Elphin Community College is located in the northern part of Co. Roscommon. It came into being in 1998. Prior to that, Elphin was served by Elphin Post-Primary Centre which operated on a system of common enrolment between the Bishop Hodson Grammar School, founded in 1869 and Elphin Vocational School opened in 1942. The system of common enrolment began in the early 1970. In 1998 the Board of Governors of the Bishop Hodson Grammar School withdrew from 2nd level education in Elphin and Co. Roscommon Vocational Education Committee (VEC) (which is now part of Galway Roscommon Education & Training Board) assumed responsibility for second level education in the town.
“Our school exists to serve the educational needs of the community, to enhance student self-confidence, to promote life skills and attitudes which will enable students to live fulfilling lives.”
Academic & Holistic Education
To many people education means no more than studying for examinations. Preparing students for examinations is important but we believe that a balance must be maintained between imparting knowledge and education for life.
Academic education at Elphin Community College is of the highest standard and this is reinforced by a philosophy of holistic education. Each student is treated as an individual and given a unique opportunity to achieve their potential ability in both academic subjects and non-academic pursuits. This is achieved through a wide program of academic subjects a substantial range of co-curricular and extra-curricular activities where the emphasis is on individuality and inclusiveness.
At Elphin Community College education of young human beings is viewed as involving much more than simply moulding them into future workers or citizens. The philosophy is one of insisting that education should also be understood as the art of cultivating the moral, emotional, physical, psychological and spiritual dimensions of the developing child.
Today we prepare students for their future, one that can hardly be imagined. What we do know is that critical thinking skills will be critical to their success. Their inner self-confidence and belief in oneself is equally important.? At Elphin Community College there is strong teacher interaction with all students, which promotes excellent rapport between students and teachers. This provides the basis for an excellent academic and holistic education for all students.
We will continue to focus on improving many facets of their education, including enhancing their critical thinking skills and developing their real-world skills.
Our primary aim is to create a caring environment which provides the best opportunity for each student to maximise their achievements under our Holistic approach to education. It is vital we instil in each student a sense of self-esteem, self-confidence, self-discipline, direction and integrity.
We have a number of important support structures in place for students. These include each class being allocated a Class Teacher, with whom students can discuss any concerns; a Student Council with representatives from every class and the Big Brother Big Sister Programme, where each new first year student is offered the opportunity to have a fourth year student allocated to them to assist with any needs or concerns they may have. The school Guidance Counsellor is also available to assist students with any concerns they may have.
Pastoral Care is measured by the quality of the teacher-student interactions in all academic & non-academic activities. Caring is the over-rising philosophy of the college and this is evident in our approach to discipline, teaching, evaluation, sporting activities, extra & co-curricular activities and involvement with parents.
“There was a strong sense of care for the students and a reciprocated with a high level of respect for teachers.”
Whole School Evaluation Report – Department of Education & Science