Deputy Jan O’Sullivan opens new school extension

Deputy Jan O’Sullivan recently opened new school extension for Parteen NS in Co. Clare. The extension consisted of three new classrooms and 5 new resource rooms to replace the prefab building which were in use. The large school including 20 teachers, were delighted with the long-awaited new building.#

Backlog on Garda vetting leaving hundreds of Special Needs posts vacant in schools

Hundreds of special needs assistant posts are waiting to be filled due to a backlog of applications for Garda vetting. Under child protection legislation, schools are obliged to ensure that anyone working in education setting where there are children must be vetted. Latest figures show there are almost 400 special needs assistant applications still pending,[…]

Scoil Bhríde, Naas loses valued school principal

Scoil Bhríde, in Naas is mourning the loss of their school Principal Fiona O’Reilly, originally from Valentia Island, Co. Kerry. Ms. O’Reilly passed away from an illness last week after teaching in the school since it opened 11 years ago. She was described by Acting Principal Mary French, as having “a strong sense of justice[…]

Space for change at Inchicore National School

Inchicore National School’s brand new, state of the art extension is a sight for sore eyes. Awarded to a small architectural firm Donaghy and Dimond, the school blends seamlessly with its environment. Large windows let in light and bring the wooded surroundings into the classroom. Not surprising since Dimond was also responsible for designing the award-winning Ranelagh[…]

Students waiting 10 years for new school building

St. Mochta’s School in Porterstown, Co. Dublin has been waiting 10 years for a new school building. The Department of Education encouraged St. Mochta’s to take on more students in 2006, saying a new building would be provided. 10 years on, with over 200 pupils being educated in prefabs, no new school building has materialised.[…]

Finnish fun at pre-school

Finland is well known for its excellent educational system and childcare subsidies. Here, children don’t go to school until they are seven and must attend pre-school from the ages of 4-6, with a strong focus on outdoor play. Children spend up to 1.5 hrs per day outside and are only kept indoors when the temperature[…]