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. 




School News


Key Dates:

Tuesday, August 27th: Full school day for students in ALL years (8.55 a.m. - 3.55 p.m.).

Monday, August 26th: All students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd Year return to school (8.55 a.m. - 3.55 p.m.)..

Thursday, August 22nd: Induction Morning for Incoming 1st Years (2019).

Tuesday, August 13th: Leaving Certificate Results available from 10.00 a.m.


Wednesday, June 5th: Junior and Leaving Certificate Exams begin. We wish our 3rd and 6th Years every success over the few weeks of exams.

Monday, May 27th - Friday, May 31st: Exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th Years. 2 Hour Extended Learning Classes for 3rd and 6th Years.

Monday, May 27th: Transition Year Graduation and Celebration (7.30 p.m.).

Thursday, May 23rd: 6th Year Graduation Mass and Celebration (7.30 p.m.).

Wednesday, May 22nd: Student Awards Ceremony.

Wednesday, May 22nd: Junior and Senior Public Speaking Competitions.

Monday, May 20th: 2nd Year C.S.P.E. Trip to Zoo.

Wednesday, May 15th: Please see Report on the Teaching and learning of Maths issued yesterday. Well done to all teachers and students involved.

Maths Report May 2019.pdf

Thursday, May 2nd: 1st Year End of Year Trip - Baltinglass Outdoor Pursuits Centre.

Wednesday, May 1st: All Ireland Basketball Final, National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. Best of luck to our 2nd Year Boys' Team.

Monday, April 29th: School Calendar 2019 - 2020 can be downloaded below.

Calendar 2019.pdf

Monday, April 29th: Please see below for a copy of the April / May 2019 Newsletter posted to parents and guardians later today.

CL Parents Newsletter March April 2019.pdf

Monday, April 15th - Friday, April 26th inclusive - Easter Holidays

Monday, March 18th: No School - National Holiday.

Saturday, March 2nd: Aptitude Tests for Incoming 1st Years (September 2019) - 9.00 a.m. - 1.15 p.m.

Wednesday, February 27th: Transition Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

Tuesday, February 26th: Information Evening for 3rd and 4th Year students and parents / guardians re: 5th Year 2019 (7.00 p.m.).

Monday, February 25th: Information Evening for 3rd Year students and parent / guardians re: Transition Year 2019 (7.00 p.m.).

Monday, February 22nd - Rescheduled Mock Irish Exams for 3rd Years.

Monday, February 18th - 22nd: Mid Term Break.

Friday, February 15th - Thursday, February 28th: As part of our Review of Child Safeguarding, parents / guardians and students are invited to suggest changes / amendments to the current policy by contacting the Principal / Secretary, Board of Management.

Tuesday, February 5th: NO SCHOOL (Staff Training re: Junior Cycle).

Monday, February 4th: 2nd Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

Friday, February 1st: Mock Exams begin for 3rd and 6th Years. The Mock Exams Timetable can be downloaded below:

Mocks 2019.pdf

Thursday, January 31st: Aptitude Tests for ALL 3rd Years.

Tuesday, January 29th: NO SCHOOL (Staff Training re: Junior Cycle).

Tuesday, January 15th: 5th Year Parent Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.).

Thursday, January 10th: ALL 1st and 4th Year attend the BT Young Scientists' Exhibition, R.D.S., Dublin.

Monday, January 7th: Please see below for a copy of the January 2019 Newsletter posted to parents and guardians later today.

CL Parents Letter January 2019.pdf

Monday, January 7th 2019: School resumes for all.

Monday, December 17th - Wednesday, December 19th inclusive: 2 Hour "Grinds" for 3rd and 6th Years & Christmas Exams for 1st, 2nd and 5th Years.

Monday, December 10th: No School for Students.

Thursday, December 6th: New Mobile Phone Policy, devised by Student Voice Forum, available below:

CL Mobile Phones Policy.pdf

Thursday, December 6th: Board of Management Annual Report on the operation of the school 2017-2018 now available from the school Principal or it can be downloaded below:

Board Annual Report 2017-2018.pdf

Wednesday, November 21st: 3rd Year Parent - Teacher Meeting (4.15 - 6.45 p.m.). Also, please see Information Sheets Below that explain some elements of the 3rd Yr Classroom Based Assessments and Assessment Tasks as part of the new Junior Certificate. This document was given to all 3rd Yr students last week and to their parents and guardians at tonight's Parent Teacher Meeting.

A Brief Introduction to the New Certification at Junior Cycle 2019.pdf

Tuesday, November 20th: Student Voice Survey re: Use of Mobile Phones has been completed. The results can be seen below. A Policy will be created based on these results.

Mobile Phone Survey Results Nov 2018.pdf

Tuesday, November 13th: 6th Year Parent - Teacher Meeting (4.15-6.45 p.m.). 6th Year Students may attend, if they wish to do so.

Monday, November 12th: Please see the Destinations Report for the Leaving Cert. Class of 2018. We take great pride and encouragement in their successes to date and wish them continued success and happiness in the future.

CL 2018 Leaving Cert Destinations.pdf

Monday, November 12th: 6th Year Parents' and Guardians' Information Evening - 7.00 p.m.

Monday, November 12th: Please see below for Key Dates Sheets for 3rd and 6th Years, as they prepare for State Exams in June 2019.

Key Dates for Junior Cert Students 2018 2019.pdf

Key Dates for Leaving Cert Students 2018 2019.pdf

Thursday, November 8th: Parents' Council Meeting at 7.00 p.m. All Parents and Guardians are invited to attend.

Thursday, November 8th: 1st Year Parent - Teacher Meeting (4.15-6.45 p.m.).

Monday, November 5th: Copies of our November Newsletter can be downloaded below. A copy was, also, posted home.

CL Parents Letter November 2018.pdf

Monday, November 5th: First meeting of the Student Voice Forum. Agenda: A School Mobile Phone Policy.

Monday, November 5th - Wednesday, November 7th: 3rd Year Exams - see Exams Timetable below;

CL 3rd Year November Exams 2018.pdf

Monday, October 15th: Well done to our newly appointed Head Girl, Jayne Redmond and Deputy Head Girl, Alex Mahon. Also, congratulations to the newly appointed Joint Chairs of the Student Voice Forum - Tianna Bowens and Jenny Hickey. 

Thursday, October 4th: Many thanks to all who turned up for our very successful Open night. Application Forms and the Options Form are available to download below and can be collected from the school office, also.

1st Year Enrolment Form 2019.pdf

Options Form.pdf

Wednesday, October 3rd: Open Night for 1st Years 2019 (6.00 - 9.00 p.m.). All are welcome.

Friday, September 28th: Sports Day.

Thursday, September 27th: Parents' Council Meeting at 7.00 p.m. All parents / guardians are invited to attend.

Monday, September 24th: No School for students and teachers.

Friday, September 21st: Sports Day (Switched to September 28th).

Thursday, September 19th: Congratulations and well done to all students who received excellent Junior cert. results yesterday.

Wednesday, September 12th: Please see copy of Parents' Newsletter below. This Newsletter was posted out earlier today.

CL Parents Letter September 2018.pdf

Wednesday, September 12th: Junior Cert. Results will be given out at 12.00 midday.

Monday, September 3rd: Supervised Study begins. Forms are available from the school office. They can be downloaded here, also.

Supervised Study 2018 1st Term.pdf


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.








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