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December 12th 2018

Greetings from the Badjao Tribe


20181212 202531Back in November 2013, St Colman's held a 'Mad Hair Day' fundraiser, to raise money for people affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. The money raised was sent to Sr Evelyn Flanagan, a friend of Mrs Healy-Donoghue's, who works with the Badjao Tribe in Cebu, the Philippines. Sr Evelyn was very grateful and regularly keeps in contact with Mrs Healy Donoghue to let her know how the people of the Badjao Tribe are doing now. 

Last week, Mrs Healy-Donoghue received a Christmas card and a booklet from Sr Evelyn. The booklet details the many changes that have happened from June - October 2018. Please take time to read the booklet to give you a small insight into the lives of these wonderful people.


To read the booklet CLICK HERE


The Christmas card created by the Badjo Tribe had a beautiful Christmas message inside - 


May the spirit of Christmas bring you

PEACE,

The gladness of Christmas give you

HOPE

and the warmth of Christmas grant you

LOVE

 

December 12th 2018

Christmas Calendar of Events


Wed Dec 12th

‘Santa’s Hat

Mrs Granahan’s Senior Infant Class

11.30am

Thurs Dec 13th

‘Nativity Rock’

Mrs Lyons’ Second Class

9.30am

 

‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’

Ms Duffy’s Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘A Christmas Toy Story’

Ms Nugent’s Fourth Class

1.00pm

Fri Dec 14th

‘Shine Star Shine’

Ms Mulcair’s Senior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Ms Mc Laughlin’s First Class

1.00pm

Sun Dec 16th

Cathedral Carol Service

St Colman’s Choir

5.00pm

Mon Dec 17th

‘A Special Present for the Baby’

Ms Healy-Donoghue’s Third Class

1.00pm

Tues Dec 18th

‘The Nativity’

Ms Clarke’s Junior Infant Class

9.30am

 

‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Mr Boyle’s Second Class

11.30am

 

‘Lights, Camel, Action’

Ms Murphy’s Third Class

1.00pm

Wed Dec 19th

Carol Service

St Paul’s Church

11.15am

Thurs Dec 20th

‘A Christmas Sing Song’

Ms Hamill’s Junior Infant Class

11.30am

 

‘Away With the Manger’

Mrs Gilligan’s Fourth Class

1.00pm

 

December 10th 2018

Irish Dancing School Feis

 

Six of our young Irish dancers took part in a school feis yesterday afternoon in Clonkill. Seoidín Thornton from Ms Scally's Fifth Class, Jennifer Mc Conville from Ms Nugent's Fourth Class, Holly Colgan, Faye Mc Donald and Kara Mc Keown from Mr Boyle's Second Class and Emily Mc Conville from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class are all members of the Fiona Gallagher School of Irish Dance. As you can see from the photo below, the girls were all successful and returned home with medals galore and three also receiving trophies. Well done to you all.


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December 10th 2018

Christmas Fair

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The place to be yesterday morning was definitely St Colman's N.S. and I'm glad to tell you that I wasn't the only one who thought that! Of course, it was the annual St Colman's Christmas Fair and Cake Sale and the school was filled to bursting. 

A fabulous array of home baked goodies, donated by many of you, were on sale and were snapped up by the appreciative crowd. A wide selection of crafts created by St Colman's students were also on sale. The hugely successful freshly made crepes were back again and new for this year was an ice cream parlour. As you can imagine, both of these stalls were kept busy throughout the morning. Lucky dip crackers and novelty guessing games were a huge hit. There was a also another new addition of a photo booth with exciting backdrops and festive props. Many families sat for their 2018 Christmas photo and were delighted with the result.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped out in any way. This annual event was once again a resounding success and a great start to the festive season!

 

December 7th 2018

The Stage Awaits....

