Ireland

Scoil Nioclas National School, Claddagh, Galway, Ireland
www.claddaghns.ie

ire_logoBuilt in 1933, the  Claddagh School was originally divided into a boys’ school and a girls’ school, which later amalgamated to become co-educational. Situated in the heart of the Claddagh Village, one of the oldest and most historic parts of Galway, the school currently has over 360 pupils and a teaching staff of over 40.

In recent years, the school has seen extensive development of its facilities. This has included the construction of a new gymnasium, the opening of a purpose-built autism-specific unit, upgrading of the infant playground, the construction of a number of new classrooms and the introduction of a wireless networked laptop trolley, which serves as
a mobile computer room.

Our craft centre, established in 1993, is run by a dedicated art teacher and provides the children with a unique artistic experience.

The award-winning School Band leads the opening of Galway ‘s Oyster Festival each  September, as well as marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade each year. Our school choir performs at many events and venues across the city.

St Nicholas is a mainstream school with four ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder) classes included.The children are able to develop and learn in a specialized and nurturing environment . The facility which currently has 20 pupils , also includes a therapy room,
a sensory room, a life skills room and bathroom facilities. A wide range of teaching methodologies are used including ABA, TEAACH and PECS according to  the needs of the individual child. Our goal is to promote education in our inclusive setting thus enabling all pupils to belong within an educational community that values their individuality.

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