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Saint Joseph's Primary School, Ballycruttle

Mission Statement


Aims and Values

St Joseph’s Primary School provides a high quality, holistic education for all our pupils so that they can develop their full uniqueness and potential.  In our school the person and message of Christ find expression in: 

  • Preparing pupils to lead fulfilling and purposeful lives, becoming responsible citizens , respectful of diversity , who will contribute positively to the Common Good;
  • The development of each person’s full potential in a climate of joy, freedom, respect , co-operation and celebration ;
  • The holistic enrichment of every pupil – intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral, social and emotional;
  • The promotion of a spirit of charity, social justice, global awareness and concern for the marginalised and vulnerable, leading to practical outreach and partnership;
  • The promotion of a positive, joyful and caring attitude to life and others, reflected in a respect for the sacredness of every human life at all it stages;
  • A culture of mutual respect and understanding in which people of all faiths, traditions and personal circumstances are welcomed and respected;
  • A climate throughout the school of collegiality, listening, trust, collaboration, heating and peace;
  • A ‘Living Community’ of Faith, Love and Service;
  • A reflective and worshipping community, where the presence of Jesus is celebrated in prayer, worship and the sacraments;
  • A school leadership which models Gospel values and is committed to the promotion and celebration of the Catholic Ethos;

Each member of our school community, governors, staff, pupils and parent/carers, is committed to upholding these aims and values

Saint Joseph’s Primary School is inspired by the spirit and message of Christ. Christ’s commandment to “love one another as I have loved you”

Our ethos is:

Gospel Inspired: It gives living witness to the Gospel values of love, respect, truth and justice in every aspect of school life.

Person Centred: It promotes the dignity, self-esteem and full development of all, as persons made in the image and likeness of God.

Life- Affirming: It promotes a positive culture of respect for life at all its stages, proclaiming the “Good News” of life to the full and an eternal life of love to come.

Reflective and Worshipping:  It encourages an open and inquiring approach to faith and learning , promoting opportunities for reflection, prayer, and celebration of the sacraments.

Welcoming and Inclusive:  It welcomes and is respectful of people of all faith traditions, personal circumstances and community backgrounds, contributing actively to the work of peace, reconciliation and sharing.