Transition Year Manchester Trip! - 17 May 2015

On the 30th of April Colaiste Lorcain’s Transition Years, along with, Ms Wafer, Ms Gavigan and Mr McGovern left Castledermot at 6am and headed to Dublin port to catch a ferry to Holyhead. Once we arrived it was back to our bus and off to Cheshire Oaks, a large outlet store
near Manchester. We had a great time here hunting for bargains and checking out the all the designers shops. Having finished our shopping we drove to our hotel, The Premier Inn, and made a beeline to our bedrooms!

 After some time to unpack and freshen up we had dinner at  the hotel before leaving for a local bowling alley. Everyone had lots of fun playing pool and other arcade games, as well as some great rounds of bowling! The next day we were up bright and early again as we were off to Alton

Towers right after breakfast! We arrived at the theme park right on
time and made a beeline for all the best roller coasters! I have to
say I was really impressed by the place and had a brilliant time.
Traffic slowed our journey to the hotel, so it was straight to dinner
once off the bus. After dinner we travelled to The Trafford Centre, a
massive shopping centre nearby, where  we went to the cinema.

On day three we enjoyed a lie in, before heading to The Trafford Centre
for shopping, a lot of shopping! We left laden with bags and after a
quick drive we arrived at Old Trafford, the football stadium. We were
here to watch a match between West Brom and Manchester United. After
watching the players arrive, we took some group photos and had time to
look around and soak up the pre-match atmosphere before heading to our
seats. Once the match had started we were soon caught up in the
excitement of the fans around us. Unfortunately for the Manchester
United supporters around us the home team were beaten! Outside the
stadium we waited to see the players leave and were lucky enough to
get some of the players to take selfies with us and give out
autographs. Back at the hotel we enjoyed a late dinner and an even
later curfew!

We had an early start to our last day and after some rushed packing we
boarded our bus and set off to Old Trafford. Here we were given a tour
of the stadium. We got access to all areas of the stadium, such as the
press room, the directors’ seats and even the players’ dressing rooms.
I’m not a soccer fan, but all the same I really enjoyed this tour and
I learned a lot. After the tour it was back to the bus, which brought
us to Holyhead where we boarded the same ferry we arrived on. Once
back in Dublin, we boarded the bus for the last time and headed for home.
We arrived back in Castledermot church car park bang on time at 7pm, where our
parents were waiting for us. We were all super tired and will cherish great
memories of a wonderful trip!

 By Laura Corrigan, TY

Coláiste Lorcáin's Annual Mill Walk Fundraiser - 11 May 2015

Our annual Mill Walk Fundraiser will take place on Firday 15th May.  Can all students please return their sponsorship cards for Thursday the 14th of May. We thank our local community for their contribution in support of our long standing tradition here at Coláiste Lorcáin.


Boys Basketball New Kit 2015 - 28 April 2015

Our boys basketball team have now received a brand new kit.  The kit now comprises of a newly designed jersey and shorts in striking black and yellow. We would like to thank our proud sponsors Raths and Londis for their generous local support. We wish the boys well with their new threads. 


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School News


Key Dates:


Wednesday, August 22nd: WELCOME MEETING FOR NEW 1ST YEARS (9.00 - 11.30). 

Thursday, August 23rd: Staff Return (No Students).

Friday, August 24th: FULL SCHOOL DAY for 1st Years.


Thursday, June 21st: End of State Examinations.

Wednesday, June 6th: Junior Cert. and Leaving Cert. Exams begin.

Monday, May 28th - Friday, June 1st: Block Classes / Grinds for 3rd and 6th Years and Summer Exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th Years.

Monday, May 28th: Transition Year Graduation Ceremony (7.30 p.m.).

Thursday, May 24th: 6th Year Graduation Mass (7.30 p.m.).

Wednesday, May 2nd - Friday, May 11th: Practical Exams in Engineering, Construction Studies and Art.

