Clongowes Wood College was founded in 1814 as a Jesuit boarding school for boys. It is located in a rural setting west of Dublin and has approximately 450 students, all of whom are boarders. The school's mission is to educate its students according to the best traditions and highest standards of Jesuit schooling and the values of the Gospel. It offers a diverse range of activities to its pupils so that the education of the whole person might be achieved in some measure.
Clongowes is very much at the forefront of Irish education and has become the boarding school of choice. In 2009 some 37% of our students received 500 or more CAO points out of a possible total of 600. A remarkable feat in view of our open admissions policy and the fact that in some subjects the percentages of students awarded a Leaving Certificate grade 'A' nationally is in the low single digits. The College embraces an open, non-academic, bursary programme for those from a lower socio-economic background. All of our students go on to attend universities at home or abroad. The school provides leaders at all levels of society. The College Library is named after our most famous alumnus James Joyce.
Following initial contact by John Conway with the Confucius Institute UCD during the Autumn/Winter of 2007 and a visit to Clongowes by a delegation from the Confucius Institute by Dr. Liming Wang, Dr.Lan Li and Ms. Angie Bailey, a one day Introduction to Chinese Language and Culture was held here in Clongowes in December 2007. The participants were Transition Year (Humanities) students and such was the success of the day that an Introduction to Chinese Culture and Language course was run here in Clongowes from January 2008 until May 2009, involving 1st year, 2nd year and 4th year students. The teacher was Ms. Angie Bailey.
Here at Clongowes we feel honoured to be working with our colleagues from UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland. We want our students to be exposed to Chinese language and culture from 1st Year on and in this respect we wish to support the Institute in their efforts to have Chinese introduced as an examination subject in both the Junior and Leaving Certificate Examinations.