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St Mary's Primary School
& Nursery Unit, Cushendall

Mission Statement & Aims

Mission Statement

“At St Mary’s Primary School we are firmly committed to promoting the spiritual, academic, social, physical and aesthetic development of all our children. We wish to create a safe, caring and Christian environment where all our children will have the opportunity to develop individual talents and realise their full potential. We wish to nurture in every child a positive self-image, a respect for others, their property and environment. We aim to establish a community wherein pupils, teachers, parents and support staff are valued and enjoy a sense of belonging.”

The Aims of the School

  • We at St Mary’s are aware of the need to help our children manage their present lives, as well as to help them prepare for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, so we endeavour to provide for the development of the child as a person as well as a learner.
  • We aim to develop our pupils’ ‘life skills’ - critical thinking, decision making, effective communication, learning from mistakes, which are so necessary for their health and safety in today’s society.
  • We aim to provide a caring commitment to guide and advise our pupils on both personal and educational matters and seek to build a community of children who care about each other and show respect for themselves and others.
  • The Staff of St Mary’s aim to build a special relationship with, and a knowledge of, the children in their care and thus endeavour to raise the pupils’ social awareness, promote positive attitudes and build their self-esteem.
  • Pastoral work of the class teacher will come from their partnership with colleagues, local priests, educational welfare officers, community police, the school nurse and other outside agencies.
  • We aim to promote a partnership and a close working relationship with parents / guardians whose views and wishes as prime carers will be heard and respected to enable us to support their children’s learning.
  • We aim to offer a framework of values and positive behaviour enabling our children to be self-reliant, motivated, self-disciplined and to make choices in a moral context.