St. Anne's Secondary School, Tipperary Town

St. Anne's Secondary School is a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School for girls. Since it opened on the 10th of January 1898 the school has been committed to providing the best quality whole life education to every girl whose parents/ guardians request it.

We strive to create a school environment in which students will be happy. We work on the principle that such an environment is created and sustained by accepting that St. Anne's is a community in which students and staff in the first place, with the support of parents and management, are committed to shared objectives, mutually agreed. Our students are not just passive partners in the educational process.

The Student Council offers a forum where students can discuss matters of student welfare while at the same time developing their leadership skills. The collaboration of Management, Staff, Parents and pupils is paramount as we, in St. Anne's embrace the Information and Communication Techonology era, but together we will continue to "reach for the stars" as expressed in our school motto "per ardua ad astra".

Mission Statement

The management and teaching staff of St. Anne’s Secondary School Tipperary Town, in co-operation with the parents, remain committed to the provision of a broadly based education to the girls of this region and to achieving a balance between the academic social cultural, spiritual and physical components of that education, within the tradition established by the Mercy Sisters and subsequently CEIST.


As St. Anne's does not exercise any student-intake criteria, it caters for a range of academic abilities. Teaching strategies reflect this mix of abilities as does the broad range of choice within the curriculum offered by the school.

Great importance is placed on personal development and life skills. Above all, as a Christian community, the school stresses the vital importance of moral education.


St. Anne's strives to create a school environment in which students will be happy. We work on the principle that such an environment is created and sustained by promoting St. Anne's as a community in which students and staff in the first place, with the support of parents and management are committed to shared objectives, mutually

These objectives are:

  • To promote and sustain respect and co-operation between staff and students.
  • To treat all students equally.
  • To foster a spirit of tolerance and respect for each other among students.
  • To continue to promote the Catholic ideals on which the school was founded.
  • To provide a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum allowing all students develop their abilities.
  • To equip students with knowledge, understanding and skills to cope effectively with complexity and change.
  • To enable students to contribute to and take increasing responsibility for their own learning in order to develop independence and continue their learning into adulthood.
  • To encourage students to contribute to their communities and the wider society and be aware of their responsibilities as well as their rights.

Special Features

  • Students are represented through their Student Council, elected by their peers. Training is provided for Council members.
  • St. Anne's has its own Credit Union, run by students under the direction of Tipperary Credit Union.
  • Together with the Abbey, St. Anne's through the Comenius Programme, has links with schools in France, Spain, Holland, Germany and Poland.
  • The commitment of students to charity is extraordinary. On average €10,000 is raised annually for a variety of causes. 
  • Dynamic communication with parents is part of the management of St. Anne's. Apart from a very active Parents' Council, parents of senior students receive monthly reports. A programme of support and explanation for parents through September, eases transition from primary to secondary.
  • A Pastoral Care team of year tutors meets weekly.
  • Students are encouraged to pursue Gaisce Awards.
  • A book rental scheme is in place for junior students.
  • English teachers have lending libraries in their classrooms to encourage reading.
  • The school is now connected to the world wide web via Broadband Network.
  • St. Anne's has a modern learning support department.
  • Canteen and tuck-shop facilities are available.
  • John Ryan Scholarships (Chairman, Macrovision California) have allowed several past-pupils of St. Anne's excel in their third level courses.

School History

The Mercy Sisters came to Tipperary Town in 1864 and the following year moved to Rosanna. Almost immediately, a primary school was opened and by the end of the century, there were several hundred pupils. This was located near the Convent Chapel.

The three-storey building which today forms the main part of the secondary school date from the early 1870's and was built as an industrial school for girls. This continued to function until 1922. The laundry which continued after that date had been started as part of the industrial school.

Prior to 1897, some degree of post-primary education had been provided but from that year, St. Anne's operated as a secondary school under the Board of Intermediate (Secondary) Education.

