Community National Schools (CNS) seek to nurture the development of the whole child so that their life may be lived to the full. They value all dimensions of the child’s family and community life including beliefs and religions. The Goodness Me Goodness You! Programme is a practical expression within the CNS, of that nurturing process.
Goodness Me, Goodness You! (GMGY) is a multi-belief and values curriculum that has been developed for Community National Schools in collaboration with children, parents and teachers of the schools, the local Education and Training Boards, the Education and Training Board of Ireland, the Department of Education and Skills and assisted by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Of central concern to Goodness Me Goodness You! is the life of the child. It explores the child’s life, their relationship with others and with the wider world. It seeks to foster conversation between these and the child’s specific faith or belief community. It also encourages conversation between faiths and beliefs.
Goodness Me Goodness You! acknowledges the primary role of the home and the community in nurturing the child’s faith or beliefs. It seeks to support parents in this role.
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There are 4 main strands to the GMGY curriculum: