29th JUNE 2017



Welcome to John Scottus Primary and Secondary School, Old Conna – a new private primary and secondary school for girls and boys opening for South Dublin / North Wicklow in September 2017. 

On the night, you will meet the Director of Education for the Primary School, Mary Telford and the Principal of the Secondary School, Dr. Declan Kelly, who will present all the essential information that parents need to know. 
John Scottus aims for our pupils to flourish both personally and academically so they can develop their gifts and contribute creatively to the world around them. 
Come and meet other parents in the community, chat over refreshments and tour our beautiful school campus. 

To give us a sense of numbers, please RSVP to primaryoldconna@johnscottus.ie 

At John Scottus School, we provide children with a rich learning environment and an excellent education that is underpinned by our five core values of Unity, Spirituality, Spirit of Enquiry, Service and Love. The opening of the Primary School in Old Conna in 2017 marks our 31st year in spiritual ethos-based education, with our existing  primary and secondary schools having run successfully in the heart of Dublin 4 since 1986.

An education at John Scottus helps a child discover their true nature and grow up with a sense of confidence in themselves and awareness of their potential, academically and personally. In this setting, we foster competency in listening, speaking, reading, writing and numeracy to the best ability of each child and at their own pace.

Ethos based education

John Scottus School is multi-denominational and we welcome those of all faiths and those of none. We see spirituality as the true essence of every human being. This means that alongside the fundamentals of a strong curriculum, children are given practices that develop their capacity for stillness, awareness, focus and enquiry. We see these as essential tools for living a fulfilled life and supporting the child as he/she grows and develops through their childhood.

What your child will experience

Relationships are fundamental to the John Scottus education and to the community that families become part of when they join the school.  We take particular care with the relationship between the child and the teacher and endeavour to keep class sizes small and the teacher : pupil ratio small enough to develop a personal connection with your child. We find that rhe benefits to this strong, close relationship between teacher and pupil is felt across all areas of the child’s education as they progress through school.

We work to create an environment in which each child can flourish both personally and in their learning. Therefore we expand our focus to nurture the physical and mental development of the child and also their emotional and spiritual development.

The academic focus in the early years is on literacy and numeracy competencies.

Our curriculum is informed by, but not restricted to, the National Curriculum for Primary Schools and also includes:

  • Philosophy,
  • Practices for stillness
  • Nature study and the environment,
  • Language, music and the creative arts,
  • Physical well-being and healthy eating

Practical information

Infants Class – Junior and Senior

School Day      8:30am – 2pm

School Year    Closes first week in June for the summer break, until September

School Staff    One Teacher, together with close support from the Director of Education

The school day will include Assembly which typically includes philosophy, stillness exercises, singing and prayers from different cultures around the world.

As nutrition is key to physical well-being, a vegetarian lunch is provided to all pupils each day.

After School

An After School will be made available pending demand from parents.


  • Navy school jacket
  • JS navy tracksuit top
  • JS navy tracksuit bottoms
  • JS royal blue polo shirt
  • JS  navy shorts
  • Navy socks
  • Runners: plain white/ navy/ black
  • Outdoor boots/wellies

Natural Environment of Old Conna

The Primary School is co-located on the John Scottus Old Conna Campus with the Secondary School. Use of facilities will be partitioned and timetabled so that the Primary School has access to sports fields and grounds, as well as a designated play area for breaks and play time.


The fees for Junior and Senior Infants are €4,800 per year.

Registration and Enquiries

John Scottus Primary Secretary: Brigid Mallon on 01-660 9309

Or if you’d like more information on Old Conna or have any questions, please send us an email to primaryoldconna@johnscottus.ie



Our vision is to provide a rich learning environment that enhances students’ lives and the lives of our wider community and society.  Supporting our vision are core values which we believe help to set a strong foundation for a meaningful life and success in the world – unity, spirituality, the spirit of enquiry, service and love.


Our mission is for John Scottus to be an inspiring centre of learning that invites our pupils, parents, teachers and broader society to come to know their true Self. We aim for our pupils to flourish personally and academically. We encourage our students to discover and develop their unique gifts so they can contribute creatively to the world around them.



We celebrate the concept of oneness and interconnection, as found in many great traditions from the East and the West.


We see our students and each other as spiritual beings. We acknowledge that there is a deeper presence beyond that of the body, mind and heart.

The Spirit of Enquiry

We encourage the Socratic Method of discussion to train the mind and open the heart, developing the power of reason and learning through self-discovery.


We enable our student’s growth into responsible global citizens by encouraging social awareness of the world around us and our relationship to it.


We endeavour to meet each person and situation from a place of love, first. We believe all of our students to be intelligence and love in action.


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