Drumnamore National School is a two-teacher school with 14 pupils located in the parish of Aughavas. Whilst the two teachers will remain this coming school year 2012-2013, the school is in danger of losing one of their teachers the following year. This could potentially mean the closure of the school and that would be a very sad day for the small rural community of Drumnamore and surrounding townlands and in particular to the children who have flourished in their care.
Local parent Lee Gartland told us “Having moved our family from Dublin in 2006, it was very important for us that the children fit in and make new friends as quickly as possible. The small school and its real feeling of being a close knit family group helped them to achieve a real sense of belonging almost immediately. This was the first of many advantages we found when comparing the experiences of a country school in comparison to a much larger city school”.
The teaching team involve the children in a diverse range of extracurricular activities. This list is seemingly endless so to follow is a flavour of the kinds of interesting and educational activities that the school has managed to include: the National Childrens Choir; Halleluiah Choir and Cumann na mBunscol.
Visits and presentations from members of the local community on a vast number of subjects such as: beekeeping; local area history (Grand Parents and elderly past pupils of the school);
astronomy; water Conservation; visits and discussions with various high profile guests; Éanna Ní Lamhna; as well as visits from internationally famous Author Paul Williams and traditional music group Dervish.
In addition to the above, Drumnamore National School have won many awards including three An Taisce Green Flag awards (currently preparing for 4th); five Discover Primary Science Awards of Science and Maths excellence (Currently preparing for the sixth) and severeal Leitrim County Council Floral Pride Awards.
They are also taking part in cross border initiatives such as Goal for Peace, which brings schoolchildren from various communities together for sport and social activities. Just this month for example, the children had a fabulous day at “Zipit” at Lough Key Forest Park. Further sporting and soccer events are planned during the remainder of the year.
The plans by the current government to slowly force the closure of schools such as this are well under way and the only way we can keep these magnificent institutions alive is to grow the student body to adequate levels.
Drumnamore NS are seeking new students and would welcome enrolments on their upcoming enrolment day. Any of the parents of current pupils would be more than happy to discuss the school and its merits to any interested parents of prospective students.
The school is in a great location and very accessible for residents from Ballinamore over to Cloone and Aughavas to Mohill.