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March 2021

The Easter Holidays have arrived. We hope you all have a lovely break and stay safe.

Take a look below for our school's Jerusalema Dance.

See you back in school on the 12th of April.

January 2021

Hi everyone,

Kanturk GNS hope you had a lovely Christmas and new year.

As you are aware the school community have been participating in remote online learning since Monday,11th of January.

Week One down and all the children are trying really hard and doing fantastic work so

"A very Well done to you!! - Keep it up!!".

Hopefully we will all be back to school soon when it is safe to do so.

For now, we will continue engagement with Google Classroom and remote learning. 

Parents/Guardians, Kanturk GNS greatly appreciates your continued support at this time.

Thank you and stay safe.

Have a lovely weekend.











September- December 2020

We had a really enjoyable visit from Santa in our Gazebo on Wednesday 15th December and all the children met Santa and his elf and received a selection box.  Great fun was had by all. 

School closes for Xmas Tues 22nd December. There will be staggered closing times in line with social distancing .
12pm Butterfly Room & Rainbow Room,& Senior Infants/Mr Toibin .
12.10 Mrs Linehan Junior Infants, Mrs O Shea Senior Infants/First/,& Mrs Courtney Ist/2nd.
12.20pm Miss O Riordan 2nd/3rd, Mrs Meehan 3rd &4th, Mrs Guiney 5th & 6th


Hi all. If weather ok next Wednesday 16th December we hope to have a socially distanced visit from Santa and all pupils will get a little edible treat organised by the Parents Association. It will be a non uniform day and each child is asked to bring in 2€ and the money will go to Penny Dinners and the Parents Association fund. Pupils may wear Christmas jumpers/tops if they have them/ no need to buy anything. No home work next week



In November each child hangs a leaf  with the name of a person or names of people they know who have passed away.  Our message is 'In November we remember'. We think of all our school community who may have lost someone since last November.  May they all rest in peace.

Christmas is coming and we have begun to hang our decorations up in school .  We are planning a few nice Christmas activites for the pupils in school.  Further details later .




As we all settle into school after our midterm break please ensure all pupils wear their coats and caps/hats as weather may be cold and wet. Also there will not be any formal Parent/teacher meetings this term so should you wish to talk to a teacher please ring the office or email the teacher to organise an online meeting or phonecall. 

Please see Annual Notice for School Admission/Enrolment  2021/22 under Policies on the Website. Enrolment/admission forms for new pupils can be accessed from school by post or email 



Hi everyone. It has been a busy and very positive first term on returning to school . We have all worked very hard and enjoyed our time being back in school together. Thanks to everyone for being so supportive and cooperative during this challenging period. We wish everyone a lovely Halloween break and stay safe.

Some photos below of Halloween "Feel Good Friday" and "Deadly Dancing".


Hi all

It is great to see all our pupils settling into school so well this month. Please ensure you read all the information emailed or text to you from our school. 

We wish our First Communion class of 2020 best wishes on Saturday 19th on their First Communion day.

Many thanks to everyone for being so supportive and cooperative with the new changes and regulations due to Covid 19. We appreciate your continued support 




Hi everyone

First week of school down. We were delighted to welcome back all our pupils, staff and wider school community. It was fantastic to see everyone again. Everyone is settling in well and it’s great to be back. Thanks to all for the continued support and especially during these times. We are looking forward to working with our school community over the year ahead. Our school plans to reopen on Monday 31st August. All the staff are busy preparing for our school reopening and we are looking forward to seeing everyone return to school safely . Information has been emailed to Parents/Guardians already about school reopening and further updated information will be emailed to parents on returning to our school safely. We are asking for your support and cooperation in opening our school and keeping it open as safely as possible . We will be following DES and HSE guidelines. 




Check out this video showing a variety of activities which took place during the school academic year 2019/2020. Thanks to Peter O' Callaghan for compiling the video. 

As the year draws to a close, all the staff here at KanturkGNS would like to thank all the school community for their support over the last academic year. The last few months have been strange but thankfully, we are coming out of it and returning to the new normal.

Thank you for all your support and any contributions or engagement with us over the last number of months. We hope you enjoy your Summer and have a well deserved break.

We hope to see you all again at the start of the next academic year following the DES and Public Health Advice. Stay Safe and Stay Well.


All Staff @KanturkGNS.


Best Wishes and a fond farewell to our sixth class girls who are leaving our school. We wish them well on all their endeavours in the future!

A little message for 2nd Class First Holy Communion Class 2020


See http://gnskanturk.com/useful-links for useful website links and app which may be of use to you and your child/children at this time.

