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February 28th 2015

Budding Young Author


 

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While most of us were relaxing during our Mid Term Break, Keelin Burke from Mrs Connaughton's First Class was quite busy doing what she loves best - writing. Keelin read the story 'The Ugly Duckling' and decided she would write her own version of the story. After she wrote her story entitled 'A New Life', she typed it out and added pictures. When I spoke to Keelin today, I asked her what she would like to be when she grows up . There was no surprise when she answered 'a writer of long stories' like her favourite author Roald Dahl. 


CLICK HERE to read Keelin's Story


 

February 27th 2015

Spelling Bee

 

Our fifth and sixth class students have been working very hard on their spellings over the last few weeks in preparation for the Westmeath Eason Spelling Bee. Each class have undergone many tests given by their individual teachers until they were whittled down to three representatives from each class. Today in the school hall, Mr Beehan put the remaining twelve children to the test and after intense competition, Nangyal Nasir from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class was the last person standing. Nangyal will represent St Colman's in the Westmeath County final which will take place in Gaelscoil an Choillin on Tuesday March 10th at 11am and we wish him the very best of luck.


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February 27th 2015

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

 

first confessionConfessions took place in the school hall today for the children from third to fifth class. Thank you to Fr Padraig, Fr Michael, Fr Joseph and Fr Paul. Thanks also to Ms Healy for organising everything so well.

 

February 26th 2015

A Date to Remember!

 

screenshot 2015-02-26 20.04.02The St Colman's Parents Association are having their annual Table Quiz on Friday March 13th in the Greville Arms Hotel. This is a perfect opportunity for parents, teachers and friends of St Colman's to meet up for an enjoyable night out without the kids and raise money for the school at the same time.save the date

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

 

February 24th 2015

Engineers Week

2015


engineers week 2015 logoEngineers Week ran from February 8th - 14th 2015. The theme for the week was 'Engineering is for Everyone' highlighting how engineering touches the lives of every citizen and also reflects the message that a career in engineering is accessible to all students.

To that end, local Civil Engineer Graham Niven from Westmeath County Council, came to the school today to speak to the children from our fifth and sixth classes about the wonders of engineering. Graham gave a very informative and enjoyable talk about his life as an engineer and the many projects that he has been involved in both locally and further afield. The children learned a great deal about the role an engineer plays in the world around us, from designing and building bridges to the construction of water treatment plants, roads and railways. There was also lots of fun exploring the array of materials that Graham brought with him. 

Graham's children are past pupils of St Colman's and he is currently an active member of the schools Board of Management. We are very appreciative of the time he has freely given to promoting an awareness of Science and Engineering in the school.


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February 23rd 2015

Enjoying Science

 

In the weeks leading up to the Mid Term Break, Mrs Deane's Sixth Class covered the subject of 'Light' in their Science lessons. They investigated a range of topics and conducted some experiments. Below is just some of the information they gathered.

 

Rainbow Spinners


Isaac Newtown was the first person to show that light could be split up into seven different colours - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. To prove this fact, the children made rainbow spinners. They used card, markers in each of the rainbow colours and an electric motor. They found that when you spin the disk quickly, the eye sees all the colours together and so the disc appears to be white, proving that not only can light be broken up into seven different colours but also that rainbow colours can be brought together to produce white light.


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Mirror Writing

 

13 - copyThe children enjoyed writing secret messages to their friends using 'Mirror Writing'. After writing some words down, the children carefully studied their image in the mirror. Then they wrote words so that the image in the mirror appeared correct. Their friends will need a mirror to de-code the message.




How do Periscopes Work?


To finish up their investigations, the boys and girls made periscopes using card and mirrors. A periscope allows you to see something that is at a higher level than you. It can be used to look over high walls and is often used in submarines to see what is above the water. The children found that light reflects from a mirror at the same angle as it hits the mirror. They set both mirrors at a 45 degree angle. The light will bounce from the object you are viewing at the top of the periscope, hitting the first mirror and then the second mirror before bouncing into your eye.


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February 20th 2015

Cash For Clobber

 

cash for clobber'Cash for Clobber' is a nationwide scheme that generates funds for schools and raises awareness of recycling. On Wednesday February 25th, 'Cash for Clobber' will visit our school. All types of clothing, bags and shoes, hats and belts, towels, curtains and bedlinen are suitable to donate. Please look around your house in the next few days and fill as many bags as possible. Due to lack of storage space, bags can only be left in the school on Wednesday 25th.

 

February 19th 2015

Swimming Gala

 

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The NAC Charity Short Course Gala was held in the National Aquatic Centre on Sunday last. John Casey from Mrs Farrell's Second Class, who is a member of the Mullingar Jets Swimming Club, took part in the U10 Relay and was delighted when his team came in second place. Well done John - Great result!


