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Aoife Johnston RIP


We learned yesterday evening of the untimely passing of Leaving Cert student Aoife Johnston.


It is a terrible tragedy for the Johnston and McCoy families, our school, and our community.


We are deeply saddened by these events. Our sympathy and thoughts are with the Johnston family and her many friends. Aoife was a 6th year student and will be greatly missed by all who knew her.


Offers of support have been pouring into our school community and are greatly appreciated by us all.


Our school have implemented our Critical Incident Management Plan. The teachers have been helping students to deal with the tragic event.


As a mark of respect our Christmas show has been postponed. Psychologists from the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) have been advising us, supporting and advising teachers in their efforts to assist our students at this time.


The school remains open to parents, to support them and to offer them advice and guidance.


Thank you

Alan Cunningham

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Irish Showjumper



Jill Greene,who is in Class Ide in 3rd Year,has recently been selected to represent Ireland in two prestigious international events in Belgium and Holland in the individual pony showjumping category in the coming weeks.

Jill was selected to compete abroad as a result of her consistent performances in domestic competitions including the Dublin Horse Show at the RDS.Her first international event will be in Belgium at Sentower Park before travelling to the Netherlands the following week to compete at Lichten-Voorde.

It is a great honour for Jill,her family and the wider community of Newmarket on Fergus for her to receive this international call up.Needless to say that the St.Caimins school community all wish her the very best in her upcoming competitions and we are all very proud of her achievements to date.

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Supporting Teenagers as they develop their identity during adolescence



This webinar will provide parents/guardians with an understanding of the factors that shape a young person’s identity and how they can help them answer the question “Who am I” in the world.

WebinarDetails:  "Supporting Teenagers as they develop their identity during adolescence" - Tuesday 15th at 7:30pm.

To register for this webinar please follow this link

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CAO Information Session for Parents


St. Caimin's Community School will host a talk for 6th year parents/guardians on the CAO on Monday November 7th at 6.30 p.m.


The talk will include information on HEAR, DARE, Language Exemptions for Higher Education & SUSI grant applications for the 2023 campaign. 

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After school study



The booking form for after school study from midterm break to Christmas is now open. Please follow this link

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Webinars for Parents



The following courses may be of interest to parent:


  • From Trauma Reactive to Trauma Responsive - Supporting Parents of Teenagers Navigating a Trauma History (Link to register)

  • Study Skills Webinar Series for Post Primary Students and Parents (Link to register)

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Leaving Certificate Language Classes



Post Primary Languages Ireland (PPLI) run classes in lesser-taught languages to support students around Ireland to prepare for the Leaving Certificate exams. These classes are funded by the Department of Education and are free of charge for students. Classes are run on Saturdays during school term time. 

The classes cover the Leaving Cert course over a two-year period, meaning students should register before they begin 5th year.

PPLI offers classes in Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Lithuanian, Romanian, Polish, Portuguese and Russian. Details for 2022/23 classes starting in September can be found on their website.

If you interested in studying an additional language outside of school for your leaving cert the following links may be of interest to you:



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Singing in the Wire



On Wednesday the 1st of June, St. Caimin’s Community School hosted a wonderful afternoon event, in recognition and celebration of the unique voices of a wonderful cohort of writers and artists in the school.

We welcomed staff, parents, guardians, and family members to the school for the official launch of “Singing in the Wire”, a special publication of poems, short stories, and artwork produced by our very own students in St. Caimin’s.


There was an excellent turnout for the event, and we were thrilled to welcome our contributors alongside their band of supporters. The event was hosted by Mr. Grimes, Ms. Whitty, and Ms. Hill, who produced the publication, in collaboration with the students. Mr. Cunningham, who was also in attendance, spoke highly of the students involved with the project and commended them on their talent. Many students took to the stage, to recite their poems, read out their stories, and demonstrate their artwork, all of which were of course very well received by the audience. Also in attendance on the evening was former St. Caimin’s student Páraic McMahon, who now works as a journalist for The Clare Echo. Keep an eye out for the article and some pictures from the event in the next edition of The Clare Echo! All our students from various year groups did themselves, their fellow classmates, and their families so proud with their wonderful contributions and we look forward to seeing where the future takes this bright cohort of students.


