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Message from the Minister for Education, Norma Foley TD

The Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools 2017 were developed following extensive consultation with the education partners to take account of the statutory obligations under the Children First Act, 2015 and the Children First: National Guidance for the Protection and Welfare of Children. The obligations and responsibilities which arise from the procedures have been taken very seriously by our schools since their implementation and there is a very strong culture of child protection across the school sector.

Following the publication of the procedures in 2017, schools have implemented the procedures in full, including developing a Child Safeguarding Statement (which includes a Risk Assessment), appointing a Designated Liaison Person (DLP) and Deputy Designated Liaison Person (DDLP), ensuring that parents/guardians and all school personnel are aware of the school’s child protection and safeguarding procedures, ensuring that reporting procedures in line with Children First are in place and ensuring that school personnel are provided with training in respect of recognising and reporting alleged child protection concerns. 

There have been important developments since the publication of the procedures in 2017 including the Data Protection Acts which give effect to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the commencement of the Teaching Council (Information to be Furnished by Employer in Case of Dismissal or Resignation of Registered Teacher) Regulations 2023. The Department has also published Child Protection and Safeguarding Procedures for Boarding Facilities associated with Recognised Schools 2023 and an associated inspection model. The Department has now revised the 2017 procedures and published these 2023 procedures to take account of the aforementioned legislative and policy developments. 

The protection and welfare of children must continue to be of paramount importance for every school. These Child Protection Procedures for Primary and Post-Primary Schools (revised 2023) have been published following extensive consultation with the education partners and I would like to express my sincere thanks to the education partners and all those involved in the development of the revisions to the procedures. 


St Kieran’s College Documents 2023-2024

The Child Safeguarding Statement for St Kieran’s College was reviewed ratified by the Board of Management on Friday 1st September 2023. 

Please click on the following link to view The Child Safeguarding Statement and Risk Assessment. 

A copy of the school’s Child Safeguarding Statement is also available to parents on request by contacting the school office.

Please click on the link Notification to Parents regarding the Board of Management Review of the Child Safeguarding Statement for official notice to parents regarding the annual review of our Safeguarding Statement at that Board of Management meeting on Friday 1st September 2023.


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Key Dates

Key Dates Academic Year 2024-2025

Please note: It may be necessary to reschedule some of the below times and dates. Please check the school website throughout the year for confirmation of the most up to date information.

Wednesday 21st
Staff Day (No school for students)
Thursday 22nd
6th Years return at 8:50
Friday 23rd
3rd Year students return 8:50am / 1st Year Induction at 11am
Monday 26th
2nd / 5th Years and TY students return to school at 8:50am
Monday 16th
Open Evening (Provisional)
Friday 20th
Sports Day (Provisional)
Monday 23rd
Free Day (No school for students)
Monday 7th - Friday 11th
October Exams (Provisional)
Monday 14th - Friday 25th
TY Work Experience (TBC)
Thursday 17th (4:15-6:45pm)
6th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 25th (1pm)
Midterm Break Begins
Monday 4th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Mid-Term Break
Thursday 7th
Dept of Education Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Thursday 16th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
3rd Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
5th Year P/T Meeting (Provisional)
Friday 24th
Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Monday 27th
JCT Staff Training Cluster Day (No school for students)
Monday 2nd - Friday 6th
Christmas Exams (6th Years / 3rd Years - provisional)
Monday 16th - Friday 20th
Christmas Exams (1st / 2nd & 5th Years)
Friday 22nd (1pm)
Christmas Holidays Begin
Monday 6th (8:50am)
School Reopens after Christmas Holidays
Monday 20th
Oide Staff Training Day (No school for students)
Thursday 23rd (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
1st Year P/T Meeting
Thursday 30th (4.15pm - 6.45pm)
2nd Year P/T Meeting
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
TY Work Experience (TBC)
Tuesday 4th - Friday 14th
Mock Examinations for JC & LC
Monday 3rd
St Brigid’s Day Bank Holiday - No School
Friday 14th February (1pm)
Midterm Break Begins
Monday 24th (8.50 am)
School Reopens after Midterm Break
Thursday 27th (4:15-6:45pm)
TY P/T Meeting
Entrance Assessment Test
Date to be decided
Friday 7th
St Kieran’s Day Activities
Monday 17th
School Closed (St Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday)
Tuesday 18th
Free Day (No school for students)
Monday 31st (May) - Friday 4th
Easter Exams (1st & 5th Years)
Friday 11th (1pm)
Easter Holidays Begin
Monday 28th
School Reopens after Easter Holidays
Monday 5th
School Closed (Bank Holiday)
Monday 26th
Summer Examinations Begin (Provisional)
Friday 30th (1pm)
Summer Holidays Begin
Wednesday 4th
Junior & Leaving cert exams start

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