Board of Management Report
Our annual Carol Service will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 19th at 1:00 p.m. in St. Eunan’s Cathedral. All are welcome to attend this lovely occasion in the school calendar.
Minister of Education Visit
Minister for Education, Joe Mc Hugh paid us a visit this morning. He was treated to performances from our prize-winning choir and some songs from the 4th class production of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. His Grace, Bishop Mc Guckian and representatives from the Parents Association also attended. Former teachers, Mr. Breslin and Mrs. Mc Gowan also joined us for this special morning.
Wow! We have surpassed 200,000 visitors to our website! Thank so much to all of you who have visited!!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas
We’re delighted to get the Saturday night again for this year’s wonderful pantomime Alice In Wonderland.
This a family show, will take place in An Grianan Theatre and will start at 8p.m. The school raised over €2,000 last year which was spent on Samsung tablets for the infants to 2nd classes.
Please keep Saturday 26th January 2019 free. For tickets, please contact Mary, the school secretary on 0749122772. Tickets are €15 each and €25 for two.
They would make a great Christmas gift. It’s a great family treat.
Please reserve your tickets early as the show will sell out fast as it’s the last night.
Tickets are on sale now in the school office.
Choir at Letterkenny Shopping Centre
Below are some photos and a video clip from our choir’s performance in Letterkenny Shopping Centre.
Scoil Cholmcille choir have won the Highland Radio/Letterkenny Shopping Centre Christmas choir competition. They will be performing in Letterkenny Shopping Centre on Sunday, November 25th at 2:00 p.m. when Santa arrives. Well done to the boys and of course to our two musical directors, Mrs. Donaghy and Mrs. Daly. Have a listen to their entry below.
Spooktacular Time in Skull Cholmcille
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Using our new tablets
Mrs. Carr’s class were using our new Samsung tablets. Ms. Keys was using them with her EAL group to practise their English.
Green Schools Committee News
The pupils are pictured with Aenghus Kennedy of Nature North West. They spent the day studying tidal zones on Marble Hill beach and the plant and animal life that lives there.
Daily Mile Initiative
Aidan Callaghan was our special guest to the school on Wednesday as we launched the Daily Mile.
Aidan is a past pupil of the school and since 2010 has been a regular on the Triathlon circuit of Ireland, winning the
Super Series National titles in 2015 and 2016. The boys and girls got to see some of the trophies and medals
he has picked up along the way! Aidan gave some tips on achieving a healthy lifestyle along with a balanced diet.
He was delighted to hear that the pupils were going to be taking part in this initiative which promotes fun and fitness.
LAC Cross Country athletics at the O ‘Donnell Park in Wednesday 26 th September. The athletes won 8 medals and 2 of our teams have now qualified for the Donegal Cross Country Finals in Buncrana in October. Great running and great teamwork boys.
Girls just wanna have fun!
Green School News
Mrs. Suzanne Bogan from Donegal County Council conducting a review of our application for a green flag – Global Citizenship & Marine Environment
In September 2017, our visitor count was at 39,000. Now it is over 148,000 and thanks to all of you who have visited the website!
This page contains the latest news headlines from Scoil Cholmcille. You can check out your child’s work in the class blogs section.
Board meeting in the front yard
New entrants 2018
September 3rd, 2018 was a historic day in Scoil Cholmcille. Today we welcomed girls into the school for the first time and it was a fantastic day for both pupils and staff. We now have girls in both junior infant classes and some spread throughout the school in the other classes. We wish all of our pupils all the best in the coming school year. We also extend a special welcome to our new parents and we hope your children have a wonderful time in Scoil Cholmcille!
Mr. Crossan and his guitar students put on a short concert for parents and pupils. Ms. Mc Nulty’s class helped out with the singing.
Table Tennis finals
We held our annual table tennis tournament and as usual, it provided lots of excitement. Thanks to Paddy Delap for his fantastic coaching and to Ms. Janice Daly for organising the matches and recording the results.
