Principal's Blog

Happy New Year

Happy New Year to you all and welcome back to school. It promises to be an exciting and busy term Read more

Holidays

School re-opens on 6th January 2016

Book Club

Our book order should be arriving in a day or two. As soon as it does we will be looking for some parent volunteers to help sort out the order. Read more

Christmas Cards

We are looking forward to the delivery of our first venture into creating and designing Christmas Cards. They really looked most professional. We expect delivery early next week. Read more

Cake Sale

We had a very successful cake sale and a huge thank you goes to all the pupils and their parents. 6th class this year were great organisng, selling and cleaning up afterwards. I know they thoroughly enjoyed the day. Read more

Carol Concert

Boys and girls in R. 17 are busy rehearsing for our Carol Concert. They are dramatising the Nativity story and planning costumes and props. The remaining classes are busy learning carols and it is lovely to hear the music coming from each of the classrooms Read more

 

Welcome from the Principal

School Crest

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Saint Helen's Senior National School. St. Helen’s School opened its doors for the first time on Friday, 1st July, 1977. Fifty Junior Infants and two teachers, Mr. Bill Lowe and Mr. Pádraig Griffin, set St. Helen’s School on the road, in two prefabs, in the grounds of St. Marnock’s School. St. Helen’s moved to its present location in Martello in 1978 and in 1980 a permanent building was established. In 1981 St. Helen’s was divided into a junior school with Mr. Pat Healy as principal and a senior school under the principalship of Mr. Lowe. On Tuesday 1st September St. Helen’s S.N.S. opened with 130 pupils, 64 boys and 66 girls, and four teachers – Mr. Lowe, Mr. Griffin, Mr. Fitzgibbon and Ms. Murray. Our permanent building was completed in 1985 and the school was officially opened on 23rd October, 1986. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength, reaching a peak in the 1980 with more than 600 pupils. In 2005 Mr. Lowe retired and the present principal, Ms. O’ Leary, was appointed. Today we have 226 pupils in 9 mainstream classes from 3rd to 6th. Our pupils have access to three special education teachers and special needs assistants.