Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to St. Mary’s! Fáilte go Scoil Mhuire!
St Mary’s BNS all boys’ Catholic primary school for boys from Junior Infants to Sixth class. We have a long and proud tradition of educating boys in Booterstown, Co Dublin. We at St. Mary’s BNS are committed to educating the whole child, and our broad school curriculum and ethos focuses not only on the academic, but also on the spiritual, the creative, and the physical development of our boys. Our curriculum, based on the Department of Education and Skill primary syllabus, is both traditional and innovative and is supplemented by a variety of social, cultural, sporting, and charitable activities. Our talented and supportive staff, through all of their contacts with our pupils, promote the Gospel values of inclusion, an enthusiasm for life, a pursuit of excellence, for learning and for individual growth within a closely-knit and supportive school community.
Our school environment is an inviting place to play, learn and grow. For young primary children in particular, its compact scale is manageable. From the classroom to the school’s adventure trail, to the park, to our very own local foreshore and wooded areas, our teachers provide our pupils with engaging lessons and experiences in a caring and supportive ethos.
As a suburban primary school located in the inclusive Booterstown community and situated close to city centre cultural and educational facilities, we use our unique geographic position to its fullest by taking many field trips which complement the curriculum. In addition, we offer a full range of extra-curricular activities, which provide our pupils with opportunities to socialise with their peers and experience group activities. Our international links with other Comenius and Erasmus+ schools has enhanced the quality of our teaching and learning as well as creating a greater understanding of the ordinary lives of our fellow Europeans.
Parents are important in St. Mary’s. Originally founded in 1852, St. Mary's always strives to maintain open and honest communication between parents and teachers. If you have any questions or concerns or need more information about any area of school life, always feel free to contact your son's classroom teacher to arrange a meeting or telephone the school office to arrange for an appointment.
Newcomers to the school will have an exciting year ahead. We welcome returning pupils back to a new school year. All pupils have the advantage of joining a closely-knit community whose small size allows us to get to know each boy as an individual. We hope that your son will feel the same way about the school. Junior Infants, in particular, will have their first experience of a regular school schedule. They will be so busy in their class that it is doubtful that they will have too much time to dwell on feelings of being separated from home, but it is important to acknowledge such feelings if they arise.
Once again, may I extend a warm welcome to both new and returning St. Mary’s families for the 2019-2020 school year. We look forward to continued contact and communication with all of you.
Mol an Óige agus tiocfaidh sí. Praise youngsters and they will thrive!
Robert B. O’Connor