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April 29th 2016

Remembering 1916

 

Over four days, all class groups from third to sixth travelled to Dublin to visit various locations associated with the 1916 Rising.

The children from our sixth classes took a guided tour of Dublin City, stopping off at many places of interest dating back to 1916 eg: the O'Connell Statue (with lots of bullet holes), the Larkin Statue and the GPO which was the headquarters during the Rising. Afterwards they took a guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, where many of the heroes who participated in Ireland's fight for independence were laid to rest.

Our fifth classes visited the Hugh Lane Gallery accompanied by local artist, Kevin Flood, who worked with the boys and girls earlier in the year. Kevin took the children on a guided tour of the gallery and pointed out many paintings which were painted 100 years ago. The children also had sketching classes. Next was a visit to the Garden of Remembrance. Their trip finished with a visit to the exhibition in the GPO, where they viewed a number of original artifacts like guns, medals and clothing. They also enjoyed playing the interactive touchscreen games.

The students from our third and fourth classes visited the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks to see the exciting new exhibition that marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Afterwards they travelled to the military cemetery at Arbour Hill where fourteen of the executed leaders of the Rising are buried. They also finished their trip with a visit to the exhibition at the GPO.

All the children and accompanying adults returned to the school tired but with a renewed interest in Irish history.


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Sixth Class Tour


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Fifth Class Tour


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Fourth Class Tour


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Third Class Tour

 

April 28th 2016

They've Hatched!

 

Our nesting swallows have hatched! Just last week we saw the mother swallow sitting on her eggs, in her nest, hidden on a windowsill and now we have five baby chicks. Once again the photos were taken from above through the window while the mum was away.

As you can see from the photos, the chicks are hatched naked, with only a few tufts of down. The eyes are closed and do not fully open for up to 10 days. The feathers will begin to sprout in a few days. It can take up to three weeks for the young birds to 'Fledge'. This is when the feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight.

It's exciting to see nature at work right on our own doorstep! (or windowsill in this case!)


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April 27th 2016

A Great Turnout!


It was great to see such a  wonderful turnout this morning at our first W.O.W. (walk on Wednesday) event. Well done everyone and we hope to see you and many more next Wednesday when we do it all again.


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April 27th 2016

Asaro

 

Mr Beehan's Sixth Class are cooking again! As their geography investigations continue, they're now learning all about Nigeria. Luckily they have an in-house expert in Ololade Ayorinde. Ololade has been filling them in on Nigerian customs and food. She even prepared a beautiful African dish called Asaro for her classmates to sample. This was the first time most of her class (including her teacher) had ever tasted the vegetable 'Yam' and by all accounts, it went down very well indeed. Thank you to Ololade and her mother from all her classmates for this delicious treat.



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April 26th 2016

W.O.W!

 

walk on wednesday - copyReminder that all parents are invited to join us tomorrow morning for our first W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event from 8.45am - 9.05am. This is a great opportunity for the whole school community to come together each week and show the children the importance of physical activity for life.


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Looking forward to seeing you there!

 

April 25th 2016

Mark this on your Calendar

 

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The annual St Colman's N.S. '5K Race & Family Fun Run/Walk' takes place on Sunday June 19th, starting at 1.30pm. The Fun Run/Walk, organised mark this on your calendarby St Colman's N.S. Parents Association, promises to be a very enjoyable event. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to get the whole family out for some exercise in the fresh air and have a relaxing chat and cuppa afterwards in the school with friends. So please mark the date in your calendar and spread the word to family, friends and neighbours - everyone is welcome!

 

April 22nd 2016

North Leinster Soccer Final

 

Yesterday, our boys' soccer team travelled to MDL Grounds, Navan to take part in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5-a-side competition. The team performed well and qualified for the C Cup final. Unfortunately, they came up against a very strong team from Dunboyne and finished as runners up. Well done lads!


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April 21st 2016

Swallows are Back!


For a number of years, we have had swallows nesting in the grounds of St Colman's and this year is no different. In the past, they have built their nest above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed. But this year they have moved! Many of you might see our stage, stored when not in use, to the right of Kevin's shed. The swallow has managed to get in behind the wooden stage and has built its nest on the windowsill of the ladies toilet.

We usually see the first swallows return to Ireland in April. Swallows travel in families, they pass over deserts and seas and fly through all sorts of weather to come here for the Irish Summer. Birdwatch Ireland has reported that in recent years, the Irish Swallow is on the decline. The Sahara desert is getting wider each year and more arid and fewer swallows can survive the journey.

However, their arrival signals good news for us on the weather front as they only return when it will be warm enough for them to find a plentiful supply of food - they eat hundreds of midges! What you may not realise is that swallows are a protected species and it is illegal to remove their nests from your property.

It is early days for our current nesting swallow though, as the mum is still sitting on her eggs. It was quite difficult to get photos this time due to the location. One photo was taken from above through the window in the ladies toilet! Hopefully in the weeks to come, the eggs will hatch,  all the chicks will survive and with a bit of luck (and some acrobatics!) we will have photos of the baby chicks to show you. Watch this space!!


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April 21st 2016

Teddy Bears Picnic

 

Today, the boys and girls from Ms Morris' and Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Classes enjoyed a Teddy Bears' Picnic in the sun. We all have a favourite teddy bear and every child brought their favourite one into school today. They came in all shapes and sizes and each one holds a special memory for the owner.


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Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class


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Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class

 

April 20th 2016

Has Summer Come Early?


The glorious sunshine today had everyone wondering if Summer had come early. Of course it could be a different story tomorrow, so, the time for action was today. Many classes went for nature walks, some classes on the senior corridor took children from the junior corridor on a 'Buddy Walk' along the canal and many more took advantage of our outdoor classroom to have lessons in the sun.


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Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class enjoying work in the outdoor classroom


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Some of our Senior Classes take Junior and Senior Infants on a 'Buddy Walk'


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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class enjoy storytime in the sun before they go home

 

April 19th 2016

Making Butter

 

During a recent History lesson, the children in Ms Owen's First Class learned all about how people lived long ago. They were very interested in how butter was made in the past and decided to make some img 4402 - copythemselves.

The class was split into groups and each group was given a a jar with double cream inside. Then the hard work began. Every child had to shake the jar as hard as they img 4404 - copycould for a few minutes before passing it on to the next person. The jars were checked regularly to monitor the progress.

Before long, they noticed changes as the butter separated from the buttermilk. A colander was used to drain away the buttermilk and after adding some salt, the butter was ready to be tested. It was yummy and such a great success that many of the boys and girls have since made their own butter at home!


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April 18th 2016

It's Planting Time


We all know the importance of vegetables in our diet and this morning, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class took the first step in growing their own vegetables. There was great excitement when Mrs Slevin opened the box containing the pea, spinach & cress seeds together with the cups and compost. Every child took their turn filling the cups with compost and putting in the seeds. After watering, all the cups were placed on the windowsill in the classroom. Over the coming weeks, the boys and girls will carefully look after their plants and follow their growth progress.


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April 18th 2016

Roscommon Open Feis

 

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Last Saturday, Amy Devanney, a young Irish Dancer from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class,took part in the Roscommon Open Feis. As you can see from the photo, she did not come home empty handed. Amy won an impressive five trophies and one medal. This is not the first time Amy has featured with her 'wins' and I'm sure it won't be the last. Congratulations Amy!


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April 15th 2016

Polenta

 

The geography investigations are continuing in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class and this week they focused their attention on the European country of Romania. The multicultural celebrations continued too in the form of culinary delights brought to them by their very own Tania Muresan. Tania and her family are originally from Romania. Today, Tania treated the class to a very tasty traditional Romanian dish called Polenta. As you can see from the photos, it was a big hit. The accompanying fresh strawberry sauce was Mr Beehan's favourite! A huge thank you to Tania and her family from all her classmates.


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April 14th 2016

Aspiring Singer

 

I'm sure many of you are enjoying this year's 'The Voice of Ireland' on RTE. On Sunday April 3rd, Áine Creagh from Mrs Fagan's & Mrs Brennan's Third Class was in the happy position to be sitting in the audience of the show's live knockouts. Áine travelled to the Helix to support Mullingar's own Michaela Hogg who was performing on the night. Before the show started, a group of 'warm up' artists came on stage to entertain the crowd. They looked for four volunteers to go up on stage and Áine immediately put herself forward. Áine was to be Judge Úna and got to sit in her chair! The audience was challenged to sing in front of the 'new' judges and when asked what she thought of the singing, Áine said "they could have been better!". 'Tough judge', I hear you say. I asked Áine if she would one day like to return to the show as a real judge, she quickly told me that she wouldn't. This aspiring young singer wants to return as a contestant!


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April 13th 2016

Buddy Walk


The sun was shining and the temperatures were up, today was the perfect day to take a 'Buddy Walk'! Bright and early, Mr Beehan's Sixth Class teamed up with Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class to get some exercise and make new friends. Every sixth class student partnered up with a junior infant and when introductions were made and coats were put on, the walk began. The children left by the front door and made their way to the canal pathway. As they walked, the signs of Spring were all around with buds on the trees and flowers springing up. There was great excitement when someone spotted some small fish near the first small bridge. The sixth class students jumped into action as they assisted their younger buddies to see over the bridge. Further up, two graceful swans were also seen. As they approached the exit at the Loreto College, Mrs Slevin showed the children the lock and explained how it was used. There were many happy faces as the group returned to the school. Everyone enjoyed the exercise in the sunshine, friendships were forged and everyone got some early practice for the upcoming 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' that will take place during our Active Schools Week. As a very special treat for behaving so well on the walk, Mr Beehan and Mrs Slevin bought some ice cream for all, much to the delight of the tired buddies.


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April 11th 2016

Keep it in the Family 


The O'Herron family like to keep fit and their sport of choice is boxing. Patrick from Mrs Fagan's & Mrs Brennan's Third Class, Arlene from Mrs Connaughton's First Class, Carley from Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class and Leah from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class are all members of the Rochfortbridge Boxing Club. They train weekly which keeps them pretty fit! On Saturday last, Patrick and Arlene took part in a boxing competition held in Clara Boxing Club, Co Offaly. Patrick fights in the U10 age group and Arlene in the U7 and they both finished in first place. Well done guys and keep up the good work!


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April 8th 2016

Kofta

 

Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have been learning about Africa in their Geography lessons this week. Today their focus was on the country of Sudan. While learning all about the geography of the country, they were also treated to a culinary feast! One of the students, Basmallah El Mugtaba, whose family are originally from Sudan, demonstrated to her peers how to cook the traditional Sudanese dish 'Kofta'. As you can see from the photos below, Basmallah's classmates really enjoyed the meal and they all agreed that Sudanese cuisine is very tasty indeed! Luckily, thanks to Basmallah, they all have the recipe and the 'know-how' to cook it for themselves at home. Ms Murphy also got to taste the dish and she loved it! Well done Basmallah and thank you from all your classmates (and Ms Murphy!).

 

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April 7th 2016

Country Music Fan

 

I'm sure there isn't a person out there that doesn't know the song 'Wagon Wheel'. Penned by Bod Dylan, the song became a huge hit in 2012 when it was released by Nathan Carter and it brought the world of country music to a whole new audience. One young country music fan, Darragh Mc Cabe from Ms Healy's Junior Infant class, has met many of Ireland's country music singers. He told me he got his love of country music from his granddad John. Darragh has been to many country music events with his granddad, the most recent being the Sunday World Country Music Awards 2016, which was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel. Darragh is pictured below with some of his country music idols, Martin Cleary (steel guitar legend), TR Dallas, The Three Amigos- Patrick Feeney, Jimmy Buckley & Robert Mizzell and Darragh's all time favourite, the wonderful Nathan Carter.


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April 5th 2016

Revolution 1916


p1050599 - copyIn February this year, the  Revolution 1916 Exhibition opened in the Ambassador Theatre, Dublin, as part of the commemorations for the Centenary year of the 1916 Rising. During the Easter break, two of our students, Katie Mc Carthy from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class and her sister Annie from Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class paid a visit to this exhibition and were very impressed with what they saw. Katie, who has a keen interest in History, thoroughly enjoyed researching for the 1916 Rising project with her class in preparation for Proclamation Day. She was delighted when her family decided to visit the exhibition. There were people dressed in the uniforms that were worn in 1916. There was a display of many guns from that time as well as the Casserly car used by Michael Collins. An actor read the Proclamation inside a replica set of the GPO. The part that Katie enjoyed most was entering a replica street and hearing gunshots which gave her an idea of what it must have been like to be a child at that time. Katie and Annie are pictured holding the Centenary Medal 1916-2016, a keepsake from their visit.

 

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March 16th 2016

Chocolate Easter Treats


Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class had a very successful term. As a reward for all their hard work, today, Ms Healy showed the children how to make some chocolate treats for Easter. Using chocolate, shredded wheat and small chocolate eggs, the boys and girls made edible nests with eggs inside. Not only did they look very cute, but they were very tasty into the bargain!


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March 16th 2016

Flash Mob

 

announcement-speakers-and-peopleAt 10am this morning, Mrs Garvey announced over the intercom that all classes from junior infants to second class should gather in the upper playground! There was great excitement as everyone made their way to the yard and some questions too! What's going on? Why have we to go to the playground? Well they soon got their answer!p1050561 - copy

On arrival in the yard, students from third to sixth class could be seen lined up in four rows. Very soon, the song Uptown Funk could be heard and all of a sudden, the back row of sixth class students began dancing. Then the row of fifth class students joined in followed quickly by the fourth class students and lastly by the third class students. For the remainder of the popular song, the boys and girls danced in sync together while the audience clapped and sang along to the funky music. This wonderful flash mob was put together by Ms Sinead Mc Greevey from Magic of Music. Sinead visits the school weekly to teach music and movement to the children and taught the routine to each individual class and today they came together to perform for us. This was a great end to the school term and it put everbody in good form as we begin our Easter holidays. Well done to Sinead and all the dancing students!


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March 15th 2016

Proclamation Day

 

centenary symbol 2016Schools, colleges and government offices across Ireland held ceremonies today to mark the centenary of the 1916 Rising and St Colman's was no different. For a number of months, our senior classes have been gathering information on the events of 1916 and the important people involved and created projects that adorn the walls of our school hall. Ms Brennan's Fourth Class prepared and rehearsed a play surrounding the events. Our junior classes also studied the 1916 Rising and in preparation for today, many made Irish flags.

This morning at 9.45am, the first showing of Ms Brennan's Fourth Class re-enactment play took place in the school hall. p1050497 - copyLater at 11am, the entire school gathered in the upper playground to begin the St Colman's Proclamation Ceremony. Mr Geraghty opened the proceedings by welcoming everyone and reminding us about the importance of the 1916 events and what they mean to us as a nation. A number of sixth class students then read sections of the Proclamation. A student from third class read a poem written by Padraig Pearse called 'The Mother'. Next up were three brothers, Daniel, Jack and Sam Connaughton, who read an ancestry piece that they researched about their great, great grandfather and his role in the 1916 Rising.

p1050508 - copyDaniel Byrne was next with an amusing story about his great grand-uncle James Kiernan who had a horse called 'All Sorts'. The horse ran in the Irish Grand National on Easter Sunday 1916 and won. Unfortunately, because of the Rising, the trains were not running and All Sorts had to walk 50 miles home. Ms Morris and two sixth class students then played 'Ag Críost an Síol' on the violin. This piece was originally a poem and was written in 1916 by Fr Michael Sheehan.

Three pupils from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Classp1050525 - copy spoke about some important women during the Rising. Following this were two young Irish Dancers from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class. Next, the audience were treated to a Sean-nós step brush dance by staff member, Ms June Shanley. A poem by Joseph Mary Plunkett, 'I See His Blood Upon the Rose', was then read by three fifth class students.

p1050528 - copyBefore the raising of the flag, Conor Mahon from Ms Hamill's Second Class read a piece about the significance of the National Flag. Mrs Garvey and Mr Geraghty raised the flag while some of our young trumpeters played the Royal Salute.


To end the ceremony, Ms Morris played the National Anthem on the violin while we all proudly sang along.


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March 14th 2016

Spring Nature Walk

 

Taking advantage of the beautiful weather today, Ms Owens' and Mrs Connaughton's First Classes went for a Spring Nature walk around the school and along the canal. The children saw daffodils and crocus and of course the many buds that have appeared on the trees.


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March 14th 2016

Sean-Nós Dancing

 

The Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations continue this week. Ms Rosario Clinton visits the school weekly to teach Sean-nós dancing to our second, third and fourth classes. This morning, Rosario and seven of her third class dancers put on a short performance for our junior and senior infant classes. They danced 2 two-hand dances - 'Keel Row' followed by 'Pat-a-Cake Polka'. Afterwards, much to the delight of the audience, Rosario invited the boys and girls from junior and senior infants to take part in a lesson. The children thoroughly enjoyed this brief introduction to Sean-nós dancing and look forward to taking part in dance lessons when they progress to second class.


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March 12th 2016

Confirmation

 

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Congratulations to the 58 boys and girls from St Colman's who were confirmed in the Cathedral today. We hope you all had an enjoyable day with your family.

 

March 11th 2016

'Turn Your School Yellow'

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Today we held our annual 'Turn Your School Yellow' charity fundraiser. Coinciding with the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day, all students and staff arrived in school dressed in the yellow or green of the 'Daffodil'. Bunches of fresh daffodils, pens and daffodil pins were on sale for pupils, parents and guardians before and after school. As always everyone supported this venture 100% - some even turned their hair green! All funds raised today will be split between St John's Childrens Cancer Ward, the Local Hospice and the Irish Cancer Society.


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March 11th 2016

Ceremony of Light


candle light 1Our second class students are deep in preparations for their upcoming First Holy Communion. As part of those preparations, a 'Ceremony of Light' was held in the school hall last night for the students and their parents. Fr Paul Crosbie spoke to the children about the history behind the Paschal candle and the signifance of light in the Catholic religion. He told the children that at their Baptism, a candle was lit from the Paschal candle to represent the light of Christ and this light will guide them through life. He then invited them to light their baptismal candle once again. We wish the children well in their ongoing preparations for their special day.

 

March 10th 2016

An Haka Gaelach


All of you Rugby followers out there will have heard the Haka many times before the New Zealand All Blacks play. But did you ever hear it 'As Gaeilge'? Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class learned 'An Haka Gaelach' for Seachtain na Gaeilge and today they visited all classes on the junior corridor to perform it with actions. Well done guys!


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March 10th 2016

Michaela Visits St Colman's

 

Our school hall was the setting for a surprise musical performance today. Michaela Hogg, who is through to the live shows in 'The Voice of Ireland' on RTE, paid us a visit and sang for the children. Michaela was accompanied on guitar by past pupil Robert Arnold. She sang many favourites and at one point had a group of our sixth class boys as her backing singers and dancers! We wish Michaela the best of luck in the live shows.


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March 10th 2016

Keep the Date

 

Ms Brennan's Fourth Class has issued a dramatic invitation to a 1916 re-enactment which will take place next week in the school hall. Remember to keep the dates open!


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March 9th 2016

Seachtain na Gaeilge

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As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, two of our young Irish dancers visited every classroom today to perform for the students. Katie Martin and Rania Connell from Mr Geraghty's Fourth class are members of the Emerald Lakes Academy of Irish Dance. They dressed in their competition costumes and danced a reel and a treble jig to great applause.


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March 6th 2016

Happy Mother's Day


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March 4th 2016

Mother's Day Art 


With a very important day coming up on Sunday, there's no prizes for guessing what the theme for art lessons in most classes was this week - Mother's Day of course. Poems and cards were written and pictures were drawn and coloured and all to surprise that very special person in our lives. One group, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class, went one step further with their surprise. They walked to the post box across the road from the school and posted their hand-made and carefully written cards.