 

February 18th 2015

Giraffes Can't Dance

 

The current 'Book of the Fortnight' for infants is 'Giraffes Can't Dance' giraffes cant danceby Giles Andreae. 

This is a delightful rhyming book about Gerald the giraffe, who is laughed out of the Jungle Dance because he can't dance. At the dance, the warthogs waltz, the chimps cha-cha and the lions tango and they all jeer when it's Gerald's turn to prance. But when Gerald meets a violin-playing cricket, his world is twisted, twirled and turned upside down.

All the classes thoroughly enjoyed reading about Gerald and some based their Art lesson on the story. Below is a small selection of the dancing Geralds painted by Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class.


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February 18th 2015

Something Fishy

 

Back in December, we learned about a 'Mini Fish Farm Project' undertaken by our Sixth Classes. Over the past few weeks, the children have kept a close eye on the fish tank, making sure the temperature was just right and the tank was kept in the dark, in Kevin's shed.Today saw the final chapter in the project. The trout eggs have hatched and grown from alevin to young fry and are now ready to release back into their natural environment. Our sixth class children with their teachers travelled to Ballinafid Lake and Fen at Portnashangan in Multyfarnham. The children carried out a kick test to check the quality of the water and then there was great excitement as the moment arrived when the young fry were released to go on their merry way! A huge thank you to Dermot Brohan of Inland Fisheries Ireland for all his help and expertise.



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Dermot Brohan with our sixth class students (and Mr Beehan!!)

 

Many classes took the opportunity today, to look at the young fry before they were taken to Multyfarnham to be released into their natural environment. The boys and girls from Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class waited in line patiently for their chance to look at the fry and were very impressed with what they saw.


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February 17th 2015

Shrove Tuesday

 

pancakesThe delicious aroma of freshly cooked pancakes wafted through the school today as everyone celebrated 'Shrove Tuesday', more commonly known of course as 'Pancake Tuesday'. Traditionally, today is the day that we indulge our sweet tooth before Lent begins tomorrow. The range of fillings varied from class to class - sugar and lemon, jam, butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit and of course chocolate spread. So, whatever filling you choose for your pancakes tonight, I hope you enjoy them!


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Mrs Farrell's Class really enjoyed becoming chefs for the day!


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Ms Hamill's Class enjoying their pancakes!

 

February 14th 2015

Happy Valentine's Day

 

happy valentines dayLove was in the air, Art was on the agenda and pink and red were the colours of the day in all classes yesterday as the children prepared for Valentine's Day. Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class had a wonderful time creating their heart shaped cards for someone special in their lives.



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Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class were very proud of their pink and red Valentine Cards.


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Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class made a bouquet of Valentine flowers for their Mums. They used old egg cartons, paint, glitter and pipe cleaners. After cutting up the egg cartons, they painted them and decorated them with glitter. They used the pipe cleaners to make the stems. Then they tied together their six flowers to make a beautiful bouquet.


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February 13th 2015

Spacesuit Fun


Today was Ms Owens last day in Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class and what a fun day it was! We heard yesterday about the wonderful projects the children produced on the topic of space. During their investigations they learned about Yuri Gagarin and Valentina Tereshkova, who were the first man and woman in space and Neil Armstrong who was the first man to walk on the moon. In their Art lesson this week, the children worked together in groups to create their very own spacesuits, using recyclable materials. The results were terrific and there was great excitement today when the children wore their amazing spacesuits during a drama activity.


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February 12th 2015

Space Investigations

 

img 1358 - copyThe pupils from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class have been learning all about space over the last five weeks with student teacher Ms Owens. They carried out their research using books, magazines and the internet. The children were divided into groups and each group was given a different topic. They compiled the information into projects which they presented to Mrs Garvey today. The projects were presented in different formats - on paper, using PowerPoint and some inventive children even made cakes of the planets - Mars and the Moon. Mrs Garvey was very impressed with the standard of work and congratulated the children on their excellent achievements.


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February 11th 2015

Boxing Coaches Visit

 

Three coaches from the Olympic Boxing Club, Derek Sheridan, John Joe Joyce and Davy Joyce visited the school today. They spoke to the classes about their club and the clubs recent wins in the Longford/Westmeath Championships. Five of our students, Oliver Mc Namara and Leah Mc Namee from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class, Jack O'Donnell and Oisin Sheridan from Mr Smyth's Fifth Class and Jack Geoghegan from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth class are members of the Olympic Boxing Club and represented their club in this competition. They all performed well in their individual bouts with Jack  being narrowly beaten in the final. Their club went on to win the  'Club of the Tournament' of which they were all very proud.


