10TH BIRTHDAY GOOD SHEPHERD SCHOOL
La Salle B.N.S. and Our Lady of Loreto G.N.S. amalgamated making a new
school ' The Good Shepherd National School/Scoil Naisiunta An Dea Aoire'
with a staff of eight teachers.
support class was set up and in February 1991 the first special class
was set up. The school now has three special classes. In November 1991
the first speech and language class was set up. The school now has two
language classes, each having the extra support of a speech and language
therapist employed by the E.H.B.
23 teachers on the staff including a Home-School-Community Liaison teacher
and a hard working Parents' Association who run fund raising events. There
is a parents' room in the school where people can come to relax or take
part in courses organised during the year. From the start the school has
been very much to the fore in Ireland in the use of Information Technology
as a learning/teaching aid. Initially, the opening of a purpose built
computer room with 20 computers operating from an acorn platform led to
the school being recognised as having one of the most innovative facilities
not only in Ireland, but in the E.U. In the past two years a modern network
incorporating the latest P.C. and Windows technology has been set up.
Now, not only is it a school with a fully functional networked computer
room for class teaching but individual classrooms are also on line- a"whole
As part of
the Department of Education's S.I.P. initiative, pupils in the school
are now introduced to the latest multimedia programmes - innovations such
as video conferencing, digital camera and scanning equipment, and the
world of the Internet. It's certainly a long way from the old chalk and