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Message from the Principal

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Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is a combination of tradition, of an educational philosophy, and a commitment to a shared vision of what we can achieve for our students and what they can achieve for themselves.

Coláiste an Spioraid Naoimh is in existence now for over 50 years. We celebrated our anniversary in 2014-15. That is a sufficient amount of time for a school to set out its goals and to establish its traditions. As I look back on the school as it has evolved there are characteristics that have defined what the school has set out to do and what it has, to a significant extent, succeeded in doing.

CSN has always believed in the idea of a holistic approach to education – the education of our students intellectually, academically, spiritually, socially and physically. Although you can never claim that these goals can ever be met in their entirety, I believe we have gone a considerable way to doing that – and continue to do so.

The school has a well-deserved academic profile, something that is at the heart of what we do. It succeeds because we are committed to delivering the best academic education that can be achieved. It is done in the context of students who are of different abilities and aptitudes and the aim is, and always has been, to enable all our students to perform to their best. Our performance in the state exams and in the number of scholarships to third level institutions is testament to our academic success.

The broad range of extra-curricular activities allows our students to engage with the school, to develop life skills and to become more rounded individuals. It is another point of validation, of empowerment, for our students. It is only possible because so many of our teachers believe in its benefits and are committed to providing those opportunities for our students.

The school is a community, I believe, in which we all may partake, may grow and prosper. To get a flavour of our community, check out the posts on this website and, also, our facebook page here.

None of this would be possible without the shared vision of the teachers who teach in the school now and those who have gone before us. There is a commitment here to our students that is of the highest level.

Taken together, the sense of tradition, the philosophy of CSN, its culture and achievements, creates a unique synthesis – a way of looking at the world. As much as it is a place, Spiorad Naomh is an attitude of mind. I am very proud to be a part of that.

 

Mike Foley

Principal

 

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