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Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class Post their Mother's Day Cards


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Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class

 

March 3rd 2016

Literary Visit

 

As part of our World Book Day celebrations, successful local author and artist Dolores Keaveney visited the boys and girls from our first classes. Dolores, who is grand-aunt to Emily Mc Sherry in Ms Owen's First Class, told the children that she began writing at the age of 60. She is now the proud author of nine books. Dolores read from a selection of her books and told the children where the ideas for each book came from. She also spoke about Bee Keeping which she enjoys. The children also had the opportunity to draw their favourite character from Dolores' books. Rolls of paper were placed lengthways on their tables and off they went. The children and their teachers would like to thank Dolores for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit and share her literary knowledge.


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March 3rd 2016

World Book Day

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Numerous book related activities took place around the school today to celebrate World Book Day. Many  of the children brought their favourite book into class to read and share with friends.


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March 3rd 2016

Skiing Success

 

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Maciej and Mateusz Zarebski from Mr Geraghty's and Ms Brennan's fourth classes, recently visited Poland to enjoy a skiing holiday. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are pictured holding medals they received when they completed their ski course. Well done boys.

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March 2nd 2016

St Colman's Book Fair


The importance of reading should never be reading quoteunderestimated! Here in St Colman's we encourage the children to read as much as possible. Time is set aside in all classes for D.E.A.R. time, which is Drop Everything and Read. This year, to coincide with World Book Day, which falls on Thursday March 3rd, we are hosting a Book Fair. The fair will run until Wednesday next, March 9th.

p1050311All classes will have the opportunity to view the collection of books before purchasing. Parents/Guardians can view and purchase books before school and after 1.30pm each day of the fair. Books range in price from €3.75 to €10.


World Book Day Tokens will be distributed to all classes this week and can be used in local book shops.

 

March 2nd 2016

Internet Safety


internet safety for familiesIn recent years, we have all been horrified and frightened by the many incidents of cyberbullying of school-going children in this country, which resulted in some tragic circumstances. For this reason we feel it is vitally important to provide an informative, educational series of workshops for pupils, teachers and parents.

Tomorrow, March 3rd, during the school day, we will have specially trained tutors from Zeeko to talk to all pupils from third to sixth class. They will cover a range of internet safety areas such as cyberbullying, excessive internet use, digital footprint, stranger danger and empowering be smart on the internetpupils to act responsibly and protect themselves when using the wide range of media.


At 7pm, an hour long informative seminar on this important topic will take place in the school hall for parents/guardians. We feel that it is  a vitally important area and ask that at least one parent/guardian from each home make an effort to attend.

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The Zeeko Internet Safety Guide provides advice on a range of internet safety areas such as cyberbullying, excessive internet use, digital footprint, stranger danger and a specific chapter on how to make digital devices safer.

To read the guide please CLICK HERE 

 

March 1st 2016

Confirmation Memento

 

With their Confirmation just around the corner, the pupils from our sixth classes are being kept very busy. They were visited recently by artist, Andrina Finch, who helped them to create a painted plate to keep as a memento of their special day. Using acrylic paints, the boys and girls painted a church with stained glass windows and the surrounding greenery. They added a dove to represent the Holy Spirit. To finish, they painted their name and the date of their Confirmation. This beautiful keepsake is one I'm sure they'll all treasure for many years to come.


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February 29th 2016

Leinster Boxing Championships


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The Leinster Boxing Championships took place in Portlaoise on Saturday and Sunday last. Congratulations to Jack Geoghegan from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class who came first in the 44Kg weight category. Jack is now through to the All Ireland Championship which will take place on March 24th, in the National Stadium, Dublin. Well done Jack and we wish you the best of luck in the All Ireland Championships. 

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February 25th 2016

First Confession


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Congratulations to the 62 boys and girls from First Class and the boy from Second Class who made their First Confession tonight in St Paul's Church. I'm sure they're all pleased to have taken the first step on the road to making their First Holy Communion.

 

February 25th 2016

Grandparents Day

 

grandparents dayToday was a very special day in St Colman's N.S.! All pupils and staff gathered with family and friends in St Paul's Church to celebrate Grandparents Day.

The church was filled to bursting and the excitement was palpable. Mrs Garvey began the service by welcoming everyone who travelled from near and far to celebrate with us. There were many funny moments during the service, like when Catherine let it slip that her granny allowed her stay up late on a sleepover and her mum and dad didn't know about it, or when Amy told us that she likes to call her grandmother - 'nana banana' and when Rachel told us that her grandad snores very loudly!

There were a few poignant moments also as we remembered those grandparents who have died. Leaves were placed on the Tree of Remembrance and p1050184 - copyquite a few people were left teary eyed when children read self penned letters to their grandparents in Heaven.

Throughout the service, our choir and orchestra sang and played beautifully to the delight of the congregation.

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Afterwards everyone was invited back to the school, where our school hall was transformed into an attractive old-fashioned 'Tea Room' and tea & cakes were in abundance.

A huge thank you to Ms Healy for once again organising a truly wonderful family event that was enjoyed by the young and not so young in the St Colman's Community.


