AS students Coláiste Íde students returned to commence the new academic year on Monday, they were greeted by the boarding school's new bainisteoir, past pupil Mairín Uí Chonchubhair.
Mairín, from Cathair Bó Sine, joined Príomhoide Áine Ní Chearbhaill and the team at Coláiste Íde over the summer, leaving her managerial post at Comharcumann Forbartha an Leith-Triúigh in Clochán-Breannainn.
As a former pupil, Mairín is excited about her new position in the all-girls, scoil lán gaelach.
"Coláiste Íde encourages focus and discipline and students leave fully equipped to deal with life's challenges," she said. "As a past pupil I am a product of this and understand fully the ethos of Coláiste Íde. Along with the great focus on academic work and supervised study there is also a large programme of extra curricular activities along with total immersion in the Irish Language. It is a complete experience and I am excited to be returning to Coláiste Íde as bainisteoir."
Coláiste Íde had excellent Leaving Certificate results this year: 500 points was the class average and 94 per cent of students achieved an A in Irish.
"This year we will be looking towards expanding the extra curricular activities; there is no fourth year at the school but we see that transition year activities are included into fifth year. The advantage is that the students leave school a year earlier, having enjoyed all the benefits," she added.
This year Coláiste Íde, celebrated its 85th anniversary by opening two new classrooms and a new art room earlier this summer. The school accepts borders and day pupils and, according to Mairín, only a limited number of spaces remain for 2013/2014.