Scoil Carmel is a Catholic Junior School, which serves Firhouse Parish. The children come from diverse cultural, social and religious backgrounds. Children with special needs participate fully in the life of the school. The school includes children sincerely and unconditionally.
Parental involvement is valued and encouraged and education at Scoil Carmel is interpreted as a process in partnership between parents, children and teachers and board of management. We nurture an environment of development, both spiritually and morally with particular emphasis on Pastoral care.
At present we have 16 classes with 4 teachers at each level. We have a SET team who help children with additional learning needs and a team of SNA's. In 2004 we celebrated 50 years in existence on our present site.
Scoil Carmel was founded in 1869 and initially served the substantially rural and agricultural community of the parish of Bohernabreena. The school, situated at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains and backed by the green belt on the banks of the River Dodder also served a large area from Rathfarnham, Templeogue, Tallaght and Glenasmol. Scoil Carmel has always been a mixed school. The school was originally housed in the grounds of the Carmelite Convent.
Scoil Carmel moved to its current grounds in 1954. This building was extended in 1975 and, in 1977, due to a large increase in young families in the area, the school was divided and Scoil Carmel became a Junior School serving children from Junior Infants to Second Class. A new sentio school, Scoil Treasa, was built for children from 2nd to 6th Class.
On completion of Second Class, the children transfer to Scoil Treasa, Firhouse’s senior primary school. The two schools work together to ensure the happy, smooth transition through primary school for all children through synchronization of holidays and school times and through teacher contact and collaboration.
Ms. Ursula Martin is the principal of Scoil Carmel.
"As the Principal of Scoil Carmel Junior National School I feel so proud of such a wonderful school, with hard working children, dedicated staff and a shared love of learning.
As a learning community, children and adults are inspired and challenged as they gain a deeper understanding of the world around them as well as key concepts to build knowledge upon."
Principal Of Scoil Carmel JNS