Coláiste Mhuire

Mission Statement

Coláiste Mhuire Johnstown is a modern second level school whose central purpose is the religious, moral, intellectual, physical and social education of the student in an atmosphere of christian care and concern. Pastoral Care is an integral part of the holistic education offered in the school and is catered for through a Home School Community Liaison Teacher, a Peer Support System, the Chaplain, Guidance Counselling and Learning Support Education.

Brief History

Coláiste Mhuire was opened in 1996, replacing the old Johnstown Vocational School, which served the area since 1952. At present there are over 420 students from the areas of Johnstown, Urlingford, Freshford, Gathabawn, Lisdowney, Cullohill, Crosspatrick, Galmoy, Gortnahoe and Tullaroan. The school provides an excellent educational service to the students of North Kilkenny and South Tipperary.


The school has a full range of facilities such as: Library, two Science Laboratories, Demonstration Room, Business Studies Room, Geography Room, Language Laboratories, Wood Technology and Construction Studies Room, Engineering Room, Art and Craft Room, Home Economics Room, Guidance Room, Parents Room, Gym, Resource Room, Technical Graphics Room, Canteen, Computer Rooms and General Classrooms.

Outdoor Facilities

johnstown - all weather pitchThere are three Basketball/Tennis Courts, a full sized playing field, Table Tennis and Changing Rooms. A new all-weather pitch caters for sport in school and can be used by Clubs after school hours.

Sports/Extra Curricular

Students may participate in the following sporting activities during PE Class and outside class hours: Hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie, Soccer, Basketball, Badminton, Rounders, Hockey, Rugby, Cross-country, Athletics, Handball, Ladies Football, Table Tenis and Equestrian Events.

Learning Support

A programme for Learning Support is provided for Students who are in need of additional tuition in the core subjects. A full time Remedial/Intervention Service is available to support students who are in need of support in numeracy and literacy.

Book Rental Scheme

A Book Rental Scheme is in operation for a nominal annual charge, books are provided for each Student. This has proven to be a major cost saving for parents.


Students are supervised from their arrival at the College in the morning until they leave at 4.00pm Only those students who actually return to their homes for lunch may leave the School at lunchtime. Students may purchase lunch in the School canteen.

Guidance and Counselling

The School has a professionally qualified Guidance Counsellor to assist Students in making choices about their future. As part of this service information is provided on a wide range of careers. Students attend career seminars and open days in third level institutions.

Supervised Evening Study

Students are offered the opportunity of attending evening study from 4.10am to 6.15pm Monday to Thursday. The study is supervised by Teachers. The School provides a light meal for those attending evening study.

Breakfast Club

The School provides breakfast between 8.15am and 8.55am for Students arriving early in the morning. There is no charge for this facility.

Curriculum Offered

Courses Subjects
Junior Certificate Students study the following:
Gaeilge, English, Maths, Science, History, Geography, French, Home Economics, Wood Technology, Metalwork, Art Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Music and Business Studies.
There are also classes in: Computer Studies, Health Education, Guidance, Civic Political and Social Education, Physical Education and Religion.
Junior Certificate Schools Programme(JCSP) The goal of this programme is to ensure that Students continue in full time education, achieve success in the Junior Certificate exam and develop a positive self-image in the process.  Christmas celebrations are held when Parents share in Student’s successes.  In May of Third year, the Department of Education and Science Award Certificate and the School provides individualised references.  These Students sit the Junior Certificate exam in June and receive  their results in September.
Transition Year Transition Year is available to all students who have completed Junior Certificate.  The overall aim of the programme is to allow students to mature and develop socially in advance of starting their Leaving Certificate, while at the same time making progress in their general, technical and academic subjects.  A key focus of the year is that students are encouraged to participate in a broad range of extra-curricular activities e.g. sport, travel, drama and work experience.
Leaving Certificate (Traditional) In addition to English, Gaeilge, and Maths students study four additional subjects from:
French, Geography, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Home Economics, Construction Studies, Engineering, Business, Technical Drawing, Accounting, Art and Music.
Senior students also take classes in Computer Skills, Guidance Health. Education and Religion
Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP) Students study seven examinations from the traditional Leaving Certificate.
In addition to this they also study modules on Enterprise Education, Preparation for the World of Work and Information Technology.
Leaving Certificate Applied The Leaving Certificate Applied is a two year course which prepares Students for the world of work and adult life.
Specialisms:  Art Craft Design; Engineering ; Child and Community Care.
Electives:  Information Technology; Horticulture and Agriculture; Graphics and Construction Studies.
Languages:  Irish and French
Art: Social Education; English Communications; ICT; Maths; Vocational Education and Guidance.
Work Experience is an important element of the course.
Post Leaving Certificate Courses


The School offers FETAC(Further Education and Training Award Council) certified courses in:-

  • Computers, Business and Secretarial
  • Childcare and Special Needs.
  • Care of the Elderly, Community Care and Work Experience.

These Courses are grant aided.

Adult and continuing Education Programmes Evening classes are provided each term in a variety of subjects.   In recent years classes in Computers, Art, Pottery, First Aid, Interior Design, Welding, Wood-Turning, Yoga, Aerobics and English for Non-Nationals have proven very popular.

Contact Details

Coláiste Mhuire,
Co. Kilkenny.
Tel: 056-883 1135
Fax: 056-883 8864


Name Position
Mr. Michael Killeen Principal
Ms. Angela Conroy Deputy Principal
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