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February 5th 2016

Irish Dancing Success


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Lucas Vaskelis from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class took an Irish Dancing Grade 1 exam recently and was delighted to be awarded 1st class honours. Lucas has been dancing for a number of years and this is only one of the many awards he has won. Congratulations Lucas! 

 

February 4th 2016

Fish Farmers

 

Our sixth class students are enjoying their new role as young fish farmers. Before Christmas, Dermot Broughan of Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) paid a visit to the school. He spoke to the pupils about the work of the IFI and how they protect Ireland's fish stocks and he also explained the life-cycles of the brown trout and salmon. Dermot returned straight after Christmas with some brown trout eggs that have been harvested from Lough Owel. These have been placed in our fish tank with a specially made tray to hold the eggs safely which is located in Kevin's shed. The tank was filled with fresh rainwater gathered by the children. Daily checks are made on the temperature and progress of the eggs. In the past week, all the eggs have hatched. The children have been very excited visiting the young alevin and watching them swim happily around the tank. Over the coming weeks, the alevin will develop into young fry and will be ready to be released into the wild again. In the mean-time, the children will continue to enjoy the experience of watching them grow before their eyes.


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February 3rd 2016

How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

 

spoon of sugarSugar is one of the hot topics of conversation at the moment. Whether it's on T.V., radio, newspapers, magazines or the internet, everyone is discussing the hidden sugar content in food and drinks.


We all know that adding teaspoons of sugar to our food is not good but maybe we need to look at the hidden added sugar content in foods that are particularly targeted at school children? The Active Schools Committee in St Colman's have done just that!p1040961 - copy



Please check out the Active Schools board at the top of the junior corridor. You might get a surprise when you see how much sugar has been added to some popular drinks, some of which can be found in lunch boxes all over Ireland.

 

February 2nd 2016

Credit Union Quiz


The Annual Schools' Credit Union Quiz was held in Mullingar Park Hotel last night. Four teams from St Colman's participated and they all performed well. Our junior team came third in the U11 age group and our three senior teams (U13) narrowly missed out on top prizes. Well done to you all!


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February 1st 2016

Lá Fhéile Bhríde

 

Today we celebrate Lá Fhéile Bhríde, St Brigid's Feast Day and it also marks the first day of Spring. Brigid was born at Faughart, near Dundalk in Co Louth and she is one of the patron saints of Ireland. One of the most common traditions of the day is to make a Saint Brigid's Cross from fresh rushes. Some believe that the crosses have the power to protect the owner's home from harm. The photos below are Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Third Class, with the St Brigid's Crosses that they made today.


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January 29th 2016

Tasty Experiments!

 

Over the past week, Ms Owens' First Class enjoyed learning about 'Solids, Liquids and Gases' in their Science lessons. They learned that water is the most common example used when covering this topic as it exists in all three forms - ice, liquid water and of course steam. Today, the children took their investigations one step further by performing experiments to see the effect that heat has on six different items - ice, butter, a pencil, an apple, bread and chocolate. They placed each item into a container, which was then partially immersed into boiling water and recorded the results. They found that the pencil, apple and bread remained the same and the ice, butter and chocolate all melted. Rather than waste the chocolate, Ms Owens decided to use it to reward the children for all their hard work by making some tasty chocolate krispie treats!


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January 27th 2016

Ancient Egypt

 

ancient-egyptMs Skelly's Third Class love History! Over the last few weeks they have been studying Ancient Egypt and became totally immersed in the subject. They covered a large and varied number of topics, some of which included gold & jewels, pyramids, pharaohs, the sphinx, hieroglyphics and mummies. They looked at the geography of the country and learned that the primary water source is the river Nile, which is regarded as the longest river in the world.pyramid of classes in egypt

They were fascinated by the many layers of Egyptian society which was structured like a pyramid. At the bottom were the servants and slaves and of course at the top were pharaohs who were believed to be Gods in human form. Pharaohs had absolute power and when they died, huge stone pyramids were built as their tombs. Pharoahs were buried in chambers within the pyramids. Taking their quest one step further, many of the children created their own pyramids from card or styrofoam.

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One young student, Luke Quigley, had a particular interest in Ancient Egypt after visiting the National History Museum in Dublin. Not only did Luke create a large pyramid, he also put together a diorama with a sand base and included pyramids, a mummy, a sphinx and the river Nile.


Well done to all the children. A great subject - well covered!



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January 25th 2016

Dancing Buddies

 

Two of our young Irish Dancers attended the 'Laois Open Feis' yesterday in Abbeyleix and were very successful! Friends Amy Devanney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class and Molly O' Donnell from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class took part in the Under 6 and Under 8 competition respectively and came away with an array of trophies and medals. Well done girls!


