The aim of the Clonkeen Parents Association is to promote and contribute to the educational and general welfare interests of pupils in the school in cooperation with the Board of Management, the Principal, teachers and students of the school. The PA acts as an advisory body to the Principal and the Board of Management on major school issues and promotes social and recreational activities amongst parents/guardians and pupils in the school. For the full text of our constitution click here.
The PA holds monthly meetings during the school term. The annual general meeting takes place in October. All parents are encouraged to become involved in the life of the school community as much as possible.
The PA is affiliated to the National Parents Council Post Primary (NPCpp). See link below for further information.
The PA is supported by a Social Committee which assists in the running of many events throughout the school year. Specifically, the Social Committee organises the Graduation Mass and the Debs evening. Joining the Social Committee is a great way of being involved in school life for those who have limited time or who wish to help out in a less formal way.
The role of the Parents Association is to promote and contribute to the educational and general welfare of students in the college. We act as an advisory body and we foster social and recreational activities among parents and students. We meet monthly between September and May, our AGM takes place in October and we encourage as many parents as possible to become involved in the life of the school community.
Our contact email is firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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, depending on the study option chosen. 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.
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.
If your son is late into school in the morning or after lunch, he must sign in at reception before going to his class. He will also need a signed guardian or parental note excusing the lateness the following day.
There is no need to phone the school if your son is absent due to illness. On his return, you the parent or guardian must fill out the yellow ‘explanation for absence’ form at the back of your son’s journal.
The school has a lost property section, 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 and year.
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 Counselor.
The school office can be contacted at 01 2892709 and they will ask 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.
Gaelic football, hurling, soccer, golf, athletics, basketball, rugby, ultimate 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), choir, the Anthology Project, school tours (Manchester and Connemara), Young Scientist and the Green School Initiative. There is a Student’s Council represented by all year groups.
If your son wishes to join any of these activities he should contact Mr Jim Lynch for further information.
With the exception of TY, all students have access to a school locker which is rented from the school on an annual basis. The lock is provided to each student at the beginning of 1st year. If your son loses his lock a replacement may be purchased from the office for the cost of €10. Emer McGill is the contact person for any further information.
Students can use the canteen area in the school CP hall during lunchtime in poor weather. Picnic benches have been provided on the college grounds for students who bring a packed in fair weather.
Students are permitted to leave the school grounds during the lunch break and some students return home at this time.
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.
Parents Association Events
Yearly Events 1st year Parents Evening Late October AGM Early October
Clonkeen College Parents Association run and/or assist at the following events/activities throughout the school year.
Graduation evening – September Parents Association Annual General Meeting – October Welcome evening for 1st year parents – November CAO Information evening – November Seminar on healthy eating for 1st years – During the year Information evenings – Throughout the year Fund raising events – Throughout the year Liaison with Students Council – Throughout the year Uniform Swop Shop – June
The PA also provides funding for certain facilities in the college. Recent examples include a piano, the provision of picnic benches in the school grounds, tea/coffee flasks for the Social Committee and the purchase of recycling bins for the Green School initiative organised by the Student Council.
The parents association administers the Pupil Personal Accident Insurance Scheme. Clonkeen College’s personal accident insurance cover is with AIG. 24 hour personal accident insurance cover exists for each pupil. This is paid for by parents at Registration. The definition of 24 hour cover is: the pupil is covered 24 hours a day, for school activities, social, domestic and leisure activities (including during School holidays). To make a claim parents should collect a form from the school office or download and print this form, fill in the details, then bring the form into the school office to have it signed by the Principal. The form and relevant receipts are then forwarded by the office to the PA representative who will check them and send them to AIG. Parents are advised to keep copies of original receipts in the event of any queries.