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December 3rd 2016

Christmas Cards for Schools

 

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

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

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


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December 2nd 2016

Capacity

 

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


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December 1st 2016

Save the Date

 

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

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


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November 25th 2016

Remembrance Sunday

 

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

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

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

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


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

 

November 24th 2016

Recyclable Art

 

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


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November 21st 2016

Early Morning Recital

 

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


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November 21st 2016

Irish Dancing Winners


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


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



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


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



Congratulations girls. A great achievement by all of you. 

 

November 18th 2016

Science Party

Science Week

November 13th - 20th 2016

 

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

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

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


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November 18th 2016

Charcoal Art


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


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November 17th 2016

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

 

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

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


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November 15th 2016

Supermoon Over Mullingar

Below are some photos of the Supermoon taken in Mullingar.


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November 14th 2016

Supermoon


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

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

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


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November 9th 2016

Lava Lamps

 

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

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

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


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November 9th 2016

Torn Paper Portraits


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


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October 28th 2016

Halloween Party

 

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

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

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October 28th 2016

Chocolate Apples - Take Two!


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


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October 28th 2016

Disney Scarecrows

 

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


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October 27th 2016

Chocolate Apples

 

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


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October 26th 2016

Camogie Training for Beginners

 

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


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October 25th 2016

It's Planting Time!


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

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

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


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October 24th 2016

Jack O'Lantern


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

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

 

October 21st 2016

Halloween Art

 

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

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


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October 21st 2016

Hurling Championship

 

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

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


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October 20th 2016

Aistear

 

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

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

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


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October 19th 2016

Martial Arts Demonstration

 

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


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October 18th 2016

We Belong...

 

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

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


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October 14th 2016

Nature Walk with Friends

 

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


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October 7th 2016

Gombati

 

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


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October 5th 2016

W.O.W.!


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


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October 3rd 2016

Westmeath A.A.I. Cross Country


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

 

October 2nd 2016

Cuid de Coirp

 

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

Tá sibh go hiontach!


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October 1st 2016

Autumn Art

 

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

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

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


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September 30th 2016

Team Award Winners


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


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September 30th 2016

Art is Fun!


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

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


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


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September 29th 2016

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

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


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September 28th 2016

W.O.W.!

 

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


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September 25th 2016

The Five Senses

 

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

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


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


the five senses - touch

 

September 23rd 2016

Playground Games Revival


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

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


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September 21st 2016

Singfest 2017


image002We have been asked by Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath to let you know that the closing date for applications for Singfest 2017 is September 23rd 2016.

Singfest 2017 is a unique and exciting Midlands based choral project being created by Music Generation Offaly Westmeath in partnership with the Association of Irish Choirs and the Arts Council, under the direction of Greg Beardsell.

This groundbreaking choral residency will give young singers a chance to train with leading professionals, develop their singing skills and have fun!


For more information and on-line applications please CLICK HERE

 

September 21st 2016

W.O.W.!

 

Our second W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event of the school year began this morning at 8.50am and once again we had a great turnout. Some of our students used this morning's event as an opportunity to get some practice in for next Wednesday's Belvedere Cross Country Run.


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September 19th 2016

Learning Through Play

 

Play is the highest form of research - Albert Einstein


Children love to play with their toys. Toys are fun, but toys are also the tools that help children learn about themselves and the world around them. Play is critical to the development and healthy growth of children. As they play, they develop their gross & fine motor skills, learn social & language skills and how to solve problems.

Well the boys and girls in Ms Geraghty's Junior Infant Class must be learning quite a lot, if their morning play time is anything to go by.


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September 16th 2016

Hospice Coffee Morning

 

north westmeath hospiceMany of the staff and students in St Colman's have sadly had their lives touched by the illness of a loved one and have come in contact with the Westmeath Hospice. Their amazing work has helped numerous people through a very difficult time. Every year St Colman's staff host a coffee morning in aid of the Westmeath Hospice and it is always well supported. This year was no different and as you can see from the photos below, our 'sweet tooth' was well and truely satisfied! We were delighted to present a substantial amount to this worthy cause.


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September 14th 2016

W.O.W.!

