St. Raphaela’s Secondary School is a Voluntary Catholic Secondary School for girls, under the Trusteeship of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. As such, it supports the Religious and Educational Philosophy of its Founder, St. Raphaela Mary.
The school is managed by a Board of Management, and throughout this document the terms ‘school’ and Board of Management’ are synonymous. It is funded by the Department of Education and Science and operates within the regulations and guidelines set down by that Department. The school has a very active Parents’ Association andStudents’ Council.
We are committed to the pursuit of excellence in every area of the curriculum, always recognising the individual needs of the pupil and supporting their full development. We aim to achieve this in close partnership with each other and with the parents. We seek to develop a sense of personal responsibility and self discipline in each child in our care, together with a deep sense of each child’s unique value and talents.
Openness of communication is very important. Pupils are encouraged to speak openly and to know that they will be listened to with respect, just as they should listen to and respect others. As the parents’ role in the school is seen as vital, close co-operation and communication on issues relating to the good of an individual child or of a group within the school is encouraged.
Staff try to encourage rather than criticise. Every necessary correction is ideally given with a positive goal. It is the whole person and not the academic achievement in isolation that is regarded
The school tries to keep pace with new educational ideas and developments to prepare pupils to use their gifts in the world of today and tomorrow.
Our School Crest
The school crest of St. Raphaela’s signifies the Sacred Heart of Jesus with the isignia ‘Ad Finem Fidelis’ or ‘Faithful until the End.’
The school crest of Marillac Secondary School bearing the motto ‘The Charity of Christ urges us’ or ‘Caritas Christi urget nos.’
Why not have a read of this Irish Times article about St Raphaela’s from 2008:
Why not have a read of this interesting Irish Times article from 2008: