2017 - Clongowes Wood College

And so this is Christmas

24th December 2017

Clongowes lies silent now. The crowds that thronged the chapel for the first Mass of Christmas a little while ago have departed and the empty corridors echo to our footsteps as we make our way through the darkness and the memories that rub shoulders with us on our solitary walk. The school closed on Friday…read more

A Final Festive Fling

22nd December 2017

The season of Advent, A Time of Expectant Waiting, has been a full one here in Clongowes, with many events in the school ranging from the Advent Service of Reconciliation by way of the joyful Christmas Lunch on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception to the annual Christmas Concert last week. On Tuesday the annual Carol…read more

Going Back Down Under

18th December 2017

Last week the five Australian GAP students (or Gappies), who have graced the groves of Clongowes since their arrival here in January, began to make their way back home for a bit of sunshine before embarking on the next stage of their lives at Third Level. William Hartwig, Jack Kofod, Andrew Choek, Joe Flannery and…read more

Many Wolves, One Pack

16th December 2017

Transition Year Riverview Exchange Back in October six Transition Year students embarked for the Antipodes on a four week exchange with our sister college, St Ignatius’ College, Riverview, which was founded in 1880 by Old Clongownian, Fr Joseph Dalton. Embedded correspondent, Mikey Mina Ronayne sent us this despatch from behind the lines… “We arrived at…read more

Finding the Light

14th December 2017

‘Mind Your Mental Health’ Photography Competition. Congratulations to Kieran Clohessy (Poetry) and Ms Louise Dunne (Receptionist) who were the student and staff winners respectively of our recent ‘Mind Your Mental Health’ photography competition. For both winners the outdoors and the power of light featured as their interpretation of the competition’s theme. Kieran’s observant eye caught…read more

Advent Reconciliation

12th December 2017

On Wednesday, 6th December we held our annual Advent Reconciliation Service in Clongowes. Led by the Rector, Fr Michael Sheil SJ, the whole school came together in the Sports Hall at 9.15pm for a 40 minute liturgy exploring the nature of the Sacrament of Reconciliation and to reflect upon the unfashionable concept of personal and communal…read more

A Time of Expectant Waiting

8th December 2017

Yesterday morning, as we drove up the timeless main avenue girt by centuries’ old lime trees and approached the castle squatting snugly in the winter sun, we marveled anew at the wonders of nature and at the handiwork of the Creator. The clear crisp air and winter sun that lit the pleasure grounds and sports…read more

Go Amber for Mental Health

6th December 2017

The main concourse of the school was awash with forty shades of amber this morning for the launch of the school’s application for the AMBER FLAG… The ‘Amber Flag’ project is similar to ‘Green Schools’ where a school must promote the values of the flag, with Amber symbolising Mental Health. Clongowes already does a huge amount of…read more

Fine Art Exhibition 2017

4th December 2017

The Annual Clongowes Fine Art Exhibition will be in situ in the Concourse from Saturday 9th December and will continue until Sunday 17th December. The official opening will take place after Mass on Sunday 10th December at 12.15 (approx.), when the exhibition will be launched by the Headmaster, Mr Chris Lumb. This vibrant exhibition will feature work…read more

Lifesaving Skills

30th November 2017

In recent weeks Jack Hilliard has been one of 40 boys, who are taking Lifesaving lessons in our new swimming pool as part of the Transition Year programme of activities. The lads are training for a Pool Life Guard Course over the year, which will allow them to be Life Savers. Mr. Philip Keleghan from Irish…read more

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