Enrolment Week for Junior Infants for September 2015 - from 26th to 30th January 2015







January 29th 2015

Feed The Birds


Recent visitors to the school may have noticed the numerous bird feeders hanging from poles or trees around the school. These bird feeders are all thanks to Mrs Walters' Fourth Class. They have been learning about different types of weather and climate patterns around the world in their Geography/Science lessons. They went on to study the effects of weather on the local environment, plants and animals. While discussing the bad weather we've been having over the last number of weeks, the children became aware of the difficulties that birds experience finding food at this time of the year. They decided that they would like to tackle this problem by making their own bird feeders during their next Art lesson. After collecting the recyclable items needed the children got to work. The results of their hard work are now feeding the many species of birds that visit our area. Last Tuesday, as part of Catholic Schools Week, we were asked to do a random act of kindness. If that applies to birds as well as humans, Mrs Walters' Fourth Class has that covered.

CLICK HERE to learn how to make the bird feeders.

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January 27th 2015

Catechists Visit


learn and grow together with jesusToday, the Parish Catechists Team, Mr David Gavin, Mrs Helen Kiernan and Mrs Antoinette Shaw visited all classes in the school. David, Helen and Antoinette enjoyed quite a few interesting conversations and listened to some of the children's favourite hymns from the Alive O programme. They really enjoyed their visit to St Colman's and before leaving they asked Mrs Garvey to give the children a night off homework. Anyone passing the school around two o'clock might have wondered what all the cheering was about - well now you know!!


January 27th 2015

Futsal Competition

Yesterday, Mr Smyth brought twenty of our fourth class students, ten boys and ten girls, to a Futsal competition in Loreto College. Futsal is a 5-a-side indoor soccer game mostly associated with Brazil and Spain but is growing in popularity here in Ireland. The name Futsal derives from the Spanish and Portuguese phrases for indoor soccer - Futbol Sala and Futebol de Salao. The event was organised by Paul Osam from the FAI. St Colman's entered the competition with teams from Educate Together, St Mary's CBS, The Downs and Gaelscoil An Mhuilin. Our teams performed well and really enjoyed their first experience of Futsal.

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January 26th 2015

Catholic Schools Week

January 25th - 31st 2015


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The theme for Catholic Schools Week 2015 is 'Catholic Schools: Called to Serve'. Love, Kindness, Joy, Truth and Justice are the reflections for each week day. Today and every day this week, children will read prayers over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.


January 22nd 2015

Boxing Win


boxing glovesTwo of our fifth class students have been making a name for themselves in the boxing arena. Jack Geoghegan and Oisín Sheridan are members of the Olympic Boxing Club Mullingar, established in May 2014. Jack from Ms Mc Laughlin's Class and Oisín from Mr Smyth's Class, who have been boxing for three and five years respectively, recently entered the Michael Andrews Championships, Boy 1 category (11yrs of age). Jack fought well but was unlucky to be knocked out in the quarter final stage. Oisín made it all the way to the final in the National Stadium on January 18th and was victorious on the day. Well done boys and very best of luck in future competitions.

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January 19th 2015

Army Band Performance


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January 18th 2015

Sharing his Faith


The children from our sixth and second classes, who are preparing for their Confirmation and First Holy Communion, were invited to attend Mass in St Paul's Church this morning. All Ireland medallist Ger Brennan spoke to the children about his faith and the important role his parents played in passing on the gift of faith to him. Ger is a secondary school teacher and has won All Ireland medals with Dublin. Members of St Loman's and Shamrocks GAA club also took part in the Mass. Our sixth classes will receive their Confirmation on March 21st 2015 in the Cathedral and our second classes will receive their First Holy Communion on May 10th 2015 in St Paul's Church. We wish them every success with their preparations.

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Some of our second class children with Ger Brennan and members of St Loman's GAA


January 16th 2015


Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class were sad to see the snow disapppear on Wednesday so they decided to create a snowman in today's art lesson that won't melt away! This familiar looking snowman is of course Olaf from the very popular movie 'Frozen'.

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January 14th 2015

Do You Want To Build A Snowman?

(Part two)

For those of you who were disappointed that there wasn't much snow yesterday, you must have been very happy this morning to see the white blanket of snow covering everything. The early birds among you probably had a snowman built before you came to school. And for the rest of you, I hope you had some fun before the rain washed it all away.

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January 13th 2015

Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

p1030074 - copyThere was great excitement among our students this morning when they woke to see that snow had fallen. That excitement reached fever pitch around midday when they looked out their classroom windows and saw a snow blizzard. Alas, the snow didn't last long and there may not have been enough to build a snowman, but there was plenty for a good snowball fight and lots of fun!

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Ms Hamill's and Ms Healy's Junior Infant Classes having fun


January 8th 2015

Enrolment Week


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     Junior Infants

     2015 - 2016


Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2015 will take

place during the week of

26th January 2015 - 30th January 2015

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

All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2015,

together with the necessary documentation - birth cert, 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 30th January 2015


January 6th 2015

Nollaig na mBan


three wise menToday, all 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 5th 2015

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.


December 24th 2014

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December 22nd 2014

Jingle all the Way...

During the month of December, Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class had a very special visitor come to stay. Jingle, one of Santa's elves, came all the way from the North Pole to live with the boys and girls in their classroom. Each day, Jingle sat quietly watching the children and took notes on all the kind and wonderful things the boys and girls did for one another. It was a totally different story at night though! Jingle would take off to the North Pole and give his report to Santa and on returning to the class, he got up to lots of mischief! He climbed up the side of the wardrobes, dressed himself in our Christmas play costumes, built a snowman, had a bath and even hid in our class Christmas tree. The children really enjoyed his antics and the first thing they did every morning was look for Jingle to see what he'd been up to the night before. Sadly on Friday morning, the children found a note from Jingle, telling them that he had to return to the North Pole to help Santa with his final preparations for Christmas Eve. But I have a feeling we might see him again next year!



December 21st 2014

A Busy Week!


Mr Beehan's Sixth Class had a very busy week in the lead up to the Christmas holidays and they enjoyed every minute of it. Read on and see what they did......

Mini Fish Farm Project


Earlier in the week the boys and girls embarked upon an exciting 'Mini Fish Farm' project with the expert guidance of Dermot Broughan from Inland Fisheries Ireland. Dermot supplied the children with over 100 newly spawned trout eggs which were stripped from Lough Owel. Over the coming months, the children will monitor the development of these eggs as they hatch and eventually they will release the young fry into the river Brosna.

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The Chandler Shop


img 3940 - copyMr Beehan decided that the children's Christmas art lesson this week would be 'make a Christmas gift'. He chose Chandlery as  the topic. A chandler was the head of chandlery in medieval households and was responsible for wax, candles and soap. The term chandelier, at one time a ceiling fitting that held several candles together, is still used today and is not just the name of a song!! Today's chandeliers are ornamental electric light fittings. The boys and girls loved this idea and very quickly began making their own layered candles. The beautiful aroma filling the senior corridor added enormously to the festive spirit in the school. As you can see from the photos below, the candles turned out very well indeed!


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Christmas Talent Show

To finish off the week and term 1 in style, Mr Beehan held a mini talent show among his students. Great fun was had by all as the boys and girls strutted their stuff. Mrs Garvey got a treat when she popped in to wish everyone a Happy Christmas. There is quite a bit of talent in Mr Beehan's Sixth Class. X Factor eat your heart out!!

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December 19th 2014

The Adventures of........


three snowmenSally, Sammy and Snowy. And who are they, you might ask. Well, they are three snowmen who came to visit Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class to have some fun with the boys and girls. For eleven nights, Sally, Sammy and Snowy went home, each with a different child. All Ms Costelloe asked was that the children would record their adventures. Three special scrapbooks were sent home with the snowmen to keep all the different stories together. The children took the challenge that Ms Costelloe set and ran with it. They wrote about their fun evening with their snowmen and drew some pictures to add a bit of colour to the stories. Some children even took photos as a permanent reminder. Ms Costelloe was thrilled with the amount of effort each child put into their story.

The snowmen must return to the North Pole but the scrapbooks will always be in the class to remind the children of the adventures they had with a snowman called Sally, Sammy or Snowy.

