Welcome to Ard Scoil
Our Mission Statement is “Reaching our potential with respect, care and friendship”.
A brief History of Ard Scoil na nDéise
While the history of Ard Scoil na nDéise dates back only to 1990, it is part of a long tradition of Catholic education in the town of Dungarvan. Ard Scoil na nDéise is the product of the amalgamation of Coláiste Mhuire run by the Sisters of Mercy and St. Joseph’s Secondary School run by the Presentation Sisters. Both congregations had a Primary and a Secondary School. In 1990 the Secondary Schools amalgamated to form Ard Scoil na nDéise under the Trusteeship of the Sisters of Mercy. We are now in the CEIST Trust.
A message from the Principal Dorothy Hughes
Ard Scoil na nDéise is a Catholic girls’ school under the trusteeship of CEIST (Catholic Education in Irish Schools Trust). In accordance with our Mission Statement we strive to help each and every student in our care to achieve her full potential academically, but also to graduate from our school with enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem.
We expect our students to be motivated and always to do their very best, whatever their best may be. The vast majority of Ard Scoil students aim to continue their studies at a third level college, and we are very proud of our many students who obtain outstanding Leaving Certificate results. We are also very proud of students who find school and study more difficult but work extremely hard with their teachers and consequently achieve a good Leaving Certificate.
We live in challenging times, and this school offers our students the possibility of graduating with a lot more than academic achievement. We recognise the importance of good communication skills, the ability to work well as part of a team, good leadership skills and a sense of responsibility for the environment and for our community. Our teachers actively encourage our students to get involved in public speaking, drama, sport, music, artistic projects, creative writing etc. Indeed the collaboration between staff and students in the many extra-curricular activities on offer here is a wonderful way of strengthening the great atmosphere of respect, friendship and community which is commented on by so many visitors to our school.
Our Parents’ Council and our Chaplain are also very actively involved in the life of our school, supporting us with the Board of Management in constantly improving the learning experience for our students. The school secretaries, caretaker and cleaners all assist us in ensuring that the school is a well maintained, pleasant and efficient place in which to teach and learn.
Joanne Brosnan, Deputy Principal, and I are very grateful to all who support us in leading and managing the school. It is a busy, vibrant community, and I hope this brochure will give you some idea of life at Ard Scoil na nDéise. You will find further information on our school website www.ardscoildungarvan.com.
A MESSAGE FROM THE DEPUTY PRINCIPAL.
I wish to extend a warm welcome to those students who are considering attending Ard Scoil na nDéise.
Our school has both a Junior and Senior building and I am based in the Junior building where First, Second and Third Year students are located. We are keenly aware of the importance of a smooth transition from primary school to secondary school. Thus we place particular emphasis on ensuring that our First Year students feel welcome and involved in school life from their first day in the school.
I believe that we learn best when we are actively involved in our work and when we are sharing that learning with others. Here in Ard Scoil na nDéise we aim to provide a learning environment where our teachers, students and parents work together to ensure that each girl fulfils her potential. I endeavour to ensure a happy, caring and respectful atmosphere which supports staff and students in their work. I always endeavour to be available to staff, students and parents so that together we can address any concerns that may arise.
I am of the firm belief that a love of learning is one of the greatest gifts we can give our students and it is what we strive to ensure.