Department of Mathematics

St. Colmcille's Community School, Knocklyon

Course Materials

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Department Staff


Head of Department
Mr. Fergal O'Neill - eMail

Teaching Staff '07 - '08
Ms Inagh Barrett
Ms Rachel Barry
Ms Iseult Cleere
Ms Emma Delany
Mr David Dooley
Ms Fiona Faulkner
Mr John McKennedy
Ms Leona Harrington
Ms Ruth Kelly
Ms Patricia Madigan
Ms Leila Martin
Ms Margaret McDonnell
Ms Laura McNamara
Ms Pauline Meany
Ms Lorraine Moore
Mr Des Murphy
Ms Eimear O'Sullivan
Ms Maeve Stapleton


For the very best in mind bending online Maths puzzles, visit MATHCHALLENGE.NET

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This document explains in step by step fashion how to use the Equation Editor Feature for inserting complex mathematical formulae into your maths publications and notes.

Hamilton Maths Challenge

Use the above graphic to access the Hamilton Institute Grand Maths Challenge Website!

Teachers Gradeway Suite available for download. Great free software that helps you keep track of all your assessments and pupil grades.

Maths Department
Exam Template

Maths Clipart -
Now available for download.

Important Links




Latest News....

Success for Young Mathematicians!

09-05-2008 On Friday evening last, two first year students, Rachel Kirwan and Conor O'Brien represented the school at the finals of the Irish Junior Mathematics competition in St Andrew's College Booterstown. After an hour long - 25 question paper, the results were announced and we were delighted to hear that Conor had earned a perfect 150/150 points, with Rachel not trailing too far behind him! Conor was awarded first prize and received a plaque whilst Rachel received a certificate of merit. Well done to both, the whole school is very proud of you! For photos of the event click here!

New Site Added

04-05-2008 Visit XPMaths for many resources from worksheets to games and instructional video. Truly worth a visit. Visit XPMaths here.

New Maths Library Section Now Open

16-04-2007 We are busy gathering some great free Maths titles that are sure to educate and entertain and have gathered them in the Library section. Visit it by clicking on the 'Library' link above!

Irish Junior Maths Competition 2008

This year we have two of our First Year students taking part in the finals which will be held in St Andrew's College, Blackrock on the 9th of May 2008. We wish Rachel Kirwan and Conor O'Brien every success as they go to represent the school as Junior Mathematicians.

Hamilton Maths Challenge Awards Day - 4th April 2008

On Friday 4th of April, Gavin Troy (TY), Stpehen Jordan (3rd Year) and Daniel McCormack (2nd Year) attended the awards ceremony at NUI Maynooth to receive their prizes from the Hamiltion Institute. Mr O'Neill (Head of Mathematics) and Mr McKennedy (Principal) attended the event also. One other piece of news that had evaded us until this day was the fact that we were the only school that entered the competition that produced a winner in all three categories. Once again on behalf of the entire Maths team, many congratulations and thanks for representing the school so well.

World Maths Day - 5th March 2008

20-02-2008 Our 1st, 2nd, TY and 5th year students will be taking part in this worldwide online event. registration closes on the 3rd of March. Register here before time runs out! More details later.

New Site Added - Interactive Maths

15-02-2008 This site is dedicated to interactive mathematics where you learn maths by playing with it! excellent site for all year groups and all levels.

Hamilton Maths Grand Challenge - Final Results

17-01-2008 We have received wonderful news from the Hamilton Institute of Mathematics based in Maynooth! The final results of the 8 week online competition have just been released and are as follows:

Best Schoolwide Performance: Stephen Jordan 3C

Best Junior Student - Daniel McCormack - 2N

Merit Award - Gavin Troy - 4T

All the above students will be representing St Colmcille's Community School at the prize giving ceremony in March '08. Further details later.

Welll Done to all!

IMTA Irish Junior Mathematics Competition 2008


The Irish Maths Teachers Association are once again running their Junior Maths Competition for 1st year students in February '08. All our first year students will be taking part in this comeptition and so it is necessary to begin a little training for the event!

Click here for some past papers.



The Maths Illuminations website, provided by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, had been added to our library of important links. It features many excellent animations and puzzles aimed at strenghtening various secondary school mathematical concepts. The site is hosted in America, so please keep in mind that Irish secondary school going children are covered by grades 6 to 12 inclusively. Click on the logo above to visit.

The PRISM Maths Challenge 2007

24/10/2007 - All of our 2nd and 5th year students took part in this years NUI Galway PRISM Maths Challenge on Thursday the 18th of October. The results have been compiled and returned to NUI Galway. We await more news .....

25/10/2007 -The results are out.
Congratulations to Amanda Keegan from 5th year who was our best performer on the Senior Level paper and to Andrew Tighe, Daniel McCormack and Matthew Brazel from 2nd year who were joint best performers on the Junior Level paper!  All scored a whopping 15/20 points on their respective papers. Well Done!

As the results from different school are returned the top 100 Junior students and top 100 Senior students will be complied accordingly. Click on each link to see if you have made it!

To see the type of questions the students were asked to tackle without any calculator, you can take a look at previous years PRISM papers by clicking on one of the following links: Junior Cycle Test Papers 2006 - 2007 - Senior Cycle Test Papers 2006 - 2007. As always it is advised that you try the paper first before you look at the solutions! Junior Cycle Solutions 2006 - 2007 and Senior Cycle Solutions 2006 - 2007

The 2007 papers will appear on the PRISM site shortly. Visit the PRISM site here.

Maths Week 2007

bobOn Wednesday the 10th October '07, Professor Robert Shorten of NUI Maynooth visited St Colmcille's CS to meet with the students who voiced an interest in the Grand Challenge. The lecture was a very enjoyable experience and certainly provided more than the odd suprise. Who can remember the excellent explanation of the maths behind the synchronised bird flight?

Just to repeat that the Hamilton challenge does not require advanced mathematical training, or exposure to higher mathematics. In fact, the puzzles are designed to assume a minimum of mathematical knowledge, and, instead focus on testing the creative problem-solving abilities of the students taking part.

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