Ardscoil Mhuire provides a Christian environment where all persons are valued and assisted to reach their full potential.
God our Father,
Bless and protect the world and all its people today. May your gentle presence strengthen and give hope to the suffering and those in need of special help.
May your peace be with us all – and may we live in the light of your truth and your love, now and always.
Mercy Philosophy of Education
Catherine McAuley generated in her sisters a deep concern for the needs of people around them. Referring to this concern, Article 43 of the revised Constitutions of the Sisters of Mercy of Ireland (1985) states:
It engages us in Christian
education contributing to the full personal
Development and formation of Christ in others,
especially in those most deprived.
It urges us to be
with, and for the poor and distressed,
working for social justice and well-being,
seeking to bring rich and poor together
in mutual love and service.
In particular this concern is reflected
in our commitment
to the spiritual welfare of people,
through sharing the gift of prayer,
and through building Christian community.
Inspired by the vision of Catherine McAuley, Mercy education is committed to holistic development and to the achievement of the full potential of each student, particularly those who are disadvantaged or marginalized. It is a process informed and influenced by the teaching and example of Jesus Christ and is conducted in an atmosphere of care, respect and joy. Mercy education is committed to on-going whole-school development in collaboration and partnership with the Board of Management, Staff, Parents and the wider community. (Mercy Philosophy of Education 1996) Ardscoil Mhuire is an all-girls voluntary secondary school, founded by the Sisters of Mercy and is committed to the Mercy Philosophy of Education.
Since 2007, Ardscoil Mhuire has been under the trusteeship of CEIST. CEIST was formed in 2007 as the trustee body for the voluntary secondary schools of the Sisters of Mercy, Daughters of Charity, the Presentation Sisters, the Sisters of the Christian Retreat and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. The founders of CEIST honour the aforementioned congregation’s rich heritage in education and pass its stewardship to lay colleagues. This will ensure that Catholic education will be an option in the Irish education system into the future. Under the trusteeship of CEIST Ardscoil Mhuire continues to provide a Catholic education aimed at fostering the pupils’ intellectual, cultural and spiritual potential to the maximum, enabling them to develop as mature, responsible individuals. The school aims to combine academic excellence, and the personal and moral development of each student with a very close working relationship between parents and teachers.