St. Catherine's Vocational School are holding an information evening for parents of incoming 1st year students 2023/2024 on Monday, 28th November 2022 at 6pm.  Applications for admission will be distributed on the night.  
If parents are unable to attend, please email


Flu information leaflet 2022

The Nasal Flu vaccine is now available for children aged 2-17 years of age. It can be accessed FREE at participating GPs or Pharmacies.
The HSE has asked us to pass this information on to parents.

School hours: 9.20 - 3.00

Departure times:

Mrs McGroary's Classes:

Jun & Sen Infants - 2.00

1st Class: 2.50

Mrs Rose's Classes:  2.55

Mr. Cannon's Classes: 3.00


We have recently completed the construction of a new footpath at the front of the school and levelled the area around it to increase our parking facilities.

For safety reasons we ask you to reverse into this area as you drop off/pick up your children. i.e. all cars should face the road when parked.  Children will exit/enter the school grounds using the 2 pedestrian gates at the side car park and beside the sand pitch.  The main gate is for teachers only.

Thank you in advance for your support on this matter.

Joe Cannon



Sep. 7, 2022

School Hours

School hours: 9.20 - 3.00 pm

Please do not drop off pupils before 9.00 am in the morning.

Pupils will depart the school as follows:

Junior and Senior Infants: 2 pm
1st Class: 2.50 pm
2nd. 3rd & 4th Class: 2.55 pm
5th & 6th Class: 3.00 pm

School closures for School Year 2022-2023

A big thank you to Jack Dorrian for making it a memorable last day for all the children when he handed out free ice cream to all the pupils!🙂

Sports Day 2022

Jun. 8, 2022

School Tour Photos

Apr. 8, 2022

Thank you to Supervalu for sponsoring some of
the Easter Eggs that the children received before
going home today. Happy Easter everyone!

Apr. 8, 2022

Raffle Winners

1st Prize: Sienna Rawdon : Sellers: Rawdon Family
2nd Prize: Charlie Murrin : Seller: Rhys Bradley
3rd Prize: Amy Baskin: Seller: Amy Baskin
4th Prize: Brian O'Rourke: Seller: Holly McCabe
5th Prize: Joan Long Seller: Daithí Mullarkey
6th Prize: Catriona O'Donnell : Sellers: Eoghan, Niall & Tiernan Doherty

Easter Raffle Prizes
(with thanks to Maireád and Garry for sponsoring the first prize.)
The Raffle will be held on Friday morning.

Stay safe letter for parents 08/02/2022

Covid-19- Symptoms, Cases and Contacts: January 2022

Jan. 25, 2022

We are now enrolling new entrants for September 2022.
Please phone 074 97 31919 or email:
to request an Enrolment pack. Thank you.

Jan. 10, 2022

Dear Parents,

If your child is isolating at home due to a positive Covid 19 test or as a close contact, if you wish, your child can continue working on the next unit in Master Your Maths, Fuaimeanna agus focail and any other work the class teacher may have provided in the folder. Also continue online learning by working on Reading Express and Mathletics.

We appreciate this is a difficult time for everybody and there is no pressure on anybody to complete school work if you are not in a position to do so. Should you need any assistance do not hesitate to contact the school by phone.

Thank you,
Master Cannon


The You Tube link below features a video of primary and post-primary students encouraging their fellow students to stay safe and stay home if they have Covid-19 symptoms. The Department of Education have asked that we share this with you.



The H.S.E. has requested that we pass on this information to parents.

Childrens Flu vaccine- Information leaflet

Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First Class Christmas Play

Second Class, Third Class and Fourth Class Christmas Play

1st December 2021

Dear Parent,

As you are probably aware, this is the time of year we would normally hold our parent/teacher meetings but given the current Covid guidelines and restrictions we are unable at the present time to hold them in their 'old' format. As an alternative we will be forwarding a written progress update shortly.

