Good news for small schools welcomed in Cullen

Cullen National School are hosting their open day for new pupils on May 9, 2011 at the school in the village from 2-3pm and wish to invite all parents/guardians of young children who are interested to come along on the day to see the school and what it has to offer and to meet the teachers and staff.

Cullen National School are hosting their open day for new pupils on May 9, 2011 at the school in the village from 2-3pm and wish to invite all parents/guardians of young children who are interested to come along on the day to see the school and what it has to offer and to meet the teachers and staff.

The school’s Parents Association is delighted to have received confirmation last week from the government that the future of small schools in Ireland is safe. The government recently requested submissions from all small schools in Ireland under the Small Primary Schools Value for Money Review and this was the cause of great anxiety amongst hundreds of rural communities in Ireland. Local TD, Mr. Tom Hayes raised the issue in the Dáil with the Minister for Education Mr. Ruiari Quin TD on behalf of the Parents Association. The Parents Association has been contacted and it has been confirmed to them that the future of Cullen School is safe and will remain a central feature of the village and hinterland.

Cullen school first opened its doors in our community in 1842 and since then it has been providing quality education for all the community down through the years. Today the school stands as a centre of educational excellence and is a key feature of the village. The school has undergone many physical changes since first opening it’s doors, including the replacement of the original old school in 1968 with the new, modern, bright and well-maintained building that we have today. The school is adjacent to St. Patrick’s Church in the heart of a small village and is recognised by all as one of the finest attributes of our rural community.

Small schools have a major advantage in terms of providing excellent educational opportunities for young people and Cullen school is a positive model for schools, where meaningful commitment to provision of focused education experiences for pupils is ensured. There is a strong, close and trusting relationship between parents and teachers in small school environment, enabling any learning difficulties or problems to be picked up quickly and services can be identified and organised in response. . There is an active parents association working to ensure best education opportunities for pupils. There has been significant capital investment in past upgrading building and surrounds. The school promotes optimal use of IT skills for staff and pupils and has ample and very safe parking for the pick-up and drop-off of pupils.

The school is regarded as having a central role in the life of the village, where emphasis is placed on building up a good rapport with the community. The children at the school are all encouraged to socialise with all other young children from surrounding areas through involvement in lots of community based events including soccer, community games, GAA, Credit Union quizzes, Scor Na N-og, Comhltas group and local tennis tournaments. During the Christmas celebrations, all the children participate in a nativity play at Masses and many of them are members of the church choir. The school children also learn to play tin whistle at school and during the year are encouraged to play as part of the church choir.So come along and visit the school on May 11, between 2pm and 3pm – all welcome.