About Us

Principal’s Welcome

On behalf of the staff and girls of St. Vincent de Paul Girls’ School it gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to our school website. We hope it gives you all a snapshot of the vibrant life of our busy school.

Here at St Vincent de Paul Girls’ Primary School we are very proud of our school community. It is our mission to develop the intellectual, physical, cultural, moral, emotional and spiritual wellbeing of all our pupils. We endeavour to create a pleasant, secure and happy environment and provide a broad, balanced educational experience which promotes a positive attitude towards learning, enabling the girls to recognise their talents and achieve their potential.

We aim to generate a caring, inclusive and positive school community which offers respect and opportunity to all. In short, we believe that St Vincent de Paul Girls’ Primary School is a very happy place to come to school and a happy place to work.

As the newly appointed principal to St Vincent de Paul Girls’ School, I am honoured and privileged to work in such a positive environment with the wonderful children from 2nd – 6th class and a great team of dedicated and committed colleagues, including our mainstream teachers, SET teachers, and SNAs who all work together to make learning experiences engaging, meaningful and fun for the girls. We are also fortunate to have a fantastic, hard-working ancillary staff who keep everything ticking along behind the scenes, Jacinta and Ger who keep the office on track with a smile no matter how busy things get and Liam, our caretaker, is always on hand to help out with maintenance.

At St Vincent de Paul Girls’ School we aim to encourage and foster strong and positive home-school links. We are extremely grateful for the support and good will from the parents and families of the girls, the Parents’ Association, the Board of Management and the wider school community who collectively make our school the warm and welcoming school that it is today.   

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Alison Clinton (Principal)

St. Vincent De Paul Girls’ School, Marino

Our school was founded on Griffith Ave in 1928 as a parish school run by the Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul – known locally as the French Sisters of Charity – to cater for the children of the developing area of Marino. In 1930 there were up to 700 pupils enrolled here and many classes had between fifty and sixty children!!

The school has gone through many developments in the intervening years, with the welcome addition of indoor toilets(!) and a spacious school hall. It holds a fond place in the hearts of the local community, with many families having generations of children educated here.

Today in the girls’ school we have 336 girls in 13 classes from 2nd to 6th class and sixteen teachers.




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Apart from our academic pursuits we take great interest in developing other talents too. There is great interest in sports in our school with opportunities to try athletics, basketball, camogie and soccer. We have enjoyed great success at cross country running and athletics in recent years and in recent years our camogie team has been lucky enough to win finals in Croke Park! 2015/2016 saw a new chapter unfolding as we entered a Gaelic football team and a soccer team for the first time. In 2017 both our 5-a-side and 11-a-side soccer teams reached the Dublin county finals!




Music is also well catered for. A school choir was formed towards the end of 2013 and has been enjoyed greatly by fifth and sixth class girls since. Check out the video below to catch them in concert.

Second classes began to learn tin-whistle during ’13/’14 and this has been extended to 2nd and 3rd classes for the past few years. Neither of these initiatives would be possible if it were not for the generous support of our Parents’ Association. Go raibh míle maith agaibh!


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Every two years we produce a school concert in the hall and every girl gets to perform in what is a highlight of the school calendar. Have a look below at some clips from one of our shows. We’re sure you’ll agree there was some great talent to be seen!

We are fortunate to have a very committed and supportive Board of Management and our vibrant Parents’ Association is highly involved in school life, fundraising and assisting with various activities throughout the year. The PA’s contribution to the school community is enormous and very much appreciated. Our Book Rental Scheme is co-ordinated by a sub committee of parents and this has been very well received. The Parents’ Association’s generous financial donations have funded and subsidised many enjoyable projects over the past year. Over the years these have included the school choir, tin-whistle lessons, animation workshops, an internet safety talk, colourful new coathooks and athletics coaching. More recently, the PA has helped to fund our wonderful new garden which we are very excited about developing.






Staff 2021/2022

Principal: Alison Clinton

6th Class: Pat Mc Elwain 

6th Class: Grace Doolan 

5th Class: Fiona Edwards/Caitríona Traynor (job share)

5th Class: Alison Walsh 

4th Class: Catherine Anne Dooley – Deputy Principal 

4th Class: Ellen Corr 

4th Class: Andrea Kearns  

3rd Class: Rebecca Woods 

3rd Class: Mairéad Brosnan

2nd Class: Beth O’Hanlon 

2nd Class: Ciara Drumgoole 

2nd Class: Sarah Walshe 

SEN: Leah Fletcher 

SEN: Laura Mulvey/Deirdre Chambers (job share)

SEN: Alex Corr

SNA: Jean Dowling

SNA: Freda O’Reilly

SNA: Andrea Forrester

Secretary: Jacinta Brady

Caretaker: Liam Byrne

Accounts: Ger Doyle

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela


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