Edmonton school was built on the site of the first approved national school in Killucan Parish, circa 1850-1851.
Prior to this, it was the site of a hedge school, back when Penal Laws were still in force.
The first teachers in the school were Mr. & Mrs. Scally. Today it is a three teacher school with Resource and Learning Support teachers also based in the school with 63 pupils enrolled.
The school has attained many achievements in the sporting and academic fields over the years. Some former pupils have reached great success in all walks of life at home and abroad.
Having a school at Edmonton has helped to bind the community together, as only small schools can. Generations of the same families have been educated at the school.
1989/90 a fundraising committee was formed with the backing of parents, teachers, and management. Money was raised to buy the plot of land at the rear of the school, which now serves as playing field.
There is a very active school community and Parent’s Association. Sport plays a large role in school life. The school’s hurling and football teams completed “the double” in 2013 and previous to that in 2002. Each child learns the feadóg stain from second class onwards. Pupils attend Mullingar Swimming Pool each year and many complete the various Irish Water Safety PAWS levels. All children receive Creative Dancetuition from Vanessa Vandenbulcke. Football coaching is provided by Antoinette Savage and John Penrose while hurling coaching by John Gorman (Turin GAA).
It is our intention that every child attending Scoil Naomh Phádraig benefits from the distinctive traditions and ethos of this rural school. This ethos is guided by a desire to develop the academic potential and spiritual dimensions of all pupils. It involves the cultivation of artistic capabilities, sporting interests and creativity among the children. We hope that every child enjoys his/her time in Edmonton and leaves with happy memories of friendship, personal achievements and an awareness of his/her social responsibilities. In aspiring to meet these objectives this school will be fulfilling the twin guiding principles of primary education as set out in the Primary School Curriculum(1999);
1. Celebrating the uniqueness of the child.
2. Ensuring the development of the child’s full potential.
Scoil Naomh Phádraig has developed a tradition of academic excellence while simultaneously encouraging the holistic development of each pupil’s potential and talents.
We are very proud of our school and all involved in this school community are determined to make it a successful school for future generations.
Early school photo 1909.