Latest News

Follow the rules and Covid we will kill. 

Let’s keep it out of Scoil Cholmcille!

Halloween Midterm!

Wishing our pupils, staff and parents a happy midterm. See you on Monday, Nov. 2nd.

Halloween in Skull Cholmcille!

 

News update from Scoil Cholmcille!

NewsBulletinNo1 from Joe Crossan on Vimeo.

Board of Management Covid Statement

The BOM Covid statement has now been uploaded to the downloads section.

Healthy Snacks

Registration for your healthy snack remains open. If you have not registered, go to this link,  School Meals website. If you have not ordered for your child this week, please send their lunch with them for both breaks.

Interactive Panels

We have purchased three new 75 inch interactive panels for the infant classrooms and one 6th class. They will be an excellent resource for the teachers with HD display and they are fully interactive.

 

The turning of the sod

Former Minister for Education, Joe Mc Hugh, came to the school to “turn the sod” and officially start the building project. We are very grateful to him for all of his hard work in ensuring Scoil Cholmcille was granted its long awaited extension. Special thanks to the former staff members and Mayor of Letterkenny, Donal Coyle, who were also in attendance.

The spade digs in, the sod is turned
The earth is moved, the soil is churned
A new chapter started, an old one closed
The old ground shaken, new ground bulldozed.
The old building has stood for many years
Has had its share of laughter and tears
Boys ran the risk and learned their tables
Were taught how to add and heard some fables
Girls came along and the change was great
In the yard they mixed and fun did not abate
So the day has arrived after years of toil
A spade now digs into the hallowed soil
Change is constant and change is good
It was sought after, that is understood.
The pupils and staff, any storm they will weather
Scoil Cholmcille, growing and learning together.

 

Building Project 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, it is refreshing to hear good news and finally we have some!  The diggers have arrived at Scoil Cholmcille.  Dorrian Construction are in charge of the project and their first job will be our new multi-purpose hall.

 

Clerk of Works Application form 

To download an information booklet for the position of Clerk of Works for the upcoming extension in Scoil Cholmcille, please click on the link below.

COW Info Booklet June 2020

 

 

Extension News

Well as Liverpool fans finally got to celebrate winning the premiership, we in Scoil Cholmcille had cause for celebration at 10:00 p.m. last night. Education Minister, Joe Mc Hugh, arrived down from a cabinet meeting in Dublin to tell us that work will commence on our new building in the coming weeks. This is great news for the staff, pupils and parents of our great school and we are very grateful to Joe Mc Hugh and to local councillor, Jimmy Kavanagh, who have championed our cause for so long. Have a look at the photos from last night. Our deputy principal, Mrs. Donaghy, looks particularly jubilant for some reason!

 

6th class graduation

 

Over the past two days, Mrs.Kavanagh and Mrs. Dunleavy, Mr. Cannon and various staff members have been meeting with the 6th class pupils in our front yard to present them with certificates and a gift pack to mark their graduation from Scoil Cholmcille. It was a shame that we could not give the boys a traditional send off but we wanted to mark the occasion. The photos will be available on the 6th class blog and on the school Facebook page. Special thanks to the parents who came in with the pupils and we wish them all the best on their new journey in September.

More photos on 6th class page.

 

Board of Management Report for June 8th 

The report from the recent BOM meeting is now available in the downloads section on the left side of the page.

‘LEARNING IN LOCKDOWN’

Dear Parent(s) /Guardian(s),

I hope to make a video for our Facebook page and website celebrating a selection of the children’s learning during the period of school closure.

It would be great if parent(s)/guardian(s) can send me a short video, showing the learning that has been taking place at home.

The final video will be short, therefore it may not be possible to include everything that is received.

Any videos should be sent to my email address: mrmcgowan4thclass@gmail.com before Friday, June 19th.

Thank you for your continued support.

Mr. Mc Gowan.

