Our Lady of Lourdes NS
Greenfields, Rosbrien, Co.Limerick.
Roll No: 19667 O
Our school was built in 1963 as an all Girls’ School and was called Holy Child School. In 1979,Holy Child and St. Brendan’s Boy’s School amalgamated. Our school then became Our Lady of Lourdes School and is now Co-Educational. The Mid-West School for Hearing impaired Children share our school grounds. The current enrolment is approximately 156 children. The school has eight mainstream classes and an Early Start class. There are eight SEN posts based in the school.
The school is served by an experienced, enthusiastic, dedicated group of teachers. These professionals who are supported by a very active School Completion Programme team, three SNA’s, a secretary, a child care worker, a caretaker and two cleaners are committed to enhancing the lives of the pupils and their families in every way possible.
The School is a DEIS Band 1 school and our staff are trained in the full range of Literacy and Numeracy initiatives that support the development and learning of all children. We engage with the Limerick Network Teachers which has driven improvements in Literacy, Numeracy and now we are currently engaged in developing STEM subjects through projects on Robotics and AI. We also receive support from the Social Inclusion Department and the Department of Child and Youth Affairs who provide free school lunches to all our children.
Our Lady of Lourdes received the Digital Schools of Distinction Award in 2018 in recognition of excellence in integrating ICT into learning and teaching. The children annually engage in the Junior Entrepreneur and Junior Achievement programmes as well as MIC’s Lego projects.
The school is very fortunate to be so close to one of Limerick city’s most prestigious seats of learning, Mary Immaculate College (MIC). Our association with the College has grown in strength and the mutually beneficial relationship enhances both the pupils in the school and the trainee teachers who work with them. The College runs a number of occasions and events that benefit our children such as children’s’ choirs, Lego projects, as already mentioned, sporting and cultural events.
We are a multi-cultural school with a rich tradition of welcoming and respecting all who seek to study and learn with us. We are a catholic school under the Patronage of the Bishop of Limerick but in the spirit of Christ’s teachings, we accept everyone as they are and accommodate their faith need while still honouring our own.
The children of Our Lady of Lourdes have many opportunities to develop their learning and life experiences. Through sport, we aim to challenge, engage and develop a healthy lifestyle and lifelong appreciation of physical wellbeing and the benefits of being active. The school engages in the coaching of Soccer, GAA, Rugby, Swimming and participate in Limerick schools Cross Country and Athletics. Further to this, we have recently had a yoga teacher visit the school to help the children with mindfulness and flexibility.
We have the support of a number of organisations, all of whom feed into the whole school experience and life. EDNIP is one such project; it stands for Embracing Diversity, Nurturing Integration and Learning for Life Project. This project aims to help children and families who are new to Limerick or Ireland with integrating, finding their feet, assisting with school life issues and making them feel appreciated, welcome and cared for. It has been a very successful project to date.
Our Lady of Lourdes is in the heart of our community. We are located beside the Our Lady of Lourdes Church, the Our Lady of Lourdes Community Centre, the West End Youth Centre and the MidWest School for the Deaf. We have beautiful grounds with play areas in front and to the rear of the school with a secure play area for the young. We celebrate community events such as Graduation, Grandparents’ Day, Catholic Schools Week, Healthy Eating Week, Seachtain na Gaelige, sports days, school tours, parents days. We have a very active Parents’ Association and our HSCL runs numerous parents classes and learning opportunities for families. We are fortunate to have Fr John Walsh as our school chaplain and he works closely with the school in preparing our children for sacramental milestones and helps develop our spiritual sense of wellbeing.
How can I enrol my child in Our Lady of Lourdes NS?
Call to the school any day between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Alternatively, you may contact the school on 061-227991 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please check the school website http://www.ourladyoflourdesrosbrien.ie/ where online application may be made