All posts by Rachael Brownrigg

Hip Hop

Monday 9th March 2020

The children performed for their peers, the teachers and a group of parents in the hall this morning. The performances were a huge success and it was great to see the children’s confidence as they performed routines, which they have been working on over the last five weeks.

A huge Thank you to Favio and Nikki for coming in each week and working with the children. The benefits of exercise was clearly seen by each of the teachers. After the session, the children were happier and able to concentrate better in class.

Hip Hop

10th February 2020

We have begun doing Hip Hop classes in the school. They are running for six weeks from 10th February through to the end of March. We really enjoyed the first lesson and look forward to the rest of them!!


21st February 2020

We hope that the children are enjoying their Midterm Break and getting a well deserved break!

The children have been working very hard as per usual in school. The Junior Room have been experimenting with Finger Painting. The Middle Room have been continuing to work on their Norman Castles. The Senior Room have finished their Famine houses and they have planted some seeds in the garden.

January 2020

31st January 2020

We welcomed the children back on the 6th of January and it has been a very busy month ever since. We are working hard for the Active Schools Flag and the Green Schools Flag. For the Active Schools flag, each classroom is running to a different country, being active as much as possible throughout the school day and doing Tag Rugby and Dance in P.E. For the Green Schools Flag, the children are learning about Fair Trade. The children are also making projects using recycled materials.

In the Junior Room, the Junior Infants have started their second term in Primary School and are doing very well. They have learned lots of new sounds, numbers and are even writing!! The Junior Room have made their first trip to the library and the Junior Infants have become members.

The Junior Room have also had lots of fun art lessons and created some snowmen and penguins!

In the Middle Room, the children have been working very hard. They are studying The Normans in History and Art. In History, they are learning about the lives of the Normans, and in Art the children are designing a Norman castle and creating pottery with clay, to go into the castle. The children have also started Tag Rugby this month, which they are really enjoying!

The Middle Room have been playing Twister as Gaeilge, creating pictures in art using chalk and creating pottery for their Norman Houses.

The Senior Room children have been very busy studying Food and Farming in S.E.SE.. (History, Geography and Science)

In History, they have been studying The Great Irish Famine. They are doing a digital project at the moment on what they have learned.

In Geography they have learned about farming in Ireland and completed a project on the topic.

In Science, the children have been learning about the things that plants need to grow. They conducted an experiment with cress seeds testing the criteria plants need for growth. They also planted some broad bean seeds, which are growing very well. The children also investigated the different roots that plants have. They made models of some of the different types in class.

Ms Brownrigg has integrated S.E.S.E with Art this month and the children are building Famine houses using recycled materials. The children are still working hard on the Famine houses, so below is images of some of the work to date. Finished projects will be uploaded soon!!

In Physical Education, the children have been doing Dance and Tag Rugby. The children are really enjoying both. The children also spent some of their free play time having leap frog, piggy back and wheelbarrow races.

Two teams were entered into the Tullow Credit Union Table Quiz. The children had great fun on the night and one team even came 5th!! Well done to both teams!

Festive Season

20th December 2019

December is a very busy month in schools. Here is a snapshot of some of the things that we have been up to!

On Friday 6th December, the Middle and Senior Rooms went to the Gaiety theatre in Dublin to see Aladdin. The Junior Room went to Rathwood to see Santa.

On Tuesday 17th December, the Junior and Middle Rooms had their performances of their Christmas Plays. The Junior Room did ‘The Nativity’ and the Middle Room did ‘The Jolly Christmas Postman’. Both classrooms put on fantastic performances and made their teachers and the school very proud!!

On Wednesday 18th December, the Senior Room put on their performance of Hoodwinked. Despite the lack of rehearsal on the day, due to school closure, the children put on a super performance!! Well done!!

On Thursday 19th December, the children had a Table Quiz and a Beetle Drive. The children enjoyed working together and it was lovely to see the older children help the younger children! There was only a point between first and second place!

Junior Room making Christmas Decorations

Secret Santa in the Senior Room

200 Years of St. Columba’s N.S

28th November 2019

In 1819, Tullow School No. 2 changed it’s name to St. Columba’s N.S. This year, this name is 200 years old. The children did many projects in order to mark this occasion.

The Junior Room drew pictures of the school building. The main school building was built in 1825. In 6 years time, this building will be 200 years old!

The Middle Room made models of the school building.

The Senior Room researched the history of the school building. They learned that the Doyne Family donated the money needed to build the school building that we see today.

The Junior Room and Middle Room researched some of the different nationalities in our school. They created posters that are displayed in the hall.

Yesterday, Wednesday 27th November 2019, we had a display of our work in the school hall. We invited the community to come in and see our hard work. There was a bake sale and the children also made some Christmas Decorations to sell. All proceeds will be used to offset the cost of school trips.

Above are some photographs of the school children over the years. There is also a photo of the Corporal Punishment book and some old teacher curriculum books.

European Week of Sport

Friday 27th September 2019

The children are participating in European Week of Sport this year. As part of the event, the children are completing the Tour of Europe Challenge. Each of the classrooms have chosen a country to run over the course of the week. One lap of the school represents 1km.

The Junior Room are running to the Freedom Monument, which is 1954 km.

The Middle Room are running to the Brandburg Gate, which is 1315 km.

The Senior Room are running to the Eiffel Tower, which is 778 km.

The children are enjoying taking part in daily exercise. The teachers have noticed a change in their concentration, when they return to class.

The Senior Room are doing a Sports League this week as another way of celebrating European Week of Sport.

Unfortunately, it was too wet on Monday to go outside and play sport. However, we made up for it! On Tuesday and Wednesday, the children played soccer and basketball for 40 minutes each day. On Thursday and Friday, the children played bench ball and tag rugby.