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Transition Year Awards 2024

It’s been an incredibly busy final term for our Transition Year pupils, capping off an extraordinary year (read the end of term report here). Last night, at the prize presentation evening in Whispering House, our Transition Year co-ordinator Ms Lynch wrapped up the year, reflected on the various experiences and, finally, announced the following awards […]


Transition Year English Evening 2024

The 29th Transition Year English Evening was held on Tuesday 30th May in the Big Schoolroom. Again, it was a showcase of some of the best writing done during the year in English classes (there is no competitive element). Mr Jameson hosted the event, and the guest was former English teacher here, Mrs Annie Donnelly, […]


Voices of Poetry 2024

The long-standing Voices of Poetry event at the end of May provides a pause-point in the year. It is the last major event in the Big Schoolroom, and on a Sunday evening at the end of a busy weekend it gives us all a moment to listen attentively and appreciate great writing. As always, it […]

Form Prizes 2023-24

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Form Prizes, based on overall academic performance, including examinations: FIRST FORM: Charlie Dunleavy, Max Heidenfeld, Oyindamola Oni, Marianna O’Shaughnessy. SECOND FORM: Jan-Christian Dijkstra, Grace Lee, Alannah Starbuck, Cora Wheatley, Merida Zhang, THIRD FORM: Lexi Hunter, Ethan Robertson, Jason Wong. FOURTH FORM: Grace Koch, Leire Mayo, Oscar Ryan, Giulia […]

Warden’s Thoughts: The Anxious Generation

I have just finished reading The Anxious Generation by Jonathan Haidt. If you haven’t read it, get a copy. It is an important book. The overall thrust of the book is that the current mental health crisis among young people has been caused by the advent of the smart phone…children are now experiencing a phone-based childhood […]


Junior Play review

Last night the ‘Junior Sandwich‘ which was this year’s Junior Play production came to a conclusion with two performances in the Big Schoolroom. Particular thanks are due to Mr Swift for conceiving this unusual evening of three short (and very different) pieces flowing into each other. They were very effectively staged in the round on […]


The Whiteheaded Boy

Drama continued to find its feet post-pandemic (when only modest productions found their way to the BSR stage, such as Michael Frayn’s Matchbox Theatre and a part of Waiting for Godot). Last year’s excellent Blithe Spirit was followed this November by another cleverly-plotted piece of stagecraft, Lennox Robinson’s The Whiteheaded Boy. First produced in the significant year 1916, it […]

The Senior Play 2023

The Whiteheaded Boy by Lennox Robinson is a favourite on the Irish theatre scene. First produced in the significant year 1916, it tells the story of the Geoghegan family: the youngest son, Denis, is his widowed mother’s favourite, and all the other siblings suffer by comparison. When he – yet again – fails his TCD […]

Culture Night, Friday 22nd September

The College is delighted to present an event for Culture Night again, after a gap of some years. All visitors are welcome to come on the evening of Friday 22nd September 2023. St Columba’s College has been on its current site since 1849, and this tour offers a rare opportunity to see the campus and […]

Warden Gibbs Memorial

On the afternoon of Saturday 17th June a memorial service was held in the College Chapel for former Warden David Gibbs. Mr Gibbs was Warden from 1974 to 1988, and died in June 2020 (he was born in 1926) when pandemic restrictions meant that such a service was not possible. A considerable gathering came to […]

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Transition Year Prizes and Awards, 2023

The annual Transition Year Prize evening tonight featured an overview from Ms Lynch, the TY Co-ordinator, of the huge number of activities the pupils have taken part in this year. Pupil speakers on their experiences included Tomas Echevarria, Catejan Cardona, Mario Ramirez Miranda, Hedley Butler, Ayodeji Ediale and Harry Smith Huskinson, while Alison Wang sang […]

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Transition Year English Evening 2023

On the evening of Tuesday 30th May we had the 28th annual Transition Year English evening in the BSR (and so, with two years out for pandemic reasons, this event started 30 years ago). The formula has remained little changed: pupils read out interesting work they have written during the year, and a guest speaker […]

Voices of Poetry 2023

Voices of Poetry has been going for many years: a unique event, it provides a punctuation point at a particular part of the school year: Sixth Form have finished classes, the Sports Day is over, and ahead are the St Columba’s Day weekend, the public exams, the excitement of trips week, and finally the school […]

Form Prizes 2022-23

FORM PRIZES 2022-23: these are based on all academic work this year so far. Prizes will be presented at the St Columba’s Day celebrations. Congratulations to: FIRST FORM: Eleanor Hart, Grace Lee, Percy Parkins, Alannah Starbuck, Cora Wheatley. SECOND FORM: Josefien Hutchinson, Lexi Hunter, Daniel Passmore, Jason Wong. THIRD FORM: Grant Fabian, Grace Koch, Oscar […]


Memorial Service: Warden Gibbs

On Saturday 17th June at 2.00pm a service in memory of former Warden, D.S. Gibbs, will be held in the Chapel. David Gibbs was Warden of the College from 1974 to 1988, a time of great changes in the College, which he successfully implemented. He died on June 21st 2020, but pandemic restrictions meant that a […]

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Senior Play 2022: Blithe Spirit

Senior Play: Blithe Spirit by Noël Coward a review by Hannah Bergmann, Fifth Form. Photographs by the Reverend Daniel Owen November 10th, 11th, 12th 2022 As soon as the BSR was filled with pupils, teachers, and parents, you could feel the positive excitement and anticipation of the audience for the upcoming play, the first full […]

Conradh Na Gaeilge

An Déardaoin seo caite, tháinig athláithritheach ó Chonradh na Gaeilge anseo chun labhairt linn faoi spreagadh na Gaeilge agus deiseanna fostaíochta agus bealach chun staidéir as Gaeilge ag an tríú leibhéal. Láithreachas idirghníomhach a bhí ann le Clíodhna Nic Gafraidh. Ar dtús báire bhí díospóireacht siúl againn. Chuir Clíodhna ráitis chugainn faoinár gcuid tuairimí agus […]


Feedback on researchED 2022

Following the researchED conference on Saturday 24th September, ticket-holders were sent an online survey, and here are some of the comments (all thrown together in no order). 34% of attendees had been to the event in 2019, so 66% were new to the experience. General comments: Thank you so much for a wonderful day of […]