St Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar

St. Joseph's Secondary School, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, have kindly shared with us information about the school along with recent news and events.

St. Joseph's is an all girls secondary school in Castlebar, Co. Mayo on the west coast of Ireland. Our school was founded by the Sisters of Mercy and is situated in Lord Lucan's former grounds. Located on attractive, extensive grounds, it is within walking distance from the centre of Castlebar, one of Irelands fastest growing towns.

Mission Statement

  • St. Joseph's is a Catholic Secondary School for girls. We aim to provide a holistic Christian Education in co-operation with teachers, students, parents, management and the community.
  • We work to create equality for all in an atmosphere of mutual respect .
  • We strive for excellence in learning and endeavour to help each student to reach her full potential in a positive, caring and happy environment.

Principal's Greeting

St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar is a voluntary Catholic Secondary School for girls under the trusteeship of CEIST. Our aim is to give our students a good Christian training and to develop their full potential as citizens of the future.

I Meánscoil Naomh Iosaef is í an aidhm atá ag an bhfoireann oibre ná chuile ghné de phearsantacht agus d’fhorbairt an scoláire a mhúscailt agus a chothú.
Cuirtear béim mhór ar acadúlacht, ar obair dhian, dhícheallach, agus ar chúram na scoláirí. Spreagtar gach scoláire sa chaoi ‘s gur féidír leí a cumas speisialta, nádúrtha féin a thabhairt chun críche trí mheán an oideachais.
Saothraíonn an fhoireann oibre agus scoláirí as lámha a chéile in atmasféar na cineáltachta agus na Críostaíochta.

Each teacher promotes and fosters pastoral care in an informal manner in her/his own classroom. Teachers are appointed to undertake the formal role of Year Head and Year Group Advisor for each Year Group. We believe that true education embraces the whole person and therefore our objectives are to develop the academic, spiritual, emotional, social, physical and moral well-being of our students.

In St. Joseph’s we aim to equip our students with skills, competencies and self-esteem in a rewarding learning environment. Our dedicated and hardworking staff endeavour to offer an education of breadth and balance for each student.

Beir bua agus beannacht,
Áine Bn. Uí Mhóráin

THE WIZARD OF OZ - Transition Year Musical

On Tuesday 24th and Wednesday 25th November the transition Year students of St Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar staged their musical production of the ‘Wizard of Oz’, in the Royal Theatre Castlebar. The Transition Year students put in full scale rehearsals over the past few weeks and were very excited about performing in such a fine theatre as the Royal Theatre Castlebar, which has to be one of the best venues for a theatrical performance outside the West End.

The ‘Wizard of Oz', the musical is based on a 1900’s children’s fantasy novel, ‘The wonderful Wizard of Oz’, by Frank L. Baum and it tells the story of a 12 year old girl called Dorothy who lives on a Kansas farm with her Aunt Em ,Uncle Henry and dog Toto. Dorothy dreams of a better place, which is ’somewhere over the rainbow'.

One day, she is ‘kidnapped‘, by a twister and set down in the land of the Munchkins where she meets up with the Scarecrow, the Tinman and the Lion. Together they set off to find the Wizard in the Emerald City of Oz.

The shows memorable songs include, ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’, ‘Ding Dong the Witch is Dead, ‘Follow the Yellow Brick Road’, and ‘We’re off to see the Wizard’.

The show’s musical director is Ms. Deirdre Lee and is produced and directed by Ms. Marianne Jordan with choreography by Ms. Hazel McLynn. The main cast include: Emma Daly (Dorothy), Michelle Grealis (Scarecrow), Kate Murphy (Tinman), Alice Corley (the Lion), Amy Ahmed (the Wicked Witch), Anna Mannion (Aunt Em), Áine Tierney (Uncle Henry), Amy Lawless (Zeke), Rebecca O’Callaghan (the Wizard) Sarah Breen (Hickory), Grace Leonard (Hunk), Rachel Mulchrone (Glinda), Katie Kenny (Emerald city Guard) and Dearbhla Jordan (Winkie General).

The set has been designed and created by the school’s Art Department under the expertise of Ms. Geary and very ably assisted by a very dedicated team of Transition Art students. Ms. Miriam McDermott is the creative force behind costumes and Mr. Tim Ryan is the shows technical advisor and lighting expert.

