Principal's Welcome

I am delighted to welcome all pupils, parents and the wider community to our newly updated website.

On our new site you will find lots of useful information which will help you to plan ahead and which will assist you in ensuring your child is as well organised and prepared for learning as possible. 


Equally, you will gain some insights into what we are getting up to each week in a very busy school.  The site is intended to supplement the Parent App and I would invite you to follow us on all of our social media platforms as well.


Visitors to St Joseph’s often comment on the distinctive school ethos which has been the legacy left to us by the Daughters of the Cross, the school’s founding Order.  As we approach the centenary of the foundation of the school in 2022, we continue to hold true to our role as educators whose work is based on Gospel values and the teaching of Christ.  We warmly welcome pupils of all faiths to join us in an inclusive and welcoming environment where every person is valued as a child of God. 

Central to the educational experience we provide in Donaghmore is our guiding philosophy that all our interactions and exchanges with one another are based on respect, honesty and personal integrity.  The strong relationships we have with our parent body ensures that all our young people are well-supported in developing those important values that will serve them well in the future.  At the end of their seven years with us, our pupils leave with a strong sense of self-discipline, self-respect and self-belief.  Equally, we work hard to ensure our young people leave the school as critical and creative thinkers who are able to work well with others and have the ability to take the initiative and become leaders in their own right. 


Every member of our staff is interested and invested in the progress of each child and we work incredibly hard to ensure that all of our pupils thrive in a stimulating an safe learning environment.  I believe our public exam results prove that year after year.


We have strong collaborative links with other schools in the local area through which we have been able to extend the range of subjects we offer, particularly at A Level. Equally, we take every opportunity to celebrate the many achievements of the youngsters, whether it be sport, music, competitions or academia.  

Our Irish Medium Stream continues to thrive and we eagerly await official confirmation from the Department of Education that will permit us to admit 50 pupils to the IMS from September 2019.  Our contribution to the development of the Irish language, music and culture had made Scoil Iósaef a beacon for others to follow.  Likewise in sport, our teams excel in GAA football, camogie and hurling and our after school basketball and netball players are making their presence felt. 

We are delighted that the Department has confirmed its long-term commitment to invest in new school buildings for St Joseph’s/ Scoil Iósaef in a phased programme of works and we are excited that a second SEP grant of  £4 million will provide us with new canteen, manufacturing and library facilities by 2021. 


I do hope you enjoy browsing our school website and if you don’t find what you are looking for there, please don’t hesitate to contact us by phone and our staff will be happy to help.

In Hoc Signo Vinces


Geraldine Donnelly


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