School Ethos

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An Foras Pátrúnachta is the only Patron body to offer a choice of three ethos’s to parents: Catholic, Multidenominational & Interdenominational. As a result of the choice of ethos, An Foras Pátrúnachta meets the needs of parents who wish to educate the children through the medium of Irish irrespective of their religious background.

Irish-language Ethos

An Irish-Medium school is where the Irish-language is:

  • The language of the school
  • The business and communicative language of the school
  • The teaching and learning language in every subject except English
  • The language of the teachers, the pupils and all aspects

3 Characteristic Spirits in An Foras Pátrúnachta Schools

  • Irish-Medium School with a Catholic characteristic spirit
  • Irish-Medium School with Interdenominational characteristic spirit
  • Irish-Medium School with Multi-denominational characteristic spirit

Irish-Medium School with a Catholic characteristic spirit

Definition:

1. A school under An Foras Pátrúnachta which has a Catholic characteristic spirit will function with a Catholic ethos which will foster the Christian life in the life of the school motivated by a belief in God and in Jesus Christ and by the values of the Gospel illustrated by prayer, celebration and the sacraments in co-operation with the parents, the church and the community.

2. In the school at religious instruction time the Catholic religious programme will be carried out and taught as well as the preparation of the pupils for the sacraments as laid down by the Archbishop/Bishop of the Diocese leading the pupil to love, recognise and follow God.

3. The diocesan counsellors and local clergy will be welcome in our schools to give support, advice and help to the Board of Management, to the school staff and to the parents in the preparation of the pupils for the sacraments and in providing the Religious Programme to the pupils.

4. The Board of Management has a duty to uphold, and to be accountable to the patron for upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school which is in accordance with the definition here stated of the Catholic Irish medium school.

Gaelscoileanna with a Catholic characteristic spirit

Irish-Medium School with Interdenominational characteristic spirit

1. A school under the patronage of An Foras Pátrúnachta which has an Interdenominational characteristic spirit will function with a shared Catholic and Protestant characteristic spirit. Recognition will be given to the ways in which both religions including the specific Protestant churches have enriched Irish life.

2. Understanding and acceptance of the Catholic and Protestant modes of worship will be promoted.

3. The pupils will be prepared for the sacraments pertaining to them.

4.The school will have a duty to recognise and celebrate tolerance.

5. An interdenominational school has a duty to serve completely these two main Christian traditions and to follow completely the current religious syllabi which are set out by the bishops of the relevant dioceses (or to follow completely the current religious syllabi set out by the bishops of the various faiths in the dioceses). In a case in which only pupils of one religion are enrolled in the school or in the class the policy stated here of the other faiths will be adhered to by giving the pupils an understanding of the other faith.

6. The Board of Management has a duty to uphold, and to be accountable to the patron for upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school which is in accordance with the definition here stated of the interdenominational school.

Our Interdenominational policy is available on our policy page.

Gaelscoileanna with an Interdenominational characteristic spirit

Irish-Medium School with Multidenominational characteristic spirit

Definition:

1. No particular (denominational) religion is taught within the official school timetable as set out by the Department of Education & Skills.

2. The Croí na Scoile (Heart of the School) Programme as composed by the school in collaboration with An Foras Pátrúnachta will be adhered to.

3. The parents have a responsibility to make arrangements for the teaching of denominational religion to their children outside official school time. The Board of Management and the school will be flexible in dealing with all groups and the Board will cater as much as possible for every group outside official school time.

4. The religious groups are taught through Irish only outside official school time. The teaching staff will not have a duty to take on this responsibility.

5. The Board of Management has a duty to uphold, and to be accountable to the patron for upholding, the characteristic spirit of the school which is in accordance with the definition here stated of the multidenominational Irish medium school.

Gaelscoileanna with a Multidenominational characteristic spirit

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