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The pupils and staff are looking forward to visiting Knockreer, Killarney this Friday (22nd March) for a morning filled with education and fun! Don't forget to bring your wellies!

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Congratulations to our Fifth and Sixth Class pupils who received the Sacrament of Confirmation today in Millstreet. We hope you all enjoyed your special day.

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"Green Day" will be held this Friday, 15th March! We will be raising funds this Lent for Trócaire. All donations greatly appreciated.

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Congratulations to our Scór na bPáistí County Ballad Group champions who won first place on Saturday in Ovens. Congratulations also to their tutor, Maria O' Sullivan.

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A representative from Trócaire, Janet, paid us a visit on Tuesday. Her presentation was insightful and the children were very interested to hear about the Trojan work which Trócaire are completing overseas.They are helping families in Africa, India and Central America with 46 years. Last year, 8 million was raised from the Trócaire Lenten Boxes. This year highlights the importance of land. Maya, Maria and Patricia are the three children who are pictured on this year's Lenten Boxes.  TJ Ryan presented Janet with a wonderful picture during the presentation.

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Best of luck to our Green Schools committee and all classes who have been working so hard to obtain our sixth Green Flag! The theme for these past two years has been "Global Citizen Litter and Waste. Mrs.Cremin is the co-ordinator behind the Green School's committee this time around. 
 Year Co-Ordinator Theme
 Mrs. Kelleher Litter and Waste
 Mrs. Bourke     Energy                
 Mrs. Bourke Water
 Mrs. Bourke Travel
 Ms. Murphy Biodiversity

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Well done to our pupils who competed in the ballad group in the Scór na bPáistí County Final in Oven yesterday. We are very proud of you. They sang "Lovely Derry on the Banks of the Foyle" and "Belfast Mill". Well done also to their tutor, Maria O'Sullivan.

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Our recent Book Fair was a huge success and we have been awarded with 540 euro worth of free books for our school! Thank you to all the parents for supporting this annual event. No doubt there isn't a coin left in the piggy banks!

Today we welcomed all the Nanas and Grandads into our school and we celebrated Grandparents' day with music, artwork and a cup of tea! Excitement filled the classrooms and corridors today and a great time was had by all.
Some of the very impressive artwork that was on display in our school today to celebrate Grandparents' Day:

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We will be on our midterm break on Thursday, 21st February and Friday, 22nd February.


Confirmation will take place on Wednesday, 20th March.

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Our school tour is booked already! We will be heading to Mallow Complex on Thursday, 20th June. All classes will be going on the school tour this year.

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The school will be closed on Monday, March 25th for a staff training day.

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We will have our annual Trócaire visit on Tuesday, 12th March for all the children. 

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Our annual book fair will take place on Tuesday, 26th February and Wednesday, 27th February from 2:00 to 3:30 pm. All are welcome to attend. Our book fair is always a very popular event with the children and the excitement is growing already!

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Parent-Teacher meetings will take place on Tuesday, 19th February. Your child's class teacher will allocate a time for you to discuss your child's progress.

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Grandparents' Day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, 13th February at 12:30 p.m.

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Enrolment forms for the next academic year, 2019/2020, are available from this website under the heading "Forms".

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Our annual book fair will take place at the end of February. This is an event which causes a lot of excitement among the pupils! 

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Second class pupils will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Confession) in Cullen on Thursday, 28th February at 7:00 pm.

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Gymnastics will begin on Tuesday, 26th February (every Tuesday), for 6 weeks. 

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We would like to welcome all grandparents of our students to the school on Wednesday, 30th January at 12:30 pm. This will be a great opportunity for the children to show-off their school to their Grannies and Grandads! Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday.

Congratulations and best wishes to a past pupil of ours, Ciarán O' Sullivan who has been called to represent the Republic of Ireland Under-15 squad. The squad will travel to Spain next week for three matches against Spain, the Netherlands and Hungary. Ciarán, who plays for Mallow United, is the sole Munster representative. It seems like yesterday that Ciarán was kicking the football around our schoolyard during lunchtime! Well done on such a fantastic achievement, Ciarán. We are very proud of you.

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Congratulations to Emily Nagle, Clodagh O' Connor, Maggie Moynihan, Katie O' Sullivan and Gemma Nagle on their recent success; they are reigning Munster champions in the ballad-group section! Well done to you all!                                                            

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Best wishes to our past pupils and current pupil, Emily Nagle in the Munster Scór na nÓg final tomorrow. They will be performing as a ballad group. We are extremely proud of them all and have been lucky enough to see them perform on many an occasion over the past few years. Emily received quite the send-off in school on Friday! Best of luck ladies; we are very proud of you.


