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Our Mission Statement
To provide a caring Christian Education, in a community of pupils, staff, parents and management, where each individual is valued as a unique human being.

Welcome to Coláiste Choilm,

Welcome to our website. We invite you to browse through the site and get a sense of our ethos and educational philosophy.
Coláiste Choilm is a Catholic Voluntary Secondary school with a long and proud history of educational provision in Tullamore.We place our students at the centre of the educational process and build our structures and supports around them. We are very fortunate to have a state of the art facility with excellent resources and dedicated teachers. We place great emphasis on the spiritual, intellectual and personal development of our students and we pride ourselves on the pastoral care and support that we provide for them.
As you browse through these pages you will get an insight into the daily practical ways that we live out our ethos and educational philosophy.

Thank you for visiting our site and we hope that you enjoy the experience.

Gearóid O' Regan
Deputy Principal

Colin Roddy


Conor at his stand in the RDS where the event was held.

BT Young Scientist

Congratulations to Conor Walsh from TY who achieved third place in the Technology Intermediate Individual section of the competition.
Conor designed and developed a gearing system for a bicycle which automatically changes gears to suit the terrain.
Mr. McGlynn was his supervising teacher.
Conor put a huge amount of work and time into his project which was all his own work. His presentation at the Exhibition was very impressive and the judges were very positive and complementary.

Conor with Mr. McGlynn his supervising teacher.


Gold Medal Winner

Congratulations to Maxim Orsanu who has recently been awarded the highest grade in the LCVP Examination 2013.

This is an outstanding result, achieving number one in Ireland.

Well done also to his teachers who share in his success.


Congrats to the Ty students (Conor Murray, Conor Brophy, Cormac Bergin Chinnie and Keelan O' Brien) who participated in the Opennet Inter School Quiz in Malahide and won the competition.

Cooperation is Cool Project

Well done to Oisín  Cumming, Darragh Connoly, Conor Walsh and Liam Óg  O hOistín who won the "Cooperation is Cool Competition".
The aim of the project is to promote awareness of cooperation and how it works around us in the 21st century aided by modern technology.
The lads used the school blog Coilmín Gaelach as a way of fostering cooperation. The project was coordinated by Ms. Cahir and Mr. O hOistín.


Kearney Awards 2013

Congrats to this years winners of the Kearney Awards. The Awards are sponsored by the Parents Association
and acknowledge excellence in the State Examinations.

We held the Awards in the school on Friday 16th November.
It was great to see last years Leaving Certs and to catch up with their news since leaving school last June.
We started the night with Mass celebrated by Fr. Shane Crombie, our new chaplain.
Mass was followed with a meal and the presentation of the Awards.
We were delighted to have the parents and families present to enjoy the success along with some of the lads former teachers from Primary School
The Kearney Awards were presented by Fr. Sean, Chairperson of the Board of Management,
The Pat Carty Award for English by Catherine Carty, the Anne Ryan Award for Science by Sean Ryan
The Frank Wynters Award for Construction Studies by Bernie Wynters and the Conradh na Gaeilge Award by Sean Breathnach.

John Mahon and Conor Leene also had the distinction of being awarded Entrance Scholarship Awards by Trinity College Dublin later in the week.
Stephen Flynn another of last years Leaving Certs received a Scholarship Award from UCD recently as well.

Leaving Cert Gold:          John Mahon
Leaving Cert Silver:        
Seamus Allen & Max Orsanu

Frank Wynters Award:    
Bryan Wyer
Pat Carty Award:             
John Mahon
Anne Ryan:                      
Seamus Allen
Conradh na Gaeilge:       
Conor Leene

Junior Cert Gold:            Thomas Digan & Cormac Bergin
Junior Cert Silver:           Conor Brophy

This was a great night that was enjoyed by all.

Leaving Cert Award Wiiners
L/R: Max Orsanu, Bryan Wyer, Seamus Allen, Conor Leene and John Mahaon with Mr. O' Regan

Junior Certificate Award winners
L/R: John Brophy, Thomas Digan and Cormac Bergin


Robert Spain receiving the Senior Student of the Year Award from Bishop Michael Smith

Student of the Year Awards 2013

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Mark Casey receiving the Senior Sports Star of the Year Award from Fr. Seán Heaney


Green Schools Committee 2013

The Green school Committee is up and running again this year and will be concentrating on achieving our 4th flag - Travel Flag.
On 18th September they organised the First Year Cycle to School Day.
They also officially opened the new bicycle shelter.

First Year Cycle to School
on Wednesdays

Matas cuts the tape to officially open our new bicycle shelter


Coláiste Choilm Spring Clean Event

This event  took place on Friday 19th April last.
Our students carried out a clean up of our own school grounds in the morning and in the afternoon concentrated on the green areas in Cloncollig Housing Estate.
This was a joint initiative between Tullamore Town Council and Coláiste Choilm Green Schools Committee.


India Immersion 2013

Our trip to India has been the most amazing and life changing experience of our lives so far. From the moment we were picked to now has been an extraordinary experience. We were definitely more aware of the difficulties and problems in a developing country. During the project we worked with two organisations, the Don Bosco Shelter in Wadala and the Mother Teresa Centre of Asha Dan. Our main objective was, in Mother Theresa’s words “it is important to solve the problems but also to cure the pain”, our job was to do our best to help cure the pain in Don Bosco and Asha Dan.

There were two main places in which we worked and mad life long bonds with the people there. Shelter Don Bosco was an amazing  place, the atmosphere there was superb, there was such a sense of hope for the boys there who have come off the street sand we enjoyed every last second there working with the boys. In Mother Teresa Centre our job was to help  there in any way we could. There were three wards that we worked in mainly. Mainly the men’s and children’s ward but also in the disabled women’s ward. There is no point in saying that it was not a tough place to work seeing the  people and kids in such disabled states but it was definitely the most rewarding place to be of all for us, and to get a smile from their faces was a memorable moment. All of us were sad leaving Mumbai, especially leaving behind these people and the many friends we made.

It was great to be a part of the process in strengthening the bonds between the school and the organisations such as Don Bosco in Mumbai.
We will definitely miss the boys we met in the Don Bosco Shelter the most, where we made the strongest bonds and we will never forget them. Hopefully some day we will get the chance to go back and see their faces again.
We would definitely encourage future students to apply for this project to be able to have the same encounter and life changing experience as us, you will not regret it.

Ian Scally & David Whittaker


New School Library

We have recently revamped the school library. We engaged consultants to design a new layout and refurbishment. We surveyed the students to find our what books they would like purchased to restock the library. Ms. McDermot, Ms. Naughton and Mr. Lydon of the English Department oversaw the project and made the final decisions on the design. The Parents Association has kindly donated €5,000.00 towards the development of the New Library.
Our Photo shows Bernie Mann and Joe Geoghegan of the Parents Association presenting a cheque to Ms. McDermot and Ms. Naughton with TY students Darren O' Brien, Conor Finlay and Conor Martin who helped to catalogue and stack the books.


Battle of the Bands

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