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St. Paul’s Primary School, Belfast

Mission Statement

At St.Paul’s Primary School it is our privilege and responsibility to bring children to know God and understand the teaching and tradition of the Church. We are committed to offering a high quality educational experience to enable our children to become full contributing members of society.

As a Rights Respecting School we aim to teach the children that they have rights under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). From this starting point they also learn their responsibility to respect others' rights in the community. The ethos created in school works in unison with our mission statement as a Catholic school and demonstrates to the children the inclusiveness of being a rights-respecting school.

To achieve these aims we will:

  • Create a warm welcoming atmosphere and extend this to all.
  • Value and support each other in a caring school community, which strives to live by and foster Gospel values.
  • Recognise and celebrate the gifts and talents of all. (Article 29- Education must develop every child’s personality, talents and abilities to the full.)Help the children to extend the respect and understanding they experience within the school to the wider community.
  • Work in partnership with our local parishes to support parents in their task as primary educators of their children.
  • Builds on basic rights a child has such as the right to:-
Survival, develop to the fullest, protection from harmful influences abuse and exploitation participate fully in family, cultural and social life (Article 3-The best interests of the child must be a top priority in all things that affect children)

 

RATIONALE 

  • To provide a secure and orderly atmosphere, which respects children’s rights, where effective learning and teaching can take place in a mutually respectful environment, which strives to foster Gospel values.

 

PURPOSES

  • To enable children to experience the love of God in the persons and actions of the adults in whose care they have been placed
  • To promote good habits in attendance, behaviour and discipline
  • To encourage all parents to support good attendance and behaviour
  • To work with parents in helping children to learn to take responsibility for their actions; and to think of the consequences
  • To provide drugs education as part of the Health Education programme
  • To ensure staff consistency in applying our code of behaviour
  • To help promote a positive atmosphere for all pupils regardless of ability or aptitude
  • To embrace our diversity, and because every child has their rights laid down in the convention we celebrate our diversity by learning about all the cultures, religions and celebrations that make up our great school
  • To provide recognition and reward for positive achievements
  • To encourage children to speak out when they are being wrongly treated in the sure knowledge they will be listened to and supported
  • To recognise procedures for early intervention