 

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Keira Nooney from Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Sixth Class is treading the boards in the sold out pantomime, 'Jack and the Beanstalk', in Mullingar Arts Centre. Keira is playing the part of a slave child. She is taking part in a total of six shows. It's early days but she's loving it so far. Keira loves singing and dancing and playing the piano so this pantomime is right up her street. The first of many performances I'm sure. So as all good thespians say, 'Break a leg Keira'!

 

November 29th 2018

Santa's Treat Plates

 

With the St Colman's Christmas Fair just around the corner, many of our classes are getting started on making crafts to sell on the day. Today, local artist Andrina Finch paid a visit to Ms Clarke's and Ms Hamill's Junior Infant classes. She instructed the children on how to paint a ceramic plate. The results were amazing! These 'Santa's Treat Plates' will be perfect to leave out on Christmas Eve for the man himself.


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November 23rd 2018

The Food Pyramid

 

As a healthy eating school, we encourage students at all times to make healthy choices when it comes to breakfast, school lunches, their evening meal and never forgetting snacks. The boys and girls in Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class have been learning all about healthy eating by using the Food Pyramid. Eating the correct amount of nutrients contained in protein, fat, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals is so important to maintain good health. To put all their newfound knowledge to the test, the children worked in pairs and groups to design and make a healthy sandwich/wrap/bagel. They had great fun sharing their likes and dislikes and finally creating their healthy treats. I'm sure you'll agree they look delicious!


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November 15th 2018

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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This morning, representatives from Team Hope called to the school and were delighted to collect a huge array of Christmas shoeboxes. They wish to extend their gratitude to everyone who supported the appeal.


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November 13th 2018

Poetry Reading


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Brothers, Jakub and Kornel Lachowski from Ms Murphy's Third Class and Ms Duffy's Senior Infant Class respectively, attend Polish lessons every week. They entered a competition last Sunday which took place in Carlow. Jakub and Kornel each recited a long poem in Polish. They impressed the judges and both brought home trophies. Well done boys. Keep up the hard work!


 

November 8th 2018

Shamrocks Visit


On October 21st last, Mullingar Shamrocks GFC were crowned Westmeath senior football champions. After an absorbing 2-12 to 1-11 win over local rivals St. Loman's, they brought home the Flanagan Cup to the delight of all their supporters. This morning, we were delighted to welcome some of the players to the school with the treasured Flanagan Cup. Many of the players are past pupils of St Colman's including our very own Mr O'Reilly who is teaching third class this year. Congratulations to everyone in Mullingar Shamrocks on a fantastic win!


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November 7th 2018

There's Still Time...

 

For many years now, St Colman's N.S. has supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This year, Team Hope shoeboxes from Ireland will go to street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families, victims of war and other needy situations in the poorest countries in Eastern Europe or Africa. The boxes filled with surprises will bring a little bit of joy and hope into their difficult lives.

Today we had a very special delivery from Mrs Clinton who currently has five grandchildren in St Colman's. Every year, Mrs Clinton begins gathering items for the boxes from early summer and fills quite a number of boxes by November. Today, Mrs Clinton with the help of her grandchildren brought 135 boxes to the school. This is a huge achievement by any standards and what a great example to us all.

The Closing date for donations is Friday November 9th so there is still time to get your box ready. All boxes can be left in the school.


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October 25th 2018

Halloween Games


The boys and girls in Ms Mc Laughlin's Second Class have worked very hard over the past eight weeks. So, as an end of term treat they enjoyed playing some Halloween games. The games included water, flour and fruit. It was wet and messy but also so much fun as you can see from the photos below.



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The students in Mr Beehan's Fifth Class were also lucky enough to have a Halloween party to end the term. They played many games including 'dress the mummy races' and 'doughnut bobbing' and a good time was had by all.


