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May 18th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

Despite all the showers we've seen in the last week, the sun shone brightly this morning for our second W.O.T. (Walk on Thursday). It was particularly nice to see many of our sixth class students walking hand in hand with our junior infants. See you all again next Thursday!


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May 16th 2017

Jumble Sale Success!

 

Congratulations to our Sixth Class students, who held a jumble sale today to raise funds to go towards a new MRI scanner in Mullingar General Hospital. After lots of hard work looking for donations and then organising the donations received into the various categories, today's jumble sale was a resounding success! As you can see from the photos below, there were plenty of satisfied customers returning to class!


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May 16th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

Last week saw the return of our weekly walk around the school grounds before classes begin, albeit now on a Thursday instead of our traditional Wednesday. It was a glorious morning and we had a great turnout. Parents are invited to join us next Thursday and this will continue each week up to the summer holidays.


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May 15th 2017

Party Time


The children from our second classes had a very busy day yesterday as they celebrated their First Holy Communion with their families, but there was still plenty in store for them today! They arrived in school this morning in all their finery. They attended Mass in St Paul's Church and received Communion for the second time. When they returned to the school, it was time for the official photographs to be taken. Afterwards, the boys and girls changed into their party clothes and headed to the school hall, where food and drinks awaited them. As you would expect, they had no trouble devouring it all! The children really enjoyed themselves and it was a fitting end to their First Holy Communion celebrations!


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May 15th 2017

Just a Reminder...


The students from our sixth classes have been working extremely hard in preparation for tomorrow's jumble sale. The whole school is very excited about the event which is being held to raise funds to go towards a new MRI scanner for Mullingar General Hospital. Donations have been flooding in and there will be a huge array of books, puzzles, toys, gadgets, costumes and board games on sale at knockdown prices! All classes will have a chance to buy so make sure you bring in any pocket money you have. Don't miss out! Best of luck to the sixth class students. I have no doubt it will be a huge success!.


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May 15th 2017

Swimming Gala


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John Casey, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, participated in a swimming gala in the Aer Lingus Club on Sunday. He came 3rd in the U11 age group and won a medal. Keep up the good work John! 

 

May 15th 2017

Irish Dancing Feis

 

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Megan Brock, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, has been a member of the O'Reilly Bransford School of Irish Dance in Longford, for the last four years. On Saturday she took part in a school feis and was happy to win 5 medals and 2 trophies. Well done Megan!

 

May 14th 2017

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the 63 boys and girls from Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Deane's Second Classes who received their First Holy Communion today in St Paul's Church. We hope you all had a lovely day with your family.

 

May 12th 2017

As the 'Special Day' Approaches..

 

The boys and girls from Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Deane's Second Classes have had a busy few months preparing for their First Holy Communion, which will take place on Sunday coming. In recent weeks, they have made numerous visits to the church to ensure that every child knows exactly what to do when their 'Special Day' arrives.

To make their day extra special and one they'll never forget, the children have been making keepsakes and mementoes. Local artist, Andrina Finch, visited both classes to help the children decorate ceramic plates using acrylic paints. A church with stained glass windows and surrounding greenery was painted on each plate.

The children also created First Holy Communion Scrapbooks. The book documents their life to date including their baptism, their family and friends and how they prepared for receiving their First Holy Communion.

There is no doubt that the children will enjoy their day on Sunday and in years to come when they look at the mementoes they made with such care, the memories will come flooding back.


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May 5th 2017

The Farm

 

The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class have been learning all about the farm. A farm is a very busy place, with many animals and lots of machinery. They learned many interesting facts, for example, did you know that adult male sheep are called 'rams' and adult female sheep are called 'ewes'? Also wild pigs are called 'boars'. One facts you might find unbelieveable is that chickens are able to recognise and remember over 100 individuals, including humans!

The children used the information they learned  while 'report writing' in their English lessons and they made for very good reading! During their Art lessons, the children created their favourite animal. The results were wonderful. The finished animals were displayed in a barn on their classroom wall and they certainly brighten up the place!


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May 3rd 2017

Ceremony of Light

 

lit candle 1Our second class students are deep in preparations for their upcoming First Holy Communion. As part of these preparations, a Ceremony of Light was held in St Paul's Church at 7pm tonight. The ceremony began with the children carrying a lighted candle to the altar. Fr Paul told the boys and girls that at their Baptism, a candle was lit from the Pascal candle to represent the light of Christ and this light will guide them through life. He asked them to keep the light shining brightly in their lives by doing good and remembering to live as Jesus would want. The children were then invited to make their second confession. As the ceremony was drawing to an end, the children gathered on the altar and said the Our Father with actions and sang the hymn Zacchaeus. We wish the children well in their ongoing preparations for their special day.

 

May 18th 2017

 

W.O.T.!

 

Despite all the showers we've seen in the last week, the sun shone brightly this morning for our second W.O.T. (Walk on Thursday). It was particularly nice to see many of our sixth class students walking hand in hand with our junior infants. See you all again next Thursday!

 


 

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May 16th 2017

 

W.O.T.!

 

Last week saw the return of our weekly walk around the school grounds before classes begin, albeit now on a Thursday instead of our traditional Wednesday. It was a glorious morning and we had a great turnout. Parents are invited to join us next Thursday and this will continue each week, up until the summer holidays.

 


 

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May 15th 2017

Swimming Gala


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John Casey, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, participated in a swimming gala in the Aer Lingus Club on Sunday. He came 3rd in the U11 age group and won a medal. Keep up the good work John! 

 














May 15th 2017

 

Irish Dancing Feis

 

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Megan Brock, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, has been a member of the O'Reilly Bransford School of Irish Dance in Longford, for the last four years. On Saturday she took part in a school feis and was happy to win 5 medals and 2 trophies. Well done Megan!











May 2nd 2017

 

Dancing Duo

 

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Classmates and friends, Áine Creagh and Amy Corroon from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, have been dancing together for seven years as a duo. They attend the Energy Plus School of Dance in Mullingar and enjoy learning tap and ballet. They took part in a dance competition in their school last weekend and were delighted to win two medals. Well done girls!








May 2nd 2017

 

Boxing Award

 

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Alex Clyne from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class began boxing just last year. He is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club and he trains three or four times a week. He is preparing for a competition in four weeks and in recognition for all his hard work, he received a trophy for 'Trainer of the Week'. Keep up the good work Alex and good luck in your competition! 








April 24th 2017

European Open Premiership


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Amy Devanney from Mr Boyle's Senior Infant Class travelled to Killarney on Friday last to take part in the 'World Irish Dance Association'  European Open Championships. She won no less than six medals and a trophy & sash when she came first in the U7 age group. Well done Amy, keep up the hard work!   














April 24th 2017

 

National Champion

 


 

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Last Friday, Tadhg Sheridan from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class took part in the Irish Athletic Boxing Championships, which were held in the National Stadium, Dublin. He competed in the 29kg weight category and was delighted to win first place and become the National Boy/Champion.

 

Congratulations Tadhg on a great acheivement!







April 4th 2017

F.A.I. 5-A-Side


Twenty five boys and girls from our sixth classes travelled to Athlone Institute of Technology yesterday to represent St Colman's in a F.A.I. Primary Schools 5-a-side soccer tournament. Our teams played three games each and performed to a very high standard. Among the highlights of the day was Naomi Muresan's 'screamer' of a goal in the second game. Well done to all involved. You represented your school very well indeed!

 

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March 28th 2017

Sports Update

 

A huge variety of sporting activities take place in St Colman's on a ongoing basis. Below are just three examples of the sports we are involved in at the moment.

 

Basketball


Our sixth class students are enjoying weekly basketball lessons with their coach Christina from Street Warriers Basketball Club.

 

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Aldi Tag Rugby Festival

 

Representatives from our sixth classes recently travelled to Naas Rugby Club to take part in the Aldi Play Rugby Festival. They played a host of other schools from around Leinster and discovered that they were able to mix it with the best. The trip was a huge success and everyone had a great day. A huge thank you to Clare O'Brien for all her great coaching. It certainly paid off on the day!

 

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Hurling Player of the Week

 

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Congratulations to Oisin O'Hara on receiving his player of the week award from Mr Boyle today at hurling training. His team recently took part in a mini league and Oisin produced powerful displays in all four games. Well done Oisin!









March 15th 2017

Walk a Mile with a Smile

 

Spring was in the air this morning and wasting the glorious sunshine would have been such a shame! What better way to enjoy the weather than to take a 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walk along the canal line. The children from Ms Healy's Third Class and Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class partnered up with the children from Ms Kiernan's Second Class and Mrs Shiel's First Class and together they began the walk.

As the children walked, they looked for the signs of Spring all around them. Unfortunately, there were no flowers to be seen but there were many trees and bushes with budding branches. Due to the unseasonably dry weather we've been having over the last few weeks, the water levels in the canal were very low. All the rushes at the canal edge were fully visible and were brown and dried out. Markings on the walls at cerain parts clearly showed the previously higher level. As always, a couple of swans were slowly gliding along the water. There were a number of workers out today keeping this wonderful amenity looking great. A member of Westmeath County Council was cutting the grass and members of Waterways Ireland were dredging the canal and clearing away any waste they found.  

We are very lucky in St Colman's to be so close to the canal line and I'm sure this will be just the first of many 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walks that will take place this year.

 

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March 8th 2017

Basketball Coaching


This morning, the students from our fourth and sixth classes began basketball lessons with their new coach Christina. Today's lesson was all about passing and shooting. Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next week already!

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March 6th 2017

Gymnastics Win

 

gymnasticsEmily Moore from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class, Ciara Moore, Niamh Mc Kenna, Dunni Ayorinde, Rachel Mc Kenna & Niamh Cassidy from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class and Aisling Granahan & Eve Hickey from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class are all members of Bounce Gymnastics Club in Mullingar. Yesterday, they all took part in p1080065 - copya gymnastics competition in Loreto School Gym, Mullingar. Gymnasts from Mullingar, Navan and Trim participated. Each gymnast learned a particular routine and were required to perform the routine independently. Roundoff, straight jump, stag jump, handstand, forward rolls and pike rolls were just some of the moves that they carried out. All of our young gymnasts performed well and walked away with medals. Well done girls. Keep up the good work! 

 

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February 21st 2017

Irish Dancing Sisters

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Sisters, Holly and Katie Martin from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's First Class and Ms Skelly's Fifith Class respectively, are both Irish dancers with the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. Recently, they took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis in the Mullingar Park Hotel and won trophies and medals for their performances. Well done girls!  









February 21st 2017

Indoor Hurling Blitz


St Colman's young hurlers took part in an indoor hurling blitz this afternoon in St Mary's gym. They played with growing confidence and skill as the tournament progressed and made it all the way through to the final. They were narrowly defeated in the end by a very good Ballymore side but it could easily have gone either way. Well done to all involved for representing your school so well.

 

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February 14th 2017

WIDA Mullingar Open

 

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Congratulations to Emily Mc Sherry from Ms Kiernan's Second Class who took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis in the Mullingar Park Hotel last Saturday. Emily is a member of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. She danced well and received three medals and a trophy. Well done Emily!











February 13th 2017

Irish Dancing Trio

 

Amy Devanney from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class, Molly O'Donnell from Mrs Farrell's First Class and Rania Connell from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class are all members of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. The dancing trio took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis on Saturday last which was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel. The girls performed well and as you can see from the photo, they each took home a number of medals and a trophy. Congratulations girls!

 

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Februaury 10th 2017

10@10 

 

The T.V. programme 'Operation Transformation' has been running for ten years. To celebrate, they have asked every primary school in Ireland to take part in an event called 10@10, where children from all over Ireland will get moving for 10 minutes of exercise at 10am on February 10th.

 

Mrs Walters' and Ms Healy's Third Classes participated this morning. They had many events organised  in the upper playground - obstacle course, races and basketball to name but a few. They enjoyed the exercises so much that they continued for forty minutes.

 

The children and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed being part of the largest junior group exercise session to ever take place in Ireland.


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December 22nd 2016 

Winning St Loman's Players Visit 


St Loman's G.F.C. have had a wonderful winning streak this year and today, members from the seven winning teams paid a visit to the school with the cups. All classes gathered in the school hall and Mr Geraghty introduced the players one by one. Many of the players present were past pupils of the school. Daire Smyth, Fionn O'Hara, David Winsor and past pupil and present teacher, Julie Mc Laughlin were all there. David is also father to Shane in Mrs Walters' Third Class. It's great to see so many of our past pupils doing well in the sporting arena and I'm sure they were an inspiration to our current pupils. The St Loman's teams won the U14 Premier Championship, U16 Premier Championship, Senior Ladies' Championship and Senior Ladies' League Division 1, Senior Men's Championship, Senior Men's Division 1 and Senior Men's Feis Cup. Congratulations to St Loman's G.F.C. and best of luck to you all in the future.

 

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December 14th 2016

Karate Red Belt

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Mrs Walters and her third class children are very proud of their classmate Oliver Szyndzielorz who was awarded his second red belt in Karate last Sunday. Oliver trains very hard and attends Karate class every Tuesday. There are ten coloured belts in Karate beginning with the white belt and finishing with the black belt signifing the highest rank of acquired skills. Next grading for Oliver is in June and we wish him the very best of luck with it. Keep up the good work Oliver!

 







December 12th 2016

Quite the Sportsman!

 

p1070533 - copyOne of our young fifth class students had a very busy weekend indeed. Tadhg Sheridan from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club and on Saturday, he took part in the Longford/Westmeath Boxing Championships and made it through to the semi-finals winning his final bout. On Sunday morning, Tadhg, who is also a member of the Harriers Running Club, travelled to Omeath, Co Louth, to take part in the All Ireland Cross Country Run. Although Tadhg is just 11 years old, he ran in the under 13 age group and finished in a very credible 28th place. Later on Sunday afternoon, Tadhg boxed in the final of the Longford/Westmeath Championships and won his bout in the Boy1 - 31kg category. He also won a trophy for Best Male Boxer! Congratulations Tadhg on your fantastic sporting achievements.




November 21st 2016

Irish Dancing Winners


Irish Dancing is very popular among the students in St Colman's. Two of our young dancers had a busy time last weekend attending competitions and today they showed me their winnings.

 

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Kaja Zboch from Ms Kiernan's Second Class attends Sarah Jane's School of Irish Dance in Tyrellspass. Yesterday she travelled to Dublin to take part in the Leinster Championships of Irish Dancing. She danced the reel, jig & hornpipe in the U8 section and came away with 8 medals, a sash and trophy.

 


 


 

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Amy Devanney from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class is a member of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance in Rochfortbridge. On Saturday she travelled all the way to Letterkenny in Co Donegal to participate in the Irish Open Premiership. She also danced the reel & jig and took part in a group dance, winning 6 medals, a sash and trophy.

 


 


 

Congratulations girls. A great achievement by both of you. 


October 26th 2016

Camogie Training for Beginners

 

Every Monday during the month of October, Ms Murphy and Mrs Collins held camogie training for girls in first and second class. The girls all listened well to the instructions and performed well on the pitch. Perhaps we'll see them in years to come representing St Colman's in the Cumann na mBunscoil competition.


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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 teamConor 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 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 Shogun.ie 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 5th 2016

 

W.O.W.!

 

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

 

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September 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.







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 29th 2016

 

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

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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

 

W.O.W.!

 

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 21st 2016 

W.O.W.! 


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 14th 2016

W.O.W.!


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 13th 2016

 

European Week of Sport 

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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 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!






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 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

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

 

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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

C.O.W.!


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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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.


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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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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.

 

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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.

 

gaa inflatable pitch 


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 8th 2016

 

W.O.W.!

 

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

 

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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 1st 2016

W.O.W.!

 

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

 

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May 26th 2016

 

Cumann na mBunscoil Finals

2016


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!

 


 

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May 25th 2016 

W.O.W.!

 

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


May 19th 2016

Scores on Doors


Our Active School 'Scores on Doors' competition is in full swing this week, as all classes on the senior corridor battle it out running laps on the school running track during their lunch break. The class that amasses the highest number of laps between them over the next four weeks will win an afternoon of fun at Shamrock's G.F.C. astro pitch. Some of the Active School committee are pictured below keeping a very close eye on proceedings at lunchtime today. It's fantastic to see classes running over 300 laps on average each day this week so far. Keep it up everyone!

 

scores on doors


May 18th 2016 

W.O.W!

