St. Joseph's BNS Terenure

Ethos Statement

 St. Joseph’s Boys’ National School, Terenure is a Roman Catholic School under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Dublin. 

The school aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupils: 

their intellectual, physical, cultural, moral, social, linguistic and spiritual attributes. 

“The school provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of pupils in the Catholic Faith.” 

(Catholic Primary School Manager’s Association Handbook). 

Mission Statement

We at St. Joseph’s BNS, believe that the children in our school are our highest priority.

We promote a cooperative partnership among students, parents, community and staff.

Our mission is to build a strong foundation for lifelong learning by nurturing, guiding, and challenging all of our students to achieve their maximum potential.

We believe all children are entitled to develop to their fullest potential –
academically, socially, emotionally, physically, morally, spiritually and aesthetically, enabling each child to grow in confidence to participate in the wider community.

We provide a happy caring and stimulating environment promoting self-esteem and confidence.

We work in partnership with parents and the community in an atmosphere of mutual trust.

We believe that our staff; teachers, SNAs, ancillary staff, are the best resource we have in order to deliver the best possible education to our
students and we encourage a caring and collegiate approach where every staff member is cared for and is treated as an equal.

We believe that staff members have an enormous role to play in modelling behaviour to our students and in modelling a calm, professional, caring approach to each other, to the parents, and to the pupils we care for.

We encourage staff to take part in life-long learning and we also encourage individual staff members and the staff as a collegiate body to be reflective practitioners.

We encourage parents to be partners with us in the life of the school.

We provide a welcoming atmosphere to parents and to the wider community.

Vision Statement

St. Joseph’s BNS’ direction for the future is ambitious, challenging and ongoing. It is shaped by an informed awareness of current educational thinking and involves recurring reflection and debate among staff, parents, pupils and partners and analysis of where the school is at.

St. Joseph’s BNS strives to secure the collective commitment to its vision of all staff, pupils, parents and the wider community. Leaders in management and at all levels motivate and inspire others to sustain and demonstrate this commitment to the school’s vision through their daily interactions.

All staff focus on developing our pupils’ capacities as successful learners, confident individuals, effective contributors and responsible citizens.
They develop these through providing high quality learning and teaching approaches and a variety of experiences both in-school and outside of school.
The vision is one that pupils not only behave well but learn with and support others. Pupils set demanding personal targets which they strive to achieve, are actively involved in the decision-making processes of the school and feel good about themselves and their school.

Our vision nurtures creativity among staff and young people. All members of the school community work together productively to improve learning within and outside of school.

Both staff and pupils are encouraged to be innovative and to engage in original thinking and improvements through self-evaluation.
Our vision in St. Joseph’s BNS stresses the importance of putting its values into action.

Staff and young people act as responsible citizens, showing compassion and support for others and actively promote equity, fairness and justice in their dealings with others.

St. Joseph’s BNS staff demonstrate through their actions that school improvement and raising standards of achievement are of paramount importance. They consistently promote and ensure equality of opportunity and access for all.

All staff support consistent approaches across the school, which are supported by policies, systems and structures and which reflect the vision of the school. They consistently promote a collective commitment to the highest possible standards and success for all learners.