Open Days at St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge

Diarmuid Kenny, Gianni Fusciardi, Bailey Canavan and TY’s Noel Victory.

St Joseph’s Secondary School, Rochfortbridge was a hive of activity last weekend as it opened its doors to prospective students for the 2023/24 school year. The event took place over two days, a new beginning for St Joseph’s and a testament to the popularity of this mixed establishment.

The school hit a record high of over 1,000 students this year, but that number doesn’t take away from the family vibe of the place, which is clear when you walk through the front door.

St Joseph’s is a CEIST school and has a strong tradition of academic excellence. It maintains a top place in the Westmeath school rankings each year and places a strong emphasis on the holistic development of the pupil. There is a vibrant wellness program and a huge range of extracurricular activities.

In addition to all the regular sports teams (camogie, football, soccer, basketball, athletics and hurling), the school offers a table tennis club, pitch and putt, business, Junk Kouture, math club after school. school and computer coding.

Early years are welcomed with a month-long induction, ensuring their transition from primary school is seamless. There are team building activities, a strong emphasis on building friendships, classroom practice workshops and assistance from their sixth grade prefects – a unique buddy system that is part of the tradition. of St Joseph for many years.

The open event was activity-based and visitors from fifth and sixth grades were able to experience what life in a progressive school is like through interactive science experiments, computer games, walking debates, hands-on activities and a range of sports games.

Principal Margaret Cole spoke to pupils and their parents about life at St Joseph’s and presented plans for the upcoming new school, which is in its final planning stages.

The school has a user-friendly website and further information on registration is available at thank yourochfortbridge.ie.

Aaron Hanley and Erin Hosey were the meeters and greeters on Friday. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Jack Lacey and Kyle Daly in the game room. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Rebecca O’Neill, Cara Fisher, Jayne Charles, Callum Dunne and Aoibhinn Hanley tried out some of the musical instruments. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Lilibeth Donegan, Sandra Riggs and Lacie Ennis in the makeup room. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Diarmuid Kenny, Gianni Fusciardi, Bailey Canavan and TY’s Noel Victory. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Joey Boyle and Eoghan Dunbar (Professors of Engineering and Technology) at the open day. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Bronagh Moran, Katie Doran, Sophie Collins and Naoise Byrne with Mrs Bell in the science lab. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

Margaret Cole (Principal), Darragh Glynn (Deputy Principal) and Niamh Sheridan (Deputy Principal) at St Joseph’s in Rochfortbridge. Photo by Thomas Gibbons

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