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New Admission Policy for St Joseph’s BNS


New requirements apply to the enrolment of pupils for the 2021/2022 and subsequent school years.

Applications for Junior Infants 2021 need to be submitted within the dates listed below. If an application was already sent in, you will need to resubmit a new application during the timeframe below.

Our application form for Junior Infants September 2021 will be available from the 2nd of October, 2020.

The new Admission Policy is available here:  link here

St Joseph’s BNS


(Link to document here)

in respect of admissions to the 2021/2022 school year

Admission Policy and Application Form

A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for 2021/2022 is available as follows:

To download at:

(will be available from 2nd October)

On request: By emailing or writing to:


St Joseph’s BNS

Terenure Rd East

Dublin 6

D06 ED86

 PART 1 – Admissions to the 2021/2022 school year


Application and Decision Dates for admission to 2021/2022 school year:

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants


The school will commence accepting applications for admission on



5th, 2020

The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on



13th, 2020

The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is



30th, 2020

The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is December

7th, 2020


*Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period above may result in the offer being withdrawn

Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.


Number of places being made available in 2021/2022


The number of places being made available in junior infants is 54


St Joseph’s BNS had made one offer of school placement for September 2021 which had been accepted prior to the commencement of Section 62 of the Education (Admission to Schools) 2018 on 1 February 2020. The number of those places offered and accepted for junior infants 2021 is:  1


March 2020

On the 12th March we were informed by the DES that all schools were to close from 6pm that evening until March 29th. We made plans with our pupils that day and we all packed up our bags with enough books and resources to keep us learning until we came back to school in 2 weeks’ time. School journals went home full of lesson instructions, daily Maths and English exercises were encouraged, Google classroom came to the fore with our older classes, independent learning became our buzz word, emails were sent to encourage distance learning but all the while, consideration was given to the fact that we were dealing with an unknown – a pandemic that could change our lives and how we live forever. We aimed to keep our pupils calm, happy, and busy and we wanted to stay connected to them. We also understood that everybody’s experience at this time was different and that some would face very challenging times.


Here’s a St Patrick’s day exercise completed at home as Gaeilge, during this time and a recipe for a lovely St Patrick’s Day Milkshake.

Blue Friday in St. Joseph’s

Today we celebrated tomorrow’s All Ireland final replay by having a county colours day with the proceeds going to the Peter McVerry trust. Several different county jerseys were to be seen but blue, of course, was the predominant colour. However quite a few green and gold Kerry jerseys and even a Kerry Teddy Bear sneaked in to the delight of our deputy principal Bean Ui Loinsigh.

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back to School everyone! We hope everyone had an enjoyable summer break and is energised and ready for a new school year of learning and fun. We extend a special welcome to our Junior Infants and to new pupils in other classes. Our new Junior Infants are settling in well to life with their teachers, Bean Uí Loingsigh, Ms. Mulhall and Ms. Larmer. These are very special days for them and their parents. From Mon. Sep. 16th they will finish school at 1.30pm.

You can consult our calendar for the school year(and add it to your Google Calendar) by clicking here.


School Garden

The work that Rang a 3 (Ms Maher’s  and Ms Rooney’s) have done in the garden this year is beginning to bear fruit.

The early potatoes (in bags) are almost ready for harvest. The tomato plants have grown very tall and needed staking. They are gradually finding new homes ….. hopefully in the ground or very large pots, where they will thrive and produce many juicy red fruits. The beginnings of tiny courgettes have been seen, as the boys weed the vegetable bed… we anticipate cooking them in September. Rhubarb is picked periodically to allow new growth. It will be in the freezer for us to enjoy at a later date. Spicy mizuna leaves insist on re-appearing to enhance our lunchtime sandwiches and salads.
Our sensory garden is looking quite lush: We can touch, smell, see and taste mint, thyme, sage, lavender, chives, dogwood, fuschia and a recently re-discovered apple blossomClick here for more photos.

Olympic Medallist

It´s not every day we have an Olympic medallist(and his medal) visiting us here in St. Joseph´s so Mr. O´Flynn´s class were delighted to welcome John Tracey yesterday. They listened in wonder as he told of that summer´s evening long ago when he ran his first marathon against the best in the world in the Southern Californian sun and finished with a silver medal. John was also happy to sign the boys´ homework diaries! This week our own champions were in energetic action on Sports Day. You can see some photos here.