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June 29th 2017

School Tours

2017

 

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 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. 

 

 

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

 

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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.



tullynally castleFirst class students visited Tullynally Castle Gardens and Fore Abbey.  Just 23Km from Mullingar and overlooking Lough Derravaragh, Tullynally Castle is seeped 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.



kilmainham jailKilmainham Goal in Dublin is one of the largest unoccupied goals in Europe and our fifth class students spent a day there. They learned about some of the most heroic and tragic events in Ireland's history, They had a tour of the prison and saw the major exhibition which detailed the political and penal history of the prison and it's restoration.

 

June 28th 2017

Goodbye to Sixth Class


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.



On Monday 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.


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This morning a very excited bunch arrived in school in their white shirts ready to be decorated with 'well wishes' from staff and students. 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 22nd 2017

Choose Time Treat

 

Early yesterday morning it looked like the good spell of weather was over but thankfully by 11am the sun had come out. There was no one happier than the boys and girls from our second classes because the good weather meant that they could walk to the town park as their end of year 'Choose Time Treat'! As you can see from the photos below, the children had a wonderful time.


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June 20th 2017

Learning about Poland

 

What better way to learn about another European country than to speak to a person from that country. Today, the boys and girls in Ms Kiernan's Second Class had a very special visitor. Kasia Lachowska, mum to Karol from Ms Kiernan's Class and Jacob from Mrs Shiel's First Class came to talk to the children about her home country Poland. Kasia, who has been living in Ireland for ten years, told the children many interesting facts about Poland. Some were surprised to learn that although Poland is a member of the European Union, they have a different currency called Zloty. In 2017, the population of Poland was 38.5 million, which is considerably greater than Ireland's 4.7 million. The Polish climate also differs hugely to Ireland. The highest temperature recorded in Poland was 39.9 Celsius in August 2012. The lowest temperature was -38.8 Celsius recorded in January 2017. Other topics such as the history and geography of the country, tourist attractions, animals native to Poland, food, celebrations, the flag and school were all discussed. There were quite a few shrieks of astonishment when the children learned that if they were attending school in Poland instead of Ireland, not only would they have homework from Monday to Thursday, but they would get twice as much on Friday as they have the weekend to get it done! To finish up her presentation, Kasia brought some traditional Polish sweets for the boys and girls to taste. Ms Kiernan and the children would like to thank Kasia for taking the time to share her extensive knowledge of Poland with them.


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June 19th 2017

Future Fundraising Events

 

St Colman's has been very lucky to have acquired land next to the school from Bishop Smith. We hope to develop the land to provide a sports pitch for the benefit of the entire school. As you can imagine, there will be a significant cost involved in this development. Over the next two years, the St Colman's Parents Association will be organising a number of fundraising events and all support will be greatly appreciated. Yesterday's 5K Family Fun Run/Walk was the first of these funraisers and was a huge success. We extend our deepest gratitude to families and businesses who supported this event.


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June 18th 2017

5k Family Fun Run/Walk


Students, 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  newly retired Mr G was there to announce the start of the race. The serious runners were up at the front and everyone else followed at their own pace. There was a tremendous atmosphere and the glorious sunshine just added to the occasion. 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 fitting end to our 'Active School Week', a great success and one we hope to repeat again next year.


To view the list of winners please CLICK HERE

 

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June 16th 2017

Au Revoir Mr G

 

On September 14th 1981, Mr Geraghty started working in St Colman's National School. He had spent the previous four years in a primary school in Nobber, Co Meath but when he heard about a new school opening in his hometown of Mullingar, he knew that was where he should go. So Nobber's loss was our gain. Over the next 36 years, Mr Geraghty taught countless children of all ages and left his imprint on all of them.

Today marked a significant milestone for St Colman's as Mr Geraghty, one of our longest serving teachers, retires. All students and staff gathered in St Paul's Church at midday to say farewell and to reminisce about some of the good memories of Mr Geraghty's career.

At present there are three classes in St Colman's that have been taught by Mr Geraghty or Mr G as he is fondly known. Mrs Garvey spoke to these three classes and the common thread was - he's kind, he's cool, he's a great teacher and one boy said 'he likes his vibe'! Everyone remembered his stash of sweets, his collection of cacti and not forgetting his favourite soccer team - West Ham! Of course he's also a great coach and has brought St Colman's football teams to victory in the final of the Cumann na mBunscoil on many occasions.

A number of presentations were made to Mr G from the children, one of which was a West Ham jersey. Mrs Garvey searched high and low for a West Ham supporter in the school and eventually found the one and only fan in junior infants to present the jersey. Presentations were also made by the Board of Management and the Parent's Association. Videos were played with messages of good wishes and a photo slideshow depicting a day in the life of St Colman's. There was also a reading by Zoe Robertson from the book 'Once Upon an Ordinary School Day' that features an extraordinary teacher called Mr Gee! 

As proceeding were drawing to a close, it was Mr G's time to say a few words. It is a bitter sweet time for him. . He has made many friends during his career, has a vast amount of good memories but he also has lots to look forward to in the future. His students are often curious about his life and as a farewell gift to them, he wrote his life story in the form of a fairytale. There was silence in the church as everyone listened to this wonderful story. Mr G certainly has a way with words and if he is looking for a new career he should think about writing as he is gifted in that area.

