SN Sceichín an Rince, Cahir, on the Cork/Tipperary border is “well equipped” to teach but must undergo a five-year-plan, according to a recently published Whole School Evaluation (WSE). Skeheenarinky National School is over 150 years old and was built originally in the 19th century by the local landlord.
Some years ago the building was handed over to the local community and is now held in trust for that community. The 41 pupils in the school are taught by two mainstream class teachers and two support teachers, one of whom is based in the schoolbut provides support also in two neighbouring schools. The school also has dedicated support from a part-time secretary and a part-time caretaker as well as a full-time special needs assistant. In October last year, a Department of Education Inspector visited the school and made the following observations. The key strengths of the school are: “The Chairperson, Principal, and Board Members strive conscientiously to uphold the noteworthy historical school traditions. The Principal was appointed in 2004 and has worked tirelessly since on behalf of the school. There is a strong ethos of cooperation among staff. In questionaire responses, pupils claim to feel safe and parents expressed strong support for the school. Over the past eight years, the Board has upgraded many features of the building. The school is well resourced with educational equipment, including technological resources. There is strong support for the school from the community and events organised by the parents’ association are very well attended. In English, interesting process writing activity and free writing sessions are undertaken in the school and the finished products are of a high standard.”
The following recommendations were made: “A five year plan for reviewing policies is recommended incorporating the viewpoints of all stakeholders. The plan for English would benefit staff more if content for each class was more specific. A whole school approach to the monthly report is recommended.” Full report at education.ie