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.



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!!!

Science Week 2016

A series of wonderful events were held in the school to celebrate Science Week 2016 in style! The week kicked off with an engineering based workshop, Learnit Lego. The 5th and 6th classes built their own crocodile and programmed it to make noise and snap its jaws. All fingers survived thankfully!

Junior Infants up to 4th Class went on a trip to space! An inflatable mobile planetarium took over our PE hall. Here the children learned about our planet in space.

A local scientific company, MSD, came to 6th Class to do a workshop and demonstration with the girls. Scientists from Trinity College Dublin visited the 3rd and 4th classes to show them some of the fun experiments they do!

Many experiments were done in all the classes throughout the school with classes visiting other classes for station group work.

The week concluded with an exciting STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) challenge. The children, in groups of four had to construct a spaghetti tower that could support a marshmallow using only 20 pieces of spaghetti, masking tape and string. The children were times and after thirty frantic minutes the standing towers were measured. Some towers did not survive! The winners in the junior end of the school came from Ms. Campbell’s first class and the winners from the senior classes was Ms. Lineen’s sixth class! Congratulations girls!

Huge thanks to Ms. O’Connell and Ms Burke Logue for organising all the events! Science Week was a great success!

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Sam Maguire Visit!

Earlier this year we welcomed Dublin star Paul Flynn and the Sam Maguire cup to our school. We also were delighted to welcome past pupil Niamh Rickard, who is a member of the Dublin ladies football team, and the Leinster trophy. The entire school gathered in the yard and sang Molly Malone with gusto! We hope to see them again next year!IMG_0194 IMG_0195 IMG_0201 IMG_0203 IMG_0209 IMG_0211 IMG_0216 IMG_0222 IMG_0224 IMG_0226 IMG_0228 IMG_0230 IMG_0242

Garda Internet Safety Talk

Organised by the Parents’ Association, Sgt. Kevin Toner will give an informative talk and presentation on Cyber Safety in Room 1 on Thursday 26th February at 7.30p.m. for all parents and guardians. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you all there as this is such an important and relevant topic.

Sgt. Toner will also give a talk to 6th class during school hours on the same day. Parents who attend the evening may wish to explore this topic with their daughter together so as to make online safety and responsibility a priority.

Dráma sa Halla

As part of our Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations all classes from Junior Infants to 3rd Class attended ‘Banríon agus Beithíoch’ in the school hall. Bhain gach duine taitneamh as an dráma seo!

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Dry Ice Theatre Performance

On Thursday, December 6th the girls from Junior Infants to 2nd class enjoyed a fun-filled show, performed by Dry Ice Theatre company.

This theatre company is made up of students from Coláiste Dhúlaigh. The acting, singing and dancing were fantastic and the girls loved the characters, all familiar from story and film. These included Rapunzel, Belle, Gaston, Sleeping Beauty, Mario, Mary Poppins , Dora and many more.

As well as being spectators there were opportunities to join in with familiar songs and even dance with the characters!  . Sarjit, whose daughter Jasmin  is in Senior Infants, works in the drama department in Coláiste Dhúlaigh and was responsible for the great costumes worn by the performers.

It was a super, live performance and a great inspiration to a younger generation as they prepare for their own Christmas performances!

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Paralympic Medalist Visits Our School!

On Wednesday, 19th September the girls from second to sixth classes gathered in the school hall to welcome back a famous past pupil. We were delighted and honoured that Paralympian, Catherine Walsh, visited us. Catherine passed her Silver and Bronze medals around the hall for all the girls to hold. This caused great excitement as it’s not everyday that we get to hold an Olympic medal. Her daughter, Alison in third class, is getting used to having a famous mother!!
Catherine spoke to the girls about the importance of doing your best regardless of whether it’s sport or school work. She also spoke about the commitment and training it takes to be an elite athlete. The girls then had an opportunity to ask Catherine questions. On her departure she was treated to a rousing rendition of Ireland’s Call. Congratulations to Catherine and her family!!