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September 14th 2018

Settling In Well

 

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


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September 3rd 2018

Welcome Bishop Deenihan

 

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Bishop Smith Retires

 

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


 

 

August 22th 2018

Welcome Back


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

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


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


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School Phone Number - 044 9340901


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June 28th 2018

School Tours

2018

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


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


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

 

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

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



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


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


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


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

 

June 28th 2018

A Day by the Sea

 

The boys and girls in Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class have had a busy few weeks preparing for their summer play. Lines have been learned, songs rehearsed and dance moves practised for this eagerly awaited performance. The hall has been decorated with the children's artwork and the invitations have been sent.

This morning at 11am, parents, family and friends gathered in the school hall. The play included toe tapping tunes like 'Henry the crab' and 'Oh I do like to be beside the seaside' and if the clapping and cheering at the end of the performance was anything to go by, this wonderful summer play was enjoyed by all and a great end to the school year!


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Mrs Granahan and the children would like to thank Linda for the wonderful seaside themed cake she brought in. They will enjoy eating that!

 

June 27th 2018

Newsletters

 

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


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


 

June 27th 2018

Goodbye to Sixth Class

2018


a fond farewellAs the summer holidays approach, the time comes to say a fond farewell to our sixth class students, most of whom have been with us for the last eight years.



Last night, friends and family were invited to an end of year Mass in St Paul's Church to celebrate their lives thus far and to wish them well as they move on to secondary school and new adventures. Many of the sixth class pupils took part in the Mass and the music was supplied by the school choir. Afterwards everyone returned to the school for refreshments. As an extra special treat, Mrs Garvey also arranged for an ice cream van to visit the school. The evening ended with everyone enjoying ice cream outside on a wonderful summer day. 


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This morning a very excited bunch arrived in school ready for their last day. After having lunch in town, it came time to say their goodbyes. The children are moving to pastures new and we wish them great success in everything they do.


Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.

 

June 21st 2018

Maths Trail for Junior Infants

 

The boys and girls in Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class love Maths! But, when Mrs Gavin set the children a Maths Trail challenge they asked for help from their friends in Ms Mc Loughlin's Second Class. The children divided up into mixed groups and set about answering the questions in the Maths Trail booklet. They began the challenge indoors and later moved outside to finish up. Friendships were forged, questions were answered and good fun was had by all!


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June 20th 2018

Wood Sculpture in Belvedere

 

Our third class students travelled to Belvedere House and Gardens today to see a very special wood sculpture in the making. The work is being carried out by local wood carver and carpenter Mr Richie Clarke. Richie is father to Emily Rose from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class and Anna from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Second Class. Richie is currently transforming a large oak stump into King Malachy. As you can imagine the children were super excited and impressed by Richie's work and had many questions for him. He very patiently answered every question. The children would like to thank Richie for taking time away from his creation to talk to them. Don't forget to look out for the finished sculpture when you visit Belvedere over the Summer holidays.


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June 19th 2018

Lilliput Races


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Chloe Cahill from Ms Murphy's Third Class took part in races at Lilliput on Sunday. She ran in an 80 metres U10 race and was delighted to finish in third place. Well done Chloe!

 

June 18th 2018

New Bishop of Meath

 

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


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June 18th 2018

Gaelic Street League

 

Kayla Comiskey-Hogan, Katie Mc Grath, Erin Murray, Maddie Mulderry, Emily Mc Sherry and Shannon Breslin are not just classmates in Ms Murphy's Third Class, they are also team mates in St Loman's U 10 girls team. On Friday last, they all took part in an U10 St Loman's Street League, organised by Owen Kevlihan, and proudly showed me their medals today. Well done girls!


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June 15th 2018

Penalties against the Principal

 

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


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June 15th 2018

Prize-giving


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


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June 15th 2018

Player of the Week

 

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Dylan Thornton from Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class is a member of St Oliver Plunkett's Hurling Club. This week he received a trophy for Player of the Week. Well done Dylan!

 

June 15th 2018

Relax Kids

 

The boys and girls from our junior and senior infant classes enjoyed an introduction to 'Relax Kids' this morning with Fiona Foy. The children practiced some breathing exercises and yoga techniques and felt totally 'chilled out' when they returned to class.


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June 15th 2018

Waka Waka

(This Time for Africa)

 

Throughout Active Schools Week when music is played over the intercom, that is the signal for staff and students to get up and dance. The song this year is 'The Eye of the Tiger' and having mastered the dance moves, it has become a firm favourite with the children. Coming up a close second is 'Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)'. A group of boys from Mrs Farrell's First Class have become so good at the dance for this song that they visited each class today to perform for everyone. Well done boys!


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June 14th 2018

LEGO WeDo

 

Mrs Garvey recently aquired some new equipment called LEGO WeDo. She needed some students to try it out and she didn't have to look far. The boys and girls in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class were happy to take on the challenge. LEGO WeDo is a robotics hardware and software platform specifically designed for primary school children. This was a terrific team building exercise and proved a big hit with the students!


