Coolmine Community School

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View of main entrance into Coolmine Community School
Main entrance into Coolmine Leisure Centre

Coordinates: 53°23′19″N 6°23′44″W / 53.3887°N 6.3956°W / 53.3887; -6.3956 Coolmine Community School (Scoil Pobail Chúil Mhín in Irish) is a co-educational secondary school located in the Coolmine and Blanchardstown area of Fingal County.

Coolmine Community School caters for over 1100 pupils, both boys and girls, aged from 12 to 18 years who live mainly within a geographically defined catchment area. The premises includes a fine sports and leisure complex with an indoor heated swimming pool. The Community Development and Adult Education Day and Evening Programmes cater annually for some 2000 persons. The school crest embodies a stylised version of Crois Bhríde / St. Brigid’s Cross with the early Irish symbol of the Holy Trinity, surrounded by the "C" of Community and underlined by the motto Creideamh Beo (Living Faith). Coolmine Community School was one of the two first community schools founded in the Republic of Ireland in 1972. The school was officially blessed and opened in 1974.This Community School (and the subsequent 84 others opened since 1972), was established by the State after considerable discussion between the local Parents Committee, the Department of Education, the VEC and the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, with a view to integrating the traditional academic / classical approach of the Secondary Schools with the vocational / industrial tradition of the Vocational Schools. In the spirit of mutual consideration, courtesy and Christian charity, the partners can build a cohesive community of well-educated young people, prepared to face life in the Christian confidence that the values which they have developed and the skills and knowledge which they have acquired and to equip them to build a secure future. The Board of Management & Staff understand that students are sent to Coolmine by their Parents to learn and to grow in "grace and wisdom". Parents expect the School, through its Management and Staff, to create the atmosphere of peace and security which permits students and teachers to arrive at the best achievement possible, whether academic, recreational, disciplinary, moral or social. To complement this, the School expects each family, and the community at large, to support it in pursuit of these aims.

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