January 31st 2023

Credit Union Schools Quiz



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

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

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

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January 27th Jan 2023

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat


image 2After months of rehearsals and a huge amount of hard work, the students in our Sixth and Third Classes were ready to take to the stage to perform Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, in Mullingar Arts Centre.

First up, on Wednesday night, were the boys and girls from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class. On Thursday night it was the turn of Ms Mc Laughlin's Sixth Class. Each night, the casts were ably supported by some young actors from our Third Classes.  The choir was made up of our third class students and they complemented the action on stage to perfection.


Both performances were packed to the rafters and it's safe to say that the audience was not disappointed if the rapturous applause and cheers were anything to go by. theatre - copyThe sets and costumes were worthy of a professional group of actors and, who knew we had such a talented group of superb actors, graceful dancers and angelic singers here in St Colman's! For many, this was their first time performing for such a large audience, but for some, I'm sure it won't be the last time we see them treading the boards. Rather, this is just the beginning of their career in the performing arts.

All in all, these two shows were resounding sucesses for all concerned. Huge thanks must go to Sarah, Sarah-Ann, Sean and the entire staff of the Arts Centre for all their help and guidance in putting together two outstanding performances and of course heartiest congratulations and well done to all our sixth and third class students. I hope you all enjoyed your time in the spotlight!

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January 13th 2023

Our Spelling Bee Representative

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

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




January 12th 2023

Dogs Trust Visit


dogs-trust2We were delighted to welcome Peter Cleary from Dogs Trust, Ireland to the school this week. Peter paid a visit to all classes since Monday and imparted some of his extensive knowledge of dogs to the children.

When Peter visited the school in previous years, he brought his rescue dog, Magic, with him. Sadly, this time Peter couldn't bring Magic with him, as she is getting older - 12 years old which means she's in her 80s in human years. The excitement of meeting all the children is too much for her now. Peter did bring a soft toy dog with him for demonstration purposes.

Ireland has only one Dogs Trust Centre situated in Dublin. Every county has a dog pound however to cater for stray dogs. At the moment, there are 150 dogs in the centre and although they can cater for more than 200 dogs, Peter explained that they try to keep the numbers down so that they can give the correct amount of care to each dog. Usually the dogs that end up in the centre are unhappy and often unhealthy. Over time and with a huge amount of care, which includes not alone medicine and good food but also lots of exercise, the dogs become happy and healthy and ready to be housed with a new owner. At this point, the dogs meet with the centre's behavioural advisor, who will endeavour to house each dog with a suitable person or family, if there is one available. Unfortunately, some dogs don't find a match and so there logo-paws-think-stay-safeare quite a few long term residents in the centre. Peter repeated that old saying 'A dog is for life, not just for Christmas'. Dogs Trust get the most calls and are at their busiest in January. 

Peter gave the children some helpful tips about caring for a dog. By law, all dogs must be microchipped and must always wear a collar that bears the name and address of the owner. He told them about foods that you should never give dogs and food that is good for them. He stressed the importance of having your dog neutered to avoid having unwanted puppies. He encouraged walking your dog daily and most important of all...enjoy your dog!


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January 9th 2023

Enrolment Week


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     Junior Infants

     2023 - 2024

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2023

is open and takes place from

9th January 2023 - 27th January 2023



Please CLICK HERE to download an application form.


          For more information click on the enrolment button above.          



January 6th 2023

Feast of the Epiphany

three kingsToday, students and staff attended 9.15am Mass in St Paul's Church to celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany, also known as Three Kings Day, Little Christmas and Nollaig na mBan. The feast celebrates the visit of the Three Wise Men, to worship the newborn baby Jesus. Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar brought gifts of Gold, Frankincense and Myrrh. This marks the end of the Christmas Season.




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December 21st 2022

Enrolment Week

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     Junior Infants

     2023 - 2024


Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2023 will take

place during the weeks of

9th January 2023 - 27th January 2023

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

All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2023,

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 27th January 2023


December 20th 2022

Christmas Plays


christmas play clip artThe Christmas Plays were back this year to the utter delight of all who performed and of course to the audience who attended each play. We had a total of 13 classes performing this year and to say that it brought a feeling of joy to the school would be an understatement. The songs and laughter emanating from the school hall, while rehearsals were in full swing, left an air of anticipation and excitement, as we awaited the finished productions. 

theatre clipartThe first play, 'Lights Camel Action' by Mrs Deane/Ms O'Dowd's Fourth Class and also Mrs Lyons' Fourth Class, started the ball rolling on December 14th and today 'Away with the Manger' by Mrs Gilligan's Fifth Class brought the entertainment to a close. Of course the baby Jesus featured in most plays, there was a 'whoops a daisy' angel who had a habit of falling over and bumping into things, inspectors came to St Colman's in another, a couple of thieves Bob and Bill and even Joe Connaire made an appearance! What a great variety we had. All classes put huge effort into their productions and it showed! Congratulations to everyone involved!


December 20th 2022

Christmas Carol Service


fr-philA hush fell over St Paul's Church at 11am this morning, as the annual St Colman's Christmas Carol Service began. Fr Phil Gaffney welcomed the entire school body, family and friends as we gathered to celebrate the Christmas Season in song and prayer. After a break of two years, it was wonderful to see everyone back together again. 