We all wish Mr G a long and happy retirement and good health to enjoy it.  No one wants to say goodbye to Mr G so instead we say Au Revoir, we'll see you soon.


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June 16th 2017

Visiting Athlete


Today, the boys and girls from our second and third classes were happy to welcome Maurice Looby to the school. Maurice has been involved in athletics and running in particular for over 30 years. He spoke to the children about many aspects of health and fitness. The children shared the sports that they favoured but Maurice was quick to point out that even if you're not a member of a team sport, you can still keep active and healthy in your daily life. He asked the children if they like to run in the yard. Of course the answer was a resounding yes. This is the first step to all sports they may encounter in their lives. You have to run in soccer, gaelic, tennis and basketball to name but a few. So running around the school yard is an excellent start to a fit and healthy life.

Maurice then invited all four classes to the Bishop's Field. He kept the children busy for the next 30 minutes with several activities. The fox and hound game, tug of war and relay races were enjoyed by everyone. The boys and girls and their teachers would like to thank Maurice for taking the time to visit and for sharing a little of his sporting expertise with them.


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June 15th 2017

Getting Penalty Ready


One part of Active School Week that all students look forward to, is 'Penalty Shoot against the Principal'. I'm not sure it's the high point for Mrs Garvey though. When she is hard at work, classes are practicing in the green areas. Today Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Deane's Second Classes took to the green areas to pick their representatives. Two of our sixth class students helped out as stand-in goalkeepers and the second class boys and girls practiced with gusto. I hope Mrs Garvey is ready because these young penalty takers mean business!


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June 15th 2017

Flashdance


Over the course of Active School Week, when music comes over the intercom, that is the signal for students and staff to get up and dance! The music this year is Y.M.C.A. and all students (and staff) have learned the special moves associated with this very popular song. This morning, striaght after W.O.T., (Walk on Thursday) everyone gathered in the lower playground to show their moves. With the music of Y.M.C.A. blaring over the intercom it was time to DANCE!


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June 15th 2017

W.O.T.! - Active School Week

 

With everyone so hyped up on 'keeping active' during Active School Week, we had an even bigger crowd than usual for our W.O.T. (Walk On Thursday) today.


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June 14th 2017

Sports Day

2017


There were plenty of smiling faces coming through the doors of St Colman's this morning with everyone looking forward to Sports Day. Thankfully the weather was smiling down on us too!

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 green team were the victors today, comprising of children from every class on the senior corridor. 

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 & Smarties kept all the children very busy. On the junior corridor, it wasn't so much about winning and losing but more about having fun and yes, they definitely had FUN!


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June 14th 2017

An Evening of Music


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

June 13th 2017

Walk a Mile with a Smile... and a Buddy!

 

Our sixth class students like nothing better than to walk a mile with a smile! Today they did just that and they even brought a 'Buddy' from senior infants with them!


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June 13th 2017

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 13th 2017

Food and Nutrition

 

Westmeath footballer Paul Sharry paid a visit to the school today. After giving the students from fourth to sixth class a workout in the school yard, he spoke to the sixth class students about food and nutrition. A huge thank you to Paul for his visit. The children really enjoyed it and picked up lots of tips for keeping fit and healthy.


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June 13th 2017

Relax Kids


As part of Active School Week we had a visit from Fiona Foy this morning. Fiona gave the boys and girls from our first classes an introduction to 'Relax Kids'. The children practiced some breathing exercises and yoga and felt totally 'chilled out' when they returned to class!


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June 12th 2017

Tug of War


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


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June 12th 2017

Hurling Techniques

 

'Active School Week' got off to a damp but fun start this morning with our second classes walking to Shamrocks F.C. in the rain! In spite of the inclement weather, the children got fully involved in the warm up sessions. They were then given instruction in basic hurling techniques. Thankfully the rain eased and there was a chance for the boys and girls to use their newly gained skills in a few competitive games.


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June 7th 2017

Kidathon

 

The Midland Triathlon Club (MTC) held their annual MTC Swim and Run Kidathon last Monday in the Town Swimming Pool and Town Park. This event is open to children from 7 years to 14 years and many students from St Colman's participated. Depending on the particular age category, the children were required to swim distances from 40m to 200m. They then had to run anything from 500m to 2200m. The participants are pictured below with Ms Kiernan who helped out on the day and who regularly takes part in triathlons.

This fun event introduces children to the joy of triathlons and by all accounts was a wonderful way to spend a June bank holiday!


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May 30th 2017

Soccer Win

 

Charlie Foy from Mrs Walters' Third Class and Sam Connaughton & Robert Clinton from Ms Healy's Third Class enjoy playing soccer together. They are members of Mullingar Athletic Hawks under 10's. Recently they took part in the 'Bowl Cup' and made it through to the final. In a hard fought game against a strong team from Mucklagh, the Hawks were victorious. Last night, the Hawks played their last game of the season - a friendly against their parents. Afterwards, the team were presented with their 'Bowl Cup trophy. Congratulations boys and best of luck next season!


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May 29th 2017

Boxing Tournament

 

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Owen Maughan from Ms Kiernan's Second Class has been boxing since he was five years old. Yesterday, Owen took part in a boxing tournament in the Olympic Boxing Club, Mullingar. He was delighted to win a medal in the under 9/30Kg section. Well done Owen!

