Announcements, Updates & Reminders


Dear parents,
Please watch the first six minutes of this webinar for an explanation of the theory behind ventilation in the prevention of the spread of Covid19 in the classroom.
We would like to suggest that you put an extra layer of clothes on the children and they are welcome to wear their tracksuits every day, if they wish, as the tracksuit is warmer. Children will be permitted to wear their coats in class, if they wish.
Kind regards
Carmel Murphy


We have all settled back into to school at this stage and are enjoying being back into a routine.
I have said it before and I will say it again, your children are a credit to you all. They have adapted to the new rules and procedures so well.
I would like to thank all parents for your compliance in these testing time. Thank you for keeping your distance and thank you for wearing masks when on school grounds.

We now have our two new classrooms up and running and we would like to welcome all our new pupils and indeed all our new staff to St. Columbanus N.S.

We are very excited to announce that we have received funding for a multisensory room in our school and we hope to have this fully installed and operational by the end of November.
As soon as it is all set up, we will put a video on our website for you all to have a look.

As Halloween may be very different for our children this year, we are suggesting two days of fancy dress on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of October, when we will have a virtual trick and treat session for each class over the course of the two days.

We are now accepting applications for enrolment for September2021. We would like to grow our school in the coming years and would appreciate your help in passing the word that we are accepting enrolment applications. Thank you.

Please do not send an unwell child to school. If you are concerned about any symptoms your child displays, please consult your doctor. If your doctor advises that it is safe to send your child to school, please communicate this to the school. Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

The following websites have great advice and great resources for all during this pandemic
We will keep you fully informed of any new guidelines as soon as we become aware of them.

Stay safe, keep your distance, wear a mask.

School Calendar 2020/21

St. Columbanus National School

Term Dates for 2020-2021



Term 1


Thurs. 27th Aug.

Term Ends:

Tues. 22nd Dec. at 12 noon

Mid-term: Mon. 26th Oct.-Fri. 30th Oct. incl.


Christmas Holiday: Wed 23rd Dec.- Tuesday 5th Jan. incl.


Term 2


Wed. 6th Jan.

Term Ends:

Fri. 26th March at 12 noon

Mid-term: Thurs. 18th & Fri. 19th Feb.

School Holiday: Mon. 15th & Tues. 16th March

St. Patrick’s Day: Wed. 17th March

Easter Holiday: Mon. 29th March-Fri. 9th April incl.


Term 3


Mon. 12th April

Term Ends:

Fri. 25th June at 12 noon

Bank Holiday: Mon. 3rd May

School Holiday: Tues. 4th May

School Holiday: Fri. 4th June

Bank Holiday: Mon. 7th June


Newsletter September 2020

Welcome Back | Our Lady of Lourdes NS
Welcome back everyone!!
We are delighted to have all the children back in school.
Thank you all for being so good, sticking to the new plans to keep us all safe.
First Holy Communion – St. Enda's National School
First Holy Communion will take place on 27th September 2020 at 12pm in St. Columbanus N.S.
Each child will be limited to three guests, as the indoor limit of 50 people still applies.
Adults must wear masks in the church.
Education Archives -
We are delighted to announce that, following Department of Education direction,
we will be opening two Special Education classes on the 21st of September.
Will 2020 finally be the euro's year? - Master Investor
Thank you to those who have paid/contacted us about book money.
If you have not yet paid book rental, please contact the office on 012821220.
Get Set 4 P.E. - Home | Facebook
PE with Dave will resume on Wednesday 9th September. Children should wear tracksuits on Wednesdays.
Set alarm for 1:35 PM 👍
School will finish at 1.35pm on Wednesday 9th September for all children Senior Infants to 6th Class.          
From Monday 14th September Junior infants will finish school at 1.35pm

Friday 8th May 2020

Today’s work is on Seesaw. Please use the access code you received by email on Wednesday to log in. Complete the assigned activities and upload pictures or recordings of your child’s work to Seesaw when they’ve finished.

All lessons including videos and instructions can be found on Seesaw. If you’re having any problems accessing the material please email me on

A brief outline of today’s work:

  • Reading: Record yourself reading 2 more pages of the story ‘Let’s Make Pancakes’.
  • Handwriting: Letter b pg. 47
  • Phonics: Sounds Make Words pg. 55
  • Maths: Planet Maths pg. 89
Wednesday 6th May

Good morning everyone! I hope you enjoyed your bank holiday break.


This week we start to use the app Seesaw, YAY! I have sent an email to all of your parents with your individual code to log in. First download the app on your phone or tablet, use your code to log in and then find your name and click on it. You will be able to upload your work through this app for me to see! If you are having trouble, please email me asap. Here is my email again


Remember you must use a parent / guardians email address to log into Seesaw. It cannot be your own email account.


I’ve will also be uploading the videos of me reading the Starlight stories to Seesaw for this week!


From next week on, all of your work will be uploaded onto the Seesaw app. This week, I will continue to upload it on the blog until you are all set up on Seesaw.


Keep up the great work!


Here are your tasks for today:


4th & 5th Class:

Planet Maths: 3D Shapes – Page 167. Question B. 1 a&b. Look through the Powerpoint I have attached also.

4th Maths – 3D Shape Properties PPT

Starlight: Page 152. ‘Why Do We Laugh?’. Questions: Section A & C.

3rd Class:

Maths: See ‘Blackboard’ page for your work set by Mrs Murphy

Starlight: Page 152. ‘How do Humans Digest a Tuna Sandwich’?. Questions: Section A & C.




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Credit Union

The Credit Union will recommence in early October.