 

National Walk to School Week

 

We woke this morning to a dry, sunny day. Just what we needed for our third W.O.W. event! We hoped for our biggest crowd yet and that's what we got! Students, parents, teachers, grandparents, babies in buggies and pets all came out in force and today we joined schools all over Ireland in trying to reach the target of 20,000 people walking to school, as part of National Walk to School Week.

 

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May 17th 2016

 

Station Workouts

 

It's wonderful when the weather is fine and we can have our P.E. classes outside. Ms Mc Loughlin's Fifth Class took advantage of the fine weather yesterday to enjoy station workouts in the sun!

 

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May 16th 2016

National Walk to School Week

2016


walk to school week 2016 bNational Walk to School Week is taking place from today, Monday May 16th, to Friday May 20th. As a 'Green School' we know that walking to school whenever possible helps to create a healthier environment for all. As an 'Active School' we are also very much aware of the benefits of walking to our well being. Our Active School committee have been running 'WOW' (Walk on Wednesday) events for the past two weeks and have been delighted with the huge turnout each day. walking shoesThis Wednesday, as part of National Walk to School Week, we hope to see the biggest turnout yet to join with other schools in helping to reach the target of 20,000 people walking to school all over Ireland! So get your walking shoes ready and join in if you can.

 


May 13th 2016

 

Fun Activities in the Sun

 

Everyone enjoyed the good weather today. The photos below are just a sample of the varied outdoor activities that kept the children busy today. What a great way to end the week!

 


 

fun activities in the sun 


May 11th 2016

 

W.O.W.! 

 

In spite of the inclement weather this morning, we were once again delighted to see a huge crowd taking part in our second W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event.

 


 

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May 10th 2016 

Loving Gymnastics!

 

Niamh Cassidy and Kelly Flynn from Ms Brennan's Fourth Class love gymnastics! They both began the sport about five years ago. They train with the 'Bounce' club in Loreto Gym every Monday evening. They have learned handstands, bridges, cartwheels, front walkovers and back walkovers and over the last five years have won many awards. At the moment, the girls are at 'Gymstart level five' standard but they have plans to make it all the way up to level ten! Keep up the good work girls.

 

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April 27th 2016

 

A Great Turnout!

 

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


 

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April 26th 2016

 

W.O.W!

 

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

 


 

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Looking forward to seeing you there!


April 22nd 2016

North Leinster Soccer Final


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


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April 18th 2016

 

Roscommon Open Feis

 

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

 


 

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April 13th 2016

 

Buddy Walk 

 

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

 


 

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April 11th 2016

Keep it in the Family 


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


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March 16th 2016

 

Flash Mob

 

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

 

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

 


 

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March 9th 2016

Seachtain na Gaeilge

2016


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


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March 3rd 2016

 

Skiing Success

 

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

 

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February 29th 2016

 

Leinster Boxing Championships


 

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

 

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February 8th 2016

Slogan Competition Winner


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


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


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February 8th 2016

 

Run Forest Run

 


 

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






February 5th 2016

 

Irish Dancing Success

 

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










February 3rd 2016

 

How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

 

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

 


 

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

 


 


 

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






January 25th 2016 

Dancing Buddies

 

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

 

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January 12th 2016

Boys Shield Winners


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


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December 14th 2015 

Boxing News 


Many of our students enjoy boxing in their spare time. Jack Geoghegan from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class, Owen Charles and Oisin Sheridan from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class and Oisin's brother Tadhg from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class are all members of the Olympic Boxing Club. Yesterday, Jack, Owen and Oisin participated in the Longford/Westmeath Boxing Championships. Jack made it to the semi-final in his weight group but was sadly beaten by a very strong opponent. Owen and Oisin boxed well and were both delighted to win first place in their weight group. Congratulations boys! Tadhg was unable to box yesterday as he is too young but he's definitely eager to get started and I'm sure it's only a matter of time until we hear about his endeavours.

 

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December 10th 2015

 

We Love Keeping Active!

 

Despite the chill in the air today, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class enjoyed their P.E. lesson in the playground and proved just how much they love keeping active! Although they only began playing basketball in September, they have grown to love the game and are improving with every week that passes. They also love using the markings on the ground to play games such as chase or hopscotch. As you can see from the photos below, they really do love keeping active!

 


 

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November 26th 2015

 

Keeping Active

 

What a wonderful sight at lunchtime today! Children from the senior corridor were making full use of our running track during their break and having a great time into the bargain. It's great to see so many of you getting active!

 


 

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November 24th 2015

New to Boxing


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Oliver Dinnegan from Mr Smyth's Fifth Class began boxing just three months ago. He is a member of Elite Boxing Club, Robinstown and trains every Wednesday and Friday. Last Sunday, Oliver took part in his first competition and won his first medal! Well done Oliver, I'm sure it's the first of many.














November 24th 2015

 

Irish Dancing Winner

 

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Amy Devaney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class loves Irish Dancing! She attends dance classes in Rochfortbridge on Tuesday nights. Last Friday, she took part in the Irish Open Championships 2015 in Ashbourne and came away with a trophy and five medals. Congratulations Amy!










November 20th 2015

 

Basketball Tournament

 

A group of boys and girls from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes attended a basketball tournament in Streete today. After some very competitive matches and a few close encounters with Moyvore N.S. and Mullingar Educate Together, St Colman's are now top of the leaderboard! The children really enjoyed themselves today and are looking forward to their next tournament in February.

 


 

basketball tournament



November 6th 2015

 

Parachute Fun


Ms Hamill's Second Class took advantage of the mild weather today and enjoyed some exercise in the playground. They had great fun too as you can see from the photos below!


 

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October 1st 2015

 

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

 

 2015 

 

i heart cross country runningCongratulations to the fifty one children from St Colman's N.S., who took part in the annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run yesterday, in Belvedere House and Gardens. The event was organised by Mullingar Harriers and schools from all over the county attended. All our runners performed well. Well done to you all!

 


 

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September 29th 2015

GAA Blitz Winner

 

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Ellie May Murtagh from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class plays Gaelic with the Downs GFC. Last week her team played in an U10 blitz and Ellie May was delighted to win a medal!





 





September 21st 2015

 

Leinster GAA Winners

 


Congratulations to twin sisters, Kelly and Dánagh Nagle, from Mr Beehan's and Mrs Deane's Sixth Classes respectively, who won Leinster U12 Gaelic Football medals on Saturday last. The girls, who are members of Shandonagh GFC, travelled with the Westmeath U12 girls football team to Portlaoise to take part in a county blitz and were very proud to return home victorious.

 


 

leinster gaa winners


June 24th 2015


Martial Arts Display


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


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June 22nd 2015

 

Staff Versus 6th Class

 


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

 


 

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June 19th 2015

Bridge to Bridge Duathlon


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


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June 17th 2015

 

Cycle on Wednesday

 

2015

 

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

 


 

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June 16th 2015

One Last Match


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


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June 14th 2015

 

5K Family Fun Run/Walk

 


 

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

 


 

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June 12th 2015

Presentation of Medals

2015


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


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Pizza Party

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










June 11th 2015

 

Making the Most of the Sunshine

 


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

 


 

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June 10th 2015

Sports Day

2015

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


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Senior Corridor

 


June 8th 2015

 

Half-time Entertainment

 

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











May 5th 2015

Community Games Win


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

 

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Tom, Mark, Ruari and Matthew

 

May 25th 2015

 

Still Keeping Active!

 

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

 


 

A Family of Boxers

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


 


 




Hip Hop Competition

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

 


 



G.A.A. Success

 


 

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




 




May 21st 2015

Three in a Row


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


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May 21st 2015

 

Man of the Match

 


 

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













May 19th 2015

Poster Competition


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


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May 17th 2015

 

Road to the Finals

 

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

 

Date

Time

Venue

Match

 

Monday 18th May

 

3.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Camogie

St Colman’s v Rathwire NS

 

Wednesday 20th May

 

3.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Girls' Football

St Colman’s v Kinnegad NS

 

Thursday 21st May

 

5.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Boys' Football

St Colman’s v Kinnegad NS

 

We wish all our teams the best of luck!



May 15th 2015

'Fun Friday'


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

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

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

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


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



May 14th 2015

 

Get the Party Started..... 


 

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

 


 

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May 13th 2015

Miles More Smiles


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


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May 13th 2015

 

Tug of War Masterclass

 


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

 


 

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May 13th 2015

Boxing Success

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






 







May 12th 2015

'Walk a Mile With a Smile'


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

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


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Not Tired Yet ??

