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 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 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


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



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.

CLICK HERE for a Reflective Prayer


November 4th 2014

Pony Riding Winners


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During the Mid Term Break, Adam Mc Namara from Mrs Shiel's Second Class and his brother Eoghan from Ms Hamill's Junior Infants Class enjoyed a Halloween Pony Camp in Ladestown Riding Stables. They took part in a competition at the end of the camp and both boys won rosettes. Well done boys!


November 3rd 2014

Scarecrow Competition


Congratulations to our sixth class students and their teachers Mrs Deane and Mr Beehan who were awarded first prize in both the 'Primary Schools in Westmeath' and 'The People's Choice' categories in the recent Belvedere Scarecrow Festival. Well done to you all, your hard work paid off!

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October 27th 2014

Halloween Art

The corridors of St Colman's were decorated with a wonderful selection of Halloween Art last week. Below is just a small selection of the colourful work.

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October 26th 2014

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

christmas shoebox appeal 2014For a number of years St Colman's have supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. It is of course completely voluntary. If you would like to fill a box over the mid term, items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, hat & gloves, pens & pencils, crayons & colouring books, small toys eg: small musical instrument or a cuddly toy and small packet of sweets are all suitable. Four euro for transport cost should also go in the box. Single items are also gratefully received and will be put into a box on your behalf. We will accept boxes from Monday November 3rd and the closing date is Friday November 7th.   


October 25th 2014

Mad Hat/Non Uniform Day


Yesterday, we held a charity fundraiser in the school. We asked everyone to come in dressed in their own clothes, wearing a hat of any description and make a small donation to charity. As always, we were not disappointed. There was a vast selection hats. Everything from peaked caps to woolen beanie hats and lots more besides. We also had quite a few home made creations that haven't got an official name just yet!! Well done everyone.

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October 24th 2014

Halloween Games


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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class had lots of fun today as they played some Halloween games. It certainly got them in the Halloween Spirit.


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October 24th 2014

A Busy Term


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Mrs Farrell's Second Class have been working hard all term and speaking to some of the children this week, I learned a little about what they did.

They completed many pieces of art which they really enjoyed. They were very happy with how their still life and castle pictures turned out and they loved all the spooky Halloween art they produced this week.


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They were very proud of the many projects that were completed. They've turned into quite the detectives! Some of the topics they investigated were, Thomas Edison, volcanoes, swallows, hedgehogs, leaves and last but not least, Halloween and Jack o'Lanterns. Seasonal cobwebs were added to the Halloween project to very good effect.

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The children enjoyed digging into their past starting when they were babies. A couple of baskets hold cute cuddly toys they've owned for quite some time. 


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They have a very impressive Nature table in their class. They've been gathering items for some time and this week they enjoyed a Nature walk where they saw many of the leaves they studied earlier in the month. There was some rather large and quite possibly poisonous mushrooms and something that doesn't grow in the fields - BANGERS! Unfortunately, these dangerous Halloween hazards were littering the field beside the school.  


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Thank you to Mrs Farrell and her class for giving us an insight into their first term.


October 23rd 2014

Children Helping Children Fundraiser


hat 1St Colman's have a longstanding tradition of fundraising for many different charities. hat 2We encourage the children of St Colman's to help other children in need, both at home and abroad. Tomorrow we are having a Mad Hat/Non Uniform Day in the school. We hope to see everyone dressed in their casual clothes and wearing a hat of any description. All donations will be greatly appreciated and will go directly to worthy children's charities.


October 23rd 2014

Belvedere Scarecrow Festival


The fifth annual Scarecrow Festival is taking place in Belvedere from October 24th to November 1st and our sixth class students have entered five fabulous scarecrows. The theme they chose was Star Wars and the students have been collecting everything from plastic bags and straw to boots and handbags over the past few weeks. They have worked tirelessly with their teachers, Mrs Deane and Mr Beehan and have produced five characters from Star Wars that you will all recognise. Their attention to detail is excellent and we have no doubt that their scarecrows will be admired by many over the next week. One of the categories in the competition is the 'People's Choice Award', so please pay a visit to Belvedere during the Mid Term Break and give them your vote.


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October 22nd 2014

Crunchy Critters


The Crunchy Critters are back! Ms Costelloe's and Ms Morris' Senior Infants Classes collected lots of crispy Autumn leaves of many colours to create their lovely Crunchy Critters characters.

