St. Conleth's College

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St. Conleth's College is a private, co‐educational, Catholic school founded in 1939 by Bernard

Sheppard which, for over eighty years, has continued and expanded upon its founder's vision,

to encourage the educational development of the child and fulfil the pastoral roll inspired by

the school's patron: St. Conleth, a Sixth Century saint and 'moulder of precious metals'.

From Junior Infants through to the Leaving Certificate, pupils at

St. Conleth’s benefit from a rare melding of tradition and

innovation which enables them to remain well-grounded yet

adaptive to a changing world. St. Conleth’s provides a happy,

healthy and safe environment in which students may develop

their own personal gifts and interests to the best of their

ability. Excellence, perseverance and mutual respect are

encouraged in a spirit of discipline and co-operation in all our

academic, sporting and extra-curricular endeavour.

Imbued with the Christian values of its founding family,

Religious instruction in the school follows the Catholic

programme and the Christian ethos is seen and felt in

everything we do. This ethos is reflected in a pastoral care that

provides the needs of young people at each stage of their

development and promotes a sense of care and responsibility

to one another and the wider community. The majority of our

students come from Catholic backgrounds, but those of

different denominations, faiths and philosophies have found

their experience at St. Conleth's to be both spiritually and

culturally welcoming.

a full range of educational opportunities with the benefit

of small class sizes

the only private, Catholic, co-educational secondary school

in Dublin

the opportunity for a seamless progression from Junior to

Secondary School and for all of the family to attend the

same school, regardless of age and gender

a long-established reputation for developing well‐rounded,

confident and competent pupils

a safe, secure place where routine and order co-exist with

the imagination and creativity

an environment where academic excellence is holistically

promoted and achieved, and each pupil is encouraged and

enabled to reach their own academic potential

the nurturing of athletic, debating, musical and artistic

skills and their further development in friendly competition

a school community which emphasises education as a

tripartite dynamic: pupil, teacher and parent

an ethos which is open-minded and centred on respect for

oneself and others, and encourages an active engagement

with the wider, local community

in the centre of the Ballsbridge ‘embassy belt’, close to the

cultural heart of the city and the recreational opportunities

in Herbert Park

Junior & Preparatory School

St. Conleth’s Junior and Preparatory School

welcomes boys and girls from ages four to

twelve (Junior Infants to Sixth Class). With

an average class size of less than twenty,

personal attention to each pupil is assured

and a more inclusive and holistic approach

to education is emphasised.

The younger Conlethians benefit from sharing in all the social,

educational and recreational aspects of the larger school,

from ICT to sports hall to performance space to canteen, yet

they also have the sense of belonging and security which

having their own purpose-built facility provides.

Each pupil follows the standard Primary School Curriculum as

set by the Department of Education and Science, preparing

them for entrance into secondary school. This core curriculum

is augmented by tuition in subjects such as French, Music,

Speech and Drama, Art and Information Technology. Religious

Education follows the prescribed Catholic programme, and

willing candidates are prepared for First Holy Communion and

Confirmation, but children of all faiths, and none, are welcomed

and seamlessly integrated into the school community.

All our Juniors have the option of enrolling in our flexible

Early-Morning and After-School Programmes, where the

children’s physical and intellectual appetites are catered to

with a mixed diet of homework, snacks, games and sport.

Senior School

St. Conleth's 260 students are nurtured by

over 20 full-time teachers. This low pupilteacher

ratio allows for smaller classes and

wider subject choice.

Pupils who continue on from our Junior School are joined in

First Year by as many newcomers. St. Conleth’s is fully

co-educational and our campus, classes and extra-curriculars

are all designed to cater to both girls and boys.

The Junior Cycle (1st - 3rd Year) and The Senior Cycle (4th - 6th

Year) are offered in accordance with the Department of

Education and Science. We offer a wide array of academic

subjects, providing the choice of a larger school in the

advantageous environs of a smaller academy.

Transition Year (TY) at St. Conleth's is a mandatory growing

space and time for our boys and girls en route to being young

adults. The TY Programme encompasses all areas of personal

development, from the charitable through the athletic to the

cultural. A dedicated TY co-ordinator organises a team of

teachers and professionals who lead the students through a

demanding but exhilarating curriculum of subject-specific

project work, real life and work experiences and the

individually tailored Gaisce programme. A typical TY day

involves learning coding and cooking in the morning, sailing

and photography in the afternoon, and rehearsal for the

year-ending musical at day’s end.

← English

← Irish

← Maths

← Geography

← History

← Science

← Physics

← Biology

← Chemistry

← French

← Spanish

← Latin

← Classical Studies

← Business

← Economics

← Art

← Music


← Physical Education

← Religious Education

← Applied Maths



Junior Cycle Subjects →

Senior Cycle Subjects →



A by-word for excellence in schools debating, “St. Conleth's”

consistently achieves Leinster, national and international

prominence (in English, French and Irish) and is a main feeder

of the debating societies at universities, here and abroad.

Chess satisfies the quieter yet still keen competitive instincts

of our pupils as they play at the lunchtime club and on

inter-school teams and the after-school Coding Club sharpens

the students’ ICT skills and creativity. One of the most

impressive aspects of our development has been in music,

where our Performance Space is always alive with the sounds

of our School Choir and the more freeform adventures of

various student individuals and bands as they prepare for our

many assemblies and the Annual School Concert.

In the Junior School, Both the teaching staff and the Parents’

Association spend much effort and time organising various

out-of-class activities. Chess, Coding, Science, Math and Art

Clubs meet every week and various competitions and

tournaments are entered throughout the year. Piano and

guitar lessons are offered after-school. All the boys and girls

take part in the Christmas and end-of-year theatrical

productions. Confident and competent participation is always

the priority, and not a month goes by without a visit to, or a

visit by, some educational or recreational resource.

At St. Conleth’s, Physical Education is not just the prescribed

domain of the few, it is enjoyed and practised by all the

students across a spectrum of mandatory classes and in

optional, but strongly encouraged, competitive sports. In

addition to the varied and ambitious PE curriculum for all

years, St. Conleth’s competes and wins in Rugby, Hockey,

Basketball, Tennis and Athletics, often at the regional and

national levels, and there is a plethora of other sports, both in

time-tabled classes and after school. Fencing, in particular, is

a time-honoured tradition at the school. The dedicated Sports

Hall and All-Weather Pitch at Herbert Park help make sport at

St. Conleth’s both fun and accessible and the Annual Sports

Day is always the fitting culmination of a year of enthusiastic

physical education.

Design: Charles Crimmins (class of 1990) www.crimmins.ie

St. Conleth's College

28 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4

D04 FT98, Ireland

Telephone : +353 (0) 1 668 0022

Email : admin@stconleths.ie

Website : www.stconleths.ie

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