School Closure

  • The school will close for the summer holidays on Friday 30th June at 12.00pm. Please note that this is a non-uniform day
  • School will open on Wednesday 30th August  for the 2017/2018 academic year at 8.50am. Please note that Junior Infant pupils will start at 10.00am and finish at 12.00pm on this day.
  • We wish all of our families and our whole school community a very happy and safe summer break and we looking forward to welcoming you all back in the new academic year!

Drumming in the summer solstice!

It’s the longest day of the year and here at St.Colmcille’s GNS we are celebrating the Summer Solstice!

The importance of Summer Solstice ties back to ancient Celtic society’s reliance on agriculture and crops. The reliance on and appreciation for the sun is what brought people closer to nature and furthered the understanding of the environment. Through suffering and hardships during the winter months, the Solstice became an important celebration for success and ease during the summer.

Drumming has a very calming effect on the earth and as an instrument crosses time and cultures. Today we drummed as a class – we drummed as a school community, rooting ourselves in the present but firmly resonating with the past. Happy holidays to all!

 

Parent Talk

The Parent’s Association invite you to a talk on Transition to Secondary School on  Tuesday, June 13th at 7.30pm in our school hall.

This talk will be of particular relevance to parents of children in 5th and 6th classes! Hope to see a lot of you there!

School Closure

Please note that our school will close tomorrow Thursday June 1st at 2.30pm ( 1.20/5 for Junior Classes) for the Bank  Holiday Weekend.

The school will re-open at 8.50 a.m. on Wednesday June 7th.

We wish all our school community a really happy and relaxed break.

Sports Day – Tuesday 30th ( Weather permitting)

We are all excited about Sport’s Day on Tuesday.

Please make sure your child is ready!

Materials to be brought in in advance:

Egg and spoon ( or equivalent – teacher will discuss with your child)

Tie or scarf for 3 legged race

Sack or pillow for sack race

Completed sponsorship card to be brought in from Monday

On the day

Children to come in dressed in their school tracksuit ( they may wear shorts underneath if weather permits)

Children to have applied sun cream on the morning – they may bring some in with them for top up

Plenty of water

 

World Outdoor Classroom Day

Outdoor Classroom Day is a day to celebrate and inspire outdoor learning and play. Today Thursday 18 May 2017, thousands of schools around the world will take lessons outside and prioritise playtime and here at St.Colmcille’s GNS we were only too happy to take part! From bug hunts to material hunts, outdoor maths trails to leaf trails, from tree people to paint brushes made from leaves, it was a day of great fun and learning. We even potted sunflower seeds and managed to squeeze in some outdoor sports lessons and reading sessions. Well done to all involved!

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Reminder – talk this Wednesday

The Parent’s Association have organised the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, to visit St.Colmcille’s Girls’ N.S. this Wednesday 17th May at 7.30 pm to deliver a talk on the challenges and rewards involved with parenting. Please come to support the PA who organised the visit of  this much sought after speaker!

Rock your Socks – Friday May 19th!

On Friday May 19th WE’RE GONNA GET FUNKY’ here in St. Colmcilles G.N.S. in aid of Diabetes Ireland.

Later this year Ms. Moloney, one of our Junior Infant teachers will embark on a journey to reach the roof of Africa by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. In undertaking this trek and raising money for this charity she hopes to positively impact the lives of many young children who suffer with Type 1 diabetes through further educating young people about the disease, raising awareness of the symptoms and making a contribution towards further research for a cure for this lifelong condition.

On this particular day we’re asking all girls to be as creative as possible with their socks with the slogan Rock your socks. We’re thinking colourful laces, tie-dye, pom-poms, feathers, sparkle…you name it….the sky’s the limit!! More ideas taken from posters around the school grounds, from class teachers over the coming days or found on our website.

We’re asking for a donation of €2 or whatever you can for funking up your feet and by doing this, it can hopefully signify our support in stepping with Ms. Moloney all the way to the top of the 5,895m summit.

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation to a Talk by John Lonergan

John Lonergan

The Parent’s Association have organised the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, to visit St.Colmcille’s Girls’ N.S. on Wednesday 17th May at 7.30 pm to deliver a talk on the challenges and rewards involved with parenting.

Mr Lonergan is a much in demand front row speaker at many events and we are thrilled to have him address our parents.

He has been presenting talks for parents for over 25 years based on his own experience of parenting.

Mr. Lonergan’s talk will focus on a number of important issues facing parents of children of all ages.

The main points will include our relationship with modern technology and social media and the dangers to our children, accepting our children’s reality from day one including their ability and basing our expectations on their ability rather than ours as parents.

Furthermore, Mr. Lonergan will speak about the importance of listening and hearing our children, the communication barriers that we as parents create between ourselves and our children, a few no-nos, and the importance of praise and positivity.

The talk usually will take approximately an hour or so and will be delivered in a relaxed and reflective style.

All are welcome to come along on the night and the event is free.