Here, at St. Joseph’s, students are given the opportunity to excel in the
arts and in sports. Students are encouraged to take part in activities
where they learn about effort and teamwork. The wide variety of
activities, encourage students to discover recreational interests which
they can take into adult life.
An opportunity is given to all students to compete in a large number of sports.
These sports include Gaelic Football, Hurling, Basketball, Soccer, Badminton and
These sports also play a role in providing an opportunity for physical exercise.
Students participate at all levels and these sports have been made successful due to
the enthusiasm and commitment of experienced teachers and coaches.
Other activities in the school allow students to make new friends and share interests
with like-minded people. Skills are taught which can lead to lifelong interests. Teamwork
and leadership skills are developed which are important to a student’s personal
The school magazine allows students to have the best of their work published for the
whole school. They are encouraged to work in groups. Skills such as communication and
team work are developed.
Young Social Innovators
Transition Year students are involved in the Young Social Innovators. Students are
encouraged to get involved in an activity which helps improve the lives of others in their
community. They work as a team and are asked to come up with ideas on how they can
respond to a problem that is important to them. Students are asked to take their own
initiative and to develop their ideas.
Our school singers are encouraged to take part in our School Mass and Christmas Carol
Service. All students are welcome to join and participation is encouraged. They are a
great asset to the school community.
Community Charity Work
St. Joseph’s actively encourages and participates in community based charity projects. In
December 2012, Transition Year students launched an initiative to put together
Christmas Food Hampers in aid of St. Vincent de Paul that were to be distributed to
families in the local community. They participated in bag packing in local supermarkets
and encouraged the wider school community to become involved by donating non-
perishable goods. In total, nearly €2,000 was collected which was used to assemble 47
The Model United Nations
The Model United Nations is a three day debating competition organised for second
level schools throughout the country. Based on the format of the United Nations, it
explores topics of global interest we read about every day.
In November 2012, St. Joseph’s participated in the competition in University College
Cork for the first time. The twelve senior cycle students were required to research,
debate and draft resolutions to issues which included the civil war in Syria, the Cuban
Missile Crisis and human trafficking in central and northern Africa. The students did
themselves proud and returned with a total of four awards: two for best delegate and
two for runner-up. Preparation for the 2013 event will soon commence with eager
Student Enterprise Awards-Junior StudentThe Business Studies Department offer
students in 1st year the opportunity to put into practice what they learn in the classroom
by setting up their own mini-company. The after school activity allows students to
transform their business ideas into actual products and requires them to conduct
market research, source finance to set up their company and to sell their product or
services at the Christmas school market. The club seeks to mirror the steps small and
medium enterprises go through when first setting up, and allows students to
experience real life problems they often encounter. Successful companies are then
selected to represent the school in the Student Enterprise Awards held annually in the
spring. Current 2012/2013 mini-enterprises include an anti-bullying watch unique to St.
Joseph’s, a craft based company, a product called “Prevention of Detention” to help
students better organize their school equipment and a specialized beanie that enables
you to listen to music with more comfort whilst wearing a hat.
The mini-enterprise initiative is also offered as a core subject to Transition Year
A Samba drumming club has been set up after school. There are weekly meetings.
Students from all year groups are encouraged to attend. Second year students also take
part in a Samba Drumming workshop and are then given the opportunity to perform in
their class groups at a whole school assembly.
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project taken on by Transition Year. Students bring in a
selection of gifts and essentials such as gloves, toothbrush, colouring books and crayons
that will be boxed and sent to children in need. The response from the students in St.
Joseph’s is phenomenal and we are proud of their commitment to this project.
Students take part in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rush. Costumes and preparation is
done by both students and teachers to make this day as enjoyable as possible for the
Dóchas is an arts festival held here in the school every second year. Guest speakers and
artists from outside of the school are invited to come and give workshops to students.
