Niall Hare has been announced as the new Principal of Kishoge Community College in South Lucan which is now accepting first-year enrolments for September 2014. A highly experienced educator, Niall Hare has been Principal of Confey Community College in Leixlip since 2009 and Deputy Principal of that college since 2005.
Niall brings a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. In Confey he oversaw the introduction of the Instructional Leadership Programme. This promotes the use of a range of evidence-based teaching methods designed to maximise student learning.
In 2012, Confey became the first school in Ireland to offer Mandarin Chinese as a full optional subject for the Junior Cycle and the school also developed a course in Computational Thinking in association with NUI Maynooth. This year Confey College will become the first school in the country to offer NUI Maynooth-developed SMART training to all students and staff.
Principal Niall Hare said, “Kishoge Community College will provide an inclusive, co-educational and multi-denominational school experience with the most modern facilities and the highest educational standards.
“Using innovative approaches to teaching and learning, our ethos will be to promote the formation of life skills which enable young people to meet their full potential in society.
“I look forward to working with teaching staff, parents and most particularly our incoming cohort of first year students as we welcome them to this progressive and forward looking new school.”
Kishoge Community College will cater for 1,000 pupils. As well as the full Leaving Certificate programme, the school will also provide for the new Junior Cycle Framework which will be introduced for all schools in 2014. The latest teaching, learning and assessment strategies will ensure a focus on critical thinking, communication and creativity. Kishoge Community College will also offer an excellent sports curriculum and many other extra-curricular activities.
Kishoge is a designated community college with Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education and Training Board as patron, in partnership with Educate Together. Meetings for parents and pupils will be arranged in the coming months.