October 25th 2016

It's Planting Time!

In January and February next year, when it seems like Winter will never end, those first signs of Spring cheer us up and promise better weather ahead. One sure sign of Spring is when the hardy crocus pushes its way up through the earth.

To ensure that we see some colour in our school garden next Spring, Mrs Farrell's First Class planted some crocus bulbs this morning. The best time to plant crocus bulbs is when the weather starts to get chillier in Autumn, so today was the ideal time. The children headed out to our outdoor classroom, where Ms O'Dowd gave them a few pointers on planting bulbs.

Crocus bulbs should be sown several inches apart and 2-3 inches deep. The bulbs are small and rounded with slightly pointed tops. Place the bulbs in the ground with the pointed tops facing upwards. Then cover with soil and press firmly. Gently water the soil and the job's done. The boys and girls will check the garden from time to time and they promise to let us know when their crocus bulbs bloom.

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October 24th 2016

Jack O'Lantern

p1070184 - copyA Jack O'Lantern is a carved pumpkin lantern associated with the holiday of Halloween. But the original Jack O'Lantern was actually a carved turnip! In the 19th and 20th centuries, as pumpkins did not exist in Ireland, people carved turnips on All Hallow's Eve (31st October) and placed an ember inside to ward off evil spirits. In recent years, supermarkets have begun to sell larger and easier to carve American pumpkins. Irish immigrants brought the tradition to America where it has become an integral part of the Halloween festivities.

Mrs Farrell had a lovely surprise this morning. One of her students in first class, Corey Barr, brought a fully carved pumpkin, complete with a candle, into class. Corey's mum Lisa helped with the carving and together they did a wonderful job!


October 21st 2016

Halloween Art


I'm sure many of you have seen the amazing Autumn sunsets throughout the last month. The colours range from yellow, orange, red, pink, magenta to purple, blue, brown and black. At the moment, you can see many of these colours in the classrooms of St Colman's as the children create and display their Halloween art.

The boys and girls in Mrs Shiel's First Class invited me into their room today to see their wonderful Halloween art creations. They dressed their cute wooden spoon witches in foam dresses and they will take pride of place in many homes over the Halloween period. The cute cat masks will come in handy when the children go 'Trick or Treating'. Well done guys!

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October 21st 2016

Hurling Championship


The Intermediate Hurling Championship replay between St Oliver Plunkett's and Crookedwood was held in Cusack Park last Saturday, October 15th 2016. After a hard fought game, St Oliver Plunkett's emerged as the  winners.

Today, four players from the victorious team, Conor Lynch, Michael Harris and past pupils Brian Carter & Shane Donoher visited the school with the Adrian Murray Memorial Cup. The hurlers were very happy to pose for photographs with the children who gathered in the school hall in their honour. Michael was very proud to pose for a photograph with his daughter Stephanie Greville Harris from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class and his nephew Elliot Harte from Mrs Shiel's First Class. Congratulations to St Oliver Plunkett's Hurling Club on their great win and thanks for visiting today.

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October 20th 2016



Aistear is an early years curriculum developed in 2009 by NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) and designed specifically for children between birth and six years of age. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and was chosen because early childhood marks the beginning of children's lifelong learning journey.

The children in our junior and senior infants enjoy Aistear daily. This structured playtime has benefited the children in many ways. It helps develop social and cognitive skills. The children gain self-confidence and mature emotionally and this is wonderful to witness.

The theme this week in Ms Morris Senior Infant Class is 'occupations' and the boys and girls are thoroughly enjoying the experience. They have six different occupations - at the vets, creche, at the doctors, health and safety, in school and in the restaurant. As you can see from the photos below, this fun and creative way to learn is going down a treat!



October 19th 2016

Martial Arts Demonstration


Today all classes from second to sixth were treated to a martial arts demonstration in the school hall. Three instructors, Colm Fitzsimons, Darren Melio and Teresa Hatchett, from Martial Arts gave the children educational lessons in the art of traditional Japanese Martial Arts. They had Japanese Samurai Armour and a number of swords with them. Colm explained that it is the oldest martial art in the world and will teach children the value of manners, discipline and respect. He also stressed that it teaches not how to fight, but how to escape. A clever martial artist does not need to fight but knows how to defend themselves when there is no other option.

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October 18th 2016

We Belong...


The students in Mrs Farrell's First Class have been covering the topic 'We Belong' in their Religion lessons. They learned that we belong to many different groups - we each belong in our family, the school community, the wider community and we also belong in the Church community. The boys and girls first became part of the Church community when they were baptised and early next year they will take their second step when they make their First Confession.

