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Open Evening Experience at Cistercian College set for success as interest builds

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Aerial shot of the Cistercian College campus at Mount St Joseph Abbey, Roscrea. Photo: Muru Walters

Transformed Cistercian College set to deliver unique insight into top schooling offering


Excitement is building at Cistercian College Roscrea as the midlands-based secondary school offering day, 5-day and 7-day boarding hosts an ‘Open Evening Experience’ for prospective students and their families, from 4-8pm on Friday 4th March. 

The event has attracted widespread interest from across the country, with large numbers of prospective students considering enrolment for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years pre-registering online in advance. 

Cistercian College has a rich sporting tradition that continues to this day, with the recent launch of their new Long Term Athletic Development Programme expected to deliver far reaching benefits for both recreational and elite competitive athletes attending the school.

The recent investment in its sports facilities has included new 3G outdoor pitches, a second strength and conditioning gym and an indoor golf room, with a Trackman Golf Simulator, artificial green and even an indoor bunker. 

Meanwhile, on the educational side, starting from the 2022-2023 academic year, the College will implement a one-to-one student device programme, bringing technology to the forefront of the school’s educational strategy into the future, leveraging technology to enhance the teaching and learning experiences for all students.

As part of this exciting initiative, all new 5- and 7-day boarding students joining the College for the next academic year will be provided with a free Google Chromebook. 

Mr. Gavin Clark, President will be welcoming interested attendees to the ‘Open Evening Experience’ at Cistercian College Roscrea from 4-8pm on Friday 4th March. Photo: Tony Gavin

The new College President Gavin Clark, who commenced in his position late in 2021, is looking forward to welcoming guests for a unique insight into daily life at one of Ireland’s leading secondary schools.

“For our upcoming ‘Open Evening Experience’ event, we’re really looking forward to welcoming all interested students and their parents for a fantastic, interactive showcase of the College as a unique place to learn, develop and grow.”

“The format for the event will include an immersive, guided tour of our newly redeveloped facilities, led by current students and staff, plus group activities showcasing our cross-school programmes, in sport and extra-curricular activities.

“And no visit to Cistercian College would be complete without sampling our famed hospitality, with all guests invited to partake in a delicious and nutritious evening meal served by our dedicated staff in the College Dining Hall. Trust me, that is not to be missed!”

For further information and to pre-register for the event, interested parties are invited to visit www.ccr.ie/march-open-evening, email the College Admissions team at apply@ccr.ie or call (0505) 23344. 

Cistercian College is a leading boys boarding school based on the Offaly/Tipperary border, offering day, 5-day & 7-day boarding. 

Founded in 1905, the College has a student body of just under 250 pupils enabling it to provide tailored personalised learning opportunities for all its students.

Director of Golf Mr. Bobby King showcases the Cistercian College Golf Room facilities to Open Day visitors, October 2021. Photo: Denis Vahey

Cistercian College provides a holistic education for its students, being ‘A Place To Grow’ their academic, cultural, sporting and life skills.

The college is the 3rd highest feeder school for Irish underage internationals in the same period, with past pupils in all four Irish provincial academies, as well as a number playing pro rugby in the URC and English Premiership.

The College recently appointed Head of Athletic Development Annie McCarra to lead the delivery of its market-leading Long Term Athletic Development programme across the full six-year boarding cycle.

The programme is aimed at ensuring every student attending the college receives a balanced, individualised focus that will not only underpin improved success in team and individual sports but also deliver clear long-term wellbeing and physical resilience benefits for the student body, as part of a ‘sport for life’ holistic approach.

SEE ALSO – Check out the Cistercian College Roscrea website here

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