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COLÁISTE CHIARÁIN 2017 School Prospectus

WELCOME TO COLÁISTE CHIARÁIN I am delighted to introduce you to Coláiste Chiaráin – a provider of quality education to students from the Croom region and encompassing Limerick City and its environs.

We pride ourselves on being a vibrant and ambitious learning community, where everyone is valued and has a part to play.

High expectations and making the most of every opportunity underpin everything we do. We are a forward looking school with a reputation for innovation and academic excellence.

Our highly trained and experienced staff works hard to ensure every young person is happy, safe and successful.

Students enrolling in Coláiste Chiaráin in September 2018 can look forward, with great anticipation to moving into a brand new state of the art building during their first year.

The project, costing in the region of €20 million comes fully equipped with the latest technology, catering for the full suite of STEM subjects, together with GAA, Soccer and Rugby pitches in addition to provision for games played on hard surfaces. (A virtual tour of the new building is available on the school website – I hope that this prospectus will give you a clear idea of the range and quality of the opportunities available at Coláiste Chiaráin. Please do encourage your son/daughter to visit our school at our Open Day on Tuesday, October 3rd. Parents/Guardians are cordially invited to our Open Evening on the same date in the South Court Hotel, commencing at 7.00p.m. We look forward to meeting you. Best wishes,

Matt Power Acting Principal

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JOINING OUR SCHOOL COMMUNITY Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co. Limerick is situated just twenty minutes from the heart of Limerick city.This co-educational post- primary college, under the patronage of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB), offers full-time education to boys and girls from first year to Leaving Certificate level, ranging in age from twelve to eighteen years. Over the past decade Coláiste Chiaráin has been one of the fastest growing post-primary schools in Ireland. The college has built up a national reputation in the delivery of a high quality and progressive educational programme, particularly

with its emphasis on the sciences, languages, Information and Communication Technology and overall commitment to innovation, in all that it does. The present school building was built in 1987 and has become unsuitable for the level of expansion in student population currently taking place. As a result, the Department of Education and Science has agreed to provide a brand new school building and associated campus on a green-field site with a capacity for eight hundred and fifty students. This ambitious building programme is about to under way with a planned opening for late 2018. When completed, it -promises to be one of the largest and best-equipped facilities in the city and county.


Mr. Matt Power Acting Principal

Mr. Gerard O’Sullivan Deputy Principal

Mr. Michael Behan Deputy Principal Coláiste Chiaráin Prospectus Page 2


Excellent subject choice


A broad range of Extra Curricular and sporting opportunities





Excellent teaching

An innovative and Forward looking learning community

A new state of the art campus, due for completion late 2018 Comprehensive Student Supports

Coláiste Chiaráin, a Co Educational non denominational School operating under the patronage of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board has a current enrolment of 850 students and a highly trained staff of 70. The college has earned an excellent reputation in the areas of academic achievement, innovation and curriculum development. Students are offered an unrivalled choice of subjects - including the option of choosing from four modern European languages. Our planned building programme will offer a state of the art campus equipped to the highest standards, including facilities that cater for a range of outdoor sports. We offer a comprehensive suite of student supports that focus on the well being of individual students.

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Coláiste Chiaráin is an inclusive learning community committed to excellence & to enhancing education through innovation


• We are a learning COMMUNITY bound by strong values and traditions.

• We are INNOVATIVE, constantly LEARNING & evaluating our practice to find and create better ways of pursuing our goals and achieving excellence • We are all engaged and committed to life-long LEARNING, staff and students alike.

• We are COMMITTED to the holistic development of young people who will be of SERVICE to their community and society


To foster... • a place of excellence where all can achieve their full potential in the areas of personal, academic, creative and skills development.

• a friendly and caring environment which values the unique natural talents and gifts of each student.

• a spirit of inclusiveness where students learn respect for themselves and respect for others.

• a responsible partnership between teachers, students, parents where in a spirit of service we work together for a better community.


• to pursue excellence in all areas of College life.

• to nurture a friendly and caring environment which allows each student to develop his or her own natural talents and gifts.

• to recognise our responsibility towards the wider community and develop a spirit of service. • to foster student wellbeing in all areas of college life.

