Welcome to Laurel Hill Secondary School

Michael Cregan - Principal

Welcome to Laurel Hill Secondary School FCJ

The school community of Laurel Hill Secondary School F.C.J., would like to welcome you to our website. As you browse through it we hope you will get a good sense of who we are as a school in the 21st century. You will read about our history as a school run by the Sisters, Faithful Companions of Jesus, dating back to 1844, our love of sport, language, music and our outstanding academic achievement, which is fostered by a committed and talented staff.

Principal’s Address


2019/03/22 21:36:28

Science department has some new students!! Many thanks to Ms Condon Gaffney. Great excitement to see eggs hatching and to watch the little chicks develop. Students have been given the opportunity to interact, care for and learn about chickens from incubation, hatching and finally growth......incredibly rewarding experience

Daffodil Day 2019

2019/03/22 14:13:07

Laurel Hill Secondary School students are scattered around Limerick City this afternoon selling daffodils for €3.00 each in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Any support or donation you can offer would be appreciated for this great cause!

Model United Nations Conference 2019

2019/03/21 09:11:09

Well done to Hannah Fitzgerald, Kate Storan, Lily O'Keeffe, Emily McNamara, Fiona Kinnevane, Maria Jablonska and Arshia Banerjee who all recently attended the Model United Nations Conference at Wesley College, Dublin. The girls represented Denmark and did their school proud. Thanks to Ms McGing who accompanied the girls on the day.

Parents' Information Evening - Transition Year 2019/2020

2019/03/20 12:46:21

An information evening for parents/guardians of 3rd year students who will enter Transition Year in September 2019 will take place on Monday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m. in the school. On the evening, the Transition Year Programme for 2019/2020 will be outlined. Current 3rd pupils entering Transition Year in September 2019 are not required to attend this information session.

Limerick Sports Partnership Applications 2019

2019/03/20 10:27:46

Any 3rd year student starting in Transition Year in September 2019 who wishes to take part in the Limerick Sports Partnership programme, please click on the link below to register. The closing date for applications is this Sunday, March 24th 2019. https://www.limericksports.ie/news/352-vip-2019-2020

Junior Hockey

2019/03/19 21:57:46

Congratulations to our Junior hockey team who progressed into the Munster Final today. The girls played fantastic today and easily beat Midleton 6-0. We now will play Crescent Comprehensive in the final next week (date to be decided yet).

Daffodil Day 2019

2019/03/19 14:01:40

Our TY pupils will be on the streets of Limerick this coming Friday, March 22nd selling daffodils in aid of the Irish Cancer Society. Daffodils will also be available to buy throughout the week in school. All donations and support would be appreciated for this great cause. More information about Daffodil Day can be found on: https://www.cancer.ie/get-involved/fundraise/major-fundraising-drives/daffodil-day#sthash.UQYlzvVA.dpbs

Seachtain na Gaeilge

2019/03/15 16:37:46

To conclude Seachtain na Gaeilge, we recorded our unique version of “Shallow”. Our own Mr Kelly put his own touch to the meaning of the song. We are so proud of all our 2nd and 5th years who sang their hearts out. Huge thank you to Ms Creaven and Ms Lawless for the music inspiration, it’s great to see collaboration between the music and Irish departments. Ní neart go cur le chéile ☘️. The video can be viewed on Facebook or on the following link: https://youtu.be/-opOsj8zqlw

Post Primary Fittest Schools' Challenge 2019

2019/03/15 12:27:01

Please return volunteer and entry forms to Ms O' Mahony for the 2019 Fittest Schools' Challenge by next Thursday, March 21st. The entry fee is €18.00 per person. Please return your entry fee and completed form in an envelope with your name and class clearly written on the front.