 

May 26th 2017

Couch to 5K

 

Our fifth and sixth classes took some time out of their studies yesterday afternoon and headed to Shamrocks F.C. grounds to start preparations for the annual St Colman's Family Fun Run/Walk which takes place on June 18th. The children are working towards building up their fitness levels over the next four weeks, with the aim of running the whole 5K on the day. What a great start they had this week in the blistering heat. They covered 3K yesterday and are looking forward to pushing on again next week.


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May 18th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

Despite all the showers we've seen in the last week, the sun shone brightly this morning for our second W.O.T. (Walk on Thursday). It was particularly nice to see many of our sixth class students walking hand in hand with our junior infants. See you all again next Thursday!


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May 16th 2017

Jumble Sale Success!

 

Congratulations to our Sixth Class students, who held a jumble sale today to raise funds to go towards a new MRI scanner in Mullingar General Hospital. After lots of hard work looking for donations and then organising the donations received into the various categories, today's jumble sale was a resounding success! As you can see from the photos below, there were plenty of satisfied customers returning to class!


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May 16th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

Last week saw the return of our weekly walk around the school grounds before classes begin, albeit now on a Thursday instead of our traditional Wednesday. It was a glorious morning and we had a great turnout. Parents are invited to join us next Thursday and this will continue each week up to the summer holidays.


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May 15th 2017

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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May 15th 2017

Just a Reminder...


The students from our sixth classes have been working extremely hard in preparation for tomorrow's jumble sale. The whole school is very excited about the event which is being held to raise funds to go towards a new MRI scanner for Mullingar General Hospital. Donations have been flooding in and there will be a huge array of books, puzzles, toys, gadgets, costumes and board games on sale at knockdown prices! All classes will have a chance to buy so make sure you bring in any pocket money you have. Don't miss out! Best of luck to the sixth class students. I have no doubt it will be a huge success!.


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May 15th 2017

Swimming Gala


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John Casey, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, participated in a swimming gala in the Aer Lingus Club on Sunday. He came 3rd in the U11 age group and won a medal. Keep up the good work John! 

 

May 15th 2017

Irish Dancing Feis

 

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Megan Brock, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, has been a member of the O'Reilly Bransford School of Irish Dance in Longford, for the last four years. On Saturday she took part in a school feis and was happy to win 5 medals and 2 trophies. Well done Megan!

 

May 14th 2017

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the 63 boys and girls from Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Deane'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.

 

May 12th 2017

As the 'Special Day' Approaches..

 

The boys and girls from Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Deane's Second Classes have had a busy few months preparing for their First Holy Communion, which will take place on Sunday coming. In recent weeks, they have made numerous visits to the church to ensure that every child knows exactly what to do when their 'Special Day' arrives.

To make their day extra special and one they'll never forget, the children have been making keepsakes and mementoes. Local artist, Andrina Finch, visited both classes to help the children decorate ceramic plates using acrylic paints. A church with stained glass windows and surrounding greenery was painted on each plate.

The children also created First Holy Communion Scrapbooks. The book documents their life to date including their baptism, their family and friends and how they prepared for receiving their First Holy Communion.

There is no doubt that the children will enjoy their day on Sunday and in years to come when they look at the mementoes they made with such care, the memories will come flooding back.


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May 5th 2017

The Farm

 

The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class have been learning all about the farm. A farm is a very busy place, with many animals and lots of machinery. They learned many interesting facts, for example, did you know that adult male sheep are called 'rams' and adult female sheep are called 'ewes'? Also wild pigs are called 'boars'. One facts you might find unbelieveable is that chickens are able to recognise and remember over 100 individuals, including humans!

The children used the information they learned  while 'report writing' in their English lessons and they made for very good reading! During their Art lessons, the children created their favourite animal. The results were wonderful. The finished animals were displayed in a barn on their classroom wall and they certainly brighten up the place!


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May 3rd 2017

Ceremony of Light

 

lit candle 1Our second class students are deep in preparations for their upcoming First Holy Communion. As part of these preparations, a Ceremony of Light was held in St Paul's Church at 7pm tonight. The ceremony began with the children carrying a lighted candle to the altar. Fr Paul told the boys and girls that at their Baptism, a candle was lit from the Pascal candle to represent the light of Christ and this light will guide them through life. He asked them to keep the light shining brightly in their lives by doing good and remembering to live as Jesus would want. The children were then invited to make their second confession. As the ceremony was drawing to an end, the children gathered on the altar and said the Our Father with actions and sang the hymn Zacchaeus. We wish the children well in their ongoing preparations for their special day.

 

May 2nd 2017

Dancing Duo


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Classmates and friends, Áine Creagh and Amy Corroon from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, have been dancing together for seven years as a duo. They attend the Energy Plus School of Dance in Mullingar and enjoy learning tap and ballet. They took part in a dance competition in their school last weekend and were delighted to win two medals. Well done girls!

 

May 2nd 2017

Boxing Award

 

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Alex Clyne from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class began boxing just last year. He is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club and he trains three or four times a week. He is preparing for a competition in four weeks and in recognition for all his hard work, he received a trophy for 'Trainer of the Week'. Keep up the good work Alex and good luck in your competition! 

 

April 24th 2017

European Open Premiership


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Amy Devanney from Mr Boyle's Senior Infant Class travelled to Killarney on Friday last to take part in the 'World Irish Dance Association'  European Open Championships. She won no less than six medals and a trophy & sash when she came first in the U7 age group. Well done Amy, keep up the hard work!   