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October 22nd 2014

Autumn Art


Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class had great fun finger painting these wonderful Autumn trees in the many colours we see at this time of the year. Well done to you all!


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October 21st 2014

Monday's Child


mondays childThis morning, our senior infants and first classes were treated to a trip to the Mullingar Arts Centre where they saw a wonderful play entitled 'Monday's Child'. This sensitive and funny play written by award winning writer, Brendan Murray, tells the story of the unique bond between an old woman and a little girl. Incorporating song and dance and dress up, the children were thoroughly entertained and arrived back in school with smiles on their faces. 


October 21st 2014

Favourite Building in Mullingar


The children from Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class talked about all the distinctive and interesting buildings in Mullingar yesterday in class. Later, in after school club, two budding young artists drew a picture of their favourite building 'The Cathedral'. Pictured below is Daniel Maslin and Maddie Mulderry with their wonderful drawing of the Cathedral. Well done guys.

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October 20th 2014

Torn Paper Portraits


Just as the title suggests, Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class created portraits using torn paper of different colours. Didn't they do a great job!

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October 17th 2014

Maths Week

October 11th - 19th 2014


mathsbookThe school has been buzzing this week with all things Mathematical. Today, as Maths Week comes to an end, Mrs Walters rewarded her Fourth Class with a very special Maths lesson. Working in pairs, the children played Maths games on the school laptops. The games all focused on angles which was the topic they studied this week.The children competed against themselves and each other as the search began to find the Maths 'Champion of Champions'. The boys and girls loved this fun way to learn Maths and thought it was a great way to end the week!

To read about this special Maths Lesson in the children's own words CLICK HERE

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October 17th 2014

GAA News


cumann na bunscoil logo - copyThe Cumann na mBunscol season has begun and St Colman's are off to a great start. The Girls Football team has played two games to date and were victorious in both! The first game was against Rathwire NS and yesterday they played Gainstown NS. Our Boys Football team had their first game yesterday against Coosan NS., Athlone and they too were victorious. Congratulations to everyone involved. We are extremely proud of their win and more importantly of their attitude and behaviour. Keep up the good work and best of luck in future games.  


October 16th 2014

Our Family Trees


family tree blue heartsLast week, Mrs Walter's Fourth Class completed a study on their families. This included researching their family crests, the meaning of their family names and creating their family trees. The students took a great interest in these topics and spent hours digging through family photo albums and chatting to their parents and grandparents so they could learn a little more about themselves and their ancestors. Some of the children even took to the internet! When all this wonderful information was collected, the children produced beautiful projects and displayed them on their class art boards both on the corridor and inside their classroom.

To read a small selection of the exciting facts the children discovered about their families, please CLICK HERE

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Click on a photo below to see some photos of the children working on their projects



October 13th 2014

Guess Who?

During a recent art lesson, the children in Mrs Fagan/Mrs Brennan's Third Class created some self potraits and what a great job they did! They displayed the portraits on the art board outside their class for everyone to see and asked the question 'Guess Who?'. So have a look at their portraits below and see if you recognise anyone.

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October 6th 2014

Road Safety Week 2014

rsa safety week 2014The seventh annual 'Irish Road Safety Week' runs from Monday 6th - Sunday 12th October 2014. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging people to get involved in this national drive to save lives. They have produced a leaflet 'Going to School' which is a guide for parents to help get their children to school safely. CLICK HERE to read this leaflet.


October 4th 2014

Learning About Electricity


Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have been busy this week learning about electricity and how to construct some basic circuits. To test their new found knowledge, they were tasked with designing and building their own working lighthouses. As you can see these worked out very well indeed. There are definitely a few budding scientists/architects in this class.

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Making Circuits

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The Finished Lighthouses with working Lights


October 3rd 2014

Children Helping Children

thank you 052Last December, St Colman's held a 'Mad Hair Day' fundraiser to help people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The event, organised by Ms Healy was a huge success and we raised €1,100. During the summer, Sr Evelyn Flanagan, a Presentation sister who is working with the Badjao Tribal Project in Cebu, in the Philippines came home to Ireland on holidays. Ms Healy met up with Sr Evelyn and passed on the cheque, much to the delight of Sr Evelyn. Last week, we received a Thank You card from Sr Evelyn giving us some information as to how the money will be spent.

