A COUNTY secondary school now has it own app to match their state-of-the-art facilities.
Students and staff of Scoil na Trionoide Naofa in Doon held the official launch on Thursday. It is available in the app and play stores under the school’s name.
It was developed by Unique Publishing and principal, Eilis Casey; Roger Corcoran, deputy principal and a number of teachers. Three pupils from the transition year media section – Anne White, Murroe; Sarah Laffan and Emily Sheehy, both Cappamore – gave the presentation at the launch.
Tracey Ryan, teacher, said the idea fitted perfectly with being a new school.
“We wanted to look at new technology because technology is the way forward – the app is cutting edge. The school decided that this would be one of the best ways forward in terms of creating an important communication link with home, and one that would be easy and accessible. Nowadays the majority of people own a smartphone. The vision is that it will become an integral part of our school community,” said Ms Ryan.
The app encompasses every part of school life – from important diary dates to extra curricular activities to pupils uploading their own information.
“We have a transition year section which students are in charge of updating. At the moment you can find photographs from their trip to Killary Harbour and a summary of what they did,” said Ms Ryan.
Notifications can also be sent through the app, for example, to parents if a bus has been delayed coming back from a GAA match.
Ms Casey said the app is going to form a very important link between school and home.
“We are very excited about the launch of this new platform and the opportunities that it offers to enhance our communication and engagement between parents, students and teachers,” said the principal, who stressed the importance of downloading the app.
Aoibheann Fleming, Cappamore, transition year student, said she has enjoyed updating their section of the app.
“Our year feel that being given the responsibility of updating the app is a very important learning experience,” said Aoibheann.
Eoin Fox, Curreeney, Thurles, has found the app to be very informative and user friendly.
“It is ideal to find any information pertaining to our school in one location,” said Eoin.
Currently the app has been downloaded over 500 times and they are hoping for many more after the official launch.
It was attended by Sharon Bramble, developer from Unique Publishing, staff, head of each year, transition year students and school chaplain Fr John Beatty. Fittingly it was held in the library as it is a new chapter for the school.