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December 5th 2019

Break time Entertainment

 

After finishing six weeks of dancing lessons with dance teacher, Siobhan Moore, the students from Mrs Lyons' Fourth Class thought it would be a shame if no-one saw the dances they had learned. So a plan was hatched! Just as the junior and senior infant children arrived in the playground for their break, the fourth class boys and girls took their positions. The music began and the dancers completed two dances for the younger students and their teachers. If the shouts and cheers afterwards were anything to go by, the audience loved the dances. Well done guys!


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December 3rd 2019


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Wed Dec 11th

'Scrooge'

Mr O'Reilly's Second Class

1.00pm

Thurs Dec 12th

'The Grinch'

Ms Nugent's First Class

9.30am

 Fri Dec 13th

‘The Nativity’

Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Class

9.30am

 

'A Special Present for the Baby'

Ms Healy-Donoghue’s Second Class

11.00am

 

 

 

 Sun Dec 15th

Christmas Fair

 

11.15am

 

 

 

Tues Dec 17th

'Shine Star Shine'

Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class

9.30am

 

‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’

Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Mrs Gavin's First Class

1.00pm

 Wed Dec 18th

‘Tommy the Theatre Cat Purrs Again’

Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Away with the Manger’

Mrs Gilligan's Third Class

1.00pm

Thurs Dec 19th

Carol Service

St Paul’s Church

11.00am

 

 

 

 

 

November 25th 2019

Buddy System


Every Friday, our sixth class students partner up with the boys and girls from Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class and Ms Kelly's & Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Classes. Over many weeks, the older students will enjoy some paired reading with their younger friends and introduce them to board games.

We live in a world surrounded by technology so it is vital that we encourage our young children to enjoy pastimes like reading and board games. Reading ensures that a child is exposed to vocabulary on many diffferent topics and they will hear words or phrases which they may not hear on a day to day basis. Children, who read every day, will learn to concentrate and sit still for longer periods.

The benefits of board games are far-reaching. Even simple board games help young players to identify colours, count spaces and develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity when moving pieces around a board. Learning to take turns and follow rules are also very important lessons that will help children right into adulthood.


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November 15th 2019

Chef Weronika

 

Our junior infants were delighted to welcome Chef Weronika Cybula into their classrooms today. Over the past two weeks, the boys and girls have been pretending to be chefs, while covering the topic, 'The Restaurant' during Aistear. Today, they got to see a real chef at work! Weronika, mother to Alex from Mrs Moloney's Fourth Class, works as a chef in the Annebrook Hotel and she had great pleasure in instructing the children on how to bake a cake. She began by listing the ingredients they needed. She gave the children the opportunity to beat the eggs and mix in the flour and sugar. Then, rather than waiting for the cake to cook, she produced one she had prepared earlier and allowed the boys and girls to decorate it with cream, jam and fruit. Thanks Weronika for a great cookery lesson!


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November 15th 2019

Cosy Jumper Day


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


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November 6th 2019

Aistear


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

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

The theme this week in Ms Kelly's Class is 'The Restaurant' and the boys and girls are thoroughly enjoying the experience. They have four different stations - role play, sand play, construction and arts & crafts. The special 'words of the day' are 'healthy and non healthy'.

Today at the role play station, the boys and girls became chefs, waiters, waitresses, managers and customers. At the sand play station, the children searched for plastic food items buried in the sand. They also created sand pizzas and pies, remembering to sieve the sand of course and not forgetting to add the healthy veg! At the construction station, builders, carpenters and painters built a new restaurant. At the arts and crafts station, the boys and girls searched through magazines for food items and after cutting them out, they designed their own food menu made up of all their favourite foods.

As you can see from the photos below, this fun and creative way to learn is going down a treat!


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November 5th 2019

Biodiversity Nature Walk

 

Mullingar Shamrocks G.F.C. has recently opened a beautiful biodiversity nature walk around the G.A.A. pitch. Information plaques have been erected in various locations on the walk, each one specific to the biodiversity of the flora and fauna found in that area. A Biodiversity Art and Poster Design Competition was staged, earlier this year, among primary and post-primary school children in Mullingar. The walk is further enhanced by these winning designs, which have been painted at each of the information locations. The project also involved the placing of bug hotels near the River Brosna. Two benches, provided by the Mens Shed Mullingar, have also been placed along the track. Joan Ormsby is the 'Healthy Club' representative for Shamrocks G.F.C. and she deserves huge thanks for all her great work during this project.

