Killavullen NS
Educating in a joyful, positive and secure setting

Wellbeing is important at school because schools have an essential role to play in supporting students to make healthy lifestyle choices and understand the effects of their choices on their health and well-being. Health and wellbeing are essential for quality of life and are fundamental preconditions for learning and development.

Physical Education (PE) is for children from junior infants to sixth class. Below we outline the variety of activities we engage in at Killavullen NS to meet the curriculum and contribute to children’s overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives.

The PE curriculum provides a balanced range of activities for children through the six strands:

  • Athletics
  • Dance
  • Gymnastics
  • Games
  • Outdoor and adventure activities
  • Aquatics.

Through physical education, the pupils can experience the joy of exercise and the satisfaction of achievement while developing skills and positive attitudes that enhance self-esteem. We believe that a healthy body leads to a healthy mind. The opportunities for physical activity that we provide in Killavullen NS, be it through the PE curriculum or extra-curricular activities, contribute to the understanding and promotion of a healthy life-style.

Having successfully been awarded our Active Flag, we follow a month by month plan for each of the 6 strands, ensuring that each strand is covered once or twice a year in each class group. 

In the Athletics strand, children are provided with the opportunity to explore and develop the fundamental movement skills of running, jumping, throwing, and learn to appreciate the importance of athletics. Every year, our athletics skills are on show in the Cork School Sports competition and the local Parish Sports evening. 

In Dance, the children are given the opportunity to explore, create and develop dance skills and sequences. They have enjoyed Zumba in recent years, and each year 5th and 6th class pupils take part in Scór na nÓg Irish Dancing competitions. 

Gymnastics skills are also explored and developed in school. The children use gymnastics based movements to practice and improve balance, coordination and many other essential fundamental movement skills. 

A very popular strand with the pupils is the strand of Games. They develop their ball handling, kicking, carrying and striking skills, as well as creating and playing games. This all leads to and incorporates an appreciation and understanding of games. Skills learned from the games strand are on show in competitive and non-competitive competitions throughout the year.

Each class learns the skills for Outdoor and Adventure Activities from a young age, and these skills are put to good use in a competitive nature when our 4th to 6th class pupils take part in Orienteering competitions every year. The skills learned in the woods and parks around Cork and beyond are put to excellent use when our 5th and 6th Class organise orienteering-style Maths Trails around the school for all the younger classes every June. 

The Aquatics strand of the curriculum is provided for each year also. 1st to 6th class pupils have the opportunity to attend a 6 week programme of lessons in Mallow Swimming Pool. The pupils learn about water safety, how to enter and exit the water safely, buoyancy and propulsion, stroke development, water based ball games, understanding and appreciations of aquatics, and pool hygiene. The school takes part in the Mallow Schools’ Swimming Gala every year, where the skills they have learned in the lessons are displayed.

We are lucky to have our own Astro turf area in the school, use of the local Community Hall when needed, and we utilize the local GAA pitch at every opportunity. We have a well equipped and organized PE storage cupboard, with an abundance of sporting equipment and much loved and used resources for use during PE and at break times.


The Social Personal and Health Education Curriculum (SPHE) is for children from junior infants to sixth class.

The SPHE curriculum…

  • fosters children’s well-being, self-confidence and sense of belonging
  • develops children’s sense of personal responsibility for their own behaviour and actions
  • promotes children’s self-awareness and understanding by helping them to manage their own feelings, to recognise and appreciate individual abilities, and to cope with change of various kinds
  • supports children to become active and responsible citizens.

The curriculum consists of three strands:

  • Myself
  • Myself and others
  • Myself and the wider world.

The current curriculum was introduced as part of the Primary School Curriculum (1999).


The SPHE programme reflects the unique ethos of each school. The attitudes, skills and values fostered in the SPHE classroom can only truly flourish in a school where all members of the school community are treated with respect and dignity. The SPHE curriculum helps enable children to develop skills for self-fulfilment and living in communities. 

