Thursday, 5 December 2019

Villiers School Hats now on sale

Villiers School Hats now on sale.

Choice of three designs– prices from 10 - 15.

All profits go to Zest4Kidz.

Please order from members of the TY Community group, Mr. Brian Sheehan or on Villiers School website (login in to EasyPay option).

 Last orders, for delivery before Christmas, by Thursday Dec 12th 2019.

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Tuesday, 15 October 2019

Fashion Show 2019

 Rehearsals are well underway for the 31th Annual Fashion Show which will be held in The Radisson Blu Hotel, Ennis Road on Tuesday October 22nd at 8pm.
The show is produced by the Hilary Thompson Model Agency and this year, over eighty Transition Year will take to the catwalk.

Tickets are  €15 (Students €10) and are currently on sale from School Reception.

Wednesday, 2 October 2019

International Baccalaureate Information Evening

In 2013 Villiers began a long but rewarding journey towards becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) school. Following a detailed feasibility study, the school became an IB Candidate School for the Diploma Programme in 2015.

After IB Consultant and Verification Visits, Villiers was officially authorised to offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP) and became an IB World School in March 2017.

In September 2018, our first IBDP cohort began and includes students from Germany, Ireland, Poland and Spain. Students attending Villiers can now choose to study either the Irish Leaving Certificate or the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
Villiers believes in a shared IB Schools philosophy: a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education for all its students.

Students taking the IBDP route in Villiers can now study:

1. Studies in language and literature (Group 1): Language and Literature A (English); Language A (self-taught)

2. Language acquisition (Group 2): Language B (English); Language B (German); Language ab initio (Japanese)

3. Individuals and societies (Group 3): Business Management; History

4. Sciences (Group 4): Biology; Chemistry,Physics

5. Mathematics (Group 5): Mathematics SL

6. The arts (Group 6): Visual Arts or another subject from Groups 1-5

In consultation with the IB Coordinator, alternative Group 1 and Group 2 languages may be available, but this option may incur an additional charge.

 To further augment the range of subjects available, Villiers has also established links with Pamoja Education (see for further details and conditions)

IBDP students are also expected to study the core elements of Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS), the Extended Essay (EE) and Theory of Knowledge (TOK).

This programme may be of particular interest to those seeking educational opportunities particularly in much sought-after areas such as medicine, veterinary science and engineering.

Villiers School is holding an information evening on the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in the school, on Wednesday October 16th at 7.30pm.

Any interested parties are warmly welcome to attend and to meet with the school’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme team including, Ms. Storey, Headmistress, and Mr. Shane Hanna,
Head of IBDP.

For further information or if you have any queries, please telephone 061-451447 or email

Monday, 9 September 2019

Monday, 12 August 2019

Leaving Cert Results, Appeals, CAO dates

Best of luck to all Leaving Cert students on Tuesday August 13th 2019.
Please click on link below for details of viewing scripts, appeals and CAO dates
Click here

Monday, 24 June 2019

Key Calendar Dates 2019/2020

Term 1
Mon Aug 26             Induction Afternoon – new students (1.30pm – 3.30pm)
Tue Aug 27              School Starts (Boarders return 8pm - 9pm Mon Aug 26)
Wed Oct 2               Prize Day TBC (9.30am)
Oct 21 – 25              School Exams Forms 3
Oct 28 – Nov 1         Mid-Term Break
Nov 4 – Nov 8           School Exams Forms 6
Wed Nov 13             Remembrance Service
Tue Dec 3                Staff Training Day – no class/boarders have study
Dec 5 – Dec 10         School Exams Forms 1, 2, and 5
Fri Dec 20               Carol Service
Dec 23 – Jan 3         Christmas Holidays
Term 2
Mon Jan 6                School Starts (Boarders return 8pm - 9pm Sun Jan 5)
Fri Jan 17                Staff Training Day – no class/boarders have study
Feb 4 – Feb 15         TY Work Experience
Feb 3 – Feb 14         Mock Exams Forms 3 and 6
Feb 17 – Feb 21       Mid–Term Break
Mar 16, 17               Bank Holiday weekend - school closed           
April 6 – April 17      Easter Holidays

