School Calendar 2019-2020

Term 1     Friday 23rd August – Friday 20th December 2019
Friday 23rd August  9.00 – 12 noon           First Years only
Monday 26th August  9.00 – 1.15 pm           First Years, Third Years and Sixth Years.
Tuesday 27th August  9.00 – 3.50 pm           All Students (Except Transition Years)
Tuesday 3rd September  9.00 – 3.50 pm           Transition Year Students
School Closed:     Monday 30th September 2019
Half Term: Monday 28th October – Friday 1st November 2019
Christmas Holidays:  Monday 23rd December 2019 – Friday 3rd January 2020
Term 2   Monday 6th January – Friday 3rd April 2020
Half Term:     Monday 17th February – Friday 21st February 2020
St Patrick’s Weekend       Monday 16th March and Tuesday 17th March 2020
Easter Holidays:  Monday 6th April – Friday 17th April 2020
Term 3     Monday 20th April – Friday 29th May 2020
Bank Holiday:  Monday 4th May 2020

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Wellbeing Policy

Ardscoil Phádraig Granard Wellbeing Policy


The Oxford Dictionary definition of wellbeing: “The state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy.”


“Student wellbeing is present when students realise their abilities, take care of their physical wellbeing, can cope with the normal stresses of life, and have a sense of purpose and belonging to a wider community.” NCCA Junior Cycle Wellbeing Guidelines.


Ardscoil Phádraig is committed to providing a healthy learning environment and improving the quality of educational living for all students. The wellbeing strategy aims to support the school’s mission and core values of freedom of thought and expression, freedom from discrimination and the recognition that the school’s students are its greatest asset.

Through the integration of wellbeing in all learning activities and practices, a positive environment can be created that is compatible with promoting student engagement, performance and achievement.  Working in partnership with all areas of the school, whilst sharing a common interest in promoting a culture of wellbeing, is the key to the success of this strategy.


Aims and Objectives

Ardscoil Phádraig’s strategy aims to represent a commitment to an integrated approach to student wellbeing that creates:

  • A sense of belonging.
  • An environment and culture based on shared values and trust.
  • An environment where students’ wellbeing is integrated into day-to-day practices.
  • An environment that recognises skills and encourages personal development.


Through the Wellbeing Programme in Ardscoil Phádraig, students will learn the knowledge, attitudes and skills to enable them to protect and promote their own wellbeing and that of others.

We aim to incorporate the indicators of wellbeing: activity, responsibility, connectivity, resilience, respect and awareness into school life and to develop students based on these wellbeing pillars.

The whole school community will implement wellbeing practices by focusing on:

• Culture – focusing on teaching and learning and wellbeing using the wellbeing principles.

• Curriculum – implementing a 300 hour programme, opting for PE as a short course in Junior Cert with a triple period of PE each week.

• Relationships – continuously looking at student-teacher relationships: being central to wellbeing: positive teacher-student relationships enhance learning.

• Policy and planning – creating a Wellbeing Policy which will be reviewed annually.

In Ardscoil Phádraig, Granard our priority is the wellbeing of our students; particularly, their mental, physical, emotional and social wellbeing. Mutual respect is a key aspect in all areas of school life. Parents, pupils, staff and management all have an important role to play in communicating this message in school life at Ardscoil Phádraig.

Implementing wellbeing practices daily in school life.

· All teachers have a role to play in their individual subject departments.

· Teachers are continuously conscious of developing positive relationships to ensure wellbeing of staff and students.

· The Home-School Liaison Officer regularly meets with parents throughout the year.

· A variety of extra-curricular activities ensures wellbeing of students is provided, such as sport, music, drama, language classes, Pupil Voice etc.

· We endeavour to create links with external agencies such as the local community, Gardai and local primary schools – work experience, annual Garda primary school sports day, library visits, St. Vincent de Paul and parent evenings.

· Workshops on positive mental health, study skills and others are provided for students on an annual basis.

· Theme-weeks are dedicated to developing positive relationships and wellbeing such as Active Schools Week and Mental Health Awareness Week.

· The school has a dedicated Pastoral Care Team.

· The Pupil Voice team which meets regularly reflects the voice and opinions of the student body and provides a forum for their expression.

· Mentoring programmes, such as the first and fifth year Buddy Programme, promote positive relationships.

· Music projects – Choir – promoting group work and enjoyment of music, performing as a group. Musician of the Month – Celebrating student achievement.

· Drama – Pantomime – pupils/teachers collaborating together and working towards a goal – a public performance.


· All subject-planning will include Wellbeing.

· Topics/modules on Wellbeing are addressed in a variety of subjects e.g. Career Guidance, S.P.H.E., Home Economics, Religious Education, P.E, and CSPE and will have more of a focus in other subjects going forward.

· PE has been given a triple period in first year to incorporate the new Junior Cycle PE Programme which centres around student wellbeing.

· JCSP programme aims to make the Junior Cert more accessible to students that may leave school without formal qualifications. It allows students to experience success and develop a positive self-image by providing a curriculum and assessment framework suitable to the needs of the student. Students in the JCSP programme are given a profile from the Department of Education and Skills which documents their achievements on completion of their Junior Cycle Programme. Extra funding is available for a variety of subjects such as Home Economics, PE, English, Music and Science through the JCSP initiatives to allow JCSP students to engage with the subject alternatively outside of the basic curriculum.


· Code of Behaviour

· Child Protection

· DEIS Planning

· S.E.

· P.H.E.

· Anti-Bullying

· Acceptable Use Policy (I.C.T.)

· Critical Incident


· Personal guidance and counselling

· Educational guidance and counselling

· Career guidance and counselling

· Provision of sensitive care and support to students learning to cope with many facets of their personal development.



· Monitoring of student wellbeing.

· Monitoring of academic progress.

· Implementation of Code of Behaviour which helps provide a safe space for all students in which to develop.

· Acknowledgement of achievement – positive feedback.


Peer mentoring – fifth year and first year buddy programme

· Senior students are trained to work with first year students to ensure a smooth transition to Post primary school. The students are trained in the previous year so that they can share their skills with the incoming first years. Formal and informal meetings are offered to the first years to support them as they integrate into our school.



· We constantly review how our school provides and promotes positive wellbeing.



· Student surveys and Pupil Voice provide regular feedback from both staff and students. This provides evidence based intervention to inform future planning.

· This policy will be reviewed on an annual basis.


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