Walton’s Music for Schools Competition

Well done to all of our Transition Year and 5th Year Students who submitted an entry to this year’s Walton’s Music for Schools Competition and have been awarded Very Highly Commended.

Students recorded a performance which encompassed this years competition theme of ‘Music Moves’ using the songs ‘You Will Be Found’, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U’ and ‘A Rainy Night in Soho’.

‘Very Highly Commended’ is a new category introduced this year to single out outstanding entries was awarded to a very small number of schools.

Well done to all the students who took part on a fantastic performance!


Student Awards 2024

We had our annual student awards on Tuesday 21st May. Students were recognised for their achievements in different areas over the past year. Students from across the six years were presented with awards for sports, arts and much more.

The awards ceremony finished with 6th year student Elitza O’Connor being named as this year’s Student of the Year.

Well done to all of our students who received awards this year!!

Student of the year nominees:



    • Creative Leadership of Fresh Eyes Festival – Aisling O’Connor
    • Event Management of Fresh Eyes Festival – Oliwia Tchorz
    • Leadership and creativity committee


  • Fresh eyes Poetry Competition: Winner and Runner Up


  1. Show Jumping:
    1. Chess:

  1. Camogie:

  1. Enterprise:


  1. Hurling:

  1. Talent show/Arts and Culture/ Speech and Drama:

  1. Basketball: 

  1. Soccer:

  1. Football:

  1. Spirit Award:

  1. Rugby:


  1. Badminton: Clare Badminton Schools Championship and runners-up Munster Badminton

  1. Team of the Year:     1st Year Basketball
  1. Sports Star of the Year:
Talent Show 2024

On Thursday May 16th our Talent Show was held as part of the inaugural Fresh Eyes Festival.

After holding heats in early May, 10 finalists were picked to perform at the final. There was an extremely high and broad range of talents this year from singing to dancing to beatboxing.

All students performed exceptionally well on the day and made the decision of picking a winner very difficult for our judges Aodán Ó Dubhghaill and Louise Harrison.

After difficult deliberations the judges announced Gráinne Scullane, 6th year student, as our winner.

Congratulations to all students who took part!

Concours de la Francophonie

Congratulations to all of our 1st and 2nd year French students who took part in this years Concours de la Francophonie Poster Competition.

Students had to create a poster in French mentioning at least 6 speaking French speaking countries.

As part of Mois de la Francophonie all 1st year students also took place in a quiz on France and French culture which was organised by our Transition Year French class.

PE Uniform Online Shop

St. Anne’s PE uniform is now available to buy. The PE uniform must be worn by all students from 1st to 6th year. Click here to access the shop for orders.

Packs available which include: Half Zip, T-Shirt and Skinny pants or leggings for €75.

Individual items are also available:

Half Zip – €35

T-Shirt – €25

Skinny Pants – €30

Shorts –  €20

The online shop closes Friday 31st May 2024.

National Student Enterprise Program


Well done to our 2nd Year Business students who represented Clare in the National Student Enterprise Program in the Intermediate category in Mullingar on Thursday 9th April.





Dylan O’Brien, Gerard McWey, Donnacha Melnyk Murphy and David Maslanek progressed to the National finals after they won at the Clare County Finals in February with their business Cross Crafts.





2nd Year students Conan Gunning, Pádraig McSweeney, Cian Granger and Eoin Gibbs placed third in the County Final.


Well done to Ms. King and to all the business department.


Focus Ireland

We were delighted to present Maura McMahon from Focus Ireland with €750. These were the proceeds from The Big Busk for Focus Ireland which took place on April 12th.

Maura gave a presentation to our 1st year students about Focus Ireland and the work they do.

Many thanks to everyone who supported The Big Busk and helped us to raise funds and awareness for this very worthy cause.

Fresh Eyes Festival



On Thursday 16th May the students of St. Anne’s Community College, Killaloe are hosting their inaugural arts and music festival; Fresh Eyes Festival. This is a youth-led music and arts festival which aims to celebrate young people’s creativity and open eyes to the creative possibilities that surround us all.

