School Development Plan: A Vision for the next Five Years

All of the communities that make up the school; the children, the teachers, the parents, the care-workers, the Board of Management, DES Inspectorate and the Patron Body ( Educate Together) are invited to become involved in a collaborative process aimed at devising a School Development Plan that will guide the school in its parctice over the coming five years. Already the school is given excellent guidance by a National Curriculum ( 1998 Revised Curriculum) and by the seminal documents “What is an Educate Together?” (booklet, including the Educate Togerther Charter) and by the “Learn Together: The ethical curriculum of Eductae Together Schools”. However, the school must make these curricula and principles come to life and be visible in the daily practice of the school. The school’s first five-year plan ( 2005-2010) imagined the setting up of a number of protocols, flagship activities, policy directions, policy priorities all of which are visible in the life of the school on a day-to-day basis and across the calendar of the school year. Initiatives such as our Arts Week, our Human Rights Month, Our Get Active Week, After-School Programmes and our policies on discipline, enrolment, anti-bullying, multiculturalism, home-school liaison etc are examples of these. But as with any institution there is value in self-reflection and evaluation by others. Perhaps there are new directions that the school should embark upon? Perhaps there are initiatives that are being currently undertaken that could be replaced by new projects and ventures? That is what this process is all about and we look forward to your input and engagement.

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