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April 20th 2014

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April 11nd 2014

Teddy Bear Day


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


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April 10th 2014

Easter Buns

 

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


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April 10th 2014

Cherry Blossom Tree

 

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


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April 9th 2014

First Communion Preparations


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


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April 5th 2014

Confirmation

 

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

 

April 2nd 2014

Jersey Draw

 

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

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

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

 

March 31st 2014

Lenten Parish Mission

 

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


 

March 28th 2014

'Turn Your School Yellow'

 

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


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March 28th 2014

Daffodils

 

Anna Sheehy from Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants Class, wasn't content to just write about daffodils in class. She went home yesterday and wrote another poem and drew a beautiful picture about the Spring flower she loves. Well done Anna!


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CLICK HERE to read Anna's poem

 

March 27th 2014

Fourth Class Rugby Blitz

 

Ten children from our fourth classes travelled to the Mullingar Rugby Club today and participated in a rugby blitz. Teams from Coole N.S., Educate Together, St Kenny's and St Cremin's also took part. Despite the very cold and damp weather, the boys and girls had a great time and represented their school very well.


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March 27th 2014

Easter Draw

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

March 26th 2014

Martial Arts Demonstration

 

Five instructors from Shogun.ie Martial Arts visited the school today to see the children from our first and second classes. Kyoshi Martin O'Reilly and his four sensei gave two 30 minute educational lessons to the children and a demonstration of self defence and sword. They had Samurai Armour and a number of swords with them. Kyoshi Martin explained that this was the oldest Martial Art in the world and he stressed at all times that it teaches not how to fight but how to escape. The sword teaches discipline not fighting. The children also got a chance to try some Martial Arts themselves which they really enjoyed.


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March 20th 2014

First Confession


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Congratulations to the 51 boys and girls from First 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 next year.

 

March 17th 2014

Lá Fhéile Pádraig


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Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh

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March 14th 2014

International Celebration Day

 

Latvian ambassador, Dr Gints Apals and consul to the Polish Embassy, Ms Karolina Rogulska were welcomed to the Arts Centre today to mark International Celebration Day. Educate Together N.S. and Mullingar Community College invited young people from all over Mullingar to take part in a performance of drama, song and dance. The event was filmed by R.T.E. children's programme News2day. Eight of our trumpet and trombone players joined musicians from Educate Together to play some pieces during the performance, conducted by their music teacher Mr Gerry Lacey. Both of our fifth classes were thrilled to be in the audience and they really enjoyed it!


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March 14th 2014


Comórtas Tráth na gCeist Bord Bunscoile

 

To complete a fun packed Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014, two teams from our sixth classes participated in an inter schools Tráth na gCeist which was held in Áras an Mhuilinn. The children performed very well and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! Comhghairdeas!


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March 13th 2014

'Gnáth Lá i Scoil Cholmáin Naofa'

 

Both of our sixth classes came together today to perform an original short drama called 'Gnáth Lá i Scoil Cholmáin Naofa', written by their teachers, Ms Mc Cormack and Mr Beehan. This wonderful funny drama was interspersed by many favourite songs and of course it was all as Gaeilge. There was also some Irish dancing taught by Ms Brennan and a 'brush dance'. The children were very tired by the end of the day though, as they performed the play no less than seven times and each time to a very appreciative audience. Comhghairdeas! Bhí sibh ar fheabhas!


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March 13th 2014

Happy Anniversary Pope Francis 

 

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

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


CLICK HERE for a Prayer for Pope Francis 

 

March 12th 2014

Taekwon-Do Championships

 

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

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

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


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March 12th 2014

Seachtain na Gaeilge 2014


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

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

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


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Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants really enjoyed the performance!

 

March 11th 2014

Belvedere House

 

While studying local history recently, the boys and girls in Mrs Connaughton's Fourth Class heard the story of Belvedere House and it's owner Robert Rochfort. They learned that the house was designed by the eminent architect Richard Castle. The children were fascinated by the exterior of the house and noticed how symmetrical it was. Later during an art lesson they used the line of symmetry to help them create paintings of the house. The finished result was terrific. Below is just a small selection of the paintings with their artists. If you would like to see the paintings up close, check out the display board inside the entrance to the school.