Joe Cannon


How to use face coverings - A guide for parents and children 3rd to 6th class. 1/12/2021

Letter to schools from Dr Tony Holohan,C.M.O 1/12/2021

Department of Education letter to Parents re. Antigen Testing 25.11.2021

If your child is a close contact of Covid 19 . 19/11/2021

School closures for School Year 2021-2022

New Infants 2021

Letter to all parents

Mar. 25, 2021

Dear Parents,

On behalf of all the staff I would like to wish you all a very happy and safe Easter. Things have gone very well since we returned to school and great credit must go to the pupils for their co-operation in all matters Covid. However, due to the level of uncertainty nationwide at present, we have decided to send the pupils’ textbooks home with them on the last day of term. This will avoid having to distribute them after Easter should there be a change in circumstances.

Epic – All pupils have received their own individual pin numbers for access to “Epic” – an online free library (available from 7.00 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily).

Typing and Spelling: Sixth class pupils have also received their individual passwords to access a new school typing and spelling programme. This is a free Donegal County Council lead initiative in collaboration with Donegal library.

All parents will receive a text containing the “Return to School Declaration”. This must be filled in and returned (submitted) the day before your child returns to school on Monday 12th April. This must also be used/submitted for all pupil absences from here onwards.

Joe Cannon

Feb. 11, 2021

Dear parents,

Next week was due to be our mid-term break if 2021 was going to plan but alas Covid-19 has put paid to those plans. We have now decided to reduce the pupils’ workload on Monday and Tuesday and take a complete break from all school activities from Wednesday to Friday. Hopefully, this will afford everyone an opportunity to recharge their batteries and avail of some precious down time. We would like to thank you all for your continued support during these difficult and trying times and congratulate all the boys and girls (and parents) for their wonderful work and effort over the last few weeks.

Hopefully our school doors will reopen soon and we can welcome everyone back to a period of normality once again.

So enjoy the break, take care and stay safe.
Joe Cannon

The Commons N.S. Response Plan Feb 2021


Dear Parents,

As you are aware the Department of Education and Skills has announced that all children from Junior Infants to Second Class will return to school on Monday 1st March. …“In instances where teachers are teaching mixed classes that include some pupils from senior classes, these children should also return to school.” This means that all pupils in Mrs Rose’s class will return on Monday 1st March.


Please note the following:

  1. All laptops on loan in these classes should be left on a designated table in the main school building on Monday morning.
  2. All school books to be brought to school on Monday morning.  Please ensure that all pupils have a pencil case containing an array of colours that will be left on their desk at school.
  3. In order to prevent the spread of infection there will be no written homework assigned for the first two weeks after we return.

Covid Guidelines for Return to School 1st March 2021.

  • In order to comply with DES guidelines for a safe return to school please note the following additions to our existing Covid Response Plan.


  • Please complete the  Return to Educational Facility Parent Declaration Form (below) and return by email no later than Friday 26th February.  This is mandatory before your child returns to school. This form will also be on Seesaw and can be filled in and returned to teachers via Seesaw.


Infection Prevention Control Measures – To prevent introduction and spread of Covid-19 in schools. 


All staff and pupils to self-isolate or restrict their movements at home if:

  • They display any signs or symptoms of Covid-19 and contact their family doctor to arrange a test.

Staff and pupils are advised not to return to or attend school in the event of the following:

  • If they are identified by the HSE as a close contact of a confirmed case of Covid-19.
  • If they live with someone who has symptoms of the virus.
  • If they have travelled outside of Ireland; in such instances staff are advised to consult and follow latest Government advice in relation to foreign travel.
  • Staff and pupils are advised to co-operate with any public health officials and the school for contact tracing purposes and follow any public health advice in the event of a case or outbreak in the school.

Hand Hygiene:

  • Staff and pupils should sanitise their hands when entering and exiting vehicles and when entering and exiting school buildings.
  • There is a requirement for access to hand washing facilities after activities that are likely to soil hands, for example playing outside or certain sporting activities as hand sanitiser does not work on dirty hands.


  • The Department has published guidance setting out the practical steps for good ventilation in accordance with public health advice “Practical steps for Deployment of Good Ventilation Practices in Schools”.  The guidance sets out an overall approach for schools that windows should be open as fully as possible when classrooms are not in use (e.g. during break-times or lunch-times – assuming not in use and also at the end of each school day) and partially open when classrooms are in use.  The guidance provides that good ventilation can be achieved in classrooms without causing discomfort, particularly during cold weather.


Use of PPE in Schools

  • Medical grade masks will be used by all school staff.



