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September 26th 2014

School Orchestra

 

music notes 2The hall was alive with music this morning as the school orchestra had their first rehearsal of the school year. Ms Morris welcomed almost 90 eager students playing a host of instruments - recorders, tenor recorders, violins, trumpets, saxophones and flutes. They got off to a flying start and we look forward to hearing their first performance. We wish them a successful year!


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Nut Allergy Alert

 

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There are a number of children in St Colman's who are allergic to nuts. In the interest of the health and safety of these children, we ask Parents/Guardians not to include nuts or foods containing nuts eg: Nutella in their child's lunchbox. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.



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September 18th 2014

Westmeath Schools Cross Country

 

cross country runnersThe annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run took place in Belvedere yesterday. The event was organised by Mullingar Harriers and schools from all over the county attended. Sixty five children from St Colman's took part. All our runners performed well and we congratulate them all.




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September 8th 2014

Jubilee Celebrations

 

A very special Jubilee Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Christ the King yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Meath. The chief celebrant was Bishop Michael Smith and the guest of honour was Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. The beautiful music throughout the Mass was performed by the Cathedral Choir and the Mullingar Choral Society. Before the Mass, a tree planting ceremony was held to mark this special occasion.

Afterwards, more than 2,500 parishioners took part in a street party which was organised by parish volunteers. There were many activities to keep everyone busy and the lovely weather ensured that no-one was in a hurry to leave. Congratulations to everyone who organised this wonderful event.


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September 4th 2014

Storytime in the Sun

 

Isn't it lovely having sunshine in September? Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class made the most of today's sunshine by having storytime in the outdoor classroom. What a great way to end the day!


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August 25th 2014

Welcome Back


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St Colman's will re-open next Monday September 1st at 8.50am. We hope you all enjoyed the wonderful summer break and 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 Monday September 1st until Friday September 12th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Monday September 15th onwards.

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

 

 

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June 27th 2014

School's Out For Summer


schools out for summerThe excitement was palpable along the corridors of St Colman's today. With just over three hours to go before the Summer Holidays, the children and staff were looking forward to the summer days ahead. Most classes had parties and games which helped pass the time!

Congratulations to the children who received certificates for their excellent attendance. For some of you, this is not your first time to receive this certificate, so well done and keep up the good work.

We hope you all have a relaxing, happy and healthy summer and we look forward to welcoming you all back again on September 1st. 

 

June 26th 2014

Flash Dance

When the parents of our senior infants came to collect their children from school today, they were in for quite a surprise. As the children came through the door, they lined themselves up in rows. The parents were a little bewildered. 'What's going on?' one man said. Then the music started and the boys and girls began their very well rehearsed dance to the delight and amusement of their parents. There were two performances, one from each class. Ms Costelloe's Class danced to 'Fixer Upper' from the much loved movie Frozen and Ms Morris' Class danced to the catchy tune 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams. The children learned the dances with their dance teacher, Mrs Siobhan Moore and continued to rehearse with their class teachers until they were ready to perform for their parents. The children danced their socks off and their very proud parents were thrilled with this impromptu flash dance.


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June 26th 2014

Tile Art

 

Recently, local artist Andrina Finch, came in to work with our fourth classes. The theme for the art lesson was 'School Life' and the medium was tile painting. After discussing all aspects of school life and ideas on how best to paint them, the children began to design their tile. The finished tiles were then displayed decoratively on two boards. The boards are hanging on the senior corridor for all to see and admire. The children are very proud of the finished products and would like to thank Andrina for her help and guidance.


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June 25th 2014

Beside The Seaside

 

To get into the 'summer holiday' spirit, the boys and girls in Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class put on a play for their family and friends yesterday. The children acted out all the characters and creatures you might see on the beach. They rehearsed every song until they were perfect. The toe-tapping melodies had everyone humming along and leaving with smiles on their faces. Great job!

                                      

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June 25th 2014

Third Class Projects

 

The children in Ms Skelly's Third Class have been very busy recently. They divided into groups and completed projects on many different topics. Some of the topics include domestic animals, wild animals, snakes, reptiles as well as the doll/movie Monster High and the video game Minecraft. One group completed their project on the very popular Looms. The boys and girls worked very hard researching the various topics and were very proud of the finished work. Well done guys!