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December 18th 2014

Christmas Play Time


Our school hall has been a very busy place this week. On Monday at 11.30am, Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class started the Christmas play season off with 'Present for the baby' and today straight after the Christmas Carol Service Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class performed the last play under the direction of Mr Farrell. Throughout the four days we've had crying babies, many wise men, countless shepherds, angels, stars that can't shine, Cinderella, Niall Horan, Simon Cowell and of course the baby Jesus. Everyone performed brilliantly to packed appreciative audiences. We have many budding actors and actresses in our midst and we certainly won't have any trouble getting children for the school choir in the future. Well done to all the children and their teachers. Great job everyone!

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Ms Healy's Senior Infant Class

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Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class

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Mrs Walters' Fourth Class

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Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class

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Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class

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Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class

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Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class


December 18th 2014

Christmas Carol Service


Silence reigned in the school today at 11am. All students and staff assembled in St Paul's Church for our annual Christmas Carol Service. This year's format was a little different from other years. Our service began with a song from the choir. Fr Paul welcomed everyone and introduced the first reader. Then the lights went down and Mrs Farrell's Second Class walked to the altar, each holding a lighted candle. We then heard the story of the birth of Jesus from members of the living crib, Joseph, the innkeepers wife, an angel from Heaven and finally the old shepherd. We had a beautiful rendition of 'Oh Holy Night' sung by Helen Hassett and accompanied by the choir. Mrs Shiel's Second Class decorated the tree on the Altar with special symbols of Christmas.

At this time of the year when one can easily get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the materialistic side of Christmas, it's nice to take the time to slow down and remember the true meaning of Christmas. The Carol Service today gave us all that time. A huge thank you to everyone who helped in any way to make the service a truly beautiful occasion.

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December 17th 2014

Christmas Art


It's not too long ago that the corridors of St Colman's were decorated with Halloween art. But the haunted houses, pumpkins, skeletons and witches are gone and in their place we now have Santas, snowmen, penguins, reindeer, Christmas trees, holly and of course Christmas Cribs! Enjoy a small selection of this wonderful Christmas art below.

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December 16th 2014

Kits for the Boys


St Colman's boys football and hurling teams were presented with a full kit of jerseys, shorts and socks today in the school hall. The kit was sponsored by St Loman's and Mullingar Shamrocks Gaelic Football Clubs. Shane Dempsey, representing St Loman's G.F.C. and Denis Coroon , representing Shamrocks G.F.C. were there to hand over the kits. Let's hope we see the teams wearing the kits in the finals in Cusack Park next year!

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December 15th 2014

Food Appeal Success


thankyousomuchbunnybutterfliesThis year our Food Appeal was promoted by the children from Mrs Walters' Fourth Class. The children left boxes and posters which they designed themselves in every class and visited daily to give a gentle reminder to everyone. Their hard work paid off and no one was happier than Ms Mary Mc Knight, from the Mullingar Parish Centre, when she came to the school today to collect the numerous boxes of food.The children had an extra surprise in store for Ms Mc Knight. All the food was sorted into cereals, pasta, tins, jars, coffee and tea etc. Ms Mc Knight's car was full to bursting as she left. She expressed her thanks and assured the children that Sr Finbarr and her team will deliver the food to families in need in the Mullingar area. Thank you to everyone who supported this venture.

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December 13th 2014

Hand-Painted Plates

p1020664 - copyThe boys and girls in Mrs Farrell's Second Class had a very exciting surprise yesterday. Local artist Andrina Finch paid a visit to their class to teach a special Christmas Art lesson. No one was more surprised than Andrina's son Peter who joined Mrs Farrell's class last September. Using white dinner plates and ceramic paint, and Rudolph as a theme, Andrina instructed the childen in a step by step lesson on how to hand paint plates. The results were terrific!

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December 12th 2014

Christmas Activities


We have only one week to go before the Christmas holidays begin and it's going to be a busy one! To view the list of activities please CLICK HERE

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Children from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class beside the school crib


December 11th 2014

An Amazing Find

p1020646One of our young fourth class students, Cormac Grimes from Mrs Walters' Class, has been hitting the headlines recently when he made an amazing find. While Cormac was playing in the grounds of Mullingar Town F.C., he became interested in some dark coloured stones which he found beside the astroturf pitch. Cormac had visited museums in Dublin earlier in the year with a friend and thought these stones looked like some of the archaeological artefacts he saw there. After contacting the National Museum, Cormac was shocked and delighted to find that he was right and the stones were in fact flakes of chert, dating to the prehistoric period. Ms Maeve Sikora, from the National Museum came to Mullingar to see Cormac and examine the site where he found the chert and they were both interviewed by the Topic newspaper.

