October 2013

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 Ciara Gallagher and Ms Treasa Davey, both of whom transferred to new schools at the start of the new school year for their commitment to our school, and we take this opportunity to wish them well for the future. We welcome Mr Diarmuid Connell, Ms Leanne Kilkenny and Ms Carrie Flood who have joined the staff our school. We also welcome Mr Christy Russell who has joined our school as Caretaker. We welcome back Ms Caroline Cottell, Ms Orla Murtagh and Ms Cindy Hickey.

Congratulations and Best Wishes

We congratulate Ms Claire Sweeney and Mr Brian Gallagher who were married during the Summer Vacation. We send our congratulations and best wishes to Mr Oliver Fitzmaurice and Ms Heloiza Cardeal who have recently become engaged. We congratulate Ms Olivia Clinton and her husband, Ciaran, on the birth of their daughter, Aoibhe.

Sponsored Jog

The jog was held on Friday, 27 September. 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 €5, 84.50 from a total of 272 cards returnedThe raffle for pupils who have contributed at least €10 as a result of the jog will be held on Thursday, 24 October 2013.

Accounts / School Requisites on Book Lists

On each book list, an amount is listed for payment towards school requisites. This money is used by class teachers to pay for some or all of the following items:

3 merit books per year, handwriting books (rented or subsidised by the school), stamps for the postage of school reports (2 per year), national tests (Maths, English and Irish), hard backed copies, Tin Whistles (specific classes), photocopying, markers, laminating, toys, jig saws, copies (specific classes), pencils and crayons (specific classes), art and craft requisites. With regard to the pupils being prepared for liturgies and post primary assessment tests, the money received from parents often does not defray the full costs.

At a general level, the school carries among other items the cost of booklets for liturgies, report cards, envelopes, general printing of newsletters, circulars, certificates, and prizes for the code of behaviour scheme. The amount spent on stationery-related items during the last school year was over €11,000

New Permanent Building

The Department of Education and Skills has given the school a grant of €120,000 towards the erection of a new building to replace 2 Portacabins. The short-fall between the cost of the building and the grant is €35,000

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 nopermission for parents / guardians to drive cars into the school grounds.

Allocation of Teaching Duties

The allocation of teaching duties for this school year has been extremely difficult due to a variety of circumstances. All of the members of our school community are thanked for the understanding, good-will and co-operation which they have given so willingly to ensure that the school functions efficiently during this school year.

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. 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.

School Clothing for Sale

The recent sale of uniforms and tracksuits was very successful. We still have a small amount of track suits and uniforms for sale, and will send out notice shortly with regard to a date to sell them. Donations of uniforms and track-suits are always welcome.

Well Done

Congratulations to the members of the Parents’ Associations and the Board of Management who organised and attended the 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 parents to become actively involved in the Parents’ Association.

Important Dates

4 February: First Penance; 21 May: Confirmation; 10 May: First Communion

Attendance Awards

In conjunction the National Educational Welfare Board, we recognise the pupils whose attendance has been outstanding during the previous school year. We congratulate the following pupils who are the recipients of awards:

Gold Certificate (Full attendance)

Micah Mboko, Jamie Caffrey, Rory Bowers, Henry Ihukobi, Osamuyimen Omorowa, Robert Besse, David Obikoya, Declan McCabe, Brian McGuirk, David Chuks, Obinna Mwosu, Khalid Animashaun, Marvel Ihukobi, Anatoliy O’ Reilly.

Silver Certificate (practically full attendance)

David Carroll, Oluwashina Omoniyi, Joshua Phelan, Alan Byju, Alexander Chuks, Jason Ikoli, Michael Rock, Dylan Toft, Kenny Amusat, Jeremy Odor, Taiwo Amusat, Jack Dolan, Lee Bowers, Joseph O’ Reilly, Stephen Wang, Ryan Kelly, Exaucer Luzemba, Josh Lynch, Kelvin Amankwah, Edward Amusat, Adnrew Grace, Valentine Mbanfeo, Dermot Weldon, Noel Reji, Dara Conway, Gavin Dunne, Daniel Chuks, Gavin Kiely, Darragh Browne, Tabib Haque, David Besse, Cillian Chisenga, Ross Madden, Alex Cheevers, William Eghrudie

IT Equipment

If parents have flat-screen monitors or external speakers which they no longer use, it would be much appreciated if they could be donated to the school.

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 present, and can be purchased from the School Secretary.

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.


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