St. Paul’s College – Building a Better Future
The school is very proud of its recent achievement when Paul Clarke won the National Young Scientist of the Year competition in 2014. The school Senior Maths team won the Dublin title in 2015 and were runners-up the All-Ireland final in the same year. The school Science team also won a National final in 2016. These have been followed by recent successes in National Competition wins by Darragh Glynn in Science and Chemistry in 2016 and 2017. Darragh has represented Ireland in many events around the world including Argentina, Estonia and Hong Kong.
Since his arrival in 2014 new Principal, Mr. Michael Behan, has overseen a major refurbishment of College facilities. This programme has been co-funded by the Department of Education, the school’s Parent Association and the College’s Board of Management. Recent projects completed include refurbishment of the College Library area, Assembly Hall and staff and student canteen area.
Last year saw the total refurbishment of the school’s second computer room with 24 modern computers, new floor and state of the art benches. All classrooms are equipped with projectors with new modern short-throw projectors installed in 12 of the rooms so far.
This summer a new Technical Graphics room is being provided with 24 up-to-date Graphic Powered computers. Plans are being submitted for a new practical subject block to cater for Art, Music, Woodwork and Technical Graphics. St. Paul’s College, through its Board of Management, wants to provide the best possible facilities for its students and this adventurous programme is being eagerly supported by a very active Parents’ Association.
Sport has always played a big part in the life of St. Paul’s College. Recent successes in soccer (2016 Leinster League winners) and Gaelic Football (2016 Dublin ‘B’ Champions and Leinster finalists) have been matched this year by victories in U.14 and U.16 Dublin Hurling league competitions. A new five-year rugby programme has been launched with great support being received from an active Parents’ and Rugby Past-Pupils’ Committees. Brian Maher (4th year) and Michael Murphy (6th year) have both represented Ireland on the national soccer U. 17 and U. 18 teams this year. Darren Byrne played on the successful Dublin Gaelic U.21 All-Ireland winning team last month.
A new Website will shortly be unveiled to keep parents updated about college activities. Links will continue to a host of supportive information sites to aid students and parents with study skills tips, subject and college choices and student care programmes.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of a new College Chaplain this September who will augment the work being done in the pastoral area of student care. New class representatives are being appointed in each class to give leadership opportunities to students and to promote care and responsibility for all of our students at all levels.
Our students are involved in the annual Dublin Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes in September and we also visit our sister Vincentian school in Ambo, Ethiopia where a group of up to 8 students travel each summer to teach local boys and girls Maths, English and Science programmes.
Our aim is to give students every opportunity to develop themselves as people in a personal, social and educational capacity. School tours are an exciting part of the school year. Highlights of the recent Transition Year programme was the very successful ‘Hike and Bike’ expedition which took place to Glendalough in May as part of the Gaisce award programme. Some of our most recent destinations have been to Barcelona, London and the Sierra Nevada Ski resort in Spain.
We are happy to share our facilities with many local sporting and recreational clubs in the Raheny, Clontarf, Killester and Artane environs. Activities ranging from Bridge, Keep Fit, First Aid, Judo/Karate, Gaelic, Soccer and Rugby amongst many others take place on college grounds throughout the week.
Our overall aim is to be the school of choice in our local area and also to be a vibrant resource catering for the needs of our local community building a better future for all.