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Secondary School Coláiste Mhichíl Named Most Improved School in Limerick by the Sunday Independent

Coláiste Mhichíl is named by the Sunday Independent, Most Improved School in Limerick. Photographed (left to right): Mr Williams, Muhammed Tyyab, Mikolaj Aksamski, Miguelango Leo, Principal Denis O’ Connor, David Ikedinobi, Kacper Kusiuk, Josh McNamara, Miss Mullins.

Secondary School Coláiste Mhichíl Named Most Improved School in Limerick by the Sunday Independent.

The Sunday Independent School League Table highlights the schools that are performing best when it comes to securing college places for students. Last weekend, Coláiste Mhichíl, CBS Sexton Street was named the most improved school in Limerick. The principal of Coláiste Mhichíl, Denis O’ Connor, spoke about the achievement saying, “The improvement noted in the Sunday Independent League Tables in regards student progression to 3rd level institutions reflects the great work carried out by the students and staff in Coláiste Mhichíl.”

Mr O’ Connor added, “The Board of Management and I are immensely proud of each student and teacher for the significant effort they have put in over the last number of years to improve progression by 36%. The parents of our students also deserve great praise for the support they give to their son’s and the positive manner in which they support the school. I would also like to pay tribute to the great work done at the primary level, in schools like Scoil Iosagain and St Michael’s, which give our students in Coláiste Mhichíl such a solid foundation. As a school, Coláiste Mhichil will continue to grow and develop our links with the 3rd level institutions to ensure our boys have the best and brightest of futures. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the role J.P McManus has played in providing a 3rd level scholarship programme which has benefited 177 Coláiste Mhichíl students over a 22 years period. All of these factors have led to an improvement in progression in Coláiste Mhichíl, a trend we aim to continuously improve upon.”



Deputy Principal, Elaine Minogue said: “Every student is encouraged to reach their own personal goal. We have a great sense of pride that all of our students and the hard work that each and every member of staff in Coláiste Mhichíl has, in a way, been validated in the results published in the Sunday Independent yesterday.  The significant increase in our numbers progressing on to higher education over the past number of years will show gains for each individual student, but also for Limerick as a whole.”

“Continuing education, and acknowledging the benefits associated with life long learning is something we advocate for strongly in Coláiste Mhichíl.  Providing the best progression opportunities for our students in an informed manner is our main aim in the school in relation to this aspect of transfer from the second level.  A strong focus on a whole school approach to guidance, which is supported by the guidance counsellor Meadhbh de Nais, guidance team and the teaching staff has been fundamental to our improvements as evident in the results.  Continuing to provide support and encouragement to all our students, and allowing them to explore their options in a safe and understanding environment is what our school stands for and what we will continue to do.”

Coláiste Mhichíl offers a wide range of subjects including German, French, history, business studies, geography, technology, art, woodwork, LCVP, and music. Coláiste Mhichíl has a wide range of extra-curricular activities to cater for all their students interests such as cricket, football, basketball, swimming, digital media, dungeons and dragons, art, magic gathering, chess club, snooker, athletics , work experience, field trips, the Gaisce awards, green schools, students council and many more. Coláiste Mhichíl is currently on the Schools Capital Buildings list and is set for a major refurbishment.

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