When Rockbrook was founded by parents forty years ago they wanted a school which would combine academic excellence, personal attention to each student and sound moral development, with a close working relationship between teachers and parents. This vision continues to inspire the school.
Drawing on Catholic educational principles the school provides an education built on the twin pillars of character education and academic excellence. It welcomes and respects students of other religious faiths. The school fosters a genuine and profound respect for all, regardless of talents, race, creed or social standing. People are to be valued as persons, for who they are, not for what they are. Within the school this respect is fostered in an atmosphere of trust, openness and sincerity, and these qualities characterise all aspects of school life and interactions between pupils, parents, teachers and management.
The founding parents were inspired by St Josemaria Escriva, the founder of Opus Dei, a personal prelature of the Catholic Church (www.opusdei.ie). St Josemaria’s “the saint of the ordinary” , teaching about the value of one’s ordinary work as a stepping stone to God impacts on the school’s approach to encouraging hard work, excellence and a spirit of service within the school community.
The school’s concentration on an integral approach is unique, helping each pupil achieve his age-appropriate intellectual, spiritual, emotional, cultural, human and social maturity. The school’s mentoring system, working in co-operation with parents, is central to this.
Rockbrook offers single-sex education recognising that this has clear advantages for its pupils. The school encourages parents to organise social events that facilitate interaction with girls in an age-appropriate way in an atmosphere of mutual respect, devoid of unhealthy peer or other pressures. Rockbrook has a sister school: Rosemont Secondary School for girls in Sandyford, Dublin (see www.rosemont.ie).