Welcome from the Principal

Thank you for taking the time to visit the Manor House website which I hope you will find both interesting and informative.

Manor House is a Catholic Voluntary Secondary School for girls founded by the Poor Servants of the Mother of God (SMG). It is the ethos and educational philosophy of the SMG that informs the way we do things in our school. Manor House is now under the stewardship of the Le Chéile Schools Trust to whom the SMG have entrusted the legal, financial and inspirational role of trusteeship. No matter what area the SMG work in they aim to respect the dignity and uniqueness of every individual. The school reflects this aim by trying to create an environment that demonstrates a concern for the welfare and good of others. We do our best to provide all our students with an academic programme appropriate to their needs within a caring and supportive environment.

Manor House has a six-year cycle, which includes a compulsory Transition Year. It provides a broad range of traditional academic subjects to Leaving Certificate Higher Level and also offers a comprehensive programme of general education, an excellent pastoral care system in addition to a wide range of extra-curricular and sporting activities. I hope that you enjoy your ‘web’ visit to our school and that by the time you have finished browsing you will have a good idea of the many different facets of school life in Manor House.

Mary O'Neill, Principal

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Interview with Sr Brendan O'Dea, SMG: January 2018

(The following interview was carried out by two students from the Student Council who will be representing Manor House students at the Le Chéile conference in February. Thanks to Ms Doherty for organising the interview.)

Sister Brendan is a nun in the Poor Servants of the Mother of God congregation, living at St. Mary's Convent in Raheny. She first joined the congregation at the age of twenty, and at the end of this month will have been 72 years in the order. She studied at UCD and taught French for many years in Manor House School.

Her desire to join the congregation arose after a local nun, Sister Mary Lewis, gave her a book about the work of the Poor Servants of the Mother of God and in reading this book she learned of their work in the areas of nursing, helping others and teaching. She felt a connection with the works and beliefs of the order. She wasn't originally interested in teaching as she felt that she would be closer to God helping the less fortunate, but that view changed as time went on. While a novice, she did a spiritual year in England and taught in two schools before taking her final vows.

Since joining the congregation's schools, she has seen many girls develop into young women and live full lives and she keeps these students in her heart and prayers. She has also seen many girls enter the order and become nuns.

She believes that what makes Manor House distinctive, is that each student develops as a whole person, spiritually, physically, academically and socially. Students are taught to respect and show kindness for one another. In Manor House, all girls are seen as equals and everyone is given an opportunity to fulfill their potential.

‘The beauty of the congregation is that we are not limited to the classroom’, said Sister Brendan. ‘In the future, I would like to see the mission continue to help young people and the less fortunate and to spread the message of God.’

When asked about the future of Catholic schools, Sister Brendan said, ‘we will have to fight for the future of Catholic schools’, but she fervently believes that their work ethic is unmatched and this work ethic will secure them a future.

Important Dates
  • 12 Feb: Mid-term Break
  • 19 Feb: Mock Exams
  • 26 Mar: Easter Holidays
  • 09 Apr: SEC Orals and Practicals
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