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June 22nd 2022

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls

2022

 

After a gap of a few years, the eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class girls basketball match took place this afternoon in the lower playground. The competition was fierce, with no side willing to concede any ground to their opponents. The game was enjoyed by all!


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June 20th 2022

Walk a Mile in the Sunshine

 

Active School Week may be over but that doesn't stop us being active! The beautiful weather today was a great opportunity to get out for a walk and the boys and girls in Ms Nugent's and Ms Clarke's Fourth Classes did just that! With the canal bank so close, it was an ideal location for an early morning walk.


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June 17th 2022

Sports Day

2022

sports day logoThis wonderful activity-based Active School Week culminated in Sports Day today. Sadly the God of good weather wasn't shining down on us today, but we weren't deterred. As in the past, our students from junior infants to second class stayed in the school, while the students from third to sixth class walked to St Loman's football field. Despite the inclement weather, the children took part in each event with great enthusiasm and enjoyed it to the full.


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June 16th 2022

Active School Week


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Throughout the week, on any given day, at any time during the day, class groups could be seen outside enjoying the many varied activities. The new football field, upper and lower playgrounds, the front field and the Bishop's field were in constant use. The children enjoyed basketball, soccer, football, hurling, skipping, running, dodgeball, cricket, tag rugby, circuit training, obstacle course and tug-of-war, to name just a few!


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On Tuesday, our boy's hurling team played in the Cumann na mBunscoil Division 2 hurling final in Cusack Park, against St Michael’s NS, Castletown Geoghegan. St Colman's played a superb game worthy of Division 1. Their opponents never-say-die spirit continued right up to the end but they were not a match for our team on the day. Congratulations to our victorious boys and their coaches.


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On Wednesday, our fourth classes took part in a football blitz, with two other schools from Westmeath, held in Shamrocks G.F.C. The boys and girls played on mixed teams and had a great time! Afterwards Kieran Martin, who plays on Westmeath Senior football team spoke to the children about his journey in sport and encouraged them all to get involved in sport and physical activity.


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On Thursday, our boys football team played in the final of the Cumann na mBunscoil Division 1 final against St Kenny's N.S. Kilpatrick. Our team played well but after a strong hard fought encounter, St Kenny's came out on top. Great effort boys. Well done for making it to the final. 

 

June 10th 2022

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

'The Homecoming'

2022


fleadh logoI'm sure there's not a person around, not even a dog in the street, who doesn't know what's coming up later in the Summer in Mullingar! Of course it's the Fleadh Cheoil! The Fleadh Cheoil was to take place in 2020 and 2021, but sadly Covid put a stop to that. So after waiting two long years, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is coming back to Mullingar.


Back in 1951, the first national festival of Irish traditional music was held in Mullingar and was organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This festival of traditional Irish music included competitions of music, song and dance and awards were presented. The festival was such a success that it was decided to repeat it the following year and give it the title of 'Fleadh Cheoil' which simply means 'Feast of Music'. The Fleadh has been held in many different locations since that first year but finally it's returning home to Mullingar. 

 

All this week, the students in St Colman's have been celebrating all things 'Fleadh' related. They've learned about the history of the Fleadh, taken part in quizzes and followed drawing tutorials of traditional Irish instruments.

On Thursday, each class group attended a 'musical treat' in the school hall. Ms Duffy on Piano, Ms Clarke on drums and Ms Casey on violin were joined by some talented St Colman's students and some seasoned musicians. Philip Clarke, who happens to be Ms Clarke's dad, was on piano accordion, Olive Kilbane played violin and Noel Battle was on harmonica, and, playing together, they gave us a taster of what we can expect in August.


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This morning, each class had the opportunity to visit the school hall and see instruments up close. They learned about each instrument - the banjo, tin whistle, button accordion, piano accordion, drum, bodhrán and violin also called fiddle. They also listened to the sound each instrument makes.


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This afternoon, we had the pleasure of welcoming Joe Connaire to the school. Joe is the chairperson of Westmeath Comhaltas and of the Fleadh Committee. He is also husband to Louise who is one of our Special Needs Assistants. Joe spoke to the children about what it's like being part of the Fleadh and the joy you get from playing an instrument. He encouraged them all to try playing one of the many instruments that are used in traditional music. Joe himself began playing the banjo at 12 years of age and is self taught. He was joined by his daughter Ellen on tin whistle and the Dunleavy sisters Aoife and Anna on banjo and guitar. They played individually and together and got the audience clapping along. June Shanley, a Special Needs Assistant in St Colman's showed us her set dancing skills and Ellen danced a reel.


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Today we also had a non-uniform day, where we asked the children to donate whatever they could and all proceeds will go to the Fleadh fundraiser. There has been a huge amount of work involved in getting Mullingar ready for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022. It is estimated that the cost will be in the region of €1.7 million so every donation helps. It's running from July 31st until August 7th and will attract in the region of 500,000 visitors to Mullingar from near and far. Judging by the wonderful performances in the school hall over the last two days, the Fleadh is going to be an amazing event that you won't want to miss.  Make sure you put those dates in your diary and ENJOY!

 

May 14th 2021

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the boys and girls from Mrs Ginnell's and Ms Duffy's Second classes who made their First Holy Communion today. We hope you enjoyed the celebrations with your families.

 

April 29th 2022

Farewell Mrs Garvey


img20220427174424 - copy - copyIt was with a heavy heart that we bade farewell to our wonderful principal, Mrs Mary Garvey, today. Mrs Garvey has been such a pivotal figure in St Colman's for 38 years and she will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. 

Mrs Garvey began as a substitute teacher in St Colman's in 1981. She went on to have her teaching practice with us in 1982 and 1983 and then, on September 3rd 1984, Mrs Garvey joined the permanent staff of St Colman's N.S. The first class she taught was second class, but during her time as a teacher she has taught every class level and has spent time in Special Education. She has been instrumental in bringing many educational initiatives to the school which have enhanced every classroom.

img20220427182443 - copyIn 2000, Mrs Garvey became deputy principal working alongside Mrs O'Sullivan. Mrs Garvey took this new role seriously and continued working to ensure that every classroom was equipped with all the necessary resources to help children of all abilities. Mrs Garvey always had a keen interest in helping children with additional needs and it was during this time as deputy principal, that she stepped things up a gear by researching new approaches that would respond to the diversity of needs that are found in classrooms today.

img20220427182454 - copyWhen Mrs O'Sullivan retired in December 2010, everyone waited with bated breath to see who her successor would be. The news that it was Mrs Garvey was greeted with delight. She took up the role in January 2011 and from that first day right up until this morning, Mrs Garvey has worked tirelessly to improve all aspects of school life for the students and their families, staff and the extended school community. At all times, Mrs Garvey endeavoured to make every child feel welcome and experience a sense of belonging. She strived to remove any and all barriers to enable every student to achieve the maximum benefit from their schooling.

I chatted with some of the students in fourth class this week and asked them what comes to mind when they think of Mrs Garvey. There was no shortage of replies..... caring, helpful, choose time, Christmas fair, Communion parties, graduation night, stories and Gaeilge over the intercom, dressing up as a witch on Halloween, bouncy castles, amazing school tours, good sense of humour, ice cream van, playground markings, 5K garden party and The Big Sing. The replies just kept coming, which only goes to prove how much everyone loved Mrs Garvey.


