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Help Save Our School! Coláiste an Chreagáin

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Unless we increase the amount of first year students enrolled in Coláiste an Chreagáin (Formerly St. Jarlaths Vocational school) for September 2017. Then our beloved school must stop its mainstream education service, this means that our school will be unable to provide second level education for the current first and second year students and they will be forced to move school.

A history of our school

Coláiste an Chreagáin was established in 1932 under the name St. Jarlaths Vocational School and was the first rural school in Connaught, making it one of the first rural schools in Ireland. The school began with the basic subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic but this was quickly added to with the introduction of Woodwork, Metalwork, Domestic Science and Technical Drawing. In 2009 the former principal Mattie Kilroy, from Caltra retired and our current Principal Ann Marie Carroll from Ballygar took over. In that same year, at the discretion of the students, the school was renamed Coláiste an Chreagáin, and the uniform was changed from navy jumpers and polo shirts to teal jumpers with a white shirt, and charcoal trousers. As well as this the new school crest was designed by the students

About Our School

At Coláiste an Chreagáin we have a diverse range of sports including; Basketball, Football, Soccer, Hurling, Swimming, Table Tennis, Athletics, Girls Active, Gym, Handball, and Horse Riding. We also have many excellent facilities available to our students; 2 Basketball Courts, 3 Handball Alleys, Football Pitches, 2 Computer Rooms, Club Gaeilge, and all students have constant access to the latest technology. The students of Coláiste an Chreagáin also participate in many extracurricular activities. For example, the fourth year students broadcast a monthly radio show on NUIG’s student radio station, Flirt FM.

Testimonials from Students 

“it’s like a second home to both teachers and the students” ~ James Rocke (2nd year student)

“If any student begins to fall behind, the teachers are there in a heartbeat to help them.” ~ Aaron Cassidy (1st year student)

“It feels like we, as a school are one big family” ~ Orla Kelly (5th year student)

“When I first arrived at Coláiste an Chreagain, I was unable to speak, read or even write Irish. However with the help of the teachers in the school and their constant encouragement, I quickly excelled in the language and it has become one of my favourite subjects. I have even begun to use it at home in my everyday life.” ~ Ronan Cassidy (6th year student)

“It’s not just a school closing, it’s an important part of the community being shut down” ~ Conal Docherty (3rd year student)

In conclusion

Any Support would be greatly appreciated for our wonderful school to stay open to post-primary level students. Our school has been open for over 80 years, and was one of the first rural schools in the country. If you are going into first year this September we ask you to please consider Coláiste an Chreagáin as an option for you, or if you know somebody who is currently in sixth class, please make them aware of our fantastic school.

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Thankyou for your support!




This petition was created by the students of Coláiste an Chreagáin

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