Looking to the Future at Moyasta

Clare Champion, Friday, 12th November 1999

Moyasta National School is situated between Kilkee and Kilrush. It is in the parish of Kilkee but close to the borders of Doonbeg and Kilrush and children from all three parishes attend the school.

The present building was opened in 1961 and it has always been an important focal point for the community of Moyasta and surrounding areas. The school gives employment to five people. The principal is Mrs. S. Barrett who teaches the senior classes while Mrs. M. O'Shea teaches the junior infants up to second class. Mrs. Helen Cunningham is the Remedial teacher for both Moyasta and Scoil Realt na Mara in Kilkee. Ms. Rose James works in the school as a classroom assistant and Mr. Paddy Mahony is employed as school caretaker under a FÁS scheme organised by the Teacher Centre in Ennis.

Pupils attending the school are encouraged to take part in a variety of activities including football, hurling and basketball. Over the years they have achieved many successes including winning the West Clare schools football title six times in succession.  Athletics features prominently and recently pupils from Moyasta and Kilkee combined forces to win the West Clare primary schools overall title at the annual championships held in Kilmihil. The school is fortunate to have its own athletic track, football pitch and basketball court.

Music plays an important role in the school curriculum and all pupils from second class upwards are learning to play the tin whistle. Other instruments now being introduced by their music teacher, Anne Hayes, include violin, button accordion, banjo, piano and keyboard. At present, school authorities are endeavouring to purchase their own set of instruments for use in the school and they would like to hear from anyone who might have some music instruments to sell or donate.

Pupils at the school are encouraged to enter competitions dealing with art, literature, poetry and question time to mention but some. Indeed, quiz teams from the school have always done well in competition and in their latest outing they captured first prize in a competition in aid of the Irish Kidney Association.

The school has a policy of inviting guest speakers to address the pupils on a range of subjects. Visitors to the school include artists, nurses, gardai, fire-fighters, musicians, wood turners and vets, to mention a few. There is little doubt but that a favourite of all the pupils is nature expert John Carmody who has been visiting the school several times each year over the last decade.

The support of the parents has played a major part in the success of many ventures undertaken by the school over the years. The school has a very active Parents Association which organises a variety of fund raising events as well as helping with the organisation and running of many sporting events in the school. The family atmosphere of co-operation, which exists in Moyasta, is to the benefit of all pupils attending the local school.

The teachers are endeavouring to provide a rich and broad experience in the areas of education and self development while also encouraging individual talent and skills. The encouragement, support and co-operation of the whole community plays a huge part in the success which is being achieved.

Susie Rooney in possession
on the basketball court.
Junior infants at Moyasta N.S., Darragh
McDonagh and Eoin Codd playing with their toys.

Photographs by John Kelly, Clare Champion.

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