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June 24th 2014

Sports Blitz


Mrs Connaughton's Fourth Class were invited to Gaelscoil an Choillín today to participate in a sports blitz. The events included soccer, Gaelic, wall ball, mini basketball, handball and unihoc. The emphasis was on enjoyment and not competitiveness. The children certainly enjoyed themselves and after all those games will probably sleep well tonight! Thanks to the parents and staff of Gaelscoil an Choillín for the invitation and welcome we received.


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June 24th 2014

Farewell To Sixth Class

 

Today we bid a fond farewell to the children in sixth class. Most of the children have been with us in St Colman's for the past eight years and now they are moving on to secondary school and new adventures.

Yesterday, at 1.00pm a special football match was held in Shamrock's Grounds. Sixth class against the teachers aided by Fr Paul Crosbie! It was a hard fought game but the teachers won out in the end. Thankfully the teachers were all fit for work today, although maybe a little tired!!


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Yesterday evening, family and friends were invited to an end of year Mass in St Paul's Church, officiated by a relieved Fr Paul. Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school hall for refreshments. The hall was decorated by some wonderful project work and art work created by our talented sixth class children.

The children arrived in bright and early this morning wearing their school shirts ready to be decorated by 'well wishes' of teachers and students. They went to lunch in town before saying their goodbyes. They're heading off to pastures new and we wish them the very best of luck in everthing they do.

Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.


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A selection of sixth class work displayed in the hall

 


 

June 23rd 2014

Paisean Faisean

 

p1060488 - copyThe boys and girls in Ms Brennan's First Class have taken to the catwalk! Today at 1.30pm, they put on a fashion show 'As Gaeilge' in the school hall for family and friends. Many of the models were familiar to us here in St Colman's. Mrs Garvey, Ms Morris, Ms Murphy, Kevin our caretaker and Ms Brennan to name just a few, were all there modeling the latest fashion. The wonderful show was written by Ms Brennan and each child took a turn as narrator. There were coyboys, rappers, army, school inspectors and rock stars. The well chosen music kept us all tapping our feet and clapping our hands as the models performed line-dancing, ballet and brush dancing. The applause throughout the show and at the end was testiment to the terrific acting and dancing and just how much everyone enjoyed themselves. Well done everyone!


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June 22nd 2014

Summer Has Arrived!!

 

The weather in Ireland is nothing if not temperamental, so when we have some sunshine we have to make the most ot it! This past week everyone at St Colman's was making the most of the glorious sunshine. During our breaks, which went on a little longer some days, the green areas and playgrounds were awash with activity. Lets hope this is a sign of the weather to come during the summer holidays but either way that old saying 'Make hay when the sun shines' springs to mind. Enjoy the good weather when we get it!


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Click on a photo below to see some more photos in the sunshine


 

June 20th 2014

Duathlon


duathlon 2Ten of our sixth class children took part in the Waterways Ireland Bridge to Bridge Duathlon today, which was hosted by Westmeath Sports Partnership & Midland Tri Club and was part of the National Bike Week celebrations. They began by cycling 2km along the Royal Canal towpath before running two laps of the Harbour Field sports pitch. The children all performed well and received a medal to acknowledge their participation.



June 19th 2014

Sports Awards

 

The entire school gathered in the lower playground today to see our some of young sports stars collect their awards. Mr Geraghty was M.C. and past pupil Fiona Keating very kindly came back to St Colman's to present the awards. Fiona is the goal-keeper on the Westmeath Ladies Senior Camogie Team.

First up were the winners of the I.N.T.O. Mini Sevens which was held in Caulry GAA grounds, Moate. Then we had the runners up in the Cumann na mBunscoil Boys' Football Division 1 final. Last but not not least were the winners of the Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie Division 2 final. Congratulations to all the players and their coaches.


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June 18th 2014

Bike to School Day 2014

Schools around the country were asked to cycle to school today, as part of National Bike week. Children from St Colman's met at the cinema in Lakepoint at 8.30am and travelled in convoy to the school accompanied by Gardaí, Community Wardens and school staff. The cyclists were greeted at the school by a rousing round of applause and much cheering. Well done to everyone who took part. You were all helping Green Schools Ireland reach a target of 5,000 people cycling to school in Ireland today. I wonder did they reach their target?


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June 18th 2014

Cinema Treat

 

choirAs a reward for their hard work and commitment over the past year, the members of our school choir and orchestra were taken to theorchestra cinema today. The children really enjoyed the movie, Maleficent and didn't complain at all about missing their lessons!   