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January 12th 2016

Boys Shield Winners

 

Today, three boys from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class proudly showed me their U10 Boys Soccer Shield medals which they received on Friday last at an awards ceremony. Luke Mc Cabe, Lucas Lozano and Shane Mulderry play soccer for Mullingar Athletic and really enjoy the sport. Well done boys!


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January 7th 2016

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2016 - 2017

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2016 will take

place during the week of


18th January 2016 - 22nd January 2016


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2016,

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 22nd January 2016


 

January 6th 2016

Nollaig na mBan


three wise menToday, students and staff attended Mass in St Paul's Church at midday to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas and Nollaig na mBan. The feast celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men, to worship the newborn baby Jesus. Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This marks the end of the Christmas Season.


 

January 6th 2016

Happy New Year


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Happy New Year to Everyone!


Welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing Christmas Holiday and best wishes for a successful term ahead.





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December 22nd 2015

Did Someone Say Christmas Holidays?

 

The school was bursting at the seams today with festive cheer! Two young photographers, James Maslin and Daniel Connaughton, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class visited every classroom and captured just a little of the Christmas holiday happiness.


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December 22nd 2015

Christmas Candles


Mrs Deane's Sixth Class enjoyed their Christmas art lesson this week. They created candle holders from clay and decorated them in their own individual way. These can be given as a gift or kept as a memento of the last year in primary school.


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December 21st 2015

Special Invitation

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Earlier in the month, a very special invitation arrived in the school. The children from Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class were asked to attend a fun Christmas Party in Mullingar Community College, hosted by the childcare students. The children were really excited as they left the school but the excitement reached fever pitch when they saw a bus waiting for them. As you would expect, songs were sung on the journey which put everyone in the festive spirit. The boys and girls were brought to a specially decorated party room, where they were entertained with arts and crafts, games and face painting. There was a wonderful array of goodies, all prepared by the hosts, on tables ready for the hungry guests. And as if that was not enough, Santa took time out of his busy schedule and came to the party to speak to all the children!

Mrs Slevin and the children would like to thank the childcare students and staff of the Mullingar Community College for the wonderful welcome they received and the hospitality shown to them.


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December 21st 2015

Christmas Play Season

2015

 

This year, we had nine classes perform Christmas plays for their family and friends. We began last Tuesday at 9.30am with Ms Geraghty's Senior Infants and their version of the play, 'Whoops a Daisy Angel'. We finished the Christmas Play season today with Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, who performed 'Scrooge'. Throughout the four days we've had crying babies, many wise men, countless shepherds, angels, stars that cannot shine, Cinderella, teachers, inspectors, funky narrators, line dancers, Scrooge, ghosts and of course the Baby Jesus. There are certainly plenty of budding actors and actresses in our midst who all performed brilliantly to packed appreciative audiences. Well done to all the children and their teachers. Great job everyone!


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December 20th 2015


Science is Cool!


Despite the hectic schedule in the lead up to the Christmas Holidays, Mrs Deane's Sixth Class found some quiet time to enjoy Science. They covered the subject of 'Light', investigated a range of topics and conducted experiments to prove the hypotheses. Below is just some of the information they gathered.


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Isaac Newtown was the first person to show that light could be split up into seven different colours - red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. To prove this fact, the children made rainbow spinners. They used card, markers in each of the rainbow colours and an electric motor. They found that when you spin the disk quickly, the eye sees all the colours together and so the disc appears to be white, proving that not only can light be broken up into seven different colours but also that rainbow colours can be brought together to produce white light.


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Mirror Writing


mirror writingThe children enjoyed writing secret messages to their friends using 'Mirror Writing'. After writing some words down, the children carefully studied their image in the mirror. Then they wrote words so that the image in the mirror appeared correct. Their friends will need a mirror to de-code the message.



How do Periscopes Work?

 

To finish up their investigations, the boys and girls made periscopes using card and mirrors. A periscope allows you to see something that is at a higher level than you. It can be used to look over high walls and is often used in submarines to see what is above the water. The children found that light reflects from a mirror at the same angle as it hits the mirror. They set both mirrors at a 45 degree angle. The light will bounce from the object you are viewing at the top of the periscope, hitting the first mirror and then the second mirror before bouncing into your eye.


