Ethos Statement

The ethos (or characteristic spirit) of Saint Patrick’s National School, Shercock encompasses collective attitudes, beliefs, core values, traditions, aspirations and goals. These are reflected in the actual practices which are carried out in the school on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. While it is impossible to outline all aspects of the school ethos, the following characteristics are experienced and promoted as essential elements in the establishment of a supportive and positive ethos.

  • In Saint Patrick’s National School (Shercock), where the ethos is that of a Catholic school, religious instruction, in accordance with the doctrine and tradition of the Catholic Church is part of the education given to children who belong to that Church
  • The pupils are prepared for the reception of the sacraments of First Confession, First Holy Communion and Confirmation, in accordance with arrangements in the diocese
  • Prayer is a feature of the school day
  • The school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil, including his relationship with God, with other people and with the environment
  • The Principal and teaching staff aim at maintaining high professional standards and creating a safe and happy environment (as per Teaching Council Code of Professional Conduct for Teachers)
  • A spirit of mutual respect is promoted within the school community. Pupils are drawn by example and teaching to appreciate and respect people of different religious affiliations and of different nationalities.
  • Close contact is maintained between school and home. Parents / guardians and teachers support one another and collaborate with one another in leading the children to the fullness of their potential at the different stages.
  • It is our wish that all visitors to the school would sense, upon entering the premises, the warmth, friendship and collegiality of the whole school community.

Members of the school’s ancillary staff are highly esteemed and respected. It is recognised that their work makes a valued contribution to the process of education in this school.

  • St. Patrick’s National School is a Catholic primary school which strives to provide a structured, caring, happy and secure environment where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of all the pupils are identified and addressed.
  • While St. Patrick’s National School is a school with a Catholic ethos, it also has due recognition for all other religions and for those with none.
  • The School will strive to promote, both individually and collectively, the professional and personal development of teachers through staff development programmes.
  • The School will encourage the involvement of parents/guardians in their children’s education through home/school contacts and through their involvement in the Parents’ Association.
  • The School will endeavour to enhance the self-esteem of everyone in the school community, to imbue in the pupils respect for people and property and to encourage in them the idea of being responsible.
    We will promote gender equity amongst the teachers and pupils.