Micheál Martin called in to Coláiste Cholmcille today for a quick visit! The Fianna Fáil leader was greeted at the door by Head Boy Conall Sweeny and Head Girl Mary Flora Scott. Mary Flora took a moment to show Mr. Martin one of her own campaign posters featuring a photograph of the two of them at the Ploughing Championship
April is World Autism Awareness month and here at Coláiste Cholmcille we are encouraging everyone to take the 29 Day Challenge. This challenge invites everyone to celebrate the autism community, and highlights the difficulties autistic people face in society. Follow the links on twitter and Facebook. World Autism Month: The
The Under-14 girls secured another victory last week over Dungloe in the Fr. Tierney park. They play their final group game on Friday against St. Catherine’s Killybegs which will determine their place in the Ulster schools preliminary round.
Well done to Seamie Keogh on his nomination for Ireland U15 Men’s International Player of the Year. Seamie was one of three nominees but on the night the award went to Troy Parrott. Seamie and family attended the awards event in RTÉ studios on Sunday night. This won’t be the last we’ll hear of Seamie and a
Say hi to the new voice of young Foróige, Bonnie Donnell! Third Year Bonnie has just been elected on to the National Council of Foróige, having recently represented Donegal, Sligo and Leitrim on the Reference Panel. Congratulations Bonnie! We always knew a career in national affairs was ahead of you!
LCA class 1 and 2 invited Fr. Sanjeeva to celebrate mass in their classroom recently. The students have been working with Fr. Sanjeeva weekly since January. Fr. Sanjeeva shared stories about his childhood growing up in Sri Lanka, his love of Basketball and Cricket and why he decided to join the Jesuit order. Fr. Sanjeeva ha
Options Night will be held in the school on Tuesday March 13th, an information evening for all those students who are facing subject choice decisions First Years – 7pm – Information on choosing optional subjects for second year. Third Years considering TY or LCA – 7.45pm – information on TY, and a sh
Best of luck to both Junk Kouture design teams and models who are taking part in the regional final of the competition in Dublin tomorrow. The teams have been hard at work in the last couple of weeks tweaking their designs with Miss Keogh and perfecting their performance with Miss Cooney. The event was due to take place in
Voting has opened for the Regional Finals of this year’s Junk Kouture. This year we have two entries in the Regional Finals, ‘All Bottled Up’ by Niamh Messenger, Leah O’Brien and Katie White, and ‘CDs Are Old News’ by Chloe Connolly, Rebecca Kelly and Eleanor Boyle. The vote contributes t
https://app.junkkouture.com/design/60 Vote now for ‘Cloud Nine’ in the Junk Kouture Lifeline competition! Voting is open from Feb. 12th to midnight on Friday the 16th. ‘Cloud Nine’ is the entry from TYs Sarah Kate McGill, Erica Morrow and Caoimhe Doherty Craig which didn’t quite make it through
Local historian and former teacher Anthony Begley brought a group of First Year students on a tour around St. Anne’s church. Anthony shared some of the interesting history of the church building and gravestones in the churchyard. It was a great opportunity for the students to get a close-up look at one of Ballyshannon
Congratulations to our TY students who have made it through to the Regional Final of the Junk Kouture competition. Two groups out of the three made it through: ‘All Bottled Up’ by Niamh Messenger, Leah O’Brien and Katie White, and ‘CDs are Old News’ by Rebecca Kelly, Chloe Connolly and Eleanor
Best wishes to Erica Morrow (TY) and Diarmuid Mc Fadden (Fifth Year) who will perform in the National Concert Hall this weekend along with the Donegal Youth Orchestra. Erica and Diarmuid have both been playing with the orchestra for some time now. Erica plays the flute and Diarmuid plays the oboe. The orchestra will play in
Paddy Cosgrave, the co-founder of the Web Summit (and husband of model Faye Dinsmore from Ballintra) visited Coláiste Cholmcille last week to speak to Business students about his life as an entrepreneur. Despite the current success of the Web Summit, Paddy’s early days were far from outstanding he told the students, p
Congratulations to the cast and crew of TY Drama production ‘Alias Cinderella’, directed by Miss Garvey, which came second in the Donegal Youth Drama Festival in Ballybofey last night. Jack Leonard won a Best Acting trophy for his portrayal of Justin Thyme in the show, and the show also received a cert for Costu
Tá daltaí na hIdirbliana agus an Roinn Gaeilge ag eagrú comórtas Cárta Vailintín. Tá duaiseanna ag dul don thrí chárta is fearr. Euro amháin an táille iontrála agus rachaidh an t-airgead go dtí Cist Holly Downey. Dáta deireanach: 7ú Feabhra. Fág na cártaí i seomra 45 le bhur dtoil.