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December 18th 2015

Christmas Carol Service

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At approximately 10am this morning, all students and staff made their way to St Paul's Church for our Annual Christmas Carol Service. We were joined by parents, guardians and friends to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with music, song and prayer. The school choir was on the altar and when everyone was seated, they began the first hymn, 'Hallelujah'. Throughout the service, children representing every class group reminded us of the story of Jesus' birth while the members of the living crib gathered on the altar. The readings were interspersed with Christmas hymns sung beautifully by our school choir. Ms Hamill's and Mrs Shiel's Second Classes, who will make their First Holy Communion next year, took part in the 'Procession of Light'and decorated the Jesse Tree. The School Orchestra concluded the service by playing two seasonal pieces.


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December 16th 2015

Food Appeal Success

2015

 

thank-youThe annual Christmas Food Appeal has been running in the school over the past few weeks and was promoted and co-ordinated by Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class. They left boxes in every class and visited daily to give a gentle reminder to everyone. Today, Ms Mary Mc Knight came to the school to collect the donated food and was overjoyed with the huge response. Once again you have been very generous and Ms Mc Knight's car was packed tight! She will pass this food on to Sr Finbar in the Mullingar Parish Centre and will be distributed to families in need in the local area in time for Christmas. Thank you to everyone who supported this worthy cause.


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December 15th 2015

Christmas Window Art

 

The rain yesterday left most of us in bad form. The children couldn't go out for their breaks and looking out at the rain did nothing to improve the mood! The boys and girls in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class found a novel way to keep themselves busy and give themselves something better to look at than the rain. They decided to paint some beautiful Christmas scenes on their classroom windows and had great fun doing so. The end result is wonderful as you can see from the photos.


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December 14th 2015

Boxing News


Many of our students enjoy boxing in their spare time. Jack Geoghegan from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class, Owen Charles and Oisin Sheridan from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class and Oisin's brother Tadhg from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class are all members of the Olympic Boxing Club. Yesterday, Jack, Owen and Oisin participated in the Longford/Westmeath Boxing Championships. Jack made it to the semi-final in his weight group but was sadly beaten by a very strong opponent. Owen and Oisin boxed well and were both delighted to win first place in their weight group. Congratulations boys! Tadhg was unable to box yesterday as he is too young but he's definitely eager to get started and I'm sure it's only a matter of time until we hear about his endeavours.


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Decvember 11th 2015

Carol Singing in Market Square


Our school choir had their first official outing of the 'Christmas Season' this afternoon. They were asked to sing at the opening of the 3 day Mullingar Christmas Market 2015. They gathered in Market Square and belted out some Christmas favourites to an appreciative audience and certainly got everyone into the festive spirit!


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December 10th 2015

We Love Keeping Active!

 

Despite the chill in the air today, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class enjoyed their P.E. lesson in the playground and proved just how much they love keeping active! Although they only began playing basketball in September, they have grown to love the game and are improving with every week that passes. They also love using the markings on the ground to play games such as chase or hopscotch. As you can see from the photos below, they really do love keeping active!


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December 9th 2015

Light the Lights


p1040266 - copyAt 12.15pm today, Mrs Garvey called the five youngest children in the school to her office, although it wasn't because they were naughty. No, Mrs Garvey gave these children a very important job - turning on the lights on the school's Christmas Tree!santas calling

With great excitement, the children from our junior infant and senior infant classes and their teachers gathered at the front of the school beside our Christmas Tree. Everyone sang Christmas carols to get into the festive spirit. Then, Mrs Garvey's phone rang. A hush came over the children when they heard Mrs Garvey say 'Hello Santa!'. Their shocked and excited faces were a picture. Santa had taken time out of his busy day to ring the children in St Colman's school! Mrs Garvey reassured Santa that all the children in St Colman's were on their best behaviour all year long. Under Santa's guidance, Mrs Garvey began the countdown from ten. The children joined in and when they got to one, Shane, Freya, Dylan, Karina and Jordan switched on the blue and white lights as everyone cheered!


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December 8th 2015

Equestrian News

 

p1040253 - copyLast Sunday, the Interschools Equestrian Competition was held in Mullingar Equestrian Centre. Five of our students took part in the competition representing St Colman's N.S.


Eoghan Mc Namara from Ms Morris' Senior Infants took part in the 40cm Individual Cross Competition and came away with a medal p1040249 - copyand a rosette for first place. Well done Eoghan!


p1040258 - copyChloe Lyons from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class, Isabelle Tunney from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, Aaron Long from Mr Smyth's Fifth Class and Adam Mc Namara from Ms Skelly's Third Class took part in the team event and were delighted to be placed in joint second place with St Kenny's N.S. Chloe and Isabelle took part in the 90cm Individual Cross Competition and came second and third respectively. Aaron took part in the 70cm and 80cm Individual Cross Competition and came in second and first place respectively. Adam took part in the 60 Full Individual Competition and was placed second. A great result all round, I'm sure you'll agree!p1040257 - copy

 

Chloe and Isabelle also took part in a 70cm relay and achieved first place, winning a rosette and a trophy.  Well done girls!


