New Entrants 2021-2022

This page contains information aimed at assisting the transition from Primary to Post Primary school

We are very excited to welcome you to Coláiste Chiaráin in September 2021.

This webpage contains some information that will be useful to you in the process of transitioning from your Primary School to your new Secondary School.

Below you will find information relating to your first days in Secondary school, your timetable, finding your way around our school, our extra- curricular activities and some frequently asked questions.

 We hope it gives you a flavour of our innovative and progressive school community. 


We look forward to welcoming the Form 1 class of 2021 to our school on Friday August 27th 2021.

Leadership Team & Staff of Coláiste Chiaráin.


For your convenience we have compiled a number of Frequently asked questions below. 

What are the arrangements for Form 1 students starting in August 2021

Coláiste Chiaráin is reopening for all new FIRST YEAR students on Friday 27th August, 2021 at 8:42a.m. (morning registration) and concluding at 1.05p.m.  

Please note that the First Years will finish school at 1.05pm on Friday 27th and Monday 30th August as part of their Transition Programme.

What do I need to bring on my first day?

You’ll need to bring a pencil case including some coloured pens, a pencil, an eraser, pencil sharpener and a set of colouring pencils.

You should also bring a notebook and a snack for your break. The school canteen will also be available to you if you wish to purchase your lunch there. You will be required to have your own face mask which will be worn at all times indoors.

Transport Arrangements

Parents are asked to make arrangements to drop and collect students for the first two days of school term, Friday August 27th & Monday August 30th. School will conclude at 13:05 on both days. 

Students may avail of the Bus Eireann Transport service from Tuesday August 31st. 


Canteen Facilities
On the first Friday and Monday Students will be present on school until 13:05. Please bring a snack for your break. 
While you are welcome to bring your own packed lunch from home, the school canteen offers fantastic deals for our students. For €1 per day, you can avail of a breakfast which includes cereal, toast, juice and tea or coffee plus a hot lunch such as chicken curry, lasagne, pasta bolognese, pasta and cheese or pasta with meatballs served with water and a piece of fruit. We use a cashless system so each student has a fob which they can top up online at home or in school and scan in the canteen as they choose their lunch. A tuck shop is also available for some sweet treats.
Health & Safety - COVID 19
Health and Safety Measures

 Knowing the Symptoms of COVID-19

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19, it is important to know and recognise the symptoms.

They are:

  • high temperature
  • cough
  • shortness of breath or breathing difficulties
  • loss of smell, of taste or distortion of taste

If your child/children complain of any of these symptoms, please keep your child/children at home and call your GP without delay. In the event that you have more that one child attending Coláiste Chiaráin; if any of your children display symptoms, we are requesting that all siblings remain at home pending the outcome of consultation with your GP and/or COVID testing. 


  • If a student has been abroad prior to returning to school (i.e. within 14 days), we are asking that they ensure they remain in isolation for 14 consecutive days prior to returning to school.   If your child/children have been abroad prior to school resuming, we would appreciate a call from you about this.
  • Students will be encouraged and expected to follow the health advice regarding hand sanitation, respiratory etiquette, etc. Requirements in this regard will be clearly communicated to all students from the beginning of the year. 
  • An Isolation Room will be available in the school should a member of the School Community become ill. It is vital that all Parents/Guardians have registered the correct contact details with the school. If in doubt, contact the school office immediately on 061-397700 or email
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers will be deployed in every teaching space, assembly areas and entry points of the school campus.  All students will be required to use hand sanitiser when entering the campus in the morning and when entering every teaching space throughout the school day. 
  • Wash hand basins, hot running water, liquid soap and hand drying facilities are provided in all toilets and kitchens.

Find out more about our school and what you have to look forward to….

New Beginnings... Your First Day @CCO

Your First day at Coláiste Chiaráin....

What to Expect !

  • All parents will receive an email before August 27th with full details about your son/daughter’s First Day.
  • On Friday 27th August, students can be dropped at school for 8.40am and will be directed to the General Purpose (GP) Area. The Management Team, Yearhead and Class Tutors will meet students briefly before the Class Tutors escort them to their base classes. .
  • When you first arrive in Coláiste Chiaráin, you will be undergoing an induction programme – this means that we will spend your first two days getting familiar with the school building, meeting your classmates and teachers, getting assigned a locker and working with your class tutor. For these first two days of school, first years will be the only students in the school so you will enjoy plenty of time and space to get to know the school.
  • You need only take a notebook, pencil case and some lunch/lunch money with you on your first day.
  • Every class in Coláiste Chiaráin is assigned a Class Tutor. Your Class Tutor is the teacher who will meet you with your base class group each morning for 10 minutes to make sure you are doing okay in school, that you are happy and to answer any questions or concerns you may have. Each base class group will also be given a name. There will be 6 base class groups in 1st Year and your names will be :
  • Shakespeare
  • Magellan
  • Condell
  • Foley
  • Austen
  • Curie

The day will begin with a presentation from the Management Team and your Yearhead which will be streamed to your classroom. 

