St. Finbarr’s is a DEIS Band 1 school which allows for smaller class sizes, school completion programme and increased supports and resources. The ethos of our school is to foster the full potential of all our students in caring and supportive environment. The school was opened in 1943 and is under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin. This year we are celebrating our 75th birthday.
We are a catholic school and promote the development of our boys both academically, spiritually, emotionally and socially. While St. Finbarr’s is a school with a Catholic ethos, it also gives due recognition to all other religions and cultures. Our aim is to provide our boys with the tools they need to participate fully within society. Sacramental preparation, involving the home, the school and the parish is undertaken by the teachers and Sr. Philomena, who is based in the parish.
We have 9 teachers, an administrative principal, four Learning Support/Resource teachers, a Home School Liaison teacher, 7 SNAs and a School Completion Coordinator.
As a feeder school for St. Declan’s College, sixth class pupils usually transfer there for their secondary school education. Cabra Community College have been enrolling first year students since September 2013.
We have a Dublin Bus bursary which is awarded to our Student of the Year annually. This bursary is awarded each year to our pupils who remain in secondary school, as we strongly encourage all of our pupils to complete their education in secondary school. EBS awards are given to the pupil of the year in each class and we celebrate this in June at an Award ceremony in the school.
Pastoral care is a core element of our school, and parents are always welcome to actively participate in school life.
Our school has a Home School Liaison coordinator and parents are encouraged to participate in activities both for themselves and for their children
We have forged a number of links with industry over the last number of years, such as Intel and IBM. Our school has benefited greatly from these links, being awarded a number of very high spec computers for the children.
Other strong links that we have maintained are with Dublin City University. A number of our boys have participated in the CTY programmes and the Mission V interactive learning programme. We have regular contact with their Access programme.
I hope that you are all well and safe. We are living in very difficult times. I understand that juggling life’s demands is particularly challenging at present. There are different contexts for each family, with some caring for elderly relatives, some working from home and some people with the worry of losing their jobs. In light of this, the school understands that your circumstances will dictate what you can or cannot provide for your child in the home at this time. No-one is expecting you to be a teacher, but we are aware of concerns parents have around their children’s education. We will support you in every way that we can.
My advice is that education happens in lots of different ways, so don’t be hard on yourself or feel guilty if it’s not happening daily. There’s more to education than curriculum and books. Your child may pick up other useful skills during these weeks. Your focus at this time is of course to keep your family safe and happy.
Some parents have expressed an interest in a more structured timetable of suggested activities for their child. There is a wealth of resources available on the web, but we are aware of everyone feeling overwhelmed and we don’t want to contribute further to this. We have put a timetable up on our website for those who are looking for more structure in their day, but it is only a suggested timetable and is totally optional.
The staff is continuing to support the learning that will be taking place at home. We are exploring a number of online options at the moment and we will be in touch via school text. We will set up a facility for you to contact teachers in the coming weeks in case you have any problems or need support. Please keep an eye on the website for updates, and if anyone needs to talk to us, the school mobile is on 087-9004025 (Ms. Daly), and the school email email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org ( Eoin 089-4987936) and these are regularly being checked during school hours.
We are missing the daily interaction with the boys and look forward to re-opening the school when it is safe to do so. Stay safe and keep well and remember that we will bounce back from this and we will be stronger as a result. Enjoy the Easter break and take the time to rest if you are working from home.
Take care everyone,
Maeve and Staff