Our Ethos

Delgany School is a Church of Ireland School. As such it is a school where the traditions and teaching of the Church of Ireland form the basis of the position taken in regard to moral issues without in any way restricting freedom of thought and expression.

The Church of Ireland School is a community where all pupils are equally valued and respected – irrespective of gender, social background, family circumstances, educational achievement, physical characteristics or intellectual ability. 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.

It is a community 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.

The Church of Ireland Primary 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 Delgany National School allows those of other faiths or none to become pupils.

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. The teaching of Religious Education is restricted to specified times in the school timetable.

The Church of Ireland School is one where 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 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.

January 2018