Congratulations to all our young equestrian stars. You did us proud!


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December 7th 2015

Christmas Fair 2015

 

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The annual St Colman's Christmas Fair was held in the school yesterday and was once again a resounding success. There were many activities to keep the children happy and of course the most popular was Santa's Grotto. The festive crafts created by the children and the wonderful home-baked goodies donated by many of you sold out fast! Thanks to everyone who supported this event.

 

December 3rd 2015

Crafts Galore!

 

The school is a hive of activity at the moment with many classes creating Christmas Crafts for the upcoming Christmas Fair on Sunday. From Yule Log Candle Holders to hand-painted plates designed to hold special treats for Santa and Rudolph, there will be no shortage of Christmas gift ideas on sale. Even Mrs Slevin's Junior Infants got involved and made beautiful hand painted stars to decorate the Christmas tree. So, come along on Sunday, enjoy coffee and a chat with friends, get home-made goodies for an after dinner treat and perhaps solve some of your Christmas gift dilemmas while you're there!


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December 2nd 2015

Christmas Activities

2015


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We have a busy month ahead of us and one I'm sure we're all going to enjoy!



To view the list of activities please CLICK HERE 


 

November 30th 2015

Christmas Food Appeal

 

food appealFor many years, the annual Christmas Food Appeal has been a tradition in St Colman's and we are asking you once again to support this worthy cause. Non-perishable food items such as rice, pasta, tinned vegetables, baby food and breakfast cereals are all suitable and will be gratefully received. The food collected will be passed on to Sister Finbar and her parish team and distributed to families in need in the Mullingar area. Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class designed posters to promote the appeal and have left boxes in every classroom for your donations. We ask that all donations be given on or before Friday December 11th. Thank you.

 

November 27th 2015

A Star in the Making

 

Back in September, multi-store gift card group One4All, put a call out on Facebook to find Ireland's 'Happiest Faces' of all ages to use in their 'Happy Gifting' Christmas 2015 advert. Thousands of hopefuls entered the competition, including our very own Darragh Ms Cabe from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class. Darragh's mum Emma applied on Darragh's behalf and she was delighted when he was invited to Dublin in October to audition and was over the moon when he was chosen as one of the 14 happy faces to appear in the Christmas advert. The advert will be on your screens from December 1st, so keep your eyes peeled for our young star. Congratulations Darragh! What a great achievement and I'm sure it is just the first step on the road to stardom.

To view the advert CLICK HERE


The photos below show how Darragh looks onscreen and a behind the scenes photo with the director Dave Tynan.


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November 26th 2015

Keeping Active

 

What a wonderful sight at lunchtime today! Children from the senior corridor were making full use of our running track during their break and having a great time into the bargain. It's great to see so many of you getting active!


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November 25th 2015

Save the Date!

 

save the date 2Yes, it's that time of the year again! The St Colman's Parents' Association are holding their annual Christmas Fair in the school hall on Sunday December 6th 2015 from 11.15am onwards. This is always a popular and happy event and one not to be missed!


As in previous years you will christmas-decorating-cupcakeshave the opportunity to buy home-made cakes, buns and treats and unique Christmas crafts. There will be tea and coffee on sale and plenty of activities to enjoy. The annual Christmas Raffle Draw will also take place on the day.

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Please come along and enjoy this fun family day and encourage family and friends to come also. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.

 

November 24th 2015

New to Boxing

 

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Oliver Dinnegan from Mr Smyth's Fifth Class began boxing just three months ago. He is a member of Elite Boxing Club, Robinstown and trains every Wednesday and Friday. Last Sunday, Oliver took part in his first competition and won his first medal! Well done Oliver, I'm sure it's the first of many.

 

November 24th 2015

Irish Dancing Winner

 

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Amy Devaney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class loves Irish Dancing! She attends dance classes in Rochfortbridge on Tuesday nights. Last Friday, she took part in the Irish Open Championships 2015 in Ashbourne and came away with a trophy and five medals. Congratulations Amy!

 

November 23rd 2015

We're Going on a Bear Hunt....