 

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


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May 12th 2015

 

All Ireland Boxing Win

 


 

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










May 11th 2015

 

Active School Week

 

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

 

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

 


 

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March 24th 2015

Active School Committee


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


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Active School Committee


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

 

May 2nd 2017

Dancing Duo


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Classmates and friends, Áine Creagh and Amy Corroon from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, have been dancing together for seven years as a duo. They attend the Energy Plus School of Dance in Mullingar and enjoy learning tap and ballet. They took part in a dance competition in their school last weekend and were delighted to win two medals. Well done girls!

 

May 2nd 2017

Boxing Award

 

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Alex Clyne from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class began boxing just last year. He is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club and he trains three or four times a week. He is preparing for a competition in four weeks and in recognition for all his hard work, he received a trophy for 'Trainer of the Week'. Keep up the good work Alex and good luck in your competition! 

 

April 24th 2017

European Open Premiership


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Amy Devanney from Mr Boyle's Senior Infant Class travelled to Killarney on Friday last to take part in the 'World Irish Dance Association'  European Open Championships. She won no less than six medals and a trophy & sash when she came first in the U7 age group. Well done Amy, keep up the hard work!   

 

April 24th 2017

National Champions


Last Friday, two St Colman's students travelled to the National Stadium in Dublin to take part in the Irish Athletic Boxing Championships.


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Tadhg Sheridan from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class competed in the 29kg weight category and was delighted to win first place and become the National Boy/Champion.







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Johnny Dinnegan from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class competed in the 56kg weight category and he also came first becoming the National Boy/Champion.








Congratulations to you both on a great acheivement!

 

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April 7th 2017

Fond Farewell

 

This morning bright and early, all students and staff gathered outside to say a fond farewell to Mrs Ita Lynch, our wonderful Lollipop Lady, as she begins her retirement. She was the first and only Lollipop Lady in St Colman's and for the past 35 years she has helped the children to safely cross the road both mornings and afernoons. Ita also came at other unscheduled times to help the football and camogie teams get to and from training or when the children arrived home late from an outing.

Ita had a busy start to her day as pupils, parents, guardians and friends stopped to wish her well in her retirement. When the last child made their way safely into school, Ita walked from the main gate to the upper playground, her passage flanked by cheering children. When everyone was seated, Mrs Garvey and Mr Geraghty said a few words about their memories of Ita and about the terrific job she has done over the course of her career. A number of presentations were made to Ita from the children and staff. Liam Mahon from Mrs Walter's Third Class read out a self penned letter expressing his thanks on behalf of all the children that Ita has helped over the years. Mateusz Zarebski presented Ita with a beautiful drawing that he created especially for her. Some of Ita's family were also present and Mr Geraghty told how one of Ita's sons was enrolled in St Colman's on the very first day it opened. There was just time then for some refreshments before Ita completed her last task as Lollipop Lady for St Colman's when she saw the children home at midday.

We will miss Ita's smiling face each morning and we wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.


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April 6th 2017

Music Recital


There isn't a day when music can't be heard along the corridors of St Colman's. Each class enjoys learning many different songs as part of their everyday studies and our school choir and orchestra practise weekly and keep a very busy schedule of appearances. We also have three visiting music teachers from Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, who work with children from junior infants to sixth class.

Music Generation is Ireland's National Music Education Programme and they work in partnership with schools around Ireland offering tuition to children in over fifty different types of instruments. This morning, we had a visit from several board members of Music Generation and Ms Margaret Broome, development officer with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath. They were treated to a small music recital from a group of third and fifth class students, under the guidance of their tutor Mr Bob Batty.

Although the students have only been learning their chosen instrument since September, they certainly impressed their audience with their competent playing. The name of one of the pieces, 'Sto Lat', was one that the visitors hadn't heard of before. That was until the musicians began playing and it turned out to be the Polish version of 'Happy Birthday'. One very familiar piece played by our fifth class flautists, was 'Annie's Song' made famous by James Galway.

It was plain to see that the boys and girls love learning music. It might not be so nice for their families at home though. One of our third class boys told us he is often asked to practise in the shed! Another was told to 'put a sock in it'. He did this and it was still there when he had his next practice in school! Well done to all the musicians today, you did yourselves and Mr Batty proud!


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April 4th 2017

F.A.I. 5-A-Side


Twenty five boys and girls from our sixth classes travelled to Athlone Institute of Technology yesterday to represent St Colman's in a F.A.I. Primary Schools 5-a-side soccer tournament. Our teams played three games each and performed to a very high standard. Among the highlights of the day was Naomi Muresan's 'screamer' of a goal in the second game. Well done to all involved. You represented your school very well indeed!


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April 1st 2017

Confirmation

2017


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Congratulations to the 55 boys and girls from St Colman's who were confirmed in the Cathedral today. We hope you all had an enjoyable day with your family.

 

March 31st 2017

Confirmation Memento


Our sixth class students have been very busy in the last few weeks preparing for their Confirmation. Local artist, Andrina Finch, paid a visit to the students recently and helped them create a painted plate to keep as a memento of their special day. Using acrylic paints, the boys and girls painted a church with stained glass windows and the surrounding greenery. They added a dove to represent the Holy Spirit. To finish, they painted their name and the date of their Confirmation. The finished products were beautiful and definitely something the children will treasure for years to come.


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March 31st 2017

Safety Team

 

Our third class students had a visit today from two members of the Mullingar Fire and Rescue Service. Derek Irwin and David Branston spoke to the boys and girls in the school hall about all aspects of fire safety.

There are four fire stations in Westmeath - two large stations in Mullingar and Athlone and two smaller stations in Kilbeggan and Castlepollard. The firefighters stressed the importance of having a smoke alarm in all homes and businesses and that it should be checked weekly to be sure that the battery is working at full power. In the event of a fire, people can be overcome by the smoke before the fire itself reaches them. The first symptom is a slight headache, then you could pass out and very quickly you could die. Having a smoke alarm could mean that you are alerted to the fire before any of this happens. Emergency numbers to ring in Ireland are 999 or 112. You should never presume that someone else will do it. In recent years, some of the main causes of house fires are phone chargers, hair straighteners and games consoles that are plugged in overnight. These items should always be plugged out at night to prevent the risk. Unfortunately, the fire service receive quite a number of hoax calls. These hoax calls waste time and put people's lives in danger. The Guards do have the power to trace these calls though and the culprits will be brought to justice.

A Safety Pack was given to each child and a smoke alarm will be put in each classroom. The children are now members of a 'Safety Team'. The smoke alarm is to be checked weekly and the children will spread the word about fire safety to everyone they can. Before leaving, Derek and David gave the children this important advice - if you are caught up in a house fire, GET OUT, STAY OUT, PHONE THE FIRE BRIGADE AND NEVER GO BACK INSIDE. The children and their teachers would like to thank Derek and David for coming in to see them and teaching them vital information on fire safety.


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March 28th 2017

Sports Update

 

A huge variety of sporting activities take place in St Colman's on a ongoing basis. Below are just three examples of the sports we are involved in at the moment.


Basketball


Our sixth class students are enjoying weekly basketball lessons with their coach Christina from Street Warriers Basketball Club.


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Aldi Tag Rugby Festival

 

Representatives from our sixth classes recently travelled to Naas Rugby Club to take part in the Aldi Play Rugby Festival. They played a host of other schools from around Leinster and discovered that they were able to mix it with the best. The trip was a huge success and everyone had a great day. A huge thank you to Clare O'Brien for all her great coaching. It certainly paid off on the day!


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Hurling Player of the Week

 

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Congratulations to Oisin O'Hara on receiving his player of the week award from Mr Boyle today at hurling training. His team recently took part in a mini league and Oisin produced powerful displays in all four games. Well done Oisin!

 

March 24th 2017

'Turn Your School Yellow'

 

Today we held our annual 'Turn Your School Yellow' charity fundraiser to coincide with the Irish Cancer Society's 'Daffodil Day'. Unfortunately, many families in the St Colman's community have been affected by cancer and so today was the perfect opportunity to support this worthy cause. We asked the children to wear any yellow or green clothes they may have in their wardrobe and to make a small donation for 'Daffodil Day'. Bunches of fresh daffodils and daffodil pins were on sale for pupils, parents and guardians before and after school. As always, we had a great response and we would like to thank everyone for being so generous.


