After many years of planning, the pupils of St. Joseph’s National School, Michael St. National School and the Christian Brothers National School, New Ross amalgamated into two co-educational schools-Catherine McAuley Junior School and Edmund Rice Senior School, in September 2016. We moved into the beautiful, new, modern buildings in Castlemoyle, Bawnmore on 2nd February 2017.
In naming the schools, it is fitting that we remember the extraordinary contribution of Catherine McAuley and Edmund Rice to Irish education over the past two hundred years. They gave up comfortable lives to found the Mercy Sisters and Christian Brothers. The Mercy Sisters have been working in New Ross since 1853 and the Christian Brothers have been working here since 1849. We hope to continue their fine tradition of caring for others.
Bunscoil Nic Amhlaibh is the Irish for Catherine McAuley Junior School.
We value the friendly, welcoming, supportive spirit that we have in the present schools with their strong emphasis on pastoral care and respect for one another.
We look forward to working together to continue and to develop that spirit where each child is valued and is at the centre of everything we do. We welcome the improvement in facilities but it is not the buildings that make the school. It is the community of people working together.
The Catholic School in the Modern world-Patronage & Ethos
Although the new schools were built by the Department of Education and Skills, they will continue to be under the patronage of the Catholic Bishop of Ferns, Bishop Denis Brennan.
The Catholic faith informs the values and traditions that are lived out and nurtured every day in the schools. The Primary School curriculum states that each child should be enabled to ‘develop a knowledge and understanding of his or her own religious traditions and beliefs, with respect for the religious traditions and beliefs of others’. Our Catholic school is inclusive and welcomes pupils of other traditions. The presence of children from diverse backgrounds enriches the life of the school community.
As a Catholic school, religious education is provided for pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Catholic Church. Catholic children will be provided with religious experiences that will help them to develop their faith, such as prayer and sacramental preparation.
In addition to these activities, all children will learn about and from the beliefs, teachings and practices of the great religious traditions of the world, with a particular focus on Christianity. This type of learning is open to, and inclusive of all children, regardless of their faith background. Children of all faiths and none are welcome to participate in this aspect of the religious education programme that the school provides.
Catholic schools respect the religious traditions of other students. We have a significant number of pupils from other faiths and from families who profess no religious faith. Our schools have been enriched as we adapt to serve such a culturally diverse range of pupils.