 

This morning we held our first W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event of the new school year. Thankfully the weather held and we had a great turnout. Many of you are already being #BEACTIVE as part of European Sports Week. Some children cycled to school today before taking part in the walk! But for those who were a little slow off the mark, our W.O.W. event today was the perfect kick start you needed to be active. We hope to continue with W.O.W. for the next four weeks, weather permitting, so please come along and join us!


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September 14th 2016

Past Pupil Returns!

 

We always enjoy when our past pupils pay us a visit and especially when they bring us good news! Halle Collins picked up her Junior Cert results in Loreto College this morning and was so happy with her fantastic results that she came to St Colman's to share them with us. Well done Halle, a great achievement and well deserved! We wish you continued success in the future.


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September 13th 2016

European Week of Sport

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The 2016 European Week of Sport runs from September 10th - 18th. It aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe and inspire Europeans to #BEACTIVE on a regular basis. So whatever your sport of choice is, we hope you'll take every opportunity to get out there and do it!


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September 13th 2016

Settling in Well


Our new junior infants are settling in well in their new surroundings. By now, many are walking to class on their own in the mornings, eager to start the day! Tomorrow will be their last short day. From Thursday, the boys and girls will go home at 1.30pm, feeling a little tired perhaps after a longer school day!

The students in Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Class love story time and have a favourite book already - 'Monkey Puzzle' by Julia Donaldson. The story revolves around a child monkey who has lost his mother in the jungle. The monkey is helped by a butterfly who suggests many incorrect animals as the monkeys mother, before they eventually find Mum. The boys and girls especially enjoy the sing-along version when they can join in. During their art lesson this week, the children painted different characters from the story.


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September 9th 2016

Cleaning up can be Fun!

 

I think we can all agree that cleaning up isn't top of our list of favourite things to do! But the boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class have turned this job into a fun task by singing 'Harry the Clean Up Robot' song as they tidy up. Today, during their Art lesson, the children painted their own Harry the Robot and displayed them in their class for everyone to see.


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September 6th 2016

Ballet Award

 

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Congratulations to Shannon Breslin from Ms Kiernan's Second Class who received the 'Primary in Dance' Class Award for ballet, from the Royal Academy of Dance recently. Shannon loves Ballet and trains for two hours every Monday. Keep up the good work Shannon!

 

September 2nd 2016

What Plants Need...

 

The boys and girls in Ms Kiernan's Second Class got the first term off to a flying start! During today's Science lesson, they learned all about plants and what plants need to help them grow. They discovered that similar to humans, plants need water, light and oxygen. They also learned about the hugely important role that plants and trees play in converting the air we exhale (carbon dioxide) into the air we need to stay alive (oxygen) through a process called photosynthesis.

To help them put this knowledge into practice, Ms Kiernan brought soil, some seeds and plant pots into class. The boys and girls planted their own mustard seeds and placed the pots on the window sill. Over the coming weeks the children will be able to watch the seeds grow into plants.


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August 28th 2016

Welcome Back

 

St Colman's will re-open next Thursday September 1st 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 Thursday September 1st until Wednesday September 14th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Thursday September 15th onwards.


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


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June 30th 2016

Mr Smyth Retires


Excitement was high this morning as we all arrived in school for the last time before we break for our Summer holidays. All thoughts were on the two months ahead. For one person though, this wasn't just the last day of term, it was the last day working in St Colman's!

Mr Kevin Smyth began working in second class in St Colman's back in 1983 and today was his last working day before he retires. Over the 33 years, Mr Smyth has had many children sit in front of him and has made his mark on all of them. He will be remembered for his love of the Irish language, his love of sport and Manchester United in particular and his dedication to teaching. All classes and staff gathered in St Paul's Church today at 10.30am for a special Prayer Service in his honour. Many stories were told about Mr Smyth and some of the antics in his class. The service ended with a rousing applause as everyone wished Mr Smyth well as a new chapter in his life begins. 


We wish Mr Smyth a long and happy retirement and good health to enjoy it!


Go n-éirí an bóthar leat!


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June 29th 2016

Excellent Attendance

 

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A large number of children were presented with certificates today for 100% attendance or for missing only five days or less. For many, this was not their first time to receive this award. Congratulations to you all!

 

June 29th 2016

Goodbye to Sixth Class


a fond farewellAs the summer holidays approach, the time comes to say a fond farewell to our sixth class students, most of whom have been with us for the last eight years.


