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Scoil Angela, Ursuline Primary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Our School

Picturesquely located on the banks of the river Suir and flanked by the impressive Cathedral of the Assumption, Scoil Angela is a mixed primary school with a wide range of facilities including sensory garden, large concert hall, separate lunchroom and the use of spacious playgrounds. In addition to the normal curriculum the school also makes available the following extra-curricular and after school activities – French, Basketball, Gaelic Football, Art & Crafts, Creative Dance, Speech & Drama and little Stars Choral group. The school is well supported by a very active and hard working Parents Association.

Scoil Angela offers a broad curriculum with special emphasis on Literacy and Numeracy. We have 2 teachers trained in the Reading Recovery programme and all staff are trained in Talk Boost- a Language Intervention Programme for 4-7 year olds. Our Special Education Team support classroom teachers on a daily basis with various intervention programmes- Literacy Lift Off, Guided Reading, Mata sa Rang, Ready Set Maths and Aistear.

Music is especially important in Scoil Angela. We joined the Peace Proms Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland Music Programme which promotes Peace, Unity, Tolerance and Harmony. Last year was our 3rd venture with Peace Proms under the baton of renowned conductor Mr Greg Beardsell. We are proud of our Music tradition and were delighted when our school choir and Little Stars choral group were finalists in last year’s Lyric FM Christmas Choral competition. We are delighted to be part of the Music Generation Programme to be rolled out next year for the first time in Co Tipperary.

‘Operation Scoil Angela’ is an activity based whole school initiative that promotes exercise, sport, health and well-being in our pupil’s everyday school experience and following a very active and busy year we earned our Active Flag. The Daily Mile Challenge in Tipperary was launched in our school by Catriona McKiernan in June 2019 and it has become a regular activity in our school week. The ongoing challenge for our Active Schools Committee is to find interesting and exciting ways to bring energy to our school day because active children are happy learners!

We have a teacher on staff trained to deliver the ‘Friends for Life’ programme. This is a school based positive mental health programme for all children. It helps them to develop effective strategies to deal with worry, stress and change, and teaches the skills required to reduce anxiety and promote resilience.

Our Junior and Senior Assemblies also seek to develop the skills of resilience, with the children becoming aware of the ability to ‘bounce back’ from daily challenges.