Principal’s Message

Clonard College

Principal's Message

The Clonard College community acknowledges the traditional custodians of the land on which we educate our students, the Wathaurong people of the Kulin nation. We honour and pay our respects to elders past, present and emerging. We commit ourselves to walk alongside all Aboriginal people in the quest for justice, reconciliation and recognition through the transforming power of education.

The educational experience at Clonard is more than an academic journey. It is an education that nurtures young women to embody our College motto ‘ strength and kindliness’. It is an education where the spirituality of our students is fostered. Our students’ strengths are known, cultivated and celebrated through a broad range of opportunities and extracurricular offerings.

Everybody is a somebody at Clonard. We place equal importance on care for students’ wellbeing and their academic learning success. A Clonard education gives our young women a sense of social justice and a voice to make a difference in the world. It is an education where the leaders of tomorrow are formed. It is an experience where friendships are formed for life.

Today, Clonard College educates 920 girls through offering an extensive range of excellent academic, cultural and sporting opportunities

Our dedicated staff encourage our students to become creative and confident future leaders, through a tradition of promoting academic success while nurturing a strong sense of social responsibility.

At the heart of our College community is a commitment to nurturing  faith. As a Kildare Education Ministries School in the Brigidine Tradition, we continue the traditions of our founders, the Brigidine Sisters, by responding to the following values:

Wonder – Celebrating all that is good with joy and gratitude

Courage – Speaking and acting with integrity

Hospitality – Welcoming all

Hope – Bringing a sense of purpose

Compassion – Walking with and having empathy for all

Justice – Making the needs of the vulnerable paramount

This year we are exploring the value of Compassion across our curriculum, prayer life, formation opportunities and rituals.

The last two years have been the greatest disruption to the traditional education system in our lifetimes. We are also acutely aware that democracy, globalisation, geopolitics, technology, the world of work, the university experience, our understanding of the environment are all shifting and changing. Education systems all around the world are being called to embrace questions about how we design and think about learning. To do what is right for all young people, especially those we serve here at Clonard we are asking those questions. We see these questions as both a challenge and opportunity. At Clonard want to ensure we continue to be forward thinking to ensure that the learning experiences of our students are about more than getting a ‘score’.

The compass for our considerations is our Learning charter that gives expression to the principles that we are aspiring to bring to life in how we go about learning.

It is an exciting time to be in education.

I trust that you will find this website useful as you endeavour to learn a little more about our College.

Luci Quinn
College Principal