To read the Topic Newspaper article please CLICK HERE 


December 10th 2014

Christmas Play Rehearsals

If you pass the school hall at any stage during the day, the sound of music can be heard, as the Christmas Play rehearsals get underway. Seven of our classes are performing this year and they are all sounding pretty good!

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Mrs Slevin's, Mrs Walters' and Ms Mc Laughlin's Classes all hard at work!


December 9th 2014

Recycle Your Old Phone

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The average Irish mobile phone user changes their phone every eighteen months and many young people change them much more often. What happens to those old phones? Our Green Schools committee are currently having a drive to collect old mobile phones. These phones are enormously beneficial to the school. For every 40 phones collected, the school will receive a €100 voucher that can be used to buy Maths, Literacy and Science resources and IT equipment. This Christmas, many of you will change your phone or know someone who changes img 1126their phone, so we ask that you remember us and donate the old phone to the school drive.

One young student in Ms Skelly's Third Class, Lisa Mc Donagh has gotten the drive off to a flying start by collecting 56 phones. Well done Lisa! 



December 8th 2014

Christmas Fair 2014

img 9400I'm delighted to tell you that once again the annual St Colman's Christmas Fair was a resounding success. There was a huge turn out and the school was buzzing with festive cheer. The homebaked goodies went down a treat and the wonderful arts and crafts made by the children were snapped up in no time at all! But by far the busiest room was definitely Santa's Grotto on the senior corridor. Thanks must go 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 7th 2014

The Christmas Tree is Lit!


The lights on the Christmas tree in front of the school have been turned on! This year Kevin, our caretaker, has chosen blue and white lights and they look lovely. Thanks Kevin.

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December 6th 2014

Friendly Reminder


just a friendly reminderWith just one day to go until the annual Christmas Fair, the excitement is building. We hope to see a large crowd in the school tomorrow. In addition to the cake sale, there will be plenty of Christmas decorations and gift ideas on sale. The popular pyramids and crackers with treats inside will be there and jars of sweets and Hot Chocolate, decorated with handmade Rudolph, Penguins, Santa and Snowmen. The children have been working very hard for the last few days and the fruits of their labour will surprise and delight you. The usual tea and coffee will be on sale and I have it on good authority that a familiar gentleman with white hair and beard and wearing a red suit will be paying a visit. Please come along and pass on the word. The more the merrier!

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December 5th 2014



The students from Mr Beehan's sixth class are currently taking part in a ten week computing and software development course called 'Scratch'. Created by Lero, the Irish Software Engineering Research Centre, Scratch is a visual programming language that makes it easy to create interactive stories, animations, games and art. It is also possible to share these creations on the web. Although the students are only in week three, some of them are very advanced and have even taught Mr Beehan a thing or two!

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December 4th 2014

Special Invitation


A very special invitation arrived in school this week. The boys and girls in Ms Healy's junior infant class were invited to a Christmas Party. The party, organised by the Childcare students in the Community College was held today. Ms Healy and her very excited class headed off this morning bright and early. There was plenty to keep them busy at the party. Face painting, arts and crafts, fun and games were all on the agenda. There was a special visit from Santa who handed out party bags for everyone. Ms Healy and the children would like to extend their thanks to the Childcare students and staff at the Community College for their kind invitation and the hospitality shown to them. A great time was had by all!

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December 3rd 2014

Tag Rugby Blitz

Twenty four of our sixth class students travelled to Mullingar RFC in Cullionbeg today, to take part in a Tag Rugby blitz. The children performed well and really enjoyed themselves.

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December 3rd 2014

Missing a Reindeer, Santa?


I found twenty three very excited reindeer in Ms Hamill's junior infant class today! And with only twenty two sleeps until Santa comes, I've a feeling the excitement will just keep rising!

