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Principal’s Welcome 2017-2018


Welcome to Coláiste Ide agus Iosef.


Coláiste Ide agus Iosef is the result of the amalgamation of the Vocational School, Abbeyfeale, St. Ita’s College and St. Joseph’s Secondary School.  The school amalgamation took place in 2011 and we are now entering our seventh school year.

The educational vision for teaching and learning in the school is informed by our school Mission Statement which states

                “We aim to promote an atmosphere of mutual respect and inclusiveness where students can learn and develop in a safe caring and happy atmosphere in which all members of the college community are cherished and valued.  We strive to give pupils a holistic education enabling each individual to achieve his/her full potential”

The vision for education and teaching and learning in the school is also guided and informed by the school ethos statement

                “In the pursuit of this ideal, the college will provide a broadly based curriculum for all pupils of the Community. Allowing each pupil to attain the highest level of academic and skill based attainment consistent with their interests, abilities and talents.  This ideal can only be realised by the College by building on foundations which have already been laid in the home and being assisted at all times by the parents/guardians of the pupil.  Our vision is that education is a Partnership between school, home and community.”

In the day to day life of the school we aim to see the mission and ethos lived out through a broad differentiated curriculum catering for all needs.  We aim to support this vision for education in our school by providing a variety of extra and co-curricular programmes for teams, events, and activities that provide a variety of choice for all students.

The vision for education in the school is also dependent on the School Pastoral care and support system.  We have a Guidance Counsellor, School Chaplain, Student Support Team and all staff are committed to the wellbeing of students.

The school has in place and is correctly compliant with all statutory requirements with regard to

Child Protection Procedures and Anti-Bullying Procedures.  Both procedures are available on the School website and have been put through the annual review process at the Board of Management Meeting on the 28/08/2017.  Both policies are available from the school. The School Designated Liaison Person is the Principal Liam Murphy and the School Deputy Designated Liaison Person is the school Deputy Principal Joan Collins.  The contact number is 068 30631.

The school admissions policy is also available from School.

Coláiste Íde agus Iosef is a Model Agreement College under the joint patronage of Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board and the Diocese of Limerick.

The recent set of Leaving Certificate results are a source of pride for the school community.  Two students achieved maximum points while over 20% of our students achieved over 500 points.  This number is well in excess of the national average and is testament to the work of students, staff and support from parents. 

However getting over 500 points is not the end goal for all students and it is our vision for education in our school that the persons individual aim is the most important factor.  Colaiste Íde agus Iosef is a school for all in the community and we hope to cater for all aims and ambitions and abilities

This school year opening letter is a welcome opportunity to a acknowledge the work and contribution of the current and retired members of the school community and all the stakeholders who have established Cólaiste Íde agus Iosef as we enter our seventh year.  We aim to make it a welcome and inclusive school where all learners can learn all day. We aim to provide an environment, culture and curriculum where each individual can achieve their full potential. The school is committed to using restorative practice in the school.  A number of teachers have been trained in this area and it conforms our implementation of the School code of Behaviour.

A fantastic addition to our school was the opening of our ASD unit.  The school Board of Management and Senior Management would like to acknowledge the committed work of all involved in the ASD unit, students, teachers, SNA’s and parents.  We would like to acknowledge the outstanding work of Sodexo in keeping the school facilities in a state of the art condition.

The school Board of Management and Senior Management team would like to acknowledge the work of the Parent’s Association of the students Council in the school.

The Parents Association are central to the work of the school.  We would like to thank them for all their work throughout the year particularly with their contribution to our school Open night. School show and all the other various events throughout the year.   We would like to acknowledge the Parents Association contribution to the reshaping of our timetable with regard to the new Junior Certificate.

The Parents Association AGM will take place on 27th September at 7:30 pm which is also the welcome night for first year parents.

The Student Council plays a vital role in representing and expressing the student voice in the school.  The annual election takes place at the end of September and we look forward to seeing a vibrant student democracy in action once again.

2016-2017 saw some very notable achievements by the Student Council where their voice was acknowledged in choosing 40 minute classes and in having a thirty five minute lunch time.

I wish to acknowledge the help and support of our joint patrons LCETB and the diocese of Limerick.  Their support and guidance is appreciated and invaluable.

After School Study will be provided in school this year, further information will follow in the next week.

Finally I would like to wish all members of the school community a happy and successful school year.


Liam Murphy



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School:   Coláiste Ide agus Iosef
Principal: Liam Murphy
Convent St., Abbeyfeale, Co. Limerick
Phone: (00353) 68 30631


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