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May 22nd 2019

St Colman's New School App

 

aladdin logo - appWe are now ready to launch our new school App. A text message has been sent to each family with a link to download. This will be our main portal for information between school and home from now on. CLICK HERE for a quick set-up guide. Once downloaded, please check the App frequently.



 

May 21st 2019

Invitation...


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Each year, we like to celebrate the wonderful musical talent that we have here in St Colman's. To that end, we would like to invite all parents/guardians, extended family and friends to attend a very special night of music and song in St Paul's Church at 6.30pm on Tuesday May 28th 2019. Our school choir and orchestra and all students who receive music lessons during the school year will perform on the night. This promises to be a wonderful entertaining evening and certainly one not to be missed!


 

May 20th 2019

Aviva Minis National Festival

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20190520 114317 - copyIt's every young rugby player's dream to one day play in the Aviva Stadium. Well that dream came true yesterday for Jack Conlon from Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class. Jack plays for Mullingar Rugby Club's u10 team and he was chosen as one of 17 players to travel to Dublin to take part in the Aviva Minis National Festival. The Aviva hosts this festival every year bringing the rugby season to a close. Hundreds of boys and girls from twenty clubs all over Ireland participated and they had the opportunity to play on the pitch that is normally reserved for their Ireland and provincial heroes. One of the big treats during the Aviva Minis is the appearance of Ireland rugby stars. This year, Jack Conan, Josh van der Flier and Sene Naoupu showed up and were happy to sign jerseys and balls for the young rugby players. Jack had a wonderful day in the Aviva and hopefully it was just the first of many times he'll play there.

 

May 18th 2019

Exhibition Game

 

The St Colman's Hurling Team played an exhibition game today in Cusack Park at half time, during the Westmeath and Offaly hurling match. The game was against Gaelscoil an Choillín and was enjoyed by all the spectators. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to Cullion Hurling Club for providing refreshments afterwards for all the players. 


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May 17th 2019

Karate Demonstration

 

Karate is a martial art which originated in Japan. It deals with attacks through evasive body movements and blocking. It counter attacks by using kicks, punches and strikes. It is a form of self-defence and a great way of keeping fit and healthy.

Kacey Cleary from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class began attending karate lessons recently. Today, she changed into her karate uniform and demonstrated the moves she has learned so far to her classmates. Kacey thoroughly enjoys her karate lessons and I'm sure she has inspired many of her classmates to take up the sport themselves.


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May 14th 2019

Acro Dance Competition


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Acro dance combines classical dance and acrobatic elements. Katie Devanney Reidy from Mrs Healy Donoghue's Third Class takes lessons in acro dance in Elevate Academy of Dance. Katie travelled to Limerick recently to participate in an acro dance competition. She was part of a group and was delighted when they came in third place. Congratulations Katie!

 

May 14th 2019

Rugby Blitz Wins


Eoghan Mc Namara, Jack Conlon and Aoife Murphy from Mrs Healy Donoghue's Third Class and Hannah Andrews from Ms Murphy's Third Class enjoy playing rugby and are all members of Mullingar Rugby Club.

 

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Eoghan and Jack recently took part in an U10 All Ireland Rugby Blitz and received medals for finishing in first place.


 


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Aoife and Hannah recently took part in a Leinster Rugby Blitz. They both played very well and received medals.

 

May 13th 2019

Fit Kids/Fit Teens

 

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Evelina Zarebska from Mr Boyle's Second Class is a member of Fit Kids/Fit Teens dance club. Yesterday, she took part in the FKFT Challenge. As a member of a trio, she performed breaking, popping and locking and was delighted when they came in second place, winning a trophy. Later she took part in a solo freestyle dance and luck was still on her side when she came first, winning another trophy. Well done Evelina!

 

May 9th 2019

1Km Run


20190509 120541 - copyAs an 'Active School' we promote health and fitness, both in school and at home, at everyu opportunity. One great way to keep fit is running. Conor Walsh, Ella May Ferris and Lisa O'Brien from Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class, are all members of Mullingar Harriers Athletics and enjoy running in competitions and for pleasure. Last night, the club held a fundraiser. 20190509 120813 - copyAdult and child members alike were asked to pay a small fee before participating in a run. The adults ran 5Km and the children ran 1Km. Conor, Ella May and Lisa took part and they each won medals. Well done guys. What a great way to spend a Wednesday evening!.

 

May 7th 2018

Party Time


The children from our second classes had a very busy day yesterday as they celebrated their First Holy Communion with their families, but there was still plenty in store for them today! They arrived in school this morning in all their finery. They attended Mass in St Paul's Church and received Communion for the second time. When they returned to the school, it was time for the official photographs to be taken. Afterwards, the boys and girls changed into their party clothes and headed to the school hall, where food and drinks awaited them. As you would expect, they had no trouble devouring it all! The children really enjoyed themselves and it was a fitting end to their First Holy Communion celebrations!


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May 5th 2019

First Holy Communion



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Congratulations to the 53 boys and girls from Mr Boyle's and Mrs Lyons' Second Classes who received their First Holy Communion today in St Paul's Church. We hope you all had a lovely day with your family.

