Monthly Archives: February 2014

Safety Week

We have been learning about safety this week. The pupils have been busy learning the ‘Safe Cross Code’, undertaking traffic surveys, designing safety posters and becoming ‘Seat belt Sheriffs’. We also had a dress up safe day. Well done to all pupils on their fantastic effort and excellent participation this week. It was an enjoyable week which raised our awareness of safety.

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Book Rental Scheme Survey

We are very fortunate to have received the opportunity to apply for a Start-Up Book Rental Grant from the Department of Education and Skills. We have applied for this grant and are awaiting a response from the Department.

It is envisaged that we will begin to establish a Book Rental Scheme to begin in the 2014-15 school year. This book rental scheme would begin in one subject area and would allow for the rental of textbooks which are used in our school. Due to the high volume of work involved in the management of a Book Rental Scheme, establishing one will only be possible with the support of our parent body.

Therefore, I would be grateful if you could complete this brief survey.

Thank you.

Bird Watching

Mike Glynn from the Heritage in Schools scheme visited our school today. He spent time in each of our classrooms and we had great fun learning about birds. We listened to the sounds of different birds and learned how to recognise their song. We also went outside to bird watch. We spotted lots of birds through binoculars and telescopes. Thank you very much to Mike for his interesting visit. Take a look at some of the birds we spotted.

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Snow at St. Columba’s!

We had snow at school this morning. The ground was very slippy all day so we played in the halla during our breaks. Well done to all of the children who were very responsible entering and leaving the school building in the slippery conditions today. We hope there will be enough snow to make a snowman when we get home!

Here are some photos of our school in the snow.

Shrek – 22nd October, 2014.

We are delighted to announce that we have booked tickets to attend a performance of the musical ‘Shrek’ in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin on 22nd October, 2014. Pupils from infants to sixth classes will attend the performance. Tickets cost €15 each. The cost of the bus for the outing is extra. We hope to fundraise towards the cost of the bus for the outing. Further details will follow.

In order to confirm the booking we would be grateful if you could fill in the consent form below, along with a €5 non-refundable deposit per pupil and return it to the school office by Friday, 28th of February, 2014.

There are a limited number of adult spaces for the outing. Adult spaces will be given to parents who are garda vetted. If you wish to apply for garda vetting clearance please contact Susan Carpenter.  If you are interested in going please let me know as soon as possible.

If you require any further details, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to the outing and hope it will be an enjoyable day out for all.

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Altamont Gardens and Texaco Children’s Art

The children in First, Second and Third Classes have a busy time ahead.

On Friday, 14th February, they will visit Altamont Gardens for Snowdrop Week. The letter and consent form for this trip may be downloaded here: Altamont Gardens consent letter 2014.

First, Second and Third Classes are also participating in the Texaco Children’s Art Competition. The closing date for entries is February 28th 2014. Parental Consent is required for the competition. If you wish for your child to enter the competition, please fill in the consent form which may be found here: Texaco Children’s Art Consent Form.

Further information may be found at

If you have any queries about either of these events, please contact Ms. Bryan.