Maria Walsh who worked in St Joseph's as an SNA since 2007 has decided to move on to pastures new. Having been on a career break for the last two years she has made the decision to resign her post. Maria came in to visit us on Thursday and she was delighted to catch up with the pupils and staff. Best of luck in the future Maria and don't forget to keep in touch.
Members of the Galway Community Circus came to school today to help our pupils demonstrate the skills they have learned in the 10 week circus skills course that they have just completed. We were all impressed with how much the pupils had learned and how they were willing to try all tasks even though some were quite difficult. The pupils clearly enjoyed the activities. After the demonstration the rest of the school had an opportunity to use the equipment and test their own skills.
13 athletes took part in the Special Olympics Track and Field Regional Competition on May 11th. The event was held at Dangan. This was one of the biggest teams the school has sent to any event. The pupils did really well and came back with lots of medals.Thanks to the members of the school Special Olympic Committee who did all the paperwork leading up to the event and who accompanied the pupils on the day. A special thanks to our great PE teacher Karen who worked so hard in training the athletes over the last few months. That is the last Special Olympic event for this year. As always the pupils gained a lot through their participation in a sport be it gymnastics, swimming or track and field.
St Joseph’s is a special school under the patronage of the voluntary organisation Ability West. Education in all aspects of the primary school curriculum is provided for pupils between the ages 4- 18 who have moderate general learning disabilities. Programmes are designed to meet individual needs so as to enable pupils to reach their full potential.