The Leaving Cert and Junior Cert mock exams begin this week, with JC mocks starting on Thursday and LC on Friday. Exams continue until the following Friday. The mock exams are a very important part of exam preparation, as they give students real experience of exam situations. Just like the real thing, the mocks can also be
Blurb! returns this Friday in Room 31 at lunchtime. For those of you who don’t know, Blurb! is the Coláiste Cholmcille Book Club for senior students (TY, Fifth and Sixth Year). Blurb! meets once every 4-6 weeks to discuss their latest book choice, whether they liked it or finished it or not, and to choose the next boo
The TY students and Irish Department are currently running a “Cárta Vailintín” competition. Students are invited to create a Valentine’s Day card, but the romantic wording must be ‘as Gaeilge’. There are prizes going for the best three cards. Entry fee is €1 with proceeds going to the Baby Holl
A Civvies Day was held in the school last Friday. Students were asked to bring in €2 each to raise money for Holly Downey and the Crumlin Children’s Hospital. Holly is the daughter of Shannon Downey, a past pupil of the school. Unfortunately Holly has been diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. The family are currently
Congratulations to Jarlath Leonard on achieving the second highest results in the country in Design & Communication Graphics at Ordinary Level in last year’s Leaving Cert. Jarlath will be presented with a special commemorative piece in recognition of his exceptional achievement at a special presentation in GMIT Ga
Third Year CSPE students were delighted to attend a talk by Kevin and Denise from the ISPCA. As part of their Junior Cert Action Project they set up a pet food collection and invited the ISPCA to give a presentation to learn more about animal welfare in their community. It was a fantastic discussion and the ISPCA inspectors
On Thursday, 18th January, 6th year LCVP students along with their teacher Ms. Gallagher visited the RNLI lifeboat station in Bundoran. Mr. Killian O’ Kelly greeted the group and gave the students a very informative talk on the invaluable work carried out by the volunteers at the station. Students got to see the equi
The Francie Boylan Show on Ocean FM broadcast live from Coláiste Cholmcille on Thursday the 18th of January. Francie spoke to Jimmy Keogh about life in Coláiste Cholmcille, Mona Mc Sharry on her plans for the Olympics, Jessica Doherty on her recent baking success and Head Boy and Head Girl Conal Sweeny and Mary Flora Scott
The Coláiste Cholmcille squash courts had a grand reopening on Saturday, following an extensive refurbishment of the court. Over 40 people attended the event to watch a few exhibition games and enjoy the refreshments provided by the Ballyshannon Squash Club. The courts will act as the new home of the Ballyshannon Squash Clu
Well done to the Under 20 Girls Gaelic team who defeated Donaghmore, Tyrone, at an away game in Garvaghey yesterday. The final score was a decisive 6-3 to 2-4. The girls presented a strong offensive against the Tyrone team, and came away with a well-deserved victory.