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December 2nd 2014

Funky Eye Glasses


Mrs Farrell's Second Class have been studying the eye during their Science lesson with visiting student teacher Mr Dempsey. Mr Dempsey, who happens to be a past pupil of St Colman's, gave the children the correct names for each part of the eye, such as pupil, retina, cornea and iris. Continuing on the 'eye' theme, the children designed some funky eye glasses during their Art lesson. Using foam, fabric, feathers, cotton balls and glitter, they created glasses of many different shapes that any opticians would be proud to sell!

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December 1st 2014

Christmas Food Appeal


christmas food appealFor many years, St Colman's have been supporters of the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Food Appeal. Boxes will be left in each classroom for your donations. Non-perishable food items such as pasta, rice, breakfast cereals, tinned vegetables etc are all suitable and will be gratefully received. We ask that all donations be given on or before Friday December 12th. Thank you.


November 26th 2014

A Date For Your Diary


save the dateIt's that time of year again. The St Colman's Parents' Association are holding their annual Christmas Fair on Sunday December 7th 2014 from 11.15am onwards in the school hall. This promises to be a fun family event and one not to be missed! You will have the opportunity to buy homemade cakes and buns and other treats. There will be lots of activities for the children and tea and coffee on sale for the parents.christmas cupcakes

The Christmas Raffle will also take place on the day. Cards were distributed today to each family and the association are hoping for a good response. This is their first fundraiser of the year and all proceeds will go towards the cost of the new basketball courts and sports equipment in the school. 

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Please come along and support this worthwhile event and encourage family and friends to attend also. We look forward to seeing you all on the day.


November 25th 2014

Vaccination Day


What a brave bunch of kids Ms Hamill has in her junior infant class! Today, the boys and girls with their favourite teddies had their vaccination from the very friendly doctors and nurses on the School Vaccination Team. They returned to class proudly displaying their 'I've had my vaccination' sticker and smiling broadly as you can see from the photos below.

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November 24th 2014

Starry Night


van gogh-starry nightsStarry Night is an oil on canvas painting by the Dutch post-impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh. Mrs Deane's Sixth Class have been studying Vincent van Gogh and his paintings in recent weeks.van gogh

They learned that Van Gogh voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint Paul de Mausole lunatic asylum on May 8th 1889 after a breakdown that resulted in the self-mutilation of his left ear. During the year that Van Gogh stayed in the asylum, he produced some of the best known works of his career. Van Gogh's most famous painting is Starry Night painted in June 1889. It has been in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York City since 1941.

After learning the history of Van Gogh, the children attempted to replicate this famous painting. They captured the night painting brilliantly, with it's whirling clouds, shining stars and bright crescent moon. Well done to you all!

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November 20th 2014

Celtic Blondes Visit


p1020517We had a visit from two very accomplished Tyrrellspass dancers today and yesterday. The sisters, Rose and Daisy Carey, who are professionally known as 'Celtic Blondes', gave dance lessons to 14 of our classes. Playing traditional Irish music, the girls had our students dancing and clapping and twirling in time and loving every minute of it! At the end of each lesson the girls performed one of their routines for the children. Rose and Daisy are currently studying for BA degrees in Irish Music and Dance in the University of Limerick and we wish them every success with their studies.

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Children from Mrs Slevin's and Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Classes and Ms Morris' Senior Infants


November 19th 2014

Fingerprint Fish Bowls

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Mrs Connaughton's First Class have some very interesting fish in their classroom! Those of the fingerprint paint variety that is. They're so cute as you can see from the photos and I bet they're  a lot easier to look after than the real thing!



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November 18th 2014

Prayer Service of Remembrance


p1020414Two prayer services organised by Ms Healy were held in the school hall yesterday and today to remember all our loved ones who are no longer with us but are still dear to us in our hearts. Fr Paul Crosbie led the service and Ms Morris and some of the school orchestra played music to add to this beautiful occasion. We all have photos and memories to help us remember those who have passed away, but another way to remember is to plant bulbs which will also help keep their memory alive.p1020411

Fr Paul invited children to plant daffodil bulbs in tubs of soil near the altar in memory of their family and friends who have passed away. Later in the week the bulbs will be transplanted in areas around the school. The bulbs will be protected by the earth during the dark winter days until the light of Spring shines again. When the bulbs bloom in Spring, they will remind us that our loved ones are never far away.