This festival is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland as part of the Creative Schools initiative. The school has been working with Chelsea Canavan from Creative Schools to support the


students in bringing their vision for this festival to life. On working with the students in St. Anne’s, Chelsea said “It is inspiring and exciting to see this group of youths take the lead with developing an arts festival for themselves and their peers. From day one, I’ve been floored by their enthusiasm to acquire new skills and apply them to this. Fresh Eyes Festival is going to open a new door and build momentum in the world of youth-led and youth-run creative events”.







Students have also been working with Lumen Street Theatre, and artist Laura O’Loughlin, who facilitated a series of workshops with TY students on Blackout Poetry, Cut-up Haiku, Collage and Zine Making.  Leading professionals in the Arts community, including Declan Hogan, Kate O’ Shea and Enya Moore (Limerick Spring) have lent their expertise in the development of students’ skills and confidence in the run up to Fresh Eyes which is the first youth-led festival of its kind in Ireland.



The focus of this festival is on fun, creativity, imagination and innovation. The most important aspect of the festival is that young people, supported by industry professionals, are designing and building this festival from the ground up in the hopes of starting a cultural legacy in the school community. Gallery director, TY student Sara Lancaster said, “Getting to learn from these people who have that experience is really cool. We like that we then can take control of this project.”


The festival will feature student photography, art, sculptures, film, performances, live mural making and lots more creative fun. There will be food stalls offering fresh pizza and sweet treats, all run by the students.

The school Talent Show will feature as one of the main events ofthe day, with Declan Hogan providing a professional stage set-up to showcase the school’s wealth of singers, bands, dancers and actors, all whilst mentoring students who are eager to shadow him and learn about running festivals from this legend in the industry.



The school’s female DJ team have even been lucky enough to enjoy an inspirational workshop with DJ Ceese, a talented performer who has travelled the world playing solo and stages as big as Glastonbury with Denise Chaila and Narolane. She is passionate about encouraging young women to advance in an often male-dominated genre and said “I love to see schools being more proactive with opening students minds to jobs in the creative industry. It was great to do the workshop and even better that it was with women! The girls were really eager to learn and I hope we can continue to do these workshops or even supply a course, who knows!”

As well as Ceese, whose set will close out the day, Limerick band Dylan Flynn and the Dead Poets will bring a set packed with unforgettable, soaring indie rock songs that will light up the main stage. The band are about to release their new EP ‘caughtup in delusion’, and with 1,000,000 streams on Spotify and both critical acclaim and a growing fan base, the festival committee were blown away to secure them on the lineup.




Accomplished trad group Le Cheile comprising of students, teachers and local players will showcase the best of local talent, featuring players such as fifth year student Ruby McKenna who has graced the likes of Carnegie Hall. Their set will pave the way for returning past pupils Cailini Lua, whose highly energized brand of trad has taken them all over the country, to the US and seen them launch Tradfest in Dublin this year. The girls, Katie and Laura Donoghue and newly crowned Tipperary Rose, Tara Brady, will be warmly welcomed back to their alma mater and serve as vibrant example of the way our young people can lead creative lives after school.

Tickets are on sale from the school; it is €10 presale ticket and limited €12 tickets on the door. While students can enjoy the art, music, food and dancing during the day, the paid wristband will give ticket-holders access to the incredible line-up kicking off on the Main Stage from 4:30 to 8.

Keep your eyes open for updates on our social media.

The Creativity Committee

St. Anne’s Community College,


Co. Clare

French Educational Exchange


Well done to second year student Dylan Ruane and to Transition Year Students Eimear Spain and Caoimhe O’Driscoll who have all spent two weeks in Basse-Goulaine as part of the school’s French Educational Exchange Programme. The students went to school in France for two weeks and immersed themselves in French culture as part of their trip.

We look forward to welcoming their exchange partners from France over the coming weeks and months, as well as developing this exchange programme.

Many thanks to the Ballina-Killaloe and the Basse-Goulaine Twinning Committee’s for all their help and support restarting the exchange programme this year.

If you have any questions in relation to the exchange programme or if you would like to take part please feel free to contact Ms. Irwin for details.


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St. Anne's Community College
Co. Clare

Phone: (061) 376 257
Fax: (061) 375 768
Email: stanneskillaloe@lcetb.ie