Science Week

Each year it is with bated breath that we await one of the most vibrant, fun-filled and educational weeks of the year: Science Week! It is true that Science is part of every week in St.Colmcille’s GNS but Science Week brings everyone together from children and adults, to scientists, engineers and technologists and is designed to spark curiosity, inspire imagination and unleash the potential that can help shape the future. So every year we make an extra effort to go Science crazy for a week and this year was no different – it was all systems go throughout the school!

The week got off to a flying start with 3 D Printing Dublin conducting a fascinating workshop with 5th and 6th class. The girls learnt all about the different uses of 3 D printing in such diverse areas as forensics, prototyping, dentistry, medicine and more. They were fascinated to see the range of materials it was possible to print in – from plastic to glass, ceramics to metal and even gold, silver and bronze!

A Marine Litter Education Workshop funded by Fingal Co Council was conducted in 3rd class. It was a fascinating exploration of the wonders of the underwater world and the impact litter has on that environment.  We had a visit by a marine biologist who worked through the problems caused by litter and possible solutions to help keep this environment safe for all marine life .This was facilitated by group work and afterwards the girls designed and decorated their own reusable fabric bags.

The noble art of Falconry was celebrated with all classes from Juniors to 4th class. The idea was education through experience – as a number of trained falcons, hawks and owls were brought on site as well as falconry equipment such as gloves, hoods, telemetry, jesses and leashes. The birds were tethered to perches and the viewing area was cordoned off with a rope. Each bird was then placed on the falconer’s glove and an information talk was given on type, origin, diet, age etc of each bird. A display was then held with a trained owl flying through some volunteer teachers outstretched arms!

A number of very interesting talks by two of our parent volunteers took place – Nutrition by PJ Fitzpatrick was delivered to Senior Infants and Microbiology by Ann O’Brien (lecturer in Killester College) took place in 4th class. Ann even left her microscope with 4th class for a week so they could continue work on some mould samples when she had left! We thank our parents most sincerely and see great value in fostering good home/school links.

We also love to foster links with local secondary schools and our 5th classes were delighted to be invited to Fingal Community College to visit their Science Fair. It’s always lovely to say hello to some past pupils !

We had a visit by scientists from Trinity College Dublin who conducted a number experiments for our 3rd classes. Chris and Megan, our friendly scientists, took the girls through a series of experiments based around sound and electricity.

A jam packed week was made even more exciting by a design and make competition. We were overwhelmed by the standard of entries and have been inundated with compliments from visitors as they drop by and see the work on display. Winners will be announced shortly…

Special thanks to Ms O’Connell and her team ( Ms Enright, Ms Lineen, Ms McEneaney and Ms Murphy) for organising such a fun event.

 

 

St Colmcille’s Book Day

Which class will get the Golden Ticket?

That was the question on everyone’s lips on Thursday 9th March when we celebrated St. Colmcille’s Book Day! Lots of events took place to celebrate this wonderful day. The Junior Infants and Senior Infants were very comfy in their classrooms! The girls brought in their own pillows and teddies to snuggle up and enjoy some bedtime stories. 1st and 2nd Classes were unrecognisable in their wonderful book character costumes! 3rd and 4th Classes had a great time telling one another about their favourite books during Speed Book Dating! 5th and 6th Classes had a tough task in matching the teacher to their favourite book during Staffroom Shelfie!

But the excitement reached a crescendo at midday when Ms Burke Logue, over the intercom, instructed the classes to open their envelopes that had been delivered earlier. Inside one envelope was the Golden Ticket that would win a fabulous Roald Dahl themed hamper for the class. After much anticipated searching the ticket was discovered by Ms. O’Beirne’s Senior Infants! The class were then presented their hamper by Willy Wonka himself! Congratulations girls!

Huge thanks to Ms. Moloney, Ms O’Beirne and Ms Burke Logue who organised the day. It was a huge success!

Special thanks to Maria and her super assistant Emilia who had the special task of delivering the envelopes.

 

Handwriting Competition

The girls in Senior Infants and 2nd Class took part in a handwriting competition organised by Ms. O’Beirne. Lots of fantastic entries made the judges’ decision very difficult indeed but there has to be one winner in each class. Congratulations to Alannah in Ms O’Beirne’s class, Zeenat in Mrs Quinn’s class, Irene in Ms Keenan’s class and Gabriella in Ms O’Brien’s class. The winners received prizes of notebooks, markers and pencils. Well done to all for taking part!

Proclamation Day

We were blessed with fine weather on our Proclamation day where we raised the Irish Tricolour which was presented to the school earlier in the year by members of the defense forces. The Proclamation was performed by girls from 5th Class. Ms McMonagle’s tin whistle class played Amhrán na bhFiann followed by the school community singing it. Our principal, Ms Burke-Logue and the Chairman of the Board of Management, Mr. David Begg said a few words.

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Crazy Hair Day!

 Over the years St. Colmcilles GNS has contributed to a number of different charitable organisations. We as a school community encourage our pupils to help others whenever possible.

Lámha Suas is an Irish charity based in rural Uganda. It works very closely with Madudu Girls’ C.U. Primary School. They are currently fundraising to develop a school library.  Ms. Daly, Ms. Fox and Ms. MacMahon have volunteered to help with their fundraising efforts. They will be participating in a 50km hike over the Wicklow Mountains from the 5th-7th June.

To support this worthy cause, the school will be hosting a “Crazy Hair Day” on Thursday 28th May. We would encourage all pupils (and teachers) to be as creative as possible with their hair-styles on the day!  We kindly ask for a small donation of €2, or whatever possible, to contribute to their new library.  All teachers will also be carrying out lessons based on the daily life of the girls in Madudu C.U. Primary School, prior to our fundraising event.

If you would like further information on this charity, please visit www.lamhasuas.ie.

We would like to thank you in advance for your generous support.

Sports Day 2015

Our annual Sponsored Decathlon will take place on Monday 18th May 2015, weather permitting.

All children will need:

  • potato and spoon
  • pillowcase/sack
  • scarf/tights for 3 legged race
  • plenty of fluids
  • suncream (depending on weather)

The children will wear their tracksuits on the day. Unfortunately, due to limited space, parents are unable to attend. Good luck to all the girls taking part!