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March 16th 2017

Tráth na gCeist

 

The Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations continued this afternoon, with a table quiz as Gaeilge, in the school hall. Our fifth and sixth classes took part and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!


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March 16th 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge

2017

 

It was ceol agus craic all the way this week in St Colman's, where Seachtain na Gaeilge was celebrated with a jig in our step and a twinkle in our Irish eyes. Yesterday and today, students from first to fifth class presented a series of performances ranging from Irish dancing, a cups performance, role playing, speeches and singing out some very cool Irish tunes.

p1080191 - copyProceedings kicked off with the Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms Skelly, welcoming everyone with a big céad mile fáilte. Mark Tunney from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class explained why Seachtain na Gaeilge is such an important part of Irish heritage and culture. His classmate Daniel Connaughton ably provided a similar explanation as Gaeilge, with a fluency and a blas of a natural Gaeilgóir. Mr Geraghty as usual did his p1080216 - copymagic on sound, creating an effortless flow. Ms Brennan (or DJ Hat as she is known locally) hit the decks with her fourth class performing a role play of Ed Sheeran's 'Nancy Mulligan'. The song describes how a Protestant Northern Irish boy fell in love with a Catholic Wexford cailín and how their love transcended religious boundaries. There was lots of foot tapping and hand clapping during that performance.

img 1434 - copyNext up was our very talented rinceoirs, who danced their way up the aisle. Amy Devaney from Mr Boyle's Senior Infant Class, Holly Martin from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's First Class, Molly O'Donnell from Mrs Farrell's First Class and Katie Martin & Rania Connell from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class gave an Irish dancing performance that would give Riverdance a run for their money. Ms Brennan's dancers were up next with a performance of 'Bi id thost is damhsa liom' (previously performed during their Christmas play).

p1080210 - copyThen, Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class took centre stage with the 'Cups'. They displayed some amazing dexterity using cups, not for making a 'cupán tae', but illustrating that a cup can have a whole lot of other uses. Who knew? Their performance was met with rapturous applause. Ms Skelly's class followed with a rousing rendition of Avici's 'Lig Mé Saor'. The audience were line dancing experts at the end of that performance. Two rinceoirs, Seoidín Thornton and Livia D'eaguiar, from Ms Healy's Third Class, were next to have their moment in the spotlight. They gave an p1080221 - copyoutstanding performance of a 2 hand reel, which was met with an enthusiastic applause.

As was befitting, to wrap up the performance, everyone stood up and, with an air of gravity, entered into a solemn rendition of Amhrán Na bhFiann. The entire show has set everyone up nicely for the St Patrick's Day celebrations tomorrow.


Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

 

March 15th 2017

Walk a Mile with a Smile

 

Spring was in the air this morning and wasting the glorious sunshine would have been such a shame! What better way to enjoy the weather than to take a 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walk along the canal line. The children from Ms Healy's Third Class and Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class partnered up with the children from Ms Kiernan's Second Class and Mrs Shiel's First Class and together they began the walk.

As the children walked, they looked for the signs of Spring all around them. Unfortunately, there were no flowers to be seen but there were many trees and bushes with budding branches. Due to the unseasonably dry weather we've been having over the last few weeks, the water levels in the canal were very low. All the rushes at the canal edge were fully visible and were brown and dried out. Markings on the walls at cerain parts clearly showed the previously higher level. As always, a couple of swans were slowly gliding along the water. There were a number of workers out today keeping this wonderful amenity looking great. A member of Westmeath County Council was cutting the grass and members of Waterways Ireland were dredging the canal and clearing away any waste they found.   

We are very lucky in St Colman's to be so close to the canal line and I'm sure this will be just the first of many 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walks that will take place this year.


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March 10th 2017

Grandparents Day

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happy grandparents day 2017The St Colman's Calendar of events is certainly a very busy one! One of the most special and enjoyable events has to be Grandparents Day. For a number of weeks now, Ms Healy has been busy organising this wonderful occasion. Prayers were written, children were chosen to represent every class in the school, phone calls were made to willing grandparents and much more besides. Today, the culmination of all Ms Healy's hard work came to fruition.

At 11am, all children and staff, grandparents, parents and friends gathered in St Paul's Church. Fr Paul began by inviting four students to the altar. Zoe, Dunni, Alfonzo and Lucas welcomed everyone in Irish, Nigerian, Portuguese and Spanish, reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the school. During the Procession of Symbols, pupils accompanied by their grandparent brought symbols of our faith, our time in school and the love we have for each other, to the altar. Students from third to sixth class brought candles to the altar in the Procession of Light. Seventeen candles were brought, one for each class, to remind us of God's light and presence in our lives. Each part of the service was interspersed with beautiful hymns sung by the school choir.

There were some funny moments when some of our younger students spoke of their love for their grandparents and told of the things Granny or Grandad let them do that perhaps Mum and Dad might not know about! There was also a very poignant time when four of our third class students read self penned letters to their grandparents in Heaven. The letters were well written and beautifully read and brought a tear to many eyes. To close the service, the boys and girls from our junior and senior infant classes gathered on the altar to sing a surprise song for all the grandparents present! Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments and a chat. Thanks to Ms Healy for organising this very special event and thanks also to all staff and parents who helped out with teas/coffees, baking and of course the cleaning up. A truly joyous occasion that was enjoyed by all!


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March 8th 2017

Basketball Coaching

 

This morning, the students from our fourth and sixth classes began basketball lessons with their new coach Christina. Today's lesson was all about passing and shooting. Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next week already!


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March 8th 2017

Heart and Lungs

 

Our third class students have been learning all about the heart and lungs in their Science lessons. Where are they positioned in the body, what are their jobs and how do they work, were just some of the questions that needed answering.

p1080060 - copyAfter initial investigations, the students were very happy to invite a guest speaker and expert on the subject into their class. Dr Mark Sheehy, father of Anna Sheehy from Mrs Walters' Class, is a respiratory physician in the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Mark brought some equipment with him to show the children. A lifesized skeleton, which the children named 'Billybob', was used to show the position of all the bones in the body and Mark explained the importance of the ribcage and diaphragm in protecting the internal organs. He also brought a model of the heart which could be taken apart to show the veins and arteries. p1080040 - copyVolunteers were selected to practice CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on a CPR training 'Manikin'. As you can imagine, the boys and girls had many questions and Mark answered every one with ease and great patience. He was very impressed with their knowledge and well thought out questions. Two subjects that kept cropping up were asthma and smoking. All of the students knew someone in their immediate or extended family that suffered with asthma. Mark was able to give helpful advice on how to live healthily and manage your asthma. The children asked many questions on smoking which Mark carefully answered. The main message was to try to abstain from smoking as it is addictive and can cause many health problems.

Mrs Walters, Ms Healy and the children would like to thank Mark for spending time with them this morning and for such a wonderful educational talk. The children are looking forward to more indepth Science lessons in secondary school and there might just be a few budding doctors in their midst.


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March 7th 2017

First Confession

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Congratulations to the 68 boys and girls from First Class and the 3 boys and 1 girl from Second Class who made their First Confession tonight in St Paul's Church. I'm sure they're all pleased to have taken the first step on the road to making their First Holy Communion.

 

March 6th 2017

Gymnastics Win


gymnasticsEmily Moore from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class, Ciara Moore, Niamh Mc Kenna, Dunni Ayorinde, Rachel Mc Kenna & Niamh Cassidy from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class and Aisling Granahan & Eve Hickey from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class are all members of Bounce Gymnastics Club in Mullingar. Yesterday, they all took part in p1080065 - copya gymnastics competition in Loreto School Gym, Mullingar. Gymnasts from Mullingar, Navan and Trim participated. Each gymnast learned a particular routine and were required to perform the routine independently. Roundoff, straight jump, stag jump, handstand, forward rolls and pike rolls were just some of the moves that they carried out. All of our young gymnasts performed well and walked away with medals. Well done girls. Keep up the good work!


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March 2nd 2017

World Book Day

2017

 

world book day 2017 logoTo celebrate the 20th annual World Book Day which takes place today, every student in St Colman's received a book token. The token can be exchanged in bookshops for one of eleven exclusive new books or €1.50 off a full priced book. Numerous book related activities took place around the school and time was set aside for D.E.A.R. time, which is Drop Everything And Read.

Have fun searching for a special book this weekend!

