Gym Week

It’s gym week at St.Colmcille’s GNS and under the watchful eyes of our teachers, children have been stretching, rolling, twisting and exercising and enjoying every minute of their class!

Throughout the week students learn to control their bodies while moving in many different ways.

Children learn that the strength, flexibility and balance that they  gain from working on gymnastics skills will transfer easily to every other sport they might want to pursue.  

 

Parent/Teacher Meetings

This year Parent Teacher Meetings will take place on the 15th and 22nd of November to discuss children’s progress. These take place before or after the school day by prearranged appointment at a time that is mutually convenient.

Positive parent-teacher relationships and open two way communication between teachers and parents contribute to the positive attitudes and high standards of our pupils in St. Colmcille’s GNS.

At any stage during the school year, parents may make an appointment if they need to speak to a teacher. An appointment can also be made to see the Principal at a mutually convenient time.

Food Dudes

Image result for food dudes imagesHere in St.Colmcille’s GNS we are taking part in the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme starting next Monday, November 13th.

Food Dudes is a programme developed to encourage children to eat more fruit and vegetables both in school and at home. It is based on positive role models,repeated tasting and rewards and being offered a wide range of fruit and vegetables each day. After these 16 days of fruit and veg. tasting the children will be encouraged to bring at least 1 fruit and 1 vegetable to school with them everyday from home, please continue to encourage your child to eat healthily and their bodies will reap the rewards.

Hallowe’en Dress up, chocolate apples and visit of our friendly Witch

St.Colmcille’s GNS was the place to be this Hallowe’en!

Witches, wizards, goblins, Donald Trump, a giant emoji and not a few minions were to be seen around St.Colmcille’s GNS on October 27th.  The occasion was the last day of the term before mid-term break.  Instead of pupils waiting to come into the school on Friday morning, there were lots of different characters in costume.  The children had spent the week learning about Oíche Shamhna, Hallowe’en traditions and doing a wide variety of art based around the Halloween Festival and Samhain. They had also made lots of chocolate apples with our lovely parent volunteers. They were ready for fun….

But much to everyone’s surprise we had an unexpected visitor – our Hallowe’en Witch. We had run her out of the school last year so we were a little surprised that she still came back. Her usual trickery was discovered again and she was sent on her merry way by some 5th class girls who bravely chased her out of the school. We are sure she won’t be back next year …

Many thanks to all the parents who helped out with the chocolate apples and the costumes and many thanks to the school staff who worked hard to make the day enjoyable and memorable.

Introducing our new Deputy Principal – Miss Ann Marie Keenan

I am delighted to be introduced to you as the new Deputy Principal of St. Colmcille’s Girls’ National School.

I have been a member of the teaching staff in the school since 2005. During a five year career break, I travelled extensively and spent three and a half years teaching in Melbourne, Australia. I returned to St. Colmcille’s Girls’ N.S. in 2016. I currently teach Junior Infants.

I am privileged to hold the position of Deputy Principal in our school and I am committed to working collaboratively with students, staff and parents in the future.

RSE Week

On the week of the 9th to 13th of October  our school covered a module called Relationships and Sexuality Education ( RSE) as part of our ongoing Social, Personal and Health Education (SPHE). The aim of the programme is to provide children with structured opportunities to develop their knowledge, attitudes, values, beliefs and practical skills necessary to establish healthy relationships as children and subsequently as adults. As a school community we acknowledge that parents have a pivotal role in the education of their children and most particularly in this aspect of the curriculum.

In order to familiarise yourself with the content of the programme we sent home the language used and the topics covered with your child. The material covered was delivered by the class teacher at all levels.

RSE lessons are an integral part of your child’s SPHE education. Children receive messages from television, advertising, videos, magazines and computers from their friends about this subject. Parents may not even be aware or, may not even like the messages their children get from informal sources. We believe that it is preferable that this information is presented accurately and sensitively by a professional educator.

Battle of the Books

Battle of the Books

Ms Cushen’s 5th Class are participating in Battle of the Books which  is a reading incentive program designed to encourage students to read quality literature.  The class are reading The Irish Civil War 1922-23, Ava’s Diary by Patricia Murphy.  They will be participating in many activities in relation to the book and the author will be visiting.   At the end of January the girls will participate in a table quiz.

RTE visit

RTE dropped by our school this morning to film our 6th class Marathon Kids in action and to talk to them about their involvement in this amazing fitness initiative supported by Fingal County Council and Dublin City Council.

Please tune in to RTE Junior news today at 4.20pm to follow their progress!

https://trte.rte.ie/news2day/