History of the School

Kilskeery National School was built in 1862 on the North West of Magheralough chapel. It was replaced by Kilskeery No: 1 school. This school opened its doors to pupils in May 1886. Its intake was approximately forty-five pupils. There was an even distribution of pupils from both religious communities.

Master Mc Keogh was the last principal in the old National school. Master John Mc Bride was the principal in the new school. He taught in Magheralough for about 35 years. He was replaced by Patrick Mc Laughlin who taught for about five years and he in turn was replaced by William T Grainger who remained principal until 1945. Matt Donnelly replaced W.T Grainger and he taught for almost 25 years. John Donnelly became principal in 1973 and he was succeeded by Brendan Donnelly who retired in June 2014. Tillie McAnespy was acting principal for the years 1977 to 1980.

Teresa Kane became principal in 2014.

Teaching Philosophy

“Our focus is not content driven but learning led.”

The aim of the N. I. Revised curriculum is to empower young people to achieve their potential and make informed choices and decisions throughout their lives.

In Magheralough we acknowledge that learners must ultimately be responsible for their own learning since no one else can do it for them.

Learning is not a result of teaching, it is something which happens intrinsically, so we the staff are facilitators in the process.

Children need to be able to

  • Talk about what and why they are learning.
  • Transfer / apply their learning in different contexts.
  • Take responsibility for their learning and its assessment.

Ethos

Magheralough Primary School is a Catholic Maintained School serving the Parish of Trillick. The mission of the school is to promote learning and enhance the lives of everyone in the school in a positive and caring way.

We are proud of our heritage and are committed to passing on Catholic Values and promoting the faith through sharing knowledge and leading by example.

Positive behaviour strategies enhance the high standards of pupil behaviour. Pupils and staffenjoy good relationships based on understanding and respect. The principal strives to be an effective and dynamic leader through a continued commitment to her own professional and personal development.

Leadership is distributed throughout the school with a strong Senior Management Team and effective pastoral and subject co-ordinators. The Board of Governors is actively involved in management and leadership decisions and are supportive of school improvement at all levels.

The teaching staff are highly professional, well–prepared, innovative and caring. They have ashared vision for the school seeing it as a place of learning where adults and children learn together.

Technology

MyLexia Reading Core5 provides explicit, systematic, personalized learning in the six areas of reading instruction and delivers norm-referenced performance data and analysis without interrupting the flow of instruction to administer a test.

It is a technology-based approach which aims to accelerate reading skills development. It predicts students’ end of year performance. It provides teachers with data-driven action plans to help differentiate instruction. It provides students with immediate corrective feedback with multiple levels of scaffolding. Students work independently to develop reading skills in a structured, sequential manner with a focus on:Foundational skills to develop automaticity and fluency.

Listening and reading comprehension with complex text.Academic and domain-specific vocabulary to improve comprehension.Each student follows a personalized learning path, with adaptive placement and pacing of activities.

Teachers are provided data-driven action plans—unique to each student—that are simple to interpret and drive differentiated instruction.Within the first month of use as a staff we now know each student's probability of meeting end-of-year grade-level benchmark. Furthermore we are constantly receiving the recommended resources and intensity of instruction necessary to change the trajectory for at-risk students.

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Staff

Mrs. Teresa Kane

Principal & KS2 Teacher

Mrs. Louise Teague

KS1 Teacher

Mrs. Vera Brennan

Classroom Assistant

Mrs. Aisling Hobbs

KS2 Teacher

Mrs. Sweeney

Music Teacher

Sharmilla McNabb

Supervisory Assistant

Board Of Governors

Orlaigh McCann

Chairperson

Kathy Goodwin

Tracy Doyle

Canon McKenna

Mary Garrity

Joanne Barrett

Fiona Donnelly

Niall Corry

Johnny Corry