Prospectus for Killeshin N.S.

Killeshin N.S. built in 1848

We believe it is of greatest benefit to children to be educated in their own community. Scoil Chomhghain Naofa, Killeshin offers many facilities contributing to the further education of our pupils. This prospectus will provide a useful reference guide.

General Facilities:

The School is highly equipped due to the foresight of the Board of Managment, the Parents Association and parents in general. Full use is made of our educational aids - video, television, photocopier, overhead projector, recording equipment, computers, IT Equipment, school library etc. to enhance the quality of our pupils education.

Swimming Club:

This very successful Club was founded in 1982. At that time the Club had to travel to Athy Swimming Pool and quite a considerable amount of organisation and fund raising was necesary. Today in 1999, due to the foresight of Fr. John Fingleton P.P. and former Curate Fr. Jim O'Connell (now P.P. in Thomastown/Goresbridge) the Club enjoy the wonderful facilities of Graiguecullen Indoor Heated Swimming Pool. The site for this Swimming Pool came about as a result of the amalgamation of the two primary schools in Graiguecullen, leaving a fine site for the development of a new Swimming Pool for Carlow and environs. Children from Killeshin Swimming Club attend formal lessons on Friday evenings. Children can continue in the Club when they progress to Secondary School. There is a modest membership fee. Instruction is provided by qualified instructors and a host of voluntary committee members are on hand to help in every way possible. Full details may be obtained from any committee member.

Musicians at Killeshin N.S.

Killeshin School Music Club:

This Club looks after music for the children of Killeshin N.S. and also cater for groups of past pupils, especially at times of competitions during the year. This is a very busy club and it's functions are many. It's main aim is to encouage music in the form of choral work and instumental music playing. Functions include buying musical instruments, which are leased out to the children, purchasing and caring for band uniforms, helping out at times of competition, hiring buses and coaches, fund-raising and generally helping out in any way possible with the promotion of music in Killeshin N.S. Almost all traditional and some classical musical instruments are catered for. This a very important and expanding music club within the school. Contact any member of the Committee for further information.

Basketball/Volleyball Court:

Killeshin National School has the added attraction of a full-sized Basketball and Volleyball court, which has recently been extended. We have the assistance of qualified instructors to assist in the training of the pupils.

Killeshin School Tour Long Ago

Physical Education:

The school is fully equipped with gymnastics and sports equipment for physical education classes. These are fully ulilised. The school also have the use of Killeshin Hall, which is ideal for physical education activities and many outside groups use the excellent facilities in the evenings.

Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie:

In association with Killeshin G.A.A. and Killeshin Juvenile Boards, pupils are tutored in the skills of Gaelic Football, Hurling and Camogie. Formal training sessions for all age groups take place normally on Sunday mornings at Killeshin G.A.A. Club. Regular coaching also takes place during and after school. The children are involved in Cumann na mBunscoil, County Laois and have many opportunities of competing against other teams.

French and other European Languages:

At the moment basis French lessons are available to all 5th and 6th class pupils, providing them with a foundation in a European language. The school is taking part this year in a pilot language scheme in European languages in conjunction with the Department of Education & Science, which is proving to be very successful.

All-Ireland Slógadh Champions 1999

Music & Choral Work:

The group pictured above from 2nd Class were the All-Ireland winners of Slógadh 1999 for best Grúpa Tradisiúnta, Traditional Instrumental Music. Children in Killeshin N.S. are tutored for choirs, concerts, Feiseanna, Fleadh Ceoils, Musical Festivals, competitions etc. at various times during the school year. This is one of the strong points in the education of the children in our care and it is well catered for in Killesin school, whether the children perform in choral groups, balled groups or as individuals.

School Open Week:

School Open Week usually takes place in June of every school year. During the week we enlist the aid of specialists in various educational fields to impart some of their knowledge to the pupils. Areas covered can be very varied such as: Art & Craft, Drama, Gymnastics, Athletics, Games, Music, Computers, Chess and Draughts, Cookery, Carpentry etc.

Contact details

Mr. Conor Denieffe, Principal.

Killeshin National School, Killeshin, Carlow.

Phone: 0503-47852