School Newsletter- November 2018


  • Art Teacher Ms. Debbie Hills worked in each of the classrooms for four sessions, during which she explored with the children the techniques involved in print-making. Students were led through the process and experimented with various colours to achieve exciting results. Colour theory, Art-specific vocabulary and how to achieve repeat pattern effects were taught to the pupils. Younger learners were encouraged to use overlapping shape and line, and colour was introduced by looking at artists such as David Hockney. All of the classes benefitted hugely from the expertise offered by Debbie and are already looking forward to her return visit later in the school year!
  • To celebrate Science Week at the school, pupils from Second Class and upwards had the opportunity of attending the “Look up,” Mayo Science and Technology Festival held in the Park Hotel, Kiltimagh. This event saw Scientist Simon Watt explore with the children some of the science behind space exploration.  Boys and girls were invited on stage as part of a live demonstration on our Solar System. Simon also showed how to construct a home-made telescope.
  • Quiz Team members Matthew Boylan, Liam Frain,  Oisín Duffy and Liam Boyle claimed second prize at the Library Services Quiz held in Ballaghaderreen. This placing qualified the team to compete at County Level (Roscommon) in December.    
  • The senior boys contested the Mini-Sevens County Semi-Final against Bekan N.S which turned out to be a very competitive game, resulting in a one point victory for Kilmovee. This saw them progress to the County Final against Crossmolina, during which a very high standard of football was on display. Unfortunately it was the North Mayo side which prevailed on the day, after a thoroughly enthralling match. Following the game the Kilmovee   boys were presented with County runner-up medals which were richly deserved, given their standard of skill and team-work on the field of play. Many thanks once again to Trainer Mike Raleigh for his mentoring of the team.
  • The boys from Third and Fourth Classes took part in the annual FUTSAL Blitz held in Charlestown. This is a fun event with the emphasis on participation. The team members were presented with certificates at the end of the day.
  • Mass was celebrated in the Church of the Immaculate Conception by Fr. Vincent Sherlock and Fr. Farrell Cawley to mark the retirement of former Principal, Mrs. Denise Deery. Testimony to the regard in which Mrs. Deery is held was the huge attendance by parents, colleagues, friends, pupils and past pupils. Afterwards, the large gathering adjourned to the Community Centre for a function, which was essentially a celebration of Denise’s unique contribution to education at Kilmovee School for thirty one years. Presentations were made by Mrs. Catherine Duffy on behalf of the Board of Management and by Mrs. Carmel Roddy on behalf of the Parents’ Association. Current Principal Mrs. Mary Warde welcomed the Deery family, all of the assembled guests and in particular Fr. Cawley who served as Chairperson of the Board of Management alongside Mrs. Deery for many years. Mrs. Warde spoke about the huge changes in education since Denise began her teaching career and how she willingly embraced all of them for the good of the pupils. Down through the years, Mrs. Deery earned a reputation for a keen interest in quizzes, music, dramaíocht and sport and this interest in turn was cultivated in her pupils.  Indeed many former pupils stated that they continued to engage with these activities long after they left Primary School. Mrs. Warde also spoke about the positive impact Mrs. Deery had on the lives of many children as they made their way from Junior Infants up to Sixth Class. Mrs. Deery in turn stated how humbled she was, to see so many people at the gathering and thanked everyone for their good wishes and for making the night possible. She recalled with gratitude all those with whom she worked alongside, both at school and on Boards of Management. She spoke of how deeply rewarding she had found teaching and how no two days were the same when children were involved! The party continued well into the night, with music provided by Carmel Mcloughlin as well as members of the local Comhaltas Branch, which fittingly included some past pupils. Fr. Sherlock also gave a rendition of some lively songs which saw many take to the floor for a dance. The ‘feel-good factor’ of the evening, reflected the esteem in which Mrs. Deery is held and the genuine good wishes of all   the assembled guests for a well deserved happy and healthy retirement!

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