Limerick school opens its doors to worldwide audience

Aine Fitzgerald

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Aine Fitzgerald

A NEW website launched by a County Limerick primary school will not only be a valuable tool for teachers, students and parents but will also serve as ‘a reminder of home’ for hundreds of past pupils around the world.

A NEW website launched by a County Limerick primary school will not only be a valuable tool for teachers, students and parents but will also serve as ‘a reminder of home’ for hundreds of past pupils around the world.

After months of research and development, the website of Scoil Mocheallog in Kilmallock- KNS.ie - was launched recently, offering a ‘glimpse of life’ inside the school.

“The site is very comprehensive and contains all the information in relation to the school,” said school principal, Michael O’Connor.

“It contains the latest news and information for parents and students. Parents can access the school calendar, the school book list, rules, enrolment policy - which can be downloaded, and the newsletter.”

Mr O’Connor paid tribute to former school principal, Sr Teresa Murphy, who he said “has put in a tremendous amount of time and effort into the site”.

Sr Teresa who is also a member of the Board of Management was assisted by teachers Evelyn O’Dea and Danielle Lewis and graphic designer Kathryn Dalton of KD Design.

One of the most popular features on the website is the picture gallery which features students enjoying some of the best days of their lives over the past 30 years. “You can put something on the picture archive and it is there forever. It’s great for children and indeed past pupils to be able to see themselves,” said Sr Teresa.

Canon Willie Fitzmaurice pointed out that as the world wide web suggests, the website will be a special link for many past pupils living abroad. “We see the school as a very vibrant part of the community and now, of course, we are planning for a new school in the future. The website is a focus and a point of contact for people living all over the world,” he said.

Students are also being encouraged to put their own stamp on the site by compiling online material based on various events throughout the year.

“I’m sure it must give them a fabulous thrill to think that they can go into the website and see their own names and column,” said Mr O’Connor.

For seven-year-old sports fanatic, Ciaran Cronin, the best part is looking through all the photographs.

“My favourite part is where you can see all the pictures,” said Ciaran.