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THE TREND Glenstal Abbey School continues along the path of growth.


tudent numbers continue to grow at Glenstal Abbey School and a steady upward trend has been established and maintained in student recruitment. The school roll is 221 students, of whom 29 are day boarders (day boarding was introduced in 2012). Overseas students make up approximately 10 per cent of the student population. Singapore, UAE and the USA are just some of the countries represented. In 2013 the construction of a new academic block was completed, increasing the overall capacity of the school to 270 students. The school continues to plan for the future and is now looking at the next phase of its development plan which will include additional boarding and sports facilities.

SO WHAT MAKES GLENSTAL STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD? Undoubtedly academic results contribute to its attraction. Glenstal regularly tops the Sunday Times ‘Parent Power’ survey. But Glenstal is not just about academic results. To quote a former student: “I sense the essential elements remain the same. For me, they amounted to a communal gift imparted unreservedly by both monks and lay people.” Glenstal sees itself as partners with parents in forming, nurturing and guiding students to the best they can be. The school is characterised by moderation and a sense of mutual respect which emphasises the core values of reverence, respect and responsibility. The school offers an inclusive climate of learning, where each student is given the opportunity and the means to fulfil his own unique potential. As Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB says, “every one of us is gifted, we just InBUSINESS | Q1 2015

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have to know how to release that gift.” Glenstal continually strives to enable its students to achieve their fullest potential at each stage of their development. videography, One of Glenstal’s most debating and public important values is the speaking. Sport and leisure belief that relationship is Glenstal pursuits are also a vital as important as content in sees itself part of the school’s culture. education. This contact is as partners Students take part in a not only between students with parents wide variety of sporting and teachers but also with in forming, activities including rugby, parents. There is regular nurturing tennis, golf, athletics, interaction between and guiding swimming, cycling, parents and staff. Glenstal students to basketball, Gaelic football, understand that parents fencing and rowing. Within know their children be the best the school’s stunningly better than anyone else so they can be. beautiful parkland are emphasis is placed on the The school is several rugby pitches and ongoing communication characterised ten all-weather tennis between parents and by moderation courts. The indoor sports teachers throughout the and a sense hall houses a weights/ student’s life with the of mutual cardiovascular suite. One school. Smaller class sizes respect which of the school’s lakes is used (typically 15 students emphasises for supervised swimming. per class) also embody the core On visiting Glenstal the principle of student Abbey School one is mentoring. The academic values of invariably struck by the progress of each year group reverence, atmosphere of community is monitored by a tutor. respect and and individual care for Smaller class sizes provide a responsibility. each boy. Benedictine privileged space for learning monks work closely that provides for individual with students in a forum that offers attention to help each student reach students the opportunity to grow into their potential. who they’re called to be. The presence Glenstal believes in each student of a stable and thriving monastery exploring and developing their gives the school a special quality individual talents. In keeping with of stability, peace and harmony. this value the school provides a Interested in finding out more? rich array of opportunities for Glenstal are holding an open day on students to express themselves both April 25th next. Phone 061 621044, within and beyond the classroom. email or Students are given the opportunity to visit for details. explore music, drama, photography,


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