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This week, we began a week of celebrations as we said our goodbyes to Mrs Garvey. On Monday morning, Mrs Garvey was greeted with decorations hanging from the trees, all made by the children. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs Garvey visited every classroom in the school. Each class had prepared a song or poem. Some of the songs were Mr Garvey's favourites and some were written especially for her to the melody of a familiar tune. There was much reminiscing, many funny anecdotes and plenty of laughs. On Wednesday evening, we held a tea party outside on the front lawn. Parents and children turned up in their droves and a wonderful time was had by all.


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img20220428102400 - copyOn Thursday we had 'Mrs Garvey's Fun Day'. The students from junior infants to first class travelled to Jungle Joes by bus and had a fun activity morning. When they returned to the school, their day was finished off with a Teddy Bear's Picnic. The children from second to sixth Class remained at the school and enjoyed activities on the front lawn. Each class took it in turns to move from inflatable fun to a water game to mental agility games. We also had a visit from 'Mrs Jelly Tots' (AKA Mrs Garvey) with water gun in hand ready to shower anyone who came close! Before home time, an ice cream van turned up and every child and adult had cones in the sunshine.


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To end the week of festivities, a Mass was held in St Paul's Church on Friday morning, officiated by Fr Phil Gaffney. Students, staff, parents, past pupils, former staff and well wishers gathered to wish Mrs Garvey all the best, as she enters the next chapter of her life. happy-sunMany contributed to the celebration, all with kind words to say. Our school choir sang some very well chosen hymns and songs that were special to Mrs Garvey. As the Mass drew to a close, everyone sung a St Colman's version of 'Walking on Sunshine'.

 

This fantastic fun-filled and sometimes emotional week culminated in a loud and cheerful send off, when all the children and staff gathered outside the school. A guard of honour was created by our fifth and sixth classes and Mrs Garvey left in her newly decorated car to the cheers and applause of the crowd! 


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Mrs Garvey, we would all like to thank you for everything you have done for us and all that you've done to make St Colman's the fantastic school that it is. We wish you a long and happy retirement, that includes many fun adventures, happiness in abundance and of course good health to enjoy.


Go n-eirí an bóthar leat!

 

April 2nd 2022

Confirmation

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Congratulations to the students from Mrs Deane's, Ms Murphy's and Mr Beehan's Sixth Classes who were confirmed in the Cathedral this morning. We hope you all had an enjoyable day with your family.


 

March 11th 2022

Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser

 

The reports we hear daily of the atrocities which are taking place in Ukraine at the moment are becoming all too familiar to us. Every time we switch on the television, the devasting consequences of the war are there for all to see. This is hard for all of us to watch but is even more heartbreaking for the Ukrainian families who are part of our school community.

Today, as a show of solidarity and support, we held a non-uniform day. Children and staff turned up this morning wearing clothes in blue or yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Donations were made via the Aladdin app throughout the week and more were delivered in person today. We are delighted to say that so far we have raised almost €5,000. This money will go directly to the Irish Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal. Thank you to everyone who generously supported this worthy cause. The payment link on the Aladdin app will remain live until Monday. Below are some photos of the children today.


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March 11th 2022

Part of our History


St Colman's was established in 1979. Back then, there were just 8 classrooms, which were sited on what we now call the junior corridor. Roll on 5 years and St Colman's welcomed a new member of staff, Mrs Mary Garvey. At that time, there were many more children than could be accommodated and so a decision was made to build another 8 classrooms, to be sited on what we now call the senior corridor.

The quantity surveyor on that project was the late Mr Brendan O'Reilly. Brendan's granddaughter Aoibhinn, is currently in Ms Nugent's Fourth Class. Just last week, Aoibhinn brought in a book, that her grandmother came across, to show Mrs Garvey. This book from 1984, contained the total costings for the construction of an additional 8 classrooms, right down to the last light bulb. This was a blast from the past for Mrs Garvey, but one she enjoyed remembering. Thank you to Aoibhinn and her family for allowing us to see this wonderful piece of St Colman's history.


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March 9th 2022

First Confession

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Congratulations to the boys and girls from our first classes, who made their First Confession this evening in St Paul's Church. I'm sure they're all pleased to have taken the first step on the road to making their First Holy Communion. 

 

February 11th 2022

Fond Farewell

 

Today, we said a fond farewell to Ann Fitzsimons, one of our long-standing Special Needs Assistants. Ann began working in St Colman's in November 2001 and since then she has worked with countless children across every class level. Her gentle, quiet manner has been a comfort to many students on good and bad days. Ann has worked with numerous teachers over the years and everyone found her calm presence and commitment to the students extremely helpful in a busy classroom.

At 2pm, Mrs Garvey spoke to each class over the intercom. She invited a group of sixth class students to tell us their memories of when Ann worked in their class. They presented Ann with a gift from all the students in the school - a family pass for Tullynally Castle to enjoy with her grandchildren. Mrs Garvey then asked Conan from fifth class to read a poem written especially for Ann entitled, 'The Coolest SNA in Town'. Afterwards, Conan presented Ann with a hand-crafted book containing a page written by every class group in the school. 

We would all like to wish Ann a long, happy and healthy retirement.


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January 17th 2022

Enrolment Week

 


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     Junior Infants

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Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2022

is open and takes place from



17th January 2022 - 4th February 2022

            

                                                                                                                                             

Please CLICK HERE to download an application form.

  

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Enrolment Week

 

 

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   Junior Infants

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Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2022 will take 

place during the weeks of 

17th January 2022 - 4th February 2022

 

All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2022,

 

together with the necessary documentation

 - original birth cert and proof of address (recent/3months - utility bill or bank statement etc.), 

must be delivered to the school office by

  

4pm on Friday 4th February 2022 

If you require further information please contact the school at 044 9340901

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December 20th 2021

Look Who Came to Visit...


We had a surprise visitor to the school today! Ms Duffy arrived with another four legged friend. Of course, all the reindeer are busy at the North Pole, so the next best thing was a beautiful chestnut coloured Shetland Pony called Goldie.

Goldie belongs to Ms Duffy's neighbour. He is a rescue pony that was bought to keep their thoroughbred horse company. He is called Goldie because of his golden mane and he is 15 years old, which is 48 in human years. He is a gentle, mischievious little animal and he didn't seem bothered by all the excited children who came to say hello. Thank you so much to Ms Duffy for this wonderful surprise visitor.


 

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Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2022 will take

place during the weeks of


17th January 2022 - 4th February 2022


 

All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2022, together with the necessary documentation -

 original birth cert and proof of address (recent/3months - utility bill or bank statement etc.), 

must be delivered to the school office by

  

4pm on Friday 4th February 2022

 

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Please CLICK HERE to read our Admissions Poilicy



          St. Colman’s National School

          Bellview, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.

 

        ANNUAL ADMISSION NOTICE

       in respect of admissions to the 2022/2023 academic year

       Admission Policy and Application Form


A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2022/2023 is available as follows: –

To download at: www.stcolmansns.com

On request: By emailing the school secretary at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or writing to: St. Colman’s NS. Bellview, Delvin Rd. Mullingar, Co. Westmeath

 

PART 1 - Admissions to the 2022/2023 school year

 

Application and Decision Dates for admission to St. Colman’s NS for school year 2022/2023

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants

 

The parish schools have a common period of taking and processing intake applications. This usually takes place in January/February of each year.

Dates are decided at a meeting of Clergy and Principals in September of each year.

The school will commence accepting applications for admission on

                                          

 

 

 

 

Monday 17th January 2022

The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on

                                        

 

Friday 4th February 2022

The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is  

 

Posted out on Friday 11th February 2022

The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is

On or before Friday 18th February 2022

 

*Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period above may result in the offer being withdrawn

Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.

