Dear Parents, Our first month in school has passed remarkably quickly. After the initial explosion of activity which always marks the return to school after the summer holidays, we are, by now, all settled into the rhythms and routines of school life. Autumn sunlight is pouring into the building and flooding our atria with light and warmth. Our recreational spaces to the front and rear of the school are at their best, with their abundance of tall golden grasses, green lawns and vibrant yellow flowers. The mornings have been bright and dry since our return, making travel to school easier and safer for all our pupils.
Teachers have reported to me that they are very pleased with the manner in which our pupils have settled down and adjusted to the new academic year. A particular word of commendation to our newly arrived 3rd class pupils who have fitted in seamlessly and to our senior pupils who have been taking their leadership responsibilities very seriously.
At Tionóil (Assemblies) and during Fógraí an Lae (daily announcements) this month we have focused on the simple maxim “Work Hard and Be Kind”. Our pupils are reminded that no act of kindness is ever wasted. Even a very small act of kindness can make another person’s day. Our 3rd class pupils made some lovely comments during our Tionól which we shared over the intercom with the rest of the school over the course of last week. Among their comments were: "Simple Little things mean a lot" "You don't need to spend money to be kind" "Kindness will bring you a long way" "Being kind helps you to feel good about yourself" "Your'e never too young or too old to be kind" We will continue to emphasise the twin themes of Kindness and Hard Work. We have found that children are invariably happiest when they treat others with kindness and when they are enjoying the satisfaction that comes from giving of their best. Imeachtaí Iar-Scoile: After-School Activities Please see below details of after-school activities in St. Colmcille’s Senior School. All Classes start next week - W/C 3 October. An * beside a Teacher’s name indicates that this is an external Teacher. If you wish to enrol your child for any particular activity or if you require further information, please see the column below that indicates how to go about it. Mr. J. Murphy is the school coordinator. Recorder Tues/Wed/Thurs 2:30-3.30pm New Pupils All levels Joe Johnston* Email recorderclasses@ hotmail.comJunior School Library Craft (Sewing/Knitting) Wed 2:30-3:30 pm 4th, 5th, 6th Tara Barry*/AnnMarie Coyne* Phone Tara 0872809915Ground Level Room 4 Orange Zone Guitar Wed/Thurs Group/private lessons Fun, Acoustic Electric /Classical Nathan Nicholl * Phone Nathan 086 331 1215 Ground Level Room 1Green Zone Art and Craft Fridays 2:30-4.00 p.m. All pupils Annmarie O’Gara Interested pupils should call to A. O’Gara for a note. Ground Level Room 4 Orange Zone Irish Dancing Mon 2:30-3:40 p.m. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd classes Non-competitive, fun and céilí Marie Caren * Register on first day of classes on Monday 3 October Hall 2 Homework Club Mon to Thurs 2:30-3:30 p.m. All classes Anna Keyes/Eoin Reilly Notes are being given to interested students. Contact Ms. Keyes (R4) or Mr. Reilly (R2) Ground Level Room 2 Green Zone Cúrsaí Taistil: Travel Matters Over 90% of our pupils have walked, cycled or scooted to school over the last month. Parents have been spared sitting in traffic jams and the environs of the school have been far safer for all our pupils. We urge parents at this stage to purchase rain-gear (jackets and leggings) and high visibility items in advance of wet or dark mornings. They are available quite cheaply at this time of year and will enable your child to continue to travel independently and safely to school, regardless of inclement weather. If your child is cycling to school for the first time this year, please familiarise them with the route. Ensure that they know where they can cross safely (i.e. at pedestrian lights and with school wardens). They should also be aware of dangerous stretches of road (particularly from the Scholarstown Roundabout to Supervalu), where no cycle lane exists. Using a scooter may well be a possible alternative to cycling, for some pupils. A major concern has been raised by the South Dublin County Council Safety Officer in relation to the driving habits of some motorists close to the school. It has been reported to the Council that motorists are attempting to turn illegally at the bottom of Idrone Avenue, making three-point turns or u-turns, thereby putting pedestrians and other road users at risk. Parents are respectfully asked not to endanger others by engaging in such activity. Cúrsaí Spóirt: Sport Matters All our Gaelic Football teams are up and running since the first week in September. We are fielding three Senior Boys’ Teams and two Senior Girls’ Teams. We also have two Junior Boys’ Teams who are participating in the ‘Go-Games’ series. Many of our matches have been played at ‘away’ venues and we would like to thank the dedicated parents who provide lifts for