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Back row - L-R Meabh, Isobel, Sophie and Tania

Front row - L-R Lolade and Sarah

 

March 10th 2014

Eason Spelling Bee County Final

 

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This year's Westmeath Spelling Bee was hosted by spelling-bee-logoSt Etchen's National School, Kinnegad. A great welcome was extended by the school to all 19 super spellers, representing schools from around the county. This was our first year to enter the competition and congratulations to Hamza Nasir a fifth class pupil in Mr Smyth's Class. After some impressive spelling through the stages of the competition, Hamza reached the final round and was one of the last five standing. We're already looking forward to next year's competition. 

 

March 9th 2014

Farmer Maxwell Visits


p2280294We had a very special visitor to Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants Class recently. Continuing with the farm theme, student teacher Ms Owens invited Farmer Maxwell from Kinnegad to talk to the class about farm safety. The pupils had many questions and Farmer Maxwell was more than happy to answer them all. He talked about the animals, life on the farm and his daily routine while at all times emphasising theimg 2502 importance of staying safe on the farm. The boys and girls were very excited to have a real life farmer in their class chatting to them. They were also very proud to show. Farmer Maxwell the butter they made. It was a great experience for everyone involved!

 

March 8th 2014

Confirmation Preparations Continue...


Confirmation preparations are now in full flow for our sixth class students. The big day is fast approaching and Fr Paul has been hard at work with our boys and girls, teaching them about the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit. Fr Paul recently took the time to give the children a guided tour of St Paul's Church after morning Mass. Everyone learned a great deal from the tour. The children and their teacher's are very grateful to Fr Paul for his time and guidance.


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March 7th 2014

National Scratch Competition 2014

 

Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have just submitted their entries for the 2014 National Scratch Competition. Scratch is a visual computer programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games, music & art and share these creations on the web. They can be seen here working in pairs to design some exciting animations along with some interesting music videos and computer games.


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March 6th 2014

Combining Science and Art

 

Ms Mc Cormack's Sixth Class studied Light during their Science lesson this week. They then used some of the information they learned to produce a piece of art. First they made figurines out of tinfoil. The lights were turned off in the class and using a torch, the children created shadows on a piece of card. They drew around the outline of the shadow with a marker and filled in the shape and hey presto the artwork was finished!


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March 6th 2014

When My Grandparents Were Young...

 

Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class took a step back in time last week when they studied what life was like when their grandparents were young. They covered many topics and noticed that there has been quite a few changes over the years. After much discussion, the children were split into four groups and each group completed a project covering the topics clothes, transport and school. 


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March 5th 2014

Starry Night

 

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Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class had fun trying to re-create Vincent van Gogh's 'Starry Night' during their art lesson, but one pupil wasn't happy to leave it at that. Megan Brock decided to paint another 'Starry Night' on canvas at home with great results as you can see from the photo. Well done Megan!

 

March 5th 2014

Ash Wednesday

 

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

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

 

March 4th 2014

Pancake Tuesday

 

cooking pancakesThe wonderful aroma of tasty pancakes wafted along the corridors of St Colman's today as many classes treated themselves to a pancake feast. Today is, of course, Pancake Tuesday, also known as Shrove Tuesday. The term Shrove Tuesday comes from the word shrive, meaning to 'confess'. Traditionally, it's a day of self-examination where we consider the wrongs we should 'repent' during the season of Lent. In France and the United States the day is known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. The French like to make a wish before flipping their pancakes. They do this while holding a coin in the other hand. Here's a fun fact to think about while you're eating your pancakes tonight. The largest pancake ever made measured 15 metres and weighed in at 3 tonnes! You'd need a lot of toppings for that one!


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Ms Mc Cormack's Sixth Class enjoyed their pancakes today!


