so that we will have a full class set of each. We will also be able to allocate a further 10 laptops to be used exclusively in our SEN classrooms. It really will change the way our children learn in Kilmessan Mixed NS.
A huge thank you to our Parents Association for helping us put this application together and to Facebook for choosing us as one of their recipients.
A Message from our Parents' Association
The parents' association are organising a weekly art competition on the PA Facebook page. Winner will be picked every Friday evening. If you are not on Facebook you can send entries to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This week's theme is 'My Family'. The theme for the week of April 6th is 'Easter'.
All entries can be posted on the PA Facebook page or sent to the email address above with child's name and class.
A Message from Fr. Toner
Hello boys and girls,
I thought I should send you a little message during this unusual time. By now you are getting used to a new routine. Instead of packing your lunch and coming to school, you are working at home. I know that this is not always easy either for you or your parents or for your teachers. It is an exceptional time. Sometimes in life our plans are upset and we just have to do our best to be happy with what we have. Thank God we are all well.
I ask you to say your prayers well as we are asking Jesus, Mary and our Heavenly Father to help us overcome this virus. We prayer for the doctors, nurses, and all hospital workers. We also pray for our government who will guide our country through this difficulty.
What can we do? We can do a lot by keeping in a good mood (most of the time) and by being helpful at home. Your parents and all who look after you may be tired. Every little thing can help.
I wish you well and I pray of all of you every day.
Keep safe and well,