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October 16th 2018

 Newgrange


Newgrange is a prehistoric tomb located in the Boyne Valley area of Co Meath. It was constructed by Stone Age farmers over 5,200 years ago. It is a large circular mound with a stone passageway and chambers inside. There are 97 kerbstones surrounding the mound and some of them are engraved with symbols called megalithic art. Above the entrance to the tomb, there is an opening called a roof-box. This opening allows sunlight to penetrate the chamber on the shortest day of the year, 21st December. This is called the Winter Solstice.

The students in Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class have been learning all about Newgrange during their geography lessons and they have been fascinated with the subject. Many of them researched at home, asking realitives if they had the pleasure of visiting the site. They drew their own Newgrange but two classmates, Ella-May Ferris and Aisling Kevlihan took it one step further and they created a 3D model. With a little help from Ella-May's mum and using cardboard, play-doh, marla and green velvet material, the girls built a tomb with chambers inside and added kerbstones too. Aisling also found a photo, taken by her Grandfather in 1958, of the Killoe Pioneers on their annual trip to Newgrange.


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October 12th 2018

Autumnal Art

 

When it comes to inspiration for Art lessons, we need look no further than Nature. Ms Murphy's Third Class did just that. While enjoying a Nature walk, they collected a multitude of leaves in the various shades of autumnal colours - red, yellow, orange, brown and pink, to name but a few. When the leaves dried, they created wonderful pieces of art using their incredible imaginations. Great work!



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October 11th 2018

Man's Best Friend

 

For the past few days we have had two very welcome visitors to the school. Mr Paul Cleary is the Midlands Education and Community officer with Dogs Trust and he very kindly visited every class in the school to speak with the students. He brought his lovely dog called Magic with him and as you can imagine she was a big hit with the children.

Paul had two main themes in his talks - Responsible dog ownership and Safety. To be a responsible dog owner, you must have time, money and space. Time to walk the dog, money to pay for food, vaccinations and vet fees and space to allow the dog to move around and be active. Paul was at pains to point out that you must think hard before you purchase a dog and that Christmas is definitely not the right time to consider getting a dog. Dogs trust received over 200 phone calls shortly after Christmas last year alone from owners who had decided that they could not manage and needed their new pet to be rehoused. Apart from the obvious safety measures for example, keeping your dog on a lead when walking to ensure it doesn't run on the road and making sure the area outside your house is safe for your dog to roam around, there are also events like Halloween that can result in a very stressful time for your dog. We would all like to thank Paul very much for visiting and passing on his valuable advice.


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October 9th 2018

Having Fun with iPads


The boys and girls in Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class look forward to Friday mornings because that's when they get to work on the school iPads. Over the past few weeks they have been exploring an app called 'Phonics Garden' to help them with their phonics and letter formation. Ms Mulcair is so proud of the children's hard work and how well they have been at sharing and taking turns with the iPads. The children would like to thank Mrs Jones for helping them use the iPads and making it so much fun!


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October 8th 2018

Summer Star Programme


The importance of reading can never be underestimated. Reading develops the imagination and it's how we discover new things. Reading for pleasure is well known to have long term benefits and children who read regularly have been found to have greater self-esteem and are better at social interaction. 

The Summer Stars reading programme ran in libraries all across the country over the Summer months. The programme encouraged children to keep reading during July and August and to take time to find books that they really enjoy and experience reading as an activity which is fun and a source of entertainment. I'm happy to say that many of our students took part in the Summer Stars programme this year. They all developed a love of reading and they recently received medals to mark their participation. Well done all of you and remember to KEEP READING!

Pictured below are Cian Gavin and Cillian Deane from Ms Hamill's Junior Infant Class and Caoimhe Kevlihan from Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class proudly showing us their medals.


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September 27th 2018

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

 

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Huge congratulations to all the boys and girls from St Colman's who took part in the Westmeath Schools Cross Country run. This annual event took place in Belvedere House and Gardens last Wednesday and was attended by schools from all over the county. After initial heats took place in the school, St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls from second to sixth class. As always, all our runners performed well and did us proud. Well done to you all.