Parents should not congregate outside the school gates or in the yard during this phase of reopening or at any stage.  Face masks must be worn, and social distancing guidelines must be observed at all times.

Staff engagement should be requested through the school office and will be provided by telephone or online.

Please read our current Covid Response plan in conjunction with these additions.


Look forward to seeing you all on Monday,

Joe Cannon.







Jan. 29, 2021

The dates for the Sacraments of Confirmation and Confession will be re-arranged once the school reopens.

Jan. 23, 2021

Dear Parents,

A sheet containing the login details/code for your child was placed inside his/her homework folder on Friday. Please download the app on your laptop, tablet, phone, etc (if you haven’t done so already) and use the code to connect to your child’s class. This will give you an opportunity to become familiar with the App before Monday.

We are aware that there will probably be some teething problems initially so if you experience any difficulties, the week’s homework will still be posted here on the school website. Just continue with this work as usual if any problems arise and email us with your queries.

When your child logs into Seesaw they will see an “Announcement” from their teacher outlining the day’s/week’s work. There will also be a short activity to help pupils become familiar with uploading material for the teacher to view.
We hope this will provide a clearer means of communication between home and school and that the children will enjoy engaging with the Seesaw activities.

Yours in Education,

Joe Cannon

Jan. 14, 2021

Dear Parents,

We would like to ask each pupil to send an email to their class teacher with a brief message outlining how they are managing with their assigned workload. Please mention any issues they may have and a little update about how they are doing in general.

5th & 6th:
2nd, 3rd & 4th:
Jun. Infants, Sen. Infants & 1st:

We ask each parent/guardian to provide an updated email address that can be used for "Seesaw", an online platform that we plan to begin using on Monday 25th January. This address can be sent along with the above email. Once all updated email addresses have been received we will issue instruction on how to use this system.

We still have a number of laptops available for pupils to use during the lockdown to engage with online learning. Please email the school to arrange a suitable collection time.

Kind Regards,
Joe Cannon

20th January 2021

Homework drop off and collection

Homework folders (workbooks, copies, and English Readers) can be dropped off from 10.00 – 11.00 a.m. on Friday and collected again at 3.00 p.m.


Please download Seesaw class app now if using it on a phone, I-pad or tablet.  Laptop users just go to the website.

Individual login instructions will be written on a sheet in the homework folder.

Please note that Seesaw will provide a more direct platform for pupil-teacher communication where work can be assigned and completed activities uploaded more easily.


Epic is a Reading App which provides pupils with unlimited reading material from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.  Instructions to access this app will also be found in the homework folder if parents wish to avail of it.

Jan. 7, 2021

1. Get into a routine.
2. Devise a (rough) timetable for homework.
3. Regular P.E. breaks - short, fun activities to break the monotony.
4. Begin with a subject your child likes/enjoys. Mix it up and try not to do too
much at once.
5. Be creative- get children cooking (teaches numeracy, motor skills and
* Draw or paint something for a relative/friend they cannot see.
* Plant some seeds and nurture them.
6. Factor in "Quiet" periods :
* D E A R - Drop Everything And Read - 5 minutes to break a stressful lesson.
* Audio Books (e.g. David Walliams daily free book).
* Paired Reading with your child (or older siblings helping).
* Bed time stories.
* Read a story to your child.
7. Continue/Begin a diary/personal journal.
8. Teach them about nature, eg. dublinzoofun activity series.
9. Watch T.V. - RTE Home School Hub - 11.00 - 12.00 daily.
10. Use online resources.
11. Remember: You are not a teacher, your home is not a school. Take it easy
on yourself and your child(ren).

7th January 2020

To Parents/Guardians,

On behalf of the school staff I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Happy New Year and continued safety as we navigate our way through this pandemic.  With the school closed until the end of January each teacher will organise 3 weeks of work for all pupils.  This will be a combination of workbook activities, English Readers and online lessons (Reading Eggs/Eggspress, Mathletics, Mathseeds and Spellodrome - (5th/6th only).  All work will be corrected when pupils return to school and certificates will be awarded for online activities.

We have a limited number of laptops available if anyone requires a device in order to engage with the online lessons.  Please email the school with your request and we will arrange a suitable time for collection.

