Sacred Heart Secondary School, Clonakilty, Co. Cork is an all girls secondary school, under the trusteeship of CEIST. We presently have an enrolment of 544 students. Sacred Heart has provided secondary education to girls in the Clonakilty area and beyond since 1941. In that time the school has become a vibrant educational complex with a focus on academic excellence, through a holistic approach. In Sacred Heart we strive to be a welcoming school to all female students, catholic in character, inclusive in our intake, comprehensive in our curriculum.
We strive to exercise justice and fairness in our structures and behaviour management strategies and we strive to be consultative in our decision making.
Our school is built on the philosophy of Catherine McAuley. The Gospel and legacy of Catherine McAuley challenges our school to be inclusive, to be especially mindful of the disadvantaged and mindful of those with special needs.
The philosophy of Catherine McAuley also challenges our school to be truly a resource for the local community, to be mindful of local needs and to focus on the importance of a value based Christian Education in a Catholic tradition.
The Trustees (CEIST) are committed to the implementation of all education legislation, in particular, the Education Act (1998) and the Education Welfare Act(2000). The trustees fully subscribe the underlying principles of the legislation: partnership, accountability, transparency, inclusion, respect for diversity, parental choice and equality.
The voluntary contribution made by the teachers in the area of extra and co-curricular activities provides all students with many opportunities to belong to an extended family of teams. Such school activities provide many benefits to the life and culture of our school including the opportunity and platform for students to express themselves, as young developing adults, in ways that a restricted curriculum does not provide. Extra curricular activities provide a more balanced, dynamic and rounded educational experience that the classroom by itself, simply cannot provide.
We believe that the cultivation of a healthy body is an essential part of education. Sport fosters pride in each participative pupil, a sense of satisfaction and achievement, and a desire to make physical activity an inherent part of pupil's lifestyle.
Secondary Education was introduced in Clonakilty in 1908 when students in the Primary School were enrolled to take secondary Board examinations. This continued until 1941 when, following a suggestion from the Bishop the Most Reverend Denis Moynihan, Sacred Heart Secondary School was registered as a secondary school with a student enrolment of 41 students...
The pastoral care system is central in the whole school approach to the development and progress of each student.
The role of the Subject Teacher is central to our Pastoral Care System. This role is enacted in each and every class.
Each student in a year group has a Year Head - takes overall care of student in the year in terms of needs, discipline issues, studies, contact with parents etc. Liaises with tutors, SPHE teachers, guidance counselor and subject teachers.
Each Junior Cycle class group has a class tutor - they are the main contact person for the students.
The school was under the trusteeship of the Sisters of Mercy since its foundation. 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)
In February 2008 the new Trust Body – CEIST (Catholic Education - an Irish Schools Trust) took over as Trustees.
The CEIST Charter defines the vision, values and framework by which the new Trust, its executives and schools will operate. It sets out the CEIST Vision and Mission statements and indicates how the values of the Charter can be lived out by all involved in CEIST and its school communities.
The School is managed by a Board as defined in the Articles of Management of Secondary Schools. They have statutory recognition under the Education Act 1998.
The composition of the Board of management is as follows:
The term of office of a Board of Management is three years and expires on the 14th October in the third year after the Board was constituted. The Chairperson is nominated by the Trustees and ratified by the Board at its first meeting. The Board meets regularly.
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