Number of places being made available in 2022/2023

 

The number of places being made available in Junior Infants is

66 (3 classes)

The number of residential places is (boarding schools only)

n/a

The number of non-residential places is (boarding schools only)

n/a

The number of places being made available in the special class* catering for children with [insert category or categories of SEN catered for in the special class] is

n/a



PART 2 - Admissions to the 2021 / 2022 school year 

 

In respect of the 2021/2022 school year, the total number of applications for admission received by the school was 107


Breakdown of places allocated for the 2021/2022 school year:

Number of places available:

58

Number of applications received:

103

Number of Offers made and accepted under each criteria:

Category 1:        (31 in this category)

31 places offered and 29 accepted

Brothers and sisters of children currently enrolled in the school including step-siblings and children of current staff members who are at least four years of age as of and including the 1st Feb of the year in which they apply.

Category 2: 29 were offered. (29 in this category)

29 places offered and 29 accepted

Siblings with DOB after Feb 1st, Children within catchment area 1 and children of staff members with DOB after Feb 1st.

Category 3: 0 offered

Children within the catchment area 2.

Category 4: 0 offered

Children from within the parish but outside the catchment area.

Total number of offers made

58

 

Number of names placed on waiting list for the school year concerned.

42 initially

 

 

  

 

December 20th 2021

Christmas Carol Service

 

nativity sceneLast year's school-based Christmas Carol Service was a great success so we decided to repeat it again this year.  

At 11.30am this morning, we joined Fr Phil on Zoom, where he opened the service with prayer. From that point, every class continued on with their own individual service with readings, Prayers of the Faithful, and by singing Christmas carols. In many classes, the children wrote their own personal Prayers of the Faithful which made it all the more special for them. 

At this time of the year, when we can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the materialistic side of Christmas, it's nice to slow down and take a quiet moment to reflect and remember the true meaning of Christmas.


 

December 17th 2021

Christmas Jumper Day

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The Big Sing

 

The Christmas spirit was alive and well in St Colman's today! Everyone came to school dressed in their Christmas Jumpers as part of our non-uniform day organised by the Student Council. This was the first event organised by the Student Council this year - a fundraiser for T.E.A.M., Mullingar. The children were extremely generous and when the donations were counted, it was with huge delight that the Student Council members announced a total of over €700.

As if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, we also had 'The Big Sing' today! Like last year, every class gathered outside to sing our favourite Christmas songs in the open air. We had lots of festive favourites including Silent Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Merry Christmas Everyone. As you can imagine, there was plenty of dancing too as everyone joined in the festive fun.


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December 8th 2021

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas


As the old Christmas favourite goes.... 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' all around St Colman's anyway! Our Christmas trees are lit at the front of the school. We also have a tree inside the school adorned with decorations made by children from every class.

The excitement is building for all the lovely events that are to come. Once again, we will have 'Scoil Cholmáin le Chéile Christmas Tree', where students can hang ribbons to remember loved ones that they may not get to see this Christmas. The 'Red Riding Hood' panto will be streaming from the Helix in Dublin for all classes to see. We will have a whole school Carol and Prayer Service, where we will be joined by Fr Phil on Zoom. Christmas jumper day, always a firm favourite, is back and after the success of last year, 'The Big Sing' also makes a return. The Santa's Little Helpers raffle will also take place, with a winner in every classroom. It's shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas!


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November 10th 2021

U12 Camogie Final


Last Saturday, the U12 Camogie Division B final took place between Cullion and Clonkill. Despite the horrendous conditions and after a hard fought game, Cullion emerged as the winners. Four St Colman's girls played with the victorious Cullion team - Aoife Irvine and Faye Mc Donald from Fifth Class and Maeve Shaw and Oriane Gibney from Sixth Class. The girls brought the cup in today to show their classmates and are pictured below. Congratulations girls!


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October 21st 2021

Watersports Programme


Our fifth and sixth class students had a wonderful opportunity last week, to try out kayaking and paddle boarding, under the watchful eye of Bob Lacey and his team from Westmeath Sports Partnership. The children had a fantastic time down at the harbour and judging from the feedback, we may have a few future kayakers in our midst. A huge thank you to Martina O'Brien and all in Westmeath Sports Partnership for making this possible for the boys and girls.


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September 29th 2021

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

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Congratulations to all our young runners, from fourth to sixth class, who took part in the Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run, which took place in Belvedere House and Gardens today. St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls. As always, all our runners performed well and did us proud, with many bringing home medals. Well done to you all.


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September 15th 2021

C.O.W.

National Bike Week

 

bike week logo 2021National Bike Week runs from September 12th to September 18th this year. A variety of events will be held around the country to celebrate and promote the benefits of cycling. We are very proud that many of our students cycle or use a scooter to travel to school.

As part of National Bike Week, we had a C.O.W. (Cycle on Wednesday). As always when we hold events in school, we have a great following and today was no exception. As you can see from the photos below, all ages from junior infants to sixth class took part. Well done everyone!


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September 13th 2021

Party Time

 

The children from our third classes had a very busy day on Saturday last as they celebrated their First Holy Communion with their families, but there was still plenty in store for them today!

The boys and girls came to school in their casual clothes and at lunch time, each class in turn went to the school hall. They all sat in their pods and enjoyed pizza and wedges followed by ice cream!

As you would expect, they had no trouble devouring it all! The children really enjoyed themselves and it was a fitting end to their First Holy Communion celebrations!



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September 11th 2021

First Holy Communion


 

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Congratulations to the boys and girls from Mr O'Reilly's, Ms Skelly's and Mrs Lyons'/Ms O'Dowd's Third classes who made their First Holy Communion today. We hope you enjoyed the celebrations with your families.

 

August 30th 2021

Welcome Back


St Colman's will re-open on Tuesday August 31st 2021. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and will return rested, refreshed and ready for the new school year.


We are looking forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants into the school and we want to make their transition into 'Big School' as seamless as possible.

For more information on starting and finishing time for our Junior Infants  please Click Here


There will be a slight change to our staggered start time each morning for children from Senior Infants to 6th Class. School gates will now open at 8.50am. There will be a five minute interval between each group arriving to ensure a steady flow of children into school. Families are asked not to arrive before their allocated time.

For more information please Click Here 


For the latest Covid-19 advice for parents please Click Here


For HSE Isolation quick guide for children under 13yrs please Click Here


For HSE Isolation quick guide for Adults and children aged 13yrs and over please Click Here 


 

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



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June 22nd 2021

End of Year Treat!


With school work almost complete and the end of the school year in sight, the students in Ms Clarke's Third Class were ready for a treat. The children's good behaviour during Friday's Sports Day got them the last stamp they were waiting on to get 'Choose Time' so this was an added incentive to come up with a 'Special Treat Day'. Time for everyone to put their thinking caps on and come up with a plan.

One student, Lili-Rose Rock, arrived in school yesterday with great news. Lili-Rose's parents, Colin and Paulann, invited the whole class to Cosgrove's bar for some hot chocolate. Needless to say, this news had everyone cheering.

So, this morning at 11am, the class walked to Cosgrove's. Within minutes of our arrival, Colin and Paulann had the first hot chocolate ready and it was served by our very own Lili-Rose. The boys and girls could choose between plain hot chocolate, hot chocolate with marshmallows, or for the adventurous, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. The weather was good, the hot chocolate was delicious and the excitment was high. The adults also got tea or coffee so it's safe to say everyone was happy! The children would like to thank Colin and Paulann for their very generous gift. What a great way to start a 'Special Treat Day'!