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February 22nd 2016

Collage Art 


Our junior and senior infant classes had a visit from artist Cara Gorman last week. Cara, who is mum to Charlie in Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class and Melody from Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class, helped the children create class collages. Each class chose their own theme based on work they have completed or books they have read in class recently. Many different items were used - torn paper from old magazines, crepe paper and card, buttons, wool and ribbon. The boys and girls had great fun and were very proud of the wonderful results!


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February 15th 2016

Mullingar Open Feis


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The 'Mullingar Open Feis' was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel on Saturday last. Two young Irish dancing buddies, Amy Devanney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class and Molly O'Brien from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class took part. Once again, the girls danced very well and came away with an array of trophies and medals. Congratulations girls!

 

February 14th 2016

St Valentine's Day


happy valentines day 2016Love was certainly in the air last week in our junior and senior infant classes, as the boys and girls prepared for St Valentine's Day. hearts sparklingOver a number of days, clay hearts were cut, dried & painted, Valentine cards were designed & written and egg cartons were transformed into bouquets of flowers. After creating Valentine cards for their parents on Thursday, Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class walked to the post box across the road from the school and posted them. All our junior and senior infants worked really hard, but all that hard work will have been worth it when they see the smiles of happiness on their parents' faces.


Happy Valentine's Day everyone.


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Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class


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Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class


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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class


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Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class


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Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class

 

February 12th 2016

Still Life


p1050064 - copyLocal artist, Kevin Flood, was in school for the past week giving art lessons to our fifth and sixth classes. The theme was 'Still Life' and Kevin had arranged a number of scenes for the pupils to work from. Over the course of the week, Kevin explained the elements of composition, colour families, p1050073 - copythe importance of simple shapes, how shading can bring an object to life, how overlapping can give a sense of depth and how to create new colours by the use of shading and overlapping of colours. He also spoke about pointillism and cubism. Kevin brought the children step by step through the process - sketching in pencil, adding details and finally adding the colour. Most of the students used the medium of watercolours, although some of the more adventurous used the mixed medium of watercolours and pastelles. Once again the finished products were amazing and will grace the walls of many homes I'm sure!


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February 11th 2016

Spring Scene

 

The students in Ms Owens First Class enjoyed a very special art lesson yesterday. Local artist Andrina Finch paid a visit to their class to pass on some of her knowledge and to help the children create a 'Spring Scene'. This was no ordinary spring scene though, because they were painting on ceramic tiles using acrylic paint. The finished products were fantastic! The photos below show the young artists at work and proudly posing for a photo with their artwork.


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February 9th 2016

Shrove Tuesday

 

The mouth-watering aroma of freshly cooked pancakes wafted through the corridors of St Colman's today, as everyone celebrated 'Shrove Tuesday' or 'Pancake Tuesday' as it is more commonly known. Today is the day when we feast on rich foods before Lent begins tomorrow. From junior infants to sixth class, everyone got involved and everyone thoroughly enjoyed themselves.


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Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class Enjoying Their Pancakes


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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class Having Fun!


Pancake Party


Ms Hamill's Second Class had a very special 'Pancake Tuesday' treat today! Not only did they get pancakes with a filling of their choice, but they were served by the students of Mr Beehan's Sixth Class. This was of course the prize that Brandon won for his class when he was chosen as the winner in the Active Schools slogan competition. Congratulations once again to Brandon and well done to the budding chefs and 'silver service' serving staff from Mr Beehan's class.


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February 8th 2016

Slogan Competition Winner

 

Our Active Schools Committee held a slogan competition recently. They wanted to find a slogan that represents them and encourages everyone in the school to get active. The prize - a 'pancake party' for the winner's class. The committee was delighted with the huge response from all classes in the school and after much deliberation, chose a winner. Brandon Campbell from Ms Hamill's Second Class wrote the winning slogan and tomorrow his class will enjoy freshly made pancakes served to them by Mr Beehan's Sixth Class students. The winning slogan is


Walk, Run, Jump, Skip - Come on St Colman's, Let's Get Fit!!


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February 8th 2016

Run Forest Run


p1040983 - copyYesterday, the Midland Triathlon Club held a 'Run Forest Run' event in Lough Ennell Caravan and Camping Park, Tudenham, Mullingar. Following in her Dad's footsteps, Ella May Ferris from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class was one of the participants. Ella May who took part in the U8 age group, told me she first had to run around the edge of a field, then cycle the same distance and then run again. She received a medal for her efforts and although she was very tired after the event, she enjoyed herself immensely and will definitely be taking part in many more triathlons!

 

February 8th 2016

Chinese New Year

2016


year of the monkeyThis year, Chinese New Year - The Year of the Monkey - begins today and will last until January 27th 2017. With that in mind, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class have been learning all about China. They were amazed by the huge population and fascinated when they saw pictures of the Terracotta Warriors. They loved that each year was named after an animal. Most of the children had tasted Chinese food at some point, but none of them had used chopsticks. Mrs Slevin brought chopsticks for the children to practice with and there was plenty of laughs as they tried to master the art.


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February 5th 2016

Irish Dancing Success


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Lucas Vaskelis from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class took an Irish Dancing Grade 1 exam recently and was delighted to be awarded 1st class honours. Lucas has been dancing for a number of years and this is only one of the many awards he has won. Congratulations Lucas! 