 

were-going-on-a-bear-huntWe all love a good story book and Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class found a great one last week! Student teacher Ms Kiernan introduced them to the wonderful 'We're Going on a Bear Hunt' written by Michael Rosen. In the early part of the week, the children read the book, using their best reading voices, of course. When Ms Kiernan played a video of Michael Rosen performing his book, the boys and girls joined in with gusto! During their Geography and Science lessons, bearthey learned about different species of animals and the bear was a popular topic of investigation. The drama lesson last week was also based on the story and the children loved acting it out. Ms Kiernan also asked the children to use their imaginations and come up with different locations they could travel through to find a bear. The boys and girls were certainly up for the task and came up with some great ideas - a desert, over a mountain, a tornado and a sandstorm to name just a few!. Continuing with the theme, the children made their own bear during their Art lesson, using rolled up pieces of crepe paper and created an art board with long wavy grass, mud, trees and lots of colourful bears.

So, if anyone out there is going on a bear hunt and needs some experienced bear hunters, look no further than Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class!


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November 20th 2015

Basketball Tournament

 

A group of boys and girls from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes attended a basketball tournament in Streete today. After some very competitive matches and a few close encounters with Moyvore N.S. and Mullingar Educate Together, St Colman's are now top of the leaderboard! The children really enjoyed themselves today and are looking forward to their next tournament in February.


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November 16th 2015

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

2015


Christmas shoeboxes have been gathering in the school over the last few weeks. Today, representatives from 'Team Hope' came to the school to collect the boxes and were delighted with the amount that greeted them. This year, Christmas shoeboxes from Ireland will go to street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families and victims of war or other needy situations in Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Thank you to everyone who donated!


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November 13th 2015

Choose Time

 

p1040103 - copyFriday the thirteenth may be unlucky for some but not for Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class! The excitement was palpable as the children arrived in school this morning. They had collected the required number of stamps for good behaviour and hard work and were rewarded with 'Choose Time'. Many of the children brought in DVDs and after selecting the favourite, the lights were turned off, the chairs moved into better positions and the movie began. Then, as if the wonderful movie, 'Despicable Me 2', was not enough, the arrival of freshly made popcorn, hot from the microwave sent the excitement to fever pitch! There were a lot of happy faces leaving Mrs Slevin's class today and I'm sure it won't be long until they achieve their next 'Choose Time'.


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November 11th 2015

Electric Quiz

 

Science Week Ireland runs from November 8th - 15th this year. With that in mind, Mrs Deane's Sixth Class got to work on an 'Electric Quiz'.

During previous Science lessons, the students had already covered basic circuits. This project would take their knowledge one step further. They created a quiz game using a battery and bulb circuit. Each time the student gives a correct answer, the bulb lights up.The children really enjoyed this Science project as you can see from the photos below.


CLICK HERE if you would like to learn more about making an electric quiz.


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November 9th 2015

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

 

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St Colman's have supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal for many years and this year is no exception. If you would like to fill a box, items such as hats, gloves, pens & pencils, soap, toothpaste, toothbrush and small toys are all suitable. Team Hope request that if possible, four euro for transport costs should go into each box. Single items are also welcome and can be added to a box on your behalf. The last day for accepting boxes is Friday 13th November.

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November 6th 2015

Parachute Fun

 

Ms Hamill's Second Class took advantage of the mild weather today and enjoyed some exercise in the playground. They had great fun too as you can see from the photos below!


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November 4th 2015

StreetSmart Kids

 

p1040015 - copyThe Road Safety Authority (R.S.A.) has devised an exciting new initiative called StreetSmart, which aims to teach young school children about the importance of road safety. This week 'StreetSmart' came to St Colman's. On Monday morning, R.S.A. representatives, Laura Tully and Leona Mulvihill set up their streetscape map in the school hall. Class groups from junior infants to fourth class visited the hall over three days and learned about road safety, as a pedestrian, a cyclist and as a passenger in a car. They watched a short video on cycling, listened to stories and discussed the important points to remember when venturing outside. The children then had the opportunity to put their new found knowledge into practice by entering the 'Safety Village'. Using safety jackets, they adopted various roles such as walker, cyclist, nurse, doctor, p1040063 - copyfire officer or ambulance driver and moved around the village remembering to look left, look right and listen before they crossed each road. Before the children returned to class, they each received their very own 'safety licence' which made them proud and very happy!


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October 22nd 2015

Spooky Silhouettes

 

spooky silhouettes 1There's nothing quite like the glorious palettes of autumn colours. As the days grow shorter, the skies at sunset glow with the beautiful hues of pinks, reds and oranges. With Hallowe'en almost upon us and with autumn sunsets in  mind, Ms Brennan's Fourth Class created wonderful spooky silhouettes. They look great! Well done everyone!


