Bhur gcéad fáilte chuig láithreán gréasáin na scoile. It is my great pleasure to welcome you to our school website which we hope will give you an idea of what life is like for us here in St. Attracta's Community School.
St. Attracta's Community School came into being through the successful amalgamation of Banada Abbey Secondary School and the Marist Convent in 2002. This school continues the work initiated by the Marist Sisters, the Sisters of Charity, Co. Sligo V.E.C. (now the Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim E.T.B.) and the Diocese of Achonry, to maintain the ethos which they established in accordance with their vision of Christian Education.
We are a Christian Community, committed to educating our students in an atmosphere of mutual respect, integrity, sincerity, honesty and tolerance in partnership with the Board of Management, teachers, parents, ancillary staff and the wider community. St. Attracta's Community School strives to create a caring environment for the holistic development of each individual.
We are blessed to have at our disposal state-of-the-art facilities in a building which was officially opened in December 2002. It was designed to provide a sense of space and to maximise the use of natural light. As the first Pilot P.P.P. (Public Private Partnership) second level school to open in the country, we benefit from having the management company, Bilfinger HSG, run and maintain our building to the highest standards.
Of course, the building is one thing, but the people who occupy it on a daily basis are the real focus of our efforts. With over 600 students, 45 teaching staff and 12 ancillary staff, St. Attracta's is a hive of activity. We offer a wide range of subjects in both Junior and Senior Cycles as well as an excellent Transition Year Programme. We have a strong Pastoral Care system in place. Extra curricular activities are many and varied. Academic life here is important but so, too, are the cultural, sporting and spiritual aspects of our students development. St. Attracta's boasts many fine achievements in varying pursuits at local, national and international level.
The continued success of our school is largely due to the positive relationship that we enjoy with all of the partners in education - our students, their parents/guardians, external agencies and the wider community. Respect is our strength and this is echoed in our daily interactions with one another.
St. Attracta's underwent a WSE-MLL (Whole School Evaluation - Managing Leading and Learning) Inspection in May 2015 when the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills visited our school over a 3 week period. The final report is an endorsement of the tremendous work which goes on in the school. The Board of Management is pleased with the outcome and, in particular, with the positive comments in relation to the quality of teaching and learning and the evident student care systems which are in place. Also acknowledged were the respectful and calm school environment and positive working environment for staff. Thank you to all who promote this culture and help to maintain and develop it. The school is also actively engaged in Self Evaluation which is ongoing. The full report is available for viewing in the 'Downloads' section of this website.
We hope that this website will give you an idea of school life here in St. Attracta's.
Thank you for taking the time to browse our site. I hope it has been helpful and informative.
Le gach dea-ghuí,
David McEvoy. B.A., H.D.Ed., C.T.G., H. Dip. in Ed. Mgmt., M.A.
In Unum Pro Veritate - United for Truth / Together for Truth. The shield of our crest is primarily red, black and white echoing the Sligo County Colours. The tree represents the Tree of Life and is taken from a tree in the grounds of the old Banada Abbey School. The tower illustrates the link with the monks at Banada. The bridge represents Banada Bridge and symbolises a bridge between the two schools, Banada Abbey and the Marist Convent with the alternating blue and green of the old school uniforms forming a connected band. The river is the Moy in which swims the Salmon of Knowledge. The sun represents illumination and knowledge with the letter 'A' for Attracta's at its centre.
St. Attracta's Community School
|Principal:||Mr. David McEvoy. M.A.|
|Deputy Principal:||Ms. Anne Brady. M.Ed.|