 

April 24th 2017

National Champions


Last Friday, two St Colman's students travelled to the National Stadium in Dublin to take part in the Irish Athletic Boxing Championships.


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Tadhg Sheridan from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class competed in the 29kg weight category and was delighted to win first place and become the National Boy/Champion.







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Johnny Dinnegan from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class competed in the 56kg weight category and he also came first becoming the National Boy/Champion.








Congratulations to you both on a great acheivement!

 

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April 7th 2017

Fond Farewell

 

This morning bright and early, all students and staff gathered outside to say a fond farewell to Mrs Ita Lynch, our wonderful Lollipop Lady, as she begins her retirement. She was the first and only Lollipop Lady in St Colman's and for the past 35 years she has helped the children to safely cross the road both mornings and afernoons. Ita also came at other unscheduled times to help the football and camogie teams get to and from training or when the children arrived home late from an outing.

Ita had a busy start to her day as pupils, parents, guardians and friends stopped to wish her well in her retirement. When the last child made their way safely into school, Ita walked from the main gate to the upper playground, her passage flanked by cheering children. When everyone was seated, Mrs Garvey and Mr Geraghty said a few words about their memories of Ita and about the terrific job she has done over the course of her career. A number of presentations were made to Ita from the children and staff. Liam Mahon from Mrs Walter's Third Class read out a self penned letter expressing his thanks on behalf of all the children that Ita has helped over the years. Mateusz Zarebski presented Ita with a beautiful drawing that he created especially for her. Some of Ita's family were also present and Mr Geraghty told how one of Ita's sons was enrolled in St Colman's on the very first day it opened. There was just time then for some refreshments before Ita completed her last task as Lollipop Lady for St Colman's when she saw the children home at midday.

We will miss Ita's smiling face each morning and we wish her a long, healthy and happy retirement.


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April 6th 2017

Music Recital


There isn't a day when music can't be heard along the corridors of St Colman's. Each class enjoys learning many different songs as part of their everyday studies and our school choir and orchestra practise weekly and keep a very busy schedule of appearances. We also have three visiting music teachers from Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath, who work with children from junior infants to sixth class.

Music Generation is Ireland's National Music Education Programme and they work in partnership with schools around Ireland offering tuition to children in over fifty different types of instruments. This morning, we had a visit from several board members of Music Generation and Ms Margaret Broome, development officer with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath. They were treated to a small music recital from a group of third and fifth class students, under the guidance of their tutor Mr Bob Batty.

Although the students have only been learning their chosen instrument since September, they certainly impressed their audience with their competent playing. The name of one of the pieces, 'Sto Lat', was one that the visitors hadn't heard of before. That was until the musicians began playing and it turned out to be the Polish version of 'Happy Birthday'. One very familiar piece played by our fifth class flautists, was 'Annie's Song' made famous by James Galway.

It was plain to see that the boys and girls love learning music. It might not be so nice for their families at home though. One of our third class boys told us he is often asked to practise in the shed! Another was told to 'put a sock in it'. He did this and it was still there when he had his next practice in school! Well done to all the musicians today, you did yourselves and Mr Batty proud!


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April 4th 2017

F.A.I. 5-A-Side


Twenty five boys and girls from our sixth classes travelled to Athlone Institute of Technology yesterday to represent St Colman's in a F.A.I. Primary Schools 5-a-side soccer tournament. Our teams played three games each and performed to a very high standard. Among the highlights of the day was Naomi Muresan's 'screamer' of a goal in the second game. Well done to all involved. You represented your school very well indeed!


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April 1st 2017

Confirmation

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Congratulations to the 55 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.

 

March 31st 2017

Confirmation Memento


Our sixth class students have been very busy in the last few weeks preparing for their Confirmation. Local artist, Andrina Finch, paid a visit to the students recently and helped them create a painted plate to keep as a memento of their special day. Using acrylic paints, the boys and girls painted a church with stained glass windows and the surrounding greenery. They added a dove to represent the Holy Spirit. To finish, they painted their name and the date of their Confirmation. The finished products were beautiful and definitely something the children will treasure for years to come.


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March 31st 2017

Safety Team

 

Our third class students had a visit today from two members of the Mullingar Fire and Rescue Service. Derek Irwin and David Branston spoke to the boys and girls in the school hall about all aspects of fire safety.

There are four fire stations in Westmeath - two large stations in Mullingar and Athlone and two smaller stations in Kilbeggan and Castlepollard. The firefighters stressed the importance of having a smoke alarm in all homes and businesses and that it should be checked weekly to be sure that the battery is working at full power. In the event of a fire, people can be overcome by the smoke before the fire itself reaches them. The first symptom is a slight headache, then you could pass out and very quickly you could die. Having a smoke alarm could mean that you are alerted to the fire before any of this happens. Emergency numbers to ring in Ireland are 999 or 112. You should never presume that someone else will do it. In recent years, some of the main causes of house fires are phone chargers, hair straighteners and games consoles that are plugged in overnight. These items should always be plugged out at night to prevent the risk. Unfortunately, the fire service receive quite a number of hoax calls. These hoax calls waste time and put people's lives in danger. The Guards do have the power to trace these calls though and the culprits will be brought to justice.

