Welcome to Coláiste Iósaef - Leading the way
Coláiste Iósaef Community College is situated in Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. The school is co-educational and strives to provide the best of facilities to the students that proudly pass through our care. Click on icon (right) to view our prospectus.
Assessment for Learning (AfL) Initiative 2013 - 2014
As a school we endeavour to provide the best education for our students. Our iPad initiative is to the fore in introducing students to another new, exciting and potentially life changing approach to education. This technology will certainly aid and enhance learning but as a school we are very much aware that assessment of students learning is essential in providing for purposeful student centred learning.
Research has shown that assessment-capable students know what they need to learn, where they are with that learning and what their next learning steps are. In Colaiste Iosaef we are now developing assessment initiatives that will empower our students to become independent learners who can plan and manage the next steps in their learning.
This initiative will see a new Comment Only Report card for 3rd years and 6th years. This will be posted out over the mid-term break and will contain feedback (based on various classroom assessments) that will help to shape, inform and guide your child’s learning.
The above is the first of many steps in our new Assessment for Learning Initiative. More information will be made available on the school website over the coming weeks.
New School Extension
The green pitch area in front of the gym will be out of bounds at different stages during the week. This to allow surveyors and initial ground soil tests to be done prior to submitting our planning permission for the new school extension in the coming months.
Coláiste Iósaef - Bringing the world into our classrooms
Last week Coláiste Iósaef students joined a small but innovative group of schools that have sought to bring learning to life for our students. Thanks to their progressive minded parents, who have embraced the idea of learning with iPads, our current First Year cohort all received their iPads and set the school on a new step into engaging our learners. With our Wi-Fi network significantly upgraded to cover the increased demand, our students now have learning directly at their fingertips, bringing the whole world within our classrooms.
This is not the end of education as we know it but rather an addition to our learning treasury, allowing student to engage more productively in their own education. This allows our students to be creative problem solvers, collaborating with one another in a way that they most certainly will have to when they reach college or the working world.
It marks a significant occasion for our school but more importantly a significant occasion for our school learners.
Well Done to the Leaving Cert Class of 2013
We wish all out students the best in the future as so many of them continue their studies into Third Level. Congratulations to Sean Barrett and Marcella O'Callaghan who jointly shared the best Leaving Cert of 560 points each.
Dragons Den Success for Sideline's 12-PAC!
Huge congratulations to Sarah and Seán Finn together with their Sideline team comprising of Elaine Houlihan, Darragh Glynn, Patrick Maher, Lisa Barry and Caoimhe Barry. Fronted by Sarah and Seán, the students successly pitched their 12-PAC to the Dragons and won the support of Peter Casey who awarded the guys only one of the ten €2000 bursaries. An amazing 18 months for the students as demand for the 12-PAC hurley bag increases from week to week. No doubt, these budding entrepreneurs will see their product go from strength to strength on the the back of this incredible success. Well done to all involved.
Munster Title for U-15 Boys Soccer!
Congratulations to our U-15 Boys Soccer team who took the honours yesterday to capture the Munster crown. The lads won the final in emphatic style, beating their neighbours Charleville on a final scoreline of 4-0. The victory was very impressive especially given the lads had to play on Charleville's home pitch. Well done also to Mr Owens and Mr Hogan who have taken the team through their paces throughout the year. The victory builds on the success of the team's North Munster title in 2012. Well done to Paudie Sheedy who bagged a hat-trick with Anthony Barrett also getting on the scoresheet. Click here for photos.
Fashion Students look ahead to Presentation of Prizes for Junk Kouture
Junk Kouture students are looking forward in anticipation for the presentation of their amazing prizes which takes place on Monday 29th April next at 2pm in Coláiste Iósaef. Those in attendance will include representatives from Junk Kouture, Bank of Ireland, the European Recycling Agency (ERA), the VEC, together with Limerick very own Celia Holman Lee and Spin South West. Their prizes include €2000 plus €1500 worth of IT equipment for the school, €500 for the girls, an all expenses paid trip to the Cannes Film Festival, the Royal London Film Premiere plus a one week course at a top art and fashion house in Dublin.
Students Win National Final of Junk Kouture - Cannes Film Festival Awaits!
