Whiteboards and ICT and another building.
- 2005 President Mary McAlese visited us. The children lined the yard and waved flags. The President spoke to the 6th classes in the school GP room.
- ICT took a huge leap forward with the installation of Whiteboards. Teachers were given laptops to prepare lessons .
- 2007 the Library was still in a prefab but it was computerized.
- 2009 We were one of the first schools to win a Digital School Award.
- In 2010 we received planning permission for a new Sports Hall and building to replace the prefabs.
- 2011 Three buildings were completely refurbished during Summer Holidays.
- Mrs.Murphy’s garden and school field were demolished to make way for the new buildings.
- 2012 Senior Building and Sports Hall were built. It was a difficult year with split breaks and reduced yard size.
- Terry Beirne , our longest serving member of staff and deputy Principal retired.
The Newest Building
- 8 new classrooms with sliding storage areas
- 3 story building
- 5 Learning Support Rooms
- Staff Room , Conference Room, 3 offices and disabled shower room.
- New garden, Library and Sports Hall
- Soft Surface in Infant Yard
- Staff Carpark
- Wifi throughout
- New Intercom System
- 2013 We had the Official Opening of our new building by Archbishop Martin.
- A Cloak Sculpture was commissioned for the front of school
- 2014 We had our first Grandparents Day in 2nd class
- The Choir won the overall of the Year Prize.
- PTA purchased 20 ipads
We celebrated the 150 year anniversary of our school on Feb 1st 2015.
President Higgins visited us to mark the occasion.
1980’s and a New Extension
The current Junior Building opened in 1980
- 8 bigger classrooms with toilets in each room and wet areas for art
- Floors were carpeted
- Emergency doors in each downstairs room and a fire escape upstairs
- Wide corridors
- Hot water
- A new Staff Room and Learning Support Room
- Junior Infants remained in the 1971 building and Senior Infants moved to the new building
- Prefabs were still in use for 1st and 3rd classes.
- Numbers continued to grow. We already had 3 Junior Infants and 3 Senior Infants.
- 5th and 6th classes played at front of the school
- 1980s Ann and Barry was the first reading scheme used to teach reading . Before this we used Ladybird Books. It was colourful, graded and came with workbooks and a teachers kit of posters with tapes of songs
- 1982 corporal punishment was abolished.
- A photocopier and tvs on trolleys were purchased by PTA
- Holy Communion and Confirmation were held in Porterstown . Parents helped bring children up every day for practices the week before the ceremony
- After each communion the priest had a garden party in his house next door for children and parents.
- In 1983 the church was built . In the same year a prefab was set on fire one Halloween. There was a lot of vandalism around the school so a fence was built. The entrance to the school was moved from Beechpark Avenue to Beechpark Lawn. The long drive up to the school became the footpath outside Chrysalis.
New Building 1987
- In 1987 the Infant Building opened. 5th and 6th moved in at Easter but the 6 Infant classes moved in that September
- The Infant Building was supposed to only be temporary as i was expected numbers would soon fall again.
- 1989 the first school magazine was published
Amalgamating the boys and girls
Numbers in the boys’ school were falling and this led to bitter feuds between the two principals.
The Infant boys attended the girls school. As sometimes children started when only 3, the girls’ principal claimed the older girls were better at minding them. However she sometimes kept the boys until 2nd class. When both principals died within a year of each other the two schools were amalgamated.
- In 1931 the priest wrote to the department complaining about conditions in the school
- For the next twenty years a new school was promised so no improvements were made to the old school
- Electricity was installed in the early 50s
- In 1955, the plans were deferred as Blanchardstown was getting a new school.
- By 1970, the outdoor boys toilet had no roof and a prefab was being used as a classroom
- When Harry Allen was appointed principal he renewed the campaign for a new school
A New School
- On Feb 1st 1971 Harry Allen led the pupils up the “side road” (Beechpark Ave) to our current school where they were joined by 31 pupils from the lower road school
- The new school grew rapidly and Harry Allen became a walking principal in Sept 1971.
Schools had several important books
- The register kept the names, addresses, fathers’ occupations of children and dates enrolled.
- Attendance was marked each day in the roll book
- The daily report book kept records of each classes’ attendance and grants the school received and teachers’ pay.
- If the books were damaged or lost, the principal had to pay for new ones from his salary.
- Most of the old record books are in the National Archives and we still use these today.
- Some schools kept corporal punishment record books.
- There are records of children paying varying amounts to the school though many did not pay at all.
Who went to the old school?
The old record books tell us
- The first boy’s name on the new register in 1865 was Michael Mc Kenna who was 15 years old. His Dad was a farmer. Four other boys were registered aged between 6 and 16 years old. Occupations were listed as farmer, miller and bootmaker.
- Other occupations listed were railway porter, orphan, professor, cowman, pauper and ploughman. Amazingly, the ploughman lived in Deer Park!
- In the girls’ school, Mary Healy was the first name on the register, the daughter of a labourer. The other girls registered this day were aged were 7,10,11 and 13 but it was their first time attending school. One girl, Emily Hunt, was listed as an orphan.
- 123 children were on the rolls, but only 64 were marked present that day.