Welcome back to the new school year after an extremely successful and productive 2019. Feel free to browse through our new website for news and other school related matters. We are still not fully completed but bear with us.
We have so many plans, initiatives and activites lined up for the year ahead (2020) to keep all of our pupils, parents and teachers on their toes. We are placing a strong emphasis on I.T. (with all classes from junior infants-6th class receiving 6 weeks of training in computer skills and digital literacy from a I.T. teacher over the course of the 2019-2020 year). We are also focusing on wellbeing and wellness as part of our SSE (School Self Evaluation) for 2019-2020. We will be looking to make improvements in the areas of school culture, being more active throughout the day and taking more responsibility for keeping our school environment neat and tidy ('As a team we will keep our school clean'). Of course we will have all of our subject areas to focus on as well as our after-school activites (Sport, Art, Drama, Orchestra and after-school lessons, Irish Dancing, Science Club, Spanish lessons, Chamber choir etc.) and field trips to keep us busy throughout the year ahead.
We are designating 2020 the year of Music, culture and the Arts. We have a huge variety of programmes planned. In January alone, we have engaged the services of The Mobile Music School to conduct 10 week lessons with 6 of our classes, The 'Moon and Sixpence' theatre company are visiting the school on the 9th and our 4th,5th and 6th class pupils are going to take part in confidence building/public speaking seminars on the 8th. Our newly formed chamber choir are going to take part in the Laudate Festival at the end of January as part of Catholic Schools' Week. Our school orchestra will kick off the 2020 season with their annual benefit concert in St. Peter's Church on the 1st of March (to be confimed). They will also take part in collaborations with other schools and will travel outside of Dublin for the first time this year. To cap off term 2, we are currently drafting a script for a whole school musical (in the run up to the Easter Holidays). The culmination of our year of Music and the Arts will be marked with a Gala Concert in St. Peter's Church on the 21st of November to mark 10 years of the strings' project in our school.
More details of different programmes will follow shortly-busy times ahead!!!!
The school that now stands on St Peter’s Road, adjacent to the famous Dalymount Park, did not begin on that road. At first situated in the crypt of the old church, it was Phibsborough’s first Catholic school and was set up to counter the influence of the four Protestant schools that existed in the area as well as to educate the poor children of the district. Founded by a group of concerned locals, its work in giving many of the city’s disadvantaged children a good start in life continues today.
The original establishment in the crypt of the church predated the Vincentians when a committee made up of a group of locals founded it in 1822. In October that year work began on the site at the junction of the North Circular Road and New Cabra Avenue and in September 1826, the school opened for Catechism classes on Sundays. It expanded the following February when a schoolmaster was taken on and a day school was set up for poor boys and girls. Such was the demand in the area that within a few months there were 230 boys and 160 girls on the rolls.