 

February 4th 2016

Fish Farmers

 

Our sixth class students are enjoying their new role as young fish farmers. Before Christmas, Dermot Broughan of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) paid a visit to the school. He spoke to the pupils about the work of the IFI and how they protect Ireland's fish stocks and he also explained the life-cycles of the brown trout and salmon. Dermot returned straight after Christmas with some brown trout eggs that have been harvested from Lough Owel. These have been placed in our fish tank with a specially made tray to hold the eggs safely which is located in Kevin's shed. The tank was filled with fresh rainwater gathered by the children. Daily checks are made on the temperature and progress of the eggs. In the past week, all the eggs have hatched. The children have been very excited visiting the young alevin and watching them swim happily around the tank. Over the coming weeks, the alevin will develop into young fry and will be ready to be released into the wild again. In the mean-time, the children will continue to enjoy the experience of watching them grow before their eyes.


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February 3rd 2016

How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

 

spoon of sugarSugar is one of the hot topics of conversation at the moment. Whether it's on T.V., radio, newspapers, magazines or the internet, everyone is discussing the hidden sugar content in food and drinks.


We all know that adding teaspoons of sugar to our food is not good but maybe we need to look at the hidden added sugar content in foods that are particularly targeted at school children? The Active Schools Committee in St Colman's have done just that!p1040961 - copy



Please check out the Active Schools board at the top of the junior corridor. You might get a surprise when you see how much sugar has been added to some popular drinks, some of which can be found in lunch boxes all over Ireland.

 

February 2nd 2016

Credit Union Quiz


The Annual Schools' Credit Union Quiz was held in Mullingar Park Hotel last night. Four teams from St Colman's participated and they all performed well. Our junior team came third in the U11 age group and our three senior teams (U13) narrowly missed out on top prizes. Well done to you all!


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February 1st 2016

Lá Fhéile Bhríde

 

Today we celebrate Lá Fhéile Bhríde, St Brigid's Feast Day and it also marks the first day of Spring. Brigid was born at Faughart, near Dundalk in Co Louth and she is one of the patron saints of Ireland. One of the most common traditions of the day is to make a Saint Brigid's Cross from fresh rushes. Some believe that the crosses have the power to protect the owner's home from harm. The photos below are Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Third Class, with the St Brigid's Crosses that they made today.


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January 29th 2016

Tasty Experiments!

 

Over the past week, Ms Owens' First Class enjoyed learning about 'Solids, Liquids and Gases' in their Science lessons. They learned that water is the most common example used when covering this topic as it exists in all three forms - ice, liquid water and of course steam. Today, the children took their investigations one step further by performing experiments to see the effect that heat has on six different items - ice, butter, a pencil, an apple, bread and chocolate. They placed each item into a container, which was then partially immersed into boiling water and recorded the results. They found that the pencil, apple and bread remained the same and the ice, butter and chocolate all melted. Rather than waste the chocolate, Ms Owens decided to use it to reward the children for all their hard work by making some tasty chocolate krispie treats!


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January 27th 2016

Ancient Egypt

 

ancient-egyptMs Skelly's Third Class love History! Over the last few weeks they have been studying Ancient Egypt and became totally immersed in the subject. They covered a large and varied number of topics, some of which included gold & jewels, pyramids, pharaohs, the sphinx, hieroglyphics and mummies. They looked at the geography of the country and learned that the primary water source is the river Nile, which is regarded as the longest river in the world.pyramid of classes in egypt

They were fascinated by the many layers of Egyptian society which was structured like a pyramid. At the bottom were the servants and slaves and of course at the top were pharaohs who were believed to be Gods in human form. Pharaohs had absolute power and when they died, huge stone pyramids were built as their tombs. Pharoahs were buried in chambers within the pyramids. Taking their quest one step further, many of the children created their own pyramids from card or styrofoam.

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One young student, Luke Quigley, had a particular interest in Ancient Egypt after visiting the National History Museum in Dublin. Not only did Luke create a large pyramid, he also put together a diorama with a sand base and included pyramids, a mummy, a sphinx and the river Nile.


Well done to all the children. A great subject - well covered!



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January 25th 2016

Dancing Buddies

 

Two of our young Irish Dancers attended the 'Laois Open Feis' yesterday in Abbeyleix and were very successful! Friends Amy Devanney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class and Molly O' Donnell from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class took part in the Under 6 and Under 8 competition respectively and came away with an array of trophies and medals. Well done girls!


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January 12th 2016

Boys Shield Winners

 

Today, three boys from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class proudly showed me their U10 Boys Soccer Shield medals which they received on Friday last at an awards ceremony. Luke Mc Cabe, Lucas Lozano and Shane Mulderry play soccer for Mullingar Athletic and really enjoy the sport. Well done boys!


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January 7th 2016

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2016 - 2017

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2016 will take

place during the week of


18th January 2016 - 22nd January 2016


Application forms will be available from the office during this time.


