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January 31st 2023

Credit Union Schools Quiz

2023

 

credit union schools quiz 2023The Credit Union Schools Quiz is back! After having virtual quizzes for a couple of years, the Credit Union was delighted to announce that this year's quiz will be held in person, with all schools invited to enter. The quiz was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel last night and 39 schools from the Mullingar area took part. 

Of course, St Colman's was keen to take part and after holding class quizzes in our fifth and sixth classes, we whittled it down to two teams of four to enter in the U13 age group. Team A - Shay Leavy from Ms Mc Laughlin's Sixth Class, Aoife Irvine & Daragh Mc Cabe from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class and Aisling Mc Cormack from Mr Ennis' Fifth Class. Team B - Alfie Rock from Ms Mc Laughlin's Sixth Class, Robin Byrne from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class and Ellen Gallagher & Eddie Leavy from Mr Ennis' Fifth Class.

Both teams performed extremely well throughout each round of the competition and did us proud. At the end of an extremely exciting contest, St Colman's Team B came out as the overall winning team. Huge congratulations to Alfie, Robin, Ellen and Eddie and we wish you success in the next stage of the competition which will take place in Athlone in March.


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Team B - Robin, Ellen, Eddie and Alfie


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Team A - Aoife, Shay, Daragh and Aisling


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The winning team with Credit Union representatives

 

January 13th 2023

Our Spelling Bee Representative


spelling-bee-logoThe Eason Spelling Bee was first launched in 2011 and thousands of primary school children have taken part since then. In readiness for this year's Spelling Bee, our fifth and sixth classes have been holding internal spelling heats throughout the week.img20230113120355


Today, the top spellers from each class, fifteen in all, participated in the school final, which was held in the school hall with their classmates in attendance. After a tense battle and many rounds, the winner was determined.


Our St Colman's representative for 2023 is Shay Leavy from Ms Mc Laughlin Sixth Class. Congratulations to Shay on a wonderful contest and indeed to all our superb spellers. In the coming months, Shay will go forward to represent St Colman's in the county finals and we wish him the very best of luck in his endevours.



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 December 19th 2022

Christmas Art 


christmas treeAt this time of year, there is Christmas art aplenty in St Colman's. Everywhere you look, there are Christmas trees, holly, snowmen, penguins, Rudolph, and the obligatory Santa. Of course we couldn't forget the Nativity scene. holly and berriesThe boys and girls in Mrs Lyons' Fourth Class didn't forget, but, instead of drawing a picture, they worked together in groups to create their own individual 3D cribs. The results were fantasic as you can see from the photos below and everyone was proud of their contribution.


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November 18th 2022

Science Week 2022

November 13th - 20th

 

screen-shot-2022-07-27-at-16.55.37If you visited any class this week, at any time of the day, you may just have come across a Science lesson in progress. This was of course to celebrate Science week 2022.


Science Week is a week long event in Ireland each November. It's aim is to celebrate science, but also to promote the relevance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) in our everyday lives.


img20221118123623Mrs Gilligan's Fifth Class has been immersed in all things science related. The students split into small groups and, using the internet, each group researched a science experiment that interested them. They wrote out the method and gathered img20221118134056the materials they needed to execute their experiment.

This afternoon, the culmination of all their hard work was on display as each group performed their experiment for their classmates. Lava lamps were made using bicarbonate of soda, vinegar, oil and food colouring. Gummy bears were soaked overnight in three different liquids - water, salted water and vinegar. The biggest change was found with the gummy bear soaked in the vinegar. It lost all its gummy bear shape and just became a blob. 

There was a silent fireworks experiment. img20221118140329A strange substance called Oobleck was made. Oobleck is solid when tapped or rolled, but, as soon as it is left alone it turns to liquid. Two light bulbs were lit using a circuit and a battery. A couple of experiments were taken outside - an exploding ketchup bottle and an erupting volcano. One group studied a famous American biochemist, Marie Maynard Daly. She found a strong correlation between high blood pressure and having high cholesterol levels. This research gave us an increased understanding of how foods and diet affect our heart health.


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It was wonderful to see the attentiveness on all their faces as they listened to each other and learned even more scientific facts. As Science Week draws to a close for 2022, it's safe to say that Mrs Gilligan's Fifth Class enjoyed every bit of it!

 



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November 9th 2022

Under 10 Cup Winners


 

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Congratulations to Karla Keena and Orla Casey from Mrs Deane's/Ms O'Dowd's Fourth Class who won the U10 Girls Midlands School League (M.S.L.). The girls play for Real F.A. Swans and have now moved into the U11 team. Good luck with the next season girls!