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Message from the Headmaster

Mark Ronan

Welcome to The King’s Hospital School’s 350th celebrations. I am delighted and privileged to be heading up the school at such a significant time in its history. The school has reached this important milestone on which we, as a community, can gather to reflect on times past, and to map out the way ahead.

It is a time to reaffirm our beginnings as a blue coat school – and we will continue with our tradition of holding an annual Blue Coat Day in honour of those charitable foundations from where we started.
 
Throughout the year, the school will host a variety of events and archival displays to mark this special anniversary. However, as we commemorate our previous 350 years, we also look forward to the journey ahead during a period of significant change likely within and beyond Ireland’s shores.

The King’s Hospital School has responded to change throughout its history, but it is important that the school is at the forefront of how we educate and prepare students for life.

For 350 years, The King’s Hospital School has been part of Dublin, a city which is the capital of a dynamic, outward-looking and inclusive country. It is important that our school contributes positively to the challenges that lie ahead for Ireland during this period of change.

It is also important to recognise that adulthood as we know it will be very different for our pupils. We are more than a school. We have to be. In a world where artificial intelligence and technology are playing an increasing part, new developments need to be harnessed to prepare young people for a variety of aspects of modern adulthood.

The way we do things and how we approach education – whether it is our exam structures, methods of teaching or the way we learn – must continuously evolve.

As Charles Darwin said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, not the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

But as we progress and develop, we must not lose sight of where we have come from and we should acknowledge who we are and what makes our school unique. We must also remember that our mission is rooted in our founding Church of Ireland faith and that we seek to live in a spirit of honesty, fairness and respect for, and appreciation of, diversity.

Finally, we must remind ourselves that in a world where millions of young people do not have schools to attend, an education at The King’s Hospital School is a precious gift. I hope our pupils will seize this opportunity and use it to make a positive difference within and beyond the school gates.