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February 9th 2015

The Melting Process

 

Every solid melts if heated to a high enough temperature. This is just one of the facts that Ms Brennan's First Class learned last week in their Science lesson about melting. They performed some experiments to see if the solids they chose- ice, butter, an apple, chocolate, jelly and ice cream would change to liquid . They put the items in separate plastic cups and placed them in hot water for fifteen minutes and recorded the results. As a special treat for all their hard work, Ms Brennan brought the class to the staff room and using the microwave to melt chocolate, they added rice krispies and made some delicious buns. A great end to their investigations!


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February 3rd 2015

St Brigid's Cloak

 

Mrs Walters' Fourth Class have been busy beavers recently. No sooner had they finished making bird feeders for the school grounds, than they started another rather large project. Last week they read the story of St Brigid's Cloak and decided to create their idea of what it might have looked like. They gathered together paper, felt, feathers and fabric of many different colours. Some very industrious pupils even knitted squares and decorated them with buttons. All the pieces were then carefully stuck and sewn together. The finished cloak is hanging on a board at the top of the junior corridor for all to see and admire.


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Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class stopped to admire St Brigid's Cloak

 

February 2nd 2015

Credit Union Quiz

2015

 

Four teams from St Colman's took part in the Annual Schools' Credit Union Quiz, which was held in Mullingar Arts Centre last Friday night. The teams were made up of students from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes. All our teams performed well. One of our senior teams came in second place while our junior team finished in first place. Well done everyone!


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February 1st 2015

St Brigid's Day

 

st brigidToday is St Brigid's Feast Day, also known as Lá Fhéile Bhríde and it marks the first day of Spring. St Brigid was born at Faughart near Dundalk, Co Louth and is one of Ireland's patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Although St Brigid may not be as well known as St Patrick, she was one of the most powerful women in Ireland. After refusing an arranged marriage, she went on to found several convents whose schools provided an education for thousands of young women.copy of st.brigidcross.jpg 2


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

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Ella May Ferris from Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class proudly holding the St Brigid's Cross that she made.

 

January 29th 2015

Feed The Birds

 

Recent visitors to the school may have noticed the numerous bird feeders hanging from poles or trees around the school. These bird feeders are all thanks to Mrs Walters' Fourth Class. They have been learning about different types of weather and climate patterns around the world in their Geography/Science lessons. They went on to study the effects of weather on the local environment, plants and animals. While discussing the bad weather we've been having over the last number of weeks, the children became aware of the difficulties that birds experience finding food at this time of the year. They decided that they would like to tackle this problem by making their own bird feeders during their next Art lesson. After collecting the recyclable items needed the children got to work. The results of their hard work are now feeding the many species of birds that visit our area. Last Tuesday, as part of Catholic Schools Week, we were asked to do a random act of kindness. If that applies to birds as well as humans, Mrs Walters' Fourth Class has that covered.


CLICK HERE to learn how to make the bird feeders.


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January 27th 2015

Catechists Visit

 

learn and grow together with jesusToday, the Parish Catechists Team, Mr David Gavin, Mrs Helen Kiernan and Mrs Antoinette Shaw visited all classes in the school. David, Helen and Antoinette enjoyed quite a few interesting conversations and listened to some of the children's favourite hymns from the Alive O programme. They really enjoyed their visit to St Colman's and before leaving they asked Mrs Garvey to give the children a night off homework. Anyone passing the school around two o'clock might have wondered what all the cheering was about - well now you know!!

 

January 27th 2015

Futsal Competition


Yesterday, Mr Smyth brought twenty of our fourth class students, ten boys and ten girls, to a Futsal competition in Loreto College. Futsal is a 5-a-side indoor soccer game mostly associated with Brazil and Spain but is growing in popularity here in Ireland. The name Futsal derives from the Spanish and Portuguese phrases for indoor soccer - Futbol Sala and Futebol de Salao. The event was organised by Paul Osam from the FAI. St Colman's entered the competition with teams from Educate Together, St Mary's CBS, The Downs and Gaelscoil An Mhuilin. Our teams performed well and really enjoyed their first experience of Futsal.


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January 26th 2015

Catholic Schools Week

January 25th - 31st 2015

 

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The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2015 is 'Catholic Schools: Called to Serve'. Love, Kindness, Joy, Truth and Justice are the reflections for each week day. Today and every day this week, children will read prayers over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.

