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Book Fair in the Convent of Mercy Girls N.S Kanturk.

A variety of books are available for all age levels

 Wednesday 13th March  – Friday 15th March, 2019

 Wed 13th          1.50pm - 3.50pm  Open to the Public

                           7.30pm - 8.30pm Open to the Public


Thursday 14th    1.50pm - 3.50pm Open to the Public


Friday 15th          1.50p. - 2.5












0pm Open to the Public


All world book tokens will be accepted at our book fair.

Parents may visit the school with their children to buy books (especially the Infant classes when open to the Public) or give them money to buy their own.


Well done to our pupils who travelled to ICT Conference in Athlone on Saturday 2nd March with their teacher Mrs Meehan. They gave a presentation at the Conference.  

Well done to Olivia who is through to the County Scór for her recetation.  School closes at 1.50pm on Thursday 14th March to facilitate Staff training. 



Some photos taken during our recent Grandparents day.

Congratulations to all the girls who participated in the Duhallow Scór na bPáistí final. We are very proud of all our girls here at Kanturk GNS. A special congrats and best of luck to Olivia who won in recitation and will represent Kanturk and Duhallow in the county semi final. We wish her luck!!

We bid farewell to Canon Jackie Corkery , Parish Priest of Kanturk and Chairperson of our school. We thank him for all the support and time he has given to our school while Chairperson of our Board of Management. He has not only been a good manager but he has also been a good friend of our school. We wish him well in his retirement and he will always be a welcome visitor to the Girls School. Slán go fóill Canon Jackie.


Last Wednesday 20th February, 2019 we celebrated Grandparents day .  It was great to see all the Grandparents and parents at Mass and after in our school for refreshments. Some Grandparents visited their grandchildrens classrooms. Everyone enjoyed the morning.

County Photos will visit the school on Wednesday 27th  to take photographs.  Parents/Guardians will have the option to buy class photos/individual pupil photos/photos of pupils with siblings. 

Our School will close at 1.50 on Tuesday 14th March to facililate Staff Training. 

Grandparents day will now be held on Wednesday 20th February . There will be Mass in the church at 10am and everyone is invited to the school hall after for refreshments. Grandparents may visit classrooms during the morning. It is an occasion to celebrate with the Grandparents who can attend and to also remember the Grandparents who have passed away.

Well done to our school on receiving our Digital School Award. This award acknowledges  Information technology as a component of the teaching and learning in our school. 

Well done to our girls who took part in Scór in Rockchapel on the 9th February . They all performed so well and we are very proud of them .

Due to the poor weather conditions Grandparents day had to be cancelled on Wednesday 30th January. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and will rearrange another day to celebrate Grandparents day in the near future. In the event of poor weather conditions we advise you to only travel to school if safe to do so. Thanks for your cooperation 

Reminder Open Night for Junior Infant Parents/Guardians (September 2019) will be held in the school on February 7th 2019 at 7.30.p.m. Any Parents/Guardians wishing to enrol their children for September 2019 are invited to attend. 


Visit from some local BT Young Scientist winners and it was especially lovely to meet past pupils Ava and Katie. Fantastic and thanks for calling to see us.

Grandparents day tomorrow, Wednesday 30/01/19. Mass at 10am in church followed by refreshments in Kanturk GNS Halla. All welcome!

A very eventful few weeks since Christmas. January has seen the continuation of Music and beginning of swimming lessons for this year for some classes.

- Scór practice has begun with very dedicated students practising during part of their lunch.

- Laura Enright, one of our pupils who was the Kanturk Credit Union and Chapter 12 Art Competition Winner has also received the Runner - Up Prize in the 11-13 years category at National Level. We are very proud of her. Well done!!

- Niamh Quain Cork Simon Community Co-ordinator visited to speak to the school community about Cork Simon Community. Kanturk GNS presented her with a cheque of €1,200 which was raised from from carol singing and school donations before Christmas. Thanks to all involved and for all the donations for such a worthy cause. See below some photos..

Happy New Year Everybody and welcome back to school. We hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Continue to keep an eye here for any updates. Don't forget to check out our Twitter account @KanturkGNS or through the twitter link at the bottom of this homepage!


Wishing everybody a happy and safe Christmas and looking forward to seeing you all in the new year. School reopens 7th of January.

