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Pastoral Care


The values of Catholic Education permeate all areas of St. John’s.  Pupils receive the

sacraments ensuring spiritual, religious, academic, emotional and physical growth.


We are proud of the warm, friendly and inviting atmosphere, which makes our school a happy

and safe educational environment for our pupils,staff and parents.


We provide a challenging and stimulating learning environment in which our pupils are

motivated to work to the best of their abilities. We as a staff strive to ensure that our

pupils reach and go beyond their full potential.


At St. John’s we aim to produce confident and independent learners who can be proud of their culture and traditions.


Our pupils set very high standards for themselves in behaviour and good manners. We have

positive reinforcement and reward schemes. ensuring there is a disciplined, secure and safe

atmosphere that is conducive to high quality teaching and learning.


Children are recognised for their good behaviour from they enter school until they leave each




Merit Awards

Childrens’ efforts are recognised informally on many occasions each day and formally during

our weekly Friday Assembly with weekly Merit Awards.



Golden Time

As a reward for the excellent behaviour demonstrated on a daily basis our pupils are entitled to

a period of Golden Time on Friday afternoon. Different activities are arranged throughout the

school including

  • Art Time
  • Sports Time
  • Computer Time
  • Reading Time
  • Free PlayTime


Children are encouraged to make their own choices and avail of this independent and choice

making facility.


Buddy System

We place great importance on friendship and children working together.


As a school community we encourage the older children in school to look out for and take a

particular interest in the younger members of our school community. The bigger children can

be seen playing with their younger counterparts on a daily basis in our playground each day,

ensuring no one is left out of games or playground activities.


We have a system in place where the Primary 7 pupils, having been trained by the visiting

sports coaches and teachers in school, organise the primary 1 & 2 pupils into games and

activities during their lunch break.


We have found this initiative to be mutually beneficial to both sets of pupils. The older children

being given responsibility and the younger children being active and fully involved to help

develop their social skills.


Objectives for our Pastoral Care Programme

   - To develop in children self-confidence and a positive image of themselves

   - To help children understand themselves and their stages of physical and emotional growth

   - To encourage the development of attitudes such as co-operation, tolerance, commitment

     and consideration for others

   - To give children responsibility and ownership of their environment

   - To enable children to make a positive contribution to family life, relationships with peers

     and with others in the community

   - To ensure that children are safe, secure and happy in a friendly ethos



Children's Behaviour

The pupils of St. John’s are exceptionally well behaved and show excellent discipline both

inside and outside of school.  We regularly are approached on school excursions by people

wishing to pass on their admiration for our pupils' exemplary behaviour.


Our behaviour policy  is consistently and fairly applied by all adults who work in our school. 

On occasion when pupils have to be reminded of the school rules, this will be done quietly and

calmly with the objective of getting the pupil back on tract and focused to their work.


Positive measures outlining good behaviour are spoken of in class each day through our

Religious Programme and highlighted through children’s performances during assemblies.                    


We ask the children to follow some simple rules at St John's: 

  • I will always try my best 
  • I will show respect for myself and everyone else in school
  • I will try to be well behaved at all times
  • I will take care of my belongings and show respect towards school property
  • I will respect the belongings of others
  • I will keep my school tidy and clean
  • I will try my best to be a good friend
  • I will be aware of how my actions will affect other people in school