Fundraising for Donegal Hospice
Well done to all the pupils and staff who raised €562 for Donegal Hospice on Friday, Sept. 20th.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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!
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.
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.
Don’t forget to check out the fantastic work being done by the teachers and pupils on the class blogs.
Mr. Mc Gowan’s class have been getting into the spirit of Active Week.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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!
Ms. Collins’ 5th class did some fantastic work know around Social Media. Check out this eye-catching display.
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
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.
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.
Check out the new trailer for our recent production of “Joseph and his Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. Mr. Mc Gowan and former staff member, Mr. Kieran Kelly, put a huge amount of work into putting the footage on dvd and it will be soon available to buy.
Click on the link below to watch the clip.
Open Day 2018
We are looking forward to welcoming parents to our Open Day on Saturday, January 19th from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Click on the image below to see it full size.
‘Twas the week before Christmas
Have a listen to Mina Amponsah reading a special Christmas poem.
Board of Management Report
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.
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
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
172,000 visitors to the website and counting!
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.
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
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.