The pupils from Mr O'Reilly's Second Class visited the grounds today and enjoyed it greatly! They took notes and kept a careful eye out for the flora and fauna described on the information plaques. They were delighted to spot a swan and a robin on their travels!


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October 22nd 2019

New Student Council Representatives


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

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

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


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October 11th 2019

Nature Walk with a Buddy...


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


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October 9th 2019

Plants and Flowers

 

The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class are learning all about plants and flowers and they're loving every minute. Student teacher, Ms Allan, first introduced the subject during their Science lesson. She told them exactly what a plant needs to grow ie: sunlight, air, water and soil containing nutrients. She also explained the structure of a plant. Above ground, there is a stem, leaves and a bud which blossoms into a flower. Below ground, there are the roots.

Ms Allan also got the children to decorate yogurt pots and they planted cress seeds in them. Over the coming weeks, the children will water their plants when needed and will watch the seeds grow into a hairy plant! What better way to learn about nature, than to see it happen before your eyes. To complement all this learning, every morning during Aistear, the subject continues. At the creative table, the boys and girls designed and made the most beautiful flowers, which now decorate their classroom. Over in the role play section, they are running their very own flower shop, all the while sharing all the information they have learned.


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October 4th 2019

Houdini Visits First Class!


Over the last few weeks, the boys and girls in Mrs Gavin's First Class have been learning about and researching 'the war on plastic'. They learned that plastic waste is a major problem in our oceans and seas. Turtles often eat plastic waste and the simple reason for this is because plastic bags floating in water can look like jelly fish or algae, which makes up for a large part of a turtle's diet. It can make the turtles very sick or even kill them.

One of the students, Lexcy Connolly Kavanagh, told the class that although she hasn't seen a turtle, she has seen a tortoise that belongs to her Grandad, Mr George Connolly. Turtles and tortoises are closely related. They are both reptiles from the same family and the main difference between them is that turtles are water-dwellers, while tortoises are land-dwellers. This morning, the children were so excited to welcome George and his tortoise Houdini into the class. Harry Houdini was a famous escape artist who had the ability to escape from chains, handcuffs or straitjackets. George thought Houdini was an apt name for his tortoise who constantly tried to escape when he first got him!

Houdini is a Hermann's tortoise. He is an endangered species and George bought him from a known breeder in Germany. George was given photos of when Houdini hatched and all the necessary documents to prove that everything is above board. Houdini eats vegetation, which includes carrots and lettuce or dandelions and clover from the garden. They have claws to help them dig. Tortoises are cold blooded so they need sun and when that's not available, a basking light can be used. You need to be careful not to overheat them though or they could begin foaming at the mouth. George explained that the hard shell is used for protection and if you count the ring marks on the shell, it will tell you the age of the tortoise. Houdini is around 8 years old and Hermann's tortoises have the potential to live until they are 80 or 90 years old. The children used Houdini as inspiration for their art lesson this week and created some beautiful pictures.

A huge thank you to George for visiting with Houdini and for passing on his extensive knowledge to the children.


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October 3rd 2019

Preparation for First Holy Communion Begins...

 

This morning, the pupils from Mrs Healy-Donoghue's and Mr O'Reilly's Second Classes attended 9.15am Mass in St Paul's Church, officiated by Fr Joe Campbell. This is in preparation for their First Holy Communion which will take place next May. Of course the children have been learning all their prayers and Mass responses since September, but today, the preparations began in earnest when they attended Mass and said the prayers and responses at the correct time and with a loud clear voice. They will attend Mass weekly for the rest of the school year.

After Mass finished, Fr Joe very kindly spoke to the children. He pointed out many important items in the church, for example: the altar, ambo, sacristy, tabernacle, crucifix and pews. There are many more important aspects of the church that the children will learn about over the coming months. Before he left, Fr Joe said a prayer with everyone.

The children would like to thank Fr Joe for taking time out of his busy day to share his knowledge with them.


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September 27th 2019

Summer Stars Programme


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

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


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

 

September 25th 2019

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

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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 today and was attended by schools from all over the county. After initial heats took place in the school, St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls from second to sixth class. As always, all our runners performed well and did us proud, with many bringing home medals. Well done to you all.