 

May 2nd 2019

Trócaire

 

Today, the students from third to sixth class welcomed a visitor, Sophie Deegan from the charity Trócaire, to the school. Sophie, who is the Trócaire Fundraising and Events Officer, spoke to the children about the tremendous work that the charity undertakes on an ongonig basis.

Trócaire, meaning 'Compassion', is the official overseas agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It was established in 1973. Trócaire's headquarters is in Maynooth, Co Kildare. Their work is to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world and also to raise awareness of injustice and global poverty. Every year in Ireland, Trócaire hold the 'Trócaire Lenten Campaign' during the season of Lent. Sophie thanked the children for their support of the campaign. This support helps children like Maria, Maya and Patricia and their families, who are pictured on the 2019 Trócaire box.

The children and their teachers would like to thank Sophie for taking the time to visit us and for telling us all about the essential work that Trócaire do.


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April 29th 2019

World & International Irish Dancing Championships

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Huge congratulations to Amy Devanney from Mrs Lyons' Second Class, who took part in the World and International Irish Dancing Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands last week. Amy is no stranger to the website as she is regularly featured with medals and trophys from various Irish Dancing competitions. During the championships last week, Amy came first in the treble, becoming a World Champion. She didn't stop there. She came second in the reel and second in the St Patricks Day Dance, which consists of three dances - the reel, the treble and the jig. Once again, congratulations Amy on a wonderful achievement!


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April 10th 2019

Fun Day Out!

 

A special invitation arrived in the school recently from the students of the Mullingar Community College PLC Childcare Course. They asked the boys and girls from Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class to visit them for a fun day out. This morning, bright and early, the childcare students arrived in St Colman's to escort the children to the Community College. On arrival, the children were greeted with activities galore. Everything from face painting, colouring, making Easter cards, games and story time in the cosy corner. To finish up, there were treats for all - a great end to a great fun day!. A huge thank you to the childcare students and staff of the Community College.


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April 11th 2019

Bee-Bots

 

Bee-Bot is an exciting programmable floor robot. It's easy to use and is the perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, directional language and problem solving. The boys and girls in Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class had Bee-Bots in their class today. The divided up into small groups and tested each other at giving and taking instructions. They had great fun and look forward to working with Bee-Bots again very soon!


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April 6th 2019

Confirmation

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Congratulations to the 51 boys and girls from St Colman's who were confirmed in the Cathedral today. We hope you all had an enjoyable day with your family.


 

April 3rd 2019

Student Council


student councilThe first St Colman's N.S. Student Council has been established. Representatives from third to six class were chosen and together with teaching representatives, they will endeavour to improve school life for everyone. They will meet every second Thursday at 8.45am. The  student reps. hope to give a voice to all our students. They will consult with their classmates to ensure that every point of view is heard and will bring forward any fresh ideas that will benefit the school community. They have already made a difference by getting involved with the organisation of Grandparents' Day and are at the moment helping with the Book Fair which is being held in the school this week. We wish the Student Council every success in this new venture! 


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


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March 29th 2019

Choose Time


The boys and girls in Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class have been working very hard this term and earning stamps for work well done and good behaviour. They filled their stamp chart and chose a trip to the park as their reward. The weather was perfect today for their trip and as you can see from the photos, a good day was had by all!


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March 29th 2019

Mother's Day


With a very special day fast approaching, there's no prizes for guessing what the theme for this week's Art lessons was for all classes in school. Mother's Day is when we celebrate all mothers everywhere, but it's also the time when we remember those women who are like mothers to us. Below are the boys and girls from Ms Hamill's and Ms Clarke's Junior Infant Classes with their art work that will surprise the special women in their lives.


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March 28th 2019

5-A-Side Football

 

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A soccer blitz was held in Mullingar Athletic F.C., Gainstown yesterday. Eve Hickey, Alina Siddiqui, Áine Creagh and Aisling Granahan from Ms Campbell's Sixth Class and Meabh O'Hara, Lauren Donoghue and Abigail Johnston from Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Sixth Class represented St Colman's. The girls played very well and made it through to the final. Sadly, luck deserted them when they needed it most and they were defeated. Well done girls!



 

March 27th 2019

 

First Confession

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Congratulations to the 52 boys and girls from First Class who made their First Confession tonight in St Paul's Church. I'm sure they're all pleased to have taken the first step on the road to making their First Holy Communion.

 

March 27th 2019

Unusual Visitor!!

 

20190327 105855 - copyToday we had a very unusual but welcome visitor to the school. One of the four legged variety, that is! Ms Duffy lives on a farm and her father Kieran very kindly allowed her to take a lamb into school to see everyone. The children were so excited to have a real lamb in their classroom. For many, it was the first time they had ever seen a real lamb up close. We were allowed to give it a name and we weren't short of suggestions. Betty Boo was a hot favourite until Ms Duffy told us the lamb was a boy! Finally, the name chosen was Ned.