In preparation for a potential lockdown after Christmas, the pupils from 2nd – 6th took their homework folders home before the holidays with all the relevant books.  The homework packs for Ms. Barrett’s classes will be distributed on Monday 11th  at 11 a.m.  Please email the school to make alternative arrangements if this time/day doesn’t suit.  Please follow all covid guidelines while waiting in line to collect packs.


The following list of educational websites may be useful in supporting your child’s learning: (suitable for 3rd – 6th)
100 word challenge
https://world of David Elevenses (audio books daily for 30 days). (Home learning Hub).
National Geographic Kids
Arcademics – for access to games that practice tables at all class levels. (Amazon)


Joe Cannon








Dec. 3, 2020

‘Then Sings My Soul’ CD comprises of hymns and songs sung by Roisín & Sara O’Donnell, which they recorded for St Mary’s Church, Killybegs, during the pandemic and which is now on sale for charity, all proceeds going to Killybegs Community Hospital Patients’ Comfort Fund. It’s available from the Parish Office, Killybegs, and in Curran’s Costcutters for €10. Your support would be appreciated.

Kind regards

Fr Colm

Letter to parents from Dr. Tony Holohan

Information on free flu vaccine for children (nasal spray)

Nov. 3, 2020

Halloween photos have been added :)

Jul. 30, 2020

In keeping with Covid-19 guidelines we are providing an opportunity for parents to avail of an online payment system for book rental. While we encourage all parents to use this system, cash/cheque payments will still be accepted. This system is now ready to accept payments. Thank you.

When should I not send my child to school

A Parent's Guide to close contacts

Open Letter from the Acting Chief Medical Officer to parents

Kindness is catching

Information from HSE for parents

Back to school advice for parents

New Infants 2020

Letter to parents. 18th Aug. 2020


16th August 2020

Dear Parent / Guardian,

RE: Physical Distancing and Safe School Attendance

We are currently working on upgrading our procedures and routines within the school to ensure that there is as much Physical Distancing as is possible in our building. We will apply physical distancing in a practical and sensible way, recognising that the learning environment cannot be dominated by a potentially counterproductive focus on this issue.

Physical Distancing will be achieved in two ways: -

Increasing Separation.  This will be achieved by re-configuring the classrooms to maximise physical distancing. Each class will be referred to as a bubble and we will ensure that there is as little contact as possible between children in different bubbles.  Within the bubbles, children will be organised into pods.  A pod is a group of children (normally 6) who will sit together and who will stay in their pod while in the bubble, or classroom. 

Decreasing Interaction. This will be achieved by decreasing the potential for children from different bubbles to interact.  There will be marked routes for various bubbles to enter and exit the school and to access their classrooms.  Bubbles will have different mid-morning and lunch-time access to the playground.  We will make these routines enjoyable activities for the children, emphasising safety at all times.

While all children will be welcome back to school, we would remind parents that, where children are displaying colds, coughs or flu like symptoms, they should not be sent to school.  Children who display such symptoms in school will be isolated and parents asked to collect them from the school.

Children who have travelled from countries not on the Green List should not attend school during the 14-day self-isolation period

Further information on COVID-19 symptoms in children is available at: -

Teachers will make children aware of the proper hygiene procedures regarding hand washing and etiquette related to sneezing, coughing or spitting.  We would be grateful if you could also emphasise safe behaviour in this regard to your children at home as part of the preparation for returning to school.

Our aim remains to re-open the school in an orderly safe manner, while reassuring the children and making them feel comfortable, safe and relaxed with their friends in the new school environment.  This will be achieved by all of us working towards this common goal.

Le meas,


Joe Cannon,




Covid-19 - Letter to Parents & Staff

A message from Bishop Alan to the children who are receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation and Communion at this time.

To Parents - Letter from Minister Foley

May. 8, 2020

Dear Parents,

We hope you are all keeping safe and well and making the most of our enforced lockdown. In line with the phased easing of restrictions, all teachers will be able to access the school buildings from May 18th. This will give us an opportunity to collect all the homework the children have been working on these last 8 weeks.
We plan to collect this work from 11.00 – 1.00 pm (Monday 18th May) and to distribute new assignments/extra books/corrected work on Wednesday 20th from 11.00 – 1.00 pm also. No homework will be uploaded on website for this week. Continue with Reading Eggs and Mathletics. If all goes to plan we hope to be in a position to do this on a regular basis. For safety reasons social distancing measures will be in place at the school and we would ask only one parent (no children) to come into the school grounds.