Congratulations are in order for the pupils of First, Second and Third class who recently won best in the county in a national art competition run by The National Disability Authority. The theme for the competition was "Someone Like Me". This competition promotes awareness and understanding of disability issues amongst primary school children. Our children in First, Second and Third class entered the competition in September with Mrs. Kelleher. Their efforts have been rewarded with a 100 euro voucher for their classroom and a 200 euro voucher for the school. Congratulations to all involved!

Image result for clothes collectionOur next clothes collection will take place in March. We appreciate any donations from anyone from Cullen or the wider community. You are welcome to drop bags to the school any day during school hours, on or before Friday, 8th March. These clothes collections provide much needed funds for our school. Your donations are always greatly appreciated.

Thank you to all our sponsors for their very generous donations:


Great fun was had by all in school before the Christmas holidays. We had a Christmas Jumper Day, Christmas movie and a Christmas disco! Treats were given to the children to reward them for their hard work in this year's Nativity Play. Thank you to our sponsors who supported this year's Christmas raffle in school. We are also gratefult to the families in the school who worked hard to sell tickets for the raffle. 

On Friday, 21st December, we had a surprise visit from Santa! This obviousy caused a lot of excitement throughout the school. He assured all the boys and girls in Cullen N.S. that they are on the Nice List. 

Thank you to the Parents Association for decorating the school hall for our Christmas disco and for your continued support. It is much appreciated, as always. 

School will close for the Christmas holidays this Friday, 21st December at 12:30 pm. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas. See you all on Monday, 7th January, 2019!

Congratulations to all our pupils who participated in this year's Nativity Play in the Church on Friday, 14th December. We are very proud of you all!

The children are busy rehearsing for the upcoming Nativity Play which will take place in Cullen Church, on Friday, 14th December.

Our very successful Jumble Sale:

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We welcome Ms. Nora Meade-Moynihan as our new principal. We hope you enjoy your time at Cullen National School. We are a caring, vibrant school community and we want you to feel part of our team. Together, we will continue to do our best for our children. Welcome to Cullen National School!

We will be holding our Cheerios Breakfast Morning on Thursday. Please ensure your child brings a bowl and spoon to school! All donations are greatly appreciated. Please read below to find out more.

Where does your money go?

  • All funds raised from Cheerios® Childline Breakfast Week to fund Childline, the only the national active listening service for all children and young people in Ireland, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
  • Childline is free, anonymous and confidential.
  • Every year, over 350,000 calls are made by children and young adults to our phone line, text and online services.
  • Childline is staffed by a team of volunteers and by staff members who train and supervise volunteers to ensure a consistent and high quality service to children and young people.
  • Children call Childline for many reasons; they might just want to talk to someone, or may be lonely, upset, worried, or may have experienced trauma or abuse. When children contact Childline, they are seeking a listening ear and often feel that they have nowhere else to turn.

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A retirement party will be held in honour of Mrs. Kelleher, to celebrate her many years of dedication and to show her our appreciation for all her work and effort throughout her fourteen years as Principal in Cullen N.S.
Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Fitzgerald in Cullen Church this coming Friday, 19th October at 7pm. Pupils, parents,former staff members, past-pupils, members of the community and beyond are all most welcome to attend. The school children will provide the music for the mass.
The celebrations will continue afterwards in the community centre, where music will be provided by past-pupils of Mrs. Kelleher. Any past-pupils who wish to provide this entertainment are most welcome to perform with the others. Tea and baking will be provided by the parents. 
We are all looking to a night filled with stories and laughter!

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It is almost that time of year again folks! Our 6th Class pupils are busy preparing for this year's Jumble Sale, which will take place in the school on Friday, 26th October. We would ask you to search through your children's toy boxes and donate any unwanted toys please. Children are welcome to wear a Halloween costume on the day of the Jumble Sale. We would advise you to give your children bags (labelled with their names) going to school that day so they can bring home their valuable treasure! A sweet shop will be organised on the day by the 6th class. Competitions such as Penalty Shoot Out, Guess the Number of Sweets, Cullen's Got Talent will be run. Please provide your child with a little purse/wallet. 

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There will be a Mass in Cullen Church on Friday, 19th October at 7:00pm to bid a fond farewell to our principal, Mrs. Kelleher. The children of our school are busy practising their songs and readings for this Mass. Parents, current pupils, past pupils and members of the community and beyond are all most welcome to attend. 

