You are very welcome to the Alexandra College website where we seek to give you a true feeling of what it is like to be part of the family at the school. For almost 150 years we have helped girls mature into young women with a balance of knowledge, experience and values that makes them ready to enjoy their lives and careers. Ready to accept challenges, to keep learning, to stretch themselves and to help others along the way.
Learning to think and thinking to learn
We know that learning is about discovering, understanding and using information, so we encourage our students to have enquiring minds, to think carefully about what they learn, and to be open to discussion and debate. We help them develop the necessary mind-set to value the learning process itself.
Work, play and be happy
We know that academic learning is just part of the picture and that academic excellence goes hand-in-hand with a full spectrum of activities. So we run excellent programmes in art, drama, music and sport that provide broad, healthy and creative development for all of our students. We ensure a warm friendly environment for our boarders. We show all our girls how to have balanced happy lives, how to pursue their interests and how important community and friendship are in all that they accomplish.
Encouraging the right values
Our core values are independent thinking, diversity, respect and responsibility. Each of these suggests a series of principles that, when followed, help us to think and behave in the right way, reach sound decisions and maintain the ethos at Alexandra College.
Keeping parents in the picture
We give parents direct web access to information on class timetables, academic reports, absenteeism and excursions; sporting events, school calendars and news, awards received, detention and other matters that allow them be more actively involved in their daughter’s school life. Each week parents also receive a personal newsletter via email that tells them about the weekly activity for their child and covers forthcoming events and the latest school news.
Qualities to achieve success
To cope with our world we all need traits such as creativity, lateral thinking and flexibility. And we need to be fit, healthy and happy. At Alexandra College our values and beliefs mean that our students will always be:
Girls who are happy, confident and enthusiastic
Girls who are generous, compassionate and tolerant
Girls with integrity, courage and a sense of fairness
Girls who are resourceful, innovative and determined
I hope our site gives you a strong impression of what we stand for and what we consider to be important. Of course there is no substitute for direct experience of the College itself, and we are always happy to receive visitors to our junior/senior schools and to the boarding facilities. Please do contact us to arrange a visit and we will be delighted to show you what we believe makes Alexandra College so special.
Barbara Ennis – The College Principal
Founded in 1866, Alexandra College set out to fulfil the need for advanced education for young women at a time when the prevailing system did not provide them with any opportunities for real academic involvement, or prepare them for any engagement in public, social or academic affairs.
From its earliest days Alexandra College has had a reputation for looking outward to the community and world at large. Then as now, the College has always stood for freedom and diversity in religious beliefs, social tolerance and equality. The Alexandra College Guild was founded in 1897, not only to form a bond of union between past and present students and staff, but also to promote a spirit of service to the community and to undertake social and philanthropic work.
For more than 100 years from its foundation the College was based in Earlsfort Terrace in Dublin’s city centre. But in 1972 a major change occurred when the College moved to a spacious campus in Milltown, some 6 kilometres away, where new buildings housed the schools and residence facilities for boarders. This meant modernisation and change for the College and gave much opportunity for further improvement.
Since that time the College has added buildings dedicated to science and to music, has installed impressive sports facilities and in 2013 opened a multi-purpose hall to accommodate sports and performances in the creative arts. Known as the Henrietta White Centre – after the suffragist, educationalist and advocate for women’s education, Dr.Henrietta White who was Principal of the College from 1890 – 1932 – this new building represents the most recent expression of our optimism for the future
Initially founded as a separate university college and a feeder high school, Alexandra College is now a junior and senior school providing high academic achievement and a liberal broad curriculum to girls drawn from around Ireland and overseas. Each generation inherits the values of the past and creates those of the future. From days when women had to strive for the right to education to days of equality for women in careers and public life, Alexandra College has always aimed to educate girls for life and for whatever career or calling the future may bring, and Alexandrans are found in all walks of life – in the professions, in business, in homemaking and in the creative arts.
Years since the founding of Alexandra College
Alexandra College is dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in all areas of education. Our aim is to generate and maintain an inclusive climate of learning within which every pupil is enabled to develop and fulﬁl her own unique potential.
It is our hope that every student who leaves this College will be equipped not only to make her own way in the world but also to make her particular contribution to society and at the same time to continue her lifelong learning process.
