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August 25th 2015

Welcome Back


welcome back 2015

 

St Colman's will re-open next Tuesday September 1st at 8.50am. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and will return rested, refreshed and ready for the new school year. We look forward to welcoming the boys and girls of our new Junior Infants Classes.

Junior Infants will go home at 12 noon from Tuesday September 1st until Friday September 11th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Monday September 14th onwards.

We would like to wish all students and staff a very successful school year. 

 

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June 26th 2015

Excellent Attendance

 

Mr Geraghty had a busy morning visiting every class to present certificates for excellent attendance. Thirty three children received 'Gold Star' certificates for 100% attendance while a further one hundred and five children received certificates for missing only five days or less. For many, this was not their first time to receive this award. Congratulations to you all!


excellent attendance

 

June 25th 2015

School Tours

2015

 

Our school tours this year were once again a great success. The children from senior infants, second class, fourth class and sixth class all enjoyed busy, fun-filled activity day trips.


 

Senior Infants travelled to Athlone to visit Glendeer Pet Farm. They were taken on a glendeer pet farmnature walk and had an opportunity to interact with both farm and exotic animals. Bags of food were provided to feed the goats, sheep, donkeys and many more animals. They also had great fun playing in the suspended play area.


lullymore heritage parkThe second class boys and girls visited Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park in County Kildare. They enjoyed a trip on the road train, a guided tour of the pet farm and a special visit to the fairy village where they could make a wish. Finally they tired themselves out in the indoor and outdoor activity areas.

 

Fourth classes travelled to Tayto Park in County Meath. They were given a tour of thetayto park Tayto factory and saw how the potato ends up as a bag of crisps. They also saw many animals large and small in a guided tour of the animal park. After lunch they were kept busy in the outdoor activity area which included a zip-line and climbing Wall and  the brand new roller coaster called 'The Cú Chulainn Coaster'. They had a wonderful time and although they were very tired on the way home, they still had the energy to sing!

 

liliput adventure centre

 

Our sixth class students paid a visit to Lilliput Adventure Centre which is in the scenic Lough Ennell area of Mullingar. They took part in a number of outdoor activities and were given an insight into environmental awareness and the importance of safety. This was the last tour they will all spend together, so it was extra special and a great day was had by all.

 

June 24th 2015


Martial Arts Display


This morning, the entire school were treated to a Martial Arts display on the front green. Natalia Rittau and Philip Pietrzak Wotodko from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class took part with their teacher, Krzystof Duda and other members of their Martial Arts Class. Natalia and Philip attend classes twice a week and train for one and a half hours each night. Today the demonstration involved martial arts, dance and aerobics and was enjoyed by all.


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June 24th 2015

Wood Sculpture in the Park

 

Yesterday, the children from our third and fourth classes visited Mullingar Town Park to see a very special piece of wood sculpture in the making. This piece of art was commissioned by Westmeath County Council and is being carried out by local wood carver and carpenter, Mr Richie Clarke. Richie is father to Emily Rose from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Third Class and Anna from Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class and last year he made a carving of St Colman which he gifted to the school. The wood carving in the park is entitled 'The Norse and the Gael' and is based on the story of the viking chief Turgesius and high king of Ireland- King Malachy. Using an old ash tree which had to be cut down for safety reasons, Richie is carving the faces of Turgesius and King Malachy on either side of the tree. Above the two heads will be a Norse Dragon's head and an Irish Hound. Richie took time out from his hard work to speak to the children and answer any questions they had and we thank him for that. He has been working on the carving for five weeks now and hopes to be finished next week, so don't forget to visit the park over the holidays and see this marvellous piece of art.


wood sculpture in the park 

 

June 23rd 2015

Goodbye to Sixth Class


As the summer holidays approach, the time comes to say a fond farewell to our sixth class students, most of whom have been with us for the last eight years.

Yesterday evening, friends and family were invited to an end of year Mass in St Paul's Church to celebrate their lives thus far and to wish them well as they move on to secondary school and new adventures. Many of the pupils took part in the Mass and the music was supplied by the school choir. Everyone was then invited back to the school for refreshments and a chat!

This morning a very excited bunch arrived in school in their white shirts ready to be decorated with 'well wishes' from staff and students. After having lunch in town it came time to say their goodbyes. The children are moving on to pastures new and we wish them great success in everything they do.


Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.


goodbye to sixth class

 

June 22nd 2015

Staff Versus 6th Class

 

Shamrock's G.F.C. grounds was the venue today for the match of the season! (At least that's what the staff called it!) Of course it was the annual 'Staff versus 6th Class' Match. At 1pm, the children from 1st to 6th class walked to the football grounds to watch an exciting match where members of the staff, aided by Fr Paul Crosbie played football against our 6th class students. Like last year, it was another tough game with the staff emerging as the winners.


staff versus 6th class


June 21st 2015

Happy Father's Day


wonderful dads

 

June 19th 2015

Bridge to Bridge Duathlon

 

Waterways Ireland Bridge to Bridge Duathlon was held today as part of National Bike Week. Ten students from our sixth classes and eight students from our fifth classes took part. The participants began by cycling 2Km along the Royal Canal towpath from the Harbour Bridge to the Dublin Bridge and back to Harbour Field sports pitch, where thay ran 2 laps to complete their circuit. Congratulations to Fionn O'Hara and Ciaran Luby who came in first  and second place respectively in the sixth class boys race and to Emer Murphy who came in second place in the sixth class girls race. All our students performed well and received a medal to acknowledge their participation. Well done to you all.


bridge to bridge duathlon 2015

 

June 18th 2015

Trip to the Park

 

As an end of year treat, the boys and girls from Ms Hamill's Junior Infant class took a trip to the town park. As always they were very well behaved on the walk to and from the park and while there they enjoyed the swings, slides and see saw and some treats!


 trip to the park

 

June 17th 2015

Cycle on Wednesday

2015

bikeweek 2015Green Schools Bike Week takes place from June 15th - 19th 2015. Today was National COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday) and schools around the country were asked to cycle to school to help Green Schools Ireland reach their target of 5,000 people cycling to school today. Children from St Colman's met at the cinema in Lakepoint at 8.30am, kitted out in their helmets and hi-vis vests and cycled to the school accompanied by Gardaí, Community Wardens, parents and school staff. In spite of the inclement weather, there was a great turnout. Well done to you all.


cycle on wednesday 2015

 

June 16th 2015

One Last Match


Mr Geraghty and Ms Healy brought our boys football team to Shamrocks G.F.C. after school today to have the final game of the season. The sixth class boys played against the boys from fifth, fourth and third classes. Even though it was a friendly match, it was very competitive with both sides playing their hearts out.


one last match

 

June 15th 2015

Look Who's Back...


Once again we have swallows nesting in the grounds of St Colman's! Above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed to be precise. We love to see nature in action and what better way than to see the mother swallow feed her baby chicks and the children get to see this every day as they enter the school.

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. It takes weeks for the birds to make their journey to Ireland. 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.

The five baby chicks are getting bigger by the day so they might fly the nest very soon, but hopefully we'll see them back again next year.


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look whos back - swallows

 

June 14th 2015

5K Family Fun Run/Walk


It was great to see so many turn up for the first St Colman's Family Fun Run/Walk. From the very young in their prams to the not so young - all ages took part! Registration was at the school and the race began at Shamrocks G.F.C. grounds. Serious runners were up at the front and everyone else followed at their own pace. There was a tremendous atmosphere and the glorious sunshine just added to the occasion. Some went back to the school for refreshments, while others stayed in the Shamrock's ground enjoying the sunshine and chatting to friends. This was a very enjoyable fundraiser for the school organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association and will hopefully be an annual event!


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5k fun run 3

 

June 12th 2015

Ice Cream Surprise


99 ice creamAs soon as the 'Presentation of Medals' ceremony was over, Mrs Garvey announced a surprise that had the children cheering and whooping for joy. Every child was to get an ice cream cone as a special treat. Just what you need on a sunny day like today. Thanks Mrs Garvey!

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ice cream surprise 2

 

June 12th 2015

Presentation of Medals

2015

 

p1040585 - copyAt 11.30am this morning, all staff and students gathered in the upper playground to see some of our young sports stars collect their Cumann na mBunscoil medals. This year, our Girls Football and Camogie teams and our Boys Football team all won their competitions. County footballer and past pupil, Shane Dempsey very kindly came back to St Colman's today to present the medals. Our Boys Hurling team was also acknowledged as they made it to the semi-final of the Division 1 Championship.


presentation of medals 2015


Pizza Party

 

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As a reward for their hard work and commitment over the past year, the winning camogie and football teams enjoyed a pizza party this afternoon in the school.

 

June 11th 2015

Well Deserved Treat


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Our school choir and orchestra have had a busy year and as a reward for all their hard work and commitment, they were taken to the cinema today to see the movie 'Home'.

 

 

 

June 11th 2015

Making the Most of the Sunshine

 

We enjoyed Sports Day in the sun yesterday and today, many of our classes took advantage of the sunshine again and moved outside to work, eat and play. Our outdoor classroom was constantly in use for 'drop everything and read' time, the front field was a perfect spot for a lunchtime picnic and the upper and lower playgrounds were buzzing with fun and activity.


