Avondale Community College

Principal's Welcome


As Principal of Avondale Community College it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to our school website. I hope it gives you a real sense of the richness and diversity of school life here. Our school is a co-educational community college of 600 students under the auspices of Kildare and Wicklow Education Training Board and we serve our local community with pride.

We have embedded our vision and ethos into our mission statement; ‘Learning to Grow through Respect and Trust’. Helping all students to achieve their personal and academic potential in a caring and inclusive setting is the underpinning and definitive principle under which we operate as a school. Students from all religious backgrounds, traditions and cultures are welcome at the school. A huge emphasis is placed on the social, spiritual and personal development of students outside of the academic sphere of the classroom.

We offer a broad and balanced curriculum which endeavours to meet the needs of our diverse cohort of students in a safe, supportive and nurturing learning environment. Our extensive curriculum currently offers the Junior Certificate, Transition Year (TY) programme, the Leaving Certificate, the Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) and the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP). We offer a broad and vibrant range of extra and co-curricular programmes that serve to enhance the holistic education we provide for all students. Mindful of the fact that the provision of quality education is best achieved through partnership, particular attention is given to creating an environment that is pleasant and caring for all involved in the school, that is, management, staff, students, parents and the local community. I am supported in my work by the Deputy Principal Ms. Patricia Gahan, and an enthusiastic and dedicated teaching team who are committed to the holistic development of every student.

As Principal, I feel privileged to be leading the school forward, building on the past achievements and excellent reputation of the school, while also looking to the future and becoming part of the next chapter in Avondale Community College.

Elaine Fitzgerald


Aug 22
First Year Information Evening
Aug 26
First Year Only Return to School
Aug 27
Third and Sixth Years Return to School
Aug 28
First, Second, Third & Sixth Years in School
Rathdrum, Co.Wicklow.
0404 46 445
Kildare & Wicklow Educational Training Board
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