St Michael's Community College
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Our Ethos

All ETB schools are State, Co-Educational, and Multi-Denominational. ETB ethos is underpinned by the core values of Excellence in Education, Care, Respect, Equality and Community.

What is ethos?

Ethos is how we live, work, and relate to each other in our school community. While it encompasses the curriculum and how it is taught, ethos relates to our shared core values, to the hidden curriculum, to decision making processes and to the relationships that underpin the daily life of our school culture.

Our school expresses our uniqueness through our mission and vision statements.

Professional Development on implementing ETB Ethos

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is committed to implementing Education and Training Board Ireland’s (ETBI) ethos framework across its schools and colleges.

A Professional Learning Network for Ethos has been established by our patron - Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board. A member of our teaching staff attends this group. They meet regularly with the LCETB’s Ethos Coordinator to share best practice.

The initial focus of our Ethos Coordinator is on raising awareness and understanding of ETB ethos with all members of the school community. ETBI has consulted widely across the sector and produced a Framework for Ethos. This document outlines ETB ethos and specifies the standards that all ETB schools should strive for.

As one of eighteen LCETB’s post primary schools, the work of St. Michael’s CommunityCollege is underpinned by the core values of:

  • Excellence in Education in outcomes, experiences and expectations for all members of the school community
  • Care about the welfare, wellbeing, and safety of all members of the school community. It is exemplified in meaningful relationships, connectedness, and empathy, alongside support and solidarity.
  • Equality: treating all members of the school community equally and recognising and celebrating the diversity of these members. It is exemplified in prioritising resources on the basis of need and promoting a culture of inclusion.
  • Community encompasses students, staff, parents/guardians and the local community. It is about having a shared vision, values and purpose, a sense of belonging, and a voice that is listened to. It is exemplified in productive collaboration, positive contributions, and effective communication across all members of the school community
  • Respect for the dignity, rights, and recognition of the identity and background of each member of the school community. It is exemplified in relationships between all members of the school community, and decision-making that impacts positively on the rights, feelings, and aspirations of the diversity of people within the school community

Mission Statement

  • To make available the best possible education for the students by providing a broad and balanced curriculum.
  • To ensure that the educational needs of all students are identified and catered for
  • To promote the moral and physical development of the students in consultation with their parents/guardians
  • To provide social, personal & health education for all students
  • To ensure that the education provided meets with the requirements of the Department of Education & Skills
  • To encourage participation by the parents/guardians in all aspects of their children’s education
  • To provide the staff with facilities to achieve the stated objectives
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