St Mary’s offers a strong curriculum affording students the opportunity to study at the highest levels across an array of subjects. The impressive facilities at St Mary’s are unrivalled in Galway city; the school is set on some 40 acres of beautifully maintained grounds, boasting Gaelic and soccer pitches, basketball and tennis courts, fitness suite, weights room, a nationally recognised cross-country course, indoor and outdoor handball courts, as well as two sports halls.
St Mary’s College also offers many extracurricular activities including debating, chess, computer programming, young scientist, and choir. In addition, students can spend lunchtimes playing board games, chatting in the spacious canteen, and participating in myriad extracurricular activities. The fundamental aspiration for students is that they will excel academically in St Mary’s; this is copper-fastened by homework clubs, and after school and Saturday study.
The college is a centre of excellence for music in Galway and is home to Music for Galway, Galway Music Centre, Galway Youth Orchestra, Maoin Cheoil na Gaillimhe, and Galway Music Residency. Furthermore, well established educational enterprises such as Euro Languages, Stagecoach, and Cúrsa Gramco have all based themselves in the college because of the exceptional facilities on offer.
St Mary’s has facilitated the learning and development of students for more than 100 years; past pupils have recognised that the college enabled them to succeed academically and to achieve their potential in sport. The current student body are immensely proud to be part of the St Mary’s tradition.