St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom

Mission Statement

The School aims to provide a caring and just environment where the professionalism of the staff and individuality of the student is recognised. The school needs to be a place where the student feels at ease, affirmed, accepted and listened to. This gives hope to the student and helps her to develop into an adult who is content and happy.

The School provides a grounding in the Catholic faith inspired by Christian values and standards.

The atmosphere of the school instils in the student a love of learning and discovery which leads to academic success, to the best of each students ability. The curriculum prepares the student for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life which involves education for employment, unemployment and leisure time.

A happy school community which includes staff and pupils achieves fulfilment for all.

School History

In 1828 our foundress, Catherine McAuley, opened her doors to the poor of Dublin, dedicating her life to the education of young girls. Following in the footsteps, the Sisters of Mercy have been involved in education in Macroom since 1865. Today, we at St. Mary’s are proud to continue this tradition.

With Catherine as our inspiration, we seek to establish a caring environment which enhances the self-esteem and moral integrity of our pupils. Our aim is to enable each girl to avail of the opportunities, to assume the responsibilities and to value the experiences of life. Beginning with Mercy Day Mass to open the school year and following the Church’s liturgical calendar, we celebrate our Catholic identity.


News from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom

24 Sep 2019
St. Mary’s Secondary School Macroom News – September 2019

Medjugorje We would like to sincerely thank Fr John for organising another very successful School pilgrimage to Medjugorje….

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26 Sep 2018
St. Mary’s Macroom News – September 2018

EXCELLENT LEAVING CERTIFICATE RESULTS IN ST MARY’S There was huge excitement and delight in St Mary’s Secondary School…

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14 May 2018
St. Mary’s Macroom News – May 2018

St. Mary’s 2017-2018 Senior Munster Champions St Mary’s Macroom 4-10 Spanish Point, Co. Clare 3-9 Venue: Charleville 11/05/2018…

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18 Apr 2018
St. Mary’s Macroom Co Cork News – April 2018

Third All Ireland Win for St. Mary’s Secondary School Macroom with Spacesavers Bank! THEY’VE done it again. The…

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05 Apr 2018
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Macroom News March 2018

Wellbeing Week As part of our ongoing commitment to the holistic development of our students, the school organised…

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