Rathmore is a Catholic co-educational grammar school which caters for 1,260 day pupils aged 11-19.
The school, which is situated in extensive grounds on the southern side of Belfast, halfway between the city centre and Lisburn, was founded by the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, an international Congregation of Religious Sisters, whose motto it shares.
The motto “Ut Vitam Habeant” (“That they may have life”), reflects the school’s mission to enrich through education the life of people in its care and encourage them, in turn, to bring life to others.
The school seeks to foster academic excellence, while meeting the individual needs of pupils within a fully supportive pastoral care system. All pupils are encouraged to develop their gifts and become self assured, articulate and responsible members of society.
The ethos of the school is Catholic, with a strong emphasis on the spiritual and moral formation of pupils, all of whom are encouraged to mature as fully committed Christian adults, prepared to respect the beliefs and traditions of others and to bring to society the values of the Gospel.
Rathmore endeavours to create a friendly, caring atmosphere where pupils feel at home. It recognises the special role of parents in education and welcomes close contact with them.
Rathmore is a Catholic co-educational voluntary grammar school, founded by the international congregation of the Sisters of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary (RSHM). The school shares their motto, "Ut Vitam Habeant" (That they may have Life) which reflects the mission of our school to enrich through education the life of the people in its care and encourage them, in turn, to bring life to others.
We, in Rathmore, seek to fulfil our mission by:
building up a school community characterised by the virtues of faith, integrity, mutual respect, justice, compassion and generosity;
creating a caring and vibrant learning atmosphere where pupils are cherished and their spiritual, moral, social, cultural, intellectual and physical development is fostered;
seeking to lead pupils to a deeper, active and more personal faith;
creating an environment where Christian qualities find practical expression in daily life;
promoting academic excellence among pupils, in keeping with their individual aptitudes, and preparing them for their future role in society;
encouraging pupils to become confident, articulate and responsible members of the community, prepared to stand up for their own beliefs while respecting the beliefs and traditions of others;
establishing effective links with parents, local parishes and the wider community and encouraging participation in activities designed to promote the life and dignity of people, especially those who are most in need of justice.
Mary, the Mother of Jesus, is the patroness of the school. Like her, we seek to grow in faith as we nurture the Life which we are called to share.