It gives me great pleasure to welcome all parents, teachers, pupils, past pupils and the members of the wider community to our school’s website. The website provides a link between Castlecomer Community School and the people of the community. We are celebrating almost 30 years of service to the community. Over this time we have educated students to the highest standards. The achievements of our past pupils have been exceptional and there is every reason to believe that this will continue into the future.
From 2012-2014, 90% of our Leaving Certificate class secured a place at third level. This is the second highest percentage amongst all schools in Kilkenny. In 2015, 33% of our students achieved 450 points or more (national average 20%) in their Leaving Certificate. In 2015 the average number of points in Castlecomer Community School was 380 (national average 340) 70% of our students studied Geography and 70% received honours at higher level. If we review our engineering and DCG we find that 20% (national average 9%) attained an A at higher level. Our philosophy is to educate students to the highest standards so they can achieve their maximum potential. In 2013/14 the number of students receiving 500 points or more was also above the national average. One of our students, Caragh Maher, achieved 625 points due to the bonus points for Higher Level maths, and Luke Kelly received the JP McManus scholarship from former president Bill Clinton. Equally this year our 10 Leaving Cert Applied students achieved 3 distinctions, 6 merits and 1 pass. I wish to congratulate the students, parents and teachers who have worked so hard to obtain those fantastic results.
The website aims to provide important school news and reports. Student achievements and involvement are highlighted regularly. You can also follow us on Twitter @CastlecomerHigh, for news updates and results. We intend to make available to parents all Department of Education and Skills inspection reports as they become available. These reports have, since 2005, re-affirmed the excellence of teaching and learning in the school. And 2015 promises to be another exciting year with a permanent ASD classroom completed for students in the autistic spectrum, catering for up to 12 students. Our lower pitch is being opened on October 5th 2015 and the running track has been expanded along with the surface renovated and the development of new dressing rooms and gymnasium – exciting times.
Our website also highlights our participation and successes in co-curricular and extra-curricular areas which, combined with academic excellence, produce the well-rounded and balanced student. I must pay tribute to our excellent teaching staff who work tirelessly for their students and have an extraordinary interest in their well-being and success. The atmosphere in Castlecomer Community School has always been a happy one, which is conducive to the academic, social and spiritual development of all pupils in our care.
I hope that the website addresses some of the needs of the stakeholders in the Community School and those of the wider community. I look forward to serving the educational needs of the people of North Kilkenny and wish continued success to our pupils, teachers and parents in all areas of life.