Welcome to the St. Catherine’s Senior School website. St. Catherine’s Senior School caters for girls from second class to sixth class.
We are an eleven teacher school, including teachers for learning support and resource teaching.
St. Catherine’s is a Catholic school in the Dominican tradition. We are inspired by our school Motto ‘Veritas’, which means ‘Truth’ and we aim to educate our pupils for life, helping them to reach their full potential, and use their gifts and talents to build a just and peaceful world.
Please take some time to explore our website. Your will find information on our many activities – our Green school, our sports and music ventures and some beautiful examples of our pupils’ work.
Our newsletter section will keep you up to date with our busy school life.
If you require any further information, please contact the school on (01) 8387194.
Our videos give an insight into the fun and vibrant learning community in St. Catherine’s Senior School.
School hours: 8:40am – 2:30pm
Break: 10:30am – 10:45am
Lunch: 12:15pm – 12:50pm
Our School has a large PE hall, which can cater for a range of sporting activities. The hall is also used for Christmas concerts, events and school activities that involve the entire school population. There is also a large playground, which provides ample space for children to play and engage in playground games. The playground is separated into class groupings for safety.
We have an ICT room where pupils can engage in online learning activties and suitable educational games. It is invaluable in the teaching of vital ICT skills, which will stand to our pupils long after they have left our school. We also have an extensive library with a huge collection of both fiction and non-fiction titles to suit all interests. Pupils are brough to both the library and computer room on a regular basis.
Our music room boasts a collection of interesting percussion and tuned instruments, as well as being a space in which music can be played, sung, created and explored. Our beautiful oratory is used for prayer services, reflective time and in supporting the Catholic ethos of the school, as we celebrate various religious occasions during the year.
St. Catherine’s Senior School is a primary school situated on the Ratoath Road in Cabra West, Dublin 7. The school occupies the first floor of the building, which was built by the Dominican Sisters in 1944. The school hall is shared with the Infant School on the ground floor.
In April 2006, the Dominican sisters transfered the school to the Laurence O’Toole Trust, under the patronage of The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin.
St. Catherine’s continues to preserve the Dominican tradition of education aiming to develop each girl to her full potential – academically, spiritually, socially and emotionally, in a spirit of trust and truth.
There are currently eight mainstream classes and two Learning Support / Resource teachers in the school. A H/S/C/L Co-ordinator is shared, as is the School Completion Co-ordinator.
As a feeder school for St. Dominic’s College, sixth class pupils usually transfer there for their secondary school education.
Parents are encouraged to become involved in the life of the school and their children’s learning.
Several courses are organised by the H.S.C.L. Co-ordinator including cookery (with a focus on healthy, cost-saving meals), fitness classes and computer classes. There is a parent and toddler group also. Parents are involved in Maths for Fun, Story Sacks and paired reading initiatives.
The school has developed a strong link with the local Library and is a member of CBI (Children’s Books Ireland).
The school has for the second year running received a Plaque of Excellence for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths.
Pastoral care is emphasised in the school. There is a nourishing of the gifts of each child in an atmosphere of respect.
Sacramental preparation, involving the home, the school and the parish is undertaken by the teachers and parish sister, Sr. Philomena, who is based in the school.
The school is involved in the Green Schools Initiative and has recently obtained its third Green Flag which was for conserving water. The school is now working towards its fourth Green Flag for travel and all children are being encouraged to walk to school or to park and stride.