Thank you for sending on your email addresses and your kind words of concern for all the staff. We are thinking of you all and hope that you are safe and well in these strange and difficult times. I would especially like to thank all our parents who work on the front line and those who work in shops and pharmacies. We will always be indebted to you.
The school is a very quiet and lonely place without the chatter and smiling faces of our girls.
In the meantime, we will regularly update the class pages on the school website. Any work that the teachers set is only a suggestion/guide to assist you during this time. We do not want to put anyone under pressure. Engaging in other activities such as baking, art and project work may suit your daughter better than the assigned tasks. Children will informally learn many new skills during these challenging times. They will learn how to entertain themselves, how to help out at home and to work independently.
The building work is going ahead at the moment and we look forward to having a beautiful new classroom in the near future. The beautiful cherry blossom is blooming in the school garden and I think that there may be blue tits nesting in the nesting box.
Please feel free to communicate with the school via the school email (email@example.com), if you have any questions or queries.
We look forward to being in our classrooms teaching your daughters once again when this crisis is over.
Best wishes always,
Eileen and all the staff in St Columba's
Request for Parents to Confirm Their Email Addresses
Ms. Whelan kindly requests that all parents would e-mail the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) with the following information:
your daughter's name
her teacher's name.
This will be very useful as another channel of communication between school and parents.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Useful Websites and Activities to Keep Your Children Busy During School Closures:
We have created a dedicated page to gather together links to useful resources. You can find it under the menu or by clicking here.
As per the recent Government announcement, all schools will be closed from 6pm Thursday 12th March until Sunday 29th March. Students were asked on Thursday to take home any books needed. Any pupils who were absent on Thursday, may contact the office to arrange collection of their books. Class pages will be updated with a list of work for the children to complete. Please check these pages regularly.
Talking to Children and Young People about Covid-19
Congratulations to St. Columba's Choir!
Congratulations to Ms. Nolan and her choir who came joint first in the Primary Choirs category of Wesley Interschools Music Festival. They performed The Bumblebee by Sally K. Albrecht, accompanied by Ms. Gildea on piano. Ms. Nolan and the girls have worked very hard in preparation for the competition and we are very proud of their results.
Review of Child Safeguarding Statement
Please note that the Child Safeguarding Statement was reviewed by the Board of Management on 24th Feb 2020. It can be viewed here.
A guide to help children with the move to secondary school
A note from Folens:
Dear Principals & Teachers
As part of our Folens Giving Programme we sponsor initiatives that make a positive difference for children and their parents. We understand that the move from primary to secondary school can be a big challenge for children and parents alike.
We have partnered with Graham Richmond, an experienced teacher and counsellor, to author an online advice booklet for parents to help prepare themselves and their children for the move to secondary school. The booklet includes advice on several different topics including the practicalities of adapting to a new timetable, screentime etc.
Please download and read your copy here.
We advise all parents to check the below website regularly to keep up to date with online safety. We highly recommend you read the 'What are the Risks' section about apps your children may be using.
St Columba's N.S.
St.Columba's National School opened its doors in October 1925.
Currently we have approximately 400 pupils on roll.
We have a Principal, fifteen classroom teachers, three Learning Support/Resource teachers and six Special Needs Assistants.
Our ancillary staff includes: the school Secretary, Aisling; the school Caretaker, Peter; and the school Lollipop person.
We offer a variety of after-school activities. These can vary but usually include ballet, drama, Irish dancing, gymnastics and choir.
If you would like to find out more about our school, do not hesitate to contact us.
Saint Columba’s National School is a Catholic primary school which strives to provide a caring, happy and secure atmosphere where the intellectual, spiritual, physical, moral and cultural needs of the pupils are addressed. Parents and teachers are partners in the children’s education. We recognise that co-operation and communication between home and school and the wider school community are vital ingredients in the educational process. We all share the same aim – the well-being of the children in our care.
St Columba's National School,
Tel: +353 86 700 1901
St Columba's School, Iona Road, was established so students from all backgrounds would have a formal education that could transform their lives and positively contribute to society. Since then, we have held true to that vision because of the generosity of countless community members and businesses who share this view. Get in touch to learn more about how to support us.