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June 30th 2016

Mr Smyth Retires

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

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

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

Go n-éirí an bóthar leat!

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June 29th 2016

Excellent Attendance


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


June 29th 2016

Goodbye to Sixth Class

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

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

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

Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.


June 29th 2016

School Tours



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


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


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


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


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


June 28th 2016

Raising the Flag

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

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Winners in the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk


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

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Cumann na mBunscoil Finalists

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

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St Colman's Girls Football Team 2016

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St Colman's Boys Football Team 2016


June 27th 2016

Art Competition Winners

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

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June 23rd 2016

Ambulance Alert


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

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

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

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June 23rd 2016

They're Back!


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

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The arrow points out the mother swallow feeding her chicks


June 22nd 2016

Penalties Against the Principal


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

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Junior Infants enjoying Penalty Shootouts

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Sixth Class giving Mrs Garvey their best shots


June 20th 2016

Irish Dancing Wins


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


June 19th 2016

Father's Day



Happy Father's Day to all Dads everywhere!




June 19th 2016

5K Family Fun Run/Walk


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

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June 17th 2016

Sports Day


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

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

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

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June 16th 2016

Staff V's Sixth Class Boys 

Football Match


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

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June 16th 2016

Boxing Demonstration


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

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

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

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

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June 15th 2016

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls

Basketball Match


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

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June 15th 2016



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

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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 14th 2016

Procedural Writing


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

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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

The First Pea!

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


June 13th 2016

GAA Inflatable Pitch


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

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June 13th 2016

Active School Week

June 13th - 17th 2016


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

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

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

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

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June 10th 2016

Shiver me Timbers!


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

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Ms Morris' Pirates

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

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Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class Pirates!


June 9th 2016

Gymnastics Award


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


June 9th 2016

An Evening of Music


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

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

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

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

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

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June 8th 2016


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

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June 7th 2016

Irish Ceili Dance Workshop

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

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June 2nd 2016

P.E. in the Sun is Fun!

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

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June 2nd 2016

Jersey/Non-Uniform Day


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

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

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June 1st 2016



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

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May 27th 2016

Disco Dancing


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

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May 26th 2016

Cumann na mBunscoil Finals



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

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

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May 25th 2016


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

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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 23rd 2016

Party Time!

Yesterday, our second class students had a wonderful day with their families as they celebrated their First Holy Communion. Today, they arrived in school in all their finery to begin a new celebration with their classmates. After having their official photographs taken in St Paul's Church, the boys and girls changed into their party clothes and headed to the school hall. Once again, the hall was turned into 'Party Central'and there was food and drink waiting for them. The children really enjoyed themselves and it was a fitting end to their First Holy Communion celebrations.

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May 23rd 2016

Ready to Plant Outside

Five weeks ago, the children in Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class planted pea seeds. After much care and lots of sunshine the plants were ready to go home with the children today. The boys and girls can transfer their plants into their gardens and watch while they grow larger by the day. Very soon they will be ready to eat!

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May 22nd 2016

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the 52 boys and girls from Mrs Shiel's and Ms Hamill'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 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!

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May 19th 2016

As the 'Special Day' Approaches...


The boys and girls from Mrs Shiel's and Ms Hamill's Second Class have had a busy few months as they prepare for their special First Holy Communion Day. In recent weeks, many visits have been made to the church to ensure that every child knows exactly what to do on Sunday coming.

To make their day extra special and one they will never forget, the children have been making keepsakes and mementos to remind them. They created little paper figures of themselves. Some chose to dress them in their favourite football team rig outs while others designed communion dresses and suits.

The children also created First Holy Communion Scrapbooks. Each child decorated the covers in their own way. The book documents their year in second class thus far and all the planning that they put in place for their special day. I have no doubt that the children will enjoy their day on Sunday and in years to come when they look at the mementos they made with such care, the memories will come flooding back.

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Mrs Sliel's Second Class

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Ms Hamill's Second Class


May 18th 2016

Making Ice Cream


Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have been learning about materials and change in their Science lessons. They have been experimenting with heating and cooling, and today, they got to make their very own chocolate chip ice cream. Yum!

