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Social Justice

One of our 4 Key Pillars

Looking after our Mental Health

One of our school mottos is it 'It's ok to not be ok'. In our school we see mental and physical health and wellbeing as not only being vital to living a healthy flourishing life but also for learning.

We practice mindfulness, yoga, we are trained in Friends for Life , restorative practice and Incredible Years. We work extensively on our feelings and encourage talking about our feelings or anything else that may be on our mind. We also offer art and play therapy for those who need it as well as conflict resolution groups. 

We really encourage healthy habits such as:

  • Eating and sleeping well

  • Drinking plenty of water

  • Doing something you enjoy every day

  • Engaging in physical activity

  • Engaging with others and the community

Our Charity Partner- The Cambodian Project

We are proud to have a longstanding relationship with the Cambodia Ireland Changemaker Network. This is a mutually beneficial partnership between Cambodian organisations and our school. We work together to enhance education in both Cambodia and Ireland through our sharing of skills, by developing our understanding of social justice issues and our ambitions to become active global citizens. Each year, teachers from Francis Street School take part in an exchange programme to experience and improve education in Cambodia by spending time with Cambodian based NGOs, PEPY Empowering Youth and SeeBeyondBorders in Siem Reap. 

The Social Justice Group

In our school we involve ourselves in many projects which promote social justice within our school and also our understanding of social justice beyond our walls and across the globe. The Social Justice Group are responsible for organising all of the events which go along with this work such as GOAL Jersey Day, Giving Racism the Red Card, The Shoebox Appeal and of course welcoming visitors from Cambodia.

Changemaker Schools

Francis St School is one of 15 Irish primary Changemaker Schools in the DCU Changemaker Schools Network.

The DCU Changemaker Schools Network is a community of practice and focussed on sharing best practice in the areas of innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship. 

Schools in the network frame their work within changemaking leadership practices focussed the development of empathy, creativity, leadership and teamwork with their students.


All students are encouraged to identify as Changemakers. Schools support the vision and mission of the DCU Institute of Education; to transform the education system for the better. 


If you would like to find out more Changemaker Schools please follow us on twitter @DCUCMS and our website will be coming shortly

Shoebox Appeal

The annual Shoebox Appeal helps us all to remember that Christmas is a time for giving to others who may not have what we have.  The students in our school donate shoeboxes filled with small gifts for those in need in the city of Dublin and places further away.

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