Wednesday 20 September 2017 Rosemont Secondary School, Sandyford, Dublin 18 (A Secondary School for Girls) will host an OPEN DAY on Saurday 7 October 2017 11am -2pm
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Friday September 15th
On Wednesday this week Ms Corcoran, in her thought for the day, took a quotation from ‘The Twits’.
”A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely.”
It was of course, Roald Dahl’s birthday and, if he were still with us, he would have turned 101 on that day. This important anniversary was celebrated in many classes throughout St Colmcille’s, where attention was drawn to the work of this literary genius. This focus on Roald Dahl generated a lot of artistic, literary and creative classroom output throughout the school and will doubtless have inspired many to catch up on un-read Dahl titles – not that the great writer’s reputation was ever flagging.
And, in other news... The forthcoming Senior All-Ireland final between Mayo and Dublin was the focus of a lot of attention this week. With very few dissenting voices in the school, all the talk was of victory for the Dubs and the coveted ‘3-in-a-row’. Bunting was flying, quizzes were held over the school’s PA and the strains of ‘Molly Malone’ and other notable Dublin tunes could be heard emanating from classrooms.
Will we have a day in October when we welcome the Dublin football team holding the Sam Maguire as we did last year? All will be revealed on Sunday.
Friday September 8th
During the week, the first Nuachtlitir of the year was distributed to all classes. This monthly newsletter is usually issued during the last week of each month. Each issue contains a wealth of information for parents and is well worth reading closely and keeping for reference. The current Nuactlitir contains information ranging from school uniforms and homework to personal accident insurance and after-school activities.
Friday September 1st
Tús Maith Leath na hOibre As we return to school and embrace the challenges and opportunities this new year brings, we are mindful of the words of Plato
Uniform Shop The Uniform Shop will be open on Tuesday 29 August 2017 9.30 a.m. to 11.30 a.m.
Monday 26 June 2017 We will have a ceremony to raise our latest Green Flag at 10.30 a.m. tomorrow, Tuesday 27 June 2017. Parents are welcome to attend. Tea/coffee will be provided afterwards.
Friday June 23rd
Sports Days and Tours It has been a week of great activity across the school with the Cube Games being run by Sixth Class, our Fourth Class trip to the National Aquatic Centre and the Fifth Class Sports Day. Check out the photos of all events in the slideshow below
Tuesday June 20th
As the end of another school year draws to a close, have a look back over just a few of the events that have taken place in St. Colmcille's SNS with the help of a great video produced by three of our 4th class pupils - Ella McGrenery, Ryan Gleeson and Jake Lynch.
Friday June 16th
A Jampacked Week of Tours Coasteering, Bog Hopping and Criminal Investigation were some of the exciting and varied activities in which our Thirds, Fifths and Sixths took part in this week
Early in the week some of our Sixth classes took the long trip to Achill Island where they engaged in all manner of outdoor activities including kayaking, surfing, hill-walking and coasteering (which incidentally is travelling along a section of coastline; sometimes swimming in the sea, sometimes scrambling on rocks and jumping from rocks into the sea). Other Sixth classes sought out adventure nearer to home when they visited Avon Rí Adventure Centre in Blessington where they canoed, rock-climbed, zip-lined and navigated rope-line courses.
Fifth Classes also took the road to Wicklow where they visited the genuinely frightening Wicklow Gaol. Whether it is haunted (as some claim) has not been definitively determined but any of our young daytrippers will tell you that there is an unmistakeably dark and chilling atmosphere to this 18th Century gaol. Many unfortunate souls passed through here on their way to a terrifying journey by sea to Tasmania on the opposite side of the world – often convicted of only petty theft crimes. To lighten the atmosphere somewhat, the visitors visited Bray Beach on their way back to Dublin and did a spot of ten-pin bowling in Bray Bowl.
