Enrolment at Clonard
Kildare Education Ministry schools have always been part of the local community and as such have had a diverse intake of students. Inclusivity was a key dimension of the ministry of Jesus who invited all to ‘come and see’. Reflecting our value of ‘Hospitality- welcoming all’, we take an inclusive position in relation to our enrolment policy. Whilst priority will be given to families who actively participate in the life of the Catholic Church, others are welcome to apply. As such there will be students who are not Catholic who may be enrolled in our College. Our experience has been that these students have enriched the school community and at the same time, most have maintained that they themselves have been enriched by the experience of a Christian education. Many of these students have remained lifetime friends and supporters of our College.
Today as neighbourhoods change there is also diversity in the religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds of those seeking enrolment. It is important that our enrolment demographic reflects this diversity where possible. We recognise there will be alumni of our College who are also seeking to continue the tradition of an education in the Brigidine tradition aligned to the Kildare Ministries Vision, Mission and Values. We are also mindful of the needs of families in regional locations as they come to choose a secondary education setting for their daughters.
Year 7 Enrolment Timeline
The information presented below summarises and explains the sequence of activities during the enrolment year (Year 6 at primary school) and gives approximate dates/deadlines for each of the enrolment events.
- Year 7 2024 Applications Open February 2023
- Open Days held during March each year
- Year 7 2024 Applications Close Friday 5 May 2023
- Offers are issued approx. June for Year 7 2024 positions
- Parent Information evening in November
- Year 7 2023 Orientation in December
Offers of enrolment are discerned using the following criteria:
- Applicants from the Catholic faith tradition
- Applicants with a sister attending Clonard
- Applicants from other Christian traditions
- Applicants from other faith traditions
- Applicants whose mother attended Clonard
- Applicants from disadvantaged or marginalised backgrounds
- Applicants from primary schools local to Clonard or rural towns to the west of Clonard
- Applicants from other primary schools
Girls enrolling as Catholics will require documentary evidence which may include certificate of baptism, certificate of communion, and certificate of confirmation.