Welcome to our Enrolment Portal, dedicated to providing information for parents and student enrolling for the academic year beginning September 2021.
We hope this Portal gives you a flavour of our innovative and progressive school community.
In this portal and the content published below we have presented information, media and video to provide students and parents with greater information on the many aspects of our school community and educational provision.
We have published a Contact Form on this portal. Should you have any queries or need any clarifications, please make contact with us.
We are delighted to showcase our school and look forward to working with you and your son/daughter in the years ahead.
Mr. Gerard O’Sullivan Principal
Leadership Team & Staff of Coláiste Chiaráin.
Common Application System
Coláiste Chiaráin Admissions and Enrolment Documents
Virtual Open Day/Open Night Presentation Video
State of the Art School Campus
Partner with us for 6 years of Opportunity and Academic Excellence
Located 15 mins from Limerick City, Extensive Transport Network
Choose from 26 Leaving Certificate Subjects
Choice of 23 Junior Cycle Subjects
Highly Qualified, innovative Teachers
At Coláiste Chiaráin we offer an extensive range of Extra Curricular activities. We aim to develop our students’ interests and skills through the offering of a wide variety of activities to cater for all of our student population. These extra and co- curricular activities provide an excellent opportunity for students to discover and nurture their talents and develop our students’ full potential outside the classroom, in parallel with their academic development.
We offer a comprehensive range of Extra Curricular activities including:
Poetry Competitions • Culture Club • Scifest • BT Young Scientist Competition • Choir • Photography • Garda Youth Awards • Rotary Youth Awards • American Exchange • School Orchestra • Gaisce Awards • Art competitions • Student Council • Music Workshops • Annual School Musical • Foreign Tours • Student Exchange •Yearbook Committee • Ambassador School Award • Trad Group • Annual Sports Day • Green Schools •Young Innovators • Enterprise Awards • Table Quizzes Equine Club • Chess Club • Fundraising
Beauty and the Beast 2019
“A Million Dreams” Performed by the Coláiste Chiaráin Staff and Student Choir.
Limerick 2 Limerick Annual American Exchange
Our new Campus Sod Turning Ceremony took place in August 2018. This was an excellent event and a memorable milestone making and celebrating the beginning of the construction phase of this wonderful project.
Construction of our new state of the art building and campus began in Autumn 2018. Over the past two years we have watched this project rise from its foundations to the wonderful building that has now been realised. We are delighted to inform you that we are currently taking delivery of our school furniture and equipment and will be moving into our new school campus in the coming weeks. The main contractor, MMD Construction, has been on site since early October 2018 and progress has been swift on this multi-million euro project, the largest project of its kind in Limerick city and county.
Over the past 12 months, this project has grown from a greenfield site to what is now a magnificent school building set on an expansive campus of 22 acres. The campus will incorporate over 60 teaching spaces including five Science Labs, practical rooms for Construction Studies, Engineering, Design and Communication Graphics, Home Economics and Art, a fully equipped library, performing arts studio and multimedia room, all of which will facilitate the delivery of the widest-possible curriculum to 850 students. The development of full-size GAA, Rugby and Soccer pitches and six external court areas on the site, together with a full-sized PE Hall and fitness suite will enable a diverse range of extra-curricular and sporting activities on the new school campus. In addition, the inclusion of a Special Education Needs Unit, will ensure that the educational needs of the entire school community are met.
If you are interested in the development of this project, please visit our construction diary.
Our Junior Curriculum
- Irish, English, Mathematics, Science, History
- Choice of 5 Languages
- 3 Optional Subjects
- 2 JC Short Courses
- Wellbeing Programme – Physical Education, CSPE, SPHE, Wellness.
Uniquely, We Offer:
Students select 3 subjects from the following
- Wood Technology (Woodwork)
- Engineering (Metalwork)
- Home Economics
- Business Studies
- Graphics (TG)
- Applied Technology
- Art Craft and Design
- 2nd European Language
Junior Cycle Short Courses
Junior Cycle Students can study Short Courses from the list below.
All Junior Cycle students will study a Short Course in STEM. (Science Technology Engineering & Maths)
- Chinese Language & Culture
- Radio & Television Broadcasting
- European & Global Studies
- Sports Science & Recreational Health
- Experimental Science
- Computer Science
- Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
A Track Record in Curricular Innovation
- All students study a STEM short course (STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths)
- We have been teaching coding since 2002
- We are the first school in limerick Offering Leaving Certificate Computer Science
- Leaving Certificate Politics & Society (Since 2016)
Our Sporting programme at Coláiste Chiaráin offers a wide variety of sports to both our boys and girls. These include:
Coláiste Chiaráin has long been an innovator in the use of technology in teaching and learning. Recent events have proven the importance of technology as a vital tool for today’s students. At Coláiste Chiaráin we foster the use of technology where appropriate by providing the infrastructure and training for students to use a wide variety of hardware and software platforms.
On entering the school every student is given an account on G Suite educational platform. On Google Classroom teachers set assignments and share resources. Using Google Drive, students can create and share amazing projects both online and offline. Our aim is to develop students who can adapt to the ever changing developments in the area of technology to ensure they are equipped for success. Our new campus has been designed to ensure the seamless use of technology. This is reflected in our curricular offering where we have led the way in offering Coding at junior cycle and Computer Science at Leaving Certificate along with a STEM short course for all of our students at Junior Cycle. We are passionate about technology and committed to the useful and appropriate integration of ICT to support quality teaching and learning.
Supporting Student Wellbeing
Our student supports are to the forefront of everything we do in Coláiste Chiaráin. Every day, your son or daughter will benefit from some or many of these supports. Students will meet their class tutor each morning for roll call and general pastoral care while the Dean / Year Head will look after the entire year group in terms of tracking their academic performance and looking after discipline issues.
We have 2 Guidance counsellors available for our students along with a Home School Liaison Officer to liaise with you the parents, a School Completion officer and a student support team made up of 12 staff members. We have a fantastic Special Educational Needs and Learning Support team in Coláiste Chiaráin who will be happy to work with you the parent in providing the very best opportunities for your child’s specific needs. Students in 1st Year can also benefit from Peer Mentoring where they are assigned a buddy from Transition Year to help and guide them through the initial transition from Primary school.
In addition to the many school supports for our students. As part of junior Cycle all students follow a comprehensive wellbeing curriculm. Through the Wellbeing programme students will be learning the knowledge, attitudes and skills to enable them to protect and promote their own wellbeing and that of others.
Student wellbeing is supported through all of our subjects and by all of our teachers. Core concepts of the wellbeing curriculum are delivered through the subjects PE, SPHE, CSPE and Wellbeing. For More information on the Junior Cycle Wellbeing Curriculum – Click Here.
It is our aim to nurture a school environment that is safe and welcoming. We pride ourselves in having a positive school environment in which students can achieve and succeed both inside and outside of the formal classroom.
Wellbeing Walk for Wellbeing Week 2020
Form 1 Students Wellbeing Walk 2019 – Knockfierna, Co. limerick.
For your convenience we have compiled a number of Frequently asked questions below.
What are my travel options for Coláiste Chiaráin?
Coláiste Chiaráin is serviced by the Bus Eireann School Bus network which serves a wide catchment area that extends from the Limerick City / Raheen / Dooradoyle areas as far as Ballyneety, Bruff and Ballingarry and all areas in between.
After School Sports Programme
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High Street, Croom, Co. Limerick
Tel: +00 353 61 397700
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