This publication is available for purchase in the school office, for €5. We thank you in advance for your support!

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2nd Year Surfing



Our Second Years recently had a wondering social outing along the Wild Atlantic Way.The destination was Lahinch and the activity was SURFING.


On  Tuesday, Classes Flannan, Fiachra and Ciaran went together,while Class Brid and Ide went on Wednesday. The day was expertly co-ordinated by Mr. Forde who got  assistance from Ms. Phelan, Ms. Drudy, Mr.Duff  and Mr. Keane but the real winners were the students.


After changing into their swimsuits and getting an early tutorial at Ben's surf school the would-be surfers made their way down onto the sandy West Clare shoreline.Another group stayed behind to partake in activities like ring throwing and Boules.


Both days were heavenly with the sun shining brightly on the enthusiastic and energetic novices.After two hours of fun and frolics the groups swapped over and began again.After a well deserved rest, lunch and ice-cream from Spooney's the buses made their way home as tired and sunburnt students nodded off after a hectic but memorable day.

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Easter Study



Please 'Click Here' to access the booking form for Easter Study - April 11-14. 


First Year Performance



On Friday the 4th of March we enjoyed an action-packed hour of entertainment and laughter, thanks to the wonderful students of Class Pádraig and Class Séadna.

Based on the premise of a fictional storyline that centres around robbery, retribution and revenge, our first-year English students were tasked with creating a script, before facing the even greater task of performing it live. All students worked exceptionally hard to perfect their scripts, and rose to the challenge, performing their parts very well on the day.

Mr. Cunningham, who was in attendance on the day, praised the students’ efforts. He commended their performances, saying “you are incredibly brave to stand up here in front of your classmates and teachers and perform. That is not an easy task, so you should be very happy with yourselves.”

Every student who participated in the event received a unique award, in recognition of their outstanding commitment, bravery and enthusiasm. Despite facing some very stiff competition, the award for “Best Garda” was awarded to Ava Carroll, for her impressive performance as a “no-nonsense” Bean Garda. Other awards on the day included “Best Dramatic Performance”, “Award for going the extra smile” and “Best use of a prop” award. The “Rising Star” award went to Class Pádraig student, Ciarán Ryan, for his outstanding role as an angry father!

Thanks to all teachers and students who came along to the Hub to enjoy this event. We look forward to creating more drama soon!


Autism Friendly School



We are excited to announce that we in St Caimin’s Community School have registered with AsIAm – Ireland’s National Autism Charity, on their Autism Friendly Schools Project.


We will be supported by AsIAm in reflecting on our current practices, exploring challenges and identifying solutions.


We will investigate ways in which we can further refine what it truly means to be ‘Autism Friendly’ in St Caimin’s Community School.

The project will look at areas such as:
1. Teaching and Learning
2. Building an Inclusive Culture
3. Leadership & Management
4. Staff Development

The following school reflection tool will help us identify areas where we need to work on and develop targets on how to achieved these. Thank you for taking the time to answer this survey. 


Returning to Normal



As of Monday the 7th of March 2022, we are going to take a few more steps towards returning the school to normal.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for your cooperation, patience, and support through what has been an exceedingly difficult two years for everyone.


1. TIMETABLE: Room numbers will change on timetables and the changes will be available on VSware this evening. We would ask everyone to note these changes for Monday.

2. ONEWAY SYSTEMS: We are going to keep our one-way systems for corridors and stairs. It has proved successful in easing congestion on our corridors.

3. SANITISING: We are continuing with asking everyone to sanitise their hands on entering the building and when entering classrooms.

4. LUNCH AND BREAKS: We are returning to one break from 11.00 to 11.15 and one lunch from 1.15 to 2.00 for all year groups. We would ask all students to respect our neighbours when off the school grounds.

5. PE DAY: Changing rooms are now allowed to be used therefore students are asked to be in full school uniform every day and to change in the dressing rooms for PE.

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interfaith dialogue poster project



1st year class Colman presented their Interfaith Dialogue posters in Religion this week.

The project aimed to promote more inclusivity and understanding across the school community.

