Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn, also known as Ladyswell National School, is a Catholic Primary School. It first opened its doors on the 3rd of September 1984, in rented classrooms made available by Huntstown National School. On that day we had 66 pupils and two classrooms for children from Junior Infants to 6th Class.
As numbers continued to increase in the school, children in the school were sent by bus to larger accomodation in Hartstown NS and after that to St. Mochta’s Old School, in Clonsilla, before we moved to our present school building in April 1987. It’s amazing to think that children living in Dromheath, across the road from our school today, used to have to get a bus to go to Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn.
Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn is named after the ‘Four Saints of the Aran Islands’ The four Saints are St Fursey, St Brendan of Birr, St Conal and St Bearchan and are known as ‘An Ceathrar Álainn’ – The Beautiful Four. They are all buried in ‘Teampeall an Cheathrair Álainn (Church of the four beautiful saints) on the Aran Islands. Just like our school, this Church is also beside a Holy Well which is called ‘Tobar an Cheathrair Álainn’.
‘An Ceathrar Álainn’ also represents the four most important aspects of Scoil an Cheathrair Álainn – the children, parents, school staff/management and the Church/Community. The 4 children in the ‘Children of Lir’ story are also used to symbolise these important elements of our school.
Today the school has over 500 pupils attending the school. The school has expanded rapidly and five additional prefabs were erected, over the years, to cater for the increasing demand for places in the school. Plans are in place at present, for further development and expansion to the school.
In 2009 we celebrated our 25th anniversary with a visit from the President Mary McAleese. The school has earned 4 Green Flags and are currently working on our fifth. In addition we have received a yellow Interculturalism flag.
The school was awarded the Digital School’s award for the promotion and integration of Information Technology (IT) into all aspects of teaching and learning. All classes now have a computer and Interactive Whiteboard in their rooms. Our computer room is under renovation and we are looking forward to enjoying lots of IT lessons in it soon!
Approximately 200 children attend the school’s Breakfast Club everyday and children from 3rd to 6th class have opportunity to attend the Homework Club after school. The children also receive a healthy lunch in school every day.
The children participate in many sports including Football, Athletics, Rugby, Swimming, Cricket and Basketball.
The school’s Board of Management play a central role in the management of our school. The Board of Management are a great source of guidance and support in all aspects of our school life. In addition we receive great support from our local community which makes whole school /local partnership work well together. We are very fortunate to have a HSCL teacher who works closely with the local community and agencies on a daily basis.