Parents, we ask you to get the aprons and sieves out for the occasion! You never cease to amaze us with your culinary expertise! Please drop your baking to the hall prior to the Mass. After Mass, all are invited to attend celebrations in the community centre. Music will be provided by past-pupils of Mrs. Kelleher, pupils who would have formed part of our school band at some stage. We welcome these musicians to bring their instrument of choice on the night, to be part of this momentous occasion.

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Welcome Back to School:

We would like to take this opportunity to welcome everybody back after the summer holidays. We hope that everyone had a most enjoyable break and we look forward to the school year ahead.

We regret to inform you that Mrs. Kelleher, our principal for the past fourteen years, has decided to retire. Mrs. Kelleher joined the staff back in 2004 and taught the senior classes for most of that time. She has been responsible for the school winning numerous accolades, including the national Dear Grace writing competition countless years in succession and many Discover Science awards, as well as a Blue Flag.
It is because of Mrs. Kelleher that our school is known far and wide for its many singers and musicians. Her love of music is contagious and it is for this reason that we boast an impressive school band. Our school band has been know to contain keyboards, violins, recorders, tin whistles, flutes, accordions, concertinas, a glockenspiel, chimes, drums, etc! 
Mrs. Kelleher was also one of the driving forces behind our community obtaining a new school. She spent many, many hours meeting with the department of education, builders, the board of management, ensuring that our school would be an impressive build. 
It is thanks to Mrs. Kelleher that the children of our community have had the pleasure of being involved in so many extra-curricular activities. She has ensured that the pupils have received a high level of education- public speaking activities, wildlife projects, Christmas pagents, spring cleans through the village were all frequent outings.
Mrs. Kelleher, you will be greatly missed by the pupils and staff in our school. We wish you every happiness in your retirement. Don't forget to visit us!

Our sixth class pupils from last year are greatly missed. We are thinking of you all and hoping that you are settling into "big school" without too much difficulty.
A huge welcome is in order for our new Junior Infants! They have settled-in very well and not a tear in sight! Photos to follow over the coming days and weeks ahead.

Our annual Harvest Mass will take place on Sunday, 14th October. 

Holy Communion for second class will take place on Saturday, 18th May.

The date for Confirmation is yet to be confirmed.

Our next Clothes Collection will take place Tuesday, 25th September. We welcome all bags of unwanted clothes and shoes. These bags will provide some much needed funding for our school for the upcoming year, so please get packing!

Summer 2018:

We bid a fond farewell to our sixth class pupils recently, when their parents were invited to attend our annual Graduation Mass in school. All children participated in the mass by singing and playing instruments. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Parents’ Association for providing the delicious refreshments on the day. Nobody went home hungry!

We wish our sixth class pupils all of the very best in their future endeavours and hope they will remember their years in primary school with fondness. 

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We had a wonderful time participating in Walk to school Wednesday! 

We are working hard towards achieving our 6th Green Flag and we are maintaining our first 5 Green Flags! On Wednesday last we all put on our hi-vis vests to walk to school. The sun was shining and off we went. Thank you to all children and staff for taking part and thank you to all parents/grandparents who also walked with us. A special thanks  to Catherine Cronin who kindly dropped all the lunch boxes to the school for us so we could walk without baggage and to Garda O Dwyer for escorting us. The children were thrilled to see Garda O Dwyer and hear the siren! We are looking forward to next years walk already. 

Buddy Learning at Cullen National School

Busy this week with our helpers from Mrs. Cremin's class helping the boys and girls of Mrs. Kelleher's class with their English work. Lots of work done and great  fun had by all!

Upcoming Events

posted May 3, 2018, 12:52 PM by Cullen NS   [ updated May 3, 2018, 1:17 PM ]

Standardized Testing will take place in the school on the dates listed below. We urge all children to be present on these dates if possible:
Wednesday, 6th June= English
Thursday, 7th June= Gaeilge
Thursday, 14th June= Maths

Our Sports Day will be scheduled for a day with blue skies and sunshine....hopefully! Children will be notified in advance of the day by their class teachers.

Graduation Mass for our Sixth Class pupils will take place on Thursday, 21st June.

Our annual School Tour will take place in Tralee this year, including a trip to the Wetlands. This tour will take place on Friday, 22nd June.

Holy Communion

posted Apr 25, 2018, 6:32 AM by Cullen NS

First Holy Communion will take place in Cullen Church on Saturday  28th of April, 2018 at 11am. We are looking forward to it and all are welcome to attend. 

