Derrylamogue NS is now enrolling for pupils starting the 2022-2023 school year, and this school situated just 3km from Mountmellick offers the best of both worlds – a long, rich tradition while also embracing all modern extracurricular opportunities.
As a mixed rural school inclusive for all children nestled at the foot of the Slieve Bloom mountains, Derrylamogue has something for everyone.
Regarding core subjects in the school, Derrylamogue has a long tradition of involvement in Primary Science and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) activities. Past pupils of Derrylamogue have gone on to win prestigious scholarships to university to study in the STEM fields.
In this day and age, everyone needs computer skills and computer literacy. In Derrylamogue pupils have computer lessons from first class up to the sixth class every year to adequately prepare them for modern life.
There is plenty on offer away from the books and computers, too. Another aspect of modern life is dealing with climate change, and the pupils at Derrylamogue NS are on their seventh Green School flag and hope to apply for the eighth flag for Global Citizenship and Marine Environment this year.
With a long history of success in Cumann na mBunscol in hurling, boys football, girls football and camogie, it is the ideal school for those interested in GAA, or partaking in any physical activity.
Many of Derrylamogue’s past pupils have gone on to represent Rosenallis GAA and Laois GAA in their respective codes. As well as GAA, Derrylamogue also offers other activities for children to experience competition and success. These include swimming, rugby and various art competitions.
For the readers among us, Derrylamogue has strong links with Mountmellick library, and engages in storytelling, online quizzes and story-writing workshops for the older children.
And not forgetting those with a love for music and drama, the annual drumming workshop is sure to set the pulse going, while the Christmas concert the school performs in Mountmellick Macra Hall is seen as the perfect way to top off the end of the calendar year.