Headmaster’s Welcome | Boarding School Ireland | Clongowes Wood College

As the Headmaster of Clongowes Wood College SJ, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our website, which I hope will give you a sense of what makes Clongowes an exceptional school.

The College’s Mission Statement speaks of educating our pupils according to the best traditions and highest standards of Jesuit schooling and the values of the Gospel and this is a succinct expression of what we are hoping to achieve in Clongowes. Each one of our boys is valued and encouraged. Our aim is to create an open, happy, stimulating, mutually respectful community environment in which young people are able to develop the full range of their talents and abilities in a balanced, integrated and generous way.

The statement further stresses the criterion of excellence, which we apply to all aspects of life in the school, as well as our special concern to foster a sense of values and a commitment to the service of others. We are pledged to an ever-renewed faith, which actively promotes the struggle for greater justice in the world. Traditional values are at the heart of the College’s community, which, at the same time, is forward thinking and vibrant as we seek to meet the challenges of a changing world.

The profile of our ideal Clongowes’ graduate is someone who is open to growth, intellectually competent, socially able, culturally aware, physically developed, inspired by the values of the Gospel, flexible and adaptive, actively concerned about justice and peace, committed to striving for excellence and having a sense of belonging to the Church and its mission.

It is a central part of my role, working with the Trustees and the Board of Management, to ensure that these ideals are realised as fully as possible in our boys, and in the life of the school community as a whole.

I hope that you will be enthused and excited by the world that you see here and that you will be inspired to pay us a visit that we may show you what it is that makes Clongowes Wood College such a special place in which to educate your son.

Chris Lumb, Headmaster


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