Scoil Chuimín agus Caitríona, Oughterard, held an open day for new pupils on Sunday February 8.
The innovative school building was a prize winner in the ‘Best Educational Building’ category of the Irish Architecture Awards in 2014. Designed by architect Dermot McCabe, from Galway-based firm Simon J Kelly, the school is built around a central courtyard, surrounded by classrooms to encourage the children to learn in a holistic environment.
Pupils learn in a positive and creative way – all classrooms have interactive whiteboards and the school uses a laptop trolley to promote digital literacy. Pupils also learn to code and use the SCRATCH programme.
This year the school has piloted fundamental movement skills programme for all class levels. The six-week programme is designed to improve agility, balance and co-ordination, while also having a positive impact on learning in the classroom.
With an astro-turf pitch and multi-functional General Purposes room, the school offers varied sporting opportunities at all class levels. The school also has a music room, school band and developing school orchestra. A Green Schools’ Committee ensures that the outdoor planting areas are teeming with flowers and vegetables in summer time.
The school also has a new central library run by parents, a homework club, guitar lessons (senior classes), swimming in the NUIG Kingfisher Club and Irish dancing (after school).
The open day allowed prospective pupils and parents to visit the school, where there was a range of activities organised for the children, while parents had the opportunity to meet staff. For more information about the school, contact 091 552074.