Welcome to our website.
St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Stanhope Street is situated in the historic area of Stoneybatter in Dublin 7. The school is close to the Smithfield markets area to the east and the River Liffey to the south. Our back garden is the magnificent Phoenix Park to the west and north where we regularly enjoy activities such as walking and cross country running. The school has its own private grounds. These are accessed by an avenue off Manor Street. Many people refer to it as an oasis in the middle of the city!
We are an all-girls secondary school catering for students from 12 – 18 years. The school is governed by a Board of Management and our Trustees are the Religious Sisters of Charity (RSC). The school’s origins can be traced back to a Novitiate House for the Irish Sisters of Charity in 1815 founded by Mary Aikenhead. Mary Aikenhead reached out to all regardless of religion and today we continue to embrace with pride her philosophy of inclusion. We have an open admissions policy.
We strive to provide a warm and caring atmosphere in our school. This was again acknowledged during an incidental inspection carried out by the inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills (2013). There is a strong focus on the holistic development of our students and we aim to equip them with all the skills they need to progress in society and to become confident, responsible, independent young women.
As you browse through these pages, I hope that you will pick up a flavour of who we are and what we offer in Stanhope Street.
We hope that you will have a chance to read our newsletters and to check our Twitter feed to catch up with pupils past and present.
Maedhbh Daltún - Principal.
A message from the Vice Principal.
I recall visiting St Joseph's Stanhope Street in November 2011 for a meeting and being struck by this "oasis in the middle of the city". I am now returning as the deputy principal which I see as a new beginning for me and one full of great potential and exciting times ahead.
My teaching career began in Mercy College Beaumont D9 and continued for the last 25 years in St Michael's Holy Faith Secondary School, Finglas where I taught Biology & Science. I have also worked with the Professional Development Service for teachers developing resources for Leaving Certificate Applied Science. For the last 3 years I worked with families in the Finglas / Ballymun area as Home School Community Liaison Co-ordinator.
While I bring all of these experiences with me to my new role as deputy principal I am very conscious of the wonderful educational legacy that has been here since 1815 when Mary Aikenhead founded a Novitiate House for the Irish Sisters of Charity. Her vision of education has continued here in St. Joseph's thanks to the wonderful commitment of all the teachers and staff over many years. I look forward to working with Ms. Daltún, teachers and staff in continuing to build on this legacy for all our students and their families in these exciting times ahead in Education and in Dublin 7!