Ethos – Mission Statement – Aims


Gortnahoe N.S.  education aims at the development of the pupil in a Spiritual, moral and intellectual way.
Spiritual development of the children consists in teaching them the Christian faith and inspiring in them a love for God and a love and respect for each other. Moral development runs parallel to the spiritual development of the child.

Religion: While the ethos of the school is essentially Catholic, the views of the minority religious and non-believers are accommodated and respected by teachers and pupils.

Work: A positive climate is used to motivate the pupil. Every effort is made to enhance the child’s self-image and to foster a friendly and supportive atmosphere, conducive to learning.

Helping Others: Children are made aware of the needs of the under-privileged at home, and in the third World. They are encouraged to support local charities and the work of Trócaire.


Mission Statement

Gortnahoe N.S. is a  co-educational primary school with a Catholic  ethos, which strives to provide a well-ordered, caring, happy, safe and supportive environment where the intellectual, spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of the children are provided for.

  • Gortnahoe N.S. is a school with a Catholic ethos, which promotes an atmosphere where difference is respected and it welcomes children of all religions and none.
  • Gortnahoe N.S. does not discriminate on the grounds of gender, age, race, disability, marital status, family status, sexual orientation or against members of the Travelling Community when enrolling pupils or appointing staff.
  • Gortnahoe N.S. uses a positive climate to motivate its pupils. Every effort is made to enhance the self-image of all pupils and promote in them a respect for people, property and environment.
  • Gortnahoe N.S. encourages the involvement of parents through home / school contacts.
  • Gortnahoe N.S. strives to promote the professional and personal development of its teachers.
  • Gortnahoe N.S. promotes gender equality among its teachers and pupils.
  • Gortnahoe N.S. endorses the principles of inclusion of pupils with Special Needs as per Education of Persons with Disabilities Act, 2003.
  • Déanann Scoil Gort na hUaighe, iarracht an Gaeilge a chothú mar teanga beo na scoile.


  1. To promote the self esteem of all pupils by helping each child to make a contribution to the life of the school and to experience a sense of achievement and success.
    2. To develop good staff/pupil and pupil/pupil relationships.
    3. To develop good positive and productive school/family/community links.
    4. To develop a stimulating and well-balanced Health Education curriculum for the whole school.
    5. To utilise the services in the community for advice and support in health matters.
    6. To do our best to ensure that all pupils acquire the basic skills of language and maths to cope successfully with everyday living.
    7. To teach children the skills involved in coping successfully with human relationships.
    8. To inform the children on such matters as hygiene, diet and exercise.
    9. To value and enjoy leisure activities.