May 28th 2015

Teddy Bear Day


We all love 'Choose Time' and what better time to achieve it than right before a long weekend. Ms Brennan's First Class have been working really hard and gained enough stamps to be awarded 'Choose Time' today. They all brought in their favourite teddy bear and during circle time, every boy and girl stood up and using the microphone, they told the class all about their teddy bear. They told everyone their teddy's name, who gave it to them, where it lives and why it was so special to them. If they were tired, feeling sad or maybe unwell, they would just have to cuddle their teddy and they immediately felt better. During the afternoon, the children watched the Paddington Bear movie and were allowed to bring in a treat to enjoy during the movie. What a great end to their fun-filled 'Choose Time' day!

teddy bear day


May 27th 2015

Whatever the Weather....


Ms Healy's Junior Infants love gardening! A little drizzle of rain didn't stop the fun for them as they planted some potatoes.

whatever the weather


May 26th 2015

Design Your Dream Park

Not only did our 'Active School Week' encourage us to get active, but it also sparked off many class discussions around the subject of health and fitness. Healthy eating, why exercise, where can you exercise, favourite type of exercise and how much exercise does a child need are just some of the topics that were up for discussion. Mrs Connaughton's First Class got very involved and during their art lesson they designed their 'Dream Park'. They even came up with some cool names for their parks. My favourite is 'Park of Happiness'.

design your dream park


May 25th 2015

Still Keeping Active!

Two weeks ago we had our first 'Active School Week' and last week three of our teams won in the Cumann na mBunscoil finals. But of course this sporting activity isn't confined to school. Many of our students are members of local clubs and take part in a wide range of activities keeping them fit and active. Just this morning, five children came to tell me about their recent achievements.

A Family of Boxers


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Patrick O'Herron from Mrs Farrell's Second Class began boxing with Rochfortbridge Boxing Club two years ago. He was enjoying himself so much that his sister Arlene from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class decided to join too! Yesterday, they took part in a Boxing Tournament in St Joseph's Boxing Club, Edenderry. Patrick came away with his first trophy and Arlene won a medal. Well done!

Hip Hop Competition

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Krispin Krzywanski from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class loves 'Hip Hop' dancing and thinks it's a great way to keep fit. He takes part in 'Fit Kids/Teens' dance class and his teachers, Donna and Matthew  show him the moves. In a recent competition, Krispin was delighted to win a medal. Well Done Krispin!

G.A.A. Success

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Two students, Ciaran Gowran and Rian Adamson, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class took part in an U11 Gaelic Football Tournament yesterday in Kilmacud Crokes Football Club in Dublin. Representing Shamrocks F.C., Ciaran played in goals, while Rian was a defender and they were very happy to finish in first place. Congratulations boys!



May 21st 2015

Three in a Row

p1040290 - copyThe scene of jubilation in Cusack Park today was a fitting end to our participation in the Cumann na mBunscoil Competition 2015. On Monday, our girls' camogie team played against Rathwire N.S. and defeated them in a thrilling game. On Wednesday afternoon, it was the turn of our girls' football team, playing against Kinnegad N.S. and once again St Colman's were victorious in a very tough game. Then this evening at 5 o'clock our boys' football team took to the pitch in a game against Kinnegad N.S. At half time it looked like our winning streak was over but after a rousing pep talk by Mr Geraghty, the players returned to the game with a new found strength and sailed through to another win. We are very proud of all our players, not only for their wonderful successes but also for the way in which they conducted themselves in a fair and honourable way throughout the entire Cumann na mBunscoil competition. Congratulations to you all and to your hard-working coaches.

cumann na mbunscoil finals


May 21st 2015

Man of the Match

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Congratulations to Mikey Mc Donagh from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class who won two medals last night playing Soccer. Mikey plays in goals for Lakepoint and not only did his team win in the final of the Mullingar Division One League, but Mikey was named man of the match. Well done Mikey! 


May 20th 2015

Pirate Adventures

Over the past couple of weeks, pirates have been a topic of conversation in Ms Morris' Senior Infant class. The boys and girls enjoyed reading stories and poems about pirates, but it didn't stop there. During a creative writing lesson, the children wrote their own stories about boy and girl pirates, digging for gold and sailing the high seas. Later during an art lesson, they drew and coloured pictures of pirates. Finally they dressed up as pirates and spoke some of the lingo. So if you're walking past Ms Morris' class and hear shouts of, 'shiver me timbers', 'ahoy, me hearties' or 'ooh arr', you'll know why!.

 pirate adventures


May 19th 2015

Poster Competition


As part of 'Active School Week', Mr Beehan held an art competition. The theme was 'Getting Active'. He was absolutely delighted with the response and very impressed with the standard of work entered. The task of choosing winners was a difficult one, so Mr Beehan enlisted the help of some of his fellow teachers and together they managed to whittle the entries down to twelve winners. The winning artists are pictured below with their work. Well done to you all.

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May 18th 2015

Puss in Boots

puss-in-bootsThis much loved fairy tale is known the world over as a story, pantomine and movie. Today, the children in our senior infants and first classes were invited along to the Mullingar Arts Centre to see a performance of Puss in Boots by Lyngo Theatre. This one man show was brought to life by Patrick Lynch, who some of the children might have recognised from Cbeebies. Using smoke and mirrors, hidden trapdoors, wonderful costumes and a host of puppets, this recreation of an original fable entertained the audience from beginning to end.

