Mensa at Moyle Park College


On average 5% – 10% of a school’s student body are considered Exceptionally Able. In Moyle Park College we are very proud to have 29% of junior students who fall into this category. This is three times the national average. From within that cohort, students are invited to sit a Mensa exam. (Mensa is the high IQ society and was founded in England in 1946. Mensa is a round-table society where ethnicity, colour, creed, national origin, age, politics, educational and social background are all irrelevant). Currently, there are 19 students enrolled in Mensa in Moyle Park, which is 1-2% of the student population and is 4% of Moyle Park College first year students.


Students who have been accepted into Mensa are celebrated at an awards ceremony in May in advance of their starting school in September. At this ceremony they are commended for their accomplishments and also awarded a €150 school book voucher towards the cost of starting first year by the Board of Management.


The mensans meet regularly with Ms Cahalane, Ms Corscadden and Mr Kerins so that they can discuss all things school and school life. These gatherings have provided a forum where these students can share ideas, have their voices heard, not only by teachers in the school but by the principal. From these meetings, ideas such as the “Drop In Week” have come to fruition.We look forward to developing our mensa programme within the school and growing our exceptionally able cohort as the years progress.