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June 10th 2015

Evening Recital

 

At this time of the year, we like to acknowledge and celebrate the musical achievements of our students over the past year. To that end, family and friends were invited to a music recital this evening in St Paul's Church. The choir and orchestra have performed many times during the school year, at Mass, the Christmas Carol Service, the Garda Band performance etc but tonight they chose to sing and play the pieces that they performed at 'Féis Baile Átha Cliath'. Many of our students receive tuition in trumpet, saxaphone and flute and they also played pieces tonight. It was a very enjoyable night of music for the participants and of course the appreciative audience.


evening recital 2015

 

June 10th 2015

Sports Day

2015

 

When I opened my curtains this morning and was greeted by a beautiful sunny day, I knew the right day was chosen for our annual Sports Day! As in previous years, the children from the senior corridor walked to St Loman's F.C. grounds and the children from the junior corridor stayed at the school. All the usual events took place - Soccer, Gaelic Football, obstacle course, sack race, egg and spoon race, bouncy castle fun and Mrs Skittles to name but a few. The smiles on the faces of our students as they headed home today told the story - A good day was had by all!


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Junior Corridor 

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sports day 4

Senior Corridor

 

June 9th 2015

Still Life Painting

 

Local artist, Kevin Flood, paid a visit to the school p1040411 - copyyesterday and today to impart some of his extensive artistic knowledge to our sixth class students. Kevin spoke to the children about 'Composition', a term p1040428 - copyused for the arrangement of objects in a painting or the subject matter of a painting. He chose oranges and three different wild flowers - daisy, poppy and buttercup. Kevin explained that they are all from the same colour family, so they will all complement each other. For balance, he chose items from the opposite colour family of blue, a jug, vases and a cup & saucer. The children sketched the scene, beginning with the simple shapes and remembering the size of each object to give proportion and then they drew the details. p1040394 - copyThe use of shading makes the objects look real and overlapping gives a sense of depth to the picture. When it came time for the children to begin painting, Kevin gave tips on how to blend paints to create a new colour and when overlapping the paints, you should always paint the lighter colour first. The results were fantastic and will take pride of place in many homes I'm sure!


still life painting 2015

 

June 8th 2015

Half-time Entertainment

 

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Emer Murphy from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class responded to a special request yesterday. As captain of St Colman's Girls Camogie team, she was asked to play in a game of camogie during half-time of the Westmeath v Wexford match in Cusack Park, to entertain the crowd. Well done Emer! 

 

May 5th 2015

Community Games Win


p1040388 - copyFour of our students have recently taken part in the Community Games representing 'The Downs' and were very successful! Mark Tunney from Mrs Brennan's/Mrs Fagan's Third Class, Ruari Hickey and Matthew Clinton from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class and Tom Hickey from Mr Smyth's Fifth Class played in the U12 soccer team and made it all the way to the county final and won. They brought home the Simon Henry Memorial Cup. Congratulations boys!

 

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Tom, Mark, Ruari and Matthew

 

June 3rd 2015

Greetings From Cebu

 


dscn3558 - copyIn November 2013 St Colman's held a 'Mad Hair Day' fundraiser, organised by Ms Healy, to raise much needed funds for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Ms Healy passed on the €1,100 we raised to her friend Sr Evelyn Flanagan who works with the Badjao Tribe in Cebu, the Philippines. This week Ms Healy received a letter and booklet from Sr Evelyn, thanking us once again for our generous donation. The booklet details the many changes that have happened from October 2014 to date. There has been great progress made but also some sad events.


Pictured above is Ms Healy and Sr Evelyn in Cebu

 

Please take the time to read the booklet to give you a small insight into the lives of these wonderful people who are, in the words of Sr Evelyn - Rich in culture but poor in self confidence.


To read the booklet please CLICK HERE 


 

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.


poster comp winners - asw

 

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.

 

Date

Time

Venue

Match

 

Monday 18th May

 

3.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Camogie

St Colman’s v Rathwire NS

 

Wednesday 20th May

 

3.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Girls' Football

St Colman’s v Kinnegad NS

 

Thursday 21st May

 

5.00pm

 

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.


fun friday - penalty shoot winners

 

 

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!!


miles of smiles

 

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 school.smile

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'.


walk a mile with a smile

 

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?


zumba and brain training  

 

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.


party time - communion 2015

 

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.


active school week - first day

 

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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planting seed potatoes 

 

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


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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.


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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.


fun in the sun

 

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'.


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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!


the sorcerers apprentice

 

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.


ceremony of light

 

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

Confirmation

 

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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.


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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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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.


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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

2015


'Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam'

 

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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

 

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