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Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants looking forward to the show


May 17th 2015

Road to the Finals


We have reached the end of the road of the Cumann na mBunscoil competition and we are proud to say that our girls' Camogie and Football teams and boys' Football team have made it through to the finals which take place this week. The schedule for the finals is below and we hope to see as many students and parents as possible in Cusack Park on each of the three evenings to support our teams.







Monday 18th May




Cusack Park



St Colman’s v Rathwire NS


Wednesday 20th May




Cusack Park


Girls' Football

St Colman’s v Kinnegad NS


Thursday 21st May




Cusack Park


Boys' Football

St Colman’s v Kinnegad NS


We wish all our teams the best of luck!


May 15th 2015

'Fun Friday'


Today was the finale of 'Active School Week' and it lived up to it's title - 'Fun Friday'. Throughout the week the school was buzzing with activity, whether it was in the classroom, in the school hall or outside in the playgrounds. The children learned new dances, used the hoola hoops, ran countless laps, took part in soccer, Gaelic or basketball games, practiced their penalty kicks, took part in Tug of War and much more...... All the children without exception enjoyed this special week. They looked forward to their 'active' break when they were studying in class and after they had their 'active' break from study, they were energised and ready for more work! The boys and girls were very excited today because all events were against the adults!

'Penalty Shoot out' was the first event this morning. During the week, every class had their own penalty shoot out and the top two boys and girls in each class competed against, Mrs Garvey, Mrs Skittles and many of our teachers. As you can imagine, the cheers, when goals were scored were deafening!

We then had some dodgeball games - Teachers versus Fourth Class. Thankfully the balls were made of sponge as some of the participants were very competitive.

Finally this afternoon, we had  basketball - Teachers versus Fifth Class. This was a very sporting finish to a wonderful week of events.

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The winners of the 'Penalty Shoot Out' from each class group 


May 14th 2015

Growing Cress


Cress is a fast-growing edible herb. It has a peppery, tangy flavour and aroma and is often used in soups, sandwiches and salads. The boys and girls in Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class had no problem getting their hands dirty when they planted some cress seeds in class. Over the next few days, they will use a water sprayer to keep the soil moist. The seeds usually sprout in 2-3 days and when the sprouts are 2-3 inches tall, they are ready for harvesting using kitchen scissors. The wonderful thing about cress is that once you cut it, it will bounce back and continue to grow again. Typically, you can cut cress four or five times before it goes to seed.

growing cress


May 14th 2015

Get the Party Started.....

Using a police siren to announce her entrance, Mrs Skittles visited every class today and got the children up on their feet and moving! First she taught the children some dance moves and then she led the way as everyone got dancing. This fun interlude in the middle of our working day was exciting and enjoyable and I'm very sure the children would love it every day!

get the party started - mrs skittles


May 13th 2015

Miles More Smiles

Quite a few of our classes took advantage of the beautiful weather today and completed their 'Walk a Mile With a Smile' along the canal. The children saw no less than five swans in the canal and were amused when some of them did 'handstands' in the water!!

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May 13th 2015

Tug of War Masterclass


In February 2014, the World Indoor Tug of War Championships took place in Castlebar and our very own Ms Healy was a participant. Today, she invited one of her team mates, Cathy Sheerin along to the school to give our students some tips on Tug of War and an opportunity to take part in a contest. With Ms Healy co-ordinating the classes, Cathy had a constant flow of children eager to learn all about Tug of War. Cathy began by showing the children the correct shoes to wear. Heavy boots with spikes in the heels for outdoor contests and rubber soled footwear for indoors. She tied two belts around her waist and explained that these are to support and protect your back. The top belt has a special flap to hold the rope. The jersey Cathy wore had a thicker padded panel down the right side which is also for protection as the rope is always on the right hand side and the panel prevents rope burns. There are eight members on a team and the last person in line is called the Anchor. The children were shown how to hold the rope correctly on the right hip, keeping feet close together and how the team all move at the same time, moving the right foot, left foot, right foot etc. A rope was tied to a pole for practice pulls and when everyone was ready, the contests began. Cathy as Ref asked the teams to pick up the rope, take the strain and pull. This event was enjoyed by everyone and we would like to thank Ms Healy and Cathy for sharing their expertise with us today.

tug of war masterclass


May 13th 2015

Boxing Success


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Many of our students are members of boxing clubs and have been performing very well indeed. One young student, Jimmy Kerrigan from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, recently took part in the Leinster Amateur Boxing Association Championships. Jimmy, who is a member of the Brosna Boxing Club, was delighted to win gold in the Boy 2 - 60Kg section. Well done Jimmy and good luck in future competitions.


May 12th 2015

'Walk a Mile With a Smile'

As part of 'Active School Week', the children and staff of St Colman's are going to 'Walk a Mile With a Smile'. For safety reasons it was decided to use a 'Buddy' system with our infants, which means they will walk with a student from the senior end of the

First up was Ms Healy's Junior Infants, Ms Morris' Senior Infants and Mrs Walters' & Mr Geraghty's Fourth Classes. The boys and girls from fourth class were paired up with the children from junior and senior infants. Introductions were made and the walk began. They walked along the canal towards Loreto Colege meeting many walkers on the way. When the rain fell, our very kind fourth class students took great care of the infants, fixing coats and hoods to ensure they were well covered. In spite of the inclement weather, friendships were forged and fun was had by all. The children returned to the school by the tunnel. For some, it was their first time to see and walk through the tunnel, so excitement was high, as were the shouts! Before the week is out, the rest of the school will have also 'Walked a Mile With a Smile'.

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Not Tired Yet ??

Instead of feeling tired when they came back from their walk, our fourth class boys and girls were energised and looking for more! Zumba exercises were the way to go. Mrs Walters very quickly sourced some Zumba Classes on-line and the children had great fun following them. Then to wind up their day, they tried out some brain exercises. Can you tap your head while rubbing your tummy?

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May 12th 2015

All Ireland Boxing Win

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Congratulations to Leah Mc Namee from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class who won an All Ireland medal for boxing last Friday. Leah, who is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club, took part in the National Girls Championships in the National Stadium, Dublin and was victorious in the Girl 1- 50 kg section. Well done Leah and best of luck in future competitions.


May 11th 2015

Party Time!


The boys and girls from our second classes had a very special and busy day yesterday on their First Holy Communion Day, but the fun didn't end there. This morning, they arrived in school in all their finery and after having their official photographs taken in St Paul's Church, they changed into their casual clothes and were ready to party! Our school hall was once again turned into 'Party Central' and there was food and drink waiting for them. The children really enjoyed themselves and it was a fitting end to their First Holy Communion celebrations.

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May 11th 2015

Active School Week

May 11th - 15th 2015

St Colman's has always been a very 'active' school. Throughout the school year, our students take part in an array of activities - dance, drama, soccer, football, hurling, rugby, swimming, tennis and cycling. And as if that's not enough, this week we are having our very first 'Active School Week' (ASW).active-schools-flag

At 9.30am this morning, Mrs Garvey's voice came over the intercom inviting all staff and students to the playgrounds for the 'Opening Ceremony' and the first 'Wake up, Shake up' call of the week. The children from the junior corridor quickly gathered in the lower playground while the children from the senior corridor gathered in the upper playground. Excitement was in the air as everyone waited for the 'off'. Very soon the 'Macarena' could be heard and the dancing began! Although most of the boys and girls only heard the music and learned the dance moves last week, they all did a terrific job. The dancing was followed by keep fit exercises and leap frog - just to make sure everyone was awake! For the remainder of the week, everytime the children hear the 'Macarena' over the intercom, they will drop everything and dance. This was just a couple of the new activities arranged for ASW and you'll hear about other fun events as the week progresses.

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May 10th 2015

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the 55 boys and girls from Mrs Farrell's and Mrs Shiel's Second Classes who received their First Holy Communion today in St Paul's Church. We hope you all had a lovely day with your family.


May 8th 2015

As the 'Big Day' Approaches....

The children in our second classes have had a very busy week finishing off the last minute preparations for their First Holy Communion Day. There were many visits to the Church to ensure that every child knows exactly what to do on Sunday. The readers are word perfect and the children carrying gifts to the altar know the correct pace to walk. Prayers have been read and hymns have been sung. To make their day extra special and one they will never forget, both classes have been making keepsakes and mementos to remind them.

p1030856 - copyLocal artist, Andrina Finch helped the boys and girls create a painted ceramic tile using acrylic paints. They painted a Church and the surrounding greenery on a beautiful sunny day. In the corner they painted a chalice and Host - a symbol of Communion. These beautiful tiles will definitely take pride of place in the children's homes.p1030966

The children have also created scrapbooks. Each child decorated the cover in their own way, many putting in photos of themselves. Inside there is a detailed account of their lives to date, from their Christening Day to their First Holy Communion Day. It mentions their parents, siblings, grandparents, and godparents. There's a special mention of the Pope and St Patrick and many important prayers. They have interviewed their parents, asking what they were like as babies and also what their parents can remember about their own First Holy Communion. One thing is certain, when the boys and girls in Mrs Farrell's and Mrs Shiel's Second Class grow up and have children of their own, they won't have any problem remembering their 'special day' - they will just have to look in their scrapbook and the memories will come flooding back.

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Mrs Farrell's Class

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Mrs Shiel's Class


May 7th 2015

Active Learning


Mathematician Paul Halmos said - 'The best way to learn is to do'.

p1030937 - copyMs Hamill's Junior Infant Class put that quote into practice today. For the past week, the children have been learning about wheat grain. From planting the wheat seed in the ground to harvesting the fully grown grain and finally turning the grain into flour. After much discussion and watching the whole process on the whiteboard, the boys and girls named all the ways that flour is used. They only had to look in their lunchbox for ideas - bread, wraps and rolls. Today they used wheat flour to make bread. Ms Hamill is cooking the bread tonight and the children will taste their home made bread tomorrow in class.p1030904 - copy

The children also planted potatoes in the raised beds in the school garden. They used special 'Maris Piper' seed potatoes with shoots. The children paired up and the planting began. They dug a four inch deep hole and put the seed potato in with the shoots pointing up and then covered it with soil. Over the coming months, the children will have the chance to watch the seed potatoes grow and when they come back to school in September after the Summer holidays, the new potatoes will be ready to be harvested.


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May 6th 2015

Getting Ready...


