Philosophy and Ethos

Philosophy and Ethos


OUR VISION: is that of a caring, loving Catholic School where all children, whatever their ability, race or creed are cherished
for their uniqueness.

Our School seeks to give equal opportunity to all children to reach their full potential - academically, spiritually, physically, socially and emotionally.

We endeavour to achieve this goal in a climate of positive cooperation, supported by the entire school community of pupils, teachers, support staff, parents / guardians, Board of Management and Parish.

We believe our school should be a place of Love, Laughter and Learning.


The staff of St. Mark’s Junior School seek actively, through word and action,to create a happy climate of physical, emotional, social and intellectual security for students, staff and parents / guardians. In this way teaching and learning can take place within the context of mutual valuing and respecting relationships.


We seek to promote an ethos which is:

Welcoming, tolerant, open, listening, safe, caring, inclusive, aesthetically pleasing and fun.

We are proactive in our efforts to achieve this environment through our language and our actions. The teachers see parents / guardians as partners in this process.

The teachers of St. Mark’s Junior School see education not just as providing students with knowledge and skills but also as providing for the all round development of the individual. We seek to help every child meet their true potential.

We believe each child has a unique and special contribution to make. We believe every child matters.

We strive to develop independence in our students together with the ability to self evaluate, self motivate and internalise discipline. We want our students to be happy with themselves, others and their world.

We want our pupils to enjoy school.

We endeavour to achieve quality in all that we do.

These aspirations can only be achieved through the cooperation of students, teachers, support staff, parents / guardians, Board of Management and Parish.

We believe it takes a village to raise a child.

St. Mark's Junior School,
Dublin 24,

01 451 2076

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