players to these venues. We are very fortunate in St. Colmcille’s S.N.S. to have so many teachers passing on their love of sport and giving so much of their time to the next generation of players. Thanks to all thirteen coaches: Mr. Reilly, Mr. Collins, Mr. Boyle, Ms. Ní Fhearghail, Ms. Walsh, Mr. Kearney, Ms. Kennelly, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Maguire, Mr. Johnson, Mr. Fitzpatrick and Ms. Maher. Cúrsaí Ceoil: Music Matters Music is a very important feature of school life in St. Colmcille’s Senior National School. Ms. Synnott, Ms. Naughton and Ms. O’Brien lead our Senior Choir while Ms.Murphy and Ms. Minogue have started the Folk Group for all interested 3rd and 4th class singers. Our Scoil Rock is already rehearsing their repertoire under the direction of Mr. Casey. Ms. Neville, Ms. Woods Ms.Dunphy and Ms. Kirwan look after the Grúpa Cheoil and our Tin Whistlers. Aifreann ag céiliúreadh tús Scoil-Bliana: Mass to celebrate the beginning of the School Year. Last Thursday, our school community celebrated the beginning of the new school year with a special Mass in St. Colmcille’s Church. The theme of the Mass was ‘New Beginnings’. During the Mass, we took time to pause and to be mindful of each other and to ask God’s blessing on everything that is part of our school, family and community life. Fr. Joe reminded us to treat each other with kindness and to avoid the habit of making judgements about others. Thanks to Ms. Murphy who coordinated the arrangements for the Mass and to our singers and musicians who enriched the celebration for us all. Seachtain Roald Dahl: Roald Dahl Week We celebrated the 100th anniversary of one of the world’s most celebrated children’s authors last week. An assortment of fascinating facts and questions relating to Mr. Dahl were broadcast each morning over the intercom as Radio Dahl took to the airwaves. Members of our library committee organised the daily broadcast, starting with a beautiful musical introduction and concluding with an extract from a selection of Dahl’s most well-known books. We also received a huge number of entries for the associated poetry competition. Ms. O’Gara would like to thank and compliment all entrants for the beautifully written and illustrated poems. As the darker autumn evenings draw in, we suggest that you do your children the great service of ensuring that they have a good book to hand. The public library is one of the last great free services in this country and our local library in Ballyroan is one of the best. Why not allow yourself the pleasure of a visit there with your child and spend a little time together, choosing a book? Choose a book for yourself while you’re at it! Turn off the electronics for a night and reclaim the unique pleasure of delving into a good book. There is no better gift that you can give your child than a glimpse of the joy that can be got from reading. Leabharlann na Scoile: School Library Our own School Library continues to go from strength to strength. Ms. O’Gara has added to our collection of books over the summer months. Our grateful thanks to the many parents who donated books to the Library. We are always delighted to receive them. We are also very lucky to have so many parents who generously volunteer as librarians and who maintain the Library with such loving care. At present the team includes Cronan Corbett, Sue Joblin, Emma Lyons, Laverne Laide, Clare Boland, Kathryn Gorman, Barbara Mc Mahon, Maeve Carroll, Aileen Murray, Elva Callaghan, Paula O’Donoghue, Helen Keaney and Tara Barry. Imeachtaí Scoile: School Events
Dates for Confirmation:
Tuesday 14 February- Mr. McGovern’s, Ms. Ní Fhearghail's and Ms. O’Sullivan’s classes. Wednesday 15 February - Ms. Devine’s, Mr. Sweetnam’s, Mr. Fitzpatrick’s and Ms. Synnott’s classes.
Annual Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 22-24 November (inclusive) during/after school hours.
Lego Club started this week during lunchtime for 3rd and 4th class pupils.Thanks to Ms. Mc Cann for organising this.If you would like to donate Lego to the school, we would be delighted to receive it.
Our average daily attendance for the school year 2015/2016 was an excellent 95.67%.
Thanks to all who participated in Cluichí for Crumlin, organised by Mr. Mc Govern last Friday after school.€2627.31 was raised for Crumlin Children’s Hospital.Once again we are overwhelmed by the generosity of the pupils and parents of St. Colmcille’s S.N.S.
Meánscoileanna: Secondary Schools
Terenure College will hold Information Mornings on Saturday 8 October and Saturday 22 October for 5th class pupils and their parents for entry in September 2018. Contact 4904621 for further information.
Rockbrook Park School will hold an Open Day on Sunday 9 October. All welcome. Contact 4933204 for further information.
Rosemont School (Girls Secondary School in Sandyford) will hold an Open Day on Saturday 8 October (11.00 a.m. - 2.00 p.m.). Contact 2078007 for further information.
Coláiste Éanna: The closing date for receipt of completed applications for first year 2017/2018 is Friday 14 October at 3.30 p.m.