To read Sr Evelyn's card please CLICK HERE

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Ms Healy and Sr Evelyn when they met a few years ago in Cebu

Ms Healy has very kindly shared with us some photos she took while she was in Cebu. Click on a photo below to view them


October 2nd 2014

Team Winners

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Last month, sixty five students from St Colman's took part in the annual Westmeath Cross Country Run in Belvedere. On the day eighteen of our young runners won medals. This week we were delighted to hear from the organisers that two of our teams have also won medals. Congratulations to the teams from fourth and fifth Classes.



October 1st 2014

Enjoying School


It's hard to believe that just over four weeks ago our Junior Infants had their first day at school. To see them walk confidently and relaxed into class each morning you would think they were seasoned school goers! Ms Hamill, Ms Healy and Mrs Slevin are delighted with how well the children have settled in. We wish you all success in the coming years in St Colman's.

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Ms Hamill's Class enjoying playtime this morning


September 26th 2014

School Orchestra


music notes 2The hall was alive with music this morning as the school orchestra had their first rehearsal of the school year. Ms Morris welcomed almost 90 eager students playing a host of instruments - recorders, tenor recorders, violins, trumpets, saxophones and flutes. They got off to a flying start and we look forward to hearing their first performance. We wish them a successful year!

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Septenber 24th 2014




Nut Allergy Alert


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There are a number of children in St Colman's who are allergic to nuts. In the interest of the health and safety of these children, we ask Parents/Guardians not to include nuts or foods containing nuts eg: Nutella in their child's lunchbox. Thank you for your co-operation in this matter.



September 18th 2014

Westmeath Schools Cross Country


cross country runnersThe annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run took place in Belvedere yesterday. The event was organised by Mullingar Harriers and schools from all over the county attended. Sixty five children from St Colman's took part. All our runners performed well and we congratulate them all.

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September 8th 2014

Jubilee Celebrations


A very special Jubilee Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Christ the King yesterday to mark the 75th anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral of the Diocese of Meath. The chief celebrant was Bishop Michael Smith and the guest of honour was Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. The beautiful music throughout the Mass was performed by the Cathedral Choir and the Mullingar Choral Society. Before the Mass, a tree planting ceremony was held to mark this special occasion.

Afterwards, more than 2,500 parishioners took part in a street party which was organised by parish volunteers. There were many activities to keep everyone busy and the lovely weather ensured that no-one was in a hurry to leave. Congratulations to everyone who organised this wonderful event.

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September 4th 2014

Storytime in the Sun


Isn't it lovely having sunshine in September? Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class made the most of today's sunshine by having storytime in the outdoor classroom. What a great way to end the day!

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August 25th 2014

Welcome Back

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St Colman's will re-open next Monday September 1st at 8.50am. We hope you all enjoyed the wonderful summer break and return rested, refreshed and ready for the new school year. We look forward to welcoming the boys and girls of our new Junior Infants Classes. 

Junior Infants will go home at 12 noon from Monday September 1st until Friday September 12th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Monday September 15th onwards.

We would like to wish all students and staff a very successful school year.



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June 27th 2014

School's Out For Summer

schools out for summerThe excitement was palpable along the corridors of St Colman's today. With just over three hours to go before the Summer Holidays, the children and staff were looking forward to the summer days ahead. Most classes had parties and games which helped pass the time!

Congratulations to the children who received certificates for their excellent attendance. For some of you, this is not your first time to receive this certificate, so well done and keep up the good work.

We hope you all have a relaxing, happy and healthy summer and we look forward to welcoming you all back again on September 1st. 


June 26th 2014

Flash Dance

When the parents of our senior infants came to collect their children from school today, they were in for quite a surprise. As the children came through the door, they lined themselves up in rows. The parents were a little bewildered. 'What's going on?' one man said. Then the music started and the boys and girls began their very well rehearsed dance to the delight and amusement of their parents. There were two performances, one from each class. Ms Costelloe's Class danced to 'Fixer Upper' from the much loved movie Frozen and Ms Morris' Class danced to the catchy tune 'Happy' by Pharrell Williams. The children learned the dances with their dance teacher, Mrs Siobhan Moore and continued to rehearse with their class teachers until they were ready to perform for their parents. The children danced their socks off and their very proud parents were thrilled with this impromptu flash dance.




