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May 22nd 2018

New to Gymnastics

 

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Ella Beehan from Ms Kiernan's Senior Infant Class has just recently joined Bounce Gymnastic Club. She passed her Level 1 gym award. The first of many I'm sure. 

 

May 22nd 2018

Mark this on your Calendar


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May 21st 2018

Irish Dancing Success

 

img-20180520-wa0000 - copyMegan Brock from Mr Boyle's Fifth Class is a member of the O'Reilly Bransfield School of Dance, Longford. She has been dancing for five years. Recently she took part in a competition in Ballinalee and won 7 trophies and 2 medals. She came first in the reel, slip jig, single jig and was the overall under 12 champion.

Congratulations Megan on a wonderful achievement!

 

May 18th 2018

The Salmon of Knowledge

 

Irish Folklore has been passed down from generation to generation. There are many stories about Fionn Mc Cumhaill, one of which is the Salmon of Knowledge. An old man called Finnegas catches the Salmon of Knowledge and its scales were the colours of the rainbow. He tells Fionn that who so ever eats the salmon will gain all the knowledge in the world. When the fish is cooking, a bubble appears on the skin and Fionn bursts it with his finger. He burns his finger and puts it in his mouth and sucked the burned spot. From that day forward, if Fionn needed to know anything, all he had to do was put his thumb in his mouth.

The boys and girls in Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class have been learning all about this wonderful story this week. During their art lesson today, they created their own 'Salmon of Knowledge' and hung them outside their classroom for everyone to admire.


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May 16th 2018

Gymnastics Awards


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Hannah Andrews from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Second Class has been a member of Bounce Gymnastics Club for four years. Last Monday, Hannah passed her level 6 gym award.

  


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Hannah's classmate, Anna Clarke, joined Bounce Gymnastics Club just a few months ago. On Monday night she passed her Level 3 gym award.

 

Well done girls!

 

May 14th 2018

Boxing Classmates


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Erin Murray from Ms Murphy's Third Class is a member of Elite Boxing Club. She recently took part in a competition in St Conleth's Boxing Club in Kildare. She was very happy to walk away with a trophy in the U10 age group.




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Owen Maughan, a classmate of Erin's, is also a boxer. He is a member of Rochfortbridge Boxing Club. He travelled to Athlone yesterday to take part in a competition and came home with a medal in the U12 age group.



Well done to you both.

 

April 30th 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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April 29th 2017

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the 70 boys and girls from Ms Mc Laughlin's, Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's and Ms Campbell's 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.

 

April 24th 2018

Bear Snores On

 

'Story time' has always been a firm favourite in our infant classes. The boys and girls in Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class are reading 'Bear Snores on' by Karma Wilson at the moment and they love it! In the story, a host of different animals and birds visit Bear's cave to warm up. But even after tea is brewed and popcorn is popped, Bear just snores on! The photos below show some of the children with their 'sleepy bear' which they made during their Art lesson.


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April 16th 2018

Great Ireland Run


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Lucy Creevy from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Second Class loves to run. Yesterday she took part in the Mini Garmin Great Ireland Run, which took place in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. Holly ran 1.5K in a great time and I'm sure it's just the first of many such events that she'll take part in. Well done Holly! 

 

April 13th 2018

5-a-side Soccer Champions

 

Our sixth class boys became Westmeath 'Large Schools' 5-a-side soccer champions yesterday, having come through two very tough days of matches. Along the way, they played Educate Together N.S., Gainstown N.S., Presentation N.S., St. Mary's N.S.  from Athlone, and finally, it all came down to the last game against St. Etchen's N.S. in a winner takes all scenario. Our boys went two nil up before St. Etchen's pulled two back to level the game. After half time, St. Colman's took control and slotted two more past the St. Etchen's defence to run out 4-2 winners on the day. This is a huge achievement and we are very proud of our players for the way they represented the school. Next stop is the North Leinster Finals in Navan at the end of April. Fingers crossed for another victory!


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April 12th 2018

Incredible Edibles

 

The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class are taking part in a very exciting project called 'Incredible Edibles'. Plant pots, soil, seeds, watering cans and fun activity sheets were sent to the school and Ms Hamill got down to work straight away with her students. The children planted spinach, carrots, chives, tulips and strawberries and thoroughly enjoyed their planting experience. They are now eagerly awaiting the first sign of growth.


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April 12th 2018

Ligaemat

 

As part of their studies on Africa, the students in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class were treated to a Sudanese cooked dessert from their classmate Noon Abeltaiff yesterday. She kindly prepared a dish called Ligaemat, which is a deep fried dessert commonly enjoyed in Sudan. A huge thank you to Noon for all her hard work. Her Ligaemat went down very well indeed.


