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Book Fair Weds 29th-Friday 31st March

Best of Luck to our girls taking part in the Spar Soccer Blitz and the football blitz in Rathcoole  this week



Book Fair in the Convent Girls N.S. Kanturk

Time table for Book Fair

Wednesday 29th March, 2017   - Friday 31st March, 2017


Wednesday 29th  

9.20am.  - 12.30pm.  

Convent GNS Pupils with Class Teacher.

1.50am.  -   4.00pm.  Open to the Public.

7.30pm.  -   8.30pm.  Open to the Public.


Thursday 30th      

9.20am.  -  10.50am.            St Colman's Boys N.S.

11.am-  12.45 p.m.               Nathleens Montessori                                                                                          (Please note change of time)

1.50pm.  -    4.00pm.            Open to the Public.


Friday 31st  

10.15am.  - 10.50am.           Tina's Cherry Blossom                                                                                         Playschool.           

1.50pm.  -  3.00pm.               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  Infants classes when open to the public) or give them money to buy their own.

News Update :A great day was had on Monday 20th March when our 5th and 6th class received a W.A.F.A (Water, Air Food Award) and a cheque for €500 for their superb project on Water.  A delegation from 'Water Explorers' visited the school and thereb was a ceremony in honour of our Water Master pupils. Some pupils, parents and staff were also interviewed for a documentary that is being made about Water Explorers . A special thanks to Una Meehan for all her work on the project

 Monday 20th March will be an exciting day in our school as a team from Water Explorers  will visit the school to present our 5th & 6th class 'Water Masters ' with a special award. Parents and families are invited for the ceremony at 11a.m. We are very proud of our pupils whose project originally won an International award. 

Even more exciting news for Water Explorers!!!! We recently received this Invitation below and we are all very proud of our Water Explorers in Kanturk GNS.


Multi-award winning SOCIAL ACTIVIST Ayrton Cable from Denmark  is visiting Cork to present the GLOBAL WAF Youth Award.

Founding WAF Youth at age 11, Ayrton aims to encourage a whole generation of young people to be part of the solution to feeding everyone and ensuring safe water.


Global Youth Award Winners 2017: Convent of Mercy Girls NS, Kanturk, Co. Cork


You are invited to a special award ceremony to recognise the incredible water conservation efforts of this years  WAF Youth WINNERS!


Convent of Mercy Girls National School are true  Water Explorers! Reaching the national finals of the Water Explorer competition in 2016 their water conservation efforts gained international recognition, including none other than Duncan Stewart!

LOCATION: Convent of Mercy Girls NS, Kanturk, Co. Cork

TIME: 10:45am – 12pm

EVENT DETAILS: Filming of “Silent Hero’s” documentary

11:00        Welcome by Principal, Water Explorer presentation and school performance

11:35         Ayrton presents Award to the Water Explorer team

11:45         PRESS: Photo-call & Interviews.

All Parents invited to attend the ceremony at 11a.m. especially parents of our Water Masters (5th &6th) class

Clothes Collection Tuesday 16th May-all bags of recyclable clothes appreciated

Zumba classes have begun on Fridays  with Teresa Napier

Lorcan McLoughlin,  our local and highly regarded Cork player, will train the Junior and Senior Infants in hurling skills for the next 4 Tuesdays.

'Literacy Lift Off' begins again with Mrs O Sheas class next week.

1st-6th will go to the Edel Quinn Hall next Thursday 16th at 10.30 am to see Cinderella which is being performed by pupils from Colaíste Treasa

Our second class girls will attend their First Penance ceremony on Weds 15th March at 7.30p.m. 




Welcome back everyone . We hope you had a nice break. 

Zumba classes starting this Friday 3rd with Teresa Napier. Cost 4€ for 6 weeks. 

Midterm:Thursday 23rd February and Friday 24th February. School reopens Monday 27th February. Enjoy the break

Well done to our pupils who took part in Scór on Friday 17th & Sunday 19th February. Congrats to the novelty act group who came second- Hagar, Kayla, Meagan , Ciara O Regan, Ciara Lenihan and Jayne . Also well done again to Ciara Lenihan  who came first in the recitation section and to Jayne Harrington who came second in the solo singing section. We are all very proud of them 

Friendship week 

Just in case you didn't know this week is friendship week. We have been very busy in Kanturk GNS. We strive for Inclusion, Participation and Respect of all our pupils. This week saw us making a very special effort with our peers. On Monday, we completed Mindfulness and Yoga with Susan Fitzgerald. The pupils really loved this and Susan is always excellent with them. We also took a tour of the school in the Infant classes and kept an eye out for the many friendship features in our school ie. Our Kindness Tree, Friendship Fish, Friendship board, Friendship Bench and Postbox. Each pupil had a secret friend for the day as well which was lots of fun. On Tuesday, Infant classes had secret friends again, a Friendship Colouring Competition and sang some friendship themed songs. 5th and 6th Class students made and iced buns for Wednesdays Student Coffee Morning. Check out the photograph of the yummy buns below. Older classes also participated in a very worthwhile and informative workshop called "Her Hero" which discussed and gave information on Cyber Bullying - An extremely successful workshop.  All pupils had homework off and it was non uniform day on Wednesday 


Our School's Operation Tranformation 10 @ 10 with Chris Price.