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November 18th 2014

U10 Cup Winners


Hot on the heels of our past pupils, three students from Mr Geraghty's fourth class, Daniel Byrne, Rian Adamson and Ciaran Gowran paid a visit to every class with their cup. Yet again they are members of Shamrocks G.F.C. and they recently won the U10 Ber Murtagh Memorial Cup. Well done lads! 


November 18th 2014

Past Pupils Visit With Cup

Today we had a visit from four past pupils, Padraic Mc Kenna, John O'Reilly, Marc Eivers and Matthew Maslin. The boys, who play for Shamrocks G.F.C., recently won the Westmeath U14 Division 1 Football Championship Final and they came with cup in hand to proudly show it off and hopefully inspire some of our current young footballers.

past pupils visit with cup


November 17th 2014

2D Shape Characters

Last week, Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class learned about 2D shapes in their Maths Lesson. During Art on Friday, the children cut out rectangles, circles, triangles and squares of different colours and created 2D shape characters.

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November 15th 2014

Science Week Ireland

November 9th - 16th 2014


science week logo 2014The aim of Science Week is to promote the relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in our everyday lives. To that end, our sixth class students were invited to the Mullingar Library yesterday to be  entertained by Dr Ken and his 'Magical Maths Show'. Dr Ken Farguhar is a juggler and scientist who performs science, maths and engineering shows for schools and he had the children's attention captured right from the beginning. They were shown many weird and wonderful ways to make Maths fun and interesting.

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November 14th 2014

Those Pesky Little Pigs are back!


Earlier this week, we heard how Ms Morris' Senior Infant class loved the story of the 'Three Little Pigs'. Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class also discovered the delights of this old tale. Student teacher Mr Riordan introduced the story, using the interactive white board. The children discussed the roles of the different characters and at times could be heard shouting out 'I'll huff and I'll puff and I'll blow your house down'. Today, they used paper plates, coloured paper, cotton balls, glitter, glue and of course 'googly eyes' to create their own pigs. And what a fantastic job they did!

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November 13th 2014

First Prize!


As you know, our sixth class students won first prize in the Belvedere Scarecrow Festival Competition and last Tuesday they were rewarded for all their hard work when they visited Rock 'n' Bowl/Jungle Joe's followed by a trip to Belvedere House and Gardens.

The morning was spent in Rock 'n' Bowl. The competition was fierce during the bowling but the children still had plenty of energy left to play in the 'soft play area' of Jungle Joe's. Later they were bussed out to Belvedere House and Gardens. Unfortunately the weather was against them so the gardens were out of bounds, but the staff ensured that the children were kept busy indoors and filled their heads with the wonderful history of Belvedere House and the Jealous Wall.

It goes without saying that the children had a marvellous day. They are very grateful for the hospitality shown to them and would like to thank the staff of Rock 'n' Bowl and Belvedere House and Gardens for looking after them so well.

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November 12th 2014

Christmas Shoebox Appeal



Alison Murphy from 'Team Hope' came to the school today to collect the Christmas Shoeboxes that many of you donated. Alison was delighted to take 198 shoeboxes away with her. This year, the shoeboxes from Ireland will be gratefully received by street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families and victims of war and other needy situations in Africa, Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union.

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November 11th 2014

The Three Little Pigs


p1020306 - copyThe tale of 'The Three Little Pigs' dates back to the early 1800's and the best known form of the story appeared in 'English Fairy Tales' by Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890. The children from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class proved that it is still a firm favourite today. Last week was a busy week for them and it began when the children read the story with student teacher Ms Healy. They discussed the story in detail and then later in the week during their drama lesson, Ms Healy asked the children to act out all the characters from the tale. Continuing with the theme, the children made houses during their Friday art lesson. Using old milk cartons, paint and paper, some straw and lollipop sticks, the boys and girls produced houses of straw, sticks and bricks just like the three little pigs did! They were very proud of the finished products as you can see from the photos below. 

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November 7th 2014

Learning Through Play


We all know that children love to play and Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class are no exception. Today, they enjoyed a special playtime with a variety of fun and interesting toys. A dress up box, magnetic shapes, wooden construction kits and giant connecting polydron pieces kept them busy for quite a while. They used the magnetic shapes to make rockets, snowflakes, houses, stars and hats. The dress up box was a great hit! I'm sure some of the mums and dads would be surprised to see how quickly the boys and girls changed from one costume to another! The interlocking wooden pieces made buildings of different sizes and shapes. Team work was evident when the children made a house as tall as themselves with the Polydron pieces. I think Ms Hamill might just have a few budding architects or engineers in her class not to mention some wonderful actors and actresses!!

