Scoil An Linbh Íosa

Carrigans

Tel: 074 9140267

The Schools Aims

School Aims
 
Each pupil is respected as an individual who has spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, cultural and physical potential.
          Scoil an Linbh Íosa is committed to developing this potential so each pupil is encouraged and stimulated through the variety of school subjects, cultural and recreational activities, competitions and extra-curricular activities to achieve their own particular standard of excellence.
          Pupils work best in a safe and happy environment and this contentment will reflect in the high quality of penmanship, presentation and pride of self and work.

What we hope pupils attending our school will have achieved and experienced by the time they leave sixth class.
 
  1. That they will be literate, numerate and articulate and have a      knowledge of all the curricular areas.
  2. That they have confidence, self-esteem and good social skills.
  3. That they become Good Christians with knowledge of  fundamental Christian moral values.
  4. That they become good citizens – well mannered, kind, respectful and environmentally aware.
  5. That they reach their full potential in all areas, academic and non-academic.
  6. That they have developed as independent learners and are ready for a world where lifelong learning has become the norm.
  7. That they develop an appreciation of the local community and the local environment.
  8. That they have a love of learning.
  9. That they develop as contented adults with feelings of self-worth and respect for themselves and others
  10. That they will have benefited from extra-curricular activities and influences and will have developed an ability to work as part of a team in cooperation      with others.
  11. That they be fluent in Irish and have a love of tradition, music, verse, poetry, song and dance.  Grá agus meas don teanga, don cultur agus don tradisiuin.
  12. That they will have sampled all aspects of their local culture and develop a love of these.
  13. That they would have an appreciation of the good things in life and have a sense of fun.
  14. That we could look to them with pride and know that eight years in the primary school was a job well done and worthwhile.
  15. A positive attitude to life and a realisation that this life is but a stepping-stone to a further more important one.


Background
 

  
Scoil an Linbh Iosa is situated just outside the village of Carrigans. It was opened in 1949 and a ‘One –room extension’ was built in the 1960s with a further ‘three-room extension built in the 1970s.

It provides primary education to a wide catchment area, primarily taking in the villages of Carrigans and Killea, and the townlands of Castlethird, Lusticle and Dunmore. Its’ pupil base, however, extends as far afield as Burt, Newtowncunningham and St. Johnston.

The school is a mixed one with a pupil population of around 70 and a staff of 5 Teachers (3 mainstream class teachers, a Resource Teacher and a Shared Learning Support Teacher). The school also has two part time Resource teachers and 2 Special Needs Assistants. Along with the full time staff we have the services of 2 part-time Secretaries.

The school has 3 mainstream classrooms, one general purpose room (hall), one learning support room (located in the general purpose room), one smaller room for resource teaching, a sensory room (not yet furnished), an office and a staffroom.
  
  
Scoil an Linbh Iosa is one of eight schools to be involved in  the Raphoe cluster of the School Completion Programme in 2002, the others being Deele College, Raphoe; St. Baithin’s NS, St. Johnston; St. Brigid’s NS, Convoy; Convoy Joint NS, Scoil Mhuire gan Smál, Lifford; Murlog NS, Lifford and St. Eunan’s NS, Raphoe.

Scoil an Linbh Iosa, has a diverse extra-curricular programme. The school has a proud sporting tradition ranging from Gaelic and soccer, rounders, hurling, badminton, chess, draughts, athletics, basketball and gymnastics.

The school has had tremendous success in athletics in recent years and has won the County Title for overall best school at the County Athletics Championships on four occasions: 1999, 2000, 2001 and 2002.  In 2005 and 2006 the school came 2nd in the overall competition.  The school won overall team titles at the inaugural County Primary Schools Cross Country Championships in 2015 and also won the overall school award at the Eastern Region Small Schools Sportshall Athletics Championships in 2016 while finishing 3rd placed school at the County Small Schools Sportshall Athletics Championships in 2016.

We take part in Cumann na mBunscol Championships and F.A.I soccer competitions annually.
The school has also achieved success in Rounders and reached Divisional Final of the Championships in 1999, 2005, 2006 and 2007.
  
  
The school employs specialised coaches in the area of Gaelic, soccer, gymnastics, athletics and basketball.

The school has a proud tradition in Quizzes and has won the Credit Union Senior Quiz, Eastern Area on five occasions – 1999, 2000, 2008, 2010 and 2015.  The school won the Credit Union Junior Quiz in 2016. In March 2004 pupils reached the county final of the Cumann na mBunscoil quiz.  In 2005, the school won the Regional Section of the Garda Road Safety quiz.

Scoil an Linbh Iosa has a qualified music tutor  who provides tuition once a week to the pupils from 1st – 6th classes in violin, tin whistle, flute, violin, accordion, bodhran and harp.

The school aims to foster a love of the Irish language and has competed in the Ulster and National Finals of Slogadh – (All-Ireland Drama Competition). 

Seachtáin na Gaeilge is an important week in the school calendar and a number of activities are organised in the school such as ‘Tráth na gCeist’, Toraíocht an Taisce’, ‘Seanfhocail’ Poster Competition and the annual ‘Ceolchoirm’.

The school has attained success locally and nationally in a variety of art and poetry competitions, such as the Credit Union Art Competition, the National Overseas Aid Art Competition and the Donegal Co. Council Road Safety Art Competition.

Pupils from the school take a particular interest in the environment and have reached the National finals of the prestigious Esso Wildlife Competition on two occasions. 

In March 2011 the school was awarded our first Green Flag for Litter, Landfill and Recycling.  Since then we have been awarded our second and third Green Flags for Energy conservation and Water Conservation respectively. We are currently seeking our fourth green flag, focussing on transport. 

The school has a veggie garden where the children grow their own vegetables and which contains a composter where the children can see waste reduction first hand.

