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St. Cronan's JNS, Swords

The SchoolSt. Cronan's JNS was founded in 1972 but it has changed a lot since then. In 2004, a large extension was built which caters for the growing number of pupils enrolled each year. This extension is home to an Autistic Spectrum Disorder Unit (ASDU), a large library, an Art room, a number of resource and learning support classrooms and a large office area for the principal and vice principal.There are 612 pupils enrolled at present and 36 members of staff employed.

AistearAistear is a huge element of the infant classrooms. The children in Junior Infants and some Senior Infant classes engage in Aistear every afternoon for forty minutes. Themes in Aistear include 'Winter', 'Exploration', 'People who help us' and 'The Environment'. The children love the play corner where they can pretend to be whoever they want to be. Other stations include the play-dough station, junk-art station, small world and block play.

The CommunitySwords is a large town which houses over 68,000 people (2011 Census). It is an historic town as it has a castle at the end of the main street and a round tower on 'Church road'. This round tower is a five minute walk from St. Cronan's. St. Cronan's JNS is extremely close to a V-shaped Valley which is ideal for classes to take nature walks in in the Spring. The school neighbours St. Cronan's church and parish hall and is surrounded by a number of large housing estates.

The classrooms are large rooms with many notice boards, an Interactive Whiteboard, a sink area and toilets.

St. Cronan's JNS have a choir who have performed at Dublin Airport. Here is a video of the choir performing 'Ireland's Call' as part of the Rugby World Cup Celebrations last year.


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