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Lauragh school wins reprieve from Department of Education

by Stephen Johnson THE Lauragh National School, which was facing the loss of a teacher and possible closure, has been handed a reprieve following the introduction of new rules surrounding pupil numbers. The Lauragh school, one of the smallest in the country, currently has 17 students and two teachers. The Department of Education this week reduced the threshold levels that determine the number of teachers allocated to each school, a move that will halt

New policies announced for small rural schools

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan TD, has announced that the Government has agreed the implementation of two new policies to better support the sustainability of small schools, and particularly those in isolated areas.   This policy approach involves two key elements, improved changes to the staffing schedule for some small schools and a voluntary protocol for future sustainability for one-teacher schools with reducing enrolments.

Small schools issue may be revisted – Minister

THE Minister for Education has said that the whole issue of small rural schools may be reviewed in response to concerns raised by rural communities across the country. A delegation from West Cork, facilitated by local TD Michael McCarthy met the minister in Dublin recently to once again outline the case for small rural schools. Among the group representing Cahermore NS on the Beara Peninsula, the most distant school from

Silver ticket surprises for Bank of Ireland junk kouture regional finalists

BANK of Ireland is delighted to announce that the regional finalists for the Bank of Ireland Junk Kouture Recycling Fashion Competition 2015 in association with Repak have been announced. The competition is Ireland’s leading fashion and art competition for second level students. The All Ireland competition is now in its fifth year and aims to spark students’ imaginations; encouraging them to create unique, original and innovative outfits from recycled materials

Skibb school win robot war for second year

FOR the second year in a row, Rossa College, Skibbereen were winners of the CEIA Schools Robot Competition beating Coláiste an Chroí Naofa, Carrig na bhfear in a tightly fought contest. Each year, the competition has a theme to highlight the many ways in which engineering and technology is embedded in our lives today. This year the theme was robots and the logic of George Boole, to coincide with the

Minister Jan O’Sullivan turns sod on new Skibbereen Community School

THE Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan has performed the official sod turning on the site of the new community school at Gortnacloughy, Skibbereen. Construction is already underway at the 19 acre site, which will cater for 900 post-primary school students on completion in May 2016. Representatives from Mercy Heights Secondary School, Rossa College and St. Fachtna’s De la Salle, the current three post-primary schools in Skibbereen were on

No funding for school footpath

THERE is no funding available to install a complete footpath from Clonakilty to Kilgarriffe National School despite safety fears of parents and teachers, the recent meeting of the West Cork Municipal District in Dunmanway was told. The issue was raised on behalf of the school by councillor Noel O’Donovan who said that there were serious safety concerns for children walking to school.

Kilcoe NS news

It has been a busy time in Kilcoe NS lately. The school recently took part in the Discover Cork Heritage project which involved the children creating a group project based on a feature in the local area. The school held an Open evening where the projects were viewed by the public. The school took part in the Primary schools debating competition for the first time this year. The children debated against