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A LEARNING COMMUNITY • New Junior Certificate - Junior Cycle Student Award

• Junior Certificate Schools Programme • Transition Year Programme

At Coláiste Chiaráin we offer a wide curriculum in accordance with our mission statement and with a particular emphasis on providing a progressive educational programme specialising in the sciences, languages, information communication technology and an overall commitment to innovation in all that we do.

• Leaving Certificate Programme

• Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme • Leaving Certificate Applied Programme • Post Leaving Certificate Programme

New Junior Cycle - 3 Years

All Junior Students study the Junior Cycle Student Award Programme (New Junior Cycle). This new Junior Cycle includes conventional subjects as well as an array of innovative new areas of study, ranging from Television & Radio Broadcasting, to Experimental Science Investigations, to Innovation & Creative Entrepreneurship. These short courses are delivered in conjunction with a variety of third level education and business partnerships, including RTÉ and the University of Limerick, and are designed to help students develop their own creativity, confidence and decision-making skills, as well as introducing them at an early stage to exciting career options. Core Subjects English • Irish • Maths • Science • Business • CSPE • SPHE • ICT • Physical Education • Religious Education

Language options (Students choose one Language from the following) French • German • Spanish • Italian Chinese is offered as a short course in Junior Certificate

Optional Subjects (Students will study three of the following subjects, one from each of three Option lines.) Art • Music • Home Economics • Technology • Technical Graphics • Materials Technology Metal • Materials Technology Wood • History • Geography Page 5 Coláiste Chiaráin Prospectus

All students will cover the 24 statements of learning as well as developing the 8 Key Skills of Junior Cycle which will enable them to participate in 21st century learning.
































JCSA Short Courses

Coláiste Chiaráin has been to the forefront in its involvement in the development of a number of the Junior Cycle Short courses.

Students will choose two of the following from two option lines, the option line will be formed from a subset of the subjects listed. • TX - Broadcasting

• XSI - Experimental Science Investigation

• Wellness

• SEGA - Software Engineering for Games & Applications • ICE - Innovation Creativity & Entrepreneurship

• CHINA - Chinese

• SPORT - Sports Science

• Digital and Print Journalism

• Caring for Animals

• European Studies

• Inventive Design and Manufacture • Production Performance Arts • Digital Media Creation Coláiste Chiaráin Prospectus Page 6

Junior Certificate School Programme (JCSP) The JCSP programme is an intervention within the Junior Certificate Programme. It provides a curriculum framework which assists the school and individual teachers in adopting a student-centred approach to the Junior Certificate. The Junior Certificate School Programme is based on the concept that all young people are capable of real success and that they can have a positive experience of school. The Junior Certificate School Programme has been designed to ensure that young people can benefit from their time in school and enjoy the experience of improvement and success.The emphasis on active learning and on the development of basic skills in the programme is highlighted.

Form IV - Transition Year Programme

Participation is Transition Year is optional. Form 3 students may progress to Form 4 or Form 5.

A process of information evenings, student seminars and internal review is used to plan student progression for Form 3 students. The Colรกiste Chiarรกin Transition Year Plan strives to promote the mission statement of the school and that of the Department of Education. Our mission statement is the pursuit of excellence in all areas of college life, (academic, creative and practical), the nurturing of a friendly and caring environment allowing each student to develop his/her own natural talents and gifts and a recognition of our responsibility towards the wider community are the central goals of the Transition Year Plan.

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Form IV Curriculum

Core Subjects English • Irish • Maths • Religious Education • Career Guidance • Physical Education

Language options (Students choose one Language from the following) French • German • Spanish • Italian

Optional Subjects (Students will study three of the following subjects, one from each of three Option lines.) Construction Studies • Music • Chemistry • Economics • Biology • Physics • Business Studies • Design and Communications Graphics • History • Home Economics • Engineering • Accounting • Art • Geography • Politics and Society. Major Option Subjects (Students will choose from one of the following) Innovation Creativity & Entrepreneurship • Broadcasting • Software Engineering for Games and Programming • European Studies • Sports Science Minor Option Subjects (Students will study all of the following in rotation during the Form 4 year) Social Education • Driving • Wellness • ICT • Sign Language • Chinese

