KILDARE PLACE SCHOOL
ETHOS AND RELIGIOUS DENOMINATION
Kildare Place School (K.P.S) is a primary school under the patronage and management of the Church of Ireland.
K.P.S. is a community where all pupils are equally valued and respected – irrespective of sex, social background, religious belief, family circumstances, educational achievement, physical characteristic or intellectual functioning. 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.
The school is a community where moral values such as honesty, truthfulness, justice, fairness sensitivity to others and civic responsibility are nurtured and developed. The justification of these values is based on Biblical teaching interpreted by the Church.
K.P.S. is the practising school of the Church of Ireland College of Education and has links with the Church of Ireland Parish of Rathmines. On occasions pupils attend services in the College Chapel and Holy Trinity Church, Rathmines. The Rector of Rathmines may be invited to address school assemblies.
Religious Education occupies a central position in the school curriculum and is regarded as a core subject. Generally speaking all pupils in the school attend classes in Religious Education which are based on the curriculum for Religious Education devised by the Board of Education of the General Synod of the Church of Ireland. Copies of the curriculum handbooks may be obtained on loan for inspection purposes from the School Principal. The teaching of religious doctrine is restricted to specified times on the school time-table. Periods of formal religious education are arranged so as to facilitate the withdrawal of pupils where this is formally requested by parents or guardians.
Roman Catholic pupils in first and second classes may attend special classes, which take place once a week after school hours in K.P.S. for the purposes of preparation for the reception of the sacraments for first confession and first holy communion. Arrangements for these classes are made by a committee of parents which also arranges classes for Roman Catholic pupils in classes III to VI and which are conducted in the Roman Catholic parish of Rathgar. Meetings of the committee take place in the school
K.P.S. is a Church of Ireland school and, accordingly, the traditions and teaching of that Church inform the position taken in regard to moral issues, which arise in the teaching of secular subjects. The work of the school is conducted in an atmosphere of tolerance and respect for religious differences. The admission policy allows those of other faiths or none to become pupils.
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.