The Clongowes Wood College Foundation
The opening of the new swimming pool and the 10-year anniversary of the Alberto Hurtado Bursary Programme (AHP) marked the current academic year as another milestone year in the short but successful life of the Clongowes Wood College Foundation.
The Clongowes Foundation was created as a charitable trust in 2004 in order to fundraise for the development of the College’s infrastructure and the AHP. Keeping within the Jesuit tradition the Foundation answers the need to “develop the school in such a way that we equip our pupils to respond creatively to change while remaining faithful to our rich educational tradition, with its focus on the person and his responsibilities to society.”
The creation of the Foundation was not a new departure for Clongowes but was a continuation of development programmes, the most recent of which were the fundraising campaign of the 1970s, under the dynamic guidance of Mario Martinez, and the 10-year Development Plan launched in 1994.
The generosity of some 700 donors, drawn from past pupils, parents, grandparents, friends of the College and both the Jesuit Community and Province has facilitated the creation of the Co-operative Learning Centre (2014), the construction of the new Sports Hall (2011), the Science, Art and Technology Building (2010), the refurbishment of the James Joyce Library (2008) and the above mentioned, Swimming Pool as well as a number of other smaller projects. The replacement of the all–weather pitch – the Vinny Murray Pitch was completed in early 2018.
Since its inception the AHP has become an integral part of the School’s fabric. To-date 32 students have graduated as Old Clongownians with the vast majority of them going onto third level education. A further 43 students are currently attending the school on full bursaries. The AHP makes an indispensable contribution to the development of Clongowes as an authentically Jesuit school. With these benefits comes an economic demand, one that is greater by virtue of our commitment to being a 7-day boarding school. The Foundation is actively engaged in the funding of the AHP. The longer term objective is to create an AHP Endowment Fund that will put the funding of the bursary programme on a sustainable basis. A large initial contribution already has been made, as have a number of substantial legacies. It is hoped to formally launch the AHP Endowment Fund in the 2018-19 academic year. The Foundation would welcome any interest in this critical development.
Learn more about the Alberto Hurtado Bursary Programme.
The College’s campus should be seen as a living project, in constant need of protection and development. The foresight of prior generations gave the College iconic buildings such as the 1929 Building and protected structures such as the Infirmary (1872), all of which need constant investment. 2017 saw the successful completion of the refurbishment of the Elements dormitory space but we need to upgrade the dormitory facilities for Rudiments, Grammar and Syntax to the same standard in the 1929 Building. An immediate project is the transformation of the Third Line Study into a learning space that will reflect the best in modern learning practice. The project will seek to complement the existing James Joyce Library while integrating the study area into the surrounding buildings in a way that will greatly enhance the School. The Foundation must address the housing needs for the lay administration of the School, including accommodation for the headmaster. Beyond these more immediate needs there are many aspirations. In general, there is a strong requirement to bring the infrastructure supporting drama, debating and music into line with the quality of its provision.
Each of these strands of the Foundation’s work are necessary if Clongowes is to deliver on its objective of educating men of competence, conscience and compassionate commitment. While those who have contributed so generously in the past can rightly feel proud of what they have helped achieve, more must be done to secure the future of the College and ensure that its pupils can make a meaningful contribution to the fabric of modern Ireland, Europe and the world beyond. We thus invite you to support us in the knowledge that every contribution, whatever the size, is a participation in this ongoing, successful story, that is Clongowes Wood College.
Structure of The Clongowes Foundation
The Clongowes Wood College Foundation is a separate legal entity to the School with its own Board of Trustees who are appointed by the Jesuit Provincial. The Foundation reports to the Foundation Trustees and the College Board of Management.
The Foundation Trustees ensure correct governance in all fiduciary matters relating to the Foundation.
The Board of Trustees is comprised of Patrick Halpenny (Chairperson and OC ’77); Fr. Michael Sheil SJ (Rector and OC ‘56); Chris Lumb (Headmaster); Peter Murphy (Provincial’s Office); and the Chair of Fundraising for the Foundation, Joe Rooney (OC ’79). The Foundation’s auditors are KPMG.
The Foundation works closely with the College through Denise Nichol, the DFA, and the Clongowes Union. Through initiatives such as ‘The Alumnus of the Year Award’, the Leadership Lunch in Dublin, the London Leadership Series and the ‘Clongowes Mentor Programme’ the Foundation aims to work with the Union to keep Clongowes relevant to Old Clongownians.