After discussing the Church in great detail, Mrs Farrell felt it was time for a field trip to St Paul's Church. The children made a list of everything they hoped to see on their trip, e.g. the altar, statue of St Paul, the beautiful stained glass windows etc. With clip boards and pens in hand, the field trip began. There was great excitement as each item on their list was marked off. Then, with the rays of autumnal sunshine coming through the colourful stained glass windows, the children sketched their favourite part of the field trip.

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October 14th 2016

Nature Walk with Friends


The boys and girls from Ms Geraghty's Junior Infant Class enjoyed a wonderful nature walk this morning with their new friends from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class. The search for leaves of many colours, conkers from the horse chestnut tree (some in their spikey cases), acorns from the mighty oak tree and the winged seeds (helicopters) from the sycamore tree was very successful indeed. The children returned to the school with fists full of autumnal treasure!

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October 7th 2016



The students in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have been learning all about Romania. Luckily, they have an expert in their midst in Naomi Muresan. Naomi told her classmates many interesting facts about Romania and today she even cooked them her favourite Romanian dessert 'Gombati'. The children really enjoyed this tasty treat. Thanks to Naomi for sharing!



October 5th 2016


We had another great turnout today for our fourth W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event.

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October 3rd 2016

Westmeath A.A.I. Cross Country

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Conor Casey and Patrick Finnerty from Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Slevin's Second Classes respectively, took part in round 1 of the Westmeath A.A.I (Athletic Association of Ireland) Cross Country Championships yesterday. The event was held in Belvedere House and Gardens. Both boys ran well and returned home with a medal each! Well done.


October 2nd 2016

Cuid de Coirp


During their Irish lessons, the boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class have been learning all about our body parts. The children then split up into groups and designed a person and attached the names of the body parts as Gaeilge. Ms Hamill is very proud of her students as they worked so well together in their groups and she loved to hear so much Irish being spoken! Well done to you all.

Tá sibh go hiontach!

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October 1st 2016

Autumn Art


When it comes to inspiration for Art lessons, we need look no further than Nature. Mrs Walters' Third Class did just that. While enjoying a Nature walk, they collected leaves in the various shades of autumnal colours - red, yellow, orange, brown and pink, to name but a few. It was decided to use Pointillism as a method to create Autumn Trees.

Pointillism is a technique of painting where small distinct dots of colour are applied to form an image. Gorges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886.

Each student created their own unique Autumn tree and they all look so good that I'm sure Seurat and Signac would be proud! The artwork is displayed on the corridor just outside their class for all to view and be impressed!

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September 30th 2016

Team Award Winners

Ms O'Dowd received some very good news this morning. Not only did we have many individual medal winners in the Schools Cross Country Run, but it was confirmed today that we also have four team winners also. Our Fifth Class Girls team came fourth, our Second Class Boys team came third, our Fourth Class Boys team came second and our Third Class Boys team came first in their categories. Congratulations once again to you all. The photos below are of the individual winners, the team winners and the entire group of runners who took part.

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September 30th 2016

Art is Fun!

The students in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class love art!

After reading the story of 'Elmer' by David Mc Kee, the children came together to create a giant Elmer of their own. Elmer was a brightly coloured patchwork elephant who was different from all the others and the boys and girls used all the colours of the rainbow in their artwork. Afterwards, they each made a small Elmer to keep the giant one company!

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Last week, the topic was for the art lesson in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class was 'Autumn'. The children have been busy bringing in leaves of many colours, conkers and acorns for their nature table. Using the wonderful autumnal colours for their inspiration, the boys and girls designed Autumn trees using torn paper.

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September 29th 2016

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run



The annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run was held yesterday in Belvedere House and Gardens. The event was organised by the Mullingar Harriers and was attended by schools from all over the county. Sixty children from St Colman's N.S. participated. Thanks to Ms Kiernan who trained the children over the last couple of weeks. All our runners performed well and many came home with medals. Congratulations to you all.

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September 28th 2016



It was great to see so many students running the laps today in our third W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event. Fitness levels have improved all round as have enjoyment levels!

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September 25th 2016

The Five Senses


The five senses are taste, sight, touch, smell and hearing. Our senses allow us to learn, to protect ourselves and enjoy the world around us. The senses usually work together but if one sense is not working due to accident or illness, then the other senses will take over and become stronger to make up for the missing sense.

Last week, Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class enjoyed 'Our Senses' week. They explored the sense of taste in the nicest possible way by making Rice Krispie buns! They discovered that chocolate melts when heated and hardens when cooled. During their English lesson, they wrote the recipe as part of procedural writing. It's fair to say that this 'taste' lesson was enjoyed immensely by all!

