School Ethos, Policies and Practices

OUR SCHOOL ETHOSethos

Scoil Bhríde is a Catholic primary school which strives to provide a structured, caring, happy and secure environment where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are identified and addressed.

While Scoil Bhríde is a school with a Catholic ethos, it also has due recognition for all other religions.  The school strives to promote the professional development of teachers.

The school encourages the involvement of parents and guardians in their children’s education through home/school contacts and through their involvement in the parents association.  The school endeavours to enhance the

self-esteem of everyone in the school community, to imbue in the pupils respect for people and property and to encourage in them the idea of being responsible. We promote gender equity amongst teachers and pupils.

 

THE CURRICULUM

CurriculumThe primary school curriculum is presented in seven primary areas, some of which are further sub-divided into subjects. These are:

  • Religious Education
  • Language (Gaeilge and English)
  • Mathematics
  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (History, Geography and Science)
  • Arts Education (Visual Arts and Music)
  • Physical Education (including swimming for one class level every year)
  • Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE)

 

THE SCHOOL YEAR

The school year for all primary schools is 183 days. The DES in agreement with the Teacher Unions have standardised most of the main breaks for holidays (October mid-term, Christmas, February mid-term and Easter). The agreement allows each school some limited flexibility. 

HOME SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

A child’s happiness and progress in school is enhanced by a positive home school partnership. If you have any concerns relating to your child please discuss them with the class teacher. Individual Parent-Teacher Meetings are held once a year.

If you have an important concern please don’t wait until then to talk to the teacher. These meetings are very short as a teacher can have up to 30 sets of parents to meet in a short amount of time. In turn be assured that if a teacher has a concern she/he will contact you to arrange an additional meeting.

A written report on your child’s progress will be sent to you at the end of June. This report is intended for the attention of parents/guardians of the named child.

It is important that the school is informed if a child’s parents don’t reside together.  If there is a custody arrangement regarding your child the school needs to be informed.  

The school cannot be asked to withhold a child from either parent in the absence of a custody arrangement.