Hollypark stoneOur School Day

8.40 a.m. School opens
8.45 a.m. Instruction begins.
1.25 p.m. School ends for Junior and Senior Infants
2.25 p.m. School ends for all other classes

  • Classes must use their specific entrance door.
  • All pupils are expected to be punctual.
  • No responsibility is accepted for pupils outside or these times.


Travel to and from school

  • Pupils are encouraged to walk all, or part of the way, to and from school.
  • While the school has no legal responsibility or control over pupils travelling to or from school they are expected to behave in a manner in keeping with school standards.
  • They will be regularly instructed and advised on Road Safety, Role of Traffic Wardens, Use of Public Transport, Good Citizenship, etc.
  • The staff of the school cannot accept responsibility for pupils before the official opening time of 8.40a.m.
  • Pupils with bikes should not cycle until they are outside the school grounds.
  • If dropping or picking up your child from school please use the routes drawn up on the following page to avoid needless traffic congestion. Please note that parking in the school carpark is for staff only.
  • Parents should observe the one-way system which operates in the morning and afternoon and respect and obey the traffic wardens.
  • Do not park anywhere near the lollipop ladies.
  • Do not block resident’s driveways.
  • Do not leave your car unattended in Drop Off Zone.
  • No Right turn onto New Grange Rd from Drop Off Zone.


St Patrick’s B.N.S One Way Traffic System

Please click the image below to view in full the one way .

  St Patrick's B.N.S One Way Traffic System










Our History

St. Patrick’s B.N.S. is a large vertical boys’ primary school located in the parish of Foxrock, in the Hollypark housing estate, between Newtownpark Avenue and Kill Lane.

It was established to cater for the Catholic community of Foxrock Parish and its environs. Pupils of different religions do attend, as do pupils of many nationalities.

Hollypark was originally founded as a co-educational school to serve the needs of the rapidly growing area of Foxrock. It started as a three-teacher school, housed in pre-fabricated rooms, situated by the back wall of the site where the Lyceé Français d’Irlande now stands. It opened its doors for the first time on 1st October, 1966 to three classes of Junior Infants, with Mrs. Honor Byrne as Principal.

Construction of a permanent building, designed by the architects Guy Moloney and Associates, began almost immediately. The building comprised two sets of five parallel classrooms linked by an entrance foyer, offices and a school hall. Upon completion, in September 1969, Hollypark B.N.S. and Hollypark G.N.S. started as separate schools. Each school occupied a set of classrooms and some pre-fabs, as by this time there were seven classes of girls and eight classes of boys. Over time, the original ten classrooms were incorporated into the Boys’ School. It is difficult to imagine at this stage that Rooms 1 – 5 were once Hollypark G.N.S. and Rooms 11 – 15 were Hollypark B.N.S!

Mrs. Byrne continued as Principal of the newly formed Girls’ School, and Mr. Colm O’Shea became Principal of the Boys’ School.

DSCF3710Further expansion followed rapidly. In 1971 the ‘glass corridor’ and six further classrooms were added. In 1974 a new separate building was built for Hollypark G.N.S. and the Boys’ School was extended further. A purpose built computer room opened in 1998 and in 2005 two further classrooms were added. In each building-phase some smaller rooms for offices, storage, library and learning-support, were included.

In addition to Hollypark B.N.S. the school shares the campus with the Lycée Français d’Irlande. As a result of the (1969) Franco-Irish Cultural Agreement the ‘French School’, as it is popularly known, opened in 1970, housed in some of the vacated pre-fabs. Initially the French School pupils joined their age appropriate classes in the Boys’ and Girls’ schools for some subjects and then went to the French School for instruction in the French Curriculum. This practice changed, but Hollypark pupils still benefit under the terms of the Cultural Agreement, as they receive French language tuition in 4th, 5th and 6th classes.

The school was formally opened and blessed by Archbishop John Charles McQuaid of Dublin. Mass was celebrated in the school hall with a ‘féasta mór’ afterwards, courtesy of the architects.

When Mr. O’Shea retired in 1994 Mrs. Goretti Newell became Principal. She was succeeded in 2005 by Mrs. Helen Kelly, the current Principal.

The school grounds incorporate one senior and one junior playground, a grass football pitch, garden areas to the front and sides of the school building and a staff car-park. The play-areas are used intensively for break-times, P.E. and after-school activities. Granada, the nearby public pitch, is also used especially on major sporting occasions, such as the school’s annual Sports’ Day.

The curriculum of the school is that prescribed by the Department of Education and Science in “The Primary School Curriculum”. In addition, the boys from 1st  – 6th classes are offered many extra-curricular activities such as various sports and languages.

Both the school and the parents have very high expectations of the children. These are reflected in the aspirations of the pupils themselves. Parents display a very keen interest in their children’s education. There is a culture of school support and involvement amongst the parents, which is greatly encouraged by the Principal. On a daily basis the children’s homework is monitored and signed by their parents. The school library is managed by a committee of parents. Another group of parents helps with gardening projects. Help and support are always readily forthcoming for charitable projects, transport to matches, fund-raising events etc. The parent-body is ably represented by the very active Parents’ Association who add enormously to the fun element of the school for both pupils and staff. They hold an Annual General Meeting in the first term of the school year. Through the year they organize events such as a Welcome Meeting for parents of Junior Infants, social events for the staff, guest speakers, Santa Day, celebrations and fund-raising events as well as assisting at events such as the Book Fair and Sports’ Day.


Mission Statement

St. Patrick’s B.N.S. was established to cater for the Catholic community of Foxrock Parish, and its environs. However pupils of different religions do attend, and are respected. Many nationalities are represented and are welcome.


