Castleknock Educate Together National School started simply as an ambition of a few interested parents in the community who organised a public meeting in November 1998 in co-operation with the national Educate Together body. A very positive response led to a pre-enrolment day in February 1999. The large pre-enrolment numbers confirmed a need for an additional national school in the Dublin 15 area with an Educate Together ethos. Approximately 10 months later the school opened its doors in temporary premises with 2 classrooms and 2 teachers, Dermot P. Higgins, Principal and Lucy Keaveney, First Assistant Teacher.
We moved into our new permanent building in April 2007. Dermot resigned his position and Aedín Ní Thuathail was appointed Principal Teacher of the school in September 2008. In November 2008 the Outreach classes opened for 12 children with Autism. The school completed its enrolment in September 2009 with its second 6th class stream. The school has a wonderful teaching staff of 27 teachers and is supported by many invaluable ancillary staff members including Siobhán in our school office, Alben our caretaker, 10 special needs assistants, 2 bus escorts and Ann our lollipop lady. The school has won many awards over the years including science, creative schools, FÍS, centre of excellence for Autism as well as its 5th Green Flag in June 2013.
Our school is a member of the Educate Together sector. As an Educate Together school we are guided by the four main principles as follows: multi-denominational, co-educational, child-centred and democratically run. These principles are explained in detail in the link “Educate Together Ethos“. The school promotes a respect for people from all social and cultural groups and for all religious and non-religious beliefs.
The school was established by a group of interested parents who started an association and then formed a limited company as the school patron. The formation of a limited company is a requirement of the Department of Education and Science.The Executive committee was the patron of the school and the guardian of its ethos until June 2008.
The school handed over the Patronage to Educate Together’s National Office who is the current school Patron. The Board of Management looks after the day to day running of the school. The Board is comprised of the Principal Teacher, a teacher nominee, 2 parent nominees, 2 patron nominees (to include the Chairperson) and 2 members of the wider school community.
A Parents’ Association was set up in the school over the years to support the school and this changed to a Parent-Teacher Association in September 2013.
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 Department of Education and Skills require us to provide an ethos development programme in the school. We call this our Learn Together programme. It supports and implements the guiding principles of the school by covering a wide range of areas to include belief systems, moral and spiritual, ethics and the environment and justice and equality strands.
The School Hours
The hours are as follows:
Junior & Senior Infants: 9:00am – 1:40 pm
1st Class to 6th Class: 9:00am – 2:40 pm
There are 2 breaks scheduled during the school day. There is a mid-morning break and a half hour lunch break. There is a healthy eating policy within the school.
There is a no uniform policy in the school. Children are encouraged to wear clothing suited to their activities during the school day and in line with health & safety requirements.
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.
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.