|Pre-School and Junior School Principal||Lynda McHale|
|Pre-School Vice Principal||Elaine Wyatt|
All of our pre-school teachers and assistants are fully trained and Garda vetted.
Pre-School 1 is open to boys and girls from two to three years of age. It offers the child a flexible play and learning environment, catering for his/her individual needs. Language development is very important at this stage, and with increasing vocabulary the child begins to use sentences rather than single words.
Awareness of others becomes noticeable at this stage. The teachers take every opportunity to educate for good relationships and behaviour, in a happy and relaxed atmosphere. We build up the child’s confidence in a positive manner, promoting self-esteem and encouraging him/her to talk freely in an atmosphere of trust and care. Our goal is to support the children on their journey of life-long learning.
Our focus in Pre-School 2 is to enrich language and number, and to approach the cultural subjects of the Montessori programme using the various graded pieces of Montessori material.
Pre-School 2 is a more structured environment where the child learns to concentrate through working on more individualised material. This material is designed to encourage independence and co-ordination. The task of socialisation continues and the child learns to give and take, to respect others and to respect property.
The aim of Pre-School 3 is to prepare the child for the exciting next step of entry to Junior School. The Aistear programme is integrated with the Montessori programme, and the child is introduced to the more advanced pieces of number, pre-reading and pre-writing equipment. The child grows more aware of her/his abilities and enjoys making choices and achieving success in tasks. All class activities are geared towards increasing self-esteem and self-confidence, both in personalised work and communication with others. The children are encouraged to listen to others and to express themselves clearly and articulately when it is their turn to speak.
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