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The fun didn't stop there. Later in the week when exploring the sense of touch, the boys and girls took it in turns to be blindfolded. The other children then passed different items to them to describe and guess.

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September 23rd 2016

Playground Games Revival

In recent years, there have been many surveys reporting the decline of traditional outdoor games. Modern technology has revolutionised the way people work, live and play and while technology has improved our lives in many ways, it is also blamed for childhood obesity.

As an 'Active School' we encourage activity all the time, whether it's becoming involved in school teams, taking part in P.E. lessons or enjoying playtime in the playground! Our junior infants are new to the playground and in an attempt to help them settle in, our sixth class students spent some time with them and taught them some of the old playground games that have been keeping children active and healthy for decades.

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September 21st 2016

Singfest 2017

image002We have been asked by Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath to let you know that the closing date for applications for Singfest 2017 is September 23rd 2016.

Singfest 2017 is a unique and exciting Midlands based choral project being created by Music Generation Offaly Westmeath in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs and the Arts Council, under the direction of Greg Beardsell.

This groundbreaking choral residency will give young singers a chance to train with leading professionals, develop their singing skills and have fun!

For more information and on-line applications please CLICK HERE


September 21st 2016



Our second W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event of the school year began this morning at 8.50am and once again we had a great turnout. Some of our students used this morning's event as an opportunity to get some practice in for next Wednesday's Belvedere Cross Country Run.

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September 19th 2016

Learning Through Play


Play is the highest form of research - Albert Einstein

Children love to play with their toys. Toys are fun, but toys are also the tools that help children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play is critical to the development and healthy growth of children. As they play, they develop their gross & fine motor skills, learn social & language skills and how to solve problems.

Well the boys and girls in Ms Geraghty's Junior Infant Class must be learning quite a lot, if their morning play time is anything to go by.

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September 16th 2016

Hospice Coffee Morning


north westmeath hospiceMany of the staff and students in St Colman's have sadly had their lives touched by the illness of a loved one and have come in contact with the Westmeath Hospice. Their amazing work has helped numerous people through a very difficult time. Every year St Colman's staff host a coffee morning in aid of the Westmeath Hospice and it is always well supported. This year was no different and as you can see from the photos below, our 'sweet tooth' was well and truely satisfied! We were delighted to present a substantial amount to this worthy cause.

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September 14th 2016



This morning we held our first W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event of the new school year. Thankfully the weather held and we had a great turnout. Many of you are already being #BEACTIVE as part of European Sports Week. Some children cycled to school today before taking part in the walk! But for those who were a little slow off the mark, our W.O.W. event today was the perfect kick start you needed to be active. We hope to continue with W.O.W. for the next four weeks, weather permitting, so please come along and join us!

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September 14th 2016

Past Pupil Returns!


We always enjoy when our past pupils pay us a visit and especially when they bring us good news! Halle Collins picked up her Junior Cert results in Loreto College this morning and was so happy with her fantastic results that she came to St Colman's to share them with us. Well done Halle, a great achievement and well deserved! We wish you continued success in the future.

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September 13th 2016

European Week of Sport



The 2016 European Week of Sport runs from September 10th - 18th. It aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe and inspire Europeans to #BEACTIVE on a regular basis. So whatever your sport of choice is, we hope you'll take every opportunity to get out there and do it!

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September 13th 2016

Settling in Well

Our new junior infants are settling in well in their new surroundings. By now, many are walking to class on their own in the mornings, eager to start the day! Tomorrow will be their last short day. From Thursday, the boys and girls will go home at 1.30pm, feeling a little tired perhaps after a longer school day!

The students in Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Class love story time and have a favourite book already - 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson. The story revolves around a child monkey who has lost his mother in the jungle. The monkey is helped by a butterfly who suggests many incorrect animals as the monkeys mother, before they eventually find Mum. The boys and girls especially enjoy the sing-along version when they can join in. During their art lesson this week, the children painted different characters from the story.

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September 9th 2016

Cleaning up can be Fun!


I think we can all agree that cleaning up isn't top of our list of favourite things to do! But the boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class have turned this job into a fun task by singing 'Harry the Clean Up Robot' song as they tidy up. Today, during their Art lesson, the children painted their own Harry the Robot and displayed them in their class for everyone to see.

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September 6th 2016

Ballet Award


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Congratulations to Shannon Breslin from Ms Kiernan's Second Class who received the 'Primary in Dance' Class Award for ballet, from the Royal Academy of Dance recently. Shannon loves Ballet and trains for two hours every Monday. Keep up the good work Shannon!


September 2nd 2016

What Plants Need...