Well done to all involved!'


Wellbeing Week 2022



Wellbeing week 2022 will take place from Monday the 7th of March to Friday the 11th of March 2022.

There are many activities organised throughout the week to highlight the importance of wellbeing. 

Click the link to see what is happening each day.


Red Weather Warning - Co. Clare



Based on Government and Department of Education advice the school will be closed tomorrow as a result of Clare being in a red zone. Students are asked to engage with online learning through Teams tomorrow.


Please see announcement from the department below: 

Due to the extreme nature of Storm Eunice and the threat of multi-hazard weather events as confirmed by Met Éireann, the Department of Education is advising that schools in counties where Status Red wind warnings are in place and in counties where Status Orange Snow warnings are in place should not open tomorrow 18 February. This now includes Clare and Waterford who have been issued with Status Red wind warnings.


Remote teaching and learning should commence where possible, in line with schools’ remote teaching and learning plans.


All schools should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins and in particular any change in the status warning for their area.


A Status Red Alert has now been issued by Met Éireann relating to severe wind for counties:

•                  Cork

•                  Kerry

•                  Clare

•                  Waterford



Status orange snow warnings have issued for counties:

•                  Donegal

•                  Mayo

•                  Sligo

•                  Leitrim

•                  Roscommon


Met Éireann has advised that this is a multi-hazard event with wind and heavy snow. Storm Eunice will bring heavy sleet and snow leading to blizzard-like conditions in parts with treacherous driving conditions. The storm is expected to impact most during school commuting hours and this will make journeys to school extremely hazardous in the morning in those areas.


All other counties may open schools, subject to local conditions. Schools should have regard to the guidance on on safe opening.


All schools should keep up-to-date with the current weather warnings which are carried on all national and local news bulletins and in particular any change in the status warning for their area.

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Safer Internet Day



St. Caimin's Community School will embark on a series of activities to mark this year’s Safer Internet Day, which takes place on Tuesday, 8th February 2022. The EU wide initiative will see young people across Ireland leading a series of awareness-raising campaigns and events in their clubs and schools to promote a safer internet for all users. Safer Internet Day is coordinated and promoted in Ireland by Webwise, the Internet Safety Awareness Centre, part of the Professional Development Service for Teachers (PDST)

There is also a free event on internet safety for parents compliments of Trend Micro’s Internet Safety for Kids and Families Programme. (ISKF)




  • Monday Feb 7th, 2022 - 7.30p.m

  • Topics covered safety, privacy, managing time online, gaming, social networks and more.

  • Q&A time for parents​

  • Join Zoom from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:

         Webinar ID: 980 3529 5220    Password: 062769


Mock Examinations 2022



Our 3rd and LC2/LCA2 students will be starting their mock examinations next week.


The following are a few points to note:

  • The Mock Examinations will start next Tuesday for Leaving Certificate Students and Thursday for Third Years.

  • The exams will run up until the mid-term break-Friday the 18thof February

  • To facilitate this the school break and lunch times will change

  • Morning break for all students will be from 10.30 –10.45

  • Lunch time for all students will be from 11.55 –12.45

  • The last period in the morning has now moved to first one for afternoon

  • Attached please find a copy of new school day–it would be a good idea to take a photo of this so you can check it easily.

  • All classes for all year groups will finish at 4 p.m. on Monday and Tuesday and at 3.20 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. We are asking that all other students out of respect to those doing exams, keep noise levels on the corridors down.


Gerry Costello(Mock Examinations Coordinator)



Autism Friendly Schools Project



St. Caimin's Community School has is working with As I Am in the Autism Friendly Schools project.


If you would like to be part of our working group please click the links below:


Student Information


Parent Information 


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Christmas Art 2021



Congratulations to our students who took part in the Shannon Gardaí Christmas Poster Competition 2021. Pictured are some winners of Eason’s vouchers and selection boxes.