 

January 22nd 2015

Boxing Win

 

boxing glovesTwo of our fifth class students have been making a name for themselves in the boxing arena. Jack Geoghegan and Oisín Sheridan are members of the Olympic Boxing Club Mullingar, established in May 2014. Jack from Ms Mc Laughlin's Class and Oisín from Mr Smyth's Class, who have been boxing for three and five years respectively, recently entered the Michael Andrews Championships, Boy 1 category (11yrs of age). Jack fought well but was unlucky to be knocked out in the quarter final stage. Oisín made it all the way to the final in the National Stadium on January 18th and was victorious on the day. Well done boys and very best of luck in future competitions.


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January 19th 2015

Army Band Performance

 

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January 18th 2015

Sharing his Faith

 

The children from our sixth and second classes, who are preparing for their Confirmation and First Holy Communion, were invited to attend Mass in St Paul's Church this morning. All Ireland medallist Ger Brennan spoke to the children about his faith and the important role his parents played in passing on the gift of faith to him. Ger is a secondary school teacher and has won All Ireland medals with Dublin. Members of St Loman's and Shamrocks GAA club also took part in the Mass. Our sixth classes will receive their Confirmation on March 21st 2015 in the Cathedral and our second classes will receive their First Holy Communion on May 10th 2015 in St Paul's Church. We wish them every success with their preparations.


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Some of our second class children with Ger Brennan and members of St Loman's GAA

 

January 16th 2015

Olaf


Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class were sad to see the snow disapppear on Wednesday so they decided to create a snowman in today's art lesson that won't melt away! This familiar looking snowman is of course Olaf from the very popular movie 'Frozen'.


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January 14th 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

(Part two)


For those of you who were disappointed that there wasn't much snow yesterday, you must have been very happy this morning to see the white blanket of snow covering everything. The early birds among you probably had a snowman built before you came to school. And for the rest of you, I hope you had some fun before the rain washed it all away.


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January 13th 2015

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?


p1030074 - copyThere was great excitement among our students this morning when they woke to see that snow had fallen. That excitement reached fever pitch around midday when they looked out their classroom windows and saw a snow blizzard. Alas, the snow didn't last long and there may not have been enough to build a snowman, but there was plenty for a good snowball fight and lots of fun!


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Ms Hamill's and Ms Healy's Junior Infant Classes having fun

 

January 8th 2015

Enrolment Week


 


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     Junior Infants

     2015 - 2016

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2015 will take

place during the week of


26th January 2015 - 30th January 2015


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2015,

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 30th January 2015



 

January 6th 2015

Nollaig na mBan

 

three wise menToday, all students and staff attended Mass in St Paul's Church at midday to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas and Nollaig na mBan. The feast celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men, to worship the newborn baby Jesus. Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This marks the end of the Christmas Season.


 

January 5th 2015

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.


 

December 24th 2014


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December 22nd 2014

Jingle all the Way...


During the month of December, Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class had a very special visitor come to stay. Jingle, one of Santa's elves, came all the way from the North Pole to live with the boys and girls in their classroom. Each day, Jingle sat quietly watching the children and took notes on all the kind and wonderful things the boys and girls did for one another. It was a totally different story at night though! Jingle would take off to the North Pole and give his report to Santa and on returning to the class, he got up to lots of mischief! He climbed up the side of the wardrobes, dressed himself in our Christmas play costumes, built a snowman, had a bath and even hid in our class Christmas tree. The children really enjoyed his antics and the first thing they did every morning was look for Jingle to see what he'd been up to the night before. Sadly on Friday morning, the children found a note from Jingle, telling them that he had to return to the North Pole to help Santa with his final preparations for Christmas Eve. But I have a feeling we might see him again next year!


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December 21st 2014

A Busy Week!

 

Mr Beehan's Sixth Class had a very busy week in the lead up to the Christmas holidays and they enjoyed every minute of it. Read on and see what they did......


Mini Fish Farm Project

 

Earlier in the week the boys and girls embarked upon an exciting 'Mini Fish Farm' project with the expert guidance of Dermot Broughan from Inland Fisheries Ireland. Dermot supplied the children with over 100 newly spawned trout eggs which were stripped from Lough Owel. Over the coming months, the children will monitor the development of these eggs as they hatch and eventually they will release the young fry into the river Brosna.


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The Chandler Shop

 

img 3940 - copyMr Beehan decided that the children's Christmas art lesson this week would be 'make a Christmas gift'. He chose Chandlery as  the topic. A chandler was the head of chandlery in medieval households and was responsible for wax, candles and soap. The term chandelier, at one time a ceiling fitting that held several candles together, is still used today and is not just the name of a song!! Today's chandeliers are ornamental electric light fittings. The boys and girls loved this idea and very quickly began making their own layered candles. The beautiful aroma filling the senior corridor added enormously to the festive spirit in the school. As you can see from the photos below, the candles turned out very well indeed!

