Mission Statement & Ethos

School of the Holy Spirit is a special national school under the patronage of the Bishop of Ossory. It is co-educational and caters for students aged 4-18.

The policies, practices and attitudes of the school are inspired by Christian values.

The school works to promote a sense of community between Management, Teachers, Special Needs Assistants, Ancillary staff, Parents, Pupils and the wider community. We aim for all partners in education to value, respect and support one another.

The school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the child including his/her relationship with God, with other people and with the environment. Students are affirmed and encouraged in their academic, social, behavioural and emotional efforts.

Prayer is a regular part of each day. Catholic religious education programmes are followed. Children are prepared for the reception of the sacraments and in accordance with the arrangements of the diocese. through co-operation between home, school and chaplain. Children participate actively in liturgical celebrations arranged by the school.

The individuality of each person within the school system is acknowledged and respected. Each student is seen as a unique human being possessing his/her own special way of perceiving and interacting with the world. Teaching is child centred and works from the child’s present level of attainment. As far as is practicable the input of other professionals is sought to assist the teachers in establishing a curriculum relevant to the individual child’s needs.

All staff are highly valued, respected and encouraged to develop their personal and professional talents. Where possible appropriate training is sourced and facilitated.

The class team in an integral part of the school structure under the leadership of the class teacher. It aims to create a safe environment conducive to the love of learning where each student can reach his or her full potential. The practice of positive classroom management, strong class cohesiveness and cooperation is intrinsic to our school life.

The school staff aim at making the school a centre of excellence in which high professional standards are maintained and where pupils learn in a safe and happy environment. The school embraces an eclectic approach in the management and education of our students.

The school seeks to cooperate harmoniously with the HSE and other agencies involved in the lives of our students. The professional input of visiting therapists is highly regarded.

The school’s Code of Behaviour reflects the Christian values of forgiveness, reconciliation, new beginnings and hope.