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FIRST Lego League competition

The Transition Year Computing class has entered the FIRST Lego League competition which takes place this Saturday 25th January at St Patrick’s Campus, DCU.  They will be represented by Orrin Bradley-Brady, Eyitoresoluwa Gbenga-Ajayi and Mika Sacolax. They are judged on three parts: Their project related to the City Shaper theme where they have to identify […]

Totally East: Life in East Germany

The College is pleased to host for a week the exhibition Totally East: Life in East Germany, which is now on show in Whispering House (parents coming to the coffee morning on Friday 24th January can see it then). This exhibition of posters showcasing the photography of Harald Hauswald, with texts by Stefan Wolle (both […]

Staff and Pupils’ Concert 2020

Each January on a Sunday evening in the Big Schoolroom we hear excellent music from both pupils and their teachers in the Staff and Pupils’ Concert, and yesterday night was there was a particularly fine concert. As Mrs Malone-Brady said in her introduction, this event is surely unique in Irish schools as a Sunday night […]


A Great Man

The Warden’s first blog-post of 2020 is a personal one: 16th January 2020 I want to tell you about Brian. He was a great man and he died last Sunday, so he has been on my mind all week. Brian du Toit was the estate manager at Tiger Kloof, the school I used to run in […]

‘The Submarine’, December 2019

The latest edition of The Submarine, edited by Avi and Edna Johnston, is now out, and can be read online (and downloaded) here. Among the articles are ones by Éile Ní Chianáin about her experience of the recent Climate Change Youth Assembly, Elise Williams on the UCD Leinster Debates, Cian Slyne on dystopian societies, and […]

Young Adult reading recommendations

Our Librarian, Ms Kent-Sutton, has put together a list of ten of the best Young Adult books from recent months. It’s below, but you can also download it (with images of covers) for printing out here. Included is the much-acclaimed first novel by Old Columban Sarah Davis-Goff, Last Ones Left Alive. Read about all ten […]


Warden Blackburn

Sunday 17th November 2019 is the 100th anniversary of a sad event in the history of St Columba’s College. The Warden in 1919 was Reverend William Blackburn. He came to the College in September 1909 from Oriel College, Oxford, where he had been Chaplain for some years (he had previously gone to school at Repton […]

First & Second Form Plays

On Sunday night we had the annual First and Second Form plays. These are a relatively low-key introduction to the Big Schoolroom stage for pupils who may so far have little experience of performing, but are important as first steps, given how much drama happens further up the school. This term the First Form play […]


Transition Year House Speeches

Maxim Meddah gives an account of the annual TY House Speech Competition: On Sunday 29th September, the annual Transition Year House Speeches took place once again in St Columba’s College. Each house was represented by two pupils. The topic the pupils could choose was up to them. Some were serious and some were humorous. The […]


The Learning Rainforest Fieldbook

The College is delighted to be one of 30 schools featured in Tom Sherrington’s new book, The Learning Rainforest Fieldbook, just published by John Catt, with illustrations by Oliver Caviglioli. This is a follow-up to Tom’s hugely successful The Learning Rainforest: Great Teaching in Real Classrooms, and focusses on how schools around the world (mostly […]


researchED Dublin reaction

We were delighted to host researchED Dublin on October 5th: a wonderful day with 350 people on the campus thinking about evidence-based practice, and networking.  Since then we’ve sent out a feedback survey, and below are some of the comments that were made.  They were overwhelming positive, with only a few minor criticisms, and some […]

Pupils’ Council 2019-20

PUPILS’ COUNCIL: the following have been elected for 2019-2020 – SIXTH FORM: Tassilo Thürwachter, Katherine Kelly FIFTH FORM: Caspar Ladanyi, Elise Williams FOURTH FORM: TJ Hopkins, Evie Pringle THIRD FORM: Harry Harbottle, Kate Higgins SECOND FORM: Josh Branagan, Phoebe Landseer FIRST FORM: Euan Flanagan, Holly Murray

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researchED Dublin Report

On Saturday last, October 5th, the College hosted a researchED conference, the first time this international educational movement has been to Ireland, South or North. 350 educators, including 30 speakers, were joined by 25 of our own staff from morning to late afternoon going to presentations by world-class speakers from England, Scotland, Sweden and Belgium, […]

researchED Dublin programme

The programme for researchED Dublin at the College on October 5th is now available. Check it out below (to see it in closer detail, click the full-screen icon in the middle and navigate via the arrows).


researchED Dublin sessions

There are under 4 weeks to go until researchED Dublin, Ireland’s first-ever such event (on Saturday the massive London conference, with 1500 delegates and 170 speakers, was a huge success). Our event is of course smaller, but certainly very high quality, and below are the titles of the 30 sessions available to delegates. The timetable […]

Start of Michaelmas Term 2019

Parents will shortly be receiving Calendar information by email. Meanwhile, the main events of the school year are on the College Calendar here. Wednesday 4th September 2.00-2.30pm: arrival of new pupils at boarding houses, and unloading of luggage, followed by refreshments in Lower Argyle/Dining Hall. 3.30pm: Welcome and address by Warden in Big Schoolroom to […]

Leaving Certificate results, 2019

Many congratulations to our candidates, who this morning received their Leaving Certificate results, achieving an average across all candidates of 474 points out of 625, second only to last year. This is another very fine performance, and extends our run of consistently impressive results year on year. A few statistics: 61 candidates sat the examinations, […]

Open Day, Saturday 28 September

Our annual Open Day this year is on Saturday 28th September, and all prospective pupils and their parents are very welcome. No advance booking is needed: just turn up and you will be looked after (pupils will guide visitors from the car parks to the reception point). Everything starts at 10am: visitors are advised to […]