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St Patrick’s National School
Scoil Náisiunta Leac an Anaithe (Lecanvey National School) is a two teacher school situated on the coast of Clew Bay, under the shadow of Croagh Patrick approxmatly fifteen kilometres west of Westport town. It is situated in a picturesque rural area with a strong sense of community and allegiance to the school. The school works closely with the local community and sees parental involvement as a means of creating greater openness and transparency to the community.
St Patrick’s National School was built around 1893, and was opened to pupils on 4th December 1894.
In 1895 there were 55 pupils registered on the roll, but numbers dwindled around the middle of the century due to emigration. The Sisters of Mercy who lived in the Lecanvey Convent nearby were the main teachers in the school, by 1991 the numbers of pupils had increased again and there were 30 pupils registered on the roll.
At present there are 25 pupils on the roll under the leadership of the present Principal Mrs Marita Murtagh together with Mrs Ann Navin, Learning Support teacher Miss Barbara Tiernan, and Resource teacher Mrs Agnes Reilly who caters for all the needs of the children from within the parish community.
Our aim is to promote pupils skills and competencies in a safe and caring school environment. The characteristic spirit of the school strives to support every pupil to attain a standard of education to a level commensurate with ability and equipped with the necessary skills to participate beneficially in post-primary and further education opportunity. Successful participation at third level education is the experience of the majority of pupils attending this school over the last number of years. School attendance rates are high and educational aspirations are high both for parents and pupils alike.
Over the years the school has always adapted to meet the needs of an evolving curriculum right up to the present day as it embraces the Revised Curriculum.
St Patrick’s National School is a very special school. It is a great school. It has an excellent academic reputation, a strong sense of caring, a strong community bond. Each and every school in the country has an atmosphere, an essence, an ethos that is unique to itself. St Patrick’s National School is no exception. Ours is a product of mutual respect, trust and co-operation between everybody in the school community. In this school there exists an atmosphere of happiness, of learning, of respect and of fun. This spirit, this esprit de corps is something of which we are very proud. It is not something that just happens. It is arrived at and maintained by the dedication of all who have taught and worked here and by those who continue to work here today.
St. Patrick’s National School Mission Statement
We foster and promote a Catholic ethos in our school, but we welcome children of all denominations and none.
We are committed to the development of the total person, with each child achieving his/her full potential, academically, socially, emotionally, culturally and physically.
We value and promote the identity, history, culture, fóclóir, traditions and customs of our community.
We strive to foster an atmosphere conducive to learning and growth and to make our school a happy and fun place to be.
St. Patricks N.S Principal is Mrs Marita Murtagh
St. Patrick’s National School
Principal: Mrs Marita Murtagh
Telephone: 098 64957.
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri 9.20am - 3.00pm