 

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Christmas Talent Show


To finish off the week and term 1 in style, Mr Beehan held a mini talent show among his students. Great fun was had by all as the boys and girls strutted their stuff. Mrs Garvey got a treat when she popped in to wish everyone a Happy Christmas. There is quite a bit of talent in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class. X Factor eat your heart out!!


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December 19th 2014

The Adventures of........

 

three snowmenSally, Sammy and Snowy. And who are they, you might ask. Well, they are three snowmen who came to visit Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class to have some fun with the boys and girls. For eleven nights, Sally, Sammy and Snowy went home, each with a different child. All Ms Costelloe asked was that the children would record their adventures. Three special scrapbooks were sent home with the snowmen to keep all the different stories together. The children took the challenge that Ms Costelloe set and ran with it. They wrote about their fun evening with their snowmen and drew some pictures to add a bit of colour to the stories. Some children even took photos as a permanent reminder. Ms Costelloe was thrilled with the amount of effort each child put into their story.

The snowmen must return to the North Pole but the scrapbooks will always be in the class to remind the children of the adventures they had with a snowman called Sally, Sammy or Snowy.


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December 18th 2014

Christmas Play Time

 

Our school hall has been a very busy place this week. On Monday at 11.30am, Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class started the Christmas play season off with 'Present for the baby' and today straight after the Christmas Carol Service Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class performed the last play under the direction of Mr Farrell. Throughout the four days we've had crying babies, many wise men, countless shepherds, angels, stars that can't shine, Cinderella, Niall Horan, Simon Cowell and of course the baby Jesus. Everyone performed brilliantly to packed appreciative audiences. We have many budding actors and actresses in our midst and we certainly won't have any trouble getting children for the school choir in the future. Well done to all the children and their teachers. Great job everyone!


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Ms Healy's Senior Infant Class


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Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class


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Mrs Walters' Fourth Class


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Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class


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Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class


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Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class


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Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class

 

December 18th 2014

Christmas Carol Service

 

Silence reigned in the school today at 11am. All students and staff assembled in St Paul's Church for our annual Christmas Carol Service. This year's format was a little different from other years. Our service began with a song from the choir. Fr Paul welcomed everyone and introduced the first reader. Then the lights went down and Mrs Farrell's Second Class walked to the altar, each holding a lighted candle. We then heard the story of the birth of Jesus from members of the living crib, Joseph, the innkeepers wife, an angel from Heaven and finally the old shepherd. We had a beautiful rendition of 'Oh Holy Night' sung by Helen Hassett and accompanied by the choir. Mrs Shiel's Second Class decorated the tree on the Altar with special symbols of Christmas.

At this time of the year when one can easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the materialistic side of Christmas, it's nice to take the time to slow down and remember the true meaning of Christmas. The Carol Service today gave us all that time. A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make the service a truly beautiful occasion.


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December 17th 2014

Christmas Art

 

It's not too long ago that the corridors of St Colman's were decorated with Halloween art. But the haunted houses, pumpkins, skeletons and witches are gone and in their place we now have Santas, snowmen, penguins, reindeer, Christmas trees, holly and of course Christmas Cribs! Enjoy a small selection of this wonderful Christmas art below.


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December 16th 2014

Kits for the Boys

 


St Colman's boys football and hurling teams were presented with a full kit of jerseys, shorts and socks today in the school hall. The kit was sponsored by St Loman's and Mullingar Shamrocks Gaelic Football Clubs. Shane Dempsey, representing St Loman's G.F.C. and Denis Coroon , representing Shamrocks G.F.C. were there to hand over the kits. Let's hope we see the teams wearing the kits in the finals in Cusack Park next year!

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December 15th 2014

Food Appeal Success

 

thankyousomuchbunnybutterfliesThis year our Food Appeal was promoted by the children from Mrs Walters' Fourth Class. The children left boxes and posters which they designed themselves in every class and visited daily to give a gentle reminder to everyone. Their hard work paid off and no one was happier than Ms Mary Mc Knight, from the Mullingar Parish Centre, when she came to the school today to collect the numerous boxes of food.The children had an extra surprise in store for Ms Mc Knight. All the food was sorted into cereals, pasta, tins, jars, coffee and tea etc. Ms Mc Knight's car was full to bursting as she left. She expressed her thanks and assured the children that Sr Finbarr and her team will deliver the food to families in need in the Mullingar area. Thank you to everyone who supported this venture.


