St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newport

Mission Statement

St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newport operates as a Catholic co-educational Secondary School, to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality for the benifit of the community which it serves.

In pursuing this mission we aim:

  • To provide a quality educational experience that caters for the full range of academic aptitude and abilities.
  • To foster the intellectual, physical, social, cultural, moral and religious development of our students.
  • To enable pupils to archieve their full potential academically.
  • To promote the Catholic ethos and faith.
  • To cater for the needs of the local community in so far as ethos, resources and facilities permit.


School History

St. Mary’s is a co-educational secondary school that offers a varied and wide ranging curriculum. The school is structured and geared to providing educational facilities suited to the needs, interests and range of abilities of its students.

The secondary school, which opened with a small enrolment, has continued to expand until it now has a student population of just over 500 pupils. Through the years of its development and expansion, St. Mary’s was always ready to meet the challenges posed by new ideas in curriculum in accordance with the ever changing and growing needs of its pupils. Since 1988 the school has been run by a Board of Management- comprising two parents, two staff members, and four appointees of the Trustees. In continuing the Sisters policy of sharing responsibility with their lay colleagues a lay principal was appointed in 1989.

The Sisters of Mercy, as Trustees continue to have a large involvement in the management of St. Mary’s and as members of the teaching staff. The Mercy Order itself has responded to the needs of today’s world and has matured and evolved. From this strength the transition to a Board of Management and lay Principal has been shaped and achieved. The Sisters are still committed to being involved in the educational process and their personal dedication is seen in a new and important way as teachers and as guardians of a trust that they have cherished for years. The school is now under the Trusteeship of CEIST (Catholic Education, an Irish Schools Trust). As a CEIST school, St. Mary’s Secondary School is committed to: – Promoting spiritual and human development – Achieving quality in teaching and learning – Showing respect for every person – Creating community – Being just and responsible St. Mary’s will continue to strive to meet its aim of developing and educating each individual student so that he/she is given the opportunity and encouragement to reach his/her full potential.

The School has achieved a justifiable reputation over the years through the dedicated commitment of its highly qualified and hard working staff. We hope that the future generations who come to St. Mary’s will benefit from the excellent tuition and facilities that the school can offer them so that they will face life filled with hope and confidence.


News from St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newport

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

Art Auction for Team up for Theo St. Mary’s Secondary school ran a fundraising art auction for Team…

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

Gaisce Update President’s Award Leader (PAL) Ms. L. Coyle’s GAISCE Bronze award recipients. Congratulations to you all on…

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27 Feb 2020
St. Mary’s Newport News – February 2020

Choirs for Cancer 2020 One in two people in Ireland today will develop cancer during their lifetime. Choirs…

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14 May 2018
St. Mary’s Newport Retain FAI Schools First Year ‘B’ Girls National Cup

St. Mary’s SS, Newport retain the title Bank of Ireland FAI Schools First Year ‘B’ Girls National Cup Final…

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12 Jan 2018
St. Mary’s Secondary School Newport receives visit and tweet from Leo

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar was present at the BT Young Scientists exhibition this week. During his visit he stopped…

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26 Dec 2017
St. Mary’s Secondary School, Newport News December 2017

Sport Our first year girls’ soccer team had another great win. They beat John the Baptist Community School,…

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