The fun didn't stop there though. The children walked to the town park, where they had a picnic on the grass. When everyone was suitably full, the boys and girls played 'tag' on the grass and enjoyed the play equipment. It was a more tired, but certainly happier group who walked back to the school in the afternoon.


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June 21st 2021

Ice Cream Surprise!

 

After everyone had settled in class this morning, Mrs Garvey announced a somewhat intriguing message over the intercom. She told us that there would be a surprise for everyone later in the morning and if we look towards the new field around 11am, we'll get an idea of what the surprise is. There were many questions asked as the children waited and by the time 11am arrived, the excitement was palpable.

The wonderful surprise turned out to be an ice cream cone for everyone in the school. Each class were given a time slot and they lined up beside the ice cream van to receive their surprise cone. What a fabulous surprise to get on a Monday morning. Thank you so much to Mrs Garvey for arranging it. The children really appreciate your kindness.


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June 18th 2021

Active School Week

 

Active School Week is always enjoyed by students and staff alike and this year was no exception! There were activities aplenty to keep everyone occupied. Using the new football field and the Bishop's field along with the upper and lower playgrounds ensured that bubbles could keep their distance from others. At any one time, you could see children playing basketball, football, tag rugby, tackling the obstacle course, skipping, and circuit training to name but a few. One of the students' favourites was back, much to the dismay of Mrs Garvey - Penalties Against the Principal! You need to be in tip top condition to go up against the boys and girls in St Colman's but Mrs Garvey lived up to the challenge. To culminate a wonderful activity-based week, we had sports day today. As in the past, our students on the junior corridor stayed in the school, while the students from our senior corridor walked to St Loman's football field. Thankfully the weather was on our side today, as it was all week and wonderful fun was had by all!


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April 15th 2021

Special Visitors


20210415 083938 - copyThere was great excitement around the school today when we welcomed two very special visitors. Visitors of the four legged variety, that is. Once again, Ms Duffy kindly brought in not just one, but two young lambs for everyone to see.

Ms Duffy explained that when triplets are born, the mother doesn't have enough milk to feed all three, so one is left with the mother and the other two are fed with a bottle. These two bottle-fed lambs are familiar with human contact, so Ms Duffy knew that they were prepared for the children. A pen was set up outside on grass to keep the lambs safe. Each class was given a time slot to visit. We all had to be careful not to scare them, so each pod took it in turns to see the lambs, while the other pods soaked up the sunshine. For many, it was their first time to see a real lamb up close and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A very special thank you to Ms Duffy. We all enjoyed this surprise visit!


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January 8th 2021

Enrolment Week

 


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     Junior Infants

     2021 - 2022




Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2021

is open and takes place from



8th January 2021 - 29th January 2021

            


Please CLICK HERE to download an application form.

  

          For more information click on the enrolment button above.          


  

 




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December 19th 2020

Hot Chocolate Treat

 

When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, what could be better to warm you up than a steaming cup of hot chocolate! The lucky boys and girls in Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class enjoyed that very treat this week, courtesy of classmate Alfie Rock's dad Colin. After donning their hi-vis jackets, the children walked to Cosgrove's and savoured the delicious hot drink. In return, the children sang some festive tunes for Colin. Many thanks to Colin for this very generous pre-Christmas gift, by all accounts it was top notch-


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December 18th 2020

Christmas Carol Service


nativity sceneThe tradition of holding our annual Christmas Carol Service in St Paul's Church couldn't happen this year due to the restrictions so we decided to go ahead on a smaller scale in the school.

At 11.30am, Mrs Garvey  spoke to every class over the intercom. She invited Eibhlin, Filip, Conan, Aoife and David from Ms Mulcair's Fourth Class to start the Carol Service off by singing 'Away in a Manger'. From that point, every class continued on with their own individual service with readings, Prayers of the Faithful and by singing Christmas carols. In many classes, the children wrote their own personal Prayers of the Faithful which made it all the more special for them.

At this time of the year, when we can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the materialistic side of Christmas, it's nice to slow down and take a quiet moment to reflect and remember the true meaning of Christmas.

 

December 17th 2020

The Big Sing

 

Around this time every year, the sound of music can be heard along the corridors of St Colman's, as classes practice and then perform their Christmas plays. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, plays could not go ahead this year. Instead of ruling out singing altogether, we decided to sing our favourite Christmas songs in the open air. As we did with Caravan of Love, students and staff gathered together outside. We had lots of festive favourites including Silent Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and Merry Christmas Everyone. As you can imagine there was plenty of dancing too as everyone got into the Christmas spirit.


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December 16th 2020

Christmas Detectives Investigate


detectiveMs Brennan's second class Maths group have been working hard in the run-up to Christmas by becoming Maths detectives. Their investigation involved choosing the favourite Christmas songs of the three second classes from a selection of five. Alexa played her part providing a selection of festive tunes for the occasion. Pod-friendly Dad dancing was encouraged to really get a flavour of each tune. Voting was tight with 'All I Want for Christmas' and 'Merry Christmas Everyone' battling it out for the top spot in many classes. The super-sleuths then recorded results by taking a tally for each song. This information was then represented in a block graph but ever the professionals, these weren’t just ordinary graphs. Each graph block was decorated with an assortment of art materials and coloured. When completed, our private eyes brainstormed a list of questions regarding their findings for each class to answer. An exhausted group of investigators were provided with some well-deserved sweet treats for their efforts. On behalf of the whole team, we would like to extend you and yours a most excellent Christmas.


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December 16th 2020

Gold stars all around

gold starMs Brennan's sixth class Maths groups have also gotten into the festive spirit. Given their extensive knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, they constructed 3D gold stars to add to their Christmas trees. This involved an intricate folding process of gold card, a study of symmetrical lines and the identification of triangles in each half of the star. Congrats to all involved.

 

December 15th 2020

Winter Wonderland


its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-christmas-580x386 - copyAs the old song goes... 'it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'. Everywhere in St Colman's anyway! Our Christmas trees are lit at the front of the school. We have two Christmas trees inside the school, adorned with decorations made by the children and today, children from junior infants to fourth class came to school dressed in their Christmas jumper, t-shirt or hat and all for a very special reason.

Sadly, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the pantomime that takes place in the Mullingar Arts Centre annually had to be cancelled. With all the parts given out and the costumes decided on, the staff in the Arts Centre came up with a plan. They turned their theatre into a Winter Wonderland and very kindly invited us down to see it.

In military fashion, every class took it in turns to walk to the Arts Centre. Upon arrival, the boys and girls divided into their pods and each pod was led into the theatre separately, by a royal guard of the kingdom. As they walked through the magical kingdom, the children met with some familiar characters. Olaf, Elsa and Anna chatted to the children about Christmas. Snow White then guided the children into the frosty forest of the evil Snow Queen, who incidentally told us that she wasn't evil! They danced with Frosty the Snowman and finished off their visit with a chat with Mrs Claus and Santa.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the magical Winter Wonderland. What a wonderful way to start the Christmas season in St Colman's. Thank you to Sean and all the staff of the Mullingar Arts Centre for the special invite. We loved it!


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December 2nd 2020

Enrolment Week

 


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     Junior Infants

     2021 - 2022

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2021 will take

place during the weeks of


8th January 2021 - 29th January 2021


Application forms will be available to download from this website during this time.

