Zeeko Internet Safety and Parent’s Association AGM

Our Parent’ Association will be hosting its’ AGM and our school will be hosting an Internet Safety Day on Wednesday October 11th.

During the regular class day children from 2nd up will partake in a 45 minute session with presenters from Zeeko, an Internet Safety/Research unit based in Nova UCD.

The people who work at Zeeko are concerned about the negative impact the internet can have on young people’s lives and their belief is that through education young children can be empowered to protect themselves online.

As part of the preparation for Wednesday the children from second class upwards have completed an online survey. Results of this will be presented to parents at the parent seminar on Wednesday October 11th in our school hall at 7p.m.

The Parent’s Association AGM will also take place on the night.

We urge all parents to attend. Feedback from parents who have attended this event in the past have found it to be most informative, beneficial and worthwhile.

Healthy Eating Week

Another very successful Healthy Eating Week was held in St.Colmcilles GNS last week with a number of fun and exciting activities held in all classes based on keeping active and  promoting good nutrition for growing and developing and staying healthy.

It was a great opportunity to revisit our Nutrition Policy and to generate discussions with the children about what constitutes a healthy diet and to get them interested and excited about the food choices that they make. We discussed why certain foods are not allowed in our school such as chocolate, sweets ,biscuits (including plain, chocolate and breakfast), buns (including muffins) ,winders, chewing gum ,yogurt ,frubes, fizzy drinks, energy drinks, popcorn, crisps ,dips/dippers ,cereal bars ,cakes, nuts ,flapjacks and sandwich bars.

A healthy diet and regular physical activity can stabilise energy, sharpen the mind, and improve mood, allowing children to maximise their potential both inside and outside of school, and it does not need to be difficult.  There are lots of great resources online that can help you with recipe ideas, here are a couple that we have found: http://www.nutritionist-resource.org.uk/content/healthy-eating-for-kids.html / http://www.foodafactoflife.org.uk/.  Cooking healthy food with your children is also a great way to spend time with them and to get them interested in food.

We hope that you enjoyed having conversations with your children about what they were doing in school during Health Eating Week, and thank you, as always, for your continued support.

 

International Day of Languages

Today we celebrated the 6000+ languages spoken around the world and the 43 languages spoken at St.Colmcille’s GNS with a fantastic assembly organised by our amazing fifth class girls. Alifah introduced the assembly to the whole school.

We celebrated the power of multilingualism through fashion, food, poetry and music. Our assembly started with a fashion show from a selection of countries with girls wearing their traditional outfits. Diana was a fantastic MC for the event!

Aamna introduced our food tasting session and invited hungry teachers to savour some delicacies – all agreed the food was really good. Some children joined in the food tasting also. It certainly was a popular event.

We had songs from Nigeria, The Philippines, Russia and Latvia. We had poetry from Spain.

Ms Burke Logue thanked all the girls for their hard work in organising such a successful event and to Ms Ahern and Ms Deegan for helping to put together a beautiful display in the foyer.

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:  http://marathonkidsireland.ie/

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.

http://www.fingalcoco.ie/news-and-events/events/fingalfleadhandfair2017/

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!