Sacred Heart Grammar School

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Sacred Heart Grammar School
Scoil Ghramadaí Chroí Naofa
Shs crest.jpg
Motto Deus Meus et Omina (Latin)
Established 1930
Type Grammar School
Religion Roman Catholic
Principal Sr Julie McGoldrick
Location 10 Ashgrove Avenue
County Down
BT34 1PR
Northern Ireland
Coordinates: 54°11′24″N 6°20′30″W / 54.190050°N 6.341655°W / 54.190050; -6.341655
Local authority SELB
Students 855
Gender Girls
Colours Dark green, light green & gold               

Sacred Heart Grammar School, Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland, (Irish: Scoil Ghramadaí Chroí Naofa) is a grammar school with 855 students and 51 full-time teachers. The school is housed on a state-of-the-art complex at Ashgrove, Newry - a 17-acre (69,000 m2) site on the Northern side of the city and has views of the Mourne Mountains to the East.

Brief history[edit]

Established in 1930 by the Sisters of St. Clare, Sacred Heart occupied its original site adjacent to the Poor Clare Convent in Castle Street, Newry for 55 years. By the time the move to Ashgrove Avenue was finalised, the staff were working between the 6 original classrooms and an additional 32 mobile classrooms.

Mr J. Parkes, the then Permanent Secretary to the Department of Education officially opened the new school premises in December 1985 while Mr J. Smith, Assistant Secretary to the Department, opened the Science and Technology Block in June 1997.


  • 1930-1932 - Miss Angela Chambers
  • 1932-1954 - Sr. Marie Celine Turley
  • 1954-1961 - Sr. Teresa Mary Fitzpatrick
  • 1961-1965 - Sr. Imelda Fahy
  • 1965-1972 - Sr. Máire O'Hara
  • 1972-1977 - Sr. Anne Thérèse O'Shea
  • 1977-1989 - Sr. Mark Hollywood
  • 1989-2000 - Sr. Patricia Rogers
  • 2000-Present - Sr. Julie McGoldrick

Activities and Clubs[edit]

  • Athletic Club
  • Bank
  • Badminton
  • Camogie
  • Drama Club
  • Gaelic Football
  • Golf
  • Health Awareness Committee
  • Junior / Senior Art Club
  • Liturgy Committee
  • Mini Company
  • Netball
  • Politics Society
  • Quiz Club

In addition to these, there is also a wide range of educational visits, expeditions and field trips.

Musicals and Operas[edit]

There is a strong tradition of musicals within Sacred Heart dating back to 1956; recent productions have been:

Notable former pupils[edit]

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