Re Covid 19 School Update 

May 2020

Hi everyone. We hope you are all keeping well. School will not reopen for pupils until September but we will continue to do work with you on Google Classroom and with sending emails containing school work. Please remember the work given out is a guideline to help you while school is closed. Our Teachers hope to have meetings with their classes on Google Meet this week and it will be nice to for pupils to meet their teachers, SNAs and their class mates. 

Our Second class were to have their First Communion Ceremony on May 9th. We know its disappointing that the day was postponed. However there will be another day organised for the ceremony when school reopens. So we will look forward to that and it will be an extra special day for our Second class. 

Please check out our staff on Twitter at 'GNS Kanturk' who recorded all sorts of activities for Active week from their homes last week. It was all a bit of fun and they all had greetings for their pupils. 

As always during this time please STAY SAFE  .


April 2020

We hope everyone is safe and well after the Easter break . We are now back to organising and planning work for home. Teachers are using Google classroom so if you haven't signed up for it you can do so by emailing the class teacher or email office@gnskanturk.com. Similar work will be emailed to you every Monday if you are unable to sign up for Google classroom. We emphasize that this a guideline for work in the absence of school being open. There should be no pressure on anyone and we ask that you do only what it is possible for you to do. If anyone wishes to talk to a teacher please email and we will ring you. The important message for everyone is to Stay Safe during these strange times. Take care

 As this is week three of our school closure  we hope everyone is safe and keeping well. Please note an email was sent to everyone on April 2nd with information on accessing Google classroom after the Easter break, if the schools remain closed. Information and school work will still be emailed each week by the class teacher. For the Easter break there will be no new assigned work.  We hope you keep safe and well during the Easter holidays 

We hope everyone is okay and keeping safe. All information from school is being emailed to Parents/Guardians while the school remains closed. If you are not receiving emails from the school or class teacher please email the school at office@gnskanturk.com. Our Principal Derval Vaughan emailed a newsletter (dated March 23rd) on behalf of the staff  to parents and guardians. The letter gives some guidance and information on managing school work at home . However we stress that everyones health and safety comes first. Keep safe  .

We hope everyone is well in light of the recent spread of the Virus. It is a diffcult time for everyone but hopefully if we all follow the guidelines and regulations given by the HSE this virus will not spread as quickly as is anticipated.  Keep safe everybody and take care .


Seachtain Na Gaeilge

We are celebrating "Seachtain na Gaeilge" this week.  We are encouraging both pupils and staff to speak more Irish throughout the day.The Junior classes will engage in "Comhra beirte" with the Senior Classes.  They will speak to each other as Gaeilge and converse in Irish as much as possible. Each class will learn an irish song and do some irish dancing.  We will all dress up in green clothes on Friday (Lá Glas) and perform at the Céilí Mór sa halla.

Déan iarracht an Gaelainn a labhairt sa bhaile freisin. Bain taitneamh as !! Mar a deir an seanfhocal: "Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam"

Engineering Week 2020

Confirmation and 5 a side Spar Soccer on in Mayfield recently.

Book Fair in the Boys School next week.

School closes at 12.30 on Friday 13th to facilitate staff training. 

Best wishes to our Confirmation Class on receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Tuesday 25th February. It was a lovely ceremony and the singing and music was lovely.  Best wishes to the Lismire and the Boys School pupils who also received the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Seachtain na Gaeilge will be from the 9th-13th March . There will be lots of music, dancing and conversational Irish and competitions taking place next week . 



School will close for midterm Thursday 20th and Friday 21st February.

Best of luck to the pupils taking part in Scór on Saturday 15th in the Edel Quinn Hall

School will close at 1.30pm Tuesday 25th February Confirmation Day

Ceremony of light Mass Saturday 25th February at 6.30 pm 

School will close at 12.30 on Friday March 13th to facilitate Staff training for new language curriculum.

Congratulations to Second and Third class for reaching, 1,000 points  on their Class Dojo!.  Each Student would receive a point for e.g. a random act of kindness, ag caint as gaeilge, good listening etc.  As a class they accumulated 1,000 points which was an outstanding achievement! They had a "Class Dojo day " on the 7th February to celebrate their success.  Well done to all the students involved!


Second and Third Class also published their  very own book entitled "What Makes Me Happy".  They wrote and illustrated the whole book.  The students learned a great deal about the publishing process while they improved their vocabulary and writing skills.  This book was published with .www.student treasures.ie and was made  available for parents /guardians to buy.  We hope you enjoy this keepsake for many more years to come!


