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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.

Music Generation

Thursday 12th September 2019

We are delighted to welcome Music Generation back to the school!!

The children will be doing lots of fun activities to teach them about key elements in music, like pulse and tempo. The children will also be learning lots of songs and they will even have some actions! There will be performances during the year for parents to come in and see.

We look forward to sharing our progress with parents throughout the year.

Wednesday 26th August 2019

The staff and I are very excited to see some new and familiar faces on Wednesday 26th August. We can’t wait to hear about all of the fun and exciting things you have all been up to over the summer holidays! 🙂

End of Year Service

Thursday 20th June 2019

Today, we celebrated the school year and our achievements at the end of year service. The children received their certificates and Sixth Class got a very special gift from the school. Thank you to Canon Brian O’Rourke for leading the service and awarding the children with their certificates.

The school will be closing at 12 noon tomorrow Friday 21st June for the summer holidays. The school will be reopening on Wednesday 28th August 2019 at 9 am. We look forward to seeing all the children then, ready for another exciting school year!

The staff of St Columba’s N.S want to wish 6th Class all the best as they move onto the next chapter of their lives. We look forward to hearing about all the wonderful things that you will achieve in the future! 🙂

Senior School Tour 2019

Wednesday 12th June 2019

The Middle and Senior Room went to CP Adventure in Blessington. The children had a great day doing a variety of activities! Thank you to CP Adventure for having us and being so well organised!! 🙂

Kayaking in the morning

Wall Climbing, Archery, Team Building Activities and Obstacle Course in the Afternoon