Activities – Kilmurry National School


Activities at Kilmurry National School

Here at Kilmurry National School we take part in many different activities all of which have great health and mind benefits.  We are always adding to our activities.

Sciath Na Scol
Green Schools
VEX Robotics

Kilmurry NS has a strong tradition in competing in Sciath na Scol Football Competitions, having success in both girls’ and boys’ finals many times down throughout the years.  We are lucky to have the support of our local GAA clubs – Kilmurry GAA,  St. Val’s and Cloughduv GAA who support us in every way they can. 

We also take part in the mini sevens competitions each year.  Some of our past pupils have also represented us on Cork Primary Games teams.

We are beginning our journey in hurling, hoping to enter the Hurling Sciath na Scol this year.

We were the pilot school for this programme, designed by one of our teachers (Patricia Collier) and a UCC lecturer and parent (Emmanuelle Schon Quinlivan). Many of our classes have taken part in this programme, earning our first BFGTOEU plaque this year.  The programme aims to spark conversation and debate in our children around the European Union and Ireland’s role as an E.U. member.  The children gain an understanding of the E.U. and how it works, through active learning and discussion.


Through the JEP curriculum, games and learning aids, pupils get a clear picture of what creating a business is all about. Every step mirrors strands in the primary school curriculum. This means that pupils are not wasting their time or being distracted from important learning. Instead, they’re learning new life skills as well as their core subjects.

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Green-Schools is Ireland’s leading environmental management and education programme for schools.

Promoting long-term, whole-school action for the environment Green-Schools is a student-led programme with involvement from the wider community. The programme is operated and co-ordinated by the Environmental Education Unit of An Taisce (FEE member for Ireland).

Kilmurry National School has had a Green Schools’ Committee since 2013.  We have been awarded 4 green flags to date – Litter and Waste; Energy; Water and Travel.  Our next project will be based on biodiversity. 

VEX Robotics is an exciting and fun program where school children from 8-18 years learn about Science Technology Engineering Art and Maths (STEAM) while having fun! They design, build, program and compete with their robot in a spectacular competition organised by Dell.

In addition to STEAM the students acquire other skills such as project management, presentation skills, teamwork, leadership, PR and much more.

There are two divisions of the competition currently being run in Ireland, VEX IQ and VEX EDR. VEX IQ is primary school level while VEX EDR is secondary school level. Each year there is a new challenge and students must work as a team to design, build, program and drive their Robot.

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Kilmurry National School has a long tradition in competing in School Quizzes such as the Credit Union Quiz, Sciath na Scol Quiz and the Library Quiz.  We are always competitive.

Cork City Sports:

We send children from 1st to 6th class each year to compete in this athletics competition.  We take part in both the individual races and the relay races.  The children love the build up to the competition, from the trial races and training to competition day.

Cycle Sense:

Each year our 6th class receive 6 weeks of cycling lessons.  The lessons involve both theory and physical practice.  We find these lessons to be a valuable asset to the children.


In 2020, our 4th class competed for the first time in Ficheall – a primary schools chess blitz.  We are hoping to make this a new tradition in Kilmurry NS