'Ours is not to reap the harvest, Ours is just to sow the seed'
Blessed Anne-Marie Javouhey



Mount Sackville is an arts rich school which provides a holistic approach to education. It recognises the importance of developing and promoting creativity and the emotional intelligence of all students through the enriching music and drama provision in the school.

Curriculum Drama:

Junior Cycle

In Mount Sackville, every first and second year student will complete a half year module in drama as part of our Wellbeing programme.

What skills will the students learn in drama class?

  • Communication skills
  • Language development
  • Literacy development
  • Critical/ active listening skills
  • Cooperative learning
  • The students will develop their expressive skills in drama
  • They will develop more confidence in their own ability
  • They will learn to use improvisation and role play effectively
  • They will develop thinking skills, cognitive ability, logical argument, reflective analysis and problem solving skills
  • Drama fosters a sense of self-worth in the student which can improve self-esteem
  • Drama promotes a student-centred learning approach which enables the student to feel encouraged and more likely to communicate without inhibition

Transition Year


  • During Transition year students can audition to take part in the school musical. The school musical takes place every November. It is staged in the assembly hall with a team of event managers from Transition Year who promote the musical; sell tickets; work backstage; assist with lighting and sound effects and work front of house on the evenings of the performances. It is a collaborative experience for performers and crew; it is always a highlight of Transition Year.

Irish Language play

  • Mount Sackville has reached great success in recent years with performances of Irish language plays during Transition Year. Students have been entered in national competitions and have received many top awards for excellence in performance, namely the All Ireland Transition Year Drama Festival and An Cumann Scoil Dramaíochta. In 2018, Transition Year class 4B won three national awards for their class production of Pádraigín is Ainm dom at An Fhéile Naisiúnta, An Cumann Scoil Drámaíochta. Best Actress for Erin Dunne; Best Transition Year Play and Best Play Performed by a Non-Gael Scoil.

Extra-Curricular Drama:

There is an ambitious and varied annual season of productions, giving scope to many students to become involved in the theatrical life of the school. The flourishing drama scene in the school has inspired many pupils to make a career in the world of theatre and film as actors and directors. We have a new theatre space, our lecture theatre, where the school plays are staged and all students get the opportunity to watch these productions during their school day, as well as evening shows for parents. This is a wonderful learning experience for all students to watch a live theatrical performance in their own school theatre. We are also very fortunate to have performed two plays that are written by a staff member specifically for our school. Ms. Clodagh Havel wrote On Sackville Street which was our school’s commemoration to the heroes of the 1916 Easter Rising. In 2017, Shakespeare on The Loose was performed by over thirty students, also written by Ms. Clodagh Havel. This play is a modern twist on four of the studied Shakespeare texts where the heroines of Macbeth, Hamlet, King Lear and Romeo and Juliet are interviewed by Gabby on the Loose Women set. Both of these plays were tremendous successes and also transferred to the Draíocht Theatre in Blanchardstown.

Three productions are staged in a typical year; the Transition Year musical, the annual school play which is open to all students from 2nd -5th year and a Transition Year Irish language play. There is a wealth of talent in Mount Sackville and the standard of performances are very high and drama is central to the holistic education in Mount Sackville.

Recent Productions of Plays:


Congratulations to Ms. Dowling and the cast of the transition year students who won the overall award for 'Best Production' at the inaugural Schools Shakespeare Festival which was held in the Mill Theatre, Dundrum on January 24th and 25th 2019. This was an outstanding achievement for the cast and their production of 'Jules on the Loose' really impressed the adjudicator, Geoff O'Keoffe. He commented on how well the cast worked together as an ensemble and how they performed a fluid, polished and insightful interpretation of Shakespeare's 'Romeo and Juliet'.

