St. Mary’s National School is a six teacher primary school situated in the beautiful countryside of Crosserlough in Co. Cavan. The school was built in 1981 as a 4 teacher school. It developed over the years and due to an increase in pupils attending a new extension was built onto the school in 2004.
The school caters for the full range of classes from Junior Infants to sixth class. It is an inclusive school and caters for children of all abilities. There are 4 mainstream class teachers, including the principal and 2 special education needs teachers. A Special Needs Assistant is assigned to the school by the Department of Education and Science to enable the inclusion of certain children with special education needs.There is one full time school secretary and one full time cleaner employed in St. Mary's National School.
Our school is recognised as a digital school since 2016 when we received the digital schools of distinction award. ICT plays a strategic role in the everyday lives of the school and wider school community.Each classroom is equipped with an interactive white board, a projector and teaching laptops. Fibre broadband was installed in 2020. Every child in our school has access to a samsung galaxy tablet or an ipad which they use throughout the school day alongside their text books to make learning fun.
We are very proud of our sporting achievements and encourage pupils to reach their full potential in their chosen sport be it gaelic football, soccer, basketball, athletics, camogie or table tennis. Our school community has worked towards achieving an Active School's Flag and our school is involved in Health Promoting Schools Initiative for the past 3 years.
Currently we are participating in the Creative Schools Initiative which aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children's lives. By working with artists in the local and wider community the staff acquire new skills to empower the pupils in our school to develop their creativity. Our school is one of 150 schools across Ireland who are privileged to be part of such a wonderful and exciting initiative. Our school received a once-off grant of €4,000 in order to implement our school plans over two school years.
The members of the teaching staff are as follows:
Mrs Teresa Galligan - 3rd & 4th class Principal
Mrs Siobhan Clarke - 5th & 6th class Deputy Principal
Mrs Fiona O Reilly - 1st & 2nd class
Ms Colette Donohoe - Junior & senior Infants
Mrs Noreen Doherty (job-share) - Special Ed Teacher
Mrs Deborah Coleman (job-share) - Special Ed Teacher
Ms Moyra Mc Goohan- Special Ed Teacher
Mrs Geraldine Farmer- Special Needs Assistant
Mrs Bríd Mc Evoy - School Secretary
Mrs Angela Stuart- School Cleaner/caretaker
The Board of Management
The school is managed by an elected board which runs for a duration of four years.
The present members of the Board for 2020/2021 are:
Rev. Peter Mc Kiernan - Chairman & Patron’s Nominee
Carmel Cusack Smith Patron’s nominee
Teresa Galligan School Principal
Mrs Fiona O Reilly Teacher Representative & secretary
Mr Aidan McElroy` Parent’s Representative
Mrs Kathleen Lynch Parent’s Representative
Mr Benny Byrd Community Representative
Mrs Tina Dowd Briody Community Representative