 

June 17th 2014

Young Reporter

 

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One budding young reporter, Danagh Nagle, has started her career in journalism and she's only in fourth class. A short time ago, Danagh from Mr Geraghty's Class, noticed an aeroplane flying low in the sky and was worried that it might crash. With her dad's help, Danagh looked up an app called Flightrader Pro and was able find the plane and follow the flight path. Not content to leave it there, Danagh approached the Westmeath Examiner and told her story which was published in the May 31st edition. Keep up the good work Danagh, we look forward to seeing more of your work in print.


To read Danagh's report CLICK HERE


 

June 16th 2014

Texaco Art Competition


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Congratulations to Caoilinn Behan who received a Special Merit Certificate in this year's Texaco Art Competition. Caoilinn from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class told me that she loves art and definitely wants to study art in college, following in the footsteps of her mum who is an animator.

 

June 15th 2014

Happy Father's Day

 

Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! The photos below show the boys and girls in Ms Healy's Junior Infants who were very excited leaving the school on Friday with their Father's Day art work.


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June 14th 2014

School Tours


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


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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.



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. They had a wonderful time and although they were very tired on the way home, they still had the energy to sing!



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.


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 had great fun playing in the suspended play area.    

 


June 13th 2014

Sports Day 2014


Our annual sports day was held today. Apart from one shower, the weather held and a good time was had by all. The children from the senior corridor walked to St Loman's grounds, where the events were marked out ready to start. Soccer, Gaelic football, wellie throw, obstacle course and sack race were just some of the events enjoyed by the children. Each class was divided into four teams - white, green, blue and red. Every team performed well but the winners on the day were the green team, who were delighted to collect their medals before heading back to the school.


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The children from the junior corridor stayed on the school grounds. They had a busy day full of events - sack race, racing with a teddy on your head, egg and spoon race, parachute fun, piggy back and wheel barrow races and the bouncy castles. Mrs Skittles and Smarties also paid a visit. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and were exhausted but happy leaving the school. I think they'll sleep well tonight!


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June 13th 2013

Our Class Community


The children in Ms Murphy's First Class learned the importance of being part of a community when studying religion with student teacher Ms Healy recently. Of course we are all part of a wider community - family, friends, neighbours and church, but Ms Healy pointed out that the children also have their class community. The children cut out their own handprints and decorated them, before displaying them in their class to symbolise their own class community. Ms Healy is pictured below with Ms Murphy and her class. Today is Ms Healy's last day and Ms Murphy and the children would like to thank her and wish her every success in her future career.


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June 12th 2014

Evening Music Recital


music notes 2Family and friends of the children involved in our school choir and orchestra were invited to an evening recital in St Paul's Church yesterday evening. The children practised every week over the past school year and have performed many times at Mass, First Communion and at our annual Christmas Carol Service. The evening was a celebration of the wonderfulmusic notes 3 musical achievements of our choir and orchestra and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.




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June 11th 2014

Jack and the Beanstalk

 

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The children from junior infants to fourth class were invited to a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in the Arts Centre today. Thankfully the weather was in our favour as we walked to the Arts Centre and the excitement was clear to see on the children's faces. The 'One Man Show' presented by Lyngo Theatre had lots of surprises and entertained the children from beginning to end. There was an enormous shoe, a tiny house, showers of silver and gold and a big leafy explosion! Thank you to Sean and the staff of Mullingar Arts Centre and to the Lyngo theatre for this wonderful treat!

 

 


 

June 6th 2014

The Highway Rat


the highway rat -bookOver four English lessons, student teacher Ms Healy delighted the children from Ms Murphy's First Class with the wonderful story 'The Highway Rat' by Julia Donaldson. When they knew the story well and had discussed the characters at length, the boys and girls completed character profiles on each character in the story. Then the 'Hot Seating' began. Each child had the opportunity to sit in the 'Hot Seat' and pretend to be a character in the story and answer questions from the other children. Later in the week, during Art, the children painted their favourite character or scene and the results are quite impressive as you can see below.


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June 5th 2014

Swallows Return


In April, Birdwatch Ireland reported that the Irish Swallow is on the decline. The Sahara desert is getting wider each year and more arid and fewer swallows can survive the crossing. They also said that the estimated swallow population is half a million and on average, a pair that nests successfully raise 100 chicks but 98 will die.