Construction in art

Well done to Paulius and TJ  in sixth class for creating wonderful night skylines in art. We are all very impressed!

 

Haikus in 6th class

The 6th class pupils have been writing haikus. The idea is to have a three-line verse with 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the second and 5 in the last. Have a look at Igor Szymanowicz’ haiku.

Active Home Week (April 27th – May 3rd)

Many thanks to all who took part in Active Home Week. It was a resounding success. We really enjoyed seeing the children undertake 60 mins of activity each day in the most innovative of ways! To see a sample of this, you can visit the school facebook page or the Active School Section under Active Flag on this website. Looking forward to building on this and of course getting back to our Active School Week next year!

Healthy eating lessons with one of our past pupils

Check out the article below to hear about exciting new programmes with Michael Carey, a past pupil of ours.

Donegal Daily

 

Interactive Nature Lessons

Nature North West have put together some lovely activities for your children to do from home as they can’t go for nature walks. Have a look at the website below.

Nature North West activities

Class blog updates

Just a reminder that teachers will have updated work on their blogs by 9:20 a.m. every Monday morning. Be sure to read their instructions carefully.

Admissions Policy

The Minister of Education enacted the Education(Admissions to Schools) Act 2018 on 1st February 2020 requiring Boards of Management to draft two new policy documents, an Admissions Notice and an Admissions Policy by 30th April.  These are now completed in draft form for parent consultation.  If you would like to submit a query, clarification or amendment for the Board’s consideration, please email padraig.cannon@scoilcolmcillelk.ie before Wednesday 29th April, 12 noon.

Thank you and  stay safe,

Mr. Cannon, Principal.

Please click on the links below to open the documents.

Admissions Notice 202122

Admissions-policy 202122

 

Covid-19 poem

This poem, “Ireland locked down”, was written by Jack Friel-Curran in Ms. Campbell’s 4th class. I think you’ll agree it is absolutely fantastic!

Using your phone/ipad/tablet to see the class blogs

 

A message from Mr. Cannon, Principal.

Dear Parents,

Welcome to our new online support that will connect your child with his classroom teacher.  If your child receives additional support in English or Maths , he/she will be able to connect with his/her Support Teacher also.

You will receive an email address for your child to use e.g.sc3rdclass@gmail.com

If your child attends a Support Teacher you will also receive an email address that connects him/her to the Support Teacher e.g. scmrsmcmcacken@sgmail.com

The email addresses will be on each class blog on Monday morning 20th April 2020.

Your child is asked to select 2/3 pieces of work that he/she can email to his/her teacher for feedback.  It may be work that they are very pleased with or work that they are struggling with.

As there may be pressures at home regarding the availability of electronic devices in any one day, your child can email the pieces of work when a device becomes available. Your child can submit the pieces in his/her time.  There will be no deadlines for the submission of work.

This new email online support is there  to  connect  your child with his/her class teacher.

If you cannot access email, don’t worry,  continue with the weekly plan of work.

The email online support is not a necessity.

This email online support will start on Monday 20th April, if schools remain closed.

Instructions to help you get your child started online  can be accessed by clicking on this link:

Instructions on how to send emails from your laptop/phone/tablet

Thinking of you all, stay safe, Mr. Cannon, Principal

How to email your teacher

Click on the link below to find out how to email work to your child’s teacher/support teacher.

Instructions on how to send emails from your laptop/phone/tablet

Online guitar lessons

Mr. Crossan has uploaded two more videos in the guitar lessons section. Click here to visit the page.  Guitar lessons

RTE Home School Hub

RTE2 are showing a special programme every day from 11:00 – 12:00, Monday to Friday,  to help your children learn while they are at home. RTE Home School Extra will be on at 4:15 p.m. where photographs/video content/messages can be uploaded. You can access this on your TV, your laptop/phone or tablet at Home school Hub

 

Suggested websites for you and your children

These websites might be of some use during these difficult times. Click on the links below to visit them.

Talking to young people about Covid-19

Talking to young people when schools are closed

A sample daily work plan

Relaxation techniques

Advice on routines and schedules

Updated list of educational websites

BBC educational website

Help my Kid Learn – lots of activities and you can choose age- appropriate ones to enjoy

Virtual tour of the Louvre Museum, Paris – check out the Mona Lisa  (she’s pretty lonely because she’s had no visitors)

Regional Cultural Centre Letterkenny – daily challenges for children to complete at home

NASA for kids  – if your children need more space

Brain pop – lots of subjects explored in a fun way!

Lots of activities to do when school is closed

Maths Factor

Go to YouTube and search for P.E. with Joe. He does daily workouts that can be done in the house.

Top Marks Parents’ website

Virtual tour of Smithsonian Museum  – take a tour of the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. without leaving your house.

National Geographic website  – learn about countries around the world.

Reading tips for parents

Oxford Owl free books online

Phonics on YouTube

Workouts for indoors

Accessing textbooks online for parents

Parents can access free online textbooks at https://www.cjfallon.ie/ and https://www.folensonline.ie/. You do not need a password for Fallons. You will need to register with Folens and use this code for the roll number – Prim20.

Dance fitness for all the family

Dance fitness classes for children and adults can be accessed by clicking the following link:

Zumba fitness

Guitar lessons updates

Mr. Crossan has uploaded some new videos on the guitar lessons page. You will find it under Activities and Awards above.

HSE guidelines

If you have any concerns about the Coronavirus, please read these guidelines from the H.S.E.

HSE guidelines on Corona virus

Contact details

Pupils have been given a form for parents/guardians to provide up to date contact details in the event of an outbreak of Corona Virus in the locality. Can you please ensure this is filled in and returned to the school by Friday, March 13th. We need phone numbers and email addresses if you have one.

Solar System projects

Mr. Cannon said we needed more space in the hall and his wish came true. Have a look at these projects from our 3rd classes. Well done to Mrs. Carr and Mrs. O’Connor.

First Confession

On Wednesday the 4th of March Ms Mc Daid’s 2nd Class were super-excited to make their Sacrament of First Confession. Fr Kemmy, Ms McDaid and Ms Daly were so proud of the boys and girls. History was made on the day with our first ever girl making her First Confession with Scoil Cholmcille.

Sports Hall News 

A massive congratulations to our 3/4th and 5th/6th class team who both came first in the recent Sports Hall Athletics in the Aura Leisure Centre, Letterkenny. They will now go through to the County Finals on Friday, March 13th. Thanks to \mrs Mc Clafferty, Mrs. Mc Macken and Peter Kelly or preparing the athletes. 

Feis 2020

Mrs. Mulrain brought some pupils over to Loreto Convent to say poems or sing songs in Irish. Well done to all who took part. Maith sibh!

World Book Day 2020

Fastest Feet

Mrs. Mc Clafferty organised the heats for the “Fastest Feet”competition. This entailed a 30m timed run and as a result the following boys will receive an invitation to the Finn Valley event.

2009/10

1. Brendan N

2. Adam R

3. Adam Cetlawa

4. Temple

2011/2012 ( from 3rd up)

1. Kurt

2. Michael John

3. Cayden C

6th class project

Mrs. Kavanagh’s class have been doing projects about the International Space Station. Her display is out of this world.

Class blogs

Remember to check out your child’s class blogs. You will see some of the fantastic work going on in our classrooms.

Making St. Brigid’s Crosses

Mr. Mc Gowan’s 4th class were busy making St. Brigid’s crosses.

Board of Management report

The January B.O.M. report has been uploaded to our downloads section.

Enrolment 2020-2021

Thanks to any parents who came to enrol their children in the school.

Facebook and Video launch!

Scoil Cholmcille have launched a new Facebook page. Please be sure to check it out and give us a like. We also launched our new promotional video on Friday, Jan. 17th and it has been very well received. It is currently being shown before films in Century Cinemas until Wednesday, Jan. 22nd. Special thanks to all who attended our launch, those who sponsored the food, provided seating, Charlie Collins for his MC duties and Cathal Curran for the fantastic work on the Facebook page and powerpoint presentation. Well done to Mr. Kavanagh and Mr. Mc Gowan for organising the whole event. Thanks to our SNA’s for all the help in organising the hall. Have a look at our video below.

Scoil Cholmcille Promotional Video

 

Board of Management Report

The B.O.M. report for November has been uploaded. You can access it in our downloads section o the left side of this page.

10 @ 10

The children and staff braved the cold for some early morning exercises in the front yard. Mr. Kavanagh and Mrs. Mc Clafferty called out the movements and everyone joined in. Have a look at the clips below.



Carol Service

The annual Carol Service was a resounding success again this year. Special thanks to Mrs. Donaghy and Mrs. Daly for their trojan work with the choir this year. Ms. Keys did a wonderful job in coordinating the whole event and thanks also to the S.N.A.’s for the help with the costumes. Have a look at some of the highlights below. Thanks to all the parents and family members who came attended as well.

Click on the links below to watch the clips. 

Photo Montage Carol Service 2019

Mary’s Boy Child

When a child is born

Maranatha

Mary had a baby

In the bleak mid winter

O Holy Night

We are the Wise Men

Raggedy King

Silent Night

Joy to the World

Hosanna Rock

The 5th classes have been rehearsing “Hosanna Rock” in the hall. Mrs. Maguire and Ms. Collins have certainly been preparing them very well.

Tesco nominated charity

Scoil Cholmcille is up as a nominated charity for fund raising in Tesco. Please remember to collect those blue tokens  after you buy your groceries. Don’t forget, “every little helps”!

4th class Christmas Play

Well done to Mr. Mc Gowan and Ms. Campbell for their wonderful production of “Scrooged”. It was a great performance and special thanks to Ms. Ferry and Mr. Crossan for helping out with the music. Special thanks to the staff and pupils of Little Angels Special School for their participation in the production. A special mention for Oisín from Little Angels for his wonderful rendition of “Fairytale of New York” at the end.

Gold Stars

The boys and girls received their certificates for 3 gold stars today. Well done everyone!

 

Christmas is coming!

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Scoil Cholmcille. Preparations are underway for Christmas plays and our Carol Service. Santa’s robin has been spotted in the school grounds!

 

Pantomime

Scoil Cholmcille have been given the last night of the pantomime on January 25th,  January 2020. Any money raised from ticket sales goes towards school funds. Information on ticket prices is available in the school.

Board of Management report for October

The latest Board of Management report for October has been included in our downloads section on the left side of this page.

 

Building plan for Scoil Cholmcille

 

Halloween in Scoil Cholmcille

Halloween Disco 2019

Indoor Gaelic Football

Group Stage
Scoil Cholmcille 4 Woodlands 2
Scoil Cholmcille 2 Glenswilly 3
Scoil Cholmcille 3 Lurgy 1
Scoil Cholmcille 5 Illistrin 0
Scoil Cholmcille 4 Termon 2
Semi Final 
Woodlands 1 Scoil Cholmcille 4
Glenswilly 3 Termon 0
Final
Glenswilly 4 Scoil Cholmcille 2
We had fantastic performances from our footballers on Wednesday in the Gallinagh Tool Hire sponsored
indoor football tournament. The boys finished the group stages in second place on 8pts after their five games.
In the semi finals the boys played a great game and overcame a good Woodlands side.
And so to the final where they met tournament favourites Glenswilly.
This game could have went either way and was tied on 2 goals apiece until the final few minutes when Glenswilly
engineered two well taken goals. The two best teams were in the final and our boys can be very proud of their efforts throughout the
tournament. The future is bright !!

Soccer News

Scoil Cholmcille’s boys recorded a 3-0 victory over Kilmacrenan N.S. in the second round of the Letterkenny Cup at the Aura Leisure Centre today. A fantastic hat-trick by the in-form striker, Stephen Hegarty, was enough to secure all three points. 

Fundraising for Donegal Hospice

Well done to all the pupils and staff who raised €562 for Donegal Hospice on Friday, Sept. 20th.

 

Minister’s Visit

On Friday, September 27th, we had a very special day in Scoil Cholmcille. We were honoured to have the Minister for Education, Joe Mc Hugh, visit us with some very exciting news. He announced that the plans for our new extension have now gone to tender which is the last stage of the application process. Mr. Mc Hugh was treated to some beautiful music courtesy of our choir led by Mrs. Daly and Mrs. Donaghy. Mr. Mc Gowan had a small group performing two songs, one in English and one in Irish. Two pupils read a short history of Scoil Cholmcille and two senior infant pupils performed two Irish poems. The Minister recognised and applauded how we have fostered togetherness and inclusion in the school before giving us his good news. Below are some youtube clips and photos from a memorable day in our school.

This is dedicated to Joe Schmidt, sorry, Joe Mc Hugh…

Fun in the autumn sun

School Closures 2019-2020 

The school closures for this school year have now been uploaded. You can find them under the parents tab. As always, there may be unexpected closures due to bad weather and these will be communicated via the website, Facebook page and text.

Trip to Rathmullan beach

Mr. Mc Gowan took his 4th class to Rathmullan beach for a Marine Explorers Workshop. This was organised by “Leave no Trace” and facilitated by Aengus Kennedy of Nature North West. The baby oysters pictured will be grown for a year and then sold to a restaurant. Thanks to Ms. O’Sullivan for organising this lovely trip.

Highlights from September 2018- June 2019 

Board of Management Report June 2019

The BOM report for June 2019 can be accessed in the downloads area on the left side of this page.

Science Award

Congratulations to all the pupils in the school on achieving the Discovery Primary Science plaque for excellence in STEM.

Farewell to 6th classes

We bade farewell to our 6th classes on Friday, June 21st and we wish them every success in their new schools and

beyond.

May the road that you now take

Be free from sadness and tears

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes

And be ready to conquer your fears

 

Table Tennis

Well done to Bartek in 6th class who became our 6th class table tennis champion for 2019. Hard luck to Shane Doherty, the gallant runner-up. It was a great final and teachers and pupils were on the edges of their seats. We were visited by Leon Martins de Lima, a former student, who was part of a table tennis team which reached the All-Ireland final in the Community Games recently. The team came 3rd which was a fantastic achievement.

Gold Stars Presentation

Well done to all the pupils who received their trophies for 9 gold stars. It’s a fantastic achievement!

Mini Zoo visit

 

Isak 9 cubes in 2nd class

Mrs. Carr’s class were having great fun with the Isak 9 cubes. They are used to help with Maths.

Read more books!

A colourful poster outside Ms. Collins’ room encouraging us to read more books. What a lovely sentiment!

Soccer News

Scoil Cholmcille boys were runners up in the large schools section  in the recent Spar 5-a-side competition.

Coffee Morning/Bake Sale

 

 

We had a fantastic coffee morning and we are so grateful to all those who called in for a cuppa and a chat. Special thanks to our sponsors for the spot prizes and thanks to Ms. O’Sullivan, Mrs. Mulrain and the S.N.A.’s for all of their hard work in setting up the hall for this lovely occasion.

4th class school tour

Mr. Kavanagh and Mr. Mc Gowan took the 4th classes all the way to Dublin where they had a tour of Croke Park and Dáil Éireann. From the looks of this video, they had a beautiful day! Click on the link below to watch some highlights.

Marble Hill Beach Clean-Up

Ms O’Sullivan and her Green Schools Team did a clean up on Marble Hill Beach.

Active Week

Some highlights From our very successful Active Week.