 

March 1st 2017

Children Helping Animals


donationThere was great excitement this morning in Ms Kiernan's Second Class when they had two very special visitors! Last week, Ms Kiernan's class held a bake sale and raised €360 for the ISPCA and today, Kelley Hynes, a representative from the ISPCA called to collect the cheque. Kelley brought her dog Lucy with her and spent over an hour talking to the children about the work of the ISPCA and answering many questions.

p1080016 - copyThe ISPCA has two main centres. The ISPCA National Animal Centre is situated on 88 acres of land in Co Longford and the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre which is based in Mallow, Co Cork. They are also affiliated with 20 local animal welfare organisations. Kelley, who has been working with the ISPCA for 12 years, is one of roughly 20 staff who man the main centres together with 8 inspectors. Kelley's job is animal care assistant but she is also a home visitor who will come to your house to see if you are suitable to care for a rescue animal. Some of the most important factors that she looks for is - space, fencing and time. To be a responsible animal owner you need adequate space for the animal to exercise and be housed, you also need fencing to keep the animal safe on your property and last but not least, you need time available to feed, exercise and generally care for your animal. Unfortunately Kelly was sad to tell us that she has come across quite a lot of animal abuse in her work and many people have been prosecuted, but the upside to this is that the ISPCA will never turn any animal away and will go to great lengths to fully rehabilate and rehouse the animals in their care.

Ms Kiernan and the children would like to thank Kelley for spending time with them today, for answering all their questions and also for taking Lucy in to see them. Lucy is a rescue dog. She is a mongrel terrier and is 16 years old. She was calm and comfortable having lots of excited children around her.


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February 28th 2017

Shrove Tuesday

 

p1070952 - copyThe delicious aroma of freshly cooked pancakes wafted along the corridors of St Colman's today as everyone celebrated Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday as it is more commonly known. Traditionally, today is the day we indulge our sweet tooth before Lent begins tomorrow.

p1070938 - copyThe boys and girls in our third classes enjoyed an extra special treat today. One student, Jakub Nowak from Mrs Walter's Class, enlisted the help of his dad Sebastian to surprise everyone with a cookery demonstration. Sebastian, who is a chef in the Annebrook House Hotel, was very happy to share his knowledge of pancake cooking with the children. While Sebastian was hard at work preparing and cooking the pancakes, the third class students took the opportunity to revise their procedural writing. Each student wrote out the p1080003 - copyingredients needed and the instructions on how to make pancakes. I think their parents might be in for a surprise tonight when the children show their new knowledge of pancake cooking! 

p1070996 - copyBefore he finished up, Sebastian's youngest son Philip from Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class, together with his classmates came along to sample some of the tasty pancakes. Thanks so much to Sebastian for slaving over the hot pans this morning and cooking all the delicious pancakes.

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February 28th 2017

Art Week

2017

p1070824 - copyWe had the pleasure of welcoming back local artist Kevin Flood to the school over the past five school days to give art tuition to the students in our fifth and sixth classes. The theme - 'How a painting tells a story'.

This year, the children were asked to create a painting and afterwards to write a story around it. Kevin discussed the many reasons for being in a forest - having a picnic, walks with animals, enjoying the wildlife etc. A beautiful woodland scene was arranged in the school hall to give some inspiration and Kevin read a Robert Frost poem called 'The road not taken' to get the children thinking.

The young artists began by sketching the scene, using pencil shading techniques or charcoal to give definition and depth. The scenes were redrawn on special watercolour paper and watercolours were painted to add colour. Kevin gave tips on how to blend paints to create a new colour and on the best way to overlap the colours. The finished paintings were fantastic and the children would like to thank Kevin for his wonderful guidance and instruction.


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February 22nd 2017

Bake Sale for ISPCA

 

p1070855 - copyThe ISPCA (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is Ireland's largest animal welfare charity. Members help, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome tens of thousands of animals of all different species. Their role is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to pro-actively relieve animal suffering in Ireland.

The students in Ms Kiernan's Second Class are self confessed animal lovers! Many of the children have family pets but their interest doesn't stop there. During their recent Science lessons the children have been learning about living things and caring for their locality. That old saying - 'A pet is for life and not just for Christmas' came up and many wondered where the pets would go when their owners no longer needed them? Animal welfare and the role of the ISPCA became an important topic of interest. The boys and girls were shocked to learn that the ISPCA rely on the generosity of the Irish public for 95% of their funding. Seeing the many worried faces in front of her, Ms Kiernan suggested having a bake sale to raise some much needed funds for the society. Needless to say the children fully backed this idea and immediately began planning what they would bake.

p1070876 - copyToday that idea became a reality and Ms Kiernan's classroom was transformed into a cake shop for the students on the junior corridor. The wonderful array of home-baked goodies was a sight to behold. The boys and girls practiced their social skills when selling the goods and their mathematical brains were tested when change was given. All in all, this was a wonderful success for them but the best news was the total raised - a whopping €360! Congratulations to Ms Kiernan and her caring second class on a very successful fundraising event for the ISPCA.


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February 22nd 2017

Mullingar Town Band Visit

 

Our Junior and Senior Infants Classes receive a weekly introduction to music from visiting teacher Ms Kim Magee. Ms Magee works with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath and she uses the Kodaly programme which is based on teaching, learning and understanding music through the experience of singing.

p1070900 - copyMs Magee is also Band Director with Mullingar Town Band and today she brought a small section of the Marching Band to St Colman's to give us a taster of what they are all about. All classes gathered in the upper playground. Ms Magee first told the children a little about the history of the band.

The Mullingar Town Band was officially founded in 1879 and they welcome children of p1070901 - copyall musical abilities to join. They have a marching band, the Celtic Crusaders and a concert band and have won many awards in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. The band also have a dance corps/colour guard which perform as part of the marching element of the band. Ms Magee explained that when you join the marching band, you receive a uniform. The uniform is quite heavy and she gave two students, Ciaran Donoghue and Daragh Geoghegan, from Ms Kiernan's Second Class the opportunity to try a jacket for size!

The band then played a number of pieces for everyone, while two member of the colour guard performed synchronized movement of flags to the music. The instruments played today were tuba, french horn, euphonium, baritone sax, alto sax, trumpet, flute, clarinet and snare drum. p1070908 - copyOne student, Conor Walsh from Mrs Farrell's First Class was very proud to pose for a photo with his aunt who played flute today and Lavinia Matthews from Mrs Walters' p1070909 - copyThird Class gladly posed with her big sister and past pupil Niamh. 

Ms Magee finished up by telling all the children that on Wednesday March 1st the Mullingar Town Band are welcoming new members and invited everyone to come along. Judging by the response to the music, I think many of our students will take up the offer!


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February 21st 2017

Irish Dancing Sisters

 

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Sisters, Holly and Katie Martin from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's First Class and Ms Skelly's Fifith Class respectively, are both Irish dancers with the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. Recently, they took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis in the Mullingar Park Hotel and won trophies and medals for their performances. Well done girls!  

 

February 21st 2017

Indoor Hurling Blitz


St Colman's young hurlers took part in an indoor hurling blitz this afternoon in St Mary's gym. They played with growing confidence and skill as the tournament progressed and made it all the way through to the final. They were narrowly defeated in the end by a very good Ballymore side but it could easily have gone either way. Well done to all involved for representing your school so well.


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February 15th 2017

Remembering World War 1


World War 1 (WW1), also known as the Great War or the First World War lasted from July 28th 1914 until November 11th 1918. The war which originated in Europe was fought by two large families of countries. The Allies - the British Empire, France, Belgium, Russia and later the USA were in one family and the Central Powers - Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Turkey were in the other.

p1070817 - copyIt can be hard to relate to the subject of the war, as it happened a hundred years ago. One student, Paige Tyrrell, from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class brought the subject closer to home when she told us about her great-great-grandfather. Patrick Dooner who lived in England, joined the army and fought in the war. Unfortunately, Patrick never made it home, but his family received two medals on his behalf and a letter from King George, sent in 1918 when the war ended. A copy of the letter and the medals have been passed down from generation to generation and today Paige brought them into school to show all classes. 

Paige is pictured with her brother Cian from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's First Class.