Well two of those nesting swallows chose St Colman's School grounds to nest. Recently we noticed a nest above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed and this week we saw chicks raising their heads. There seems to be five chicks and two adult swallows. The children love watching nature at work and there is plenty to see as the adults come and go to get food supplies for their young. Lets hope these five chicks survive and return to St Colman's in the future.


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June 4th 2014

Under The Sea


The children from Ms Murphy's First Class really enjoyed a recent lesson they studied with student teacher Ms Healy, about creatures from 'Under the Sea'. After discussing the many sea creatures that can be found under the sea, Ms Healy showed the class numerous pictures, pointing out the many different colours and shapes. Then, using paper plates, coloured paper, glue and googly eyes, the boys and girls created their own 'Under the Sea' creatures and displayed them in the class. Well done everyone!


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June 3rd 2014

Here Comes The Summer


If I wasn't thinking of summer holidays before I went into Ms Brennan's first class today, I certainly was when I left. During a recent art lesson, the children painted buckets and spades, sea shells, star fish, flamingoes, palm trees, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, butterflies and birds using Pointillism. They decorated their classroom and created a wonderful beach scene on their art board outside the class.


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Ms Brennan's Class looking forward to summer

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Please click on Pupils Work - First/Second Classes to see the Pointillism art work

 

May 29th 2014

One Direction Fans


One Direction Mania hit Ireland in force last weekend when the band played three concerts in Croke Park, Dublin. Many of our students travelled to Dublin to attend the concerts and from speaking to them this week, the overall consensus was that One Direction were BRILLIANT!! Of course the favourite band member is Niall and when he sang, the crowd went wild and chanted for him. One girl was very proud to tell me that the Friday night concert made One Direction history, as the largest crowd the band ever played for. Lauren Kennedy from Mr Geraghty's fourth class, had a very special night. Not only did she attend the concert but she also had a VIP pass which allowed her to go backstage after the concert. Lauren is a cousin of Niall's, so she and her family met all the band members and got their photo taken with the Mullingar man!


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A small group of St Colman's One Direction fans with Lauren

 

May 23rd 2014

Boys' Football Division 1 Final


The Cumann na mBunscoil Boys' Football Division 1 final was held yesterday in Cusack Park. St Colman's got off to a slow start after early scores from Kinnegad. We battled relentlessly against a tough Kinnegad side who had a ten point lead at half time. Our boys never gave up though and showed tremendous team work and spirit but could not bridge the ten point gap. The final score was St Colman's 3-4 Kinnegad 2-17. Kinnegad were the better team on a wet evening and congratulations to them. St Colman's are a young team and we are very proud of their valiant efforts. Better luck next year.


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May 21st 2014

Summer Sunshine


Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class took advantage of the beautiful sunshine today and enjoyed 'Storytime' in our outdoor classroom.


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May 21st 2014

Scratch Awards

 

scratch logoEarlier this year, Mr Beehan's Sixth Class completed a ten week on-line computer course called Scratch. They learned basic computer programming and coding which integrated many parts of the curriculum including Maths, Science and English. Today they received Scratch Completion Certificates.


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Nine children from Mr Beehan's class entered the National Scratch Computer Programming Competition 2014 on completion of the on-line course. This involved a considerable amount of work both in school and at home. Today they were awarded Scratch Participation Certificates in recognition of their hard work.


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May 20th 2014

Camogie Division 2 Final

 

The Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie Division 2 final was held in Cusack Park yesterday. It was a hard fought game with St Colman's leading at half time. Rathwire scored 2 goals in the opening ten minutes of the second half and this led to a heart stopping final ten minutes. St Colman's were unbelievable fighters and they scored 2 goals and 1 point in those final ten minutes which was enough to secure victory. Great scenes of celebration followed as the pitch was invaded with delighted supportors. The final score was St Colman's 6-1 Rathwire 5-0. Congratulations to all the girls and their coaches!


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May 20th 2014

Love of LEGO


LEGO is loved by young and old, male and female. Recently three boys in the school spoke to me about this much loved construction toy. Niall Milmoe from sixth class showed me the helicopter he made with Mrs Riordan. He loves making things and really enjoys the challenge of constructing a new piece. He tries to work without the instructions but can check them if it becomes complicated. David Marshall and Andrew Donoghue from fourth class showed me a project they completed with Mrs Riordan about LEGO. They told me that LEGO was invented by Ole Kirk Christiansen from Denmark. The modern LEGO brick has been around since the 1960's and the name LEGO means 'Play Well'. The boys enjoyed writing the project and like Niall they love constructing LEGO sets!