We aim to make our school a centre where young people feel accepted, and their personal worth and dignity is affirmed; where the spiritual, intellectual and physical potential of each individual is recognised, respected and developed: where special concern for the disadvantaged and underprivileged is experienced and encouraged and where staff, parents and students co-operate for the common good.

DSCN4243We try to awaken the hearts and minds of young people; to help them value and develop their heritage of faith and culture; to encourage them to use their talents positively.

We acknowledge that the parent/guardian is the first and foremost educator and the school welcomes communication, participation and collaboration based on mutual trust and understanding. The staff, pupils and parents value and affirm each other by sharing a common mission; by working in collaboration and by exchanging inspiration, support and encouragement.

This document forms an integral part of the School Plan. It is a condition of attendance at this school that pupils abide by the rules and regulations in this Code of Discipline. The code has been drawn up after a process which involved consultation with every teacher in the school, pupils, parents and the Board of Management. It will be reviewed at regular intervals.

The staff shall work as a team in pursuance of its aims and the support and co-operation of parents are essential to its effective operation. If teachers and parents are not working in harmony, the pupils will inevitably suffer. Parents will be informed at an early stage if problems occur.


Health, Safety and Discipline Code


In keeping with our Mission Statement, our Behaviour policy and our Anti-Bullying policy, we aim:

1. To allow the school to function in a safe orderly and effective manner.

2. To provide guidance for pupils, teachers and parents on behavioural expectations.

3 To enable teachers to teach without disruption

4. To promote positive behaviour and relationships.

5. To foster the development of a sense of responsibility and self-discipline in pupils based on respect, consideration and tolerance of others.

6. To facilitate the education and development of every child.

7. To develop pupils’ self-esteem.

8. To foster caring attitudes to one another and to the greater school/immediate environment.

9. To ensure that the system of rules rewards and sanctions is implemented in a fair and consistent manner.

10. To create a happy school culture within which all pupils and staff feel safe and respected and are able to go about their business with the support of the parent body.


General Guidelines for Positive Behaviour

  • Pupils are expected to treat all adults and fellow pupils with respect and courtesy at all times. Behaviour that interferes with the rights of others to learn and to feel safe is  unacceptable.
  • Pupils are expected to show respect for all school property and to keep the school environment clean and litter free.
  • Pupils are expected to take pride in their appearance, to have all books and required materials and to be in the right place at the right time.. Pupils are expected to obey a teacher’s instructions, to work to the best of their ability and to present assignments neatly.
  • Pupils are expected to attend every day unless there is a genuine reason for absence, in which case the school must be informed in writing, stating the reason for absence

Behaviour out of Class

  • In the interest of safety and with a view to preventing   accidents pupils must not behave in any way which  endangers themselves or others. • Instructions or directions given by any teacher are to be  complied with.
  • Pupils must line up in an orderly manner when requested.
  • Corridors—We are working towards ‘Silent Zones’.
  • When going home, classes will assemble so that their exit  can be supervised by the class teacher.
  • Boys are forbidden to return to school premises after school is officially closed, unless they are engaged in sporting or extra curricular activities.


Affirming Positive Behaviour.

Positive reinforcement of good behaviour leads to better self-discipline and we place a greater emphasis on rewards and incentives than on sanctions.


Strategies/Incentives5th Class 1

  • A quiet word or gesture to show approval.
  • A comment on a child’s exercise book.
  • A visit to another class or Principal for commendation.
  • Praise in front of class group.
  • Individual class merit awards, points awards or award stamps.
  • Delegating some special responsibility or privilege.
  • Written or verbal communication with parent.


Discouraging Misbehaviour

The purpose of sanctions and other strategies is to promote positive behaviour and discourage misbehaviour. Sanctions will be applied according to the gravity of the misbehaviour, with due regard to age and emotional development. These may include:

  •  Reasoning with pupil.
  • Verbal reprimand including advice on how to improve.
  • Prescribing extra work.
  • Temporary separation from peers within class and/or temporary removal to another class.
  • Loss of privileges.



Bullying is deliberate on-going persistent behaviour, causing physical pain or emotional distress.  The teachers, parents, pupils and Board of Management of St. Patrick’s B.N.S. have identified the following types of behaviour:

  •  Physical bullying: hurting, hitting, shoving, kicking etc.
  •  Verbal bullying: derogatory remarks about a child’s appearance, clothing, schoolwork, family, family circumstances, ability at sport, art etc.
  •  Constant interference with or demanding of another child’s possessions, books, lunch, money, clothes etc.
  •  Deliberate exclusion of one child by a group, while at the same time letting the child know he is the topic of conversation.
  • The use of devices, such as mobile phones, computer technology etc. to cause distress.

Central to our Anti-Bullying policy, is disclosure. We encourage the boys to tell their teacher or the principal if they have experienced any incident outlined. We encourage ‘bystanders’ to come forward.



  • Pupils are obliged to play in the designated areas which are visible to supervising teachers. They are encouraged to enjoy the yard by  playing safely.
  • Pupils may not leave yard or re-enter school building without  permission.
  • Staff will be vigilant in respect of activities that might constitute assault on fellow pupils.
  • Food must not be brought into yard.
  • Helpful reminders for the boys for the yard • ‘If it’s not nice don’t say it!’ • ‘If it’s not nice don’t’ do it!’
  • If a pupil is having an issue on yard—or is aware of an issue  affecting another pupil—he should tell the teacher on yard, his class  teacher or the principal.
  • If we are aware of an issue –  we can and will deal with it.