St. Finian’s Community College – 60 years of education in the community

On Friday 19th May St. Finian’s Community College celebrated the closing event for our 60 years celebration. St. Finian’s is the oldest secondary school in Swords and has a long tradition of educating young people from the Fingal area of North County Dublin.

The academic year 2016/2017 saw the school host a number of events to celebrate this milestone. The inaugural fundraiser organised by teachers and parents in Fingallians GAA club was a Style Night. The event was a great success and enjoyed by all.

Our big school fundraiser was the whole school fun run. Organised by Mr Young in October the 5km run took place in Balheary. The run ended with an ice cream for everyone and the total amount raised was over €4000.

In November the first ecumenical service was held to remember those who have died from the school over the past 60 years. The service included readings from different faith backgrounds as well as reflections from members of staff and students.

Our 60th anniversary celebrations continued and we held our first Christmas market in December. The event was supported by students, staff, parents and locals from the community. The range of crafts and gifts available was exceptional and the spirit of the school was alive as people passed throughout he sports hall enthralled by the stalls around them.

The formal 60th anniversary event took place in the Carnegie Court hotel in Swords on Friday 10th February. The night was organised by Ms Rosemarie Barrett and welcomed past and present students, teachers, principals and staff. It was a great celebration recognising the importance of St Finian’s in the Swords community over the past 60 years.

The concluding event in May was a fantastic occasion in the school sports hall as St. Finian’s hosted an array of dignitaries at the final event of the year, including, past principals and staff, local politicians, the  mayor of Fingal and the CEO of the ETB among others.

Speakers on the day spoke about their time as students at the school and the stories gave a great insight into the world of St. Finian’s from 1956 onwards.. They spoke about the present cohort of staff and students and the wonderful activities that take place in our school on a daily basis. Ms Knightly spoke highly of the wonderful academic, sporting and social achievements of the students at St. Finian’s Community College

The occasion ended with some fantastic music from the school choir and guests were invited for refreshments in the school assembly area. The Principal, Ms Knightly and Deputy Principal, Ms Cooney were presented with a celebratory cake at the reception.

As our 60th anniversary celebrations come to a close, St. Finian’s continues to set high standards, create high expectations, and strives to nurture the development of all our students academically, physically and emotionally in a warm and caring environment. We do so with a professional, dedicated and committed team of teachers, a wide and varied curriculum, and a high standard of innovative teaching methodologies delivered through a wide range of modern technologies. Our aim is to encourage our students to grow and mature into young adults who will achieve their potential and go out into the world to live meaningful, happy and purposeful lives.  We hope to continue this tradition in the years to come.