Monday, May 7th: Bank Holiday - No School.

Monday, April 9th - Friday, April 20th: Leaving Cert. Oral Exams in Irish, French and German, as well as Music Practicals. Best of Luck to all our 6th Years.

Monday, April 9th: April / May Newsletter posted home to parents and guardians today. opt attached below.

CL Parents Newsletter March April 2018.pdf

Monday, April 9th: School Resumes.

Monday, March 26th - Thursday, April 5th: Daily Study (9.00 - 1.30) for 3rd and 6th Years - No cost to parents / guardians.

Monday, March 26th - Friday April 6th inclusive - School Closed for Easter Break.

Tuesday, March 20th - Friday, March 23rd inclusive: School as Normal for Students and Staff.

Monday, March 19th: No School for Students - National Holiday.

Monday, March 5th: 2nd Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

Saturday, March 3rd: Aptitude Tests for Incoming 1st Years (September 2018).

Wednesday, February 28th: Transition Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15-6.45 p.m.).

Tuesday, February 27th: Information Evening re: Transition Year September 2018 (7.00 - 8.15 p.m.).

Monday, February 26th: Information Evening re: 5th Year September 2018 (7.00 - 8.15 p.m.).

February - March 2018: Students who intend starting 5th Year in September 2018 are expected to consider what subjects they wish to study for Leaving Cert. 2018. The 5th Year Subject Booklet below should aid parents / guardians and students as they reflect on what subjects best meet their skills and needs. On Monday, 26th February, the school will host an Information Evening for Students and their parents / guardians.


5th Year Options Booklet 2018.pdf

Monday, February 5th: 1st Year Parent-Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

3rd and 6th Year Mock Exams will take place between January 29th and February 9th. A copy of the Mock Exam Timetable can be downloaded below. Students have already been given their own copy.

Mocks 2018.pdf

Tuesday, January 16th: 5th Year Parent-Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

January 2018 Newsletter: A copy of the January Newsletter has been posted home to parents / guardians. Please see copy below.

CL Parents Letter January 2018.pdf

Friday, January 12th and Monday, January 15th: 1st, 2nd and 5th Year Christmas Reports will be posted to parents and guardians.

Monday, January 8th: Supervised Study resumes. Study is now extended by 15 minutes - starting at 4.15 and ending at 6.00 p.m. Monday - Thursday inclusive. Applications forms are available from Ms. Treacy, the school office or they can be downloaded below.

Supervised Study 2017 2nd Term.pdf

Monday, January 8th: School Resumes after the Christmas Break.

Monday, December 18th - Wednesday, December 20th: 3rd and 6th Years - Two Hour Grinds / Block Classes; 1st, 2nd and 5th Years - Christmas Exams.

Thursday, December 14th: Christmas Carols - Concert: Two choirs - Colaiste Lorcain School Choir and Parish Choir. A full house and a marvellous evening's entertainment. Well done to all involved.

Monday, December 11th: No School for Students and Teachers.

Friday, December 1st: Transition Year Christmas Fair and Movember.

Monday, November 20th: No School for Students, due to Staff Inservice on New Junior Cycle.

Wednesday, November 15th: 3rd Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

Friday, November 10th: American Tea Party - Community Night Out and School Fundraiser with our friends in Scoil Diarmada. 

Tuesday, November 7th: 6th Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.). Students may attend if they wish to do so.

Monday, November 6th: 6th Year Parents and Guardians Information Evening (7.00 - 8.30 p.m.).

Monday, November 6th - Wednesday November 8th: 3rd and 6th Year Exams. Exams Timetable is available below.

CL 3rd Year November Exams 2017.pdf

CL 6th Year November Exams 2017.pdf

November Newsletter: Please see a copy of the November Newsletter below. This Newsletter has been posted to all families.

CL Parents Letter November 2017.pdf

Wednesday, October 25th: Deadline for Applications for Enrolment in 1st Year (September 2018) to be submitted.

