About Powerstown ETNS
Powerstown Educate Together National School opened on the first of September 2011. As a new school, we had 22 Junior Infant pupils starting their first year of school with three teachers and a special needs assistant. These pupils are now in 6th class in the Kamilah room, completing their eighth year of education with us.
Powerstown ETNS school continues to develop at a rapid pace. We were delighted to move into our permanent building in August 2016. We now have almost 300 pupils, 22 teachers, 12 SNAs, a secretary and a caretaker. We have 13 mainstream classes, two classes for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and one class for pupils with Developmental Langauge Disorder (DLD).
In Powerstown ETNS we provide a broad and balanced, child-centred curriculum.We place an emphasis on learning for life in a respectful, diverse environment, that promotes parental involvement. As an Irish National School we are fully funded by the Department of Education and teach all 11 curriculum subjects: Gaeilge (Irish), English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, Music, Drama, Visual Arts, Social Personal & Health Education (SPHE) & Physcial Educaion (PE). We also teach an ethics programme called Learn Together.
Powerstown ETNS is proud to be a Digital School of Distinction. Each classroom in Powerstown ETNS has an interactive projector/screen, visualiser, digital camera, ipad and laptop. Children have access to class ipads and chromebooks to assist in delivering curriculum objectives.
There are numerous positive impacts of the use of technology in the classroom. These include; gains in children’s sense of positive identity ; increased enjoyment, engagement and motivation; and positive impacts on behaviour; as well as greater collaboration and participation in lessons by pupils . Technology also has the potential to help teachers to bring aspects of their outside world into the classroom, and thereby create more authentic contexts for situated learning , and to create more immersive and engaging learning environments.
With great assistance from our parents, we originally started our School Garden in Febraury 2012. This has gone from strength to strength over the last eight years. Parents continue to kindly donate flowers and compost to help build our school garden areas and crops. We have allocated planting boxes to each class. We have a fabulous Geodome that is used all year round. Our school garden and forest school committee continue to be very busy in upkeeping our school grounds. Click here to see their work
Percent for Art Scheme:
The primary goal of our Percent for Art Scheme was for it to be child-led and child-focused. We wanted to ensure that we invested in areas that were interactive to our pupils. Our theme was “extending the classroom to the outdoors.”