Thanks to all who supported our coffee morning on Friday 7th December.  Over €1,300 was raised and this money will go towards subsidising swimming and bus trips.  Thanks to the Parents Association for organising it. 

Thanks to the Parents ,Guardians, Grandparents, friends of the school and the wider community for supporting it by baking, buying cakes and buns, raffle tickets and calling in for tea and coffee. 

It was a great success 




The Parents Assocation wish to invite you to their Christmas Coffee Morning on tomorrow Friday 7th December from 9.30am - 12pm.  There will be a Raffle on the morning with great prizes.  The money raised will go towards subsidising swimming and bus trips in the next two terms.

 Here under are the events happening in the next two weeks.


Mrs Linehan Junior Infants - Sing Along on Tuesday 18th December, at 1.30pm in school. 


Miss O'Riordan Junior and Senior Infants and pupils from the Butterfly Room  will perform their 'What a Star' play on Wednesday 19th at 1.20pm.


Mrs O'Shea Senior Infants and First Class will have their 'Sing Along' on Thursday 20th at 1.30pm.


All parents are welcome to see their children perform in school on those days. 


Thursday 20th - 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th classes will go Carol Singing at the Credit Union at 11am. Parents may also visit the Credit Union to see 3rd, 4th, 5th & 6th Carol Singing.

First and Second Class will visit Mercy House (date to be decided) . 


Save the Date!!!

Parents Association Coffee Morning ☕️

Date: December 7th 2018 Venue: School Hall All welcome. Please support and any baking would also be gladly received. 


Welcome back everyone after the Halloween Holidays.

We hope you all had a lovely break.

See below some photographs of some Halloween costumes made by the children for the Halloween Recycling Competition. Each and every child in our school did a great job and it's fantastic to see all the wonderful products and efforts made by all the children. 

We really do have extremely creative pupils in our school. Well Done!

Update October, 2018.
We are working towards our Green School Flag this year which is Global Citizenship and the Marine.
Our Junior Infants and new pupils from the Butterfly room are settling in very well.
We are learning  sign language (Lámh)as  a whole school initiative. 
We hope to schedule Parent /Teacher Meetings in November.
Our school will be closed on Friday 28th September  and Thursday October 4th due to Staff Training days as directed by the D.E.S. guidelines .


School closes on Wednesday 27th June at 12.15p.m. We wish everyone a safe and happy holiday after a busy year in school.  We look forward to seeing everyone again on Friday August 31st 




Monday saw the start of Active School Week here in Kanturk GNS. On Monday we were very lucky to have Seán Kelly MEP with us to raise our European and Active school flags. He spoke to us about the importance of being part of the European Union and even left us a few items to raffle off in classes. Our School were very fortunate to have RnR dance with us on the day who put on an amazing display with students from the girls and boys school. We were very proud of them. RnR dance took different classes for the day too. Throughout the week, there are many activities happening in our school as part of Active School Week such as Dance, Basketball, Camogie, Football, exercise class, soccer, Wake Up Shake Up, Obstacles courses and so much more. We are delighted to work with parents and other members of our community to promote lots of different activities which are available after school. Take a look at some photographs and more information in our Active School section of the website.



June Update

Well done to our girls who did very well in the Cork City Sports on Friday 1st June . We are all very proud of them.


Coffee Morning Friday 8th June . All welcome . Also European Awareness Day in our school on Friday 8th June also at 11am. 5th & 6th will be presenting their research and projects on all the Countries in the European Union and we will be honoured with a visit from Deirdre Clune MEP, Michael Creed , Minister for Agriculture and other local TDs and County Councillors as well as representatives from Kanturk Community Council, Chamber of Commerce and IRD. 


Active School Week 18th June to 22nd June. Lots of events happening that week including dance, basketball, camogie, soccer, exercise classes and many more activities. We will also raise our 2nd Active School Flag on the Monday of that week. Well Done to everyone in our school community who have maintained their active and healthy lifestyles since our last flag. Well done to the girls on the A.S. Committee for working so hard over the last few years.



May Update

Best wishes to the girls and boys receiving their First Holy Communion on this Saturday, 26th of May 2018. May God be with them on the day and always. Here's hoping the weather stays fine for the weekend.

Reminder: Coffee Morning - Friday, 8th of June 2018. We hope to see you all there.