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. The children who are learning guitar and ukulele also played a selection of Christmas songs. 


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.






 December 19th 2022

Christmas Art 

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

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December 5th 2022

A Christmas Festival

music notesAfter a break of over two and a half years, the Mullingar Choral Society performed in 'A Christmas Festival' in the Cathedral of Christ the King last night, offically launching the Christmas Season in Mullingar. The Choral Society have a tradition of inviting a local primary school to perform with them and this year, St Colman's N.S. was the lucky school chosen. treble clefThe music was provided by the Ariosa String Quartet, accompanied on keyboard by Gerard Lillis, under the baton of Fintan Farrelly. Renowned local soprano, Helen Hassett, also performed at the event. This musical extravaganza had a huge attendance and while it was the largest audience that our choir has ever performed to, by all accounts they were outstanding and did us proud. Congratulations to everyone who took part and to all the teachers who prepared the students!


December 5th 2022

Christmas Fair



cmas fairThe place to be yesterday morning was definitely St Colman's N.S. and I'm delighted to tell you that I wasn't the only one who thought that. Of course, the St Colman's Christmas Fair was back and the school was filled to bursting and was buzzing with festive cheer. 

christmas cupcakesA fabulous array of home baked goodies, donated by many of you, were on sale and were snapped up by the appreciative crowd. A selection of crafts created by St Colman's students were also on sale. The hugely successful freshly made crepes and ice cream parlour were back again. As you can imagine, both of these stalls were kept busy throughout the morning. The very popular 'Pelt the Elf' was also a huge hit.

The photo booth with exciting backdrops and festive props was also busy throughout the morning. Many families sat for their 2022 Christmas photo and were delighted with the result. Of course, Santa's Grotto was a hive of activity and was by far the busiest room in the school. The smiles on the children's faces lit up the room.

christmas seasonIt was wonderful to welcome everyone back to the school again after quite a while. This annual event was once again a resounding success and a great start to the Christmas season. Thank you to St Colman's Parents Association for organising and to everyone who helped out in any way.  


December 1st 2022

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Sun Dec 4th

Christmas Fair



Wed Dec 14th

'Lights Camel Action'

Mrs Deane's/Ms O'Dowd's 4th Class



'Lights Camel Action'

Mrs Lyons' 4th Class


Thurs Dec 15th

'Shine Star Shine'

Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class



‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’

Mrs Walters' Junior Infant Class



'Snowman at Sunset'

 Ms Costelloe's Junior Infant Class



'A Present for the Baby'

Mrs Healy-Donoghue's 2nd Class


Fri Dec 16th

'The Nativity'

Ms Casey's Senior Infant Class



'The Nativity'

Ms Marren's Senior Infant Class


‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Ms Duffy's 2nd Class


Mon Dec 19th

'Lights Camel Action'

Mr Shaw's 4th Class



'Don't Wake the Baby'

Mrs Ginnell's 1st Class 


'Don't Wake the Baby'

Ms Kelly's 1st Class


 Tues Dec 20th

Carol Service

St Paul's Church


'Away with the Manger'

Mrs Gilligan's 5th Class




Wed Dec 21st

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Thurs Jan 5th 2023

School Re-opens






November 30th 2022

Save the Date


save the date 2At last, after two quiet Christmas seasons, our Christmas festivities are back in full swing! First up is our annual Christmas Fair which will be held in the school on Sunday next, December 4th.

Our Parents Association has been very busy helping us to prepare for the day. A group of parents have very kindly worked with children in the Christmas Craft Club over the past number of weeks and we want to say a huge thank you to them. img-20221130-wa0002This has been such an enjoyable experience for the children and it is wonderful to have parents back in the school building, supporting us in such a hands-on way. We can't wait to see their wonderful creations on Sunday.

So if you want to get your Christmas shopping underway, why not come along on Sunday after 10.30am Mass in St Paul's Church. As always, there will be an array of homemade goodies on sale and tea and coffee to enjoy while you chat with friends. The photo booth is back which is sure to bring some added fun to the occasion. There will be plenty of games to keep the children happy and an old favourite 'pelt the Elf' is back.





November 18th 2022

Science Week 2022

November 13th - 20th


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

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

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

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

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

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








November 14th 2022

Thank You from Team Hope


thankyousomuchbunnybutterfliesThis morning, Mrs Margaret Coyle, a representative from Team Hope, called to the school to collect our donations for the Christmas Shoebox Appeal.

Margaret was absolutely delighted with the huge img-20221114-wa0003 - copyarray of donations that awaited her. Our Student Council members helped Margaret to carry the supplies to her car. Before she left, Margaret asked the Student Council to pass on her sincere thanks to all the students in St Colman's for their wonderful efforts.

These supplies will travel many miles to Africa and Eastern Europe and will very soon put smiles on the faces of the children who receive them. Well done everyone and thank you for your generosity!



November 10th 2022

Christmas Shoebox Appeal


team hope shoeboxOur Student Council has certainly hit the ground running since they took up their new roles. Their latest venture is the Team Hope Christmas Shoebox Appeal. Each year, Team Hope collects gift-filled shoeboxes and delivers them to the children they work with in Africa and Eastern Europe who are affected by poverty or marginalisation.img20221110130326

We are very conscious of the rising cost of living so this year, instead of filled boxes, we are asking for donations of items for the boxes. Suggested items for the appeal come under the headings of the 4 W's - something to write with, something to wash with, something to wear and something to WOW!