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December 13th 2014

Hand-Painted Plates

p1020664 - copyThe boys and girls in Mrs Farrell's Second Class had a very exciting surprise yesterday. Local artist Andrina Finch paid a visit to their class to teach a special Christmas Art lesson. No one was more surprised than Andrina's son Peter who joined Mrs Farrell's class last September. Using white dinner plates and ceramic paint, and Rudolph as a theme, Andrina instructed the childen in a step by step lesson on how to hand paint plates. The results were terrific!


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December 12th 2014

Christmas Activities

 

We have only one week to go before the Christmas holidays begin and it's going to be a busy one! To view the list of activities please CLICK HERE


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Children from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class beside the school crib

 

December 11th 2014

An Amazing Find


p1020646One of our young fourth class students, Cormac Grimes from Mrs Walters' Class, has been hitting the headlines recently when he made an amazing find. While Cormac was playing in the grounds of Mullingar Town F.C., he became interested in some dark coloured stones which he found beside the astroturf pitch. Cormac had visited museums in Dublin earlier in the year with a friend and thought these stones looked like some of the archaeological artefacts he saw there. After contacting the National Museum, Cormac was shocked and delighted to find that he was right and the stones were in fact flakes of chert, dating to the prehistoric period. Ms Maeve Sikora, from the National Museum came to Mullingar to see Cormac and examine the site where he found the chert and they were both interviewed by the Topic newspaper.


To read the Topic Newspaper article please CLICK HERE 

 

December 10th 2014

Christmas Play Rehearsals


If you pass the school hall at any stage during the day, the sound of music can be heard, as the Christmas Play rehearsals get underway. Seven of our classes are performing this year and they are all sounding pretty good!


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Mrs Slevin's, Mrs Walters' and Ms Mc Laughlin's Classes all hard at work!

 

December 9th 2014

Recycle Your Old Phone

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The average Irish mobile phone user changes their phone every eighteen months and many young people change them much more often. What happens to those old phones? Our Green Schools committee are currently having a drive to collect old mobile phones. These phones are enormously beneficial to the school. For every 40 phones collected, the school will receive a €100 voucher that can be used to buy Maths, Literacy and Science resources and IT equipment. This Christmas, many of you will change your phone or know someone who changes img 1126their phone, so we ask that you remember us and donate the old phone to the school drive.


One young student in Ms Skelly's Third Class, Lisa Mc Donagh has gotten the drive off to a flying start by collecting 56 phones. Well done Lisa! 

 


 

December 8th 2014

Christmas Fair 2014


img 9400I'm delighted to tell you that once again the annual St Colman's Christmas Fair was a resounding success. There was a huge turn out and the school was buzzing with festive cheer. The homebaked goodies went down a treat and the wonderful arts and crafts made by the children were snapped up in no time at all! But by far the busiest room was definitely Santa's Grotto on the senior corridor. Thanks must go to the St Colman's Parents Association for organising the event and to everybody who baked goodies and donated prizes for the raffle. Thanks also to those who helped out on the day.

  

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December 7th 2014

The Christmas Tree is Lit!

 

The lights on the Christmas tree in front of the school have been turned on! This year Kevin, our caretaker, has chosen blue and white lights and they look lovely. Thanks Kevin.


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December 6th 2014

Friendly Reminder

 

just a friendly reminderWith just one day to go until the annual Christmas Fair, the excitement is building. We hope to see a large crowd in the school tomorrow. In addition to the cake sale, there will be plenty of Christmas decorations and gift ideas on sale. The popular pyramids and crackers with treats inside will be there and jars of sweets and Hot Chocolate, decorated with handmade Rudolph, Penguins, Santa and Snowmen. The children have been working very hard for the last few days and the fruits of their labour will surprise and delight you. The usual tea and coffee will be on sale and I have it on good authority that a familiar gentleman with white hair and beard and wearing a red suit will be paying a visit. Please come along and pass on the word. The more the merrier!


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December 5th 2014

Scratch

 

The students from Mr Beehan's sixth class are currently taking part in a ten week computing and software development course called 'Scratch'. Created by Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games and art. It is also possible to share these creations on the web. Although the students are only in week three, some of them are very advanced and have even taught Mr Beehan a thing or two!


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December 4th 2014

Special Invitation

 

A very special invitation arrived in school this week. The boys and girls in Ms Healy's junior infant class were invited to a Christmas Party. The party, organised by the Childcare students in the Community College was held today. Ms Healy and her very excited class headed off this morning bright and early. There was plenty to keep them busy at the party. Face painting, arts and crafts, fun and games were all on the agenda. There was a special visit from Santa who handed out party bags for everyone. Ms Healy and the children would like to extend their thanks to the Childcare students and staff at the Community College for their kind invitation and the hospitality shown to them. A great time was had by all!