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April 11th 2018

All Ireland Boxing Winners


Two of our young boxers, who are no strangers to winning competitions, have done it again! David Geoghegan from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class and Tadhg Sheridan from Mr Beehan's Sixth class are both members of the Olympic Boxing Club. On Saturday last, they took part in the Irish Athletic Boxing Association All Ireland Championships. After what I'm sure was a number of gruelling bouts, David and Tadhg emerged as overall winners in their respective categories. Congratulations to you both. You have done your club and school proud.


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April 9th 2018

Young Composers

 

Our recent snowy weather might have left some feeling 'stir crazy' but not for two young musicians in St Colman's. Leon Griffin and Karol Lachowski from Ms Murphy's Third Class began trumpet lessons with Mr Gerry Lacey back in September and they are already quite accomplished! Inspired by the snow and with time on their hands, the two boys decided to try their hand at composing. Leon composed a piece of music called 'My song' and Karol's composition is called 'Sunshine and Snow'. Mr Lacey was so impressed that he wrote out their work on music sheets and asked the boys to play their compositions in the St Colman's end of year Evening of Music! Well done Leon and Karol, we look forward to hearing your original compositions.


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March 22nd 2018

Turn Your School Yellow


Today, to coincide with the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day, we held a 'Turn Your School Yellow'/No Uniform Day. All students and staff arrived in school this morning dressed in yellow and green wherever possible. Donations were collected and fresh daffodils and daffodil pins were on sale. All proceeds will be donated to St John's Children's Cancer Ward, a Local Hospice group and the Irish Cancer Society.


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March 21st 2018

Siopa Milseáin

 

The students in our sixth classes enjoyed Seachtain na Gaeilge so much that they decided to continue it through to this week. Today, they held a Siopa Milseáin in their classes for everyone in the school. They had a wonderful selection of items such as bonnóga, criospaí, líreacháin, sú oráiste, milseáin and even freshly cooked pancóga! They had one simple request, that all students and staff who visited their Siopa Milseáin speak as Gaeilge as much as possible. Comhgairdeas do gach duine!


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March 17th 2018

Lá Fheile Pádraig

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The boys and girls in Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Second Class had great fun creating St Patrick's Day headbands to wear at the parade today. However you spend your St Patrick's Day, I hope you enjoy it!

 

Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig oraibh!


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March 16th 2018

Engineers Visit


The students from sixth class had the pleasure of welcoming Cathal Kilbane of ORS Engineering into their class today. They learned a lot about the work that engineers do before trying to build their own version of the Eiffel Tower from straws. As you can see from the photos below, we have some budding engineers in our school. Thank you to Cathal for taking the time to come and see us.


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March 15th 2018

Comórtas Litriú

 

Seachtain na Gaeilge is in full swing at Scoil Cholmáin Naofa. The hall was full of activity this afternoon as pupils from our fifth and sixth classes battled it out in our Comórtas Litriú. Between rounds, the classes recited several of their favourite dánta agus amhráin before we found our eventual spelling winner. Comhgairdeas do Niamh Mc Kenna a thóg an céad áit sa chomórtas faoi dheireadh.


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March 12th 2018

Dancing Competition

 

Five of our fifth class students took part in a dance competition yesterday. Aisling Granahan, Eve Hickey, Amy Corroon and Áine Creagh from Mr Boyle's Fifth Class and Abigail Johnston from Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Fifth Class are members of Energy Plus Studios. Yesterday, during a club freestyle competition, the girls took part in many dances and came away with several awards. Well done girls!


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March 12th 2018

Confirmation Memento

 

Our sixth class students were very busy over the last few weeks preparing for their special Confirmation Day, which was on Saturday last. It all went off without a hitch and reports from the children today were that a good day was had by all. The boys and girls arrived in school today in all their finery for their official Confirmation photographs.

The photos below show just a small sample of the painted plates that were made with the help of local artist Andrina Finch. These beautiful plates can be kept as a memento of the day and will be treasured for years to come I'm sure.


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March 10th 2018

Confirmation

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Congratulations to the 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.


 

February 28th 2018 

School Closed

 

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Due to dangerous weather conditions, St Colman's N.S. will be closed today.



The school will remain closed on Thursday March 1st and Friday March 2nd in accordance with Department of Education instructions. 















February 19th 2018

Irish Dancing Feiseanna


Many of our young Irish dancers attended feiseanna at the weekend.

