Our Philosophy

We in St. Michaels value the pupils, recognise their complex, diverse natures and strive to develop the whole person. This development is built through the daily one-to-one relationship between teacher and pupil. The school strives to enable pupils to become thinking, reflective, critical and independent-minded people because learning is a lifelong process.

Commitment, hard work and concern are characteristics of Holy Faith educators. We are dedicated to the process of growth and renewal and are constantly incorporating and evaluating new programmes and facilities to meet changing needs. Achieving our aims depends upon a spirit of partnership, mutual respect and support between staff, parents, pupils and the local community.

We work to build communities of love and justice inspired by the life and teaching of Jesus. The gospel affects not only what we teach but how we teach. God’s love cannot be known except through an experience of deep respect and concern for oneself and for others.

Margaret Aylward

Margaret Aylward was born in Waterford in 1810. In her search for God’s will in her life, she entered two religious congregations in her earlier years. Leaving may have seemed a “failure” at the time, whereas God was forming in faith a future foundress. She came to live in Dublin and established a branch of the Ladies of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in the city for visiting the sick and poor.

Seeing the urgent need, her focus changed and she founded St. Brigid’s Orphanage – not a residential institution but a long-term family care system – to provide fosterage for destitute children in danger of loss of faith.

“St. Brigid’s orphan has a home and a fireside and calls its foster-parents by the dear names of father and mother.”

Schools for the poor and assistance to families in need were also at the heart of the foundation years. In 1867, Margaret Aylward, aged 57, and her fifteen companions were overjoyed when the Sisters of the Holy Faith received approval as a religious congregation.

Her concern for the human dignity of those whom she served led Margaret to initiate programmes of self-help, to set up schools and to found a network of foster homes for orphan children, thus ensuring that they would live and be educated in a truly Christian atmosphere.Later, at the request of Cardinal Cullen, Archbishop of Dublin, Margaret established Secondary Schools to meet the growing need for facilities for second-level education among girls.