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October 21st 2015

Senior Hurling Champions


On Sunday last, Clonkill GAA became Westmeath Senior Hurling Champions for the 14th time in Cusack Park, Mullingar. Today we had a visit from some of the winning team. They chatted to the students about Sunday's match and encouraged the boys to join a hurling club if they're not already in one!


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October 20th 2015

Safety at Hallowe'en

 

Garda Dave Hannon, from Mullingar Garda Station, paid a visit to our sixth classes to advise them on how to keep themselves and the more vunerable members of society safe during the Hallowe'en festivities. The children and their teachers are very grateful to Garda Hannon and appreciate his valuable advice.


For information on Hallowe'en Safety please CLICK HERE


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October 14th 2015

Friendship Tree

 

Friends are so important and there's no shortage of friends in Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class! When I visited today, it was plain to see that the friendships forged last year in junior infants are still present and stronger than ever. The children even made their very own 'Autumn Friendship Tree' during their art lesson, using their hand prints in autumnal colours.


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October 9th 2015

Making Lighthouses

 

During their Science lesson, Mr Beehan's Sixth Class have been learning about electricity and basic circuits. They finished off this topic by building their own functioning lighthouses and had plenty of fun along the way!


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October 8th 2015

Cute Halloween Spiders

 

Mrs Slevins' Junior Infant Class began their Halloween art this week and created these very cute Halloween spiders.


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October 1st 2015

A Good Start!

 

Food Dudes got off to a good start this morning with a delivery of cucumber and mandarin oranges. For most children, it was not their first time to taste these and many lunchboxes contain them daily. For some children though, it was their first time and although they were hesitant, I'm delighted to say everyone tasted the fruit and vegetables provided today. Even visitors to the school, Fr Paul and Fr Luke had some cucumber!


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October 1st 2015

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

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i heart cross country runningCongratulations to the fifty one children from St Colman's N.S., who took part in the annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run yesterday, in Belvedere House and Gardens. The event was organised by Mullingar Harriers and schools from all over the county attended. All our runners performed well. Well done to you all!



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September 30th 2015

Food Dudes

 

fooddudesWe like to encourage healthy eating habits in St Colman's and starting tomorrow we are participating in the Food Dudes Healthy Eating Programme. The programme is managed by Bord Bia and is funded by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine and the European Union through the School Fruit and Vegetables Scheme.fruit-and-veg

Health experts recommend that we eat at least 5 portions of fruit and vegetables each day. The aim of the Food Dudes programme is to encourage children to repeatedly try fruit and vegetables so that they can learn to like them. Four types of fruit and four types of vegetables will be provided and repeated four times over the next sixteen day period.


For more information on the programme please go to www.fooddudes.ie

 

September 29th 2015

GAA Blitz Winner


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Ellie May Murtagh from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class plays Gaelic with the Downs GFC. Last week her team played in an U10 blitz and Ellie May was delighted to win a medal! 


 

September 28th 2015

Torn Paper Portraits

 

Ms Geraghty's Senior Infant Class have been learning 'All About Me'. During their art lesson last week, they used torn pieces of paper of many different colours to create portraits of themselves. They did a great job as you can see from the photos below.


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September 28th 2015

'Super Blood Moon'

 

lunar eclipseA rare total lunar eclipse with a supermoon took place in the early hours of this morning. The last total eclipse was in December 2010, but the combination with a supermoon has not been seen since 1982. The moon turned a blood red colour and appeared bigger and brighter than usual as it was at its closest point to the earth. David Moore from Astronomy Ireland said that the moon was lit by all of the earth's sunsets and sunrises.

For those of you, (like me!) who didn't get up in the early hours to see this very rare event, the photograph below was taken by a photographer in Dundalk, Co Louth and gives us an idea of what we missed. This supermoon will not occur again until 2033.


super blood moon

 

September 22nd 2015

2016 Centenary Celebrations

 

centenary symbol 2016At 1pm today, the children and teachers from first to sixth class, gathered in the upper playground to welcome some very important visitors to the school. Lieutenant Sarah Donnelly and Gunner Peter Scally, who are members of the 2 Artillery Regiment, Athlone, were asked by the government to visit schools in Westmeath as part of the '2016 Centenary Programme'.p1030715 - copy

Lieutenant Donnelly spoke to the children about the significance of 2016, which will mark the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising. She explained that the purpose of their visit today was to deliver a copy of the 1916 Proclamation and an Irish flag to St Colman's. She mentioned many of the important words and phrases that are included in the proclamation. Many of these words were featured in banners, specially made by our sixth class students. She invited the children, over the coming months, to write a proclamation of their own. She hoped that all children and staff would work together to come up with a new proclamation for St Colman's. Isabelle Tunney from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class then came forward to read an extract from the 1916 Proclamation.

irish flagThe Irish flag, which was first raised in 1848 by Thomas Frances Meagher and came to be accepted as the National Flag in 1916 is often called the Tricolour. Lieutenant Donnelly gave the children some information on flag Protocol eg: The flag should never be dragged on the ground, one should never write on the flag and the Irish flag should always be the highest flag if raised with other school or club flags. One rule that surprised the children was that the flag should not be raised at night unless there is a light shining on it! 

