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Happy St. Valentines day from Clondulane N.S!

Happy St. Valentines day

Happy St. Valentines day

5th and 6th class pupils recently received the certificate of participation award for our commitment in the One Million Steps Fermoy Schools Challenge.


 The One Million Steps

The One Million Steps

Cinderella & Rockerfella

On Thursday 20th December 2018 the 5th and 6th classes performed a play called Cinderella & Rockerfella.

We opened the show with a few jokes by Darragh and Conor and followed with a group musical performance. Cinderella and Buttons (played by Amy and Aidan) were joined on stage by the Ugly Sisters (played by Blaithín and Lucy). At this stage of the story you’re pretty familiar with the original tale, but later on you realise that Prince Charming is no longer a prince and has chosen to become a rock star! (Rockerfella played by Katie).

The next scene shows Rockerfella meeting the press with his manager, and shows that he is tired of his new lifestyle. The ugly sisters had three tickets for the ball but did not give the last one to Cinderella.

Cinderella was feeling down with the amount of work she had, but when her fairy godmother and the fairy brigade arrived for her makeover, she was overjoyed. We went straight into the ball scene which started with a song and then a waltz. As the crowd dispersed Cinderella made her appearance and met Rockerfella. Being true to the story Cinderella leaves the ball before midnight leaving her glass slipper behind.

The search for the foot that would fit in the shoe was acted through another song and received great applause and laughter from the audience. Rockerfella is feeling sad about not finding Cinderella when Buttons announces there is one more foot left (which was Cinderella’s.)  It ended with another song about happy ever afters and everyone got the chance to take a bow during the last song.


By Ethan


The Halloween Party

Our school had a Halloween Party on Thursday the 25th of October.

All the children arrived with amazing costumes on, we played all around the yard before school!  Of course we had to go back in though when the bell rang. Even though we had to do work in the morning we were all excited because we knew we were going to have a party.

At 12 O’ clock we were so excited because all classes went into the hall to have a parade (where everyone) went around showing off their costumes, each class one by one. After that we played musical statues with songs like: The “Ghostbusters” song, “Thriller”, “Monster Mash” etc. It was so much fun with the teachers going around trying to make us laugh.

In 5th and 6th, we went into the hall and started playing musical chairs, after that, we played a game with toy guns and cups. We set up the cups in a little pyramid and tried to shoot the cups down. When we were finished, we went back into the classroom and we got a load of sweets and watched the very first Ghostbusters!

We finally went back home all full of sweets.  We had such a nice time!

By Amy

The Doolan String Quartet

On Friday 12th of October, the Doolan String Quartet visited our school to perform live for us. The musical workshop is part Tuning Up – a music-in-schools programme designed to foster music appreciation and to enhance our understanding and response to listening to classical music. The group told us they had only been together for a year. They were also touring around different schools across Ireland.

The whole school – from junior infants to 6th class – assembled to take part. The musicians Mark and Rachel playing the violin, Martha on the viola, and Grace – who is from Fermoy, playing the cello, took us on a musical adventure discovering the difference between rhythm and melody, harmony and pitch.

We had fun discussing methods of composition, string playing techniques and recognising musical ideas and guessing which animal were being depicted by certain parts of music

By Christopher & Ethan

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Congratulations to Fermoy GAA team

Good luck Fermoy!

Good luck Fermoy!

 The St. Colman’s Blitz

On Wednesday the 26th of September, 14 of the 5th and 6th class pupils left to go to the St. Colman’s blitz. We left on the bus at 9:40am and arrived at 9:50am.

When we first arrived we went to our pitch. Our pitch number was number 2. This was where we played all our matches. The girls went to a different pitch where they played their matches. The girls played football and the boys played hurling.

First we did a few warm ups by taking a few side lines and penalties. Our first match was Conna vs Clondulane. Conna won by 5 goals and 7 points. We were quite disappointed losing our first match. While we were waiting we went down to the girls’ pitch and we watched them play. The girls of Clondulane (in football) lost against St. Josephs. After that we ate some lunch and did a few warmups. Later on, once our pitch was ready we took our positions again on the pitch. We played and lost against Bishop Murphy’s but we were very close. The final score was 3 goals and 6 points to 3 goals and 5 points. Next, we went down to the girls’ pitch again and watched them play Kilmagner.

