Marathon Kids

We are so excited to have our 6th class girls participate for the first time ever in Marathon Kids. This is an 8 week running programme in partnership with Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council. The aim of the programme is to inspire children to run; and over eight weeks to accumulate the equivalent distance of a Marathon!

Students will perform four running sessions in school every week for eight weeks – inching them closer to completing their first marathon as well as learning about the benefits of physical activity. There will also be a SPHE (Social, Personal and Health Education) element to each lesson where the girls will learn about human physiology, diet and the benefits of physical activity. Please read all about it here:

All participating students will be invited to a Final Mile Event and celebration at a Dublin running venue. An information leaflet will follow closer to the mid-term break once venue and details are confirmed.

We wish our girls luck !!!


Fingal Fleadh and Fair – an invitation

Here is  an event which may be of interest to your child.

As part of Fingal Fleadh and Fair,musician John Spillane will perform “Songs We Learned in School” in the Atrium, County Hall, Swords Castle from 12:00pm on Saturday, September 16. John will perform some traditional classics such as Báidín Fheilimí, Trasna na dTonnta, Bean Pháidín , Amhrán na bhFiann and I’ll Tell Me Ma.

Welcome back!

Welcome back to school..!!

 Its that time of the year again, the smell of new books, the sound of giggles in the yard, the sight of eager faces ready to learn, it can only mean one thing….BACK TO SCHOOL!

We would like to wish all our pupils, parents/guardians and staff a very happy new school year full of the joys of learning.

 Welcome also to our new Junior Infant students who will no doubt make a wonderful addition to our school. A reminder to parents that Junior Infants will be dismissed at 12:pm until Friday 8th September. From Monday 11th of September the Junior Infant day shall be extended to 8.50am- 1.20pm. 

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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