Results were as follows:
4th class: Eimantas Butvilas (1st), T.J. McMorrow (2nd) & Liam Duff (3rd)
5th class: Adam Patton (1st), Darragh Timoney (2nd) & Nosa Smith (3rd)
6th class: Marc Casey (1st), Kyle Conaghan (2nd) & Rehan Ananth (3rd)
History in Scoil Cholmcille
This year marks the end of an era as we move from being an all boys school to co-ed in September 2018. To mark this occasion, we decided to have some special activities. We first planted a beech tree in the school grounds, signifying strength and longevity. We then unveiled two “buddy benches” to show how much we value friendship in our school. Finally we planted a time capsule to be opened in fifty years. In this we placed a newspaper, photographs of classes, some artwork and various other items showcasing the sort of work being done by pupils and teachers in 2018.
Click on the link below to listen to the lovely singing from the junior infants while we unveiled the Buddy Benches.
Goodbye to 6th classes
We bid farewell to our 6th classes on Tuesday, June 26th. We wish them well in their new schools in September.
Defeat the Keeper
The Defeat the Keeper was a great success and we raised €2972.50. Special thanks to Sean Rogers for building the goal. Well done to Mr. Kavanagh and Mrs. Mc Macken for organizing the competition. Thanks to all those who sponsored the boys. Thanks also to the Donegal goalkeeper, Shaun Patton, for presenting the prizes.
Winners were as follows:
Junior Infants – Zhekai Liu (Ms. O’Sullivan’s class)
Senior Infants – Dylan Tinney, Shaun Paul Gormley and Pedro Magee Evangelista.
First class – Martin Ward (Mrs. Shields’ class)
First class – Oran Daly (Mrs. Carr’s class)
Second class – Jack Devlin (Mrs. Mulrain’s class)
Third class – Ryan Browne (Ms. Mc Nulty’s class)
Third Class – Adam Rogers (Mrs. O’ Connor ‘s class)
Fourth class – T.J. Mc Morrow (Mr. Mc Gowan’s class)
Fifth class – Carragh Mc Hugh (Mr. Kavanagh’s class)
Fifth class – Ruairí Gibson (Mrs. Dunleavy’s class)
Sixth class – Rudi Minnock (Mrs. Kavanagh’s class)
Overall champion – T.J. Mc Morrow (Mr. Mc Gowan’s 4th class)
Mini World Cup 2018
Check out our video showing some highlights from our inaugural Mini World Cup. The soundtrack will conjure up memories of June and July 1990 (for those of us of a certain age)and the images and video clips capture the action and excitement from the games and the presentation ceremony.
Forget the International Rally! Scoil Cholmcille World Cup has just ended and the winners are Uruguay! We had past pupil Dale Gorman (Leyton Orient) and Olly Horgan (Manager of Finn Harps) in to present the trophies and speak to the boys. Thanks to Mr. Coll, Mr. Mc Gowan and Mr. Kavanagh for organising the tournament. Top scorer was Steve Fotso. The most improved player was Amir in 6th class. Runners up were Brazil in 2nd place and Switzerland in 3rd place. Player of the tournament was was Rudi Minnock from 6th class.
This is our new uniform for junior infants in September 2018. The jumper is jade green and is available in County Seat and Speer’s on the Main Street in Letterkenny.
Life cycle of Butterfly
Junior infants have watched the butterfly cycle at first hand. They watched the baby caterpillars grow bigger and then progress to the pupa stage. Now they are watching them transform into Red Admiral butterflies.
3rd class blog
Mrs. O’Connor’s class have been very busy. Check out the 3rd class blog to see what they have been up to. Here’s a sample of their work.
Green Schools News
Ms. O’Sullivan and her Green Schools Committee have been busy again. Check out the Green Schools page for more information.
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We could be over 110,000 by the end of June
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Fun day 2018
Mrs. Mulrain’s class were enjoying some hip-hop dancing as part of Active Week.
Debate team award
Congratulations to our debate team who were presented with the winners cup in the primary schools debating league. Thanks to Mrs. Cannon, Ms. McGrath and Mrs. Kavanagh for their hard work and preparation with the team this year. Well done to the team who debated so well this year.
We began our Active Week in Scoil Cholmcille today. We are encouraging our pupils to get outside and stay active.
Thanks to Peadar Jim’s Property Maintenance for the fantastic job they did on the school and the grounds.
