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St. Mary’s Secondary School believes that every student is unique and that the school’s main task is to foster the development of each individual girl. The school was founded in 1838 and has a proud heritage of providing excellence in education. A strong holistic view of learning and the learner is held by the school, and all students are encouraged to give their best, and in doing so to reach their potential in a caring and nurturing environment.

The school is home to a range of modern facilities which are constantly being developed to meet the ever-changing needs of the student body. Specialist rooms for all subjects allow teaching staff to deliver engaging lessons for both practical and academic subjects.

St. Mary’s girls’ involvement and achievement in extra-curricular subjects spans across a broad spectrum from sport to music to internet safety to sustainability and citizenship. With basketball courts, tennis courts, a camogie pitch and a gymnasium on-site, students have access to top facilities, all housed in a friendly and supportive environment. International students can expect a warm welcome at St. Mary’s and indeed in Charleville in general, which is known for its friendly locals.

School available for EU Citizens only.

Cork is Ireland’s second largest city and boasts all the character, charm and excitement of the capital in a more compact setting. It is often referred to as ‘the real
capital of Ireland’ by locals! Situated on the banks of the River Lee, the historic city centre offers fantastic cultural and shopping opportunities as well as lots of exciting things to do and places to explore. The city is truly the perfect blend of cosmopolitan city life and a traditional homely Irish atmosphere, making it a hugely popular choice for international high school students. Beyond the city limits, students can explore the wider county of Cork- Ireland’s biggest county. With its beautiful coastline, delicious food and picturesque colourful towns and villages, it’s no wonder that the locals are fiercely proud of where they come from and are eager to welcome exchange students and introduce them to the Irish way of life.

School Profile: St. Mary's Charleville

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English, Mathematics, Religious Studies, Accounting, Business, History, Geography, Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Science, Physical Education, Computer Applications, Wood Technology, Home Economics

French, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese

Book Club, Film, Book Club, Choir, Film, School Trips, Debate, Student Council

Camogie, Basketball, Tennis, Horse Back Riding