Message from the President – A Time of Reflection
There has been much ado in the College Community of late. Since our last correspondence, Cistercian College was presented with the Leinster Rugby School of the Year award, five students were named as the Irish Independent Players of the Year, Dignitaries and Cathaoirleachs from Tipperary and Offaly County Councils hosted civic receptions honouring the College and Joe Schmidt, Ireland Head Coach commended and praised the efforts of the entire College Community on their role in winning the Leinster Senior Cup at a celebratory gala dinner in Dublin.
If that wasn’t enough, the Music department, choir and orchestra were invited to host a one off intimate recital evening in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal Irish Academy on Dawson Street. They also performed to a packed auditorium at the ‘Musica Vivit’ event in the University Concert Hall, Limerick where they received a standing ovation.
With all that has been achieved in the last number of months, lest we forget that today is the first day of the national state exams. Teachers and students have been busily preparing and revising for the important exams over the last number of weeks and we know our students are in good stead now that the big day has arrived. We wish all students taking exams today the very best of luck both for the Leaving Certificate and in their future endeavours beyond the College.
Before we wrap up for the end of the academic year, I ask both past and present students to take time to reflect on the momentous year that’s been 2014/2015 and to take stock of all that’s been achieved. I thank you all for your continued support and I look forward to all the successes that lie ahead for the College, and its past and present students for the next academic year.
Welcome to CCR
Since 1905 Cistercian College has been to the fore in providing a rich, authentic and creative experience for the young men in our care. Cistercian College is a 7-day boarding school for boys situated in the grounds of Mount St Joseph Abbey. Our College has the distinction of being the only school in the world run by Cistercian (Trappist) monks and we have a long and proud tradition of educating boys and preparing them to be hard-working young men of integrity who are resilient, motivated, empathetic and conscientious in their pursuit of excellence and who will be inspiring contributors to society.
This year the College has set about ‘re-imagining’ the distinctive philosophy associated with a seven day Catholic boarding school in Ireland today. This renewed philosophy focuses on the creation of a dynamic student centred place of educational excellence where students engage in activities that will enhance their experiences and where the physical features of the College are designed with the students’ interest at the fore.
I believe a 7 day boarding school is unique in its ability to provide students with a routine and structure based on academics, sport and music as well as a myriad of other opportunities and believe that the young men who graduate from CCR do so with skills to hold their place in society with confidence and pride. We recognise that all students have different gifts, talents and abilities, and we strive to help each one be the very best that he can be. Building on over a century of tradition and experience, the College facilities have been constantly renewed and updated, to create a welcoming and safe environment in which students and staff form a stable and secure community. CCR’s vibrant sporting, debating and musical traditions compliment the stimulating academic programme.
We will be more than happy to welcome prospective students and their families to the College and show you around the campus and answer any questions you may have.
To quote Frederick W.Robertson “Instruction ends in the school-room, but education ends only with life” – In CCR we will do everything we can to ensure that this life will be fulfilling, rewarding and just.
Mr. Brendan Feehan
College President / Principal
Senior Management Team