 

September 25th 2018

A Jungle Story

 

Anybody passing the office door on a Monday or a Friday for the past couple of weeks will have heard some very familiar and uplifting songs. Our Fifth Class students are taking part in a very exciting project in association with Mullingar Arts Centre. They will be performing 'The Jungle Book' next February in the Arts Centre and rehearsals are already in full swing. This will be a full scale musical and the children are working really hard to make it a success. We can't wait to see the fruits of their labour! A huge thank you to Mullingar Arts Centre for all their support and guidance.


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September 24th 2018

Cross Country Practice

 

Best of luck to the children taking part in the Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run which takes place in Belvedere House Gardens & Park this coming Wednesday. There has been a fantastic running buzz around the school over the past couple of weeks with groups using the running track in front of the school or heading up to the Bishop's Field for some all important practice.


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September 24th 2018

Loving Ballet!

 

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Classmates Lisa O'Brien and Aoife Murphy from Mrs Healy Donoghue's Third Class love attending ballet lessons every week. They recently completed their Grade 1 ballet exam and passed with flying colours. Congratulations girls!

 

September 14th 2018

Settling In Well

 

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


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September 3rd 2018

Welcome Bishop Deenihan

 

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Bishop Smith Retires

 

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


 

 

August 22th 2018

Welcome Back


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

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


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


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School Phone Number - 044 9340901


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June 28th 2018

School Tours

2018

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


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


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

 

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

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



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


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


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


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

 

June 28th 2018

A Day by the Sea

 

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

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


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

 

June 27th 2018

Newsletters

 

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


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


 

June 27th 2018

Goodbye to Sixth Class

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



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


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


Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.

 

June 21st 2018

Maths Trail for Junior Infants

 

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


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June 20th 2018

Wood Sculpture in Belvedere

 

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


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June 19th 2018

Lilliput Races


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

 

June 18th 2018

New Bishop of Meath

 

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


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June 18th 2018

Gaelic Street League

 

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


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June 15th 2018

Penalties against the Principal

 

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


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June 15th 2018

Prize-giving


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


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June 13th 2018

Sports Day

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

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

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

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


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June 13th 2018

An Evening of Music

 

 

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

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

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

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


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June 12th 2018

Martial Arts Demonstration

 

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


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June 11th 2018

Move in the Morning


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


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June 10th 2017

5k Family Fun Run/Walk


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


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June 8th 2018

Cumann na mBunscol Champs


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


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May 29th 2018

Getting Some Training in.....


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


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May 22nd 2018

Mark this on your Calendar


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March 22nd 2018

Turn Your School Yellow


Today, to coincide with the Irish Cancer Society's Daffodil Day, we held a 'Turn Your School Yellow'/No Uniform Day. All students and staff arrived in school this morning dressed in yellow and green wherever possible. Donations were collected and fresh daffodils and daffodil pins were on sale. All proceeds will be donated to St John's Children's Cancer Ward, a Local Hospice group and the Irish Cancer Society.


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March 10th 2018

Confirmation

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Congratulations to the boys and girls from St Colman's who were confirmed in the Cathedral today. We hope you all had an enjoyable day with your family.


 

February 28th 2018 

School Closed

 

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Due to dangerous weather conditions, St Colman's N.S. will be closed today.



The school will remain closed on Thursday March 1st and Friday March 2nd in accordance with Department of Education instructions. 















February 19th 2018

Irish Dancing Feiseanna


Many of our young Irish dancers attended feiseanna at the weekend.

 

p1090693 - copy Amy Devaney from Ms Spellman's First Class and Holly Martin from Ms Mc Laughlin's Second Class are members of the Emerald Lakes School of Dancing. They took part in the Mullingar Open Feis which was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel yesterday. As you can see they were very successful and came away with medals and trophies.


