Thursday 22 March 2018

Well known fee-paying school to shut after 60 years

Notre Dame school in Churchtown
Notre Dame school in Churchtown
Katherine Donnelly

Katherine Donnelly

A well-known south-Dublin girls' school is to close after more than 60 years.

Notre Dame Des Missions, Churchtown, will shut its primary school next June. Its secondary school will remain open until June 2019 to allow existing senior and junior cycle students to complete their programme.

Sinn Féin vice-president Mary Lou McDonald is a past pupil of the fee-paying school.

The school trust has put the closure down to insufficient income to repay loans/mortgage, rising operating costs and the need for significant infrastructure investment.

Read more: Well-known south Dublin school to close doors

Notre Dame, which was founded in 1953 by a French order of nuns, almost shut its doors about a decade ago. But a strong campaign led to a change of heart by the nuns.

Arising from that, The Notre Dame School Trust Ltd was established, amid hopes of a more certain future. But last year, second level enrolments slipped to about 150. Fees are about €4,300.

A spokesperson said "a dedicated team of teachers and support staff have worked tirelessly for their students and will continue to do so".

The Department of Education will use the campus for school purposes in the future.

Irish Independent

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