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St. James’ National School is a Church of Ireland National School under the patronage of the Bishop of Cork, Cloyne and Ross. Founded in 1872 it is a two-teacher co-educational primary school serving the people of Kilmocomogue Union of Parishes. Over the years it has met the educational needs of many in the protestant community throughout Durrus and The Sheep’s Head. The school reflects the ethos and tradition of the sponsoring community and so primarily is a parish school. The ecumenical and inclusive ethos of the Church of Ireland is evident in the diverse school community which includes those of many denominations and faiths.
We have a part-time Learning Support teacher who we share with Caheragh N.S. and a part-time Resource teacher. We also have a full time classroom assistant. The school caters for children between the ages of 4 to 12+. The pupils and staff moved to the fabulous new school building and grounds in 2007.
The school reflects the ethos and tradition of the sponsoring community and so primarily is a parish school. The ecumenical and inclusive ethos of the Church of Ireland is evident in the diverse school community which includes those of many denominations and faiths.
The school is valued as a small, familial community. It is a very important part of the local church community and has strong links with the parish. It also has strong links with the wider community and the historic pupil base reflects this great diversity. All pupils are encouraged to participate actively and fully in the wholeness of school life. The school seeks to provide an environment in which pupils experience a sense of caring and belonging.
Our school is a vibrant, thriving little community where learning is child-centered with the focus on bringing out the potential of each individual. The grounds are extensive and versatile affording excellent opportunities for outside sports. There is a large grassed pitch for soccer and athletics, a tarmac-ed court for ball games, a garden for vegetable growing and a little orchard.
There is always something interesting happening, It might be participating in the annual beach clean up; gathering seaweed to put on the vegetable garden, a visit from Chattyboo Theatre company or a Mad Hair Day, one of the inventive ways of supporting local charities. Coffee mornings are a regular occurrence on the calendar and are enjoyed by staff, children and the local community. School tours are much anticipated and children have enjoyed a huge variety of experienced from outdoor pursuits in Oysterhaven to the City Goal in Cork, Aqua-dome in Tralee or the Model Village in Clonakilty.