School Closure

Please note that our school will close at 12 noon this Friday April 7th  for the Easter holidays. This is a no uniform day. 

The school will re-open at 8.50 a.m. on Monday 24th April.

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

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.

 

 

Science Week is coming ….

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Competitions

We will be running two competitions during the week. Children can enter either individually or in pairs. Entries need to be sent in for both competitions by Tuesday 28th March so that we can announce the winners promptly.

The first competition is to design an invention and tell us what it can do. The template for this has been handed to the children in class ( please request another from teacher if you mislaid yours)

The second competition is to make that very invention and to bring it to school where it will be displayed in the maths room. All classes will have a chance to view the works and there will be a school vote on the winner.

There will be three fun prizes in each category both at junior ( J.I to 2nd) and Senior (3rd to 6th) level.

GOOD LUCK!!!

Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing

Once again our Parents’ Association have organised a fantastic free talk for tomorrow evening – Supporting parents to support their children’s mental health and wellbeing

This talk supports parents to encourage and promote positive mental health and wellbeing in their children. It explores how the building of resilience in children helps them to manage and cope with the day to day stresses of life as they occur.

Parents who attend this session will:

1. Explore the factors that influence mental health and well being in their child.
2. Learn how to build and nurture resilience within their own child.
3. Be given tips on how best to support their child’s positive mental health and wellbeing.

This is guaranteed to be an interesting evening for parents.

I strongly urge parents to make every effort for at least one parent to attend this seminar. It will be time well-spent!

 

Ceolchoirm Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhí an-craic againn sa halla ag féachaint ar na gceolchoirmeacha Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí an méid tallann do-chreidte! Bhí na ranganna ag canadh, ag damhsa, ag rá dánta agus ag seinnt ceol. Ag deireadh na ceolchoirmeacha d’fhógair an príomhoide na buateoirí comórtas ealaíne. Fuair gach buateoir duais deas. Comhghairdeas do na cailíní go léir!

Tráth na gCeist 2017

Ar an Chéadaoin 15ú Márta, ghlac na cailíní i Rang a 3 go Rang a 6 pháirt i Tráth na gCeist. Bhí gach sórt ceist ann agus rinne na cailíní iarracht iontach na ceisteanna a fhreagairt. Comhghairdeas mhór don na buateoirí Áine, Chloe, Lucy agus Merija a bhfuair 54 as a 70. Maith sibh cailíní!

Céilí sa Chlós

Bhí go leor rudaí ar súil againn i rith Seachtain na Gaeilge 2017! Bhí an-spórt againn sa chlós nuair a bhí an céilí ar siúl. Bhí an t-ádh againn mar bhí an grian ag spalpadh go hard sa spéir. Bhaineamar an taitneamh as an gcéilí

All the classes gathered in the middle yard in the morning on Wednesday 15th March to take part in our annual céilí. The dances were well performed by everyone! Maith sibh cailíní!

Dráma sa halla

As part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations all classes from Junior Infants to 6th Class attended ‘Máire Poppins’ in the school hall. This drama was performed by a visiting Gaelscoil who are currently Leinster Champions in the Féile Scoil Drámaíochta. Bhain gach duine taitneamh as an dráma seo!

A huge thank you to our local Supervalu who provided the sandwiches to feed the hungry aisteoirí!!!

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.