17 Dec 2019
Meán Scoil Mhuire Longford News – December 2019
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Meán Scoil Mhuire is a centre for the formation of youth. It respects the dignity of each person, with her unique background, tradition and beliefs. It provides a disciplined atmosphere in which the pupils can grow and mature. Pupils are exposed to a rich cultural heritage, and acquire knowledge and skills which enable them to understand and respect themselves, others and the environment in which they live. It is our experience that pupils who are cooperative and helpful get the most out of their time in school. In order to provide a pleasant, cooperative atmosphere where all can develop of their full potential, the following rules apply:
Teaching and Learning
The Sisters of Mercy came to Longford from Mother House in Baggot Street, Dublin in April 1861. They first lived in Keon’s Terrace and taught young children in the ground floor room of the old St. Michael’s Boys’ School. Older girls who wanted to continue their education did so in the Senior Girls’ Academy at the back of St. Mel’s Cathedral where the Sisters taught them sewing, mathematics, religious Education, English, Book-keeping, Cookery, French and Music.
The new convent was completed in 1874 and the Sisters moved from Keon’s Terrace on 24 October. The Secondary School, named “Our Lady’s School” was built in 1874 and by 1883 the pupils were sitting examinations. The Boarding pupils lived in part of the convent. On Easter Sunday 1880, Bishop Woodlock laid the foundation stone of the Primary School which opened to pupils in 1886. Around this time a chapel was added to the convent. In 1915, German and Latin were added to the curriculum.
In 1935, a new Building was erected. This consisted of three classrooms, separated by folding doors which doubled as a study hall in evenings, plus a science room and cookery kitchen. Around this time the school became an “A” school, i.e. all subjects were taught through Irish, and it changed its name from “Our Lady’s School” to “Meán Scoil Mhuire”. It remained an all Irish school until the mid 60’s.
In September 1957, the Sisters purchased a bus which was used to transport pupils from north Longford. It was probably the first free transport system for students in Ireland.
In 1958, the primary school transferred to the new building which was built on the playing fields near the Dublin Rd. and the old primary school was renovated to accommodate ever increasing numbers in the secondary school.
The North East Wing was added to provide dormitories, a dining room and a kitchen. The Boarding School could accommodate 120 and the school could hold approximately 300. The boarding school opened in September 1960.
The introduction of Free Education at the end of the 1960’s brought about a big increase in the number of pupils continuing their education through secondary school, and Longford was no exception. The foundation of the present senior building was laid in 1975 on the site of the 1935 building, and this was opened by the Minister of Education in September 1977. The number of pupils continued to rise until all dormitories were converted into classrooms and the boarding school closed in 1986. A further two classroom extension was blessed and opened by Bishop C. O’Reilly on 9th April 1997.
Our Lady’s School is presently called “Meán Scoil Mhuire”.