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Student Voice / Leadership

On a national level the NCCA, JCT and the Department Education have been consulting with students on the reforms that are taking place across Early Childhood, Primary and Post-primary Education. Students are the best placed to provide feedback on these reforms as they will be engaging with the new modern curriculum and will in turn benefit most from these changes. Here in St Caimin's Community School we encourage the Student Voice to play an active role in many of the day to day issues that arise in the school. On the most basic level the Student Voice is engaged in the classroom in discussing the topics they are learning. This voice provides the teacher with an insight into how students are progressing and also provides for an active and engaging classroom.Outside of the classroom the Student Voice is encouraged ‘to have a say’ and an input in to issues that affect them as integral members of the St Caimins School community.

Student Council

The Student Council consists of a representative body elected from and by the general cohort of students in the school. The Student Council will give students an opportunity to voice their concerns and opinions and to play an active role in policymaking in the school. A member of staff will liaise with the Student Council and through the Council links will also be formed between the students and Senior Leadership Team.

All year groups are represented on the Student Council.

The objectives of the Student Council are:

  • To represent the student voice on matters of general concern to student in St Caimin's Community School

  • To support the management and staff in the development of the school

  • To enhance communication between students, management, staff and parents

  • To promote an environment conducive to educational and personal development;

  • To promote friendship and respect among pupils

  • To contribute to the development of school policies

  • To nurture a range of important skills among students, such as participating in meetings, negotiating, responsible leadership and collaborative problem solving.

  • To develop leadership and organisational skills through the research, planning, organisation and implementation of a whole school project to be decided upon by each individual student council at the beginning of each year.


Pupils with musical and acting talent are well catered for at St. Caimin’s, where they are given ample opportunities to perform. The school has produced a number of outstanding musical and dramatic productions including ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Oliver’, ‘High School Musical’ and the ‘C Factor’.


In these productions pupils are enabled and encouraged to display and develop their talents in singing, acting, stage design, set construction, lighting, sound production, design of programmes including sales and promotion.


Pupils are encouraged to take part in the school choir. They are also given opportunities to go further afield to see dramatic productions in Limerick, Cork, Dublin and Galway.

Environmental Club

Art exists within various curricula as a subject in St. Caimin's  yet this also expands into so much more where it becomes an extra curricular activity that engages with all aspects of school life. From the commissioning of art for local organisations, to stage and costume design for musicals there is opportunity galore to express individuality and creativity. Use of modern technology is embraced in various ways (eg. Google competitons).  The practice and appreciation of Art plays an important role within the social, personal and cognitive development of all our students.


To recognise the extraordinary achievments and abilities of gifted students we have a prestigious award in place.  This is sponsored by the the Sisters of Mercy and is awarded annually to the most gifted Students in the field of the Arts. 


Student News Team

A proud tradition of St. Caimin's lies in the variety of places that we have visited.  


There are regular historical, geographical, cultural and ski tours.  These tours are always incredibly well organised and subscribed to by our students.  


They enable students to gain an appreciation of and understanding for different cultures and activities.  We have and continue to visit places like;


  • Rome

  • Barcelona

  • London

  • The Alps (Italian, Austrian, French)

Have your say!

From First Year right through to leaving certificate, students engage in a variety of outdoor pursuits through all of our school curricula.  These activities include;​


  • Expeditions

  • Surfing

  • Orienteering

  • Kayaking

  • Rock Climbing

  • Camping

  • Gorge Walking

  • Rafting

  • Survival Skills

School Clubs

At St Caimin's we also offers a wide vaiety of other activities and clubs for students to enjoy. These include; 


  • Environmental Club

  • Chess

  • Díospóireachtaí Gaeilge

  • Draughts

  • Lunchtime Club

  • Quizzes

  • Table Tennis

  • Public Speaking and Debating

European Links

Our French Exchange is organised annually with Lyceé Saint Pierre in Saint Brieuc in Brittany. A group of our Fourth Year students spend one week there immersing themselves in French life and culture, visiting the region and perfecting their French. On the other side of the exchange the French students will attend classes at St. Caimin's and also visit the tourist attractions in our County. Students benefit from such an exchange in the following ways;

  • In the State Certificate Examinations, a substantial amount of marks are given to oral and aural proficiency- (45% in total).  The best way to improve a person’s ability to speak the language is to visit the country and live with native speakers.



  •  Under the exchange system, students also benefit by socialising with other young people of a different culture and language.


  • During the exchange in France, the students will have an opportunity to work on their project, which is part of their Leaving Certificate oral examination




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