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Scoil Angela, Ursuline Primary School, Thurles, Co. Tipperary

Our Vision and Ethos

Vision Statement

“Celebrating Diversity in an atmosphere of Mutual Respect”

The following Vision Statement was compiled by the teaching and ancillary staff of the Ursuline Primary school. We verbalised the vision we have of our school and partners in education in the best interest of our pupils. We feel confident that we can all work together to achieve this vision.

The School

Scoil Angela, Ursuline Primary School is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Archbishop of Cashel and Emly. We wish it to be a place where the focus remains on developing the moral, spiritual, physical, academic, aesthetic, musical and cultural aspects of each individual pupil. This we envisage as occurring in an atmosphere of mutual respect where all members of the school community feel happy and secure and work in a spirit of encouragement and enthusiasm while recognising and celebrating diversity.

The Staff

We envisage a professional caring staff which is:

  • Committed to supporting the pupil and all who are engaged in his/her learning and care

  • Co-operative, approachable, diligent and tolerant

  • Open to new and innovative approaches and ideas

  • Supported in its efforts to provide the best possible opportunities for pupils

  • Motivated, diligent, resourceful and feels valued and respected

The Parents

We envisage parents who:

  • Take their responsibility seriously

  • Are supportive of the school

  • Are committed to and interested in their child’s learning

  • Are ambitious for their children and who expect high standards in terms of courtesy, respect and achievement from all in the school community

  • Are consulted and communicated with

  • Are co-operative with the school and who communicate their needs to the relevant persons

The Board of Management

We envisage a Board of Management who:

  • Are supportive and well informed of the work of the school

  • Are innovative, open and discreet

  • Are appreciative of the needs of staff and of the resources required to ensure effective teaching and learning

  • Who actively encourage professional development

The Pupils

We envisage pupils:

  • Who feel safe, accepted and happy in our school

  • Who feel understood and secure in the knowledge that they are recognised as the unique individuals that they are

  • Who are ambitious for themselves and their peers

  • Who are proud to be pupils of Scoil Angela

The Pupil

We would hope that a pupil who has spent eight years with us would:

  • Have achieved her full potential, developed individual talents and a positive work ethic

  • Be able to work and think independently, possess a commitment to lifelong learning and an ability to question

  • Have high self-esteem, a sense of belonging and be respectful and tolerant of others

  • Have happy memories of a school where she was encouraged, nurtured, loved, supported and challenged

  • Be aware of the contribution she has to make to her community and society in general

  • Have acquired good communication skills and be socially interactive

  • Have achieved a high standard in the area of literacy and numeracy


Philosophy of Scoil Angela

We ask some commitment of both children and parents at Scoil Angela. The child is expected to try his/her own best, and to do the necessary class and homework. The parents must commit to support the school in the matter of school regulations, such as uniforms, schoolwork and attendance on time. Signing the yearbook is the way parents vouch that they will support school policies. Finally, Scoil Angela recognises that it is not the sole educator of the child. Social and home factors affect the life of each child in profound and individual ways. Scoil Angela teachers attempt to do their best to work with the parents in all fields of a child’s development, but we are dedicated primarily to the pupil’s intellectual, moral and social formation.