In 2010 St Eunans National school re-opened its doors with a fresh, innovative and much needed transformation which saw the development and expansion of the existing school to incorporate a computer suite, staffroom, learning support room and all-purpose school hall as well as a colourful library with fantastic murals to entice children of all ages and reading abilities. With three brand new state of the art modern classrooms and full wheelchair accessibility, the school is a credit to the Principal, Eadaoin Mc Daid and all staff members, parents, children and the local community.
Now six years on, with a pupil enrolment of 57, the school boasts a wide range of facilities which promote and encourage educational, physical and social attainment among its pupils. It is a hub of activity and prides itself in teaching through an active learning approach. Throughout the past few years St. Eunan’s National School has participated in the Green School which promotes care of the environment and environmental awareness. They have inspired the children with walks around Lough Eske, Donegal Town and the local village itself and have recently received their third green flag on Water Awareness which involved participation in water awareness week in the school, a water bus tour around the bay, children creating water costumes and presenting them in a display around the school as well as a visitor coming to the school to discuss water safety.
As well as an evolving and efficient delivery of the core curriculum the school has made the best use possible of the wealth of talent and knowledge the local and wider community possess by opening their doors and welcoming a vast array of extra-curricular support to their teaching. This has included visits from a music teacher, computer teacher, historian Patsy Kavanagh who creates plays with the children ranging from topics based around the Titanic, the Famine and the Vikings to name but a few. Children in the senior room participate in Swimming lessons in the Central Hotel. A local parent, Breege Haughey has also participated in teaching the children about painting portraits and local Donegal man Jarla Duffy (cartoonist) came into the school and did animated animal drawings with the children.
Each year we have someone from local heritage organisations such as the Fishery Board, in school to share their wisdom and this can often expand to mini-beast hunts, beach trails and river walks to name but a few. A local lady from Abbotts also participated with us in a six-week programme covering various topics with the children and they carried out activities on the mystery at Maggies Manor, community immunity, the circulators highway and rainbows to lasers.
For the sporting enthusiasts Paddy Hegarty and Brian Roper have been involved in coaching Gaelic football, Leslie Robinson from Murvagh golf club has given lessons and the children participate annually in the primary school athletics competitions. We even had the priviledge of getting a 6 week programme of stretch and play pilates and are involved in the Súgradh le Chéile programme initiated by the HSE; all of this which has contributed to our attainment of the Active Schools Flag. St Eunan’s are one of two schools in County Donegal who have achieved their second Active School Flag. They hope to apply for their third flag in 2016/2017.
From a catholic ethos perspective we actively involve the children in catholic schools week, St Brigid cross making and sacramental involvement throughout the year as well as choirs, mass participation and Christmas and Easter celebrations.
Whether you are looking for; small classes for your child, a comfortable but innovative teaching environment which promotes active hands-on learning suited to all learning needs or the comfort of knowing your child is in a caring educational environment, we believe we have it all and if you’re curious to see just how we work feel free to visit us. From Seachtain na Gaeilge to Lá Glas, World Book Day and drama, we will allow your child to develop and progress socially and academically in an environment where all needs and abilities are catered for and a positive learning environment will flourish. We will promote and encourage learning to give your child the best!!