Our Student Council members have visited classes every day this week to collect donated items and are delighted with the response. All the wonderful donations are displayed at the reading chair at the top of the corridors and what an incredible sight it is! We are still accepting donations until tomorrow evening. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated items, big or small. We really appreciate it and we know that the children who will eventually receive the Christmas shoeboxes will be very happy indeed!



November 9th 2022

Under 10 Cup Winners



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



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October 28th 2022

Children Helping Children


children helping childrennFor a long number of years, St Colman's N.S. has been associated with many charitable causes. We especially like when the children in St Colman's help other children at home or abroad.

At a recent meeting, our new Student Council members decided on their first fundraising venture. We love to dress up for Halloween, so why not turn our annual 'Dress Up Day' into a fundraiser for a local girl in need of our help.

Lucy Thompson is a very special little girl who was born with a rare condition called Zellweger Syndrome. Lucy's mum Carla is a past pupil of St Colman's. Carla, along with Lucy's dad Kris, are fundraising at present to adapt their home to make it more accessible for Lucy. All monies raised today will go to that fundraiser.

Our Student Council members visited each class over the past week to let the children know about the fundraiser. They pointed out that although you can come to school in costumes of your choice, if dressing up is not for you, you can wear your own comfortable clothes. They encouraged everyone to donate whatever they could to this worthy cause. Today, they collected all the monies donated and under the supervision of the adults supporting the council, they counted the proceeds. I'm delighted to tell you that €1,187 was collected. Thank you to all who donated. 


First thing this morning, children arrived in all their spooky glory. There were many witches, skeletons, cheerleaders and some scary clowns. A few Draculas and vampires. Mario and Luigi made an appearance and of course, the Incredible Hulk. They were all met at the school gate by Superman which was a surprise for all! Below are just some of the wonderful costumes that graced the corridors of St Colman's. Well done everyone!

We hope you have a wonderful Halloween Break and we look forward to seeing you all relaxed and refreshed on Monday week November 7th.








October 17th 2022

Cup Winners


Luke Fitzsimons from Mrs Connaughton's Sixth Class and Jack Greville Corroon & Daniel Kiernan from Mrs Gilligan's Fifth Class play for the Real Football Academy Under 12's boy's team. They recently took part in the North Eastern Counties School Boy/Girl League (N.E.C.S.L.). The final was held in the MDL grounds, Navan and the boys were delighted to walk away the cup. Jack was also delighted to get 'Man of the Match'. Congratulations boys!


October 14th 2022

Our New Student Council

The election is over, the votes have been counted and the new student council members have been chosen. Today, those members received their badges at a presentation in the school hall, at 10.30am.

We were delighted to welcome Minister Peter Burke, Deputy Robert Troy, Councillor Mick Dollard and Councillor Aoife Davitt to the school this morning to take part in the presentation. Ms Sinead Casserly, a colleague of Minister Burke, also attended. Sinead is a past pupil and was in one of the first classes in the school back when it was founded. Another special visitor was Mrs Mary Mulcair who was one of the original group who established the Student Council in April 2019. All the candidates who took part in the election were also invited.

img20221014104609Mr Beehan opened the ceremony by welcoming all the guests. He then introduced the seven members of the outgoing students council. Each member in turn told the invited guests why they put themselves forward for the students council, what they enjoyed most and how they organised the election, which was their last task for the council.

A 'question and answer' session followed, where students eagerly asked our guests many and varied questions about their career, eg: who inspired you and did you inspire anyone to go into politics?, how long have you been in politics? and is it hard work? The children were enthralled by the answers. Councillor Dollard is 37 years in politics. Along with all the work he does in the County Council, he also helps out with many committees in the community. img20221014110812Councillor Davitt told the children that she feels there isn't enough women in politics. She hopes to be a voice for women and would like to encourage more women into politics. Deputy Troy began his political career in 2004. Before that, he was on the very first students council in St Finian's College. He thinks that the most important part of his role is to be the voice for the people. Minister Burke pointed out that he wasn't elected the first time he ran for public office but he didn't give up. He encouraged all the children to follow their dreams and never to give up.  

The deputies then presented the outgoing student council with a small gift in acknowledgement for their hard work over the past year before presenting the new elected candidates with their student council badges.    

We would like to thank all our guests for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the school and impart their extensive knowledge. We would also like to wish our new student council all the very best for the coming year!





October 11th 2022

Playground Games


As an 'Active School' we encourage activity all the time, whether it's becoming involved in school teams, taking part in P.E. lessons or enjoying playtime in the playground! Our junior infants are new to the playground and in an attempt to help them settle in, our sixth class students spent some time with them and taught them some of the old playground games that have been keeping children active and healthy for decades. Last Friday, they played 'traffic lights', 'duck, duck goose' and 'what time is it Mr Wolf'. They all enjoyed their time together and are excited to meet up again next Friday.






October 7th 2022

Polling Day

img20221007082059 - copyThe excitement was palpable as polling day finally arrived in St Colman's. Each class went to the school hall at their allotted time. The candidates sat on chairs in front of their classmates and took it in turn to deliver their manifestos. They each explained why they felt they were the best person to represent their class on the student council.

