St. Conleth’s National School

Principal: Finnuala Kirk
Deputy Principal: Mrs O’Donoghue
St. Conleth’s National School
Phone: 046 955 3490
Email: [email protected]
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St Conleth’s officially opened in 1961. The school originally stood in the centre of Derrinturn Village, near the church and operated as two schools: a boy’s school and a girl’s school. When the present school was built in 1961, on a site beside the Parochial House, it remained 2 separate schools. Even today, the sign buachaillí is posted over one front door, and cailíní is posted above the other.

In the 1960’s, there were 4 teachers in the school, 2 in the girls school and 2 in the boys school. Miss Abbin was principal teacher of the girl’s school, with Mrs O’Neill as the assistant teacher. Mr McGonnigle was principal of the boys school, with Mrs Darcy, and later Mrs Nuala Dempsey as assistant teacher. Mr Maurice Culhane succeeded Mr McGonnigle as Principal teacher of the boy’s school.

In 1972, the two schools were amalgamated as St Conleth’s Mixed National School, with Miss Abbin as its first principal teacher. Mr Maurice Culhane succeeded her as principal teacher in 1977 and remained as principal teacher until 2005.

8 new classrooms were added in the 1980’s and the original classrooms became the school hall. The school now has 12 mainstream classes some of them in temporary classrooms spread around the school grounds. The school has 12 mainstream classes from Junior Infants to 6th Class with 300 pupils enrolled. 4 teachers work as Learning Support/Resource Teachers and the school also has a pre-school for children with autism. With the Administrative Principal this makes a total of 18 teachers in the school.

The school is active in a variety of programmes including the Green Schools Programme and proudly flies the Green Flag, having been awarded its first Green Flag in 2006.