Selection Box Winners:

  • Emel Fitzgerald - Eren

  • Grace Carmody

  • Lauren Mulready

  • Jagodda Lupa

  • Nicole Linton


Voucher Winners:

  • Lily Egan

  • Robin Leenane

  • Justina Wesclowska

  • Willow Leenane

  • Brooke Mc Gorrian

  • Rokoslana Sipko



After School Study


After school study is now available for all students. To book a slot please follow this link


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Reopening of Schools



We are looking forward to welcoming all our students and staff back tomorrow after the Christmas break. We are asking for the support of all to ensure we can operate in a safe environment. The following link has very useful information and we would ask all staff and parents to have a look at it.


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Junior Camogie - Final Bound

The St Caimin’s junior camogie team travelled to Rathkeale to take on Causeway of Kerry in the Munster semi final. Causeway started the brighter with a number of good attacks. The Caimins defence held off a number of scoring opportunities for the Kerry side with the full back line of Molly Purcell, Eabha Collins and Claire O’Grady coming to the fore.


Our goalkeeper Avril Crowe was well tested in the opening minutes but pulled off a number of excellent saves. As the first quarter progressed Caimins looked dangerous going forward and made the most of scoring opportunities when given half a chance with Aoibheann Sweeney, Amy Chaplin and Aoibhe O’Leary keeping the scoreboard ticking. Emma Crowe, Roisin O’Grady, Danielle Sheedy and Grainne Mc Mahon worked tirelessly in the middle of the field, setting up scores for our clinical attackers. We continued to stay on top as the game progressed with brilliant play from our half back line of Amy O’Rourke, Caoimhe Hegarty and Kate Kennedy. The introduction of Kim O’Brien, Ava Kelly, Aimee Kilmartin, Ruby Sheedy and Laura Meaney only strengthened the team with fresh legs much needed in tough conditions.


Sarah Mc Evoy was introduced early in the game for the injured Avril Moore and really made her mark.


The girls produced a super performance to reach a first Munster camogie final in a number of years. Newmarket on Fergus, Sixmilebridge, Cratloe and Wolfe Tones camogie clubs were well represented on the panel.


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Reasonable Accommodations 2022


If your child is in receipt of SEN supports they may qualify to apply for Reasonable Accommodation (RACE) in their State Examinations. All information about RACE is available at the following link

Any RACE application is based on the Continuum of Support and must meet the criteria laid out by the State Examinations Commission. 

Any queries please contact


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#StandUp2021 has really been something special.

Our students have worn their colours and stood up to be counted.

They want to send the message that everyone in our community is valued and that everyone should feel safe to be their true self. #Pride 🏳️‍🌈

To see some images of the day follow the link


Helping Your Child Help Themselves


Free online webinar for Parents/Guardians/Carers on anxiety in children and young people.


Date = Wednesday 22nd September 2021

Time = 7.30 - 9.00 p.m.


For more information follow this link

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Handle With Care


If your family is experiencing difficulties at home we would like to provide additional support at school.


We understand that you are not always able to share details and that’s ok.


If your child is coming to school after a difficult night, morning, or weekend, please text “Handle with Care” and their name to 0871671854

This will let us know that your child may need extra time, patience or help during the day.


Candidate Appeal Information


The portal to register to view scripts is open from Tuesday evening the 7th of September at 5 p.m. until Wednesday the 8th of September at 8p.m.


Students must register there for everything. It’s only open for 24 hours. All exams marked online can be viewed online. 


The Leaving Certificate Candidate Self Service Portal (CSSP) is a service provided by the State Examinations Commission (SEC) for candidates entered for the 2021 Leaving Certificate. To login to access your results students will require  Examination Number and the password created when they registered through the Portal.


Only those not marked online and components will be available to view in school next Saturday 11th.

Viewing Sessions - Saturday 11 September

 Session 1: Session 2: Session 3:

9 am – 11am 12 pm – 2 pm 3 pm – 5 pm

More information can be found at this link

The guidance page also contains very important information


Leaving Certificate 2021Results information


The following contains information that might be useful to students who have just received their Leaving Certificate results:

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Afterschool Study 2021 - 2022


Afterschool study will be starting next week. For any students interested in availing of this please check out the designated study page


Leaving Certificate Results 2021


Check out our guidance page for information on the Leaving Certificate results 2021 and CAO offers. 

Any queries please contact the school on 061364211


Advice for returning to School

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