© Carnaross National School 2021
Carnaross National School is situated 3 miles north of Kells on the N3.
In 1824 there were six schools in the united Parish of Carnaross and Mullaghea but 11
years later there were but 2 schools, one at Dulane and one at Loughan.
The Parish school at Carnaross was erected on chapel grounds, constructed of stone and
thatch and was funded by public contributions.
In 1844 Fr. Sheridan P.P. made an application to have the national school system
introduced to Carnaross Parish as the existing school was totally inadequate. In 1934 a
spacious new school of 3 classrooms was erected by Fr. Kelly P.P. at Carnaross, across the
road from the existing school.
On 30th of June 1982 Woodpole School closed and the pupils transferred to Carnaross
National School. In August 1982 extension work began on Carnaross School as two new
classrooms, an assembly hall cum general purpose room were added because pupil
enrolment had increased from 85 in 1940 to 118 by 1988.
In 2005 the school grounds were extended creating extra play area and ample space for
the 2009 extension. By 2008 the enrolment was 154 and a new extension consisting of 3
beautiful new classrooms, sports hall and 2 offices were erected. The old school was re-
wired and refurbished creating 3 spacious classrooms, 1 learning support room, 1 resource
room and a lovely compu-library.
The school also has extensive play facilities which include two football pitches,
basketball and Olympic handball courts and an infant playground.
OUR VISION is that of a caring, Catholic School where all children, whatever their ability,
race or creed are cherished for their uniqueness.
We believe each child has a unique and special contribution to make. We believe
every child matters.
Our School seeks to give equal opportunity to all children to reach their full potential –
academically, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally.
We endeavour to achieve this goal in a climate of positive co-operation, supported by the
entire school community of pupils, teachers, support staff, parents/guardians, Board of
Management and wider community. We want our pupils to enjoy school.
The staff of Carnaross National School seeks actively, through word and action, to create
a happy climate of physical, emotional, social and intellectual security for students, staff
and parents/guardians. In this way teaching and learning can take place within a
stimulating learning environment with an atmosphere of mutual respect so that our pupils
can achieve their full potential as well balanced spiritual people.
We want our students to be happy with themselves, others and their world.
We want our pupils to enjoy school. We endeavour to achieve quality in all that we do.
We are proactive in our efforts to achieve this environment through our language and our
actions. The teachers welcome parents/guardians as partners in this process.
As a Catholic School we seek to promote an ethos which is: welcoming, open, tolerant,
receptive, safe, caring, inclusive, aesthetically pleasing, hardworking and enjoyable.
Dervilla Finnegan Principal
Junior Infants / Senior Infants
- Ms Racheal Browne
Senior Infants / First Class
- Ms Kerrie Finnegan
- Ms Helen Sherlock
- Mr Daithí O’Connor
- Ms Gillian Rennicks
- Mr Conor Brady
- Ms Jennifer Donegan
Special Education Teachers
Junior to 2nd Class
- Ms Aine Tynan
3rd to 6th Class
- Ms Elizabeth Moloney
Special Needs Assistant
- Philomena Davis
- Nicola Daly
- Angela Arkins
I will be gentle and will not hurt anyone.
I will be kind and will not hurt people’s feelings.
I will be honest and will not hide the truth.
I will listen and will not interrupt.
I will respect people and property.
I will work hard and do my best at all times.
School starts at 9:00 a.m.
Fruit snack at 10:00 a.m.
Break at 10:45 a.m.
Lunch at 12:30—12:55 p.m.
Junior and Senior Infants go home at 1:40 p.m.
All other classes go home at 2:40 p.m.
Please come promptly as your child may fret if he is left waiting while others are
collected. If there are any special collection arrangements please let us know in writing.
A signed consent is necessary if a child is to leave the school during the day and we urge
parents not to collect children early if at all possible as it disrupts their learning.
Children must be collected by an adult if they are leaving school early.
Children will not be released into the care of another juvenile.
Safety: Parents/guardians are urged to take care when dropping their children off as
the road way is very busy. Children must always be accompanied whenever they have to
cross the road. Parents are asked not to park in the bus set down area.
School Uniform is compulsory in Carnaross National School.
It consists of –
navy tracksuit top/jumper/cardigan
navy trousers/tracksuit bottoms
red polo t-shirt.
Navy and Red jumper with crest is available from Paddy Duff’s Shoe Shop in Kells and
uniform without crest may be purchased from any of the leading department stores.
Functions of the Board
The board’s main function is to manage the school on behalf of the patron
and for the benefit of the students and to provide an appropriate education for
each student at the school.
In carrying out its functions, the board must
Act in accordance with Ministerial policy
Uphold the ethos of the school and be accountable to the patron for this. The word
ethos is not used in the Education Act 1998. It is described in the Act as the
“characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational,
moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform
and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school”.
Act in accordance with the law and with any deed, charter, or similar instrument
relating to the school.
Consult with and inform the patron of decisions and proposals
Publish the school’s policy on admission to and participation in the school, including
its policy on expulsion and suspension of students, admission and participation by
students with disabilities or with other special educational needs
Ensure that the school’s admissions policy respects the choices of parents and the
principles of equality and that it complies with Ministerial directions, having regard
to the school ethos and the constitutional rights of all concerned
Have regard for the principles and requirements of a democratic society and
promote respect for the diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways
of life in our society
Have regard to the efficient use of resources (particularly the grants provided by the
state), the public interest in the affairs of the school and accountability to students,
parents and the community
Use the resources provided by the state to make reasonable provision and
accommodation for students with disabilities or special needs, including, if
necessary, the adaptation of buildings or provision of special equipment
Who is on the Board
The composition of the board of management for schools with more than one teacher is
Two direct nominees of the patron
Two parents of children enrolled in the school (one mother and one father) elected
by the parents
One other teacher elected by the teaching staff.
Two extra members agreed by the representatives of the patron, teachers and
Activities of the board
Essentially, the board manages the school.
Among other things:
It has responsibility for drawing up the school plan and for ensuring that it is
implemented. (An information leaflet for parents (pdf) and guidelines for primary
schools on school development planning (pdf) are found on the website of the
Department of Education and Science website.)
It appoints the principal, the teachers and other staff.
It must ensure that the school fulfills its functions as set out in the Education Act
It must promote contact between the school, the parents and the community and
must facilitate and give all reasonable help to a parents’ association in its formation
and its activities.
It has overall responsibility for the school’s finances. It is obliged to have
comprehensive insurance cover for the school. It must keep proper accounts, which
may be audited by the Department of Education and Science and/or the Comptroller
and Auditor General. Its annual accounts must be available to the patron and the
Maths Evaluation Report
The Board of Management acknowledge the core work of any school is teaching and
The Board is very pleased that the recent Maths Evaluation Report acknowledges the
very high standard in all aspects of teaching and learning of the Maths iCurriculum in
Carnaross National School Fight Song