Term 3
Mon April 20            School Starts (Boarders return 8pm-9pm Sun April 19)
Mon May 4               Bank Holiday – school closed
Thur May 21            Form 6 Graduation (12.15pm) – school closes early
Fri May 22               Staff Day – no school
Fri May 22               TY Year end
May 25 – May 29       School Exams Forms 1, 2 and 5
June 3 – June 23      State Exams Forms 3 and 6

Parents’ Evenings and Parent-Teacher Meetings
Thur Sept 5                                    Form 5 Parents’ Evening
Wed Sept 11                                   Form 2 Parents’ Evening
Thur Sept 26                                  Form 1 Parents’ Evening
Wed Oct 16                                    IB Parents’ Evening
Thur Nov 21                                   Form 6 CAO Evening
Thur Nov 28                                   Parent-Teacher Meeting Form 3
Wed Dec 4                                     Parent -Teacher Meeting Form 6
Tue Jan 14                                     Parent -Teacher Meeting Form 1
Wed Jan 22                                    Parent-Teacher Meeting Form 5
Thur Mar 19                                   Parent -Teacher Meeting Form 4
Wed Mar 25                                    IB Information Evening
Thur May 7                                     Form 3 Parents’ Evening

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Summer Reading 2019

As recommended by Ms. Julia Nicolas, School Librarian     

Junior Cycle

Rosie Loves Jack, by Mel Darbon – When her boyfriend is sent away, Rosie makes the bold decision to leave home to go and look for him. Rosie is not a typical teenager, but nothing will stop her from finding Jack. An adventure taking its readers from London to Brighton and on an emotional rollercoaster.
Themes: prejudice, coming-of age story, young love

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder, by Holly Jackson – The crime happened five years ago, and now Andie is using it as her end-of-year project. Her research takes her places she didn’t expect where she uncovers secrets no one knew, or wants to know. The more she discovers the more she wonders if the real culprit was apprehended, or if they’re still at large somewhere. The more she discovers, the less safe she becomes.
Themes: crime, secrets

Dear Evan Hansen, by Val Emmich, Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – Based on the Broadway musical of the same name, this story follows the life and lies of high school student Evan. After the death of one of his fellow students, Evan is mistaken for his best friend and decides not to tell the truth. A lie which has positive consequences for everybody involved, until Evan can no longer keep it up.
Themes: lies, decision-making, bullying

Kick the Moon, by Muhammad Khan - From the author of I am Thunder, this story follows Ilyas, who’s feeling the pressure of GCSE’s building up. During detention one day, he meets ‘good girl’ Kelly Matthews, and their friendship challenges the social rules of high school. When local bad boy Imran chooses Kelly as the subject of a bet, Ilyas is faced with a choice: losing the first person who ever understood him or defending Kelly and putting his family’s life at risk.
Themes: friendship, superhero comic-book

Unstoppable, by Dan Freedman – Roxy, a rising tennis star, is over-protected by her father while her twin, Kaine, turns to gang and knife crime to compensate for the lack of attention given to him. A fast-paced story about a sibling rivalry and how it can quickly spin out of control and have devastating consequences.
Themes: bereavement, bullying, family

Game Changer, by Tommy Greenwald – After Tommy suffers a serious brain injury during an American football training session, the investigation uncovers secrets and the harsh truth of pre-season training. A novel written in an innovative fashion which will keep readers hooked.
Themes: initiation rites, sports, social pressure

Stay a Little Longer, by Rai Bali – After her father’s death, Aman is struggling to adjust to life without him. Until a lovely man moves in next door and helps her face various problems, from installing a new kitchen to dealing with bullies. However, Aman quickly discovers that Gurnam has demons of his own which are tearing him apart.
Themes: grief, friendship, 20th c. multicultural Britain

Senior Cycle

No Big Deal, by Bethany Rutter – Emily is a funny and intelligent girl starting her last year in school, who never had any problem with her body image. Then, she meets Joe at a house party and everything changes. She becomes obsessed with him and doubts are slowly going to seep through her confident outlook on life.
Themes: body positivity, social pressure

