What to Expect at Mol an Óige Steiner National School

Our school is a fully State recognised, multi denominational school, with a thriving community of children, parents and teachers.

Early learning in the ‘Junior/Senior infants’ room uses regular patterns of activities to create routine helping your child to know what to expect which creates a feeling of security for them. We use imaginative play, simple toys, story and song to nurture and strengthen your child’s senses and physical body. Irish language is interwoven through verses and stories, meal times are shared and conversation is cultivated.

This approach to early schooling enables your child to step towards formal learning, kindled with a love for life and the world around us. This unique approach by the school serves as a bridge between the familiar world of home and the new world of the school.

When your child is ready to start formal learning, usually sometime in senior infants, their formal academic study will begin. Each day starts with the ‘Main Lesson’ which usually lasts around 2 hours. In this lesson a single theme is studied by the class for a number of weeks, which enables the children to study the topic in depth. Our teachers aim to bring the subject matter to life in an artistic and imaginative way, limiting the need for text books.

As your child moves through the school, their work develops and takes on an increasingly academic character. The children learn a wide array of skills with us and are tasked with learning them in an intuitive and artistic manner. The school invites you to work closely with your child’s teacher to enhance their education further. We meet many times through the year, in school, at celebrations, festivals, parent teacher evenings and the like. We urge all parents to take part in the school community on a regular basis. Like all schools, fundraising is ongoing throughout the year and all families are expected to play their part.

We have a full time classroom assistant in the infants’ room. They are essential for our very active infant programme. They also enable us to offer more personalised attention to each child at this critical, preliminary, stage of your child’s education. The Department of Education do not fund the assistant position so we ask parents of junior infants to make a contribution of 10 euro per week. This, plus fundraising, helps to cover their salary.

Our school recognises the importance of the spiritual world of your child and acts with reverence toward all the worlds spiritual traditions. Our children are introduced, through story, to many different religions and cultures from around the world. However, our school policy toward spiritual or religious teachings is that the responsibility for educating your child in this important area of their life, lies with you the parents and family.

Day to day school life looks much like it does at any other school. There is lot’s of energy in the school yard with children running around and playing. There is a bell and all the usual rushing to classes. Expect lots of great festivals and events to attend and to make new friends with parents of other children.

We start at 9.20am and finish at 2pm, for Junior and Senior Infants, and 3pm, for everyone else. Many of the children catch the bus to school and can be seen lining up before and after school to enter/exit the school. Students at Mol an Oige are not required to wear a uniform. However, parents are required to provide good rain gear and wellies to wear on our regular walks in nature.