Our ethos at Alexandra College is an important factor in our success.It explains our ethical, moral and philosophical aspirations and it influences our vision and values.Our vision is one of excellence in the education and growth of our students, helping them to fulfil their potential and continue a lifelong process of learning. Our core values are independent thinking, diversity, respect and responsibility. Each of these suggests a series of principles that if followed will help us to think and behave in the right way, reach sound decisions and maintain the ethos at Alexandra College.
Students must be encouraged to think for themselves; to love learning for its own sake; to shy away from rote learning; to ask the right questions and to question answers in general. Teachers must be leaders who do not tolerate anything that it is any way intellectually suspect, and they must be committed to innovation and creativity.
Outward shows of respect and self-respect are encouraged. Staff, students and teachers insure that self-esteem is nurtured though whatever means possible.
We provide leadership opportunities for our students, encouraging a social conscience and rewarding responsible behaviour. Teachers model good behaviour and act responsibly, knowing that when they encourage civic responsibility in their students that they are contributing to the building of a better society. These values were instilled in Alexandra College by our founder, Anne Jellicoe, and our patron the Church of Ireland. We foster an atmosphere of respect, understanding and encouragement between all who teach, work and learn in the College, so that the development and contribution of every individual is acknowledged, and all work together to beneﬁt personal growth and the common good.
At Alexandra College our philosophy for teaching and learning reflects a number of things.
- It reflects our belief that learning is a lifelong journey and must be challenging and enjoyable
- It reflects our belief that learning is about questioning, exploring, understanding and sharing
- It reflects our belief that teaching must stimulate and excite the students
- It reflects our founding principles that girls need the right environment to achieve their potential
Here, we are all about realising potential
Every girl that joins us is unique. She has her own blend of interests, talents, needs and desires. Our goal is to help her in the broadest sense – not only to gain the academic qualifications she needs but also to develop her sense of community, to help her make friendships, to enjoy her creative, artistic and sporting pursuits and to leave us as a confident young woman who will make her mark in life.
Whether they are academic, creative, musical or sporting, our teachers understand their objectives with the girls. They know that the true reward of teaching is making a difference in the lives of pupils. We keep classes as small as we can, to give teachers and students the best chance to foster dialogue, to enjoy a creative learning environment, to stimulate each other’s thinking and to develop a deep understanding of all subjects. Our teachers guide students in the process of learning and they adapt their teaching styles to the specific needs of the girls, who quickly feel comfortable exploring a broad range of subjects from languages to sciences and the arts.
A safe environment
The most important thing we do for our girls is to help them develop the right attitude to learning in their early years. School years must prepare pupils for the next stages of learning, working and living. So we provide an environment that is safe, supports thoughtful risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. We show girls how to challenge themselves and others in a supportive way, how to share ideas openly and how to see learning as a lifelong process. We have a very diverse group of students – each with a different background and belief – and during their time with us they learn to work with diversity, to appreciate its advantages and to learn as an individual within a strong group.
It is important for our girls to know that the community in our schools reflects the larger community in our city, our country and further afield. We want our students to engage with issues beyond the school gates in a mature and positive way. So we promote respect and understanding in behaviour, we engage with groups outside the College, and we always encourage girls to maintain a breadth in their thinking. Through the values we encourage and display within the College community, we hope that the girls will develop a thorough understanding of right and wrong and will reflect this not only in the college community but also within their lives generally.
Alexandra College is set on an attractive and secure 12 acre campus in Milltown, just 6 kilometres from Dublin city centre.
It is well appointed, with buildings for:
- Junior School
- Senior School
- Restaurant and café
- Two residence buildings
- Multi-purpose hall
The Henrietta White Centre
Sport, music and drama play a central role in the life of the College. The Henrietta White Centre is a state-of-the-art hall of sufficient size to serve as an indoor sports venue while doubling as a high-quality performance space for both music and drama. This gives students a range of sporting options regardless of weather conditions; the girls enjoy basketball, tennis, badminton and general fitness and, we have the only schools indoor hockey facility in the country. Our dramatic work and ensemble music performances take place before audiences in excellent conditions that rival the standards of professional performance spaces.The centre has retractable, banked seating of high quality, making it genuinely multi-purpose.
The seated capacity of the Henrietta White Centre
Alexandra College is ever conscious of the need to support students’ health and well-being. Nutritious, well-balanced food choices play a major part in supporting that wellness agenda. As an Irish-owned, locally based supplier of fresh, organic and hand-produced food, Morehampton Foods provide students with a varied range of healthy and tasty light lunch and evening meal options, specifically tailored for the different age ranges within the school.