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Term 2 Newsletter 2019

June 27, 2019

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Shared Education
Building a Brighter Future Together
We had lots of wonderful learning and fun whilst making new friendships with our Shared Education partners, Tobermore Primary School.

Grandparents’ Day.

One of our favourite events of the year is Grandparents’ Day.

We love this event where we get to pray for our Grannies and Grandads and thank God for all the amazing things that they do for us. We love singing for them too.

Eco-Schools Work

At St Columba’s we love to look after our environment. We like to plant

to increase biodiversity and complete regular litter picks. Everyone in the school gets involved. We are all so proud of our beautiful community. Thank you Mr Brunton for being a super Eco- Schools Coordinator!

Healthy Eating

Everyone is doing really well with our healthy eating breaks policy!

We are encouraging pupils to have no more than one treat food in their lunch box. Lots of pupils have really changed their habits and greatly reduced their treats from 2, 3 and even 4 to 1.

A large number are doing really well and having no treats at lunchtime! We have been rewarding no treats with stickers! How many can you collect?

The Safeguarding Team

Our safeguarding team works to keep everyone safe and happy. If you have any child protection concerns please contact any of the team.

  • Designated Teacher Mrs McAlister
  • Deputy Designated Teacher Mrs McElhatton
  • Safeguarding Governor Mrs Bridget Heron


Our governors were newly reconstituted this year. They have a very important job and we appreciate the time they give to this role.

The team; Laurence O’Kane, Bridget Heron, Ashelene Boyle, Chris Brady, Donna McElhatton, Josephine Doyle, Catriona McDaid, Kevin O’Neill, Damien Trolan.

Superb Behaviour!!!

P3 and P4 pupils went on their end of year school trip to the Moviebowl in Derry. Our pupils had an amazing day. The next morning a lovely email arrived from the Brunswick Moviebowl manageress. She was so impressed by the ‘impeccable behaviour and manners’ and said that the pupils were a ‘credit to their school and families!’ Mrs Bradley and Mrs McElhatton are super proud of them. We love that everyone can have fun and are kind at the same time. A great example of using personal capabilities to be their best. It is no wonder we can give out so many awards every Friday!


Trócaire supports individuals and communities in over 20 developing countries to live with independence and dignity. In Ireland, we raise awareness about the root causes of poverty and inequality. The work we do with Trócaire enhances our ‘Global Learning’ programme and really helps children learn about social justice in a global context.

Ndi Moya

Mrs Maureen Morgan aka ‘Supergran’ does sterling work with a charity in Ndi Moya in Africa. All money goes directly to providing care to patients suffering from life-limiting illnesses

St Vincent DePaul

This is a charity that helps those closer to home. Our local St Vincent de Paul group do exceptionally great work in our community.

MS Society

The MS Society provides support for the 4500 people in Northern Ireland living with MS. They campaign, fund ground-breaking research and provide award winning support and information. Biannually we do a sponsored walk in Drum Manor forest as a fundraiser. We love it!


St. Columba’s Primary school was chosen from 817 primary schools in Northern Ireland to

feature as the one Case Study Noelle Buick –Chief Inspector

School for Education in the Primary Sector in Northern Ireland. This was a great commendation and recognition for the school. We are very privileged and happy to have been chosen as an example of outstanding practice. The whole school community can be very proud of themselves; governors, our families and extended families, children, the community and all members of the extremely dedicated staff of TEAM STRAW!!


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