October 2011

Arrivals and Departures

We welcome the pupils who have commenced in St Colmcille’s BNS, and we look forward to working with them and their parents during the coming years. We thank Ms Bernadette Sweetman and Mrs Appenah, both of whom resigned at the end of the school year, for their years of devoted service to our school, and we take this opportunity to wish them well for the future. We thank Ms Rachel Lawlor who was a substitute in our school for a number of months, and we welcome back Ms Fiona Seaver and Ms Cindy Hickey. We send our best wishes to Mr Barney Donnelly who has retired, and we welcome back Mrs Pamela Moans who has been re-appointed.

Congratulations and Best Wishes

We send our congratulations and best wishes to Ms Lorraine Smith and Mr Ron Wainwright, and to Ms Olivia Clinton and Mr Ciarán Dunne who have recently become engaged.

Sponsored Jog

The jog was held on Friday, 30 September 2011. We are deeply aware of the much harsher economic times which are impacting on all members of our school community, and we thank the parents and pupils who have contributed the sum of €7,478.92.  At the time of writing, the number of cards not returned was 100. This is a very significant proportion of our school community who have not made any contribution to the provision of resources and services during this school year. We hope that all parents and pupils will make some contribution to school funds because money from the sponsored jog enables us to provide a level of service which would be impossible without the additional funds. The raffle for pupils who have contributed at least €10 as a result of the jog will be held on Friday, 28 October 2011.


The following initiatives have been undertaken during the past few months:

  • 8 new interactive white boards installed in mainstream classes
  • 9 data projectors installed in resource rooms

The total cost of this initiative was €30,000 approximately. It is hoped to install some additional interactive whiteboards, if the funds are available. The possibility of installing a synthetic grass surface on the Junior Playground is also being investigated, if funds allow such an expenditure.

Duty of Care / Behaviour in Junior Yard Prior to 8.50 a.m.

This is a reminder with regard to the commencement of the School’s Duty of Care. It is important to bear in mind that parents are responsible for their children prior to 8.50 a.m. The boys are expected to assemble in their lines and not to run around the yard, through flowerbeds and into the car parks. There has been a significant departure from correct practice since we returned to school, and we ask the co-operation of parents to ensure that we do not have to deal with accidents or incidents of misbehaviour

Traffic in School Grounds

Our insurers have asked that attention be drawn to the importance of preventing unauthorised access to the school grounds by people driving children to school. There is no permission for parents / guardians to drive cars into the school grounds.

Education Cut-Backs

The infant enrolment is considerably lower this year, and this will result in a significant reduction in the capitation grant which the school will receive from Department of Education and Skills.

Transfer to Post-Primary Schools

With regard to St Finian’s and Fingal Community Colleges, application forms have been given to the pupils in 6th Class and should be returned to the particular schools as soon as possible. Coláiste Choilm uses a booking system so it is important for parents to make application for their sons as soon as possible, irrespective of the class in which the boys are at present.


  • To the parents who have contributed uniforms and tracksuits, we extend our thanks. Donations of this nature are always very much appreciated
  • To the Parents who have sourced pcs and laptops for the school
  • To the parent who presented a set of National Geographic magazines to the school

Well Done

Congratulations to the members of the Parents’ Associations and the Board of Management who organised so successfully and attended the inaugural Teddy Bears’ Picnic for our new pupils in Junior Infants

Parents’ Association

We thank the members of the Parents’ Association for their support and co-operation during the past year, and wish them well for the coming year. We urge as many parents as possible to become actively involved in the Parents’ Association, and if at all possible to attend the AGM which will be held in the school hall at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday, 25 October.

Important Dates

  • 27 October
  • 31 October – 4 November (inclusive)
  • Week of 28 November
  • School closed for voting in Presidential Election
  • School closed for mid-term break
  • Parent Teacher meetings (dates to be confirmed)

Times and Dates of Some Liturgies

  • Tuesday, 15 November
  • Tuesday, 7 February
  • Tuesday, 15 May
  • Saturday, 19 May
  • Ceremony of Commitment
  • First Penance
  • Confirmation
  • First Communion
  • (1:40 p.m.)
  • (7:30 p.m.)
  • (11:00) a.m.
  • (11:00 a.m.)

Focal Scoir

We thank all members of the school community for their support and co-operation and wish them well as we endeavour to do our very best for the pupils entrusted to our care.

Ní neart go cur le chéile.