Recorded and edited by Peter O' Callaghan. Thanks so much to both parents.



The Convent of Mercy N.S. is situated on Church Street, Kanturk. It presently has 184 pupils enrolled in the school. There are 7mainstream classes. Boys are enrolled in the school for Junior and Senior Infants and transfer to St. Colman Boys School. There are 9 full time teachers. Our school is a place in which a safe and secure learning environment is cultivated. We promote and encourage respect for oneself and others at all times. We hope that our pupils enjoy their school experience encompassing  learning, social interaction, self development etc

We hope you enjoy our website and have a look at the many activities that take place in the Convent of Mercy NS

Derval Vaughan





Check out our latest Water Explorers News Video.

Well done and congratulations girls!! All yer hard work has paid off.



 Check out our Active School Dance 2016!!

We have recently started participating in 10@10 as part of the Nationwide initiative organised by RTÉ'S Operation Transformation. This involves the whole school completing 10 minutes of exercise at 10 o' clock on the 10th of February. Two of our parents Chris Price and Peter O' Callaghan have kindly offered their time to help us complete and video the activities. Check out our first practice today. In class, teachers have been completing 10 @ 10 with the children. It is a fantastic way to keep us all active as part of our Active School. Also, it gets us set for our work as well as a movement break so we are not sitting down for long periods of time. Check out some photo's of us all in action!!



News Update

We wish our pupils taking part in Scór in Boherbue and Kanturk this weekend all the best .

Friendship Week begins this week for 3 days. 

Our Open night and Enrolment for Junior Infants took place on Thursday 16th February. Some of the pupils helped out on the night by showing parents around our school. Also pupils on our Active School, Green School and Healthy School Committee spoke about their respective committees and were at their stands after to give out information leaflets and explain what the role of their  committee is in our school. Lots of parents came to the night and as always our dedicated staff was there to meet parents and help out when needed.  We look forward to welcoming our prospective Junior Infants to school in September. 

Well done to the girls who took part in Scór on Friday 3rd February in the Edel Quinn Hall. We had a variety of entries-two ballad groups, 2 girls doing recitations, 2 solo singers and a group performing a sketch. A special congrats to Ciara Lenihan (recitation) and Jayne Harrington(Solo Singer) who go through to the final. We are very proud of all those who took part. A special thanks again to Muireann Vaughan and Sinead Guiney , our 5th & 6th for all their help in preparing for the night.

Well done to our Green School Committee who were interviewed by Colette Creedon from an Taísce about our application for our third green flag on the theme of 'Water'. Mrs Meehan and her committee have worked hard to encourage , educate and enlighten our pupils and staff on the use and conservation of water. Heres hoping we will be awarded our flag soon.


Best of luck to our girls taking part in Scór in the Edel Quinn Hall on Friday 3rd February and many thanks to Ms Guiney and Muireann Vaughan for all their coaching. 


Well done to everyone who helped out to make Grandparents day so special. Grandparents joined us for mass and after visited classrooms, met with staff and pupils and got their photos taken with their grandchildren while also enjoying a cuppa in our school hall. Many thanks to our dedicated Parents Association and other parents who helped out in the morning. We also remembered and were mindful of the Grandparents who could not be with us as they live too far away and also our Grandparents who have passed away. 


Well done to the girls who took part in the Kanturk Credit Union Quiz in the Edel Quinn Hall on Friday 27th January.  A special congrats to the team who came third in their category -Jayne Harrington , Bronagh O Brien, Kiera O Connor, Aoibh Hogan. The other 2 teams consisted of Hagar Soliman, Mathea Scanlon, Ciara Lenihan and Ava Hynes, Mary Sheehan, Amy Lenihan and Emma Krenzer.



As part of Catholic Schools week Grandparents day is on Weds February 1st (St Bridgets Day). Senior Infants - 6th classes will go to 10am mass and all Grandparents , parents and families are invited to join them at mass and then come to our school hall for refreshments.  Junior Infant Grandparents are all invited into  school to visit the pupils in their class.

Our school will hold an Open evening and enrolment information night for new entrants on Thursday 16th February at 7.30pm in the school.  Anyone interested in enrolling their children for school for September 2017 are invited to come along.  You will get the opportunity to look around  the school and meet the staff and some of the older pupils who attend our school.

Well done to the students from Colaiste Treasa who did so well in the Young Scientists at The RDS. The six talented teenagers (Isobel Hynes, Jack Murphy, Conleith Aspel, Maeve O Connor, Michael Sheehan, Aidagh Shiels)visited our school this week and met with teachers and pupils and explained what their projects were about and how they felt when they received an award. A special congrats to our past pupils Isobel Hynes and Jack Murphy and to Derry O Donovan their teacher . Well done to all in Colaíste Treasa. Check some photographs out below!