Minor A Munster Hockey Final

2019/03/15 11:12:15

Hard luck to our fantastic Laurel Hill Secondary School team who were defeated by Crescent College Comprehensive today in the Minor A Munster Cup final. A bright future is beckoning for our Minor A hockey stars and we are very proud of all your accomplishments to date

WINNERS - Irish Angus Schools' Competition 2019

2019/03/14 16:00:12

Congratulations to Susan O’Neill, Jane McNamara, Aisling O’Neill, Aoibhinn Leahy and Emily Walsh who took top prize at the Certified Irish Angus Beef Schools’ Competition today in Croke Park. We have no doubt that the girls will be fantastic mentors into the future for our TY Angus Group who also showcased their project at the event today. A massive thank you to all the parents and families who travelled to Dublin to support the girls. A special word of thanks to Ms Condon-Gaffney who prepped both groups for today. Catch an interview with the winning group on RTÉ 2 on News2Day at 3:45 p.m. Well done to all involved. More information about the girls’ winning project can be found on: https://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/winners-of-the-2019-angus-beef-schools-competition-announced/

Irish Angus Schools' Competition 2019

2019/03/14 14:09:38

Best of luck to all of our 6th year and TY pupils who will be taking part in the Certified Irish Angus Schools Competiton tomorrow in Croke Park. A huge word of thanks to Ms Condon-Gaffney who has assisted both groups in preparing for their big day.

Leaving & Junior Certificate Exam Timetable 2019

2019/03/14 12:24:09

Please see attached Leaving & Junior Certificate Exam Timetable 2019 https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1022_20190314122233.pdf https://7c9ace7b80156894f6f1-51edfa190f449cdb42588485494c0c92.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/3139_20190314122240.pdf

Minor A Hockey Final

2019/03/14 10:18:16

Laurel Hill Secondary School V Crescent Match tips off today at 1.15pm Venue :Crescent Comp Date Thursday 14 th March Best of luck to all.

Minor A Hockey Final

2019/03/14 10:01:29

Best of luck to our fantastic hockey team in the Minor A cup final today. They play Crescent Comprehensive at 13:15 in Crescent. They have beaten tough opponents to get to the final-Regina Mundi (3-0), Laurel Hill Colaiste (1-0) and Mount Mercy (2-0). They make history to be the 1st Minor A Laurel Hill Secondary School team to play a Minor A final and this is the first year at this level in many years. We are very proud of them and we wish them all the very best of luck tomorrow. All support is welcome


2019/03/13 19:27:15

Dear Parent/Guardian, As you are aware, there is a rally taking place for global climate change on Friday, March 15th in Limerick City. We are aware that on social media students are being encouraged to leave school and join this protest. We have received no information from the organisers in relation to this protest, especially with regard to permits, security, child protection and insurance cover for this event. The FCJ philosophy, formulated 199 years ago, states that ‘care for the environment and peace that does justice are fundamental principles in FCJ Educational Philosophy’. We still stand behind this powerful statement today. Having discussed the event with our Student Council, Environmental Committee and staff, we have decided to run our own event in school to increase awareness in relation to climate change. The following measures will be taken this coming Friday and into the future: 1. We will turn off most lights on Friday, March 15th thus reducing our carbon footprint. The saving will be closely monitored and published. 2. Our Environmental Committee has purchased reusable water bottles which will be launched in the coming weeks to reduce plastic bottle use. 3. We have signed up to the Team Limerick Clean-up on Good Friday organised by the JP McManus Trust. 4. We continue to encourage recycling and keeping the school litter free, which is a credit to your daughter(s). Please note the following procedures are in place in accordance with school rules: 1. Friday, March 15th will be a normal school day with classes and extra-curricular events continuing as normal. 2. If your daughter is leaving during the school day to attend a medical appointment or is sick, she must be signed out using the normal sign-out procedures - that is a parent/guardian must come to the school office and can only sign out their own child. We appreciate your help in relation to this. Kind regards, Michael Cregan Principal

TY Build A Bank Competition 2019

2019/03/13 18:12:39

A huge congratulations to Hannah Fitzgerald, Alannah Cassidy, Alice McKeown, Meadhbh Barnes, Nikolka Stevankova and Issie Murphy who all took part in the AIB Build A Bank final in the RDS today. Their 'Bank of Balance' was selected among the top eight schools in the country! Thanks to all students, parents and staff who have supported the girls in preparing for today. A special word of thanks also to Ms Cashman who has been working with this group since September. Well done to all involved on a fantastic achievement!

