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Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn, also known as Ladyswell National School, is a Catholic Primary School. It first opened its doors on the 3rd of September 1984, in rented classrooms made available by Huntstown National School. On that day we had 66 pupils and two classrooms for children from Junior Infants to 6th Class.

As numbers continued to increase in the school, children in the school were sent by bus to larger accomodation in Hartstown NS and after that to St. Mochta's Old School, in Clonsilla, before we moved to our present school building in April 1987. It's amazing to think that children living in Dromheath, across the road from our school today, used to have to get a bus to go to Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn.

Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn is named after the 'Four Saints of the Aran Islands' The four Saints are St Fursey, St Brendan of Birr, St Conal and St Bearchan and are known as 'An Ceathrar Álainn' - The Beautiful Four. They are all buried in 'Teampeall an Cheathrair Álainn (Church of the four beautiful saints) on the Aran Islands as shown in the photographs above. Just like our school, this Church is also beside a Holy Well which is called 'Tobar an Cheathrair Álainn'.

'An Ceathrar Álainn' also represents the four most important aspects of Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn - the children, parents, school staff/management and the Church/Community. The 4 children in the
Children of Lir story are also used to symbolise these important elements of our school.

Today the school has over 600 hundred pupils attending the school and has 46 teachers -
The Principal
Deputy Principal
28 Mainstream Class teachers
9 Learning Support/Resource teachers
4 English as an Additional Language (EAL) teachers
2 Early-Start teachers
1 Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) teacher.
The school also has 5 Special Needs Assisstants (SNA), 2 Childcare Workers, 2 Caretakers and 1 School Secretary.

The school has expanded rapidly and five additional prefabs were erected, over the years, to cater for the increasing demand for places in the school.

In 2009 we celebrated our 25th anniversary with a visit from the President Mary McAleese. The school has earned 2 Green Flags - most recetly in 2011. The school is now working on its 3rd Green Flag and for a Yellow Flag for the promotion of interculturalism and diversity in the school.

The school has recently been awarded the Digital School's award for the promotion and integration of Information Technology (IT) into all aspects of teaching and learning. All classes now have a computer and Interactive Whiteboard in their rooms.

Approximately 150 children attend the school's Breakfast Club everyday and children from 3rd to 6th class have opportunity to attend the Homework Club after school. The children also receive a healthy lunch in school everyday.

The children participate in many sports including Football, Athletics, Rugby, Swimming, Cricket and Basketball.

For the past five years 6th class children are given the opportunity to go on a Day Trip to Scotland or England. These trips have included visits to Glasgow Celtic, Liverpool and Birmingham.

The school also has a Parents' Association who meet up once a month and play a very important role in the running of our school. The school's Board of Management play a central role in the management of our school.

If you have any more information/photographs about our school's history please let us know so we can update the school's archive.

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