 

p1090693 - copy Amy Devaney from Ms Spellman's First Class and Holly Martin from Ms Mc Laughlin's Second Class are members of the Emerald Lakes School of Dancing. They took part in the Mullingar Open Feis which was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel yesterday. As you can see they were very successful and came away with medals and trophies.


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Kaja Zeoch from Ms Murphy's Third Class is a member of the Sarah Jones School of Irish Dance. Yesterday, she took part in the Quinn Keogh Feis in Dublin and was also successful winning a trophy, medal and sash.


Congratulations girls!

 

February 14th 2018

Visiting Artists

 

Today, we had the pleasure of welcoming two local artists to the school. Ms Ciara Ferris, mother to Ella May in Ms Campbell's Second Class and Ms Kathleen Ivory, mother to Ellen in Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class, are both secondary school art teachers. They very kindly took time out of their mid term break to share their artistic talents with our first and second classes. They chose St Valentine's Day as the theme. Some children decorated boxes and others created art to hang on the wall. The finished art will certainly put a smile on the faces of the recipients. Thank you to Ciara and Kathleen for visiting with us.


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February 14th 2018

St Valentine's Day

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Love was in the air today as the boys and girls in Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class put the final touches to their St Valentine's Day art. The finished art work was wonderful and I'm sure it will bring a great deal of joy to that special someone in their lives.


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February 13th 2018

For the Love of Grandparents

 

Visitors to the school, in recent weeks, may have noticed the beautiful piece of artwork that adorns one of the walls in our school hall. The tree made from handprints was assembled by Mrs Ciara Ferris who is mother to Ella May in Ms Campbell's Second Class. Ciara left a hand template into the school and asked that every child in the school would decorate the hand in their own unique style. When all 490 hand templates were decorated, using many different art media, Ciara created the tree you can see in the hall today. Mrs Garvey asked the children for suggestions as to what we should call the artwork. The given name at the moment was chosen by Alfie, with Grandparent Day in mind - For the Love of Grandparents. Over the remainder of the school year, the artwork will be given new names to suit the changes in the seasons and the numerous activites that will occur in St Colman's Community. A huge thank you to Ciara for creating this wonderful piece of artwork.


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February 13th 2018

Pancake Tuesday

 

The wonderful aroma of tasty pancakes wafted along the corridors of St Colman's today as many classes treated themselves to a Pancake party, to celebrate 'Shrove Tuesday' or Pancake Tuesday as it is more commonly known. Traditionally, today is the day when we feast on rich foods before Lent begins tomorrow. The range of fillings varied from class to class - sugar and lemon, jam, butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit and of course chocolate spread. So, whatever filling you choose for your pancakes tonight, I hope you enjoy them!


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Children from Ms Mulcair's, Ms Hamill's and Mrs Gavin's Junior Infants Classes and Ms Kiernan's Senior Infant Class enjoying their pancakes!

 

February 9th 2018

Grandparents Day

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grandparents day 2018 c 2018Today was a very special day in St Colman's N.S.! All pupils and staff gathered with family and friends in St Paul's Church to celebrate Grandparents Day.

To begin, five students welcomed everyone, each student speaking in a different language - Irish, Croatian, Philippine, Polish and Lithuanian, reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the school. Fr Paul also welcomed everyone who travelled from near and far to celebrate with us. He spoke about the important role that grandparents play in our community, but more importantly, in their grandchildren's lives.

Many grandparents took part in the ceremony, accompanied by their grandchildren. Gifts were carried to the altar, each representing the special relationship between grandparent and grandchild. Prayers and stories were read, telling us about all the wonderful things that grandparents do on a daily basis. Our junior infant and second classes sang songs about grandparents and our senior infants and first class students recited poems.

grandmas girlOne Grandmother, Mrs Sue Walters, who travelled all the way from Wales to be with us today, spoke about her grandaughter Aoife. Her pet name for Aoife is 'Precious'. Having grown up with three brothers and given birth to three sons, it was a special gift to have a grandaughter and hence the name 'Precious'. However Sue was quick to point out that she also has grandsons and that of course all grandchildren are precious. That special bond between grandchildren and their grandparents is one to cherish and hold dear.

grandparents d 2018We were asked to remember those who couldn't be present today, in particular those who are ill or in heaven. There was a poignant moment when shoes were carried to the altar. The shoes were to symbolise how we would all like to follow in the footsteps of the grandparents who are no longer with us.

There were many funny moments too, including a poem entitled 'Grandma's off her rocker'! The school choir closed the ceremony with the popular song 'Happy'. Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments and a chat.

Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way, but especially to Mrs Healy-Donoghue for once again organising a truly wonderful family event that was enjoyed by the young and not so young in the St Colman's community.


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February 6th 2018

Safer Internet Day

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Today, February 6th 2018 is Safer Internet Day (SID). This is an annual event and will be celebrated around the world. The aim is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for all users, especially children and young people everywhere.

The theme this year is ' Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you'. Everyone is invited to join in and engage online with others in a respectful way.

A Family e-Safety Kit will be given to all families. This information pack was created to help parents share the benefits and raise awareness of the risks of surfing the web in a fun and engaging way. It contains a parental e-safety guide, family golden rules, a family certificate, stickers and situation cards. In school today, many of our classes have begun the discussion on this topic. Worksheets and fun activities were used to explore the area of internet safety with the children. We hope all parents/guardians will continue the discussion at home and together we will endeavour to make a safer internet for all.


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January 30th 2018

Boxing Win


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January 29th 2018

Cathloic Schools Week

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catholic schools week 2018Catholic Schools Week 2018 runs from Sunday January 28th until Saturday February 3rd. The theme this year is 'Catholic Schools : Called to be a family of families'. Today and every day this week, students will read prayers over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.

 

January 26th 2018

Best of Luck

 

The Annual Schools' Credit Union Quiz will take place tonight in the Mullingar Park Hotel. Sixteen students, comprising of children from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes, will represent St Colman's. Two teams will take part in the U11 age group and two teams in the U13 age group.The boys and girls have been busy brushing up on their general knowledge over the past couple of weeks. We wish them all the very best of luck tonight!


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January 19th 2018

Extra Special Choose Time

 

Mrs Healy Donoghue's Third Class received a very special delivery today during second break. As the first class to completely fill their target chart, they were rewarded with a 'choose time' with a difference. A special delivery of freshly cooked pizzas made its way to their class and was shared out among the boys and girls. Mrs Healy Donoghue is very proud of the children and hopes they keep up the hard work.


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January 18th 2018

When I grow up I want to be.....

 

At some point in our school life we will hear the question - What do you want to be when you grow up? For most it can be a tricky question but not so for the children in Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class. The boys and girls knew straight away what they want to be. Firefighter, vet, hairdresser, doctor, teacher, postman, builder and nurse were just some of the answers that were given. What an ambitious bunch they are. During their art lesson this week, the children coloured in Lego men and women showing what they would look like in their dream job. I hope that when the time comes, they all manage to achieve their dream career.


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January 8th 2018

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2018 - 2019

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2018 will take

place during the week of


22nd January 2018 - 26th January 2018


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2018,

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


4pm on Friday 26th January 2018


 

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December 22nd 2017

Christmas Tales


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This morning, Kevin Kelly from Ms Skelly's Fourth Class, treated everyone to a Christmas tale, which he read over the intercom. Kevin wrote the story himself. It was about a young girl who woke up in the night and found a stranger in her sitting room. She returned to her bed and fell back asleep. When she woke in the morning, she found lots of presents in her sitting room and quickly realised that the stranger must have been Santa!






p1090458 - copyA short while later, Kevin's classmate, Seoidín Thornton visited each classroom and read her self penned story. Seoidín wrote about a young girl who found a mysterious box in her house at Christmas. She tried to find out who owned the box and failed. Curiosity got the better of her and she peeped inside the box. To her surprise she found a kitten looking back at her. When she checked with her grandmother, she was delighted to find that the kitten was her new pet!



Well done and thank you to Kevin and Seoidín for sharing your festive tales with us.  

 

December 21st 2017

Christmas Carol Service

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A hush fell over St Paul's Church at 11am this morning, as the annual St Colman's Christmas Carol Service began. The entire school body, family and friends and Fr Paul gathered to celebrate the Christmas Season in song and prayer. Children representing every class group read 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 21st 2017

Christmas Art Display


The boys and girls from Mrs Farrell's First Class have been busy beavers over the last couple of weeks, producing Christmas art. Today, the fruits of their labour were on display in the hall for everyone to admire. Using many different art mediums - paint, coloured pencils, crayons and oils to name but a few, they created an abundance of festive artwork that can be hung in their homes or given as presents. There were penguins, Santas, robins, Christmas pyramids, Christmas candle logs, decorations with a marbling effect, paper chains, Nativity scenes and snow globes. The childrens' hard work certainly paid off as class after class visited the hall and gasped in amazement. Congratulations to all the children and Mrs Farrell. A great achievement!


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December 19th 2017

Mad Moon!