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November 6th 2014

Month of Remembrance


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The month of November is devoted to Holy Souls. Our Sacred Space in school has been decorated to remind us all of this. We are invited to use one of the paper leaves provided to write down the names of family members or friends who have passed away and place it on the Tree of Remembrance.

CLICK HERE for a Reflective Prayer


November 4th 2014

Pony Riding Winners


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During the Mid Term Break, Adam Mc Namara from Mrs Shiel's Second Class and his brother Eoghan from Ms Hamill's Junior Infants Class enjoyed a Halloween Pony Camp in Ladestown Riding Stables. They took part in a competition at the end of the camp and both boys won rosettes. Well done boys!


November 3rd 2014

Scarecrow Competition


Congratulations to our sixth class students and their teachers Mrs Deane and Mr Beehan who were awarded first prize in both the 'Primary Schools in Westmeath' and 'The People's Choice' categories in the recent Belvedere Scarecrow Festival. Well done to you all, your hard work paid off!

scarecrows win 2014 




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October 27th 2014

Halloween Art

The corridors of St Colman's were decorated with a wonderful selection of Halloween Art last week. Below is just a small selection of the colourful work.

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October 26th 2014

Team Hope Shoebox Appeal

christmas shoebox appeal 2014For a number of years St Colman's have supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. It is of course completely voluntary. If you would like to fill a box over the mid term, items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, hat & gloves, pens & pencils, crayons & colouring books, small toys eg: small musical instrument or a cuddly toy and small packet of sweets are all suitable. Four euro for transport cost should also go in the box. Single items are also gratefully received and will be put into a box on your behalf. We will accept boxes from Monday November 3rd and the closing date is Friday November 7th.   


October 25th 2014

Mad Hat/Non Uniform Day


Yesterday, we held a charity fundraiser in the school. We asked everyone to come in dressed in their own clothes, wearing a hat of any description and make a small donation to charity. As always, we were not disappointed. There was a vast selection hats. Everything from peaked caps to woolen beanie hats and lots more besides. We also had quite a few home made creations that haven't got an official name just yet!! Well done everyone.

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October 24th 2014

Halloween Games


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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class had lots of fun today as they played some Halloween games. It certainly got them in the Halloween Spirit.


ms healys class halloween games


October 24th 2014

A Busy Term


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Mrs Farrell's Second Class have been working hard all term and speaking to some of the children this week, I learned a little about what they did.

They completed many pieces of art which they really enjoyed. They were very happy with how their still life and castle pictures turned out and they loved all the spooky Halloween art they produced this week.


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They were very proud of the many projects that were completed. They've turned into quite the detectives! Some of the topics they investigated were, Thomas Edison, volcanoes, swallows, hedgehogs, leaves and last but not least, Halloween and Jack o'Lanterns. Seasonal cobwebs were added to the Halloween project to very good effect.

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The children enjoyed digging into their past starting when they were babies. A couple of baskets hold cute cuddly toys they've owned for quite some time. 


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They have a very impressive Nature table in their class. They've been gathering items for some time and this week they enjoyed a Nature walk where they saw many of the leaves they studied earlier in the month. There was some rather large and quite possibly poisonous mushrooms and something that doesn't grow in the fields - BANGERS! Unfortunately, these dangerous Halloween hazards were littering the field beside the school.  


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Thank you to Mrs Farrell and her class for giving us an insight into their first term.


October 23rd 2014

Children Helping Children Fundraiser


hat 1St Colman's have a longstanding tradition of fundraising for many different charities. hat 2We encourage the children of St Colman's to help other children in need, both at home and abroad. Tomorrow we are having a Mad Hat/Non Uniform Day in the school. We hope to see everyone dressed in their casual clothes and wearing a hat of any description. All donations will be greatly appreciated and will go directly to worthy children's charities.


