Aims, Values and Beliefs
We believe our school should be a happy and caring place where children want to come and where they will feel secure. As teachers we aim to create an environment in which children can experience the joy of learning, be valued as important members of the school and belong in a community that celebrates their differences.
We recognise that each child is of equal value and that it is our privilege and responsibility to accept each child into our community. Beginning from their first day and throughout their stay with us, we should have high expectations of all children in order to encourage them to develop their potential to the full.
We believe that every individual in the school should be accorded the respect and dignity that is the right of every person.
In all our relationships, we should try to be fair, consistent, encouraging, understanding and compassionate. As a Catholic school, we believe religious education should permeate and indeed, inspire the whole life and work of the school, and we believe it is our responsibility to instil respect for religious and moral values and appreciation of other races, religions and ways of life.
We aim for genuine excellence for each individual in every sphere of activity: academic, pastoral, social, physical, moral and spiritual. We do not see knowledge as a means of material prosperity and success, but as a call to serve and be responsible for others.
We believe that education is the shared responsibility of parents, teachers, children, Church and the community. Parents have a right to expect that what a child is taught is what a child needs to know and that education should develop a sense of self-respect and the capacity to live as independent, self-motivated people with the ability to function as contributing members of co-operative groups.
We believe that each child has a right to be taught all areas of the curriculum and that we should aim always to cater for the needs of all children, enabling them to develop concepts, attitudes, values and skills through stimulating and relevant experiences. We should help children to develop lively, inquiring minds, the ability to question and argue rationally and to apply themselves to tasks and physical skills.
We believe that children enjoy success, and become more effective learners once their image of themselves is positive and good.
We believe this can be achieved by our working through open and participative structures.
We would like to emphasise the words of Archbishop Murphy in 1958,
“You cannot educate the mind and neglect the heart. When they leave school they will forget quite a number of subjects, but there is one subject they will never forget and that is you. Your person is going to have a greater influence on their future life than all blackboards in the country.”
The Headteacher and Staff