Mr Beehan's Sixth Class were busy today making themselves some lovely pancakes. Some of the fillings the children came up with were amazing. Who knew you could put maple syrup, Nutella and sugar together on a pancake? Yum!


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Mr Beehan's Sixth Class

 

February 27th 2014

Texaco Art Competition Entries 2014

 

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


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Just a small selection of our wonderful artists with their artwork


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February 26th 2014

Senior Infants Make Butter

 

Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants Class had a very interesting history lesson today with Ms Owens who is in their class on Teacher Practice. They discussed the animals you find on farms and the differences you find today compared with long ago. After focusing on the cow and all the products the cow gives us, Ms Owens delighted the the children by telling them that they were going to make butter. They poured double cream into jars and secured the lid tightly. They then had to use all their power to shake the jars back and forth for one to two minutes before passing it on to the next person. Every child had their chance to 'Shake the Jar' and before long they noticed changes as the butter separated from the buttermilk. When the butter was taken from the jars, a little salt was added. They spread the newly made butter on crackers and with great excitement they enjoyed a lovely snack.  


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February 19th 2014

School Uniform Survey


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


94% would like to retain a school uniform


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


90% expressed a preference for generic clothing and footwear


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


70% are in favour of iron-on crests


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

 

February 19th 2014

Sacrament of Reconciliation

 

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

 

February 14th 2014

Valentine's Day Treat

 

valentinesTo celebrate Valentine's Day, Ms Mc Cormack's Sixth Class did a little baking. Every pupil made their own 'Cake in a Cup' using a microwave. Each cake took just 2 ½ mins to prepare and 2 ½ mins to cook. With a mugcakespoonful of ice cream on top, they had a delicious treat ready to eat and I'm sure it only took 2 ½ mins to eat!


Happy Valentine's Day everyone.

 

 

 

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For the 'Cake in a Cup' recipe CLICK HERE

 

February 11th 2014

Enjoying the Snow


The children from Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class couldn't resist taking the opportunity to have a quick play in the snow before going home today at 1.30pm.


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February 10th 2014

St Brigid's Well


Each February the students and staff of St Brigid's School go on an annual walk/pilgrimage to St Brigid's Well near Cullion. This year, to mark 30 years in education, they very kindly invited our sixth class students to join them. The walk/pilgrimage took place today. Kitted out in their Hi-Vis jackets, our students and their teachers headed off to the assembly point in St Brigid's School grounds. The route is approximately 10Km long, so not for the faint-hearted. Despite the inclement weather, everyone who took part enjoyed themselves. The children were all given a St Brigid's Cross Pin and a certificate as a memento of the day. 


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February 7th 2014

Confirmation Preparations

 

Fr Paul Crosbie chose the perfect time to visit our sixth classes. He arrived today just in time to see their dance performance and afterwards the children gathered around as he spoke to them about their upcoming Confirmation.


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February 7th 2014

Sixth Class Dance


To celebrate the end of their dance lessons with Mrs Siobhan Moore, our sixth class students held a performance for the entire school in the school yard. They danced to a mash-up of songs and at one point many of the students donned masks, glasses, wigs and hats to help get into character. They all throughly enjoyed their dance lessons and the audience loved their performance!


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February 6th 2014

Credit Union Quiz 2014

 

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


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February 3rd 2014

St Brigid's Crosses

 

Ms Mc Cormack's Sixth Class had great fun today making St Brigid's Crosses to celebrate  the feast of St Brigid.


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January 31st 2014

Grandparents Day

 

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


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January 30th 2014

Wood Carving of St Colman


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


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


By Emily Clarke

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January 22nd 2014

Enrolment Policy Change


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


Enrolment Week - January 27th - 31st 2014

 

January 22nd 2014

Active Travel

 

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



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January 16th 2014

New Junior Cycle


junior cycle 2The Junior Cert is to be renamed the JCSA, or Junior Cycle Student Award. The first phase will begin in September 2014, which means that our present sixth class students will be the first to take part. Every child in sixth class has received an information leaflet published by the NCCA to explain the changes. You can also access this information by clicking HERE. Further information is available on www.juniorcycle.ie

 

January 9th 2014

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

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Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2014 will take

place during the week of


27th January 2014 - 31st January 2014


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


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

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


4pm on Friday 31st January 2014


 

January 8th 2014

Leinster Rugby


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


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January 7th 2014

Happy New Year


 

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Happy New Year to everyone!


