St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point

Mission Statement

St. Joseph’s is a Catholic school, based on Gospel Values and in the Mercy tradition under the trusteeship of CEIST. It is characterised by the following:

  • Reverence and Respect
  • Tolerance and Inclusion
  • Care and Compassion
  • Justice
  • Responsibility
  • Hospitality

Our mission is to:

  • Develop and promote the personal, academic and spiritual potential of each student in a caring and disciplined environment.
  • Foster a sense of self-esteem, honesty and respect among all members of the school community.
  • Assist students in developing appropriate life skills and social awareness.
  • Offer direction and leadership in the educational field in the local community.

School History

  • On March 19th, 1929 the Feast of St. Joseph Sea-View House, Spanish Point was purchased by the Sisters of Mercy.
  • Captain Ellis who owned considerable property in the area was anxious to dispose of Sea –View House before he left for Dublin.
  • Though the Deed of Purchase was signed on March 19th, the nuns did not take up residence until July 1st that year.
  • Stables and Coach –House were transformed into a School building with 3 classrooms.
  • A Secondary School was opened on September 4th, 1929. Forty pupils enrolled and this was the nucleus of St. Joseph’s School, Spanish Point.
  • The Programme of the Department of Education was followed.
  • A few years later the school was inadequate – so St. Joseph’s Hall was opened near the convent, and it served as classrooms and chapel.

Important Dates

  • 1931 Boarding School opened
  • 1942 Reconstruction of Woodbine Cottage for Science and Domestic Science
  • 1958 New School built on present site
  • 1969 First male teachers on staff
  • 1971 Extension to School
  • 1978 Closure of Boarding School
  • 1979 Golden Jubilee of Mercy Order in Spanish Point
  • 1985 Metalwork & Woodwork added to Curriculum
  • 1986 Numbers enrolled exceed 400
  • 1988 Introduction of the Board of Management
  • 1991 Opening of Technical block
  • 1993 3 classroom extension with social area
  • 1996 6 classroom extension with dressing rooms
  • 1999 70th Anniversary
  • 2002 Introduction of BTEI
  • 2002 First Third Level Course in Spanish Point
  • 2004 Opening of Áras Chaitriona – Conference Centre

News from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Spanish Point

06 Jan 2021
St. Joseph’s Spanish Point Christmas Newsletter

St. Joseph’s Spanish Point Christmas Newsletter The St. Joseph’s Spanish Point Christmas Newsletter is now available. This newsletter…

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29 Oct 2020
St. Joseph’s Secondary School Spanish Point News – October 2020

First Year Induction Day 90 first year students joined the ranks of St. Joseph’s Secondary School on the…

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08 Jul 2020
Sisters of Mercy leave Spanish Point after 91 year

Sisters of Mercy departure ends 91 year association with Spanish Point It was with deep sadness that we…

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27 May 2020
St. Joseph’s Spanish Point News – May 2020

Even though our school building has been closed over the last few months, our school community has been…

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04 Mar 2020
St. Josephs Spanish Point Newsletter – February 2020

St. Josephs Spanish Point Newsletter The St. Josephs Spanish Point newsletter is now available. This newsletter is packed…

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27 Jan 2020
St. Joseph’s Spanish Point News – January 2020

BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition 2020 Five of our TY students competed in the BT Young Scientist…

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