Grandparents Day 2020


Convent of Mercy Primary School Kanturk Open Night and Enrolment Information  for September 2020 

Grandparents Day was 29th January. It was a lovely morning with Mass at 10am in the Church and then refreshments in the school after. Grandparents got the opportunity to visit their grandchildren in their classes. Many thanks to the Parents Association for helping out. On this day we celebrate our Grandparents who are alive and we also especially remember those who have passed away. Grandparents are special people in all our lives. 

Enrolments for Junior Infants will be taken at the school on Thursday 30th January @ 7.15pm. It  is not necessary to bring your child on that night. You might please inform any parent/guardian who may wish to enrol a child for September 2020 of the above arrangement.


Welcome back everyone after our

Christmas break. 

We wish everyone a Happy New





Check out some photo's here and @kanturkgns twitter account of Christmas performances 2019.

We are all very busy here in school getting ready for our Christmas performances.

Pageant for 1st to 6th classes tomorrow night in Church. Pupils need to be in Church at 6.50pm. All welcome to come and see this performance.

Sleepy Sheperd will be performed by Senior Infants in school hall at 7.15 pm.on Tuesday 17th December .

Junior Infants will perform their Sing a long in the school hall on Tuesday 17th December at 1.15pm.

Well done to our Parents Association for raising 2000 € approximately : proceeds from the 80s disco held in the Golf Club recently . Thanks to all who supported this event.



5th and 6th Class enjoyed a very informative and educational trip to the lifetime lab in Cork on Friday. Focus was placed on the Science Strands Light and Sound. The girls partcipated in a discussion about both topics which was very well organised and came away with lots of knowledge on both topics. The girls also were scientists and engineers on the day themselves where they made torches and a musical instrument. It was a fantastic day, enjoyed by all. See some snaps below!


Reminder.... 80's disco organised by Parents Association in Kanturk Golf Club on Saturday, 30th of November 2019. Tickets are €10 and all funds go towards reducing costs for families in our school through subsiding some activities by the Parents Association.

Please Support the following fundraiser...

The Parents Association are holding an 80s Disco in the Golf Club on Saturday 30th November and are asking Parents/Guardians/Relatives/Friends  and the wider school community  to support this event. Tickets are 10 € each and doors open at 9pm on the night. Fancy dress is optional. The Parents Association have subsidised Gymnastics & Music (5 € per pupil instead of 12€ for each  this term) There will also be football and hurling training which will be free for all pupils. The PA will be subsidising swimming after Christmas . Please support this event as all funds are needed to reduce costs for families in our school. Tickets on sale outside the school next week.




School closes for Midterm break from Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019. School will reopen on Monday 4th November.

Parent Teacher Meetings will be held on Wednesday 20th and Thursday 21st November. Appointments will be arranged closer to the time.

Classes from First to Sixth will take part in a Christmas Pageant in the Church on the night of Thursday 12th December at 7.15 p.m. approx.


Maths week 14th October to 19th October. Mrs Meehan organised lego and brick stations in the hall during this week and every class got to work with another class and build and make interesting items. 

Board of Management elections will be held this term and a new Board of Management will be formed at end of November. 

Gymnastics will start again with Patsy Reilly after Mid term .Classes 5 € per pupil for 6 weeks instead of 12 € as the classes are subsidised by the Parents Association .

Parents Association are holding an 80s disco in the Golf Club on Saturday 30th November. The money raised will be used to subsidise gymnastics , music, swimming , coding classes in our school this year.

Gabby Hurley celebrating her win with her class after winning the Under 12 Cork Camogie final. Gabby played on the winning team.

Confirmation will be held on Tuesday 25th February 2020

First Communion will be held on Saturday 9th May 2020.

School will  be closed on Tuesday 24th September to facilitate staff training 



Welcome back everyone and we hope you had a lovely holiday. September is a busy month in school and there are lots of things happening . We welcome our new Junior Infants this year and our new pupils in the Rainbow Room and Butterfly room and the new pupils who have joined other classes throughout the school. We hope everyone has a happy year in school .


We wish everyone a happy and safe summer. School reopens on Thursday August 29th . We look forward to seeing you all when school reopens. 

Active School Week 2019 #ASW19

What a busy week it has been! Make sure to check out @KanturkGNS on Twitter and Kanturk Newsletter on facebook for our recent updates.

It really has been fun filled with a balance between participation and a slight fun element of competition for some of the older classes. We are always very active and healthy in Kanturk GNS and love Active School Week every year.

