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St. Raphaela’s Secondary School

St. Raphaela’s Secondary School is located in the suburb of Stillorgan, approximately seven miles from Dublin City Centre. The city Centre is accessible by regular bus service and the Luas tram service. Dublin City has a host of historical, cultural, and entertainment venues. A taste of these are Trinity College, the G.P.O., St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Christchurch Cathedral along with theatres, cinemas, and various shopping malls.

Stillorgan has many facilities for the young and old. Airfield Trust is located very close to the school. It was opened in 1805 and is Dublin City’s only 38-acre working farm. It was established for educational and environmental purposes. The first shopping mall and the first bowling alley that were opened in Ireland are situated in Stillorgan. A large industrial estate has been established very close to the school, creating employment in the area.

St. Raphaela’s Secondary School is situated on the grounds of the Handmaids of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which remains as both founders and patrons of our school. St. Raphaela’s Primary and Secondary Schools are the only schools in Ireland under the Trusteeship of the Handmaids, but we have many sister schools in other countries such as Spain, France, England, and Japan.

Our crest is an important symbol of our educational ethos. The Latin phrase “Ad Finem Fidelis” means “Faithful to the end,” a tenet we instill in our students.



School Address:
St. Raphaela’s Road, Stillorgan, Blackrock, Co. Dublin, A94NT29, Ireland.

School phone number:
00353 1 2888730

School website:

Principal’s Name:
Eileen O’Donnell

# Students:

Grade Levels:
1st year to 6th year.

# Faculty Members:

International Exchange students:

Graduation Rates:
All of our students graduate from school at the end of 6th year. Towards the end of May each year we hold a prize-giving ceremony to award academic and sports achievements. The whole school attends this ceremony, but it is held in honor of our 6th years who are graduating.
After the Leaving Certificate Exam, most of our girls will go on to Third Level Education.

Extra-curricular Activities Offered:
Sports: Hockey, Soccer, Gaelic Football, Camogie, Basketball, Badminton, Fencing, Rugby, Athletics, Zumba, and Yoga.
Other extra-curricular activities: Chess, Debating, Choir, Book Club, Science Club, Creative Writing, Knitting Club, Philosophy, Green Schools, YSI, Japanese Club
Special programs/AP classes: From 1st to 3rd Year is our Junior Cycle. We run a Transition Year programme in 4th Year. Fifth and 6th Year are our Senior Cycle.
We have a large Learning Support Department for students who need assistance with their learning.
We also have a large Guidance Department, which liaises with the Pastoral Care team along with the SPHE teaches.