General Information

Principal's Welcome

I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to St Patrick's Junior School, Skerries. Our School which was built in 1978, was originally known as St Patrick's Girls' School but in 1984 it become a co-educational Junior School.
Today, there are approximately 340 children on the role, 16 teachers and also four ancillary staff. We have 12 classrooms, a PE Hall and Learning Support and Resource rooms.

St Patrick's J.N.S. is a Catholic school called after St. Patrick who also has an island off the coast at Skerries and the Parish Church named in his honour. In our school, teachers, parents, priests and others work together for the benefit of all our children.

Our staff is highly professional and dedicated to the full development of each child. Parents are actively involved in the Board of Management. The Parents’ Association has a comprehensive annual programme of events run by the committee, aided by parent volunteers.  We have energetic and enthusiastic teachers who pride themselves on their commitment and willingness to not only educate but to also nurture the development of each pupil.

As principal, I am fortunate to have inherited such a happy and well run school and I'm delighted to be part of a such a good community of parents, teachers and children.

I know we will all continue to work together for the benefit of the children and the greater community

Introduction

Saint Patrick's Junior School is a Catholic Co-Educational Primary School catering for the formal educational needs of the children from Junior Infants to Second Classes. There are three classes in each year with 340 pupils approximately on role.

We have a staff of 17 teachers, 4 SNAs, a secretary and a caretaker.

Board of Management

The Board of Management is responsible for the running of the school. The school is a Catholic School and is under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin.

A new Board of Management is elected every four years. The election generally takes place in late September and the Board takes up office in September. The Patron appoints the Chairperson and one other member to serve on the Board. Two parent's representatives are elected from the general body of parents. One teacher's representative is elected from the teaching staff. The Principal of the school is automatically on the Board.

These six members meet and choose two people from the community to make up the entire Board. The Board is then responsible for the running of the school for the term of office following regulations laid down by the Department of Education & Science.

The responsibilities of the Board include the appointment of staff, the upkeep and maintenance of the school and the implementation of school policies, the provision of adequate facilities for both pupils and staff.

The 2011-2015 Board comprises of:

Máire Ní Chróinín - Principal
Fr. Richard Hyland - Patron's Nominee
Elaine Spillane - Patron's Nominee
Paula Murphy O’Neill - Parent's Nominee
Ivor Cole - Parent's Nominee
Tom Joyce - Community Nominee
Shane McEneaney - Community Nominee
Paula Wilde - Teachers’ Nominee

School Curriculum

The school follows the Rules for National Schools in line with the Department of Education and Skills requirements in implementing the Primary School Curriculum 1999.

The Curriculum in use is comprised of the following strands:

  • Language: English and Gaeilge
  • Mathematics
  • Social, Environmental and Scientific Education
  • Arts Education
  • Visual Arts, Music and Drama
  • Physical Education
  • Social Personal and Health Education - including Relationships and Sexuality Education and Stay Safe Programme (lesson plans may be seen on request)
  • Religious Education: Alive-O Programme

 

The School Timetable

The hours are as follows:

School Opening: 8:50am
Formal Teaching Begins: 9:10am
Lunch Time: 12:00pm
Classes Resume: 12:30pm
Junior & Senior Infants dismissed : 1:30pm
1st and 2nd Classes dismissed : 2:30pm

 

As supervision is not provided, the Board of Management cannot accept any responsibility for children arriving before official opening time (8:50am) or remaining on the school grounds (unsupervised) after official closing time.

School Uniforms

Girls

Bottle Green Pinafore
Cream Blouse
Bottle Green Cardigan
Striped Green/Cream Tie

Boys

Grey Trousers
Grey Shirt
Bottle Green Jumper
Striped Green/Cream Tie

PE

Runners and school tracksuit to be worn on PE days

Summer uniform may be worn from the month of June, weather permitting
 

Parent/Teacher Communication

The healthiest environment for a child is one of open and easy communication between parents and teachers. Parents/Guardians are encouraged and welcome to discuss matters relating to their child with the relevant class teacher. Parents should agree a convenient time with the teacher if the need arises.

Parental Help

The children and school can benefit greatly from parental involvement. If you have any time and/or skills to contribute then please speak with the school office or your child’s teacher. All offers of help are welcome and there are many areas you can assist us in supporting the children’s learning.