A Safety Pack was given to each child and a smoke alarm will be put in each classroom. The children are now members of a 'Safety Team'. The smoke alarm is to be checked weekly and the children will spread the word about fire safety to everyone they can. Before leaving, Derek and David gave the children this important advice - if you are caught up in a house fire, GET OUT, STAY OUT, PHONE THE FIRE BRIGADE AND NEVER GO BACK INSIDE. The children and their teachers would like to thank Derek and David for coming in to see them and teaching them vital information on fire safety.


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March 28th 2017

Sports Update

 

A huge variety of sporting activities take place in St Colman's on a ongoing basis. Below are just three examples of the sports we are involved in at the moment.


Basketball


Our sixth class students are enjoying weekly basketball lessons with their coach Christina from Street Warriers Basketball Club.


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Aldi Tag Rugby Festival

 

Representatives from our sixth classes recently travelled to Naas Rugby Club to take part in the Aldi Play Rugby Festival. They played a host of other schools from around Leinster and discovered that they were able to mix it with the best. The trip was a huge success and everyone had a great day. A huge thank you to Clare O'Brien for all her great coaching. It certainly paid off on the day!


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Hurling Player of the Week

 

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Congratulations to Oisin O'Hara on receiving his player of the week award from Mr Boyle today at hurling training. His team recently took part in a mini league and Oisin produced powerful displays in all four games. Well done Oisin!

 

March 24th 2017

'Turn Your School Yellow'

 

Today we held our annual 'Turn Your School Yellow' charity fundraiser to coincide with the Irish Cancer Society's 'Daffodil Day'. Unfortunately, many families in the St Colman's community have been affected by cancer and so today was the perfect opportunity to support this worthy cause. We asked the children to wear any yellow or green clothes they may have in their wardrobe and to make a small donation for 'Daffodil Day'. Bunches of fresh daffodils and daffodil pins were on sale for pupils, parents and guardians before and after school. As always, we had a great response and we would like to thank everyone for being so generous.


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March 16th 2017

Tráth na gCeist

 

The Seachtain na Gaeilge celebrations continued this afternoon, with a table quiz as Gaeilge, in the school hall. Our fifth and sixth classes took part and thoroughly enjoyed themselves!


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March 16th 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge

2017

 

It was ceol agus craic all the way this week in St Colman's, where Seachtain na Gaeilge was celebrated with a jig in our step and a twinkle in our Irish eyes. Yesterday and today, students from first to fifth class presented a series of performances ranging from Irish dancing, a cups performance, role playing, speeches and singing out some very cool Irish tunes.

p1080191 - copyProceedings kicked off with the Mistress of Ceremonies, Ms Skelly, welcoming everyone with a big céad mile fáilte. Mark Tunney from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class explained why Seachtain na Gaeilge is such an important part of Irish heritage and culture. His classmate Daniel Connaughton ably provided a similar explanation as Gaeilge, with a fluency and a blas of a natural Gaeilgóir. Mr Geraghty as usual did his p1080216 - copymagic on sound, creating an effortless flow. Ms Brennan (or DJ Hat as she is known locally) hit the decks with her fourth class performing a role play of Ed Sheeran's 'Nancy Mulligan'. The song describes how a Protestant Northern Irish boy fell in love with a Catholic Wexford cailín and how their love transcended religious boundaries. There was lots of foot tapping and hand clapping during that performance.

img 1434 - copyNext up was our very talented rinceoirs, who danced their way up the aisle. Amy Devaney from Mr Boyle's Senior Infant Class, Holly Martin from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's First Class, Molly O'Donnell from Mrs Farrell's First Class and Katie Martin & Rania Connell from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class gave an Irish dancing performance that would give Riverdance a run for their money. Ms Brennan's dancers were up next with a performance of 'Bi id thost is damhsa liom' (previously performed during their Christmas play).

p1080210 - copyThen, Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class took centre stage with the 'Cups'. They displayed some amazing dexterity using cups, not for making a 'cupán tae', but illustrating that a cup can have a whole lot of other uses. Who knew? Their performance was met with rapturous applause. Ms Skelly's class followed with a rousing rendition of Avici's 'Lig Mé Saor'. The audience were line dancing experts at the end of that performance. Two rinceoirs, Seoidín Thornton and Livia D'eaguiar, from Ms Healy's Third Class, were next to have their moment in the spotlight. They gave an p1080221 - copyoutstanding performance of a 2 hand reel, which was met with an enthusiastic applause.

As was befitting, to wrap up the performance, everyone stood up and, with an air of gravity, entered into a solemn rendition of Amhrán Na bhFiann. The entire show has set everyone up nicely for the St Patrick's Day celebrations tomorrow.


Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

 

March 15th 2017

Walk a Mile with a Smile

 

Spring was in the air this morning and wasting the glorious sunshine would have been such a shame! What better way to enjoy the weather than to take a 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walk along the canal line. The children from Ms Healy's Third Class and Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class partnered up with the children from Ms Kiernan's Second Class and Mrs Shiel's First Class and together they began the walk.

As the children walked, they looked for the signs of Spring all around them. Unfortunately, there were no flowers to be seen but there were many trees and bushes with budding branches. Due to the unseasonably dry weather we've been having over the last few weeks, the water levels in the canal were very low. All the rushes at the canal edge were fully visible and were brown and dried out. Markings on the walls at cerain parts clearly showed the previously higher level. As always, a couple of swans were slowly gliding along the water. There were a number of workers out today keeping this wonderful amenity looking great. A member of Westmeath County Council was cutting the grass and members of Waterways Ireland were dredging the canal and clearing away any waste they found.   

