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FOREWORD FROM THE HEADMASTER

Dear Parents, Planning your child’s pathway in education is one of the most important decisions one needs to make as a parent. I am sure you will find this prospectus informative and helpful in enabling you to make wise decisions about their future. Here in Coláiste Chiaráin, we enthusiastically prepare students for the challenges of tomorrow, particularly through our unparalleled curriculum choice, with its emphasis on new technologies, the sciences, continental languages and the broad arts. Furthermore, we have developed significant and valuable links with third level colleges and universities, notably our unique relationship with the University of Limerick. Students travel from far and wide to attend the college and our pioneering spirit is now recognized at a national and indeed international level. The college has a strong reputation in all aspects of extracurricular activities and has distinguished itself over the years in the sporting arena, particularly in the area of Gaelic Games, Soccer and Basketball.The standard of education available at a school is highly dependent on the quality of its staff. Coláiste Chiaráin is fortunate in that it has an excellent teaching staff, many of whom are highly qualified in their specialist subject areas.The aim of the college is to provide our students with a top-class education in a safe and harmonious environment and in this; Coláiste Chiaráin is hard to beat. As we embrace the challenges of this the 21st century, we here in Coláiste Chiaráin, are confident that our educational programme will match the opportunities of this new ‘information age’, where innovative learning and commitment to excellence are essential aspects of our mission. It is our responsibility to equip your child for life, and to instill in him or her, both the self-confidence and flexibility that will enable them to cope with the rapidly changing world of third level education and ultimately, the world of work. With your support, we will strive to motivate and encourage your son or daughter to achieve their full potential.This will be realized through our excellent teaching, wide and varied curriculum and commitment to the Arts, together with our sincere commitment to your child’s social and personal development. I am confident, that should you choose to send your son or daughter to Coláiste Chiaráin, that on completion, he or she will look back on their time here as the most enjoyable and productive experience of their life. I look forward to working with you towards the realization of their dreams!

Noel P. Malone Headmaster

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Background Information

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Coláiste Chiaráin, Croom, Co. Limerick is situated

other second level school in Ireland. In 2004, the

just twenty minutes from the heart of Limerick

Headmaster, Mr. Noel Malone was awarded the

city.This coeducational post-primary college

Dell Technology Award for Excellence in

offers full-time education to boys and girls from

Education, the first recipient, outside of the

first year to Leaving Certificate level, ranging in

United States of America.

age from twelve to eighteen years. Currently one of the fastest growing post-primary schools in

The present school building was built in 1987

Ireland, the college has built up a national

and has become unsuitable for the level of

reputation in the delivery of a high quality and

expansion in student population currently taking

progressive educational programme, particularly

place. As a result, the Department of Education

with its emphasis on the sciences, languages,

and Science has agreed to provide a brand new

Information and Communication Technology and

school building and associated campus on a

overall commitment to innovation, in all that it

green-field site with a capacity for eight hundred

does. With the appointment of Mr. Noel Malone

students.This ambitious building programme is

as Headmaster in 1999, Coláiste Chiaráin

currently under way and when completed,

refocused much of its educational provision

promises to be one of the largest and

towards providing an educational school

best-equipped facilities in the city and county.

community which is, at this point, unlike any

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The Intelligent Classroom Nothing succeeds like success. Over the last

areas across the broad curriculum, not just for

number of years Coláiste Chiaráin has

‘Computer Studies’ per se.The intention is to

spearheaded a project, which is the envy of

fully integrate their usage across the entire

students nationwide. Currently, the majority of

curriculum over the coming years. In 2005 we

our students are equipped or are in the process

extended the scheme to all our teaching staff

of being equipped, with new Dell ‘top of the

and our particular emphasis from now on is

range’ “wireless” laptop computers as part of this

continued assimilation into our curriculum, with

programme. Coláiste Chiaráin is the very first

the aim of further enhancing the educational

post-primary school in Ireland to realize such a

process. We believe that consistent and constant

project on this scale. Since 2005, uniquely, all our

access by the individual learner to the learning

teaching staff have equipped themselves with a

tool of his or her era strengthens his/her

notebook computer for classroom and

evolution as a critical thinker, thereby ensuring

administrative use.

students' success in the future. Learning with notebooks secures student access to technology.

