Rockwell College - Leading boys and girls secondary boarding school in Ireland

Located in the heartlands of Tipperary, Rockwell College is one of Ireland’s leading boarding schools and is situated 7km. from Cashel on the main Dublin-Cork road in the Province of Munster. Located on a picturesque lakeside estate, Rockwell is set in acres of wooded grounds and rich farmland along with its 23 acre lake. Today, the College educates 500 students aged from 12 to 19 years, both boarders and day boarders, boys and girls, with a distinct international dimension. Students come from more than 20 countries worldwide, contributing to Rockwell’s strong multicultural environment and global reach.

Established in 1864, Rockwell College will soon be Ireland’s only Catholic, co-educational boarding schools for second-level students where boys and girls can grow and develop in a caring and supportive atmosphere. Co-education helps to prepare students for a diverse and inclusive world. As a result of our inclusive environment, students learn to collaborate with each other and develop mutual respect, empathy and understanding. Students achieve higher levels of social skills and increased self-esteem.

Students are educated in the Spiritan tradition with Rockwell College operating under the trusteeship of the Spiritan Education Trust. With world-class education & facilities, Rockwell College provides students with the opportunity to excel inside & outside the classroom. Rockwell College is committed to the development of each student’s gifts, encouraging due emphasis on Intellectual, Spiritual, Social, Cultural and Sporting Activities which enhance growth in self-esteem and self-worth and imbues a concern and care for others, especially the underprivileged in the Spiritan tradition of education.

Examination results are important, but equally important is the way in which Rockwell, in line with the Spiritan tradition, responds to the students' needs for security and ordered freedom. The participation of many enthusiastic staff members and coaching staff ensures that varied extra-curricular activities are promoted. A Christian concern for others is fostered by liturgical celebrations, fundraising events for charitable causes and involvement of students with local schools catering for children and adults with a disability.

As a Spiritan school, Rockwell College is part of a community of ten schools nationally rooted in the Spiritan Ethos and under the patronage of the Spiritan Education Trust. A founding principle of the Spiritan Education Trust is the belief that the Holy Spirit is present and should enliven each moment and every part of the school community. It is through this lens that we articulate the Spiritan Seven Core Values that are at the heart of each of our educational works. These seven values are:

  • Openness to the Spirit
  • A Sense of Community
  • Option for the Poor
  • Commitment to Service
  • Global Vision
  • High Educational Standards
  • Personal and Faith Development

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The Boarding School Residence is home to 120 boys, offering a home away from home for all year groups and includes both Irish and international students. Our boarding girls currently stay with Host Families who are assessed and vetted by Rockwell College. This ensures a very unique experience for Rockwell students and provides them with the opportunity to meet people from the four corners of the world.

Student care is important at Rockwell College. Each year has a "Dean" who is a senior member of staff. They are responsible under the Principal for the overall care, health and discipline of the students. A Career Guidance Counsellor, in-house Nurses and the Chaplaincy team provide guidance and pastoral care. The combined efforts of these dedicated members of staff ensure that your son or daughter is personally cared for and that they are both welcomed to, and are made an essential part of the Rockwell community.

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