Defeat the Keeper!
The “Defeat the Keeper” fundraiser was launched on Thursday, May 24th. Each pupil has a sponsorship card and every euro he collects gives him one shot to “defeat the keeper”. Mr. Cannon showed the pupils the lovely trophies for each class winner and the overall trophy. There is also a Brazil jersey up for grabs! Special thanks to Adam Rodgers’ father, Seán, for building the defeat the keeper frame and donating it to the school free of charge. Have a look at the photos below.
The boys from 5th class took part in a GAA Blitz hosted by the transition year students from St. Eunan’s College. The event called “Future Leaders Programme ” saw 6 schools compete against one another .
Scoil Cholmcille made it all the way to the final but unfortunately lost out to a very good Termon N.S .
There were good performances on route to the final with fine victories against Drumkeen and Stranorlar National Schools . Well done to all the boys who took part .
Visit from dental hygienist
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Hope you are enjoying all that’s happening in Scoil Cholmcille!
Finn Valley Athletics
Well done to our athletes who won 20 medals in Finn Valley. Pencils thanks as always to our tireless coaches, Mrs. Mc Clafferty and Mrs. Mc Macken.
World Cup fever in Scoil Cholmcille!
Mr. Mc Gowan, Mr. Coll and Mr. Kavanagh have organised a mini football competition for boys from 3rd – 6th classes. Each team represents a country playing in this year’s World Cup. It is being run at lunch time and has proved a great success so far. Have a look at some of the latest photos below.
Coffee Morning Cake Sale & Prize Draw
The coffee morning raised around €2,500 and we are so grateful to all who came on to help us raise much needed funds.
Special thanks to all the parents who sent in the delicious cakes and treats for our coffee morning. It was a lovely occasion and thanks to all who called in for a cuppa and a chat. Well done to Mrs. Mulrain and Ms. O Sullivan for organising the day and thanks to the SNA’s and 6th class pupils who helped out Int the hall and the Aistear room.
Friendship Week 2018
This year for Friendship Week we will release lots of bubbles instead of balloons as we are even more environmentally aware of plastics in the environment due to our ongoing work for our current Green Flag – Global Citizenship and Marine Environment.
First Communion 2018
Well done to our 2nd class boys on making their First Communion on Saturday, April 28th. Special thanks to their teachers, Mrs. Mulrain and Mrs. Carr and the SNA’s, Mrs. Daly and Mrs. Emery. The choir as usual were fantastic and thanks to Mr. Frank Breslin, Mrs. Assumpta Donaghy, Mrs. Triona Daly and Ms. Ruth Mc Nulty.
Summer is coming?
Senior infants looking at the wildflowers growing by the sundial.
Walk on Wednesday
This week’s winners are Mrs. Mc Clafferty’s senior infants.
Our school team played in the 5-a- side county finals in Killygordon recently. Check out the soccer page (under the sports tab).
Senior Infants Blog
Check out the senior infants blog. One of Ms. Quinlan’s pupils has been singing an Ed Sheeran song. He sounds perfect…
What a week in Scoil Cholmcille! Our 3rd and 4th class athletes came first in the All-Ireland Sportshall championship in Athlone and our 5th and 6th class athletes came second, missing out on first by only 4 points! Well done to Mrs. Mc Clafferty, Mrs. Mc Macken and Peter Kelly for the training at lunchtimes and after school.
School Debate News
Congratulations to our school debate team who won the recent debate, “Charity begins at home”, against Scoil Mhuire gan Smál. It was a very hard fought debate and the tension was palpable as everyone waited on the results of the adjudicators. Special thanks to Mrs. Cannon, Mrs. Mc Grath and Mrs. Kavanagh for their excellent preparation. You can watch Jack Meredith below as he outlines Scoil Cholmcille’s argument for the motion.
Easter draw 2018
We raised €6000 in our Easter Draw this year! Special thanks to the pupils for their hard work, the parents for supporting them and to our sponsors for the fantastic prizes. Well done to Christian Doran (1st class) and Shaun Storey-Boyle (5th) who took home the sellers’ prizes, two brand new bicycles with safety helmets.
