Scoil Mhuire GNS, Lucan


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Scoil Mhuire is an all-girls’ national school situated in Lucan, Co. Dublin. It was founded by the Presentation Sisters in 1896, under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. It is a large vertical school, with twenty four classrooms, 685 pupils and a staff of thirty three teachers, including the principal. The principal and deputy principal both hold administrative roles, there are five Special Needs Assistants, and a full-time secretary and caretaker. Two of the classrooms are in temporary accommodation while the school awaits a building project to replace them and a full up-grade of the buildings in 2015/2016.

The catchment area of the school is the parish of St. Mary’s and the school maintains close links with the parish. The school is situated beside the Church and this provides ample opportunities to attend Mass on Holy Days and to practice for the Sacraments. The school’s ethos is informed by the teachings of Jesus Christ, the Gospels, and the charism of Venerable Nano Nagle, the foundress of the Presentation sisters.

The school is fortunate to have a very active Board of Management and a very active and supportive Parents’ Association, both of which contribute significantly to the smooth running of the school. Our parents run extremely successful fundraisers each year which the pupils greatly enjoy. As a result, and with the assistance of a number of grants from the Department of Education and Skills, the school has very good resources in English, Maths and ICT, to mention but a few. All classrooms and two of the resource rooms are fitted with Interactive Whiteboards, there is a set of thirty iPads for the junior side of the school, thirty two for the senior side and some for use in supporting pupils with special needs. There is a set of Fizz Books (Netbooks) for the junior classes and a set of laptops each for the middle and senior classes. In addition, there is a set each of “Activote Pods” and ”Activote Expressions” and a number of “Visualisers” for classroom use. Coding classes are provided by two of the teachers, and most classes took part in National Day of Code 2015, with one group featuring on the RTÉ News on that particular day.

Our pupils take part in many local and national competitions and events such as Write-a-Book, Scríobh Leabhar, Excellence in Science and Maths, Primary Science, Choral events, Technology Week, Active Week, Dublin Libraries Quiz, Google for Doodle, and more besides.

The teachers provide a range of after-school activities to pupils in a voluntary capacity, such as Camogie, Gaelic Football, Basketball, Athletics, Violin, GIY Club and Coding Club. Other clubs operate at lunch-time, such as Green School club, Students’ Council and Quiz. Our senior choir was selected to sing on the Late, Late Toy Show on RTÉ this year, which was an experience the girls will always remember. There are a number of other activities available from external providers, for which a small fee applies, such as: French, Mini-tennis, Irish Dancing, Keyboard, Knitting club, Speech and Drama and Artzone. Camogie and Gaelic football feature highly in the school and we acknowledge the support of our two local GAA clubs, Lucan Sarsfields and Westmanstown Gaels, for their support with coaching. The school competes in the Cumann na mBunscol league annually, and has had several successes over the years at the camogie finals in Croke Park, most recently in 2014.

The school has achieved four Green flags and is working on its fifth, which is Biodiversity. The school applied for the Active Flag in June 2015. We acknowledge the great support of our parents for Green School and Active School, which helped us to achieve our flags.

The school has a Students’ Council, comprising pupils from fifth and sixth classes, to provide opportunities to pupils to make a democratic contribution to school life. The council members each represent a range of classes and communicate with them on matters of importance to our pupils such as Friendship, Anti-bullying, Social Justice, school facilities and more besides.

Parents wishing to enrol their child should contact the school for further details.

Mrs Mary McIvor, Principal

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