June 26th 2014

Tile Art


Recently, local artist Andrina Finch, came in to work with our fourth classes. The theme for the art lesson was 'School Life' and the medium was tile painting. After discussing all aspects of school life and ideas on how best to paint them, the children began to design their tile. The finished tiles were then displayed decoratively on two boards. The boards are hanging on the senior corridor for all to see and admire. The children are very proud of the finished products and would like to thank Andrina for her help and guidance.

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June 25th 2014

Beside The Seaside


To get into the 'summer holiday' spirit, the boys and girls in Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class put on a play for their family and friends yesterday. The children acted out all the characters and creatures you might see on the beach. They rehearsed every song until they were perfect. The toe-tapping melodies had everyone humming along and leaving with smiles on their faces. Great job!


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June 25th 2014

Third Class Projects


The children in Ms Skelly's Third Class have been very busy recently. They divided into groups and completed projects on many different topics. Some of the topics include domestic animals, wild animals, snakes, reptiles as well as the doll/movie Monster High and the video game Minecraft. One group completed their project on the very popular Looms. The boys and girls worked very hard researching the various topics and were very proud of the finished work. Well done guys!

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June 24th 2014

Sports Blitz

Mrs Connaughton's Fourth Class were invited to Gaelscoil an Choillín today to participate in a sports blitz. The events included soccer, Gaelic, wall ball, mini basketball, handball and unihoc. The emphasis was on enjoyment and not competitiveness. The children certainly enjoyed themselves and after all those games will probably sleep well tonight! Thanks to the parents and staff of Gaelscoil an Choillín for the invitation and welcome we received.

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June 24th 2014

Farewell To Sixth Class


Today we bid a fond farewell to the children in sixth class. Most of the children have been with us in St Colman's for the past eight years and now they are moving on to secondary school and new adventures.

Yesterday, at 1.00pm a special football match was held in Shamrock's Grounds. Sixth class against the teachers aided by Fr Paul Crosbie! It was a hard fought game but the teachers won out in the end. Thankfully the teachers were all fit for work today, although maybe a little tired!!

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Yesterday evening, family and friends were invited to an end of year Mass in St Paul's Church, officiated by a relieved Fr Paul. Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school hall for refreshments. The hall was decorated by some wonderful project work and art work created by our talented sixth class children.

The children arrived in bright and early this morning wearing their school shirts ready to be decorated by 'well wishes' of teachers and students. They went to lunch in town before saying their goodbyes. They're heading off to pastures new and we wish them the very best of luck in everthing they do.

Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.

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A selection of sixth class work displayed in the hall



June 23rd 2014

Paisean Faisean


p1060488 - copyThe boys and girls in Ms Brennan's First Class have taken to the catwalk! Today at 1.30pm, they put on a fashion show 'As Gaeilge' in the school hall for family and friends. Many of the models were familiar to us here in St Colman's. Mrs Garvey, Ms Morris, Ms Murphy, Kevin our caretaker and Ms Brennan to name just a few, were all there modeling the latest fashion. The wonderful show was written by Ms Brennan and each child took a turn as narrator. There were coyboys, rappers, army, school inspectors and rock stars. The well chosen music kept us all tapping our feet and clapping our hands as the models performed line-dancing, ballet and brush dancing. The applause throughout the show and at the end was testiment to the terrific acting and dancing and just how much everyone enjoyed themselves. Well done everyone!

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June 22nd 2014

Summer Has Arrived!!


The weather in Ireland is nothing if not temperamental, so when we have some sunshine we have to make the most ot it! This past week everyone at St Colman's was making the most of the glorious sunshine. During our breaks, which went on a little longer some days, the green areas and playgrounds were awash with activity. Lets hope this is a sign of the weather to come during the summer holidays but either way that old saying 'Make hay when the sun shines' springs to mind. Enjoy the good weather when we get it!

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Click on a photo below to see some more photos in the sunshine


June 20th 2014


duathlon 2Ten of our sixth class children took part in the Waterways Ireland Bridge to Bridge Duathlon today, which was hosted by Westmeath Sports Partnership & Midland Tri Club and was part of the National Bike Week celebrations. They began by cycling 2km along the Royal Canal towpath before running two laps of the Harbour Field sports pitch. The children all performed well and received a medal to acknowledge their participation.

