'We are inspiring minds and igniting hearts'
Adolescence can be a bumpy road, but it doesn’t have to be. Our students thrive and flourish because they have a real sense of belonging and security and a strong support network to help them on every step of their journey.
Our wellbeing programme is designed to meet the specific needs of boys and girls, day pupils and boarders and students of all ages and nationalities.
We have a dedicated student care team, which is supported by a kind and compassionate staff in tandem with our parents and governors.
Our young people themselves take an active role – with prefects and mentors who act like older brothers and sisters for younger students.
Assistant Head Wellbeing: John Aiken
BA, HDipEd (TCD).
+353 1 6436518
The new national Wellbeing curriculum on the Junior Cycle programme places a firm emphasis on supporting our students in their journey through secondary education. In response to this, we are deeply engaged in exploring how we can promote the long-term flourishing of all of our students, and with helping them to develop a “toolbox” of techniques that they can use inside and outside the classroom.
We are the first school in Ireland to have a trained in-house School Mindfulness Lead teacher. This role involves teaching Mindfulness and developing a culture of Mindfulness in the school
We are bringing the practice of secular mindfulness to as many students as we can. Form 1 students learned a quick portable mindfulness practice as part of their induction day. All Form 2 students will participate this academic year in a 10-week classroom-based mindfulness programme in the school. Transition Year students will learn about mindfulness as part of their Lifeskills rotation module over the year. Feedback from the Form 2 2018 Mindfulness pilot project was very positive.
In addition to looking after the students' wellbeing we feel it is equally important to look after our staff's wellbeing. We are the first school in Ireland to have a trained in-house mindfulness teacher.
Modern Languages Coordinator and Mindfulness teacher Susan Leahy will be running an 8-week course for staff called .b (pronounced dot be) Foundations beginning October 2019. This course is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course developed by John Kabat-Zinn beginning October 2019. Objectives of the course are to:
- Feel happier, calmer and more fulfilled
- Get on better with others, including pupils and colleagues
- Work more effectively by bringing increased awareness to the process
- Increase resilience in the face of stress and difficulties
Yoga & Mindfulness, Modern Languages Coordinator, Spanish Dept.
Our 24-hour nursing staff provide medical support while our school doctor holds an on-campus clinic twice a week and is available for out-of-hours house calls. Students also have access to an in-house counsellor and physiotherapist, by appointment.
School Medical Officers: Dr Karol Laffan, MB, BCh, BAO, MICGP, Dip MSK, Dr Niall Clancy LRCP & SI MB BCh NUI
School Nursing Staff: Kathleen Sutton, RGN; Roslyn Garrett, RGN; Jane Newell SRN
A third of our staff live on campus, so we can give our five- and seven-day boarders a real sense of family. We provide round-the-clock care for our boarders. Each house has a dedicated four-person care team made up of a house person, house assistant and two duty staff. A member of this dedicated team is resident every night to provide any support our students might need.
See here for list of boarding house staff 2019/20.
If a student would like to seek help or advice on a specific matter, they can contact the guidance counsellors, school counsellor, house staff or senior staff members who have considerable counselling experience and can deal with issues in a confidential and compassionate manner. The school chaplain, who lives on the campus, is also readily available to all students to provide advice, counselling and pastoral care when required.
Guidance counsellors and members of a Safety Circle participate in and co-ordinate the school guidance and counselling service.
The Safety Circle consists of guidance counsellors, chaplain, nurses, school counsellors and the head of pastoral care. This service provides support to parents, teachers, the headmaster, Board of Management and referral agencies in assisting the personal and social, and the career and educational development of pupils.
We aim to create a positive living and learning environment, and in so doing, all members of staff share a collective responsibility to act in preventing bullying or aggressive behaviour by any member of the school community.
We also encourage pupils to disclose and discuss any incidents of bullying behaviour, sexual harassment or racism. For more on our anti-bullying policy, see here.
A housekeeper oversees the general smooth running of areas such as the laundry, cleaning staff and any other issues relating to maintenance and tidiness.
Housekeeper: Kathleen Boland
Professional catering company Sodexo cooks fresh and healthy meals daily for the students, in the school kitchen. There is always a hot meal served at lunch with a vegetarian option and the salad bar for a lighter appetite.
Catering Manager: Sean Meagher