Section 1: Introduction: Ethos, Vision and Values of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is a boys post primary school in the western suburbs of Cork City. It is within the trusteeship of the Presentation Brothers School Trust (PBST). The Additional Educational Needs (AEN) Policy of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is published in accordance with the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs (EPSEN) Act 2004, Education Act 1998, the Education (Welfare) Act 2000 and the Equal Status Act 2000.
The policy is informed by best practice as outlined in all current and relevant Department of Education circulars and guidelines including NCSE Continuum of Support, Guidelines for Post-Primary Schools – Supporting Students with Special Educational Needs in Mainstream Schools, and Circulars 14/17 and 12/05. Accordingly, and in line with the Presentation Brothers School Trust charter document and the school’s Mission Statement, Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh welcomes all students with Additional and Special Educational Needs (AEN/SEN) for whom the school can provide an appropriate and inclusive education.
The AEN policy is intended to be read in conjunction with and exists alongside Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh’s other policy documents and ongoing initiatives. In particular: the PBST School Charter, the Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh School Mission Statement, the CSN Admissions Policy, CSN Whole School Guidance Policy, the CSN Code of Positive Behaviour and other related policies.
Ethos and Values:
The core values of Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh are the gospel values of caring, respect, inclusion and equality. These values combine to provide and support an atmosphere which is conducive to excellence in teaching and learning.
Our values are reflected in how we live together as a school community. The unique and intrinsic value of each member of the school community is recognised and respected. All are treated equally, regardless of race, gender, religion/belief, age, family status, marital status, civil status, sexual orientation, membership of minority cultures, ability, disability or socio-economic status.
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh, provides a safe physical and social environment that reinforces a strong sense of belonging to the school community. We strive to enable every student to realise their full potential regardless of any aspect of their identity, culture or background. We aim to foster growth of self-worth and confidence through development of the whole person, and also to equip students with life-skills, and grow towards leadership roles in society.
Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is a Catholic school which seeks to create a caring environment, in which Christian values permeate all aspects of school life and teachers and students find fulfilment. The school believes in the vital importance of respect and good relationships between teachers, students and parents and is conscious of its role in the broader community. We aim to:
- Promote academic excellence by encouraging all students to reach their full potential.
- Foster the growth of self-worth and confidence through the development of the whole person.
- Equip students with life-skills and develop their leadership qualities by enabling them to take up leadership roles.
- Nurture the importance of caring for the wellbeing of staff and students.
- Provide students with opportunities to live their faith through liturgies, and by engaging in social action programmes.
- Empower students to take responsibility for care of the environment.