Biography of Dr. Aideen Cassidy

I am currently the principal of Beneavin De La Salle College  Finglas in Dublin, the capital city of Dublin. I have been principal since 2011 before which I was National Co-ordinator of a Junior Certificate programme for disadvantaged schools for fifteen years.  Beneavin De La Salle College  is an all boys school of 550 students. It is a second level school with students aged from twelve to eighteen. Finglas is a wonderful area but sadly significantly impacted by poverty and deprivation. The students that attend the school are from an economically disadvantaged area which impacts considerably on their educational experience. Our work is very focused on trying to bridge the gap for our students so that they achieve and are as successful as possible. We ensure that the students are very well cared for so that they accelerate their learning while supporting them in many cases to overcome the traumatic experiences of their lives, with addition, violence, childhood neglect  and separation. We have a therapy centre in the College supported by the Vincent De Paul, a charity organisation in Ireland. We have a wonderful De La Salle animation team in the College lead by Anna Baird and the team meet regularly to plan a wide range of De La Salle focused activities across the school. The experience of La Salle is centred on kindness, care and love, an experience that the boys really appreciate and enjoy. La Salle is alive and well with the boys as a result of the work of this magnificent team who have experienced Lasallian formation in Ireland and Malta. I have a degree in English and Geography and a masters in Education along with a doctorate in Education which focused on the education of educationally disadvantaged adolescents. I am currently a member of ASSEDIL Council being nominated from Great Britain, Ireland and Malta District.  I am also on the mission council of Great Britain, Ireland and Malta.