The show will be supported by the school orchestra under the baton of Ms. Deirdre Lee and assisted by Sean Bourke, Mick Buckton and Joe O’Grady. The show promises to delight and entertain its audience both young and old.

Click here to view school photos taken of preparation for the Wizard of Oz show.

Around the school Photo Gallery

Click here to view pictures from around the school.

School Chaplain

We welcome to our school our new chaplain Fr. John Murray who has joined us in September 2009. As School Chaplain, he is available to assist with faith formation, school liturgical events and to provide support for students and for the spiritual wellbeing of the school community.

We extend a sincere thank you to our former School Chaplain, Fr. Michael Murphy, who for the past 10 years contributed greatly to the academic, pastoral and sporting life at St. Joseph's. We wish him great success and happiness in his new post. His contribution to our school will long be remembered by staff and students alike.

The Student Council

The Student Council is made up of two student representatives from each year group. It was set up to represent the student body. Student Council meetings are held on a regular basis. Matters of interest to the students and any ideas or suggestions that have been brought to student council members’ attention can be discussed.

Students are kept up to date on progress and events on our special Student Council Notice Board and submissions from students are welcome at any time, to our "Suggestions Box " - right underneath the notice board!

The student’s councils have organised a number of fundraising activities for various events and have worked to promote our "Green School".

The "Millenium Project" was one of the initial projects undertaken by one of our first ever student councils. Our Environmental Friendly - "The Millenium Tree Planting Project" hopefully will continue to bear its fruits for many years to come. On the school grounds, a tree was planted to mark each of our year groups. Some of those trees served to replace what was lost in storm just prior to this. This was a great success.

Senior Prefects

At the beginning of the academic year 2006/07 the school decided to establish a Senior Prefect Team. Leaving Certificate Students and Staff elected this Team.

The role of the Senior Prefect Team is to promote leadership and to represent our school on official occasions.

Two students from the Senior Prefect Team are appointed as Head Girls. The role of the Senior Prefect Team will further develop within our school community.

St. Joseph’s - A Green School

The School Community of St. Joseph’s Secondary School aims to care for and protect our environment and to preserve it for future generations.

Having been awarded the green flag for our work on waste management, recycling and energy conservation, and water conservation we have completed the 4th phase of the green schools programme and have been awarded four green flags.

Currently for school year 2009/2010, we are working on the theme of Travel. We are encouraging more students and staff to walk or cycle to school and reduce the number of cars on our roads.

We practice the Green Code Reduce, Reuse and Recycle and we continue to conserve energy.

Our Big Win 2009 - All Ireland Final

St Joseph's Castlebar won the All-Ireland Ladies Gaelic Football title in 2009, defeating another CEIST school in the final, Ard Scoil Na Deise of Waterford.

Pictured above are the St. Joseph's Secondary School Gaelic Football team who won the All-Ireland Ladies Championship in 2009.


  • Congratulations to Róisín Rice who was the winner of John Healy Memorial Prize for essay "A hero in my community".
  • Credit Union National Poster Competition 2009/2010 - Congratulations to our winners, 14-17 years category, 1st place - Laura Ryder (2nd year), 2nd place - Michelle Hopkins (6th year), 11-13 years category, Róisín Rice (1st year). Best of luck to Laura whose entry proceeds to the next "chapter level.
  • "Psychospaghetti" - giving an insight into the teenage mind, was enjoyed by Transition Years at the Linenhall, Wednesday 18th Nov.
  • "Travel" is this years theme for Our Green Schools Committee who are working towards the schools 4th Green Flag.
  • Congratulations to Stephanie Cassoll Leaving Cert. 2009, on being awarded entrance scholarship to UCG, Special ceremony - Thursday 15th Oct. in UCG.
  • Congratulations to Aoife Bell, Leaving Cert. student - presented with Intel Award of Excellence for her Science project entry.
  • Congratulations to Ellen Cahill, St. Joseph's Leaving Cert 2009 student, who was presented with the Naughton Award and €1000 for the school Science laboratory, Well done Ellen and best wishes in your studies.
  • Supervised After School study commenced 14th Sept - which is available to all students.

Click here to view the CEIST website school page on St. Joseph's Secondary School Castlebar, which contains their Mission Statement, School History and Contact Details.