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February 19th 2019

Dragon's Den meets St Colman's


I'm sure you've all heard of the programme and even if you have never watched it, the phrase 'You're fired! will be familiar to most of you. So, you can imagine the excitement in Ms Scally's Fifth Class, when the children heard they would take part in 'Dragon's Den meets St Colman's'!

Three representatives, Derek, Brian and Martin from Bank of Ireland paid St Colman's a visit to help the fifth class students with their new venture. Derek began by talking to them about owning a business and passing on some of his extensive knowledge on subjects such as profit and loss, capital, shares and entrepeneurship. The boys and girls then divided up into groups and brainstormed new business ideas. These wonderful minds had no trouble coming up with innovative products such as - A clothing website that allows you to customise your clothes, a new clothing brand called 'Shifters', a hotel where your pets are pampered and treated like royalty when you are away, a problem solving app called 'Brain Bulb' and even a lawnmower that mows your lawn by itself and also feeds your pet. The young entrepeneurs then pitched their ideas to our fourth class students and after answering many questions, they were very pleased with the feedback they received.

It was then time to meet with the Dragons, Brian and Martin. Each of the groups pitched their ideas and answered many difficult questions in an effort to convince the dragons that their business was worth investing in. Each group needed as much money from the dragons as possible whilst keeping as much of their business as possible. Brian and Martin didn't make it easy on the children, but after much negotiating the dragons were persuaded to give a good deal.

A huge thank you to Derek, Brian and Martin and Bank of Ireland for giving our students an introduction to the world of business and entrepeneurship. It certainly whetted their appetites and created some budding entrepeneurs!


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February 18th 2019

Chinese New Year

2019



20190218 114410 - copyThe Chinese New Year has more than 4,000 years of history. The national holiday begins on the first of the Lunar Calendar and lasts for fifteen days. This year the Chinese New Year began on February 5th and the festival celebrations will run until February 19th. 2019 is the year of the Pig, according to the Chinese zodiac.

The students in Mrs Healy-Donoghue's Third Class have been studying everything relating to Chinese New Year. Today they invited our first class boys and girls to their classroom to pass on their newfound knowledge.

20190218 115155 - copyThe third class children divided into seven groups and each group researched a topic - History of China, Traditions, Tourist Attractions, Animals, Chinese Zodiac, Chinese Food and Facts about China. Each group displayed their projects and answered questions from the curious first class children. 20190218 115609 - copyThere were many traditional Chinese objects on display. Aisling brought in an oil-paper umbrella which she told us is used in sunshine rather than rain. Chinese people want to keep their skin pale so they always use umbrellas in sunshine. Molly brought in a dress and matching sun parasol that she wore at her Aunt's wedding in China. She also had her Aunt's wedding album which is quite different to Irish wedding albums but equally beautiful. Congratulations to all the students in Mrs Healy-Donoghue's class on all their hard work creating wonderful projects that will educate all that see them.


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February 15th 2019

Grandparents' Day

2019

 

Today was a very special day in the St Colman's calendar. All students and staff gathered with family and friends in St Paul's Church to celebrate Grandparents' Day. The church was filled to bursting and the excitement was palpable. Mrs Garvey began the service by welcoming everyone who travelled from near and far to celebrate with us.

gp day 2019Fr Paul also extended a warm welcome to everyone before inviting Max, Maria, Livia and Fatima to the altar. Each student welcomed the congregation in Polish, Portuguese, Brazilian and Syrian respectively. During the Procession of Symbols, pupils accompanied by their grandparents brought symbols of our faith, our time in school and the love we have for each other, to the altar. We were asked to remember those who could not be present today, in particular those who are ill or in heaven.

grandparents message 2019Some of our violin students played for us and our new third class choir sang beautifully throughout the service. The children from our first classes and junior infants also sang and they did a great job! As always there were many funny moments, including a poem entitled 'Grandma's off her rocker' and when Cian let it slip that grandad always gives him sweets! Afterwards, everyone was invited back to the school for refreshments. 

Thanks to Mrs Healy-Donoghue for organising this wonderful 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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February 11th 2019

What a Great Start!

We started collecting stickers for the 'Aldi 6 Nations Rugby Competition' just over a week ago and we've already filled one poster and we're well under way with the second. Well done to everyone who has brought in stickers so far and please keep them coming. The more posters we fill, the more chances we have of winning.


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February 11th 2019

Self Portraits

 

The boys and girls in Ms Clarke's Junior Infant Class tried their hands at painting self portraits in the style of the very famous artist, Pablo Picasso. What a great job they made of them. Well done guys!


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February 8th 2019

A Date to Remember!

 

save the date f fThe St Colman's Parents Association are having their annual Table Quiz on Thursday February 28th 2019 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 money for the school at the same time. 

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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 keep the date in your diary and spread the word - friends, family, neighbours, work colleagues - everyone is welcome.

 

February 4th 2019

Start Collecting.....

 

St Colman's is hoping to take part in the 'Aldi 6 Nations Rugby Competition' to be in with a chance of winning €50,000 to be used for sports facilities for the school. As you all know, we are trying to raise money for our new playing field and this prize would be a great addition. To enter the competition, we will need 300 stickers.

So to that end, we are asking everyone to collect as many stickers for the school as possible. All Aldi customers who spend €30 or more in one transaction will receive an Aldi Play Rugby sticker. Please ask family, friends, neighbours and work colleagues to send their stickers into St Colman's. Fingers crossed for a good result!


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February 1st 2019

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.

