Our Lady of Mercy Primary

Our Lady of Mercy Primary School opened in 1993 with the amalgamation of three schools-Scoil Chaitriona (1964), Scoil Fatima (1883) and Scoil Phadraig (1888). Our school is very well equipped and has modern intercommunication and alarm systems. Sister Annette Duignan was Principal from 1993-1998. Mrs. Rosemary Sheahan was Acting Principal from 1998-1999. In September 1999 Mr. Terry Allen was appointed the first Lay Principal of Our Lady of Mercy Primary School. In September 2005 Mrs. Mary Finan was appointed Principal.In September 2010 Mrs. Marguerite Stenson was appointed Principal.

Past pupils of note include- Mark Scanlon, Junior World Cycling Champion and Shane Filan of Westlife. In September 2010 there were 380 pupils enrolled and a staff of 35 Teachers, 11 Special Needs Assistants, 2 secretaries, 1 Caretaker and 3 Cleaning Staff. We have 13 Interactive whiteboards installed in mainstream classes and astate of the art Computer Room with access for classes from junior infants to 6th.

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Learning Plaza

There are two special units in our school called Learning Plazas 1 and 2 that cater for children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder. Learning Plaza 1 is the junior class which caters for four pupils in the age range of 6-8 years. The senior class(Learning Plaza 2) caters for four pupils in the age range of 8-11 years.
Most of the pupils travel to the classes on transport provided by the Department of Education and Science.

Curriculum Timetable
The curriculum outlined by the Department of Education and Science is available to all children in school. The facilities and resources available to support the various areas of the curriculum ie. history, art, science are also used by the Learning Plaza classrooms. The nature of the diagnosed learning disability for the pupils in these classes dictate that the curriculum is broader and more comprehensive in its composition.

Due to the diverse needs of the children, the curriculum is modified to meet their individual needs. It also takes account of the fact that language and the delivery of a curriculum through language presents a particular difficulty to these pupils.

A great deal of work is done with Speech & Language Development, physical/motor and sensory needs. Methodologies such as T.E.A.C.C.H. and P.E.C.S. are valuable tools that are being used in the classroom.

Additional curricular activities being developed are:Horse riding – Pegasus Riding Centre

Happy Days – Play activity centre

Social outings

Swimming

Dance and movement

SUPPORT OF PARENTS AND OTHER PROFESSIONAL PERSONNEL
The expertise and particular focus given by other professionals and supporting personnel is valued and incorporated into the special class curriculum. It is noted that the class benefits from support by:

-The Board of Management, School Principal and all staff members of Our Lady of Mercy Primary School.

-Parents.

-Speech & Language/Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapist.

-Assistive Technology Centre.

-Autism Support Team.


INTEGRATION AND INSERTION

The classes are able to join in play activities with friends in the mainstream classes on the playgrounds. All the pupils enjoy all the school activities ie. concerts and seasonal activities. The “Buddy” system is actively promoted and used where suitable. Sports Day and swimming activities are enjoyed by children in the Plazas.
This access to an integrated setting is particularly useful in establishing a norm of social integration and peer group interaction.

It is an exciting and challenging place to work in and it is endeavoured to continue to put in place good practice and to acquire and establish an expertise in this area of work with pupils with ASD.

Enrolment

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Enrolment takes place every year during the first week of March from 9.30am – 3pm daily. There is also an evening enrolment from 7 -8.30 to facilitate working parents.

When children are enrolled in the school, parents are invited to an information meeting. They are offered the opportunity to make an appointment for parent and child to meet with members of staff, where a short interview is conducted.
At the end of June children are invited into the school for 3 afternoons.