The James Joyce Library
Completed in 2008, the new 700sqm library (site of the former refectory and later, theatre) is managed by a fully qualified librarian.
- Formal and informal study areas
- Reading, research and multi- media facilities with internet access
- Three peer tutoring rooms and exhibition area
- A collection of c. 10,000 books, research papers, periodicals and DVDs
- Daily and evening supervised study facilities for Higher line
- Separate co-operative study rooms
Science, Art & Technology Building
Completed in 2010, this comprehensive facility is one of the finest in Irish secondary education and provides a resource of third level standard. It offers the following features:
- Three dedicated classrooms and separate laboratories
- Adaptable lecture room for up to eighty pupils
- Large, functional entrance lobby and circulation corridors
- Art classroom with pottery area, Kiln, dark room and extensive art storage
- Technology/ Technical graphics room
- 24 Classrooms with internet access and interactive whiteboards
- 3 state of the art Science classrooms and separate Laboratories
- Art studio featuring a kiln and darkroom and iPads available for art projects.
- 130 seat lecture theatre
- There is an Academic Year Heads office with a separate meeting room.
There are three rooms specially designed for students with extra learning needs. These rooms provide students with facilities that allow them to learn in a relaxed and fun environment.
There are two choirs in the school, a full orchestra and a traditional Irish music group. There are rehearsal rooms, each classroom has a piano and there is a dedicated room where students may practice the drums away from the school.
The school has two separate state of the art computer laboratories with strict Internet availability. Each student must register his electronic devices in order to access the Internet. This allows the school to ensure that sites accessed over the network are controlled. Each student is also automatically provided with a school email address. This allows teachers and prefects to communicate with students efficiently. An online ‘rit’ system is also available for parents, which allows them access to monthly and end of term reports.
The concourse is the hub of the school. Every morning after study and before class the school assembles in the concourse while a member of staff or a senior student leads the school in Morning Prayer. The school has a fully stocked shop that sells books, copies, stationary, toiletries and sports gear.
Each year has its own recreation room. Each rec room has a TV and the higher Line rec room is used to host debates and guests speakers. There is also 400″ projected TV facility with surround sound.
- The Refectory is situated in the modern 1999 building and can seat 500+ people. Students have breakfast, dinner and tea here. The refectory is also open to students after evening study for supper.
- The tuck shop opens once a day and is stocked with sweets, ice cream, soft drinks water and milk.
The dormitories are open topped from first to fourth year and are made up of cubicles. Each of these room its own sink, while every dorm has its own separate shower and restroom facilities.
Each dorm also has it’s own separate TV/meeting room. Every night, before lights are ‘flicked’ (down time) Third Line (1st & 2nd) meet with their prefects to reflect on the day or to communicate any news that may need to be shared. Night prayer often takes place during this time too.
In first and second year there are plenty of opportunities for students to share cubicles. As the boys move up to the school they are afforded more space. Higher Line (5th & 6th) all have their own rooms complete with study facilities.
The first and second year dorms each have four Apple Mac computers, with full Internet access. The wireless Internet shuts down each night depending on the year. For example first and second years (Third Line) have no access to the Internet after 22.00. Lights go out at approximately 22.15 during the week. At the weekends students watch DVD’s or have extra time afforded to them to use the VMP (All weather pitch)
The school has four chapels:
- The Boys Chapel,
- The people’s church
- The Ignatian Chapel
- The sports hall transforms into a chapel on Sundays to facilitate school Masses.
The Sports Hall
Clongowes Wood College is blessed with a large campus in the Kildare countryside, which allows it to provide extensive sports facilities, both indoors and out. Completed in 2011, the new sports hall building is an integral part of the school, as sports play an important role in the curriculum and development of the boys. Located adjacent to the Vincent Murray Park and the Science, Art and Technology building, it includes the following facilities:
- Extensive P.E. facilities
- Changing facilities for teams, games staff and referees
- A 33m x 29.7m hall to accommodate competition basketball and other sports
- A weights room overlooking the main hall
- Multi-purpose space for large assemblies, liturgies, parent-teacher meetings, examinations, school plays and concerts.
Multipurpose Sports Complex Features
- 2 Badminton courts
- 2 Basketball Courts
- Weights room
- Changing rooms Home & Away
- Multiple Weights machines
- Bench Presses
- Rowing machines
- Stationary bikes
Other Sports Facilities
- 9 tennis courts
- 9 Rugby pitches
- 400m Athletics Track
- Cricket Crease
- Soccer Pitch
- All weather Floodlight rugby/soccer pitch
- Archery Course
- Cross Country running track
- Bike shed
- Heated 20M Swimming pool
- TRX facilities
- Scrummaging machines
- 9 hole golf course
- Table tennis tables
- 4 Pool tables
- Full size Snooker table
- Fuzball tables
There has been an infirmary in Clongowes since the earliest days of the school and its services are available to the boys throughout term time. The historic building contains ten beds for sick boys and there are three general trained nurses attached: Deirdre Murray, Jetta Weld and Marena Molloy. We are in the school 24 hours per day, taking it in turn to care for the boys.
Our duties are very varied and, while we make every effort to treat the boys and get them back to class, we also liaise with Dr. FX Flanagan from Clane, who visits the school at our request. In addition we have a visiting physiotherapist who is generally here on a Mondays and Thursdays after class.
Wednesdays and Saturdays are the busiest times as we could have up to 270 boys (including visiting teams) playing rugby on campus, but training days can be equally busy.
In line with the Jesuit holistic approach to education and our ambition to care for the individual, the staff in the Clongowes Wood College infirmary strives to achieve a healthy mind in a healthy body for all of the students in our care that they may make the most of their time in the college.
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