Principal's welcome

Welcome to St Patrick's Primary School

Dear Parents and Students

Welcome to the St Patrick's School Community.

A number of years ago the Schools' Commission Report made an important statement about school when it said: "Schooling is not a race; its major objective is not to identify winners or losers but to give maximum assistance to all young people growing up."

As a Catholic school community it is worth taking a moment to reflect that we are all made in God's image, possess great dignity and have a future beyond this world. Through the various facets of the School's curriculum we hope to provide a context for each child's natural creativity to emerge. We hope our curriculum is designed in such a way that students develop an openness to truth, a tolerance of different views and an ability to judge critically and become inner-directed.

Here at St Patrick's the purpose of education is the development of every person from within, freeing them from the conditioning which would prevent them from becoming a fully integrated human being and in so doing enhance the dignity of each person.

Parents are the foremost educators of their child and by sending their child to this School they invite the Staff to join with them in this privileged task. We, therefore, are obligated to do our best as educators to assist parents in guiding the individual development of their child. Parents in turn should be supportive of both the Staff and the School.

So it is not only a new child that we welcome to our School but all the members of a family. We trust that the relationship between home and school will be mutually supportive. We are aware that children learn from the significant adults in their lives, not only from those planned learning opportunities, but from observing us in our relations with them and with other adults.

Peace and best wishes

John Ryan