    

All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2021,

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

  

4pm on Friday 29th January 2021


 

November 19th 2020

Caravan of Love

 

Today, for the first time since we came back in September, the entire school, students and staff gathered outside for a very special reason. As we had to maintain a safe distance from each other, we used the lower playground, the upper playground and the path around the front green and the children all stood in their pods and bubbles. 

We were approached by Brendan Mc Evoy to take part in an exciting project to help put a smile on everyone's faces as we go through this second lockdown.

You might have come across 'The Lockdown Ukulele Rockdown' video on Youtube, which was recorded during the first lockdown. This was such a huge success that Brendan and his team decided to make another one. Many different groups in Mullingar have been asked to be part in it. The theme is 'inclusion and community and how no matter where we are from or our backgrounds, we are all human'. We were asked to sing and dance to the chorus of the old hit song 'Caravan of Love' by The Housemartins. The dance movements were created by 'Across the Boards', a Mullingar based drama group for children and adults with special needs. While we performed, Declan Murray filmed us using a drone (which was exciting in itself!)

Many thanks to Brendan, Declan and the team for inviting us to participate. It certainly brightened up a cold November morning and gave us a wonderful boost, which we all need during these Covid times.


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November 13th 2020

We Love Science!


we love scienceScience is all around us - at home, in school, in nature and right down to the food we eat. It is an important part of our lives. Here in St Colman's, we love any excuse to study science and as it's Science Week, we had all the reasons we needed.


science week 2020This year, Science Week is celebrating its 25th year. It runs from 8th - 15th November and throughout the week, every class in St Colman's has been trying out experiments. From making slime, to chemical reactions and everything in between, we've seen it and we've loved it!


To enable classes to share the information they have learned this week, Mrs Garvey invited children to talk about their class' experiment over the intercom every day.



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Today's group began with Abigail and Aoife from Ms Molloy's Second Class. Their class took part in a Paperchain Challenge. The aim was to see who could make the longest chain using only 2 sheets of paper. They had to think like engineers and come up with ideas on how best to make the chain. The longest chain was made by Khadija and Olek and it measured 2 metres and 88 centimetres long. They found that cutting the paper into long strips made a longer chain.



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Aoife from Mr O'Reilly's Fifth Class spoke next. Her class made paper helicopters of different sizes. The helicopters were dropped from the same height to see which one hit the ground first. Then weights were added and they re-tested. They found that the heavier the object, the quicker it falls and the bigger the propeller, the more air resistance it created. They concluded that if they were making helicopters again, they would use light materials and make a large propeller.



20201113 113738 - copyThen we had Felix from Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class. He told us about the Skittles Rainbow experiment. Teacher got a plate and put the skittles in a circle, in the rainbow colour order. She poured some hot water over the sweets and the dye in the sweets quickly disolved, creating a colourful rainbow.





20201113 113704 - copyFinally, we had five students from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class. Patrick, TJ, Arlene, Abbey and Sophie told us that their class has been learning all about electricity and circuits. After dividing into their pods, they each created a model lighthouse with a working light. They used a shoebox, a pringles container and a glass jar to make the lighthouse and 3 wires, a battery and a bulb to make the circuit. The electricity flows from the negative end of the battery in a loop through the wires, known as conductors, to the bulb, giving it power and then it flows back to the positive end of the battery, completing the circuit. They installed a switch to turn on and off the light. To complete their work, they painted each lighthouse and decorated the box using blue paint for the sea and adding stones and sand.


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Of course, there were other classes conducting experiments during the course of the week.


The students in Ms Clarke's Third Class learned all about magnets. Each pod had a bag of items including a clothes peg, tin foil, a drawing pin, a battery, a five cent coin, a ten cent coin, a hair clip, a tea light and a piece of styrofoam. They filled up a form, predicting which items would be drawn to the magnet and which items wouldn't react. Then they used the magnet to test each item and recorded their findings with some surprising results. 

They also made a DIY needle compass. They needed a bowl of water, a needle, a magnet and a piece of craft foam. You must turn the needle into a magnet by stroking the needle in one direction across the magnet about thirty or forty times. Place the needle on the foam and gently put it on top of the water. Try to ensure that it is in the centre of the bowl. You will then see the needle move around until it is pointing north and south.


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The children in Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class learned about creating a chemical reaction using an acid and a base. They cut a lemon in half and placed it on a plate. They then covered it with washing up liquid, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring. When they squeezed the lemon, the juices (citric acid) mixed with the soda (the carbonate base) and it caused a chemical reaction and created carbon dioxide (CO2) which bubbled and fizzed on top of the lemon. As you may know, carbon dioxide is the same gas that is added to soda drinks to make the fizz.


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After the boys and girls in Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class finished making their skittles rainbow, they moved onto making slime. Yuck!! To make the slime, you squeeze glue into a bowl. Add a drop or two of food colouring and some bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Then, add some contact lens solution and very quickly you will see the slime begin to form. It becomes stringy and comes away from the bowl. Once it is formed, take it out of the bowl and knead it with your hands. It will be sticky at first but after about 30 seconds, you will have a smooth and pliable ball.


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That was only a small selection of the experiments performed in school this week so it's safe to say that fantastic fun was had by everyone! 

 

October 2nd 2020

Farewell Mrs Mulcair


farewell mrs mullIt was a bittersweet day for us here in St Colman's as Mrs Mary Mulcair, one of our long-standing teachers, retired. Of course we are very happy that Mrs Mulcair is starting a new chapter in her life but we will miss her terribly.

Mrs Mulcair is a native of Tuam, Co Galway. She began her school days in the Mercy Primary School, Tuam and thoroughly enjoyed her time there. This very happy start in life planted the seed in her mind of becoming a  primary school teacher. She left secondary school at the young age of 17 and went on to attend Carysfort College, Dublin, where she graduated as a teacher. Her teaching career started in Ardee, Co Louth, but the need to be closer to Galway gave her itchy feet, which was fortuitous for us here in St Colman's. She joined the St Colman's staff in 1983 and remained with us until today, over 37 years later.

Mrs Mulcair has taught in every class level but says her favourite class to teach is junior infants. Giving young students a secure and enjoyable start in school sets them up for the years ahead. Mrs Mulcair went on to become Special Needs Coordinator where her gentle and kind nature helped her to positively influence the lives of so many children. She was a strong advocate of 'Reading Recovery' a short-term intervention for struggling readers and 'Power Hour', a literacy station teaching approach. Over the years, Mrs Mulcair has helped many young readers to achieve competency and confidence in their reading abilities. In recent years, she became Assistant Principal and introduced many initiatives to the school, one of which was the St Colman's Student Council.

mrs mulcairs flowersOne event in the St Colman's calendar that Mrs Mulcair will be remembered for, is organising the First Communion party. She has had this role for the last 20 years. During that time she has decorated the school hall and set the tables with plates of goodies for almost 1,200 children. This year, her job was made harder by the Covid-19 restrictions but she still managed to put a smile on young Communicants' faces when she organised two parties - one for each class. The children this year presented Mrs Mulcair with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for her years of work!

 

mrs mulls benchThere were plenty of surprises in store for Mrs Mulcair today. At 9.15am she had her last Student Council meeting before beginning visits to every class in the school. Many of the children wrote poems, others told stories about the nice memories they have of Mrs Mulcair, while others asked her questions. There were many thoughtful gifts too. Ms Clarke's Third Class wrote messages of good luck in the form of mobile phone texts. Each one had a photo of the student attached and were put together in a booklet and presented to Mrs Mulcair when she visited the class. Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class drew pictures of Mrs Mulcair working with them and Mrs Deane's/Mrs Walter's First Class made Galway flags to wave when she came to their class and sang along to an aptly chosen song especially for her - Galway Girl!

inscription on the benchThe Student Council finished up a very enjoyable day with a treasure hunt. All the questions were written with Mrs Mulcair in mind, taking her to various places in the school, for example, where she had her first cup of tea and the first classroom she taught in. The final question brought her to the new building where her S.E.T. room is situated. There, she had another surprise in store - a beautiful wooden garden bench gifted to her by the students in the school. The inscription on the bench says - 'A book is a dream you hold in your hand', a fitting tribute to her inspiring career as a teacher in St Colman's!



