Siobhán McCauley currently Deputy Principal in Maynooth Post Primary has been appointed as the founding principal of Maynooth Community College (MCC). Speaking about her appointment Siobhán said that she was
“delighted and honoured to take on this important challenge at this exciting time for education in Maynooth”.
Siobhán, a mother of four, who has lived in the North Kildare area for more than 30 years, brings a wealth of local knowledge and educational experience to the role.
“Maynooth, as a University town, with a number of wonderful schools at primary level and the excellent Maynooth Post Primary (MPP), of which I am a past pupil, is unique in education terms. I look forward to working with all of the local education partners and in particular Johnny Nevin to further enhance Maynooth’s deserved reputation for educational inclusiveness and excellence”.
A past pupil of Maynooth Post Primary School, graduate of St. Patrick’s College Maynooth and UCD McCauley is also a former recipient of the Intel Science Educator of the Year award. During her teaching career she taught in a number of schools in Dublin before commencing her career with what was then Kildare VEC. A Science, Maths, Biology and Chemistry teacher, Siobhán taught in Rathangan in the late 1990s and for the last 15 years in Maynooth Post Primary. During her time there she held a range of posts of responsibility including Programme Coordinator, which involved leading Transition Year and LCVP, and most recently Deputy Principal. McCauley said
“I am really looking forward to this opportunity to establish a school with a welcoming and engaging ethos that will enable every student to reach their potential in a supportive environment. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm of our incoming students at the assessment day on Saturday 1st March.” She went on to say “I look forward to working with these students, their parents and my colleagues in MCC and MPPS to deliver our vision of a top class educational experience of which we can all be proud.”
The new school will include an Aonad, Irish-medium education up to Leaving Certificate, and McCauley is particularly excited about this aspect stating
“the Aonad will build on the experience of the Sruth or stream in MPPS that ran up to junior cycle and will meet the needs of students coming to the school from the Gael Scoileanna in the area.”
An important part of the new principal’s role will be the development of the new education campus on the Moyglare road. “I will be working with Johnny Nevin, Seán Ashe CEO of Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board (KWETB) and the design team to develop an excellent education campus that will be the physical representation of the values and standards of MCC, MPP and KWETB” said McCauley.
Siobhán recognises the significance of the challenge and said that she welcomed it stating
“of course it s a challenge and we are fortunate that as principals we receive enormous support and guidance from KWETB. This means that we are in reality working as one big family or organisation and can draw on the knowledge, experience and expertise of our colleagues across the system”.