Entrenched in all our work is the rich heritage of the Brigidine Sisters inspired by the person of Jesus and the vision of Saint Brigid of Kildare, Nano Nagle, and Daniel Delany. Liturgies, ritual and prayer hold a rich significance at Clonard.
Students begin every day with the ritual of prayer, reflective of significant dates or current events that encourage students to experience faith as a source of hope and belonging.
Additionally, we celebrate key liturgical events with the Celebration of the Eucharist or specifically written liturgies marking important occasions.
The celebration of our Catholic Identity and its cyclicity ensure our students value and participate in the prayer life of the faith community.
Renewal and reflection activities suitable to each age group and development of students are embedded into each year level. Reflection Days at Years 7-11 and Retreat at Year 12 are designed to nurture her spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health.
Through discussion, reflection, interaction and celebration students seek within to evaluate and pursue their true happiness.
Clonard’s rich Brigidine history linked with the vision of Kildare Education Ministries seeks an inclusive community where all people are valued, are committed to engage with the issues of our time and stand in solidarity with the oppressed and marginalised. At Clonard we look to affirm all of these aspects through teaching, learning and opportunities beyond the classroom by embracing the legacy of St Brigid and Nano Nagle: compassion, social justice, advocacy, leadership and vision.
Clonard’s Social and Justice focus is inherent across all Kildare Education Ministry Schools and aims to deepen student’s interpretations of issues regarding equity and fairness. Ingrained in the Clonard psyche and open to all students, the J & D forum seeks and promotes justice in local and global communities. It is a call to action, that pursues students to make informed and valued-based responses such as awareness-raising and activities that have impacts on change.
Alongside students from Sacred Heart College, St Joseph’s College, and St Ignatius College, the Refugee Holiday Program runs every term break for children from refugee backgrounds. Activities including craft, sports, cooking, music and drama are shared and students learn about the experiences of each other, forming a community built on mutual respect and inclusivity. During school terms, a Homework Club runs after school. Students can volunteer to tutor, furthering relationships and developing clarity about our communities.
Clonard is a proud partner school of the Geelong-Viqueque Friendship Schools, focusing on the development of social responsibility and connectedness with Timor Leste.
Students, past and present unite with a common purpose, connecting and building strong relationships with the wider Geelong community and with the people of Timor Leste.