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

 

September 17th 2019

An Autumn Nature Walk

 

The weather has been quite changeable since we came back to school, so, with a forecast for good weather this week, it was time for a nature walk. And that's exactly what the boys and girls from Ms Nugent's First class and Mr O'Reilly's Second Class did yesterday. They set off in pairs armed with a list of items to look out for. They saw many birds and found many insects. They collected leaves, berries and acorns. They were fascinated to see a spider right in the middle of the web he had just woven and a snail hiding under the sill of a wall. There was plenty to see and find and the children had no problems ticking off each item on their list.


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September 13th 2019

Settling in Well


The first two weeks of school have passed very quickly and by now, everyone has settled into their new routine. Our junior infants are really enjoying their new experience in 'Big School'. Although their days have ended at noon so far, they have still managed to pack plenty of work, play and fun into each day! From Monday, they will begin their longer days, ending at 1.30pm, but I don't think that this will be a problem for this hard working group. Pictured below are some of the students from Ms Kelly's and Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Classes.


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September 11th 2019

All-Ireland Camogie Champions Visit

 

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

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


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September 9th 2019

Cup Winners

 

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

 

August 22nd 2019

Welcome Back


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

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


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


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June 28th 2019

Excellent Attendance

 

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


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June 21st 2019

Penalties against the Principal

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


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June 19th 2019

Walk a mile with a Smile... and a Buddy!

 

With only a week left in primary school, the students from Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Sixth Class decided to make the most of the dry weather today and 'walk a mile with a smile'. They invited along the boys and girls from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class and after partnering up with a 'Buddy' they walked along the canal in the sunshine.


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June 18th 2019

Sports Day

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

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

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

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


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June 16th 2019

5k Family Fun Run/Walk

 

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


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June 14th 2019

Badminton

Some of our classes walked to Mullingar Tennis and Badminton Club this week and enjoyed learning the basic rules of badminton. Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class are pictured below trying out the game.


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June 13th 2019

Outdoor Obstacle Course


Our indoor obstacle course has been in use throughout the week, but today the children from Ms Clarke's Junior Infant Class had the opportunity to try out an outdoor obstacle course on the green in front of the school. The obstacle course was assembled by Ms Campbell's Sixth Class students, who were on hand to help the junior infants and encourage them as they worked their way through the course. Team work at it's best!


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June 13th 2019

Circuit Training

 

The boys and girls from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class got the day off to a great start with circuit training in the lower playground. They completed a number of different exercises - star jumps, squats, jogging on the spot and lunge jumps to name but a few. Despite the cooler temperatures this morning, it wasn't long before the children warmed up!


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June 12th 2019

Farewell Fr Paul


It was with a heavy heart that we welcomed Fr Paul Crosby to the school today, because it was time to say goodbye. Fr Paul has been a familiar face around St Colman's for eight years. He always had a smile on his face and loved nothing more than chatting to the children. He officiated at First Holy Communion, our annual Carol Service, the annual Grandparents' Day celebrations and many more religious occasions held in St Paul's Church or in the school. Sadly, Fr Paul is moving away from Mullingar Parish, but it is for a good reason. Bishop Deenihan has appointed him as Parish Priest of Trim and we congratulate him.

We would like to sincerely thank Fr Paul for all the time he devoted to the school community and for his help and guidance over the years. We wish him good health and happiness and every success in his new role. We hope he will not be a stranger and will come and visit us often!

Fr Paul is pictured below with the students from Ms Gilligan's Fourth Class who presented him with a poem that they wrote especially for him.


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June 12th 2019

Indoor Obstacle Course


Unfortunately the inclement weather forced us to cancel Sports Day today, but that didn't stop us from exercising! Many classes made use of the indoor obstacle course which was set up in the school hall. Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class are pictured below really going for it!


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June 12th 2019

Skipping

 

At one time, if you entered any housing estate anywhere in Ireland, you would find children skipping away happily. Unfortunately that is not the case anymore. Sadly skipping is a lost art! This year, during Active School Week, we have decided to bring skipping back. Aideen Kevlihan, mother to Aisling in Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class and Caoimhe from Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class, took many of our classes for lessons in the lower playground. Everyone got the chance to skip alone or in pairs. They also used long ropes and with two twirling the rope, one or two got to jump in. Mr Boyle's Second Class are pictured below practising their skipping skills.


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June 11th 2019 

Staff V's Sixth Class Boys

Football Match


Thankfully the weather stayed fine today and the eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class boys football match went ahead. Staff and  all students made their way to Shamrocks G.F.C. at 1.30pm. Both teams were definitely playing to win. When the final whistle blew, it was the staff who won by a narrow margin.