Swimming begins on Friday 13th January for 4th, 5th and 6th classes. The cost of this is 25 euro for 6 weeks. Swimming is heavily subsidised by the Parents Association.

Junior and Senior Infants will have football training for the next 2 Fridays with Martin Farrissey

Zumba classes will be starting in school in early Marcch

The Parents Association raised 20000 euro from their 'Strictly Comes to Kanturk ' event. Well done to the P.A., the dancers and all who supported the event. The money raised will go towards Science equipment, P.E. equipment and books for our school. 



School closes on Thursday 22nd December 2016 at 12.30pm and re-opens on Monday 9th January, 2017.

On Wednesday 21st December, 2016. Santa visited the school and the children gave him a very warm greeting.  
3rd - 6th went Carol Singing to the Credit Union and some of their Mums and Dads joined them. Well done to all the girls. 
Junior Infants performed Their 'Sing a long for ' parents , grandparents etc.


Tuesday  20th December , 2016 was another busy day in the girls school.  

Senior Infants performed their Christmas Play'Ralph the Reindeer' for the whole school and then in the afternoon performed for their parents, grandparents, babyminders etc.  They were absolutely great.

First & Second went carol singing to Mercy House with Ms Courtney & Mrs Murphy .Another lovely occasion! 


Monday 19th December, 2016 - What a busy day in our school .

One of the Strictly dancers Martin 'Bam Bam' O Neill sponsored the Animal Roadshow to come and visit the school. The children got to see snakes, a tortoise, lizards and lots more animals. Many thanks to 'Bam Bam' for bringing the Roadshow.  It was great fun.

The Senior Infants Classes performed their play 'Ralph the Rudolph' for the preschoolers in Cherry Blossoms play school and Nathleens  Montessori . They were great. 

In the afternoon some of the dancers who took part in 'Strictly comes to Kanturk 'came to visit and danced for all the pupils and staff. It was a magical experience and everyone enjoyed themselves.  

Thanks to all our dancers again for taking part and their amazing enthusiasm.


Strictly Comes to Kanturk

'Strictly Comes to Kanturk' dance competition was held in the Edel Quinn Hall on Friday last 9th December.  It was a fantastic night's entertainment and a complete sell out. It was organised by the Parents Association of our school.  The dancers included 24 local people who gave their time and energy to dance for this event.  Judges included local men Michael Winters and Andy Walsh, Newmarket, Irish dancing teacher Julie Nolan and Lesley Ann Radcliffe, Centre Stage, Mallow. 

Derval Vaughan, Principal of the Girls school acknowledged the great work of the Parents Associaiton in organising the event and the dancers who gave up their time to take part and performed so well on the night.  A special thanks to Michael Browne who was a superb MC for the night and Peter O'Callaghan who volunteered his expertise on lighting and sound.  Well done to the hall committee for their great work on the night and leading up to the event.  A special thanks to the businesses who sponsored the event and all the parents and local community who supported the night.  The money raised will go towards Science, PE equipment and new books for reading initiatives for the school.  All equipment bought will transfered to the new school when it's built.


Pupils from 1st-6th class will attend 12 O Clock Mass on Thursday 8th December to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

School will close at 1.50p.m. on Thursday 8th December to facilitate staff training.

Well done to our two teams who took part in the IRD Public Speaking final on Thursday 1st December. One team came runners up(Aoibh, Bronagh Jayne and  Mathea ) and the other team came third (Ciara Linehan, Hagar, Ciara O Regan, Johannah). Medals and trophys were presented and well 

Well done to our 4th class girls who took in a football blitz in Mallow .

Our pupils who won the Water Explorers project are currently making a short video production with Peter O Callaghan.



Congratulations to our 2 teams of pupils who qualified for the final of the I.R.D  Public speaking competition on Thursday December 1st. They were excellent in the semi finals against  serious  competition from other local schools. We wish them all the best in the final. 


We ask all children to wear their coats and caps as the weather gets colder.

Gymnastics continuing on Friday  with Patsy Reilly.

Tickets on sale for 'Strictly Comes to Kanturk' on Friday 9th December in the Edel Quinn Hall. Cost €15 each but

hurry as they are selling fast!!!


We have a lovely Kindness Tree on our Infant Corridor in our school. The children choose a challenge, complete the challenge and write the act of kindness on the kindness tree.


Here are some Halloween Photos!!


Well done to our football team who won their 4 games at the Grading Blitz in Rathcoole. Many thanks to their teacher Sinead Guiney and Martin Farrissey for coaching them. We are very proud of them.




Cork City Sports Participants June 2016

Our First Communion Class 2016


5th and 6th Class Confirmation Day 2016.


Proclamation/Commemoration Day - 2016