Visit of Archbishop of Dublin Diarmuid Martin

We were delighted to welcome Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to the school on Monday 13th June on the occasion of our Golden Jubilee Anniversary.

Archbishop Martin was welcomed to the school by Chairperson of the Board of Management Mrs. Veronica McDermott after which His Grace conducted a prayer and blessing service in the PE Hall. Archbishop Martin visited a number of classrooms around the school before joining the staff, Board of Management and Parents’ Association members for lunch with complimentary refreshments provided by our local SuperValu.

It was a great privilege for Archbishop Martin to visit and bless our school and we appreciate that His Grace was so generous with his time in meeting and conversing with so many of our pupils.

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Open Day Thursday 16th June

Dear Parents / Guardians,

The history projects that each class completed and our photography archive will be on display in the school on Thursday 16th June as part of our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Present parents are invited to visit the school at 9.00a.m., 1.30p.m. and from 2.30p.m. – 6p.m. on Thursday 16th June.

Past parents and pupils are invited to visit the school at any time between 2.30p.m. and 6.00 p.m. on Thursday 16th June.

Here is a quick preview of the projects and photo archive displays and we look forward to meeting you tomorrow.

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Garda Band Concert

The Garda Band played a magnificent concert in the school today as part of our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The boys really enjoyed the concert and learned about all the instruments in the orchestra.

Thank you to the Garda Band for the performance and to Mr. Fitzmaurice for organising the concert.

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Please note that the school will be closed this Friday 3rd June (Vacation Day), Monday 6th June (Bank Holiday), Tuesday 7th June (Vacation Day) and Wednesday 8th June (Teachers’ In-service Training).

School will finish at the normal times of 1.30p.m. for infants and 2.30p.m. for 1st – 6th classes on Thursday 2nd of June and will re-open at 8.50a.m. on Thursday 9th June.

 

 

Patronage of New Secondary School in Swords

Dear Parents / Guardians,

You may have heard in the community that the Department of Education and Science are considering opening a new secondary school in Swords in 2017. Parental preference will be a key consideration for the Minister of Education when deciding patronage of the new school.

At present two management organisations have expressed a desire to be appointed as patron of the new school; namely the Education and Training Board (patrons of Community Schools such as Fingal Community College) and Educate Together (patrons of primary and secondary Educate Together schools).

I sent home the expressions of interest forms from both management bodies today. Please fill in one expression of interest form from the patronage body that you favour and return it to the class teacher by Thursday 2nd June.

Alternatively you can submit an expression of interest form online.

If you would like the Education and Training Board to be the patron or management body of the new school please click here to fill out the expression of interest form.

If you would like the Educate Together organisation to be the patron or management body of the new school please click here to fill out the expression of interest form.

I encourage you to use this opportunity as parents in the community to have an input in the future of education in Swords.

Yours Sincerely,

Kieran Lyons.

 

School Uniform Survey Results and Policy Change

Please click the image below to see the full results of the survey:Uniform Survey Results

Thank you to the Parents’ Association for organising the recent uniform survey and thank you to the wider parental body for the huge response to the survey.

The main details from the survey results are:

  • 246 families responded to the survey
  • 73% of respondents were in favour of introducing a polo shirt to the school’s PE uniform, with 77% favouring a grey polo shirt
  • 81% of respondents were in favour of introducing optional tracksuit shorts

Having reviewed the results of the survey, and the preferences of parents, the Board of Management have decided to adopt two changes to the school’s uniform policy:

  • A grey polo shirt will be a mandatory part of the PE uniform from the 4th of April
    • It is not mandatory to have the school crest on the polo shirt, plain grey polo shirts are perfectly acceptable also
  • Green tracksuit shorts may be worn during warm weather in August, September, May and June, beginning in May of this year
    • Old school tracksuit bottoms may be cut and hemmed or green tracksuit shorts will be available for purchase in Pat O’Farrrell Uniforms for €12 – €14
    • Tracksuit shorts can be worn on all warm days in August, September, May and June with the school’s tracksuit top and a grey polo shirt, not just on PE days
    • Tracksuit shorts are an option for students to wear in August, September, May and June, they are not compulsory

Please note that the school has been requisitioned for voting in the General Election and will be closed on Friday 26th February 2016.

Uniform Survey

Dear Parents, please click here to complete the online uniform survey.

 

Text of the letter sent home on Monday:

 

Parents’ Association School Uniform Survey

Dear Parents / Guardians,

In partnership with the school’s management the Parents’

Association would like to survey the parental body with regard

to two possible changes to the school’s uniform policy. We would

greatly appreciate if you would complete the attached survey and

return it to the class teacher by Friday the 12th of February or alternatively you can complete the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/r/ZSVX56T.

 

Only one completed survey per family will be considered and we request that as many families as possible take this valuable opportunity to express their views and help to inform the decisions that will be made by school management.

 

 

  1. Polo Shirt

At present a PE polo shirt is not included in the school’s uniform policy. Most children at the junior end of the school wear a polo shirt, whilst at the senior end of the school the majority of children wear jerseys on PE days. Many parents have expressed a desire for a uniform polo shirt to be formally introduced as part of the school’s PE uniform as there may be pressure on the senior boys to wear expensive jerseys on PE days.

The management and Parents’ Association of the school would like to know would you be in favour of a generic polo shirt (e.g. single colour polo available for purchase in Dunnes, Penneys, M & S etc.) being formally included as part of the school’s uniform policy?

YES, I am in favour of a polo shirt being included in the school’s PE uniform

 

NO, I am not in favour of a polo shirt being included in the school’s PE uniform

If you answered yes to the question above please indicate if you would prefer to see a white or grey polo shirt being part of the school’s PE uniform.

Grey polo shirt                                                            White polo shirt

 

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  1. Shorts

Many pupils and parents have inquired about the possibility of the children wearing shorts to school during warm spells. Following Parents’ Association discussions with school management it was decided that parents should be surveyed for their views on this matter.

It was agreed that if school shorts were to be introduced they would not be a compulsory purchase, they would have to be green tracksuit-type shorts and could be worn with the rest of the PE uniform on all warm school days during September, May and June (not just on PE days). Old PE uniform tracksuit bottoms could be cut up and hemmed or green tracksuit shorts can be supplied by Pat O’Farrell Uniforms for €12 – €14.

YES, I am in favour of green tracksuit shorts being an optional choice for children to wear with their PE uniform tops on all warm days in September, May and June.

 

NO, I am not in favour of green tracksuit shorts being an optional choice for children to wear with their PE uniform tops on all warm days in September, May and June.

 

Parent’s signature: _________________________________

Child(ren)’s name(s) __________________________________________________________

Child(ren)’s class(es) __________________________________________________________

The next meeting of the Parents’ Association will take place in the school at 7.30p.m. on Tuesday the 23rd of February. The main focus of this meeting will be to discuss the results of the school uniform survey and we also hope to appoint a Treasurer to the association.  You are most welcome to attend this meeting if you are interested in joining the Parents’ Association or if you would like to contribute to the discussion on the school’s uniform policy.

Parents’ Association members can be contacted by e-mail at colmcilles.parents@gmail.com and new members are always welcome.

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey and an update on the results will follow after the mid-term break.

Yours Sincerely,

Michelle Kelly (Chairperson) on behalf of St. Colmcille’s BNS Parents’ Association.