St. Cecilia’s School caters for students with moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities. There are two designated classes for students with autism. Pupils from 4-18 years are catered for. There are eleven classes, six junior (4-12yrs approx.) and five senior (12-18yrs).
We are a Catholic School under the patronage of the Daughters of Wisdom. However we welcome students of all religions and none. The school is run by the Board of Management on behalf of the Patron. St. Cecilia’s operates within the context and parameters of the Department of Education and Skills. The school is subject to regular inspections and monitoring by the assigned Inspectorate. The Curriculum followed is taken from the National Guidelines for pupils with moderate, severe and profound learning disabilities www.ncca.ie.
Board of Management
There are 8 members on the Board of Management.
Chairperson: Michael J. Horan
Secretary: Éilis Dillon (Principal)
Treasurer: Pat Heelan
Members: Sr. Margaret Morris, Margaret Gilligan, Eugene Toolan, Des Forde and Ben Lewis.
We are situated on the Sligo to Rosses Point road in the scenic complex of Cregg House, although a separate building with our own Board of Management.
There are two playgrounds with playground equipment for students to enjoy and develop socially. Students participate in horse riding, swimming, and at certain times of the year -surfing lessons.
A wide curriculum is offered including:
- Language and Communication
- Social, Personal & Health Education
- Physical Education
- Social, Environmental and Scientific Education
- Visual Arts
The school uses a student centered approach and an Individual Education Plan is drawn up in collaboration with parents and the multi-disciplinary team. These plans are reviewed regularly throughout the year.
A variety of individual and group programmes are used including PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autism and related Communicated Handicap Children), Intensive Interaction and Lámh (Irish Signing System).
We offer Junior Cycle at Levels 1 and 2 and QQI Level 1 to our older students. The teaching staff through school self evaluation are reviewing approaches to literacy and three areas have been prioritised – making choices and use of visual schedules/objects of reference.
This year we are focusing on Social Personal Health Education (SPHE)/well being – developing a healthy school. We continue our work on Data in Numeracy and Assessment in Literacy.
Close collaboration exists with the relevant Health Service Executive Professionals including Speech Therapist, Occupational Therapists, Community Facilitators for Disability, Pediatricians, Dentist, Dietitian and the Autism team.
St. Cecilia’s prides itself on a highly qualified and motivated staff. The teachers are very committed and experienced in Special Education and many have undertaken further additional training in this area. Experienced Special Needs Assistants play an integral role in the high standard of care and learning provided to our students. All staff receive training in manual handling and positive behaviour interventions. Updating of skills and provision of training is a priority of the Board of Management.
The staff include:
- Administrative Principal
- 11 Class Teachers
- Minimum 2 Special Needs Assistants (SNAs) per class
- 2 Part-time School Secretaries
- 2 School Nurses
- Physiotherapist (two mornings)
- Speech Therapist (one day per week)
- Part-time Music Therapist
- Bus Drivers
All classrooms are well resourced and equipped with networked computers, iPad’s and printers. A large assembly hall and dining room enhance the facilities. We have an interactive whiteboard in our library/meeting room.
Activities which the students enjoy include:
- Weekly Community Outings
- Integration Projects with local schools
- School Tours
- Art Work
- Soft Play
- Multi Sensory Activities
- Surfing (occasionally!)
We have two buses which are used to bring students on weekly community outings and to sporting activities.
Daily communication takes place through use of the home/school diaries and seesaw. Parents are invited to Assembly each Friday at 11.30 am and are especially invited to Christmas Plays, masses and other special events.
We have an open door policy and parents are welcome into their child’s class at any time to visit or work alongside us in the classroom especially when settling new students into the school. Each year parents are invited to discuss and contribute to the progress of their child.
Our Parents and Friends Association is very committed to developing and extending the opportunities provided for students. They meet regularly and participate in policy making and planning in collaboration with the school staff and Board of Management.
At St. Cecilia’s School, Sligo all students are treated with respect as individuals entitled to a safe, secure and stimulating environment, which aims to build individual confidence and life skills.
This special school strives to provide a responsive education following Dept of Education guidelines for students within moderate, sever and profound range of learning disability including Autism, in partnership with parents, the multidisciplinary team and the wider community.
Our ethos is Christian under the patronage of the Daughters of Wisdom. We welcome and respect students of all religions and none.
For further information please contact.
Principal Éilis Dillon,
St. Cecilia’s School,
Telephone 071 9177907
Fax 071 9177011
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