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St. Declan’s receives our National Flag

St. Declan’s is presented with our National Flag

On Friday 6th November 2015 the senior classes made a guard of honour to welcome Commandant Suzanne Wall and Corporal Wayne Casey of the Defence Forces (Óglaigh na hÉireann).  Commandant Wall and Corporal Casey were delivering the Irish Tricolour as part of the commemoration the the centenary of the 1916 Rising and to celebrate the Proclamation of the Republic one hundred years ago next March. 

We were honoured by a visit from two special guests – Minister Kevin Humphries Labour TD (Minister of State at the Department of Social Protection) and Lucida Creighton Independent TD and leader of Renua.

Before the visit the whole school was busy finding out what the colours on the flag mean.  We learned that the National Flag of Ireland, a tricolour of green, white and orange, is intended to symbolise the unity between people of different traditions on the island of Ireland. 


Green harp flag of Ireland 17th century.svgThe green comes from an old flag of Ireland used more than three hundred years ago.  The orange represents the people who were supporters of King William III, who was of the House of Orange in the Netherlands.  The orange colour comes from the Anglican tradition who were interested in staying loyal to the British crown. The white represents peace and reconciliation between these two traditions.

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Friendship Week 2015

3Friendship2015Friendship Week 2015 – All Aboard The Friend Ship

This year the whole school worked together to create a Friend Ship based on Noah’s Ark.  Thanks to our new art teacher Clodagh for helping us to paint the Friendship and thanks to Jackie for the design.

On Friday we had a Friendship Week assembly and sang songs, told kind stories and read some poems. Shane told us about some of the kind things we said about each other:

“We all coloured an animal and then added a friendly comment underneath – Oscar is extremely polite; Jack is creative and makes up magical creatures; Cameron is good at focusing; Sophie is a kind girl and is interesting to listen to.”

 We chose James Taylor’s song You’ve got a Friend to sing at our Friendship Week Assembly this year.  The chorus goes like this:

You just call out my name, and you know where ever I am

I’ll come running to see you again

Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall,

All you’ve got to do is call,

And I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, you’ve got a friend

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Whole School Evaluation 2011

Whole School Evaluation In 2011 the Department of Education & Skills Science carried out a comprehensive inspection of St. Declan’s Special School under the following

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Our Approach to Reading In St. Declan’s we have moved away from the more traditional ‘reader and workbook’ approach. After a comprehensive review of the

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Maths Week 2014

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The 9th annual Maths Week Ireland, with over 250,000 children participating from all over Ireland, was held from October 11th to 19th 2014. 

The highlight of our week was a day of maths, with each class sharing fun puzzles and maths games.  We all enjoyed the bingo game, the tangrams and the Jelly Bean Challenge (who ate all the jelly babies?) We also introduced MangaHigh which is an online website of maths challenges, games and activities.  The Numero card game proved a big hit with the senior classes and we’ll soon be getting that league going between the classes.  Each child has there own log in number and password for MangaHigh so take a look at

For lots more interesting maths ideas click on this link

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 Benny, Barney, Lemon, Patrick, Sky and Jack join Ms. Feighery’s class!

Aquarium1The Marine Institute as a part of their ‘Explorers Aquarium in The Classroom’ program set up a small tank in Ms Feighery’s classroom. The students were given the job of taking care of the tank and the fish. They made daily observations about the marine life in the tank.

An Explorers saltwater aquarium with native species was provided by with education resources to carry out project work.

Ms.Feighery’s class have named all the sea creatures and are making observations each day.

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Principal’s Message

Principal’s Message As Principal of St. Declan’s, it is my pleasure to welcome you to our school website. We thank you for taking the time

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