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Friday 26 September 2014

Beginning of Year Mass

This week, as is traditional, the new school year was marked with a special Mass in the parish church. However, this is no ordinary school year given the enormous changes to our working environment that have taken place so, the theme of ‘New Beginnings’ had a special resonance on this occasion.

As we embrace our new surroundings, Fr Éanna echoed the words of the gospel when he reminded the congregation to clothe themselves in Compassion, Patience, Forgiveness, Humility and – above all – Love.  These values are the building blocks which underpin a happy school community.

It was lovely to see the new Third Classes participate so fully in their first major school event. Their singing was especially appreciated. This will be, we hope, the first of many special events in their time in the Senior School.

 

Local History Tours

Local history tours continued this week for our fourth classes who visited Knocklyon Castle gatehouse, the cross sculpture in Dodder Valley Park, the walled garden of Prospect House and the ancient weir on the Dodder. They were, as always, expertly guided by Tomás Maher, well-known historian and guide.

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Friday 19 September 2014

Bouncing Back

Anyone can handle victory, but how you handle defeat tells a lot about your character. Having been put to the sword last week by St Mary’s Rathfarnham, our senior boys football team were in action this week against the boys of St Brigid’s Castleknock, a well-fancied team in the Corn Kitterick competition. With the score at 2:4 to 2:3 in our favour at half-time, our boys put on a tremendous display in the second half, running out 7:11 to 4:7 winners at fulltime. The team’s coaches, Mr Patten and Mr Maguire, were pleased to have won but were even more enthusiastic about the quality of the performance. Mr Ruddy was heard to declare (loudly) ‘We’re back on track!’

Local History Tours

Taking advantage of the fine weather, some of our Fourth Classes ventured out this week to discover the local history of Knocklyon.  Among the landmarks they visited were Knocklyon Castle, Prospect House Gatelodge and a cross sculpture by renowned local artist Oisin Kelly. The children were guided in their discoveries by an old friend of ours – Tomás Maher who is a well-known historian and guide. More fieldtrips are planned for next week.

Tomás has been working as a Heritage expert with our school form many years and is always highly impressed by the maturity of our pupils’ questions and by their impeccable behaviour.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Dear Parents,

South Dublin County Council has asked me to bring the following notice to your attention.

South Dublin County Council is currently recruiting Relief School Wardens for the Greenhills/Templeogue/Rathfarnham area.

Closing Date for Applications is 12 noon on Friday 26 September 2014.

Application Forms and Details from:

Recruitment Section, Human Resources Department, South Dublin County Council, County Hall, Tallaght, Dublin 24.

Telephone: 01 4149229         Email: recruitment@sdublincoco.ie

 

L. Corcoran (Príomhoide)

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Friday 12 September 2014

 

Stirrings

A number of school activities stirred to life this week as the rhythm of the term became more established. Monday saw the first rehearsal of the 8th line-up of Scoil Rock’, the school’s own rock band, in which the new members got down to the serious business of learning a repertoire of classic rock songs for upcoming live performances. The choir announced its auditions for prospective members and called the ‘veterans’ of last year’s choir together for a rehearsal of their own.

Sport, too, sprang to life with the school’s Senior A football team in Corn Kitterick action against St Mary’s Boys School Rathfarnham. When asked to comment on the match, the team’s coach Mr Patten said ‘It was a learning experience!  Watch this space for updates on these and all other extra-curricular activities as they go full speed ahead in the coming weeks.

 

Text Box: Road Safety and Your Children

Since our opening day, we have been blessed with beautiful weather.  This has meant that the vast majority of our pupils have enjoyed walking to and from school with their friends.  We are delighted with this, as walking is both a healthy and sociable beginning and end to the children’s school-day.  We would like to thank all parents who have encouraged their children to walk and who have refrained from bringing cars onto the school campus.  

Realistically, however, we realise that this fine spell of weather will not last indefinitely and that inevitably there will be wet days.  We encourage you, at this point, to invest in wet-gear for your children so that they can continue to walk to and from school independent of weather conditions. Leggings, rain- jacket and a pair of dry socks in your child’s school bag will ensure that they are comfortable and dry at school, no matter how inclement the weather may be. It should also mean that parents will not have to negotiate long traffic delays in proximity to the school.  

Our facility for storing bicycles and scooters is currently under construction.  We will keep you informed regarding its completion and regarding safety issues relating to our pupils cycling to school.

Again, many thanks for your kind co-operation in relation to traffic management and our efforts to maintain a safe environment for all your children.

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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. 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.

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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

Príomhoide

 

Safety Plan

 

PEDESTRIANS

 

  • 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.)

 

MOTORISTS

  • 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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