 

January 30th 2019

Catholic Schools Week

2019


Catholic Schools Week runs from January 27th to February 2nd 2019. This year the theme for Catholic Schools Week is ‘Catholic Schools: Celebrating the Work of Our Own Catholic School’.

This morning, students from our first and fourth classes walked to the Cathedral of Christ the King, to attend 11am Mass. The Mass was to celebrate St Brigid who's feast day falls on February 1st.


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January 21st 2019

The Jungle Story Success!


Back in September 2018, when Mrs Garvey was approached by Seán Lynch from Mullingar Arts Centre asking to work with our fifth class students, never in her wildest dreams did she envision the magnificient performances she witnessed last week.

theatre - copyAfter months of rehearsals and a huge amount of hard work, the boys and girls from Ms Scally's Fifth Class performed 'The Jungle Story' in Mullingar Arts Centre last Thursday night, followed by Mr Beehan's Fifth Class on Friday. Both performances were packed to the rafters and received rapturous applause and cheers from an excited and satisfied audience. The sets and costumes were worthy of a professional group of actors and who knew we had such a talented group of actors and singers in our fifth classes. For many of them I'm sure this will not be the last time we see them treading the boards. Rather this is just the beginning of their acting career. Our third class students made up a choir, who complemented the action on stage. They sang their hearts out and sounded wonderful.

All in all, these two shows were resounding successes for all concerned. Huge congratulations to Sean, Clare and the whole Arts Centre team, our third class students, Ms Scally, Mr Beehan and most especially to the amazing actors and singers from our fifth classes.


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January 14th 2019

Feile Rince Tulach Mhór

 

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Classmates, Faye Mc Donald and Holly Colgan from Mr Boyle's Second Class, are no strangers to Irish Dancing Feiseanna. They are members of the Fiona Gallagher School of Dance and yesterday they took part in Feile Rince Tulach Mhór. Both girls danced really well and took home medals. Faye also came first in the Trophy Dance and won a sash and a trophy. Well done girls!  

 

January 9th 2019

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2019 - 2020

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2019 will take

place during the weeks of


14th January 2019 - 1st February 2019


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2019,

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


4pm on Friday 1st February 2019


 

January 8th 2019

Save the Date!

 

jungle book image - copyWe are very excited to announce that our fifth and third classes will be performing their wonderful show 'The Jungle Story' in Mullingar Arts Centre on Thursday January 17th and Friday 18th January.

The children are hard at work rehearsing this week for what will be a hugely entertaining family event. The show will feature all the hits including 'I wan'na be like you' and 'The Bare Necessities' as we hear the story of Mowgli and his friend Bagheera on their journey through the dangerous jungle in search of the man village.

Tickets are on sale from the school office or Mullingar Arts Centre reception and are priced at €10 per adult/€6 per child.

We hope you can join us!

 

January 7th 2019

Ice Skating Fun


In December, the school held a Christmas raffle, with all money raised going towards the development of our new sports field. As always the children put in a huge effort and the class who collectively sold the most cards won a trip to the new ice skating rink in Mullingar Town Park. The proud winners were the boys and girls in Mr Beehan's Fifth Class. As you can see from the photos below a great time was had by all and what a wonderful way to spend the last day of school before the Christmas holidays!


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December 20th 2018

Christmas Plays

2018

 

christmas play clip artThis year we had a total of twelve Christmas plays. The first play, 'Santa's Hat' by Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class, started the ball rolling on December 12th and today 'Away with the Manger' by Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class brought the entertainment to a close. Of course the baby Jesus featured in most plays, Santa lost his hat in one, inspectors came to St Colman's in another and even Bethlehem does Strictly. What a great variety we had. All classes put huge effort into their productions and it showed! Congratulations to everyone involved!

 

December 19th 2018

Christmas Carol Service

2018

 

At approximately 11.15am this morning, all students and staff were joined by parents, guardians and friends in St Paul's Church to celebtrate our annual Christmas Carol Service. A hush fell over the congretation as the first hymn, 'Hallelujah' began.  Children from fourth to sixth clas 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 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 17th 2018

Sporting Recognition

 

The founder of the Olympics, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, said 'The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not the winning but the taking part'. This phrase is echoed time and time again in homes, schools and sporting clubs all across the country. Having said that, it is nice to receive acknowledgement for all the time and effort that is put in.


20181217 114930 - copyOwen Maughan from Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class and sisters Arlene and Carley O'Herron from Ms Nugent's Fourth Class and Mr O'Reilly's Third Class respectively are members of Rochfortbridge Boxing Club. On Saturday last, they travelled to St Brigid's Boxing Club in Kildare Town to take part in a boxing exhibition. The young boxers took part in sparring test matches where there was no winners and no losers. They received trophies for their hard work.


 

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Julia Szyndzielorz from Ms Mc Laughlin's First Class is a member of the Feely Bates Academy of Irish Dance. Yesterday, Julia was awarded a medal to acknowledge her attendance and hard work over the last year.

 

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

2018

 

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

2018

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 Story' 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

 

bishop tom deenihan - copyOn Sunday, September 2nd 2018, in the Cathedral of Christ the King, Mullingar, Canon Thomas Deenihan was ordained as the 52nd Bishop of the Diocese of Meath. Members of the new Bishop's family, friends from Cork and many clergy from Meath and elswhere were among the packed congregation to witness the happy event. Everyone in the St Colman's family would like to welcome Bishop Deenihan and wish him well with the many responsibilities that go with his new role.

 


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 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 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 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

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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

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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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     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

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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

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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

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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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