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Admissions Policy

This Admissions Policy, as in the case of all other written policies of the College, is defined in the context of the Mission Statement of the College.

The College admits boys who have the desire and the capacity to benefit from a boarding school environment. It offers boarding facilities only, with the exception that a day-boarding option is available to the sons of staff members.

Code of Behaviour

Cistercian College Roscrea is a seven-day Catholic boarding school for boys. As such it seeks to reflect a distinctive vision of life. This Code of Behaviour is designed to enable this vision to be lived in the reality of daily life. It makes a positive statement about the kinds of behaviour that the College wishes to promote among its pupils. Clear rules and procedures, consistently and fairly applied, are necessary in order to ensure that the College is a place where all the students will be happy and feel secure. All members of the College community, staff and students alike, have the right to be treated with respect, and to live and work in a clean, calm and safe environment. Likewise the commitment of all members is required to bring this about. The support of the parents/guardians for this Code is crucial. Accordingly each parent/guardian is required to sign the accompanying Acceptance Sheet.

College Ethos and Educational Policy

As a Catholic school, the College seeks to reflect a distinctive vision of life and a corresponding philosophy of education. All staff members support and imbibe this spirit through their everyday practice. This educational philosophy is marked by tolerance and inclusiveness, and acknowledges and values other traditions. It respects the beliefs of people of other faiths and of those without faith, while remaining true to its own distinctive ethos.

Substance Use Policy 

Cistercian College Roscrea strives to be a Catholic community of learning, in which the students, committed to its care, live and pray, study and play and seek the truth, in harmony and mutual responsibility.

This Policy, which relates to the entire College community of Cistercian College Roscrea, is designed to minimise the possibilities of substance abuse by the students, and in order to clarify the procedures and possible sanctions that may be followed in the event of any inappropriate substance misuse. The College will work proactively to ensure that substance abuse does not take place.


 College Ethos & Educational Policy

1. Cistercian College Roscrea (CCR) is a Catholic boarding school, administered by a Board of Governors, on behalf of the Abbot, Community and Trustees of Mount Saint Joseph Cistercian Abbey, Roscrea, Co Tipperary.

2. As a Catholic school, CCR seeks to reflect a distinctive vision of life and a corresponding philosophy of education.

3. The College’s educational philosophy is marked by tolerance and inclusiveness. It acknowledges and values other traditions. It respects the beliefs of people of other faiths and of those without faith, while remaining true to its own distinctive ethos.

4. The College seeks always to give effect to its motto ‘Insideat coelis animo sed corpore terris’ ‘let the mind be in heaven while the body dwells upon the earth.’ (Alain of Lille, 12th Century Cistercian Monk of Citeaux Abbey.)

5. The College programme is influenced by the Benedictine / Cistercian requirement that each day is to be marked by work, study and prayer.

6. The College aims to provide a full and rounded education for its students, within a framework of spiritual, moral and personal development that is based on Christian and Catholic values. In this, it sees itself in partnership with the parents or guardians of its students as well as with those who comprise its staff.

7. The College offers an academic curriculum that is as broad as may reasonably be possible and that may be adapted, as necessary, to the changing conditions within society in which students will live and work.

8. CCR recognises that each student’s capacities are unique and individual. In addition to the academic curriculum, the College emphasises the values of other activities for the full development on the student’s spirituality, personality, social interaction and overall potential. These include a range of sporting activities, debating, music, art etc.

9. While it aims to bring each student to the full academic potential, it does not emphasise the attainment of high examination marks at the expense of the more general development of the student’s personal qualities and talents.

10. Enrolment of students by the College is not based on competitive tests of academic ability. Students of varying abilities are accepted. The academically gifted are stretched to the best of their capacities, while particular consideration and attention are afforded to those who may be less able.

11. CCR’s policies in regard to educational and personal development are distinguished by faith in the transcendent mystery of God as the source of all that exists and as the meaning of human existence.

12. This faith in God and its expression do not comprise simply a subject to be taught within the curriculum. They are the foundation of all that is done and they represent the horizon of all that takes place in the College.

13. Prayer, spiritual guidance and religious observance are a central part of life at the College. In all its activities, the College aims to enable participants to hear the word of God and to interpret their lives in the context of the Gospels and of revelation.

14. Community service, the development of a social conscience, a concern for global issues and the reality of each individual’s mission as a member of the Church are at the heart of the religious programme within the College. That programme aims to give students a vibrant world view that informs all other areas of life and that benefits the whole of society.