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The polling clerks then counted the votes and when the count was verified the winning candidates were announced. Next week the official announcement of all the new members will take place and I will keep you updated on the event.

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October 4th 2022

Changes on the Student Council

student councilA new school year brings a new group of student council representatives. At the moment, the school is buzzing with excitement for the upcoming student council elections. Students from each class from third to sixth class have the opportunity to put their names forward for election. On Friday, each candidate will deliver their manifesto to their classmates in the school hall. The classmates will then d-ballot-box-image-voting-red-checkmark-56993013vote for their preferred candidate, on a specially designed ballot paper and place it in the ballot box. We would like to wish the candidates all the very best in their campaign.

img20221005140755 - copyOur outgoing student council members have been hard at work over the last couple of weeks organising this election which in many ways is similar to the local Council elections. We would also like to thank the outgoing members of the student council for all their hard work in making the school a better place for everyone and wish them well in all their future endeavours.

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Our outgoing student council - Amaia Lozano, Isabella Bradley, Polly Keegan, Darragh Mc Cabe, Aoife Walters, Devon Pentony and Theo Kelly


September 28th 2022

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run


cross country runners 2022Congratulations to all our young runners, from second to sixth class, who took part in the Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run, which took place in Belvedere House and Gardens today. St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls, six children from each year group. As always, all our runners performed well and did us proud, with many bringing home medals. Well done to you all.


September 14th 2022

Settling in Well

The first two weeks of school have passed very quickly and, by now, everyone has settled into their new routines. 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 tomorrow, Thursday, 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 our three Junior Infant Classes.

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September 13th 2022 

Ukulele Lessons Begin...


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It was wonderful to see the boys and girls strumming away together and they are really looking forward to their next lesson!

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September 9th 2022

Coffee Morning for Parents of Junior Infants


On Tuesday morning we invited our Junior Infant parents into the school hall for a cup of coffee. This gave them the opportunity to meet each other properly and have a nice relaxed chat. The event was very well attended and was organised by our new Home School Community Liaison (HSCL) Mrs Róisín Slevin and is hopefully the first of many such gatherings this year. Thank you to all who came along. We look forward to seeing you all again soon at our Parents' Association evening on Thursday September 15th.

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September 7th 2022

Dance lessons begin...


Today, our third classes began their six week block of dance lessons with Ms. Shauna Coffey. The children from Ms Mulcair's Class were first up (pictured below). They started the lesson with a thorough warm up before exploring a series of dance techniques. They also started to learn a dance to the catchy tune 'Green Green Grass' by George Ezra and are looking forward to building on this over the coming weeks. Judging by the huge smiles on the childrens' faces after the lesson, it's safe to say they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and can't wait until next week! 

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August 29th 2022

Welcome Back

St Colman's will re-open on Wednesday August 31st 2022. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and will return rested, refreshed and ready for the new school year.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants into the school and we want to make their transition into 'Big School' as seamless as possible.

For more information on what to expect on their first day and the routines we will establish over the coming weeks, please  CLICK HERE 


Staggered drop off and collections are no longer a requirement. All children from Senior Infants to 6th Class can arrive at any point during our assembly time of 8:50am to 9:10am.

Children should not arrive earlier than 8:50am as the school will not be accessible prior to this and no supervision will be in place.

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

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School Phone Number - 044 9340901

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June 22nd 2022

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls



After a gap of a few years, the eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class girls basketball match took place this afternoon in the lower playground. The competition was fierce, with no side willing to concede any ground to their opponents. The game was enjoyed by all!

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June 17th 2022

Sports Day


sports day logoThis wonderful activity-based Active School Week culminated in Sports Day today. Sadly the God of good weather wasn't shining down on us today, but we weren't deterred. As in the past, our students from junior infants to second class stayed in the school, while the students from third to sixth class walked to St Loman's football field. Despite the inclement weather, the children took part in each event with great enthusiasm and enjoyed it to the full.

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June 16th 2022

Active School Week

active-school-week1 - copyIf there's a God of good weather, she was certainly looking down on us this week! The students were eagerly awaiting Active School Week and the good weather that arrived only added to the excitement.

Throughout the week, on any given day, at any time during the day, class groups could be seen outside enjoying the many varied activities. The new football field, upper and lower playgrounds, the front field and the Bishop's field were in constant use. The children enjoyed basketball, soccer, football, hurling, skipping, running, dodgeball, cricket, tag rugby, circuit training, obstacle course and tug-of-war, to name just a few!

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On Tuesday, our boy's hurling team played in the Cumann na mBunscoil Division 2 hurling final in Cusack Park, against St Michael’s NS, Castletown Geoghegan. St Colman's played a superb game worthy of Division 1. Their opponents never-say-die spirit continued right up to the end but they were not a match for our team on the day. Congratulations to our victorious boys and their coaches.

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On Wednesday, our fourth classes took part in a football blitz, with two other schools from Westmeath, held in Shamrocks G.F.C. The boys and girls played on mixed teams and had a great time! Afterwards Kieran Martin, who plays on Westmeath Senior football team spoke to the children about his journey in sport and encouraged them all to get involved in sport and physical activity.