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Kaja Zeoch from Ms Murphy's Third Class is a member of the Sarah Jones School of Irish Dance. Yesterday, she took part in the Quinn Keogh Feis in Dublin and was also successful winning a trophy, medal and sash.


Congratulations girls!

 

February 13th 2018

For the Love of Grandparents

 

Visitors to the school, in recent weeks, may have noticed the beautiful piece of artwork that adorns one of the walls in our school hall. The tree made from handprints was assembled by Mrs Ciara Ferris who is mother to Ella May in Ms Campbell's Second Class. Ciara left a hand template into the school and asked that every child in the school would decorate the hand in their own unique style. When all 490 hand templates were decorated, using many different art media, Ciara created the tree you can see in the hall today. Mrs Garvey asked the children for suggestions as to what we should call the artwork. The given name at the moment was chosen by Alfie, with Grandparent Day in mind - For the Love of Grandparents. Over the remainder of the school year, the artwork will be given new names to suit the changes in the seasons and the numerous activites that will occur in St Colman's Community. A huge thank you to Ciara for creating this wonderful piece of artwork.


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February 9th 2018

Grandparents Day

2018

 

grandparents day 2018 c 2018Today was a very special day in St Colman's N.S.! All pupils and staff gathered with family and friends in St Paul's Church to celebrate Grandparents Day.

To begin, five students welcomed everyone, each student speaking in a different language - Irish, Croatian, Philippine, Polish and Lithuanian, reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the school. Fr Paul also welcomed everyone who travelled from near and far to celebrate with us. He spoke about the important role that grandparents play in our community, but more importantly, in their grandchildren's lives.

Many grandparents took part in the ceremony, accompanied by their grandchildren. Gifts were carried to the altar, each representing the special relationship between grandparent and grandchild. Prayers and stories were read, telling us about all the wonderful things that grandparents do on a daily basis. Our junior infant and second classes sang songs about grandparents and our senior infants and first class students recited poems.

grandmas girlOne Grandmother, Mrs Sue Walters, who travelled all the way from Wales to be with us today, spoke about her grandaughter Aoife. Her pet name for Aoife is 'Precious'. Having grown up with three brothers and given birth to three sons, it was a special gift to have a grandaughter and hence the name 'Precious'. However Sue was quick to point out that she also has grandsons and that of course all grandchildren are precious. That special bond between grandchildren and their grandparents is one to cherish and hold dear.

grandparents d 2018We were asked to remember those who couldn't be present today, in particular those who are ill or in heaven. There was a poignant moment when shoes were carried to the altar. The shoes were to symbolise how we would all like to follow in the footsteps of the grandparents who are no longer with us.

There were many funny moments too, including a poem entitled 'Grandma's off her rocker'! The school choir closed the ceremony with the popular song 'Happy'. Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments and a chat.

Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way, but especially to Mrs Healy-Donoghue for once again organising a truly wonderful family event that was enjoyed by the young and not so young in the St Colman's community.


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February 6th 2018

Safer Internet Day

2018


Today, February 6th 2018 is Safer Internet Day (SID). This is an annual event and will be celebrated around the world. The aim is to promote safer and more responsible use of online technology and mobile phones for all users, especially children and young people everywhere.

The theme this year is ' Create, connect and share respect: A better internet starts with you'. Everyone is invited to join in and engage online with others in a respectful way.

A Family e-Safety Kit will be given to all families. This information pack was created to help parents share the benefits and raise awareness of the risks of surfing the web in a fun and engaging way. It contains a parental e-safety guide, family golden rules, a family certificate, stickers and situation cards. In school today, many of our classes have begun the discussion on this topic. Worksheets and fun activities were used to explore the area of internet safety with the children. We hope all parents/guardians will continue the discussion at home and together we will endeavour to make a safer internet for all.


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January 29th 2018

Cathloic Schools Week

2018


catholic schools week 2018Catholic Schools Week 2018 runs from Sunday January 28th until Saturday February 3rd. The theme this year is 'Catholic Schools : Called to be a family of families'. Today and every day this week, students will read prayers over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.