October 23rd 2014

Belvedere Scarecrow Festival


The fifth annual Scarecrow Festival is taking place in Belvedere from October 24th to November 1st and our sixth class students have entered five fabulous scarecrows. The theme they chose was Star Wars and the students have been collecting everything from plastic bags and straw to boots and handbags over the past few weeks. They have worked tirelessly with their teachers, Mrs Deane and Mr Beehan and have produced five characters from Star Wars that you will all recognise. Their attention to detail is excellent and we have no doubt that their scarecrows will be admired by many over the next week. One of the categories in the competition is the 'People's Choice Award', so please pay a visit to Belvedere during the Mid Term Break and give them your vote.


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October 22nd 2014

Crunchy Critters


The Crunchy Critters are back! Ms Costelloe's and Ms Morris' Senior Infants Classes collected lots of crispy Autumn leaves of many colours to create their lovely Crunchy Critters characters.

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October 22nd 2014

Autumn Art


Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class had great fun finger painting these wonderful Autumn trees in the many colours we see at this time of the year. Well done to you all!


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October 21st 2014

Monday's Child


mondays childThis morning, our senior infants and first classes were treated to a trip to the Mullingar Arts Centre where they saw a wonderful play entitled 'Monday's Child'. This sensitive and funny play written by award winning writer, Brendan Murray, tells the story of the unique bond between an old woman and a little girl. Incorporating song and dance and dress up, the children were thoroughly entertained and arrived back in school with smiles on their faces. 


October 21st 2014

Favourite Building in Mullingar


The children from Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class talked about all the distinctive and interesting buildings in Mullingar yesterday in class. Later, in after school club, two budding young artists drew a picture of their favourite building 'The Cathedral'. Pictured below is Daniel Maslin and Maddie Mulderry with their wonderful drawing of the Cathedral. Well done guys.

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October 20th 2014

Torn Paper Portraits


Just as the title suggests, Ms Costelloe's Senior Infant Class created portraits using torn paper of different colours. Didn't they do a great job!

torn paper portraits


October 17th 2014

Maths Week

October 11th - 19th 2014


mathsbookThe school has been buzzing this week with all things Mathematical. Today, as Maths Week comes to an end, Mrs Walters rewarded her Fourth Class with a very special Maths lesson. Working in pairs, the children played Maths games on the school laptops. The games all focused on angles which was the topic they studied this week.The children competed against themselves and each other as the search began to find the Maths 'Champion of Champions'. The boys and girls loved this fun way to learn Maths and thought it was a great way to end the week!

To read about this special Maths Lesson in the children's own words CLICK HERE

maths week 2014 


October 17th 2014

GAA News


cumann na bunscoil logo - copyThe Cumann na mBunscol season has begun and St Colman's are off to a great start. The Girls Football team has played two games to date and were victorious in both! The first game was against Rathwire NS and yesterday they played Gainstown NS. Our Boys Football team had their first game yesterday against Coosan NS., Athlone and they too were victorious. Congratulations to everyone involved. We are extremely proud of their win and more importantly of their attitude and behaviour. Keep up the good work and best of luck in future games.  


October 16th 2014

Our Family Trees


family tree blue heartsLast week, Mrs Walter's Fourth Class completed a study on their families. This included researching their family crests, the meaning of their family names and creating their family trees. The students took a great interest in these topics and spent hours digging through family photo albums and chatting to their parents and grandparents so they could learn a little more about themselves and their ancestors. Some of the children even took to the internet! When all this wonderful information was collected, the children produced beautiful projects and displayed them on their class art boards both on the corridor and inside their classroom.

To read a small selection of the exciting facts the children discovered about their families, please CLICK HERE

 our family trees


Click on a photo below to see some photos of the children working on their projects



October 13th 2014

Guess Who?

During a recent art lesson, the children in Mrs Fagan/Mrs Brennan's Third Class created some self potraits and what a great job they did! They displayed the portraits on the art board outside their class for everyone to see and asked the question 'Guess Who?'. So have a look at their portraits below and see if you recognise anyone.

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October 6th 2014

Road Safety Week 2014

rsa safety week 2014The seventh annual 'Irish Road Safety Week' runs from Monday 6th - Sunday 12th October 2014. The Road Safety Authority (RSA) is urging people to get involved in this national drive to save lives. They have produced a leaflet 'Going to School' which is a guide for parents to help get their children to school safely. CLICK HERE to read this leaflet.


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