Passage East NS is a four teacher school situated on the outskirts of a small fishing village in East Waterford. It is in a natural catchment zone, bordered by Waterford Harbour to the East and open countryside/farmland to the North, West and South.
Passage East NS enjoys a good reputation in the community. The first National School was established in the village in 1833. The present building was erected in 1969 and consists of four classrooms with attached cloakrooms and washrooms. There is also a well-equipped staffroom/office. The building is constantly being refurbished and after almost sixty years is still in excellent condition.
The school is well provided for in terms of equipment and resources so that a modern curriculum can be implemented to a high standard.
No school bus service is used and yet due to the significant increase in house building, school numbers continue to rise. There are eighty one children on roll.
A modular classroom was built to accommodate our full time learning support teacher and the part-time resource teacher. There are also two full-time SNA s allocated to the school.
The teaching team comprises the Principal, Deputy Principal and 2 Assistant Teachers, Learning Support Teacher and a part time resource teacher.
Staff development is of great importance and staff has attended all the in-service days provided by the Department. Summer and night courses are also availed of on a voluntary basis. At Passage East NS standardised tests (Micra-T, Sigma-T and Mist) are used to assess standards in Language and Mathematics and to help with early intervention.
Extra Curricular activities include Hurling, Camogie, Football, Quizzes, Percussion/Drumming lessons, Violin lessons, attendance at drama events, Swimming Lessons and a range of art/essay/poetry and project competitions throughout the year.
The school is managed by an eight person Board of Management. There is also a very hardworking and cooperative Parent’s Association who provide much needed backup for the extra curricular activities and children’s parties etc.
The annual Parent/Teacher meetings are held in November each year. Sports day is held in June of each year as well as the annual school tours.
All the extra curricular activities are of course voluntary and can vary from year to year.
Our Teaching Staff
The teaching staff comprises of for 2018-2019
Principal/Learning Support/Resource Teacher – Assumpta O’Neill
Deputy Principal/Junior and Senior Infants – Sinéad O’Brien
First and Second Class – Ann O’Sullivan
Third and Fourth – Vicki Drohan
Fifth and Sixth – Annie Glavey
Resource Teacher – Siobháin Geraghty
Special Needs Assistants: Mary Ray
Board of Management
The school is managed by an eight person Board of Management:
Chairperson: Mr. Michael Baldwin (Bishop’s Nominee)
Mrs. Margaret Farrell (Bishop’s Nominee)
Mr. Peter Carroll and Pádraig Creedon (Community Nominees)
Mr. Clifford Elliott and Claire Corcoran (Parent Nominees)
Ms. Assumpta O’Neill and Ms. Ann O’Sullivan (Teacher Nominees)
There is also a very hardworking and cooperative Parent’s Association who provide much needed backup for the extracurricular activities provided in the school:
Chairperson: Lisa Dalton
Treasurer: Catherine Grant
Secretary: Sharon Elliott