Welcome to Spa National School!

Fáilte go suíomh idirlíon Scoil Náisiúnta an Spá!

Spa N.S. is a Catholic School under the patronage of the Bishop of Kerry Ray Browne. It is situated in the heart of the picturesque village of Spa approximately three miles west of Tralee town , We are a co-educational school catering for children from junior infants to sixth class. Our school has eight mainstream classes, an administrative principal, a full time learning support teacher, shared teachers for resource teaching and two special needs assistants. At present there are 208 pupils on roll.

Our dedicated and dynamic teaching staff constantly strive to provide the children of our community with a caring, happy and secure learning environment where their intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral, social, and cultural needs are identified and nurtured. We are proud of our high academic standards to which we have always aspired. Our pupils are given every opportunity to experience all aspects of a broad and balanced school curriculum.

Spa N.S is a community where pupils, parents and teachers collaborate and work in partnership for the children. When parents decide to send their children to our school, they are entering a relationship that has a shared sense of purpose and mutual respect. In keeping with the principles of education, our school is democratically run by our Board of Management. The involvement of parents is sought and encouraged both at Board and Parent Association level. We have an extremely supportive Parents Association who get involved in many positive initiatives every academic year.

Our school motto is ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ (Strength in Unity) All members of our school community try to live out this motto in their day to day encounters with each other and to work in partnership to ensure Spa N.S  is a warm and welcoming environment where children are enthused with a love of learning, where childhood is valued and where confidence, skills and knowledge are developed in our pupils to face the challenges of the 21st century.

We welcome you to our website and invite you to browse through it and see for yourself a flavour of what Spa N.S. has to offer. For more information, or to arrange a visit, please do not hesitate to contact us at the school.

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The Donal Walsh Spa 6K Challenge 2016

Sunday May 29th was certainly a day to remember for all those who turned out for the ‘Donal Walsh Spa 6K Challenge’ hosted by Spa N.S. The school organised the family fun day in honour of Donal, their past pupil on June 7th. “We wanted to honour Donal in a special way and so the committee worked to create an event where people would come together for a few hours, have fun and ‘live life’ just as Donal had urged us all to.” said school principal Peter Linehan. “This was a real team effort and huge credit must go to our Parents Association who worked tirelessly over the past few weeks to ensure that everything would be ready”, added Peter. Over six hundred people visited the school which was a hive of activity with a fabulous farmers market in operation and children from 6th class coordinating fun games and challenges for young and old all day. The Parents Association had also organised a beautiful barbeque on site with teas and tasty treats also being served up as well. The students in 4th and 5th classes organised an exciting rocket launching competition and the street performer, Guido Fanzini had everyone in stitches with his hilarious show. However, the main event of the day was the ‘Donal Walsh Spa 6K Challenge’ a looped run/walk starting and finishing at the school. Young students released fifty pink balloons to remember those who are no longer with us and Donal’s parents Fionbarr and Elma Walsh officially started the run/walk for the five hundred and fifty participants. There was a wonderful atmosphere as young and not so young set off to tackle the course in the beautiful sunshine. First home in the men’s section was Nikoli Bujani from Dublin with local man Daniel Murphy a close second. Tralee lady, Catherine O Sullivan scooped first place in the ladies section closely followed by Spa N.S. parent Bernadette Gilroy. Elma Walsh was thrilled with the event, “We are delighted to be back in Spa N.S. a place where Donal had so many happy days. The committee organised a really wonderful day for everyone and Donal would have loved it!”