The beautiful sound of sweet singing voices could be heard around the school this afternoon as the school choir rehearsed for their next performance. Under the careful guidance of Ms Morris, the choir are preparing for 12 0'Clock Mass in St Paul's Church on Sunday May 10th, when our second class students will receive their First Holy Communion. And from what I heard today, anyone who is attending that Mass is in for a musical treat!

choir rehersal - communion 2015


May 5th 2015

Put this on your Calendar


I hope you will all keep put this on your calendar 1June 14th free and join us for the first St Colman's N.S. '5K race & Family Fun Run/Walk'. The event, organised by 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 a run/walk in the fresh air and have a relaxing chat and cuppa afterwards in the school with friends. Please spread the word to family, friends and neighbours - everyone is welcome!


May 1st 2015

Persuasive Writing

p1030700Last term, as part of our Whole School Literacy Plan, the children from Mrs Walters' Fourth Class focused on persuasive writing. Persuasive writing attempts to persuade a reader to adopt a certain point of view or take a particular action. The children covered a range of interesting topics including - 'Too much television is bad for you', 'Should children be allowed to carry mobile phones all the time?', 'Should children be allowed access to the internet?', 'Children need to do homework every night' and 'School uniforms are a good idea'. Before they began to write on any topic, the children spent a lot of enjoyable time brainstorming and debating many topics and identifying reasons for and against certain statements. The next step was to plan their work before completing the first draft. After Mrs Walters' corrected the draft, the children completed the second draft correcting any mistakes. It was then time to write their final draft in their neatest handwriting. Each piece of work was decorated to complete the task. A selection of this impressive work is proudly displayed on the board outside their classroom. Take a few minutes to read their compelling arguments on the board and see if you agree.



Mrs Walters' Fourth Class took a break from their hard work to pose for a photograph



April 29th 2015

Sacrament of Penance


The boys and girls in Mrs Farrell's and Mrs Shiel's Second Class have taken another step on the journey to their First Holy Communion. Tonight in St Paul's Church, the children received the Sacrament of Penance. They brought with them a booklet, the cover of which they had designed themselves. At the moment, the children are also working on a scrapbook for their special day which is on Sunday May 10th 2015. They have promised to show me the scrapbooks next week when they're finished - so watch this space!

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Mrs Farrell's Class

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Mrs Shiel's Class


April 28th 2015

Self Portrait



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One young student, Kevin Kelly, from Ms Brennan's First Class, loves school and loves painting. He combined the two and painted a portrait of himself in his school uniform and what a great job he did. Well done Kevin!  


April 22nd 2015

Fun in the Sun


What is it about a sunny day that puts a smile on your face? From old to young we all feel better when the sun shines. The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class are no exception as you can see from the photos below.

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April 22nd 2015

Teddy Bears Picnic

The boys and girls in Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class had a very special treat today. They brought their favourite teddy bears to school for a Teddy Bears Picnic. There were many different types of teddies - Tatty Teddy, Paddington Bear, Sponge Bob Square Pants, Care Bears, Monkey and Dog Teddies to name but a few. Each bear is much loved and well cared for and together with their owners, they walked to the Bishop's Field for their party. After enjoying some ice pops, the children had great fun playing with a parachute. They even found time to practice the wheel barrow race! As you can see from the photos below, a great time was had by all!

teddy bears picnic


April 21st 2015

Enjoying the Sunshine


Our outdoor classroom got plenty of use today as many teachers took their classes ouside to enjoy the glorious sunshine. Below is Ms Healy's Junior Infant class listening attentively to 'Storytime'. Today's story was 'Marley goes to school'.



April 17th 2015

Cherry Blossom Beauty


When trying to come up with ideas for their art lesson this week, the children from Mrs Connaughton's First Class didn't have to think too hard. They turned to nature and looked at the wonderful Cherry Blossom Trees which are in full bloom and can be seen all around the school and Mullingar. Although the Cherry Blossom Tree is speculated to be native to the Himalayas, it is successfully grown in the Northern Hemisphere and we are very lucky to witness their beauty here in Ireland. Well done to all the boys and girls in Mrs Connaughton's class. You certainly captured these beautiful trees in your paintings.

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March 27th 2015

'Turn Your School Yellow'

Last year's 'Turn Your School Yellow' was such a huge success that we decided to turn it into an annual event. Coinciding with the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day, we asked everyone to come to school dressed in the yellow or green of the 'Daffodil' and to make a small donation to the Irish Cancer Society. Bunches of cut daffodils were on sale for parents/guardians and students in front of the school before and after school.

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March 27th 2015

Easter Raffle

Our annual Easter raffle was a great success and there were plenty of happy children leaving the school today with an Easter egg in their hands.

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March 27th 2015

The Sorcerer's Apprentice


The West Midlands' Touring Children's Theatre paid a visit to the school today and staged two performances of the 'The Sorcerer's Apprentice' in the school hall. At 9.15am, the hall began filling up with the children from our junior corridor and very soon after that the show began. The excitement was plain to see on the children's faces and they were not disappointed. There was fun and laughter and audience participation as some children were invited to the stage to join the cast. No sooner was the first show over than the hall filled again with the children from our senior corridor and the fun continued. It was a great end to the term!