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May 16th 2014

Preparing For The Finals

 

The excitement is building around the school as we await the Cumann na mBunscoil finals which take place in Cusack Park next week. The St Colman's girls camogie team are playing on Monday and the boys football team play on Thursday. To show our support, the school corridors are decorated with art work and messages of Good Luck and we hope to see as many supporters as possible in Cusack Park next week to cheer on the teams. Below is a small selection of artwork from the school corridors.  


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Please come along and support our teams next week

 

Monday May 19th 2014 @ 4 p.m.: Camogie Division 2: St. Colman's v Rathwire


Thursday May 22nd 2014 @ 6 p.m.: Boys' Football Division 1: St. Colman's v Kinnegad


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May 14th 2014

Martial Arts Demonstration

Kyoshi Martin O'Reilly and three sensei from Shogun.ie paid another visit to the school today. They gave two 30 minute educational lessons  and a Martial Arts demonstration to the children from our third and fourth classes. Kyoshi Martin explained that this was the oldest Martial Art in the world and the most important lesson to learn is good manners. With good manners, you gain respect from others. When you learn basic techniques, you can defend yourself. It was stressed at all times that Japanese Martial Arts is not about fighting and instead it gives you the chance to escape attackers.


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May 12th 2014

Party Time

 

The children from our second classes had a very busy day yesterday but there was still plenty in store for them today. They arrived in school this morning dressed in their Communion finery and after having their photos taken in St Paul's Church, they changed into their casual gear and got ready to party! There was food and drinks waiting for them in the school hall and the children had no problem devouring it all. They had a ball as you can see from the photos below.


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May 11th 2014

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the 56 boys and girls from Mrs Walters' and Mrs Farrell's Second Classes who received their First Holy Communion today in St Paul's Church. We hope you all had a lovely day.










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Mrs Walters' Class

 

May 8th 2014

Girls Football Team Semi Final


The girls Division 1 football semi-final, St Colman's v Rathwire,  took place yesterday afternoon in St Loman's football grounds. St Colman's played a very strong match but unfortunately it didn't go our way and we lost by one point. Every girl had an excellent game and played their hearts out doing themselves, their school and their trainers, Ms Mc Cormack and Ms Mc Laughlin, proud. Well done girls!

Best of luck to Rathwire N.S. and Loughegar N.S. in the final.


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May 1st 2014

Still Life


Before we broke for the Easter Holidays, our 5th and 6th Classes enjoyed Art Week. Local artist, Kevin Flood, worked with the children and shared his expertise with them. Over four days, Kevin taught the children in small groups. The theme was still life and the medium used were watercolours and pastels. The results were super as you can see from the photos below.


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Please click on Pupils Work -Fifth/Sixth Classes to see more of the art work

 

April 29th 2014

Easter Draw Results


The St Colman's Parents Association Easter Draw was once again a resounding success. Thank you and well done to everyone for raising €9,000 which will be used for the development of sport and recreational facilities in the school.


The prize winners were as follows:


Holiday for four to the Algarve:        Derek Sheeran


Sellers:                                            Caoimhe and Isabelle Hunt

                                                         

Family Weekend Away:                      Zoe Clayton


Mini iPod:                                          Jack and Roman Kenny


Mini Lap Top:                                    Conor Garvey


Easter Egg Basket:                            Lauren Butler


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April 20th 2014

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April 11th 2014

Clay Art

 

When Mrs Connaughton asked the boys and girls in her fourth class to come up with some ideas for tea light holders made from clay, they didn't disappoint. They created bowls, cups, hurls, football boots, faces, flowers, a chicken and  a clock face. After painting and varnishing, the finished products looked great as you can see from the photos below. Well done to you all!


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April 11nd 2014

Teddy Bear Day


Ms Brennan's First Class were reading about teddy bears recently and learned how they were named after a famous American President, Theodore 'Teddy' Roosevelt. Today, they decided to have a 'Teddy Bear Day', where they could bring in their favourite teddies and talk about how special they are to them. They learned that most people use their teddies to help them go to sleep and that they are especially good for cuddling! Some of the teddies come from different countries and their faces look a little different from the Irish teddies. They had great fun with their teddies!


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April 10th 2014

Easter Buns

 

Mrs Connaughton's Fourth Class were looking forward to their Easter Holidays today as they decorated some Easter Buns. The results were good enough to eat and the children had no trouble obliging!


