October 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Fáilte romhaibh ar ais ar scoil. I hope you all managed to get some degree of rest and relaxation during the summer holidays and are ready for  the many challenges ahead.  May the new academic year be a safe one for all our school community.  I would like to welcome four new staff members to our school. We have four new teachers, Ms. Gallagher is teaching 6th class, Ms. Smith is job sharing with Ms Byrne and Ms. Collins is teaching our new Junior Infants and Ms Keane is in Learning Support. We wish them well in St Columba’s School.


Tús maith leath na hoibre

Five weeks into the school year and all our new Junior Infant children already look like seasoned school goers!! They have taken everything in their stride, from the classroom to the playground. It has been a great start for them, and for all of our returning pupils who have adapted so well to our new Covid Procedures. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our parents for your continued support in keeping our school community safe. It is great so many of you wearing masks and keeping your social distance when dropping and collecting your children. All of this helps to keep our pupils,staff and whole school community safe.



Our new Admissions Policy is in place. All schools in the country are required to ensure that their Admissions Policy meets the requirements of the Education (Admissions to School Act)2018. All parents of children, who wish their children to start school in Junior Infants in a given September, may now only put their child’s name down in their chosen school, the previous October. So we, at St. Columba's are taking the names of  girls and boys for admission to Junior Infants in September 2021 presently. Names can be submitted for admission between the 2nd and 23rd of October 2020 for September 2021. All information and an admission form is on our website www.ionaroadschool.ie You may also contact the office on 086 7001901. 


School Uniform 

We are delighted to announce that all pupils now have the option to wear grey trousers if they wish. 


Parent /Teacher Meetings

As you are aware Parent/ Teacher meetings are usually held in the month of November at St. Columba’s. Due to the uncertainty of restrictions around Covid 19, these meetings will be postponed for the moment. However, if you have any concerns about your child please contact the office. We ask you not to approach teachers in the yard for everyone’s safety. 



As a staff we are aware of the importance of the wellbeing of all. There is an emphasis in all classes on Wellbeing. Children are doing lots of colouring, Artwork, mindfulness, listening to nice music and PE in the yard.

The Staysafe Programme is being taught in all classes at the moment.

Mark from Na Fianna is also working with our infants classes at the moment and will continue to work with classes up to 4th, weather permitting.

As the children have been working online more in recent times, a visit to Cybersafe Ireland is always helpful and full of good online safety advice.


Maths Week

Maths Week takes place in the school from the 10th to the 18th of October. 

It will be a little different this year but will still be a week full of fun, maths’ activities and  quizzes etc. The website mathsweek.ie/2020 has lots of activities for home and maths week TV has a daily programme for Primary schools during maths week. Keep an eye on the website after the 18th for photos of Maths Week. 



The children will finish up for midterm on Friday 23rd of October. The children may dress up for Hallowe’en on this day and may bring a small treat to school for lunchtime. We ask the older  children to be mindful when dressing up, to save their scariest looks for Hallowe’en as the younger children can often be quite scared by some costumes. It is a full day in school. 


Google Classroom

We ask that children from 2nd class to 6th class check that they have access to Google Classroom with their new teachers.The name and password that they used last year should still work. If they don’t have access they can let their teacher know and we will do our best to sort it out for them. 


Once again thank you for your continued support. We are delighted to be back in school and we are very impressed with the childrens’ resilience and confidence during these times. They are a credit to you all.


In the words of Séamus Heaney

“If we winter this one out,

We can summer anywhere”


Le gach dea ghuí,

Eileen Whelan