Our School

St. Louis Senior Primary School was founded by the St. Louis Sisters in 1939. The school is centrally located in Rathmines and serves the parish of Rathmines and surrounding areas. We are a mainstream, co-educational school. The school caters for pupils aged between seven and twelve. The Senior School was originally a convent and catered for girls only until 1984 when it became co-educational thus providing education for boys also.

School Ethos

DSCN3065St. Louis Senior School is a Catholic School and we have close links with the local Parish in Rathmines. The school endeavours to create a welcoming environment, in which the children feel secure and valued. We strive to maintain the highest standard of excellence in education, which has been the long, proud and respected tradition of St. Louis Schools. We endeavour to promote the true value and dignity of each person in the school, to respect diversity and to grow and work together as a learning community.

The Curriculum

The curriculum is presented in six subject areas, some of which are further sub-divided. These are as follows:

  1. Language (The English curriculum is structured to offer children a total language experience in which oral language, reading and writing are fully integrated. An Ghaeilge: Cumarsáid agus usáid na teanga mar theanga bheo an dá ghné is suntasaí den churaclam Gaeilge).
  2. Mathematics – The five strands in the mathematics curriculum are number, algebra, shape and space, measures and data.
  3. Social, Environmental and Scientific Education (History, Geography and Science)
  4. Arts Education (Visual Arts, Music and Drama)
  5. Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE). The SPHE programme includes RSE (Relationship and Sexuality Education), Stay Safe, Mental Health Fitness and a Substance Use Programme.
  6. Physical Education – The Promotion of an active and healthy lifestyle through the PE curriculum.

Resources in the School

  • Learning Support teachers cater for children requiring extra attention or with special needs. Teachers of English language are also part of the school’s support team of teachers.
  • Well-equipped classrooms where active learning is promoted and supported by the use of a wide range of modern resources
  • We are constantly updating the technology in our school. We currently have 26 IPADS, a modern computer room with excellent broadband connection to the Internet and wi-fi across the school as well as computers and Interactive Whiteboards in all classrooms.
  • Extensive Class Libraries (which rotate every term)
  • Assembly Hall/PE Hall
  • School Garden
  • Millennium Playground and Basketball Courts

Educational Projects and Initiatives which Improve Pupils Learning’

DSCN3084The school organises a variety of educational projects each of which aim to support the work of the classroom, enhance the students curricular experiences and build school spirit. These initiative include:

  • Active Schools Week
  • Friendship Fortnight
  • Maths Week
  • Science Week
  • World Book Day
  • Catholic Schools Week
  • Internet Safety Week
  • Seachtain na Gaeilge
  • Art Competition and exhibition
  • The Book Fair
  • History Trails
  • Green Schools Programme: an environmental awareness programme.
  • Operation Conservation: Nature Studies
  • Literacy Programmes such as Paired Reading and Buddy Reading
  • Extra subjects taught on a modular basis
  • Sports in the Sports Field, Cathal Brugha Barracks and Kenilworth Park

Field Trips and Educational Activities

An appreciation of the natural environment and the built environment is promoted in the school. Field trips are organised to a number of locations in the local area and further afield. Outings are also organised to places of cultural interest, such as museums, theatres and art galleries

Extra-Curricular Activities

Due to Covid-19, our extra curricular activities have been currently paused. We look forward to resuming them when it is safe to do so!

Activities Include: 

  • Sport: Gaelic Football, Hurling, Basketball and Athletics
  • School Choirs: Louis Senior School Choir and Cantairi Ōga Atha Cliath
  • Irish Dancing: Irish Dancing Lessons including a Feis is held annually
  • Art Club: Art Classes held throughout the year
  • Chess Club
  • Drama Club
  • Homework Club: 4 days per week (Monday – Thursday) throughout the year
  • Science Club: A science club is held throughout the year
  • Music: An extensive Music Department with lessons in Recorder, Piano, Trombone, Violin, Flute, Tin Whistle, Percussion, Drums, Trumpet and many more

Pupil Involvement in School Organisation

Pupils are encouraged to become involved in school organisation in order to develop responsibility and good citizenship through

  • The Green School Committee
  • The Student Council
  • Student-led assemblies
  • MS Readathon
  • Healthy Lunch Campaign
  • Participation in fundraising for charity

DSCN3109Code of Behaviour

The school’s Code of Behaviour aims to promote a happy and disciplined environment, where good order, courtesy, fairness and respect for others and their property, are the main features.

Parents Association

The school encourages the involvement of parents through home/school contacts and through their involvement in the St. Louis Parents’ Association. We value parents’ support and goodwill and see it as an enrichment of school life.

Post-Primary School

Sixth class pupils are successfully placed in local Second-Level Schools each year

  • St. Louis High School, Rathmines
  • High School, Rathgar
  • Stratford College
  • St. Mary’s College, Rathmines,
  • Synge St. CBS
  • Marian College, Ballsbridge
  • Gonzaga College
  • CUS
  • Templeogue College


A copy of the school’s Application Form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Alternatively you can contact the school at 01 4976098 to request a form, or email secretary@stlouisschool.net