Meet Our Principal


Gráinne Newton (Principal and Junior Infant Teacher)

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Gráinne began her teaching career in the North Dublin National School Project where she taught 5th and 6th classes for a couple of years.  After this she became Deputy Principal of Lucan East Educate Together and spent seven great years working in this capacity.  She has taught all class levels from Junior Infants to Sixth Class and has worked as a learning support, language support and resource teacher also.  Whilst working in Lucan East ETNS, Gráinne completed Post-Graduate Diplomas in Child Psychology and Educational Leadership and a Masters of Education specialising in Literacy.  Following this, Gráinne worked as a part-time Literacy Lecturer in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra and on the Write to Read team as an Associate Lecturer teaching, leading and supporting students and staffs with the implementation of a Balanced Literacy Framework to raise literacy standards.  Gráinne also has a keen interest in Maths and trained as a Maths Recovery Teacher in 2009.  

Gráinne believes passionately in Scoil Chlíodhna CNS and its importance at the centre of the vibrant community of Carrigtwohill.  She aims to build a strong sense of community among all members of Scoil Chlíodhna and strongly encourages everyone involved to use their unique talents to help enrich the learning environment for all our pupils.  

Gráinne says, “Scoil Chlíodhna CNS is committed to providing high standards of teaching and learning for children of all faiths and none in an inclusive, multidenominational, co-educational setting.  Our school caters for the physical, academic, social, emotional and spiritual development of our children in a supportive and caring environment.  We aim to create a happy and exciting learning environment where children are exposed to a wide spectrum of learning opportunities.  Every decision we take is focused on ensuring our students reach their full potential and develop into confident, well-rounded individuals”.