Our delivery of SPHE incorporates the Stay Safe programme, Relationships and Sexuality Education (R.S.E.) and the Walk Tall programme among other areas of social & personal health that we look at.

Stay Safe:  The aim of this programme is to reduce vulnerability to child abuse and bullying.  Stay Safe is a personal safety skills programme designed for use with primary school children from Junior Infants through to 6th class. The programme seeks to enhance children’s self-protective skills by participation in lessons on safe and unsafe situations, bullying, inappropriate touch, secrets, telling and stranger danger.  Stay Safe is mandatory and must be taught in all school contexts.

R.S.E.:  R.S.E. is delivered in the context of S.P.H.E. and in accordance with the schools R.S.E. policy.  Sensitive issues are taught across the school at the same time of year and parents are provided with information on the R.S.E. topics before they are taught. 

Walk Tall: Many objectives of S.P.H.E. are delivered through the PDST’s Walk Tall Programme. The aim of this programme is to give children the confidence, skills, attitudes and knowledge to make healthy choices in their lives, not only around substance misuse prevention but also around, for example, personal safety and development towards puberty. 


In addition to these programmes, our teachers have trained in ‘Friends for Life’, ‘Zippy’s Friends’ and ‘Incredible Years’ which help promote self-esteem, self-confidence, resilience and enable the students to develop a framework for responsible decision-making from Junior Infants up to Sixth Class. These programmes also provide opportunities for reflection and discussion and allow for the physical, mental and emotional health and well-being of the child to be encouraged.

We are a Co-Educational Roman Catholic School.  We are also proud to be an inclusive school and welcome children from all religious and cultural backgrounds. We recognise that spiritual development is as equally important an aspect of our children’s wellbeing as their personal, intellectual, physical, social and emotional developments. 

In Killavullen NS, where the ethos is that of a Christian Catholic school, religious instruction, in accordance with the doctrine and tradition of the Catholic Church is part of the education given to children who belong to that Church.

  • The Principal and teaching staff aim at maintaining high professional standards and creating a safe and happy environment.
  • The school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil, including his / her relationship with God, with other people and with the environment.
  • A spirit of mutual respect is promoted within the school community. Pupils are drawn by example and teaching to appreciate and respect people of different religious affiliations and of different nationalities.
  • The pupils are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, in accordance with arrangements in the diocese.
  • Prayer is a feature of the school day
  • Close contact is maintained between school and home. Parents / guardians and teachers support one another and collaborate with one another in leading the children to the fullness of their potential at the different stages.

Grow in Love

The Grow in Love programme contains stories, poems, art, drama and music activities all designed to help your child to learn about God. Your child’s Grow in Love book is laid out in such a way that there are two pages to be completed each week. Your child will do one of these in school, and you are invited to do the other one with your child at home. Examples of things that you will be asked to do together include:

  • Retelling a story your child has heard in school, such as a story from the Bible, or the life story of a saint such as St Patrick.
  • Drawing or colouring a picture based on what your child has heard at school, such as the Christmas or Easter story.
  • Saying a prayer together. The words of all of the prayers that your child will learn by heart are listed in the back inside cover of their book.
  • Chatting about your child, their friends, their feelings, your family, etc. Again, this will be related to what your child has done that week in school.

In all things, including Religious Education, you are your child’s first and best teacher. What is done in school only complements and builds on what you do at home. That is why Grow in Love is designed to be used both in school and at home. It also provides links with the local parish community.

Nano Nagle Centre

Just a beautiful meandering, old railway walk away from school is Nano Nagle’s birthplace. A place of peace, tranquility and prayer. Nano cared deeply for the dignity of all people. In a world where the sense of belonging is fragile and fragmented, where affluence and poverty contribute to the erosion of human values, global division and the depletion of earth’s resources, Nano Nagle Birthplace offers an opportunity to young and old to experience the wholeness and interconnectedness of life. 

Prayer SPace photo (Margaret)