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February 15th 2017

Remembering World War 1



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

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

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

 

February 14th 2017

Valentine Butterflies

 

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

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


Happy Valentine's Day everyone!


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February 14th 2017

WIDA Mullingar Open


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

 

February 14th 2017

Chinese New Year


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

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


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February 13th 2017

Irish Dancing Trio

 

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


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February 11th 2017

Table Quiz

2017

 

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


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Februaury 10th 2017

10@10

 

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

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

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


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February 10th 2017

Farming Today and in the Past


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

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

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

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

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


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February 8th 2017

Our Local Area

 

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

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


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February 2nd 2017

St Brigid's Day Walk

 

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


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February 1st 2017

Design a T-Shirt

 

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

 

February 1st 2017

St Brigid's Day 

 

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.


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


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January 30th 2017

Catholic Schools Week

2017

 

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

 

January 27th 2017

Man of the Match

 

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

 

January 26th 2017

World War 1 Trench Experience

 

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


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January 24th 2017

Back to Impress!

 

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


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


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

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

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


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January 19th 2017

Save the Date

 

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

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

 

January 10th 2017

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2017 - 2018

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2017 will take

place during the week of


16th January 2017 - 20th January 2017


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


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

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


4pm on Friday 20th January 2017


 

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December 22nd 2016

Winning St Loman's Players Visit

 

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


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December 21st 2016

Christmas Carol Service

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


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December 20th 2016

Christmas Play Season

2016


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


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December 20th 2016

Special Invitation

2016

 

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

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


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December 20th 2016

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2017 - 2018

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2017 will take

place during the week of


16th January 2017 - 20th January 2017


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


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

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


4pm on Friday 20th January 2017


 

December 15th 2016

Special Christmas Wishes

 

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

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


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December 14th 2016

Karate Red Belt

 

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


 

December 12th 2016

Quite the Sportsman!


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

 

December 11th 2016

Christmas Fair

2016

 

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


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December 9th 2016

Design A Christmas Jumper

 

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


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December 9th 2016

Light the Lights!

 

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


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December 9th 2016

Christmas Jumper Day


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


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December 8th 2016

Just a Reminder..

 

just a reminder aSt Colman's Christmas Fair is on Sunday next, December 11th at 11.15am in the school hall. Today, I got a sneak preview of the wonderful Christmas Treat Plates designed by our sixth class students. No home should be without them! So if you're looking for a special plate to hold treats for Santa and the reindeer, look no further and get yourself down to the school on Sunday. The plates are just some of the many arts and crafts created by our students that will be on sale.


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December 8th 2016

Christmas Starts Now......

 

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Christmas season in St Colman's officially starts today with Mass in St Paul's Church at 12 noon for all students to celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. To see the full list of Christmas events please CLICK HERE

 

December 5th 2016

1916 Commemorative Award

 

Yesterday, President Michael D Higgins presented representatives of the Defence Forces and Reserve Defence Forces with specially commissioned medals to mark their role in the 2016 centenary year.

Today, seven of our sixth class students were very proud to receive a 'Commemorative Plate' to mark their role in the celebrations. Earlier this year on March 9th, the seven students took part in a special evening called 'Oiche Gaelach' which was organised by the Westmeath I.C.A. David Naughton, Rian Adamson, Adam Carballo, Daniel Byrne and Ciaran Gowran from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class and Conor Garvey and Cormac Grimes from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class took on the roles of the seven signatories on the 1916 Proclamation. The beautifully crafted pewter 'Commemorative Plate', which has the faces and names of the seven signatories on it, will take pride of place in our History cabinet on the senior corridor for all to see and admire.


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December 3rd 2016

Christmas Cards for Schools

 

christmas cards for schools logoToday was a very exciting day as the children in St Colman's received their packs of self-designed Christmas cards!

Although Christmas seemed quite far away at the time, all children in the school designed their own Christmas card at the end of October. When we returned to school after the Halloween break, each child got a sample card and had the opportunity to order packs. Those packs were delivered today in plenty of time to include in the Christmas post. These beautiful unique cards will now be sent to all corners of the world. We are very proud of our many talented young artists!

This was a very successful fundraiser for the school raising a total of €1,400 and we would like to thank everyone who supported it.


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December 2nd 2016

Capacity

 

In mathematical terms, capacity means the amount that something can hold. It can be measured in millilitres & litres or pints & gallons. The boys and girls in Ms Morris' Senior infant class have enjoyed learning all about capacity this week in their Maths lessons. They particularly enjoyed putting all the information they learned into practice, with a bucket of water and containers of many different sizes. As you can imagine things got a little bit wet, but good fun was had by all!


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December 1st 2016

Save the Date

 

bridal-buzz-etiquette-expert-save-the-dates-holiday-cards-8iruxt-clipartDecember has arrived and with it brings the panic that surrounds Christmas shopping. But worry no more because the St Colman's Christmas Fair is just around the corner and with many Christmas gift ideas on sale, you'll be spoilt for choice!

