Fourth Mainstream Class Teacher For Scoil Íde Curranes National School

The Scoil Íde Curranes National School team : James O’Connell with: Elizabeth Carmody, Orla O’Donoghue, Orla Stack, Emer Nelligan, principal; Ann Sugrue, Elizabeth Sweeney and Anna Bergin. Photograph: John Reidy.
Principal, Emer Nelligan pictured with the signposts for Scoil Íde, Curranes National School and Happy Days Pre-School ahead of the Information Day at the school on Monday, November 25th. at 4pm. ©Photograph: John Reidy

There was cause for celebration at Scoil Íde, Curranes NS, Castleisland recently as it officially became a four-teacher school for the very first time in its 150 year history.

The school has seen a steady increase in pupil numbers over the years and there are currently 85 on the roll book of the school.

Appointment Granted

“When the school confirmed its enrollment figures to the Department of Education Skills on September 30th. the board of management was granted permission to appoint a fourth mainstream class teacher, with effect from Monday, November 4th,” said Principal Emer Nelligan.

“Pupils and staff members were delighted to welcome Castleisland native and school history maker, Orla Stack to the school last week as the new teacher.

Four Mainstream Teachers

“Orla taught in Kildare, Templeglantine and Abbeyfeale before taking up her teaching position at Curranes NS.

“The fact that the school now has four mainstream class teachers is of huge benefit to all pupils attending the school.

“It means that there are reduced pupil numbers in each of the classrooms.

Plans For New Classroom

“The school is also fortunate in that it has two special education teachers and a special needs assistant to cater for pupils with additional learning needs.

“There are exciting times ahead for Curranes NS. The Department of Education and Skills has sanctioned the building of an additional classroom to cater for the growing numbers.

“It is hoped that work will start on the new build during this academic year,” said the delighted principal.”

School in Curranes Since 1869

There has been a school at Curranes since 1869. The original school, which stood across the road from the present building, was a two classroom, two cloakroom structure and was built with stones from Begley’s quarry. It served up to the coming on stream of the current building in 1965.

Happy Days Information Day

Curranes National School and Happy Days Pre-School will hold an Information Day at the school on Monday, November 25th. at 4pm.

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