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About Food Dudes

Kilcornan National School has proudly participated in the Food Dudes healthy eating programme for many years. The programme works by changing children’s attitudes towards healthy eating, allowing them to cultivate a liking for fresh fruit and vegetables. Built and developed on three pillars of scientific merit, (1) repeated tastings, (2) rewards and (3) role modelling, Food Dudes has proven itself as an effective evidence-based school-based healthy eating programme. As we are unable to participate in the school based way this year, Food Dudes has developed 'Food Dudes Fun at Home'. https://www.fooddudes.ie/food-dudes-fun-at-home/

This web page includes games, worksheets and videos for parents to download for primary school children of all ages to make learning about fruit, vegetables and healthy eating fun. Each week ,new resources in English and Irish will be added. Thanks to Mrs. Gleeson for her yearly organisation of this programme and for providing us with the link to these excellent resources.

Green Flag No.9

Kilcornan National School is proud to announce that we have been awarded our 9th green flag for Global Citizenship and Travel! For the past two years, our school community have been engaging with this process under the direction of Ms. Balfry, Ms.Mullane and our green schools committee.

Being located on the busy N69 road, the travel element was a difficult one for us. However, our green schools advisor Fiona advised us that there was lots we could still do! We carried out Idling surveys (in secret!) on our school car park at both 2 and 3 o clock over the course of a week. We undertook speed surveys on the N69 and traffic counts. We launched a No Idling campaign which our very supportive parents signed up to. We also engaged in 'Travel Together Thursdays' and carpooling. Our senior pupils even used their creative writing classes to write letters to the local council asking for traffic calming and a safer route to school.

Our pupils created projects on food miles, sustainable cities such as Hong Kong and the world's first bike city, Copenhagen. This linked into our awareness raising on the Global Goals amongst all classes.

We 'Bin it Home' with our lunch rubbish and all pupils bring reusable bottles. Our Green Schools committee carry out litter and energy checklists after each lunch and ensure the correct items are in each bins and water and electricity is not wasted. We have a great relationship with the local Tidy Towns and are happy to collaborate on projects whenever we can. We take part in Team Limerick Clean Up each year as well as spring cleans and WOW days.

We enjoy having speakers visit us and welcomed people from G.O.A.L and Team Ireland Recycling in the last two years. Our fifth and sixth class have also been succesfully been engaging with the LEAF programme over the past two years.

We look forward to getting back to school to see the new traffic calming measures and the difference they will make to the safety of our school community. A big thank you to the community council and everyone in Kilcornan who worked so hard to achieve this!

We also look forward to celebrating and raising our new green flag together when school returns!

Below find a snapshot of some of our work over the past two years:

Well Being Resources

Wellbeing and Active Week

The well being of our pupils is paramount during this difficult time. Our staff and SEN team are here to support you and your children. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any worries or questions.

The first two resources have been recommended by our school educational psychologist:

The first resource is a free well-being journal for children “At Home with Weaving Well-being” by Fiona Forman co-author of the Weaving Wellbeing Programme.  It is a free-book/download.  Fiona appeared on Ireland AM Virgin Media 1 to discuss children’s well-being during these uncertain times and she used some of the activities that are in this free journal.

The website is https://www.otb.ie/wwb-home

The second resource - WellRead  supports emotional wellbeing and is targeted at children aged 8-12 and provides stories selected to support parents/caregivers.  Each story is designed with stopping points to encourage discussion. It was developed by Verbal Arts Centre which is a registered charity.

The website is https://www.mywellread.com/.

Coronavirus: A Book for Children:

https://nosycrowcoronavirus.s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/Coronavirus-ABookForChildren.pdf

Well Being Journal for Kids

https://indd.adobe.com/view/5237deef-2311-469f-9e2d-b5ee89c2000f

The Department of Education and Skills in conjunction with NEPS (National Educational Psychological Service) have created the following resources:

Talking to Children and Young People about Covid 19:

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/talking-to-children-and-young-people-about-covid-19-coronavirus-advice-for-parents-and-schools.pdf

A guide for parents on supporting children and young people with daily routines while schools are closed:

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/guide-for-parents-supporting-children.pdf

Sample plan for the day

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/plan-your-day.pdf

Advice for young people while schools are closed:

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/advice-to-young-people-while-schools-are-closed.pdf

Relaxation Techniques

https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Announcements/new-relaxation-techniques.pdf

Anxiety

https://www.ncge.ie/school-guidance-handbook/wsg/anxiety-and-stress/GC

Health Service Executive: Minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak:

https://www2.hse.ie/wellbeing/mental-health/covid-19/minding-your-mental-health-during-the-coronavirus-outbreak.html

Coping Skills for Kids: Including deep breathing exercises,anxiety and anger:

https://copingskillsforkids.com/deep-breathing-exercises-for-kids

Childline

https://www.childline.ie/worried-about-the-coronavirus-covid-19/

Mental health Ireland: 5 Ways to Wellbeing

https://www.mentalhealthireland.ie/five-ways-to-wellbeing/

Meditation and Mindfulness

https://blog.calm.com/take-a-deep-breath#calmkids

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3JhfsgFPLSLNEROQCdj-GQ

https://positivepsychology.com/mindfulness-for-children-kids-activities/

https://www.mindful.org/free-mindfulness-resources-for-calm-during-covid-outbreak/

Action for Happiness: Coping Calendar

https://www.actionforhappiness.org/coping-calenda

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New Entrants 2020/2021

If you wish to enrol your child for the 2020 2021 academic year in Kilcornan National School, you may post or e mail us your Enrolment form. The Enrolment form is also available here on our website to download. Despite school closures, we are here to support you and are available via secretary@kilcornanns.ie from Monday to Friday. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will do our very best to help you.

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