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Schoolbus of Alexandra College, parked in Milltown Alexandra College is a private, single-sex school located in Milltown, Dublin, Ireland. It serves girls from ages 4 to 19 as boarding or day pupils. The school is one of the most prestigious in Ireland and ranks highly in Leaving Certificate results tables. It is also one of the most exclusive fee paying schools in all of Ireland. Contents 1 History 2 Religion 3 Junior School 4 Alexandra College today 5 Charity work of the girls 6 The Guild 7 References 8 External links History The school takes its name from Princess Alexandra of Denmark, the school's patron. The school colours, red and white, were adopted from the Danish flag in her honour. Alexandra College was founded by Anne Jellicoe, a Quaker educationist, in 1866 in the name of furthering women's education. Under Anne Jellicoe, the school grew from a small establishment focused on providing a governess-style education to Irish Protestant ladies into a pioneering force for women's rights and education, providing an education to women equivalent to that available in boys' schools, with a grounding in mathematics, history, classics and philosophy. As Alexandra settled into its role, Ann Jellico was convinced that a major obstacle to the liberal education of women was their exclusion from the university campus. She passionately believed that until women were admitted to Trinity College Dublin (founded in 1592), the voice of women would not commonly be heard in politics, literature or in academic debate. The Royal University of Ireland Act (1879) allowed females to take university degrees on the same basis as males. In fact, many religious schools, including convent schools (Dominican College, Eccles St, Dublin; Alexandra College, Dublin; Loreto College, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin; Methodist College, Belfast; High School for Girls, Derry; Rutland School, Mountjoy Square, Dublin; Dominican College, Sion Hill, Dublin; St Angela’s College, Cork; St Louis’s, Monaghan; Presentation College, Cork; Christian Brothers College, Cork; Rochelle College, Cork). These schools prepared students for the examinations (including degree examinations) of the Royal University.[1] Susan Parkes, co-author of Gladly Learn and Gladly Teach, a history of Alexandra College (1866-1966), is quoted as saying: "In the late 1800s, lecturers from Trinity College Dublin provided tuition for ladies on the Alexandra campus. And the first women to receive degrees in Ireland or Britain were Alex pupils — six of them successfully studied at Dublin's Royal University from 1891 and at Trinity College Dublin, once it opened its doors to women in 1903."[2] The school was originally situated in the historic Earlsfort Terrace, across from the National Concert Hall, but moved out to its sports grounds in the 1960s in order to accommodate more students. The original buildings were subsequently demolished and the site remained vacant for over two decades. The Conrad Hotel and office buildings were later erected on the site. The patriot and leading figure in the Easter 1916 uprising Padraig Pearse was once employed as an Irish language teacher. The first ever international hockey match was held on the Alexandra College hockey pitch. It was England vs Ireland, and Ireland won 1-0. Religion Alexandra College is under Church of Ireland management, and the Archbishop of Dublin (who presides over the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough) currently acts as chairman of the school council. The students are addressed weekly by a female minister, and a school assembly is held daily at which Church of Ireland hymns are sung and which finish with the extended version of The Lord's Prayer. Junior School The attendance fees for the primary school are in fact higher than the secondary school due to the high number of teachers of specialised subjects for students with learning disabilities which are not subsidized by the government on the payroll. The kindergarten classes are obliged to wear a red tracksuit, which the older classes wear only for sports, wearing the brown uniform of the secondary school for normal classes. Alexandra College today A wide range of subjects is available to study. The school crest reflects this, featuring a cross with a book, a ball, a lyre and a palette in its corners. The school was greatly benefited in 2004 with the opening of the Milltown Luas stop at the back gate of the college. One interesting thing to note about Alexandra College is that while 1st-3rd years wear the traditional brown uniform, 4th years wear a tracksuit which helps them do more activities as they are normally 'outdoor' based. 