The boys and girls in Ms Kiernan's Second Class got the first term off to a flying start! During today's Science lesson, they learned all about plants and what plants need to help them grow. They discovered that similar to humans, plants need water, light and oxygen. They also learned about the hugely important role that plants and trees play in converting the air we exhale (carbon dioxide) into the air we need to stay alive (oxygen) through a process called photosynthesis.

To help them put this knowledge into practice, Ms Kiernan brought soil, some seeds and plant pots into class. The boys and girls planted their own mustard seeds and placed the pots on the window sill. Over the coming weeks the children will be able to watch the seeds grow into plants.

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August 28th 2016

Welcome Back


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

Junior Infants will go home at 12 noon from Thursday September 1st until Wednesday September 14th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Thursday September 15th onwards.

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

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June 30th 2016

Mr Smyth Retires

Excitement was high this morning as we all arrived in school for the last time before we break for our Summer holidays. All thoughts were on the two months ahead. For one person though, this wasn't just the last day of term, it was the last day working in St Colman's!

Mr Kevin Smyth began working in second class in St Colman's back in 1983 and today was his last working day before he retires. Over the 33 years, Mr Smyth has had many children sit in front of him and has made his mark on all of them. He will be remembered for his love of the Irish language, his love of sport and Manchester United in particular and his dedication to teaching. All classes and staff gathered in St Paul's Church today at 10.30am for a special Prayer Service in his honour. Many stories were told about Mr Smyth and some of the antics in his class. The service ended with a rousing applause as everyone wished Mr Smyth well as a new chapter in his life begins. 

We wish Mr Smyth a long and happy retirement and good health to enjoy it!

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat!

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June 29th 2016

Excellent Attendance


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A large number of children were presented with certificates today for 100% attendance or for missing only five days or less. For many, this was not their first time to receive this award. Congratulations to you all!


June 29th 2016

Goodbye to Sixth Class

a fond farewellAs 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.

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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!

The children are moving on to pastures new and we wish them great success in everything they do.

Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.


June 29th 2016

School Tours



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.


tullyboy farmSenior Infants travelled to Boyle, Co Roscommon to visit Tullyboy Farm. There were lots of animals to see and cuddle and feed. They enjoyed rides on a tractor trailer and a mini tractor barrel train. There was a rural life museum and a picnic courtyard. They also had great fun in the playground and during the straw dive.


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!


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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.


June 28th 2016

Raising the Flag

In between showers this morning, all classes gathered in the upper playground for a special event! Two weeks ago, St Colman's School was awarded the Active School Flag (ASF). ASF is an initiative by the Department of Education and Skills and is supported by Healthy Ireland. For more than a year, St Colman's have been working towards the award. Our students and staff active school committees under the guidance of Mr Beehan have organised many events to encourage everyone to be more active. We held our second Active School Week (ASW) recently and it was a great success. The finale of ASW was our annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk which included entrants from the community along with students and staff. The award recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community and today all our hard work paid off as we proudly raised our 'Active Flag'!

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Winners in the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk


After the Active Flag was raised, it was time to present medals to participants in our annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. The medals were presented by past pupil, Conor O'Brien. Conor is a member of the U-20 Irish Rugby Team who were runners up recently in  the World Rugby U-20 Championships. Medals were presented to the first student from each class group to complete the run. Congratulations to you all.

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Cumann na mBunscoil Finalists

Next up, was the presentation of medals to this year's St Colman's girls and boys footall teams. Mr Geraghty reminded us that Conor was not only a past pupil, but also a past member of St Colman's boys football team who also made it through to the Cumann na mBunscoil Final so it was fitting that he should also present the medals to the football teams. Congratulations everyone.

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St Colman's Girls Football Team 2016

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St Colman's Boys Football Team 2016


June 27th 2016

Art Competition Winners

Many of the students from our junior corridor took part in a recent Ulster Bank art competition. Every entry was accompanied by one euro. All funds raised will be matched by Ulster Bank and will be given to The Childhood Cancer Foundation. We had three winners from the school. Saibh Kiernan from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class, Cillian Breslin from Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class and Síle Tunney from Mrs Connaughton's First Class all won prizes which included crayons, pens, sweets and tickets for the cinema or Jungle Joes. Congratulations to you all!

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June 23rd 2016

Ambulance Alert


There was great alarm among the staff and students of junior and senior infants as they walked to the playground today at 12.15pm. This was caused by the arrival of not one, but two ambulances in the school car park. Very quickly though, minds were put at rest when the paramedics said they were just visiting the school to show the ambulances and the equipment therein to the students. Mrs Slevin's Junior Infants jumped at the chance to learn more about these vehicles.

