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North Bay is part of the Department of Education National school system and is run in accordance with Department of Education regulations. It is one of 35 multi-denominational schools currently in operation in Ireland. All of these Schools, and others in the process of being established, are Members of Educate Together (ET) which is a mutual support and representative body for this sector.

Educate Together is the voice of Educate Together schools. It offers advice and support to new schools and makes representations to the Department of Education.

All schools in the ET sector subscribe to the following principles.

  • MULTI- DENOMINATIONAL All children have equal rights of access to the school. Children from all social, ethnic and cultural groups, and of all religions and non- religious backgrounds, are equally respected.
  • CO-EDUCATIONAL The school is committed to encouraging all children to fulfil their potential irrespective of gender. Every effort is made to ensure equal opportunities for girls and boys. Gender stereotyping is avoided.
  • CHILD-CENTRED The school offers a child-centred education in which the teacher facilitates and guides the child’s learning through both formal and informal methods while encouraging the child to be an active participant in his/her own learning. Each child is encouraged to learn at her/his pace and individual learning needs are met in so far as class size allows. Interaction between teacher, child and parent is actively encouraged.
  • DEMOCRATICALLY-RUN The school is run by two committees: the Board of Management and the Executive Committee (the patron body). They are democratic in character. Parents play an active role on both bodies. Northbay also has a Parent Teacher Association which is growing increasingly active within the school both as a supporter and initiator of school activities.

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PARENT- TEACHER PARTNERSHIP

We welcome as much contact as possible. If your child has any problems or worries, either academic or social, please let his/her teacher know as soon as possible. If you have any skill and time to spare, the children will benefit greatly from your input during school hours or from extra activities. Please come and talk to us.

THE CURRICULUM

The curriculum followed is that set out by the Department of Education. It is broadly based, encompassing the core subjects of English, Maths and Irish as well as Science, Social, Environmental and Scientific Education, Social, Personal and Health Education, Music, Art, Drama and Physical Education. These are taught both as separate subjects and in an integrated way across the whole curriculum. The Department of Education requires us to provice a religious education programme in the school. We call this the Ethical Core Curriculum.

DENOMINATIONAL INSTRUCTION

The school offers its premises outside school hours for those parents who wish their children to receive religious instructions in their own faith. These classes are organised by parents.