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March 26th 2015

Musical Performance


dsc 0341 - copyToday, we were treated to a musical extravaganza in St Paul's Church. The Garda Band, took time out of their busy schedule to pay us a visit. Under the direction of Inspector Pat Kenny, they played a number of pieces to the delight of their audience. At intervals throughout the performance, our school orchestra, choir and three class groups learning the recorder had the privilege to perform alongside the professional Garda Band. Many familiar pieces were played and were recognised by the children. We were introduced to all the instruments in the band from the smallest, the piccalo to the largest which was the tuba. The children really enjoyed taking part in the theme song from the much loved cartoon, SpongeBob SquarePants, but the loudest cheers came when all the teaching staff were asked to join the band on the altar to sing along and perform the actions to 'Head, shoulders, knees and toes'. We are very grateful to the Garda Band for performing and entertaining us so well today. Thanks also to Ms Emer Morris, Mrs Helen Hassett, Mr Bob Batty, Mr Gerry Lacey and Mr Lorcan Daly for preparing the children for this performance.

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March 25th 2015

Cermony of Light

p1020259 - copyOur second class students are deep in preparations for their upcoming First Holy Communion. As part of these preparations, a 'Ceremony of Light' was held in the school hall tonight for the students and their parents. Fr Paul Crosbie spoke 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.

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March 24th 2015

Active School Committee


active-schools-flagThe Department of Education and Skills wishes to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physical educated and physically active school community by awarding them the Active School Flag (ASF). St Colman's has recently entered the process towards obtaining this award and we are planning to hold our first Active School Week (ASW) in May 2015. The ASW initiative is about providing fun and inclusive physical activity opportunities for all members of the school community. Our first Active School Committee has been elected and they are eager to get started on this new venture. Keep an eye on the school notice board and here on the school website for regular updates over the coming months.

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Active School Committee

L-R Niamh Mc Kenna, Ava Donoghue, Ben Mc Grath, Áine Mc Kenna, Brock Igbomma and Matthew Clinton 


March 23rd 2015

Easter Treat


easter bunnyThe boys and girls in Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class had an early Easter treat when they made some Chocolate Krispie Buns - two buns for every child. They really enjoyed their first taste of cooking, but they enjoyed the buns even more!

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March 21st 2015



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Congratulations to the 44 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 20th 2015

Solar Eclipse


wp 20150320 09 32 38 pro - copyAt approximately 9.30am this morning, many of our classes went outside to witness the first near-total solar eclipse of this millennium.

A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth and the Moon fully or partially blocks the Sun. Although they happen quite regularly around the world, solar eclipses are quite rare in Ireland.wp 20150320 09 32 49 pro - copy The last one was in August 1999 and the next one is not due until 2026. This morning a total solar eclipse was visible over the Northern Hemisphere at the Faroe Islands, Norway and a rare 92% partial eclipse was visible in Ireland. The eclipse began at around 8.30am, peaking at about 9.30am and was complete by 10.40am. It was noticeably darker and colder as the eclipse began. Clouds almost spoiled the fun in most areas but luckily for us, the overcast skies parted and the eclipse was visible over St Colman's. Of course, the children were warned of the dangers of looking at the sun before they went outside but one young sixth class student, Jack Kenny from Mr Beehan's class, who has a keen interest in photography, brought his camera from home and managed to capture some shots of the eclipse as it happened.

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March 19th 2015

Spring has Arrived


p1030583 - copyThe signs of Spring are evident all around the school. The buds are appearing on the trees and despite the frost we've seen over the past few weeks, the hardy daffodils and narcissus are pushing their way through the earth and are standing tall and proud in our school garden. Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class took advantage of the sunshine today and enjoyed Storytime in the beautiful surroundings of our outdoor classroom.

spring has arrived


March 17th 2015

St Patrick's Day

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Over the past week, the students from all classes in St Colman's have been preparing for St Patrick's Day. They began the week by learning about the Saint's life and during their art lesson, they created art work to decorate their classrooms and homes. Many of our boys and girls marched in the Mullingar Parade today, representing the various clubs they are involved in outside the school. I hope you all enjoyed your St Patrick's Day.

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!

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st patricks day art

Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class were very proud of their art work


March 15th 2015

Happy Mother's Day

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happy mothers day 2015This is a very special day for mothers all over the country and I'm sure there were lots of treats awaiting them this morning when they woke up. The boys and girls in our Junior Infant Classes had a special surprise in store for their mums today. Not only did they create beautiful cards during their art lesson but they also walked to the post box across from the school to post them. I'm sure these cards made with love will be treasured and kept for years to come.

posting mothers day cards 2015 


March 14th 2015

Table Quiz Night

quiz-nightLast night, the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association held their annual 'Table Quiz' in the Greville Arms Hotel and were delighted with the great turnout of almost 30 tables. Mr Willie Geraghty, our Deputy Principal, compiled 10 rounds of 10 questions and was once again quiz master on the night, challenging everyone on a wide variety of topics. There was an exciting finish to the quiz, with a tie break between the two top teams. Most of the prize money was very generously returned to the school, so thanks to everyone who supported this worthy cause. Thanks also to Mr Geraghty and the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association for organising this very enjoyable event.

