The school is organised in such a way that each individual student is cared for so that his or her potential is maximised. We will care for and challenge your children to use their talents to be the best that they can be.
Each class is looked after by a Class Teacher who works closely with the Year Head, who has overall responsibility for all classes within the year group.
Together with the Principal and Deputy Principal, Year Heads and Class Teachers work hard to help students get the most from their education at Coláiste Mhuire.
Having secured funding from the Department of Education & Science the school has in operation a Breakfast Club. The school provides cereal, yogurt, fruit, juice, tea or coffee and toast. Students who wish to do so can avail of this service between 8.30 a.m. – 9.00a.m. This service is provided free of charge. This service is provided by our full time catering manager Miss Pat Long.
Book Rental Scheme
A book rental scheme is in operation in the school. This eases the financial burden significantly for parents. The cost for the current school year (2008/2009) was €60 for First Year Students. The co-ordinator for this scheme is Mr. Jim O’Grady.
The Guidance Service is committed to assisting all students including those with special educational needs from First year to Post Leaving Certificate Level. The service offers support and advice to students enabling them to make informed decisions with regard to their future careers. Career Guidance includes assistance in the areas of subject choice, study skills, examination techniques, interview preparation etc. All students have both class contact and the opportunity to meet the Guidance Counsellor on a one to one basis as well as through class contact. The Guidance Counsellor at Coláiste Mhuire is Mr. Martin Fahy.
The counselling service operates under the “Pastoral Care” umbrella where its main function is to assist the student’s personal development. Counselling helps students deal with the wide range of problems common to any student population.
Coláiste Mhuire has successfully established the Rainbows programme in the school. It is a peer support programme for students who are coming to terms with a death, separation or other painful loss in their lives. This programme is most beneficial for all those involved. The facilitator for this program is Miss Ita Doyle.
Coláiste Mhuire is a multi-denominational school where students of all denominations are welcome and every tradition is valued and respected.
We pride ourselves on the close contacts we have with our students. As the school is of medium size, teachers are enabled to know students individually. In addition, each class has a Class Teacher responsible for the welfare of students in that class. Regular staff meetings are held where the progress of students is discussed. The Class Teacher also liaises with other members of the pastoral care team including the vice-principal, principal, and school chaplain. As a result, difficulties that may arise for individual students are quickly noticed and acted on before serious problems develop.
This pastoral organisation is further strengthened by the active supportive role of parents and by the work of the Guidance Counsellor, the Home School and Community Liaison Co-ordinator, the Rainbows Programme and by the Students’ Council.
We are fortunate in having an excellent Parents’ Association in Coláiste Mhuire.
Parents are encouraged to contact the school if they have concerns about their children. Teachers are available to meet parents by appointment. Also, parents are invited to attend scheduled parent-teacher meetings during the school year.
Supervised study is available, four evenings per week (Monday-Thursday), to all exam class students (Junior & Leaving Certificate). There are limited places available to Fifth Year students. This service is provided for a small fee, payable at the start of each term.
A supervised homework Homework Club service is also available to all Junior Cycle students. This service caters for students of all ability levels. There are two members of staff present at homework club; one teacher - who superivses and assists the majority of students, and one special needs assistant – who provides additional assistance to those who may require it.
At Coláiste Mhuire we encourage students to take part in the development of school policies and procedures. Every year, two representatives are elected from each year to form a Student Council. Anyone can put themselves forward to be elected.
Once elected the council nominates a treasurer, a secretary and a chairperson. The elected representative acts on behalf of the year group. The chairperson manages the Student Council and chairs meetings. If students have any issue they think the council should address, they should talk to their class representative.
Coláiste Mhuire strongly encourages participation in the Student Council and to make your voice heard. This fosters a greater sense of belonging and equips students with strong democratic skills.
The school has their own 26 seater Mercedes bus that was purchased by funds raised by the Parents Association. This bus is used for the majority of school outings and sports events at a significantly reduced cost to students.
Blue long-sleeve shirt/blouse
Grey knee-length pleated school skirt or grey school trousers
A grey school jumper, round neck, royal blue trim on neck and cuffs, engraved with the school crest
The school uniform is specifically designed and available from Kavanagh’s Drapery, Urlingford and Paul’s Department Store, Kilkenny.
Plain black, brown or navy shoes, flat or with a low heel
Tights / Socks Grey/Black
Additional Details regarding Rules on School Uniform are listed on Page 7 of the Official School Journal or can be received from the School Office upon request at 056-8831135.