Business Studies comprises four subjects: Business Studies (to Junior Certificate) Accounting, Business and Economics (all to Leaving Certificate). Business subjects are taught at all years in Clongowes and a majority of pupils go on to study Business Studies in some guise at Third level. The BESS course in Trinity and the Commerce course in UCD are particularly popular. To that end, most students will study at least one of Business, Accounting or Economics at Senior Cycle. A significant cohort will study two of these subjects and there are some students each year who decide to take all three.
Through the effective teaching and learning of business subjects in Clongowes Wood College we aim to nurture the intellectual, analytical, decision making and communicative capabilities of our students by developing competencies and skills that will enable them to become self directed, life long learners who are able to adapt to a constantly evolving business landscape. Our teaching of the subjects is informed by the awareness that we have a responsibility to care for the individual student (Cura personalis), regardless of their competence, aptitude or interest in Business Studies in keeping with the principles of Ignatian pedagogy.
The Business Faculty actively supports students who wish to take part in Business related school competitions. These include, The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants Annual Business Quiz, The Junior Dragons Den Competition (supported by Bank of Ireland) and the Irish Dairy Council’s ‘Milk It’ Awards.
Clongownians down through the years have had an innate ability to make their mark in the world of Business. Our alumni include Michael O’Leary, who has achieved considerable success with Ryanair, while the recent EY Entrepreneur of the Year awards saw not one, but two winners from among our alumni in the persons of Patrick Joy (Suretank Group) and Brian Hogan (Kylemore Services Group). They received their awards from another successful past pupil, Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton.
Mr Emmet Condron
Business Faculty Coordinator
Clongowes Wood College SJ