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March 13th 2015

Grandparents' Day


happy grandparents day 3After the heavy showers of rain yesterday, it was a wonderful surprise this morning to wake up to a clear day with bright sunshine. Today was a special day in St Colman's N.S. as we were having a day to celebrate 'Grandparents'. For the past few weeks, Ms Healy has been very busy organising p1030568 - copythe event and yesterday our school hall was transformed into an attractive old-fashioned 'Tea Room'.

The choir and orchestra were first to make their way to St Paul's Church, followed in turn by each class group and their teachers. Very soon, the school was empty and the church was filling up. At 11.15am, Mrs Garvey welcomed everyone and invited them back to the school for refreshments when p1080540 - copythe Service was over. The Service began and Fr Paul Crosbie made his way to the altar while the choir sang the entrance hymn. He expressed how happy he was that so many Grandparents could be with us on this special day. He invited four of our sixth class children to the altar who also said words of welcome in Irish, French, German and Afrikaans. We then had a 'Procession of Symbols' where students and their Grandparents walked together to the altar. Fr Paul reminded us of those Grandparents who couldn't be with us today and Mrs Garvey led the 'Service of Light'. Sixteen children from our senior classes together with Mrs Garvey carried candles to the altar to represent Grandparents who have died.p1080533 - copy Children were also invited to put leaves on our 'Tree of Remembrance'. We then had a very moving moment when four children from Mrs Walters' Fourth Class read self penned personal letters to their Grandparents in Heaven. There was quite a few teary eyed in the congregation at this point. We moved swiftly on to readings, prayers of the faithful and singing from the choir. Before the Service concluded, ten boys and girls gathered on the altar with their grandparents. It was heart warming to hear the children tells us just how much they loved their Grandparents. 

It was great to see so many return to the school afterwards. The children were so excited to show their Grandparents around the school.

CLICK HERE to read the 'Letters to Heaven'

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March 12th 2015

Seachtain na Gaeilge


'Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam'


seachtain na gaeilge 2015

Céiliraimid Seachtain na Gaeilge ar an 1ú go dtí an 17ú de mí Márta. I rith an ama sin, bhí Múinteoir Ní Dhéin agus na páistí as rang a sé an gnóthach ag canadh amhráin Gaelach, ag damhsa agus ag foghlaim faoi saol a bhí ag Naomh Pádraig nuair a bhí sé ina óige.

Naomh Pádraig


Bhí cónaí ar bhuachaill darbh ainm Pádraig sa Bhreatain Bheag fadó. Ghabh saighdiúirí é lá amháin agus thug siad go hÉirinn é. Cheannaigh feirmeoir Phádraig aire a thabairt dá chaoirigh agus dá mhuca. Chaith Pádraig sé bliana ar an bhfeirm. Bhí sé an uaigneach. D'éalaigh sé ar long agus chuaigh sé abhaile. Tháinig Pádraig ar ais go hÉirinn mar easpag tar éis roinnt blianta. D'inis sé do na daoinne faoi Íosa Críost. Is lá speisialta é lá Fhéile Pádraig. Caithimid seamróg agus téimid chúig an bparáid.

seachtain na gaeilge - mrs deanes class

Seo píosa sliocht faoi agus pictiúir a tharraingt na páistí chun a shaol a chur in iúil


March 12th 2015

First Confession

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Congratulations to the 50 boys and girls from First Class and the 3 boys and 1 girl from Second Class who made their First Confession last night 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.


March 11th 2015

RMS Titanic Art


Just last week, we learned that Mrs Farrell's Second Class have been learning all about the RMS Titanic and we saw the painting on canvas that Megan Brock created of this famous ship. Today, we have two more pupils from Mrs Farrell's class who have produced their own piece of art based on the ship. Oisín O'Hara, coloured a picture of the ship as it sank. Using polystyrene and tape, Justin Haugh, created his own model of the ship in all it's glory. Well done boys. Mrs Farrell must be very happy with her creative and hardworking class!

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March 10th 2015

Feeding Time on the Perch

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Mrs Walters' was quick off the mark when she captured this wonderful photo of a little bird feeding from one of the homemade birdfeeders made by her fourth class in January. The various bird feeders around the school are being topped up with food on a regular basis, so, they are keeping the bird population around St Colman's well fed and happy. 


March 6th 2015

Confirmation Memento


photo 2 7Sixth Class have been very busy in recent weeks preparing for their Confirmation. Today, local artist Andrina Finch and her daughter Claire, visited our sixth classes and helped them create a painted ceramic tile, using acrylic paints, to keep as a memento of their special day. The scene they painted was of a church with stained glass windows and the surrounding greenery. A dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, was then painted in the sky. Some students are non Catholic, so they choose to put a crescent moon in the sky. The finished products were beautiful and definitely something the children will treasure.

confirmation memento


March 6th 2015

Make Your Own Pizza


Today, our school hall was turned into a pizza parlour and all thanks to Kelly Flynn from Ms Skelly's Third Class and Sadhbh O'Brien from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class. Before Christmas, both girls took part in a Supermacs-Papa John's Pizza colouring competition and were absolutely delighted to hear that they won. The fabulous prize was a 'Make Your Own Pizza Party', not just for the winners but for their entire classes. First thing this morning, three staff members Rathnait, Carol and Leon, from Supermacs-Papa John's Pizza arrived at the school with many crates full of the ingredients and equipment. Ms Skelly's Class were first up and the excitement was palpable as they put on aprons and cleaned their hands in preparation for the pizza making. Each student was given dough and under the expert guidance of Rathnait, Carol and Leo, they made their own personal pizza with the toppings of their choice. Ms Mc Laughlin's Class had their turn after first break and they were no less excited. When all the pizzas were made, they were taken back to the pizza parlour to be cooked. Very soon, the freshly cooked pizzas arrived back in the school and it wasn't long before the classes tucked in with relish. The children would like to thank Supermacs-Papa John's Pizza and especially Rathnait, Carol and Leon for this wonderful treat.

