Junior Cycle

The words spoken by the prophet Elijah form the motto of the Carmelite Order:

I am filled with zeal for the Lord God of Hosts.

St. Colmcille’s is a Catholic faith school under the patronage of the Archbishop of Dublin, the VEC and the Carmelite Community. Our school welcomes students of all religious traditions and none.

Students meditating in our Prayer Room


Mindfulness is the buzzword of the moment. It seems to be everywhere. From psychology to education, from psychotherapy to the worlds of business and management the “mindful way of doing things” is the prescribed way of achieving success and the conduit by which all of these disparate disciplines hope to move to the next level.

All religions and cultures have taught that the mindful state is the prerequisite for beginning the meditative path, and this includes our own Judeo-Christian tradition.

In St. Colmcille’s we recognise the importance of allowing our young people an experience of this ‘precious present moment’. All classes receive one period of meditation in our Prayer room per week.


Retreats are offered to all our students. The type of retreat varies depending on interest and availability of retreat teams.

Junior Cycle Topics

Follows the syllabus of the Department of Education. Our students study:

  • Section A: Communities of faith

  • Section B: Foundations of Religion: Christianity

  • Section C: Foundations of Religion: World Religions

  • Section D: The Question of Faith

  • Section E: The Celebration of Faith

  • Section F: The Moral Challenge

Liturgical Year

The RE Department also celebrates the liturgical year with the following school events.

Liturgical Year Events