Inland Fisheries Visit
Owen Kelly and Tommy Mooney from the inland fisheries board visited Mr. Kavanagh’s class today. They got to see some of the insects and larvae that the fish feed on. They also saw some the Salmon and Trout that were getting ready to smolt.
Seachtain na Gaeilge
Pupils from all classes performed songs and poems in Irish to mark Seachtain na Gaeilge. Click on the names below to watch clips from the day.
River Life investigations
Junior Infants finding out about river life, insects and salmon
The pupils had a lovely visit from Ms. Veronica Mc Carron, the famous choir mistress from Britain’s Got Talent. She came to tell the boys about Donegal Choir of Ages which takes place in Letterkenny in the coming weeks and is open to all ages. Registration takes place in the Regional Cultural Centre on Friday, March 23rd between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
She was very impesssd by our choir and even led them in an Ed Sheeran song.
Sports Hall 2018
Great news from the Aura today. Scoil Cholmcille have won the county final and will now go to the All-Ireland Championships in Athlone on Wednesday, March 23rd. We won the 3rd/4th class category by 36 points and the 5th/6th category by 30 points! Well done again to Mrs. Mc Clafferty, Mrs. Mc Macken and Peter Kelly for the training and preparation.
Mr. Kavanagh’s 5h class have made a fantastic video about water pollution. Click on the link below to watch.
Health and Medication page update
In view of the recent meningitis cases in Co. Meath, we have uploaded some important information for parents about meningitis and septicemia. You will find this under the Health and Medication section under the Parents tab.
Gold Stars for March
Check out the gold stars page under the Activities and Awards tab.
Best of luck to our second classes making their First Confession tonight
Children came from clubs and schools from all over Donegal to compete. Seven of our students competed in the under-10 and under-12. They were timed over a 30m distance.
U-10: Brendan Ndambria (1st), Adam Rodgers (3rd)
Temple Akipo also competed.
U-12: Eimantas Butlvilas & Troy Preston. Holder (joint 3rd)
Mikey Mc Donnell and Jason Knetia also competed.
Well done to all those who took part and thanks to Mrs. Mc Clafferty for her excellent preparation with the boys.
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Check out the third class blog. They listened to a talk on fire safety
Easter Draw 2018
The annual Easter Draw was launched on Wednesday, Feb. 21st. Books of 6 tickets are €10 each or €2 per ticket. Each pupil has received two books to sell and they are allowed to keep €2 for every book sold. It is essential that pupils return ticket stubs and money to the school. If tickets are not sold, please return those books to the school. Pictured below are members of the Parents Association with Mr. Cannon and Mrs. Shields. The laptops shown were purchased last year using funds raised from the Easter Draw.
The Confirmation ceremony took place on Saturday, Feb. 24th at 4:00 p.m. in St. Eunan’s Cathedral. Well done to the 6th class teachers, Mrs. Kavanagh and Mrs. Dunleavy, and thanks also to Mrs. Daly and Mrs. Donaghy for their excellent preparation with the choir.
Junior Infants enjoying Spring sunshine
Ms. O’Sullivan’s class were out for a walk in the Spring sunshine.
Scoil Cholmcille on RTÉ 1
RTE visited the school last Friday as part of Operation Transformation. Michael and Gráinne came to do the 10 @ 10, ten minutes of exercises with our pupils. Have a look at the short clip below. Well done to Mr. Kavanagh, Mr. Cannon, the pupils who spoke so well and to all those who helped with the preparation for the event.
Watch the video here: Scoil Cholmcille 10 @ 10
Well done to our school debate team who defeated Kilmacrennan N.S. The motion was “Climate change cannot be stopped”. Thanks to Mrs. Cannon for her excellent preparation with the team.
Ceremony of Light
The Ceremony of Light for the Confirmation classes took place on Thursday, Feb. 8th at 6:00 p.m. in St. Eunan’s Cathedral. It was a lovely ceremony and well done to Mrs. Kavanagh and Mrs. Dunleavy for their excellent preparation.
Grandparents’ Day 2018
On Wednesday, February 1st, we celebrated Grandparents’ Day as part of Catholic Schools Week. Many grandparents came in to visit the school and they helped the pupils to make Saint Brigid crosses. It was a very special occasion for the school. Have a look at the photos from the day.
