Scoil Chríost Rí | Ireland

Scoil Chríost Rí is a school in the West of Ireland with disadvantaged status and big ideas on how to improve the educational experience of its pupils.

Following a recent move to a new school from the previous cold and damp prefab accommodation, the school set about trying to raise additional funds to improve the equipment and facilities to enable children to benefit from the best education possible.

Music plays an important and inclusive role in the school providing all children with the opportunity to learn a new skill and be part of the school band.  Each child is provided with a musical instrument and takes part in regular performances to parents and the wider school community.  To facilitate performances, the school sought a new portable stage and an audio system for the school hall.

The school also recognizes the importance of digital skills in today’s world.  Age appropriate interactive learning, coding and problem solving are all key skills required for employment in Ireland and worldwide.  To facilitate digital skill development, the school purchased 32 iPads and a trolley enabling each class to have access technology for at least one period each week.

As a school with disadvantaged status, the school also recognizes the importance of education for parents and care givers.    To that end, a dedicated room was equipped with appliances to facilitate worthwhile educational activities for parents during the school day including: cookery, computer skills, English language classes, craft making, and ‘dads and lads’ woodwork.  This initiative engages parents in a very positive way with the school and with their children’s education.

The Smurfit Kappa Foundation is delighted to support this great school with a donation of €41,000 to fund purchase of a portable stage, audio equipment, iPads and electrical appliances for the Parent’s room.


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