School Ethos

  1. Kilkenny Church of Ireland National School is a community where all pupils are equally valued and respected – irrespective of sex, social background, family circumstances, educational achievement, physical characteristics or intellectual functioning. Pupils experience a sense of caring and belonging, they are treated fairly and their spiritual, moral and religious development is encouraged as is their intellectual, social and academic development.
  2. It is a community where moral values such as honesty, truthfulness, justice, fairness, sensitivity to others, and civic responsibility are nurtured and protected. The justification of these qualities is based on Biblical teaching interpreted by the Church.
  3. Kilkenny Church of Ireland National School is a part of the local community and has strong links with the Parish. This, for example, is shown by the fact that pupils attend service in the local church and the clergy visit the school on a regular basis.
  4. The work of the school is conducted in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for religious differences.
  5. Religious Education occupies a central position in the school curriculum and is regarded as a core subject; generally speaking all pupils in the school participate in Religious Education classes. The teaching of religious doctrine is restricted to specify times in the school timetable. The “Follow Me” Religious Education programme is taught throughout the school.
  6. Kilkenny Church of Ireland National School is one where the traditions and teaching of our Church inform the position taken in regard to moral issues which arise in the teaching of secular subjects.
  7. The school nurtures freedom of thought and a personal relationship with God. This is most evident in the teaching of Religious Education, and in the prayer life of the school community. Pupils should find in our school an environment which promotes all types of abilities and talents.

Kilkenny Church of Ireland National School, being one of the two Church of Ireland National Schools in the County, draws its pupils from an area within an 18 mile radius.