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Gaelscoil an tSeanchai, Magherafelt

Mission Statement

Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí is committed to the development and growth of the whole person, in a rich Irish language environment which supports learning, celebrates endeavour and prepares our children for an ever changing, technological world.  Fundamental to the inclusive ethos of our school is the recognition of each pupil as an individual with his/her own special abilities, gifts, needs, personality and cultural background. We aim to foster a caring, supportive environment within a well ordered school community, where staff and pupils can work together in an atmosphere of mutual respect, so that each and every individual can achieve the highest level of intellectual, personal, physical and social development of which he/she is capable, within the context of the Northern Ireland Curriculum.


  • To provide a safe, secure, stimulating learning environment
  • To provide a relevant and balanced curriculum that fulfills the needs of all pupils, in a motivating and meaningful context, taking account of their past experiences and future learning needs
  • To recognise and acknowledge that all our pupils have talents and to nurture each child’s potential
  • To develop a pupil’s self-esteem and self-confidence and to encourage an appreciation of personal achievements and aspirations
  • To foster, in partnership with parents and pupils, a system of pastoral care which promotes each pupils’ respect for themselves, others and the environment and which develops important values such as self-discipline, honesty, kindness and forgiveness so that they can become active and responsible members of society
  • To ensure that each pupil leaves our school equipped, as far as he/she is personally capable, with the knowledge, skills, values and attitudes necessary for living in a changing social, political, cultural and technological environment
  • To promote the development of a positive attitude towards a healthy lifestyle
  • To celebrate and promote our Irish cultural identity while also creating an inclusive environment where diversity among individuals is embraced, celebrated and responded to and equal opportunities are available to all
  • To establish a creative and secure educational partnership between the school, the home, and the wider community
  • To develop a love for learning and a motivation to ask questions, to make informed decisions and to prepare pupils to take a positive role in future learning, beyond Naí-Aonad and Gaelscoil an tSeanchaí
  • To support each child in their commitment to a faith community, whatever that may be.

FÍS DON TODHCHAÍ Vision For The Future

  • To continue promoting the strong Irish language ethos of the school
  •  To ensure that pupils and staff feel safe, happy and successful
  • To maintain high standards of pastoral care within the school
  • To maintain a positive, caring environment through continued partnership between the school, home and wider community
  • To ensure high standards in the delivery of the curriculum and pupil achievement
  • To develop shared leadership through the role of co-ordinators and senior management within the school
  • To ensure that the school meets the requirements brought about by changes to the curriculum and ICT
  • To ensure the continued professional development of all staff in order to achieve high standards of pastoral care and teaching and learning
  • To continue to incorporate curricular and pastoral changes and initiatives in whole school development
  • To ensure that staff have an input into school development work
  • To encourage pupil participation in important decisions relating to school life
  • To develop the use of the outdoor environment to enhance teaching and learning
  • To develop an attractive, stimulating, learning environment for pupils and staff
  • To ensure continuing improvements in provision of curricular resources
  • To ensure continuing improvements in security, maintenance and resourcing of the premises