Our Campus and Trustees
St. Raphaela’s is located within a beautiful campus, hidden away off the Upper Kilmacud Road but close to the Luas and Bus links. The school enjoys the benefit of being surrounded by green spaces, a newly re-surfaced Hockey Pitch with direct access to Clonmore Public Park.
This unique campus is shared with us by our Trustees. Their mission of providing “Education from and for the Heart” forms the basis of the ethos of our school. Our Sisters in the Convent have an important role in guiding school life, and take great delight in sharing their campus and Convent home with the children and families of both the Primary and Secondary School.
Educating the Whole Child
As a learning community, our guiding purpose is to support each child in all aspects of her education and development. In St. Raphaela’s, this includes promoting not only academic success across the curriculum; it also means promoting creativity, confidence and consideration of others and the world around us. The children of our school are ambitious and caring. They make a difference now, and become the change makers of our future.
In the past five years our pupils have celebrated many successes in pursuing their talents: on the Gaelic, Camogie and Hockey pitches; participating in the Intel Mini Scientist Competition; achieving a fifth Discover Primary Science and Maths Award of Excellence; developing their Student Council work; representing our school at the Santry Track and Field Competitions; achieving huge success as part of our Chess Team at the Community Games; and achieving Digital School of Distinction status.
Each week we come together in Assembly to celebrate the individual and collective talents of pupils and build upon the sense of wonder and achievement that each child is capable of. Each class presents an assembly and we celebrate kindness, hard work and individual achievement as well as birthdays that week.
Throughout the School Year, we celebrate the Church’s Liturgical year as well as the Sacraments of First Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation together. Our school family welcomes children from all faith backgrounds, and none, and it is important to us that each child feels respected, valued and celebrated, with a deep sense of belonging to their school community.
Home and School
The relationship between home and school is incredibly important in supporting each child to reach their potential. Parents are encouraged to keep in close contact with Class Teachers and share both concerns and celebrations to enhance their child’s experience in our school.
Parents are also encouraged to build relationships with each other. Each class has a Parent Association Representative who is committed to involving parents in the life of the school. The Parent Association are enrich school life across the year, and nurture connections with and between parents.