St. Anne’s Community College, Clarisford, Killaloe, Co Clare is a very modern co-educational, post primary school. The school in Clarisford replaced the old St. Anne’s Secondary School on Convent Hill, where the Mercy sisters had been providing Secondary education since 1945. Since opening in 1987 on the Clarisford site, under the auspices of Clare VEC initially and subsequently Limerick and Clare Education & Training Board (LCETB), the school has expanded several times due to an increasing enrolment. An impressive extension opened in August 2019. Facilities now include 4 Science Laboratories, 2 Engineering rooms, 2 Graphics/DCG rooms, 2 Home Economics rooms 2 Computer rooms and specialist rooms for Art, Woodwork Studies/Construction, Music and Modern European Languages.
The extensive facilities support the broad curriculum on offer at St Anne’s. At Junior Cycle students study Irish, English, Maths, History, Geography, RE, IT and Wellbeing subjects including PE, SPHE and CSPE. They take four of the following option subjects – Business Studies, Engineering, French, Graphics, Home Economics, Music, Science, Spanish, Visual Art and Woodwork Technology.
We run a very successful Transition Year Programme which is optional.
At Senior Cycle students study Irish, English, Maths, PE, RE, Career Guidance. They also take four of the following option subjects – Accounting, Agricultural Science, Art, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Construction Studies, Design & Communication Graphics (DCG), Engineering, French, Geography, History, Home Economics, Music, Physics & Spanish. The school also currently runs the Leaving Certificate Vocational Programme (LCVP).
We have a full size PE hall with fitness suite, a 2nd PE hall, an Astroturf pitch, grass pitch and 4 hard courts to support curricular PE and an extensive extra -curricular programme which typically includes Hurling, Gaelic Football, Camogie, Rugby, Soccer, Badminton and Softball. We are well known for our outstanding school musical productions. Other extra-curricular activities generally include Film Club, Chess Club, Speech & Drama, Public Speaking/Debating, concerts and talent shows. We host Coder DoJo and we are a Music Generation hub.
At St Anne’s Community College we seek to develop the full potential of every student in an orderly caring environment where quality teaching & learning takes place. Key to this is the strong spirit of collaboration between LCETB, the Board of Management, staff, pupils, parents and the wider community. Central to our ethos is the care of our students. To that end we have many supports including 2 Guidance Counsellors, a Chaplain, 3 qualified Learning Support teachers, Year Heads, Class Tutors and Student Mentors.