Slapped Cheek

posted Apr 20, 2018, 4:48 AM by Cullen NS

A case of Slapped Cheek (viral infection) has been confirmed in the school. Please refer to the HSE website or you GP for further information.

Cullen N.S. goes Farming!

posted Mar 27, 2018, 2:16 AM by Cullen NS

Last week we were taken on a very enjoyable trip to Kanturk. We were first taken on a tour of a farm and saw cows being milked and we came up close and personal with a few small four-legged creatures!

Next on the agenda was Kanturk Creamery and we learned how to make cream the old-fashioned way. We then went to Super Valu where they accept the milk and check its temperature. We then went to Temperance Hall where we ate and watched a video and presentation regarding the work carried out in the creamery. Finally, we visited Kanturk Mart, where we were treated to a knowledgeable account of the activities of a mart. 
We all thoroughly enjoyed our day!

Art and Fun in Mrs. Kelleher’s Classroom

posted Mar 16, 2018, 12:05 PM by Cullen NS

Saint Patrick’s Day Celebrations

posted Mar 16, 2018, 12:00 PM by Cullen NS

There was a competition in our school today for “Best Dressed for St. Patrick’s Celebrations” with the stipulation being that the costume had to be homemade! The overall winner was given the honor of breaking the piñata! Every child was given a treat to finish.

EGGSperts in the Making!

posted Mar 15, 2018, 11:03 AM by Cullen NS   [ updated Apr 25, 2018, 6:41 AM ]

We had a very egg-citing few weeks at Cullen National School waiting for our chicks to hatch.

First off we would like to thank Nelson and Heidi Diaz for supplying us with an incubator and eggs and for the work that was involved in this project. In order for the chicks to hatch, Nelson and Heidi had to collect fertile eggs and transfer them to the incubator as soon as possible. Then they brought the incubator into school where it was kept. We were all able to look at the eggs every day and see how they were growing inside. We used a flash light to look into the eggs to see the blood vessels.

We had to make sure the eggs were kept in the incubator for 21 days until they hatched. They had to be kept at 37.5 degrees in order for the chicks to grow and hatch. We had to make sure we didn’t pick them up too often as it would disturb their growth. The incubator also turned the eggs which mimics the efforts of a hen and the eggs were never resting on their same side. 

There was fierce excitement at school when day 21 was approaching. We couldn’t wait to see the first chick that would hatch. Like clockwork on day 21, there was a chick waiting for us in the incubator when we came into school. The next step was then to place the chick into a brooder, where it was going to spend the first few weeks of its life. We fed the chicks water and pellets. Over the next week the rest of the chicks were born.

We couldn’t believe how fast the chicks grew. Every day we could see them getting bigger and bigger. After a few days, because it was Easter, the newly born chicks were sent home with Nelson and Heidi who kindly cared for them. In the middle of April, the chicks returned to the school so that children could buy the chicks if they wished.

Children of the Eucharist (C.O.T.E.)

posted Feb 13, 2018, 1:18 AM by Cullen NS   [ updated Feb 13, 2018, 1:23 AM ]

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Children of the Eucharist (C.O.T.E.) is a ministry available to primary schools which focuses on the Adoration of Jesus present in the Eucharist. Following an initial hour-long presentation  made to the children in the school, which places the Sacrament of the Eucharist in the context of the Sacraments of Baptism and Reconciliation, the children adore the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary for c. thirty minutes. During this time the children pray aloud in words and song, they listen to the Scripture, answer questions about it and listen to a reflection which is followed by silent attentiveness to God within. The Adoration is repeated monthly thereafter until shortly after the children have celebrated their First Holy Communion.

First Confession and Holy Communion

posted Jan 24, 2018, 5:09 AM by Cullen NS

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First Confession will take place in the Church of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Cullen on Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m.

Our First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday, April 28th at 11:00 a.m.

As always, pupils from all classes are encouraged to attend the First Confession and First Holy Communion to celebrate with our Second Class pupils.

Book Fair

posted Jan 24, 2018, 5:01 AM by Cullen NS

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Our annual Book Fair will take place on Wednesday, 28th February between 7:00 p.m. and  8:30 p.m. in our school. This event is always a great cause of excitement among the pupils because there are a wide variety of children's books, novels, stationery, posters, novelty sets, etc. available on the night. World Book Day vouchers can be used on the night. Looking forward to seeing you at this wonderful event!

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