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September 11th 2020

Settling in Well

2020

 

After months of preparations, it was with great pleasure that we welcomed students back to school on  Monday August 31st. A lot of new procedures were put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic and I'm delighted to say that the children are adhering to these changes as if they were always in place. Huge thanks to parents for fully co-operating with the new procedures for drop-off and collection. It certainly makes for a very smooth entrance and exit. A special word of thanks to the parents of our new junior infants. We know it must be hard for you to say goodbye in the playground and not to see your children settle into their new classroom.

Our junior infants are really enjoying their new experience in 'Big School'. Although their days have ended at noon so far, they have still managed to pack plenty of work, play and fun into each day! 

From next Monday September 14th, they will begin their longer days. Parents are asked to drop their child in the usual pods in the playground at 9.05am and collect them at 1.20pm. Parents are welcome to leave as soon as their teacher gets to the playground. We ask that parents are on time for collection as other classes are coming to the playground at 1.30pm and we need the area to be clear.


Below are photos from Ms Kelly's and Ms Nugent's junior infant classes


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Decorated Trees


I'm sure you all noticed the colourful flowers and decorations that adorned the trees at the entrance to the school. Huge thanks to the Ferris family, Ella May from Mr O'Reilly's Fifth Class, Faye from Mrs Byrnes's First Class and their very talented mum Ciara and dad Richard for creating this wonderful display. It certainly made us all smile!


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Important Reminders


As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic there have been many changes in school life in St Colman's.


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 August 28th 2020

Welcome Back


St Colman's will re-open on Monday August 31st in line with current Government guidelines.


We look forward to this occasion more than ever this year after such a prolonged closure. There will be a number of aspects of school life that will be different but we hope that everyone will settle back in quickly. From the outset, we all want to return to a safe and happy learning environment with the emphasis on ‘safe’.



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



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School Phone Number - 044 9340901


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When children enter the school grounds, members of staff will direct them along the paths to their classroom.


 

Main Entrance

To be used only by

 

Junior & Senior Infants

St Paul’s Door

To be used only by

 

First Class: Ms. Hamill/Mrs. Byrne

 

Second Classes: Mrs. Gavin

                       Mrs. Connaughton

                        Ms. Molloy

 

Junior & Senior Infants entering from

St Paul’s carpark

End Door

At end of Senior corridor

To be used only by

 

Fifth Classes: Mr. O’Reilly

                      Ms. Casey

 

Sixth Classes: Ms. Murphy

                      Mr. Beehan

Middle Door

At covered storage area

To be used only by

 

Third Classes: Mrs. Healy Donoghue

                      Ms. Clarke

 

Fourth Classes: Mrs. Gilligan

                        Ms. Mulcair

New extension back door

To be used only by

 

First Class: Mrs. Walters/Mrs Deane

 

Fifth Class: Ms. Skelly




To facilitate a steady flow of students and to avoid a congregation of groups at the entry points, it is important that students arrive at staggered times listed below.


It is imperative that no student arrives to the school grounds before 8.45am


 

 

Arrival Times

Collection Times

Children with surnames beginning with A - F

8.45am

2.20pm

Children with surnames beginning with G - M

8.55am

2.25pm

Children with surnames beginning with N - Z

9.05am

2.30pm

 


For the first two weeks of school we ask the parents of our incoming Junior Infants not to take their child to school before 9.15am.

 

August 27th 2020

Junior Infant Induction Day


jnr infs 2020 - copyThe excitement is building for everyone as we prepare to return to school and no one more so than our new Junior Infant boys and girls. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students. Even though this welcome will be different to previous years, we will endeavour to make their first experience in 'Big School' a positive and enjoyable one.


To facilitate the children meeting their new teacher, classmates and getting to know their new classroom, we propose to have the children in for an introductory visit tomorrow, Friday August 28th, for 1 hour.

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We hope to welcome Ms Kelly's Class at 10am and Ms Nugent's Class at 11.30am. We ask that the children are picked up from the school at 11am and 12.30am respectively.



Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it will not be possible for parents to enter the school building for any reason and we ask parents to prepare the children in advance, so that they have a clear understanding of this prior to tomorrow's visit. Tomorrow, it would be preferable that you use the same route/entrance to the school that you will be using going forward.


There are three entry points to the school:

                                                          1. Main front gate entrance

                                                          2. St Paul's entrance

                                                          3. Beechgrove entrance


emoji byeTomorrow and for the first week of school, junior infants can be brought to the lower playground. Members of staff will be waiting to welcome the boys and girls. We ask that parents don't linger too long with goodbyes so as to avoid large numbers of people gathering. Parents can collect the children one hour later from the same playground.




school booksFor the first two weeks of school, we will have staggered starting and finishing times. We ask all parents of junior infants not to take their child to school before 9.15am. Please use the same route daily and the same drop-off and collection point. This will establish a smooth routine for our new junior infants. Collection times for the first two weeks will be at 12 noon. From September 14th onwards, children can be collected from the playground at 1.20pm. 

 

June 16th 2020

Aladdin Schools Connect

 

aladdin - copySt Colman's N.S. uses the app 'Aladdin Connect' to keep parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages and also allows them to view what items their child had for homework. Other in-app features include the ability to submit absence reasons and book time slots for Parent/Teacher meeting days, make payments, view the school calendar and amend personal details.

Before using the app, parents will be sent a link via text to complete a short registration. Aladdin Connect can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android Devices). A quick guide to registering and set-up can be viewed by clicking on the links below


Parent Signup


App Setup


Aladdin uses state of the art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish data protection laws.

 

March 13th 2020

School Closure


St Colman's N.S., along with all other schools in the country, closed today and will remain closed until March 29th. This is following the directive from the Department of Education and Skills in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Please click on the links below for suggested activities to keep busy over the coming weeks:


Junior and Senior Infants


First and Second Class


 

March 9th 2020

Save the Bees!


beesDid you know that Irish bees could be in danger of becoming extinct! Bee experts and researchers in universities across Ireland came together a number of years ago to network with communities in an effort to help Irish bees survive and thrive.

So why are bees so important? One third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Simply put, bees keep plants and crops alive. They do this by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so they keep the cycle of life turning.

Our Green Schools team have been visiting classes in recent weeks to inform our students of the plight of the bees. Carla O'Reilly from Ms Murphy's Sixth Class, took on board all the information and wrote a poem which succintly tells us all we need to know....


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February 26th 2020

Ash Wednesday


ash wednesdayAsh Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. At Mass, the priest marks foreheads with black ashes, in the sign of the cross. The ashes used are typically made from the burning of blessed palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday Celebration. All classes from 1st to 6th attended Mass today in St Paul's Church to receive their ashes.

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

 

February 19th 2020

It's a Ewe!


In March last year, Ms Duffy brought in a lamb from her Dad's farm to show the children. For many, it was their first time to see a real lamb up close and they enjoyed it immensely. It was a male lamb and the children chose his name - Ned. So you can imagine the excitement this morning when Ms Duffy brought another lamb into school!

