Dear Parents and Students 

This period of dealing with the Coronavirus crisis and school closure is a difficult time for everyone and while much of what happens is outside of our control it is important that we look after our mental health. We have previously sent you information detailing how students should manage their days and how parents can support. Please see below for additional information provided today by the National Educational Psychological Service for students and parents. We have also included other links that provide useful information.


pdf NEPS advice plan your day (608 KB)

pdf NEPS guidance talking to children and young people about covid 19 coronavirus advice for parents and schools (498 KB)

pdf NEPS advice to young people while schools are closed (556 KB)

pdf Headspace Fact Sheet Coping with COVID 19 Stress v1 (95 KB)

pdf NEPS relaxation techniques (469 KB)


HSE Minding your mental health during the coronavirus outbreak

The Corona Anxiety toolkit from the Shine App and Mental Health America  provides research-backed and helpful tools and resources for anxiety and mental health such as articles, self care strategies and meditations

Spun Out have tips and self-care strategies for young people on ‘how to handle coronavirus anxiety’

Young Minds UK tips for parents to support wellbeing

Headspace: how to cope with stress related to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

UNICEF: support for teenagers to protect their mental health

List of strategies and self-care section for young people from the Anna Freud Centre resources

There were smiles all around in Coláiste Dún an Rí last Friday afternoon when the Transition Year students received their Junior Cert/Cycle results. It was a truly historic day for the students, their parents, staff and the wider community as this was the first ever class to sit a state examination in the new state of the art school, officially opened in Kingscourt in 2017. To mark this memorable day, and in keeping with the spirit of partnership that exists within the school, the students were joined by family members, staff and the third year students, when they received their results. The Chairperson of the school’s Board of Management-also Chairperson of CMETB-Mr Clifford Kelly, was also present to congratulate the students on their success. Mr Boyle, school principal, congratulated the students on the excellent results received, with top grades and Descriptors being received right across every subject. He thanked the staff for their hard work and paid tribute to the parents and guardians for looking after the wellbeing of their children during the run-up to the exams. Mr. Boyle stated that the outstanding results received bore testimony to the excellent teaching and learning environment that exists within the school.

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As the dust settles on another academic year in Coláíste Dún an Rí and with a new year about to commence it is a good time to remind ourselves of the achievements this school has continued to make over the past number of years. At the end of May, students and their parents were invited to our annual Evening of Excellence were they were presented with awards based on their achievements throughout the academic year. On the night our special guest was Mr. Colm O'Rourke, former All-Ireland winning footballer for Meath and current principal of St. Patricks Classical school Navan. Mr O'Rourke has also made a name for himself through his punditry with RTÉ. He spoke fondly of his memories of playing football in Kingscourt at the beginning of his footballing career. He recalled one particular occasion when Meath played Cavan, in Kingscourt Stars pitch and how a Kingscourt man playing full back had almost knocked football out of him for good!

We were also joined by Mr Michael Donohoe from Link Credit Union. Link Credit Union have generously sponsored our awards night for the last two years and without thier support the event would not be the success that it has proven to be.

In his address, Mr O'Rourke reminded students that when he was at school he had a keen interest in football and that opportunity had provided him with a platform for success. He highlighted the array of opportunities students where being offered in Coláiste Dún an Rí, based on how successful students had been in a number of sports and extra curricular activities ranging from Handball to Dancing and pointed out that whilst not everybody is born with the same talent, sporty, academic, musical. etc. it is important that students engage with the opportunities provided to them in order to find there talents, achieve their dreams and use it as their platform to success. 

Below are some photos taken on the night.

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Please click on the icon for information on installing and setting up Microsoft Teams. This will be used to distribute work to students throughout the week. 


Coláiste Dún an Rí are deighted to have won the accolade of best Educational Building in Ireland. The award was presented at the LAMA awards in Croke Park on Friday night. This award further highlights the state of the art facilities the school has to offer its students and the community.

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It is with great excitement and anticipation that Coláiste Dún an Rí, Kingscourt is proud to present its inaugural Performing Arts school show. On January 19th the school opens its doors to the renowned Young Americans, offering students the opportunity to participate in a number of intensive workshops that will be celebrated in two LIVE shows on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of January. The international performers, known as The Young Americans are a world-renowned non-profit organisation, founded in 1962. They are dedicated to empowering young people by instilling passion, innovation and goodwill through music, dance, performance, academic education, and cultural interaction.  These amazing entertainers have performed on stages across the world with some of the biggest names in show business, including Julie Andrews, Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.

Coláiste Dún an Rí is among the limited selection of schools welcoming the Young Americans on their 2020 tour. The cast will hold three days of intensive workshops on music, song, dance, musical theatre, stage performance and sound techniques. The workshops focus on student wellbeing, developing self-esteem and confidence through the medium of performing arts. At the end of these workshops, students will perform live on stage with the Young Americans for family and friends for two nights only!

For more information please check out the website Admission on the night is €12 for adults and €6 for children. Tickets will be available directly through The Young Americans at the end of each workshop and on the door each night. Both shows take place in the school gymnasium at 7:30pm, doors open at 7:00pm.

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Don't forget our upcoming Enrolment Evening on Tuesday 13th November. Check out our new video to see Coláiste Dún an Rí for yourself.


Coláiste Dún an Rí invites Sixth Class students to our Subject Sampling Morning on Saturday 10 November 

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