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My School Pledge
I pledge today to do my best in reading, math, and all the rest. I promise to obey the rules in my class and in the school. I’ll respect myself and others too. I’ll expect the best in all I do. I am here to learn all I can, to try my best and be all I am.
San Carlo J.N.S Confey, Leixlip is a co-ed Catholic School under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin. Pupils range from Junior Infants to Second Class and include Special Needs pupils and pupils from overseas. The ethos of the school is Catholic. However, it also has due regard for other religons. Pupils are encouraged to be respectfull and caring of themselves, each other and authority and of the school buildings and equipment. In keeping with our school motto Step to Success with Confidence we strive to develop all our children intellectually, spiritually, physically, asthetically, emotionally and socially so that they may live a full and usefull life as pupils and ultimately as adults in society. To do this we provide an inclusive curriculum suited to the needs of all our pupils so that each may develop to his / her full potential. We also aim to provide a caring, disiciplined and structured environment where all our young pupils feel confident about themselves and their achievements. All our pupils, regardless of background, gender and disability are valued members of our school and encouraged to feel good about themselves and their role within their class and within the school community. We value the multicultural nature and diversity of our school population and see it as being potentially a very valuable means to exploring multiculturealism and identity in our school. Our school promotes gender equality amongst the teachers and staff and all our pupils, boys and girls, are given equal opportunities in curricular areas and sporting areas. Sa scoil seo déanfaimid iarract Gaeilge a labhairt chomh minic agus is feider. Cuirfimid failte roimh cách roimh paistí le eagsulacht cumais agus paistí ó chultura eile.
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1981 – 2017 Confey was separated from the Parish of Leixlip in 1979. Fr. Paul Freeney was the first curate in charge of Confey. He resolved to put the wishes of the first Parish Priest of Leixlip, Fr. Patrick Savage to rights. In 1832 Fr. Savage was appointed to Maynooth and Leixlip and his first task was to build a church in Leixlip. Fr. Savage had a Foundation Stone engraved with St. Charles Borromeo’s name on it, but the Archbishop of the day, Dr. Murray, had other ideas and insisted on the church being dedicated to Our Lady. Despite its chequered history, the Foundation Stone survived, and Fr. Paul Freeney chose this name for both the church and school in Confey. He then set about building a school. San Carlo Junior School opened it’s doors in September 1981 for the first time. There were six teachers on staff : Mrs. Mc Cann (Principal), Mrs. Buckley (D.P.), Mrs. Divilly, Ms. King, Mr. Keegan and Mr. Aherne. The number of pupils on roll was 201. The average class size was 35 and there were was no Learning Support position in the school. The first Principal of San Carlo J.N.S. was Mrs. Margo McCann and her D.P. was Mrs. Eva Buckley. Mrs. McCann retired in 2008 after 27 years service to the school. She left behind a rich legacy in the field of education in our school. The children who joined Senior Infants and first class in September 1981 previously attended Scoil Eoin Phoil, Green Lane, Leixlip. These children travelled from Confey to Green Lane daily by bus until our school opened. The children came from the following areas: Confey, Glendale, Riverdale, St. Mary’s Park, Avondale, River Forest and the surrounding areas. The pupil numbers steadily increased until 1991 when we had 725 children on roll. This caused a serious accommodation problem due to the late delivery of prefabricated classrooms which lead to “dual days” for the pupils. This meant that one half of Junior Infant pupils attended in the morning and the other half of the pupils attended from noon onwards.Our teaching staff numbered 24 at this stage. Currently there are 271 pupils enrolled in San Carlo J.N.S. We have 12 mainstream teachers, two Learning Support teachers, two Resource teachers, 2.83 SNAs, 2 job- sharing secretaries, one caretaker and four part-time cleaners. In the early days the school hall played a big part in the life of Confey parish as it was used for Sunday masses and other parish gatherings while the church was being built. The first group of children received their First Holy Communion in May 1982. The ceremony took place in a  prefabricated church and Fr. Sean Malone officiated in place of Fr. Paul Freeney who was ill. . The second Principal appointed to San Carlo J.N.S. was Mrs. Eva Buckley and she lead the school from 2008 until her retirement in December 2011. During her time as Principal the school was insulated and a new gas boiler was fitted. Mrs. Bridie Divilly became the third Principal of the school in January 2012. A native of Galway, she has lived in the parish since she got married. She has worked tirelessly for the good of the pupils of San Carlo and the wider community. In March 2012 Mrs. Divilly applied to have new windows fitted throughout the school. Mrs. Divilly retired in August 2014. The current Principal, Mrs. Catherine Diggins was appointed in September 2014. The Deputy Principal is Mrs. Regina Fitzgerald. New windows and doors have been fitted, a lobby area has been created and a full electrical upgrade of the school has been completed. San Carlo J.N.S has just been awarded it’s second Active Flag and it’s second Green Schools Energy Flag. We are also applying for Digital Schools status and will know shortly if we are successful. San Carlo Junior School has now reached the stage where we have past pupils returning as parents and teachers. We also have past pupils who return here to do Transition Year work experience and Teaching Practice. It is great to see pupils, teachers, parents and all stakeholders in the community working alongside each other. The school is fortunate to have a very active Parents Association. Their fundraising and general involvement in school life has enriched the range of activities and resources available to the children. Thanks to their fund-raising efforts the school will be installing a sensory garden and playground in June 2017. The support of parents over the years has been greatly appreciated and every cent raised has gone back into resources and activities that benefit all children. The future for San Carlo J.N.S. and it’s many pupils looks bright. Catherine Diggins Principal.
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