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On Thursday, our boys football team played in the final of the Cumann na mBunscoil Division 1 final against St Kenny's N.S. Kilpatrick. Our team played well but after a strong hard fought encounter, St Kenny's came out on top. Great effort boys. Well done for making it to the final. 


June 10th 2022

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

'The Homecoming'


fleadh logoI'm sure there's not a person around, not even a dog in the street, who doesn't know what's coming up later in the Summer in Mullingar! Of course it's the Fleadh Cheoil! The Fleadh Cheoil was to take place in 2020 and 2021, but sadly Covid put a stop to that. So after waiting two long years, Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann is coming back to Mullingar.

Back in 1951, the first national festival of Irish traditional music was held in Mullingar and was organised by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann. This festival of traditional Irish music included competitions of music, song and dance and awards were presented. The festival was such a success that it was decided to repeat it the following year and give it the title of 'Fleadh Cheoil' which simply means 'Feast of Music'. The Fleadh has been held in many different locations since that first year but finally it's returning home to Mullingar. 


All this week, the students in St Colman's have been celebrating all things 'Fleadh' related. They've learned about the history of the Fleadh, taken part in quizzes and followed drawing tutorials of traditional Irish instruments.

On Thursday, each class group attended a 'musical treat' in the school hall. Ms Duffy on Piano, Ms Clarke on drums and Ms Casey on violin were joined by some talented St Colman's students and some seasoned musicians. Philip Clarke, who happens to be Ms Clarke's dad, was on piano accordion, Olive Kilbane played violin and Noel Battle was on harmonica, and, playing together, they gave us a taster of what we can expect in August.

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This morning, each class had the opportunity to visit the school hall and see instruments up close. They learned about each instrument - the banjo, tin whistle, button accordion, piano accordion, drum, bodhrán and violin also called fiddle. They also listened to the sound each instrument makes.

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This afternoon, we had the pleasure of welcoming Joe Connaire to the school. Joe is the chairperson of Westmeath Comhaltas and of the Fleadh Committee. He is also husband to Louise who is one of our Special Needs Assistants. Joe spoke to the children about what it's like being part of the Fleadh and the joy you get from playing an instrument. He encouraged them all to try playing one of the many instruments that are used in traditional music. Joe himself began playing the banjo at 12 years of age and is self taught. He was joined by his daughter Ellen on tin whistle and the Dunleavy sisters Aoife and Anna on banjo and guitar. They played individually and together and got the audience clapping along. June Shanley, a Special Needs Assistant in St Colman's showed us her set dancing skills and Ellen danced a reel.

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Today we also had a non-uniform day, where we asked the children to donate whatever they could and all proceeds will go to the Fleadh fundraiser. There has been a huge amount of work involved in getting Mullingar ready for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2022. It is estimated that the cost will be in the region of €1.7 million so every donation helps. It's running from July 31st until August 7th and will attract in the region of 500,000 visitors to Mullingar from near and far. Judging by the wonderful performances in the school hall over the last two days, the Fleadh is going to be an amazing event that you won't want to miss.  Make sure you put those dates in your diary and ENJOY!


April 29th 2022

Farewell Mrs Garvey

img20220427174424 - copy - copyIt was with a heavy heart that we bade farewell to our wonderful principal, Mrs Mary Garvey, today. Mrs Garvey has been such a pivotal figure in St Colman's for 38 years and she will be sorely missed by all who were lucky enough to know her. 

Mrs Garvey began as a substitute teacher in St Colman's in 1981. She went on to have her teaching practice with us in 1982 and 1983 and then, on September 3rd 1984, Mrs Garvey joined the permanent staff of St Colman's N.S. The first class she taught was second class, but during her time as a teacher she has taught every class level and has spent time in Special Education. She has been instrumental in bringing many educational initiatives to the school which have enhanced every classroom.

img20220427182443 - copyIn 2000, Mrs Garvey became deputy principal working alongside Mrs O'Sullivan. Mrs Garvey took this new role seriously and continued working to ensure that every classroom was equipped with all the necessary resources to help children of all abilities. Mrs Garvey always had a keen interest in helping children with additional needs and it was during this time as deputy principal, that she stepped things up a gear by researching new approaches that would respond to the diversity of needs that are found in classrooms today.

img20220427182454 - copyWhen Mrs O'Sullivan retired in December 2010, everyone waited with bated breath to see who her successor would be. The news that it was Mrs Garvey was greeted with delight. She took up the role in January 2011 and from that first day right up until this morning, Mrs Garvey has worked tirelessly to improve all aspects of school life for the students and their families, staff and the extended school community. At all times, Mrs Garvey endeavoured to make every child feel welcome and experience a sense of belonging. She strived to remove any and all barriers to enable every student to achieve the maximum benefit from their schooling.

I chatted with some of the students in fourth class this week and asked them what comes to mind when they think of Mrs Garvey. There was no shortage of replies..... caring, helpful, choose time, Christmas fair, Communion parties, graduation night, stories and Gaeilge over the intercom, dressing up as a witch on Halloween, bouncy castles, amazing school tours, good sense of humour, ice cream van, playground markings, 5K garden party and The Big Sing. The replies just kept coming, which only goes to prove how much everyone loved Mrs Garvey.

