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St Vincent’s Castleknock College has almost 190 years experience of excellence in boys’ education. A Christian school in the Catholic tradition, we place faith, respect for fellow students and for teachers, care for the poor and vulnerable, and growth of self-worth through active participation as central to the school’s spirit and ethos. In recent years, the college has been ranked joint first in the list of the best schools in Ireland with 100% of our graduates going on to third level education. This is all down to enthusiastic teachers, hardworking students and supportive parents.

Our next OPEN NIGHT will take place in September 2024.  Please enjoy the video below and links within the website to learn more about our College.  Details on Admissions may be found through the Parents tab [here].

Key Dates for Aug-Oct 2024

Note: All dates/times are provisional at this stage.

Please check back again in August for confirmed arrangements.

Wed 21/08 6th Year Prefect Registration
Thu 22/08 10:30 – 1st Year Registration – Ends 14:30
Fri 23/08
LC Results Released
3rd Year Registration
Mon 26/08
11:00 – 6th Year Registration
14:00 – 2nd Year Registration
Tue 27/08
08:40 – 1st Year Classes – Ends 12:55
11:00 – TY Registration
14:00 – 5th Year Registration
Wed 28/08
08:40 – Class for All Years
Fri 30/08
No Classes – Staff Planning Day
Mon 02/09
19:30 – TY Meeting – Parents and Boys
Thu 05/09
Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes
Mon 09/09
Feast Day: Blessed Frederic Ozanam
Tue 10/09
Photographs: Classes and Portraits
Thu 12/09
19:30 – Familiarisation Evening for 1st Year Parents & Boys
Fri 13/09
Vincentian Pilgrimage to Knock
Fri 20/09
Mothers’ Lunch – 1st Year
Tue 24/09
Open Night
Thu 26/09
6th Years Attend Higher Options Conference
Fri 27/09
School Closed – Feast Day of St. Vincent
6th Year Day of Reflection
19:30 – CAO Information Evening, 6th Year Students and Parents
Dads and Lads Breakfast – 1st Years
School Closed – Staff Training
12:00 – 2nd and 3rd Year Family Mass
16:00 – PTM 6th Year – Ends 18:30
Class Ends 15:35 – Hallowe’en Break
08:40 – Class Resumes

Headmaster’s Message

Welcome to the website of St Vincent’s, Castleknock College. As a Christian school in the Catholic tradition, we place Faith, respect for fellow students and for teachers, care for the poor and vulnerable, and growth of self-worth through active participation, as central to the school’s spirit and ethos. We have as our inspiration the role model of St Vincent himself, the educator chosen by our founding fathers to be our patron.

Established in 1835, the college takes pride in excellent academic results achieved by our hard-working students, directed by dedicated teachers and encouraged by supportive parents.  The College is consistently placed in the top three boys’ schools in the country for students progressing to third-level.  The College mission (outlined on our Ethos page) is to educate the whole person and so, after the best exam results possible, we place sport in a central position, alongside music and the dramatic arts.

Classrooms are modern and well-equipped.  Opportunities to get involved in clubs and societies exist through all six years at school.  School tours and trips offer extra ways to strengthen friendships and expand horizons.  We have a strong link with the Vincentian school in Ambo, Ethiopia, fund-raising for their pupils and sending students to help with their development projects.

Redevelopment of our facilities over recent years now presents the best possible environment for learning.  Modern IT facilities and science laboratories complement our upgraded sports facilities which include a dedicated strength and conditioning gym, astro surfaces and a purpose-built sports gymnasium with full sized basketball court and climbing wall.

Student voice and leadership opportunities are key features of the journey through school.  These are always under review, responding to changing needs.  A student council system involves all students; mentoring programmes for junior students by older seniors help build a strong sense of community.  SVP groups, an Ember Team in 5th year and Prefects in 6th year give voice to the call to serve.   It is by such opportunities under the guidance of dedicated staff that our mission to live up to the virtues of St Vincent de Paul is brought to life.

I think St Vincent would be proud of a Castleknock College graduate.  The more our young men engage during their own time here at “the ‘Knock”, the more a sense of service emerges as they leave to join the generations of past-men who can proudly say they went to a Vincentian school.

Christopher Kinder.

Headmaster’s Weekly Bulletin

The weekly Headmaster’s Bulletin provides all the latest news on academic, spiritual, sporting and extra-curricular activity at St. Vincent’s Castleknock College.