Reminder – talk this Wednesday

The Parent’s Association have organised the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, to visit St.Colmcille’s Girls’ N.S. this Wednesday 17th May at 7.30 pm to deliver a talk on the challenges and rewards involved with parenting. Please come to support the PA who organised the visit of  this much sought after speaker!

Rock your Socks – Friday May 19th!

On Friday May 19th WE’RE GONNA GET FUNKY’ here in St. Colmcilles G.N.S. in aid of Diabetes Ireland.

Later this year Ms. Moloney, one of our Junior Infant teachers will embark on a journey to reach the roof of Africa by climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. In undertaking this trek and raising money for this charity she hopes to positively impact the lives of many young children who suffer with Type 1 diabetes through further educating young people about the disease, raising awareness of the symptoms and making a contribution towards further research for a cure for this lifelong condition.

On this particular day we’re asking all girls to be as creative as possible with their socks with the slogan Rock your socks. We’re thinking colourful laces, tie-dye, pom-poms, feathers, sparkle…you name it….the sky’s the limit!! More ideas taken from posters around the school grounds, from class teachers over the coming days or found on our website.

We’re asking for a donation of €2 or whatever you can for funking up your feet and by doing this, it can hopefully signify our support in stepping with Ms. Moloney all the way to the top of the 5,895m summit.

 

 

 

 

 

Invitation to a Talk by John Lonergan

John Lonergan

The Parent’s Association have organised the former Governor of Mountjoy Prison, John Lonergan, to visit St.Colmcille’s Girls’ N.S. on Wednesday 17th May at 7.30 pm to deliver a talk on the challenges and rewards involved with parenting.

Mr Lonergan is a much in demand front row speaker at many events and we are thrilled to have him address our parents.

He has been presenting talks for parents for over 25 years based on his own experience of parenting.

Mr. Lonergan’s talk will focus on a number of important issues facing parents of children of all ages.

The main points will include our relationship with modern technology and social media and the dangers to our children, accepting our children’s reality from day one including their ability and basing our expectations on their ability rather than ours as parents.

Furthermore, Mr. Lonergan will speak about the importance of listening and hearing our children, the communication barriers that we as parents create between ourselves and our children, a few no-nos, and the importance of praise and positivity.

The talk usually will take approximately an hour or so and will be delivered in a relaxed and reflective style.

All are welcome to come along on the night and the event is free.

Book fair

St. Colmcille’s Girls’ School Book Fair this Thursday and Friday 11th and 12th of May!!!

All welcome  – the book fair is open to children and parents of the whole school from 8.30 am-8.50 am and 1.15pm -3pm. Hope you can make it!!!!

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Wildflower Garden

Our curriculum asks that children are taught to learn about living things as an important part of their educational development.

A small area of wild flower meadow created by Junior Infants working with the Parent’s Association has been dug in the Infant yard. We are so proud of all involved and look forward to the changing face of the garden as it matures!Image result for images wildflower garden

Science Competition Winners

Huge congratulations to our Science Competition winners!

Caoimhe – 1st class – Save the Waves

Violet – 2nd Class – ‘WOW’ Machine with Words of Wisdom’

Aishling – Junior Infants – The Write in the Dark Pen

Ellie and Tia – Fifth Class – The Spongy Floor

Emily – 6th Class – Eat me Up

Holly- 3rd class – IT Scratch Programme

Sarah Lilly – Junior Infants – The Pill Box

Well done girls – we are all really proud of you!

Photos of inventions to follow!

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.