Gunner Scally then presented Mrs Garvey with the National Flag and a copy of the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.

As part of the centenary celebrations, March 15th 2016 will be Proclamation Day. Schools around the country are invited to read their newly created proclamation while raising the National Flag on that day.


2016 centenary celebrations

 

September 21st 2015

Leinster GAA Winners

 

Congratulations to twin sisters, Kelly and Dánagh Nagle, from Mr Beehan's and Mrs Deane's Sixth Classes respectively, who won Leinster U12 Gaelic Football medals on Saturday last. The girls, who are members of Shandonagh GFC, travelled with the Westmeath U12 girls football team to Portlaoise to take part in a county blitz and were very proud to return home victorious.


leinster gaa winners

 

September 11th 2015

Settling in Well

 

The first two weeks of school have passed by very quickly and everyone has settled into their new routine. Our 58 junior infants are really enjoying their new experience in 'Big School'. Although their days ended at noon, they still managed to pack plenty of work, play and fun into each day! They will begin their longer days, ending at 1.30pm on Monday but I don't think that will be a problem for this hard working group.


mrs slevins class at work and play

ms healys class at work and play

 

August 25th 2015

Welcome Back


welcome back 2015

 

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

Junior Infants will go home at 12 noon from Tuesday September 1st until Friday September 11th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Monday September 14th onwards.

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

 

summer



June 26th 2015

Excellent Attendance

 

Mr Geraghty had a busy morning visiting every class to present certificates for excellent attendance. Thirty three children received 'Gold Star' certificates for 100% attendance while a further one hundred and five children received certificates for missing only five days or less. For many, this was not their first time to receive this award. Congratulations to you all!


excellent attendance

 

June 25th 2015

School Tours

2015

 

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


 

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


lullymore heritage parkThe second class boys and girls visited Lullymore Heritage and Discovery Park in County Kildare. They enjoyed a trip on the road train, a guided tour of the pet farm and a special visit to the fairy village where they could make a wish. Finally they tired themselves out in the indoor and outdoor activity areas.

 

Fourth classes travelled to Tayto Park in County Meath. They were given a tour of thetayto park Tayto factory and saw how the potato ends up as a bag of crisps. They also saw many animals large and small in a guided tour of the animal park. After lunch they were kept busy in the outdoor activity area which included a zip-line and climbing Wall and  the brand new roller coaster called 'The Cú Chulainn Coaster'. They had a wonderful time and although they were very tired on the way home, they still had the energy to sing!

 

liliput adventure centre

 

Our sixth class students paid a visit to Lilliput Adventure Centre which is in the scenic Lough Ennell area of Mullingar. They took part in a number of outdoor activities and were given an insight into environmental awareness and the importance of safety. This was the last tour they will all spend together, so it was extra special and a great day was had by all.

 

June 22nd 2015

Staff Versus 6th Class

 

Shamrock's G.F.C. grounds was the venue today for the match of the season! (At least that's what the staff called it!) Of course it was the annual 'Staff versus 6th Class' Match. At 1pm, the children from 1st to 6th class walked to the football grounds to watch an exciting match where members of the staff, aided by Fr Paul Crosbie played football against our 6th class students. Like last year, it was another tough game with the staff emerging as the winners.


staff versus 6th class


June 21st 2015

Happy Father's Day


wonderful dads

 

June 17th 2015

Cycle on Wednesday

2015

bikeweek 2015Green Schools Bike Week takes place from June 15th - 19th 2015. Today was National COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday) and schools around the country were asked to cycle to school to help Green Schools Ireland reach their target of 5,000 people cycling to school today. Children from St Colman's met at the cinema in Lakepoint at 8.30am, kitted out in their helmets and hi-vis vests and cycled to the school accompanied by Gardaí, Community Wardens, parents and school staff. In spite of the inclement weather, there was a great turnout. Well done to you all.


cycle on wednesday 2015

 

June 16th 2015

One Last Match


Mr Geraghty and Ms Healy brought our boys football team to Shamrocks G.F.C. after school today to have the final game of the season. The sixth class boys played against the boys from fifth, fourth and third classes. Even though it was a friendly match, it was very competitive with both sides playing their hearts out.


one last match

 

June 15th 2015

Look Who's Back...


