during teaching time should be expressly discouraged. Specifically,
access to teachers should be on an 'appointment only' basis.
a parent wishes to raise a matter of concern relating to school procedures
or teaching/learning, they are requested to make an appointment to
see the teacher, tutor, Year Head or Principal/Deputy Principal as
It is school policy to facilitate parent/teacher meetings with each
year-group for the purposes of discussing student progress with
parents. Information on parent/teacher meetings will be included
on the school calendar. This calendar
is sent to all parents shortly after the commencement of the academic
offset the increasing costs of photocopying resource materials for
students, an annual photocopying fee is charged.
Counselling & Pastoral Care
One of the important roles played by the school is to tend to the
pastoral and spiritual needs of our students. While all teachers
play a pastoral role, the school has particular staff members assigned
with special expertise in the pastoral and spiritual needs. In particulars
the school draws on the School Chaplain and the School Counsellor.
Tutors and Year Heads are in regular contact with these teachers
with a view to ensure that students are content in school and to
be of help in times of difficulty. We encourage parents to contact
the Chaplain, Counsellor, Year Head, Tutor or any member of staff
should they be aware of any difficulties being experienced by their
son or daughter.
The primary role of the school is to cater for the emotional and
academic development of its students. From time-to-time, some students
may require additional help and support. The school has in place
a range of initiatives and structures designed to provide teaming
support where required. This can include a 'paired reading' programme
and intensive tuition in key subjects by the teaming support team.
The school has a qualified Learning Support Teacher who biases with
the local primary school. The Learning Support Teacher also conducts
assessment of students from
Parents should inform the Learning Support Teacher where they are
aware of any condition that may adversely affect the progress of
their child. In certain circumstance, the Department of Education
& Science may make special provision for some students sitting
Junior and Leaving Certificate examinations.
The school aims to balance the achievement of academic excellence
with social and personal development of students. School Trips and
outings can make an important contribution to the achievement of
this aim. From time to time, the school will organise trips to locations
both at home and abroad. As far as possible, these will be organised
during school holidays or at weekends. Out of necessity, some outings
will take place during school time Students, as 'ambassadors of
the school', are expected to conform to the highest standards of
behaviour and courtesy. A high standard of self-discipline and trust
is required. Any breach of trust may result in parents being contacted
and requested to arrange the return of their son/daughter. In some
cases, it is the practice of the school to impose an appropriate
monetary fine on a student for breach of trust or inappropriate
behaviour, for example, behaviour likely to be a risk to health
and safety. Parents will be contacted in such cases. In cases of
serious misbehaviour, students may be excluded from school trips
and/or activities, with a right of appeal to the Board of Management.
may avail of the opportunity to have a personal locker in the school.
These are allocated on a 'First come, first served' basis. The cost
for a locker is 20 Euro per year. Students are allowed to place
or retrieve items from their locker at break/lunch time, before
tutorial period each morning, or at the end of school each day.
Students are not allowed to visit lockers during class or at change
are expected to have all necessary books, copies and other equipment
required for class. Items such as radios, personal stereos and mobile
telephones are considered to be non-essential items for teaching
and learning and should not be brought to school.