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June 14th 2018

Fun on an Obstacle Course

 

Our sixth class students were very busy this morning creating an obstacle course on the grass in front of the school and in the upper playground. Each station was manned and an invitation was sent to the junior infant classes. The junior infant boys and girls tried out each station with the help and supervision of the older students. As you can see from the photos below, they all had a wonderful time!


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June 13th 2018

Sports Day

2018

 

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

Keeping with tradition, the children from third to sixth class, walked to St Loman's G.F.C. grounds where all the usual events took place. Once again, the children were divided into four teams; blue, white, green and red. Soccer, Gaelic football, wellie throw, ski races and the old favourite egg and spoon race were just some of the events enjoyed by the children. 

The children from junior infants to second class remained in the school grounds. Basketball, mini badminton, football skills, races, a bouncy castle, a bouncy obstacle course and Mrs Skittles & Starburst kept all the children very busy.

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


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June 13th 2018

Basketball Blitz


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Eighteen of our sixth class students took part in a 'Westmeath Basketball Blitz' in Streete last week. They all played very well but were unfortunately beaten in the semi-final. Well done everyone!



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For her constant support and encouragment of her teammates throught the tournament, Paige Matthews won a trophy for 'Most Valuable Player'. Congratulations Paige!

 

June 13th 2018

An Evening of Music

 

 

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

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

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

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


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June 12th 2018

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls


The eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class girls basketball match took place in the lower playground this afternoon. All classes made their way to the playground to support the teams. The competition was intense and the game was enjoyed by all!


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June 12th 2018

Martial Arts Demonstration

 

This morning, all classes were treated to a martial arts demonstration in the lower playground. Three instructors from Shogun.ie Martial Arts gave the children educational lessons in the art of traditional Japanese Martial Arts. They had Japanese Samurai Armour, a musket rifle and a number of swords with them. Japanese martial art is the oldest martial art in the world and will teach children the value of manners, discipline and respect. It teaches not how to fight, but how to escape. A clever martial artist does not need to fight but knows how to defend themselves when there is no other option.


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June 11th 2018

Tag Rugby

 

The green area at the front of the school was fully occupied for most of the day. The photos below show Mr Boyles Fifth Class enjoying Tag Rugby.


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June 11th 2018

Tug of War

 

We were very happy to once again welcome Cathy Sheerin to the school to impart some of her extensive knowledge of 'Tug of War' to the children. Below the children from Ms Kiernan's Senior Infant Class try out some of their newly acquired skills!


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June 11th 2018

Move in the Morning


Yesterday's Fun Run got Active Schools Week off to a great start. This morning and every morning this week, we intend to start the day with 'Move in the Morning'. There was a great turnout today and we hope to see as many participants as possible each day.


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June 10th 2017

5k Family Fun Run/Walk


fun run pic 2018Students, staff, family and friends of St Colman's turned out in their droves today for the annual St Colman's 5k Family Fun Run/Walk. All ages took part, from the very young in prams to the not so young and everything in between - even a few family pets! Registration was at the school and the race began just outside the gates of Shamrocks G.F.C. grounds. The serious runners were up at the front and everyone else followed at their own pace. There was a tremendous atmosphere and the continuing spell of dry, warm weather just added to the occasion. Afterwards refreshments were available at the school and many took the opportunity to relax and recharge while chatting to friends. This was a very enjoyable fundraiser for the school organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way. A great start to our 'Active Schools Week'!


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June 8th 2018

Cumann na mBunscol Champs


Congratulations to our boys football team who were recently crowned Division 1B football champions. They were up against a determined and skillful Moate team but our boys were up for the challenge and ran out deserving victors in the end. Well done boys!


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June 7th 2018

Duathlon


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Lucy Creevy from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Second Class is quite the seasoned runner. Last Monday she took part in a duathlon which was held in the town park. Lucy swam four lengths of the pool and followed that with one lap of the town park. Well done Lucy!


 

June 7th 2018

Gaelic Tournament


Four classmates, Rory Kelly, Paddy Colleary, Elliott Harte and Ben Murphy from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's Second Class are all members of Shamrocks G.F.C.  On Monday night last, they took part in an U10 Gaelic tournament in St Loman's G.F.C. The boys played well and were delighted to be awarded medals.


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May 31st 2018

Ice Cream Anybody?

 

This wonderful spell of fine weather has us all reaching for something to cool us down. Our sixth class students in Mr Beehan's Class were inspired by the good weather to have a creative Science lesson this week. They tried their hand at making ice cream. By all accounts it was a very successful lesson although, there was no evidence left behind!


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May 29th 2018

Getting Some Training in.....


With 'Active Schools Week' just around the corner, many of our classes began preparations today by 'Walking a Mile with a Smile and a Buddy'. Some of our senior classes partnered up with junior and senior infants and headed off for an enjoyable walk along the canal. The glorious sunshine had everybody in good form and added to the enjoyment!


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May 24th 2018

Parachute Fun in the Sun


The boys and girls from Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class took advantage of the bright, sunny weather today and had some fun outside with a parachute!


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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

2018

 

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 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 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 9th 2018

Grandparents Day

2018

 

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

2018


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 29th 2018

Cathloic Schools Week

2018


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 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

2017


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 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 17th 2017

Christmas Fair

2017


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 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 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!


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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.

 

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