We are very lucky in St Colman's to be so close to the canal line and I'm sure this will be just the first of many 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walks that will take place this year.


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March 10th 2017

Grandparents Day

2017

 

happy grandparents day 2017The St Colman's Calendar of events is certainly a very busy one! One of the most special and enjoyable events has to be Grandparents Day. For a number of weeks now, Ms Healy has been busy organising this wonderful occasion. Prayers were written, children were chosen to represent every class in the school, phone calls were made to willing grandparents and much more besides. Today, the culmination of all Ms Healy's hard work came to fruition.

At 11am, all children and staff, grandparents, parents and friends gathered in St Paul's Church. Fr Paul began by inviting four students to the altar. Zoe, Dunni, Alfonzo and Lucas welcomed everyone in Irish, Nigerian, Portuguese and Spanish, reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the school. During the Procession of Symbols, pupils accompanied by their grandparent brought symbols of our faith, our time in school and the love we have for each other, to the altar. Students from third to sixth class brought candles to the altar in the Procession of Light. Seventeen candles were brought, one for each class, to remind us of God's light and presence in our lives. Each part of the service was interspersed with beautiful hymns sung by the school choir.

There were some funny moments when some of our younger students spoke of their love for their grandparents and told of the things Granny or Grandad let them do that perhaps Mum and Dad might not know about! There was also a very poignant time when four of our third class students read self penned letters to their grandparents in Heaven. The letters were well written and beautifully read and brought a tear to many eyes. To close the service, the boys and girls from our junior and senior infant classes gathered on the altar to sing a surprise song for all the grandparents present! Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments and a chat. Thanks to Ms Healy for organising this very special event and thanks also to all staff and parents who helped out with teas/coffees, baking and of course the cleaning up. A truly joyous occasion that was enjoyed by all!


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March 8th 2017

Basketball Coaching

 

This morning, the students from our fourth and sixth classes began basketball lessons with their new coach Christina. Today's lesson was all about passing and shooting. Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next week already!


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March 8th 2017

Heart and Lungs

 

Our third class students have been learning all about the heart and lungs in their Science lessons. Where are they positioned in the body, what are their jobs and how do they work, were just some of the questions that needed answering.

p1080060 - copyAfter initial investigations, the students were very happy to invite a guest speaker and expert on the subject into their class. Dr Mark Sheehy, father of Anna Sheehy from Mrs Walters' Class, is a respiratory physician in the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar. Mark brought some equipment with him to show the children. A lifesized skeleton, which the children named 'Billybob', was used to show the position of all the bones in the body and Mark explained the importance of the ribcage and diaphragm in protecting the internal organs. He also brought a model of the heart which could be taken apart to show the veins and arteries. p1080040 - copyVolunteers were selected to practice CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) on a CPR training 'Manikin'. As you can imagine, the boys and girls had many questions and Mark answered every one with ease and great patience. He was very impressed with their knowledge and well thought out questions. Two subjects that kept cropping up were asthma and smoking. All of the students knew someone in their immediate or extended family that suffered with asthma. Mark was able to give helpful advice on how to live healthily and manage your asthma. The children asked many questions on smoking which Mark carefully answered. The main message was to try to abstain from smoking as it is addictive and can cause many health problems.

Mrs Walters, Ms Healy and the children would like to thank Mark for spending time with them this morning and for such a wonderful educational talk. The children are looking forward to more indepth Science lessons in secondary school and there might just be a few budding doctors in their midst.


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March 7th 2017

First Confession

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Congratulations to the 68 boys and girls from First Class and the 3 boys and 1 girl from Second Class who made their First Confession tonight in St Paul's Church. I'm sure they're all pleased to have taken the first step on the road to making their First Holy Communion.

 

March 6th 2017

Gymnastics Win


gymnasticsEmily Moore from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class, Ciara Moore, Niamh Mc Kenna, Dunni Ayorinde, Rachel Mc Kenna & Niamh Cassidy from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class and Aisling Granahan & Eve Hickey from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class are all members of Bounce Gymnastics Club in Mullingar. Yesterday, they all took part in p1080065 - copya gymnastics competition in Loreto School Gym, Mullingar. Gymnasts from Mullingar, Navan and Trim participated. Each gymnast learned a particular routine and were required to perform the routine independently. Roundoff, straight jump, stag jump, handstand, forward rolls and pike rolls were just some of the moves that they carried out. All of our young gymnasts performed well and walked away with medals. Well done girls. Keep up the good work!


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March 2nd 2017

World Book Day

2017

 

world book day 2017 logoTo celebrate the 20th annual World Book Day which takes place today, every student in St Colman's received a book token. The token can be exchanged in bookshops for one of eleven exclusive new books or €1.50 off a full priced book. Numerous book related activities took place around the school and time was set aside for D.E.A.R. time, which is Drop Everything And Read.

Have fun searching for a special book this weekend!

