School News – 31 May 2024

Annual Staff Cycle to Work

On Wednesday morning staff from Coláiste Phobal gathered in Dunkerrin to do their annual cycle to work in aid of Offaly hospice. In recent years the cycle has been dedicated to the memory of Mick O’Shea. Mick was a Science teacher here in the Coláiste and an avid cyclist. Rain or shine Mick cycled to school every day from Shinrone, rarely was he seen driving his car. €1,001.30 was raised on the day and will be given to Offaly hospice as they provided such good care for Mick in his final days. Mick’s wife Ann joined us Wednesday morning as did some retired teachers who had worked with him during his time with us. Thanks to all who took part and to Mr Hogan for coordinating the event, we would also like to acknowledge The School Food Company  who kindly provided breakfasts for all the cyclists.


State Exams

We would like to wish our LCA, Third and Sixth year students the very best in their upcoming state exams. We know that their hard work will pay off.


Summer Break

We would like to wish all of our staff and students a happy and restful summer break and look forward to seeing everyone again in August when the new school year commences.


Jersey Day

Great fun and good-natured rivalry was on display in the classrooms, in the staffroom and on the corridors of Coláiste on Friday 31st May as our school community donned their county colours in anticipation for the upcoming u20 All Ireland final between Tipperary and Offaly. As you can see both counties are well represented in the school, and we look forward to a thrilling encounter in Kilkenny. A special mention for Fifth Year student Gearoid Maher who is on the Offaly panel.


Engineering room refurbishment

In February 2023 the engineering department here in the Coláiste sought funding for the upgrading of machinery to the engineering room to improve safety, work practices and CAM (computer aided manufacturing) capabilities. After a review by the Dept. of Education €125,000 of funding was secured to modernise the room. This included; two Strands pillar drills, a Colchester lathe, a Bomar horizontal bandsaw, an UZMA electric guillotine and a GCC Laser pro laser cutter.

All the above items are improving teaching and learning of modern engineering techniques and practices, improving safety and above all giving our students a modern fulfilling experience.