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










 

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December 19th 2013

The Final Christmas Play


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


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

 

December 19th 2013

Christmas Carol Service


p1050034Our annual Christmas Carol Service took place in St Paul's Church this morning at 11am, officiated by Fr Paul Crosbie. The entire school body gathered together, with parents, guardians and friends to celebrate Christmas time with music, song and prayer. The service began with a number of musical pieces played by the St Colman's Orchestra. Children representing every class group read prayers and the school choir sang beautifully to further enhance the occasion. During the prayers, the children taking part in our living crib made their way to the altar.

Amidst all the hustle and bustle that surrounds the festive season, it's nice to take a moment to remember the true meaning of Christmas and the Carol Service today was the perfect opportunity to do this. 


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December 19th 2013

Success in Athletics

 

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Seven of our students, Eimear Murphy, Oliver Mc Namara, Ciaran Luby, Brian Farrell, Andrew Shaw, Andrew Daly and Mark Shaw, took part in the AAI Novice and Uneven Ages Cross Country Championships, which was held in Waterford recently. They all performed very well and came home with five medals between them. Congratulations to you all. 

 

December 18th 2013

More Christmas Plays

 

The school hall was once again a hive of activity today when three more classes performed their Christmas plays. The fun started at 9.30am, when Mrs Farrell's Second Class took to the stage with their play called 'Tinsel and Tea Towels'. Very quickly after the play started, I noticed a few imposters posing as school staff. There was even a Mrs Garvey on Stage! The children did a terrific job and had the audience laughing and clapping at their antics on stage. Well done everyone!


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

 

Next up at 11.15am, was the turn of Ms Murphy's First Class. Their play was called 'It's a Baby'. Although a few children were off sick today, the class more than compensated for their absent classmates. The seventeen strong cast sang their hearts out and kept the audience captivated throughout the performance. Another great job!


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

 

Last up today at 12.30pm was Ms Costelloe's Senior Infants Class. Their play called 'The Nativity' was certainly a hit with the audience. The children were word perfect and sang every song with great enthusiasm. Congratulations to all involved!


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To see more photos please click on Pupils Work - Junior/Senior Classes


 

December 18th 2013

Food Appeal


many thanksToday, Ms Mary Mc Knight from St. Vincent de Paul, called to the school to collect the food donated to the Food Appeal. She was delighted with the amount of food collected by the children in St Colman's and praised Mrs Farrell's Second Class for all their hard work in promoting the appeal and collecting the donations. This food will be passed on to Sister Finbar in the Mullingar Parish Centre and will then be delivered to families in need in the local area. Thank you to everyone who supported this venture.


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December 18th 2013

Special Invitation

 

Ms Healy's Junior Infants Class received a special invitation a couple of weeks ago. The Childcare students from Mullingar Community College invited the children to attend a Christmas party in the College at 9.45am this morning. The only request was to wear a Santa Hat. As you can imagine, the children were very excited as they left the school this morning and on their walk to the college. The fun began as soon as the children entered the building. They played many games and Twister was a firm favourite. They danced to Christmas tunes and had fun with arts and crafts. The Childcare Students were very attentive and explained each activity with great patience. Every child had their face painted and had the opportunity to decorate their own cupcake with icing and sprinkles. Ms Healy and her class would like to thank the students and staff of Mullingar Community College for their kind invitation, the wonderful welcome they received and the great party that was laid on for them. 


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December 17th 2013

The Acting Continues...

 

The plays began today at 9.30am with Mrs Walters' Second Class. They performed 'Rock around the Flock' to a very appreciative audience. They remembered all their lines and sang and danced with great flair. Well done everyone!


