Last Thursday saw the arrival of the much-anticipated latest issue of The Clongownian in the school. The journal was presented to the Headmaster, Fr Moloney at Morning Prayer by the editor, Mr Declan O’Keeffe and later distributed to the pupils and staff. This latest issue of the journal is some forty pages bigger than its predecessor, reflecting the on-going growth in activities in the school, which itself continues to grow with the largest ever student population in its history.
The larger size of the annual is also due to the increased number of photographs published, which are frequently worth more than a thousand words in capturing the life and energy within the school, both in curricular and co-curricular activities. The decision to publish in full colour taken in 2010 continues to pay dividends, both in the wealth of visual images and the colourful presentation of the entire journal. These range from the ‘Reading Rogues’ who threaten to leap off the front cover to the more pensive student on the back, by way of the many more subtle images scattered throughout the numerous reports that grace its pages.
Every year The Clongownian attempts to reflect the breadth of activity in the school, be it academic, cultural, pastoral, religious or sporting. It also has a tradition of publishing feature articles which touch on aspects of the college’s long history and its many distinguished alumni. The journal contains several other innovations, but none more so than the new Transition Year ‘chapter’. The experiences encountered by Syntax pupils in their fourth year owe much to the Ratio Studiorum that formally established the globally influential system of Jesuit education in 1599. Previously the reports in this section had appeared in other chapters of The Clongownian but they are now published together in recognition of the importance of this year of change
We hope that the Clongownian 2012 will live up to hopes and expectations and that it will provide an enjoyable read and an entertaining reminder of the past year in Clongowes Wood College.