The College’s Mission Statement (framed at the front door entrance) is a clear expression of how the Management, the Staff and Student body seek to fulfil the founding intention of the Trust. Over the past 160 years, people from the many parishes within the diocese of Cloyne and surrounds have appreciated and highly valued the education that they and their families have received in this faith environment. Most notably, one recalls the hundreds of students who went on to be diocesan priests in the diocese of Cloyne and missionary priests in many countries. Likewise, there are past pupils who are laymen of great Christian commitment and distinction working in many
careers locally and across the globe. This inherited faith tradition needs to be supported and nourished in new ways and in new generations. The idea of ethos needs to be combined with mission and witness. Ethos is not a vague philosophy or attitude to life, but something that is witnessed to in the daily life and commitment of all who share in the educational enterprise -- trustees, board of management, principal, staff, parents and students. Just to declare an ethos (within a picture-frame) at the front door means very little. Ethos will only become a reality when the entire educational community in a school takes responsibility for that ethos, shares it and lives it.