20190403 160240 - copyMs Duffy explained that Ned was one of triplets. His mother didn't have enough milk to feed all of her three babies so Kieran made the decision to leave the two weakest lambs with their mother and Ned was taken away to be fed powdered milk from a bottle.  He is one month old and because he has been bottle fed since birth, he is used to being around humans. Ned didn't mind the children petting him and having a 'good old look' at him.

Ned is a Suffolk Sheep breed. Suffolks are a common breed of domestic sheep. They are polled, which means they are hornless. They have black open faces along with black legs and white wooled bodies. 

thankyou1Ms Duffy brought Ned into school in a trolley with hay at the bottom. He became tired from all the excitement so he needed to rest in his bed of hay at regular intervals. Of course, the children would love to keep Ned in school full time but we had to send him back to his home with Kieran. A huge thank you to Ms Duffy and her father Kieran for allowing Ned to come and visit us and for making a very ordinary Wednesday, very special and exciting!


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March 26th 2019

Inter Schools Show Jumping Event

2019

 

On Sunday last, the Mullingar Equestrian Centre hosted the Inter Schools Showjumping Event 2019. St Colman's N.S. was represented very well by Adam Mc Namara from Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Sixth Class, Megan Crichton from Ms Scally's Fifth Class and Erin Murray from Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class, with Cathal Mc Namara as the team sub. In the first round, our team had a clear round on all ponies and this qualified them for the jump off. Erin was nominated by the team for the jump off and the St Colman's team ended up in third place. Adam then took part in an individual event and earned himself a rosette. Congratulations to you all!


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March 22nd 2019

Turn Your School Yellow

 

Today we held our annual 'Turn Your School Yellow'/No Uniform Day charity fundraiser to coincide with the Irish Cancer Society's 'Daffodil Day'. Sadly, many families from the St Colman's community have been affected by cancer and so today was the ideal opportunity to support this worthy cause. Staff and students arrived in school this morning wearing green and yellow wherever possible. Bunches of fresh daffodils and daffodil pins were on sale for students, staff and parents/guardians throughout the day. As always we had a fabulous response and everything was sold out! We raised €1,300 which will be divided between St John's Ward, Crumlin Hospital and Cancer Research. Thank you to everyone for being so generous! 


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The boys and girls from Ms Clarke's Junior Infant Class used the daffodil theme as inspiration during playtime and their art lesson today. Using plastic discs, Cillian and Hugh created 3D daffodils and later during art, the children painted their own flower to decorate the class. Well done guys!


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March 12th 2019

Siopa Bréagáin


Bhí lá iontach againn i Scoil Cholmáin inniu. Mar chuid den céiliúradh do Seachtain na Gaeilge d’eagraigh na daltaí ó rang a cúig Jumble Sale le difríocht amháin...bhí ar gach duine a chuid gnó a dhéanamh trí Gaeilge! Bhí sé go breá na páistí go léir a cloisteáil ag baint úsáid as an Gaeilge atá ar eolas acu go muiníneach agus iad ag baint taitneamh as. Bhí deis acu bréagáin, earraí spóirt, cluichí bord, bonnóga, leabhair, míreanna mearaí is ar uile a ceannach agus bhí rud éigin ann do gach duine. 
Ba bhreá linn ár buíochas a  gabháil do na tuismitheoirí go léir as an tacaíocht a thug  sibh dúinn arís, go háirithe na daoine a sheol bonnóga blasta isteach chugainn ar maidin. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.


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March 11th 2019

And the Oskar goes to...


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Louis Bracken from Mrs Lyons' Second Class was the proud winner of the 'Best Junior Actor' Oskar at St Loman's Night At The Oskars which was held in Mullingar Park Hotel on Saturday night last. Louis attends stage school in Mullingar Arts Centre and his starring role in 'Only Fools and Horses' was the first of many wins I'm sure for this young actor. Well done Louis!

 

March 8th 2019

STEAM

STEAM is an educational approach to learning that uses Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics as access points for guiding student inquiry, dialogue and critical thinking. The end results are students who take thoughtful risks, engage in experiential learning, persist in problem-solving, embrace collaboration and work through the creative process. These are the innovators, educators, leaders and learners of the 21st century!

As part of Engineers Week 2019, Mullingar Library opened a STEAM room and very kindly invited our third class students to visit. All they needed was the ability to blow through a straw, play with Lego and an imagination and they were ready to test their engineering skills. As you can see from the photos below, our students were up for the challenge and thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it! One boy, Alan Lobodzinski from Ms Murphy's Class had great fun creating a Lego construction and won a prize for its ingenuity. Well done Alan! Thanks to the team from Mullingar Library for their wonderful welcome and for providing a fun and engaging experience for all!


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March 7th 2019

Engineer's Visit


Engineers Week takes place from March 2nd to 8th 2019. This is an annual campaign held to promote engineering as a career and the importance of the profession in Ireland. Today, the students in our fourth classes welcomed local engineer, Graham Niven, into their classroom to learn all about the profession. Graham gave examples of the various jobs that engineers undertake such as building roads, bridges, railways and large buildings. He also spoke about his own job as an engineer. The children found the subject very interesting and had many questions for Graham. A huge thank you to Graham for sharing his extensive knowledge with our students today.


