Recently, some of our Transition Year students embarked on their month long placement to Australia where they either board or stay with host families. We have a strong link with two schools there, Central Coast Grammar School and Saint Joseph’s College in Sydney.
I was fortunate enough to be able to spend some time at Saint Joseph’s College in particular, to learn about its history, culture and practices. This is always an invaluable way to exchange experiences and collaborate with professional colleagues, not only through discussion but in a hands on way. The school is both a boarding and day school, educating just over a thousand boys. It is a Roman Catholic school run by the Marist Brothers, who celebrate liturgies regularly in the beautiful chapel located on the campus and have a full time chaplain at the school. Some of the parallels observed include the strong emphasis on community which exists in a particular way at Glenstal Abbey School: knowing each other, respecting the other and listening to each other. That obsculta or instruction to listen and hear, which is the very first word in the Rule of Saint Benedict.
Since 2015 we have had 16 GAP year volunteers come to stay with us at Glenstal for a year at a time, to contribute to school life and also explore a new culture. We have also sent some of our fledgling Old Boys to Saint Joseph’s College.
Both the GAP programme and Transition Year placement are coordinated by Fr. Denis. Whether going into Transition Year or Sixth Year, perhaps this is an opportunity for you.
Head of Boarding
Glenstal Abbey School - Education on a human scale.
Passionate teaching with small class sizes (12-16 on average)
Founded in 1932
Set within a Norman Revivalist Castle juxtaposed with great modern facilities.
Set in 400 Acres
The castle looks over a 400 acre valley rich in wild flowers, lakes and forests.
A Monastic Community
The monks work closely with students, lay staff and parents - welcoming all faiths.
75% full time Boarders
GAS has a strong boarding tradition with 75% full-time boarders.
A wide rang of creative and sporting activities. Over 70% of students play an instrument.
New & Historic Facilities
Set within a Norman Revivalist castle juxtaposed with great modern facilities.
Diverse and well-balanced Irish Curriculum. Excellent exam results & University destinations.
The History of Glenstal Abbey School
The word ‘Glenstal’ means ‘The Glen of the Stallion’, and is an English rendering of the Irish Gleann Stail. The glen itself is a very impressive geological feature, consisting of a mile-long valley, formed during the last ice-age, rich in many kinds of wild flowers.