Welcome message from Mr. O'Leary
Welcome to the Ardgillan College website which we hope will provide you with an understanding and appreciation of the values, practices and aspirations of our school. As you browse through these pages we hope that you will gain a good insight into the excellent modern facilities, the wide ranging curriculum and the vibrant extra-curricular programme offered at the college.
Our vision, based on the three pillars of Teamwork, Respect and Excellence, is that the college community will work together in atmosphere of mutual respect and that our students will grow in confidence, personality and character. We believe that every student has special gifts and talents and that by co-operating together as a team we can nurture their confidence, create high expectations and support them to achieve their full potential.
Ardgillan College is a post-primary school serving the growing community of Balbriggan, County Dublin and the surrounding townlands. The college was established in 2009 and is named after Ardgillan Castle and Demesne which is located close by. Based in Castlelands, Balbriggan, the college, under the patronage of Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board, is multi-denominational and co-educational. The college crest, designed by the students, contains a lighthouse representing Balbriggan, a castle with light beaming from its windows, representing Ardgillan Castle and the light of knowledge, and an acorn symbolising life and growth. The wording on the crest – mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí - is very appropriate because it underpins the philosophy that children prosper when they are praised and supported.
Ardgillan College is very proud of the reputation that it has developed over its short history which is a result of the incredible commitment and great work carried out by students, staff and parents. Waiting lists exist for entry into each year group and a spirit of partnership, teamwork and positivity permeates throughout the college. We are committed to continuing the development of an excellent school and we are confident that we will meet and overcome any challenges that lie ahead by working together.
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