St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow

Mission Statement

  • To develop a community of learning which is geared towards the holistic development of each student.
  • To foster the pursuit of academic excellence, respecting the specific potential and talents of each student.
  • To promote the School community, the values of a Christian, caring society.
  • To cater for students with special needs.
  • To value, within the total school community, self respect, respect for others and for the environment.
  • To recognize and affirm the unique value and contribution of each individual.

School History

Although the Sisters of Mercy came to Mallow in 1845 and the Primary School was established almost immediately, it was not until 1932 that St. Mary’s Secondary School was founded. As early as 1903, as evidenced by the Convent records, the need for a secondary school was recognised and acknowledged. Not until 1932, however, was it possible for the Sisters to satisfy this so-obvious need.

Early Beginnings

The old “1850” National School building, which had been vacated when the new Primary School had been built in 1911, was early in 1932, prepared and fitted for the accommodation of the group of Primary school leavers anxious to continue their education. When the new school year began on August 29th 1932, St. Mary’s came into being. There were two teachers: Miss Kitty Whelton, (later Mrs. P. McSweeney), and a young, newly professed Sister, Sr. M. Benedicta, and there were 28 students enrolled in the school.

Growth and Success

The story of the school in the next decades is a story of gradual growth, of much development, and of many academic successes. The original two-storey building had to be re-constructed many times to accommodate growing numbers and finally in 1966 it was decided to add an extension. A sudden spurt of growth in the numbers of pupils in the late sixties (due partly to the Free Education and School Transport Schemes) necessitated the building of new blocks of classrooms in the field in front of the Convent. In 1970 the new extensions were meant to provide for an enrolment of 400+ students. More extensions were built in 1974, 1982, and 1987 to accommodate ever increasing numbers.

News from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow

30 May 2019
St. Mary’s, Mallow News – May 2019

School Awards Ceremony The St. Mary’s, Mallow annual School Awards Ceremony took place on Monday 20th May in…

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28 Feb 2019
St. Mary’s Mallow News – Feb 2019

Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) Presentation Junior Cycle Profile of Achievement (JCPA) certificates were presented to St….

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09 Jan 2019
St. Mary’s Mallow Newsletter December 2018

The St. Mary’s Mallow December Newsletter is now available. Packed full of events which took place over the…

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11 Dec 2018
St. Mary’s Mallow – UCC Quercus Entrance Scholarships

On Thursday December 6th, a ceremony for Quercus Entrance scholarship recipients was held in University College Cork (UCC)….

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29 Nov 2018
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow News – November 2018

Gaeilge 24 On Tuesday, 13th November, students from St. Mary’s accepted the challenge of speaking Irish only for…

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30 Sep 2018
St. Mary’s Mallow News – September 2018

Mercy Day Mass The St. Mary’s school community celebrated Mercy Day Mass on Monday 24th September. We celebrated…

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