Academic Calendar 2023-2024

TERM STARTS

WEDNESDAY 30th AUGUST at 08:35. Gate opens 08:25.

MID TERM BREAK

School closes on FRIDAY 27th OCTOBER 14:15.
School Re-opens MONDAY 6th NOVEMBER at 08:35. 
Gate opens at 08:25.

PARENT TEACHER MEETINGS

13th November-24th November. Teachers will be in touch nearer time to organise meeting roster.

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon Friday 22nd DECEMBER
School Re-opens Monday 8th JANUARY at 8.35am.
Gate opens at 08:25.

SAINT BRIGID'S DAY BANK HOLIDAY

Monday 5th February. School Closed.

MID TERM BREAK

School closes FRIDAY 9th FEBRUARY at 14:15.
School Re-opens MONDAY 19th FEBRUARY at 08:35.

Gate opens at 08:25.

ST PATRICK'S DAY

School closes MONDAY 18th MARCH.

EASTER HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon FRIDAY March 22nd.  
School Re-opens MONDAY 8th APRIL at 8.35.
Gate opens at 08:25.

MAY BANK HOLIDAY

School closed Monday 6th MAY & TUESDAY 7th MAY.
School reopens Wednesday 8th May at 08:35.
Gate opens at 08:25.

ANNUAL STANDARDISED TESTING

Last three weeks of May.
Monday 13th May-Friday 31st May.

JUNE BANK HOLIDAY

School closed MONDAY 3rd & TUESDAY 4th JUNE 
School Re-opens WEDNESDAY 5th JUNE at 08:35.
Gate opens at 08:25.

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon on Friday 28th JUNE

Details regarding Staff Training Days, First Holy Communion, Confirmation & 6th Class Graduation will be shared when we have dates.

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Grotto Place, Booterstown, Co. Dublin A94 AC97
01-2886830
Thursday, May 23, 2024
01-2886830
8:35 - 14:15
  01-2886830

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 Skills 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 present and coming school academic year.

Mol an Óige agus Tiocfaidh Sí. Praise youngsters and they will thrive!

Kind Regards, 

Mr Noel Scully.


Principal