For most people, the first time they see the inside of an ambulance is when they are sick and in need of urgent help and to be brought to the hospital.  Today, our lucky junior infants were welcomed by paramedics, Eamon Mc Loughlin and Alan Nash and allowed to get on board the larger ambulance. Eamon explained that the smaller ambulance was called a Rapid Response Vehicle. As the name suggests, it responds quickly to an emergency, but is not designed to transport patients. When patients need transport, the larger ambulance is required with two paramedics. When the patient is on board, one paramedic travels inside with the patient, while the other paramedic drives. 

Alan asked staff members to sit in the ambulance and as he took their blood pressure & pulse and checked the oxygen levels in their blood, he explained what he was doing to the amazed boys and girls. He showed everyone a real stretcher and blood pressure monitor and there was great laughs as the children tried on a large green helmet. But the excitement reached fever pitch when the sirens were played. The children loved having a visit from paramedics, Eamon and Alan and would like to thank them for taking time out of their busy schedule to chat with us.

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June 23rd 2016

They're Back!


Back in April, we had swallows nesting on one of our bathroom windowsills. Those chicks have since grown and flown the nest, but, in the last week or so, we have new nesting swallows on the grounds of St Colman's. This time, they are using the old nest that has been used for many years situated above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed. At hometime, the parents & guardians of the boys and girls from Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class have been entertained daily by the mother swallow and the five very hungry chicks! Quite often lately, we've had a 'traffic jam' at the door as the children watch the nest with fascination. What better way to see nature at work!

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The arrow points out the mother swallow feeding her chicks


June 22nd 2016

Penalties Against the Principal


Today, we held 'Penalties Against the Principal' which was unfortunately called off last week during 'Active School Week', due to rain. Two boys and two girls were chosen from each class to try their luck against our goalie, Mrs Garvey. Now if Mrs Garvey thought it would be easy, boy, was she wrong! These children were out to win! After many attempts, some successful and some not, a boy and girl from each class group were deemed winners.

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Junior Infants enjoying Penalty Shootouts

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Sixth Class giving Mrs Garvey their best shots


June 20th 2016

Irish Dancing Wins


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Molly O'Donnell from Ms Morris Senior Infant Class and Amy Devanney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class took part in a feis at their Rochfortbridge Dance Academy yesterday. As you can see from the photo, the girls were very successful. Congratulations girls!


June 19th 2016

Father's Day



Happy Father's Day to all Dads everywhere!




June 19th 2016

5K Family Fun Run/Walk


The annual St Colman's 5K Family Run/Walk took place today. We thought the rain this morning may turn people off but we were wrong! Once again, we were delighted to have such a wonderful turnout. Of course many of you got some practice in over the past few weeks at our weekly W.O.W. event. All ages took part from the very young in prams, to the not so young and everyone in between - there were even a few family pets! Mrs Skittles was keeping everyone's spirits up at the starting line and playing some music for the warm up. Afterwards, many returned to the school for refreshments and a chance to chat with friends. The fundraiser was organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way and of course to those who braved the weather to take part. A fitting end to our 'Active School Week', a great success and one we hope to repeat again next year.

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June 17th 2016

Sports Day


After the mixed weather we've had this week, everyone was delighted to wake this morning to a dry day.

Keeping with tradition, the children from third to sixth class, walked to St Loman's G.F.C. grounds where all the usual events took place. Once again, the children were divided into four teams; blue, white, green and red. Soccer, Gaelic football, wellie throw, ski races and the old favourite egg and spoon race were just some of the events enjoyed by the children. The white team were the victors today, comprising of children from every class on the senior corridor. 

The children from junior infants to second class remained in the school grounds. Basketball, mini badminton, football skills, races, a bouncy castle, a bouncy obstacle course and Mrs Skittles & Smarties kept all the children very busy. On the junior corridor, it wasn't so much about winning and losing but more about having fun and yes, they definitely had FUN!

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June 16th 2016

Staff V's Sixth Class Boys 

Football Match


Today, it was the turn of the sixth class boys to try their luck against the staff. The sport of choice - Football. At 12.15pm, the teams walked to Shamrocks G.F.C. accompanied by the boys and girls from our senior corridor. The staff were joined by Fr Paul Crosbie and the game got started. Both teams were definitely playing to win. There was speculation that a few of the footballers thought they were in the Euros! After a very enjoyable game, Mr Smyth was declared 'Man of the Match' and was presented with a trophy. As Mr Smyth is retiring at the end of this year, this was his last game with us and he was thanked for all his work with sport in St Colman's over the years.