To see how the children made the pizzas CLICK HERE

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March 5th 2015

Féis Baile Átha Cliath


Yesterday, our choir and orchestra travelled with their teachers Ms Morris and Mrs Hassett, to the Basketball Arena in Tallaght to take part in 'Féis Baile Átha Cliath'.

kids in orchestra

The 83 strong orchestra were first to perform. They played three pieces - the theme music from the ballet, 'Swan Lake', then the rock 'n' roll classic, 'Rock around the Clock' and lastly a traditional piece by Irish composer Turlough O'Carolan entitled 'Fanny Power'.

The choir of 52 were up next. They began with a traditionalchildrens choir Irish folk song, 'Túirne Mháire', then a song from the 'Billy Elliot' musical called 'Electricity' and they finished with 'Tomorrow' from the musical 'Annie'. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the experience and they are looking forward to their next performance.

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March 4th 2015

RMS Titanic 


The children in Mrs Farrell's Second Classp1030426 - copy have been learning all about the RMS Titanic. On April 15th 1912, the RMS (Royal Mail Ship) Titanic, a British passenger liner, sank in the North Atlantic Ocean after colliding with an iceberg during her maiden voyage from Southhampton, England to New York City, America. As part of their investigations, the children studied many photos of this famous ship. One student, Megan Brock continued her investigations at home and decided to paint the RMS Titanic on canvas. She did a wonderful job as you can see from the photo. Well done Megan.

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March 3rd 2015

Equestrian Win


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Chloe Crowley-Lyons from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class, representing St Colman's, recently came second in an Interschools Horse Riding Competition on her horse 'Buttons'. Well done Chloe.

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March 2nd 2015

Credit Union Quiz

Second Stage

creditunionlogoLast month, four teams from St Colman's entered the first stage of the Credit Union Quiz. Our Junior Team came first in their age group and made it through to the second stage of the competition, which was held in the Athlone Springs Hotel last Friday night. Once again our team - Áine Mc Kenna, Keelie Mulderry, Shane Callaghan and Nangyal Nasir did us proud and came first in their section. They each received certificates and trophies and together they won the 'Chapter 15 U11 Quiz Perpetual Shield' which will remain in the school for the coming year. They are now through to the All Ireland Competition and we wish them the very best of luck.



February 28th 2015

Budding Young Author



While most of us were relaxing during our Mid Term Break, Keelin Burke from Mrs Connaughton's First Class was quite busy doing what she loves best - writing. Keelin read the story 'The Ugly Duckling' and decided she would write her own version of the story. After she wrote her story entitled 'A New Life', she typed it up and added pictures. When I spoke to Keelin today, I asked her what she would like to be when she grows up . There was no surprise when she answered 'a writer of long stories' like her favourite author Roald Dahl. 

CLICK HERE to read Keelin's Story


February 27th 2015

Spelling Bee


Our fifth and sixth class students have been working very hard on their spellings over the last few weeks in preparation for the Westmeath Eason Spelling Bee. Each class have undergone many tests given by their individual teachers until they were whittled down to three representatives from each class. Today in the school hall, Mr Beehan put the remaining twelve children to the test and after intense competition, Nangyal Nasir from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class was the last person standing. Nangyal will represent St Colman's in the Westmeath County final which will take place in Gaelscoil an Choillin on Tuesday March 10th at 11am and we wish him the very best of luck.

in school spelling bee


February 27th 2015


Sacrament of Reconciliation


first confessionConfessions took place in the school hall today for the children from third to fifth class. Thank you to Fr Padraig, Fr Michael, Fr Joseph and Fr Paul. Thanks also to Ms Healy for organising everything so well.


February 26th 2015

A Date to Remember!


screenshot 2015-03-08 17.45.21The St Colman's Parents Association are having their annual Table Quiz on Friday March 13th in the Greville Arms Hotel. This is a perfect opportunity for parents, teachers and friends of St Colman's to meet up for an enjoyable night out without the kids and raise money for the school at the same the date

Mr Geraghty is once again compiling the questions and he promises to have something to suit everyone covering a wide range of topics including music, sport, current affairs, general knowledge, history, geography and many more. So please keep the date in your diary and spread the word - friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues - everyone is welcome. 


February 24th 2015

Engineers Week


engineers week 2015 logoEngineers Week ran from February 8th - 14th 2015. The theme for the week was 'Engineering is for Everyone' highlighting how engineering touches the lives of every citizen and also reflects the message that a career in engineering is accessible to all students.

To that end, local Civil Engineer Graham Niven from Westmeath County Council, came to the school today to speak to the children from our fifth and sixth classes about the wonders of engineering. Graham gave a very informative and enjoyable talk about his life as an engineer and the many projects that he has been involved in both locally and further afield. The children learned a great deal about the role an engineer plays in the world around us, from designing and building bridges to the construction of water treatment plants, roads and railways. There was also lots of fun exploring the array of materials that Graham brought with him. 