This time, Ms Duffy brought in a ewe. She is a cross between a Suffolk ewe and a Texal ram. She is eight weeks old and is one of triplets. Her mother didn't have enough milk to feed all the triplets so this ewe was taken from the mother and fed with a bottle. She is bottle fed four times a day and is now beginning to take lamb pellets and some hay and water. The children were once again allowed to name the lamb and after many suggestions, they opted for Nelly.

Ms Duffy brought Nelly into school in a trolley which had some hay at the bottom. Two students from Ms Murphy's Sixth Class, Seoidín Thornton and Megan Crichton, were chosen to take Nelly to and from each classroom and to ensure that the excited children didn't frighten her. A special thank you to Ms Duffy for taking Nelly in to see us.


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February 14th 2020

Grandparents Day

2020

 

happy grandparents day 20The St Colman's N.S. calendar of events is certainly a very busy one! One of the most special and enjoyable events has to be Grandparents Day. For a number of weeks now, Ms Healy-Donoghue has been busy organising this wonderful occasion and today the culmination of all her hard work came to fruition.

At 11am, all students and staff, grandparents, parents and friends gathered in St Paul's Church. Fr Joe extended a warm welcome to everyone before inviting Ryan, Kaja, Vanessa and Txema to the altar. Each student welcomed everyone in a different language - Irish, Polish, Lithuanian and Spanish respectively, reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the school. During the Procession of Symbols, pupils accompanied by their grandparent brought symbols of our faith, our time in school and the love we have for each other, to the altar.

grandparents day flowers 20Fr Joe told us about his grandmother and some of the wonderful memories he has of her. She always sprinkled you with Holy Water when you left her house. She reminded you of the importance of going to bed early - even though she didn't follow her own advice and how she would stay awake until you came in at night. She especially loved it when there was a bag of chips involved and she listened to stories of how your night went.

There was a poignant moment when we were asked to remember those grandparents who are no longer with us. Four students read self penned personal letters to their grandparents in Heaven. This was followed by a Procession of Light. Children and grandparents brought 18 candles to the altar, one for every class in the school, to remember grandparents who have died. Shoes were also brought forward to symbolise how we hope to follow in their footsteps.

Our first class students gathered on the altar and sang 'You're never dressed without a smile' and they did a great job! Our school choir also sang beautifully throughout the service.

grandchildrenThere were of course many funny moments like when some of our younger children spoke of all the things that Granny and Grandad let them do that perhaps Mum and Dad didn't know about, or when Emma read that humourous poem entitled 'Grandma's off her rocker!' Darragh and Maria had us all in stitches at their poem 'Gran can you rap?'. 

As the service was drawing to a close, our junior infant classes were invited to the altar to sing 'Who do we love?' and of course the answer was Granny and Grandad! Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments and a chat. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way, but especially to Mrs Healy-Donoghue for once again organising this wonderful family event that was enjoyed by the young and not so young in the St Colman's Community.


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February 5th 2020

New Buddy Benches!


20200205 124243 - copyBack in October we met this year's group of Student Council representatives. They had plenty of great ideas and plans that they hoped to work on. One idea was to acquire some 'Buddy Benches' for the school playgrounds.



20200205 133244 - copyThe idea of the benches is to encourage friendships new and old, ensuring that no child will ever be left alone in the playground. Children can use the benches to chat to their friends or perhaps meet some new friends. If a student is in need of a friend, they can sit on the bench and others will know to join them and keep them company.



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January 26th 2020

Catholic Schools Week

2020


csw2020Catholic Schools Week 2020 runs from Sunday January 26th until Saturday February 1st. The theme this year is 'Living in Harmony with God's Creation'. Today and every day this week, students will read 'prayers for the day' over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.


 

January 8th 2020

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2020 - 2021

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2020 will take

place during the weeks of


13th January 2020 - 24th January 2020


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2020,

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


4pm on Friday 24th January 2020


 

January 6th 2020

Nollaig na mBan



three kingsToday, students and staff attended 9.15am Mass in St Paul's Church to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas and Nollaig na mBan. The Mass was officiated by Bishop Smyth. The feast celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men, to worship the newborn baby Jesus. Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This marks the end of the Christmas Season.


 

January 6th 2020

Happy New Year



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Happy New Year to Everyone!

 


 

Welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing Christmas Holiday. Best wishes to you all for a successful term ahead.

 

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December 19th 2019

Farewell Mrs Jones

 

goodbye and good luckAs the Carol Service was drawing to a close, Mrs Garvey invited Mrs Jones to join her at the front of the church. Sadly we had to say farewell to Mrs Jones, who retired in October. Mrs Jones worked in St Colman's for 36 years and has helped countless children during that time. She was instrumental in bringing 'Reading Recovery', a short-term intervention for struggling readers and 'Power Hour', a literacy station teaching approach, to St Colman's. Over the years, Mrs Jones has helped many young readers to achieve competency and confidence in their reading abilities.

Mrs Jones was presented with a book signed by children in the school and a beautifully crafted wooden crib. We wish her a healthy and happy retirement but we hope she won't be a stranger to St Colman's.


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December 19th 2019

Christmas Carol Service

2019

At approximately 11.15am this morning, all students and staff were joined by parents, guardians and friends in St Paul's Church to celebrate our annual Christmas Carol Service. A hush fell over the congregation as our violinists opened the service, followed by the choir singing the first hymn, 'Hallelujah'.  Children from fourth to sixth class 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 Christmas Tree with symbols of Christmas.


fr joeBack in September, we welcomed Fr Joe Campbell as our school chaplain and since then, he has visited the school every week or sometimes a few times a week. By now he has met all our students and is a familiar face to all. Today was Fr Joe's first time to officiate at the Carol Service and he was delighted to do it. 

 

At this time of the year, when one can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the materialistic side of Christmas, it's nice to slow down and take a quiet moment to reflect and remember the true meaning of Christmas. This morning's service gave us the perfect opportunity to do just that.



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December 18th 2019

Christmas Plays

2019

christmas play clip artThis year we had a total of nine Christmas plays. The first play, 'Scrooge' by Mr O'Reilly's Second Class, started the ball rolling on December 11th and today 'Away with the Manger' by Mrs Gilligan's Third Class brought the entertainment to a close. Of course the baby Jesus featured in most plays, there was a star that couldn't shine, inspectors came to St Colman's in another and even a theatre cat called Tommy! What a great variety we had. All classes put huge effort into their productions and it showed! Congratulations to everyone involved!


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December 16th 2019

Christmas Fair

2019

christmas fairThe place to be yesterday morning was definitely St Colman's N.S. and I'm glad to tell you that I wasn't the only one who thought that! Of course, it was the annual St Colman's Christmas Fair and Cake Sale and the school was filled to bursting. 

A fabulous array of home baked goodies, donated by many of you, were on sale and were snapped up by the appreciative crowd. A selection of crafts created by St Colman's students were also on sale. The hugely successful freshly made crepes and ice cream parlour were back again. As you can imagine, both of these stalls were kept busy throughout the morning. Lucky dip crackers and novelty guessing games and the very popular 'Pelt the Elf' were a huge hit. The photo booth with exciting backdrops and festive props was also busy throughout the morning. Many families sat for their 2019 Christmas photo and were delighted with the result. Of course, Santa's Grotto was a hive of activity and was by far the busiest room in the school. 

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out in any way. This annual event was once again a resounding success and a great start to the festive season!