 

March 1st 2017

Children Helping Animals


donationThere was great excitement this morning in Ms Kiernan's Second Class when they had two very special visitors! Last week, Ms Kiernan's class held a bake sale and raised €360 for the ISPCA and today, Kelley Hynes, a representative from the ISPCA called to collect the cheque. Kelley brought her dog Lucy with her and spent over an hour talking to the children about the work of the ISPCA and answering many questions.

p1080016 - copyThe ISPCA has two main centres. The ISPCA National Animal Centre is situated on 88 acres of land in Co Longford and the ISPCA Equine Rescue Centre which is based in Mallow, Co Cork. They are also affiliated with 20 local animal welfare organisations. Kelley, who has been working with the ISPCA for 12 years, is one of roughly 20 staff who man the main centres together with 8 inspectors. Kelley's job is animal care assistant but she is also a home visitor who will come to your house to see if you are suitable to care for a rescue animal. Some of the most important factors that she looks for is - space, fencing and time. To be a responsible animal owner you need adequate space for the animal to exercise and be housed, you also need fencing to keep the animal safe on your property and last but not least, you need time available to feed, exercise and generally care for your animal. Unfortunately Kelly was sad to tell us that she has come across quite a lot of animal abuse in her work and many people have been prosecuted, but the upside to this is that the ISPCA will never turn any animal away and will go to great lengths to fully rehabilate and rehouse the animals in their care.

Ms Kiernan and the children would like to thank Kelley for spending time with them today, for answering all their questions and also for taking Lucy in to see them. Lucy is a rescue dog. She is a mongrel terrier and is 16 years old. She was calm and comfortable having lots of excited children around her.


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February 28th 2017

Shrove Tuesday

 

p1070952 - copyThe delicious aroma of freshly cooked pancakes wafted along the corridors of St Colman's today as everyone celebrated Shrove Tuesday or Pancake Tuesday as it is more commonly known. Traditionally, today is the day we indulge our sweet tooth before Lent begins tomorrow.

p1070938 - copyThe boys and girls in our third classes enjoyed an extra special treat today. One student, Jakub Nowak from Mrs Walter's Class, enlisted the help of his dad Sebastian to surprise everyone with a cookery demonstration. Sebastian, who is a chef in the Annebrook House Hotel, was very happy to share his knowledge of pancake cooking with the children. While Sebastian was hard at work preparing and cooking the pancakes, the third class students took the opportunity to revise their procedural writing. Each student wrote out the p1080003 - copyingredients needed and the instructions on how to make pancakes. I think their parents might be in for a surprise tonight when the children show their new knowledge of pancake cooking! 

p1070996 - copyBefore he finished up, Sebastian's youngest son Philip from Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class, together with his classmates came along to sample some of the tasty pancakes. Thanks so much to Sebastian for slaving over the hot pans this morning and cooking all the delicious pancakes.

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February 28th 2017

Art Week

2017

p1070824 - copyWe had the pleasure of welcoming back local artist Kevin Flood to the school over the past five school days to give art tuition to the students in our fifth and sixth classes. The theme - 'How a painting tells a story'.

This year, the children were asked to create a painting and afterwards to write a story around it. Kevin discussed the many reasons for being in a forest - having a picnic, walks with animals, enjoying the wildlife etc. A beautiful woodland scene was arranged in the school hall to give some inspiration and Kevin read a Robert Frost poem called 'The road not taken' to get the children thinking.

The young artists began by sketching the scene, using pencil shading techniques or charcoal to give definition and depth. The scenes were redrawn on special watercolour paper and watercolours were painted to add colour. Kevin gave tips on how to blend paints to create a new colour and on the best way to overlap the colours. The finished paintings were fantastic and the children would like to thank Kevin for his wonderful guidance and instruction.


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February 22nd 2017

Bake Sale for ISPCA

 

p1070855 - copyThe ISPCA (Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals) is Ireland's largest animal welfare charity. Members help, rescue, treat and responsibly rehome tens of thousands of animals of all different species. Their role is to prevent cruelty to animals, to promote animal welfare and to pro-actively relieve animal suffering in Ireland.

The students in Ms Kiernan's Second Class are self confessed animal lovers! Many of the children have family pets but their interest doesn't stop there. During their recent Science lessons the children have been learning about living things and caring for their locality. That old saying - 'A pet is for life and not just for Christmas' came up and many wondered where the pets would go when their owners no longer needed them? Animal welfare and the role of the ISPCA became an important topic of interest. The boys and girls were shocked to learn that the ISPCA rely on the generosity of the Irish public for 95% of their funding. Seeing the many worried faces in front of her, Ms Kiernan suggested having a bake sale to raise some much needed funds for the society. Needless to say the children fully backed this idea and immediately began planning what they would bake.

p1070876 - copyToday that idea became a reality and Ms Kiernan's classroom was transformed into a cake shop for the students on the junior corridor. The wonderful array of home-baked goodies was a sight to behold. The boys and girls practiced their social skills when selling the goods and their mathematical brains were tested when change was given. All in all, this was a wonderful success for them but the best news was the total raised - a whopping €360! Congratulations to Ms Kiernan and her caring second class on a very successful fundraising event for the ISPCA.


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February 22nd 2017

Mullingar Town Band Visit

 

Our Junior and Senior Infants Classes receive a weekly introduction to music from visiting teacher Ms Kim Magee. Ms Magee works with Music Generation Offaly/Westmeath and she uses the Kodaly programme which is based on teaching, learning and understanding music through the experience of singing.

p1070900 - copyMs Magee is also Band Director with Mullingar Town Band and today she brought a small section of the Marching Band to St Colman's to give us a taster of what they are all about. All classes gathered in the upper playground. Ms Magee first told the children a little about the history of the band.

