Clare Champion, Friday, 11th February 2000
St. Aidan's N.S. was established in 1982 to cater for the expanding population in Shannon. It was originally sited at Tullyvarraga Hall between 1982 and 1987, but following a long campaign, the new school building was completed in Smithstown on a 3.5 acre site.
St. Aidan's is an eight classroom building, complete with G.P. room, library, office, remedial room and staff room. It is one of the most modern and comfortable national schools in the Shannon area, having an ideal location and structure.
St. Aidan's is a 12 teacher school which caters for children from a wide variety of backgrounds. Principal, Ger Loughnane and his staff, together with the co-operation of the Parents Council, and indeed all parents, help to ensure that St. Aidan's is a suitable environment for each child attending the school to reach their full mental and physical potential.
In recent times the students at St. Aidan's have been involved in many different projects. Just before Christmas the school staged "The Gift", a nativity play, which saw every child in the school take part. This involved enormous effort on everybody's part. Sixth class also performed a Nativity pageant at St. John and Paul Church on Christmas Day, and the school choir guested on "Gerry Ryan Show" on 2FM.
The new millennium sees many interesting projects underway at St. Aidan's including the painting of murals in the school depicting the story of transport through the ages. Many of the classes have been on excursions including a trip to The Irish Times "Music in Classroom" concert at University of Limerick and also a trip to see St. Patrick's Comprehensive production of "Oliver".
With preparations underway for Confirmation, First Communion, swimming galas, the "Write-a-Book" competition, camogie and hurling leagues, theatre workshops and much more, St. Aidan's N.S. certainly is an interesting and challenging place to be.
Hayes in class
Darcy, Alanah King, Sean
Photographs by Eamon Ward, Clare Champion.
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