A Brief History
While the 1838 ordinance survey map of Greystones showed a school building near the beach, in 1880
a new schoolhouse was built in La Touche Place, Greystones. The old school then became the teacher’s
residence. This 2-classroom building continued as our parish school until its relocation to a 4-classroom
building on the present site in 1975.
The school was extended in 1990, and by 1992 the school population had grown sufficiently to require temporary accommodation. During 2006/2007, extensive refurbishment and development was undertaken, and a further extension in 2013 added extra classrooms in an exciting new building that was designed and developed to maximise energy efficiency.
Our school now has 10 classrooms, 4 SET classrooms, School Hall (with resources to support Sports, Music and Drama activities), Library, Computer Room, Quiet Room (used for First-Aid, meetings, etc), Staff Room, offices and ancillary rooms.
At St Patrick’s National School, we aim to provide a safe, caring, happy and ordered environment where children’s self-esteem, self-confidence, initiative and innovation can be nurtured within an atmosphere of mutual respect and appreciation.
Teachers, in partnership with the parents and the Board of Management, are committed to providing education of the highest quality for all the children in their care.
Through the Primary School Curriculum, we aim:
to encourage the children to reach their full educational potential;
to encourage the children to be active in their own learning;
to constantly monitor and assess pupils’ achievement and to maintain regular parent/teacher contact;
to cultivate children’s individual talents and interests;
to give particular care and attention to children’s addition needs, and to provide the maximum possible attention and support;
to develop an understanding and appreciation of the moral, spiritual, religious, social and cultural values which shape our society, and to promote respect for such values;
to nurture an awareness of national and European heritage, allowing the children to develop a deep sense of Irish identity within a European and worldwide context;
to welcome children from other cultural backgrounds, and to respect and celebrate cultural and linguistic differences;
to actively encourage children to care for themselves, their families and friends and their environment, placing priority on the development of a sense of personal and shared responsibility.
In 2016, a new Primary Language Curriculum was launched by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) and the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment (NCCA). Training is ongoing for our teachers, and the revised curriculum will be introduced to our school on a phased basis.
If you would like to learn more about the new Primary Language curriculum, click here.
Characteristic Spirit / Ethos
St Patrick's National School is under the patronage of the Church of Ireland and its characteristic spirit is a reflection of the ethos of the Church, incorporating a balance of faith and culture.
School / Parish links
As a Parish School, St Patrick’s NS and parish maintain close links in a number of ways and all staff work
closely with the Rector who visits the school on a regular basis.
Weekly assembly at school is held each Wednesday morning and is led by the Rector. Special school assemblies are held in the church on a regular basis and are led by different classes, from Junior Infants to Sixth Class, on a rota basis.
Church and Parish
As well as monthly assemblies in church, the school and its pupils are directly involved with various church services throughout the year. As well as reading and participating in regular services of worship, these include a Christmas play (Sixth Class); an inter-denominational service shared with our neighbouring National Schools for Easter (Fifth Class); and a service to mark the end of the school year and to ask God’s blessing on VI class as they move to secondary school
(whole school, led by Sixth Class).
The school is also involved in annual services (eg the parish Carol Service) and at occasional services such as radio and television broadcasts.
Many pupils and their families are active members of St Patrick’s Parish, and several pupils join parish-based clubs and organisations.
Pupils from the senior classes join teachers and parents in representing the school at the annual Dublin
and Glendalough Diocesan service to mark the beginning of a new academic year at Christ Church
Cathedral in Dublin each September.
Education Partnership Supporting our Pupils
Board of Management
The Board manages the school on behalf of the Patron to whom it is responsible, and in accordance with the regulations of the Department of Education and Skills.
The Principal is responsible for the day-to-day management of the school, including guidance and direction of the teachers and other staff of the school, and is accountable to the Board for that management.
The term of office for the current Board of Management is from 2015 to 2019.
The Board comprises 8 members:
2 Patron nominees
2 teacher nominees (one being the Principal)
2 parent nominees (1 male, 1 female)
2 nominees from the wider community.
Each Board member has an active part to play in the management of the school. The contributions of each Board member are recognised and appreciated by all partners within the school community, recognising the level of responsibility held by them and the dedication and commitment with which they fulfil their duties to the best of their ability.
All staff at our school are committed
to ensuring pupils’ safety and well-being;
to creating a positive environment conducive to teaching and learning;
to being fair, courteous and approachable;
to maintaining positive home/school links;
to being punctual, well-prepared and organised;
to implementing the school’s Code of Behaviour and all other school policies.
The staff in 2018/19 includes
- Class Teachers
- AEN Support Teachers
- SNA support (as approved by the NCSE)
- School Secretary
- Caretaking/Cleaning Team.
Parents make a commitment to
to ensure that their children come to school on time, refreshed, appropriately dressed, equipped/prepared for the day and ready to start work;
to inform the school in writing of absences, illnesses, etc;
to supervise homework and sign homework notebooks nightly;
to implement and support all school policies, eg uniform, healthy lunch, etc;
to support the school authorities and staff as they work in the best interests of the children in their care;
to actively support the implementation of the school’s Code of Behaviour and other policies.
Our gorgeous logo was designed by a pupil in 6th Class a number of years ago, as part of a whole-school competition.
The Tree of Life and the Window of Opportunity
by Noss Clyne-Kelly (1998)