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May 18th 2016


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

Choose Time Reward

Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have been working very hard this term and were very pleased to gain the required stamps to be rewarded with a 'Choose Time' of their choice. Their chioce - A walk to the town park and a good time was had by all!

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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



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 16th 2016

Enjoying the Sunshine!

The glorious sunshine had everyone smiling today. Our Junior and Senior Infant Classes were certainly smiling as they enjoyed their break outside.

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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!

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May 11th 2016


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 29th 2016

Remembering 1916


Over four days, all class groups from third to sixth travelled to Dublin to visit various locations associated with the 1916 Rising.

The children from our sixth classes took a guided tour of Dublin City, stopping off at many places of interest dating back to 1916 eg: the O'Connell Statue (with lots of bullet holes), the Larkin Statue and the GPO which was the headquarters during the Rising. Afterwards they took a guided tour of Glasnevin Cemetery, where many of the heroes who participated in Ireland's fight for independence were laid to rest.

Our fifth classes visited the Hugh Lane Gallery accompanied by local artist, Kevin Flood, who worked with the boys and girls earlier in the year. Kevin took the children on a guided tour of the gallery and pointed out many paintings which were painted 100 years ago. The children also had sketching classes. Next was a visit to the Garden of Remembrance. Their trip finished with a visit to the exhibition in the GPO, where they viewed a number of original artifacts like guns, medals and clothing. They also enjoyed playing the interactive touchscreen games.

The students from our third and fourth classes visited the National Museum of Ireland at Collins Barracks to see the exciting new exhibition that marks the centenary of the 1916 Rising. Afterwards they travelled to the military cemetery at Arbour Hill where fourteen of the executed leaders of the Rising are buried. They also finished their trip with a visit to the exhibition at the GPO.

All the children and accompanying adults returned to the school tired but with a renewed interest in Irish history.

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Sixth Class Tour

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Fifth Class Tour

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Fourth Class Tour

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April 28th 2016

They've Hatched!


Our nesting swallows have hatched! Just last week we saw the mother swallow sitting on her eggs, in her nest, hidden on a windowsill and now we have five baby chicks. Once again the photos were taken from above through the window while the mum was away.

As you can see from the photos, the chicks are hatched naked, with only a few tufts of down. The eyes are closed and do not fully open for up to 10 days. The feathers will begin to sprout in a few days. It can take up to three weeks for the young birds to 'Fledge'. This is when the feathers and wing muscles are sufficiently developed for flight.

It's exciting to see nature at work right on our own doorstep! (or windowsill in this case!)

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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 on Wednesday May 11th when we do it all again.

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April 27th 2016



Mr Beehan's Sixth Class are cooking again! As their geography investigations continue, they're now learning all about Nigeria. Luckily they have an in-house expert in Ololade Ayorinde. Ololade has been filling them in on Nigerian customs and food. She even prepared a beautiful African dish called Asaro for her classmates to sample. This was the first time most of her class (including her teacher) had ever tasted the vegetable 'Yam' and by all accounts, it went down very well indeed. Thank you to Ololade and her mother from all her classmates for this delicious treat.



April 26th 2016



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 25th 2016

Mark this on your Calendar


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The annual St Colman's N.S. '5K Race & Family Fun Run/Walk' takes place on Sunday June 19th, starting at 1.30pm. The Fun Run/Walk, organised mark this on your calendarby St Colman's N.S. Parents Association, promises to be a very enjoyable event. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to get the whole family out for some exercise in the fresh air and have a relaxing chat and cuppa afterwards in the school with friends. So please mark the date in your calendar and spread the word to family, friends and neighbours - everyone is welcome!


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 21st 2016

Swallows are Back!

For a number of years, we have had swallows nesting in the grounds of St Colman's and this year is no different. In the past, they have built their nest above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed. But this year they have moved! Many of you might see our stage, stored when not in use, to the right of Kevin's shed. The swallow has managed to get in behind the wooden stage and has built its nest on the windowsill of the ladies toilet.