 

mad moonThere was great excitement yesterday when a very special delivery finally made it's way to St Colman's. Our school choir's first CD has arrived just in time for Christmas!

The choir have built up quite the repertoire in recent years. Since we returned to school in September, the weekly Friday choir rehearsals have filled the corridors of St Colman's with the most joyful sound. They chose five songs for their first CD - Mad Moon, Can You Hear Me?, Candy Man, You Raise Me Up and Happy. The CD cover was designed by Luke Quigley from Fifth Class. This is a 'must have' for music lovers and an ideal gift for family and friends this Christmas. CD's cost €8 and are available in school.  

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this exciting project!


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December 18th 2017

Irish Dancing Feis

 

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Amy Devanney from Ms Spellman's First Class is no stranger to Irish Dancing competitions. She is a member of the Emerald Lakes Academy of Irish Dance since she was 3 years old. Yesterday she took part in a club feis and won two medals. Although Amy is just 7 years old, she also won a trophy for the U10 Championship. Congratulations Amy! 


 

December 17th 2017

Christmas Fair

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The St Colman's Christmas Fair was held in the school this morning and once again it was a resounding success. The home-baked goodies donated by many of you went down a treat and the tasty freshly made crepes were truly scrumptious! Santa's Grotto was a hive of activity and was by far the busiest room in the school. Thank you to the St Colman's Parents Association for organising the event and to everybody who baked goodies and donated prizes for the raffle. Thanks also to those who helped out on the day.


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December 15th 2017

Christmas Food Appeal

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The annual Christmas Food Appeal has been running in the school over the past few weeks and was promoted and co-ordinated by Mrs Farrell's Second Class. They left boxes in every class and visited regularly to give a gentle reminder to everyone. Today, Ms Mary Mc Knight from the Mullingar Parish Centre came to the school to collect the donated food and was overjoyed with the huge response. Ms Mc Knight's car was full to bursting as she left. She expressed her thanks and assured the children that Sr Finbarr and her team will deliver the food to families in need in the Mullingar area. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause.


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December 14th 2017

New to Boxing

 

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Joey Dinnegan from Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class is a new member of Mullingar Elite Boxing Club. He trains three times a week and finds it very enjoyable. He recently took part in a club competition and was delighted to come away with two medals! Well done Joey!

 

December 13th 2017

Christmas Season Begins...

 

The St Colman's Christmas season got off to a flying start this morning with our first Christmas Play. The boys and girls in Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class performed 'Shine Star Shine' for family and friends. Despite missing a day's rehearsal on Monday due to the snow and many coughs and colds among the cast, the children did a wonderful job!

This was just one of many plays that will be performed in the coming days. We also have our Christmas Fair on Sunday coming and the annual Carol Service next Thursday, so there will be plenty to keep us busy and in the festive spirit in the run up to getting our Christmas holidays.


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December 4th 2017

Irish Dancing Win


A number of our young Irish dancers took part in a school Feis yesterday. Síog and Réiltín Thornton from Mrs Gavin's and Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Classes respectively, Emily Mc Conville from Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class, Holly Colgan, Faye Mc Donald and Kara Mc Keown from Mrs Farrell's First Class, Aoife Irvine from Ms Spellman's First Class, Nicola Byrne from Ms Mc Laughlin's Second Class, Síle Tunney and Jennifer Mc Conville from Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class, Alisha Byrne from Ms Murphy's Third Class and Seoidín Thornton from Ms Skelly's Fourth Class are all members of the Fiona Gallagher School of Irish Dancing. They attend lessons every week and yesterday all their hard work paid off and they all came away from the Feis with medals. Congratulations girls and keep up the hard work!


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November 27th 2017

Fundraiser Festival


Congratulations to everyone involved in our 'Fundraiser Festival' in Mullingar Park Hotel on Saturday last. This was the first fundraiser of its kind for us and it proved to be a resounding success! With so much musical talent on our doorstep, we didn't have to look far for performers and so all the acts who took part are homegrown! 

Lir Ukulele Band welcomed all our guests on their arrival and our very own school choir, fresh from recording their first CD,  delighted everyone with a number of songs from their repertoire. Then, three local and nationally acclaimed bands, The Blizzards, Fallen Lights and Radio Star, took over and kept everyone dancing into the early hours.

A HUGE THANK YOU to The Blizzards, Fallen Lights and Radio Star who took time out of their busy pre-Christmas schedule to perform for us. Thanks also to Lir Ukulele Band, St Colman's School Choir, St Colman's N.S. Parents Association, staff, students and anyone who helped out in any way big or small to make this festival a memorable night for all.