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America, edited by Ibi Zoboi – a collection of stories exploring the meanings of being black. We meet: two sisters at a summer camp; a debutante dating a boy her mother would never approve of; three guys talking about nothing and everything; and many other endearing characters.
Themes: identity, immigration, social class

Summer of no Regrets, by Kate Mallinder – Four friends decide to spend their summer doing exactly what they want to do, regardless of how much it scares them. One decides to reconnect with her father after six years; one decides to break out of her shell and go to Science camp; one gets a summer job and one goes looking for her birth father. Each of these decisions will impact the characters in ways they hadn’t foreseen, and the four girls will have to rely on each other to face their fears.
Themes: friendship, growing up

Sea Change, by Sylvia Hehir – Even though he knows he should look after his grieving mother, Alex wants nothing more than to leave school and escape. He made poor decisions during the summer, hanging out with a stranger in the Scottish highlands who said he was hiding from dangerous people, and who turns up dead next to Alex’s fishing boat.
Themes: taking risks, loneliness, mystery

Friday, 24 May 2019

Independent Transition Year (I.T.Y.) Application and Personal Statement

Independent Transition Year (I.T.Y.) Application and Personal Statement

Name: ……………………………………………………..

Form: ………………………………………………………

Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for the I.T.Y. course? (50 words max)


Skills and Experience
List any of your hobbies, achievements, interests and social activities that demonstrate your personality, skills and abilities. How might these benefit you on the course? (50 words max)


What do you hope to achieve from participation in I.T.Y.?


Please return completed form C/O:
I.T.Y. Admissions,
Villiers School,
North Circular Road,
Alternatively you can return the form to the office or via the email address
Closing date for applications is Wednesday May 29th 2019.

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

School of Law visit

Delighted to welcome Dr Hope Davidson to Villiers School who spoke to Form 4 and 5 students about studying law at the School of Law in the University of Limerick . There was great interest in all of the programmes and in the work placements and the international opportunities that the School of Law has to offer. Villiers students have visited the School of Law as part of the Transition Year, Law for a Day and Community Law programmes over the last number of years and the School of Law look forward to continuing this relationship into the future.

Thursday, 28 March 2019

Senior Boys' Hockey Cup Final 2019

Best of luck to our Senior Boys' Hockey team in the Munster Schools' Cup Final on Friday March 29th 2019 at 11.30am, Crescent College. All support greatly appreciated.

Friday, 15 March 2019

Sunday, 3 March 2019

International Women's Day 2019

To celebrate International Women’s Day on Wednesday March 6th 2019, Villiers School is hosting a breakfast conference themed BALANCE FOR BETTER. A series of presentations will be given by inspirational female leaders from the Limerick/Clare region in the areas of business, health, sport, academia and public service. We are delighted to welcome Ms. Josephine Feehily, Chairperson Policing Authority, Ms. Hayley Harrison, Coaching Ireland, Dr.Tara Dalton, UL Researcher and Entrepreneur, Senator Maria Byrne and Ms. Laura Brennan, health advocate.

Conference Speakers

 Josephine Feehily is a former career civil servant. She was Chairman of the Office of the Revenue Commissioners – the Irish Tax and Customs agency - from 2008 to 2015. She served in a range of roles in Revenue before being appointed as a Revenue Commissioner in 1998, the first woman to hold this position in Ireland. During her Revenue career, Josephine was Chair of the World Customs Organisation for three years, and Chair of the OECD Forum for Tax Administration – a forum of leaders of advanced Tax Authorities. She also served in a range of positions in the then Department of Social Welfare and the Pensions Board, was an independent member of the Labour Relations Commission from 2000 to 2006 and contributed to many civil service reform initiatives during her career. Josephine is a graduate of the National College of Ireland and Trinity College Dublin. In 2016 she was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Limerick. She is currently Chairperson of the Policing Authority.

