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Skerries Educate Together NS, Skerries, Co. Dublin

History of Skerries Educate Together National School

2008 – our school opened with 2 classes and 36 children and 4 teachers (Tomás Hickey - Principal, Jean Timmins – Deputy Principal, Sheila Ormiston - teacher).  Sharon Coady, our school secretary, started work in September 2008 also.

September 2010 – introduction of Aladdin schools for the administration of school records

2012 - Our school’s first participation in Peace Proms

September 2013 – opening of phase 2 of our building including the following new facilities:

  • Sports hall
  • Staff room with greater capacity
  • 6 new mainstream classrooms
  • 4 new learning support rooms (SET rooms)
  • School library

June 2013 – first graduation class in the history of Skerries Educate Together NS

January 2014 – opening of Seolta, our 2-classroom early intervention autism unit comprising:

  • Purpose-built 2-classroom early intervention autism unit complete with general purpose indoor area and outdoor soft play area
  • 6 children were initially enrolled, with a further 6 starting with us in September 2014

2014 - First GAA team representing the school

2015 - Opening of our outdoor classroom and amphitheatre

September 2015 – David O’Neill appointed as our first HSCL teacher on a 5-year term in September 2015

2018 – Board of Management makes an application for school-age autism class extension to the National Council for Special Education (NCSE) and the Department of Education (DE)

2019 – DE approve application and work starts on delivering a 4-classroom extension

August 2019 – Jean Timmins’ retirement and appointment of Brian O’Luasa as Deputy Principal

March 2020 – arrival of Covid-19 in Ireland and first school closure.  The following nearly 2-year period was characterised by rolling school closures (March-Sept 2020; January-Feb/March 2021) and other measures at different times including the operation of a pod system for children, social distancing for staff, parents/guardians not permitted in the school building and mask-wearing for all to name but a few.

February 2022 - lifting of the majority of Covid-19 restrictions and a return to relative ‘normailty’

2020 -  Louth Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB) take over management of autism class project from Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).

September 2020 - Ellie Barwise takes on the role of HSCL teacher

August 2020 – Tomas Hickey’s retirement and appointment of Conor D’Arcy as Principal

October 2023 - Introduction of Hot School Meals Programme on a trial basis

Chairpersons of Boards of Management of Skerries Educate Together National School:

  • David Wright (2008-2011)
  • Aisling O’Connell (2011-2015)
  • Richard Young (2015-2023)
  • David Carroll (2023-2027)