Our School Philosophy and Mission Statement St Tiernan’s is a school that was built in the community of Balally, and was originally set up to meet the needs of students in the parishes of Balally and Dundrum. While our traditional intake has broadly widened to take in students from numerous other areas, we truly remain a school in which ‘community’ is at the core. This characteristic nature, which has developed in our school, comes to us from the founding trustees. The Carmelite Fathers seek to form communities where each person feels accepted and valued not for what they can do but simply because s/he is. One of the most important tasks entrusted to the founder of the FCJ, Marie Madeleine was the pastoral care and education of youth, a task which we now take up. Companionship is also central to the FCJ Philosophy of Education. The VEC strive to deliver an educational service of excellence to all the community. These values can be found today in the mission statement of the school as follows;
Through a caring and collective approach St Tiernan’s Community School aims to:
1 Encourage academic success, promoting quality in everything we do.
2 Develop a well-rounded individual with a healthy physical, social, and spiritual outlook on life.
3 Nurture a sense of respect and pride in each individual in the school and in the community.
4 Maintain a positive, caring and disciplined environment.
5 Provide a joyful educational experience for all.
The ethos of our school is founded on a respect for the dignity of each individual student and recognition of the unique gifts of each individual person. The school has a Catholic ethos but is open to and welcomes students of all denominations and none. An inclusive environment in which Christian values are fostered and all faiths are welcomed has developed in St Tiernan’s Community School.
The school fosters the academic, social, moral and intellectual development of each boy and girl. The school recognises the multiple intelligences and actively seeks to meet the individual needs of each and every student.
St Tiernan's encourages and rewards excellence in every area of school life through regular school assemblies where students are presented with a variety of achievement awards including: