School Closure update
Scoil Cholmcille will be closed on Friday, April 20th, for child protection training for teachers.
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.
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We have had a great response to our new website since last December. Check back during the year for weekly updates on this page and don’t forget to check out the class blogs to see all of the exciting work being done in the classrooms.
Welcome back to our pupils and staff. Hope everyone had a lovely summer and here’s to the year ahead! Have a look at some of our new infants and their first day!