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June 16th 2016

Boxing Demonstration


Many of our students love the sport of boxing and are members of various boxing clubs around Westmeath. This morning, the entire school gathered in the lower playground to watch a boxing demonstration given by the Olympic Boxing Club. Eight St Colman's students and members of the club, together with their coaches, Derek Sheridan & Pat Mc Namee, gave us an insight into what the sport is all about.

The boxers, Oisin, Tadhg & Saoirse Sheridan, Ali, Emmet & Kayla Nevin and Jack & David Geoghegan all took the boxing stance and showed us 'Shadow Boxing'. The group followed the instructions of their coach. They moved as one - forward, to the left, to the right etc. They then used the 'pads'. The coach held up the pads and instructed the boxer - jab, hook, one two etc. Then, the group showed us 'School Sparring'. Wearing boxing gloves and working with a boxing partner, they practiced movement and technique. Derek explained all of these techniques to the audience as they happened. He also explained that boxers are divided into their boxing groups according to their weight and age.

The most important message he gave us today was that boxing is only for a controlled environment, such as in a gym or club and NEVER IN THE PLAYGROUND! He advised the audience to join a club if they would like to box. Before they finished, Derek called Ms Mc Laughlin, Ms Owens and Mr Geraghty up to try their hand at boxing, much to the delight of the audience!

Many thanks to Derek, Pat and our boxing students for a wonderful demonstration.

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June 15th 2016

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls

Basketball Match


Thankfully the weather stayed fine this morning and our eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class girls basketball match went ahead.  All classes made their way to the lower playground at 11.15am to support the teams and the excitement was high when Mr Smyth finally blew the whistle to begin the match. The competition was intense, with no side willing to concede any ground to their opponents. The jury's still out on who the actual winners were, but as the saying goes - It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part.

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June 15th 2016



Today, instead of having our usual W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event, we had a C.O.W. (Cycle on Wednesday) to coincide with 'National Cycle on Wednesday' Day 2016. Students from St Colman's met at the cinema in Lakepoint, kitted out in their hi-vis vests and helmets. They cycled in convoy to the school grounds accompanied by parents, staff and members of Westmeath Sports Partnership. A great welcome awaited our young cyclists as students and staff lined the driveway to cheer them on. As the weather stayed fine, the boys and girls then cycled along the canal line before returning to school to begin their studies for the day. Well done to everyone who took part. You were helping Green Schools Ireland achieve the target of 5,000 people cycling to school today.

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c.o.w. - 2016 b


June 14th 2016

Tug of War


The Oxford English Dictionary says that the phrase 'Tug of War' originally meant 'The decisive contest', 'The real struggle', 'A severe contest for supremacy'. Only in the 19th century did it become the term that we recognise for a contest between two teams who haul at the opposite sides of a rope. Many of our students had an introduction to the sport 'Tug of War' today. Cathy Sheerin, who is a member of a 'Tug of War' team herself, very kindly visited the school to impart some of her intensive knowledge to the children.

Cathy spoke to the boys and girls about the correct clothing and shoes to wear. Two belts are tied around the waist. These are very important as they support and protect the back. She also told them to keep their feet close together and that the team must move as one and pull together. Cathy then separated the children into teams and gave them the opportunity to pull on the rope.

Unfortunately, the weather was against us today, but that didn't deter Cathy. When the rain started, Cathy moved everyone inside to the school hall and the fun continued. The competition was quite fierce and was enjoyed by all! Many thanks to Cathy for spending the day with us and teaching us the art of 'Tug of War'.

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June 14th 2016

Karate Kid

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Karate is a martial art which was first developed in Japan. Kelly Flynn from Ms Brennan's Fourth Class has been learning Karate for the past five years. She trains at the Mullingar Kenpo Karate Acadamy three times a week. Kelly has achieved a number of belts in the colour system - white, yellow, orange, purple and blue. Last night Kelly gained her most recent belt, the green belt. Well done Kelly on all your achievements. Keep up the good work.


June 14th 2016

Yoga for Beginners

Unfortunately, the rain has curtailed some of our outdoor events this week during our 'Active School Week', but one sport that works as well indoors as outdoors is yoga. Yesterday and today, many of our students were delighted to take a 'Yoga for Beginners' class in the school hall. Ms Siobhan Farrell, mum to Darragh Keane from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, very kindly volunteered to facilitate the classes. The children enjoyed learning some basic postures which are animal and nature inspired. Yoga has many benefits, some of which include- increased flexibility, increased muscle strength & tone, improved respiration, balanced metabolism & weight reduction, improved cardio and circulatory health and protection from injury. Yoga helps the physical body, the internal organs and the mind. The boys and girls loved this new sport and some hope to continue lessons outside of school. Namaste.

yoga for beginners


June 14th 2016

Wake up - Shake up!