 

February 14th 2017

Valentine Butterflies

 

hearts sparklingTraditionally, St Valentine's Day is a time when we say 'I love you' to a special person in our lives. Gifts and cards are exchanged and kindness is shown. Needless to say, art lessons throughout the school today were based on Valentine's Day.

p1070798 - copyThe boys and girls in Mrs Shiel's First Class worked very hard on their Valentine's art. Under the guidance of student teacher, Ms Murphy, the children created 'Valentine Butterflies' using card, paper doilies, glue and colours. These wonderful butterflies were delivered to very happy parents and grandparents after school today and I'm sure there was plenty of hugs returned!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


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February 14th 2017

WIDA Mullingar Open


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Congratulations to Emily Mc Sherry from Ms Kiernan's Second Class who took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis in the Mullingar Park Hotel last Saturday. Emily is a member of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. She danced well and received three medals and a trophy. Well done Emily!

 

February 14th 2017

Chinese New Year


Chinese New Year, also known as 'Spring Festival', is an important Chinese festival marked by the lunisolar Chinese calendar, so the date changes from year to year. In 2017, the first day of the Chinese New Year was on January 25th and will last until February 15th 2018, initiating the year of the rooster.

After reading about Chinese New Year, the students in Ms Healy's Third Class became so fascinated with the subject, that they undertook projects on different topics. Some of the topics were the history of Chinese New Year, traditions, Lantern Festival, lunar zodiac, Chinese alphabet & languages and the importance of the colour red & dragons in China. Each group presented their projects to the class, sharing the information they had collected. During their art lesson, the boys and girls created dragons using cupcake cases with great effect. The artwork and projects are on display in class and are well worth taking a look at! Well done to you all!


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February 13th 2017

Irish Dancing Trio

 

Amy Devanney from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class, Molly O'Donnell from Mrs Farrell's First Class and Rania Connell from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class are all members of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. The dancing trio took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis on Saturday last which was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel. The girls performed well and as you can see from the photo, they each took home a number of medals and a trophy. Congratulations girls!


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February 11th 2017

Table Quiz

2017

 

There was a huge turnout at the St Colman's Parents Association annual Table Quiz which took place last night in the Annebrook Hotel. Once again, Mr Willie Geraghty compiled 10 rounds of 10 questions and as quiz master, he challenged everyone on a wide variety of topics. Thanks to Mr Geraghty and the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association for organising such an enjoyable event.


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Februaury 10th 2017

10@10

 

The T.V. programme 'Operation Transformation' has been running for ten years. To celebrate, they have asked every primary school in Ireland to take part in an event called 10@10, where children from all over Ireland will get moving for 10 minutes of exercise at 10am on February 10th.

Mrs Walters' and Ms Healy's Third Classes participated this morning. They had many events organised  in the upper playground - obstacle course, races and basketball to name but a few. They enjoyed the exercises so much that they continued for forty minutes.

The children and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed being part of the largest junior group exercise session to ever take place in Ireland.


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February 10th 2017

Farming Today and in the Past


The boys and girls in Ms Kiernan's Second Class had a very special visitor this morning. Classmate Nicole Pentony asked her grandmother, Mrs Breda Slattery, to call in and speak to the children about farming. Breda who lives in Cong, Co Mayo, has lived on a farm all her life. She spoke to the children about the busy life that farmers lead. Her farm has a 'Suckler Herd' which is when the calves run with the cows until they are about a year old and then they're sold for beef. Breda was also very proud to tell everyone about her nephew, Kevin Moran, who was awarded 'Young farmer of the year 2016' and currently runs a dairy farm. 

When asked about the difference between life on a farm now and in the past, Breda had no hesitation in saying 'Machinery'! Years ago, horses were used to pull ploughs and trailers and everyone on the farm had to help when planting seeds, weeding or harvesting crops. Today, tractors and combine harvesters reduce the workload for farmhands. Cows were once milked by hand which was a slow process, but of course nowadays milking parlours can accommodate up to 100 cows in a hour.

One subject that fascinated the children was de-horning bulls. Breda explained that bulls are de-horned when they are young by vets for safety. 

Before Breda finished up, she spoke to the children about the importance of safety on the farm. Farms can be a very dangerous place with huge machinery, slurry pits and animals that could attack children.

Although there are many dangers on a farm, Breda stressed that life on a farm is a very happy and healthy one and she would highly recommend it! Ms Kiernan and the children would like to extend a huge thank you to Breda for taking time out of her busy schedule to visit us. 


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February 8th 2017

Our Local Area

 

Mrs Walters' Third Class has been learning all about their local area in their Geography lessons. Their learning took many different forms e.g. reading geography books, researching topics online, interviewing relevant people of interest and visiting their local community. The children were encouraged to choose an area in the town of Mullingar or a topic of interest to them to research. When the information was collected, the boys and girls divided into a number of groups and completed independent projects. The projects concluded with each group presenting their project to the class. For a lot of the children, this was their first experience of public speaking and they all did exceptionally well. Mrs Walters was super proud of the tremendous efforts made by the children and rewarded them with treats galore!

A highlight of the research was a trip to the Westmeath County Council buildings where they met Mayor of Mullingar,  Councillor John Shaw. Full report on this trip will follow next week.


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February 2nd 2017

St Brigid's Day Walk

 

Every year, students and staff of St Brigid's School go on an annual walk/pilgrimage to St Brigid's Well, near Cullion in Mullingar. Our sixth class students, along with students from Presentation N.S., St Mary's N.S., Gainstown N.S. and Gaelscoil an Mhuilinn, were invited to join them on the walk which was held yesterday. The bright, dry weather helped to make the occasion more enjoyable. On arriving at St Brigid's Well, a short prayer service, officiated by Fr Joseph Naikarakudy, was held for the assembled group. Everyone was invited back to St Brigid's School afterwards for some light refreshments. Thanks to all in St Brigid's School who organised this wonderful event, which was enjoyed by all!


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February 1st 2017

Design a T-Shirt

 

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Scott Sweeney from Mrs Fagan's & Mrs Brennan's First Class chose an inventive way to celebrate St Brigid on her feast day. wp 20170201 09 15 51 pro - copyUsing fabric gel pens that he received as a Christmas present and a white t-shirt, Scott designed a St Brigid's Day themed t-shirt complete with a St Brigid's Cross. Well done Scott!

 

February 1st 2017

St Brigid's Day 

 

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One of the traditions associated with St Brigid is to make a St Brigid's Cross from fresh rushes. Some believe that the crosses have the power to protect the owner's home from harm.


Ms Healy's Third Class are pictured below with the St Brigid's Day crosses they made today.


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January 30th 2017

Catholic Schools Week

2017

 

catholic schools week 2017Catholic Schools Week 2017 takes place from January 29th - February 4th. The theme this year is 'Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home'. Today and every day this week, students will read prayers over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.

 

January 27th 2017

Man of the Match

 

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Congratulations to Peter Finch from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class who was selected as 'Man of the Match' in his debut for the school hurling team when they played against St Mary's N.S. He had an outstanding game and looks to have a very bright future in hurling ahead of him.

 

January 26th 2017

World War 1 Trench Experience

 

Ms Skelly's Fifth Class has been learning all about World War 1 (WW1) in their History lessons. Today, Ms Skelly and her students took a trip to Cavan County Museum in Ballyjamesduff, to visit the largest outdoor WW1 replica trench in Ireland and the UK. The children walked through replica trenches that were built to the specifications and manuals of the Irish Guards and were used by the Royal Irish Fusiliers at the Battle of the Somme 1916. With sound and visual effects, the boys and girls were given a small insight into how the soldiers must have felt during the war. The many artefacts in the museum grabbed their attention. Replicas of the soldiers' uniforms were on display and some of the children were chosen to try on the soldiers' hats. They were able to read exact copies of postcards sent by soldiers who were at war. One poignant moment was when the group were shown 'Death Pennies' that were given to soldiers' families when their loved one was killed in action. This trip was thoroughly enjoyed by all and after speaking to some of the children today, I'm told it's a must see for all History enthusiasts!


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January 24th 2017

Back to Impress!

 

Today, we welcomed back four past pupils with some very impressive news to tell us! Jack Kenny, Conor Farrell, Seán Murphy and Andrew Sereda are second year students in Coláiste Mhuire, Mullingar. The students all have a keen interest in computer coding and are members of 'Coláiste Coding' club in their school. Their interest in coding began a number of years ago and when they were pupils in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, they learned how to programme their own interactive stories, games and animations using Scratch.


