Principal’s Page

Principal’s Foreword

Welcome to Clonkeen Colleges’ Website. The college is under the trusteeship of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust (ERST) and we are situated on the Clonkeen Road, Blackrock, Co.Dublin. This website in intended to provide a forum to keep our parents up to date on alldevelopments in the college.

Clonkeen College is a community of students, teachers, parents, Board of Management (BOM) and ERST whose aim is to provide our students with experiences which will help them to develop and maximise their talents so that they will become caring, supportive, positive and mature individuals. The purpose of all our programmes and structures is to ensure that our students have opportunities to develop to their full potential academically, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and socially. We currently have an enrolment of over 520 pupils.

The current chairperson of the Board of Management is Michael Blanchfield. The board is made up of four trustee (ERST) representatives, two teacher nominees and two parent nominees. The term for each board is three years.

The college also has a vibrant Parents Association (PA) and its current chairperson is Paul Walsh. The PA holds its AGM in October of each year and all parents are encouraged to attend this meeting and consider putting themselves forward for a role in the PA. There is also a Social committee run by the parents. This social committee plays an active role in all school events throughout the academic year.

There is a Students Council in the school which works closely with the school principal, Parents Association and Board of Management. Students are elected onto the Student Council by balloting teachers and students.

In Clonkeen College we recognise that education is not only about academic achievement, important though that may be. It is equally important that each student’s entire experience of school is positive. All facets of school life in Clonkeen are geared towards ensuring that our students are happy and fulfilled in school; that they discover their talents; that they build up their confidence and that support is given to those who are experiencing difficulties.

Each year group has a year head who has over-all responsibility for monitoring the progress and welfare of each student in the year. The year head works closely with each form teacher or tutor who is assigned to individual classes. Form tutors provide the primary link between parents and the school. Year heads and form tutors communicate with parents through the homework journal and like all teachers are available to meet parents by appointment.

As well as the Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate, Clonkeen College has a compulsory Transition Year, and offers the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) at senior cycle. We have many extra-curricular and co-curricular activities in which students are encouraged to get involved and play an active role. Examples of these and much more are to be found here…

On behalf of everyone in Clonkeen College I hope you enjoy browsing our website.

Go raibh mile maith agat

Edward Melly (Principal)