First thing this morning, all classes from the junior corridor, gathered in the lower playground for a little early morning line dancing. Ms Brennan and her trusty team of dancers were waiting to lead everyone in the dance moves. Our 'Drop Everything and Dance' song, 'Cheerleader', started us off and everyone joined in with gusto. The children already look proficient at this! 'Cotton Eyed Joe' was up next. Shouts of 'Heel, toe' and 'To the right' could be heard from time to time. Thanks to Ms Brennan and the students from sixth & fourth class who make up her dance team.

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wake up - shake up b


June 14th 2016

Procedural Writing


During their English lessons, the children in Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class have been learning about procedural writing. They learned that procedural writing provides the reader with instructions or directions for doing something. They practised their new skill by writing a recipe for Rice Krispie buns. Then, as a treat for all their hard work, Ms Morris brought the boys and girls to the staff room where they made their very own Rice Krispie buns.

procedural writing


June 13th 2016

Penalty Shootout Practice


All classes will have penalty shootout competitions this week. Two boys and two girls from each class will then go forward to the final on Thursday morning for 'Penalties against the Principal'. Mr Beehan's Sixth Class got a little practice in this morning while some of our junior and senior infants watched on. Get ready Mrs Garvey, the boys and girls today mean buisiness.

penalty shootout practice


June 13th 2016

The First Pea!

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Back in April, we saw Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class plant some pea seeds in cups and place them on the class windowsill. The children watched closely, while they waited for the first shoots to appear. Then in May, the plants were brought home as they were ready to be planted outside. Today, Holly Colgan, brought in the first ripe pea pod, full of peas ready to eat!


June 13th 2016

GAA Inflatable Pitch


At 9.10am this morning, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class walked to Shamrocks GAA Football Grounds. The boys and girls had great fun there playing football in an inflatable football pitch! Their time was up all too soon and it was then the turn of Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class. Before the day was over, every class had their turn in the inflatable pitch and the general consensus was 'It was great fun!'. Many thanks to our school GAA coach, James Heffernan who organised the inflatable pitch for us.

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June 13th 2016

Active School Week

June 13th - 17th 2016


active-school-week1 - copyOur second 'Active School Week' (ASW) begins today! Over the coming week there will be an array of activities to keep everyone moving. Throughout each day, you will see children playing sports - basketball, soccer, football, hurling, skipping, running, dodgeball, penalty shootout and tug-of-war, to name just a few! 

drop everything and dance - copyMany activities have also been arranged to get the whole school involved together. Each day begins with 'Wake up - Shake up'. Every class must choose a physical activity to do, either outdoors or in the classroom. Our senior classes will partner up with junior classes to 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' along the canal. When the popular song 'Cheerleader' is played over the intercom, all staff and students must 'Drop Everything and Dance'! When we get the signal over the intercom to 'Drop Everything and Move', once again all staff and students must get up and exercise.

On Wednesday, it is National COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday) and we hope to see as many of you as possible cycling to school. 

This is just a few of the many activites arranged for ASW and you'll hear about more fun events as the week progresses.

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June 10th 2016

Shiver me Timbers!


You may have noticed a few strange looking pirates walking into St Colman's in the last week or two. Alas they are not real pirates but children from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class! During their English lesson, the boys and girls enjoyed reading two books called 'Pirates Love Underpants' by Claire Freedman and 'Adam's Pirate Treasure' by Benji Bennett. After this, the children became engrossed in all things 'pirate' and shouts of 'Ahoy Matey' and 'Shiver me Timbers' could be heard regularly from their class. Then Ms Morris introduced them to a great song called 'Port Side Pirates'. Dressing up was, of course, the next step. Singing the song in costume was so much better than in their usual uniform! To conclude their studies of pirates, the boys and girls wrote their own stories entitled 'Digging for Treasure'. They re-wrote the stories in their best handwriting and drew pictures of themselves as pirates, to be displayed on the board outside their class. Next time you're visiting the school, make sure to stop by Ms Morris' class and check out their marvellous work.

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Ms Morris' Pirates

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Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class also enjoyed learning about and dressing up as pirates!

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Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class Pirates!


June 9th 2016

Gymnastics Award


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Congratulations to Paige Tyrrell from Ms Brennan's Fourth Class who recently won her Level 2 Floor Award in gymnastics. Keep up the good work Paige and let us know when you win your next award!


June 9th 2016

An Evening of Music


Yesterday evening at 6.30pm, parents/guardians and friends of St Colman's gathered in St Paul's Church for an evening of music performed by the talented musicians of the school. The school choir and orchestra have performed on numerous occasions during the school year and have built up quite a repertoire. They chose their favourite and most polished pieces for the very appreciative audience.

