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December 17th 2014

Christmas Art

 

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


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December 16th 2014

Kits for the Boys

 


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

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December 15th 2014

Food Appeal Success

 

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


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December 13th 2014

Hand-Painted Plates

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


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December 12th 2014

Christmas Activities

 

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


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

 

December 11th 2014

An Amazing Find


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


To read the Topic Newspaper article please CLICK HERE 

 

December 10th 2014

Christmas Play Rehearsals


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


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

 

December 9th 2014

Recycle Your Old Phone

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


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

 


 

December 8th 2014

Christmas Fair 2014


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

  

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December 7th 2014

The Christmas Tree is Lit!

 

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


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December 6th 2014

Friendly Reminder

 

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


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December 5th 2014

Scratch

 

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


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December 4th 2014

Special Invitation

 

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


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December 3rd 2014

Tag Rugby Blitz


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


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December 3rd 2014

Missing a Reindeer, Santa?

 

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


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December 2nd 2014

Funky Eye Glasses

 

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


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December 1st 2014

Christmas Food Appeal

 

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

 

November 26th 2014

A Date For Your Diary

 

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

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

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

 

November 25th 2014

Vaccination Day

 

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


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November 24th 2014

Starry Night

 

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

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

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


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November 20th 2014

Celtic Blondes Visit

 

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


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

 

November 19th 2014

Fingerprint Fish Bowls

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

 

 

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November 18th 2014

Prayer Service of Remembrance

 

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

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



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November 18th 2014

U10 Cup Winners

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

 

November 18th 2014

Past Pupils Visit With Cup


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


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November 17th 2014

2D Shape Characters


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


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November 15th 2014

Science Week Ireland

November 9th - 16th 2014

 

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


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November 14th 2014

Those Pesky Little Pigs are back!

 

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


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November 13th 2014

First Prize!

 

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

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

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


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November 12th 2014

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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


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November 11th 2014

The Three Little Pigs

 

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


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November 7th 2014

Learning Through Play

 

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


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November 6th 2014

Month of Remembrance

 

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


CLICK HERE for a Reflective Prayer

 

November 4th 2014

Pony Riding Winners


 

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

 

November 3rd 2014

Scarecrow Competition


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





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October 27th 2014

Halloween Art


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


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October 26th 2014

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

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

 

October 25th 2014

Mad Hat/Non Uniform Day

 

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


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October 24th 2014

Halloween Games

 

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


 


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October 24th 2014

A Busy Term

 

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



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

                                                                               

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



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

                                                     

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


 

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

 

October 23rd 2014

Children Helping Children Fundraiser

 

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

 

October 23rd 2014

Belvedere Scarecrow Festival

 

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

 

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October 22nd 2014

Crunchy Critters

 

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


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October 22nd 2014

Autumn Art

 

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


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October 21st 2014

Monday's Child

 

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

 

October 21st 2014

Favourite Building in Mullingar

 

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


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October 20th 2014

Torn Paper Portraits

 

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

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October 17th 2014

Maths Week

October 11th - 19th 2014

 

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


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



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October 17th 2014

GAA News

 

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

 

October 16th 2014

Our Family Trees

 

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


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


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

  


 

October 13th 2014

Guess Who?


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


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October 6th 2014

Road Safety Week 2014


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

 

October 4th 2014

Learning About Electricity

 

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


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Making Circuits

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The Finished Lighthouses with working Lights

 

October 3rd 2014

Children Helping Children


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


To read Sr Evelyn's card please CLICK HERE


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

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

 

October 2nd 2014

Team Winners


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



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October 1st 2014

Enjoying School

 

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


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Ms Hamill's Class enjoying playtime this morning

 

September 26th 2014

School Orchestra

 

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


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Nut Allergy Alert

 

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



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September 18th 2014

Westmeath Schools Cross Country

 

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




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September 8th 2014

Jubilee Celebrations

 

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

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


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September 4th 2014

Storytime in the Sun

 

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


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August 25th 2014

Welcome Back


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

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

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

 

 

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June 27th 2014

School's Out For Summer


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

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

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

 

June 26th 2014

Flash Dance

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


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June 26th 2014

Tile Art

 

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


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June 25th 2014

Beside The Seaside

 

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

                                      

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June 25th 2014

Third Class Projects

 

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


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June 24th 2014

Sports Blitz


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


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June 24th 2014

Farewell To Sixth Class

 

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

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


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

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

Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.


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A selection of sixth class work displayed in the hall

 


 

June 23rd 2014

Paisean Faisean

 

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


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