This is an exciting time to be involved in management in any school, given the enormous changes that are happening in education. At the heart of all we do is the student and our philosophy is one of Holism, where we aim to nurture the development of all our students as pupils and more importantly as people. Our co-educational approach to learning places emphasis on equal opportunity for all, and provides flexibility in response to an ever changing society. We also encourage mutual respect for one another, where the job of learning becomes a reciprocal experience.
Academically we cater for all students by placing priority on their needs. Our wide range of extra curricular activities are a fundamental part of our school endeavours, whether it is on the playing fields, the concert stage, the debating chamber, or elsewhere.
The writer Ann Frank once said ‘Parents and teachers can only give good advice or put students on the right path, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.’
I believe the values we instil in young people in Athlone Community College will stand the test of time. The atmosphere of camaraderie, achievement, and a sense of belonging are very evident among our student body and can be observed on a daily basis and I hope to have the privilege of watching and helping our students grow into young men and women of whom we will be deservedly proud.
I believe our school offers more than teaching and learning. I believe it offers hope,friendship, compassion and security. I trust you will find the same.