History

History of the School

 

St. Peter Apostle National School was founded in 1977. At the time the school had no premises and the children had to travel by bus to Kilnamanagh where some classrooms were rented. Mr. Pól Breathnach was the principal and Mrs. Maureen Gardiner was the vice principal. There were two other staff members on opening day, June 20th, Mrs. Pauline Thornton (now Kilburn) and Mr. Pat Burke-Walsh. Almost immediately more teachers were appointed as the numbers grew.

Our new school was well underway by the beginning of 1978 and later that year we moved in. this is now the Junior School. More and more families moved in to the area and a second school, the Senior School was opened in 1979. The two schools became separate entities with their own Principals etc. Mr. Breathnach became principal of the Senior School and Mrs. Gardiner principal of the Junior School. Fr. Ben Dolan S.M.A. became chairperson of the Junior School Board of Management and Fr. Matt O’Connell was at the helm in the Senior School.

In 1990 Mr. Breathnach retired and Mr. Burke-Walsh was appointed principal. Over the next few years there were many changes to the teaching staff. A major initiative in the development of the Senior and Junior Schools was the appointment of a Home/School/Community Liaison Co-ordinator. Mrs. Marie Moloney was the first person appointed to this position. The role of the co-ordinator has had a great impact on the school’s community, pupils, parents, teachers and management.

The school has a great sporting tradition. Our soccer teams have won many awards, notably our girl’s team which won the Dublin Championship in 1995.  Our boys team are the current Clondalkin league and Glanmore Cup champions (2016 season). Our girls soccer team are also the current Glanmore Cup champions. Our pupils also attend swimming lessons in Clondalkin swimming pool.

The fully equipped Computer Room is a major resource in the school. Computers are also located in the classrooms and the pupils from every class get an opportunity to use computers. We hope that by sixth class every child will be computer literate. We also have broadband in our school which makes things a lot easier.

The school actively promotes interest and participation in the Arts, both visual and Performance Arts. Children get opportunities to attend concerts. The school also hosts visiting musicians, writers and storytellers. Children’s creativity is also encouraged in a variety of Arts, literary, visual, dramatic and musical.

In 2009, Mr Pat Burke-Walsh retired and Mr Cathal Duffy was appointed as Principal of our school.  Mr Duffy previously worked as the Home School Liaison Officer for the Junior and Senior Schools.