5th and 6th year students do not wear the school uniform; they must however wear clothes suitable for school; this apparently helps promote the girls' individuality. For one day in 6th year the girls put back on their brown uniforms, this is for the summer funday which has become a tradition in the school as fundays are 'non-uniform' days. This day is generally just before graduation. Charity work of the girls Undertaking charitable initiatives has always been a feature of school activities in Alexandra College. In the spring of 2005 a group of teachers decided to support the work of the Irish Nepalese Educational Trust, in trying to build a new primary school in Phuleli, a remote village in Nepal just 50 km south of Mount Everest. At Easter 2006 a group of teachers from Alex travelled to Nepal and visited Phuleli and were present at the foundation stone laying ceremony at the site of the new school. As one villager said: “We must educate our children: education is wealth.” The prestigious Children of Ireland award was last year awarded by the president Mary McAleese to five Alex students who went to work in Calcutta to work with the Hope foundation charity,[1]. The school devotes up to five full days per school year to raising money for a range of charities decided by the student body. These 'Charity Fun Days' are entirely student-run and very successful, raising up to €4000 per day. These days are run by the Sixth Years and have themes to make them more fun for the students. The Guild From its earliest days Alexandra College has had a reputation for looking outward to the community and world at large. The Guild was founded in 1897, not only to form a bond of union between past and present students and staff, and to keep them in touch with the College, but also to promote a spirit of service to the community and to undertake social and philanthropic work. The Guild has several branches worldwide and is known as a force of Alexandra alumni. Facets of the Guild include the Alexandra College Golfing Society, the Old Alexandra Hockey Club, Alexandra Guild House and the Alexandra College Bursaries, which supports 25 ladies throughout the country and assists families in need around Dublin and elsewhere. References ^ Ireland Society and Economy 1870 - 1914 ^ Women in Technology and Science External links Alexandra College Coordinates: 53°18′38″N 6°15′00″W / 53.310527°N 6.249871°W / 53.310527; -6.249871 v · d · eSchools and colleges in County Dublin Primary CBS Eblana · CBC Monkstown · Gaelscoil Bhaile Brigín · Glasnevin National School · Kildare Place National School · Lindsay Road National School · Our Lady's Primary Schools · Scoil Lorcáin · St. Joseph's Boys National School · St. Josephs BNS · St. Kilian's Deutsche Schule · St. Pius X National School · Willow Park School · Zion Parish Primary School Secondary Alexandra College · Ardscoil La Salle · Ardscoil Rís · Artane Industrial school · Belvedere College · Blackrock College · Carriglea Park · Carriglea Park · Castleknock College · Castleknock Community College · Catholic University School · CBS Eblana · CBC Monkstown · Chanel College · Clonkeen College · Coláiste Éanna · Coláiste Eoin · Coláiste Íosagáin · Coláiste Moibhí · Coolmine Community School · De La Salle College · Dominican College · Drimnagh Castle · Gaelcholáiste Reachrann · Gonzaga College · Greendale Community School · The Institute of Education · King's Hospital · Kylemore College · Loreto Abbey · Loreto College · Lucan Community College · Manor House School · Marian College · Maryfield College · Mercy College · Mount Anville · Mount Temple · Moyle Park College · Muckross Park College · Newpark Comprehensive School · Oatlands College · O'Connell School · Pobalscoil Íosa · Portmarnock Community School · Pobalscoil Iosolde · Pobalscoil Neasáin · Rockbrook Park · Sancta Maria College · Saint Columba's College · Sandford Park · Sandymount High School · Skerries Community College · St. Aidan's CBS · St. Andrew's College · St Benildus College · St Conleth's College · St. Enda's School · St. Fintan's High School · St Kevin's CBS · St. Kilian's Deutsche Schule · St Mac Dara's Community College · St Mary's College · St Michael's College · St Paul's College · St. Vincent's CBS · St. Vincent's Industrial School · Synge Street CBS · Templeogue College · Terenure College · Wesley College Tertiary Ballyfermot College of Further Education · Beaumont Hospital · Coláiste Mhuire · College of Technology, Kevin Street · Collinstown Park Community College · Connolly Hospital · Dublin City University · Dublin Institute of Technology · Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology · Eye and Ear Hospital · Inchicore College of Further Education · Institute of Public Administration · Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown · Kilroy's College · King's Inns · Liberties College · Mater Misericordiae University Hospital · National College of Art and Design · National College of Ireland · National Performing Arts School · New Media Technology College · Ringsend Technical Insititute · Royal College of Science · Royal College of Surgeons · Senior College Dun Laoghaire · St. James's Hospital · St. Vincent's Industrial School · St. Vincent's University Hospital · Tallaght Hospital · Trinity College, Dublin (University of Dublin) · University College, Dublin