The senior corridor is a hive of activity at the moment as the children create festive Christmas plates and plaques, pyramids, snow globes, candle holders and table centre pieces which will be on sale at the fair. As always there will be an array of homemade goodies on sale and tea & coffee to enjoy while you chat with friends. There will be plenty to keep the children busy and a new photo booth to try. Santa has promised to take time out of his busy schedule to come along too, so don't miss out! Hope to see you all on Sunday December 11th at 11.15am in the school hall.


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November 25th 2016

Remembrance Sunday

 

p1070394 - copyOne day every year, on the second Sunday in November, British military and civilian servicemen and women are remembered for their contribution in the two World Wars. The ceremony is held on the Sunday nearest to November 11th, Armistice Day, the anniversary of the end of hostilities in the First World War at 11am in 1918.

One of our students, Lavinia Matthews from Mrs Walters' Third Class, attended a Remembrance Service in All Saint's Church of Ireland Church in Mullingar on November 13th this year. She and her family were invited to the service to represent Lavinia's great great grandfather Dmr. F. Finch who fought in World War 1. Lavinia carried a framed painting of her great great grandfather to the altar, which included his medals and a poppy.

The remembrance poppy is an artificial flower, used since 1921 to commemorate military personnel who have died in war and represents a common or field poppy.

The service ended with Lavinia reciting a famous epitaph by English poet, John Maxwell Edmonds.


"When you go home, tell them of us and say 'For your tomorrow we gave our today'"

 

November 24th 2016

Recyclable Art

 

As a Green School, we like to reduce, reuse and recycle wherever possible. The boys and girls in Mrs Farrell's First Class practice this every day and have created some wonderful pieces of art in the process. Their box of recyclable materials is in constant use and each day it's being emptied and then refilled, ready for the next group to use. Well done guys!


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November 21st 2016

Early Morning Recital

 

First thing this morning, the children in Mrs Walters' Third Class were treated to an early morning piano recital in the school hall given by one of their classmates, Charlie Foy. Charlie was getting some practice in for his elementary piano exam which he will take tomorrow. We wish Charlie the very best of luck in his exam. Judging by his playing this morning, I am sure he will do very well indeed!


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November 21st 2016

Irish Dancing Winners


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


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



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


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Molly O'Donnell from Mrs Farrell's First Class is a classmate of Amy's in the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. She also made the long journey to Letterkenny in Co Donegal to take part in the Irish Open Premiership. She danced the reel and jig and win 3 medals and a trophy.



Congratulations girls. A great achievement by all of you. 

 

November 18th 2016

Science Party

Science Week

November 13th - 20th 2016

 

To celebrate Science Week 2016, Ms Kiernan's Second Class held a science party for their neighbours - Mrs Slevin's Second Class and guest of honour - Mrs Garvey.

Throughout Science Week, the boys and girls learned about many science experiments. They were divided into groups and each group was given an experiment to perfect. Every group created posters to explain their individual experiment. All the items needed to perform the experiments were gathered and the stage was set.

There were nine experiments in all. The Supermoon, Walking Water, Tornadoes, Magic Balloon, How Plants Grow, Floating and Sinking, The Five Senses and two different Volcano experiments. Many of the experiments were interactive and volunteers were required. Chemical reactions causing eruptions, testing the five senses, capillary action, tornadoes in a bottle and a balloon magically inflating kept the audience entertained at all times. Mrs Garvey was very impressed with the trojan amount of work and congratulated them on the wonderful display of fun scientific facts. A great finale to Science Week in St Colman's!


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November 18th 2016

Charcoal Art


During their art lesson today, the boys and girls in Mrs Walters' Third Class created some wonderful charcoal art. The theme today was winter and with the frost and snow we've had in the last few days, they only had to look out the classroom window for inspiration. Great work!


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November 17th 2016

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

 

For many years now, St Colman's N.S. has supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This year, Team Hope shoeboxes from Ireland will go to street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families, victims of war and other needy situations in the poorest countries in Africa and Eastern Europe. The boxes filled with surprises will bring a little bit of joy and hope into their difficult lives.

Representatives from Team Hope called to the school today and were delighted to collect 212 Christmas shoeboxes. They wish to extend their gratitude to everyone who supported the appeal. Well done everyone!


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November 15th 2016

Supermoon Over Mullingar

Below are some photos of the Supermoon taken in Mullingar.


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November 14th 2016

Supermoon


Tonight is a very special night in the world of astronomy, as the Supermoon will be on display. Millions of moon gazers will enjoy the moon at its brightest and biggest in almost 70 years. The Supermoon means that the moon will be closer to the earth than it has been since 1948. This 'once in a lifetime' sight makes it appear 14% larger and 30% brighter than normal. It won't happen again until November 25th 2034.

