Holy Family Junior National School is a co-educational Junior Primary School for the education of children in the parish of St Finian, River Valley.
The school has a Catholic ethos. Religious education is provided for pupils in accordance with the doctrines and traditions of the Catholic Church. In line with the Catholic ethos, the school observes Catholic holidays and festivals. The children are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of First Confession and First Holy Communion in accordance with arrangements with the archdiocese of Dublin. The children are given opportunity to participate in liturgical celebrations arranged by the school. The ethos recognises the uniqueness, value and dignity of each pupil and aims to promote the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the person including his/her relationship with God, family, teacher, special needs assistants, secretary, caretakers, friends, community, others and the environment.
The school is committed to the aims and principles of the (revised 1999) primary school curriculum. The curriculum aims to enable each child to:
- Live a full life as a child and realise his/her full potential as a unique individual.
- Equip the child to avail of further education so that he/she may go on to live a full and useful life as an adult in society.
- Develop socially, through living with and co-operating with others for the good of society.
This school celebrates the uniqueness of each individual and seeks to nurture the child in all dimensions of his/her life; spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, astethic, social and physical.
The school sees itself as an integral part of the Parish of St. Finian, in partnership with the parent body. Close contact is maintained between school and home. Parents and teachers support each other in supporting the pupils to realise the fullness of their potential. We value greatly our relationship with parents and the local community.
The Principal and staff aim to make the school a centre of excellence in which high professional standards are maintained and where pupils learn in a safe and happy environment.
As a learning community, the school promotes and values the notion of life-long learning for all. Teachers and all staff are encouraged and supported to develop personally and professionally. Ancillary staff are respected and highly valued for the contribution they make to the school.
We strive to respond to the needs of all including travellers, refugees, international students and children with special needs. The school promotes equality of opportunity and it respects the cultural and religious values of all. Extra support is provided for children with learning difficulties, special educational needs are supported through Special Education Teachers (SET) and through English Language Support Teachers (ELS), in the acquisition of English as a second language.
This school seeks to promote a warm welcoming, safe, happy, supportive, nurturing, inclusive, respectful environment for the whole school community. We aim to provide a safe, physical and emotional environment that fosters tolerance and inclusivity.
Holy Family J.N.S. recognises that all children have a culture and ethnicity. Learning to value their own culture and ethnicity is central to their self-esteem and sense of identity. Intercultural education facilitates all children in coming to value their own heritage and the heritage of others.
The school community develops an experience of, and positive engagement with, cultural diversity through the practices that shape and make up the child\'s total experience of school life. As such, Holy Family J.N.S. recognises that intercultural education extends beyond a narrow focus on the content of classroom teaching, and is central to the effective development of an inclusive, intercultural school. In the school plan we explore opportunities for intercultural education in the curriculum areas for each class group, selecting appropriate resources, approaching assessment with an intercultural awareness and creating supportive environments for second language learning.