Sancta Maria College, Rathfarnham
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Sancta Maria College is a girls' Catholic voluntary secondary school in Ballyroan, Rathfarnham, Co. Dublin. The school is governed by a board of management. There are approximately 525 students and 34 permanent teachers. It is run by the Sisters of Mercy.
In 1932 the building that now houses the Sisters of Mercy was given as a gift to the order by the owners, the McCabe sisters. The order's Mercy Community in Carysfort near Blackrock were gratified but had no plans for this big building. They decided to make it a holiday home for girls called St. Mary's Convent and it was blessed and opened on 26 July 1932.
In 1942 Archbishop McQuaid approached the Superior of the Sisters of Mary believing that the convent would be a good place to treat children in the early stages of tuberculosis. The Red Cross Society was looking for a place to treat these children. For 16 years the house served as a Preventorium.
In the 1960s, tuberculosis was under control and the Preventorium was no longer needed. The population of Ballyroan was increasing and a school was needed. On 8 September 1960, Sancta Maria College was opened.
Around the year 1963 the assembly hall was built.
The school offers students three Leaving Certificate courses: Leaving Certificate, LCVP and LCA.
In 2007, 35% of the students who sat the Leaving Certificate enrolled on a University Course.
In 2008, 89 out of 90 Leaving Certificate students enrolled on a University Course. Seven of these students were offered places in the National College of Art and Design, with another two on the waiting list. This latter figure made Sancta Maria the school with the highest number of entrants into NCAD in the Republic of Ireland.
In 2009 so far, seven students have been accepted by NCAD.
The transition year students complete a module of community care during the year whereby they spend two hours a week in a local charity shop or hospice.
The school has built a drug rehabilitation centre for children and teenagers in Nairobi, Kenya which they raise funds for every second year. In June 2009 10 students travelled to Kenya to witness the poverty and help in the local schools and centres. They brought €31,000 that the school raised for the project.
The school houses hundreds of unwanted dogs every year.
The Transition Year programme was introduced in 1991.
The School has strong links with Coláiste Eanna and Butterfield Residents Association, who have funded the school's Green School Committee in the past.
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