Our Open Day and Night will be held on Tuesday the 23rd of January. This is a great day in the school as we welcome sixth class students and their parents to experience what life in Coláiste Cholmcille is like. Over 200 Sixth Class students will visit throughout the day and take part in a variety of activities – woodw
Have you tried Jessica Doherty’s delicious award-winning Lemon Drizzle cakes yet? These mouthwatering cakes are now on sale in Aldi stores nationwide! Jessica won the National Baking award for her creation earlier in the year. The competition prize included distribution by Aldi. A special assembly was held to acknowle
The Christmas cards designed by students for the Christmas Cards for Schools project arrived in school this week. They will be distributed to students and anyone who ordered them this week. Miss Keogh is very impressed with the designs and the quality of the cards, and would like to compliment all First Years, Leaving Cert
Transition Year Art students are straight back in to working on their Junk Kouture creations following the musical. We are looking forward to a visit from Sara Ryan, Chief Operations Officer, Junk Kouture, to the school on Wednesday 13th December to discuss the project with the students.
Fifth Year Art students were invited by Ballyshannon Credit Union to paint the windows for the Christmas season. Students involved were Courtney Barry, Eve Breslin, Gvido Linards Bruzitis, Ciara Burns, Alida Byrne, Nathan Cassidy, Aaron Darbon, Conor Deasy, Hilary Francis, Paulina Larionow, Rachel Mahon, Aine Mc Sharry and
Fifth Year and Leaving Cert LCVP students enjoyed a visit to Patton’s Farm as part of their enterprise module last week. Students were lucky to get a tour of their egg business Castle Free Eggs and their open Farm business Castle Open Adventure Farm. The students visited the egg grading shed and witnessed the grading
Last week, two teams from Coláiste Cholmcille entered the Senior Science Quiz as part of the Science Week. This was a regional event organised by ISTA which took place in Coláiste Ailigh. Laura Cleary, Megan Davitt, Emma Doogan, Meabh Rooney, Briana Maher and Eva Mc Gloin Falter participated in the event. One of our teams c
A number of Fifth year PE classes/groups are engaged in one of the Senior Cycle PE Curriculum Models. One of these groups has chosen badminton as their sport to trial the model. We will be inviting Deele College Raphoe (on either Friday 15th or Fri 22nd tbc) to challenge us in an inter school class competition. Additionally
Last week saw the launch of a new healthy eating initiative in the school. On Thursday, LCA sutdents gave a presentation on the importance of choosing healthy snacks at break-time. On Friday, a new menu was launched along with a video about the importance of healthy eating for sports people. The entire school gathered in th
After the Board of Management’s decision to approve proposals put forward by Ballyshannon Squash Club, it is with great excitement that we announce the regeneration of the squash court in the Mercy Hall. Students recently undertook a quick clean up of the court and participated in an introductory session to the game.
Commiserations to the German Debating team consisting of Chloe Foley, Erin McGowan, Maja Niedziela and Kelly Vaughan who performed admirably against St. Patrick’s College, Cavan, in the Siemens GDI German Debate. They had the difficult task of debating against the motion that co-educational schools prepare you better
Congratulations to our students who performed well in the secondary schools writing competitions run by the Allingham Festival. Maeve Coyle came second in the Under 13 Fiction category with her story ‘Awake’, and Sorcha Feehilly was highly commended for her story ‘A Walk in the Woods’. Niamh Messenge
A group of Senior Art students attended a matinee screening of the film ‘Loving Vincent’ in Letterkenny last week. The film tells the story of the life of Vincent Van Gogh, but is particularly notable for being the first fully painted animated film. The film-makers chose to use classically trained painters rathe
Last Thursday, a number of TYs held a Halloween Fair in the Mercy Hall as a project for their Enterprise class. A range of Halloween-themed goodies were on sale to the students who visited the fair throughout the day, from baked goods to carved pumpkins. Face-painting and Halloween photography were also available. The stude
Students competed in both track and field events for their school. All placings accumulated points for their school so it encouraged students to compete at all levels. The top 2 schools who accumulated the most points represent the region at a county level. In the track events Lucy McGlynn and Sarah Foley finished first and
Well done to all our students who took part in the Ulster Schools swimming championship in Bangor at the weekend. The Girls Freestyle relay team consisting of Katie Mc Mullin, Niamh Hughes, Cora Rooney and Caoimhe McCauley are the new Ulster Schools Champions. The Girls Medley team (Clodagh O’Connor, Anna McCaffrey, C