The Mullingar Town Band was officially founded in 1879 and they welcome children of p1070901 - copyall musical abilities to join. They have a marching band, the Celtic Crusaders and a concert band and have won many awards in Ireland, Northern Ireland and England. The band also have a dance corps/colour guard which perform as part of the marching element of the band. Ms Magee explained that when you join the marching band, you receive a uniform. The uniform is quite heavy and she gave two students, Ciaran Donoghue and Daragh Geoghegan, from Ms Kiernan's Second Class the opportunity to try a jacket for size!

The band then played a number of pieces for everyone, while two member of the colour guard performed synchronized movement of flags to the music. The instruments played today were tuba, french horn, euphonium, baritone sax, alto sax, trumpet, flute, clarinet and snare drum. p1070908 - copyOne student, Conor Walsh from Mrs Farrell's First Class was very proud to pose for a photo with his aunt who played flute today and Lavinia Matthews from Mrs Walters' p1070909 - copyThird Class gladly posed with her big sister and past pupil Niamh. 

Ms Magee finished up by telling all the children that on Wednesday March 1st the Mullingar Town Band are welcoming new members and invited everyone to come along. Judging by the response to the music, I think many of our students will take up the offer!


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February 21st 2017

Irish Dancing Sisters

 

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Sisters, Holly and Katie Martin from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's First Class and Ms Skelly's Fifith Class respectively, are both Irish dancers with the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. Recently, they took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis in the Mullingar Park Hotel and won trophies and medals for their performances. Well done girls!  

 

February 21st 2017

Indoor Hurling Blitz


St Colman's young hurlers took part in an indoor hurling blitz this afternoon in St Mary's gym. They played with growing confidence and skill as the tournament progressed and made it all the way through to the final. They were narrowly defeated in the end by a very good Ballymore side but it could easily have gone either way. Well done to all involved for representing your school so well.


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February 11th 2017

Table Quiz

2017

 

There was a huge turnout at the St Colman's Parents Association annual Table Quiz which took place last night in the Annebrook Hotel. Once again, Mr Willie Geraghty compiled 10 rounds of 10 questions and as quiz master, he challenged everyone on a wide variety of topics. Thanks to Mr Geraghty and the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association for organising such an enjoyable event.


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February 1st 2017

St Brigid's Day 

 

st brigidToday is St Brigid's Feast Day, also known as Lá Fhéile Bhríde and it marks the first day of Spring. St Brigid was born at Faughart near Dundalk, Co Louth and is one of Ireland's patron saints, along with Patrick and Columba. Although St Brigid may not be as well known as St Patrick, she was one of the most powerful women in Ireland. After refusing an arranged marriage, she went on to found several convents whose schools provided an education for thousands of young women.copy of st.brigidcross.jpg 2

 


 


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


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


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January 30th 2017

Catholic Schools Week

2017

 

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

 

January 19th 2017

Save the Date

 

st.-colmans-table-quizThe St Colman's Parents Association are having their annual Table Quiz on Friday, February 10th 2017 in the Annebrook Hotel. This is a perfect opportunity for parents, teachers and friends of St Colman's to meet up for an enjoyable night out without the kids and raise save the datemoney for the school at the same time.

Mr Geraghty is once again compiling the questions and he promises to have something to suit everyone, covering a wide range of topics including music, sport, current affairs, general knowledge, history, geography and many more. So please save the date in your diary and spread the word - friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues - everyone is welcome!

 

December 21st 2016

Christmas Carol Service

2016 


The entire school body made their way to St Paul's Church this morning for our annual Christmas Carol Service which began at 11am and was officiated by Fr Paul Crosby. We were joined by parents/guardians and friends to celebrate the true meaning of Christmas with music, song and prayer. Throughout the service, children representing every class group reminded us of the story of Jesus' birth while members of the living crib gathered on the altar. The readings were interspersed with Christmas hymns sung beautifully by our school choir. The children from our second classes, who will make their First Holy Communion next year, took part in The Procession of Light and decorated the Jessie Tree. The school orchestra also took to the altar to play for the audience. The service ended with the choir's rendition of 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree'.


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June 15th 2016

C.O.W.!

 

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


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June 9th 2016

An Evening of Music

 

Yesterday evening at 6.30pm, parents/guardians and friends of St Colman's gathered in St Paul's Church for an evening of music performed by the talented musicians of the school. The school choir and orchestra have performed on numerous occasions during the school year and have built up quite a repertoire. They chose their favourite and most polished pieces for the very appreciative audience.

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

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

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

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


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May 26th 2016

Cumann na mBunscoil Finals

2016

 

Congratulations to our girls and boys football teams who made it through to the Cumann na mBunscoil finals, which took place this week in Cusack Park. The girls were up first yesterday when they met a very strong team from Kinnegad. They played very well but unfortunately they were not victorious on the day. Today, it was the turn of our boys team playing against The Downs N.S. After another well played game, St Colman's emerged as the winners. Well done to all our young football players and their coaches!


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Missing from photo - Áine Mc Kenna, Leah Mc Cormack and Chloe Lyons-Crowley


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