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November 24th 2017

Animals of the African Savanna

 

The savanna is an open landscape of grasslands found in tropical Africa. For half the year, savannas are hot and dry, and swept by wildfires. They also have a season of heavy rains. It is home to an amazing variety of wildlife. 

Today, I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs Farrell's Second Class, who are currently undertaking projects on the animals found in the African savanna. During my short visit, the children spoke about the various animals they are researching and shared many interesting facts about them with me, such as:

A savanna elephant weighs the same amount as 100 people. They do not have bones in their trunk.

Lions sleep for most of the day. The lioness will hunt for most of the food, however the male lion will always eat first.

A giraffe's tongue is black and is long enough that they can clean their ears with it. They also have seven bones in their neck, which is the same as humans. 

Hippos can hold their breath for up to five minutes under water. When they keep their nostrils, eyes and ears above water in order to breathe, the rest of their body is cooled by the water.

Well done to the children on all their hard work and best of luck as they finish off these wonderful projects!


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November 16th 2017

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

2017

 

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 and former Soviet Union. The boxes filled with surprises will bring a little bit of joy and hope into their difficult lives.

p1090331 - copyRepresentatives from Team Hope called to the school today and were delighted to collect a huge array of Christmas shoeboxes. They wish to extend their gratitude to everyone who supported the appeal.

A special mention must be given to Mrs Clinton who has grandchildren in the school. Every year, Mrs Clinton begins gathering items for the boxes from early summer and fills quite a number of boxes by November. This year Mrs Clinton brought 65 boxes to the school. A huge achievement by any standards. 

 Well done everyone!


christmas shoebox appeal 2017

 

November 13th 2017

Deputy Principal

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Congratulations to Mr. Ger Beehan who has been appointed as our new Deputy Principal. Mr Beehan is currently teaching Sixth Class and we wish him the very best of luck in his new position.

 

November 13th 2017

St. Colman’s and the new Digital Learning Framework

 

digital-strategy-for-schools-2015-2020The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton T.D. announced that 50 schools are participating in the trial of the Digital Learning Framework for schools. We are delighted here in St. Colman’s to be one of these school. The trial and process has begun and we are very excited with what will be a great learning experience for teachers and pupils. We will keep you posted as to the plan and progress achieved throughout the year. 

The Framework provides a roadmap to help schools manage the transformation of teaching and learning as a result of new digital technologies. 


The framework will among other things:

1. Help schools and individual teachers to plan how to upskill to realise the potential of digital technologies.

2.  Provide for internal and external evaluation of how digital technologies are being embedded across all aspects of school activity.

3.  Support planning in areas like literacy, numeracy and STEM which require a cross-curricular focus.


November 13th 2017

New Sports Field


sports fieldOver the course of the last two weeks preliminary work commenced on the new Sports and Playing field. Trees were felled and removed at this opportune time with the school being closed for the mid-term break. No further work will be undertaken for a number of weeks and the planned time-frame for its completion will span the remainder of this school year. We are extremely grateful to Bishop Michael Smith for his generosity in giving this site to St. Colman’s for the benefit of our present and future pupils. 

Thank you also to the Parents Association who have been working extremely hard to gather funds for this important additional space. Thank you to all the individuals, businesses and companies around Mullingar who have contributed and sponsored this particular fundraising venture.

 

November 13th 2017

Good News! New Classroom

 

p1060436We are thrilled with news received from the Department of Education and Skills last week, that our application for a new classroom has been sanctioned. This is a very important and necessary addition to our school accommodation and will mean that we will have 18 standard sized classrooms. We are delighted with this news after many months of regular discussions with Department officials. We have started work on the first part of the process by tendering for the Design Team and will keep you posted with regard to progress over the coming months.



November 13th 2017

St Colman's School Choir Launch their First CD

 

choirThe very talented girls and boys of St. Colman’s School Choir have embarked on a new venture. They are all so excited about the prospect of recording their very first CD! This is a fantastic experience and opportunity for them. The corridors of the school are filled with their magnificent uplifting voices as they practice every Friday morning.

 

cd launchRecording will take place next Friday and we have so many people to thank for making this exciting venture possible. Those at the FUNDRAISERFEST will be entertained by the choir who will open the Festival performing a selection of their repertoire.

 

The CD will be launched in early December and will make a lovely gift for family and friends at Christmas.