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This week, we began a week of celebrations as we said our goodbyes to Mrs Garvey. On Monday morning, Mrs Garvey was greeted with decorations hanging from the trees, all made by the children. On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Mrs Garvey visited every classroom in the school. Each class had prepared a song or poem. Some of the songs were Mr Garvey's favourites and some were written especially for her to the melody of a familiar tune. There was much reminiscing, many funny anecdotes and plenty of laughs. On Wednesday evening, we held a tea party outside on the front lawn. Parents and children turned up in their droves and a wonderful time was had by all.

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img20220428102400 - copyOn Thursday we had 'Mrs Garvey's Fun Day'. The students from junior infants to first class travelled to Jungle Joes by bus and had a fun activity morning. When they returned to the school, their day was finished off with a Teddy Bear's Picnic. The children from second to sixth Class remained at the school and enjoyed activities on the front lawn. Each class took it in turns to move from inflatable fun to a water game to mental agility games. We also had a visit from 'Mrs Jelly Tots' (AKA Mrs Garvey) with water gun in hand ready to shower anyone who came close! Before home time, an ice cream van turned up and every child and adult had cones in the sunshine.

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To end the week of festivities, a Mass was held in St Paul's Church on Friday morning, officiated by Fr Phil Gaffney. Students, staff, parents, past pupils, former staff and well wishers gathered to wish Mrs Garvey all the best, as she enters the next chapter of her life. happy-sunMany contributed to the celebration, all with kind words to say. Our school choir sang some very well chosen hymns and songs that were special to Mrs Garvey. As the Mass drew to a close, everyone sung a St Colman's version of 'Walking on Sunshine'.


This fantastic fun-filled and sometimes emotional week culminated in a loud and cheerful send off, when all the children and staff gathered outside the school. A guard of honour was created by our fifth and sixth classes and Mrs Garvey left in her newly decorated car to the cheers and applause of the crowd! 

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Mrs Garvey, we would all like to thank you for everything you have done for us and all that you've done to make St Colman's the fantastic school that it is. We wish you a long and happy retirement, that includes many fun adventures, happiness in abundance and of course good health to enjoy.

Go n-eirí an bóthar leat!


March 11th 2022

Ukraine Crisis Fundraiser


The reports we hear daily of the atrocities which are taking place in Ukraine at the moment are becoming all too familiar to us. Every time we switch on the television, the devasting consequences of the war are there for all to see. This is hard for all of us to watch but is even more heartbreaking for the Ukrainian families who are part of our school community.

Today, as a show of solidarity and support, we held a non-uniform day. Children and staff turned up this morning wearing clothes in blue or yellow, the colours of the Ukrainian flag. Donations were made via the Aladdin app throughout the week and more were delivered in person today. We are delighted to say that so far we have raised almost €5,000. This money will go directly to the Irish Red Cross Ukrainian Crisis Appeal. Thank you to everyone who generously supported this worthy cause. The payment link on the Aladdin app will remain live until Monday. Below are some photos of the children today.

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February 11th 2022

Fond Farewell


Today, we said a fond farewell to Ann Fitzsimons, one of our long-standing Special Needs Assistants. Ann began working in St Colman's in November 2001 and since then she has worked with countless children across every class level. Her gentle, quiet manner has been a comfort to many students on good and bad days. Ann has worked with numerous teachers over the years and everyone found her calm presence and commitment to the students extremely helpful in a busy classroom.

At 2pm, Mrs Garvey spoke to each class over the intercom. She invited a group of sixth class students to tell us their memories of when Ann worked in their class. They presented Ann with a gift from all the students in the school - a family pass for Tullynally Castle to enjoy with her grandchildren. Mrs Garvey then asked Conan from fifth class to read a poem written especially for Ann entitled, 'The Coolest SNA in Town'. Afterwards, Conan presented Ann with a hand-crafted book containing a page written by every class group in the school. 

We would all like to wish Ann a long, happy and healthy retirement.

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Enrolment Week



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   Junior Infants

     2022 - 2023   


Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2022 will take 

place during the weeks of 

17th January 2022 - 4th February 2022


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2022,


together with the necessary documentation

 - original birth cert and proof of address (recent/3months - utility bill or bank statement etc.), 

must be delivered to the school office by


4pm on Friday 4th February 2022 

If you require further information please contact the school at 044 9340901

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December 20th 2021

Look Who Came to Visit...

We had a surprise visitor to the school today! Ms Duffy arrived with another four legged friend. Of course, all the reindeer are busy at the North Pole, so the next best thing was a beautiful chestnut coloured Shetland Pony called Goldie.

Goldie belongs to Ms Duffy's neighbour. He is a rescue pony that was bought to keep their thoroughbred horse company. He is called Goldie because of his golden mane and he is 15 years old, which is 48 in human years. He is a gentle, mischievious little animal and he didn't seem bothered by all the excited children who came to say hello. Thank you so much to Ms Duffy for this wonderful surprise visitor.


