St. Raphael's College, Loughrea

Mission Statement

St. Raphael’s College is a Catholic, co-educational school which aims to provide a Christian education designed to help each pupil achieve his/her potential. Administrators and teachers see themselves as supporting the parents who are the primary educators of their children. The broad education offered strives toward not only academic achievements, but the complete development of each pupil.

Vision Statement

The aim of St Raphael’s College is to provide a Catholic education to help each pupil to reach his/her potential as a unique, worthwhile person. The school is a community where pupils, teachers and parents share the Christian vision and are guided by the principles of the Gospel. Administrators and teachers see themselves as supporting and supplementing the work of parents, the primary educators.

History and Ethos

St. Raphael’s College was founded by the Clonfert Mercy Sisters in 1917. Up to 1974, the school provided secondary education for day girls and boarders from the local area and many different parts of the country.

In 1974 St. Raphael’s amalgamated with St. Brendan’s De la Salle boys school. Since 1974 St. Raphael’s has provided Catholic secondary education to boys and girls from the Loughrea area.

CEIST (Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust) are the trustees of St. Raphael’s College. The trustees delegate management of the school to a board of management which is responsible for the ethos and direction of the school.

St. Raphael’s College is a Catholic school where Gospel values inform, direct and permeate every aspect of school life. The Christian values of respect and excellence are at the core of our school. Respect for self, those around us, our environment and for God combine with the Christ-like struggle to achieve excellence in everything we do.

School News

St. Raphael's College Winners of 2010 Business Student Quiz

The inaugural Business Student Quiz All-Ireland Final was held in the Tipperary Institute of Technology on Thursday 4th November 2011.

Fifteen victorious teams from the Regional Finals, together with their teachers and supporters made the trip to the Tipperary Institute to battle it out for the prestigious 2010 Business Student Quiz All – Ireland Final prize-winners title.

Taking learning out of the classroom, and adding an element of fun was the objective of the final with the top performing teams from Cork, Dublin, Donegal, Galway and the Mid-West tested on key Junior Certificate business fundamentals in addition to general knowledge.

The coveted prize-winner’s title, a plaque for display in their school and a generous cash prize courtesy of Ulster Bank was awarded to the winners, Cormac McGuinness, Daire Joyce, Sarah McMahon and Justin Cooney from St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea.

The tension rose quickly on the day, as St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea and Gort Community School went head-to-head in a tie breaker round for first place. The Loughrea team eventually emerged as victors, followed by Gort Community School and CBC, Cork in a close second and third place respectively.









Pictured above (front LtoR) are Cormac McGuinness, Daire Joyce, Sarah Monaghan and Justin Cooney who represented St. Raphael's College when they won the 2010 All-Ireland Business Student Quiz. They are pictured with Jenny Harrington, BSTAI, Dolores Finn-Kelly, teacher; Siobhan Meehan, Ulster Bank, Thurles (sponsor); Dan Hallissey, branch manager, John Kenehan, Tipperary Institute; Miriam Gleeson, teacher; and Conor Stakelum, Stakelum Thurles (sponsor).




On Thursday January 20th, St. Raphael’s senior girl’s volleyball team captured the All Ireland “A” title in a most exciting game with Holy Family School, Newbridge.

The Newbridge girls made the better start, taking the first set comfortably. The St. Raphael’s girls started nervously and made some uncharacteristic errors, while the Newbridge girls took full advantage.

Captain, Aisling O’ Rourke rallied her troops and there was a significant improvement in the second set. A very closely fought set saw St. Raphael’s even the score with some excellent play from the Loughrea girls. Aoife Cooney and M.V.P. Kate Bryan led the offensive with some outstanding points, while a series of excellent serves from Aoife Joyce and Rhona Mc Keigue kept St. Raphael’s on the front foot.

From then on St. Raphael’s took control of the game and completed a famous victory with a scoreline of three sets to one.

Coach Jennifer Moret deserves huge credit for having the girls in peak physical and mental condition and perfectly prepared for the final. The entire squad played their part in this success and share in the victory.









Pictured above All-Ireland A Volleyball Champions, Back row; left to right
Kate Bryan (Winner of Most Valuable Player award), Megan O Connor, Ciara
O'Rourke, Shauna Maher, Aoife Cooney.

Front Row;
Laura Morgan, Nicola Daniels, Aisling O'Rourke (Captain), Rhona Mc Keigue,
Aoife Joyce, Rebecca O'Malley.











A Christian Response to HIV/AIDS

Since 2009 CEIST has been linking with Open Heart House, a centre in Dublin which challenges the social stigma associated with HIV/AIDS, while providing a compassionate and non-judgemental space for those affected by this condition.

Some time ago the staff and members of Open Heart House welcomed a group of teachers from CEIST schools to examine together ways in which HIV/AIDS might be approached from a fresh perspective in schools.

As a result of this meeting an interesting lesson module has been produced which explores a Christian response to the needs of those living with HIV/AIDS while also raising awareness of the practical realities of the spread of this virus.

We would like to express sincere thanks to Ms. Martina Keenan-Spain, of St. Raphael’s College, Loughrea, for all her support in this project.

Martina produced the framework from which the module has been developed in consultation between the Staff and Members of Open Heart House and the Faith Development Team at CEIST. Martina has also written a powerful drama, entitled ‘Full Circle’, especially for the module.

This is a drama which will give students much food for thought as it unfolds, and a great deal of material for discussion.

We look forward to having the completed module available for use in schools shortly.

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