 

December 3rd 2019


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Wed Dec 11th

'Scrooge'

Mr O'Reilly's Second Class

1.00pm

Thurs Dec 12th

'The Grinch'

Ms Nugent's First Class

9.30am

 Fri Dec 13th

‘The Nativity’

Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Class

9.30am

 

'A Special Present for the Baby'

Ms Healy-Donoghue’s Second Class

11.00am

 

 

 

 Sun Dec 15th

Christmas Fair

 

11.15am

 

 

 

Tues Dec 17th

'Shine Star Shine'

Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class

9.30am

 

‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’

Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Mrs Gavin's First Class

1.00pm

 Wed Dec 18th

‘Tommy the Theatre Cat Purrs Again’

Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Away with the Manger’

Mrs Gilligan's Third Class

1.00pm

Thurs Dec 19th

Carol Service

St Paul’s Church

11.00am

 

 

 

 

 

November 15th 2019

Cosy Jumper Day


Our student council have gotten their first term off to a flying start with a fundraiser they've called 'Cosy Jumper Day'. Students and staff were asked to wear a warm cosy jumper into school today - perfect for the drop in temperature - and to make a small donation to the fundraiser. The money raised will go towards a 'Buddy Bench' for our junior playground and also to help a young girl called Erica, who is very ill at the moment, with huge medical expenses. Erica's mum is a past pupil of St Colman's. As you can see from the photos below, everyone fully backed this initiative and loved wearing their cosy jumpers!


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October 22nd 2019

New Student Council Representatives


student councilA new school year brings a new group of student council representatives. Similar to last year, representatives were chosen by the students themselves from third to sixth class. The group have had two meetings already and came up with lots of ideas to benefit the school community. Two very interesting ideas were put forward - a 'Buddy Bench' and 'Cosy Day'. We will have to wait to see how those ideas pan out so watch this space!

Over the coming days our representatives will visit every class to talk with them about the Christmas shoebox appeal. This is a long-standing tradition in St Colman's so we hope everyone will support it. 

Click here to view the list of teaching and student representatives.


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October 11th 2019

Nature Walk with a Buddy...


The beautiful Autumn weather that greeted us this morning was perfect for a nature walk. And what better way to enjoy a nature walk than with a buddy from sixth class! So shortly after first break the boys and girls from Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class partnered up with the students from Ms Murphy's Sixth Class. After the inital introductions were completed, the older students took the junior infants around the grass area and pointed out all the wonderful signs of Nature and helped them to collect leaves of many colours, conkers and acorns to take back to class for their nature table.


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September 27th 2019

Summer Stars Programme


summer starsThe importance of reading can never be underestimated. Reading develops the imagination and it's how we discover new things. Reading for pleasure is well known to have long term benefits and children who read regularly have been found to have greater self-esteem and are better at social interaction. 

The Summer Stars reading programme ran in libraries all across the country over the Summer months. The programme encouraged children to keep reading during July and August and to take time to find books that they really enjoy and experience reading as an activity which is fun and a source of entertainment. I'm happy to say that many of our students took part in the Summer Stars programme this year. They all developed a love of reading and last night in Mullingar Library, they received medals to mark their participation. Well done all of you and remember to KEEP READING!


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Cillian Deane from Ms Hamill's Senior Infants and Odhran Meally from Mr O'Reilly's Second Class, who both received medals last night!

 

September 25th 2019

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

2019

 

Huge congratulations to all the boys and girls from St Colman's who took part in the Westmeath Schools Cross Country run. This annual event took place in Belvedere House and Gardens today and was attended by schools from all over the county. After initial heats took place in the school, St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls from second to sixth class. As always, all our runners performed well and did us proud, with many bringing home medals. Well done to you all.


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Siblings, Conor and Lily Walsh from Mrs Lyons' Fourth Class and Mrs Healy-Donoghues's Second Class both won medals on the day.

 

September 11th 2019

All-Ireland Camogie Champions Visit

 

We were delighted to welcome three of the winning Westmeath intermediate camogie team to the school today. As you will all know, the Westmeath ladies played Galway on Sunday last in Croke Park. Despite being seven points behind at half time, the team produced a marvellous display in the second half and won by two points becoming All-Ireland Intermediate Champions for the first time.

Captain, Mairead Mc Cormack, goalkeeper, Fiona Keating and defender, Amy Cully were welcomed with huge cheers as they entered the school hall with the Jack Mc Grath cup in tow. Mr Beehan congratulated the camogie players and introduced them to the children. A Q&A followed with no shortage of questions from the avid fans. Many of our young camogie players were inspired by past pupil Fiona and live in hope that they too might be part of a winning Westmeath team in the future.


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September 9th 2019

Cup Winners

 

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A group of our fourth class boys, Evin Smyth from Mrs Lyons' Class and Riley Thornton, Andy Sinnott, Cian Matthews, Jack Connaughton, Cillian Breslin and Mark Gallagher from Mrs Maloney's Class, are members of St Loman's U10 football team. Last Saturday, they took part in a tournament in St Mary's GFC, Rochfortbridge. After many hard fought games, they were delighted to finish as the winners. Well done boys! 

 

August 22nd 2019

Welcome Back


St Colman's will re-open on Monday September 2nd at 8.50am. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and will return rested and refreshed and ready for the new school year. We look forward to welcoming the boys and girls of our new Junior Infant Classes.

Junior Infants will go home at 12 noon from Monday September 2nd until Friday September 13th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Monday September 16th onwards.


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


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School Phone Number - 044 9340901


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June 28th 2019

Excellent Attendance

 

Congratulations to the students pictured below, who were awarded certificates this morning in recognition of their excellent attendance in St Colman's, in the last school year. For many, this was not their first time to receive this award. Well done guys!


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June 21st 2019

Penalties against the Principal

2019


Unfortunately the weather was not on our side last week during Active School Week. Some of our usual activities had to be called off, one of which was 'Penalties against the Principal', but if Mrs Garvey thought she was getting off the hook she was sadly mistaken! Throughout this week, many of our classes have tried their goal scoring skills against Mrs Garvey. It has to be said that Mrs Garvey did herself proud!  Or in the words of one of our second class students - As a goalie she's a legend!


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June 18th 2019

Sports Day

2019

 

There were plenty of smiling faces coming through the doors of St Colman's this morning with everyone looking forward to Sports Day. Thankfully the weather was smiling down on us too! 

As in previous years, the children from third to sixth class, walked to St Loman's G.F.C. grounds where all the usual events took place. Once again, the children were divided into four teams; blue, white, green and red.  Soccer, benchball, no man's land and Gaelic football were just some of the events enjoyed by the children. The red team were the winners this year so congratulations to all red team members.

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

There were plenty of smiling faces leaving school this afternoon too so it's safe to say - A good day was had by all!


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June 16th 2019

5k Family Fun Run/Walk

 

It was with a sigh of relief that we greeted the dry, bright day this morning. The annual St Colman's 5k Family Fun Run/Walk was scheduled for 1.30pm. We thought the showery weather we've been having this last week might turn people off, but we were wrong! Once again, there was a huge turnout. Registration was at the school and the race began just outside the gates of Shamrocks G.F.C. grounds. Mrs Skittles was on hand to get the race started. The serious runners were up at the front and everyone else followed at their own pace. All ages took part - from the very young in prams, to the not so young, and everyone in between - there were even a few family pets! Afterwards, many returned to the school for refreshments and a chance to chat with friends. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way and of course to all those who took part. A fitting end to our 'Active School Week', a great success and one we hope to repeat again next year.


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