Since 1929, Jarlath’s has had a heated indoor swimming pool. A unique feature which never ceases to be a novelty to students and visitors alike, the pool is in the heart of the old college, and throughout the past provided a great distraction and area for exercise for boarding school students. While not used quite as much since the cessation of the boarding school, it is still used throughout the year during PE sessions.
Jarlath’s can boast 6 outdoor pitches, along with a bordering “walks” around them and an outdoor basketball court used for soccer at breaks. These are used extensively by the sporting teams for training, by students during breaks and for PE classes. The sheer area of sporting facilities offered means a varying routine of PE activities for students, as well as meaning that junior students are kept busy outdoors during break times.
The new music room is based in the newly renovated dormitories, and can boast an electric and a standalone piano, as well as several guitars, drums and a variety of percussion and woodwind instruments.
The new art room is located in the newly renovated side of the building. The big, airy room provides ample space for creative expression by students, as well as providing a place for students’ work to be displayed prominently.
There are three main science labs in the school, catering to all years. It can also boast a broad array of excellent equipment from across all scientific disciplines, which students are shown being used and indeed use from early on in the school. This way, students gain the early experience in experiment work needed for success at third level.
Jarlath’s has a newly constructed workshop where students take woodwork classes. It contains all tools and appliances necessary to shape, manipulate and otherwise create using wood.
The Sport hall is where students partake in PE, as well as other extra-curricular activities like Badminton or the Opera. There are facilities and equipment for a wide array of games and activities, including badminton, indoor soccer, circuit training and basketball. While the present Hall has ample room for class activities, the school is currently in the process of securing planning permission to build a larger school gym to cater to the expanded amalgamation population.
To create room for the larger, amalgamated population this year, the former dormitories in the old part of the school have been steadily converted into classroom space. This means more modern, spacious classrooms are available for use in the College, fully accommodating all students. Further funding from the department has been granted, and more building will be taking place over the summer.
Students will have access to lockers. They are located in various positions around the college, including in the lunch room, across from the main student washroom and in the newly refurbished wing.