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April 10th 2014

Cherry Blossom Tree

 

Ms Brennan's First Class have designed a really cool Cherry Blossom Tree during their art lesson. The children worked in teams and completed the art work in stages over a two week period. First, they looked at examples of different cherry blossom trees to get an idea of the shades of pink, brown and green they would need. The class were split into groups and each group worked on different parts of the tree. One group made the grass by choosing different shades of green and using combs to create the grass effect. Another group made the bark by using different shades of brown and adding washing powder to make the bark rough. The last group made the cherry blossom. Again they chose different shades of pink and added popcorn for the 3D blossom effect. Things certainly got messy at this point. I'm told there was pink everywhere! During the second art lesson the children cut out bark strips, grass and cherry blosson circles. Different shades of grass and bark were placed over each other. The blossom was added and their cool 3D Cherry Blossom Tree was finished. The children love their creation and since making it they have been noticing all the Cherry Blossom Trees growing in Mullingar.


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April 9th 2014

First Communion Preparations


In preparation for their First Holy Communion in May, our second class students are busy creating 'A Memory Scrapbook'. The book will cover important milestones in their lives from birth to their very special First Communion day. As part of this memento, the children are including a piece of work about their local church, St Paul's. They have already sketched their favourite image of this beautiful building and today after 9.15am Mass, Fr Paul Crosbie very kindly met with the children and their teachers and gave them a guided tour of the church. Fr Paul explained a little about the history of the church and many significant features inside.


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April 5th 2014

Confirmation

 

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Congratulations to the 53 boys and girls from St Colman's who were confirmed in the Cathedral today. We hope you had an enjoyable day with your family. 

 

April 2nd 2014

Jersey Draw

 

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There was great excitement in the school hall today as the first of our Seller's Draws was held. The prize was a jersey of your choice or a sports voucher to the value of €70. The winners were the Vickery Family who have sold a whopping FIVE cards to date. As you can see from the photo, Darragh and Anna were thrilled to win the prize.

With just over a week to go to the main draw, there's still plenty of time to get those cards sold.

You know what they say 'if you're not in, you can't win!'   

 

March 31st 2014

Lenten Parish Mission

 

lenten parish mission 2014The Lenten Parish Mission takes place from Saturday March 29th until Wednesday April 2nd 2014. The mission is part of a series of events marking the 75th anniversary of the Cathedral's consecration. Today, children from our 3rd, 4th and 5th Classes were invited along to a short service at the Cathedral. Visiting Redemptorist priest Fr Denis Mc Bride officiated at the service called 'Mission Of Children'.


 

March 28th 2014

'Turn Your School Yellow'

 

To coincide with the Irish Cancer Society's 'Daffodil Day', we decided to turn our school yellow today with a no uniform day. We asked the children to wear any yellow or green clothes they have in their wardrobe and encouraged as many as possible to make a small donation to 'Daffodil Day'. Daffodil pins and bunches of cut daffodils were on sale for parents/guardians before and after school. As always, when we ask for your support for a worthy cause we receive it in spades. Thank you once again for being so generous and for getting behind every venture we have. You all looked wonderful in your yellow clothes and well done for raising €1,060 for the Irish Cancer Society.


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March 27th 2014

Easter Draw

 

beachIt's that time of the year again when the St Colman's Parents Association hold their annual Easter Draw. Like before there are some great prizes up for grabs. First prize is a wonderful holiday for 2 adults and 2 children to the Algarve, 7 nights accommodation & kids club and all travel & transfers homework passare included.

Every child who sells a full card will receive the much coveted 'Homework Pass' and will then be entered into 'The Seller's Draw' and has the chance to win a family weekend away for 2 adults and 2 children in D Hotel in Drogheda with passes for Funtasia orTayto Park.

funtasia 5As an extra bonus this year, every child who sells 3 or more cards will be entered into yet another draw for a mini Laptop and mini iPod. As if that's not enough, there is also another draw on offer. At some point during the next two weeks in the run up to the main draw, as an added incentive, all those who have sold a full card will mini-laptop-computershave the chance to win a sports jersey of their choice or a sports voucher.

The class with the most cards sold will also be in for a treat. A trip to Rock n' rock n bowlBowl for the whole class!