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VISIT to see the VIRTUAL TOUR of the campus

COLÁISTE CHIARÁIN NEW CAMPUS Planned completion last quarter 2018 • Development site of approximately 22 acres

• Gross floor area of the school is circa 9630m²

• Teaching spaces and support accommodation, catering for circa 850 students

• 54 Teaching Spaces • Gaa Pitch

• Soccer Pitch • Rugby Pitch

• External Play areas, Basketball etc

• Fully equipped Gym

Leaving Certificate

There are three Leaving Certificate programmes offered: 1. Leaving Certificate (Established) 2. Leaving Certificate Applied

3. Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme 1. Leaving Certificate Curriculum

Core Subjects English • Irish • Maths • Religious Education • Career Guidance • Enterprise Education • Preparation for the World of Work • ICT Language Options (Students choose one Language from the following) French • German • Spanish • Italian Optional Subjects (Students will study three of the following subjects, one from each of three Option lines.) Construction Studies • Music • Chemistry • Economics • Biology • Physics • Business Studies • Design and Communications Graphics • History • Home Economics • Engineering • Accounting • Art • Geography • Politics and Society.

2. Leaving Certificate Applied Programme

The Leaving Certificate Applied programme is a two-year Leaving Certificate, available to students who wish to follow a practical or vocationally orientated programme. The Leaving Certificate Applied programme has been developed by the National Council for Curriculum and Assessment, designed to cater for the diversity of participants’ needs. The fundamental goal of the Leaving Certificate Applied is to prepare Leaving Certificate participants for the transition from the world of the school to that of adult and working life. Page 11 Coláiste Chiaráin Prospectus

3. Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme LCVP is similar to the Traditional Leaving Certificate with the added opportunity to enhance business skills by taking a course in Enterprise Education, Preparation for Work and Information Technology. Students wishing to take the LCVP must include specific subject combinations in their choice of subjects for the Leaving Certificate.

A TRACK RECORD IN CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT AND INNOVATION Coláiste Chiaráin has a very progressive approach towards educational developments and innovation and continues to be at the forefront of leading and participating in these developments. Below are some examples of current initiatives.

Junior Cycle Schools Award Pilot School

In 2012 Coláiste Chiaráin became part of the new framework for Junior Cycle and became one of the first schools in Ireland to implement the new three-year Junior Cycle programme, under National Council for Curriculum and Assessment guidelines.

Future Leaders Programme

The “Future Leaders Transition Year Programme” is a crosscurricular programme comprising of a series of modules designed to encourage maturity, initiative, responsibility and leadership skills in pupils. The Programme gives pupils the knowledge and skills to support all roles required in the effective staging of Gaelic Games. As part of the programme pupils are challenged to organise and run a GAA Super Games Blitz for younger students and/or support coaching of younger players in their school or community.

Exploring Coding

Coláiste Chiaráin is one of 19 schools participating in the 'exploring coding' pilot. The pilot is an initiative of Junior Cycle for Teachers. A donation of Gailieo Boards from Intel provides the hardware for students to develop and demonstrate their computer programming skills.

Politics and Society

In 2016 Coláiste Chiaráin was selected as one of the schools in the pilot for the new Politics and Society Leaving Certificate subject.

RTE Partnership with Coláiste Chiaráin

In 2013 RTÉ announced that it was going to be a partner in a new Broadcast Media programme with Coláiste Chiaráin, in Croom, County Limerick, in the first and only such RTÉ collaboration with a second level school in the country. This partnership has been an excellent project since its inception resulting in many feature presentations that have been produced by Coláiste Chiaráin students and staff. Other projects and collaborations have facilitated our staff and students working with and being mentored by RTE staff.