School will close early Thursday next at 1.50pm to facilitate a staff meeting.

Active School Week will take place Monday 18th - Friday 22nd of June 2018. Please check out the A.S. Section for lots of active school information and news.


News Update

Coffee Morning on Friday June 8th . All welcome  

Our 5th class girls have just finished 5 weeks of cycling safely and road safety awareness classes with John and Kieron (Cork Sports partnership)

1st, 2nd and 3rd class are going swimming on Fridays.

4h, 5th and 6th are doing PE classes with transition years in Scoil Mhuire on Thursdays

Emma Burke is training Senior classes in football on Tuesdays.

5th & 6th will be confirmed on the 16th May

2nd class will recieve their First Holy Communion on May 26th.

Well done to the Lip Sinc group representing our school in the Edel Quinn Hall on Sat 28th April who were the overall winners. A great night was had by all and the proceeds will go towards replacing the roof on the Edel Quinn Hall. 








Welcome back after the Easter break and we hope you all enjoyed it. Our Easter Raffle was a great success. €600 was raised and the money is going to subsidising school trips and to the Lip Sync competition which is a fundraiser for replacing the roof on the Edel Quinn hall. Many thanks to Spar Kanturk, SuperValu Kanturk and Dunnes Mallow who sponsored the Easter eggs.

Please support the Lip Sync competition as the Edel Quinn Hall is a great venue to hold all local events and we are fortunate as a community to have it.  We were very appreciative to be able to use the hall in December for our Christmas performance 'All Kinds of Everything' 

Swimming classes for First, Second and Third classes begins Friday 20th April for 5 weeks. The cost for the bus and lessons  is only 25€ per pupil and the remainder of the cost is subsidised by the Parents Association.

Tag Rugby has been postponed for the next few weeks .

The Ceremony of Light  for our Confirmation pupils will take place on Saturday 21st May 2018 at 7.30pm 


For Easter Holidays , we will close at 12.20pm on Friday March 23rd and reopen on Monday , April 9th 

Well done to our 2nd class who made their First Confession on Tuesday 20th March. 

Well done to the girls who particiapted in the Soccer Blitz in Blarney. A special thanks to Natasha Humphreys who helped to coach them . 

Our Easter Egg Raffle will be held on Thursday 22nd March. The money raised will go to subsidising school trips and towards repairing the roof on the Edel Quinn Hall. 



Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh! A very happy St. Patrick's weekend to all our families in Kanturk GNS. School reopens Tuesday, 20th of March 2018 as normal. We hope you have a safe and enjoyable weekend.


Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession ) for 2nd class changed to Tuesday 20th March at 7.30 in Church 


Zeeko Parent Internet Safety Seminar Thursday 15th March at 7.15pm. All Parents /Guardians invited to attend.


Enrolment Ceremony for Confirmation class on Wednesday 7th March at 7.30 pm in the Church . 



School will be closed on Monday 5th March due to Staff Child Protection Training. 


Re Mid Term Break: School will be closed Thursday 15th and Friday 16th February . We wish everyone a safe  and happy break  

Reminder Open Night for Junior Infants (Enrolling in September 2018) on Tuesday 13th February at 7.30p.m in school.

Parent Teacher meetings Weds 21st and Thurs 22nd February 


There will be an Internet Safety Seminar for Parents  in our school on Thursday 15th March at 7.15 p.m. This talk will be given by Zeeko Academy(Internet Safety Seminar Specialists) and pupils from 1st to 6th will have Internet Safety workshops during that day. We ask that all parents/guardians try and come to the Parents Seminar as Internet Safety is a growing issue especially  for our young children/teenagers. The talk is being subdised by our Parents association. 

Important dates this term 

  • Thursday 1st February 2018 - Grandparents Day: Mass at 10am . Senior Infants - 6th will be attending.  After Mass all parents and Grandparents of both boys and girls school are invited to the Convent Primary School  for refreshments in the school hall.  Grandparents are invited to visit their Grandchild's class in our school.
  • February 12th - 14th is Friendship week in our school.  There will be lots of activities games etc based around friendship.
  • Parent Teacher meetings Wednesday 21st &  Thursday 22nd  February.
  • Open night for Juniors Infants 2018 on Tuesday 13th February at 7.30pm.