Shragh National School in Doonbeg was built on its present site in 1933. The 77-year old school has undergone two extensions in recent years.
The first extension in 2000 incorporated the addition of a library and staff room. The second extension was completed in 2005, adding on an office, a store-room, a resource room and children’s toilets.
Twenty five pupils are presently enrolled at the school. The staff of Shragh N.S. comprises of two mainstream teachers, one resource teacher and one full-time Special Needs Assistant and one part-time.
The school has extensive grounds with the school, and has a great advantage of a playing pitch / field at the back of the school as well as a basketball court and play area with playground markings. We also have a willow garden, vegetable plot, shrubbery and a picnic area made with the co-operation of parents / guardians and children.
We are the proud recipients of our first Green Flag and are currently working on our second! Our first flag was achieved for litter and waste management and we are now working on reducing our energy bill. We encourage parents, Board of Management, pupils, teachers and local community to get involved.
Our two mainstream classrooms have interactive whiteboards and data projectors, as well as a number of desktop computers. We also have a large number of laptops and it is our hope that every pupil will have access to a laptop in the not too distant future. Our resource room, staff room and principal’s office are all equipped with desktop computers.
Sport is an important part of life at Shragh N.S. and football is a central figure in the life of Doonbeg parish. Training is available to both boys and girls from six years upwards and we always encourage children to attend. We have a number of visiting coaches to our school for football and basketball. Children go to swimming lessons in Quilty Pool as part of the P.E. Curriculum. We have a Sports Day in the summer term with the traditional running, obstacle and egg & spoon races.
As a Catholic school we embrace the ethos of the faith and try to bring it into our lives on a daily basis. We also incorporate it with special events throughout the liturgical year with things like out Harvest Mass, Advent and Christmas celebrations. We have an annual Lenten campaign which begins with a special service on Ash Wednesday and includes our programme for the Missions. We support the Doonbeg Apostolic Society by knitting blankets, collecting old reading glasses, rosary beads, making holy pictures and we have a raffle / coffee morning. Last year we bought a Chalice as well as making I sizeable donation to the Missions. This is very much a wide reaching event with grannies and the whole family getting involved.
Ms Sheila Gavin