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I am very pleased to welcome you to St. Colman's College and I hope that through our website and College App you will get a sense of the rich and diverse nature of College life. 

St. Colman's College is a Catholic Voluntary Grammar School located in a magnificent 65 acre site close to the centre of Newry. It is a school with a proud tradition dating back 197 years to 1823 when it was established as the Dromore Diocesan Seminary.   We are already looking forward to celebrating our bi-centenary in 2023. 

Known throughout Ireland and beyond as Violet Hill, the College is characterised by excellent academic achievements and also by the wide range of extra-curricular activities including sport, music, drama, debating and quizzes that its dedicated and hardworking staff provide for all our students.  We are very proud of the warm, caring and friendly atmosphere, the opportunities for each student to reach his full academic and extra-curricular potential and the magnificent facilities and surroundings all who come to the school enjoy.

The work of the College is embodied in the vision statement which says, St. Colman's is a Christian community in which all our members are valued and in which every member of staff is committed to ensuring that each pupil is fully alive to and empowered to reach his full potential. This vision is summarised by the motto 'Bonitas, Disciplina, Scientia', translated as 'Kindness, Discipline and Knowledge', the mainstay on which the work of the College is based.  The school is committed to nurturing the personal, social, spiritual and moral development of each student in its care.

The students who attend the College are friendly, open and very proud of their school. There is a happy and positive atmosphere which is a consequence of the excellent relationships that exist between staff, pupils and parents. We are committed to working in partnership with our parents to ensure that their high expectations are met through excellent examination results alongside diverse and high-quality extra-curricular activities.  All that is provided in the College ensures that each student has every opportunity to meet his potential and realise his gifts and talents to the full in a supportive and caring environment.

We are an inclusive Christian community that cares for all its members. The Catholic ethos of the College provides a strong foundation for the students throughout their school life and beyond.  We place great value on the support offered to the whole school community by our Chaplain. The caring and supportive Pastoral Care system aims to develop students self-esteem to the full, and all who are associated with the College, including our Chaplain and excellent Counselling services, work to ensure that students' leave as fulfilled and mature young men.  St. Colman's is a community which celebrates the uniqueness of each of its members and in which each individual feels valued and respected.

The College is particularly proud of its links with other schools and colleges in the Newry and Mourne Area Learning Community. The co-operation and collaboration which occurs between the students and staff of all the schools in our ALC is enriching for everyone concerned.

I hope that through all our online resources you will get a sense of College life. I know that you will find it interesting and informative.  You can keep up to date through our Twitter feed @st_colmans.   If you have any further questions you can make contact through the school office (028) 3026 2451 or info@stcolmans.newry.ni.sch.uk.

Cormac McKinney, Principal


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