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St. Colmcilles J.N.S.

Principal: Ms. Ita Corduff
Tel: (01) 494 7422

School History and Organisation
The school was officially opened on Thursday the 31st March 1977 by An Taoiseach, Mr. Liam Cosgrave T.D. and blessed by Most Rev. Dr. Ryan, Archbishop of Dublin. There were two teachers and fifty seven children on the opening day. It was built as a 16 teacher school allowing for four classes in each grade from Junior Infants to Second Standard.

St. Colmcille’s Junior National School has 24 classes catering for Junior Infants, Senior Infants, First and Second standards. The Principal teacher is Mr. John Boyle and Mrs. Ita Corduff is Deputy Principal.

There are 34 teachers on the staff. The average class size is 30 pupils.

The main school building was refurbished recently providing a bright modern teaching and learning environment. The Board of Management has applied to the Department of Education and Science for permanent classrooms to replace the large number of prefabricated classrooms currently in use.

The school delivers a varied curriculum as prescribed by the Dept. of Education and Science.

The following subjects are taught in our school: Religion, Irish; English; Mathematics; Music; Social Personal and Health Education; Social, Environmental and Scientific Education; Visual Arts; Drama; and Physical Education.

Teaching is enhanced by the provision of an extensive programme of extra curricular activity including Gaelic Games, Indoor Soccer, Speech and Drama lessons, Recorder and Tin Whistle lessons, Swimming Instruction, Gymnastics and School Tours.

The development of our ICT resources in recent years bears testimony to the generosity of parents. Together with a dedicated computer classroom, each class now has its own PC, printer and suitable educational software.

The Parents Association
The Parents Association is a great support to the school, providing funds and assistance with special projects : Book week, Christmas celebrations, playground improvements etc.

The Junior School building is used regularly by the extended community. Renowned as the venue for the parish Christmas Fair, the building also hosts the Knocklyon Concert Band’s music lessons and Encore’s Speech and Drama classes.
Go to St Colmcille’s Primary Parents Association

Religious Instruction
Religious instruction is a fundamental part of the school curriculum. An awareness of God’s presence in the lives of the children is fostered through the beauty of nature and human experiences. The programme aims to awaken and develop each child’s social and moral awareness.

As parents we have accepted the responsibility at Baptism of giving our children a Christian upbringing. Values such as love, truth, beauty, respect, care, co-operation, honesty and concern are fostered in the school and integrated into the education of the pupils. The children are explicitly introduced to God’s presence in their lives through biblical and liturgical teaching and through the witness of Christian living. The example of Christian living by parents is of course vital and indispensable – a child learns what he lives!

The children of Second Class are prepared for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

The wishes of parents are respected fully in the matter of Religious Instruction and no pupils shall receive or be present at any Religious Instruction of which their parents disapprove.

Enrolment
Please be aware that four year old children born after April were not admitted to this year’s Junior Infant classes due to demand for places. Places for next year will be allocated in early February. Applications received after December 20th will automatically be placed on the waiting list.

Parent Teacher Meetings
Parents may consult with their child’s teachers regarding progress on specified dates during the year, usually in November. Children will go home at 12 noon on these days.

Teacher Training
Many of our teachers give freely of their time to update their teaching skills in order to help our pupils. The Department of Education and Science will also provide six days per year for whole staff training in order to introduce the revised curriculum. Parents will be advised of these dates and children will remain at home on these days.

Security
All visitors to the school must use the intercom at the front entrance. They will be admitted by our secretary. They must then report to the school office, which is located near the left corner of the lower hall. Parents and guardians of children in the eight prefabricated classrooms must also report to the secretary before entering the prefabs during the school day. These arrangements ensure children’s safety and allow teachers to work uninterrupted throughout the day.

Management
The Board of Management consists of eight members.

  1. Two members appointed by and representatives of the patron.
  2. Two members , parents of children enrolled in the school, elected by parents.
  3. The Principal teacher of the school.
  4. One other teacher on the staff elected by the staff.
  5. Two members of the wider community.

The Board serves a three year term and is responsible for the general management and day to day maintenance of the school.