In the 1960's, the primary school, St. Joseph's, moved to its present location and the older buildings underwent considerable renovation and extension. In the 1970's, a new staff-room and classrooms were built, partly on the site of the old laundry.

In the 1980's, a new science block and stairway were added and in 1996, the whole complex was extensively renovated as the first phase of an on-going development plan. St. Anne's bid farewell to their Principal Mr. Donie Byrne in May 2011 after 14 years of outstanding service to the school

Principal’s Farewell Address

It has been a privilege for me to have touched the lives of  c 1,200 people between students and staff since my arrival in St. Anne’s School on August 1st. 1997. The number can be trebled when parents are included.

I have met many wonderful people and when education is considered in the broader context – I have gained a lot of new friends.

Principalship can be a lonely place. You are responsible for the quality of learning and teaching and answerable to a higher authority for ones leadership and management. It is however very fulfilling and I can say without hesitation that the past fourteen years have been the most satisfying in my career as an educator.

I want to acknowledge the Mercy Order and especially the local Mercy Community who were always so supportive of me.

A school principal does not work alone. I want to thank all the staff of St. Anne’s – Deputy Principal, teachers, secretaries, caretaker, special needs assistants, cleaners and canteen people for all their support during the past 14 years.

The local community has always been supportive, especially the Archdeacon, as indeed have the various Boards of Management with which I worked.

I now wish farewell to all the students – “the messages I send to a future I will not see myself.

Announcement of New Principal of St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town.

Ms. Colette Treacy has been appointed as principal of St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town, effective from 1st June 2011 in succession to Mr. Donnie O’ Byrne.
Colette studied at the University of Limerick and received her BA (Hons) in Physical Education, Education and Chemistry in 1983, her MA (Hons) in Educational Management in 2002 and a Graduate Certificate in Educational Mentoring (Hons) in 2008. She is joining St. Anne’s from Scoil Ruain, Killenaule where she was principal for the past nine years.

Colette Treacy commented on her appointment:
‘I am honoured and delighted to have been chosen as the next Principal of St. Anne’s Secondary School. The opportunity to lead a school such as St. Anne’s, with its high expectations and the distinctive traditions of the Mercy Sisters greatly appeals to me. I look forward to working with the staff, students and parents to ensure that the high standard of education which has become synonymous with St. Anne’s continues to grow and develop. I wish Donie O Byrne every good wish for his retirement’

Colette has an enormous passion for education and for sport, with over twenty years teaching experience and having been involved in Girls Basketball and Gaelic Football to very high level. We look forward to her bringing her enthusiasm and energy to St. Anne’s. 

Sports News

St. Anne’s Secondary School Crowned Munster Junior Football Champions.

St. Anne’s Secondary School, Tipperary Town were crowned Munster u16 Ladies football champions on the 12th February, 2011 when they overcame another CEIST school, Presentation Ballyphehane of Cork.

St. Anne’s played with the aid of the wind in the first half and led by two points before Ballyphehane’s Nicole O’Brien scored an opportunist goal. St. Anne’s defence tightened up from then on, with the full-back line of Deirdre Mullins, Emma Richardson and Jenny Daly working hard. St. Anne’s were soon back on the scoring sheet again with Aherlow’s Rachel Carey and Chloe Frewen both securing brilliant goals. Half-time St. Anne’s 2.8 Presentation Ballyphehane 1.0.

The second half was barely restarted when Nicole O’Brien goaled for the Cork side after good work from Orla McCarthy and Caroline O’Mahony. St. Anne’s Katie Quirke, Catriona Mullins and Louise Dalton were now playing superbly in the half-back line, ably assisted by Denise Ryan and Claire O’Dwyer in midfield. The half forward line of Ciara Cunningham, Denise O’Donnell and Chloe Frewen were providing a constant supply of ball to the dangerous inside forward line of Aoife Byrnes, Rachel Carey and Mairead O’Connor. Ciara Cunningham and Rachel added further scores to ensure that the Munster title was on route to the Tipperary town school. The introduction of Anna Hogan, Edel Kiely, Susan Hayes, Marie Kinane and Michelle McLaughlin added new energy and drive to the team.

