St. Mary's Special School New School Official Sod Turning
A momentous milestone for the build of our new school, the official sod turning ceremony took place last Tuesday the 6th September 2022,with the visiting Minister for Special Education, Josepha Madigan and also Ministers Helen McEntee, Thomas Byrne and Damien English for this special event.
This building programme and development marks the next step forward. It is fitting to mention the colossal amount of work that has happened to date. Thus, ensuring that the design plans are such, that they will make sure we are able to continue to provide the best possible education for our pupils in the changing times ahead. Empowering them to realise their true potential in an environment where the equipment and expertise are specifically adapted for their needs.
The expected timeframe for construction of our new school is between 18 months to two years. Additional facilities will include art room, woodwork, computer and home economics rooms, library, a daily living skills room, as well as a general purpose room with stage and full kitchen and dining facilities.
Green Flag Award
‘St Mary’s special school community celebrated our new Green Flag award for Biodiversity yesterday. The senior students have worked very hard over two years and led the junior classes in growing their awareness and understanding of how to help our wildlife both in the school garden and at home.
Supported by their teachers and special needs assistants the students re-built their school raised beds and are growing some lovely crops of potatoes, lettuces and strawberries. There is also a lovely wildflower corner and a mini forest with sapling trees starting to grow tall.
The students were joined by several guests from the local community as they proudly raised their new flag and then celebrated in style. We are delighted to be a member of the Eco-Schools family which follows the green schools curriculum in 62 countries around the world. It enables the students to flourish as part of a team which starts by making the school environment more sustainable and nature friendly and then grows this outwards to the community. ‘
We’d like to express our utmost thanks for the donation of a brand new trampoline to our school from Trampolines Ireland. Please click on their link below to access the website…
Meath Women’s Refuge would like to thank the staff of St. Mary’s Special School along with Della Blake friends and family for their very generous donation below.
A huge thanks to NavanB Rotary Club for their amazing support to St Mary’s during Covid time.
Maria and all the team in St. Mary’s would like to say a heartfelt word of thanks to Rotary Club of Navan.B for their incredible support through this challenging time. Their great moral and financial support is enabling us to develop our digital home-learning systems and the school website. We are extremely grateful to them all.
Fashion Show in Aid of St. Mary’s Special School is POSTPONED until further notice…
Video created by Jenny Mompart
Principal St. Mary’s Special School
Look what we made. Healthy pasta bake. We love cooking with Siobhan.
Our Christmas song…
Click here to hear an interview on LMFM and scroll to 56:20
Our Christmas song can be bought and listened to in full by clicking either of the below links:
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Enjoying Trampoline Park in Dundalk…
Having great fun at school…
Enjoying the new board room table in Class 5. A joy to work on
Class 7 students using their money skills in the local shop…
Enjoying the sensory table at the library…
Author and illustrator, Oisin McGann, visits our school…
Jean Marie at assembly…
Our school had a wonderful day recently at Tayto Park. Many thanks to the Rotary Club for all their help.
Special Care Unit Projects
St. Mary’s Special School: 1977-2017 40 Years of serving Meath and its surrounding counties
2017 marks the 40th year of St. Mary’s Special Schools existence. From small humble beginnings with less than a dozen pupils and two classrooms to over 90 pupils, 12 classrooms, a special care unit and an Autistic Learning Centre, St. Mary’s has grown tenfold. With a new school on the way and various projects underway such as Class 7’s Junior Entrepreneur Program and Class A4’s Irish Aid Program, the future has never looked brighter for Special Needs Education in Meath.
St. Mary’s new school Campus
Planning permission has been granted for a new build school in the Johnstown Campus. We are eagerly awaiting this exciting new chapter in our school’s development. There are over 90 students in our school who attend from all over Meath and the borders of Cavan, Louth and Dublin.
Graphics Of Our Proposed New School