Thursday, October 12th: Mass for Opening of the School Year.

Tuesday, October 10th: Coffee Morning with 1st Year Parents from 10.00 - 11.00 a.m.

Wednesday, October 4th: Open Night (6.00 - 9.00 p.m.). All prospective 1st Years and families are invited to attend. Principal's address at 7.00 p.m.

Friday, September 29th: Sports Day for the School Community.

Friday, September 22nd: Sports Day for the School Community - DEFERRED, due to inclement weather.

Thursday, September 21st: Parents' Council Meeting at 7.00 p.m. All Parents / Guardians are invited to attend.

Thursday, September 14th: Please see a copy of the September Newsletter below. This Newsletter has been posted to all families.

CL Parents Letter September 2017.pdf

Wednesday, September 13th: Well done to those who received EXCELLENT Junior Cert. Results earlier today. The results were superb and a credit to the students, their teachers and their families. Well done to all concerned!!

Wednesday, September 13th: Junior Cert. Results to be issued to students.

Thursday, September 7th: Information Talks on Online Safety for all 1st and 4th Year students.

Monday, August 28th: Full School in operation. 1st Day of the School Year for Transition (4th) Year students.

Friday, August 25th: All Students in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th and 6th Year return to school.

Wednesday, August 16th: Leaving Cert. Results will be available from the Principal at 10.00 a.m.

Wednesday, June 7th: State Examinations begin.

Tuesday, June 6th: Booklists for Next Year are available to download below. They will be posted to parents / guardians in the next two weeks, along with the Summer Reports.

CL 1st Year Book List 2017 - 2018.pdf

CL 2nd Year Book List 2017 - 2018.pdf

CL 3rd Year Book List 2017 - 2018.pdf

CL 5th Year Book List 2017 - 2018.pdf

CL 6th Year Book List 2017 - 2018.pdf

Friday, June 2nd: Last day of school year 2016 - 2017.

Tuesday, May 30th - Friday, June 2nd: In House Exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th Years and "Block Classes" for 3rd and 6th Year students. See Timetables for Exams and Block Classes below.

CL Summer Grinds 2017.pdf

CL Summer Exams 2017.pdf

Monday, May 29th: Transition Year Graduation at 7.30 here in the school. All 4th Years and their parents / guardians are invited to attend.

Thursday, May 25th: 6th Year Graduation Ceremony at 7.30 p.m. here in the school. All 6th Years and their parents / guardians are invited to attend.

Wednesday, March 29th: School Calendar 2017 - 2018 now available below.

Calendar 2017.pdf

Wednesday, March 29th: Our March Newsletter to Parents and Guardians is in the post and can be downloaded below.

CL Parents Newsletter March April 2017.pdf

Monday, March 20th: We are delighted to welcome our Incoming 1st Years (September '17) who are spending the full day with us. As well as meeting teachers and each other, they will follow the secondary school timetable for the first time in their lives. Kildare GAA are with us, also - teaching these young people about sport, exercise and some of the skills of Gaelic football.

Monday, March 20th: In School Staff Training for New Junior Cert.

 Thursday, March 16th: Deadline for Applications for Transition Year and for Subject Options Requests for next year's 5th Year students.

Wednesday, March 15th: Transition Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

Monday, March 6th: 2nd Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

Monday, February 27th: Information Evening for Students starting 5th Year in September. Meeting starts at 7.00 p.m.


Tuesday, February 28th: Information Evening for Students starting Transition Year in September. Meeting starts at 7.00 p.m.

Please find below a copy of our January 2017 Newsletter, which is being posted to students' homes tomorrow.
CL Parents Letter 9 January 2017.pdf

Supervised Study - January 2017

Please find below the letter about Supervised Study that begins again on Monday, January 9th. New students are always welcome.

