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.  


TY Trip to the Dail

Last week we were fortunate to get a real backstage pass to the offices of An Taoiseach and the Dail. Our TY students were able to visit the Cabinet room as well as the Taoiseach's office. Special advisors and civil servants took time out of their busy day to talk to us in the press room and explain their roles. It was a fabulous experience.


in the Cabinet room


Success for Coláiste Chiaráin at West Leinster Athletics

A large group of Colaiste Chiarain students represented themselves and the school with distinction over two days this week at the West Leinster Schools Athletics Championships in Santry. With over 2700 students from around Leinster taking part, the odds were stacked against them but they surpassed all expectations and brought home 7 medals.

In the very first event, Colaiste Chiarain got off the mark, with both Aoileann Hayes and Daniel Jupe winning bronze medals in the Junior Girls and Senior Boys Walk, qualifying for the Leinster Championships in the process. The star of day one was Ciarán Connolly, who lived up to his favourite tag by taking gold in the Senior Boys High Jump, winning by a whopping 14cm! Ciarán will have high expectations as the Championships progress. We also picked up to more medals on Day 1, with Jamal Akbani in the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles, and Robert Jackson in the Minor Boys Javelin securing bronze medals. Special mention also goes to Keely Hogan who finished 4th in the event with the most competitors of any race, the Junior Boys 100m.

Day 2 saw all of our relay teams take to the track in what are always extremely competitive events. Our Senior Boys 4x400m team were the most successful on the day, narrowly missing out on a medal when finishing 4th after a very good performance. We did, however, manage to win two more individual medals. Ciarán Connolly again showed his class, taking a second gold medal in the Senior Boys 400m Hurdles, while Saoirse Hyland ran a superb race to take bronze in the Senior Girls 200m against a very strong field. Ciarán, Aoileann, Daniel and Robert now progress on to the Leinster Championships early next month, where they have a great chance of more success. Well done to all of our athletes over the two days!

Many thanks to Oisin Scanlon for the superb photos.. 


6th Year Future Sparks

6th Year Business and Economics students spent the day at the AIB Future Sparks Festival in the RDS hearing from industry experts and entrepreneurs about their success stories. We got great insight into branding, the fitness and wellbeing industry, the power of social networking, the business of beauty and fashion and the music industry.


Young Social Innovators

Our Transition Years did the school proud today at this year's Young Social Innovators Speak out event in the Royal Marine hotel, Dun Laoghaire. Here they joined over 40 other schools from the Leinster region advocating issues of social importance and speaking about the innovative projects they have been involved in this year- They were: Homelessness, Minding our Mental Health,Animal rights and Let's get fit. Well done all.


Seachtain na Gaeilge

‘Sí Seachtain na Gaeilge í! Ag tnúth go mór le himeachtaí na seachtaine seo agus le Gaeilge a tosnú le tráth na gceist amárach don 2ú bhliain agus puc fada ag am lóin! “Beatha teanga í a labhairt”

It’s Seachtain na Gaeilge! Looking forward to this week’s events and to speaking as Gaeilge...starting with a quiz tomorrow for second years and a puc fada at lunchtime! “The life of a language is in speaking it”

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Art Exhitition

On Wednesday the 14th of March, the 5th Yr LCA students welcomed the school community to the opening of an exhibition of works by students across all years within the school. The LCA students decided that for their task they wanted to showcase the talent of the art students at Colaiste Chiarain. The students handpicked the artworks and curated the exhibition in the library. They used their experience gained from their recent visit to the Hugh Lane Gallery for inspiration. It was difficult for the judges to select prizewinners from such a high standard of work.

The prizes were awarded as follows:

1st Prize: Tara Neville Moynihan
2nd Prize: Karolina Sobocinska
3rd Prize: Mackenzie Pascual
Highly Commended: Eva Sheridan
Highly Commended: Katerina Healy
Highly Commended: Anna Evans

The exhibition will run in the library until next Tuesday 20th March. See below for an online slideshow of the wonderful works by Colaiste Chiarain students.

 5th LCA class who organised the Art Exhitition

5th LCA class who organised the Art Exhitition

 The prize winners from the Art Exhibition

The prize winners from the Art Exhibition


Mental Health for 6th Years

The 6th Years attended an interactive talk today on the topic of mental health. Robert Carley, a motivational speaker and trainer shared his experience about the value of reaching out to someone who is feeling despondent with the simple phrase ‘You’re lovely, you’re lovable, your loved’. It was a timely talk for the 6th years as they face their final term to be reminded that looking after themselves and each other is paramount. The students were highly complimentary of Robert who encouraged them that if they can ‘dream it, they can do it!’ A survey conducted after the event revealed the hugely positive impact of the experience with 98% of those questioned saying that they would recommend the speaker to other students.



2nd year students travelled to Holywood, Co. Down (just outside Belfast) to the Ulster Folk & Transport Museum today. Firstly, the students got to explore a recreation of a 19th century town complete with actors demonstrating skills such as baking on an open fire, printing and weaving. 

We then went to the transport museum where we saw vehicles including: old buses, trams, motorbikes and even aeroplanes. The exhibit housing artefacts related to The Titanic were of particular interest. For this scribe, the Belfast-built DeLorean was the star of the show however!