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First Kerry Community National School opens its doors at Two Mile, Killarney


Kerry Education and Training Board (ETB) and the local community of Two Mile were delighted with the attendance at the Information Evening held in the Two Mile Community National School on Thursday 6th July.
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Kerry Education and Training Board (Kerry ETB) is to open its first Community National School (CNS) in September 2017. The school will be located in Cahooreigh, just outside Killarney. This is Kerry’s first Community National School and the only multidenominational primary school in the Killarney area. Kerry ETB is also the patron of the very successful Killarney Community College.

This Community National School (CNS) is opening in the building that formerly housed the Two Mile/ Cahooreigh national school. Kerry ETB would like to thank the Bishop of Kerry, Bishop Ray Browne, for making the school building available for lease to Kerry ETB for the provision of the Community National School.

Responding to the announcement, Kerry ETB’s Chief Executive/Director of Schools Mr. Colm McEvoy/Ms. Ann O’Dwyer said “We are absolutely delighted to be opening a Community National School in Two Mile/Cahooreigh Killarney. We look forward to working closely with such a committed group of local parents and their children.”

“Families in Killarney and the surrounding area are very fortunate to have a choice of Catholic schools, Gaelscoileanna and now a Community National School. What is unique about this particular model is that the State is the patron and the school will benefit directly from the supports offered by Kerry ETB. Kerry ETB has eight post-primary schools and a large suite of Further Education and Training courses. These schools and centres are supported by the staff in Kerry ETB Head Office in dealing with Finance, Human Resources and other administrative functions. This level of support enables the schools and centres to focus their attention on the real work of teaching and learning. Kerry ETB has a reputation for excellence in education and inclusion in both post-primary and further education and training. This expertise will transfer easily to the primary school sector.”

“Another distinguishing feature of the CNS model is its multidenominational ethos. The school will cater for children of all faiths and beliefs equally. Parents of children in existing CNS schools appreciate that these schools make space for the spiritual part of a child’s identity while respecting all faiths and secular beliefs equally. ”

The school is accepting enrolments from Junior Infants- 6th Class. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should contact Kerry ETB directly on 066 7121488 or by emailing cns@kerryetb.ie

For further information on the CNS model, please visit www.cns.ie

Community National Schools

Community National Schools (CNS) are a new model of primary education that reflect and celebrate the diversity of Ireland in the 21st Century. They are under the patronage of the local ETB and receive the support of VEC experience in education.

A Community National School is one where:

  • The school becomes a centre of the local community.
  • Children are encouraged and supported in living their lives to the full. 
  • High standards are the goal in teaching and learning. 
  • Everybody is valued and treated with respect. 
  • Respect for plurality of faiths and non-faiths is seen as integral to the daily routine of the school.

CNS recognise the wishes of parents to have their children receive either religious education or morality based education during the school day. A new, child-centred, multi-belief programme "Goodness Me Goodness You" has been developed and is delivered through the use of digital technology. In liaison with the local faith community, children are nurtured in living to the full in accordance with faith tradition practices and celebrations including the celebration First Communion and Confirmation in the case of Roman Catholics.

CNS promote an open and consultative environment, where parents are valued as partners in their child's education. CNS also reflect and cater for the needs of their local communities through extra-curricular activities, parent classes etc.

For further information visit www.cns.ie or contact Kerry ETB.

What is a Community National School? - Powerpoint Presentation / PDF Format



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