Graham's children are past pupils of St Colman's and he is currently an active member of the schools Board of Management. We are very appreciative of the time he has freely given to promoting an awareness of Science and Engineering in the school.

engineers week 2015


February 23rd 2015

Enjoying Science


In the weeks leading up to the Mid Term Break, Mrs Deane's Sixth Class covered the subject of 'Light' in their Science lessons. They investigated a range of topics and conducted some experiments. 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.

rainbow spinners

Mirror Writing


13 - copyThe 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.



February 20th 2015

Cash For Clobber


cash for clobber'Cash for Clobber' is a nationwide scheme that generates funds for schools and raises awareness of recycling. On Wednesday February 25th, 'Cash for Clobber' will visit our school. All types of clothing, bags and shoes, hats and belts, towels, curtains and bedlinen are suitable to donate. Please look around your house in the next few days and fill as many bags as possible. Due to lack of storage space, bags can only be left in the school on Wednesday 25th.


February 19th 2015

Swimming Gala


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The NAC Charity Short Course Gala was held in the National Aquatic Centre on Sunday last. John Casey from Mrs Farrell's Second Class, who is a member of the Mullingar Jets Swimming Club, took part in the U10 Relay and was delighted when his team came in second place. Well done John - Great result!


February 18th 2015

Giraffes Can't Dance


The current 'Book of the Fortnight' for infants is 'Giraffes Can't Dance' giraffes cant danceby Giles Andreae. 

This is a delightful rhyming book about Gerald the giraffe, who is laughed out of the Jungle Dance because he can't dance. At the dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha and the lions tango and they all jeer when it's Gerald's turn to prance. But when Gerald meets a violin-playing cricket, his world is twisted, twirled and turned upside down.

All the classes thoroughly enjoyed reading about Gerald and some based their Art lesson on the story. Below is a small selection of the dancing Geralds painted by Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class.

giraffes cant dance - ms costelloes class


February 18th 2015

Something Fishy


Back in December, we learned about a 'Mini Fish Farm Project' undertaken by our Sixth Classes. Over the past few weeks, the children have kept a close eye on the fish tank, making sure the temperature was just right and the tank was kept in the dark, in Kevin's shed.Today saw the final chapter in the project. The trout eggs have hatched and grown from alevin to young fry and are now ready to release back into their natural environment. Our sixth class children with their teachers travelled to Ballinafid Lake and Fen at Portnashangan in Multyfarnham. The children carried out a kick test to check the quality of the water and then there was great excitement as the moment arrived when the young fry were released to go on their merry way! A huge thank you to Dermot Brohan of Inland Fisheries Ireland for all his help and expertise.

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Dermot Brohan with our sixth class students (and Mr Beehan!!)


Many classes took the opportunity today, to look at the young fry before they were taken to Multyfarnham to be released into their natural environment. The boys and girls from Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class waited in line patiently for their chance to look at the fry and were very impressed with what they saw.

ms hamills class look at the fish


February 17th 2015

Shrove Tuesday


pancakesThe delicious aroma of freshly cooked pancakes wafted through the school today as everyone celebrated 'Shrove Tuesday', more commonly known of course as 'Pancake Tuesday'. Traditionally, today is the day that we indulge our sweet tooth before Lent begins tomorrow. The range of fillings varied from class to class - sugar and lemon, jam, butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit and of course chocolate spread. So, whatever filling you choose for your pancakes tonight, I hope you enjoy them!

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Mrs Farrell's Class really enjoyed becoming chefs for the day!

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Ms Hamill's Class enjoying their pancakes!


February 14th 2015

Happy Valentine's Day


happy valentines dayLove was in the air, Art was on the agenda and pink and red were the colours of the day in all classes yesterday as the children prepared for Valentine's Day. Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class had a wonderful time creating their heart shaped cards for someone special in their lives.

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Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class were very proud of their pink and red Valentine Cards.

ms costelloes class valentine cards

Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class made a bouquet of Valentine flowers for their Mums. They used old egg cartons, paint, glitter and pipe cleaners. After cutting up the egg cartons, they painted them and decorated them with glitter. They used the pipe cleaners to make the stems. Then they tied together their six flowers to make a beautiful bouquet.

ms morris valentine flowers  


February 13th 2015

Spacesuit Fun

Today was Ms Owens last day in Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class and what a fun day it was! We heard yesterday about the wonderful projects the children produced on the topic of space. During their investigations they learned about Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, who were the first man and woman in space and Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon. In their Art lesson this week, the children worked together in groups to create their very own spacesuits, using recyclable materials. The results were terrific and there was great excitement today when the children wore their amazing spacesuits during a drama activity.

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February 12th 2015

Space Investigations


img 1358 - copyThe pupils from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class have been learning all about space over the last five weeks with student teacher Ms Owens. They carried out their research using books, magazines and the internet. The children were divided into groups and each group was given a different topic. They compiled the information into projects which they presented to Mrs Garvey today. The projects were presented in different formats - on paper, using PowerPoint and some inventive children even made cakes of the planets - Mars and the Moon. Mrs Garvey was very impressed with the standard of work and congratulated the children on their excellent achievements.

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