Dominus Illuminatio Mea / The Lord Is My Light
Dear parents & guardians, students and staff of Scoil Naomh Cholmcille,
As we begin Holy Week and the celebration of Easter the Board of Management of Scoil Naomh Cholmcille would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your families every blessing at this special time of year.
In what has been a time of unprecedented societal upheaval it might be reassuring to refer back to our values and guiding philosophy as expressed by our principal, Anne-Marie, on our website:
We at Scoil Naomh Cholmcille are exceptionally lucky as we have "The best children in Ireland in our school." We work, pray and play together and our Catholic ethos underpins our values of respect, manners, inclusivity and kindness to each other.
We have a fantastic kind, caring and conscientious staff who strive to encourage and promote the talents and abilities of all our children. We aim to create learning experiences that are engaging and inspiring while allowing for children's individual learning styles.
We have a productive happy relationship with the school community and we endeavour to continue to promote this through regular communication.
The events of recent weeks have tested everyone in ways that would have been previously unimagined and forced us all to re-evaluate our day-to-day priorities; we have now found ourselves in a place where family, community and the common good have taken centre stage; for many of us the morning rush has been replaced with time to spend with each other and give thanks for the simple things that life has to offer.
The Board is particularly mindful of the sense of disappointment felt by all the parents and children who were due to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation on the 24th March which had to be postponed but we look forward to an even more special day when the opportunity next presents itself.
For some there is increased anxiety about older or more vulnerable members of the family circle or worry about family members who are involved in continuing to provide essential frontline services in the health, public service or retail sectors; for some there is concern about family members who are far from home and unable to return; for some there is the added stress of reduced income or losing the wherewithal to meet existing financial commitments. We send our thoughts and prayers to those finding themselves in such difficult circumstances and assure them of our support in whatever way we can whether that’s through voluntary assistance in the community or a simple expression of solidarity, ní neart go cur le chéile.
Turning to specifically school-related matters the Board would like to sincerely and wholeheartedly thank all the staff of Scoil Naomh Cholmcille, management, teachers, support and ancillary staff, for the wonderful and generous ways in which they have responded to the challenge presented by the current situation – the feedback from parents about how the staff have provided guidance and assistance for the students has been overwhelmingly positive and the Board wishes to express its deepest appreciation for the huge efforts by all concerned.
Once again, wishing you and all your wider family members and friends every blessing for Easter and looking forward to happier times to come.
The Board of Management, Scoil Naomh Cholmcille
Joyous Time of Year
May the glory
and the promise
of this joyous time of year
and happiness to you
and those you hold most dear.
And may Christ,
Our Risen Saviour,
always be there by your side
to bless you
and be your loving guide.