 

January 26th 2018

Best of Luck

 

The Annual Schools' Credit Union Quiz will take place tonight in the Mullingar Park Hotel. Sixteen students, comprising of children from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes, will represent St Colman's. Two teams will take part in the U11 age group and two teams in the U13 age group.The boys and girls have been busy brushing up on their general knowledge over the past couple of weeks. We wish them all the very best of luck tonight!


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January 8th 2018

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2018 - 2019

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2018 will take

place during the week of


22nd January 2018 - 26th January 2018


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2018,

together with the necessary documentation - original birth cert, original baptismal cert (if Catholic) and proof of address (recent/3mths - utility bill or bank statement etc.), must be returned to the school office by


4pm on Friday 26th January 2018


 

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December 22nd 2017

Christmas Tales


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This morning, Kevin Kelly from Ms Skelly's Fourth Class, treated everyone to a Christmas tale, which he read over the intercom. Kevin wrote the story himself. It was about a young girl who woke up in the night and found a stranger in her sitting room. She returned to her bed and fell back asleep. When she woke in the morning, she found lots of presents in her sitting room and quickly realised that the stranger must have been Santa!






p1090458 - copyA short while later, Kevin's classmate, Seoidín Thornton visited each classroom and read her self penned story. Seoidín wrote about a young girl who found a mysterious box in her house at Christmas. She tried to find out who owned the box and failed. Curiosity got the better of her and she peeped inside the box. To her surprise she found a kitten looking back at her. When she checked with her grandmother, she was delighted to find that the kitten was her new pet!



Well done and thank you to Kevin and Seoidín for sharing your festive tales with us.  

 

December 21st 2017

Christmas Carol Service

2017


A hush fell over St Paul's Church at 11am this morning, as the annual St Colman's Christmas Carol Service began. The entire school body, family and friends and Fr Paul gathered to celebrate the Christmas Season in song and prayer. Children representing every class group read the story of Jesus' birth, while members of the living crib gathered on the altar. The readings were interspersed with Christmas hymns sung beautifully by our school choir. The children from our second classes, who will make their First Holy Communion next year, took part in The Procession of Light and decorated the Christmas Tree with symbols of Christmas.

At this time of the year, when one can get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the materialistic side of Christmas, it's nice to slow down and take a quiet moment to reflect and remember the true meaning of Christmas. This morning's service gave us the perfect opportunity to do just that.


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December 19th 2017

Mad Moon!

 

mad moonThere was great excitement yesterday when a very special delivery finally made it's way to St Colman's. Our school choir's first CD has arrived just in time for Christmas!

The choir have built up quite the repertoire in recent years. Since we returned to school in September, the weekly Friday choir rehearsals have filled the corridors of St Colman's with the most joyful sound. They chose five songs for their first CD - Mad Moon, Can You Hear Me?, Candy Man, You Raise Me Up and Happy. The CD cover was designed by Luke Quigley from Fifth Class. This is a 'must have' for music lovers and an ideal gift for family and friends this Christmas. CD's cost €8 and are available in school.  

Congratulations to everyone who was involved in this exciting project!


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December 17th 2017

Christmas Fair

2017


The St Colman's Christmas Fair was held in the school this morning and once again it was a resounding success. The home-baked goodies donated by many of you went down a treat and the tasty freshly made crepes were truly scrumptious! Santa's Grotto was a hive of activity and was by far the busiest room in the school. Thank you to the St Colman's Parents Association for organising the event and to everybody who baked goodies and donated prizes for the raffle. Thanks also to those who helped out on the day.