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Yesterday evening, friends and family were invited to an end of year Mass in St Paul's Church to celebrate their lives thus far and to wish them well as they move on to secondary school and new adventures. Many of the pupils took part in the Mass and the music was supplied by the school choir. Everyone was then invited back to the school for refreshments and a chat!

The children are moving on to pastures new and we wish them great success in everything they do.


Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.

 

June 29th 2016

School Tours

2016

 

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


 

tullyboy farmSenior Infants travelled to Boyle, Co Roscommon to visit Tullyboy Farm. There were lots of animals to see and cuddle and feed. They enjoyed rides on a tractor trailer and a mini tractor barrel train. There was a rural life museum and a picnic courtyard. They also had great fun in the playground and during the straw dive.


 

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. 


 

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 and  the brand new roller coaster called 'The Cú Chulainn Coaster'. They had a wonderful time and although they were very tired on the way home, they still had the energy to sing!

 

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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.

 

June 28th 2016

Raising the Flag


In between showers this morning, all classes gathered in the upper playground for a special event! Two weeks ago, St Colman's School was awarded the Active School Flag (ASF). ASF is an initiative by the Department of Education and Skills and is supported by Healthy Ireland. For more than a year, St Colman's have been working towards the award. Our students and staff active school committees under the guidance of Mr Beehan have organised many events to encourage everyone to be more active. We held our second Active School Week (ASW) recently and it was a great success. The finale of ASW was our annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk which included entrants from the community along with students and staff. The award recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community and today all our hard work paid off as we proudly raised our 'Active Flag'!


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Winners in the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk

 

After the Active Flag was raised, it was time to present medals to participants in our annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. The medals were presented by past pupil, Conor O'Brien. Conor is a member of the U-20 Irish Rugby Team who were runners up recently in  the World Rugby U-20 Championships. Medals were presented to the first student from each class group to complete the run. Congratulations to you all.


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Cumann na mBunscoil Finalists


Next up, was the presentation of medals to this year's St Colman's girls and boys footall teams. Mr Geraghty reminded us that Conor was not only a past pupil, but also a past member of St Colman's boys football team who also made it through to the Cumann na mBunscoil Final so it was fitting that he should also present the medals to the football teams. Congratulations everyone.


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St Colman's Girls Football Team 2016


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St Colman's Boys Football Team 2016

 

June 27th 2016

Art Competition Winners


Many of the students from our junior corridor took part in a recent Ulster Bank art competition. Every entry was accompanied by one euro. All funds raised will be matched by Ulster Bank and will be given to The Childhood Cancer Foundation. We had three winners from the school. Saibh Kiernan from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class, Cillian Breslin from Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class and Síle Tunney from Mrs Connaughton's First Class all won prizes which included crayons, pens, sweets and tickets for the cinema or Jungle Joes. Congratulations to you all!


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June 23rd 2016

Ambulance Alert

 

There was great alarm among the staff and students of junior and senior infants as they walked to the playground today at 12.15pm. This was caused by the arrival of not one, but two ambulances in the school car park. Very quickly though, minds were put at rest when the paramedics said they were just visiting the school to show the ambulances and the equipment therein to the students. Mrs Slevin's Junior Infants jumped at the chance to learn more about these vehicles.

For most people, the first time they see the inside of an ambulance is when they are sick and in need of urgent help and to be brought to the hospital.  Today, our lucky junior infants were welcomed by paramedics, Eamon Mc Loughlin and Alan Nash and allowed to get on board the larger ambulance. Eamon explained that the smaller ambulance was called a Rapid Response Vehicle. As the name suggests, it responds quickly to an emergency, but is not designed to transport patients. When patients need transport, the larger ambulance is required with two paramedics. When the patient is on board, one paramedic travels inside with the patient, while the other paramedic drives. 

Alan asked staff members to sit in the ambulance and as he took their blood pressure & pulse and checked the oxygen levels in their blood, he explained what he was doing to the amazed boys and girls. He showed everyone a real stretcher and blood pressure monitor and there was great laughs as the children tried on a large green helmet. But the excitement reached fever pitch when the sirens were played. The children loved having a visit from paramedics, Eamon and Alan and would like to thank them for taking time out of their busy schedule to chat with us.