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December 3rd 2014

Tag Rugby Blitz


Twenty four of our sixth class students travelled to Mullingar RFC in Cullionbeg today, to take part in a Tag Rugby blitz. The children performed well and really enjoyed themselves.


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December 3rd 2014

Missing a Reindeer, Santa?

 

I found twenty three very excited reindeer in Ms Hamill's junior infant class today! And with only twenty two sleeps until Santa comes, I've a feeling the excitement will just keep rising!


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December 2nd 2014

Funky Eye Glasses

 

Mrs Farrell's Second Class have been studying the eye during their Science lesson with visiting student teacher Mr Dempsey. Mr Dempsey, who happens to be a past pupil of St Colman's, gave the children the correct names for each part of the eye, such as pupil, retina, cornea and iris. Continuing on the 'eye' theme, the children designed some funky eye glasses during their Art lesson. Using foam, fabric, feathers, cotton balls and glitter, they created glasses of many different shapes that any opticians would be proud to sell!


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December 1st 2014

Christmas Food Appeal

 

christmas food appealFor many years, St Colman's have been supporters of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Appeal. Boxes will be left in each classroom for your donations. Non-perishable food items such as pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, tinned vegetables etc are all suitable and will be gratefully received. We ask that all donations be given on or before Friday December 12th. Thank you.

 

November 26th 2014

A Date For Your Diary

 

save the dateIt's that time of year again. The St Colman's Parents' Association are holding their annual Christmas Fair on Sunday December 7th 2014 from 11.15am onwards in the school hall. This promises to be a fun family event and one not to be missed! You will have the opportunity to buy homemade cakes and buns and other treats. There will be lots of activities for the children and tea and coffee on sale for the parents.christmas cupcakes

The Christmas Raffle will also take place on the day. Cards were distributed today to each family and the association are hoping for a good response. This is their first fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will go towards the cost of the new basketball courts and sports equipment in the school. 

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

 

November 25th 2014

Vaccination Day

 

What a brave bunch of kids Ms Hamill has in her junior infant class! Today, the boys and girls with their favourite teddies had their vaccination from the very friendly doctors and nurses on the School Vaccination Team. They returned to class proudly displaying their 'I've had my vaccination' sticker and smiling broadly as you can see from the photos below.


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November 24th 2014

Starry Night

 

van gogh-starry nightsStarry Night is an oil on canvas painting by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Mrs Deane's Sixth Class have been studying Vincent van Gogh and his paintings in recent weeks.van gogh

They learned that Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint Paul de Mausole lunatic asylum on May 8th 1889 after a breakdown that resulted in the self-mutilation of his left ear. During the year that Van Gogh stayed in the asylum, he produced some of the best known works of his career. Van Gogh's most famous painting is Starry Night painted in June 1889. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941.

After learning the history of Van Gogh, the children attempted to replicate this famous painting. They captured the night painting brilliantly, with it's whirling clouds, shining stars and bright crescent moon. Well done to you all!


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November 20th 2014

Celtic Blondes Visit

 

p1020517We had a visit from two very accomplished Tyrrellspass dancers today and yesterday. The sisters, Rose and Daisy Carey, who are professionally known as 'Celtic Blondes', gave dance lessons to 14 of our classes. Playing traditional Irish music, the girls had our students dancing and clapping and twirling in time and loving every minute of it! At the end of each lesson the girls performed one of their routines for the children. Rose and Daisy are currently studying for BA degrees in Irish Music and Dance in the University of Limerick and we wish them every success with their studies.


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Children from Mrs Slevin's and Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Classes and Ms Morris' Senior Infants

 

November 19th 2014

Fingerprint Fish Bowls

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Mrs Connaughton's First Class have some very interesting fish in their classroom! Those of the fingerprint paint variety that is. They're so cute as you can see from the photos and I bet they're  a lot easier to look after than the real thing!

 

 

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November 18th 2014

Prayer Service of Remembrance

 

p1020414Two prayer services organised by Ms Healy were held in the school hall yesterday and today to remember all our loved ones who are no longer with us but are still dear to us in our hearts. Fr Paul Crosbie led the service and Ms Morris and some of the school orchestra played music to add to this beautiful occasion. We all have photos and memories to help us remember those who have passed away, but another way to remember is to plant bulbs which will also help keep their memory alive.p1020411

Fr Paul invited children to plant daffodil bulbs in tubs of soil near the altar in memory of their family and friends who have passed away. Later in the week the bulbs will be transplanted in areas around the school. The bulbs will be protected by the earth during the dark winter days until the light of Spring shines again. When the bulbs bloom in Spring, they will remind us that our loved ones are never far away.



