How do I enrol my daughter?

An application form is available on our website colaisteide.com, by calling 0669151211 or email from info@colaisteide.com.  Following receipt of the application an informal interview is arranged between parents the student and college management; this is an opportunity to exchange information and to give a good outline of life in Coláiste Íde. Places are allocated subject to availability.

What options are open in relation to boarding?

There are two options available, full time 7 day boarding and day boarding.

What time do day boarders go home?

Day boarders may remain in the college until 21.00 when supervised study ends.

When does the school day begin and end?

Classes commence at 08.45 and end at 16.00. There is a study period on Wednesdays of non-boarding weekends, on boarding weekends (when students return home) classes continue on Wednesdays until 16.00 and students may travel home from 11.00 on Friday morning, this arrangement extends their time at home with family and friends.

What is the approximate size of a class?

Current class sizes (depending on the year) are: 22- 28, some individual subject class sizes can be as low as 6 – 10 students.

Will there be problems learning through Irish?

Coláiste Íde offers education through the medium of Irish. As there is total immersion in Irish students quickly acquire the language. Of course, it is of tremendous benefit if students already have a grasp of the Irish language on entry. A language tutor is available to give one-to-one support and group support to those who need additional assistance.

How often do students go home?

Students may go home at any stage with parental permission. The college closes for boarders weekend every third weekend to allow all students return home. On boarders weekend the school closes at 11.00 on Friday to allow students leave early. Students normally return on Sunday night.

How do students travel home at boarding weekends?

Private coaches take students to Tralee and Killarney Train & bus stations, connections are available from there on regular public transport. Return private coach service is also available on Sunday evenings from the same points. Every assistance is given to parents in relation to travel arrangements. Students travel together whenever possible.

Will my daughter be helped to make friends when she first comes to Coláiste Íde?

Yes, absolutely. We take great care to ensure that all students get to know one another. Faith friends (buddy system) is in place with existing students to help newcomers. We also have a prefect system of 6th years. A lot of time is spent doing group activities with first years in the first half term. For entrants into other years the buddy system and ongoing regular monitoring works best. As Coláiste Íde is a small boarding school staff get to know the students very quickly and develop a great rapport.

My daughter has learning difficulties, what resources are open to her in Coláiste Íde?

We have an extremely dedicated learning support team that work collaboratively to cater for the various learning needs of all our students.

What sports are available?

Our main sports are Basketball, Rugby, Gaelic football, Horse riding, Swimming and Camogie.

 What music choices are available?

The choices that area available include Piano, violin, harp, guitar and voice training depending on demand. All are taught as private classes

What are the recreational choices?

Weekday recreation includes horse riding, swimming, gymnasium (over 16s), basketball, camogie, football, rugby, walking club, creative dancing, ballet, Irish dancing, taekwondo, these may change subject to demand and weather conditions where applicable. Weekend activities include an organised tour/event and a supervised trip to Dingle

Is there an anti-bullying policy?

Yes. Coláiste Íde has a zero-tolerance approach to bullying, regular spot checks take place and students are fully supervised by teaching and supervisory staff.

Is there a laundry service?

Yes. Laundry is collected on Monday morning and returned on Wednesday afternoon, special laundry bags are provided by the college.

If my daughter feels ill what happens?

The first point of contact will be with Supervisory staff or the Nurse. Students may be taken to the local Doctor/SouthDoc/A&E depending on the individual case. Parents are contacted immediately and kept updated at all times. Parents are expected to inform Management of any health conditions/allergies their daughter may have and update the college in writing in the event of any changes.

What happens if my daughter only likes specific food/has an allergy to certain foods?

We provide high quality food much of which is sourced locally. We cater for all dietary requirements. Management should always be informed in advance of special dietary needs. At times we may arrange for you to meet the Catering Manager if there is a specific concern around dietary requirements. We also monitor all students in the dining hall at every mealtime to ensure that every student is eating a balanced diet. We will always contact parents if we have the slightest concern.

Can students keep their mobile phones at all times?

No. Mobile phones are allowed at certain times and never overnight. We prefer to see students integrate into the college community making friends, taking part and enjoying themselves! Please see our mobile phone policy for specific information.

Do I need to supply a laptop?

No there are laptops available to students in the auditorium at specified times, there is controlled internet access available on these laptops.

My daughter has an iPad may she take it with her?

Yes, iPads and iPods are permitted, we understand that these are part of life for many teenagers. However, please ensure that any additional device you allow your daughter to have does not have internet access, we cannot monitor every device all of the time, we rely on the support of parents. We do not permit access to the college Wi-Fi for security reasons.

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