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December 4th 2017

Irish Dancing Win


A number of our young Irish dancers took part in a school Feis yesterday. Síog and Réiltín Thornton from Mrs Gavin's and Ms Mulcair's Junior Infant Classes respectively, Emily Mc Conville from Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class, Holly Colgan, Faye Mc Donald and Kara Mc Keown from Mrs Farrell's First Class, Aoife Irvine from Ms Spellman's First Class, Nicola Byrne from Ms Mc Laughlin's Second Class, Síle Tunney and Jennifer Mc Conville from Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class, Alisha Byrne from Ms Murphy's Third Class and Seoidín Thornton from Ms Skelly's Fourth Class are all members of the Fiona Gallagher School of Irish Dancing. They attend lessons every week and yesterday all their hard work paid off and they all came away from the Feis with medals. Congratulations girls and keep up the hard work!


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November 27th 2017

Fundraiser Festival


Congratulations to everyone involved in our 'Fundraiser Festival' in Mullingar Park Hotel on Saturday last. This was the first fundraiser of its kind for us and it proved to be a resounding success! With so much musical talent on our doorstep, we didn't have to look far for performers and so all the acts who took part are homegrown! 

Lir Ukulele Band welcomed all our guests on their arrival and our very own school choir, fresh from recording their first CD,  delighted everyone with a number of songs from their repertoire. Then, three local and nationally acclaimed bands, The Blizzards, Fallen Lights and Radio Star, took over and kept everyone dancing into the early hours.

A HUGE THANK YOU to The Blizzards, Fallen Lights and Radio Star who took time out of their busy pre-Christmas schedule to perform for us. Thanks also to Lir Ukulele Band, St Colman's School Choir, St Colman's N.S. Parents Association, staff, students and anyone who helped out in any way big or small to make this festival a memorable night for all.


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November 16th 2017

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

2017

 

For many years now, St Colman's N.S. has supported the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. This year, Team Hope shoeboxes from Ireland will go to street children, orphans, children in hospital, poor families, victims of war and other needy situations in the poorest countries in Eastern Europe and former Soviet Union. The boxes filled with surprises will bring a little bit of joy and hope into their difficult lives.

p1090331 - copyRepresentatives from Team Hope called to the school today and were delighted to collect a huge array of Christmas shoeboxes. They wish to extend their gratitude to everyone who supported the appeal.

A special mention must be given to Mrs Clinton who has grandchildren in the school. Every year, Mrs Clinton begins gathering items for the boxes from early summer and fills quite a number of boxes by November. This year Mrs Clinton brought 65 boxes to the school. A huge achievement by any standards. 

 Well done everyone!


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November 13th 2017

Deputy Principal

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Congratulations to Mr. Ger Beehan who has been appointed as our new Deputy Principal. Mr Beehan is currently teaching Sixth Class and we wish him the very best of luck in his new position.

 

November 13th 2017

St. Colman’s and the new Digital Learning Framework

 

digital-strategy-for-schools-2015-2020The Minister for Education & Skills, Mr Richard Bruton T.D. announced that 50 schools are participating in the trial of the Digital Learning Framework for schools. We are delighted here in St. Colman’s to be one of these school. The trial and process has begun and we are very excited with what will be a great learning experience for teachers and pupils. We will keep you posted as to the plan and progress achieved throughout the year. 

The Framework provides a roadmap to help schools manage the transformation of teaching and learning as a result of new digital technologies. 


The framework will among other things:

1. Help schools and individual teachers to plan how to upskill to realise the potential of digital technologies.

2.  Provide for internal and external evaluation of how digital technologies are being embedded across all aspects of school activity.

3.  Support planning in areas like literacy, numeracy and STEM which require a cross-curricular focus.


November 13th 2017

New Sports Field


sports fieldOver the course of the last two weeks preliminary work commenced on the new Sports and Playing field. Trees were felled and removed at this opportune time with the school being closed for the mid-term break. No further work will be undertaken for a number of weeks and the planned time-frame for its completion will span the remainder of this school year. We are extremely grateful to Bishop Michael Smith for his generosity in giving this site to St. Colman’s for the benefit of our present and future pupils. 