June 19th 2014

Sports Awards


The entire school gathered in the lower playground today to see our some of young sports stars collect their awards. Mr Geraghty was M.C. and past pupil Fiona Keating very kindly came back to St Colman's to present the awards. Fiona is the goal-keeper on the Westmeath Ladies Senior Camogie Team.

First up were the winners of the I.N.T.O. Mini Sevens which was held in Caulry GAA grounds, Moate. Then we had the runners up in the Cumann na mBunscoil Boys' Football Division 1 final. Last but not not least were the winners of the Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie Division 2 final. Congratulations to all the players and their coaches.

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June 18th 2014

Bike to School Day 2014

Schools around the country were asked to cycle to school today, as part of National Bike week. Children from St Colman's met at the cinema in Lakepoint at 8.30am and travelled in convoy to the school accompanied by Gardaí, Community Wardens and school staff. The cyclists were greeted at the school by a rousing round of applause and much cheering. Well done to everyone who took part. You were all helping Green Schools Ireland reach a target of 5,000 people cycling to school in Ireland today. I wonder did they reach their target?


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June 18th 2014

Cinema Treat


choirAs a reward for their hard work and commitment over the past year, the members of our school choir and orchestra were taken to theorchestra cinema today. The children really enjoyed the movie, Maleficent and didn't complain at all about missing their lessons!   


June 17th 2014

Young Reporter


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One budding young reporter, Danagh Nagle, has started her career in journalism and she's only in fourth class. A short time ago, Danagh from Mr Geraghty's Class, noticed an aeroplane flying low in the sky and was worried that it might crash. With her dad's help, Danagh looked up an app called Flightrader Pro and was able find the plane and follow the flight path. Not content to leave it there, Danagh approached the Westmeath Examiner and told her story which was published in the May 31st edition. Keep up the good work Danagh, we look forward to seeing more of your work in print.

To read Danagh's report CLICK HERE


June 16th 2014

Texaco Art Competition

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Congratulations to Caoilinn Behan who received a Special Merit Certificate in this year's Texaco Art Competition. Caoilinn from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class told me that she loves art and definitely wants to study art in college, following in the footsteps of her mum who is an animator.


June 15th 2014

Happy Father's Day


Happy Father's Day to all the Dads out there! The photos below show the boys and girls in Ms Healy's Junior Infants who were very excited leaving the school on Friday with their Father's Day art work.

happy fathers day 2014


June 14th 2014

School Tours

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

liliput adventure centre

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

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

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

Senior Infants travelled to Athlone to visit Glendeer Pet farm. They were taken on a glendeer pet farmnature walk and had an opportunity to interact with both farm and exotic animals. Bags of food were provided to feed the goats, sheep, donkeys and many more animals. They had great fun playing in the suspended play area.    


June 13th 2014

Sports Day 2014

Our annual sports day was held today. Apart from one shower, the weather held and a good time was had by all. The children from the senior corridor walked to St Loman's grounds, where the events were marked out ready to start. Soccer, Gaelic football, wellie throw, obstacle course and sack race were just some of the events enjoyed by the children. Each class was divided into four teams - white, green, blue and red. Every team performed well but the winners on the day were the green team, who were delighted to collect their medals before heading back to the school.

snr sports day 2014


The children from the junior corridor stayed on the school grounds. They had a busy day full of events - sack race, racing with a teddy on your head, egg and spoon race, parachute fun, piggy back and wheel barrow races and the bouncy castles. Mrs Skittles and Smarties also paid a visit. The children thoroughly enjoyed the day and were exhausted but happy leaving the school. I think they'll sleep well tonight!

jnr sports day 2014


June 13th 2013

Our Class Community

The children in Ms Murphy's First Class learned the importance of being part of a community when studying religion with student teacher Ms Healy recently. Of course we are all part of a wider community - family, friends, neighbours and church, but Ms Healy pointed out that the children also have their class community. The children cut out their own handprints and decorated them, before displaying them in their class to symbolise their own class community. Ms Healy is pictured below with Ms Murphy and her class. Today is Ms Healy's last day and Ms Murphy and the children would like to thank her and wish her every success in her future career.

 class community


June 12th 2014

Evening Music Recital

music notes 2Family and friends of the children involved in our school choir and orchestra were invited to an evening recital in St Paul's Church yesterday evening. The children practised every week over the past school year and have performed many times at Mass, First Communion and at our annual Christmas Carol Service. The evening was a celebration of the wonderfulmusic notes 3 musical achievements of our choir and orchestra and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.

