St. Raphaela’s is a Catholic Primary School serving girls from the Stillorgan area.
As a learning community, our purpose is to guide and support each child in all aspects of her education and development. For us this includes promoting not only academic success, but also self-esteem, confidence, and personal responsibility.
The learning environment that we create is welcoming, collegial, happy, safe and respectful of all its members.A key element of our ethos is the respect and dignity shown by all school personnel towards every child. The words of Anne Holte, displayed in our school entrance remind us daily of what we set out to achieve;
If a child lives with tolerance they learn to be patient,
If a child lives with encouragement they learn confidence
If a child lives with fairness they learn justice
If a child lives with praise they learn to appreciate
If a child lives with security they learn to have faith
If a child lives with approval they learn to like themselves
If a child lives with acceptance and friendship they learn to find love in the world.
Like St. Raphaela we believe that the Eucharist is at the heart of God’s goodness to us, and from it flows all our blessings. We have a School Mass at least once a term and many pupils choose to join the community for Mass in the Convent chapel at 8.05am daily.
The school has an Assembly for Junior Classes on Tuesdays and one for the older children each Wednesday. Each class takes a turn in leading our assembly, and reflect on a current theme from their Religious Education programme. We also use assembly as an opportunity to celebrate individual successes and achievements, birthdays, kindness and good news. Assembly is a time to come together as a school family.
Our school motto is “Ad Finem Fidelis” – “Faithful to the end”.