Christmas Correspondence

20th  of December, 2022

Dear Parents

We hope this letter finds you all well. I am sure you are looking forward to the Christmas break. We are very much looking forward to 2023. Please see below for your information. 

Christmas Holidays

All students will get their holidays at 12.00 noon on Wednesday the 21st of December. Buses will leave after 12.30pm. 1st, 2nd and 3rd years will have the merit award ceremony on Wednesday morning The full list of holidays and days off is at Students return to school on Thursday the 5th of January.


Reports will be issued on compass. Each year group will get a compass notification when the reports are live. For more information on compass or if you have any queries or questions please see We urge you to look at the target grade and to compare it to their actual grade. The effort grade is also important as it paints a picture of how your child is working towards their target grades (Note that 1 is the best effort grade).  If target grades were not filled in please encourage your child to do it for the next academic tracking period. 

Raths As Saothar – Success Through Effort

Our school has enjoyed many successes during the term and this is down in no small part to the active role our students and parents play in creating a positive learning environment. 

We would like to highlight sporting success including Munster titles in Hurling and basketball success (through to midlands semi finals), the Young Entrepreneurs and the Christmas Market, The Girls Coding STEM passport initiative, numerous choir performances, our school musical “Beauty and the Beast” and all our first years who are “graduating” from our Belonging Plus programme last week in our first in-person Christmas Celebration in 2 years.  

School Uniform

Please note that we strictly follow the uniform policy outlined in the code of behaviour.

Student Support Team

It is customary that our Student Support team shares important numbers with parents. A list of support numbers can be found at

The Student Support team would like to wish all our families a very happy Christmas and we thank you all for your support this year. 

Parents Council

We especially thank our vibrant parents council for the support they give to the school – “Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine”.  The parents council supports us in so many practical ways including hands on support at events, fundraising and policy development. Thank you so much to anyone who have helped out this year. We couldn’t do what we do without your support. 

We are pleased to say that we are currently full in the first year for September 2023 and are operating a waiting list. Again, we thank the parents council for your support during our admissions cycle. To keep abreast of whats going on in our school we encourage you to follow us on twitter @colmhuirecoed, on facebook, on tiktok and on instagram and please help us to spread the word by liking and sharing our posts. 

 Wishing you a happy Christmas and New Year



Denis Quinn                                                                      Clare Wallace

Principal                                                                            Deputy Principal


Please also note the following points of information

Internet safety advice

School Uniform

Please note that we strictly follow the uniform policy outlined in the code of behaviour.

If you have old school uniform we would be very grateful if you would donate it to the school (just drop it in to the school office). We are always happy to discretely redistribute uniform.

Please note that students are required to have a PE uniform – full details on the uniform page.
TY students wear the PE uniform only, for the TY year.

Information about Junior Cycle

You can get more information about Junior Cycle here

Leaving during the school day

  1. If a student is being collected during the day, please send a note to the year head in advance
  2. Parents are requested to collect students from the office and parents should either use compass or ask the office to sign them out.
  3. If a student needs to be collected in an emergency please contact the school office
  4. Students are not permitted to use their phones so if they are sick and need to contact you, they may do so through the school office.

Phones in school

Students should have digital devices (ipads, byod laptops/chrome books etc). Phones should be turned off and not be seen during the school day. In consultation with the student and parent council we are operating a strict phone free zone for students.

Parking and exiting the school

Please do not park on footpaths. Please exit the school at the far entrance (near LIT) and use the roundabout to filter back to the town if necessary. This will keep traffic flow steady.

Code of behavior

The code of behavior  is at Code of Behaviour – March 2022