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

06 Jan 2021
St. Mary’s Macroom News – December 2020

CHRISTMAS DAY IN ST MARY’S  We celebrated Christmas Day in St Mary’s in a slightly different way this…

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29 Oct 2020
St. Mary’s Secondary School Macroom News – October 2020

News from St Marys Staff in St Mary’s made every effort to prepare our building, changing our practices…

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30 Apr 2020
Learning During Lockdown at St. Mary’s Secondary School Macroom

Learning During Lockdown Firstly – we would like to say well done to all of our students, parents…

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27 Jan 2020
ST Mary’s Macroom – Review 2019

JANUARY Our Science Department and students travelled to compete in the BT Young Scientist Competition. Our 5th year…

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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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