Cork Food Policy Council Awards

St. Colman’s National School have been invited to 2019 Cork Food Policy Council Sustainable Food Awards on Tuesday evening February 12th 2019 at St. Peter’s, North Main Street, Cork City.
The CFPC believe there are many people who go that extra mile when it comes to sustainable food practices, who don’t get the recognition they deserve. This awards program is designed to recognise those people, acknowledge their good work and encourage others to follow suit.

Applicants were asked to illustrate their commitment to each of the CFPC’s five core values:

1.  Health and wellbeing for all

2.  A thriving local economy

3.  Resilient, food-friendly communities

4 Lifelong learning & skills

5.  A reduced environmental footprint

The application to this scheme under the “Schools” category was made possible through the hard work by School Garden, Green Schools, Active Flag Committees combined. An introduction on the night will be given by Dr Colin Sage, Chair of the Cork Food Policy Council and the Lord Mayor of Cork, Councillor Mick Flynn will present the 2019 Certificates of Recognition and Excellence.
The pupils who will represent the school at the awards are Ciaran Crowley, Jonathan Clifford, Molly O’Shea, Leona McGrath, Kara Keeler and Lily Kent. Good luck to all!

School Garden

We are looking for volunteers from our school community to volunteer in the School Garden.
On Monday, October 15th at 3 pm we are having a “Garden Tidy Up Evening” (Adults only)
We would like to replace the raised beds and prepare the ground for planting later in the year.
If you are available and would like to become part of our “Garden Committee”, please return the note that went home today and come along on the 15th with your garden tools and ideas!
This year we will be working in conjunction with the “Green Schools Committee” as they work towards the Biodiversity Flag.
We would love to see parents/guardians, grandparents, aunt’s, uncle’s or relations get involved!!!

Green Schools

The Green Schools will be working on the Biodiversity theme for the next two years. Biodiversity is the huge variety & variation of life that surrounds us, from the
tiniest flower in your garden to the biggest whales in the sea. As part of this flag, we will be studying and improving the biodiversity on our school grounds. Gardening will be part of this. We are looking for parents to be part of our committee who have an interest in this area to help us to achieve our flag and raise the awareness of diversity among our students.

If you would be interested in being part of the Green Schools committee, please speak to Ms Long or Ms. McCarthy.


WOW Walk on Wednesday

On Wednesday 09th of May we are going to “Walk on Wednesday” to school (weather permitting).

There will be three meeting points where the ‘buses’ will leave from.

Point 1: (for children living in Pairc na Habhainn estates, Cois na Crainn or Ballinacurra direction)

The Great Wall Restaurant @ 8.40am

Contact person leading the bus: Maria O’Brien


Point 2: (for children living in Cloyne Meadows and Churchtownsouth direction)

Car park by the Round Tower @8.40am

Contact person leading the bus: Anne Moynihan


Point 3: (for children living in Traonach or Whitegate direction)

Outside Traonach @8.40 am

Contact person leading the bus: Donna Dempsey


Buses will meet at 8.40am and set off at 8.45am to walk to school. Children living closer to the school than the meetup points can join the buses along the way. All welcome – remember to wear your Hi-Viz vest!

The Big Travel Challenge

Our school will be taking part in The Big Travel Challenge. This is a nationwide competition that we will be running from the 1st – 14th of February. We are looking to increase the amount of people walking or parking ’n striding to school every morning over the two weeks.

During the time we will continue to record how many children walk to school and at the end of the two weeks our results will be sent to Dublin and the winning school will be chosen. Schools will be in with a chance of winning €1,000 and there are four runners- up prizes of €500.

As a parent / guardian, we really appreciate your effort and co-operation for this event.  It will be different from the WOW days, there won’t be any meeting points or supervision.  Every pupil in the school received a Hi-Viz jacket this year, so visibility en route should not be a problem. Please feel free to walk with your child if needed or inform your child of the safest route to take.

Remember –  a little less gas and fumes going into the atmosphere can make a big difference. Plus, we also get a little fresh morning air which is excellent for our health.

Good luck St. Colman’s.