Welcome to our website
Our school is situated in the old and historic area of Stoneybatter in Dublin 7. We are adjacent to the Smithfield markets area to east, the River Liffey to the south and our back garden is the magnificent Phoenix Park to the west and north. The school has its own private grounds accessed by an avenue off Manor Street. Someone once described it as “an oasis in the middle of the city”!
We are an all-girls Secondary School catering for students from 12 – 18 years approximately. It is governed by a Board of Management and its Trustees are the Religious Sisters of Charity (RSC). Its origins can be traced back to the foundation by Mary Aikenhead of a Novitiate House for the Irish Sisters of Charity in 1815. Since then the school has been synonymous with the formation and education of young women. Mary Aikenhead reached out to all regardless of religion and today we continue to embrace with pride her philosophy of inclusion. Hence we are non-selective in our Admissions Policy and no child it turned away on the basis of class creed culture or intellectual ability.
We strive to provide a warm and caring atmosphere in our school. This was acknowledged in the Whole School Evaluation Report carried out by the inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills (2006). It reported inter alia that “a warm welcoming and open atmosphere can be felt throughout the school and a high level of respect for the student is evident in all interactions between staff and students. There is a strong focus on the holistic development of our students and we aim to equip them with the skills they need to progress in society and to become independent young women.
As you browse through these pages I hope that you will pick up a flavour of who we are in Stanhope Street and that you will discover nestled in its myriad activities the true characteristic spirit of our school.
Tommy Coyle - Principal