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Castaheany Educate Together National School: A Short History

Castaheany Educate Together N.S., under the patronage of Educate Together, opened with only 3 classes in September 2004. Having no school premises of its own just yet, the school opened upstairs in Griffeen Valley Educate Together N.S., Lucan. School life at CETNS began on 8th September 2004 with 52 pupils and 3 teachers, Marie (the 1st Principal), Mary and Aideen. By the end of the first year, the staff had doubled to 6, with the arrival of secretary, Deirdre and language support teachers, Maria and June. We are still very grateful to the friendly welcome and generous hospitality shown by the school community at Griffeen Valley that first year. They were a great help to a young school on a steep learning curve. Many thanks. We still have very fond memories of that first year, not least the bus trips to Lucan every day with Tom, our friendly bus driver.

Our next 3 lovely years were spent in prefabs on the grounds of Mary Mother of Hope National School, in Littlepace. We still had no building of our own but were made feel very much at home by the staff at Mary Mother of Hope N.S. It's much appreciated, to this day. Our school grew very rapidly, more than trebling in size in Year 2. Staff and pupil numbers increased year after year, as our rich, diverse tapestry continued to weave its magic.

Finally, in 2007, a sod was turned on a site in Ongar Village and our school building began. It was very exciting to watch and many photographs were taken and displayed to illustrate the progress of the construction. Classes walked to Ongar now and again, with their teachers, to see the building site and the many children who lived close by could watch the builders day by day. Finally, on Friday 6th June, 2008, the building was ready and we got the keys! A busy weekend was spent moving furniture, school supplies and hundreds of boxes. We held an Open Day on Sunday 8th and invited all our families to come and see our beautiful new building. That was a lovely day. But the best was yet to come......on Monday morning, 9th June, the entire school community gathered at the prefabs one last time. We said "Goodbye" to our temporary school building, locked up and walked in parade to the new building. Then we had a party!

Since then we haven't looked back. Our school has gone from strength to strength and each year proves more successful and enjoyable than the previous one. We now have 16 full classes and a staff of 34: 32 full-time and 2 part-time. Our wonderful staff consists of a secretary, a caretaker, 26 teachers, 5 special needs assistants and 1 student counsellor/mentor.
Since opening CETNS in 2004, we have endeavored to guarantee that every child's self esteem, personality and belief system, regardless of their social, cultural or ethnic background are respected, nurtured and celebrated. The principle of equality of access and esteem is at the foundation of every Educate Together school and is reflected daily in our school ethos and atmosphere.

We strive each day to teach to the highest academic standards, ensuring that each child develops to the best of their abilities. Initiatives such as Maths Recovery, Reading Recovery, Team Teaching, Aistear, Student Council and much more are all running successfully in the school. Castaheany ETNS has received three Green Flags from An Taisce and we are currently working on our fourth. We have also been awarded a Yellow Flag from the Irish Traveller Movement for initiatives around diversity and inclusion. See School Initiatives for more information.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our all the members of our wonderful school community. Without the ongoing help, support and hard work from our fantastic teachers, parent body, families, community representatives and our patron, we would not be able to provide such a special and wonderful learning environment! If, at any stage of the year, you would like to become involved at the school, please let us know!

Mile buíochas agus mile fáilte.
Many thanks. You're always welcome.

Mary and Staff

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