Donegal Sports Awards 2017
Well done to Athan Doherty, our 6th class pupil from last year, who won Best Primary School Sports Boy at the Donegal Sports Awards on Friday night in the Mount Errigal Hotel. Athan is a talented athlete and was part of our All-Ireland Champion Sportshall team for the past five years.
Well done Athan. We are all very proud of you and wish you well for the future.
A special mention for Mrs. Eilis Mc Clafferty who was nominated for the Sports Teacher Award.
4th Class trip
Check out the 4th class blog in page. Mr. Mc Gowan’s 4th class visited the water treatment plant in Letterkenny.
The open day was a fantastic success. Special thanks to all the parents who came in to visit us. Well done to the teachers and SNA’s for their fantastic preparation for the day.
Science and Engineering in the infant classes
Check out the junior infant blog page to see how they got on with their science and engineering workshop with employees from Seagate in Derry.
Fundraising for St. Vincent de Paul
Members of the local St. Vincent de Paul receiving a cheque for €700 which was raised by pupils and staff performing carols on Dec. 8th.
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The Carol Service took place on Wednesday, Dec. 20th and it was arguably the best ever. Special thanks to all who took part, Mrs. Donaghy and Mrs. Daly for the musical preparation and the S.N.A.’s who worked tirelessly in the background. Below is a link to “O Holy Night” sung by Jonah Mitchell from 5th class
Mr. McGowan and Mr.Kavanagh have been injecting some Christmas spirit with their production of “A Christmas Carol”.
Check out the Letterkenny Post today to see news about our new building plans.
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…
Well done to the staff who braved the cold on Friday to perform carols in the Market Square. All funds raised will go to Vincent de Paul. Our pupils were down in the shopping centre on Friday afternoon and performed carols assisted by Mrs. Daly, Mrs. Donaghy, Miss Mc Nulty, Mrs. Mc Macken and Mr. Crossan. More pictures to follow.
Sports Hall Athletics
Well done to our athletes from 3rd/4th and 5th/6th classes who came first in their categories today in the Aura Centre. They have now qualified for the county finals in March. Special thanks to Mrs. Mc Clafferty, Mrs. Mc Macken and Peter Kelly for the fantastic coaching.
Bishop Mc Guckian has given his official approval for Scoil Cholmcille to go co-ed in September 2018. We are now enrolling girls and boys from junior infants to 6th class for the school year 2018-2019.
Mrs. Mulrain’s 2nd class visited the library recently and they met author and illustrator, P.J. Lynch.
Scoil Cholmcille Makeover!
Scoil Cholmcille has been getting a makeover during the mid-term.
Scoil Cholmcille won the first debate of the year on Thursday afternoon against a well prepared and capable Gaelscoil team. The motion for the debate, which our team was proposing was ‘Social Media is a bad influence on children.’ There were some very interesting and lively discussions. The team worked very hard and congratulations to the speakers on the day and the backroom team who ably assisted them. Updates on the team and the next debate motion can be found in the debate section of our website.
Well done boys!
Thank you also to the judges, who kindly gave up their own time to judge this difficult debate and give some constructive criticism as well as some sage advice. It is much appreciated.
Letters have been sent out to parents with details of the voluntary contribution. Parents can pay €10 per week or a one-off payment of €30. This money will go towards the purchase of iPads, library books and valuable resources for the school.
Check out our Green Schools page as Ms. O’Sullivan’s Green Schools Committee have been busy.
We are delighted to inform parents that we intend to enrol girls and boys in Scoil Cholmcille in 2018. Full details about our new arrangements will be published on the website in the months ahead.
Mamy przyjemnosc poinformowac, ze od wrzesnia 2018 roku zamierzamy przyjmowac zapisy dziewczynek i chlopcow do Scoil Cholmcille.
Scoil Cholmcille Debate Club
Senior classes are preparing for the upcoming debate – “Social Media is a bad influence on Children.” It will be a very interesting debate!
Green School News
Our lovely Autumn flowers are in bloom all around the school grounds. Thanks to the Letterkenny Tidy Towns Committee for donating them to us.