Cloonloo National School
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Parents Margaret and Wayne Hoffman

Our son Daniel has a severe learning disability.  He is on the autistic spectrum with Asperger’s Syndrome and has Pervasive Developmental Disorder, with dyslexia and dyspraxia.  He began schooling at St. Ronan’s, Cloonloo in 2001.

We chose St. Ronan’s school because it was a small rural school where Daniel would get more individual attention in the smaller classes.  He was also supported by a Special Needs Assistant.

Throughout his years at St. Ronan’s he received not only the ordinary support given and required by learning children but extraordinary support in attention, care and encouragement.

He graduated from St. Ronan’s and is attending Corran College in Ballymote, Sligo.  After he passed all the subjects in the Junior Certificate Exam; even getting a B grade in English he went on to do the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme.

Three weeks ago he won the Michael Sweetman Education Trust Prize.  This prize is awarded to students of VEC Colleges who produce an outstanding project on a subject connected to Social or Environmental issues.  Daniel had done a project on Hydraulic Fracturing which the school submitted as part of his application to be considered for the prize and then he was interviewed.

The prize gives him a place in the group of students from Ireland who will attend the Euroscola in the European Parliament  in Strasbourg in February 2012.

Needless to say we are exceedingly proud of Daniel and acknowledge the support and excellent care and attention he received at St. Ronan’s which provided him with the foundation he needed to be a productive and praiseworthy citizen.

Whilst large schools based in towns clearly have their advantages so too do the smaller rural schools and Daniel is proof of how more vulnerable children can flourish under their tutelage and care.

Why choose Cloonloo National School?

  • Low pupil-teacher ratio – 1:1 teaching
  • DEIS School – This means extra grant to the school to subsidise school activities, outing and cost of books etc
  • Heavily subsidised books – total book cost is €25 which includes all books, copies, pencils, colours etc
  • Heavily subsidised school outings, tours
  • Free packed school lunches
  • Heavily subsidised swimming classes for all children
  • Teachers very accessible and available to talk to
  • Uniform – Very practical. White or blue t-shirt, navy or black trousers/tracksuit bottoms