St Joseph's Secondary School, Navan

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St.Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School
Scoil Trócaire Naomh Iósaf
Navan, County Meath
Motto Castitas, veritas, caritas.
(Latin for "Chastity, truth, charity.")
Denomination Roman Catholic
Principal Ms. Mary Mulligan
Number of students c. 640[1]
Religious Order Sisters of Mercy

St. Joseph's Secondary School is an all-girls school in Navan, Ireland. It serves both the town and a large catchment area. The school is situated close to Railway Street and shares part of its grounds with St. Joseph's Primary School. It was founded by the Sisters of Mercy.[2]

The current principal is Ms. Mary Mulligan and the vice-principal is Ms. Rita Meagher. The school has approximately 600 students and has a wide range of extra curricular activities some of which are music and choir, drama, debating, equestrian and golf.


In 1925, the school was registered as a secondary school with the approval of the Department of Education. Many of the students educated at St. Joseph’s from the 1920s onwards entered Teacher Training Colleges or University or went on to work in the Civil Service. During the 1960s, it became increasingly evident that a new school would have to be built as student numbers continued to grow. In an effort to support the work of the Sisters, a Parents Association was formed to raise funds for the building project. A government grant was made available and in 1969 the main block of St. Joseph’s Secondary School, as we know it, was officially opened.[3]

Mission statement[edit]

St Joseph’s Mercy Secondary School states that it is 'informed and influenced by the teaching and example of Jesus Christ and is conducted in an atmosphere of care, respect and joy.'[4]


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