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March 6th 2019

Table Quiz

2019

 

The annual St Colman's N.S. Parents' Association Table Quiz took place in the Annebrook Hotel last Thursday February 28th. Quizmaster on the night was our former Vice Principal, Mr Willie Geraghty, who also compiled the quiz questions, challenging everyone on a wide variety of topics.Thanks to Mr Geraghty and St Colman's N.S. Parents' Association for organising such an enjoyable event.


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March 5th 2019

Pancake Tuesday


Today is Pancake Tuesday also known as Shrove Tuesday. Traditionally, it is the day when we feast on rich foods, like tasty pancakes, before Lent begins tomorrow. In France and the United States the day is known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. The French like to make a wish before flipping their pancakes. They do this while holding a coin in the other hand.

Many classes had pancake parties today and enjoyed a variety of fillings such as sugar and lemon, jam, butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit and of course chocolate spread. What filling will you have tonight?

The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class and Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class thoroughly enjoyed their pancakes today as you can see from the photos below!


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March 1st 2019

Eason Spelling Bee Preparations

2019

 

Congratulations to all twelve finalists, from our fifth and sixth classes, who took part in this week's Spelling Bee Competition. In a very close and exciting contest, our eventual winner was Conor Mahon from Mr Beehan's Fifth Class. Conor will represent St Colman's in the Westmeath finals of the Eason Spelling Bee next Wednesday in Athlone. Best of luck Conor, we'll all be rooting for you!


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February 19th 2019

Dragon's Den meets St Colman's


I'm sure you've all heard of the programme and even if you have never watched it, the phrase 'You're fired!' will be familiar to most of you. So, you can imagine the excitement in Ms Scally's Fifth Class, when the children heard they would take part in 'Dragon's Den meets St Colman's'!

Three representatives, Derek, Brian and Martin from Bank of Ireland paid St Colman's a visit to help the fifth class students with their new venture. Derek began by talking to them about owning a business and passing on some of his extensive knowledge on subjects such as profit and loss, capital, shares and entrepreneurship. The boys and girls then divided up into groups and brainstormed new business ideas. These wonderful minds had no trouble coming up with innovative products such as - A clothing website that allows you to customise your clothes, a new clothing brand called 'Shifters', a hotel where your pets are pampered and treated like royalty when you are away, a problem solving app called 'Brain Bulb' and even a lawnmower that mows your lawn by itself and also feeds your pet. The young entrepreneurs' then pitched their ideas to our fourth class students and after answering many questions, they were very pleased with the feedback they received.

It was then time to meet with the Dragons, Brian and Martin. Each of the groups pitched their ideas and answered many difficult questions in an effort to convince the dragons that their business was worth investing in. Each group needed as much money from the dragons as possible whilst keeping as much of their business as possible. Brian and Martin didn't make it easy on the children, but after much negotiating the dragons were persuaded to give a good deal.

A huge thank you to Derek, Brian and Martin and Bank of Ireland for giving our students an introduction to the world of business and entrepreneurship. It certainly whetted their appetites and created some budding entrepreneurs'!


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February 18th 2019

Chinese New Year

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20190218 114410 - copyThe Chinese New Year has more than 4,000 years of history. The national holiday begins on the first of the Lunar Calendar and lasts for fifteen days. This year the Chinese New Year began on February 5th and the festival celebrations will run until February 19th. 2019 is the year of the Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac.

The students in Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class have been studying everything relating to Chinese New Year. Today they invited our first class boys and girls to their classroom to pass on their newfound knowledge.

20190218 115155 - copyThe third class children divided into seven groups and each group researched a topic - History of China, Traditions, Tourist Attractions, Animals, Chinese Zodiac, Chinese Food and Facts about China. Each group displayed their projects and answered questions from the curious first class children. 20190218 115609 - copyThere were many traditional Chinese objects on display. Aisling brought in an oil-paper umbrella which she told us is used in sunshine rather than rain. Chinese people want to keep their skin pale so they always use umbrellas in sunshine. Molly brought in a dress and matching sun parasol that she wore at her Aunt's wedding in China. She also had her Aunt's wedding album which is quite different to Irish wedding albums but equally beautiful. Congratulations to all the students in Mrs Healy-Donoghue's class on all their hard work creating wonderful projects that will educate all that see them.


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February 15th 2019

Grandparents' Day

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Today was a very special day in the St Colman's calendar. All students and staff gathered with family and friends in St Paul's Church to celebrate Grandparents' Day. The church was filled to bursting and the excitement was palpable. Mrs Garvey began the service by welcoming everyone who travelled from near and far to celebrate with us.

gp day 2019Fr Paul also extended a warm welcome to everyone before inviting Max, Maria, Livia and Fatima to the altar. Each student welcomed the congregation in Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Syrian respectively. During the Procession of Symbols, pupils accompanied by their grandparents brought symbols of our faith, our time in school and the love we have for each other, to the altar. We were asked to remember those who could not be present today, in particular those who are ill or in heaven.

grandparents message 2019Some of our violin students played for us and our new third class choir sang beautifully throughout the service. The children from our first classes and junior infants also sang and they did a great job! As always there were many funny moments, including a poem entitled 'Grandma's off her rocker' and when Cian let it slip that grandad always gives him sweets! Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments. 

