December 2017


May the peace, joy and hope of the first Christmas be with all our

children, families and friends this Christmas.

Happy Christmas

from all in Scoil Ide.

Beannachtaí na Nollag.

Christmas Languages


Intel Wiinners   


         After months of hard work, designing, building, coding and starting all over again several times our Intel Mini Scientist entrants Conor Mulcahy, Cian Mulcahy, Eva Donnelly and Ben Sheehan travelled to Intel Shannon for the Regional Finals. Their work had been guided by teacher Pat Butler with assistance from Mark Gleeson.

Their project was titled

‘Roboball: Humans v Computer;

Can you beat the Bot?’

It involved tying together physically building and coding autonomous robots using BBC micro:bits, motors and a lot of cardboard and tinfoil to make sensors and circuits.

The children devoted a lot of their lunchtimes to brainstorming the problems that arose at various stages of planning and construction and deserve huge credit for their work.

At the Regional Finals they were questioned closely by the judges about the project and we were very proud when they were announced as the Regional winners. They now progress to the All Ireland Finals in the Helix in Dublin in February.

The team were back at work almost immediately planning improvements to the project.


ACE awards are given to pupils who excel in school life through Attainment,

Community Spirit or Effort.

Well done to our November ACEs.

VI:Nolan: Robert Wallace & Ava Rainsford

VI:Heaney: Tommy O’Driscoll & Kate Hannon

VI: Boland: Max Mulryne & Isabelle Clancy


“ Go mbeirimid beo ag an am seo aris”

Scoil Ide will close for Christmas Holidays on 22nd December at 12.15.

We re-open on Monday, 8th January.


  • Our Bird Feeders have been very busy especially during the latest cold snap. 3rd Classes are keeping a watch counting the different species of birds.
  • The Book Fair organised by Suzanne Noble with assistance from the Parents’ Council  was a great success with over €5000 worth of books sold. The school and your children benefit from this with over €2500 worth of new books for class libraries.
  • Thanks to Bank of Ireland and Biz World the 5th Classes have been working through the experience of coming up with and developing a business idea and then presenting it to visiting Dragons in the hope of gaining finance. Many Bizbucks were invested.
  • Our Orchestra entertained the residents in Athlunkard Nursing Home with Christmas tunes.
  • Well known writer and poet Gabriel Fitzmaurice conducted a writing workshop for 5th Classes.
  • The girls hockey squad concluded this part of their season with a blitz against Laurel Hill Coláiste.
  • Our Bulb Bank at the rear of the Senior School got its annual haircut in anticipation of the spring flowering crocuses and daffodils.


Phototropism 3

    Mr.O’Donoghue’s 5th Class, inspired in part by the movie ‘The Martian’ , began their entry to thisyear’s Science Fair by asking ‘Can you grow food in space?’. The Primary Science Fair is part of the RDS organised Young Scientist Exhibition and will run in Mary Imm. College  from January 18th to 20th. The Class have conducted investigations on the effects of light and absence of gravity on growth and will be exhibiting their findings on  the Thursday.


    Irish ten-year-olds (4th Class) are among the best in the world when it comes to literacy, according to PIRLS, an international study published recently. Only the Russian Federation and Singapore scored higher.

    Since the last test in 2011 there has been a 15-point improvement; the proportion of children classed as low achievers in Ireland has fallen, while the proportion of high achievers has risen.

While PIRLS places 10% of children internationally in the highest achieving category, the figure for Ireland is now more than double that, at 21%.

Ireland's performance is  positive too when it comes to gender. The gap between the performance of girls and boys is relatively small here compared to other countries, and it is getting narrower.

Most people involved in education agree that the improvement has come about because of extra time dedicated to both the teaching of reading and maths as part of the Literacy and Numeracy strategy.  Many schools including Scoil Ide can now give more time and teachers over to focused programmes like Literacy Lift Off which operates in Senior Infants and 1st Classes  and a guided reading programme which we call Supported Literacy Hour which works to improve children's overall reading ability.

   Notable also in the report was the very positive attitude of Irish parents to reading which is a key influence on reading outcomes.


Our Students’ Council will be performing the Story of the nativity for younger classes in the run up to the Christmas holidays. They have been learning off lines and rehearsing in their spare time. They continue to be a great example to all in the school.

Calendar 2017-2018

Christmas Holidays: Closing Friday, 22nd December at 12.15 p.m.

Re-opening Monday, 8th January 2018

February 2018 mid-term break: Closed Thursday 15th February 2018 and Friday 16th  February 2018.

Closed Monday, 19th March 2018- Public Holiday

Easter 2018: School closing Friday 23rd March 2018 at 12.15 p.m. Reopening Monday 9th April 2018.

Closed for Curriculum In-service  Wednesday, 11th April 2018. (Rescheduled after Storm Ophelia)

Closed Monday 7th May 2018 – Friday 11th May 2018 Inclusive.

Closed Monday, 4th June 2018 Public Holiday

Closing Friday, 29th June 2018 at 12.15 p.m.

Scoil Íde is used as a Polling Station so we will be closed for any Elections/Referendums that may be called.


Scoil Ide

Annual Statement of Accounts 2016-2017

Income                                                                                                                                 Expenditure

Dept. of Education Grants            186227.00                           Collector General Revenue            4885.00

School & Parent Generated           83778.00                           Education Projects & Equip          89515.00

Insurance Claim                              1361.00                             Insurance                                     20155.00

                                                                                                 Light & Heat                                  29762.00

                                                                                                 Cleaning, cleaning materials,

                                                                                                 Phone & Security                          59250.00

                                                                                                 Rates                                              8309.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

                                                                                                Repairs & Maintenance                 24874.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Administration*                               14178.00

                                                                                              IT Equipment                                  30712.00                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Bank Charges                                  2488.00


Total                                                      271366.00                            Total                                284209.00           

Net Deficit: 12843.00


Administration* includes printing, postage, paper & office supplies.

Certified Accounts

Paul Delaney A.C.C.A

23rd October 2017