Introductory Statement:

This policy was drawn up by the Principal, teachers and Parents/Guardians of St. Paul’s N.S. Walshestown at a series of consultative meetings which took place between March 2010 and June 2010



The school acknowledges that Parents/Guardians are the primary educators of their children. This policy seeks to accentuate the relationship between the school and the Parents/Guardians and to develop communication.

‘The school is regarded as an extension of the home and an active partnership between Parents/Guardians and teachers makes this a reality, especially in the eyes of the young child, who is the central figure.

Research shows that parental interests and attitudes to school, to books and to education are the single most important influence on a child’s learning’.

Parents/Guardians Association – Making them Work, NPC-P

The relationship between Parents/Guardians and the school is outlined in several sections of the Education Act 1988. In particular, it should be noted that the school is required to:

  • Promote the moral, spiritual, social and personal development of students and provide health education for them, in consultation with their Parents/Guardians, having regard to the characteristic spirit of the school.
  • Manage the school on behalf of the patron and for the benefit of the students and their Parents/Guardians and to provide or cause to be provided an appropriate education for each student at the school for which that Board has responsibility.


Relationship to Characteristic Spirit of the School

The Mission Statement of St. Paul’s N.S. is:

  • To develop in each pupil the highest level of attainment in all areas of the curriculum, consistent with each child’s ability.
  • To develop in each pupil a manner of behaviour which incorporates
  • An attitude for caring for and responsibility to other people.
  • Moral values and spiritual development consistent with the Christian ethos of the school.
  • A High degree of self-esteem and self-worth.
  • An awareness of the environment.

This work can best be done where there is a high level of co-operation between school and Parents/Guardians.



Through the implementation of this policy we strive to:

  • Build a school community committed to supporting all the pupils.
  • Establish procedures for the sharing of information between school and Parents/Guardians.
  • Enrich and extend the educational opportunities provided for pupils by encouraging the involvement of Parents/Guardians.