September 2014

Newsletter, September 2014

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 Amanda Appleby for her service in our school and wish her well as she continues her career. We send our congratulations and best wishes to Mr Oliver Fitzmaurice and Ms Heloiza Cardeal who were married during the summer vacation. We welcome Mrs Fiona Mc Dermott back to our school.

Whole School Evaluation

At present, the Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills is carrying out an evaluation of the work of the school. This is a process which is undertaken every so many years. One element involves obtaining feedback from parents and pupils with regard to the work of the school. Questionnaires will be distributed a random selection of parents, and parents are asked to complete the questionnaire and return it to the school. The questionnaires are placed in a sealed envelope and are confidential to the Inspectorate. On the first morning of the evaluation, one of the inspectors also distributes a questionnaire to a random selection of pupils. This questionnaire is also confidential to the Inspectorate.

Sponsored Jog

The jog will be held on Friday, 26 September. This is the main fund-raising venture which the school organises, and it provides funding for the resources and activities which we provide for our pupils. We thank in advance the members of the school community for their contribution to this initiative. The raffle for pupils who have contributed at least €10 as a result of the jog will be held on Thursday, 24 October 2014.

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

Memorial Garden

A memorial garden which is dedicated to the memory of the late Miss Olivia Clinton was completed during the vacation. We acknowledge with gratitude the input of many members of our school community to this project. In particular, we thank Mr Michael Doyle who worked on the inscription. This garden is a very fitting tribute to a much-loved colleague.

Development of the Website

The school website,  was revamped completely during the summer vacation. We acknowledge with thanks the input of staff members to this project. The website, which is still being developed, contains school news, school rules, pupils’ work, class photographs, and policies on a range of issues such as The Code of Behaviour, The Anti-Bullying Policy, Cyber Bullying Policy, Relationships and Sexuality Policy




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.

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. Colaiste 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

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

Saturday, 4 October                            Enrolment Mass for First Communion, 6.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 21 October                            Commitment Ceremony, 1.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 6 February                            First Penance, 7.30 p.m.

Tuesday, 24 March                              Ceremony of Light, 1.30 p.m.

Wednesday, 29 April                            Confirmation, 11.00 a.m.

Saturday, 16 May                                 First Holy Communion, 11.00 a.m.

IT Equipment

Thanks very much to the O’ Neill and Dromgoole families who donated flat screen monitors. 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. The first edition sold out, and a second edition was launched on Friday, 5 September. 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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