The Irish Film Institute, and John Waters, a journalist with “The Irish Times” as well as
local musicians, local drama groups, and past pupils are just some of the people that
have attended this event. Workshops such as Internet and comic animation, fun cooking
and classical music by Artscope are among the favourites. This is a valuable opportunity
for students to discover new interests and also to try something new which hopefully
they will take into adult life.
European Day of Languages
The European Day of Languages is celebrated each year in our school. Over twenty
nationalities are represented here at St. Joseph’s. This is always guaranteed to be a
colourful and multi-lingual affair. This is a day to kick start language learning where
many events and activities are organised. Life long language learning is encouraged.
Awareness and appreciation for languages is undoubtedly beneficial to our students.
Friendship Week raises awareness about friendship and bullying among students. Each
class has a forty minutes slot with their form teacher each day to reflect on their
personal and interpersonal relationships. Friendship bracelets are sold by Transition
Year students. Visitors are invited to the school and provide informative presentations
on key topics such as bullying and suggest ways to prevent it. Students are encouraged
to take part in competitions such as creative writing, poetry and art in the course of the
The Open Evening is held annually; students and staff become a team and welcome
visitors into our school. This is a popular event among students. They are given an
opportunity to put on cookery displays, drama performances, woodwork workshops
and musical entertainment. Students’ art work is displayed around the school and
many of the pupils are happy to volunteer their time and are proud to be part of St.
Joseph’s, Secondary School.
The Halloween Ball is a great success every year. Students, parents and teachers come
together at this event. The hall is always superbly decorated. Prizes are given for best
The annual Christmas Quiz is a continuous resounding success. There is always an
excellent turn out. The quiz master never lets us down and returns each year with his
bow tie. Students and teachers thoroughly enjoy the Quiz. It’s all about participation,
winning is secondary.
During Maths week, students take part in a Maths Prism Competition. This competition
is run countrywide by the National University of Ireland, Galway. There is a junior and
senior section. This is a challenging experience and trophies are awarded to the six best
Each year, students and teachers from schools in El Prat de Llobregat, a suburb of
Barcelona visit St. Joseph’s, as part of an exchange programme. Fingal County Council
generously sponsor this event. Students stay for one week, they lodge with local families
and participate in a variety of local activities during the week. Our students are then
given an opportunity to return to Barcelona for a week, they too have host families.
German students also pay a visit to St. Joseph’s, Secondary School and are welcome to
attend classes and take part in activities during the week. Our students then return to
Germany at a later date. This is an educational and enjoyable experience for all.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Seachtain na Gaeilge is an exciting event here in St. Joseph’s. Many events are organised
and the highpoint of the week is the Céili. Competitions are organised and prizes are
Student Enterprise Awards
Each year fifth year students enter Fingal Student Enterprise Awards, competition is rife
and the entrepreneurial side to students is always evident. St. Joseph’s have been very
successful in these awards and we look forward to our upcoming entrepreneur putting
St. Joseph’s on the map.
St Joseph’s has been involved in the Dissolving Boundaries Project since 2004. The
project uses Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and face-to-face
meetings to link pupils and teachers in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.
The partnered schools work together during the year on a joint project, the aims of
Cultural – the development of cross border links that promote cultural awareness
Educational – promoting valuable collaborative learning experience for pupils
Technological – integrating ICT into the curriculum in a meaningful way.
Creative Engagement Project
Pupils from St Joseph’s, Secondary School, Rush and pupils from three schools in Ciutat
del Prat del Llobragat, Barcelona took to the stage in Barcelona in April ‘09 bringing to
an end their year long Creative Engagement Collaboration. The National Association of
Principals and Deputy Principals (NAPD) sponsors the Creative Engagement Initiative in
a project funded through the Department of Education and Science and the
Department of Arts, Sports and Tourism. The Creative Engagement Project in St Joseph’s
is organised as part of a twinning with Fingal Co. Council and in collaboration with the
Arts Office of Fingal Co .Council.