History of St. Helen’s

St. Helen’s Junior School opened its doors on 1st July 1977. The Principal was Mr. Bill Lowe. There were 2 junior infant classes. Under the principal ship of Mr. Pat Healy (R.I.P.) the school grew enormously over the following decade. The new school building was formally opened in May 1981. There were over 500 pupils in the junior school by the mid-eighties. Mr Healy served as Principal from 1981 until 1999. In 2000, the new Principal Mr. Brendan Hennigan, opened a unit for children with autism consisting of 2 outreach classes. The unit was formally opened by then Minister for Education and Science, Mr. Michael Woods in May 2001. In March 2003, a pre-school class for children with ASD was added to the unit.

We currently have 13 mainstream and 3 ASD classes. In 2016 the school was extended to include  a soft play room, sensory room and a  new classroom.

Miriam Dowdall became principal in 2004 to the present day with Lorna Lavin supporting her as deputy principal.

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