Thanks to Mrs Healy-Donoghue for organising this wonderful event and thanks also to all staff and parents who helped out with teas/coffees, baking and of course the cleaning up. A truly joyous occasion that was enjoyed by all!


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February 11th 2019

What a Great Start!

We started collecting stickers for the 'Aldi 6 Nations Rugby Competition' just over a week ago and we've already filled one poster and we're well under way with the second. Well done to everyone who has brought in stickers so far and please keep them coming. The more posters we fill, the more chances we have of winning.


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February 11th 2019

Self Portraits

 

The boys and girls in Ms Clarke's Junior Infant Class tried their hands at painting self portraits in the style of the very famous artist, Pablo Picasso. What a great job they made of them. Well done guys!


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February 8th 2019

A Date to Remember!

 

save the date f fThe St Colman's Parents Association are having their annual Table Quiz on Thursday February 28th 2019 in the Annebrook Hotel. This is a perfect opportunity for parents, teachers and friends of St Colman's to meet up for an enjoyable night out without the kids and raise money for the school at the same time. 

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

 

February 4th 2019

Start Collecting.....

 

St Colman's is hoping to take part in the 'Aldi 6 Nations Rugby Competition' to be in with a chance of winning €50,000 to be used for sports facilities for the school. As you all know, we are trying to raise money for our new playing field and this prize would be a great addition. To enter the competition, we will need 300 stickers.

So to that end, we are asking everyone to collect as many stickers for the school as possible. All Aldi customers who spend €30 or more in one transaction will receive an Aldi Play Rugby sticker. Please ask family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues to send their stickers into St Colman's. Fingers crossed for a good result!


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February 1st 2019

St Brigid's Day


st brigidToday is St Brigid's Feast Day, also known as Lá Fhéile Bhríde and it marks the first day of Spring. St Brigid was born at Faughart near Dundalk, Co Louth and is one of Ireland's patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Although St Brigid may not be as well known as St Patrick, she was one of the most powerful women in Ireland. After refusing an arranged marriage, she went on to found several convents whose schools provided an education for thousands of young women.

 

January 30th 2019

Catholic Schools Week

2019


Catholic Schools Week runs from January 27th to February 2nd 2019. This year the theme for Catholic Schools Week is ‘Catholic Schools: Celebrating the Work of Our Own Catholic School’.

This morning, students from our first and fourth classes walked to the Cathedral of Christ the King, to attend 11am Mass. The Mass was to celebrate St Brigid who's feast day falls on February 1st.


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January 21st 2019

The Jungle Story Success!


Back in September 2018, when Mrs Garvey was approached by Seán Lynch from Mullingar Arts Centre asking to work with our fifth class students, never in her wildest dreams did she envision the magnificient performances she witnessed last week.

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All in all, these two shows were resounding successes for all concerned. Huge congratulations to Sean, Clare and the whole Arts Centre team, our third class students, Ms Scally, Mr Beehan and most especially to the amazing actors and singers from our fifth classes.


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January 14th 2019

Feile Rince Tulach Mhór

 

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Classmates, Faye Mc Donald and Holly Colgan from Mr Boyle's Second Class, are no strangers to Irish Dancing Feiseanna. They are members of the Fiona Gallagher School of Dance and yesterday they took part in Feile Rince Tulach Mhór. Both girls danced really well and took home medals. Faye also came first in the Trophy Dance and won a sash and a trophy. Well done girls!  

 

January 9th 2019

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2019 - 2020

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2019 will take

place during the weeks of


14th January 2019 - 1st February 2019


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2019,

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


4pm on Friday 1st February 2019


 

January 8th 2019

Save the Date!

 

jungle book image - copyWe are very excited to announce that our fifth and third classes will be performing their wonderful show 'The Jungle Story' in Mullingar Arts Centre on Thursday January 17th and Friday 18th January.

The children are hard at work rehearsing this week for what will be a hugely entertaining family event. The show will feature all the hits including 'I wan'na be like you' and 'The Bare Necessities' as we hear the story of Mowgli and his friend Bagheera on their journey through the dangerous jungle in search of the man village.

Tickets are on sale from the school office or Mullingar Arts Centre reception and are priced at €10 per adult/€6 per child.

We hope you can join us!

 

January 7th 2019

Ice Skating Fun


In December, the school held a Christmas raffle, with all money raised going towards the development of our new sports field. As always the children put in a huge effort and the class who collectively sold the most cards won a trip to the new ice skating rink in Mullingar Town Park. The proud winners were the boys and girls in Mr Beehan's Fifth Class. As you can see from the photos below a great time was had by all and what a wonderful way to spend the last day of school before the Christmas holidays!


