It was a historic moment today when the school bade farewell to Breda who is retiring from her post as principal on August 31. Breda has been principal since 1990.Tributes were paid and gifts were presented to her today from staff and parents.Pupils made lovely cards and classes presented these in turn. She will be missed and we wish her a happy and long retirement.
Pauline Dolly presenting a cheque for €420.62 last Tuesday to Miriam Jennings of Galway Autism Partnership. The money was raised through the sales of the 2016 yearbook. It was given to GAP in recognition and gratitude to Miriam who has volunteered in the school over the last two years to teach some senior pupils photography and craft skills. Her classes are very popular and the pupils gain in a multitude of ways through their participation.
We had a great sports day this year. The rain stayed away, though there were dark clouds overhead all day. It was wonderful to see so many families attending and to have the help of so many volunteers. Activities included races, softball and beanbag throw, long jump, penalty kicks, target practice, and water carrier race. Hair-braiding, tattooing, and nail art was also on offer. At the end of the day came the presentation of prizes- the best bit.
Thanks to all who helped out- the parents who brought cakes and sandwiches, the volunteers and of course Karen Ridell who who organises the whole day and ensures that it runs smoothly.
Click on the pictures below to get a flavour of the day
We are delighted with the sales of the Year Book and we are getting great feedback from pupils and parents. There are a few left so if you are visiting tomorrow for sports day you can get one for €5. It is a lovely record of events in the 2015-'16 school year. A big thank you to Pauline Dolly, Clodagh McDermott and Louise Cahill who produced the book. Proceeds from sales are going to Galway Autism Partnership (GAP). Miriam Jennings of GAP has run very successful photography and craft courses in our school for senior pupils.
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.