Drugs and Alcohol Talk

Parent of 2nd and 3rd year students are invited to attend a talk on drug and alcohol awareness in the school.

The “Let’s Learn about Drugs & Alcohol Together Programme” will take place in the school on Thursday 7th and 14th February at 7.00pm

It is a two part programme with parents only to attend the first evening and then the following week the parents would attend with the student.

Full details will be given to the students in the coming days.



Calendar Ammendments

The Junior Certificate for School organisers have organised that the schools in this area will have a full day in-service for all staff on Tuesday 15th January 2019, consequently Hazelwood College will be closed on that day.

The Parent/Teacher meeting scheduled for next Tuesday has been rescheduled to Monday 14th January from 4.15.

As previously advised the school will also close on Friday 11th January for staff in-service.

We Wish all parent and guardians a Happy New Year


A special day being involved in making a difference for those less fortunate. A busy day today for first years preparing the shoe boxes for the next step of their journey to the warehouse to be shipped. Well done to all students and families , members of the local community and local primary schools for putting together a total of 173 shoe boxes. #teamhopeshoeboxappeal

Seasons Spirit

Ms Lane O Connells second year English group have been busy exploring the worlds of film and shadow puppetry with fantastic results. This is the trailer to their Halloween movie – coming soon…

CPR 4 Schools – Celebrating Us

County Limerick school leading the way as students train in lifesaving CPR skills

by Norma Prendiville, Limerick Leader, 18 Oct 2018

HAZELWOOD College is leading the way when it comes to training people in life-saving CPR.

Earlier this year, in a move inspired by Hazelwood teacher, Michelle Herbert, and with the support of the Irish Heart Foundation, training was given to staff from 25 schools all over Munster, with the aim of getting them to go back and train their own school communities.

Then, last week, the Dromcollogher school reached another significant milestone, holding its first Celebrating Us day and training all its students and staff in CPR and preparing all its 600 people to go back into their home communities with the skills and confidence to save lives.

Videos by Ben O’Sullivan Videography

And it all took place on a day that will be etched forever into the memory of Michelle Herbert. On October 9, 2016, Michelle, who teaches chemistry and agricultural science in the school, suffered a heart attack while playing for Newcastle West in the Limerick Junior Camogie Final.

But thanks to the quick thinking of the woman who was marking her, Sarah Jane Joy, Michelle received CPR and defibrillator shocks on the pitch, and survived.

Michelle and Sarah Jane both appeared on the Ray Darcy show, recalling their dramatic tale of two years ago but also putting forward a passionate case for CPR training. The message that it can save lives was eloquently but forcefully obvious.

Sarah Jane Joy was also one of a number of guest speakers who joined students and staff in Hazelwood last week. Others included Clare hurler, Podge Collins, Irish Triathlon star, Caroline Hayes and Clare Scanlan whose son Darragh died as a result of cardiac arrest in the young in 2011. And of course, Michelle Herbert.

“No one knows when they may need to use this skill so it is vital that as many people in the country as possible are confident in this lifesaving skill,” Michelle told the school community.

“At Hazelwood College, we are delighted to be helping create a generation of lifesavers who will have the skills and knowledge to recognise someone in a cardiac arrest and perform CPR.”

Representatives from the Irish Heart Foundation and their mobile unit were on campus throughout the day and the Liam McCarthy Cup made an appearance.

“Michelle and her colleagues here in the school are incredible ambassadors for CPR 4 Schools and we are thrilled to present the school with a Special Recognition Award to acknowledge the exceptional work they have done to train students and staff in CPR,” said.

Laura Hickey, Children and Young People programme manager with the Irish Heart Foundation.

“We’re delighted to be here in Hazelwood College for today’s event.

“5,000 lives are lost every year in Ireland to sudden cardiac death, that’s 13 lives lost every day,” she added.

“But CPR is a lifesaving skill. If you start CPR, you can double or even triple a person’s chance of survival. Through the Irish Heart Foundation’s CPR 4 Schools programme, we are hoping to train 360,000 secondary school children in CPR and in the process create a new generation of lifesavers.”

With sessions on yoga, mindfulness, cookery, physical activity as well as CPR instruction and a barbeque, the focus in Hazelwood was firmly on equipping students with ways to face the challenges of modern living, including social media and rising stress levels.

It was, the school’s Heart Committee explained, about ensuring that all students and teachers left the school, not only able to undertake CPR but feeling positive, energised and with a new appreciation for life.

Photo Gallery by Eamon Doody, Skyview Photography

Video of the opening speakers on the day:

Such an important day couldn’t be facilated and funded without the help of the following sponsors.

FREE Blood Pressure Check

‘Don’t miss out on your chance for a FREE blood pressure check with an Irish Heart Foundation Nurse when the Mobile Health Unit visits Hazelwood College, Tuesday 9th October from 10am -4pm’

On the day we will have two nurses available on the mobile health unit to provide free Blood Pressure Checks and heart health information. The one-to-one advice offered by the nurse is a vital part of this check. Each person receives a personal record card with their results and in the event of any abnormal results is advised to follow up with their GP. High blood pressure which is a major cause of stroke and heart attack is one of the most prevalent risk factors in the population and one which once identified is manageable, thereby reducing risk. A blood pressure check is a simple, quick and non-invasive test that could prove life-saving. The current sponsor of the mobile health unit is Eurospar.

The Mobile Health Unit is open to all members of the public and will be parked outside the school.