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June 23rd 2016

They're Back!

 

Back in April, we had swallows nesting on one of our bathroom windowsills. Those chicks have since grown and flown the nest, but, in the last week or so, we have new nesting swallows on the grounds of St Colman's. This time, they are using the old nest that has been used for many years situated above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed. At hometime, the parents & guardians of the boys and girls from Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class have been entertained daily by the mother swallow and the five very hungry chicks! Quite often lately, we've had a 'traffic jam' at the door as the children watch the nest with fascination. What better way to see nature at work!


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June 22nd 2016

Penalties Against the Principal

 

Today, we held 'Penalties Against the Principal' which was unfortunately called off last week during 'Active School Week', due to rain. Two boys and two girls were chosen from each class to try their luck against our goalie, Mrs Garvey. Now if Mrs Garvey thought it would be easy, boy, was she wrong! These children were out to win! After many attempts, some successful and some not, a boy and girl from each class group were deemed winners.


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Junior Infants enjoying Penalty Shootouts


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Sixth Class giving Mrs Garvey their best shots

 

June 20th 2016

Irish Dancing Wins

 

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Molly O'Donnell from Ms Morris Senior Infant Class and Amy Devanney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class took part in a feis at their Rochfortbridge Dance Academy yesterday. As you can see from the photo, the girls were very successful. Congratulations girls!

 

June 19th 2016

Father's Day


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June 19th 2016

5K Family Fun Run/Walk

 

The annual St Colman's 5K Family Run/Walk took place today. We thought the rain this morning may turn people off but we were wrong! Once again, we were delighted to have such a wonderful turnout. Of course many of you got some practice in over the past few weeks at our weekly W.O.W. event. 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! Mrs Skittles was keeping everyone's spirits up at the starting line and playing some music for the warm up. Afterwards, many returned to the school for refreshments and a chance to chat with friends. The fundraiser was organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way and of course to those who braved the weather to take 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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June 17th 2016

Sports Day

2016


After the mixed weather we've had this week, everyone was delighted to wake this morning to a dry day.

Keeping with tradition, 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, Gaelic football, wellie throw, ski races and the old favourite egg and spoon race were just some of the events enjoyed by the children. The white team were the victors today, comprising of children from every class on the senior corridor. 

The children from junior infants to second class remained in the school grounds. Basketball, mini badminton, football skills, races, a bouncy castle, a bouncy obstacle course and Mrs Skittles & Smarties 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!


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June 16th 2016

Staff V's Sixth Class Boys 


Football Match

 

Today, it was the turn of the sixth class boys to try their luck against the staff. The sport of choice - Football. At 12.15pm, the teams walked to Shamrocks G.F.C. accompanied by the boys and girls from our senior corridor. The staff were joined by Fr Paul Crosbie and the game got started. Both teams were definitely playing to win. There was speculation that a few of the footballers thought they were in the Euros! After a very enjoyable game, Mr Smyth was declared 'Man of the Match' and was presented with a trophy. As Mr Smyth is retiring at the end of this year, this was his last game with us and he was thanked for all his work with sport in St Colman's over the years.


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June 16th 2016

Boxing Demonstration

 

Many of our students love the sport of boxing and are members of various boxing clubs around Westmeath. This morning, the entire school gathered in the lower playground to watch a boxing demonstration given by the Olympic Boxing Club. Eight St Colman's students and members of the club, together with their coaches, Derek Sheridan & Pat Mc Namee, gave us an insight into what the sport is all about.

The boxers, Oisin, Tadhg & Saoirse Sheridan, Ali, Emmet & Kayla Nevin and Jack & David Geoghegan all took the boxing stance and showed us 'Shadow Boxing'. The group followed the instructions of their coach. They moved as one - forward, to the left, to the right etc. They then used the 'pads'. The coach held up the pads and instructed the boxer - jab, hook, one two etc. Then, the group showed us 'School Sparring'. Wearing boxing gloves and working with a boxing partner, they practiced movement and technique. Derek explained all of these techniques to the audience as they happened. He also explained that boxers are divided into their boxing groups according to their weight and age.

