Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM)

On Monday October 1st Colaiste Chiarain took delivery of a Hitachi Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM). This powerful and expensive piece of equipment is normally reserved for universities and industry. It has only been made portable in recent years and can magnify images up to 10,000 times their size! We are one of the first schools in the country to be allowed borrow this from Hitachi. Students in all years brought in samples to view under the microscope, these ranged from spiders to sponges to starfish.
A big thank you to Tony Fagan and Tom Kearney from Hitachi for lending us this piece of equipment and training the science teachers on its use. The students got great enjoyment using it over the past two weeks.

 Spiders Fang

Spiders Fang

 Spiders Spinneret (web maker)

Spiders Spinneret (web maker)





Open Night 2018

We held our annual Open Night on Monday 24th from 6pm to 8pm. Our school prefects welcomed all visitors in the hall and provided a guided tour. The response from all those in attendance was superb the feedback offered was most positive.
Each department had a number of subject teachers and students on duty to answer any queries as the tours progressed around the school. 
As in previous year the students on duty came in for great praise from those in attendance. In total nearly eighty students helped in some capacity and we thank each and every one for their interest and effort in promoting the school.

S.T.E.M carers for women

Twenty four female students attended a talk about STEM careers for women. This talk was specifically aimed at encouraging young girls to think about a career in computer science. The talk was given by four young women each of whom have a background in computer science but all have completely different careers. This was to show the versatility of having a computer science degree and also to show how having a computer science degree can open many different doors for you in the future. At the moment only 16% of computer science entrants are female yet computer science is becoming one of the most important qualifications in today's world.

It is important for all female students to see this and open their eyes to the prospect of doing a computer science degree. Our students found the talk very interesting and enlightening. Hopefully we will have female computer science graduates in the near future. 


Student Leadership

In Coláiste Chiaráin we are very proud of our student leaders. Today we had the honour of announcing some of our 2018-2019 school leaders: Head Girl - Ciara Bracken, Head Boy - Ciaran Connolly, Deputy Head Girl - Ellen Devine, Deputy Head Boy - Ben Travers. We wish them every success and have full confidence that they will be excellent ambassadors for our school.

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TY Trip to Larch Hill

On Thursday 13th September the TY students travelled to Larch Hill. The group had to cook for themselves on arrival with varying levels of success (one group of students learnt why not to cook noodles in a kettle!). Afterwards a campfire was lit and many marshmallows burnt! On Friday there were group games, orienteering, archery, obstacle course, survival skills and grass sledging. Apart from not having a constant phone signal the group really enjoyed themselves!








Junior Certificate results

Congratulations to all the students who received their Junior Certificate results today. The results were exceptionally good and reflect the dedicated work of students and teachers over the last three years. We are very proud of each one of you and wish you the very best as you celebrate with friends and families.

 Well done in particular to Alannah Hyland, who achieved ten As including a Distinction in English. Outstanding!

Well done in particular to Alannah Hyland, who achieved ten As including a Distinction in English. Outstanding!



LC Results 2018

Well done to an exceptional group of 6th year students who received their Leaving Certificate results today. The management and staff of Colaiste Chiarain are very proud of each student who reached their potential. Congratulations to all.

We are pleased to say that 70% of our students achieved over 300 points. This is a wonderful achievement for the students, staff and school.

In particular we congratulate Saoirse Flattery who obtained the maximum 625 points and to Sorcha Tiernan who also secured over 600 points. Eleven students achieved over 500 points and there were a number of distinctions in Leaving Certificate Applied. We wish all our graduates every success in their future studies and careers.


Graduation evening 2018

We have a most enjoyable evening on Thursday 24th when we gathered to celebrate the passing out of our graduating students of 2018. A special word of thanks to our sponsors and to our 5th year students who helped stage the event. Ben Condell did a superb job with his camera on the night.

Student Awards 2018

Our Award ceremonies got underway in the assembly area on Tuesday morning and continued until Wednesday afternoon. This is an important week in the school calendar as it  provides both students and staff with an opportunity to acknowledge the hard work and effort shown through the year.

6th Year male and female student of the year

Sorcha Tiernan, Ms. Mhic Dhonncha, Octavian Stoicescu

6th Subject Excellence Awards

These students were nominated for excellence in 4 or more subjects.

