CARNAUN NATIONAL SCHOOL
Welcome to Carnaun
School in the West of Ireland! Fáilte!
Carnaun National School, Athenry,
County Galway, Ireland.
Carnaun National School? - Check out this map! Situated
3 miles from Athenry
Phone 091 844668
Facts: 3 Teachers: Mr.
Finbarr O'Regan, Mrs. Anita Coffey, Ms. Mary Murray and 50
Our Little Rural School is surrounded
by small fields with stone wall boundaries in which cattle, sheep and horses
graze. Many of the children live on farms. The countryside is dotted with
small patches of woodland and long wild hedgerows of whitethorn and blackthorn,
which are used as stockproof fencing on the farms.
There are circa 50 pupils in the school and Teachers: Finbarr, Anita
and Mary, Carmel who is a Resource Teacher for Special Needs, a shared
Learning Support teacher Ita, Secretary Vera, and Special Needs Assistant
We have about 3 acres of school grounds in which we have a playing
area, wildlife areas, flower and vegetable gardens all sown by the pupils.
We do much of our schoolwork through projects and include most of the
school subjects in them. Our main project for the past few years was on
Environmental Awareness. For this we
have won many prizes and were awarded the European
Green Flag last year. We are the
first primary school in Ireland to achieve organic status for our grounds
and gardens. See "Carnaun School gets
National Award" Check out our "Carnaun
School Organic Diary" in Organic Matters. In October 2006 our Environmental
Awareness project was presented at Terre
Madre in Italy.
Information and Communication Technology is extremely important
to us especially for our international projects and this year we were awarded
"The Digital Schools Award", a new initiative that recognises excellence
in a school's approach to the integration of ICT in learning and teaching.
On 26.10.2006 Ms. Mary Hanafin, Minister for Education and Science, visited
Carnaun National School to present us with the Digital
One of our first international projects was a lovely project on Butterflies
with our friends in Glade Creek School, North Carolina,USA. We enjoyed
this very much. “Irish emigration to America” was the name of another one
also done with Glade Creek School. We have lots of friends in Wisconsin
also. The Lambert Symposium was another
flagship project and our book "The Lamberts of
Athenry" was a huge success.
Check out the the Projects page
for a report on the many innovative and exciting projects we have been
involved in during the past few years. Our first European
Commenius Project "I Eat, therefore I am" 2001 - 2004
was one of only four projects out of a possible 30.000 presented in
Brussels ar the launch of Netd@ys Europe in 2001 and was also featured
at the final launch of Netd@ys Ireland in Dublin in 2005. There
has been over 700,000 visitors to the project website since it started!
We also featured in The
Comenius and Technology Project - CAT an international ICT project
run by Léargas. Our latest Comenius project "Growing
up in a New Europe" is well worth a visit!
Our Latest Comenius Project is called "Growing
up in a New Europe" and some of the work done can be seen on our
Projects page also. We are also working
on "The Mythology of the Athenry Area" and
hope to publish this in book form later!
We get many visitors to the site and love to hear from people. Email
We also have many visitors to the school and are delighted to bring
them on a guided tour of our School
Heritage Trail. We are often featured on TV and in the newspapers
and have won many awards for our work. Check out "News2day"
on RTE2.We are also very proud of our record in the Arts. Check
out "Overall Winner AIB Galway County
Arts Awards".and "New Sculpture
Many foreign students come to the
school and we have friends who communicate with us in France, Germany and
Luxembourg, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Italy, Wales, Greece, Malta, Romania,
Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Latvia and Great Britain, North Carolina,
Texas, California and Wisconsin USA, New Zealand, Tonga, Australia, Siberia
and South Africa.
For those who are searching for their friends we have maps
of County Galway on our site and for those looking for their roots
check out the History of Atheny
pages. For the latest on the site click
We work hard in our school. All pupils in the senior room are project
leaders at some time.
This page was origionally compiled
by Tara, Chrissie and Keira
Where is Athenry in relation to Galway
and the West of Ireland?
Click here for another
MAP of County Galway!
Click here to VISIT ATHENRY
This site was first "put up" in August '98.
It is a record of some of the work done in school and also of the school's
involvment with the local community. The
children have a "knowledge" of the history articles as they form part of
their school programme in local history.
While initially we got help and support from
Michael Browne and Michael O'Regan (Past Pupils) and advice from many other
sources, we can now do 99% of the work during the school day. Camera work
is normally done by the project leader and typing, scanning, editing and
publishing is by the children of 4th, 5th and 6th classes with the help
of their teacher Finbarr O'Regan. As
you can see, from the rabbit in the hat, there is a little magic about
the site also!
We hope you enjoy what you see. Tagaigí
isteach agus cuirigí aithne ar Mhuintir Cárnain, Bhláth
'n Rí agus an dúthaigh mórthimpeall agus breathnaigh
ar gach a bhfuil a bpáistí inann a dhéanamh. Má
cheapann sibh go bhfuil a gcuid oibre ar fheabhas mollaigí iad.
Seo sliocht as "Tuairisc Scoile an Roinn Oideachais"ar
1. An Scoil
an scoil álainn seo suite tuairim is trí mhíle ó
Bhaile Átha 'n Rí in oirthear na Gaillimhe. Tógadh
an foirgnaemh in 1891 ach feabhsaoidh go mór ó shin é,
go háirithe in 1994, nuair a leagadh an laindeál idir na
seomraí agus cuireadh dhá sheomra eile leis an scoil. Bhíodh
droch- chrot ar an bhfoirgneamh roimhe seo ach anois, leis an feabhasúcháin
a rinneadh, tá cuma an bhreá ar an scoil - a bhuíochas
sin don Bhainistíocht a chaith an-dua leis an obair.
1.2. Is deas mar a chaitheann
oidí na scoile leis na daltaí. Tá atmaisféar
taithneamhach a fheileann don fhoighlaim cruthaithe agus is léir
go bhfuil an-mheas ag na múinteoiri agus ag na daltaí ar
a chéile sna ranna uile.
1.3. Tá 40 dalta
ar rollaí na scoile seo - ...
(Extract from a recent Department of Education
Report on Carnaun School)
version of this page by Amelia Tzafou, Kalamaria, Thessalonica, Greece
(This site has circa 2,250 pages to date -
We hope you enjoy your visit to the Carnaun
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