Students in Coláiste Chiaráin will use these

Our students work with their own notebooks,

computers in the classroom and at home to

which serve as their thinker’s toolbox or learning

expand their learning opportunities beyond the

diary.

traditional school walls and beyond the traditional school day, to help them open new windows on

In 2007, we appointed a full-time Systems

the world.Today we prepare students for their

Administrator who deals comprehensively and

future, one that can hardly be imagined. What

efficiently with all technical and support issues for

we do know is that critical thinking skills will be

staff and students.This appointment, coupled

crucial to their success.Theirs is a digital world;

with a very experienced and creative ICT

their future will be more strongly affected by

Curricular Coordinator and his team,

technology. Excellence in education in this, the

demonstrates the college’s commitment to the

twenty-first century, presupposes that technology

project and our drive for excellence, going

is seamlessly integrated throughout the

forward.

curriculum. Successful integration of technology depends on student access to technology,

We believe that this project will ensure that

ongoing teacher training, and a strong infrastruc-

our students will have more freedom to pursue

ture.

individual learning paths while at the same time working in a collaborative environment. We will

In Coláiste Chiaráin, the notebook computers

focus on improving many facets of their education,

are already currently used in a number of subject

including enhancing their critical thinking skills and developing their real-world skills.

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THE INTELLIGENT CLASSROOM

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ACADEMIC CURRICULUM

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“A very professional approach is taken to the classroom teaching. All inspectors were very impressed with the standards of teaching and learning.” Whole School Evaluation Report, Department of Education and Science, February 2005

Academic Curriculum Coláiste Chiaráin offers a wide range of Junior

developing students, especially with regard to

and Senior cycle subjects, the range of which is

professional web design and other related

generally unavailable in other post-primary

aspects. We are a registered official Microsoft

schools. At junior level, these include the

Certified Testing Centre and follow the Microsoft

following core examination subjects: English,

Academy range of professional qualifications as

Mathematics, Irish, Science, History, Geography,

part of our curriculum.

Business, Civic Social and Political Education (CSPE), French, German, Spanish, and Italian (any

Uniquely, since 1999, as core subjects, all our

two). Core non-examination subjects include

students follow two continental languages from a

Physical Education, Social Personal and Health

range of French, German, Spanish and Italian, in

Education (SPHE) and Religion. Optional subjects

addition to Irish and English. Coláiste Chiaráin

include: Home Economics, Materials Technology

has a very particular commitment to mainstream

Wood, Materials Technology Metal, Art Craft &

European languages and this is reinforced by

Design,Technical Graphics, Music and Technology.

a creative approach to learning, which involves student exchanges, educational visits to our

A Fourth Year Programme is available in Coláiste

partner countries and wide use of new

Chiaráin covering approx. twelve different subject

technologies in support of this strategy.

areas. Unlike many other schools, Coláiste Chiaráin places significant emphasis on key

At senior cycle, the college offers the following

preparation for the Senior Cycle. Critical subject

subjects, these include: English, Mathematics, Irish,

areas are covered to a very high standard

French, German, Spanish, Italian, Business, History,

especially Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry,

Geography, Biology, Physics, Music, Chemistry,

and the continental languages. It is our

Accounting, Economics, Architectural Technology,

experience that students will gain at least one

Design and Communication Graphics, Engineering

grade at Leaving Certificate, having completed a

Technology,Technology, Art, Craft & Design, Home

successful Fourth Year programme. Other

Economics, Applied Mathematics, Agricultural

aspects include a four-week period of work

Science, Religious Education, European Studies,

experience for each student where students

Career Guidance, Physical Education, Enterprise

‘may explore career paths of choice.

Studies (LCVP). Uniquely, Coláiste Chiaráin

Furthermore, through our links with the

currently offers seven periods of Mathematics

University of Limerick Sports Campus Arena,

and English at senior cycle.This represents our

students spend one full day, each week

overwhelming commitment to examination

throughout the year, based in UL. In terms of

preparation in key subject areas, at this level in

ICT skills, attention is directed towards further

particular.

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“A tradition of excellence in the creative arts continues to be actively fostered as the school expands.”

