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Joy as Mallow school opens

Wednesday, 17th January, 2018 5:10pm

Cheers echoed though the corridors this week as Scoil Aonghusa Community National School welcomed students and staff to its new purpose built home in Castlepark, Mallow.

Officially opening its doors on Monday to its student body of 81 and 13 strong staff, the school celebrated moving from its temporary base in the Mallow GAA grounds in Carrigoon, where it had been since the school’s establishment in September 2014.

The state-of-the-art school building spans two storeys and offers eight bright and modern classrooms, three support classrooms and a suite of resource rooms including a sensory room and occupational therapy room. The facility also boasts a multi-purpose school hall, library, music room, administration offices, staff room, full-size outdoor basketball court and play area.

Scoil Aonghusa CNS offers many new Department of Education led initiatives such as aistear (structured play), literacy lift off, jolly phonics, station teaching, differentiated teaching and mindfulness training.

School principal Catherine Fleming commented on the opening, saying:

“The excitement at the opening of our permeant home has been immense. There is such a great atmosphere and we are all thrilled at the reaction of our students! As always, Scoil Aonghusa CNS will continue to promote respect, inclusion and equality throughout our school.

“We welcome each child in the community, serve and create learning opportunities in a setting of diversity and inclusion, as well as catering for the academic, physical, social, emotional and spiritual needs of our students within every school day,” said Ms Fleming.

Unlike single denominational schools, community national schools have a multi belief and values education programme that caters for children of all faiths and secular beliefs. The programme is called Goodness Me, Goodness You! Or GMGY. It is a belief-nurturing programme where children, with the help of their teacher, parents and belief communities learn more about their own beliefs and those of their friends.

Scoil Aonghusa is the first community national school to be built outside of the greater Dublin area.

Scoil Aonghusa is inviting families interested in enrolling their children in the upcoming 2018/2019 academic year to see first-hand its new facility on 31 January. The open night commences at 7.30pm and all are welcome.

For more information on Scoil Aonghusa Community National School or to enquire about enrolling for the upcoming academic year, check out scoilaonghusacns.ie, or contact the school on 022-55314 or 087-1474329 or via e-mail at scoilaonghusa@corketb.ie.

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