 

November 9th 2017

Save the Date


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save the date f fSt Colman's N.S. is excited to announce a very special event which is coming up soon and it's one you won't want to miss! 'Fundraiser Festival' is a night of music featuring local bands, The Blizzards, Fallen Lights and Radio Star. St Colman's School Choir will also perform on the night and the Lir Ukulele Band will welcome guests on their arrival. This unmissable event takes place on Saturday November 25th in Mullingar Park Hotel. Tickets are on sale and can be bought in the school, Wilfs, Presents, Foys, Sports Outlet, Martin's Quik Pick and the Mullingar Park Hotel. Save the date in your diary and get your tickets fast because this night is one you're sure to enjoy!

 

November 6th 2017

Parent-Teacher Meetings

 

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Parent teacher meetings for children from first class to sixth class will take place on Thursday November 16th 2017.

 

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October 27th 2017

Halloween Fun!


There was fun and laughter all around in Mrs Deane's Second Class today. As an end of term treat, the boys and girls played Halloween games. They enjoyed bobbing for apples, finding a ring in flour and trying to bite an apple hanging from a string! It was wet and messy but so much fun as you can see from the photos below!


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halloween fun 2017

 

October 23rd 2017

M.O.M.!


Our Active School committee has decided to switch things up and move our early morning walks before school starts from Thursday to Monday. This new activity is called M.O.M. (Move on Monday). It was great to see so many taking part today and what a great start to the week it was!


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October 16th 2017

Severe Weather Update!

 

In the interest of the health and safety of all students and staff, the Department of Education and Skills has announced that all schools will remain closed on Tuesday October 17th 2017.


October 15th 2017

Severe Weather Alert!

 

In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills has publicly informed all schools that they are to remain closed tomorrow Monday October 16th 2017. Stay safe everyone and we will see you on Tuesday morning.

 

October 4th 2017

We've reached our Destination!

 

As part of European Week of Sport, St Colman's students took part in the 'Run around Europe' challenge. Over the course of five days, beginning on Monday September 25th, the children walked laps around the track at the front of the school - each lap representing one kilometre on our virtual journey across Europe. Unfortunately the rain at the end of last week hindered our efforts and we had to continue our journey this week. Our virtual journey took us from Mullingar to Dublin, then to London, Paris, Budapest, Riga, Sofia, Athens and ending in our final destination, Nicosia, Cyprus. Congratulations to all our students on this great achievement!

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September 28th 2017

A Back to School Service

 

At 11.30am this morning, every class attended a very special service in St Paul's Church, officiated by Fr Paul Crosby. Fr Paul spoke to the children about returning to school and the importance of their lunch boxes and schoolbags, explaining that we need fuel for our bodies and brains. He reminded them that in many parts of the world, there are children who are not so lucky. He led the children in prayers of thanks for all that they have and the children also prayed for people less fortunate than themselves. He asked the boys and girls to remember the importance of the Bible and spoke of all the wonderful stories that it contains. Fr Paul finished the service by blessing the school bags and expressing his wish that they all have a successful school year.


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September 28th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

There was a sizeable group taking part in W.O.T.! (Walk on Thursday!).  Every lap walked this morning helped to get us further on our virtual 'Run around Europe'.


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September 27th 2017

 

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

 

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The annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run was held today in Belvedere House and Gardens. The event, organised by the Mullingar Harriers, was attended by schools from all over the county. In spite of the inclement weather today, St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls from second to sixth class. Thanks to Ms Kiernan who trained the children over the last couple of weeks. As always, our runners performed well and did us proud. Congratulations to you all.


westmeath schools cross country run 2017

 

September 26th 2017

European Week of Sport


The European Week of Sport runs from September 23rd - 30th 2017. This week is for everyone regardless of age, background or fitness level and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. Sport Ireland is the national co-ordinating body for the European Week of Sport in Ireland and this year they have set a very special challenge for everyone, aptly called 'Run around Europe'.

St Colman's students have of course taken up the challenge. Over the course of this week, the children will endeavour to complete a total of 12,300 laps around the track in front of the school. Each lap represents one kilometre of our journey across Europe. Every class has been given a target of laps to complete relative to their age. The fine weather today and yesterday has gotten us off to a great start and we are well on our way to achieving our target. Please check out the Active News board at the top of the junior corridor for regular updates on our journey. The good news is that if we reach our target, all students will get a night off homework!


