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Friday 5 September 2014

An Historic Day

Monday September 1st truly was an historic day. After years of planning, preparing and dreaming we witnessed the arrival of the first senior school pupils to our new, custom-built, state-of-the-art facililty. Probably not since September 1st 1976 – when our very first school opened on the site – has there been a more auspicious day for St. s. On that day, 54 pupils entered their new 16-room building. On Monday last over 1,400 pupils lined up in the schoolyard – many of them seeing the building for the first time. For those who have been watching the building emerge over the last 3 years, it is undoubtedly an imposing and impressive landmark. Although equally impressive inside, the school had a distinctly strange atmosphere in recent weeks when teachers visited the building for meetings and classroom preparation. It was only when the pupils arrived and all the normal business of a busy school resumed that you could really appreciate what we had - a truly magnificent facility in which to teach and to learn.

It was often remarked, when we were located in our temporary accommodation in Ballyboden St. Enda’s, that hardly a beat was missed with the move and that the particular spirit of St. Colmcille's School was clearly evident in the way the school operated on a daily basis. The same is true of the current move. The impressive but inert building is finally teeming with life and activity. The spirit of St.Colmcille’s is alive and well and – a new school year extends before us full of promise and endless possibility.





Thursday 28 August 2014


Moving into our New School

Dear Parents,

We are preparing for our move to our new school building.  Please read the information below, which we hope you will find helpful.  We are delighted to be back in the heart of the parish and we are looking forward to welcoming your sons and daughters on Monday 1 September 2014.


Q:        What time will the Senior School start in the morning?

A:        8.50 a.m.


Q:        What time will the Senior School close in the afternoon?

A:        2.30 p.m.


Q:        Where will my child assemble on the first morning?

A:        We will be assembling on the playground at the back of the school.  

When your child arrives at the school he/she will be met and directed by staff to their assembly point. Pupils walking from the Coolamber direction will be able to access the playground directly.

If your child is starting in 3rd class we request that they assemble on the first morning in the School Hall to the front of the building where they will be met by their teachers and by Mr. Connolly, Deputy Principal.


Q:        What doors will my child/children exit from at the end of the day (2.30 p.m.)?

A:        All children including 3rd class children will exit from the back of the school at 2.30 p.m.


Q:        What happens if it is raining on the first day?

A:        All children will be directed to the School Hall.


Q:        My child cycles to school.  Will there be facilities for parking and locking bikes/scooters?

A:        Due to ongoing site-works, we are not yet in a position to offer secure lock-up facilities for bikes and scooters.  When we are happy that the environment is safe, we will encourage our pupils to cycle/scoot to school.  In the meantime, we ask that pupils walk or park and stride to school.


Q:        What are my child’s P.E. days?

A:        3rd Classes       Wednesday and Friday                       4th Classes       Monday and Wednesday           

           5th Classes       Tuesday and Friday                             6th Classes       Monday and Thursday                           


Q:        When will the uniform shop open again?

A:        Uniforms will be on sale on Thursday 11 September from 1.30 p.m. to 2.30 p.m. for parents.  Pupils may

            purchase uniforms during that day.


Q:        When will my child get his/her school books?

A:        On the first and second days back.


Q:        What is the school phone number?

A:        The school phone number remains the same: 01 4942527.


Q:        What about car parking for parents?

A:        Parking on the school campus is very limited.  There will be a small number of car park spaces available for

           parents picking up a pupil who is unwell or a pupil who has to go to the dentist/doctor during the day.  We

           would strongly urge parents not to bring cars into the campus area.


Q:        How can I, as a parent, help as we move into the new building?


A:        -  Please encourage your child to walk to school.  If you live far away, please consider the park   

               and stride option.

              Over the weekend, please familiarise your child with the route to and from school and with your

               agreed meeting point, if applicable.

               Please do not bring your car onto the school campus unless absolutely necessary.Be very aware of

               children crossing the roads.In our previous site in Ballyboden, the vast majority of parents proved

               themselves to be most considerate and mindful of the safety of our pupils.


We thank you in advance for your kind cooperation with the above and look forward very much to many happy years in our beautiful new school.

Kind regards


Lynn Corcoran



Safety Plan




  • Children’s safety is our top priority at all times.Parents are requested to train/instruct your child on how to:

Walk Safely

Park/Stride Safely


  • Children should use pedestrian lights and avail of school wardens at all times.

  • Please use footpaths at all times when entering/leaving campus and under no circumstances walk across the car park.
  • Equip your child with appropriate wet gear so that their regular travel arrangements can apply irrespective of the weather.

(There will be wet days occasionally.  It is wonderful to see all the pupils who regularly walk and cycle to/from school even on the wet days, while wearing appropriate clothing.)



  • All Motorists are to:

      Use the designated Entrance/Exit.

If it is absolutely necessary to bring a vehicle onto the campus, you are requested to:

  • Drive at 10km per hour on campus.(Vehicles should travel at a crawling pace on campus.  Pupils/adults and other users of the campus are quite liable to step off footpaths.)












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