We are also providing a separate email address for each class teacher – for any questions/queries/concerns etc. you may have.

So until then, stay safe and please use the assigned homework as a guide only. We know that households are under a lot of stress at present so try to make the homework sessions fun and stressfree (for children and parents alike!!!).

Joe Cannon.

A little Reflection.....

A message from Bishop Alan McGuckian for 6th Class

14th May 2020

Due to Covid-19 we must issue strict guidelines to all parents who wish to drop off their child (ren)’s homework on Monday 18th May.  For safety reasons we will allocate a 5 minute time slot for this purpose (allocated time will be sent via text) and put social distancing measures in place.  If you have any queries or questions etc, please send an e-mail to the teacher concerned and this can be dealt with on Wednesday 20th May when we will re-distribute books/work plans.  We will again issue time slots and allow time for a brief discussion.

Please observe the following measures:

  • Observe social distancing measures at all times.
  • Keep the visit brief.
  • Do NOT return text books to the school – only copies, workbooks or worksheets.
  • Follow the instructions for entering/exiting the school building.

Remember :

  • Only one parent in classroom at all times .
  • Do not take children into the school grounds if possible.


Main Building:


  • Mrs Rose:

                Please enter and exit through the door on right side of main entrance.


  • Mrs Mc Groary:

                Please enter and exit through the door on left side of main entrance.


New Building:


  • Master Cannon:

            Please use left ramp to enter the classroom and exit through emergency exit at the  side of main classroom.


  • Ms Boyle/Mrs Breslin:

           Please use right ramp to enter main building and exit the same way.


Parents for Master Cannon and Ms Boyle/Mrs Breslin can use the side carpark.


P.S.  Please do not feel obliged to attend on Monday.  However, if you are not able to drop off the homework, we would appreciate an email to the teacher/office letting us know.


Thanking you in advance for your co-operation.

Joe Cannon.


Apr. 30, 2020

We are currently reviewing our Admissions Policy and Admissions Notice (See below). If anyone has any suggestions/observations (Parents of pupils currently enrolled) please e-mail us at Thank you.

Apr. 23, 2020

If anyone has any queries/concerns, please contact us on :

The Commons N.S. Admission Policy

The Commons N.S. Admission Notice

Apr. 3, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are probably aware, today is the day we would have been closing for Easter holidays and looking forward to enjoying two weeks of rest, relaxation and family time. Easter 2020 places us in very different circumstances but we must all stay positive and remain strong. So on behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish you all a very happy Easter. There will be no extra work assigned for the holiday period so please enjoy the break and stay healthy and safe.

Joe Cannon,

Apr. 3, 2020

Dear Parents/Guardians,

As you are probably aware, today is the day we would have been closing for Easter holidays and looking forward to enjoying two weeks of rest, relaxation and family time. Easter 2020 places us in very different circumstances but we must all stay positive and remain strong. So on behalf of all the staff, I would like to wish you all a very happy Easter. There will be no extra work assigned for the holiday period so please enjoy the break and stay healthy and safe.

Joe Cannon,

Mar. 24, 2020

What we are currently experiencing with COVID-19 is unprecedented and the consequences and time over which it will play out are still far from clear. To that extent we must continue to deal with it in our own context and to the best of our capabilities. Our first responsibility is to do everything we can to prevent it spreading further by taking heed of H.S.E. advice and by following government protocol.

In order to further support the pupils with their learning at home each teacher has devised a list of suitable activities for their respective classes. Please note that we are aware of the stresses in many homes at the present time. We are also aware that all pupils have different abilities and learn at different rates. Therefore we encourage you to use these activities as a guideline but don’t feel obliged to complete all tasks. Be reasonable with your expectations and remember... You know your child best.

P.S. We would encourage each child to keep a diary of this unique event, get regular exercise and continue their Incredible Edibles programme for healthy eating.

Wishing you all continued good health. Stay safe and well.

Joe Cannon.

C.M.O. letter to Parents

Advice from the Chief Medical Officer at the Department of Health to parents of school children re. COVID-19 (Coronavirus).