ethos statement

The ‘ethos’ of St Aidan’s School encompasses collective attitudes, beliefs, core values, traditions, aspirations and goals. These are reflected in the actual practices which are carried out in the school on a daily, weekly and yearly basis. While it is impossible to outline all aspects of the school ‘ethos’, the following characteristics are experienced and promoted as essential elements in the establishment of a supportive and positive ‘ethos’.

  • In St Aidan’s School, where the ethos is that of a Catholic school, religious instruction, in accordance with the doctrine and tradition of the Catholic Church is part of the education given to children who belong to that Church
  • The pupils are prepared for the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation, in accordance with arrangements in the diocese
  • Prayer is a feature of the school day
  • The school aims at promoting the full and harmonious development of all aspects of the pupil, including his relationship with God, with other people and with the environment
  • The Principal and teaching staff aim at maintaining high professional standards and creating a safe and happy environment
  • A spirit of mutual respect is promoted within the school community. Pupils are drawn by example and teaching to appreciate and respect people of different religious affiliations and of different nationalities.
  • Close contact is maintained between school and home. Parents / guardians and teachers support one another and collaborate with one another in leading the children to the fullness of their potential at the different stages.
  • It is our wish that all visitors to the school would sense, upon entering the premises, the warmth, friendship and collegiality of the whole school community.


This policy is in operation with Board approval since June 2012


St. Aidan’s S.N.S. is a primary school, under Patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin, committed to the education and development of each pupil. We welcome pupils of all denominations and from every culture and social background. We strive to foster each child's physical, intellectual and spiritual development.We recognise that every child has a right to equal opportunity in education and have special concern for children in difficult circumstances and with special needs.We promote self-worth, love of learning, personal responsibility and the belief that we can make our world a better place. As a staff, we relate in a Christian caring way to each other, thus providing an example to our pupils. In valuing the importance of partnership between staff, parents, management and community, we strive to be open welcoming and accepting to all. Our school plays an active part in developing a sense of community - Brookfield!

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