Ballinteer Community School

Characteristic Spirit and Ethos

Characteristic Spirit and Ethos

Our school first opened its doors on 1st September 1974 and has been serving the community for over 40 years. Ballinteer School Community school is a co-educational multi-denominational post-primary school under the joint patronage of the Carmelite Order, the Brigidine Congregation (who divested in 2021) and the Dublin & Dun Laoghaire ETB. Our school provides a comprehensive system of post-primary education open to all the children of the local community. An innovative approach to delivery of a wide-ranging curriculum contributes to the spiritual, moral, mental, physical and social well-being of students within their community. Our school campus was redeveloped and our new school building was officially re-opened on 12th of October 2008, with facilities that we are immensely proud of.

In Ballinteer Community School, we are dedicated to providing students with a vibrant educational experience in a highly collaborative, inclusive, and supportive environment. The core values of Ballinteer Community School are care, respect, community, inclusion, equality, justice and fairness. These values combine to provide and support an atmosphere which is conducive to excellence in teaching and learning. We endeavour to assist each student to reach his/ her full potential in a calm, caring and creative environment.

Our values are reflected in how we live as a school community. The unique and intrinsic value of each member of the school community is recognised and respected. All are treated equally, regardless of race, gender, religion/belief, age, family status, marital status, civil status, membership of the Traveller community, sexual orientation, ability, disability or socio-economic status. All students are given equal opportunity for enrolment, in line with the Education (Admissions to School) Act (2018) construed in accordance with Section 3 of the Equal Status Act 2000. Once enrolled, Ballinteer Community School provides all our students with equal opportunities to engage with the curriculum, school life and the local community.

Ballinteer Community School provides a safe physical and social environment that reinforces a sense of belonging to the school community and wider society. We strive to enable every student to realise their full potential regardless of any aspect of their identity, culture or background. Our school promotes a fully inclusive education which recognises the plurality of identities, beliefs and values held by students, parents and staff. We prepare open-minded and responsible citizens with a strong sense of shared values with a view to contributing to a just and fairer society.

Our school is multi-denominational where we welcome, respect and support students of all religions and beliefs. The provision of religious education, religious worship and the work of the Chaplain all combine to reflect the founding intention of the school, the school’s mission statement and the needs of the students within the school. The characteristic spirit of the school finds practical expression through the provision of pastoral, liturgical and social outreach activities, as appropriate, for each student.

In Ballinteer Community School we celebrate the partnership, collaboration and empathy which nurtures and develops our young people in a community where the essence of our ethos is care and respect for self, others and our environment. We are committed to nurturing a school that fosters a love for life-long learning and innovative practice. BCS is a bustling, inclusive community of learners who are encouraged to think critically, communicate effectively, solve problems creatively, and work independently and collaboratively. We challenge our students to act with courage, integrity, and leadership.

Our professional team of teachers and staff are actively involved in creating a stimulating, quality learning environment. Our comprehensive range of subjects caters for the needs of each individual student. Our state of the art facilities complement our broad and balanced curriculum and allow students to tap into their key strengths. Our goal is that our students reach their full potential. There is a strong culture of partnership among all members of the school community. Parents are invited to participate in the life of the school through the Parents’ Association and various aspects of school life. We value our positive, healthy, compassionate, and student-focused relationships. Our mission statement highlights our core values of respect, inclusion, and care. This is most evident in our positive, quality teaching and learning environment.

Mission, Vision, Aims

Ballinteer Community School Mission Statement

The school is committed to providing quality education to its students. The school is dedicated to imparting to them strong moral values, a love of learning, concern for others and the skills necessary to lead purposeful and meaningful lives in their communities. The ethos of the school is Christian and is nurtured in an inclusive and meaningful way so that students of all religious tradition have a strong conviction of Faith and the intellectual curiosity and religious commitment to develop and deepen their knowledge of it.

Ballinteer Community School Vision

In 2021/2022, in consultation with all school partners, we relaunched our vision for Ballinteer Community School: Respect, Community and Achievement. In 2021, our students redesigned our school crest to support this vision. We are a school community where every student matters,every moment counts.

Ballinteer Community School Aims

Our aim is to develop each of our students as a whole person by promoting an atmosphere of respect, honesty and fairness in which all the school community can achieve their full potential.

Our school aims to encourage and facilitate effective communication, support and respect among all members of this community. Through effective teaching and learning we aim to

  • Awaken the natural hunger for knowledge which exists in every human being
  • Challenge students to achieve their full potential
  • Offer creative, varied and enriching learning experiences
  • Provide opportunities for enhancing self-esteem and achievement
  • Promote moral values and social responsibility.
Aug 22
First Year Induction
Aug 23
School for First Years only
Aug 26
Third Year Induction
Aug 26
Sixth Year Induction
Ballinteer Community School,
Dublin 16,

01 298 8195

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