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Enrolment Week

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     Junior Infants

     2023 - 2024


Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2023 will take

place during the weeks of

9th January 2023 - 27th January 2023


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2023, together with the necessary documentation -

 original birth cert and proof of address (recent/3months - utility bill or bank statement etc.), 

must be delivered to the school office by


4pm on Friday 27th January 2023


If you require further information please contact the school at 044 9340901

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Please CLICK HERE to read our Admissions Poilicy


St. Colman’s National School

Bellview, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.



in respect of admissions to the 2023/2024 school year

Admission Policy and Application Form

A copy of the school’s Admission Policy and the Application Form for Admission for the 2023/2024 is available as follows: –

To download at:

On request: By emailing This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or writing to: St. Colman’s NS. Bellview, Delvin Rd. Mullingar, Co. Westmeath


PART 1 - Admissions to the 2023/2024 school year


Application and Decision Dates for admission to St. Colman’s NS for school year 2023/2024

The following are the dates applicable for admission to Junior Infants


The parish schools have a common period of taking and processing intake applications. This usually takes place in January/February of each year.

Dates are decided at a meeting of Clergy and Principals in September of each year.


The school will commence accepting applications for admission on






Monday 9th January 2023


The school shall cease accepting applications for admission on




Friday 27th January 2023

The date by which applicants will be notified of the decision on their application is  

(This date must be within 3 weeks of the closing date for receipt of application or within 3 weeks of the application date for late applications)


Posted out on Friday 3rd February 2023

The period within which applicants must confirm acceptance of an offer of admission is


One week from offers posted out ie Friday 10th February 2023



*Failure to accept an offer within the prescribed period above may result in the offer being withdrawn


Note: the school will consider and issue decisions on late applications in accordance with the school’s admission policy.



Number of places being made available in 2023/2024


The number of places being made available in Junior Infants is


The number of residential places is (boarding schools only)


The number of non-residential places is (boarding schools only)


The number of places being made available in the special class* catering for children with [insert category or categories of SEN catered for in the special class] is


PART 2 - Admissions to the 2022 / 2023 school year 


In respect of the 2022/2023 school year, the total number of applications for admission received by the school was 121


Breakdown of places allocated for the 2022/2023 school year:

Number of places available:


Number of applications received:


Number of Offers made and accepted under each criteria:

Category 1:

37 places offered and 37 accepted

Brothers and sisters of children currently enrolled in the school including step-siblings and children of current staff members who are at least four years of age as of and including the 1st Feb of the year in which they apply.

Category 2:

33 places offered and 26 accepted

Siblings with DOB after Feb 1st, Children within catchment area 1 and children of staff members with DOB after Feb 1st.

Category 3: 3 offered and 3 accepted

Children within the catchment area 2.

Category 4: 0 offered

Children from within the parish but outside the catchment area.

Total number of offers made


Number of names placed on waiting list for the school year concerned.




December 20th 2021

Christmas Carol Service


nativity sceneLast year's school-based Christmas Carol Service was a great success so we decided to repeat it again this year.  

At 11.30am this morning, we joined Fr Phil on Zoom, where he opened the service with prayer. From that point, every class continued on with their own individual service with readings, Prayers of the Faithful, and by singing Christmas carols. In many classes, the children wrote their own personal Prayers of the Faithful which made it all the more special for them. 

At this time of the year, when we 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.


December 17th 2021

Christmas Jumper Day


The Big Sing


The Christmas spirit was alive and well in St Colman's today! Everyone came to school dressed in their Christmas Jumpers as part of our non-uniform day organised by the Student Council. This was the first event organised by the Student Council this year - a fundraiser for T.E.A.M., Mullingar. The children were extremely generous and when the donations were counted, it was with huge delight that the Student Council members announced a total of over €700.

As if that wasn't enough excitement for one day, we also had 'The Big Sing' today! Like last year, every class gathered outside to sing our favourite Christmas songs in the open air. We had lots of festive favourites including Silent Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Merry Christmas Everyone. As you can imagine, there was plenty of dancing too as everyone joined in the festive fun.

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December 8th 2021

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas

As the old Christmas favourite goes.... 'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas' all around St Colman's anyway! Our Christmas trees are lit at the front of the school. We also have a tree inside the school adorned with decorations made by children from every class.

The excitement is building for all the lovely events that are to come. Once again, we will have 'Scoil Cholmáin le Chéile Christmas Tree', where students can hang ribbons to remember loved ones that they may not get to see this Christmas. The 'Red Riding Hood' panto will be streaming from the Helix in Dublin for all classes to see. We will have a whole school Carol and Prayer Service, where we will be joined by Fr Phil on Zoom. Christmas jumper day, always a firm favourite, is back and after the success of last year, 'The Big Sing' also makes a return. The Santa's Little Helpers raffle will also take place, with a winner in every classroom. It's shaping up to be a wonderful Christmas!

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November 10th 2021

U12 Camogie Final

Last Saturday, the U12 Camogie Division B final took place between Cullion and Clonkill. Despite the horrendous conditions and after a hard fought game, Cullion emerged as the winners. Four St Colman's girls played with the victorious Cullion team - Aoife Irvine and Faye Mc Donald from Fifth Class and Maeve Shaw and Oriane Gibney from Sixth Class. The girls brought the cup in today to show their classmates and are pictured below. Congratulations girls!

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October 21st 2021

Watersports Programme

Our fifth and sixth class students had a wonderful opportunity last week, to try out kayaking and paddle boarding, under the watchful eye of Bob Lacey and his team from Westmeath Sports Partnership. The children had a fantastic time down at the harbour and judging from the feedback, we may have a few future kayakers in our midst. A huge thank you to Martina O'Brien and all in Westmeath Sports Partnership for making this possible for the boys and girls.

