A Message from the Principal

Message from Principal

St. Francis of Assisi Primary School, Belmayne, which opened in 2008, caters for boys and girls from Junior Infants to 6th Class. It is a Catholic school, where everything we do is inspired by Christian values. The school is a pleasant and safe environment where there is mutual respect among and between staff and pupils and where everyone’s talents and gifts are recognized, nurtured and developed. The atmosphere in the school is one of happiness and friendliness, and the school motto ‘Be the best you can be’ motivates all of us to give of our best at all times.

A full, balanced curriculum, as set down by the Department of Education and Skills, is delivered to allow each child to develop his / her full potential. As we work through our seventh school year, we strive to be a centre for excellence in teaching and learning with high academic standards. But it is not only the academic with which we are concerned. The whole child is important in our school. The physical, cultural, moral, social, linguistic and spiritual aspects of our pupils are also our concern. A broad co-curricular programme has been established in the school, with activities taking place both within and after school hours. All children take part in weekly Speech and Drama classes and Descant Recorder is taught to children in classes from 1st to 6th as part of a comprehensive music curriculum. After-school activities include Irish Dancing, French, Art and Craft, Music (where children are prepared for Royal Irish Academy Examinations), Computers and Basketball. We have a Gaelic Football squad comprising pupils from 3rd to 6th Class. All children also have the opportunity of taking part in Gaelic Skills Training within school hours as part of the Development Programme of Trinity Gaels GAA Club. The school’s Green School Committee meet once a week and we have achieved two Green Flag awards.  We are awaiting our third award on the theme ‘Water.’

In St. Francis of Assisi, Belmayne, children develop self-confidence, self-belief and self discipline. When they leave our school after 6th Class, each child can stand tall, proud of what he / she has become and what he / she has achieved. In addition, children have a solid foundation, spiritually, socially and morally, on which to build as they journey through life.

There is a spirit of openness and dialogue in the school, and teachers, parents and other partners in education work together for the greater good of the children. We are fortunate to have a staff of dedicated, energetic and talented teachers whose care of all the children in the school is highly commendable. The staff is supported in their work by our wonderful Parent Teacher Association and the Board of Management, under the Chair of Mr Micheál Ó Braonáin.

It is exciting to be involved in the development of a school from the start. It is, indeed, an honour for me to lead such a vibrant and enthusiastic school community.  St. Francis of Assisi is a school which children and staff are happy to call their own, and of which they, parents and the wider community are, justifiably, proud. William Butler Yeats, speaking about education, said; ‘Education is not about the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire’. In our school, we light that spark every day. Together, we make it happen!

Assumpta Kerins