Niall Mór National School
Co Donegal

Phone/Fax 074 9731794



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Niall Mór National School


Fáilte go dtí Scoil Néill Mhóir,

Na Cealla Beaga, Co. Dhún na nGall.

Welcome to Niall Mór National School's website. I hope it gives you an insight into life in this busy school.

Niall Mór National School is a primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Raphoe. It is situated in the town of Killybegs, Co. Donegal, Ireland's premier fishing port.

Niall Mór N.S. has a long history dating back to the 1800's. The school moved to the present site in 1965 with the erection of a five classroom school.

In 1989 five new classrooms were added followed by another classroom and new offices in 2011.  Most recently, in 2013, a new multi-room unit was added to care for the needs of children with Autism.

At present we have seven mainstream classes, one class for children with Autism, two classes for children with Speech and Language difficulties and a Mild/Moderate General Learning difficulty class.

We have seven mainstream class teachers, four special class teachers, two learning support teachers (one part-time) and two resource teachers (one shared with another school), a H.S.E. appointed Speech and Language Therapist, seven Special Needs Assistants and an Office Administrator.

Cuirim fáilte romhaibh chiug suíomh gréasáin na scoile. Tá súil agam go mbainfidh sibh sult as.

Michael McGuinness



Our Staff

Michael McGuinness - Principal

Nuala McHugh - Deputy Principal

Kathleen O Donnell - Office Administrator

Mrs Leape - Junior Infants

Mrs Kelly - Senior Infants

Mrs McLoone - 1st Class

Mrs Molloy - 2nd/3rd Class

Miss Mc Hugh - 3rd/4th Class

Mrs Mc Brearty - 5th Class

Master Mulligan - 6th Class

Mrs McGuire - Junior Language Class

Ms McVey-Peoples - Senior Language Class

Mrs Leslie - Speech and Language Therapist

Mrs Duddy - Resource Teacher

Miss Mc Geehan - Special Class

Mrs Clerkin - Class for children with Autism

Miss Meehan - Resource Teacher

Master Anderson - Resource Teacher

Mrs Quinn - Special Needs Assistant

Mrs Lovett - Special Needs Assistant

Mrs Boyle - Special Needs Assistant

Mrs Dorrian - Special Needs Assistant

Mrs Leslie - Special Needs Assistant

Mrs Boyle - Special Needs Assistant



Mission Statement

Niall Mór National School is a Catholic, co-educational, primary school which strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed.

While Niall Mór N.S. is a school with a Catholic ethos, it serves equally children of all religious backgrounds and none.

Niall Mór N.S. will strive to promote, both individually and collectively, the professional and personal development of all school staff.

Niall Mór N.S. will encourage the involvement of parents through home/school contacts in the overall organisation of the school.

Niall Mór N.S. will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community, to imbue in the pupils respect for people and property and to encourage in them the idea of being responsible.

Niall Mór N.S will promote gender equity amongst the staff and pupils.

Déanfaimid iarracht Gaeilge a labhairt agus meas a chothú in oidhreacht shaibhir ár dtíre.

The school motto is:  “Unico studentium bono”  (For the good of our students)



Niall Mór N.S.

School Self-evaluation

Summary Report


We have recently completed a school self-evaluation of teaching and learning in the area of Literacy with particular emphasis on Oral Language.

Teachers, parents and children were involved in this process.

It is evident from this process that while the majority of children are attaining high standards in literacy, there is room for improvement, particularly with regard to the development ofspeaking and listening skills and vocabulary development throughout the school.

As a result of this the school is in the process of putting together a 3 year plan with a focus on the above.

As partners in your children’s education we will be looking for your continued support in helping us in school to enable your children to develop their oral language skills and to develop and extend their oral vocabulary.

Time frame:   September 2013-June 2016


Niall Mór N.S.

School Improvement Plan

September 2013


Baseline Data

The Micra-T results from 2012 were analysed.

 We conducted an interview schedule for the “whole school staff”.

 Parents and pupil questionnaires were given.

  • 68% of parents indicated that their children recite rhymes, poems or songs every day or very often.
  • 59%% of parents indicated that they prepare for Oral Language activities with their children every day or very often.
  • 37% of parents indicate that they play language based games with their children every day or very often.
  • 61% of pupilsin upper classes do not like to speak in front of their class.
  • 78% of older pupils prefer to write a story rather than tell it.
  • Analysis of standardised test data from 2012 show that 13.5% of our pupils are achieving at or below the 16th percentile rank.
  • From the consultation with teachers it was noted that we need to develop our speaking and listening skills, improve the children’s vocabulary and to empower the children to become confident and competent speakers.


To develop a whole school approach to the teaching of literacy and in particular, oral language, in our school.

To develop and extend children’s oral vocabulary and language so that they can express their ideas, needs, feelings and opinions.

To build children’s confidence and self-esteem to enable them to speak with authority and confidence in front of their peers, friends and others

To provide them with strategies and skills to enable them to communicate effectively.



Year 1 actions

Year 2 actions

Year 3 actions

Put an oral language whole school plan in place.

Review and change actions if necessary by conducting a review schedule for the staff.

Continue with teacher reflection in cúntasmiosúil regarding literacy.

Put in place a two year whole school plan for the teaching of literacy.

Introduce and teach new oral language strategies while maintaining and mastering those already taught in year 1.

Conduct an interview schedule for the whole school staff and discuss progress/further actions.


Timetable oral language on a weekly basis with an emphasis on working on developing children’s confidence, self-esteem and extension of vocabulary.

Conyinue to develop good listening skills.

 Repeat the parent’s questionnaires and monitor the children’s progress in the area of oral language.

Give oral language homework once a week e.g. preparation of oral debates/reports.

Continue to develop on oral language skills.

Consolidate the use of a variety spoken texts.

Staff to attend in-service training when available  in Donegal Education Centre in the area of oral language and vocabulary development

Introduce and teach interviewing skills to the children by practicing questioning skills and inviting people from the community to the school to be interviewed.

Attend any in –service training available in the Donegal Education Centre to upskill in the area of oral language.



Analyse our Micra-T results.

Inform all parent of our school self-evaluation focus on oral language.

Use of ICT to enhance oral language skills.


In the Senior Infant room we will introduce station teaching in the 2nd term with a focus on oral language.

Organise an oral language day.

Give children opportunities to interview invited guests.

Learning support/resource teachers and class teacher to plan and support each other in implementation and teaching of oral language skills and strategies.            

All teachers to plan and continue to support each other.

Organise structured debates in all classes.


Co-construct a speaking and listening chart with the children with the necessary positive speaking and listening rules.

Construct word banks/word walls to support vocabulary development.


Introduce teacher reflection in regard to literacy in our CúntaisMhiosúla (Monthly Reports)

Continue with teaching reflection in our CúntaisMhiosúla


Persons responsible:All teachers are responsible for the implementation of the above plan. 

Review :Our targets/actions will be reviewed/monitored on an on-going basis e.g. at staff meetings, Croke Park hours or as necessary.


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