St. Patrick’s B.N.S
Our school is called St. Patrick’s B.N.S. It is situated on Elphin Street in Strokestown, across the road from the Garda station. We are a catholic school but we welcome children from other faiths. When you enter the school there is “Céad Míle Fáilte” over the door. This means “A hundred thousand welcomes”. Everybody is welcome in our school.
It is a two-teacher school plus a Resource/Learning support teacher. There is also a special needs assistant. The school has 31 pupils from third to sixth class. Miss Beirne teaches third and fourth class; Mrs. Tighe teaches fifth and sixth class and Miss Clancy is the Resource/Learning support teacher. Patti Gibbons is the Special needs assistant and Valerie Compton is the secretary.
There are two classrooms, a staff room, Resource and Learning support room, one teachers’ toilet, pupils’ toilets, cloakroom/sensory room, store room, boiler house, office and corridor. Our school yard is small but it helps the best footballers in Roscommon to practise their skills. Not everybody likes to play football, so instead they can play other games. The veranda runs along the side of the yard. At the front of the school we have a small garden with trees and shrubs planted. We also have three flags flying outside.
At our school we take part in many activities including swimming, soccer, gaelic, spike ball, cross country, art, handwriting, junior school wardens, quizzes, plays, green schools and altar serving. On rainy days we watch a DVD, play cards or play board games. We have a sports day each year before we get our summer holidays. At the end of each school year we go on a school tour. Every year the sixth class organise a jumble sale. We usually give the money to charity. In preparation for Confirmation the sixth class go to Knock Shrine for a retreat.
Our school colours are black and amber. This year we are on Twitter and we are very excited about our new school website. Even though the school is small there are good facilities. Everybody that comes to visit us, compliment us on the nice atmosphere that is in our school. It is a happy place (most of the time) and we are proud to be from St. Patrick’s B.N.S.
by 5th and 6th Class 2016.