Newbridge College is a voluntary fee-paying secondary school committed to providing a Catholic education in the Dominican tradition for all its students. Catering for mixed-ability boys and girls, it provides Junior Certificate, Transition Year, Leaving Certificate and Leaving Certificate Vocational Programmes as prescribed by the DES. The College enrolment is currently in the vicinity of 750 students – approximately 50% of whom are female.
Students come from as far north as Newcastle, Maynooth and Kilcock, as far south as Portarlington, Ballybrittas and Athy, as far east as Hollywood, Ballymore-Eustace and Blessington, and as far west as Enfield, Carbury and the fringes of Edenderry.
Background and Ethos
The Dominican Friars founded Newbridge College in 1852 as a boarding school for boys. Today, still under the care of the Dominican Friars, Newbridge College is a Christian school in the Roman Catholic tradition, which is conscious of its Irish tradition and heritage in an increasingly united Europe. It is a co-educational day school, with day-boarding facilities, and with a student population in the region of 800 students.
Since 1984 a Board of Governors, comprising representatives of the Dominican Friars, parents, past pupils and teachers, has managed the College. The Principal’s post has been held by a layperson since 1991.
As a Dominican School, it seeks to pass on to its students not only skills for earning a living but values for living in a way that shows respect for all that is noble and true. It acknowledges that each of its students is uniquely gifted and it seeks to provide each one of them with curricular and extra-curricular opportunities that are suited to his/her aptitudes and aspirations.
Our students are taught and helped to assess things at their true worth, to cherish only what is good, and to approach society in a generous and critical manner. This is in line with the Dominican tradition, reaching back to the insights of St Dominic, who founded the Order of Preachers in 1216.
Furthermore, our students are challenged to acquire an appreciation of the finer things in life – a particular emphasis is placed on art and music.
Overall, our hope is that our students may come to adopt as their own those values taught by Christ who is ‘The Way, the Truth and the Life.’