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December 20th 2018

Christmas Plays

2018

 

christmas play clip artThis year we had a total of twelve Christmas plays. The first play, 'Santa's Hat' by Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class, started the ball rolling on December 12th and today 'Away with the Manger' by Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class brought the entertainment to a close. Of course the baby Jesus featured in most plays, Santa lost his hat in one, inspectors came to St Colman's in another and even Bethlehem does Strictly. What a great variety we had. All classes put huge effort into their productions and it showed! Congratulations to everyone involved!

 

December 19th 2018

Christmas Carol Service

2018

 

At approximately 11.15am this morning, all students and staff were joined by parents, guardians and friends in St Paul's Church to celebtrate our annual Christmas Carol Service. A hush fell over the congretation as the first hymn, 'Hallelujah' began.  Children from fourth to sixth clas reminded us of the story of Jesus' birth while members of the living crib gathered on the altar. The readings were interspersed with Christmas hymns sung beautifully by our school choir. The children from our second classes, who will make their First Holy Communion next year, took part in the Procession of Light and decorated the Christmas Tree with symbols of Christmas. 

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


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December 17th 2018

Sporting Recognition

 

The founder of the Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, said 'The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning but the taking part'. This phrase is echoed time and time again in homes, schools and sporting clubs all across the country. Having said that, it is nice to receive acknowledgement for all the time and effort that is put in.


20181217 114930 - copyOwen Maughan from Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class and sisters Arlene and Carley O'Herron from Ms Nugent's Fourth Class and Mr O'Reilly's Third Class respectively are members of Rochfortbridge Boxing Club. On Saturday last, they travelled to St Brigid's Boxing Club in Kildare Town to take part in a boxing exhibition. The young boxers took part in sparring test matches where there was no winners and no losers. They received trophies for their hard work.


 

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Julia Szyndzielorz from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class is a member of the Feely Bates Academy of Irish Dance. Yesterday, Julia was awarded a medal to acknowledge her attendance and hard work over the last year.

 

December 12th 2018

Greetings from the Badjao Tribe


20181212 202531Back in November 2013, St Colman's held a 'Mad Hair Day' fundraiser, to raise money for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The money raised was sent to Sr Evelyn Flanagan, a friend of Mrs Healy-Donoghue's, who works with the Badjao Tribe in Cebu, the Philippines. Sr Evelyn was very grateful and regularly keeps in contact with Mrs Healy Donoghue to let her know how the people of the Badjao Tribe are doing now. 

Last week, Mrs Healy-Donoghue received a Christmas card and a booklet from Sr Evelyn. The booklet details the many changes that have happened from June - October 2018. Please take time to read the booklet to give you a small insight into the lives of these wonderful people.


To read the booklet CLICK HERE


The Christmas card created by the Badjo Tribe had a beautiful Christmas message inside - 


May the spirit of Christmas bring you

PEACE,

The gladness of Christmas give you

HOPE

and the warmth of Christmas grant you

LOVE

 

December 12th 2018

Christmas Calendar of Events


Wed Dec 12th

‘Santa’s Hat

Mrs Granahan’s Senior Infant Class

11.30am

Thurs Dec 13th

‘Nativity Rock’

Mrs Lyons’ Second Class

9.30am

 

‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’

Ms Duffy’s Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘A Christmas Toy Story’

Ms Nugent’s Fourth Class

1.00pm

Fri Dec 14th

‘Shine Star Shine’

Ms Mulcair’s Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Ms Mc Laughlin’s First Class

1.00pm

Sun Dec 16th

Cathedral Carol Service

St Colman’s Choir

5.00pm

Mon Dec 17th

‘A Special Present for the Baby’

Ms Healy-Donoghue’s Third Class

1.00pm

Tues Dec 18th

‘The Nativity’

Ms Clarke’s Junior Infant Class

9.30am

 

‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Mr Boyle’s Second Class

11.30am

 

‘Lights, Camel, Action’

Ms Murphy’s Third Class

1.00pm

Wed Dec 19th

Carol Service

St Paul’s Church

11.15am

Thurs Dec 20th

‘A Christmas Sing Song’

Ms Hamill’s Junior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Away With the Manger’

Mrs Gilligan’s Fourth Class

1.00pm

 

December 10th 2018

Irish Dancing School Feis

 

Six of our young Irish dancers took part in a school feis yesterday afternoon in Clonkill. Seoidín Thornton from Ms Scally's Fifth Class, Jennifer Mc Conville from Ms Nugent's Fourth Class, Holly Colgan, Faye Mc Donald and Kara Mc Keown from Mr Boyle's Second Class and Emily Mc Conville from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class are all members of the Fiona Gallagher School of Irish Dance. As you can see from the photo below, the girls were all successful and returned home with medals galore and three also receiving trophies. Well done to you all.


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December 10th 2018

Christmas Fair

2018

 

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

A fabulous array of home baked goodies, donated by many of you, were on sale and were snapped up by the appreciative crowd. A wide selection of crafts created by St Colman's students were also on sale. The hugely successful freshly made crepes were back again and new for this year was an ice cream parlour. As you can imagine, both of these stalls were kept busy throughout the morning. Lucky dip crackers and novelty guessing games were a huge hit. There was a also another new addition of a photo booth with exciting backdrops and festive props. Many families sat for their 2018 Christmas photo and were delighted with the result.

