Christmas Cake Sale December 2nd

The Parent’s Association have been working so hard to ensure our cake sale is once again an enormous success.Amazing prizes are up for grabs –  please come along and support the fantastic work that is going on in our school.   TIckets are on sale all this week – from 8.30 -9.15am and from 1-3pm!

1st Prize: Family Day Out

(€150 Pavilion voucher, €50 Ruby’s voucher, Family ticket to Swords on Ice)

2nd Prize:  €100 Hannigan’s Butchers Christmas Hamper

 (Includes Turkey,Ham,Roast Beef and much more)

3rd Prize: Tempted Boutique Handbag, Scarf and neck piece

4th Prize: Personalised Christmas Eve Box

5th Prize: Supervalu Hamper

6th Prize: Penny’s Home ware Hamper 

And lots more exciting prizes including many more vouchers and hampers  donated by our fantastic local businesses ! 

Lulu’s a winner!

There were  thousands of entries to the Folen’s Hallowe’en  art competitions this year, and they were challenged to choose just 4 winners out of all the talented children across Ireland who entered

So what an achievement it was for Lulu ( 1st class Ms Ahern) to be one of those four winners! She received a €50 Smyths Toys Voucher and a Folen’s Christmas annual for the whole class. Well done Lulu – we are so proud of your amazing achievement!

Gym Week

It’s gym week at St. Colmcille’s GNS and we are all having great fun! Terry has set up the hall with all our gymnastics equipment and all classes are timetabled to take part. Children will work at their own pace during this week allowing for individual differences in each who participate.

Gymnastics can provide children with a number of physical benefits, regardless of the child’s age or ability. Gymnastics will increase strength, flexibility, endurance and coordination. Children learn balance on the beam, as well as power when they vault. The bars and rings encouraged them to lift, swing and move their bodies in new ways. Photos to follow!

Visit to Fingal Annual Art, Craft and Design Exhibition!

As the saying goes, ‘Art is all around us’. In its many forms it presents fantastic opportunities for discussion, focused language work and skills-based activities. We often don’t have to travel far either .

On Friday our 4th class girls and their teachers  attended the  Annual Art, Craft and Design Exhibition  in Fingal College  hosted by their  transition students where they had many fantastic opportunities to get stuck in and create art! The girls took part in a number of workshops including cupcake decorating, ink printing in lino, 3D printing and woodwork etching leading to designing a keyring. Check out our photos below!

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Talk by local librarian

Many thanks to local librarian, Karen Scattergood who visited our school today to give a fantastic talk on how best to support your child to become a reader. Karen holds a monthly bookclub in our local library in Swords where the children are encouraged to share their love of reading while discovering new and exciting titles in the world of children’s literature. The next bookclub is Saturday 19th of November at 11am – hopefully many children will come along and join in!

Here are some tips from the experts!

1. Talk to your child

Feed your child a diet of rich language experiences throughout the day. Talk with your infants and young children frequently in short, simple sentences. Tell stories, sing songs, recite nursery rhymes or poems, and describe the world around them to expose them to words. Name things. Make connections. Encourage your child’s efforts to talk with you.

2. Read Aloud

Try to read aloud to your children regularly and continue to do this long after your child is a competent, independent reader ( yes 12 year olds still love being read to!)

3. Limit screen time

Time spent engaged in reading activities during the week means your child really earns and appreciates limited screen time when offered e.g at the weekend. Read the book before watching the movie!!

4. Create a reading corner/book shelf

Set up a special place for reading and writing in your home. A well-lit reading corner filled with lots of good books can become a child’s favorite place. Keep writing materials such as non-toxic crayons, washable markers, paints and brushes, and different kinds of paper in a place where children can reach them.

5. Visit the local library

Visit the public library often to spark your child’s interest in books. Help your children obtain their own library cards and pick out their own books. Talk to a librarian, teacher, school reading specialist, or bookstore owner for guidance about what books are appropriate for children at different ages and reading levels.

6. Show that you read

Demonstrate your own love of reading by spending quiet time in which your child observes you reading to yourself. You are your child’s greatest role model. Show your child how reading and writing help you get things done every day-cooking, shopping, driving, or taking the bus.

7. Give books

Consider giving books or magazines to children as presents or as a recognition of special achievements. Special occasions, such as birthdays or Christmas, can be the perfect opportunity to give a child a new book.

8.Talk about books you loved as a child 

Many of the books you loved as a child are being discovered and enjoyed by a whole new generation. Share the joy!

9. Attend book activities

Ask about free readings and other programs at bookstores in your community.

10.Visit libraries in new towns and on holidays

Experience the thrill of a library abroad and notice how many titles are directly translated from English and be proud of our literary offerings!

Visit of Sam Maguire!

There was a sea of blue jerseys and great excitement in St. Colmcille’s G.N.S.  today as Dublin player and  All –Ireland champion Paul Flynn brought the Sam Maguire Cup to visit our school.

The girls gathered in the middle yard to welcome Paul who proudly carried the famous ‘Sam Maguire Cup’ through the doors of St. Colmcille’s GNS and out onto the yard.  Silence descended as Ms. Burke Logue welcomed Paul and warned him to be extra careful doing the lap of honour with the cup as some Mayo teachers would like to get their hands on Sam for good!

Ms Campbell and her cohort of 6th class girls – Favour, Erin, Lucy, Ellen, Annabel and Michelle– proudly lead the school in singing Molly Malone before an opportunity for photos and a bit of banter with Paul!

Special thanks to Wayne and Fingallian GAA club for organising the visit. Come back soon!

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