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The Creative Arts The cultural life of Coláiste Chiaráin is rich and

Coláiste Chiaráin is committed to the

varied.The seeds are sown within the curriculum

development of the Creative Arts in general.

and encouraged to blossom through the breadth

Taking part in musical performance and in school

of extracurricular activity available. A tradition

plays and musicals builds confidence, team-loyalty

of excellence in the creative arts continues to be

and leadership.The Creative Arts faculty

actively fostered as the school expands. Music

combines specialists in drama, music, art,

pervades the life of the school and plays a

photography and video production/editing. Our

significant role in other aspects of school activity:

students have every opportunity to enjoy musical

Choir, Instrumental Group, Religious Services

performance and composition, to learn

/Masses, Concerts, Competitions, and of course

instruments and to perform and sing in

our annual School Musical.

ensembles.

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T H E C R E AT I V E A RT S

Coláiste Chiaráin enjoys an enviable array of

participation and involvement from all. In order

equipment and technology in the field of

to best support such an initiative, over the last

photography and digital video production in

number of years it has engaged the professional

particular. It is extremely well equipped and

services of a Director and Choreographer to

students have access to first class musical

coordinate these productions, in partnership

technology suites.

with our very talented faculty of Music.

In 2006, Coláiste Chiaráin staged its first major

Art is popular as both an academic and

school concert musical production in the

recreational activity. Students of Art in the school

magnificent University of Limerick Concert Hall.

have distinguished themselves and the work

This was a sell-out performance for two nights

students produce is periodically displayed

and certainly raised the bar, in terms of student

at exhibition. A number of our pupils pursue Art

productions in the Limerick region. Accordingly,

Studies in third level colleges in Ireland and in

the school firmly committed to an annual major

colleges in the United Kingdom.

production which involves maximum

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Sport For All Coláiste Chiaráin has a strong policy of actively

In 2004, Coláiste Chiaráin became an affiliated

promoting sporting opportunities among all our

club of the Irish Amateur Rowing Union, IARU.

students. We include a range of full-contact team

Ours is the only college in the Mid-West who

sports such as Gaelic Football (for boys and

row competitively as a college and we are

girls), Hurling, Rugby, Camogie, Soccer, Basketball

looking forward to developing the sport further

and Hockey.The College continues to compete

in the years to come.

successfully in these sporting areas. To complement the area of top class leagues, we

All junior cycle students receive timetabled

organize many internal class leagues in the areas

Physical Education instruction, each week of

of Soccer, Basketball and Volleyball.This allows

term.The focus of our programme is on

maximum participation for all students.

participation, regardless of skill level. Our facilities allow us to explore fully a huge range of physical activities.

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Most students discover new and exciting activi-

be built as part of our new school campus.The

ties that stay with them in later life. We have

college offers an extensive range of sporting

access to a large indoor soccer / basketball

activities from which students may choose, these

arena, just off campus and also visit the

include: Gaelic Games, Rugby, Soccer, Rowing,

wonderful University of Limerick Sports Arena,

Hockey, Athletics, Volleyball, Basketball, Outdoor

on an ad hoc basis throughout the year,

Pursuits, Canoeing, Orienteering, Camogie,

especially for swimming and water activities. In

Equestrian Activities, Golf, Pitch and Putt,

the near future, we expect to be moving into

Badminton, Swimming, Life-Saving,Tennis, Squash

our new fully equipped Sports Arena, which will

and Surfing.

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ACADEMIC SUPPORTS

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Academic Supports Coláiste Chiaráin continually strives to improve

environment.The response by parents has been

and support the quality of the educational

very positive and many have indicated their full

provision we offer. One such support is the

commitment and support for such a balanced

provision of a supervised Evening Study, Monday

educational process.

to Thursday, each week, from 4.15 p.m. to 6.30p.m. It is our policy that we encourage all

In keeping with our commitment to innovation

students to participate in evening study as it is a

and accountability, Coláiste Chiaráin adheres to

major proven advantage towards their academic

a comprehensive assessment and monitoring

progress and also contributes greatly to setting

system, which is both pioneering and unique. All

in place a structure, which many students need,

teachers’ carry out assessments over defined

in order to progress their studies. Furthermore,

periods and at regular intervals throughout

taking into account the length of the school day

the school year.This information includes far

and in response to parents’ wishes, a wide

more information about a student’s progress

variety of sports and activities are available after

than purely a Mark or Grade. Other aspects

school each day, especially for First, Second and

include Overall Performance, Homework, and

Third Year Students. For those availing of private

Classroom Behaviour etc.This information is fed

transport, buses are provided every day after

into our computer systems and following

school and again at the conclusion of Evening

exhaustive analysis, results in a single mark,

Study, depending on needs.Transport to the

representing the performance of an individual

college is always under review and is largely

student.This mark is used to identify the true

dependent on demand.The school authorities

placing of a pupil in relation to his peers or

are happy to respond to parents’ suggestions,

indeed as he or she progresses throughout the

where feasible.

