Coláiste Cholmcille Notes 18.04.16

Coláiste Cholmcille Notes 18.04.16

Irish Surf Team

Well done to three Third Year students Jack Scott, Una Britton and Niall McCarthy who have been selected for the Irish Surf Team. This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of their achievements.


We wish exam students every best wish in their Irish Oral element of their exam this week.

Leaving Cert Careers

Thank you to Ms McGurren who organised a speaker from Cavan Institute to speak to the Leaving Certificates about PLC Courses which are available for next year.

Health and Well being

Well done to all the students in LCA and TY who attended a health and well-being day recently in Donegal Town. A great day was had by all. A well-being day was held for staff also which was very productive. Good luck to all staff who are involved in a hundred kilometre cycle next Saturday from Ballyshannon to Ballina in Co. Mayo.

Girls Active

Well done to the girls who have just completed their final Girls Active Module. They really enjoyed the Girls Active Day which allowed them to participate in various activities including tag rugby, cycling, box-exercise, martial arts and much more. It proved to be a very worthwhile and enjoyable activity.

Girls Active is a joint programme between the Donegal Sports Partnership, the Health Service Executive (NW) (HSE) and Sligo Sport and Recreational Partnership (SSRP) and Youth Sport West (YSW). The programme aims to increase the number of teenage girls not currently participating in sport or physical activity to get involved in long term regular physical activity through developing more supportive environments in schools. The girls in these schools, with the support of their teachers, organise a range of activities such as dance, swimming, yoga, tai chi, kickboxing and aerobics. The activities selected are based on the interest of the girls and the availability of instructors. The programme takes place outside of class time and provides an option for those girls not interested in traditional competitive after school sports. The Girls Active programme arises out of a report by the HSE titled ‘Consultations with Teenage Girls on being and Getting Active’ which is based on discussions with girls throughout the region. Thank you to Ms Gorman for all her work in this area.


The President’s Award is Ireland’s National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to young people between 15 and 25 years of age.

The President's Award is a member of the International Award Association of National Challenge Awards Worldwide. The President’s Award works on the basis of a personal challenge set by the student. The student, in conversation with their mentor, set the challenge and agree it with a President’s Award leader. The pupil is not competing with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual… so the only person you’ll compete with is yourself.

There are three different types of award that you can earn – bronze, silver and gold. The minimum age for the bronze award is 15. It is earned over a minimum period of 6 months. In our school, a number of Transition Year students have signed up to undertake the bronze award. We wish all the Transition Year students preparing to embark on the final stage of the Bronze Award every good wish.

However, some students wanted something a little more testing. Earned over a minimum period of 12 months, they are currently working on their silver award. Each of the students are facing their own challenges- they are very fortunate to be working with Mrs Louise MacSharry There are four different activity areas. To earn an award, a student must take part in each of the four areas. Each participant must participate in at least one new activity to earn an award. The four challenge areas are: Skill, Community, Physical and Adventure. Good luck to the students who are due to complete the final part of their challenge with a trip to Spain to walk part of the Camino de Santigo in September. We know they will have a wonderful but challenging experience.

Transition Years

We wish the TY Class every good wish as they prepare for their annual school tour to Berlin in the coming weeks. We trust that they will benefit from their travels.

Transition Year students are preparing their TY Saint Vincent De Paul projects at the moment. They are also in a separate project collecting shoes for Syrian children in temporary camps in Greece. Please support if you can.

3rd Years

A day of reflection, motivation and challenge has been organised for 3rd Year students for 21st April. Thank you to Ms Pauline Kilfeather for organising the same.

2nd Year Basketball- Regional Finals

Congrats to the second year girls basketball team who competed in Galway over the weekend and to their teacher, Ms Kate McGrath. Unfortunately they were not successful.

Well done to the Second year boys basketball team who also competed in Regional Finals under the guidance of Mr John Kennedy and Mr Michael Doherty. They were beaten by one point in the final minute.