Killavullen NS
Educating in a joyful, positive and secure setting

History of Our School

Killavullen National School was established in 1907 as a Co-Educational Catholic School, located in the heart of the picturesque village of Killavullen, through which the river Blackwater meanders. The original school building has stood the test of time very well and continues to serve the village more than a century later. 

In 1994, following a period of prefabs in the 80s and 90s, a 100m2 General Purpose Room was built through local fund-raising. This was quickly followed by a further 3 mainstream classrooms and Staff Room in 1995; the result of years of campaigning for funding from the Department, all led by the Principal at the time, Mrs. Carmel Nagle and this began the process of bringing the school building into the modern era.

In 2007, we celebrated our Centenary Year, and with it the inclusion of an Astroturf area and tarmac with markings, funded by the Parents’ Association.

In 2013, we completed another large extension, including: our Halla na Scoile; a Support Education Room; an upgrading of the school for disability access, including a wheelchair accessible toilet; an extension to the Staff Room; a storage room for PE equipment, a new roof for the original building; a corridor connecting all the classrooms; together with a new Reception area, creating a defined entrance from the road. This extension also saw an improved layout to the teacher’s car park delineated from the new main entrance and gate with stone raised beds, for the school garden.

In 2018, we renovated the old General Purpose room to include: a sixth Mainstream Classroom; a Multi-Purpose Room which doubles as our School Library and Music Room, catering for small-group teaching and meetings; a second wheelchair accessible toilet to cover both sides of the school; and also a state-of-the-art Sensory Room.

The result of over 30 years of extensive campaigning, fund-raising, design, extensions, and renovations have provided the children of Killavullen with a very modern and accessible school, where every room is well equipped with SMARTBOARD TVs, laptops and iPads for the digital age. None of the above works could have been achieved without the desire from the community to provide the very best for its children, something that is clear to see throughout all the local community organisations.

Nowhere is the above support more evident than through the work of our tireless Parents’ Associations down through years, fund-raising for resources such as: the Astroturf; a tarmac yard with markings; markings and backboards for three basketball courts; a school set of 100s of graded Literacy Lift-Off Books; a school set of 40 laptops; a class set of iPads with charging trolley; equipping our Sensory Room plus many more, along with support for countless events, as outlined in the ‘Parents’ menu. 

For a small community, we are incredibly proud of what we have achieved together for the benefit of all in the parish of Killavullen, now and for generations to come.

Our Mission Statement

Educating in a joyful, positive and secure setting.

Our School Motto

Mol na hóige agus tiocfaidh siad.

Our Vision

Killavullen National School is a co-educational, Catholic, primary school, respecting all other beliefs and none. We offer a holistic education in a caring, safe and happy environment so that each child will emerge as self-reliant and confident. We strive to achieve this through the collaborative effort of teachers, children, parents and the wider community. 

While Killavullen National School is a school with a Catholic ethos, pupils attending our school are respectfully given the freedom to adhere to their own beliefs and practices. Our aim is to create an environment where each child is valued as a person and is provided with a variety of opportunities enabling him/her to live as a child and developing all aspects of the person; emotional, moral, social, spiritual, intellectual, cultural and physical.

At Killavullen National School, we seek to develop in the child a positive self-image and a respectful caring attitude towards others. We seek to support each child’s individuality and develop everyone’s talents. We celebrate perseverance, resilience and risk taking, ensuring children welcome challenges and are not frightened of making mistakes. We encourage all our pupils to seize the opportunities we provide for them and to take an active part in their own development on all levels. We endeavour to challenge the gifted child and to give extra support, care and attention to children with additional needs. We promote gender equity amongst the teachers and pupils.

Our teachers aim to cultivate an awareness and love of our culture and traditions, especially in the area of language, music and gaelic games. Déanfaimid iarracht Gaelige a labhairt. We foster strong links with our parents and the local community. At Killavullen National School, we work together with our board, staff and parents to provide a challenging, engaging, supportive and caring environment for the whole school community. We continually strive to enhance this positive climate for learning which defines the culture of our school; supporting our teachers in their professional and personal development; liaising very closely with our parent body and the Parents’ Association; and listening to the children’s voice through their representation on the committees of various initiatives.  Fundamentally, the school seeks to complement the home in promoting all aspects of learning and development.