year. Furthermore, Deans’ continually monitor these results and as a consequence, agree

After school, also affords a wonderful

clearly defined targets with students and their

opportunity for interested students to avail of a

parents. We believe that the Coláiste Chiaráin

very comprehensive programme of instrumental

Individualized Targeted Learning Strategy (ITLS)

music lessons, which avoids the need for undue

is an invaluable vehicle in achieving success in

interruption during the school day. In effect, this

school and also provides a truly informed and

gives the opportunity for students to engage in

expressive account of a pupil’s progress, for

recreational activities in a safe and supervised

parents and teachers alike.

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PASTORAL CARE

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Pastoral Care and Future Planning To many people education means no more than

students; this will enable them to function

studying for examinations. Preparing students for

confidently. (d) To teach our students

examinations is important but we believe that a

interpersonal skills and teamwork so that they are

balance must be maintained between imparting

able to work harmoniously with others. (e) To

knowledge and educating for life. Here in Coláiste

help our students learn more effectively and with

Chiaráin, we are committed to placing great

less stress through the introduction of effective

importance in providing a comprehensive and

learning and study skills and other related

innovative Career Guidance, Counselling and

enrichment programmes. (f) To enhance personal

Pastoral Care programme for all our students.

development of individual students in terms of

The pastoral care programme in our school is

self-awareness and development of social and

concerned with the personal, social and moral

life skills. (g) To help our students to explore

growth of the student and ranks in importance

career choices so that they can make informed

with the academic programme. Our Department

decisions about their educational and career

of Future Planning is also concerned with the

plans. (h) To identify at-risk students as early as

career needs and the development of our

possible so that they can be given proper

students and their capacity to understand, assess

guidance and their progress be monitored. (i) To

and make informed decisions about their

provide our students with emotional support

education and career plans. Our pastoral care

through our counselling services. (j) To make

programme aims to infiltrate into the whole

school life as pleasant as possible through our

school life of our students and help them benefit

varied support structures.

extensively from their school experience. Effective pastoral care in Coláiste Chiaráin is The aims and objectives of our pastoral care

measured by the quality of the teacher-student

programme are: to introduce to our students the

interactions in all our curricular or co-curricular

necessary life skills and values that they will need

activities.The caring element is evident in the

to be able to function effectively and responsibly

school's approach to discipline, classroom

in society and to create a supportive and caring

teaching, evaluation, co-curricular activities,

environment in which these skills and values can

involvement with parents, community resources

be nurtured. Our objectives are: (a) To create a

or even in the provision and use of school

caring environment in the school which is also

facilities. Caring therefore is part of the culture of

conducive to student learning. (b) To instill in each

our school, the work ethic of our teachers!

student, confidence, direction, self-discipline and integrity. (c) To nurture positive self-esteem in our

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Extra Curricular Activities In Coláiste Chiaráin, students are given plenty

At Coláiste Chiaráin we put a great deal of

which is why they look for a varied range of

of opportunities to shine as individuals within

emphasis on involvement in extracurricular

interests when they consider applications.

the life of the school. Students can take part in

activities. Such involvement helps students to

Apart from a wide range of sports, the college

many educational activities that are not part of

feel part of the school community and allows

offers an extensive range of activities from

the formal curriculum.These include Industry

them to develop skills other than the purely

which students may choose: Debating, Drama,

Days, Careers Evenings, Sports Clubs and

academic. Extracurricular activities are also a

First-Aid, Music, Choir, Chess,Youth Leadership,

Musical and Drama productions. We organize

source of much enjoyment and often, when a

Media Studies, Green Schools, Student Council,

frequent visits to theatres, museums, historical

student has represented the school, reached a

Photography, Computer Club, Electronic

sites, and other places of cultural interest.

particular goal or simply performed to the best

Gaming Club, Film Club,Young Scientist

Students have opportunities to travel abroad

of his/her ability, they can be a source of

Competition, Creative Writing,Table Tennis,

throughout the school year, including language

well-deserved pride. Employers are also aware

College Year Book and the Gaisce, President’s

trips and cultural visits.

of the benefits of extracurricular activities,

Awards etc.

