Parent FAQ’s

Frequently Asked Questions



 What is the school uniform & where can I get it? 

  • Junior Cycle: 1st– 3rd year:
    • Grey trousers, grey shirt, grey school jumper, school tie, black shoes, school coat.
  • Transition Year (TY):
    • Grey trousers, white polo shirt, black school hoodie, black shoes, school coat.
  • Senior Cycle: 5th – 6th year: 
    • Black trousers, white shirt, black school jumper, school tie, black shoes, school coat.

Students wear their own gear for Sport and PE classes.

The uniform can be purchased at :
The Schoolwear House
Unit 3
Ballyogan Business Park
Ballyogan Road
Dublin 18
Tel: 2921540

In addition, the Parents Association run a uniform swop shop in June.


What is Registration Day and why is it important to attend?

Registration Day is a day in May or August when each student of the school, including incoming students, must be registered as a Clonkeen College student in the school hall by their parents/guardians. If you do not register your son in person, your son will not be able to attend Clonkeen College even if you have received an offer of a place in the post.


How many classes are there in each day and what are their times?

Class commences at 08.50 each day.

There are nine classes on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday each week, with an earlier finishing time on Wednesday (half-day) and Friday (8 classes).

08:50 – 09:00 : SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) Attendance is compulsory.

(1)  09:00 – 09:40
(2)  09:40 – 10:20
(3)  10:20 – 11:00

(Small) Break:  11:00 – 11:15  Students may not leave school grounds at this time.

(4)  11:15 – 11:55
(5)  11:55 – 12:35
(6)  12:35 – 13:15

Lunch Break:      13:15 – 13:55  Students may leave school grounds at this time.

(7)   13:55 – 14:35
(8)   14:35 – 15:15
(9)   15:15 – 15:55

Classes end at 15:55 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday

Classes end at 13:15 on Wednesday

Classes end at 15:15 on Friday.


Does the school offer study facilities?

The school offers optional supervised study sessions on the school premises each evening throughout the school term. This service is provided by some of the teachers of the college and there is a fee per term. Registration forms are given to your son at the beginning of each term and places are filled on a first come-first served basis. Priority is given to the exam years, i.e., 6th and 3rd year students. Remaining places are offered to 5th and 2nd year students.


 How often do I receive school reports, phone calls, letters and text messages from the school?

The school sends out school reports twice a year Christmas and summer. Letters, phone calls and text messages are sent as required. It is very important that the school has the most up to date address and contact phone numbers (including mobile phone numbers). Parents/guardians should always notify the office of any changes to these.


What if my child mislays his school jacket, jumper etc, in school, what do we do to try to retrieve it?

The school has a lost property room, ask your son to contact the caretaking staff. However, it is very important that all items of school uniform, textbooks and personal property are clearly marked with your son’s name.


If I have a concern about my son and would like to talk to someone at the school, to whom should I speak? To whom should my son speak if he has an issue?

The Pastoral Care System at Clonkeen College encourages you or your son to contact any of the following who will have a specific interest in your son’s welfare:

Each class has a Tutor, and each year has a Year Head. These should be your first contacts if you have any concerns.

Also available:   Principal, Deputy Principal and Guidance Counsellor.

The school office can be contacted at 01 2892709 and they will get the relevant staff member to contact you. On occasion, staff may also intervene to address areas of concern the school may have with your son.


What sports and other extra-curricular activities are available in Clonkeen College?

Gaelic football, hurling, soccer, golf, athletics, basketball and tennis (in Meadowvale) are all available in Clonkeen College at present. Further activities include debating, chess, Gaisce (the President’s Award, part of the TY programme), a CD project (music), school tours (Manchester and Conemara), Young Scientist, Green School Initiative and The Third World Support Group. There is a Student’s Council run by senior cycle students.


Do students have a locker?

With the exception of TY, all students have access to a school locker which is rented from the school on an annual basis.


Is there a cafeteria or lunch area for students?

At present, there is no canteen for students. Students  are permitted to leave the school grounds during the lunch break and some students return home at this time. Picnic benches have been provided on the college grounds for students who bring a packed lunch to school. In bad weather students may remain in their classrooms.


Are there facilities in Clonkeen for him to park his bike safely and securely?

Facilities exist to park bikes in the bike parking area inside the school gates which are usually closed and locked during school hours. However, it is not permitted to cycle on school grounds. Each student should ensure his bike is secured with his own lock in the space provided. The school is not responsible for the security of bikes. The use of the bicycle parking area in the school is at your own risk, and Clonkeen College is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property. It is strongly advised that parents ensure their son wears a safety helmet and has lights on his bike.