OCTOBER 2023 NEWSLETTER
FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 2023 AT 6PM IN SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY 29TH NOVEMBER 2023
WEDNESDAY 20TH DECEMBER AT 6PM
Welcome to St. David’s National School website. We hope you find all of the information you are looking for and that the website gives you an insight into life at our school.
Our school motto is “For The Good Of All” and working together with the Board of Management, staff, parents and the local community, we provide a caring environment based on respect, honesty, kindness, inclusiveness and commitment for our pupils. We are dedicated to maintaining high standards of teaching and learning while also offering extra-curricular activities. All pupils are invited, encouraged and facilitated to participate in the extra-curricular activities.
Our aim is for all children to develop their talents, reach their potential and be happy during their time with us. We strive continually at school to provide learning of the highest quality, with our curriculum providing a broad range of experiences and opportunities. Our school continues to achieve high standards in literacy and numeracy tests each year.
If you have any questions or would like any further information, we would love to hear from you.
“Ethos is the disposition, character or fundamental values particular to a specific person, people, culture or movement.”
Ethos of St. David’s National School
St. David’s National School is a four teacher with a teaching principal Church of Ireland School under the patronage of the Bishop of Meath and Kildare. As such it is a Christian school in which the traditions and beliefs of the Anglican tradition inform its policies and practices. It provides a child-centred education as laid down in the Primary Curriculum of the Department of Education and Skills and it is fully recognised by that department.
Small numbers, close pupil-staff relationships, parental involvement and careful blending of structure with age appropriate personal freedom are designed to encourage pupils to assume as they grow older, increasing responsibility for their own growth and development. The core values of love of God and of neighbour are lived out in a spirit of honesty, fairness and respect for and appreciation of diversity.
The School’s primary aim is to service the Church of Ireland’s community within the parish and other mainstream Protestant or Reformed traditions of Christianity, while those of other faiths and none are welcomed.
St. David’s National School is a community where all pupils are equally valued and respected, irrespective of sex, social background, family circumstances, education achievement, physical characteristics, intellectual functioning, belief or non-belief. Pupils enjoy the advantages of the consistency provided by a small school and the advantages of personal support by being a member of an identifiable school and parish community. Pupils experience a sense of caring and belonging. They are treated fairly and their spiritual, moral and religious development is encouraged, as is their intellectual, social and academic development. The work of the school is conducted in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for religious differences.
The School is part of the local community and has strong links with the Parish. This, for example is shown by the fact that the pupils attend services in the local church and the Rector visits the school on a regular basis. Pupils from the school regularly attend the Annual Diocesan services and are encouraged to attend various Diocesan youth and children’s events.
St. David’s National School is a community where moral values such as honesty, truthfulness, justice, fairness, sensitivity to others and civic responsibility are nurtured and protected. The justifications of these qualities are based on Biblical teaching. The Patron, Board of Management, Staff, Pupils and Parents all have a role in preserving the ethos of the school and its connection with the local parish and Diocese.
St. David’s national School promotes a safe environment, nurturing all levels of ability and talent.
St. David’s National School maintains the highest standards with regard to current regulations regarding child protection.
Past history information indicates that the school was first located on the Main Street, Naas and moved to Dublin Road when a new school was built between March and November 1890 due to the premises being inadequate for the numbers of children attending. The school was named Naas (2) National School from 1890 to 1984. In 1984 the name of the school was unofficially changed from Naas (2) National School to St. David’s National School. It had been known locally as St. David’s School in the past, because the Rolls of Honour for the First World War refer to St. David’s School. Also in 1984 the school uniform was introduced consisting of grey trousers / skirts, jumpers with white or grey shirts and a grey / red / white tie, the red representing the St. David’s Welsh connection.
Since 2003 or earlier a new site for a new school was being pursued and after a long wait, our new school premises in Piper’s Hill opened on 31st August 2015 with a 6 classrooms, general purpose hall, library, sensory room, staffroom and office with modern technology.