The most important message he gave us today was that boxing is only for a controlled environment, such as in a gym or club and NEVER IN THE PLAYGROUND! He advised the audience to join a club if they would like to box. Before they finished, Derek called Ms Mc Laughlin, Ms Owens and Mr Geraghty up to try their hand at boxing, much to the delight of the audience!

Many thanks to Derek, Pat and our boxing students for a wonderful demonstration.


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June 15th 2016

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls


Basketball Match

 

Thankfully the weather stayed fine this morning and our eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class girls basketball match went ahead.  All classes made their way to the lower playground at 11.15am to support the teams and the excitement was high when Mr Smyth finally blew the whistle to begin the match. The competition was intense, with no side willing to concede any ground to their opponents. The jury's still out on who the actual winners were, but as the saying goes - It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part.


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June 15th 2016

C.O.W.!

 

Today, instead of having our usual W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event, we had a C.O.W. (Cycle on Wednesday) to coincide with 'National Cycle on Wednesday' Day 2016. Students from St Colman's met at the cinema in Lakepoint, kitted out in their hi-vis vests and helmets. They cycled in convoy to the school grounds accompanied by parents, staff and members of Westmeath Sports Partnership. A great welcome awaited our young cyclists as students and staff lined the driveway to cheer them on. As the weather stayed fine, the boys and girls then cycled along the canal line before returning to school to begin their studies for the day. Well done to everyone who took part. You were helping Green Schools Ireland achieve the target of 5,000 people cycling to school today.


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June 14th 2016

Tug of War

 

The Oxford English Dictionary says that the phrase 'Tug of War' originally meant 'The decisive contest', 'The real struggle', 'A severe contest for supremacy'. Only in the 19th century did it become the term that we recognise for a contest between two teams who haul at the opposite sides of a rope. Many of our students had an introduction to the sport 'Tug of War' today. Cathy Sheerin, who is a member of a 'Tug of War' team herself, very kindly visited the school to impart some of her intensive knowledge to the children.

Cathy spoke to the boys and girls about the correct clothing and shoes to wear. Two belts are tied around the waist. These are very important as they support and protect the back. She also told them to keep their feet close together and that the team must move as one and pull together. Cathy then separated the children into teams and gave them the opportunity to pull on the rope.

Unfortunately, the weather was against us today, but that didn't deter Cathy. When the rain started, Cathy moved everyone inside to the school hall and the fun continued. The competition was quite fierce and was enjoyed by all! Many thanks to Cathy for spending the day with us and teaching us the art of 'Tug of War'.


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June 14th 2016

Karate Kid


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Karate is a martial art which was first developed in Japan. Kelly Flynn from Ms Brennan's Fourth Class has been learning Karate for the past five years. She trains at the Mullingar Kenpo Karate Acadamy three times a week. Kelly has achieved a number of belts in the colour system - white, yellow, orange, purple and blue. Last night Kelly gained her most recent belt, the green belt. Well done Kelly on all your achievements. Keep up the good work.

 

June 14th 2016

Yoga for Beginners


Unfortunately, the rain has curtailed some of our outdoor events this week during our 'Active School Week', but one sport that works as well indoors as outdoors is yoga. Yesterday and today, many of our students were delighted to take a 'Yoga for Beginners' class in the school hall. Ms Siobhan Farrell, mum to Darragh Keane from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, very kindly volunteered to facilitate the classes. The children enjoyed learning some basic postures which are animal and nature inspired. Yoga has many benefits, some of which include- increased flexibility, increased muscle strength & tone, improved respiration, balanced metabolism & weight reduction, improved cardio and circulatory health and protection from injury. Yoga helps the physical body, the internal organs and the mind. The boys and girls loved this new sport and some hope to continue lessons outside of school. Namaste.


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June 14th 2016

Wake up - Shake up!


First thing this morning, all classes from the junior corridor, gathered in the lower playground for a little early morning line dancing. Ms Brennan and her trusty team of dancers were waiting to lead everyone in the dance moves. Our 'Drop Everything and Dance' song, 'Cheerleader', started us off and everyone joined in with gusto. The children already look proficient at this! 'Cotton Eyed Joe' was up next. Shouts of 'Heel, toe' and 'To the right' could be heard from time to time. Thanks to Ms Brennan and the students from sixth & fourth class who make up her dance team.


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