The moon is expected to rise over Ireland at around 17:04, so you can watch out for it any time after that. Tonight's weather conditions are forecast to be cloudy and breezy but the Supermoon should be easy to spot because it will be so large. This particular Supermoon has its own name - the Beaver Moon! This is because it falls at a time of year when American settlers trapped beavers ahead of the winter. It also has a scientific name which is Perigee Full Moon.

For anyone who misses out tonight, look out again tomorrow night when it will appear similarly large.


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November 9th 2016

Lava Lamps

 

Science experiments are fun, or so the children in Ms Kiernan's Second Class told me today! Did you ever hear that oil and water don't mix? Well, the boys and girls found an exciting way to prove just that.

They gathered all the ingredients they needed for their experiment - clear plastic bottles, oil, water, food colouring, Alka Seltzer and paper to use as a funnel.

The plastic bottles were each filled with water to the half way mark. Oil was then added and very soon the children could see that the oil sat on top of the water because the oil is less dense than the water. A little food colouring was then added. It made its way through the oil and leaked into the water below. Broken pieces of Alka Seltzer were added and the lava lamp erupted into activity! The tablet sank to the bottom of the bottle and mixed with the water to create a gas. As the bubbles of gas rose, they collected the food colouring and slowly made their way to the top of the bottle. When the bubbles reached the top, the gas escaped and the water sank once more. The effect was thrilling for the children and had them mesmerised!


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November 9th 2016

Torn Paper Portraits


The boys and girls in Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Class really enjoyed their art lesson today. They used pieces of torn paper, of many different colours, to make self portraits. They turned out wonderfully, as you can see from the photos below.


torn paper portraits 2016 


 

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October 28th 2016

Halloween Party

 

Over the last number of weeks, the students in Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class have spent some time with our junior infant students. They went on a nature walk together and spoke about all the signs of Autumn that they saw. Over many days the sixth class students also taught their new friends games to play in the playground. The younger students enjoyed learning from their new friends and the older students relished their newfound responsibilities.

Today, as a very special end of term treat, the boys and girls in sixth class held a Halloween party for all the junior infant students. Activities were set up at different stations - cupcake decorating, treasure hunt, halloween art and bobbing for apples. What a great way to end the first term!

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happy halloween

 

October 28th 2016

Chocolate Apples - Take Two!


Before they left school yesterday, the boys and girls in Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Class received the last stamp they needed to be awarded 'Choose Time'. After seeing the fun their friends in Ms Geraghty's Junior Infant Class had making chocolate apples, the children decided to do the same. First thing this morning, Ms Mulcair and Mrs Mulcair helped the children decorate their apples with chocolate and sprinkles on top. As you can see from the photos, they really enjoyed their cookery lesson, but most of all they enjoyed eating their treat!


chocolate apples - take two

 

October 28th 2016

Disney Scarecrows

 

The students in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have been very busy over the last few weeks designing and building four scarecrows. The theme chosen was Disney characters. The children split into four groups and after each group chose their specific character, they set about collecting all the clothes, accessories and materials needed to complete their scarecrow. The four completed scarecrows, Maleficient, Wall-e, Baymax and Olaf were on display in the school hall today. Each class took it in turn to visit the hall and check out these wonderful creations.


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October 27th 2016

Chocolate Apples

 

The boys and girls in Ms Geraghty's Junior Infant Class have been so good lately that they collected enough stamps to be awarded 'Choose Time'. As Halloween is just around the corner, Ms Geraghty suggested making chocolate apples as their treat and the children jumped at the chance. Everyone headed to the staff room bright and early this morning and had great fun making their chocolate treats!


chocolate apples

 

October 26th 2016

Camogie Training for Beginners

 

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


camogie training for beginners

 

October 25th 2016

It's Planting Time!


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

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

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


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October 24th 2016

Jack O'Lantern


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

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

 

October 21st 2016

Halloween Art

 

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

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


halloween art 2016 

 

October 21st 2016

Hurling Championship

 

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

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


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October 20th 2016

Aistear

 

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

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

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


aistear

 

October 19th 2016

Martial Arts Demonstration

 

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


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October 18th 2016

We Belong...

 

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

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


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October 14th 2016

Nature Walk with Friends

 

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


nature walk with friends

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October 7th 2016

Gombati

 

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


gombati

 

October 5th 2016

W.O.W.!


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


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October 3rd 2016

Westmeath A.A.I. Cross Country


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

 

October 2nd 2016

Cuid de Coirp

 

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

Tá sibh go hiontach!


cuid de coirp

 

October 1st 2016

Autumn Art

 

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

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

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


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September 30th 2016

Team Award Winners


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


team award winners

 

September 30th 2016

Art is Fun!


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

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


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


art is fun

 

September 29th 2016

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

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


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September 28th 2016

W.O.W.!

 

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


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September 25th 2016

The Five Senses

 

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

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


the five senses - taste


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


the five senses - touch

 

September 23rd 2016

Playground Games Revival


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

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


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