The school and parish maintain close links in a number of ways and the staff (teaching and ancillary) 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 and/or an invited guest. A special assembly is held in the Parish Church on a regular basis, and is led by an individual class or shared by two classes. Usually, every class is directly involved in leading an Assembly Service in church once each year.
The Rector has a visiting role within the school, supporting the implementation of the RE curriculum, including particular direct input with 6th Class. It is hoped to develop such interaction with other classes throughout the school.
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 (6th Class), participation in an ecumenical
service for Holy Week with the other National Schools in the area, hosted in St Patrick’s Church
(6th Class) and a service to mark the end of the school year and to ask God’s blessing on our
most senior pupils as they transfer from primary to secondary school (whole school, led by
6th Class). The school is also involved in annual services, as well as occasional and special
services from time to time.
Many pupils and their families are active members of St Patrick’s Parish. While pupils take an active part in regular services of worship, as well as special school assemblies in church, a number of important services during the school year are held in St Patrick’s Church.
a Christmas Nativity play (presented by 6th Class);
an inter-denominational service shared with the local faith-based schools before Easter (involving 6th Class from each of the schools);
a service to mark the end of the school year and to ask God’s blessing on 6th Class as they move to secondary school (a whole-school event, led by 6th Class).
The school is represented in annual services such as the Parish Carol Service, as well as at occasional services such as radio and television broadcasts. Many pupils also join parish-based clubs and organisations.
In July 2014, the Parish celebrated its 150th anniversary. This coincided with the launch of ‘Church in your Pocket’, a mobile phone app that offers daily bible readings and prayers, and includes a story, reflection or prayer for children. A link to this app was placed on the school’s website.
For further information about St Patrick’s Parish, please visit www.stpatricksgreystones.ie.
Pupils from the senior classes join teachers and parents in representing the school at the annual diocesan service (Dublin/Glendalough) to mark the beginning of the new academic year at Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin each September/October.
General Parish and Diocesan structures are covered through the curriculum in 5th and 6th Classes, while information specific to St Patrick’s Parish and our Diocese of Glendalough addressed by the Rector during his school visits. Excursions to the Parish church and to Christ Church cathedral are included of the school diary.