Coláiste Dún an Rí set up The Bank of Ireland School Bank to offer students some basic financial education. This initiative enables students to learn about what banking is by working in a bank. As part of the inititaive students posted their applications and were interviewed for various positions within the bank ranging from Bank Manager to Digital Manager. In the process students learn about banking and how to work as an effective team.

A team of five first year students are selected and trained in setting up and managing the day-to-day operations of the School Bank from Marketing to data protection. It is not just the School Bank team who benefit, as all students can open a genuine bank account and save on a regular basis by visiting the onsite School Bank.

The members of the team are:

Branch Managers – Alex O Reilly and Aaron Kennedy

Ilona Mc Carthy – Sales and Marketing Manager

Nikija Maculska- Customer Service Manager

Ryan Lockwood- Audit Specialist

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 First customers arrive at the school bank.

The Student Enterprise Programme is Ireland’s biggest student enterprise competition. Students get to find out what it’s really like to be an entrepreneur and get a practical, hands-on taste of real life business. Students taking part attended workshops, received in-school talks from business mentors and got the opportunity to develop their business ideas.  


SHB Products

The four students in this group were – Jessica Dodd, Moyagh O Reilly, Eabha Garvey and Ilona McCarthy.

SHB Products had two products joined together to make the one business which is where we got the name SHB Products. The two products are Glossy Slime and Hobby Boxes. Glossy Slime is a unique and simple way to occupy young children, relief stress and help develop young children’s creative skills. Hobby Boxes are a unique and simple way to kick start a new hobby and a great gift to give anyone.

This group won an award for Special Prosecutor prise for Innovation.

Ace designs

The three students in this group were Asling Sankey, Clodagh Shields and Emily Mc Phillips – Sheridan.

The idea for their products came from wanting to use recycled goods to make something decorative.  The saw a gap in the market for hand crafted penholders and lanterns designs.

Protein Pops

The students in this group was Max Kelly and Oisin Raymond. 

Protein Pops are nutritious, delicious gluten free treat. Protein Pops is a great healthy snack to keep you going. The product comes in four unique varieties.  They are, Oates and Chocolate, Figs, Dates and Chocolate, Mint and Chocolate and finally Coconut and Chocolate. There is no protein powder in the product, only the natural protein from high quality oats, honey, figs and dates.  Protein pops are great for diets or school lunches and they won’t leave you feeling guilty as their packed full of delicious goodness.

This group came 2nd in the overall competition

Crafty Magnets

The four students in this group were – Ava McEvoy, Kate Gilbride, Lucia Lambe and Kate Kieran.

This group made fun magnets to hold reminders, timetables and important notes in student’s lockers or on your home refrigerator. They created magnets for all genders and all ages. Their magnets were handcraft to ensure us uniqueness and used recycled materials wherever possible.

This group won an award for use of Social Media to sell their product and advertise.

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As part of our STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Programme and to celebrate National Engineering Week, all First Year students at Coláiste Dún an Rí will be given the opportunity to attend an Engineering and Technology workshop at the W5 Interactive Discovery Centre in Belfast on Tuesday 27th February 2018.



This workshop develops teamwork and problem solving skills. Using K'Nex, pupils worked in small teams to design and construct a racing buggy. They then raced them against other groups.

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 Calendar 2018-2019

Term 1             27 August 2018 (Monday) to 21 December 2018 (Friday)

                        Midterm Break: 29 October to 3 November 2018

                        Closed: 7 December 2018 (Friday)

Term 2             7 January 2019 to 12 April 2019

                        Midterm Break: 18 February to 22 February 2019

                        Closed: 18 March 2019 (Bank Holiday)

Term 3             29 April 2019 to 31 May 2019

                        Closed: 6 May 2019 (Bank Holiday)

Please note that this calendar is provisional and subject to change. The school may be required to close for additional days to accommodate staff training

Key Dates

27 August (Monday)                           First Year Team Building Day in Tanagh Outdoor Education Centre

28 August (Tuesday)                          First Year Induction (9am – 12:30pm)

29 August (Wednesday)                     All students return (8:45am – 1:10pm)

6 September (Thursday)                    First Year Parents’ Information Evening

10 September (Monday)                    Second Year Parents’ Information Evening

18 September (Tuesday)                    Third Year Parents’ Information Evening

15-19 October                                     Maths Week

10 November (Saturday)                    Subject Sampling Morning

13 November (Tuesday)                     Enrolment Evening

12 – 16 November                              Science Week

19 – 23 November                              College Awareness Week

26 – 30 November                              Third Year Assessments

7 December (Friday)                          School Closed

11 December (Tuesday)                     Christmas Concert

13 December (Thursday)                   Third Year Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting

17 – 21December                               First and Second Year Assessments




9 – 12 January                                    BY Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition

11 January (Friday)                            First Year Trip to BTYSTE

14 – 18 January                                  Wellbeing and Active Week

29 January (Tuesday)                         First Year Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting

4 – 8 February                                    English Week

7 February (Thursday)                        Second Year Parent-Student-Teacher Meeting

11 – 15 February                                Third Year Mock Exams

25 February – 1 March                       Engineering Week

11 – 15 March                                     Seachtain Na Gaeilge

18 March (Monday)                            Bank Holiday

19 – 22 March                                     French Week

6 May (Monday)                                 Bank Holiday

23 May (Thursday)                             Evening of Excellence Awards

24 May (Friday)                                  Subject Awards

27 – 31 May                                        First and Second Year Assessments


Coláiste Dún an Rí Parents' Association would like to invite all parents of Coláiste Dún an Rí students and parents of students from our local primary schools to a Cyberbullying and Online Safety Workshop in Coláiste Dún an Rí on Monday 5 February at 7:30pm. 




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