Welcome

A Chairde,

I am delighted to welcome you to Dunamase College Coláiste Dhún Másc. The school is set on a path of rapid growth and development over the next few years. Our founding philosophy is to provide excellence in education through the medium of Irish and English to the young people in our care. Along with a strong emphasis on the Irish language and culture, we offer a wide range of subjects, and allow students to try out all subjects in first year, before choosing to their particular strengths for the junior cycle. We understand the great importance of technology in the modern world and this is reflected in our delivery of the curriculum, using the most up to date educational practices and technologies. We will also offer a selection of extracurricular activities.

Culture & Ethos

Coláiste Dhún Másc is a multidenominational, co-educational school, inclusive socially and culturally. It provides excellence in education using a wide range of teaching and learning strategies.

We place a strong focus on student well-being and the need for respect for all members of the community and the environment which surrounds us.

The College opened in August 2017 in a temporary home on Railway Street, Portlaoise.

General Information

School Uniform

All students are required to wear the correct uniform to school and on any occasions when they are representing the school. The acceptance of a place in the school includes the acceptance of the uniform policy and we assume parents and guardians will support us in this.

Uniform

Blue school jumper with crest*
Navy school trousers or skirt
Navy socks / tights
White shirt
School tie
School jacket
Black leather school shoes

Sports gear

(during P.E. class only)
White polo shirt
Grey or navy track suit trousers
Runners
*Available in Shaws Portlaoise
**Labels on everything please

Lunch & Leaving School during School Times

Students are not permitted to leave school during the day. We recommend a healthy lunch be brought in in the morning. We hope to have a lunch provider in school. Sports and other extra-curricular activities will take place at lunchtimes.
Students leaving school for appointments (dental etc) will have to be signed out and in by a guardian or parent.

School Day

6 classes Monday – Thursday, School finishes at 12.45 on Fridays

Daily Timetable

PERIOD   TIME
ROLL        8.20
1.                8.30 – 9.30
2.                9.30 – 10.30
BREAK     10.30-10.45
3.               10.45 – 11.45
4.               11.45 – 12.45
LUNCH    12.45-13.30
5.               13.30 – 14.30
6.               14.30- 15.30

School Calendar

Term 1
27th August 2018– 21st December 2018
Mid Term 29/10/2018 – 6/11/2018

Term 2
7th January – 12th April 2019
Mid Term 18/2/2019 – 22/2/2019

Term 3

29th April 2019 – 31st May 2019

Staff

Principal

Aoife Elster

Vice Principal / Teacher

Clár Mhic Gearailt

Teachers

Rebekah Ní Throithigh
Aoife Uí Choirc
Tomás Ó Murchú
Vicky Ní Chatháin
Sean Ó Freaghaile

Niamh Brennan
Alison Bennett

David Thompson

SNA

Ellen Momo