*Happy International Women’s Day*

2019/03/08 15:47:46

A terrific start to International Women’s Day here in Laurel Hill. Our 5th years choreographed a dance for our 1st, 2nd and TYs this morning. As a school, we pledge to give all our girls more opportunities to take part in physical activity and to give our students the opportunity to support female athletes by attending more sporting events. Shout out to our teachers who make a guest appearance as well #active20x20 #showyourstripes #InternationalWomensDay #cantseecantbe https://youtu.be/6Y0TRzgLKGk

5th Year Vistakon Trip

2019/03/08 14:57:17

Last Wednesday, March 6th our 5th year Accounting, Business Studies and LCVP class groups had the opportunity to visit Vistakon and observe how a local enterprise operates. Pupils submitted a list of questions regarding how the business works, observed some engineering demos and also got to see first-hand how contact lenses are made by the company and shipped all over the world. Thanks to Vistakon for hosting the group, and well done to all pupils for their participation on the day.

TY Subject Choice Forms

2019/03/08 14:43:59

A reminder to all TY pupils that next Wednesday, March 13th is the deadline to return subject choice forms. Pupils should rank their preferred subjects from 1-5 (1 being your first preference). Teachers will speak with classes next week regarding optional subjects. Completed forms can be submitted in the school library. Please note that these forms are used to gauge interest in the different subject areas. Further forms will be distributed in the coming weeks to finalise subject selections for pupils entering 5th year in September 2019.

Fashion Show 2019

2019/03/08 14:03:57

Thank you to our students, models, helpers, teachers and parent council for a fantastic night of fashion. Also to all parents, students & Staff who came and supported us on the night, it is greatly appreciated.

Anna-Marie Rooney on Other Voices

2019/03/08 13:30:23

Congratulations to Anna-Marie Rooney in 6th Year whose band, Powpig, performed on the Other Voices international music programme on RTE2 TV last night. This is a very prestigious TV programme which has brought musicians and artists from across the world to Dingle to perform. A fantastic achievement! We wish her the best of luck in her musical endeavours.

Gael Linn Success

2019/03/08 12:58:32

Comhghairdeachas leis an bhfoireann díospóireachta who won the Senior Gael Linn Munster debating competition last night. Best of luck in the next round girls.

Camogie Junior B Munster Final

2019/03/08 11:39:03

Our Junior B camogie team put in a fantastic performance today versus Carrick on Suir in the Junior B Munster Plate Final. They narrowly lost out by one point scored in injury time. Score was Carrick 1-6 to Laurel Hill 1-5. Very proud of all their heart and determination over the Munster campaign. They play Rathkeale in the County Colleges semi final next week. Hondhill.

Fashion Show

2019/03/07 17:48:31

A big thank you to all parents who bought fashion show tickets, your support is greatly appreciated. There are some tickets available at the door tonight. Thank you

Camogie Junior B Munster Final

2019/03/07 13:16:10

Our Junior B camogie team put in a fantastic performance today versus Carrick on Suir in the Junior B Munster Plate Final. They narrowly lost out by one point scored in injury time. Score was Carrick 1-6 to Laurel Hill 1-5. Very proud of all their heart and determination over the Munster campaign. They play Rathkeale in the County Colleges semi final next week. Hondhill.

TY Theatre Group 2019

2019/03/06 08:34:29

Congratulations to Leya Sultan, Katie Weller, Aoife Sutton, Maria Jablonska, Nadine McMahon, Anna Corcoran, Róisín Musgrave, Tatjana Udovicenko and Dara Stack who have all been working with Limerick Youth Theatre since the start of February on their production of ‘This is a Room’. Last Wednesday, February 27th all our TY pupils had the opportunity to see the girls performing at Dance Limerick and all thoroughly enjoyed the show! Well done to all involved.

Mindful March

2019/03/05 18:31:42

Might be an idea for students/staff/parents to have a go at some of the ideas as part of Mindful March. With Lent starting tomorrow perhaps we could take something up as well as giving something up. (From the Wellbeing Group)

5th Year Vistakon Trip - 6th March 2019

2019/03/05 15:44:23

A reminder to all LCVP, Business Studies and Accounting pupils that the bus for the trip to Vistakon will leave from the Dock Road tomorrow at 12:15 p.m. All students must return the required permission slips in order to attend and full uniform must be worn. Pupils are expected to return to school at approximately 4:00 p.m.