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Andrew is currently part of a team of five who are working on a computer based project which they hope to enter in the 'School Digital Champion'. They hope to write a programme which will teach users everything they need to know when using Google docs, Google classroom and Google drive. Good luck with that Andrew. Andrew is pictured left with his teacher Ms Acton.


Jack, Conor and Seán took part in the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017. There was a long selection process, where the students had to p1070609 - copywrite 5 x 600 character points and an essay of 500 words giving an outline of the project they wish to enter. Their teacher, Ms Eva Acton, also had to give a more detailed account of the project proving that it would hold up scientifically. The project was accepted and then, the hard work began.

p1070604 - copyThe students created a device which they called 'Alert-A-Buoy' which they hope would eventually be placed on buoys in the ocean. We have all read about the ships carrying refugees. Unfortunately, not all these ships make it to safety and dry land. For those ships that capsize in the ocean, it is hoped that the refugees would be able to swim to the buoys, where they would press a button that would then alert the coastguards and the navy. At the  moment, the device is not waterproof but the students are in contact with a local engineering company called TEG who may have the ability to make it waterproof. The project was very well received at the exhibition and since then, the students have been contacted by the Irish Coastguards and a division of the UN. This is not the first time the boys have entered the BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. Last year, they entered a project called 'EYESPY' which was to help with the huge problem of cyberbullying. The project was highly commended.

Congratulations Jack, Conor and Seán on last year's award and on creating a wonderful device which will no doubt save countless lives. We wish you luck in developing this device further.


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January 19th 2017

Save the Date

 

st.-colmans-table-quizThe St Colman's Parents Association are having their annual Table Quiz on Friday, February 10th 2017 in the Annebrook Hotel. This is a perfect opportunity for parents, teachers and friends of St Colman's to meet up for an enjoyable night out without the kids and raise save the datemoney for the school at the same time.

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

 

January 10th 2017

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2017 - 2018

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2017 will take

place during the week of


16th January 2017 - 20th January 2017


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2017,

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


4pm on Friday 20th January 2017


 

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December 22nd 2016

Winning St Loman's Players Visit

 

St Loman's G.F.C. have had a wonderful winning streak this year and today, members from the seven winning teams paid a visit to the school with the cups. All classes gathered in the school hall and Mr Geraghty introduced the players one by one. Many of the players present were past pupils of the school. Daire Smyth, Fionn O'Hara, David Winsor and past pupil and present teacher, Julie Mc Laughlin were all there. David is also father to Shane in Mrs Walters' Third Class. It's great to see so many of our past pupils doing well in the sporting arena and I'm sure they were an inspiration to our current pupils. The St Loman's teams won the U14 Premier Championship, U16 Premier Championship, Senior Ladies' Championship and Senior Ladies' League Division 1, Senior Men's Championship, Senior Men's Division 1 and Senior Men's Feis Cup. Congratulations to St Loman's G.F.C. and best of luck to you all in the future.


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December 21st 2016

Christmas Carol Service

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The entire school body made their way to St Paul's Church this morning for our annual Christmas Carol Service which began at 11am and was officiated by Fr Paul Crosby. We were joined by parents/guardians and friends to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with music, song and prayer. Throughout the service, children representing every class group reminded us of the story of Jesus' birth while members of the living crib gathered on the altar. The readings were interspersed with Christmas hymns sung beautifully by our school choir. The children from our second classes, who will make their First Holy Communion next year, took part in The Procession of Light and decorated the Jessie Tree. The school orchestra also took to the altar to play for the audience. The service ended with the choir's rendition of 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree'.


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December 20th 2016

Christmas Play Season

2016


This year, we had ten classes perform plays for their family and friends. We began last Tuesday with Ms Geraghty's Junior Infant Class play and we finished up today with Ms Brennan's Fourth Class play. Throughout the week we've had crying babies, many wise men, countless shepherds, angels, stars that cannot shine, Cinderella, funky narrators, a very bossy king and of course the Baby Jesus. There are certainly plenty of budding actors and actresses in our midst who all performed brilliantly to packed appreciative audiences. Well done to all the children and their teachers. Great job everyone!


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December 20th 2016

Special Invitation

2016

 

The boys and girls in Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Class received a very special invitation to attend a fun Christmas Party in Mullingar Community College, hosted by the childcare students. The children were really excited as they left the school and walked the short distance to the Community College. On arrival at the college, the children were brought to a specially decorated party room, where they were entertained with arts and crafts, games and face painting. Tables covered in a wonderful array of goodies, prepared by the hosts, were ready for the hungry guests. And as if that wasn't enough, Santa took time out of his busy schedule and came to the party to speak to the children!

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


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December 20th 2016

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2017 - 2018

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2017 will take

place during the week of


16th January 2017 - 20th January 2017


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2017,

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


4pm on Friday 20th January 2017


 

December 15th 2016

Special Christmas Wishes

 

The parents of the children in Ms Kiernan's Second Class received a nice surprise in the post this morning. Among all the usual unwelcome bills was a very special Christmas card!

Ms Kiernan's students are preparing for First Holy Communion which will take place next May. As part of their preparations they have been reminded of just how much their parents have done for them since they were born. They decided that Christmas would be the perfect time to say thank you! Yesterday, during their art lesson, the boys and girls each designed a Christmas card. Along with the usual 'Merry Christmas', the boys and girls wrote a special thank you message. Before school finished for the day, all the cards were posted and today, the surprise Christmas Card was on the doormat.


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December 14th 2016

Karate Red Belt

 

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Mrs Walters and her third class children are very proud of their classmate Oliver Szyndzielorz who was awarded his second red belt in Karate last Sunday. Oliver trains very hard and attends Karate class every Tuesday. There are ten coloured belts in Karate beginning with the white belt and finishing with the black belt signifing the highest rank of acquired skills. Next grading for Oliver is in June and we wish him the very best of luck with it. Keep up the good work Oliver!


 

December 12th 2016

Quite the Sportsman!


p1070533 - copyOne of our young fifth class students had a very busy weekend indeed. Tadhg Sheridan from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club and on Saturday, he took part in the Longford/Westmeath Boxing Championships and made it through to the semi-finals winning his final bout. On Sunday morning, Tadhg, who is also a member of the Harriers Running Club, travelled to Omeath, Co Louth, to take part in the All Ireland Cross Country Run. Although Tadhg is just 11 years old, he ran in the under 13 age group and finished in a very credible 28th place. Later on Sunday afternoon, Tadhg boxed in the final of the Longford/Westmeath Championships and won his bout in the Boy1 - 31kg category. He also won a trophy for Best Male Boxer! Congratulations Tadhg on your fantastic sporting achievements.

 

December 11th 2016

Christmas Fair

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The St Colman's annual Christmas Fair was held in the school today and once again it was a resounding success. By 11.30am, the school was full to bursting with excited friends of St Colman's. There was an abundance of activities to keep everyone happy. The festive crafts created by the students and the wonderful home-baked goodies donated by many of you sold out fast. The tasty freshly made crepes were truly scrumptious. Sand art was enjoyed by many and the face painting and nail painting section was kept busy. Thanks to everyone who supported this Christmas fundraiser.


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December 9th 2016

Design A Christmas Jumper

 

The students from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class held a fun art competition recently for all children in the school to get everybody into the Christmas Spirit - Design a Christmas Jumper! As you can imagine, the boys and girls loved this idea and came up with some inspired jumper designs. The task of picking winners was not an easy one as the standard was very high. Eventually a winner was chosen from every class and this afternoon, all of the seventeen winning artists were announced and each received a selection box. Congratulations to everyone who entered and to Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class on a great idea.


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December 9th 2016

Light the Lights!

 

At 1:20pm today, Mrs Garvey called all of our junior infant children to the front of the school beside the outdoor Christmas Tree. She had a very important job to do and she asked the children for assistance. She called the two youngest boys and girls to the front of the group. Ellen Gallagher & Dylan Doherty from Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Class and Mia Clark & Ahmed Abdellatif from Ms Geraghty's Junior Infant Class were asked to officially switch on the colourful Christmas lights on the tree. The remaining children were then asked to countdown from ten and the lights were lit amidst cheers from everyone!


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December 9th 2016

Christmas Jumper Day


The Christmas festivities got off to a flying start today when we had a no-uniform/Christmas Jumper Day. There was a huge variety of jumpers - santas, elves, reindeer, snowmen and penguins all made an appearance. We even had a few Santa lookalikes! What a great way to get us all in the Christmas spirit.


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