March Update

Monday 30th March 2020

March was an expectantly short month in school. The Senior Room started the month off with a trip to EIR in CityWest. The children continued with their Hip Hop lessons each Monday with Nikki and Favio. The school photographer was in on Thursday 12th, along with the inspector for the Green School’s Flag. Both events went well. We hope to have positive news on the flag in the coming weeks.

On Thursday 12th, we got the news that we had to close for two weeks. This has now been extended to after the Easter Holidays. We are remaining positive here in St. Columba’s N.S and keeping in constant communication with our children and families. Teachers moved quickly from ‘face to face’ teaching in their classrooms, to online learning through apps.
Teachers are also enjoying the photographs that children are sharing of the activities that they are doing at home.

We hope that all of our family and friends are keeping well and staying safe during these uncertain times. The teachers are finding it very odd teaching from their sitting rooms and looking forward to seeing you all again soon.

Powerstown Recycling Centre

Friday 6th March 2020

First to Third Class had a great time in the recycling center in Powerstown and Kilkenny Castle today. In the recycling centre, they learned about the different items that can be recycled there and organised different items into their correct recycling bin. The children then went to Kilkenny Castle and saw lots of beautiful paintings. To finish the day, they went to the park!

Thank you to all the staff in both the recycling centre and the castle for looking after the children so well!

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!