December 2020 Newsletter

Dear Parents and Guardians,


As the Christmas Season draws closer, I would like to take this opportunity to update you on all that has been happening in the school and to advise you of some upcoming events.


This Christmas will be very different and we will miss the Nativity plays and Carol singing, however, we have planned some fun activities for all our pupils.


Dates for your diary


Animal Print Day: Friday 11th December

Christmas Movie Day

Helix Panto: Wednesday 16th December

Santa’s Visit (date to be decided)

Christmas Jumper/Clothes Days: 21st and 22nd December


Student Council News

Our student council are organising an Animal Print day to raise funds for Dublin Zoo and Foto Wildlife Park.  On Friday 11th December pupils may wear animal print clothes or dress up as an animal and bring in €2.


They are also organising a Christmas radio show to be broadcast to all the school.




Our sixth-class pupils have linked in with St. Clare’s nursing home and are busy making Christmas cards for all the residents and framed artwork to decorate the home. They have also linked in with the Rotunda Hospital and are making cards, care packages and a video show for the Community Midwife staff and the families that will have newborns in the community.



Christmas Shoeboxes

We are sorry that we could not do the Shoe box appeal this year but if anyone would like to donate to this good cause please visit their website



Christmas Cards and Annuals

Once again this year our pupils designed Christmas cards which should arrive in the school shortly. I am sure their grandparents and family members who may not have seen them in a while will be delighted to get a Christmas card in the post from them.


Christmas annuals are currently on sale, all payment through Aladdin.



Church Grounds

We are privileged to have beautiful Church grounds on our doorstep. Some of the parishioners have been upset to see children climbing trees, playing in the Grotto and leaving litter. Please ensure that Church property is respected.



Covid Procedures

We would like to thank all our parents who have helped us keep our school community safe and well by wearing face masks and keeping a social distance in the vicinity of the school.  Thank you to all our pupils, who have impressed us with how well they are following the procedures within the school.

I urge everyone to limit their social contacts over the next couple of weeks so we may all get to spend time with our family and loved ones over the Christmas. We do not want to have self isolate over this time.



Finally, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and Happy Christmas, from all in St. Columba’s.



Eileen Whelan


St Columba’s National School