School Ethos Ballaghkeene N.S. is a Roman Catholic School which aims to promote a happy, safe and friendly learning environment for all; an environment which will encourage each child to fulfill his/her potential in a caring and supportive surrounding. We value the varied backgrounds, cultures and religions of our pupils. We promote close working relations between teachers, management and parents, all of whom work for the benefit of the children. We place a strong emphasis on the relationship between teachers and pupils, which contributes to a hard-working and enjoyable atmosphere. Our Catholic Religious ethos finds expression throughout the curriculum, and particularly in our Religious programme which is a fundamental part of the school course (Rule 68, Education Act 1998). Our school and class Masses, liturgies and daily prayer are an important part of this programme. Visits to the classes by our priest are a welcomed part of parish and community involvement in the life of our school. While the religious practices, teachings morals and ethics of the school are those of the Catholic Church, the school acknowledges and respects the diverse religious beliefs and ways of life of pupils’ families and the rights of parents in their children’s moral and spiritual upbringing. We recognise that each child is unique with a history and background that is also unique. We uphold the pupils’ right to have access to the entire range of education which the school provides. We foster and promote a love of the Irish Language and Gaelic Culture in our school. We encourage participation in the various sporting, musical and dramatic events/activities of a cultural nature which are organised throughout the year. Bígí linn agus bain triail as an nGaeilge!