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EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

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Additional Information Uniform

ST. MARY’S CHURCH

FERRY BRIDGE

The school uniform is a symbol of our school to

ATHLUNKARD STREET

BRICK LODGE

all who see our students as they come and go

CORBALLY AREA

CLARINA

from school. All students are required to wear

HASSETT’S CROSS

BALLYBROWN

the official crested black blazer at all times.

MOYLISH ROUNDABOUT

MUNGRET

UNION CROSS

A fully comprehensive transport system serves

The school uniform consists of:

IVANS CROSS

BLACK CRESTED COLLEGE BLAZER

CAHERDAVIN CREDIT UNION

COLLEGE TIE

ENNIS ROAD

WHITE SHIRT

and Science official School Transport Service.

ST BRIDGET’S CHURCH

BLOUSE

Please note in some cases, these areas may not

CLAUGHAUN GAA CLUB

confer automatic eligibility as this is dependent

GREY TROUSERS

KILMALLOCK ROUNDABOUT

on the actual location of the student and

SKIRT

OLD CORK ROAD

whether he/she actually resides within the

BLACK SOCKS

MODEL SCHOOL

official catchment boundary. Where students

FLAT BLACK SHOES

HIGHWAY RESTAURANT

reside at defined catchment boundaries,

BLACK CRESTED OFFICIAL RAIN JACKET

O’CONNELL STREET

concessionary places may apply. Further

OFFICIAL PE GEAR INCL. HOODED TOP

ST. JOSEPH’S CHURCH

information and clarification regarding eligibility

Full school uniform may be purchased from Gemma’s, Henry St., Limerick.

PUNCH’S CROSS CRESCENT ROUNDABOUT HUNTSFIELD

Coláiste Chiaráin to and from the following areas as part of the Department of Education

may be obtained from Bus Eireann, School Transport Office, Limerick. Coláiste Chiaráin has no jurisdiction in determining eligibility or otherwise.

Transport

MULCAIR ROAD

Coláiste Chiaráin is one of very few schools in

KILTERAGH

ADARE

the country to own and operate a fleet of its

ASHLING HEIGHTS

PATRICKSWELL

own school buses.This resource has proved to

CHURCHILL MEADOWS

TULLERBOY

be invaluable in all aspects of our activities,

PARKWAY

ATHLACCA

whether to bring students to school each day,

TESCO (ROXBORO)

BOHERARD CROSS

bring them to matches etc. or indeed transport

LIDL

MEANUS

students to the University of Limerick Arena,

RAHEEN CHURCH

FEDAMORE

each week.These buses are further supplement-

FR. RUSSELL ROAD

MANISTER

ed by the sub-contracting of a number of other

MUNGRET NATIONAL SCHOOL

CRECORA

buses from private bus companies. Coláiste

VAN-VEEN’S CROSS

CRECORA RIDING CENRE

Chiaráin, as a policy, operates a ‘family friendly’,

LEMONFIELD CROSS

BANOGUE

“one-fare for all” for all its students. In other

BALLYNEETY VILLAGE

HYNES’ CROSS

words, we currently only charge one fare per

LIMERICK CITY GOLF CLUB

family. A number of Exclusive Daily Bus Services

BALLINGARDE

CHAWKES CROSS KILFINNY

serve Limerick City with pick-up points from the following areas.

GRANAGH

In addition we are currently serving: PALLASKENRY

BALLYCLOUGH ROUNDABOUT

KILCORNAN

ST. JOHN’S SQUARE

KILDIMO

GROVE ISLAND

COURT CROSS

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HEADMASTER:

Mr. Noel P. Malone, B.A., H.D.E.

DEPUTY HEADMASTER:

Mr. Gerard A. O’Sullivan, B.Tech.(Ed.)

Completed Application Forms for enrolment for next September, should be returned directly to the Headmaster, Mr. Noel P. Malone at the college. First Year entrolment is conducted under the aegis of the Limerick Area Common Applications Scheme. Applications should be forwarded to the school as per the agreed published dates for this year. Further details may be obtained by contacting 061-397700 (School) or alternatively, by email at admin@cco.ie Mr. Noel P. Malone, Headmaster, is presented with the ‘Dell Technology Award for Excellence in Education’, by Mr. Michael Dell, President, Dell Computer Corporation.

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