Principal: Ms. Catríona O’Reilly – (email : principal.gns.@gmail.com)
Deputy Principal: Ms. Bernadette Finucane (for Ms. Geraldine Ryan)
Mainstream Class Teachers: Ms. Bernadette Finucane, Mrs. Mary Ryan, Miss Aisling Quinlan, Miss Maeve Ann Egan, Miss Feana Walsh, Ms. Mary Cotterell (for Ms. Feana Walsh), Ms. Clodagh Coady, Ms. Ann Cunniffe, Ms. Yvonne Walsh (for Ms. Geraldine Ryan)
Learning Support Teacher: Ms. Monica Kelly, Ms. Ursula O’Brien (for Ms. Carmel Fogarty)
Resource: Ms. Sonja Coulter
Secretary: Mrs. Tracey Whelan
Caretaker: Mr. Mark Murphy
Asst. Supervisor: Mrs. Dolly O’Sullivan
Traffic Warden: Mr. Tony Higgins
School Cleaners: Mr. Mark Kuszyk & Mrs. Ewa Kuszyk
Board of Management
Chairperson: Mr. Dermot Walsh
Secretary: Ms. Catríona O’Reilly
Treasurer: Mrs. Irene Bryant
Patron’s Representative: Sr. Mary Gough
Parent’s Representative: Mr. Michael Connolly
Community Representative: Rev. Raymond Dempsey, Mr. Michael O’Brien
Teachers Representative: Ms. Geraldine Ryan
Before the arrival of the Sacred Heart of Mary sisters in 1879, there was already a “poor school” in Ferrybank run by two old ladies who were anxious to pass on the responsibility to a group of sisters.
Ferrybank, at this time, had fallen on hard times. Where once it had two ship building yards, a posting station and a large number of craftsmen, poverty was now rampant and morale at an all-time low.
The tax on the toll-bridge that separated Ferrybank from the City of Waterford denied the people of Ferrybank access to churches and schools. The administrator of Slieverue, Fr. Joseph Murphy, saw that education was a prime necessity in the area and approached Fr. Gailhac, a French man who had instituted the Sacred Heart Sisters, to consent to the opening of a convent in Ferrybank.
And so it was that the sisters took on responsibility for education in Ferrybank, establishing both a Primary and a Secondary school.
Good Counsel School is located at the top of Fountain Street, overlooking Lower Ferrybank and the river Suir. From the upper windows of the school, Reginald’s Tower can be seen on the south bank of the river as well as the Millennium Plaza and the new Marina beside the Tower Hotel.