In view of our Catholic ethos, St. Mary’s BNS prides itself in being a caring and inclusive school, rooted in local parish communities where we form a central part of everyday life. Committed to the development of the whole person, we hand on Christian values and a shared Irish culture to the next generation. The vision that underpins Catholic education is rooted in the life of Jesus Christ and emphasises that every person is made in the image of God. Parents, teachers and St. Mary’s parish work together in providing a child-centred education which includes preparation for the sacraments. Our Catholic school is regulated by the Department of Education and Skills through the national curriculum. The school teaches all aspects of the curriculum and is committed to a quality education built on the professionalism of teachers and other staff. Parents and other members of local communities have made significant financial and other contributions to our school over many generations. There are Catholic schools in almost every country in the world. Children from various backgrounds are welcomed into Catholic schools. The number varies from one place to another but respect for all religions and for people of no faith is an important part of the life of the school.