Our Third Classes had a wonderful day out in Lullymore where they learned about Irish flora and fauna at the Lullymore Biodiversity Boardwalk. After visiting the animals at the Lullymore farm, they had some fun in the Funky Forest play area before visiting the Peatlands where they learned about how the bogs formed, what they’re made from, the bog’s historic secrets, its industrial past and the famous ‘bog bodies’ that have been found there over the years.
As tours go, this year’s selection was as wide-ranging, exciting, educational and adventurous as we’ve ever had and, despite the possible dangers in visiting these places with such large groups of young exuberant children, everyone arrived home sated, satisfied and safe after a wonderful trip away. Our compliments to the children who behaved themselves so well and to the teachers who organised and supervised these tours so expertly. Wonder how they’ll top this next year?
Friday June 9th
St Colmcille’s feast day falls on June 9th. It is a special day for our school and one which is always celebrated in great style. This year was no exception.
The feast day was in fact celebrated over two days and involved activities ranging from the religious, dramatic and musical to the artistic and sporting. A myriad of whole-school, year-group and single –class activities were held. Here is a flavour of what unfolded over the two days. (see extended slideshow at the end of this article for photo chronicle of the various events)
The theme for the annual Design and Make Exhibition was ‘Homes’ and the high standards of previous years were maintained by exhibits which showed great imagination and design expertise as they realised such diverse dwellings as Pennsylvania Avenue’s Whitehouse, Bilbo Baggins Shire home and Sponge Bob’s underwater abode. Great credit is due to Mr Johnson and his class for their depiction of the life of the saint presented to classes over the course of the two days. Attention was drawn to the Michelle O Donnell glasswork mural which adorns our central atrium as classes visited it and were invited to interact with it and come to a greater understanding of the story it tells.
On Friday the 9th the school organised its annual pilgrimage to St Colmcille’s Well – Tobar na gCluas – on which the students, teachers and SNA’s were joined by a large crowd of parents and grandparents and over which Father Joe officiated. At the same time, the rest of the school joined other parishioners at the Church of St Colmcille for 10 ‘o clock Mass lead by Fr Paddy.
The double- day celebration finished with a light-hearted sporting event on Friday afternoon where the entire school community gathered to participate in the traditional inter-House relay and 6th Class versus teacher’s race. Against a backdrop of noisy support and riotous colour, the House of Tír Chonaill won the relay race, narrowly beating a gallant Doire team. Following this was the traditional 6th Class versus Teachers Relay. Such was the talent on the teachers’ side this year that they entered two teams. However, despite both teachers’ teams crossing the finishing line ahead of their student opponents, the two teachers’ teams were eliminated. After a rigorous steward’s inquiry and the playing of video-tape evidence, the teachers were adjudged to have taken performance-enhancing drugs and the final outcome of the race, as announced by Mr Johnson, was Iona in third place, Doire in second and, for the second year running, Kells were crowned champions.
One person who was called to mind by many over the two days was Mr Francie Connolly who loved this day and who put a lot of energy into developing and promoting it over the years. He would certainly have enjoyed the spirit in which the 2017 feast day of St Colmcille was celebrated and commemorated.
Friday June 2nd
. This week 43 of St Colmcille’s top athletes travelled to Santry to compete in the track events at the Dublin Primary Schools Sports Believe it or not, these sports have been staged since 1928, originally in Croke Park, later in Belfield, and more recently at the Morton Stadium in Santry. Almost 90 years after its inception, the Dublin Primary Sports this year attracted around 3,500 kids from some 340 schools taking part in a series of both track and field events over 6 days.
At the track events on Wednesday last the St Colmcille’s athletes put in some fine performances with almost every member of the 43-strong team making it through their heats in both the relay and individual 100 metres races. Two of our female competitors, Leila Halpin and Angel Nna, went on to win gold in their respective U 10 and U 11 categories. From the 4 relay teams which represented the school, our U 10 team put in one of the performances of the day, winning the event outright and securing gold for St Colmcille’s.
Ms Minogue – one of the sports coaches for the team – commented ‘Not only did every athlete really enjoy themselves, but they represented our school in an exemplary fashion’.