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June 11th 2019

Tag Rugby

 

Tag rugby is a non contact team game. Each player wears a belt that has two velcro tags attached to it. Attacking players attempt to dodge and pass a rugby ball, while defenders attempt to prevent them scoring by 'tagging' which is pulling a velcro attached tag from the ball carrier. The students from Mr O'Reilly's Third Class enjoyed learning and playing tag rugby this morning and are pictured below.


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June 11th 2019

Orienteering

 

Orienteering is a competitive international sport. It is a timed race which combines running with navigation. Participants can race as individuals or as part of a team. A map and compass is used to navigate from point to point across unfamilar terrain.

Eoghan Kevlihan, father of Aisling from Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class and Caoimhe from Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class, very kindly offered to give the students of St Colman's an introduction to orienteering during Active School Week. Today, the boys and girls from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class got to try out this sport for the first time. After splitting into teams of three, they took off on their navigational adventure and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!


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June 10th 2019

Tug of War

 

The boys and girls from Ms Clarke's and Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Classes enjoyed learning a new non contact sport this morning. Cathy Sheerin returned to the school once again, to impart some of her extensive knowledge of the sport with us.

Tug of war teams consist of eight members. The person at the back is called the anchor. To begin, you should grip the rope, keep your arms and body straight and lean backwards with your upper body. The winning team is the one that pulls the other team past a predetermined point.


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June 10th 2019

M.I.M.

 

Our Active School Week got off to a great start this morning with our first M.I.M. (Move in the morning) of the week. Parents and younger brothers and sisters joined students and staff as we walked around the green and playground in front of the school. A great way to shift the Monday morning cobwebs!


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June 7th 2019

Maths Trip Down Town

 

The magic of Maths is all around us if we take the time to look! Yesterday, Ms Skelly and Ms Brennan donned their detective hats and with their team of private eyes and clipboards in tow, strode down the town for examples of where Maths can be seen around us. Shape was an important item on the agenda with squares, rectangles, triangles, ovals and circles featuring in many of the buildings, road signs, vehicles and walls. Their 3D cousins of cubes, cuboids, spheres and half-spheres (on a church light) prompted much discussion also. Parallel and perpendicular lines appeared regularly in, for example, car park lines, gates, railings and even blinds. This sparked a discussion on tessellation (as you do!) and the reason why we especially need tessellation in the surrounding brickwork. Kayla thought she spotted a rhombus on a railing but on closer inspection its sides were curved and not straight as a rhombus should be. The next stop was the train station, where timetables were inspected. The 24-hour clock was displayed and explained, the concept already familiar to the fifth class children. The team pretended to get a take-out treat from Apache, discussing what notes and coins would be needed and what amount of change they would get. This activity made the team hungry so sustenance was provided with a pitstop to Dealz. The children had €3 to spend and carefully made their purchase, calculating their totals and expected change. All in all, the team had a successful Maths snoop around the town, with their clipboards packed full of information about where Maths is featured around them. Well done detectives!


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June 4th 2019

Standardised Test Results

 

standardised test results photoSt Colman's N.S. has decided to administer the recently updated Drumcondra standardised tests in English and Maths. To learn more about the new tests and what to expect for your child please CLICK HERE

 

May 30th 2019

Street League Tournament

 

Many of our young footballers from first, second, third and fourth classes are members of St Loman's GFC. Last night, as the end of the football season draws near, they took part in a street league tournament. The boys and girls who play U8,U10 and U12, divided up into mixed teams and each team was given a county name. After some great games and a lot of fun, the Offaly team emerged victorious. All the footballers received medals and some received certificates for the most improved players on the night. Well done to you all and best of luck with the next season!


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May 28th 2019

An Evening of Music

 

music note mixed upYesterday evening at 6.30pm, parents/guardians and friends of St Colman's gathered in St Paul's Church for an evening of music performed by the talented musicians of the school.


The senior choir started proceedings with three songs - 'The cat came back, Riversong and This is me'. This was followed by our guitar players. The beginners and intermediate groups played three pieces each.


The children studying flute and saxaphone were up next followed by the children from our second, third and fourth class who are learning to play the recorder. Then it was the turn of our violin players from second and third class who played four pieces.


musical instrumentsThe trumpet players continued with four tunes and then our junior choir sang a medley from the Jungle Book. To close the concert our school orchestra played three familiar pieces that had everyone swaying to the beat!


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


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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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 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 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

2019

 

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 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 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 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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February 18th 2019

Chinese New Year

2019



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

2019

 

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 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 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


 

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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

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!

 

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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