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September 13th 2017

All Ireland Camogie Winners

 

Today, the school was delighted to welcome back former pupil Fiona Keating and some of her team mates from last weekend's All Ireland winning camogie team. Fiona was quick to point out that she got a great start in St Colman's under the guidance of Ms Murphy, Mrs Walters and Margaret Collins and was delighted to return to where it all began. The children were treated to the team's now infamous version of 'Singing in the Rain' and got to pose for photographs with the girls afterwards. A huge thank you to Fiona and her team mates for dropping in today and we wish them many more successful outings in Croke Park in the future.


all ireland camogie winners 2017

 

June 14th 2017

An Evening of Music


1 - copyYesterday evening at 6.30, 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 school choir and orchestra have performed on many occasions during the school year and they chose their favourite and most polished pieces for the very appreciative audience. The choir sang 'From a Railway Carriage' by Robert Louis Stevenson and 'Mad Moon' by Jonathan Dove. The orchestra then played  three pieces - 'Annie's Song', 'Sloop John B' and the 'Match of the Day' theme song.

Next up were the classes who are learning to play the recorder. Our Second Classes played that favourite nursery rhyme 'Old Macdonald' and our Third Classes played 'Closer' by The Chainsmokers. Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class followed with the Guns and Roses classic 'Sweet Child of Mine'. Ms Brennan's Fourth Class played 'Nancy Mulligan' by Ed Sheeran.

Our trumpet players played five pieces. The junior group played Beethoven's 'Ode to Joy' and 'Oh When the Saints Come Marching in' made famous by Louis Armstrong back in 1938. The senior group played the theme music to 'Star Wars' and 'Massive Brass'. Maeve O'Hara followed with a solo piece, 'El Padrino' the theme song from The Godfather'.

The children learning guitar played two pieces. 'Songbird' by Oasis and the classic Ben E King song 'Stand by Me'.

Our saxophone and flute players played two pieces. The third class students played the nursery rhyme 'Frère Jacques' and the students from fourth, fifth and sixth classes played an Irish patriotic song written by Thomas Moore called 'The Minstrel Boy'.2 - copy

To finish the proceedings the choir sang two songs - 'This is the Bird' and 'Stomp Box' by Roger Emerson.

A huge thank you must go to all the music teachers involved in last nights performance - Ms Helen Hassett, Ms Aisling Mulcair, Ms Kim Magee, 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!


 

February 1st 2017

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.copy of st.brigidcross.jpg 2

 


 


One of the traditions associated with St Brigid is to make a St Brigid's Cross from fresh rushes. Some believe that the crosses have the power to protect the owner's home from harm.


Ms Healy's Third Class are pictured below with the St Brigid's Day crosses they made today.


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January 30th 2017

Catholic Schools Week

2017

 

catholic schools week 2017Catholic Schools Week 2017 takes place from January 29th - February 4th. The theme this year is 'Catholic schools: Learning with Pope Francis to care for our common home'. Today and every day this week, students will read prayers over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.

 

January 19th 2017

Save the Date

 

st.-colmans-table-quizThe St Colman's Parents Association are having their annual Table Quiz on Friday, February 10th 2017 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 save the datemoney for the school at the same time.

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 save the date in your diary and spread the word - friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues - everyone is welcome!

 

December 21st 2016

Christmas Carol Service

2016 


The entire school body made their way to St Paul's Church this morning for our annual Christmas Carol Service which began at 11am and was officiated by Fr Paul Crosby. We were joined by parents/guardians and friends to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with music, song and prayer. Throughout the service, children representing every class group 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 Jessie Tree. The school orchestra also took to the altar to play for the audience. The service ended with the choir's rendition of 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree'.


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christmas carols 2016

 

June 15th 2016

C.O.W.!

 

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


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c.o.w. - 2016 b

 

June 9th 2016

An Evening of Music

 

Yesterday 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 school choir and orchestra have performed on numerous occasions during the school year and have built up quite a repertoire. They chose their favourite and most polished pieces for the very appreciative audience.

The choir sang 'For the Beauty of the Earth' by John Rutter, 'Can you Feel the Love Tonight' from the much loved movie 'The Lion King' and Pharrell Williams toe-tapping tune of 2014 'Happy', all under the careful guidance of Ms Aisling Mulcair & Ms Helen Hasset.

With their conductor, Ms Emer Morris, the orchestra played 'Oh When the Saints go Marching in' made famous by the wonderful Louis Armstrong back in 1938, 'Pachelbel's Canon' by German composer Johann Pachelbel and Coldplay's 'Viva la Vida'.

Isabel, Naomi, Tanya and Mark played violin solos together with Ms Morris. Students, who receive tuition in trumpet and flute from Mr Gerry Lacey and Mr Bob Batty respectively, also played on the night.

The musical talent in St Colman's is without doubt tremendous and in abundance, Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this entertaining end of year performance!


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