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South Abbey National School is situated in the town of Youghal, Co. Cork. From 1886 until 2011 it was situated in the South Abbey area of the town, on the site of the first Franciscan monastery in Ireland in the early 13th century. In March 2011, the school moved to spacious new premises on the Golf Links Road. The current pupils enjoy state-of-the-art facilities: large, sunny, modern and well-equipped classrooms, great IT resources (Interactive Whiteboards and pupil laptops in each classroom), huge outdoor play areas and plenty of room for future development.
Our school motto is, “Is Féidir Linn”. This means, “We Can” in Irish.
We felt that it was the most suitable motto of all that were put forward from the school community, as our school is a positive, pro-active place where all are valued and encouraged. It is also a place where we are all united, and together we can achieve anything.
South Abbey National School had one teacher and nine pupils in 2000 and over the last eleven years it has grown to its present size. The family-like atmosphere and attention given to each individual child which were fundamental characteristics of the small school still continue to be strong features of today’s larger school. Weekly, whole-school assemblies each Friday celebrate the achievements of individual children and contribute to the sense of community.
We use the “Golden Rules” as our Code of Behaviour and Discipline. These rules very clearly uphold and
engender the Gospel values of loving God and your neighbour and they are an integral part of our school culture.
They are as follows:
- We are gentle
- We are kind and helpful
- We listen
- We are honest
- We work hard
- We look after property
Pupils are rewarded for good behaviour and learn that bad choices have negative consequences. On Friday of each week, the pupils enjoy “Golden Time” for half an hour and soon realise that obeying the Golden Rules is fun.
Our school is a positive, encouraging environment for children of all backgrounds and abilities. We have an excellent culture of mutual respect, good manners and peer support.