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                                          Welcome to the PTFA Area!


In St Colmcille’s Primary School we are very fortunate to have a proactive and dedicated PTA. To keep up to date and informed of their continuous great work please visit their Facebook Page St Colmcille’s PS, Downpatrick PTFA



Chairperson Natahsa Shields
Vice Chairperson Rosaleen Cunliffe
Treasurer Roisin Mc Kenna
Secretary Michaela Hannaway
Committee Members

Aine Jordan-Doxey

Andrea Mc Menamin

Catriona Brannigan

Trish Stitt

Michael Hannaway

Antoinette Kearney

The first meeting of the newly formed PTA will be held at school on Monday 9th October at 9.30am.  Please contact any of the committee members if you have ideas for fundraising or you would like your name to be placed on the volunteer list.

The PTA sponsored the cost of buying a ‘Say No to Bullying’ handbook for each family in the school.  This book is an important message that highlights the work that the school is doing during Anti-Bullying Week!  It explains the different terms of bullying and how they can affect children.  It also goes through different case studies to highlight common scenarios in schools.  Please read this and go through it with your children.  The booklet was sent home with the children on Monday 14th November.

Fountain Foodbank is thankful for donations from St Colmcille’s Primary School, Downpatrick

Pupils, staff and members of the PTA of St Colmcille’s Primary School, Downpatrick, recently organised a collection of food for Fountain Foodbank. Anne Millar, Fountain Foodbank Volunteer and Team Leader met pupils and staff when she visited the school to thank them for their generosity in thinking of others in this way.  The PTA helped to organise the collection and they were impressed by the enthusiasm of the children about the project.


Fountain Foodbank has been busy providing food parcels to those in Downpatrick and the surrounding area. Thanks to volunteers and donors, since opening in March 2015, we have been able to help over 2000 people by providing over 900 food parcels. There is clearly a real need in Downpatrick with clients being referred for a variety of reasons from cuts and delays in benefits, to family illness or bereavement, pressure on budgets due to school holidays and sudden emergencies.


Shirley Lennon, Volunteer Coordinator said, “Fountain Foodbank is a community effort and there's something special when a community comes together to support each other in times of need. It has been great to see God’s provision in so many different and timely ways. I am sure the pupils learned much about helping others through this project. Thank you to them all.  ”


A client also commented “If it wasn’t for the Foodbank I am not sure what I would have done. They always help and offer me support. I am met by people who really want to help me and help the community. I am extremely grateful to all the volunteers.’

Please call at the Foodbank on Tuesday or Friday mornings or ring  07444015883 or email for details. Permanent donation points are in Supervalu, Downpatrick, local churches  and  Milligan’s Stores , Ardglass.