Senior Prefect encourages P7 pupils to consider Violet Hill
Kindly written for our Prospective Pupils by Senior Prefect Niall Somerville:
Before St Colman’s, I attended Carrick Primary School in Burren. It was an amazing primary school that prepared me extremely well for life in St Colman’s College. This school had a very strong cultural, academic and sporting focus, and my wish was to attend a secondary school with very similar values.
St Colman’s College had always appealed to me due to long standing reputation for outstanding academic and sporting success. Sport had always been a very important part of my life and I felt I would fit in well in a school that placed sport and excellence in such high regard.
From the induction day in 1st year, I was kindly greeted by the welcoming, supportive staff that helped to ensure that I would settle and feel at home at St Colman’s College. I have been given so many chances and opportunities in St Colman’s, from taking part in sports such as football, cross country and hurling, and participating in other areas such as attending a Gael Linn quiz in 3rd year.
I have so many great memories from my first year, most importantly, being able to develop so many new friends from all over Down, Armagh and Louth, and these friendships will hopefully be able to stick with me long into the future. First year introduced to so many new subjects and areas, for example being able to experience new languages like Irish and French. Outside of academics, I have amazing memories of events such as sports day and our multi activity sports blitz, which really introduced to the outstanding facilities the school has to offer.
As the years went by at St Colman’s, I have experienced so many more memorable experiences that will live with me for the rest of my life. I was lucky enough to be part of 2 Ulster hurling winning teams in 2nd and 4th year, which I was very proud to be a part of. In addition, I have been able to be a part of many school football teams throughout my time at school. I will always remember the times when we have been taken to places like Kilbroney and Castlewellan for very hard running sessions and although I may not have enjoyed them at the time, I will always look back on these days with very fond memories. It was a great achievement to be part of the winning Rannafast and Paul Mcgirr football teams, and these two campaigns will for sure, live long in my memory. As result of being involved in this football team, I had the privilege of attending the Newry, Mourne and Down Awards Night in the Slieve Donard Hotel, which is just another example of the great memories I will bring with me when I leave St Colman’s.
The reason I would recommend St Colman’s College to all P7 pupils is that it offers a wide range of activities to cater to any one child’s needs. Whatever your passion is, this school can offer the highest quality of help and guidance that will help get you where you need to go and everyone in St Colman’s College will truly care about how you are getting on inside and outside of school. I have really enjoyed my time at St Colman’s College, and I feel honoured to have spent my last 7 years here.