Supervised Study 2nd Term.pdf

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Well done to Isaac Akinsete, Finn Doyle and Oisin Hott who came second nationally in this competition. The three boys will attend the Awards Ceremony in NUIG on 27th November. The video on Gravity created by the students will be shown on the big screen at the Galway Science and Technology Festival Exhibition on November 27th next.Well done to their teacher, also - Ms. S. Gavigan.


Please find below a copy of the Letter re: Mock Exams Fees and the Mock Exams Timetable.

Mock Exams Fee Letter November 2016.pdf

Mock Exams Timetable February 2017.pdf

Please find below the Christmas Exams Timetables for 1st, 2nd and 5th Years.
CL 1st Year Christmas Exams 2016.pdf

Please find below a copy of our November Newsletter, which is being posted to students' homes this afternoon.

School Closure on November 8th due to A.S.T.I. Strike

The school will be open to students on Monday, November 7th. However, due to the A.S.T.I. Strike on November 8th, parents / guardians are requested not to send students to school on health and safety grounds. Please see letter from Principal below about the closure.

Letter to Parents ASTI Strike 8 November 2016.pdf

November 6th Year Information Evening and Parent Teacher Meeting

This year's 6th Year Information Evening will take place on Monday, November 7th at 7.00 p.m. The Parent Teacher meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 8th from 4.15 - 6.45 p.m. Please see letter below.

6th Year Parents' Evening.pdf

November Exams for 6th Years

Our 6th Years will sit one hour exams on Monday, November 7th and Tuesday, November 8th based on a revision topic / unit for their 5th Year Course work. Please see timetable below.

CL 6th Year November Exams 2016.pdf

The Sound of Music

Well done to all involved in this year's production of The Sound of Music. The skill, talent, hard work and commitment paid off. Many thanks to all the staff who helped in any way and to all our local sponsors who donated prizes for the raffles each night. Most especially, well done to the students who were brilliant!!!

The Sound of Music

Tickets are available from the school office for Tuesday, 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th.

School Closure on October 27th due to A.S.T.I. Strike

The school will be closed to students on Thursday, October 27th due to the A.S.T.I. Strike. Please see letter from Principal below about the closure.

Letter to Parents ASTI Strike.pdf

Enrolment 2017

 Want to enrol your son / daughter in Colaiste Lorcain for September 2017? Closing Date for Receipt of Application - Wednesday, October 26th 2016.

Please find the key forms and information below. Any further information required please ring or email the school office.

1st Year Enrolment Form 2017.pdf

Options Form.pdf

Special Needs Information Sheet.pdf

Incoming 1st Year Parents Evening 2017.pdf


Open Night 2016 (Wednesday, October 5th)

We look forward to welcoming 6th Class students and their parents / guardians to this week's Open Night (6.00 - 9.00 p.m.). Our Principal and Guidance Counsellor will make a 45 minute presentation at 7.00 p.m. Please see letter and booklet below for additional information.

Enrolment Letter of Invitation.pdf

1st year subjects booklet.pdf


School Mass (Tuesday, 27th September)

Well done to all who contributed by prayer and song to our Annual School Mass to celebrate the Opening of the 2016 - 2107 Academic Year.

Sports Day 2016

Our Annual Sports Day takes place on Friday, September 23rd. Money raised will be donated to the Shantelle Tynan Cancer Treatment Fundraising account. We expect all students to contribute to the fund and, equally importantly, to participate in our action packed Sports Day.

14th September 2016

Please find below a copy of our September Newsletter, which is being posted to students' homes this afternoon.

CL Parents Letter September 2016.pdf

 14th September 2016

A massive well done to all of our students who received, yet again, excellent results in the Junior Cert. Celebrate wisely and with family and friends!!

Junior Cert. Results 2016

Best of luck to those students who will receive their results from the Principal at 11.30 on Wednesday, September 14th. 

Supervised Study - September 2016

Supervised Study will begin on Monday, September 5th. Please see letter below from School Principal for further information.

