About St. Caimin's
Welcome to St Caimin’s Community School. St Caimin's first opened in Shannon in 1985. This school building was built on the site in 2002.
St Caimin’s is a multi-denominational school. Its catchment area comprises Shannon, Newmarket on Fergus, Sixmilebridge and Cratloe. Our pupils are drawn from a variety of backgrounds and cultures to give the school its own characteristic spirit.
We take pride in our welcoming environment and in the sense of community engendered by a spirit of co-operation among staff, students, and parents. We have a close interaction with our local community. Student involvement in all areas of school life is key to our success. The professionalism and generosity of our staff ensure the highest standards of education for life.
The trustees of the school, who underpin its educational values, are the Bishop of Killaloe and the Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board (LCETB).
• In St. Caimin's School every person is valued
equally in accordance with our Christian tradition.
• Each person within the school community can enjoy developing to the fullest, while feeling cared for and safe.
• Our educational structures are ordered, based on tolerance, fairness and respect, while sensitive to our changing world.
Our School Crest
The school crest incorporates
The Romanesque archway of the Inis Cealtra monastery
The aeroplane, a symbol of modern industrialised Shannon
The book of learning
It illustrates the desire of the school not only to conserve the best of the Irish Christian educational tradition but also to provide programmes and facilities which will prepare its pupils for full and creative participation in modern society.
Help pupils to reach their full potential in all aspects of school life, academic, moral, creative, sporting, social and cultural.
Provide a comprehensive curriculum in a well structured learning environment.
Create a caring and disciplined school, where all are treated with equality and fairness.
Develop in each pupil a sense of personal worth and a sensitivity to the needs of others.
Equip pupils with the skills, knowledge, values & qualifications which prepare them for adult life.
Encourage and develop the partnership between parents and educators.
In order to ensure a caring and disciplined environment at St. Caimin’s the following structures are in place:
Special Educational Needs
To find out more about our education supports visit our pastoral care page.
Academic life is very important to St. Caimin's. We offer a broad range of subjects at both Junior and Senior Cycle. Study Skills and Development are very important at St. Caimin's. Students may avail of After School Study Programme A more comprehensive analysis can be found on the curriculum page and the Study Page
Extra Curricluar Activities
We have a massive range of non Curricular activities at St. Caimin's. These range from multiple Sports, Arts, Drama, School Shows, Lunchtime Clubs, Outdoor Pursuits, to National and European School Tours. A full analysis can be found on the non Curricular Activities page.
At St. Caimin's we are proud of the top class facilities that aid in the effective teaching and learning of our students. These include;
• fully equipped computer rooms
• high-speed broadband in all classrooms
• Full coverage Wifi throughout
• engineering workshop
• construction studies centre
• art room
• home economics complex
• three science laboratories
• school library
• lecture theatre
• sports pitches
• 2 tennis courts
• 5 basketball courts
• state-of-the-art gymnasium
• indoor football arena
Daedulus + Icarus
The dream of a new school became a reality in 2001 and the permanent visual reminder of this event is the representation of the myth of Daedulus and Icarus in the form of a bronze sculpture by Irish artist Jarlath Daly (www.dalyart.ie). It has become a much loved meeting point for students and the focus of differing interpretations and a very pleasant place to while away a moment of leisure
Who was St. Caimin?
Caimin (or Caminus) was the son of Dima. He came from the race of Hy-Kinselagh and the noble stock of the Kings of Leinster. Little is known of Caimin's early life but considering his lineage it is certain that he was educated.
Around 520AD St. Colum founded a monastery on Inis Cealtra (a small island on Lough Derg). The second monastery, a famous school of learning, was founded by St. Caimin who later became Bishop Abbot of Inis Cealtra and some accounts claim he was the first Bishop of Killaloe. The Parliamentary Gazeteer of 1845 writes that on Inis Cealtra (Holy Island) "he led a life of contemplation and austerity, the fame of which attracted to its shores numbers desirous of imitating his virtues and receiving instruction".
He died probably in 644 or 652, though the Annals of Inisfallen claim that he died in 654. St. Caimin's feast day is on March 24th