Our Ethos, Vision and Mission Statement
"Learn Together, to Live Together"
North Bay Mission Statement
We aim to provide an excellent education that is respectful of all, regardless of belief system, race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, language, lifestyle and ability.
In North Bay ETNS, every child will learn in an inclusive, democratic, co-educational setting that is committed to enabling and supporting each child to achieve their full potential while at the same time preparing them to become caring and active members of a culturally diverse society.
Our Vision and Ethos
Educate Together schools differ from other schools in that we have a unique ethos. The ethos describes the spirit and character of the school. It permeates all the activities of the school day and enables a strong sense of community and social cohesion within the school.
The aim of the Positive Behaviour Code is to ensure that the individuality of each child is respected and that individual differences are celebrated, acknowledging the right of each child to an environment in which they can grow and learn safely.
The vision for our school is that we will ‘live out’ the core principles set out below and seek to create and maintain an ethos that encapsulates these principles.
The Equality-Based Principle
North Bay ETNS is an Equality Based primary school that enables equal access to the school. Children of all social and cultural groups, and of all religions and non-religious backgrounds, are equally respected and welcomed.
The Co-Educational Principle
All children are encouraged to fulfil their potential in a school that is committed to equal opportunities for girls and boys.
The Child-Centred Principle
The school offers a child-centred curriculum in which the teacher guides and facilitates the child’s learning through both formal and informal methods and encourages the child’s active participation is his/her learning. Each child’s individual needs are considered and he/she is encouraged to learn at an appropriate pace.
The Democratically-run Principle
The school is managed by the Board of Management under the guidance of the Patron Committee regarding matters of ethos. North Bay has an active Parent Teacher Association and a dedicated staff upholding a cohesive set of values that encapsulate the school ethos. On an on-going basis, parents are encouraged to take an active part in their children’s learning under the professional guidance of the teacher.
Vision, ethos and the Positive Behaviour Code:
This vision is our expression of our educational and moral values and they are demonstrated in the positive ways we respond to behaviour in our school. The core of our Positive Behaviour Code is that we seek to enable the children to reflect, in a spirit of justice, on how their behaviour choices impact on others and to make positive choices. The values we promote have their roots in the vision and core principles.
Learn Together Ethical Education Curriculum
Ethical Education broadens our understanding of the world, challenges us, and encourages reflection. It also aims to engage us with local and global issues, with the goal of extending human rights and equality to all. Ethical education also promotes critical thinking, discussion, and debate among both students and teachers.
Educate Together's ethos standards prioritise ethical education as one of six domains for evaluating schools, processes, and practices as part of the self-evaluation process. Educate Together's Charter further affirms that every child, regardless of their social, cultural, or religious background, deserves an education that respects their individual identity while exploring various values and traditions.
Through the Learn Together curriculum, teachers can implement this vision and provide a comprehensive framework for ethical education in equality-based primary schools. Ultimately, Educate Together's goal is to create a future in which everyone can access excellent education that is inclusive of all, regardless of their belief system, race, ethnicity, class, culture, gender, language, or ability.
The recently published revised Learn Together curriculum is being used in Educate Together schools countrywide. It follows a spiral pattern, where similar themes are taught and expanded upon from Junior Infants to Sixth Class. Schools and teachers plan to ensure that students have a consistent and progressive learning experience without unnecessary repetition or gaps. From 3rd to 6th Class, a menu-style approach is adopted, allowing teachers to choose content that matches their students' interests and school environment. The Belief Systems strand uses a conceptual inquiry approach to investigate beliefs, promoting student-led learning.
The Learn Together curriculum supports the development of all key competencies outlined in the Primary Curriculum Framework, particularly the following:
Being an active citizen
Being an active learner
Being a communicator and using language
The revised Learn Together Curriculum is available to view online here.