Guitar Lessons update

Mr. Crossan has uploaded YouTube tutorials on the guitar lessons page. You can find this page under “Activities and Awards”.

Walk on Wednesday

Well done to all the pupils who walked to school this morning. Thanks to Ms. O’Sullivan for coordinating this initiative.

Blog updates

Don’t forget to check out the fantastic work being done by the teachers and pupils on the class blogs.

Skipping School?

Mr. Mc Gowan’s class have been getting into the spirit of Active Week.

 

Young Pioneers

Well done to our new Young Pioneers from Mrs. Kavanagh’s 6th class. They have made a special promise not to drink alcohol until 18 years of age.

Green flag

Well done to Ms. O’Sullivan and the Green Schools Committee on winning our 10th green flag.

Local Politicians Visit

Some of our local politicians visited us for a question and answer session followed by a mock election. They were hit with some hard questions and had to respond with some good answers to keep the pupils satisfied. Well done to Mr. Mc Gowan and Mr. Kavanagh for organising the event and special thanks to the politicians who gave up their time to come into the school.

Green Schools News

Scoil Cholmcille was recently awarded its 10th Green Flag. Well done to Ms. O’Sullivan for her tireless work along with the Green Schools Committee.

Walk on Wednesday

Scoil Cholmcille will be participating in the National Walk  to School on Wednesday Campaign next Wednesday , May 15th. We will meet at the cross in the Cathedral Car Park and walk accompanied by Aengus Kennedy to the school. We started our WOW campaign last Wednesday May 1st and have seen numbers increase this week. We are hoping for a big turn out next Wednesday and would encourage pupils to walk all or part of the way to school each day both for fitness and environmental reasons. It would also alleviate congestion at the school gate at drop off and pick up times.

Soccer news

Hard luck to our 5-a-side soccer team who were runners-up in the FAI Spar 5-a-side competition.

Board of Management Report April 2019

The April report from the Board of Management is available in the downloads section on the left side of the page.

Easter Draw 2019

We had our annual Easter Draw and what an effort everyone made this year. We raised €7250 and this will be spent on valuable resources for the pupils. Thanks to all the pupils who sold tickets, those who bought them, our generous sponsors and to Donegal Printing for covering the printing of the tickets.

Gaelic Football Blitz

Well done to our team who won their four matches at the blitz. Thanks to our dedicated coaches, Mr. Mc Gowan and Mr. Kavanagh.

Letterkenny & District League – Blitz 1
Results
S.C 2-5 Magherabeg 1-3
S.C 2-6 Stramore 1-5
S.C 3- 4 Educate Together 1-2
Cumann na mBunscol – first round first leg
S. C 2-4 Gaelscoil 2-3
Second blitz day In Letterkenny & District League takes place on May 2nd .

Child Safeguarding Statement  and  Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment

A review of the Child Safeguarding Statement has been undertaken by the Board of Management on April 2nd, 2019. This review and the Child Safeguarding Risk Assessment can be downloaded using the links in our downloads section to the left of this page.

 

Aldi rugby competition update

WHAT  WE  CAN  WIN!

  • 2 primary schools will win €50,000 each
  • €2,500 voucher for sports and training equipment to a school in each province
  • A training session with Paul O’ Connell, Aldi Play Rugby Brand Ambassador, and a set of new jerseys and an Aldi Play Rugby Kit
  • Every school that enters with a fully completed poster (300 stickers) will get an Aldi Play Rugby Kit bag, 4 rugby balls and a set of Aldi Play Rugby water bottles for their school.

We are now on our 7th poster!!Wednesday is the last day for stickers as posters are being sent on Friday. Mrs.  Mc Macken and Mrs. Ferry are currently promoting this competition in the school. The  prizes are fantastic so PLEASE send in those stickers!!

St. Patrick’s Concert

Mrs. Mulrain organised a wonderful day’s activities and all the classes sang songs, said poems and performed short dramas in Irish. Well done to the teachers and pupils who provided us with some fantastic entertainment! Special thanks to the guitar students who practised songs at home and performed so well during the concert.

