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St. Mary’s National School is a two-teacher school situated in Kilrusheighter, County Sligo in the North-West of Ireland. Our school is bordered to the north by the wild Atlantic Ocean and to the south by the beautiful Ox mountain range. Despite this rural paradise, we are still only a 20-minute drive from Sligo town, the main town in our region. 

While on-site records available date back to 1919, there has been a school on the present site even before that date. Our present school was built in 1961 and extended in 2002 to ensure that it has all the facilities necessary in a modern school. Today it caters for boys and girls from the ages of 4 to 13 (Junior Infants to 6th Class). It is a Catholic school under the patronage of the Bishop of Killala.








Mission Statement

This school aims to provide a pleasant and positive atmosphere for children to learn and develop in a safe and secure environment.
Our educational vision promotes dignity, self-esteem and full development of each pupil as a human person. The focus is on developing each child to their full potential, encouraging them to develop their individual talents and abilities.
St. Mary's N.S. is a Roman Catholic school which aims to promote the harmonious development of all aspects of the person of the pupil - intellectual, physical, cultural, moral and spiritual, including a living relationship with God and other people.
The school models and promotes a philosophy of life inspired by belief in God and in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Our Ethos

The education of pupils at St. Mary's N.S. is based on a "living faith together" tradition which is founded on Christian, Catholic, religious and human values.
The school is inclusive and respectful of all and confidently engages with people of all beliefs.
St. Mary's N.S. provides religious education for the pupils in accordance with the doctrines, practices and traditions of the Roman Catholic Church and promotes the formation of the pupils in the Catholic faith.
St. Mary's N.S. is dedicated to passing on the Catholic faith through daily prayer, preparation for Penance, First Holy Communion and Confirmation and through following the "Grow in Love programme".
As a Catholic school St. Mary's N.S. primarily addresses the needs of Catholic families, but is open to welcoming pupils of other religious traditions. The school is concerned to promote the faith formation of all pupils and seeks to work with the families of pupils of other religious traditions to provide for the faith development needs of such pupils in appropriate ways.