CDVEC believes that our purpose, beliefs, principles and goals, as set out in our Education Plan, are entirely compatible with that of a community national school. We have an ethos that clearly expresses our respect for diversity, our commitment to
inclusiveness, to the holistic development of each student and to community and parental involvement. We put the student at the centre of what we do and we manage and deliver our services in an open, honest and transparent manner. We believe that education is a key response to addressing social inclusion and that communities should be consulted in the development and delivery of our services to them.
What is a Community National School?
A Community National School is one which is founded in local communities. These schools are child centred, inclusive, multi-belief, State supported schools which strive to provide a high quality primary education for every child in line with the Primary School Curriculum and guidelines laid down by the Department of Education and Skills.
The first Community National Schools were opened in 2008 in Phibblestown and Porterstown in Co. Dublin. Three further schools in Naas, Co.Kildare, Navan, Co. Meath and Balbriggan, Co. Dublin, opened in September 2010 with additional schools likely to come on stream in the coming years.
Vision: A Community National School is a caring learning environment where each child is welcomed, respected, cherished and facilitated in reaching their full potential whatever their background, nationality or faith.
Their mission is to provide a new model of primary education that reflects Ireland in the 21st Century.
Ethos: A Community National School is one where:
- The school becomes a centre of the local community
- Children are encouraged and supported in living their lives to the full
- High standards are the goal in teaching and learning
- Everybody is valued and treated with respect
- Diversity is recognised and celebrated
- Respect for plurality of faiths is seen as integral to the daily routine of the school
For more information go to www.cns.ie