As part of the ’School Completion Programme’ we have been able to organise various activities both in-school and out of school at little or no expense to children.  Examples include:
Workshops in Drama, Art and Craft, Computers, Swimming and Creative writing workshop under the guidance of Dave Duggan, an Oscar nominee for his short film ‘Dance Lexi Dance’.
Various educational trips such as visits to the Ulster-American Folk Park in Omagh, Ards Forest Park, Barontop Fun Farm, Glenveagh National Park,  Gartan Outdoor Activity Centre, Arena 7, Rockhill Activity Centre, An Grianán/Balor Theatres, the Millennium Forum in Derry, the County Museum and Inch Wildfowl Reserve to name but a few.

The School has also initiated a Savings Scheme in conjunction with An Post for children in 1st-6th Class from September 2003 to date.

The school boasts a great working relationship with parents.  Parent Teacher Meetings are held in the school once a year, usually in the first term.  The school also boasts a hard-working and supportive Parents Association.  The great relationship between the parents and staff shows in the happy working environment for the children.  The school organises various courses for parents during the school year which act as opportunities for the parents to come together and meet in an informal manner.
  
Pastoral Care Statement

 
Aim:
The aim of this policy statement is to safeguard and protect the rights of staff, pupils, parents and all who visit our school. All members of the school community have a right to be treated with respect and to work in a safe environment. Teachers have a right to teach, pupils have a right to be taught, parents and visitors have a right to be shown respect and courtesy. Behaviour that interferes with the rights of others is unacceptable.

Implementation
The climate in our school is one of trust, respect, love, joy, care, concern, support, welcome, understanding and acceptance where learning and teaching are enjoyed. A holistic education is provided and every effort is made to nurture the innate love children have for learning. We help our pupils to acquire knowledge, skills and practical abilities and the desire to use them. Self esteem and confidence are qualities that we seek to instil. While recognising that children have different abilities and learning styles every effort is made to help children reach their full potential. Opportunities are provided for children to discover and develop their talents. Efforts are made to ensure that children taste success regularly.

We celebrate difference and nurture tolerance and respect for all children. With us, respect is the key component. Each person is special and unique. All children irrespective of gender, race, or culture are given equal opportunity to participate in all aspects of school life. The school is a microcosm of society within which all children, their languages, beliefs, traditions and cultures should be embraced. We nurture in our pupils a sense of cultural identity and an appreciation of the diversity of cultures which exists on the island of Ireland. Children are taught Irish and encouraged to use Irish informally in daily conversation. Through music and dance children enjoy learning about our Irish traditions and culture. Children from other countries in the school are encouraged to teach us about their culture and traditions. Every day we learn from each other. As we teach we learn.

Our School Policies on Discipline and Anti-bullying are implemented fairly and consistently by all staff. Pupils are taught the standard of behaviour that is accepted in the school. Our School Rules and Classroom Rules, which help to create a positive climate in the school, are displayed on the school walls. Positive behaviour is affirmed. As a reward for efforts made, those exhibiting positive behaviour are recognised and rewarded with certificates at Monthly Assembly.

A safe, sensitive, positive environment within the school allows the child to be open and respond to care. Teachers are made aware of pupils’ needs and every effort is made to respond sensitively to individual needs in a confidential manner. All our children, as individuals, have different needs at different times in their lives. There is a keen interest taken in children at risk. Efforts are made to identify early, children with a specific need (social, emotional and/or academic) and depending on that need, catering to the best of our ability, for that child, using the available human and physical resources within the school, liaising with parents, and when necessary making referral to outside bodies.

Teachers in the school are also encouraged to use their talents. The Board of Management recognises the importance of and supports the professional development of the staff.

There is a strong sense of community within the school and a high level of co-operation is evident among staff/pupils/parents/visitors. Children are taught to show respect for their environment through the Green Schools programme.

There is a spirit of prayer in the school not just imposed on the children, but is seen to be a value for the teachers. In each classroom there is an atmosphere of openness, forgiveness, and understanding and above all love. A sense of awe and wonder at the goodness, beauty and love of God is developed in the children.
  

Mission Statement




  
Scoil an Linbh Iosa is a national school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Raphoe, for the education of children from the parish of Taughboyne.  The school is committed to the aims and principles of the revised (1999) primary school curriculum.  It celebrates the uniqueness of each child as expressed in each child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development.  The school seeks to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life – spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.

Our curriculum aims to enable each child :

To live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual;

To develop as a social being, through living and co-operating with others and so contribute to the good of society;


To prepare for further education and lifelong learning.

Scoil an Linbh Iosa seeks to cherish and challenge children in a safe, secure and attractive learning environment.  We aim to provide quality learning experiences that are engaging, enriching and enjoyable through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

The school sees itself as an integral part of the parish and, in partnership with parents and the Church, seeks to nurture the Catholic faith through religious education, preparation for the Sacraments and through the ethos of the school.  This ethos is best exemplified through the quality of all relationships in the school, which are based on respect and dignity for each person – child, parent, teacher, principal, secretary, caretaker, classroom assistant, cleaner etc. and visitor to the school.

Scoil an Linbh Iosa seeks to be a warm and welcoming place, respectful and accommodating of diversity in race, culture, religion, gender and ability.  We strive to provide an inclusive environment responsive to the needs of all including Travellers, refugees, newcomer children or children with special needs.  We aim to promote equity in all areas and to provide extra support for any child with a learning disability, difficulty, or problem.

We value most highly our relationship with parents and the local community and seek to continue to work in partnership with parents to ensure the best interest of each child is provided for.

The school is a learning community.  We promote and value lifelong learning for all, including staff.  We urge you to work in partnership with us reinforcing for children the shared values of home and school.