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Donahies Community School

Why choose the Donahies Community School?


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At the Donahies Community School, we aim to carry the torch of learning to every member of the school community in an environment that is supportive and safe.

Our approach to education is holistic. Each student is supported to achieve his/her full academic potential. The Personal, Social and Spiritual development of all students is fostered and developed.

Our educational programmes reflect the inclusive nature of the school community. Our philosophy is based on respect, tolerance and understanding while appreciating the diversity of our changing world.

The school motto to ‘Undertake and Accomplish’ has remained the guiding principle since the foundation of the school.

Donahies Community School

  • Choose Donahies Community School
  • Enrolment
  • School Facilities and Additional Programmes
  • School Day
  • School Subjects / Options
  • Our Staff

Why choose Donahies Community School ?

Community School (Irish: Pobalscoil) – We are a co-educational community school with over 40years experience in educating the students of our community. At the Donahies Community School we are committed to fostering inclusion and embracing diversity. In a co-educational setting our students are prepared to go forward and succeed in college, in work and in life.

Enrolment at Donahies Community School

Information for prospective parents

To enrol in Donahies Community School for 1st year, from a feeder/local school – You must complete CAPPS form (Central Application Post Primary Schools for Dublin North East).

  • During September when your child is in 6th class the CAPPS form is distributed in the primary school.
  • The forms, completed by parents are returned to the primary school.
  • CAPPS then forward the forms to the post primary school selected and contact is made during October for registration with the school. Enrolment process begins from 1st October in the post-primary school.
  • Notification of a place in the selected school, will normally be advised to the parent by end of November.
  • Incoming Assessment test takes place on the last Saturday in January for all school in the CAPPS.
  • If you are applying for a place in our ASD class, you should contact the main office direct.
  • If your child’s primary school is outside of CAPPS you may apply direct to the Main Office Phone 01-8473522, email office@donahiescs.ie or download application form at donahiescommunityschool.com and return direct to school.
  • A copy of our Admissions Policy is available to download from our website.

Application/Transfer for all other year groups are on an individual basis.

Contact school Main Office direct Ph: 01-8473522

What our school offers

Our school is a bright, modern and fully wheelchair accessible. We offer an extensive range of facilities and programmes to all students attending our school.

  • Art Rooms
  • Dance and Recording Studio
  • Engineering / DCG / Metalwork and Woodwork rooms
  • Home Economics rooms
  • T. Facilities
  • Library .
  • Oratory and meditation area
  • PE Hall including a fully equipped gym upstairs
  • State of the art Science Laboratories

We also run a very successful Homework Club Monday to Thursday and a very successful Breakfast and Dinner programme, funded by Dept. of Social Welfare and a subsided Lunch programme available to all students.

Links and Programmes

In the community we have direct links with established businesses and educational programmes.

  • Partnership programme with Dublin City University.
  • CTYI, Centre for Talented Youth.
  • Northside Partnership and Challenger Programme, with access to extra tuition for Maths and Irish.
  • Links with Business in the Community Amazon / Boots Intl.
  • In House – ASPIRE programme, which targets High Achievers, tracking, monitoring and supporting.
  • Host school for international students through Dalmac, Future Learn and MLI language schools.

School Day

Information for prospective students

When you start in post primary you will find that the school day is very different to primary school. It will take time to get used to and there will be help available to find your way around. You will have six one-hour classes, Monday/Tuesday/Thursday and Friday, with four classes on Wednesday. So, you will be meeting lots of different teachers. There is a mid-morning break every day and lunch is 30minutes each day where all students stay on site. So you can bring your own lunch or purchase from our Canteen.

In 1st year you study the core subjects of Irish, English and Maths, alongside History, Geography, Science, Business, Religion, CSPE (Civic, Social and Political Education), and SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education), P.E. and a language French. These subjects make up your timetable, with option to study Art, Home Economics, Music, Metalwork, Woodwork, Technical Graphics, and Wood Technology.

1st year students have the opportunity to sample all optional subjects before they are asked to select their subjects of choice for their Junior Certificate. Not every student will be able to do all of their first choices, due to limits on class size, but we endeavour to accommodate everyone where possible and in general, there is a good choice.

As you progress from 1st year to 3rd year you will be doing the new Junior Cycle, which is very exciting for both student and teacher, as the concept is classroom based assessments in conjunction with state exam. (Junior Certificate and Junior Certificate Schools Programme).

After Junior Certificate we encourage all students to do Transition Year before embarking on the two year Leaving Certificate programme. As this is further down the road in your education – we will supply information on our TY programme closer to the time when you will be looking forward to Senior Cycle.

When you move forward into Senior cycle, and are preparing for your Leaving Certificate, the following subjects are available at all levels. Students also have the option of Leaving Certificate Applied programme (LCA).

School Subjects in Senior Cycle

  • Irish – English – Maths
  • History – Geography – Politics & Society
  • French
  • Home Economics - Biology – Chemistry – Physics
  • Art – Music - Religion
  • Business – Enterprise Education - Link Modules/LCVP
  • Design & Communication Graphics – Construction Studies - Engineering – Technology
  • PE (exam/non exam) – Computer Studies (non exam)

Our Staff

Our Principal Mr.Peter Keohane and Deputy Principal Ms. Michelle Horrigan along with over 50 members of staff, mentor and teach our students of all abilities and are very proud of our strong academic achievements over many years.

We provide a supportive and caring environment for every student, with each year group having their own Year Head, who gets to know them very well over their time in our school.

A very committed Care Team offers additional support to all our students which includes access to Guidance Counsellor, SEN co-ordinator, Home School Liaison and School Chaplain.

Mile Buíochas,

Thank you for taking time to find out more about our school and we hope we have provided you with useful information. If you have any further questions, we would be delighted to hear from you, please contact us :

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Donahies Community School
Streamville Road
Dublin 13

01 847 3522

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