Back Row:  Octavian Stoicescu, Nathan Carney, Justin Flood, Sorcha Tiernan, Ciara Kelly, Conor                       Sunderland, Ben Quinlan, Jacub Agerski
Front Row: Eugenia Hanniffy, Laoise Power, Ms. Mhic Dhonncha, Kyla Dempsey, Ellen Coburn

6th Class Winners

5th Year female and male student of the year

Mr. Sean Cotter, Saoirse Hyland, Eanna Ginnetty, Mr. Dan Broderick

5th Class Awards

Back Row:  Mr.Sean Cotter, Karl O'Rourke, Ben Travers, Mr.Dan Broderick
Front Row: Savannah Seaforth, Hanna Sylvester, Noreen Hussey

5th Year Awards

Back Row: Mr.Sean Cotter, Ciaran Connelly (Male Sports Award) Oisin Scanlan (Arts and            Literature) Daniel Ecock (Male Diagras Award) Mr. Dan Broderick
Front Row: Ben Condell (Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain) Saoirse Hyland (Overall female 6th year student of the year) Ellen Devine ( Female Diagras Award) Ciara Bracken (Female Sports Award) Eanna Ginnetty (Overall male 6th year student of the year)

Transition Year Awards

3rd Year female and male student of the year

Alannah Hyland, Ms.Grainne Heffron, Ruairí Hession

3rd Year Awards

Back Row: Christine Flood (Female sports) Kieran Abejan (Arts and Literature) James Cronnolly (Male Diagras) Ruairi Hession (Male student of the year) Oran Hayes (Male sports) Cara McLaughlin (Female sports)
Front Row: Alannah Hyland (Female student of the year) Julija Bitinaite (Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain) Ms.Grainne Heffron Shauna Rogers (Female Arts and Literature) Caoimhe Masterson (Female Sports)

3rd Year Class Awards

Back Row: Kayla Cleary, Jack Quinn,  Emma Tobin
Front Row: Kila Dunne Ms.Grainne Heffron, Kerri Thornton

2nd Year female and male student of the year

Aoileann Hayes, Ms.Betty O'Hare, Cian Tiernan

2nd Year Awards

Back Row: Harry Farrell (2A2 class award), Lisa Tobin (2A3 class award), Aisling McCarthy (2A1 class award), Cian Tiernan (Male student of the year), Ailbhe Harrington (2A3 class award), Eamma Slowey, Oscar Leahy (Male Arts and Literature)
Front Row: Tara Neville Moynihan (Female Arts and Literature), Katelyn Gallagher (2A5 class award), Ms. Betty O'Hare, Irish Paulo (Female Diagras) , Christella Kanda (Spirit of Colaiste Chiarain)

1st Year female and male student of the year

Anna Evans, Ms.Louise Doran, Cristofer Scanlon

1st Year Awards

Back Row: Niall Hession, Conall Henson, Sharon Alicia Fotso, Mackenzie Pascual, Cristofer Scanlon, Anna Evans, Sophiw Browne, Mia Cassandro
Front Row: James Foster, Shauna Mooney, Sophie Fanning, Emily Smyth, Nikki Haveron, Akira Aingel Flores

Sports Day 2018

All non examination year groups participated in sports activities across the day. We were most fortunate to have the sun on our backs the entire day. Ben Condell was on hand with his camera and managed to capture the spirit of the day with some superb photos which can be viewed from this link.

 Click on the image to view photos.

Click on the image to view photos.

Gaisce Hike

A deserved well done to all students for completing their Gasice hike this weekend. 8 students completed the hike for their Bronze award in Glendalough, Co. Wicklow on Friday while 7 students endured 2 days of hiking for the Silver award on Friday and Saturday. The terrain was challenging and the weather varied but all students persisted with smiles on their faces. 


1st Year local history treasure hunt

Students from 1A2 made the short trip down to St. Mary's church this morning for a treasure hunt. The students have been learning all about medieval churches recently and what better way to enhance their learning than to visit the real deal! Dating for the 12th century, the church really is a fascinating building with mysteries and stories hiding in every nook and cranny which tell the tale of Leixlip and its residents over the centuries.

The pupils had to gather information from ancient gravestones, make rubbings and sketches as well as gather other information. Niki Haveron even got a chance to play the church organ!  Students studied primary sources like the 18th century gravestone of Lancelot Harrison and his infant children and the poignant plaque erected by the heart-broken parents of Frederick Wookey who was killed in action in WWI. 

A fascinating trip in which we really appreciated how lucky we are to live in a town so rich in history. Thank you to Rector Scott Peoples who was an extremely kind and gracious host.