Welcome from the Principal

It is a privilege to be entrusted with helping in the education of your children during a vital early stage of their lives. We share a common purpose in ensuring that the transition of your child from home to school life is a calm and happy experience. Your child’s educational journey will be most successful when there is collaboration between parents/guardians and staff.  The staff of St. Sylvester’s are always open and welcoming to any parents/guardians who wish to discuss any issues or answer any questions about their child’s development.

Please phone 01-8450061 for appointments or go to our ‘Contact Us’ section of this website.

Brief History and General Information

The red brick school was built in 1856. Originally it catered for all the four to seven year old children in the Parish of Malahide.

In 1956 the white Infant School was built.

In 1985 our present school was built combining the old “Red School” as it was known locally and the white Infant School.

In 1996 the Parish of Malahide was divided and the new Parish of Yellow Walls was constituted. St. Sylvester’s Infants School is now in this Parish and our pupils transfer from here to Pope John Paul II Senior School once they have completed 1st class.

In 2007 five extra semi-permanent classrooms were built and two extra special education rooms.

In 2016, after many years of effort from the Board of Management, the school saw a large renovation.  Our prefabs were demolished and a modern two storey building with new offices, seven new mainstream classrooms and three new support classrooms were built.

St. Sylvester’s School caters for children from Junior Infants to 1st Class. Many parents will testify to the merit of having a school devoted entirely to this young age group. St. Sylvester’s School is one of only nine Infant Schools in Ireland. The entire school ethos reflects our drive to support this young age-group.

We are proud of the fact that we have built an excellent reputation for early education where the needs of each child are given thoughtful consideration.

Our school is one of the most tastefully designed and well equipped Infant Schools in the country.  We are situated beside the beautiful Malahide Castle grounds which provide us with a vast array of interesting nature walks throughout the year and space for sports activities.

School Staff 

St. Sylvester’s currently has fifteen talented mainstream teachers on the School Staff.  This is complemented by our six  skilled Special Education Teachers.    Each one of our staff are highly qualified with a special aptitude for teaching young children.

In addition to the teaching staff we have a school secretary, a caretaker and a number of Special Needs Assistants (in accordance with Department of Education and Skills regulations).

The Principal is Mrs. Sharon Dunne.

The Deputy Principal is Mrs. Fiona Kirby.