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

 

December 7th 2018

The Stage Awaits....

 

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Keira Nooney from Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Sixth Class is treading the boards in the sold out pantomime, 'Jack and the Beanstalk', in Mullingar Arts Centre. Keira is playing the part of a slave child. She is taking part in a total of six shows. It's early days but she's loving it so far. Keira loves singing and dancing and playing the piano so this pantomime is right up her street. The first of many performances I'm sure. So as all good thespians say, 'Break a leg Keira'!

 

November 29th 2018

Santa's Treat Plates

 

With the St Colman's Christmas Fair just around the corner, many of our classes are getting started on making crafts to sell on the day. Today, local artist Andrina Finch paid a visit to Ms Clarke's and Ms Hamill's Junior Infant classes. She instructed the children on how to paint a ceramic plate. The results were amazing! These 'Santa's Treat Plates' will be perfect to leave out on Christmas Eve for the man himself.


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November 15th 2018

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

2018

This morning, representatives from Team Hope called to the school and were delighted to collect a huge array of Christmas shoeboxes. They wish to extend their gratitude to everyone who supported the appeal.


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November 8th 2018

Shamrocks Visit


On October 21st last, Mullingar Shamrocks GFC were crowned Westmeath senior football champions. After an absorbing 2-12 to 1-11 win over local rivals St. Loman's, they brought home the Flanagan Cup to the delight of all their supporters. This morning, we were delighted to welcome some of the players to the school with the treasured Flanagan Cup. Many of the players are past pupils of St Colman's including our very own Mr O'Reilly who is teaching third class this year. Congratulations to everyone in Mullingar Shamrocks on a fantastic win!


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November 7th 2018

There's Still Time...

 

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 Eastern Europe or Africa. The boxes filled with surprises will bring a little bit of joy and hope into their difficult lives.

Today we had a very special delivery from Mrs Clinton who currently has five grandchildren in St Colman's. Every year, Mrs Clinton begins gathering items for the boxes from early summer and fills quite a number of boxes by November. Today, Mrs Clinton with the help of her grandchildren brought 135 boxes to the school. This is a huge achievement by any standards and what a great example to us all.

The Closing date for donations is Friday November 9th so there is still time to get your box ready. All boxes can be left in the school.


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October 25th 2018

Halloween Games


The boys and girls in Ms Mc Laughlin's Second Class have worked very hard over the past eight weeks. So, as an end of term treat they enjoyed playing some Halloween games. The games included water, flour and fruit. It was wet and messy but also so much fun as you can see from the photos below.



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The students in Mr Beehan's Fifth Class were also lucky enough to have a Halloween party to end the term. They played many games including 'dress the mummy races' and 'doughnut bobbing' and a good time was had by all.


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October 11th 2018

Man's Best Friend

 

For the past few days we have had two very welcome visitors to the school. Mr Paul Cleary is the Midlands Education and Community officer with Dogs Trust and he very kindly visited every class in the school to speak with the students. He brought his lovely dog called Magic with him and as you can imagine she was a big hit with the children.

Paul had two main themes in his talks - Responsible dog ownership and Safety. To be a responsible dog owner, you must have time, money and space. Time to walk the dog, money to pay for food, vaccinations and vet fees and space to allow the dog to move around and be active. Paul was at pains to point out that you must think hard before you purchase a dog and that Christmas is definitely not the right time to consider getting a dog. Dogs trust received over 200 phone calls shortly after Christmas last year alone from owners who had decided that they could not manage and needed their new pet to be rehoused. Apart from the obvious safety measures for example, keeping your dog on a lead when walking to ensure it doesn't run on the road and making sure the area outside your house is safe for your dog to roam around, there are also events like Halloween that can result in a very stressful time for your dog. We would all like to thank Paul very much for visiting and passing on his valuable advice.


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September 27th 2018

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

 

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


 

September 24th 2018

Cross Country Practice

 

Best of luck to the children taking part in the Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run which takes place in Belvedere House Gardens & Park this coming Wednesday. There has been a fantastic running buzz around the school over the past couple of weeks with groups using the running track in front of the school or heading up to the Bishop's Field for some all important practice.


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September 3rd 2018

Welcome Bishop Deenihan

 

bishop tom deenihan - copyOn Sunday, September 2nd 2018, in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, Canon Thomas Deenihan was ordained as the 52nd Bishop of the Diocese of Meath. Members of the new Bishop's family, friends from Cork and many clergy from Meath and elswhere were among the packed congregation to witness the happy event. Everyone in the St Colman's family would like to welcome Bishop Deenihan and wish him well with the many responsibilities that go with his new role.

 


Bishop Smith Retires

 

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After 34 years as Bishop of Meath, Bishop Michael Smith has retired at 77 years of age. Bishop Smith has long been a familiar face around Mullingar and St Colman's. I'm sure after serving the Diocese of Meath for such a long time, Bishop Smith is ready to relax and enjoy the odd game of golf and walking his dog Lucy. We wish Bishop Smith a well deserved, long and happy retirement.