Congratulations for our Junk Kouture girls - Ceile Corbett, Annie Corbett and Shannon McCarthy, together with their teacher Ms Niamh O'Hara who won the top prize at the National Final of Junk Kouture which was held at the Bórd Gáis Energy Theatre on Friday 19th April last. The Grand Final followed four regional heats in which the Junk Kouture judges made up of Supermodel Faye Dinsmore, TV presenter Darren Kennedy, The European Recycling Platform’s Yvonne Holmes and Art and Design Educator Tracy Fahey whittled 2000 students down to just 80 finalists. The final sold out in 27 hours at the beginning of April with supporters and class mates eager to cheer on their school’s creations. On the night, all 80 finalists took to the Catwalk in a spectacular show with amazing dance routines, fist pumping music and awe inspiring designs. Our very own 'Ultra Violet Wash’ was announced as the winning team and Coláiste Iósaef walked away with a cash prize of €2,500 for their school and €1,000 of IT Equipment and a cash prize of €500 for the team. Ms Niamh O'Hara was also awarded the 'Glamour Prize'. After the Grand Final, 'Ultra Violet Wash' appeared on RTÉ's The Late Late Show. In addition to this, the girls will be invited to attend the Cannes Film Festival next month which will involve multiple photoshoots and public appearances. The Grand Final will be aired on RTÉ’s Nationwide programme on Monday 22nd April next. Well done girls! We’re all very proud of you.
Entrepreneurs grace the red carpet at Dragon's Den Premiere
Students from Sideline were welcomed at Dublin's five star Four Season Hotel on Saturday for a pre-screening of this year's Junior Dragons Den which goes on air on Sunday 28th April and Sunday 5th May next on RTÉ1 at 9.30pm. The students together with the 20 other national finalists were hosted by Bank of Ireland and Dragons Gavin O'Sullivan, Seán O'Sullivan, Ramona Nicholas and Barry O'Sullivan. Be sure to tune in to the show to see how Seán Finn and Sarah Finn fared in the Den. Sideline were selected from a total of 600 entries nationwide to be one of 20 to appear on the show.
Senior Golfers pipped in Links Cup - Congratulations to Albyn School!
Congratulations to our Senior Golf Team who finished runners-up in this year's Links Cup. This year, students from Albyn High School in Aberdeen, will make the return trip to Ireland after the success of last year's competition in Scotland. In addition, we were delighted to have St Joseph's Secondary School in Ballybunion competing. The competition was very close over all three days and saw the students grace the fairways of Doonbeg, Ballybunion and Shanno. The standard of play was exceptionally high with only one point separating the teams going into the final day of play. It decisive match came down to one birdie put on the 17th green in Shannon Golf Club, with Albyn securing the victory and the Links Cup for the very first time. The competition was a huge success, and although the golf is an integral part of the event, the main purpose of it is to establish links between schools in Limerick and Scotland. Accomodation was based on a homestay basis, and in addition to playing golf, the students from Albyn School in Aberdeen, visited Coláiste Iósaef, where they were weclomed by our Principal and given an insight into the history of the school and how our education system is structured and delivered. The return leg to Scotland will take place next October and will see our students compete at Set Andrews Old Course, Royal Aberdeen and Cruden Bay. Click here to view more photos.
Wonders of the Universe brought to Students in Exploration Dome
The Exploration Dome was on campus last week and gave students a wonderful opportunity as part of Science Week to explore science, astronomy, geology and geography in a fun and interactive way.The Exploration Dome is the most advanced mobile digital planetarium system in the country, showing 360 degrees pictures and full dome films to our students. Well done to Ms Hickey and the Science Department for organising this very worthwhile and rewarding visit.
2nd Year CSPE Students prepare for Movie Maker Project on School
Well done to our 2nd Year students who are making great progress in their CSPE Action Project. The aim of the project is to produce a photo story using Movie Maker about the school campus which will be presented to primary school students in the coming weeks. Click here to view photos.
County Enterprise Awards 2013
Well done to our three Student Enterprises who competed in the County Enterprise Awards at the South Court Hotel in Limerick on Wednesday 13th March last. The groups included GGs, led by Ms O'Keefe, Twilights, led by Ms O'Brien and Mus-Ed, led by Mr Shinners. Congratulations to Mus-Ed who won first prize in the business report category of the competition.
Grease is the Word! Hundreds flock to the Peoples Hall to see hit musical!
Well done to the cast and crew of this years 'Grease is the Word' musical which was held in the Peoples Hall, Kilmallock for four consecutive sell-out nights! The musical was a huge success and a real feast for the eyes and ears of all who were lucky enough to secure their tickets. Click on the following link to view photos of the show.
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