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November 18th 2014

U10 Cup Winners

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Hot on the heels of our past pupils, three students from Mr Geraghty's fourth class, Daniel Byrne, Rian Adamson and Ciaran Gowran paid a visit to every class with their cup. Yet again they are members of Shamrocks G.F.C. and they recently won the U10 Ber Murtagh Memorial Cup. Well done lads! 

 

November 18th 2014

Past Pupils Visit With Cup


Today we had a visit from four past pupils, Padraic Mc Kenna, John O'Reilly, Marc Eivers and Matthew Maslin. The boys, who play for Shamrocks G.F.C., recently won the Westmeath U14 Division 1 Football Championship Final and they came with cup in hand to proudly show it off and hopefully inspire some of our current young footballers.


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November 17th 2014

2D Shape Characters


Last week, Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class learned about 2D shapes in their Maths Lesson. During Art on Friday, the children cut out rectangles, circles, triangles and squares of different colours and created 2D shape characters.


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November 15th 2014

Science Week Ireland

November 9th - 16th 2014

 

science week logo 2014The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in our everyday lives. To that end, our sixth class students were invited to the Mullingar Library yesterday to be  entertained by Dr Ken and his 'Magical Maths Show'. Dr Ken Farguhar is a juggler and scientist who performs science, maths and engineering shows for schools and he had the children's attention captured right from the beginning. They were shown many weird and wonderful ways to make Maths fun and interesting.


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November 14th 2014

Those Pesky Little Pigs are back!

 

Earlier this week, we heard how Ms Morris' Senior Infant class loved the story of the 'Three Little Pigs'. Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class also discovered the delights of this old tale. Student teacher Mr Riordan introduced the story, using the interactive white board. The children discussed the roles of the different characters and at times could be heard shouting out 'I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down'. Today, they used paper plates, coloured paper, cotton balls, glitter, glue and of course 'googly eyes' to create their own pigs. And what a fantastic job they did!


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November 13th 2014

First Prize!

 

As you know, our sixth class students won first prize in the Belvedere Scarecrow Festival Competition and last Tuesday they were rewarded for all their hard work when they visited Rock 'n' Bowl/Jungle Joe's followed by a trip to Belvedere House and Gardens.

The morning was spent in Rock 'n' Bowl. The competition was fierce during the bowling but the children still had plenty of energy left to play in the 'soft play area' of Jungle Joe's. Later they were bussed out to Belvedere House and Gardens. Unfortunately the weather was against them so the gardens were out of bounds, but the staff ensured that the children were kept busy indoors and filled their heads with the wonderful history of Belvedere House and the Jealous Wall.

It goes without saying that the children had a marvellous day. They are very grateful for the hospitality shown to them and would like to thank the staff of Rock 'n' Bowl and Belvedere House and Gardens for looking after them so well.


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November 12th 2014

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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Alison Murphy from 'Team Hope' came to the school today to collect the Christmas Shoeboxes that many of you donated. Alison was delighted to take 198 shoeboxes away with her. This year, the shoeboxes from Ireland will be gratefully received by street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families and victims of war and other needy situations in Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.


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November 11th 2014

The Three Little Pigs

 

p1020306 - copyThe tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' dates back to the early 1800's and the best known form of the story appeared in 'English Fairy Tales' by Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890. The children from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class proved that it is still a firm favourite today. Last week was a busy week for them and it began when the children read the story with student teacher Ms Healy. They discussed the story in detail and then later in the week during their drama lesson, Ms Healy asked the children to act out all the characters from the tale. Continuing with the theme, the children made houses during their Friday art lesson. Using old milk cartons, paint and paper, some straw and lollipop sticks, the boys and girls produced houses of straw, sticks and bricks just like the three little pigs did! They were very proud of the finished products as you can see from the photos below. 


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November 7th 2014

Learning Through Play

 

We all know that children love to play and Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class are no exception. Today, they enjoyed a special playtime with a variety of fun and interesting toys. A dress up box, magnetic shapes, wooden construction kits and giant connecting polydron pieces kept them busy for quite a while. They used the magnetic shapes to make rockets, snowflakes, houses, stars and hats. The dress up box was a great hit! I'm sure some of the mums and dads would be surprised to see how quickly the boys and girls changed from one costume to another! The interlocking wooden pieces made buildings of different sizes and shapes. Team work was evident when the children made a house as tall as themselves with the Polydron pieces. I think Ms Hamill might just have a few budding architects or engineers in her class not to mention some wonderful actors and actresses!!


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November 6th 2014

Month of Remembrance

 

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The month of November is devoted to Holy Souls. Our Sacred Space in school has been decorated to remind us all of this. We are invited to use one of the paper leaves provided to write down the names of family members or friends who have passed away and place it on the Tree of Remembrance.


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