Thank you also to the Parents Association who have been working extremely hard to gather funds for this important additional space. Thank you to all the individuals, businesses and companies around Mullingar who have contributed and sponsored this particular fundraising venture.

 

November 13th 2017

Good News! New Classroom

 

p1060436We are thrilled with news received from the Department of Education and Skills last week, that our application for a new classroom has been sanctioned. This is a very important and necessary addition to our school accommodation and will mean that we will have 18 standard sized classrooms. We are delighted with this news after many months of regular discussions with Department officials. We have started work on the first part of the process by tendering for the Design Team and will keep you posted with regard to progress over the coming months.



November 13th 2017

St Colman's School Choir Launch their First CD

 

choirThe very talented girls and boys of St. Colman’s School Choir have embarked on a new venture. They are all so excited about the prospect of recording their very first CD! This is a fantastic experience and opportunity for them. The corridors of the school are filled with their magnificent uplifting voices as they practice every Friday morning.

 

cd launchRecording will take place next Friday and we have so many people to thank for making this exciting venture possible. Those at the FUNDRAISERFEST will be entertained by the choir who will open the Festival performing a selection of their repertoire.

 

The CD will be launched in early December and will make a lovely gift for family and friends at Christmas.

 

November 9th 2017

Save the Date


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November 6th 2017

Parent-Teacher Meetings

 

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Parent teacher meetings for children from first class to sixth class will take place on Thursday November 16th 2017.

 

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October 27th 2017

Halloween Fun!


There was fun and laughter all around in Mrs Deane's Second Class today. As an end of term treat, the boys and girls played Halloween games. They enjoyed bobbing for apples, finding a ring in flour and trying to bite an apple hanging from a string! It was wet and messy but so much fun as you can see from the photos below!


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October 23rd 2017

M.O.M.!


Our Active School committee has decided to switch things up and move our early morning walks before school starts from Thursday to Monday. This new activity is called M.O.M. (Move on Monday). It was great to see so many taking part today and what a great start to the week it was!


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October 16th 2017

Severe Weather Update!

 

In the interest of the health and safety of all students and staff, the Department of Education and Skills has announced that all schools will remain closed on Tuesday October 17th 2017.


October 15th 2017

Severe Weather Alert!

 

In response to the imminent Storm Ophelia, the Department of Education and Skills has publicly informed all schools that they are to remain closed tomorrow Monday October 16th 2017. Stay safe everyone and we will see you on Tuesday morning.

 

October 4th 2017

We've reached our Destination!

 

As part of European Week of Sport, St Colman's students took part in the 'Run around Europe' challenge. Over the course of five days, beginning on Monday September 25th, the children walked laps around the track at the front of the school - each lap representing one kilometre on our virtual journey across Europe. Unfortunately the rain at the end of last week hindered our efforts and we had to continue our journey this week. Our virtual journey took us from Mullingar to Dublin, then to London, Paris, Budapest, Riga, Sofia, Athens and ending in our final destination, Nicosia, Cyprus. Congratulations to all our students on this great achievement!

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September 28th 2017

A Back to School Service

 

At 11.30am this morning, every class attended a very special service in St Paul's Church, officiated by Fr Paul Crosby. Fr Paul spoke to the children about returning to school and the importance of their lunch boxes and schoolbags, explaining that we need fuel for our bodies and brains. He reminded them that in many parts of the world, there are children who are not so lucky. He led the children in prayers of thanks for all that they have and the children also prayed for people less fortunate than themselves. He asked the boys and girls to remember the importance of the Bible and spoke of all the wonderful stories that it contains. Fr Paul finished the service by blessing the school bags and expressing his wish that they all have a successful school year.


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September 28th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

There was a sizeable group taking part in W.O.T.! (Walk on Thursday!).  Every lap walked this morning helped to get us further on our virtual 'Run around Europe'.


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