Saying Farewell…

As the school year comes to an end, there is a hint of sadness in our happy school. St Colmcille’s BNS is saying farewell to its much loved and much admired principal. Mr Jim Bennett has been a part of our school since his first day here in 1970 and has been central to making our school what it is today. Over the past number of weeks, many people have been saying goodbye to Mr Bennett, thanking him for his fantastic contribution to our school and wishing him well in the future. Here is a sample of some of the events we have shared recently…

On Monday, 15 June 2015, the Board of Management of St Colmcille’s BNS made a presentation to Mr Bennett and thanked him for his many years of service to the school. Mr Bennett replied suitably.

On Tuesday, 23 June 2015 there was a gathering of the whole school community to recognise and celebrate the contribution Mr Bennett has made to St Colmcille’s BNS over the past 45 years. Among the attendees were the teaching and ancillary staff, the recently retired Chairperson of the BOM, Mr Tom Shields and his wife Áine. Our Deputy Principal, Mr McGuinness spoke about Mr Bennett’s years of service to our school with many anecdotes relating to Mr Bennett’s early teaching career. There was a presentation made to Mr Bennett on behalf of the school community and everyone wished him well for the future.

On Wednesday, 24 June 2015 there was an assembly of the whole school. The boys shared their memories of Mr Bennett. The boys in 4th and 5th Classes wrote poems and Mr Bennett was presented with a ‘Fingerprint Tree’ which the boys had been working on for the past few weeks. The children printed their fingerprints on the tree to represent all of the boys of Swords which Mr Bennett had taught over the past 45 years. The boys prayed for Mr Bennett and his family and wished him well for the future. We finished with a song entitled ‘We’re gonna miss you when you’re gone’ –  a very appropriate choice, with lyrics written especially for the occasion.

Ni bheidh a leithéid arís anseo.

'Fingerprint Tree' presented to Mr Bennett by the boys of St Colmcille's

‘Fingerprint Tree’ presented to Mr Bennett by the boys of St Colmcille’s

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Mr Bennett addressing the boys at the assembly on Wednesday.

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Retirement of Principal, Mr James Bennett

Retirement of Principal and Appointment of New Principal

Mr James Bennett retires as Principal of St Colmcille’s BNS at the end of this school year. His successor will be Mr Kieran Lyons.

Note from Mr James Bennett

It has been a privilege to have served in St Colmcille’s BNS for the past forty five years. There is a fantastic sense of community in the school, and I am very grateful to the many generations of pupils, parents, teachers, and ancillary staff for the tremendous courtesy, co-operation and respect which I have received during my teaching career. The many memories of the school community which I have, I will cherish for the rest of my life. As I take my leave of you, I take this opportunity to thank every member of our school community, both past and present, for their kindness to me, and I wish you all the very best in all your endeavours in the future.  I wish Mr Kieran Lyons, every success as he embarks on the role of Principal of St Colmcille’s BNS. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful summer vacation

Artists of the Month – June 2015

The Artists of the Month for June are Helen Frankenthaler and Jack B. Yeats. The boys will study these artists and their works and then produce their own artwork which will be displayed around the school.

Sunset Corner  by Helen Frankenthaler

For the Road by Jack B. Yeats