Ethos

Sacred Heart N.S. is a catholic school under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ferns, Bishop Dennis Brennan. The Parish Priest is Chairperson of the BOM. Pupils of different religions are welcomed in Sacred Heart N.S. Formal religious instruction is given each day and in accordance with the Rules of National Schools, parents, may if they wish, withdraw their children from formal religious instruction. Due to pressure of personnel and space it is unlikely that children of different faiths will be possibly accommodated in SHNS. Every effort is made to impart Christian values and ideals in an informal way, so that the children live their religion rather than learn it.Christian iconology is present throughout the school.

All classes are mixed and all pupils are treated equally. The pupils come from varying backgrounds and every effort is made to encourage kindness and tolerance towards, and acceptance of everybody in S.H.N.S. The children are prepared for the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation.

Parents of non-Catholic children are encouraged, at all times, to discuss with the teachers any worries they may have concerning the teaching of religion. They are also encouraged to view, in school, any books or resources used for the teaching of religion. The school acts as an agent for a number of Religious magazines and in fund-raising from time to time for charities, religious and otherwise.

All five classes ie Junior & Senior Infants, 1st & 2nd, 3rd & 4th, 5th & 6th are mixed classes.

The school depends on the grants and teacher resources provided by the Department of Education and Science and it operates within the regulations laid down, from time to time, by the Department. School policy has regard to the resources and funding available.

The school follows the curricular programmes prescribed by the Department of Education and Science, which may be amended from time to time, in accordance with Sections 9 and 30 of the Education Act (1998).

Within the context and parameters of Department regulations and programmes, the rights of the patron as set out in the Education Act (1998), and the funding and resources available, the school supports the principles of

o inclusiveness, particularly with reference to the enrolment of children with a disability

or other special educational need.

o equality of access and participation in the school.

o parental choice in relation to enrolment

o respect for diversity of values, beliefs, traditions, languages and ways of life in society.