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About Us

Welcome to the official website of the School of the Divine Child, Lavanagh Centre, Cork.  Situated in Ballintemple village, our co-educational school is a specialist school for students with physical and complex disabilities.   We are a Primary and Second level School.

Our Mission statement is to guide students in achieving their potential so that they can participate as fully as possible within their local community and to develop attitudes and skills for life-long learning.

Board of Management Report

The Board of Management met on 23rd November 2017  and noted with thanks the total refurbishment of one classroom completed by Staff of Biomarin and supported by that Company. It also noted that the School has other partnerships with DELL EMC, SR. Technics, Staff of Cork Prison, Cork City Council and Mainport.
Members of the Board of Management met with representatives of the Patron, Bishop of Cork and Ross and Enable Ireland on 3rd July 2017 in order to advance future plans for the School.  It was agreed that it was appropriate that the School of the Divine Child would remain at the Lavanagh Centre, given its recognition and place in the local and wider community and the fact that the offer of a stand-alone site in Curraheen would not improve resources for children attending our School. The Board noted that this decision will not impact on HSE Progressing Disability services provided to children attending our school.  Since that meeting the Board of Management’s application for emergency funding for fire safety to the Department of Education and Skills has been refused as we included costings to conduct the work without having to close the School. The Board is actively seeking a meeting with the DES and is taking steps to ensure that progress is made.