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



Next up at 11.00am was Ms Morris' Senior Infants Class with their performance of 'The Nativity'. Once again the audience was treated to a fabulous show.


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To see more photos please click on Pupils Work - Junior/Senior Classes


Finally today, at 12.30pm, it was the turn of Ms Hamill's Junior Infants Class to shine! They performed 'Shine Star Shine'. As the name suggests, one of the stars was worried that it couldn't shine brightly enough, but the audience was delighted to see the star shine literally (with battery operated lights)  at the end of the play. Another great show!


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To see more photos please click on Pupils Work - Junior/Senior Classes

 

December 16th 2013

The 'Class Plays' Begin


After weeks of planning and rehearsing, learning the lines and practicing the songs, the class plays began today. Ms Healy's Junior Infants Class started us off with their performance of 'Present for the baby', to a packed hall. The budding young actors and actresses wowed the audience. Congratulations to Ms Healy and her Class. Great job!


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To see more photos please click on Pupils Work - Junior/Senior Classes

 

 

December 11th 2013

 

Christmas Calendar of Activities

 

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             To view the list of Christmas Activities, please Click Here





 


December 10th 2013

Christmas Food Appeal

 

st v de paulFor many years, St Colman's have been supporters of the annual St Vincent de Paul Food Appeal. In these difficult times, the need is greater than ever before, so to that end we are asking for your support by donating food items. The food will then be passed on to Sr. Finbar and distributed to families in the Mullingar area. Mrs Farrell's Second Class designed posters to promote the appeal and boxes have been left in all classrooms. We would ask that all donations be given in by Friday December 13th 2013. Thank you.

 

December 9th 2013

Christmas Fair


There was a huge turn-out at the annual Christmas Fair which was held yesterday. A fabulous array of home baked goodies were on sale and were snapped up by the appreciative crowd. Christmas pyramids & crackers and Santas, Rudolfs & penguins, made by the children, were on sale and there was much excitement when the winners of the raffle were drawn. But, the main attraction on the day was, without doubt, the arrival of Santa and the smiles on the childrens faces lit up the room. Thank you to the St Colman's Parents Association for organising the event and to everybody who baked goodies and donated gifts for the raffle. Thanks also to everyone who helped out on the day. The Christmas Fair was once again a resounding success and a great start to the festive season.


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December 6th 2013

Christmas Countdown Begins

 

This week saw the official 'Switching on the Lights' on the Christmas tree in front of the school. The Junior Infants gathered outside and cheered when the multi-coloured lights came on. And so the Christmas countdown begins. Next up is the Christmas Fair which takes place on Sunday. I've heard a very special person wearing a red suit might take time out of his hectic schedule to pay a visit! Rehearsals are under way in all classes on the junior corridor for their Christmas Plays which will take place very soon and the choir and orchestra are practising for the annual Carol Service which takes place on Thursday 19th December at 11.00am in St Paul's Church. We have a busy couple of weeks ahead and I'm sure we'll all enjoy them!


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December 4th 2013

Sporting Achievements


The children of St Colman's take part in a wide variety of sporting events representing their school and various clubs in the town of Mullingar.

Carla Gibney from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, Chloe Crowley from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, Isobel Tunney from Mrs Connaughton's Fourth Class and Katelyn Cahill from Ms Skelly's Third Class all won awards for horse riding in the Inter Schools Competition held last weekend in Mullingar Equestrian Centre.

Sarah Corroon from Ms Skelly's Third Class won 5 medals last Sunday in the U10 category for Ballet, Tap and Disco in a competition held in Energy Plus Studios.

Recently, Rian Adamson from Ms Skelly's Third Class, won a medal in the U10 Cross Country event, run by the Mullingar Harriers Athletic Club.

Congratulations to you all and keep up the good work!


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Carla, Chloe, Katelyn and Isobel


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December 2nd 2013

Mad Hair Creations

 

Well, we asked for mad hair styles last Friday and that's exactly what we got. We had everything from slicked back to back combed and plenty of colour to boot. Thank you so much to everyone who took part and kindly donated. We're very proud to tell you that we raised €1,020 for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. Below are just a few examples of the wonderful creations we saw on the day.


