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Deputy Principal’s Address

Chris FordeDeputy Principal

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.

Chris Forde

Pauline FaddenDeputy Principal

Among other things it is said that education prepares students for life and work. At the present time when societies are becoming increasingly polarised and where change has now become routine the role of the school cannot be overlooked. We can respond to present day challenges by educating students to a high degree, students who are self-motivated, creative, problem solvers who have at their disposal a ‘kit bag’ of skills. Leading futurist John Mahafie concludes that to be future ready students need to have both a love of learning and be skilled at learning,be good communicators, be open to and adaptable to change, be skilled in dealing with people, be self-aware and be able to set and meet goals. Fortunately, here in ACC through our academic and co-curricular programmes students are given the opportunity toacquire these skills. Students are expected to participate fully in all aspects of the life of the school so that they can develop their talents and skills. It also gives students an opportunity to develop their leadership potential whether through team sports and games, the student council, senior prefect system or the mentor system. ACC provides wonderful examples of student leadership whether it is raising funds for charity, raising awareness for a global issue or achieving intellectual or sporting success.

All aspects of a student’s development are catered for in ACC with the result that we have built a strong community where all students are cared for and are helped reach their full potential.

Education is a partnership – a joint venture between school and home. One of the corner stones of a successful school is the relationship between students, staff, parents and the community. We value all partners in this relationship and strive to build on the solid rock which has already been laid down.

Respect is a tangible aspect of our day-to day activities and interactions here in ACC. We respect the uniqueness of each child, we are proud of our students and look forward to their positive contribution to the school.

Beirbuaagusbeannacht.

Pauline Fadden