We usually see the first swallows return to Ireland in April. Swallows travel in families, they pass over deserts and seas and fly through all sorts of weather to come here for the Irish Summer. Birdwatch Ireland has reported that in recent years, the Irish Swallow is on the decline. The Sahara desert is getting wider each year and more arid and fewer swallows can survive the journey.

However, their arrival signals good news for us on the weather front as they only return when it will be warm enough for them to find a plentiful supply of food - they eat hundreds of midges! What you may not realise is that swallows are a protected species and it is illegal to remove their nests from your property.

It is early days for our current nesting swallow though, as the mum is still sitting on her eggs. It was quite difficult to get photos this time due to the location. One photo was taken from above through the window in the ladies toilet! Hopefully in the weeks to come, the eggs will hatch,  all the chicks will survive and with a bit of luck (and some acrobatics!) we will have photos of the baby chicks to show you. Watch this space!!

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April 21st 2016

Teddy Bears Picnic


Today, the boys and girls from Ms Morris' and Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Classes enjoyed a Teddy Bears' Picnic in the sun. We all have a favourite teddy bear and every child brought their favourite one into school today. They came in all shapes and sizes and each one holds a special memory for the owner.

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Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class

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Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class


April 20th 2016

Has Summer Come Early?

The glorious sunshine today had everyone wondering if Summer had come early. Of course it could be a different story tomorrow, so, the time for action was today. Many classes went for nature walks, some classes on the senior corridor took children from the junior corridor on a 'Buddy Walk' along the canal and many more took advantage of our outdoor classroom to have lessons in the sun.

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Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class enjoying work in the outdoor classroom

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Some of our Senior Classes take Junior and Senior Infants on a 'Buddy Walk'

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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class enjoy storytime in the sun before they go home


April 19th 2016

Making Butter


During a recent History lesson, the children in Ms Owen's First Class learned all about how people lived long ago. They were very interested in how butter was made in the past and decided to make some img 4402 - copythemselves.

The class was split into groups and each group was given a a jar with double cream inside. Then the hard work began. Every child had to shake the jar as hard as they img 4404 - copycould for a few minutes before passing it on to the next person. The jars were checked regularly to monitor the progress.

Before long, they noticed changes as the butter separated from the buttermilk. A colander was used to drain away the buttermilk and after adding some salt, the butter was ready to be tested. It was yummy and such a great success that many of the boys and girls have since made their own butter at home!

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April 18th 2016

It's Planting Time

We all know the importance of vegetables in our diet and this morning, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class took the first step in growing their own vegetables. There was great excitement when Mrs Slevin opened the box containing the pea, spinach & cress seeds together with the cups and compost. Every child took their turn filling the cups with compost and putting in the seeds. After watering, all the cups were placed on the windowsill in the classroom. Over the coming weeks, the boys and girls will carefully look after their plants and follow their growth progress.

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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 15th 2016



The geography investigations are continuing in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class and this week they focused their attention on the European country of Romania. The multicultural celebrations continued too in the form of culinary delights brought to them by their very own Tania Muresan. Tania and her family are originally from Romania. Today, Tania treated the class to a very tasty traditional Romanian dish called Polenta. As you can see from the photos, it was a big hit. The accompanying fresh strawberry sauce was Mr Beehan's favourite! A huge thank you to Tania and her family from all her classmates.



April 14th 2016

Aspiring Singer


I'm sure many of you are enjoying this year's 'The Voice of Ireland' on RTE. On Sunday April 3rd, Áine Creagh from Mrs Fagan's & Mrs Brennan's Third Class was in the happy position to be sitting in the audience of the show's live knockouts. Áine travelled to the Helix to support Mullingar's own Michaela Hogg who was performing on the night. Before the show started, a group of 'warm up' artists came on stage to entertain the crowd. They looked for four volunteers to go up on stage and Áine immediately put herself forward. Áine was to be Judge Úna and got to sit in her chair! The audience was challenged to sing in front of the 'new' judges and when asked what she thought of the singing, Áine said "they could have been better!". 'Tough judge', I hear you say. I asked Áine if she would one day like to return to the show as a real judge, she quickly told me that she wouldn't. This aspiring young singer wants to return as a contestant!

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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 and 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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