Once again we have swallows nesting in the grounds of St Colman's! Above the entrance door beside Kevin's shed to be precise. We love to see nature in action and what better way than to see the mother swallow feed her baby chicks and the children get to see this every day as they enter the school.

We usually see the first swallows return to Ireland in April. Swallows travel in families, they pass over deserts and seas and fly through all sorts of weather to come here for the Irish Summer. It takes weeks for the birds to make their journey to Ireland. Their arrival signals good news for us on the weather front as they only return when it will be warm enough for them to find a plentiful supply of food - they eat hundreds of midges! What you may not realise is that swallows are a protected species and it is illegal to remove their nests from your property.

The five baby chicks are getting bigger by the day so they might fly the nest very soon, but hopefully we'll see them back again next year.


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look whos back - swallows

 

June 14th 2015

5K Family Fun Run/Walk


It was great to see so many turn up for the first St Colman's Family Fun Run/Walk. From the very young in their prams to the not so young - all ages took part! Registration was at the school and the race began at Shamrocks G.F.C. grounds. Serious runners were up at the front and everyone else followed at their own pace. There was a tremendous atmosphere and the glorious sunshine just added to the occasion. Some went back to the school for refreshments, while others stayed in the Shamrock's ground enjoying the sunshine and chatting to friends. This was a very enjoyable fundraiser for the school organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association and will hopefully be an annual event!


5k fun run 1

5k fun run 2

5k fun run 3

 

June 12th 2015

Ice Cream Surprise


99 ice creamAs soon as the 'Presentation of Medals' ceremony was over, Mrs Garvey announced a surprise that had the children cheering and whooping for joy. Every child was to get an ice cream cone as a special treat. Just what you need on a sunny day like today. Thanks Mrs Garvey!

ice cream surprise 1

ice cream surprise 2

 

June 12th 2015

Presentation of Medals

2015

 

p1040585 - copyAt 11.30am this morning, all staff and students gathered in the upper playground to see some of our young sports stars collect their Cumann na mBunscoil medals. This year, our Girls Football and Camogie teams and our Boys Football team all won their competitions. County footballer and past pupil, Shane Dempsey very kindly came back to St Colman's today to present the medals. Our Boys Hurling team was also acknowledged as they made it to the semi-final of the Division 1 Championship.


presentation of medals 2015


Pizza Party

 

pizza party




As a reward for their hard work and commitment over the past year, the winning camogie and football teams enjoyed a pizza party this afternoon in the school.

 

June 11th 2015

Well Deserved Treat


movie



Our school choir and orchestra have had a busy year and as a reward for all their hard work and commitment, they were taken to the cinema today to see the movie 'Home'.

 

 

 

June 11th 2015

Making the Most of the Sunshine

 

We enjoyed Sports Day in the sun yesterday and today, many of our classes took advantage of the sunshine again and moved outside to work, eat and play. Our outdoor classroom was constantly in use for 'drop everything and read' time, the front field was a perfect spot for a lunchtime picnic and the upper and lower playgrounds were buzzing with fun and activity.


making the most of the sunshine 1

making the most of the sunshine 2

 

June 10th 2015

Evening Recital

 

At this time of the year, we like to acknowledge and celebrate the musical achievements of our students over the past year. To that end, family and friends were invited to a music recital this evening in St Paul's Church. The choir and orchestra have performed many times during the school year, at Mass, the Christmas Carol Service, the Garda Band performance etc but tonight they chose to sing and play the pieces that they performed at 'Féis Baile Átha Cliath'. Many of our students receive tuition in trumpet, saxaphone and flute and they also played pieces tonight. It was a very enjoyable night of music for the participants and of course the appreciative audience.


evening recital 2015

 

June 10th 2015

Sports Day

2015

 

When I opened my curtains this morning and was greeted by a beautiful sunny day, I knew the right day was chosen for our annual Sports Day! As in previous years, the children from the senior corridor walked to St Loman's F.C. grounds and the children from the junior corridor stayed at the school. All the usual events took place - Soccer, Gaelic Football, obstacle course, sack race, egg and spoon race, bouncy castle fun and Mrs Skittles to name but a few. The smiles on the faces of our students as they headed home today told the story - A good day was had by all!


sports day 1

sports day 2

Junior Corridor 

sports day 3

sports day 4

Senior Corridor

 

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