Our enrolment is in line with the Admissions Policy drawn up by the Board of Governors. Admissions criteria for our school can be found on the EA website at www.eani.org.uk/admissions. Here you will find a Schools' Directory where you can view, download or print the admissions criteria for St. Columba's P.S. and Nursery Unit. We can facilitate the use of a reference booklet containing the same information in school is you cannot access the information via the website. Please contact Mrs Mellon in our School Office (028 295 40273).
For prospective Nursery and Year 1 pupils application forms are available at the end of the first term and should be completed and returned to our school by the stated date which is usually early January. Parents transferring their child from another school should obtain a Form AR from the previous school and bring it to the school together with the child’s birth certificate and any reports made available.
All school holidays are listed on the calendar tab on our school website. These dates may be subject to change and are updated regularly.
Our girls' uniform consists of a blue shirt, school tie, grey skirt/pinafore, grey/black tights/grey socks and dark coloured trainers.
Our boys' uniform consists of a blue shirt, school tie, grey trousers, school sweatshirt and dark coloured trainers.
Our school jumpers and ties can be purchased from:
Select Kidz Schoolwear,
47-49 Springwell Street,
(028) 2565 2128
All other items of uniform may be purchased in Asda, Tescos, Sainsburys, Marks and Spencers, Dunnes or any other uniform retailer.
Further Uniform Options (Easter - Hallowe'en)
To allow for extra comfort on warm days, boys are permitted to wear grey shorts, of similar style to their grey trousers, and grey socks.
Girls are permitted to wear a light blue gingham style summer dress with white socks.
Pupils should arrive at school for 9.00am.
You are asked to have your child in school on time. The staff will provide supervision from 8.45am.
Please Note: There is NO supervision of children who arrive before this time.
9.00am – 12.15pm Morning Session
10.30am - 10.45am Morning break (supervised)
12.00pm - 12.45pm Year 1/2/3/6 lunchtime
12.15pm - 12.55pm Year 4/5/7 lunchtime
12.45pm - 2.00pm Afternoon Session - Years 1 and 2
12.45pm/12.55pm - 3.00pm Afternoon Session - Years 3 - 7
As parents you have a legal responsibility to ensure that your children attend school regularly and what you may think is a satisfactory level of attendance may be seen very differently by the Department of Education whose guidelines describe 95% attendance as satisfactory and 90% as poor. Irregular attendance, without a genuine reason, is unfair to your child as he/she will have difficulty catching up with what was missed and this type of attendance shows your child that his/her education is not valued by you. If your child is unwell it is best for him/her to remain at home.
Please Note: In addition to the child’s home telephone number at least one other contact person and telephone number must be available in the event of illness or emergency.
Please notify the school of any change of number.
Parents are asked to arrange medical/dental appointments, holidays etc outside school times to avoid absences and disruption to your child’s education. It is unfair to disrupt your child’s education and it is very difficult for your child to catch up.
If your child is late in coming to school the Secretary must be advised as attendance records are kept on computer.
On your child’s return to school following absence they will receive an absence form. It should be completed and returned to school, giving the reason for the absence. This information is required by the Education Welfare Officer (E.W.O.) who regularly monitors attendance.
Children may have dinner or a packed lunch.
As some pupils are allergic to peanuts it is vital that peanuts or any foods containing peanuts are not brought into school.
Pupils having school dinner should pay for the week on the first day of the school week. Dinners are £2.60 per day. Please ensure the correct money is sent with your child.
A menu showing what is available for dinners each month will be given to your child and also displayed in the entrance hall. As St Columba’s P.S. is a Health Promoting School the dinner provided is in keeping with relevant guidance from NEELB.
Please Note: St Columba’s PS is a Health Promoting School. Parents are asked to support its policy by providing Healthy Lunch options.
“Junk Foods” should not be included in lunches. Lunches should not include fizzy drinks, crisps, chocolate, chocolate bars/biscuits or similar sugary type items.
Treats are to be limited to Fridays only.
Your child will enjoy and benefit form a healthier lifestyle.
Lunches and drinks should be packed separately from books to avoid damage in the event of spills. Your child’s name should be clearly marked on his/her lunch box.