The school’s catchment area includes Moyross, from where more than 90% of primary students at Corpus Christi advance to second level at St Nessan’s.
The original school opened in 1978 with 100 students. The new building includes 51 classrooms, indoor games hall, canteen and a fitness studio. “The fitness studio... works in very well with our healthy lifestyle programme,” said principal Eugene O’Brien.
All classrooms are teacher centred with students moving classroom rather than the teacher. Every students has immediate access to the network of 250 PCs.
St Nessan’s is currently piloting a programme in the Mid-West called Arrows which is aimed at students with literacy difficulties.
The school has made major advance in sports, particularly in rugby, soccer and rowing. One past pupil who hopes to be present tomorrow is rugby star Keith Earls who learned his rugby at St Nessan’s which he attended up to Junior Certificate.
Other past pupils to achieve international success are brothers Kenny and John McDonald who have rowed for Ireland at lightweight and junior classes. Two members of the Cranberries, Noel and Mike Hogan also went to St Nessan’s, which is under the management of Limerick City VEC.