St Mary's College


Ethos Report September 2020.docx



St. Mary's College was established by the Sisters of Mercy in 1936 and, as such, supports the religious and educational philosophy of its founder Catherine McAuley. Catholic schools in the Mercy tradition give expression and witness to the values of the Gospel, the traditions of the Church and the charism which Catherine McAuley exemplified.

True to the inspiring vision of our foundress, Catherine McAuley, we aspire to foster in all our students a deep respect and compassion for all people, especially those who are most vulnerable and in need of practical help.

While maintaining a strong Catholic tradition and ethos, we welcome students from every religious tradition and nationality. In St. Mary’s College, we believe that such diversity and inclusivity mean that all are enriched by the experience and culture of fellow human beings.


St. Mary’s College is under the trusteeship of CEIST - a Catholic Education Irish Schools Trust. CEIST is the trustee body for the voluntary secondary schools of the Daughters of Charity, the Presentation Sisters, the Sisters of Mercy, the Sisters of Christian Retreat and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart. The Vision of CEIST is to create a compassionate and just society inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. Their Mission is to provide a holistic education in the Catholic Tradition.

The CEIST community is committed to living the vision and the core values of the Charter. These values have their roots in the Gospel of Jesus and have been central in the tradition of the five founding Congregations.

CEIST Core Values
  1. Promoting Spiritual and Human Development
  2. Commitment to excellence and continually improving the Quality of Teaching and Learning
  3. Showing Respect for each Individual
  4. Creating a sense of Community with a special welcome for those most in need
  5. Being Just and Responsible in our Relationships.


Ethos Reports
Each month, we report on Ethos activities in St. Mary’s College. These include activities that are very much liturgy-based, while others illustrate faith-in-action. Many of the activities are teacher-supported but student-led, for example, those initiated and organised by the school’s Meitheal, Cairdeas, Lighthouse and Mercy leaders. Other events focused on include events that support local charities, for example, St. Vincent de Paul and the Nas Na Riogh Housing Association.
We also include reports on events within the school-year that are very specifically focused on significant liturgical moments within the Church Calendar, for example, Christmas Mass. Our reports both acknowledge and celebrate the religious and spiritual life of the school.

24 2020
Halloween Break
05 2020
4A First Aid
12 2020
4B First Aid
12 2020
2nd Year Parent Teacher meeting
16 2020
TY Aptitude Testing
St Mary's College,
Sallins Rd,
Naas West,
Co. Kildare,

045 879 634

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