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2016,

together with the necessary documentation - original birth cert, original baptismal cert (if Catholic) and proof of address (recent/3mths - utility bill or bank statement etc.), must be returned to the school office by


4pm on Friday 22nd January 2016


 

January 6th 2016

Nollaig na mBan


three wise menToday, students and staff attended Mass in St Paul's Church at midday to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas and Nollaig na mBan. The feast celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men, to worship the newborn baby Jesus. Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This marks the end of the Christmas Season.


 

January 6th 2016

Happy New Year


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Happy New Year to Everyone!


Welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing Christmas Holiday and best wishes for a successful term ahead.





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December 22nd 2015

Did Someone Say Christmas Holidays?

 

The school was bursting at the seams today with festive cheer! Two young photographers, James Maslin and Daniel Connaughton, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class visited every classroom and captured just a little of the Christmas holiday happiness.


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December 22nd 2015

Christmas Candles


Mrs Deane's Sixth Class enjoyed their Christmas art lesson this week. They created candle holders from clay and decorated them in their own individual way. These can be given as a gift or kept as a memento of the last year in primary school.


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December 21st 2015

Special Invitation

2015

 

Earlier in the month, a very special invitation arrived in the school. The children from Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class were asked to attend a fun Christmas Party in Mullingar Community College, hosted by the childcare students. The children were really excited as they left the school but the excitement reached fever pitch when they saw a bus waiting for them. As you would expect, songs were sung on the journey which put everyone in the festive spirit. The boys and girls were brought to a specially decorated party room, where they were entertained with arts and crafts, games and face painting. There was a wonderful array of goodies, all prepared by the hosts, on tables ready for the hungry guests. And as if that was not enough, Santa took time out of his busy schedule and came to the party to speak to all the children!

Mrs Slevin and the children would like to thank the childcare students and staff of the Mullingar Community College for the wonderful welcome they received and the hospitality shown to them.


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December 21st 2015

Christmas Play Season

2015

 

This year, we had nine classes perform Christmas plays for their family and friends. We began last Tuesday at 9.30am with Ms Geraghty's Senior Infants and their version of the play, 'Whoops a Daisy Angel'. We finished the Christmas Play season today with Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, who performed 'Scrooge'. Throughout the four days we've had crying babies, many wise men, countless shepherds, angels, stars that cannot shine, Cinderella, teachers, inspectors, funky narrators, line dancers, Scrooge, ghosts and of course the Baby Jesus. There are certainly plenty of budding actors and actresses in our midst who all performed brilliantly to packed appreciative audiences. Well done to all the children and their teachers. Great job everyone!


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December 20th 2015


Science is Cool!


Despite the hectic schedule in the lead up to the Christmas Holidays, Mrs Deane's Sixth Class found some quiet time to enjoy Science. They covered the subject of 'Light', investigated a range of topics and conducted experiments to prove the hypotheses. Below is just some of the information they gathered.


Rainbow Spinners


Isaac Newtown was the first person to show that light could be split up into seven different colours - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. To prove this fact, the children made rainbow spinners. They used card, markers in each of the rainbow colours and an electric motor. They found that when you spin the disk quickly, the eye sees all the colours together and so the disc appears to be white, proving that not only can light be broken up into seven different colours but also that rainbow colours can be brought together to produce white light.


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Mirror Writing


mirror writingThe children enjoyed writing secret messages to their friends using 'Mirror Writing'. After writing some words down, the children carefully studied their image in the mirror. Then they wrote words so that the image in the mirror appeared correct. Their friends will need a mirror to de-code the message.



How do Periscopes Work?

 

To finish up their investigations, the boys and girls made periscopes using card and mirrors. A periscope allows you to see something that is at a higher level than you. It can be used to look over high walls and is often used in submarines to see what is above the water. The children found that light reflects from a mirror at the same angle as it hits the mirror. They set both mirrors at a 45 degree angle. The light will bounce from the object you are viewing at the top of the periscope, hitting the first mirror and then the second mirror before bouncing into your eye.


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December 18th 2015

Christmas Carol Service

2015

 

At approximately 10am this morning, all students and staff made their way to St Paul's Church for our Annual Christmas Carol Service. We were joined by parents, guardians and friends to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with music, song and prayer. The school choir was on the altar and when everyone was seated, they began the first hymn, 'Hallelujah'. Throughout the service, children representing every class group reminded us of the story of Jesus' birth while the members of the living crib gathered on the altar. The readings were interspersed with Christmas hymns sung beautifully by our school choir. Ms Hamill's and Mrs Shiel's Second Classes, who will make their First Holy Communion next year, took part in the 'Procession of Light'and decorated the Jesse Tree. The School Orchestra concluded the service by playing two seasonal pieces.


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December 16th 2015

Food Appeal Success

2015

 

thank-youThe annual Christmas Food Appeal has been running in the school over the past few weeks and was promoted and co-ordinated by Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class. They left boxes in every class and visited daily to give a gentle reminder to everyone. Today, Ms Mary Mc Knight came to the school to collect the donated food and was overjoyed with the huge response. Once again you have been very generous and Ms Mc Knight's car was packed tight! She will pass this food on to Sr Finbar in the Mullingar Parish Centre and will be distributed to families in need in the local area in time for Christmas. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause.


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