 

 

August 22th 2018

Welcome Back


St Colman's will re-open on Monday September 3rd at 8.50am. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and will return rested and refreshed and ready for the new school year. We look forward to welcoming the boys and girls of our new Junior Infant Classes.

Junior Infants will go home at 12 noon from Monday September 3rd until Friday September 14th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Monday September 17th onwards.


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


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School Phone Number - 044 9340901


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June 28th 2018

School Tours

2018

Our school tours have always been a great success and this year was no different. As in past years, the children from senior infants, second class, fourth class and sixth class all enjoyed busy, fun-filled activity day trips. This year however, the children from our junior infants, first class, third class and fifth class also enjoyed educational tours.


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


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. 

 

derrymore springsFourth classes travelled to Derrymore Springs Water Adventure Centre which is just outside Killucan here in Westmeath. They enjoyed an interesting guided forest tour around the lake after which they played a really fun tyre game. When lunch was finished, they changed into wetsuits for some kayaking. Then it was time to swim out to the inflatable aqua park, where they spent time jumping on the inflatable trampolines, sliding down the slides into the water and climbing back up to start all over again!   

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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.



mullingar town parkOur junior infants stayed close to home in Mullingar. They walked to the town library, where Catherine was waiting to read a story to them and also give them a guided tour. Then it was off to the town park to have fun on the swings and slides and play tag on the grass. To finish, the boys and girls paid a visit to McDonalds before walking back to the school. Although they were exhausted from the fun day, the children went home with smiles on their faces.


tullynally castleFirst class students visited Tullynally Castle Gardens and Fore Abbey.  Just 23Km from Mullingar and overlooking Lough Derravaragh, Tullynally Castle is steeped in history dating back to the 1700's. Nearby Fore Abbey is an old Benedictine Abbey ruin from the 15th century. Although right on our doorstep, most of the children had never visited these wonderful tourist attractions. The children thoroughly enjoyed this educational trip and are looking forward to the next one!


dun-na-siAlso staying in Co Westmeath, our third classes travelled to Moate to visit Dún na Sí Amenity and Heritage Park. There was plenty to keep the children busy - a wetland reserve, parklands and a series of paths to walk while enjoying the native trees and lots of birdlife. There was a chance to step back in time with a Mass rock and a hidden hedge school.


glasnevin cemeteryGlasnevin Cemetery was the destination for our fifth class students. With two fabulous guides, the children were enthralled as they heard stories of many heroes from World War 1, World War 2, the 1916 rising and the Great Famine as well as modern day patriots. They travelled to the Phoenix Park to have lunch in the sun and a game of football. Rolling down Papal Cross Hill was also great fun. Chips and ice cream in Applegreen on the way home finished off a great tour day for all!

 

June 27th 2018

Newsletters

 

The latest newsletter is now available to read by clicking on the School Newsletter button to the left and clicking on June 2018.


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We also have a website exclusive of 'St Colman's Student View'. This newsletter was written solely by students and is well worth a read. CLICK HERE to view the student newsletter.


 

June 18th 2018

New Bishop of Meath

 

Our third, fourth and fifth class students, along with their teachers, attended 10am Mass in the Cathedral this morning and afterwards were among the first to hear the name of the new Bishop-elect of Meath. Pope Francis has appointed the Canon Thomas Deenihan as the successor to Bishop Michael Smith. Pictured below is Bishop Michael Smith, Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Okolo and Bishop-elect Canon Thomas Deenihan.


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June 15th 2018

Penalties against the Principal

 

Mrs Garvey had a very 'active' morning! The winning representatives from each class took their chances in a penalty shoot against her. Thankfully Mrs Garvey came off unscathed and will live to tell the tale!


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June 15th 2018

Prize-giving


This morning our Division 1B football champions were presented with their Cumann na mBunscol medals. Congratulations to all the players and their coaches!


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June 13th 2018

Sports Day

2018

 

With reports of a change in the weather coming, there was a collective sigh of relief when we all woke up this morning to a dry day. Sports Day 2018 can go ahead! 

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 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 & Starburst kept all the children very busy.

Although, on a number of occasions, rain threatened to dampen our day, thankfully the showers held off and a good time was had by all.


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June 13th 2018

An Evening of Music

 

 

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The choir performed songs from the recent 'Sing Fest' in Athlone and children who have been attending recorder, flute, saxophone, trumpet and guitar lessons performed the pieces they have learned this year.

There was also a 'Mini Musical' written and organised by our recorder teacher Maedhbh Hughes. Children from our second, third and fourth classes played recorder, sang and told the story of 'Happy Ever After'. 

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A huge thank you must go to all the music teachers involved in last nights performance - Ms Helen Hassett, Ms Aisling Mulcair, Ms Francesca White, Ms Maedhbh Hughes, Mr Gerry Lacey, Mr Justin Ryan and Mr Bob Batty. 

The musical talent in St Colman's is without doubt outstanding and in abundance. Congratulations to all involved in this entertaining end of year performance!


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