Launch of Easter Draw 2019

Mr. Cannon officially launched our annual Easter Draw for 2019. The prizes are fantastic and many thanks to our sponsors (names will be uploaded shortly). Tickets are €2 each  or a book of 6 will cost you €10. These funds are very important for our school so please encourage the boys and girls to get selling!

Blog updates

Don’t forget to check out the class blogs to see what’s happening in the classrooms. Mrs. O’Connor’s 3rd class and Mr. Mc Gowan’s 4th class have been very busy.

Debating news

The third round of the Letterkenny Primary School Debate League took place yesterday where Scoil Cholmcille faced a strong challenge from Woodland NS. We proposed the motion, As a nation we are not doing enough for the homeless. Both sides were well researched and provided the audience with an entertaining and fact filled afternoon. Scoil Cholmcille were successful in proposing the motion.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Mrs. O’Connor’s class have been busy building dragsters with lego. They had a great time working in pairs, following instructions and racing their cars. Check out the 3rd class blog for some photos.

 

Fastest Feet

Congratulations to all the boys who participated in the Fastest Feet Challenge in Finn Valley on Feb. 26th. Brendan won the u-10 section so well done to him and all the boys who ran like the wind and had great fun!

 

Digital footprint

Ms. Collins’  5th class did some  fantastic work know around  Social Media. Check  out this eye-catching  display.

Mid Term

Hope our pupils, staff and parents have a lovely mid-term. Scoil Cholmcille will reopen next Monday, Feb. 25th at 9:20 a.m.

 Some highlights from our very successful Friendship Week

Football Kit

Special thanks to  Damian Daly (Kernan’s Spar) and Gabriel Duffy (Top Oil), for sponsoring our  new Gaelic kit which was unveiled on February 12th.  The beautiful teal/grey kit designed by O’Neills was chosen to complement our new school uniform. We are delighted with it!  Thank you Damien and Gabriel.

 

 

The 6th classes made their Confirmation on Saturday and they were a credit to the school. Special thanks to their teachers, Mrs. Dunleavy and Mrs. Kavanagh, for their excellent preparation and also to Mrs. Daly and Mrs. Donaghy for their fantastic work with our choir.

Senior Infants

Check out the senior infant blog as they have been so busy writing letters to their friends and doing gymnastics.

Open Day 2019

Sincere thanks to the parents who visited our school on Saturday, Jan. 19th, for our open day. It was a lovely occasion. Thanks to the staff members who helped to organise the various activities and to those who attended on the day.

 

Board of Management Report

Click on this link to view the report from the Board of Management.

Carol Service

Our annual Carol Service took place on Wednesday, Dec. 19th at 1:00 p.m. in St. Eunan’s Cathedral. It was a beautiful occasion and it showcased the musical talent of our choir directed by Mrs. Donaghy and Mrs. Daly. It began with a lovely performance by our infant classes who were in no way daunted by the big occasion. This was followed by a selection of carols  and pupils from various classes told us about the story of Jesus’ birth. Special thanks to Ms. Keys for organising the service and to all the S.N.A.’s and teachers who helped out with costumes. Thanks to all of you who attended today and hope you enjoy the photos and clips below.

 

Click on the links below to watch some clips from the Carol Service.

Infants’ performance

When a child is born

Joy to the World

Away in a Manger

Raggedy King

O Holy Night

 

 

Choir at Letterkenny Shopping Centre

Below are some photos and a video clip from our choir’s performance in Letterkenny Shopping Centre.

Choir Newsflash!

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.

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.

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!

Guitar concert

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.

Ms. O’Sullivan’s class

 

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.

New Uniform

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.

109,000 visitors and counting! Thanks for all the hits on the website!
We could be over 110,000 by the end of June
and we started with 39,000 last September!

Fun day 2018