Entries by sccdublin

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The Barnardo Films

We are delighted to present an extraordinary discovery on film. In early 2018 the Sub-Warden, while researching old editions of the school magazine for his book Floreat Columba: 100 years of The Columban magazine, 1879-1979, came across repeated references in the 1930s to ‘Mr Barnardo’s film of the College’. This had apparently been regularly shown […]

Form Prizes 2018-19

FORM PRIZES: congratulations to the following, who have been awarded prizes based on their academic work this year:- SIXTH: Helen Crampton, Georgia Keegan-Wignall, Harry Oke-Osanyintolu, JiWoo Park, Caspar Schulenburg, David White. FIFTH: Camila Garcia Herrera, Oda Michel, Poppy O’Malley, Eliza Somerville, Tania Stokes. FOURTH: Imogen Casey, Sinéad Cleary, Gioia Dönhoff, Oscar Yan. THIRD: Tom Casey, […]

Warden’s Thoughts: Racism and Diversity

The Warden’s latest thoughts, on racism and diversity: It is very worrying that in the last year or two we have seen a rise in racist attitudes around Europe and in the USA. It is staggering that once again premier league footballers are being subject to racist chants and having bananas thrown at them. This […]

A Tribute to Terry Dolan

A great man, and great friend both of the English Department and of St Columba’s, left us recently. Professor T.P. Dolan, of the English Department of University College Dublin, more commonly known as ‘Terry’, visited us for over 35 years until recent times. His funeral was held earlier today in Kingscourt, County Cavan, where he […]

Speakers at researchED

UPDATE, APRIL 30th: the event is now SOLD OUT. There is a waiting list here. Over the weekend we released details of a stellar line-up of presenters for our researchED event on Saturday 5th October. This is the organisation’s first-ever event in Dublin, in a year which sees it represented in the UK, Dubai, the USA, […]

The Submarine, March 2019

The latest edition of ‘The Submarine’, the pupil-edited and -written magazine, has now been published in school (in paper form) and in flippable form on the English site via Issuu (use the arrows to navigate, and click again for a close look). In this edition, there are pieces by Avi Johnston (On Journalism), Vivian Tuite […]

SCC from the air, 1930s

A remarkable aerial view of the College has recently been rediscovered. This was taken long before the drone-age, perhaps in the late 1930s. Such photographs are part of the early Air Corps Glass Plate Negative collection, which covers the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. They appear to have undertaken to aerially photograph Dublin city and surrounds in […]

Gwynn Exhibition at TCD

This evening in one of the world’s great spaces, the Long Room in Trinity College, Dublin, the Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast, launched a new exhibition showcasing the impact of the Gwynn family on TCD. The Gwynns were also enormously important in the life of St Columba’s too, and this connection is frequently made in the […]

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Mental Health Awareness Week 2019

Our annual Mental Health Awareness Week officially begins today with another full and varied programme of events scheduled – the theme this year being “This is Us”. There are a series of hikes for all age groups (including the one up Kilmashogue Mountain yesterday), visiting speakers (including Tom Tate from Why Mind and Stuart Wilson […]

Factfulness

This morning in Chapel the Sub-Warden talked about the idea of ‘Factfulness’ as promoted by the Hans Rosling. In this post are some links for pupils who are interested. Rosling’s book Factfulness: ten reasons we’re wrong about the world – and why things are better than you think (co-authors Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund) […]

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School League Tables

The Warden has written an article on fee-paying schools for the Sunday Independent ‘School League Tables’ supplement. Here is what he wrote: Parents love a school league table, particularly when it shows their child’s school in a good light. However, I am rather confused by the way the school league tables in Ireland are currently […]

The Submarine, December 2018

The latest edition of the pupil magazine, The Submarine, has just been published, and you can read it here via Issuu (click on the arrows to go through the pages, click again for a closer view, and click the icon bottom right for full-screen). Tania Stokes, Avi Johnston and Edna Johnston put it together. Among […]

SCC 175 in Germany

This week the College held its final 175th anniversary celebration events of 2018 in Germany. After the many events that marked this important moment in our history in the College itself, it was time to go to Berlin and Bavaria to connect with our extensive community in Germany. A group of staff and former staff […]

Examinations and Exodus

Details for parents of the Examination period, which is followed by the November/December Exodus:- Parents can see the examination timetable on the Firefly Parent Portal here (requires log-in; the same place you will receive end-of-term reports). Thursday 22nd November Examinations start for Sixth, Fifth, Fourth and Third Forms (study day for Second and First Forms). […]

Armistice Weekend

The College marked the centenary of the end of the First World War in a variety of ways this weekend. On Saturday, there was a special service in Chapel, which included choral performances, and the calling out of the names of those Columbans who died in the War (these can be seen on the memorial […]

Christmas Cards

Following a competition run by the College Art Department, we are delighted to introduce a fourth Christmas card to the St. Columba’s Christmas card collection, in aid of the Old Columban Society Bursary Fund. Designed by Fifth Former Tania Stokes the new card is entitled Christmas Carol Service, and it is now available to purchase […]

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Warden’s Reflections on the South Africa Expedition

From the Warden, 6th November 2018 (see below post for photographs of the Tiger Kloof expedition). I have just returned from a week in South Africa, together my wife, Sean Duffy (Head of Geography), and 18 pupils from the 4thand 5th Forms. It was my first return to Tiger Kloof, where we spent four amazing years, […]

Debating and the EYP

Ms Duggan writes: It has been a busy half term for junior and senior debaters at St Columba’s. Thursday night, saw the juniors Caleb Swanepoel, Caroline Hager, Tyrone Shi and Alex Hinde head for UCD with Ms Morley for the second round of the Junior Schools Debating Competition. The next round of the Junior House […]