Mr Michael Carew
As Principal, on behalf of the hardworking, dedicated staff and Board of Management of St. Mary’s Knockbeg College, I would like to welcome you to our new website which I hope will provide you with a flavour of life here in our school. I know that it will certainly offer you a sense of the wonderful school that we have.
A Message to both Parents and Students
It is essential that while in school each pupil conducts himself in a manner that allows him to best fulfil his potential, that he respects the needs and concerns of other pupils, and that he co-operates with the staff. The grounding for good education is in the home – it is the focused and motivated student who tends to benefit most from school – and in this respect we would ask parents to work with their sons and the staff in ensuring that homework is done, that an evening or weekend study schedule is put in place, and that a positive attitude to school and study is nurtured. Ensuring on a daily or weekly basis that homework and study is being attended to, that the uniform is in order, that there is punctuality of, and regularity in, attendance will help the focus towards learning and complement the work of the staff. This is a medium sized school, and we feel that the spirit of co-operation that exists here between staff, pupils, and parents and that is integral to pupils personal and academic development, has always been a hallmark of Knockbeg. Inevitably, while the onus will always be on encouragement and the instilling of self-confidence and a sense of self-discipline in pupils as we work with them to the best of our ability, situations will occur in a school whereby disciplinary measures need to be taken, parents need to be contacted or parents need to contact us. There is a Pastoral Care/Discipline system in the school to facilitate this. All the staff work in the area of Pastoral Care, trying to ensure that the personal as well as the academic needs of the pupils are catered for. We stress that at the core of all interactions in the school should be Respect for one another and our expectations to that effect, as staff and students, have been written down and are displayed throughout the school.