St. Peter’s National School is a Church of Ireland co-educational primary school which caters for the educational needs of protestant children in the Drogheda area but, subject to the availability of places, also welcomes pupils of other mainstream religious denominations and of none.
Our school seeks to provide a climate in which students find encouragement to develop spiritual and moral values, personal and social skills and the highest standards of excellence of which they are capable of in all aspects of their school activities. We recognise the complementary roles of parents and teachers in educating the young and in partnership we pursue the common aim of educating our pupils according to Christian principles.
St. Peter’s National School is a community where all pupils are equally valued and respected irrespective of sex, social background, family circumstances, educational achievement, physical characteristics or intellectual functioning. In our school pupils experience a sense of caring and belonging, they are treated fairly and their spiritual, moral and religious development is encouraged as is their intellectual, social and academic development.
Our school is a place where moral values such as honesty, truthfulness, justice, fairness, sensitivity to others, and civic responsibility are nurtured and protected. The justification of these qualities is based on Biblical teaching interpreted by the Church of Ireland.
St. Peter’s National School is a part of the local church community and has strong links with the Parish. This, for example, is shown by the fact that pupils attend services in the local church and the Rector visits the school on a regular basis.
The work of the school is conducted in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for religious differences. The Admission Policy of the school allows for children of other faiths and none to enrol in our school.
Religious Education occupies a central position in the school curriculum and is regarded as a core subject. All pupils in the school attend classes in Religious Education and the teaching of this subject is restricted to specified times in the school timetable.
In St. Peter’s National School, the traditions and teachings of the Church of Ireland inform the position taken in regard to moral issues which arise in the teaching of secular subjects.
The school nurtures freedom of thought and a personal relationship with God. This is most evident in the teaching of Religious Education and in the prayer life of the school community.
Finally, pupils should find in our school an environment, which promotes all types of abilities and talents.