News from Colaíste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon

News from Colaíste Cholmcille in Ballyshannon


Well done to the swimmers who took part in the Ulster Schools Swim Gala on Saturday last. Thank you to Mr S Maguire and Ms J Murphy for organising the event.

Well done to all the participants from CCBS in the Ulster Schools Swimming competition which took place in the Seven Towers Complex, Ballymena on Saturday the 18th of January. 24 students took part. Mona Mc Sharry took gold in the 100m breast-stroke silver in the 200 individual medley. Evlin Murray took the gold medal in Freestyle. Roisin Maguire, Emma Rooney, Una Britton and Mona Mc Sharry won Silver for Freestyle Relay and bronze for Medley Relay. Ennae O’Hara received a bronze medal.

Open Day and Night

This year, Open Day and Open Night in Coláiste Cholmcille will be held on February 13th. During the day, local primary school students will be escorted around the school and take part in a variety of lessons.

This introduction to secondary school life is critical for many students as they prepare to embark on one of the most important transitions they will ever make in their lives. Students will get a flavour of what Colaíste Cholmcille has to offer by meeting our students and interacting with them and the teaching staff throughout the day.

We realise that this is a major step for many students. In Coláiste Cholmcille, every effort is made to ensure that our students are enabled to make a smooth and happy transition from primary school to secondary school. Various bonding activities aid the students in settling into secondary school including bonding afternoons off timetables in the gym with the PE Team in the school engaging in fun activities. In addition we have a number of strategies in place designed to make the first year settle in as much as possible.

This year, in conjunction with the Pastoral Care Team in the school, we introduced an induction booklet which class tutors worked through with the students. Throughout the year, we ensure that there are many opportunities for bonding both in and outside the academic curriculum. Students are exposed to a broad based academic and sporting curricula which is designed to cater for a wide range of needs and abilities. We also have dedicated teams within our Learning Support and Pastoral Care Team in the event that any student is struggling to cope with the transition.

For all the league tables, glossy brochures and DES reports available to parents when choosing a school for their children, one thing teachers, parents and experts all agree on is that you can’t beat an old-fashioned stroll around the school. Here in Colaíste Cholmcille, students and parents (and the entire family) are offered specially tailored open days and evenings.

Open days and evenings facilitate the interaction between parents, students and prospective teachers who have time to talk to you. Parents wishing to find out more about our facilities and school community should log onto our schools website or contact the school in person or by telephone.

Visitors are asked to arrive on or before 7pm in time for the Principal’s Address in the main assembly area after which they will be able to take a guided tour or stroll at their leisure around the school to examine the many exhibits throughout our school extolling activities in the school, as well as enjoying music from the School Ensemble. All welcome.

TY Science Project: Egg Drop Challenge

For Miss Whelan’s TY science class, we took part in an egg drop challenge.


We were divided into groups and chose our group names. Afterwards we were told that we had to construct an object (out of 4 straws;1 meter of sellotape; and 3 sheets of newspaper) to place an egg in and drop it from 3 meters without the egg cracking.

Our team made many designs and at first decided on a parachute idea to lower the egg slower than falling. But we also thought to put newspaper around the egg to make sure the impact wouldn’t damage the egg.

On the day of the drop, we made a last minute decision to use all the newspaper and wrap it around the egg to secure it from breaking, we also used the straws as a type of lowering device to attach to the egg and lower it from 3 meters. Sadly the person who was meant to lower the egg down carefully by the straws attached to it didn’t. And just decided to drop the egg in the newspaper from the 3 meter point. This made us lose the egg drop challenge as the egg broke.

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