Over the centuries, styles of teaching, the subjects taught and the expectations of society have changed, but the essence of school life has remained true. The poet and educator, William Johnson wrote about education in the mid-nineteenth century. He said that at school you may acquire a certain amount of knowledge, much of which may be forgotten, although the shadow of lost knowledge at least protects you from many illusions. More important than knowledge, however, is learning the arts and habits which will last for a lifetime.
Our primary aim is to encourage each of our students to be self-aware, enquiring, tolerant, positive young adults, a well-rounded character with an independent mind, an individual who respects the differentness of others. By the time they leave Coláiste Chiaráin, we want each student to have that true sense of self-worth which will enable them to stand up for themselves and for a purpose greater than themselves, and, in doing so, to be of value to society.
As we embrace the challenges of this the 21st century, we here in Coláiste Chiaráin, are confident that our educational programme will match the opportunities of this new ‘information age’, where innovative learning and commitment to excellence are essential aspects of our mission. It is our responsibility to equip your child for life, and to instill in him or her, both the self-confidence and flexibility that will enable each student to cope with the rapidly changing world of third level education and ultimately, the world of work.
With your support, we will strive to motivate and encourage your son or daughter to achieve their full potential. I look forward to working with you towards the realization of their dreams!
In the pages that follow, we offer a glimpse of our world.
Noel P. Malone