Pastoral Care

The aim of our pastoral care programme is to gain a knowledge of each student as an individual person.

The potential of each individual is recognised and respected. The school's Christian values and highly developed caring ethos form the basis of our excellent pastoral care system.

All first years participate in a two-day orientation programme to help them make the adjustment from primary to secondary school.

Each student is assigned a Form Teacher who takes a special interest in monitoring progress in all areas, personal, academic and social. Students also have a Year Head who monitors the whole year group.

Many first year students are 'twinned' with a senior student

We encourage the development of leadership skills, producing leaders who will be willing to work with others for the benefit of all. To encourage leadership skills, the school has a successful prefect structure within the school through a structured system of Head Girls, Senior Prefects, Captains and Co-ordinators and Class Prefects.

Learning support is provided by a full time Learning Support Teacher. There is also a Resource Teacher and extra English is offered up to Junior Certificate in the place of an European language.

Counselling: There are two counsellors to help students who may encounter difficulties in their lives.

Career Guidance: There is a comprehensive guidance and careers information programme available to each student. This includes both timetabled career-guidance classes and individual counselling.


Contact with Parents

We value contact and co-operation with parents. Each year group has a parent-teacher meeting once a year. There are regular information evenings on aspects of curriculum and school life. Reports are issued twice yearly for all students following in-house exams at Christmas and Summer. The school has a Parent's Association and parents are welcome to become involved in this and all the activities run by the association during the year. All students are notified in advance of all activities run by the association.

Newsletters are sent to parents on a regular basis throughout the school year.


Code of Behaviour

Positive behaviour is an important aspect of school life and in the formation of a young person. Indeed, it is perhaps one of the hallmarks of a good school that there is a disciplinary system which helps the young person to reach an effective self discipline which will be necessary all through life. We believe that school discipline is a shared responsibility which can only be effectively discharged and maintained through the active co-operation of all those involved - teachers, students, parents, management and trustees. The school's Code of Behaviour helps to create and maintain a safe healthy atmosphere and environment which is conducive to learning.

Before entering the school, it is necessary for each student and parent/guardian to read, understand, accept and sign the school rules and Code of Behaviour. Failure to comply with these rules will involve a stepped systems of sanctions for the student.