The choir sang 'For the Beauty of the Earth' by John Rutter, 'Can you Feel the Love Tonight' from the much loved movie 'The Lion King' and Pharrell Williams toe-tapping tune of 2014 'Happy', all under the careful guidance of Ms Aisling Mulcair & Ms Helen Hasset.

With their conductor, Ms Emer Morris, the orchestra played 'Oh When the Saints go Marching in' made famous by the wonderful Louis Armstrong back in 1938, 'Pachelbel's Canon' by German composer Johann Pachelbel and Coldplay's 'Viva la Vida'.

Isabel, Naomi, Tanya and Mark played violin solos together with Ms Morris. Students, who receive tuition in trumpet and flute from Mr Gerry Lacey and Mr Bob Batty respectively, also played on the night.

The musical talent in St Colman's is without doubt tremendous and in abundance, Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this entertaining end of year performance!

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June 8th 2016


The overcast weather this morning didn't deter anyone from taking part in our sixth W.O.W. event.

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June 7th 2016

Irish Ceili Dance Workshop

Irish Dance duo, 'The Celtic Blondes' paid a visit to the school today to teach an 'Irish Ceili Dance Workshop' to children from the junior corridor. Sisters, Daisy and Rose Carey first taught the boys and girls a 'Circle Dance' and then performed one of their own dances for the children.

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June 2nd 2016

P.E. in the Sun is Fun!

Even after a long walk in the fresh air, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class had enough energy to have their P.E. lesson in the sun. The boys and girls had great fun getting a little practice in for their sports day which is coming up very soon. Running, jumping, racing backwards and three-legged race were all practiced and enjoyed but by far the most fun and giggles were when they tried the wheel-barrow race!

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June 2nd 2016

Jersey/Non-Uniform Day


Clothes in every colour of the rainbow and much more besides were visible all around the school today as we held a Jersey/Non-Uniform day for charity. GAA jerseys from most counties were sported and quite a few Premier League teams too. For those who chose not to wear a jersey, t-shirts & shorts and dresses were the order of the day to suit the wonderful Summer weather we're having at the moment.

All monies raised today will go to 'The Amani Orphanage' in Tanzania. In August, Ms Owens is travelling with a group from Mullingar to Tanzania to teach in the orphanage. The group also hope to plant 800 banana trees and build 2 wells to help the orphanage become self-sufficient. Ms Owens visited classes today to show the children photos of the area she will visit and gave the students an insight into the lives of the children living in The Amani Orphanage. Thank you to everyone who contributed today.

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June 1st 2016



Today, the many participants in our W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event, stepped it out to the beat of the music playing loudly. D.J. Brennan kept the popular tunes coming and got everybody moving!

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May 27th 2016

Disco Dancing


Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class got their disco dancing groove on today! After working very hard to gain the required stamps to win 'Choose Time', their chosen reward was to have a disco. Their classroom was transformed with disco lights and mirror balls and when the music came on... the fun began!

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May 26th 2016

Cumann na mBunscoil Finals



Congratulations to our girls and boys football teams who made it through to the Cumann na mBunscoil finals, which took place this week in Cusack Park. The girls were up first yesterday when they met a very strong team from Kinnegad. They played very well but unfortunately they were not victorious on the day. Today, it was the turn of our boys team playing against The Downs N.S. After another well played game, St Colman's emerged as the winners. Well done to all our young football players and their coaches!

  cumann na mbunscoil finals 2016

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Missing from photo - Áine Mc Kenna, Leah Mc Cormack and Chloe Lyons-Crowley

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May 25th 2016


With our annual St Colman's '5K Race and Family Fun Run/Walk' just around the corner, it was wonderful to see such a huge turnout once again at our weekly W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event. Fitness levels are definitely improving as many are now running the laps instead of walking. Keep up the good work everyone!

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w.o.w. - fourth event


May 24th 2016

Tennis in the Sun

Tennis lessons began today for our First and Second Classes. This was the first of four weekly lessons and what a glorious day it was to start a new sport. The children really enjoyed the brisk walk to the tennis club, but after one hour of activity in the sun, the walk home was a little slower!

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May 24th 2016

Walk a Mile with a Smile... and a Buddy!


Many of our Junior Classes partnered up with a 'Buddy' from our senior Classes today and enjoyed walking a mile with a smile! Walking along the canal in the sunshine was a lovely start to the day. Friendships were forged and the fresh air and exercise set everyone up for the days work ahead!

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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class partnered with Ms Maher's Sixth Class


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