Student Leadership

Student leadership involves giving our students opportunities to practice a range of leadership skills in a supportive, learning and social environment where success and errors are processed and reflected upon. Leaders are required to communicate well, engage in critical thinking, lead groups in problem solving and planning.

The leadership framework within Coláiste Chiaráin provides opportunities and experiences that facilitate our students' transition from school life into the community and beyond into the world of work and adult responsibility.

Each year group is represented on our Student Council and have the opportunity to highlight issues of interest and concern through the year representative.


Gluais is a voluntary organisation working with Transition Year Students in schools in Ballyfermot, Clondalkin, Lucan and Leixlip. Gluais aims to teach young people leadership skills which they can then take back to their schools and use for the benefit of their entire school.
Gluais Students undertake an intensive 5 day training course where they engage in a variety of exercises with their trainers, most of whom are former Gluais Students themselves.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors are 5th Year students who volunteer to undergo training in leadership, relationship-building and communication in order to work solely with incoming 1st Year students to help them adapt to their new school surroundings. Peer Mentors meet the 1st Year students every week and are a helping hand in enabling them to meet new people, solve problems and adapt to the dynamic and busy world of secondary school.


Gaisce - the President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to young people between 15 and 25 years of age.
The President’s Award works on the basis of a personal challenge set by you. You will set the challenge and agree it with a President’s Award leader. You won’t be competing with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual… so the only person you’ll compete with is yourself.


Prefects in Coláiste Chiaráin form an integral part of the pastoral care structure in the school. Prefects will be involved in many aspects of school life and act as ambassadors to the school at all times. Prefects set an example of the highest personal standards of uniform and appearance, punctuality, attendance, courtesy and attention to school rules.




The membership of the Student Council will consist of eighteen students elected as follows:

  • Three from 2nd and 3rd year groups

  • Six from 5th and 6th year groups

It is recommended that shortly after the start of the school year, the First Year Head should nominate a first year student to attend Council meetings as an observer.



  • To afford students the opportunity to play an active part in the corporate life of the school.

  • To help create the conditions conducive towards the development of interpersonal relationships characteristic of this school.

  • To encourage students to become self-confident, responsible and caring.

  • To foster in students a sense of loyalty and pride in their school.

  • To improve communication at all levels – staff, students and parents