As a school, we would like to remember Isabel Douglas for International Women’s Day. She was a pioneer for a different kind of education in Ireland in 1919 when she started Rathgar Junior School. She championed Irish being taught and insisted no corporal punishment was allowed. She wanted the creative arts and nature studies to be accessible for all children, including those with additional needs or learning difficulties. Isabel wanted children to love learning for its own sake, rather than fearing exams and tests. Over 100 years later, her legacy lives on through Rathgar Junior School.
Happy International Women’s Day.