De La Salle College Dundalk

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De La Salle College, Dundalk
Coláiste De La Salle, Dún Dealgan
Dundalk, County Louth
Motto Recta Sapere
('Knowing What is Right')
Established 1899
Principal Mrs. Patricia O'Leary
Number of students 750
Religious order De La Salle Brothers

De La Salle College, Dundalk is a post-primary school in County Louth. The college is an all-boys school, but offers a co-educational repeat Leaving Certificate year. The school recently built an extension to the school buildings. [1]


The De La Salle school was founded in Dundalk in 1899. It began in Castletown in the parish of St. Patrick. In 1979 the post-primary school moved to its present location on the Castleblayney Road. Work commenced on the new extension in 1997. The current enrolment is around 750 pupils.[2]

De La Salle College has developed since its beginning as a secondary department of the boys' Primary School in Philip Street into a vibrant educational establishment providing a broadly based curriculum and a wide range of extra curricular activities, while also helping students to achieve their potential as individuals.[2]

In the tradition of the De La Salle Brothers the aim of the College is to develop a full educational centre, uniting parents, teachers and students.[2]

School crest and motto[edit]


This consists of a star on a shield flanked by a green fern. On the scroll beneath are the Latin words "Signum Fidei" meaning "The Sign of Faith", referring to the star. This recalls the story of the Three Wise Men who followed the Star of Bethlehem, trusting that it would lead them to God.[3]

School motto[edit]

The Latin "Recta Sapere" meaning "Right Judgement" or "Knowing what is Right" is the motto of De La Salle College, Dundalk.[4]

School structure[edit]

Board of Management[edit]

The De La Salle Brothers are the Trustees of the College. The school is under the control of the Board of Management. The Board concerns itself with all matters pertaining to school policy, education policy, finance, school premises and equipment, the selection and appointment of staff and general school matters. The Board ensures that professional standards of education and management are continued in the school. The Board alsop facilitates the implementation of curricular innovation. Membership of the Board of Management includes De La Salle Order nominees, Parent nominees and Teacher nominees. The Principal of the College is the Secretary.[5]

Parents association[edit]

The Parents Association has elected representatives from each region. Members are elected every year.

The role of the Association is a supportive one - to the Principal, School Management, Staff and Students. It aims to foster good relations between the parents, teachers, students and the school authorities. It supports the school by making recommendations about current trends in education. It is sometimes involved in fund-raising to provide extra resource for the school.[6]

Student council[edit]

A student council serves to represent the student views. They involve themselves in a whole range of activities within the school. Students are given Leadership Training at the beginning of the school year. The students attend lectures and learn the skills necessary for teamwork and leadership. [7]

School uniform[edit]

Like most schools in Ireland and the UK, the students of De La Salle College, Dundalk wear a distinct uniform making them instantly recognisable as pupils of the college. The uniform consists of:[8]

  • Grey slacks
  • Grey shirt
  • Polar blue jumper with college crest
  • Black Blazer or Fleece with college crest
  • School tie (Varying design for Junior and Leaving Cert. Students)
  • RHT Nylon stockings

Student award ceremony[edit]

Each year the college hosts a student awards night. These awards are aimed at acknowledging students work and achievements during the academic year and during the students time in the school Awards include:
Student of the Year (Senior)
Lasallian Spirit Award
Student of the Year (Junior)
Academic Achievement Awards
Endeavor Awards
Sports Person of the Year Awards
Best Junior Cert Result (Overall)
Best Junior Cert Result (For each individual subject)
Best Junior Cert Result (For each class)

During the awards the college invites former students back for their achievements in their Leaving Certificate. These awards include:
Best Leaving Cert Results (Overall)
Best Leaving Cert Results (For each individual subject)
Best Leaving Cert Results (For each class)

Notable alumni[edit]


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