Harold’s Cross N.S. is a developing Catholic co-educational vertical school under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin. It currently has an enrolment of 371 pupils, a staff of 24 teachers, 5 SNAs, a part time caretaker and secretary. It caters primarily for children coming from the surrounding parishes of Harold’s Cross, Mt. Argus, Kimmage, Larkfield and Terenure. Though the ethos of the school is Catholic every effort is made to accommodate newcomer students and students of other faiths. This inclusivity is highlighted by the fact that 25% of our children come from different religious backgrounds and 26% come from different cultural backgrounds.
The school has been growing at a steady rate since 2003 and pupil and staff numbers have more than doubled over the past thirteen years. A building programme has resulted in the construction of a number of classrooms, special needs rooms and a Montessori. An application for funding for the construction of four more classrooms to meet the growing demand for places in our school was approved and planning has been submitted to Dublin County Council. It is hoped that construction work will start in June, 2018. Our field which lies to the back of the school was converted to astro–turf in 2016 which now means that the children have additional space to play all year round.
A Montessori facility opened in 2009 was set up to provide support to parents at work and to support those seeking to return to full/part time employment/education. The facility now caters for 22 children aged between 2.5 and 4.0 years many of whom are siblings of existing pupils. The principal works closely with the manager of the facility to ensure that standards are maintained to a high level, regular meetings are held to discuss the needs of children and if necessary, prospective parents of children with possible SEN needs are met with and referrals made. The Montessori is seen as an integral part of the school and a key first step in our educational journey with our pupils.
Participation in educational initiatives:
The school has benefited greatly from the educational, professional and financial supports provided by the DES. The following educational initiatives/programmes have been implemented as a result of those supports-
First Steps- Speaking, Reading and Writing,
Maths & Reading Recovery,
Ready, Set, Go Maths
Aistear – a programme of learning through play
School Completion Programme
Literacy/Numeracy Power Hour
Reading Support Programme
Building Bridges of Understanding
Implementation of penmanship programme (Brendan Culligan)
Dublin City Council Road Safety Scheme
Comhairle na nOg
Science/ Engineers Week
Artist in Residence
Challenging our Exceptionally Able/Talented Pupils in maths, literacy, art, science and history
Discovery Primary Science
Dublin City Council Healthy Eating Programme
Walk on Wednesdays/Active School’s Flag