This was the first time in the school’s history that a Junior football title has been captured. The team was trained by PE teacher Siobhán Ryan. Final Score: St. Anne’s 8-13 Presenation Ballyphehane 3-0.

Captain Denise O’Donnell was presented with the Munster Plate and Chloe Frewen was awarded Player of the Match.








The Munster Junior Football Champions (pictured above) included; Sophie O’Donnell, Deirdre Mullins, Emma Richardson, Jenny Daly, Katie Quirke, Catriona Mullins, Louise Dalton, Claire O’Dwyer, Denise Ryan, Ciara Cunningham, Denise O’Donnell, Chloe Frewen, Aoife Byrnes, Rachel Carey, Mairead O’ Connor, Anna Hogan, Edel Kiely, Susan Hayes, Marie Kinane, Kelly Crosse, Michelle Mclaughlin, Deirdre Cuss, Aimee Fogarty, Laura Corby, Shauna Gallahue, Noelle Duffy, Sinead English, Ann Marie Breen, Michelle Lowry, Tamara Ryan, Kayleigh Donnelly, Kirsty Donnelly, Marian McNamara, Kelly Touhy.

Young Social Innovators 2011

St. Anne's Secondary School had a great win in the recent YSI 2011 award ceremony held in the Citywest on the 11th May 2011. The school project was titled “W.O.O.F. – Welfare of Our Furry Friends”, which was in the category of "Using Technology to Change the World for Good Challenge".

St. Anne's Secondary School Win Recycling Award

Transition Year students in St. Anne's Secondary School, Tipperary Town, Co. Tipperary, had a great win in the Rehab WEEE recycling competiton.

The Tranistion Year students won their prize for a School/Communtiy based Electrical Products Re-cycling project.

This was organised by Rehab and WEEE Ireland.They collected the largest number of units for re-cycling in the Munster region.They also submitted a research project on re-cycling in general.

The team of students involved on the project (pictured below) were Tierney Bishop, Sinead Compton, Amy Cummins, Katie Bennett, Lorna Chan, Jean Fitzgerald, Theresa O'Dwyer, Katie Crowe, Maria Dillon, Aisling Bourke, Laura Nash, Megan Stanley and Kellie Bourke. The school received 10 upgraded computers from Rehab Ireland. The Rehab WEEE is an annual project for the school.









St. Anne's students scoop First Prize

St. Anne's Secondary School, won first prize in Agri Aware's Local Business Buzz Competition in 2009. This was quite a coup for the St. Anne's girls as over 300 schools nationwide had entered the competition.

The School's local flagship business Tipperary Co-op was the subject of the girls' entry and the project coincided with the Co-op's centenary year celebrations in 2008.

The students' tasks included producing a four-page brochure and composing a radio advert to highlight Tipperary Co-Operative Creamery and its contribution to the local economy.

The winners received €600 in prize money and an all-expenses paid trip to Brussels while getting 1,000 copies of their brochure printed and having their advert go out on air.

They put in great effort for their entry, doing research, conducting interviews, visiting the Co-op premises and also going so far as to visit farms which supply the Co-op.

The girls were over the moon about winning the competition and really enjoyed their trip to Belgium visiting EU Parlimentary buildings and learning more about the EU and its role in supporting Irish agriculture.







Pictured (LtoR) P.J. Ryan (Teacher), Sarah O'Dwyer, Maureen Kinahan, Marie Ryan, Kieran Maguire (Tipp Co-OP), Jennifer McCahill, Ted O'Connor (CEO, Tipp Co-Op), Fiona Casey, Michael O'Halloran (Tipp Co-Op), Josephine O'Dwyer, Donie O'Byrne (Former Principal of the school).

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