Supervised Study 2016 1st Term.pdf

Friday, August 26th

Welcome back to the students who returned to school today. A special word of welcome to our new 1st Years. We wish all students every success in the year ahead.

School Re-opening

School Reopens on Friday, August 26th for all students (excluding Transition Years). Roll Call is at 8.55 a.m. sharp. Classes end at 1.20 p.m. Please see letter attached from School Principal. Transition Years return to school at 8.55 a.m. on Monday, August 29th.

Student Return Letter August 2016.pdf

17th August 2016

Well done to the Leaving Cert. Class of 2016 - your results were excellent. We wish you well with your future studies and career. Enjoy your Debs next Thursday!!

Leaving Cert. Results will be available from the School Principal from 10.30 a.m. Best wishes to all involved.

8th August 2016

School Reopens on Friday, August 26th for all students (excluding Transition Years). Roll Call is at 8.55 a.m. sharp. Classes end at 1.20 p.m. Please see letter attached from School Principal.

Student Return Letter August 2016.pdf

21st June 2016

As the State Exams draw to a close, we would like to thank all involved in the school for their contribution to another very successful year in Colaiste Lorcain. We hope everyone enjoys the well deserved holidays. The good news is that school reopens for students on Friday, 26th August.

 23rd May 2016

Student Awards 2015 - 2016

Well done to our students who were presented with their Awards for 2015 - 2016 by the Principal and Deputy Principal earlier today. The full list of winners is attached below, with a list of outstanding achievers / achievements by our students. We are very proud of all of you.

Student Awards Display Sheet 2015.pdf

CL Student Achievements 2015 2016.pdf

18th April 2016

Sr. Madeleine Ryan R.I.P.

We are deeply saddened and shocked to report the passing of Sr. Madeleine Ryan, Chairperson of our Board of Management. Sr. Madeleine gave outstanding service to our school -  as a Board member and as Chairperson, Board of Management. Her loss to her mother and her extended family and to her religious congregation is incalculable. Our loss as a school is immeasurable. Sr. Madeleine was wise and insightful in her leadership of the Board of Management. Above all else, she was warm hearted and deeply committed to ensuring that students and staff were looked after, challenged and supported. May she Rest In Peace and May Her Reward Be Great in Heaven.


Student News

Did someone say Dragon Boating? By Adanya Hott, TY
30/09/2015 16:10 | TY Students

With the new school year back in full swing, Coláiste Lorcáin's Tys are back in action. On the seventh of September we had our first outing. Three teachers from the P.E. department brought us into Carlow for Dragon boating. Dragon boating is a team rowing activity which, in our case, consisted of sixteen people per team. One person is in charge of steering the boat, another person is the drummer whose job is to keep the rowers synchronized while the last fourteen paddle.

Ember Retreat 2015 By Laura Corrigan, 5th year
30/09/2015 16:09 | Senior Cycle Students

From Tuesday the 8th of September to Thursday the 10th, Colaiste

TY Tramore Surfing Trip By Emma Gately TY
30/09/2015 16:08 | TY Students

On Thursday 10th of September 2015, following the Junior Cert result night, the Transition Year class, as well as three of the teachers at Coláiste Lorcáin  went on a surfing trip to Tramore beach, to celebrate the students various achievements the day before.


Twitter Updates

Colaiste Lorcain is a high achieving and very successful school. We work hard to ensure student safety and wellbeing and that the education our students receive is balanced and challenging. We aim, as a school, to develop all aspects of the individual student and to provide an education that is relevant to his / her needs and which will prepare him / her for life and living in the modern world. As part of this, we help our students to attain the highest academic standards, each to the level of their ability. Above all, we want our students to enjoy their time in our care and to feel free to return to us at any point in the future, to reminisce and / or receive advice. 

Our students matter and we hope our work matters to them.

Eric Gaughran, Principal | Principal's Welcome