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The modern scenes of the play were adapted from the script 'Shakespeare on the Loose' which was written by the brilliant Ms. Clodagh Havel in 2017 and which provide comic relief and a fresh, modern understanding of the themes and issues that lie at the heart of Shakespeare's text. This ties in with the aims of this new festival which is for students to experience Shakespeare in an innovative and truthful manner through live theatre performance. Each school in the competition had to perform a Shakespeare play in 30 minutes. There was very stiff competition from a chilling, broody performance of 'Macbeth' by a very talented group of students from Mount Anville secondary school. 'Macbeth' was awarded the runners up award.shakespeare photo 3.jpg

Anastacia Gluschenko was nominated for the 'best actor' category for her role as the modern day Juliet 'Jules'. The Mount Sackville play won 'Best ensemble' and 'best supporting actor' for Abbie Flannery for her role as 'Agnes' as well as the overall 'best production' and prize money of 500 euro. Well done to all involved in this success and especially to Ben and Micheal for set construction and Johanna Ní Bhléine for her role as technical manager .The cast will now go on to perform this play in 'The All Ireland Transition year drama festival' and the entire school community wish them every success and are very proud of their achievements to date.

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Shakespeare Schools festival and the All Ireland Transition year drama festival 2019


2019 is proving to be a very exciting and creative year for our current transition year students. After a very successful production of ‘Singin in the rain’ in November 2018, our transition year students were given another opportunity to audition for another creative and dramatic production. Mount Sackville has entered the inaugural School Shakespeare Festival which is taking place on January 24th and 25th in The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. This is a new and exciting opportunity for our students to explore Shakespeare in a fresh, innovative manner as each school entry has to explore a Shakespearian text in a thirty minute short abridged version of a full Shakespeare play.

Auditions were held at lunch time and a cast of twenty one students have been rehearsing a unique version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ since December. This performance explores the key scenes and key themes of Shakespeare’s original text but there is a modern comedic twist to this interpretation as our modern Juliet,(‘Jules’) is due to appear on the daytime Talk show ‘Loose Women’. This witty modern version of the play is an extract from the play ‘Shakespeare on the loose’ written by Clodagh Havel (our own current TY Coordinator) which was originally performed in 2017.

The cast of transition year girls will be performing ‘Jules on the Loose’ at this new festival on Thursday 24th January at 7.30pm in the Mill Theatre. Following on from the Shakespeare Festival, the cast will be bringing this play to another drama competition ‘The All Ireland Transition year drama festival’ on Tuesday 29th January. This is a national competition open to all schools across the country and our play will be onstage in the Arts Centre in Mullingar at 10am. Plays must be thirty minutes long and the standard of performance is very high. We wish the cast and their director, Ms. Dowling,the very best in both these exciting drama competitions.

Class play ‘The Crucible’ by Arthur Miller…coming in March!

Ms.Dowling’s Transition Year English class ‘Volta’ have been studying the play ‘The Crucible’ as part of their English curriculum. This play is set in 1692 and this classic parable draws a chilling parallel between the Salem witch hunt of 1692 and the Mc Carthyism that gripped America in the 1950’s. The play explores how the power of false accusations can tear communities apart and this theme resonates with society today. The class will be performing an abridged version of this intense and brilliant play in our own Lecture Theatre on Wednesday March 27th and 28th. All welcome.

  • 2017/8: Pádraigín is ainm dom/ DNA by Dennis Kelly

National winners of Best Actress, Best Transition Year Play and Best Performance from a Non-Gael scoil at An Cumann Scoil Drámaíochta for Pádraigín is ainm dom

  • 2016/7: Shakespeare on the Loose written by Ms. Clodagh Havel (TY Coordinator, English and History teacher)/ An Triail by Máiread Ní Ghráda.

Shakespeare on the Loose an original play, transferred to The Draíocht Theatre on Sep 13th 2017

  • 2015/6: On Sackville Street by Ms. Clodagh Havel to commemorate the 1916/2016 Easter Rising / Pincí sa Ghaeltacht

On Sackville Street, an original play, transferred to The Draíocht Theatre on Sep 1st and Sep 2nd 2016

  • 2015: An Triail

Finalist in An Cumann Scoil Dramaiochta with An Triail

  • 2014: Duologue evening
  • 2013: Red Hot Cinders
  • 2012: Aghaidh Fidil

Winner of Best play performed in the Irish Language in The All Ireland Transition Year Drama Competition with Aghaidh Fidil

06 2020
School Closed for Easter
25 2020
Uniform / Strike Performance Fitting Day
28 2020
Celebration of Mount Sackville at National Concert Hall
30 2020
Award Ceremony for the Young Economist of the year
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