December 2011


Thanks very much to the parents and pupils who contributed the sum of €7,610.92 to the Sponsored Jog. This represents a decrease of 13% on last year’s figure but in the prevailing economic climate, it was a  commendable achievement and reflects well on the generosity of many members of our school community. A worrying trend however was the fact that96 cards were not returned to the school.

Formation of Board of Management, 2011-2015

The elections and selection processes for the establishment of the new Board of Management were completed in late November. We thank the parents who attended the meeting, and the parents who offered themselves for election. We congratulate the successful candidates and wish the new Board of Management well as it commences its term of office. The members of the Board of Management are as follows:

Patron’s Nominee and Chaplain
Parents’ Nominees:
Teachers’ Nominee:
Mr. Thomas Shields
Mrs. Margaret McKernan
Mr. Matthew Ladrigan
Fr. Peter McCarron
Mrs. Jean McLoughlin and Mr. Joe Dromgoole
Ms. Bláithín White
Mr. James Bennett

Installation of Interactive Whiteboards

Since Summer 2011, interactive white boards and data projectors have been installed in every mainstream classroom. White boards and data projectors have been installed in each resource room. The overall cost of this initiative was €47,000, and a grant of €22,000 was received from the Department of Education and Skills.


  • To the parents who have donated uniforms, tracksuits and books, we extend our thanks. Donations of this nature are always very much appreciated
  • To Paul Flynn, past pupil and member of the Dublin team, for visiting the school and showing the Sam Maguire Cup to the members of our school community
  • To Fingallians GAA for providing personnel to coach the boys during the first term
  • To the parents and businesses who donated hampers and other prizes for the Christmas raffle

Post Primary Transfer

Practically all of the pupils in 6th Class have now obtained places for the coming school year. Parents of pupils in other classes who wish to send their sons to Coláiste Choilm, should contact that school without delay because it operates a waiting list system. Places for Fingal Community College and St Finian’s Community College are allocated to pupils while they are in 6th Class.

Enrolment of Junior Infants for School Year 2012/2013

Parents are advised to collect application forms from the School Secretary and return completed form and baptismal certificate by Friday, 27 January 2012 at the latest.

Parent Teacher Meetings

The attendance at the recent Parent/Teacher meetings was very high, and indicative of the interest which many parents have shown consistently in the progress of their children. In the rare instances where parents did not attend for a meeting, a note or a phone call to advise the school would have been appreciated.

No Uniform Day

There will be a no-uniform day on Thursday, 22 December. A voluntary contribution of €1 (or more) may be brought to school. The proceeds will be given to the Child Hood Cancer Unit at Crumlin Hospital and to the Cystic Fibrosis Unit

Christmas Arrangements

16 December
19 December
20 December
21 December
Table Quiz for 3rd and 4th Classes
Visit of Santa and Table Quiz for 5th and 6th Classes
X Factor
Carol Service

Dates of Liturgies

Tuesday, 7 February
Tuesday, 15 May
Saturday, 19 May 
First Penance
First Communion

Christmas Vacation

School closes for Christmas Holidays at 12.00 on Thursday, 22 December 2011
School re-opens at 8.50 a.m. on Monday, 9 January 2012.

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