Hayley Harrison’s areas of expertise lie in sports coaching and coach education. She began coaching at the age of 18 (while still competing internationally) and is still coaching at the highest level over 30 years later.  Her B.Ed (Hons) & Masters degrees are both in the area of second level education, but coaching was always her no.1 passion. She became the first woman in the world to hold an international level coaching qualification in the 400m Hurdles in 1991, has held national coaching positions in both sprints and hurdles and holds over 60 coaching qualifications in over 50 sports. Hayley has coached athletes to almost 200 national senior titles in the UK & Ireland and her athletes (coached jointly with her husband, Drew) have set almost 70 Irish records over a 24 year period.  Working for Sport Ireland Coaching, she has designed and delivered programmes for the training of Coach Developers and Trainers of Coach Developers in all 61 registered sports in Ireland and runs similar programmes annually in Tokyo for the international community.  She is involved in writing coaching policies within the European Union, is one of the five global experts in the area of Coach Development and is a leader in the International Elite Women’s Coaching programme. Her time and skills are increasingly sought after throughout the world.

Senator Maria Byrne was elected to the 32nd Seanad in April 2016. She is the current Government Seanad Spokesperson on Education & Skills.

Maria represented the Limerick City West local electoral area on Limerick Council from 1999 up until her election to Seanad √Čireann in 2016. She was only 32 years old when she was elected as a councillor on her first attempt. Maria served as Mayor of Limerick from 2010 to 2011. In 2017, Maria was nominated by Former Minster for Finance & Limerick City TD Michael Noonan to contest the General Election for Fine Gael in Limerick”.

Dr Tara Dalton is a Lecturer in Biomedical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Limerick. She is one of the founders of Stokes Bio – a spin-out company that was sold to Life Technologies in 2010 for $44m. She is currently the CEO of Altratech – a start-up focused on RNA viral detection, with specific applications in HIV. Her current research interest is in the development of very high-throughput microfluidic devices for gene expression on single cells with applications in cancer. She has graduated 20 PhD Students, published over 100 refereed papers and has over 50 granted patent and patent applications.

 Laura Brennan has spearheaded a HPV vaccine campaign for the World Health Organisation (WHO) after receiving a terminal cancer diagnosis at just 25 years old. Laura has shared her story in a poignant video, encouraging parents to vaccinate their children, as part of a WHO European campaign. The young woman, who holds an honorary doctorate from UCD, was diagnosed with stage 2B cervical cancer in December 2016. After she learned that her illness was incurable, Laura reached out to the HSE on Facebook, telling them her story and asking if there was some way to help raise awareness.Laura has since worked with the HSE as a patient advocate and has received several honours for her work, including her honorary doctorate from UCD and the inaugural Patient Advocacy Medal from the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland. Laura has also been awarded the title of Clare Person of the Year for 2019. She also appeared on The Late Late Show with Ryan Tubridy to discuss her battle with illness and advocacy work. 

Monday, 18 February 2019

Junk Kouture 2019

Voting starts today for ‘Hidden Lotus’ designed by Nell,Alex and Kathryn.
Please register and vote for us on Please vote every day! Please select south region or Hidden Lotus.
Best of luck girls and teacher Ms.Thornton.

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Tuesday, 8 January 2019

TY Drama - A Midsummer Night's Dream (with a twist)

Rehearsals are well under way for this year’s Transition Year production of a Mid Summer Nights’s Dream (with a twist) with over 50 students taking to the stage under the watchful eye of directors Ann Blake and Niamh Bowen.

A Mid Summer Night’s Dream is a tale of two worlds, of fairies and humans. In Ann Blake and Marie Boylan’s re-write of this classic Shakespearean play, the fairy world is viewed through the folklore of Ireland, where the Irish fairies trick and fool the royal Athenians in a fun and fast paced comedy of mistaken identity, marital discord, and pure tomfoolery.

Our Transition Year show this year, will be staged in the exquisite surroundings of Dance Limerick, a repurposed church set in the architectural beauty of Limerick’s Georgian Square - St. John's Square.

This play brings music and magic, comedy and crazy, to the stage, showcasing the best of transition year talent, accompanied by live music and stunning costumes and props, all bespoke for this show. 

Performance dates are Wednesday January 16th and Thursday January 17th 2019.
Show starts at 8pm.

Tickets are available from the school office 061- 451447. Adults 15 / Students 10.