23 Mar 2020
St. Mary’s Arklow News – March 2020
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St. Mary’s College is a Catholic Secondary School for girls under the Trusteeship of CEIST and welcomes students of all persuasions. We are committed to educating the whole person to her full potential in a caring, supportive and joyful environment in partnership with parents and community.
To mark the setting up of CEIST, Student, Oana Gaftoi, Form 6, was selected to undertake a large painting that would symbolise the spirit of CEIST. This painting is now on display on the main corridor and is greatly admired (see below).
The sisters of Mercy came to Arklow from Rathdrum in 1881 and began an apostolate in education. In 1903 the Sisters opened a boarding school to facilitate students who lived great distances from the school.
In the mid 50’s the boarding school was extended and a new building, Maris Stella, was erected to provide day education for the local population.
Assessing the trends of development in economic and population growth, the Sisters perceived the way forward for Arklow was to facilitate the provision of increased day education and accordingly phased out the boarding school in the 1970’s.
Cluain Mhuire building was opened in 1985.