This raffle has been very well supported in the past and we hope that this year will be no exception. Thank you to all the parents who sold lines in Buckleys last Friday. Parents are needed for slots in Dunnes Stores on Friday April 4th. If you think you can help out or if you would like a card to take into your workplace, please contact the office. All funds raised will be used for the development of sport and recreational facilities in the school.Thank you all for your support.

 

March 17th 2014

Lá Fhéile Pádraig


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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh

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March 13th 2014

Happy Anniversary Pope Francis 

 

pope-francis-facebookOne year ago today white smoke billowed from the chimney of the Sistine Chapel announcing to the world that we have a new Pope. 76 year old Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio became the first Pontiff from Latin America and the first Jesuit Pope. Cardinal Bergoglio chose the name of Francis after his election as the 266th head of the Roman Catholic Church. A Prayer Service was held in the Cathedral today to mark the anniversary. The children from Mrs Walter's, Mrs Farrell's and Mrs Connaughton's classes attended the service.

To mark his first year anniversary Pope Francis' wrote a simple tweet - Please pray for me.


CLICK HERE for a Prayer for Pope Francis 

 

March 12th 2014

Taekwon-Do Championships

 

The 15th INTA Open Championships was held in the Watershed Sports Centre, Kilkenny recently. INTA stands for the Irish National Taekwon-do Association. Teams from all over the country, as well as visiting teams from Scotland and England took part. Two St Colman's students, brothers Cian and Adam Walsh participated also. Cian proudly sported two medals and Adam one medal as they told me about their exciting experience taking part in this international competition. We're all very proud of Cian and Adam and wish them luck in future competitions.

CLICK HERE to read the boys story in Cian own words.

When I was taking the photos of Cian and Adam, Ms Healy's Junior Infants came along the corridor. They were thrilled to see the boys in their Taekwon-Do uniforms. When asked by Ms Healy why he was dressed like he was, Cian explained the history of Taekwon-Do and told the children about the recent competition he participated in, like a seasoned speaker!


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March 12th 2014

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014


seachtain na gaeilge 2014There are quite a few activities happening in the school this week, 'as Gaeilge', to celebrate Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014.

Our music teacher, Sinéad from Magic of Music visited classes today and after the usual recorder lessons, the children enjoyed singing Irish Songs, accompanied by Sinéad on the guitar.irish music

Rosario Clinton was also in school today teaching Sean-Nós dancing to our second, third and fourth classes. Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants Class were treated to a short performance by the boys and girls from Mrs Farrell's second class. If the smiles on their faces and the rousing applause was anything to go by, Ms Costelloe's class really enjoyed the performance and can't wait until they can learn Sean-Nós dances from Rosario.


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Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants really enjoyed the performance!

 

March 5th 2014

Ash Wednesday

 

ash wednesdayAsh Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. At Mass, the priest marks foreheads with black ashes, in the sign of the cross. The ashes used are typically made from the burning of blessed palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday Celebration. All classes from 3rd to 6th attended Mass today in St Paul's Church to receive their ashes.

Traditionally, we think of Lent as a time when we give up something, sweets, x-box etc but it can also be a time when we start something new. Why not make a special effort to keep your room tidy, help around the house, or do something kind for someone you meet during your day?  

 

February 27th 2014

Texaco Art Competition Entries 2014

 

Today was the final day to hand in art for this year's Texaco Art Competition. We had a great response and I managed to get some photos of the entries before they were posted. The artwork is excellent as you can see from the photos below.


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Just a small selection of our wonderful artists with their artwork


Click on any photo below to see a slideshow



 

February 19th 2014

School Uniform Survey


Recently we asked each family to complete a survey regarding school uniforms as suggested by The Department of Education and Skills. The results are as follows:


94% would like to retain a school uniform


91% prefer clothing and footwear that can be bought in shops/department stores


90% expressed a preference for generic clothing and footwear


60% are in favour of a school crest (on P.E. Hoodie)


70% are in favour of iron-on crests


The St Colman's Parents Association agreed at a recent meeting to approach businesses in Mullingar with a view to obtaining school uniforms at competitive prices. We will update you in relation to this in the near future.

 

February 19th 2014

Sacrament of Reconciliation

 

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Confessions took place in school today for the children from second to fifth class. Thank you to Fr Paul, Fr Padraig, Fr Michael, Fr Joseph and Fr Daniel. 

 

February 6th 2014

Credit Union Quiz 2014

 

Sixteen students from our fifth and sixth classes took part in the Annual Schools' Credit Union Quiz, which took place in Mullingar Arts Centre last Friday night. They all performed well, with two of our teams finishing in joint third place. Well done everyone!


