St Mary’s NS is located in the picturesque village of Partry on the N84. It is approximately 10km from Ballinrobe and 18 km from Castlebar. We are a small rural school situated between Lough Mask and Lough Carra with the Partry Mountains providing a beautiful backdrop.
Principal: Teresa Horan
Deputy Principal: Caitríona Ní Chadhain
Junior & Senior Infants: Caroline Maloney
First, Second and Third Class: Louise Tiernan
Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Class: Teresa Horan
Special Education Teacher: Aisling Conroy
Secretary: Mary McLoughlin
Caretaker: John Kennedy
Board of Management
Chairperson: Tom Byrne
Principal & Secretary : Teresa Horan
Teacher's Nominee: Aisling Conroy
Archbishop's Nominee: Fr John Kenny
Parent's Nominee (Father ) : Brendan Duignan
Parent's Nominee (Mother) : Deirdre Hennelly
Community Representatives: Catherine O'Neill ( Treasurer)
Partry Afterschool operate a Morning Club and Afterschool in our school, providing childcare from 8am-9am every morning, from 2-3pm for Junior and Senior Infants and from 3pm onwards for all who require it.
The school bus arrives at school at 8.50am so we provide supervision of students from 8.50 until our start time of 9.20am each day.
Chairperson: Arlene (087) 9919272
Secretary: Cathy (087) 2658208
Treasurer: Gemma (087) 6539244
History of our school:
Partry NS was built in 1972 and replaced the old school across the road which is now home to the Monsignor Horan Community Centre. In 1991 the school was unfortunately destroyed by a fire. It was rebuilt that year.
In September 2017 Partry NS amalgamated with SN Choill a’ tSidheáin and became St Mary’s NS.
In 2021 our long awaited extension was built and we now have a large SET room and a WC for assisted users.
Board of management
our Ethos & Mission Statement
St. Mary’s National School is a Catholic co-educational primary school with a Catholic ethos under the patronage of the Archbishop of Tuam.
“Catholic Ethos” in the context of a Catholic primary school means the ethos and characteristic spirit of the Roman Catholic Church, which aims at promoting:
The full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil, including the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual aspects; and
A living relationship with God and with other people; and
A philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus; and
the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith,
and which school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church, and/or such ethos and/or characteristic spirit as may be determined or interpreted from time to time by the Irish Episcopal Conference.
In accordance with S.15 (2) (b) of the Education Act, 1998 the Board of Management of St. Mary’s National School shall uphold, and be accountable to the patron for so upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school as determined by the cultural, educational, moral, religious, social, linguistic and spiritual values and traditions which inform and are characteristic of the objectives and conduct of the school.
Mission Statement of St. Mary’s National School:
St. Mary’s National School aims to provide, in a secure and caring environment, an education which will develop each child to his/her full potential by:
-Fostering self esteem
-Setting realistic goals
-Following a wide and varied curriculum
-Promoting respect for self, others and the environment.
St. Mary’s National School is a school where each individual pupil is made to feel that he/she belongs to a community which:
Promotes the development of self-discipline
Encourages him/her to recognise his/her potential
Helps him/her to acquire a good self-image.
While the school acknowledges the importance of academic excellence, it strives to contribute to all aspects of each pupil’s development – spiritual, emotional, social, cultural, physical and moral.
St. Mary’s National School takes account of the changing social and economic conditions of our country and nurtures in each pupil those attitudes and skills, which enable him/her to cope. It endeavours to foster attitudes and skills to enable a positive use of leisure time now and later. It encourages an attitude of care and responsibility for Planet Earth as well as an attitude of practical concern for the local environment.
St. Mary’s National School recognises and caters, where possible, for the emotional needs of pupils, staff, management and parents. While the school acknowledges the equal status of all our pupils, extra support will be given whenever possible to those in need. We will strive to diminish any consequences of disadvantage and provide emotional support to pupils who may be emotionally deprived through the loss of a parent or through family breakdown.
St. Mary’s National School recognises the important role of parents, management and clergy in the development of the pupils and it welcomes them as partners in achieving what is best for all pupils. We recognise the importance of a harmonious partnership of parents, teachers, pupils and management in achieving all our aims.
Objectives of St. Mary’s National School:
To give our children the basic training they need so that they will grow up to be integrated and self-reliant people who experience God in their lives. This training is spiritual, moral, intellectual, emotional, physical and social.
To create in our school a climate of trust and love where each child is valued as an individual, is helped to develop a sense of his/her own worth and is aware of the contribution he/she can make to the society in which he/she lives.
To foster loyalty, mutual respect and respect for all mankind.
To foster respect for the environment.
To enable our pupils to become good Christians and good citizens.
To encourage parents to support the educational efforts of the school and to utilise the structures offered to ensure positive parental involvement.
To encourage close partnership with parents, management and clergy in order to ensure that the aims of the school are achieved.
To encourage close partnership with parents, pupils, management and teachers to ensure that the school remains faithful to principles of Christian education.
To introduce our pupils to the truth that they may know it, to the good that they may love it and to the beautiful that they may delight in it.