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St Fintans National School, Sutton, Dublin

School Ethos

St Fintan’s National School, Sutton is a Catholic primary school.  It is committed to the aims and principles of the revised (1999) primary school curriculum.  It celebrates the uniqueness of each child as expressed in each child’s personality, intelligence and potential for development.  The school seeks to nurture the child in all dimensions of his or her life – spiritual, moral, cognitive, emotional, imaginative, aesthetic, social and physical.

Our curriculum aims to enable each child:

  • To develop a full life as a child and to realise his or her potential as a unique individual
  • To develop as a social being, through living and co-operating with others so as to contribute to the good of society
  • To prepare for further education and lifelong learning

St Fintan’s National School seeks to cherish and challenge children in a safe, secure and attractive learning environment.  We aim to provide quality learning experiences that are engaging, enriching and enjoyable through a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.

The school sees itself as an integral part of the parish and in partnership with parents and the church, seeks to nurture the Catholic faith through religious education, preparation for the Sacraments and through the ethos of the school.  This ethos is best exemplified through the quality of all relationships in the school, which are based on dignity for each person: child, parent, teacher, principal, secretary, caretaker, classroom assistant, cleaner and visitor to the school.

St Fintan’s National School seeks to be a warm and welcoming place, respectful and accommodating of diversity in race, culture, religion, gender and ability.  We strive to provide an inclusive environment responsive to the needs of all.  We aim to promote equality in all areas and to provide extra support for any child with a learning disability, difficulty or problem through our support structure.

We value most highly our relationship with parents and the local community and seek to continue to work in partnership with parents to ensure the best interests of each child are provided for.

The school is a learning community.  We promote and value lifelong learning for all, including staff.  We urge you to work in partnership with us, reinforcing for children the shared values of home and school.