Then we went back and we did another few warm ups. We did passing, picked up the ball, took penalties, frees and side lines. We picked up our hurley’s and we took our positions. We all played well but we lost against Ballygown. We were quite disappointed in losing all our matches so far. We went back and took our lunch and we did more practice. despite the practice, we still lost our last match.

We all were very disappointed. But then a man came over and announced that we were in the shield semi-final! We were all surprised and we thought it was a joke. But then we ended up on the pitch. Our goal keeper, Oisín made an excellent save and we were all proud of him. During the last few minutes of the game the girls came over and were cheering us on. They were very supportive. We played hard but lost in the end by two points.

We were very disappointed but we all had a good day playing hurling. The girls however, came back winning their final! We were all happy and we had an excellent day.

By Liam & Ethan

Loreto Blitz - September 2018

Orienteering and map reading with Sean Cotter

On the 11th of September 2018, Sean Cotter came to our school to teach 4th, 5th and 6th classes about map reading, navigation skills and orienteering.


Firstly, we had to get a dictionary and a big book and keep each book on one corner of the table. Then Sean came around and put two other objects such as a small plate of metal, a coin or a small container on the table.  After that he handed each of us a piece of paper. Then he told us to take a look at the table from a bird’s eye view then we drew what we saw.

Sean said that this would be our “map”. The map would probably look like one big rectangle in one corner, a circle in the other, a medium sized square in another and a small circle in the last. Next he taught us about setting the map. To set the map was to study the table carefully then align the map with what you saw. The next thing we did was to walk around the table and keep the map set at the same time. Then we went outside.

Firstly, (after we went outside) we were each paired up with another person. We got control cards and a different map. Then he set nine cones in a specific order and he put one cone in the basketball hoop to mark the north. This was to help us to keep our map set.He then gave our groups letters from A to D. These were the names of the different courses we had to take. If we got course A once we finished it, we would take course C and if we got course B once we finished that we did course D. On our maps there was a specific route we had to follow. When we reached each cone we had to flip it over take a look inside and inside there was three letters. We wrote the three letters on to our control cards. The letter combination on the cones may be GUL or HEQ and others.

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Once we finished this we sat down and Sean taught us about handling a big map. He showed us a map where every five centimetres would be fifty thousand kilometres. He said to fold the map into sections to help you to then avoid handling a huge big map. Then he gave us a map of the school grounds and a control cards. Then he named the colours on the map. All our maps had different numbers on them.


First we set our map and then we were off. On the markers there were punchers with different patterns on them.


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Once we finished our map we traded our current map for a new one. Sean also said that the last person back would be the winner. He meant that we should take our time and not to rush it. Once we completed all our maps we waited by the wall. Then after everyone was back Sean told us about how to fold maps that get damaged when you fold them. He said to take a photocopy in colour no bigger the A4 size and fold it into sections.

We all had a great time with Sean and we are looking forward to go Orienteering at Corrin Hill.

By Ethan



May 2018

Sciath na Scól Indoor Hurling Blitz 2018

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The pupils from 5th and 6th Class played Ballygown N.S., Ballygiblin N.S. and Buttevant N.S. on 14th March in Mallow GAA Sports Complex. Well done on a great performance!

April 2018

The Parents’ Association have elected a new Chairperson, Treasurer and Secretary.  They are: Kim Wheeler-Neligan   -   Chairperson Seán Madden              -   Treasurer Aidan Sheridan           -   Secretary for contact details Click on the Parents Info tab at the top of the page and in the drop down menu Click on Parents’ Association

March 2018

Please see Child Safeguarding Statement on Parents Info page.  Click on Parents Info tab at the top of this page and in the drop-down menu Click on Policies.


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Situated in the beautiful village of Clondulane, near Fermoy in County Cork, Clondulane National School (Scoil Mhuire gan Smál) caters for children from Junior Infants to 6th class