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St Augustine's National School Clontuskert

St. Augustine's National School is situated in the heart of Clontuskert community. It is a two teacher school with a reputation for excellence in the area of teaching and learning. St. Augustine's has a very active Parent's Association and has forged strong links with the community in the area.

It is a pioneering school in the use of digital technologies to aid the implementation of the Irish Primary school curriculum and it is the first school in Ireland to use WeDo LEGO© Robotics to facilitate cross curricular project work. Podcasting is used as a tool to enhance many subjects. Filmmaking is taught in the school and the students script, direct, act in and edit their own films.

The picture was taken at the Galway County Mayors Award Ceremony for Ringfort Project in February 2013. The photograph is by Gerry Stronge Photography. In the back row are Eimil Scott, Marie Mannion (Galway CoCo), Joe Molloy, Kate Murray, Fr. Michael Finneran and Gráinne Smyth (Galway CoCo). The front rows are students from Junior Infants to 6th class.

St. Augustine's is the only member of the Empowering Minds Group of Ireland in County Galway. It holds three Green Flags, eight Discover Primary Science and Mathematics Excellence Awards and is the first school in East Galway to be awarded the Digital Schools of Distinction Award.

Heritage and History:

The school is helped by the Clontuskert Heritage Group in the implementation of project work in Heritage and History. The following projects have been undertaken with their help:

  1. Waterways of Ireland Project focusing on Poolboy Lock, Portumna Bridge and the Ballinasloe leg of the Grand Canal.
  2. Monastery Project: This project focused on Clontuskert Abbey, The Priory of St. Mary and won a Galway County Heritage Award in 2010.
  3. Keep on Track Project: This project linked schools across Ireland and was co-ordinated by Clontuskert NS and Holy Spirit BNS, Ballymun. This project was shortlisted for a Galway County Heritage Award, an Eircom Junior Spiders Award and represented Ireland at the Microsoft Innovative Education Forum in Moscow.
  4. Ringfort Project: Clontuskert’s Ringfort project won a Galway Mayors’ Award for School’s Contribution to Heritage and an Eircom Junior Spiders Award in 2013.
  5. St. Augustine’s Parish Church Project: This project educated students on the history of the local parish church.

Contact St. Augustine’s N.S. Clontuskert:

Email: clontuskertns@gmail.com

Twitter: @clontuskertns

YouTube: Clontuskert Ireland

Find out more via the school’s websites:

School Blog

Comenius European project

Keep on Track Collaborative Train project

Aviator of the Future project