Lollipop Day 2019

2019/03/04 15:07:35

Congratulations to our TY pupils who participated in Lollipop Day 2019 and raised a phenomenal €2800.00 in aid of oesophageal cancer research. The group are fantastic ambassadors for both the school and charity. Well done to all involved.

Essential HEAR/DARE deadline

2019/02/27 11:56:25

DARE: No later than 5.15 on 1 March disclose your disability/ learning difficulty in your CAO and fully complete Section A of the SIF. HEAR:No later than 5.15 on 1 March Complete all elements of the online HEAR application form.

Lollipop Day 2019

2019/02/25 21:20:07

Laurel Hill Secondary School TY students will be participating in Lollipop Day on Wednesday, February 26th and Thursday, February 27th 2019. The aim of this charity event is to raise awareness of the symptoms related to oesophageal cancer and to provide funding for research into the disease. Lollipops will be sold in school throughout the week and pupils will be scattered around Limerick City Centre on Thursday, February 27th to help raise funds for this great cause. Any support you could offer would be appreciated! More information about Lollipop Day available at: www.lollipopday.ie

Winning TY Foynes Group - Limerick Post

2019/02/14 09:16:44

The victorious TY pupils who are part of the 'Working Waves' group are pictured on the front of the Limerick Post this morning. Be sure to pick up a copy!

UL Camogie Asbourne Cup

2019/02/12 19:54:06

Congratulations to all of the Laurel Hill connections to UL’s fantastic fourth win in a row of the Ashbourne Cup in Colleges camogie. The team had two past pupils Dearbhla Egan and Sophie O’Callaghan on the panel. Also involved as selectors were Ms Moynihan and Ms Ryan. Well done to all.

First Year Camogie

2019/02/07 13:35:14

Well done to all of our First Year camogie players who had a great win today over Mungret College. The First Years train every Wednesday at lunchtime and all the hard work paid off today. Congrats girls.

Junior Hockey Win

2019/02/05 16:03:58

Well done to our junior hockey team who won their Junior Cup game today. They beat Ursuline Thurles on a score line of 4-0. Well done to the girls and their coaches.

TY Work Experience - February 12th -15th 2019

2019/02/05 11:31:20

Please note that any TY pupils not going on the ski trip next week are required to organise work experience from Tuesday, February 12th – Friday, February 15th 2019. Classes will run as normal on Monday, February 11th 2019. This is a good opportunity for pupils to gain extra experience over a consecutive number of days. Students may also find it beneficial to use next week to compensate for work experience days they may have missed over the last number of weeks due to project involvement and school events.

TY Theatre Group 2019

2019/02/04 12:15:29

Congratulations to Leya Sultan, Katie Weller, Aoife Sutton, Maria Jablonska, Nadine McMahon, Anna Corcoran, Róisín Musgrave, Tatjana Udovicenko and Dara Stack who have all been chosen by Limerick Youth Theatre to take part in a production of 'This Is A Room'. The girls have been selected as part of the 2019 TY Theatre Group which involves schools from all over Limerick. Rehearsals begin this week before scheduled shows in late February. We wish the group all the best in the coming weeks.

Junior Camogie Success

2019/01/29 15:28:19

Well done to the Junior Camogie team who had a great win today over Pres Thurles in difficult weather conditions. The final score was Laurel Hill 2-4 to Pres Thurles 1-1. The girls dominated the game from start to finish. They are now into the Munster Junior (u16.5) Shield Final. We wish our Senior team the best of luck in their match this Friday away to Pres Thurles. Hondhill!

TY Law Day

2019/01/25 11:40:07

TY Law Day will take place on Monday, January 28th 2019. Four practitioners will visit the school for the full day to provide students with an insight into the Irish Legal System. They will also share their expertise and knowledge with all classes before conducting mock trials with each group. For pupils who have a particular interest in this area, a mock trial competition will be held in mid- April in the Limerick Courthouse and presided over by Judge Tom O’Donnell. More information available at: www.transitionyearlaw.com