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3rd Year Pilgrimage to Croagh Patrick

In late September, R.E students from 3C and 3D ascended the mighty Croagh Patrick. This was no Sea to Summit or Seven Day Challenge however, but rather, a spiritual journey. The students took part in an authentic, traditional pilgrimage to the mountain. This involved participating in rituals of worship that are held sacred by the many pilgrims that visit this holy place. The pilgrimage was a fantastic learning experience for the students, both spiritually and academically and will aid students in the completion of their journals which form part of their Junior Certificate assessment.

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Principal’s Welcome

It is my pleasure to present this Rice College website.

I have been working in this Voluntary Secondary Boy’s School since 1997. Rice College, Westport is an excellent school which offers a comprehensive education to the boys and young men in the Westport area. We strive to create a happy working environment for teaching and learning to excel.

Since becoming Principal I feel we have focused on developing an excellent caring school with outstanding Pastoral Care as reported in a most recent SPHE/RSE report. To achieve this our Guidance and Special Educational Needs team engage strongly with our care team.

We have had unprecedented success in Sport winning several All-Ireland titles in recent years. We continue to rewrite history with our sporting achievements and this year will see the completion of major sporting facilities on our campus.

In line with best practise, our policy is to offer mixed ability classes. The students create our school timetable through subject choice. Our school offers the largest subject choice in the West Mayo region for Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate. We offer co-education in Transition Year across several modules.

ICT plays an integral role in our education system and consequently we continue to invest in IT equipment through Computer rooms, Student Laptops and more recently we have installed a Chrome Book mobile computer room.

Our talented and dedicated staff has created this environment to promote the full personal and social development in a caring Christian community of teaching and learning.


Mr Michael Rabbette



U17 Soccer Vs Summerhill, Sligo

Hard luck to the Rice lads who went down 4-3 in battling fashion. They must win their final match to get through to the quarter finals so good luck to them. Thanks to TJ Hughes for the photos from the match.

Damien Doherty on winning a Gold medal

Mr. Michael Rabbette, School Principal, congratulates Damien Doherty on winning a Gold medal in the National Science Olympiad in DCU. Damien is now a member of the Irish team that will compete in the EU Science Olympiad in Austria in May 2015.