Coláiste Chiaráin was opened in 1980 to provide second level education to the local area of Leixlip and Celbridge, in Ireland. It has nearly 600 students and about 50 staff including office staff, teachers and two caretakers. It has received many science and sporting awards and boasts a big fully equipped sports hall. Coláiste Chiaráin, is known locally as "Colaiste" and its motto is "Tús Feasa Fiafraí" which means (in Gaelic) "Enquiry is the beginning of knowledge".
Situated roughly northwest of Leixlip town, it was built to educate the rapidly expanding population of the Dublin Metropolitan Area
, to which Leixlip although strictly in County Kildare
is part of. This rapid growth and need for education has since slowed, leading to Colaiste Chiarain no longer replacing retired teaching staff. In the short to medium term however, the education system is expected to grow to accommodate more students, as Ireland is experiencing unprecedented immigration and is one of the fastest growing populations in Europe
Coláiste Chiaráin also adjoins a local Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA) with which it shares pitch facilities. In total the school has 1 GAA Pitch, 1 Soccer Pitch, 2 Tennis Courts and 2 Basketball Courts.
The school is prodominately Catholic
Prefects are a group of students installed by the Principal and the Deputy Principal. They perform auxiliary functions such as assisting teaching staff and the minding of junior students at break times. The Head Boy and Head Girl (Highest in the Prefect order) are given keys to classrooms.
A group made up of both 6th Years and Transition Years. Its primary function is to assist first years adjust to life in secondary school
, having just come from primary school
a totally different system. They regularly organise competitions for first years, such as table quizzes and theatre productions on the school's stage.
The School is also proud of its Green Schools initiative, partly funded by local industry including Intel
, that encourages recycling and conservation of energy. Intel also regularly donates computers to the school
Colaiste Chiarian - A 25 Year Anniversary (Published by the School, Printed by Mullen Print)