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January 31st 2014

Grandparents Day

 

happy grandparents day 2Today, as part of Catholic Schools Week 2014, a prayer service was held in St Paul's Church to celebrate grandparents. There was huge excitement among the children as they gathered in the church. Fr Paul Crosbie began the service by welcoming everyone and thanking all grandparents for the important role they play in their grandchildren's lives. Many grandparents took part in the ceremony accompanied by their grandchildren. We were asked to remember those who couldn't be present today, in particular those who are ill or in Heaven. The school choir sang beautifully which further enhanced this very special occasion. Afterwards everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments.


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January 30th 2014

Wood Carving of St Colman


Mrs Garvey was very pleased to receive a beautiful wood carving of St Colman from one of our students, Emily Clarke from Mrs Farrell's Second Class. The piece of art was sculpted by Emily's father Mr Richie Clarke and will hang on the wall at the school entrance beside the mill wheel. Below Emily tells us about her dad and his work.


St Colman/The Wood Carving


My dad started wood carving about 18 years ago. He is mainly self-taught, although he went to England to get some professional tuition from Master Carver, Chris Pye. He taught my dad an awful lot and this has been a great help to him. My dad does some very large pieces from big tree logs. He does these with chainsaws. He also makes small carvings like the St Colman piece, which is known as a relief carving. The wood used for the St Colman piece grows in Africa and is called Sapele. Sometimes my dad lets me use his carving tools to do some wood carving of my own. I really enjoy it! He always keeps a close eye on me because the tools are very sharp. 


By Emily Clarke

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January 22nd 2014

Enrolment Policy Change


St Colman's Enrolment Policy was reviewed by the Board of Management at a recent meeting. The catchment area for the school has now been widened to include more areas of the parish. For more information please click on Parents/School Policies to see Enrolment Policy 2014 - 2015.


Enrolment Week - January 27th - 31st 2014

 

January 22nd 2014

Active Travel

 

active travelA group of children from our Fifth Classes are receiving training in 'Safe Cycling' from Westmeath Sports Partnership. The children are playground based at the moment but the last session will see the group cycle along the cycle lanes near the school.



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January 9th 2014

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2014 - 2015

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2014 will take

place during the week of


27th January 2014 - 31st January 2014


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2014,

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


4pm on Friday 31st January 2014


 

January 8th 2014

Leinster Rugby


Two Leinster Rugby representatives, Darragh Mc Ginley and David Farrelly, came to visit us today. Children from third to sixth class gathered in the school hall where Darragh and David showed them the three trophies won by Leinster Teams in 2013, the Amlin European Challenge Cup and the Rabo Direct Pro 12 cup which were won by the Leinster Senior Team and the British and Irish Cup which was won by the Leinster A Team. The children became very competitive at the Question and Answer session and the winners were delighted to receive Leinster Rugby flags. Pencils with the Leinster logo were also left in the school for the children. David is the Mullingar Schools Coach and every Wednesday he teaches 'Tag Rugby' to the children from fourth to sixth class. Although St Colman's would be seen mainly as a GAA school, many of our pupils are also members of the Mullingar Rugby Club and we are very proud that a number of our past pupils have gone on to achieve success with Leinster Rugby Teams.


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January 7th 2014

Happy New Year


 

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Happy New Year to everyone!


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










 

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December 19th 2013

The Final Christmas Play


Today at 1.30pm saw the last but by no means least of our Christmas Plays. Ms Brennan's First Class performed an original play called 'A Toe-Tapping, Line-Dancing, Very Special Birthday' which was written by Ms Brennan herself. With such an interesting title, the play captured the audience's attention right from the start. There was non-stop singing, dancing and acting from beginning to end and all with a cast of just twenty. The title promised toe-tapping and this was delivered in spades. Using familiar songs from the charts throughout, the audience were not just toe-tapping but were singing along also. Congratulations to Ms Brennan and her class on a fabulous play and a wonderful ending to a fun filled week packed full of entertainment.


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To see more photos please click on Pupils Work - First/Second Classes

 

For Your Diary

OCT
03

03.10.2014 12:00 - 13:00
Boys football challenge match v Gainstown in Gainstown @ 1pm

OCT
27

27.10.2014 - 31.10.2014
Mid term break

NOV
03

03.11.2014
School reopens after Mid term break

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