Activities occur during this time and throughout the year which hopes to gives the children in the school a splash of various activities which they can take part in outside of school.

Check out the Active School section of this website also and feel free to look at some photos there and below to get an idea of the opportunities available all week.

We would also like to thank parents, members of our community and some clubs that volunteered their time during the week. #varietyisthespiceoflife


It is June , the last month of our school year.

Active School takes place from Monday 9th June to Friday 14th June. Active Week includes school tours which are activity based outings, skipathon, Sports day, our school dance 'Under the Sea', Walks in park, exercise classes, kangoo jumps, tag rugby, soccer, camogie, volley ball and other fun activities . 

On Friday 14th June we will raise our 4th Green Flag and the Digital School of Distinction flag. All parents/guardians and families are invited to attend the event and have a cuppa as well at 11.30 am . 


May is a busy month and there's lots happening in our school.

Well done to 4th & 5th  class who won a Clic News award from January-March 2019 .

Our Marine Green Flag  and Digital School Flag will be raised in the school on Friday June 14th. All parents, Grandparents , families welcome to attend this special occasion.

There will be a recyclable clothes collection in our school on Tuesday June 5th . All bags of old clothes, shoes etc are welcome and can be dropped to school from Friday 31st May. 

Our new Junior Infants for next school year are invited to the school for a visit on Thursday 12th June at 2p.m.

School tours for this term are as follows- Junior Infants picnic in Kanturk

Senior Infants visit to Grenagh Pet Farm Thursday 6th June 

Ist2nd/3rd Lets Go Activity day GAA complex Mallow Monday 10th June

4th/5th/6th Ballyhass Lakes Adventure Centre Monday 10th June 

A group of girls are  travelling to  the Aviva Stadium Dublin to take part in the Aldi National Tag Rugby Festival Wednesday 22nd May

Green school Committee are helping to paint benches in the town park and money from our Easter Egg raffle is being donated to the Tidy Towns Committee to buy plants 


May Newsflash!!

News just in.......

Kanturk GNS has been awarded their 4th Green School Marine Flag!!!!! Well done to all the Committee for all thie hard work!

Lots happening in Kanturk GNS at the moment.

Congratulations to 2nd class who received their First Holy Communion on Saturday. Recently, TY Students from Coláiste Treasa were on work experience. They helped in lots of different ways including football skills lessons.

5th/6th recently took part in the Aldi Rugby Blitz. Thanks to Olan from Kanturk Rugby for organising this.

Camogie has been taking place with Esther from some of the older classes. We are delighted to have her teaching the girls some fantastic fundamentals.

Aileen Lehane has been completing a dance with the whole school at the minute. Watch this space........ On Friday, 10th of May 2019, The Whole School participated in the Daily Mile in the local park and 4th and 5th did some gradening. Take a look out the front of the school when you get a chance! Take a look at some snaps below!!

Welcome back to all our pupils and staff after the Easter break. We hope you all enjoyed the holiday.  800 € was raised from our Easter Egg Raffle and this money will go towards the Down Syndrome Centre Cork and subsidising school trips. Many thanks to the shops that sponsored our eggs and to those who bought all the raffle tickets. 

There will be a recyclable clothes collection in our school on Tuesday 7th May. All bags of old clothes, shoes will be greatly appreciated. 

First Communion will be held on Saturday 11th May at 11am.


Kanturk GNS were very busy as always just before Easter. History and Science projects were on display in the Hall for classes to see. Projects were in commemoration of 1916 and for Engineering Week. The Active School Committee organised Volleyball, egg and spoon races and circuit activities for some classes for Easter. See a sample of photos below!



Our Annual Easter Egg Raffle will be held on Friday April 12th in school.


Easter eggs have been donated by SuperValu, Lidl and Spar. Tickets cost 50 cent for 1 strip and €1  for 3 strips. The money raised will go towards the Down Syndrome centre in Cork and subsidising school events.



Many thanks to all who supported our Book Fair. €3,560 was raised. We are very appreciative of all those who helped out and supported the event. The school will be able to access free books from the Book company due to the large sales.

Tag Rugby continues with Olan Daly until Easter and all classes are enjoying the sessions. Ms Guineys 6th class and Ms O Riordans Junior Infants and First are going to Scoil Mhuire gym every Monday until the Easter holidays to do activities with Transition Year students. We are very appreciative to Scoil Mhuire for facilitating this.

Our revised Child Protection Statement,  Risk Assessment policy and Enrolment policy will be in the policy section of this website this week. Parents are invited to read them as theses policies are among the mandatory policies of the school.