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. We celebrated our 75th birthday in 2019.
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.