Pictured Seán Mac an tSíthigh mentoring media students

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While the pursuit of academic excellence is nurtured at Coláiste Chiaráin, we also pride ourselves in our commitment to providing students with an all-round education. Coláiste Chiaráin promotes a wide range of extra-curricular activities. These cultural, social and recreational pursuits aim to develop our students’ interests and skills so that their experiences in school will take them further in life. Coláiste Chiaráin offers its students opportunities to take part in a varied and interesting range of activities, including;

• BT Young Scientist Competition • Premier League matches • Gaisce Awards • Art competitions • Student Council • Music Workshops • Annual School Musical • Foreign Tours • Student Exchange • Yearbook Committee Page 13 Coláiste Chiaráin Prospectus

• Trad Group • Click Click Tv • Annual Sports Day • Green Schools • Young Innovators • Enterprise Awards • Table Quizzes

• Hurling • Gaelic Football • Camogie • Soccer • Rugby • Athletics • Basketball • Equine Club • Chess Club • Fundraising • Poetry Competitions • Scifest

• Choir • Photography • Garda Youth Awards • Rotary Youth Leadership • American Exchange • And more...

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SUCCESS IN OUR COMMUNITY Recognising the achievements, efforts and successes of our pupils is important to us. Praise encourages and motivates students and helps build self-esteem. As well as regular feedback on work, students received recognition for anything from doing good work to being helpful. The school website and our Student Achievement Board are some of the means used to communicate these successes. Our Annual Awards Day provides on opportunity to share more formally, with a wider school audience, the successes of pupils in all year groups. We also celebrate the efforts and commitments of the pupils who take on additional responsibilities within the school and we actively encourage students to do so.


In Form 1 students are offered a choice of subjects for languages, optional subject lines and for short courses.

Students partake in a rotating taster programme for all optional subjects. Arising from this taster programme required curricular changes are implemented and students are matched to their subject choice selection. On completion of the taster programme students are placed in their selected Junior Cycle subjects. Page 116 Coláiste Chiaráin Prospectus

All form 1 students will... • study a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) short course • study Business

• have a choice of 5 languages: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Chinese • have the opportunity to study a diverse range of shortcourses unique to Coláiste Chiaráin

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A CARING AND SUPPORTING COMMUNITY • First Year Transition Programme

• Class Tutor System

• Subject Taster Programme

• Book Rental Scheme

• Guidance Team

• Breakfast Club

• Dean Structure

• Home School Community Liaison

• Homework Club • Student Council

• School Completion Programme

• Learning Support

• Student Support Team

• Lunch Club

• Special Educational Needs Team • Peer Mentoring - Student Mentors

• School Transport

Student Council

The Student Council consists of a representative body elected from and by the general cohort of students in the school. The Student Council will give students an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions and to play an active role in policy-making in the school. A member of staff will liaise with the Student Council and through the Council links will also be formed between the students and schoolManagement.

Evening Study

Evening Study is open to all students and takes place Monday to Thursday from 4pm – 6pm (nominal fee applies).

Learning Support

We are all aware that many children within the school system may not succeed in reaching their full potential for a variety of reasons. The learning support programme is designed to support students who may be struggling to achieve their goals. We believe a good school is one which not only strives for high academic achievement but also cares particularly about each of its students achieving his/her individual potential. We encourage active rather than passive involvement in learning situations and we pride ourselves in supporting the all-round development of the child. Page 17 Coláiste Chiaráin Prospectus

IMPORTANT DATES We would like to invite you to

Coláiste Chiaráin’s Open Night

South Court Hotel • Tuesday, October 3rd 2017 • 7pm Deadline for application to the Common Application Scheme Jaunary 15th 2018 • 12.30pm


What is the Limerick Area-Post Primary Schools Common Application System? The Limerick Area Post-Primary Schools Common Application System is the process by which the transfer of 6th class primary school students to the participating post-primary schools is managed. Which Post-Primary Schools participate in the system? Coláiste Chiaráin is one of 17 participant post-primary schools in this system. How do I make an application for 1st year student enrolment to Coláiste Chiaráin? In order to make an application to Coláiste Chiaráin you must complete the Limerick Area Post-Primary Schools Common Application Form. This form will be made available to all participating post-primary schools Open Days/Nights for prospective 1st year students. A copy is also available from the school office and feeder primary schools.

If Coláiste Chiaráin is your no. 1 choice, the completed Application Form accompanied by a stamped self-addressed envelope, should be sent to the Principal.

Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co. Limerick

Tel +353 (0) 61 397700 • Email

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