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Castlebar, Co. Mayo, F23WF99

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Childs centred approach to education

As a former student of Breaffy National School I always felt that there was a distinct focus by the then Principal on a more holistic approach to the education of the child. Now that my own children are attending this school it is clear that this ethos has continued and developed through the current Principal.

The school’s child centred approach to education means that, in addition to the traditional academic components, the teachers actively cultivate the development of the whole child, their social skills, their participation in the community, and connect with each child’s unique needs.

The children are encouraged by the teachers to find their own voice and develop their own personality and sense of place in the world and are equipped with the tools to learn and achieve their potential through their formative years.

Breaffy National School is a forward thinking educational facility run by a Principal with a clear vision for the school’s future, ably supported by a well-trained, skilled and motivated staff.

Former Student

Breaffyns
2018-06-01T18:05:52+01:00

Former Student

As a former student of Breaffy National School I always felt that there was a distinct focus by the then Principal on a more holistic approach to the education of the child. Now that my own children are attending this school it is clear that this ethos has continued and developed through the current Principal. The school’s child centred approach […]

A Praiseworthy School

Three generations of Brigid Bourke’s family from the US, UK and Eire converged on Breaffy National School in June 2017 to commemorate the sound foundation with which the school had equipped her before her migration at age 16 to the United States. My sister, Linda Skelly, and I were deeply moved to see the detailed records organised and retained on our mother’s attendance at the School. I am sure that my mother’s ability to question received truths, and determination to take the long view, contributed to my formation as a scientist. I had the good fortune to spend a memorable day at this praiseworthy School. I took part in three memorable sessions, in this school so ably led by George Moran. First, I worked with the students, discussing the research on the brain for which I was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology in 2014. They demonstrated lively interest, posing intelligent questions. In the second session, the teaching staff and I explored how the cognitive map theory illuminated links between brain and behaviour. Their probing comments ranged across basic scientific research, clinical applications, the structure of language and music. The third session was a superb concert by the choir. They sang songs from the National Children’s Choir programme which they had performed in both the Breaffy Arena and the National Concert Hall. I note the close links between the School and the local community and am mindful of the cooperation between Kevin and Margaret Bourke and George Moran in facilitating this event.

John O’Keefe, Fellow of the Royal Society, FMedSci
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
University College London

Breaffyns
2018-06-01T18:03:27+01:00

John O’Keefe, Fellow of the Royal Society, FMedSci
Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre
University College London

Three generations of Brigid Bourke’s family from the US, UK and Eire converged on Breaffy National School in June 2017 to commemorate the sound foundation with which the school had equipped her before her migration at age 16 to the United States. My sister, Linda Skelly, and I were deeply moved to see the detailed records organised and retained on […]

An excellent foundation for learning in a safe and caring environment

We have found that Breaffy National School delivers an excellent foundation for learning in a safe and caring environment for our children to grow and develop.

From the moment your child joins Breaffy National School, you sense that you belong to strong community within a very welcoming environment.

Optional after-school activities are organised by the teachers and our children have been happy to attend various activities throughout the school year. We have been fortunate to benefit from informative talks on topics such as hosted by the school.

We also appreciate the excellent communication that the school delivers, with relevant texts being sent. The level of support offered to parents and students is second to none. The principal and teachers are completely dedicated, always giving 100% and for this we are extremely grateful.

Parent of Four Students

Breaffyns
2016-03-14T15:19:08+00:00

Parent of Four Students

We have found that Breaffy National School delivers an excellent foundation for learning in a safe and caring environment for our children to grow and develop. From the moment your child joins Breaffy National School, you sense that you belong to strong community within a very welcoming environment. Optional after-school activities are organised by the teachers and our children have […]
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Webwise

Do you know how to keep your child safe online?

Do you know what Kik is?

Have you heard of MeowChat?

Would you like to know more about Snapchat?

If you would like to learn about ways in which you can keep your child safe online, WebWise offers sound advice to parents who would like to learn more about what children are looking at online and how to ensure they are safe.  Most of the content below is taken from this website.

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A Parent’s Guide to Internet & Social Media Slang

Kids these days, it’s like they speak another language! Keep up to date with our guide to the most popular terms teens use online.

 

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Things parents need to know about Snapchat

 

Lots of teens are using Snapchat, if your child is one of them here’s some things you need to know about the popular messaging app.

 

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Screen Time Advice for Parents

Are you concerned about how much time your child spends on their phone/tablet/computer? We’ve put together a guide for parents on advice and talking points with your child on screen time.

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Play it Safe – An Introductory Guide to online gaming for Parents

 

Online gaming is becoming increasingly popular among children and teenagers, with 36% of children in Ireland playing online with other people in 2014, compared with 30% in 2011 (Source: Net Children Go Mobile – January 2015).

 

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6 Things to consider before sharing photos of your child online

One of the great things about social media is the ease with which we can share moments from our lives with others online. In some ways, sharing photos on social networks has replaced the traditional photo album, but as parents we should be careful about how much information we share online about our children. In addition to the obvious privacy risks with oversharing, children/teens are now faced with the worry of managing their online reputation and fear of digital shame

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Where to find help

Sometimes we all need to talk to someone or get advice in order to feel better and look for a path forward.   This website contains many good links and contact details of organisations that may be of help to you now, or in the future

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