Throughout the rest of your first two half days, you will:

Take part in “Getting to Know you” activities 

Have your photo taken

Have a guided tour of the school

Receive your school books

Take part in a Treasure Hunt

Meet all your new teachers

At all times, your Tutor, Yearhead, Teachers and Management Team will be there to help you if you are feeling anxious, lost, nervous or if you are just excited with lots of questions!

Your School Day & Timetable

Below you’ll find an example of a first year timetable. This will be similar to what you receive on your first day in Coláiste Chiaráin.

  • Every day begins with a 8 minute tutorial with your Class Tutor
  • Each class lasts for 40 minutes
  • You will have 3 classes before small break (10.50 – 11.05)
  • You will have 3 further classes before lunch (13.05 – 13.45)
  • You will have 3 further classes before the school day ends (15.45) 
  • Your school day ends at 13.05 on Fridays

Each timetable is unique to you – you will share common classes like Maths, English, Irish and Science with yourTutor Class. However, depending on what optional subjects you choose, you will have classes mixed with other students outside of your Tutor Class.

COVID-19 - Keeping our Community Safe

Wearing a face mask is also a key part of protecting ourselves and others from catching coronavirus. Masks can be uncomfortable at times but they save lives. Masks are required as a student and staff member of Coláiste Chiaráin. Exceptions are only available to those with a valid medical document.

Washing your hands properly is an essential tool in the fight against Coronavirus. Please ensure you wash your hands well and often.

We have installed lots more hand washing stations with soap and paper towels around the school campus.

Protect yourself, protect others. We’re all in this together.

Our Schools Extra Curricular Opportunities

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 School Building & 22 acre Campus

Find out more about excellent Subject Choice

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:

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Italian
  • Chinese

Option Subjects

Students select 3 subjects from the following

  • Geography
  • Wood Technology (Woodwork)
  • Engineering (Metalwork)
  • Home Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Graphics (TG)
  • Applied Technology
  • Art Craft and Design
  • Music
  • 2nd European Language

Leading on from our Junior Cycle we offer excellent subject Choice for Leaving Certificate subject offering. 

Click Here for more information on our Senior Cycle Subject Options


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)

  • STEM
  • Chinese Language & Culture
  • Radio & Television Broadcasting
  • European & Global Studies
  • Sports Science & Recreational Health
  • Experimental Science
  • Computer Science
  • Innovation, Creativity & Entrepreneurship
  • Wellbeing

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)

Sporting Opportunities @ Coláiste Chiaráin

Our Sporting programme at Coláiste Chiaráin offers a wide variety of sports to both our boys and girls. These include:

Hurling – U14, U151/2, U16 1/2 & U19
Camogie – 1st Year, Junior & Intermediate
Gaelic Football (boys) – 1st Year, 2nd Year, U16 1/2 & Senior
Gaelic Football (girls) – 1st Year, Junior & Senior
Soccer (boys) – U14, U15, U17 & U19
Soccer (girls) – Junior & Senior
Basketball (boys) – 1st Year, U17 & U19
Basketball (girls) – 1st Year, Junior & Senior
Rugby (boys) – 1st Year & Junior
Athletics – all age groups
The facilities provided for in our new campus will be a huge addition to our sports programme with a full size GAA pitch, Soccer pitch and Rugby pitch on our doorstep. These along with a fully equipped gym, indoor Sports Hall and outdoor ball courts for Basketball and Soccer will enhance all of our training regimes. We look forward to continued success in all our sporting activities.

Opportunities in ICT & STEM Education

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. 

We care about Student Wellbeing

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. 

What our Past Pupils have to say..

Contact Us

Telephone: 00 353 61 397700

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Coláiste Chiaráin is a co-educational secondary school operating under the patronage of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board.

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Contact Details

Coláiste Chiaráin

High Street, Croom, Co. Limerick

Tel: +00 353 61 397700



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