Our Philosophy of Education

(1) We support the philosophy of education basic to the three main aims of primary education as stated in the Primary Curriculum


  • To enable the child to live a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual


  • To enable the child to develop as a social being through living and co-operating with others and so contribute to the good of society


  • To prepare the child for further education and lifelong learning


(2)  It is our wish that the school’s total curriculum acknowledges the variety of needs and learning abilities among the pupils and endeavours to strike a balance between an emphasis on an academic core and on the provision of a wide range of other important learning experiences


(3) We recognise how important it is for each child to develop the oral, comprehension, reading and written skills of the English language which are so necessary when working in other subject areas and when interacting with others in life. We recognise that it is extremely difficult for any child to reach his/her full potential if he/she has not mastered the basic skills of the language while in primary school


(4) We recognise that individual growth best takes place in an atmosphere of openness and friendliness. Accordingly we strive, in each class and throughout the school, to create a strong sense of community so that no child will feel alienated or marginalised at school. We aim to help the children feel that their teachers are people they can trust and on whom they can depend. In a school, our size it is possible for all the teachers to get to know each child from their induction into the school


(5) We acknowledge that our school is a Catholic school and therefore we strive to create a school community where Gospel values of hope, justice, fairplay, compassion, love and reconciliation are fostered. The whole school co-operates when we perform our ‘Nativity Play’ at Christmas and the school choir performs at First Confession and First Holy Communion ceremonies


(6) The parents are the primary educators of their children and the school is where the professional educators complement the work of the home. In recognition of this fact the school seeks to maintain friendly collaboration and a good working rapport with all parents. The child’s balanced growth and development – not just academic progress is the focus of such collaboration


(7) We believe that all children are equal regardless of gender, ability, creed or social background


Summary


We have adopted the seanfhocal “Mol an Óige” as our school motto. Our philosophy is to know each child, to lead them with affection and fairness and to prepare them for life by developing them socially and personally.


We aim for high academic standards and we will demand that each child does his/her best. We believe that this demand will be met by a child who is secure and happy in school and who feels his/her efforts are appreciated.