June 2013

The Board of Management

The Board of Management which was constituted in December 2011 has now completed practically 2 years of its 4 year term of office. The 8 members of the Board are as follows:

Mr Thomas Shields (Chairperson), Fr. Peter McCarron, Mrs. Margaret McKernan (Secretary), Mr. Mathew Ladrigan (Treasurer), Ms. Bláithín White, Mr. Joseph Dromgoole, Mrs. Catherine Vassier and Mr. James Bennett.

What are the functions of the Board of Management?

The Board oversees all matters relating to the management of the school. It appoints teachers and ancillary staff, and it oversees the maintenance of the school. It meets once per month on a formal basis, but some Board members visit the school weekly, and other Board members are in the school on a daily basis.

What did the Board have oversight of during the school year, 2012-2013?

  • Production of a Development Plan as an underpinning for initiatives and activities during the school year
  • Management of the school budget within the context of a significant reduction in the Capitation Grant. One of the consequences of this reduction was the necessity to organise a sponsored walk to supplement school funds.
  • In conjunction with the Parents’ Association, the Board sourced a stock of school clothing which it sold at reduced prices
  • Liaising with the Department of Education and Skills during the application process for a stand-alone building to replace some of the Portacabins.  It is hoped to have the new building in place by the end of the summer vacation
  • Liaising with the Special Education Needs Organiser with specific reference to the provision of special needs resources.
  • Liaising with Fingal County Council with regard to water metering
  • Members attended or assisted with the various events such as Teddy Bears Picnic, Carol Service, X-Factor, Multi-cultural evening and the History Project

The School Year, Retrospect and Prospect

The economic difficulties of our country have had a very severe impact on many members of our school community, and the effects of education cut-backs will continue to impact with of a further reduction in the capitation grant and the ending of the Minor Works grant. As a consequence of a slight reduction in our numbers, there will 1 mainstream class teacher less in the school, and this means that there will be 1 composite class in the school for the new year.

Good Wishes

  • We extend our good wishes to Mr. Seán Byrne who is retiring after forty years’ service in our school. We thank him for the commitment which he has shown to St. Colmcille’s B.N.S. during this time, and we hope that he will have a long and happy retirement.
  • Mr. Liam Molloy, Caretaker, will be retiring at the end of the summer. We wish him well and thank him for his devoted service in our school.
  • We extend our good wishes to Ms. Treasa Davey who has completed her contract at our school, and we wish her well as she embarks on the next phase of her career.
  • We congratulate Ms. Catriona Quinn and her husband, David, on the birth of their daughter, Naoise.
  • We welcome back Ms. Caroline Cottell and Ms. Orla Murtagh who will be commencing on a job sharing arrangement when we return to school.
  • We extend our good wishes to Ms Claire Sweeney and Mr Brian Gallagher on the occasion of their forthcoming marriage.

Booklists and Book Rental Scheme

Booklists were issued on 14th June. More specific details with regard to arrangements are contained on the book list circular.

Allocation of Teaching Duties for 2013-14

The list will be circulated to parents on Tuesday, 25 June


  • To Fingallians GFC which has provided football and hurling coaching
  • To Fingallians and Swords Celtic for permitting the pupils to use their pitches and facilities
  • To the parents who provided books, uniforms, track-suits during the year
  • To the parents who provided transport to football, soccer and athletic events
  • To the family members who participated in the Sponsored Walk and to Mrs Lynn Dromgoole who ran in the Dublin City Mini-Marathon on behalf of our school
  • To the St Vincent de Paul Society which provided assistance during the course of the year
  • To the Executive of the Parents’ Association for their co-operation and involvement in the school.

History Project

The school has a substantial local history archive, and as we commence on a number of years when there will be celebrations of important centenaries in Irish history, it was decided to embark on a series of inter-connected projects. The projects which have been completed by pupils in 4th, 5th and 6th Classes will be on display in the School Hall from 7.30 p.m. on  One of the results of the project has been the production of a local history book entitled Images of Swords which will be launched at 8.00 p.m. on that evening.

Boys in 6th Class

The Graduation Mass for the boys and their parents will be held at 11.00 a.m. on Tuesday, 25 June 2013. We thank the boys and their parents for their courtesy and co-operation during the past eight years and wish them well for the future.

End of Year Arrangements

  • The school will close at 12.00 on Friday, 28 June 2013
  • The school will re-open at 8.50 a.m. on Thursday, 29 August 2013.
  • The school will be open for the full school day on 29 August 2013

Focal Scoir

We take this opportunity to thank all the members of our school community for their courtesy, goodwill and co-operation during this school year. We wish you all a very happy and peaceful summer vacation

Ní neart go cur le chéile