History of St Francis NS
September 2007: Humble Beginnings
St. Francis National School was established in September 2007 with two teachers (Oreena Lawless, Principal and Elaine O’Rourke, Deputy Principal) and 20 pupils on the roll. It was intended to serve the developing end of Blackrock as the existing Parish School was running at capacity with no further room for expansion. The school was established as a Catholic school following consultation with the local community.
Until June 2013 it occupied five prefabs – four classrooms and an office/staffroom on the site of the Community Centre. Work commenced in February 2013 on our permanent building on the Rock Road and we moved in at the end of August 2013.
2013: New School Building
Here are some photos taken in 2013 while the new school was being built.
December 2013: Official Opening of New School Building
We moved in to the new school building at the end of August 2013 and on 6th December 2013, the new building was officially opened and blessed by The Most Reverend Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland.
In August 2018 we started our second stream and will be introducing a second Junior infants class every year.
Today: Growing from Strength to Strength
As of March 2021 there are 12 mainstream classes and 339 children on our roll, including special needs and children from many different cultural backgrounds and nationalities. We have thirteen class teachers: who are supported by a Special Education Team, of four teachers, and four Special Needs Assistants (SNAs). We have a full time School Secretary, two part time cleaners/Covid sanitizers, a part time caretaker, and part time maintenance man / groundsman.
We shall be opening an ASD class in August 2021. Plans are underway for an 8 classroom extension to the existing school building.