music recital


June 11th 2014

Jack and the Beanstalk


jack and the beanstalk

The children from junior infants to fourth class were invited to a performance of Jack and the Beanstalk in the Arts Centre today. Thankfully the weather was in our favour as we walked to the Arts Centre and the excitement was clear to see on the children's faces. The 'One Man Show' presented by Lyngo Theatre had lots of surprises and entertained the children from beginning to end. There was an enormous shoe, a tiny house, showers of silver and gold and a big leafy explosion! Thank you to Sean and the staff of Mullingar Arts Centre and to the Lyngo theatre for this wonderful treat!




June 6th 2014

The Highway Rat

the highway rat -bookOver four English lessons, student teacher Ms Healy delighted the children from Ms Murphy's First Class with the wonderful story 'The Highway Rat' by Julia Donaldson. When they knew the story well and had discussed the characters at length, the boys and girls completed character profiles on each character in the story. Then the 'Hot Seating' began. Each child had the opportunity to sit in the 'Hot Seat' and pretend to be a character in the story and answer questions from the other children. Later in the week, during Art, the children painted their favourite character or scene and the results are quite impressive as you can see below.

the highway rat


June 5th 2014

Swallows Return

In April, Birdwatch Ireland reported that the Irish Swallow is on the decline. The Sahara desert is getting wider each year and more arid and fewer swallows can survive the crossing. They also said that the estimated swallow population is half a million and on average, a pair that nests successfully raise 100 chicks but 98 will die.

Well two of those nesting swallows chose St Colman's School grounds to nest. Recently we noticed a nest above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed and this week we saw chicks raising their heads. There seems to be five chicks and two adult swallows. The children love watching nature at work and there is plenty to see as the adults come and go to get food supplies for their young. Lets hope these five chicks survive and return to St Colman's in the future.

swallows return


June 4th 2014

Under The Sea

The children from Ms Murphy's First Class really enjoyed a recent lesson they studied with student teacher Ms Healy, about creatures from 'Under the Sea'. After discussing the many sea creatures that can be found under the sea, Ms Healy showed the class numerous pictures, pointing out the many different colours and shapes. Then, using paper plates, coloured paper, glue and googly eyes, the boys and girls created their own 'Under the Sea' creatures and displayed them in the class. Well done everyone!

under the sea


June 3rd 2014

Here Comes The Summer

If I wasn't thinking of summer holidays before I went into Ms Brennan's first class today, I certainly was when I left. During a recent art lesson, the children painted buckets and spades, sea shells, star fish, flamingoes, palm trees, deck chairs, sun umbrellas, butterflies and birds using Pointillism. They decorated their classroom and created a wonderful beach scene on their art board outside the class.


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Ms Brennan's Class looking forward to summer


Please click on Pupils Work - First/Second Classes to see the Pointillism art work


May 29th 2014

One Direction Fans

One Direction Mania hit Ireland in force last weekend when the band played three concerts in Croke Park, Dublin. Many of our students travelled to Dublin to attend the concerts and from speaking to them this week, the overall consensus was that One Direction were BRILLIANT!! Of course the favourite band member is Niall and when he sang, the crowd went wild and chanted for him. One girl was very proud to tell me that the Friday night concert made One Direction history, as the largest crowd the band ever played for. Lauren Kennedy from Mr Geraghty's fourth class, had a very special night. Not only did she attend the concert but she also had a VIP pass which allowed her to go backstage after the concert. Lauren is a cousin of Niall's, so she and her family met all the band members and got their photo taken with the Mullingar man!

one direction fans

A small group of St Colman's One Direction fans with Lauren


May 23rd 2014

Boys' Football Division 1 Final

The Cumann na mBunscoil Boys' Football Division 1 final was held yesterday in Cusack Park. St Colman's got off to a slow start after early scores from Kinnegad. We battled relentlessly against a tough Kinnegad side who had a ten point lead at half time. Our boys never gave up though and showed tremendous team work and spirit but could not bridge the ten point gap. The final score was St Colman's 3-4 Kinnegad 2-17. Kinnegad were the better team on a wet evening and congratulations to them. St Colman's are a young team and we are very proud of their valiant efforts. Better luck next year.

boys football team for final


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