December 2013

Congratulations and Best Wishes

To: Ms Maria Moore and JP on the birth of Josie.


Thanks very much to the parents and pupils who contributed the sum of €5,900 to the Sponsored Jog. This represents a decrease of 16% 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.

Parents’ Association

Cake Sale

Very well done to the members of the Parents’ Association on the success of the Cake Sale. The amount realised was €1,100. Thanks very much to all who baked or bought the lovely confectionery which was on display.


The winning tickets in the Raffle will be drawn on Wednesday, 18 December. There is still time to purchase a ticket and have a chance of winning one of the wonderful prizes. The proceeds from the Raffle enable the Parents’ Association to provide treats for the pupils at various events throughout the school year

New Building

In these difficult economic times, it is very difficult to embark on development projects, but a beautiful three-roomed extension to the school has now been completed. These rooms will be used for resource teaching and will be a tremendous asset for the community of St Colmcille’s BNS. There is a significant short-fall between the grant aid (€120,000) and the overall cost (€150,000 approximately), and this will have consequences for the purchase of resources for many years to come unless means are found of meeting this shortfall. Thanks to the generosity of successive generations of parents and pupils, the school is well-equipped and resourced, and it is important at this juncture to maintain the levels to which our pupils have become accustomed.


  • To the parents who have donated uniforms, tracksuits and books, we extend our thanks. Donations of this nature are always very much appreciated, and at this juncture, donations of Flat screen monitors would be very much appreciated

  • To Fingallians GAA for providing personnel to coach the boys during the first term

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 Colaiste 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.

School Clothing

We have managed to source a limited supply of school clothing (jumpers, trousers, track-suits) for sale at knock-down prices. We will circulate dates for the sale of this clothing as soon as we return to school after the Christmas vacation.

Enrolment of Junior Infants for School Year 2014/2015

Parents are advised to collect application forms from the School Secretary and return completed form accompanied by a birth and baptismal certificate (if applicable) by Friday, 31 January 2014 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

Images of Swords

In late June 2013, an illustrated local history book, Images of Swords, was published. This book which is priced at €10 would make an ideal Christmas present, and can be purchased from the School Secretary.

Collection for the victims of the calamity in the Philippines 

The support and goodwill of parents and pupils are very much appreciated by our teachers and ancillary staff. At this time of the year, the emphasis among our school community is on giving rather than on receiving, and the teachers, ancillary staff and pupils will be making contributions to the Kaliwat Iliganon Association. As part of this initiative, there will be a no-uniform day on Friday, 20 December. A voluntary contribution of €1 (or more) may be brought to school.

Christmas Arrangements

Tuesday,17 December   Quiz for 3rd and 4th Classes
Wednesday, 18 December  Quiz for 5th and 6th Classes
Thursday, 19 December  Carol Service

Christmas Vacation

School closes for Christmas Holidays at 12.00 on Friday, 20 December 2013

School re-opens at 8.50 a.m. on Monday, 6 January 2014.

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