'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:

  • 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

27 2020
5th year Aptitude and Careers Assessment
28 2020
5th year Aptitude and Careers Assessment
28 2020
“All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad - Problem Solving Challenge”
28 2020
2nd Year Teacher Parent Meeting
Mount Sackville Secondary School,
Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny,
Dublin 20,
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