St Mary’s J.N.S. is a co-educational primary school under the patronage of the Catholic Archbishop of Dublin in the parish of Blessington, Crosschapel and Kilbride and is under the trusteeship of the Board of Management. The school was founded in 1882 as a single stream linear school and developed into a Junior National School in September 2007. We work in partnership with our sister school “St Mary’s S.N.S”
School’s Characteristic Spirit:
We believe that each person is a unique creation of God and we therefore respect and care for his or her individual needs.
We believe that the underlying principle and the source of strength in our school is fidelity to the Christian values of:
• Respect for self, others and the wider world.
We respect the diverse cultural backgrounds and faiths of our community and endeavor at every opportunity to build positive relationships between school, parish and home.
We aim to nurture the faith of our pupils by providing quality teaching and learning within the frameworks of the Grow in Love and Let the Children Come to Me programs.
Extra Curricular Activities:
We aim to foster the children’s interests in a wide variety of activities such as:
• Gaelic games
• Regular visits to Blessington Library
• School library
• Music- recorder and wind instruments with Mr. Terry Clancy. Our pupils in second are learning the tinwhistle.
• Fundraising for charities
• Fun events
Each class enjoys the latest teaching methodologies through interactive whiteboards and they are proving to be both highly effective and thoroughly enjoyable.
Pupils of St. Mary's Junior School enjoy the informal use of Gaeilge as a spoken language and reap the benefits of learning about our culture and our traditions. These are celebrated in a special way during our annual Seachtain na Gaeilge in March.
Green Flag news. We were awarded the national title of Junior School of the Year for our work on the Transport module of the Green Schools Program. We have also successfully completed the following modules-Litter and Waste Management, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Water Conservation and Green Homes. In 2015 – 2017 we are working on our 6th flag and are focusing on Bio Diversity.
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