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November 29th 2013

Christmas Fun


cmas fairIt's that time of year again. The St Colman's Parents' Association are having their annual Christmas Fair on Sunday 8th December 2013 from 11.15am onwards. This is always a happy and popular event and an opportunity to meet other parents and neighbours in a relaxed and friendly setting. You will have the opportunity to buy home-made cakes, buns, apple tarts and other treats. cmas gingerbread menThere will be activities to keep the children busy and tea and coffee on sale to keep the adults happy! The Christmas Raffle draw will also take place on the day.

Please come along and enjoy this fun day and encourage family and friends to attend also. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.

 

November 28th 2013

Gold Medal Winners

 

Congratulations to Meabh Casey from Mrs Connaughton's Fourth Class and Jasmin Haugh from Miss Skelly's Third Class on winning gold at the ESB Swimming Club Annual Gala last weekend. Meabh and Jasmin swam as part of a four person relay team representing the Mullingar Jets Swimming Club. They won the 50 metres freestyle relay event in the U 10 section. Well done girls!


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November 27th 2013

People's Choice Winners


This week, Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, enjoyed the fruits of their labour when they visited Belvedere House and Gardens followed by a session at the Rock 'N' Bowl. This fantastic trip was awarded to the children for winning the 'Peoples Choice' award at the Belvedere Scarecrow competition at Hallowe'en.

The children first took part in a nature hunt around the forest at Belvedere before exploring Belvedere House and learning of its history. In the afternoon, the class were bussed out to the 'Rock 'N' Bowl for some free play in the soft play area, followed by an hour of bowling.

Needless to say, the children all had a wonderful time and are very grateful for the hospitality shown to them by both Belvedere House and Gardens and Rock 'N' Bowl.


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November 27th 2013

November Prayer Service


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During the month of November, staff and students were invited to write the names of loved ones who had passed away, on paper leaves and hang them on the Tree of Remembrance in our Sacred Space. Today and yesterday, four separate prayer services were held in the School Hall for the children and their teachers from first to sixth Class. Fr Paul Crosbie officiated and children from each class read prayers for the Holy Souls.



Click Here for a Reflective Prayer


 

November 26th 2013

Mad Hair Day

 

mad hair 1This Friday, November 29th 2013, St Colman's are holding a 'Mad Hair Day' to raise money for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. We have a number of Filipino children attending the school who have relatives and friends in dire need following the tragedy. We hope that everyone will come to school with their hair done in the funniest or weirdest way possible. Please keep it simple and don't go to any expense. We ask that you donate two euros for this very worthy cause. mad hairThe money will go directly to Sr Evelyn Flanagan, a Presentation sister who is working with the poor and needy in Cebu, in the Philippines. So get your thinking caps on! We're looking forward to seeing your creations!

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November 25th 2013

Remembering John F Kennedy


On November 22nd 1963, while on a campaign trip in Dallas, American President John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot and killed. JFK was the first Catholic to hold the office of President of the USA, although not the first with Irish roots. In June 1963, JFK visited Ireland and caught up with his Irish relatives. Elyse Byrne from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class brought in a photograph today of her great-grandfather, Mr Edward Byrne, taken in 1963 with the president. Mr Byrne worked as a detective in Mullingar and was chosen to protect the president during his visit. The photograph was taken in Galway.   

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Elyse proudly holds the photo of her great-grandfather with JFK. 

 

November 22nd 2013

More Shoeboxes


A further 56 boxes were collected from the school today for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Alison Murphy from 'Team Hope' was very grateful and wishes to extend her thanks to everyone for their generous donations. A special word of thanks must go to Mrs Helen Clinton who donated fifty boxes. Helen is pictured below with Alison and four of her grandchildren, Cian & Cillian Kelly and Ellie & Kyle Barr, who attend St Colman's.


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