Academic Subjects

We teach the full DES curriculum:
English, Irish, Maths, Art, Music, Drama, PE, SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) and
SESE (Social, Environmental and Scientific Education)

Due to the longer day we can devote more time to these subjects.
For example, every child has three PE classes a week; this is two more than normal.

The details of the DES curriculum can be found on the NCCA website.

Whole School Subject Plans can be found here

Ethos

Assembly
There are daily assemblies at the beginning of the day. Assembly is about many becoming One. The letter ‘s’ says it all: Sound, Stillness, Silence, Speech, Scripture, Song, Sharing, Steadiness, Senses, Short, Sweet, Simple, School

We all arrive at school dominated by many influences, depending on who we are and our current state. We could be tired, alert, concerned about the future, concerned about our friends, thinking about our work, contemplating ‘home time’ and so on.

The beauty of assembly is that it provides a unity. It gives the opportunity for every individual in the building to start from the same place and the same sound. In essence many become one and all draw from the same point of nourishment. It’s almost like going to a river or well for water.

Philosophy
We transmit our our ethos primarily by our behaviour. Weekly philosophy classes help this. In the youngest classes it’s about stories with good messages, followed by discussion. As the children grow the questions become more fundamental: who are we?, where did we come from?, what is the purpose of life?, what is our relationship to the creation?

Speech & Language
We place particular emphasis on speech, both truthful and beautiful. The Buddha’s criteria for speech are developed: kind, truthful, useful, timely and gentle.

Sanskrit
Sanskrit is an amazing classical language with a huge literature. As Sanskrit is extremely precise, in terms of pronunciation and grammar, full attention is necessary. Giving attention is the most important skill you can learn. Studying Sanskrit empowers children to pay attention. The study of Sanskrit refines the mind just as the study of mathematics trains the mind to think in a mathematical way. See Sanskrit in action.

Pausing
Just as physical rest is essential, so to is mental and emotional rest. At the end of every lesson and activity. children and teachers come to a complete stop for a moment. The idea is that mind and heart become as still as the body. Most children report that this calming and refreshing, and allows them to leave the previous activity completely.

Reports and Reporting

There is an annual meeting for parents with the Principal, at the beginning of the year.
This takes place in the evening. On the same evening there is also a meeting between teachers and parents in each class.

Later in the year, there are one- to -one meeting between teachers and parents, to discuss personal and academic progress.
Further meetings can be scheduled if required.

Written reports are issued twice a year, in December and June.

Special Educational Needs

JSS endevours to be as inclusive as possible,and subject to its Admissions policy welcomes all children.
Prospective parents need to note that the nature of the current buildings makes wheelchair access impossible.
Our policy on Special Educational Needs (SEN) sets out our approach.
We have four Learning Support staff (at September 2015)

School Evaluation

Periodically, the DES Inspectorate visit the school for a comprehensive assessment.
These are called Whole School Evaluations (WSE). The latest report is JSS WSE Report 2010

In recent years school self-evaluation (SSE) has begun to develop. Currently, the school is working on Literacy and Numeracy. An annual report is issued to parents at the end of every school year.

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