St Gerard's School

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St Gerard's School
Republic of Ireland
Funding type Fee-paying
Motto Memor
Founded 1918
Founder John James
Vice principal Mr V. Drummy
Vice principal Mr A. Dungan
Headmistress Dr. Deirdre Farrell
Headmaster Mr. Tom Geraghty
Gender Co-educational
Age range 2-18
Number of students 730
Average class size 22 Senior School, 26 Junior School
Campus size 60 acres
Colour(s) Green & Blue
Song Our Shining Alma Mater
School fees €6,800 (2014/15)

St. Gerard's School is a non-denominational with a Catholic ethos [clarification needed] co-educational fee-paying day school in Bray, Ireland. The student population is around 745, with 515 in the Senior School and 230 in the Junior School, and 20 in the Montessori. The school is administered by a Board of Governors as a charitable trust. The current headmaster is Tom Geraghty. [1]

Situated on a site of approximately 60 acres overlooking Bray, St. Gerard's has a tradition of fostering excellence in academic achievement and sport and in developing the skills and confidence of the student. The school aims to nurture the moral, spiritual, cultural and physical development of each individual to her or his full potential. The family, as the primary educator, shares responsibility for the students’ education by supporting the values and ethos of the school. Since 1918 St. Gerard's has been providing an education for children from all over Ireland and from overseas. St. Gerard's is considered one of Ireland's most prestigious and expensive fee-paying second-level institutions and many of it current students and alumni are members of Ireland's wealthiest families. Famous parents of past pupils include: Chris de Burgh, Phil Coulter and Colin Montgomerie. The school has also been responsible for educating members of the Spanish Royal Family. Alumni of St. Gerard's typically refer to themselves as "Gerardians"[citation needed] From a cultural perspective, the school views itself as a community with students from a wide variety of backgrounds, cultures and religions united by a common aim – the formation of young adults able to participate fully in the academic, social, cultural and economic life of the greater community.As a school with a strong Catholic school the staff as St.Gerards accompany students on their spiritual journey and emphasize charity, honesty, integrity and reflection.

The school is also noted for its sporting achievements and the school song "Our Shining Alma Mater" is often performed by students at sporting events. The lyrics of the song where composed by distinguished Irish songwriter Phil Coulter, whose six children attended the school. The main school games are rugby and hockey. Depending on the school term, St. Gerard’s may provide tennis, athletics archery, fencing, basketball, soccer, cross-country, badminton, golf and softball. Students are encouraged to enter local and national competitions in Science, Business Studies, Irish, Home Economics and Economics, English and many others. Other activities include debating, public speaking, choir, educational trips, equestrian events, sailing, the annual musical, charity fund-raising and visits from distinguished speakers in various subjects and in careers.


John James founded St. Gerard’s school in 1918. He was born on November 11th 1883. His father was an Anglican minister and when he completed his BA degree in 1904 he converted to the Roman Catholic faith. His vision of education emphasised the dignity of each individual and the development of the whole person.[2]

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Coordinates: 53°12′14″N 6°08′06″W / 53.20391°N 6.134937°W / 53.20391; -6.134937