Welcome to the website of Coláiste Iognáid SJ. A co-educational secondary school under the patronage of the Society of Jesus. While there are records of Jesuits educating the youth of Galway going as far back as the 17th Century, Coláiste Iognáid in its current location, was founded in 1862. At present there are nearly six hundred and thirty students on the College rolls continuing in the same tradition that its founders envisaged. Our challenge today is to meet the needs of students in a secular world while keeping our core values to the fore.
As our mission statement identifies the ultimate goal of the education which Coláiste Iognáid provides is an effective appreciation of the radical goodness of the world "charged with the grandeur of God".
In accordance with the Jesuit tradition, our response to God working in our world is the pursuit of excellence in all things, the Ignatian "magis", as our way of co-operating with God's dynamic creation. A tradition of curricular and co-curricular excellence has developed with students achieving excellence in state examinations and in other non-academic fields. Tá tradisiún láidir againn sa Ghaeilge i gColáiste Iognáid agus is ceann de thréithe na scoile í. Is feidir leis na scoláirí na hábhair don tsraith shóisearach a dhéanamh trí Ghaeilge.
The principle of majis is at the heart of all we attempt within the school and is applied to all areas of school life: our aim is to assist in the complete development of each pupil, as an individual personally loved by God. This concept leads to the full growth of the person which in turn leads to action through the use of talents for the good of others and learning what a Christian Faith that does justice means in practice.
The phrase Cura Personalis is used to describe how each student is nurtured and cared for. Each student is helped to explore their unique talents and gifts and made feel they are part of a community that recognises and celebrates each individual. Our policies and procedures are developed in consultation with parents and students and informed by the feedback we receive from our system of questionnaires and surveys.
At the end of 6 years in Coláiste Iognáid we aspire that graduates, having been provided with opportunities to develop the spiritual, emotional, social and academic abilities and the ability to work and flourish with others. Will go on to competently live in the world and transform it.
Thanks to the everyone who contributed to this website. I hope it gives the reader a flavour of the college and the education we offer.
Mr. David O’Sullivan