Awards / Initiatives

/Awards / Initiatives
Awards / Initiatives 2017-08-15T14:35:06+00:00

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Ashoka Changemaker School

We are proud to be chosen to be one of five Ashoka Changemaker Schools in the island of Ireland and to join 100 other schools across the US, Europe and Africa who are recognised for their wide variety of innovative approaches to education.

Ashoka Changemaker schools empower young people to thrive in a changing world. We believe that with empathy, creativity, teamwork and leadership every child can unleash the full potential in themselves and others and be successful in the modern world. Our children will be the next generation leading social, environmental and economic development.

Check us out on the homepage of  the Ashoka Ireland website. You may see a few faces you know!

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Digital School of Distinction

We were at the forefront of the Digital School of Distinction Programme and were the third school in Cork City and County to achieve Digital School of Distinction Status accredited by the Department of Education and Science. This flagship programme promotes, recognises and encourages excellence in the use of technology in primary schools.

Becoming a Digital School of Distinction is a tremendous honour for our school.

 The programme positively impacts on the pupils’ motivation to learn as well as recognising achievements by teachers and schools in advancing the integration of technology in the classroom.                – Enda  Kenny, Taoiseach

St. Columba’s also made the homepage of the Digital School of Distinction Programme

Colleen Forsythe, our Assistant Deputy Principal, explains the fantastic impact this award has had on our school. Click here to read.



Discover Primary Science & Maths Awards

We have won awards in Maths and Science excellence. Working on this award brings Maths and Science alive in the classroom. Children live and learn the programme engaging in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in their classrooms and then showcase their efforts both locally and nationally.



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IN 2015, we were been awarded our 5th Green Flag.

The Green School Programme is known internationally as Eco-Schools. It is an international environmental education programme. It promotes environmental management and has an inbuilt award system that acknowledges whole school action for the environment. We are very proud of our beautiful school and amazing campus that have benefited from our whole school community buying into the Green School Ethos.



IT@CORK   Adopt a School Programme – Vearsa & our eShelf

We are part of the IT@CORK “Adopt a School” Programme and have been partnered with Vearsa – a leading International  Digital Publisher with European Headquarters based in the NSC in Mahon.

Vearsa have put in place in our school a dedicated eLibrary called eShelf .


Pupils can assess the eLibrary using a tablet or computer anywhere using a password. Vearsa have also worked with our pupils and developed our first eBook “Inky Pages” which the children shared with friends and family on a private platform using Dropbox.

Have a look at their website. You might find a few green uniforms!