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September 29th 2021

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run



Congratulations to all our young runners, from fourth to sixth class, who took part in the Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run, which took place in Belvedere House and Gardens today. St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls. As always, all our runners performed well and did us proud, with many bringing home medals. Well done to you all.

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September 15th 2021


National Bike Week


bike week logo 2021National Bike Week runs from September 12th to September 18th this year. A variety of events will be held around the country to celebrate and promote the benefits of cycling. We are very proud that many of our students cycle or use a scooter to travel to school.

As part of National Bike Week, we had a C.O.W. (Cycle on Wednesday). As always when we hold events in school, we have a great following and today was no exception. As you can see from the photos below, all ages from junior infants to sixth class took part. Well done everyone!

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September 13th 2021

Party Time


The children from our third classes had a very busy day on Saturday last as they celebrated their First Holy Communion with their families, but there was still plenty in store for them today!

The boys and girls came to school in their casual clothes and at lunch time, each class in turn went to the school hall. They all sat in their pods and enjoyed pizza and wedges followed by ice cream!

As you would expect, they had no trouble devouring it all! The children really enjoyed themselves and it was a fitting end to their First Holy Communion celebrations!

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September 11th 2021

First Holy Communion


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Congratulations to the boys and girls from Mr O'Reilly's, Ms Skelly's and Mrs Lyons'/Ms O'Dowd's Third classes who made their First Holy Communion today. We hope you enjoyed the celebrations with your families.


August 30th 2021

Welcome Back

St Colman's will re-open on Tuesday August 31st 2021. We hope you all enjoyed the summer break and will return rested, refreshed and ready for the new school year.

We are looking forward to welcoming our new Junior Infants into the school and we want to make their transition into 'Big School' as seamless as possible.

For more information on starting and finishing time for our Junior Infants  please Click Here

There will be a slight change to our staggered start time each morning for children from Senior Infants to 6th Class. School gates will now open at 8.50am. There will be a five minute interval between each group arriving to ensure a steady flow of children into school. Families are asked not to arrive before their allocated time.

For more information please Click Here 

For the latest Covid-19 advice for parents please Click Here

For HSE Isolation quick guide for children under 13yrs please Click Here

For HSE Isolation quick guide for Adults and children aged 13yrs and over please Click Here 


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

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June 22nd 2021

End of Year Treat!

With school work almost complete and the end of the school year in sight, the students in Ms Clarke's Third Class were ready for a treat. The children's good behaviour during Friday's Sports Day got them the last stamp they were waiting on to get 'Choose Time' so this was an added incentive to come up with a 'Special Treat Day'. Time for everyone to put their thinking caps on and come up with a plan.

One student, Lili-Rose Rock, arrived in school yesterday with great news. Lili-Rose's parents, Colin and Paulann, invited the whole class to Cosgrove's bar for some hot chocolate. Needless to say, this news had everyone cheering.

So, this morning at 11am, the class walked to Cosgrove's. Within minutes of our arrival, Colin and Paulann had the first hot chocolate ready and it was served by our very own Lili-Rose. The boys and girls could choose between plain hot chocolate, hot chocolate with marshmallows, or for the adventurous, hot chocolate with cream and marshmallows. The weather was good, the hot chocolate was delicious and the excitment was high. The adults also got tea or coffee so it's safe to say everyone was happy! The children would like to thank Colin and Paulann for their very generous gift. What a great way to start a 'Special Treat Day'!

The fun didn't stop there though. The children walked to the town park, where they had a picnic on the grass. When everyone was suitably full, the boys and girls played 'tag' on the grass and enjoyed the play equipment. It was a more tired, but certainly happier group who walked back to the school in the afternoon.

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June 21st 2021

Ice Cream Surprise!


After everyone had settled in class this morning, Mrs Garvey announced a somewhat intriguing message over the intercom. She told us that there would be a surprise for everyone later in the morning and if we look towards the new field around 11am, we'll get an idea of what the surprise is. There were many questions asked as the children waited and by the time 11am arrived, the excitement was palpable.

The wonderful surprise turned out to be an ice cream cone for everyone in the school. Each class were given a time slot and they lined up beside the ice cream van to receive their surprise cone. What a fabulous surprise to get on a Monday morning. Thank you so much to Mrs Garvey for arranging it. The children really appreciate your kindness.

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June 18th 2021

Active School Week


Active School Week is always enjoyed by students and staff alike and this year was no exception! There were activities aplenty to keep everyone occupied. Using the new football field and the Bishop's field along with the upper and lower playgrounds ensured that bubbles could keep their distance from others. At any one time, you could see children playing basketball, football, tag rugby, tackling the obstacle course, skipping, and circuit training to name but a few. One of the students' favourites was back, much to the dismay of Mrs Garvey - Penalties Against the Principal! You need to be in tip top condition to go up against the boys and girls in St Colman's but Mrs Garvey lived up to the challenge. To culminate a wonderful activity-based week, we had sports day today. As in the past, our students on the junior corridor stayed in the school, while the students from our senior corridor walked to St Loman's football field. Thankfully the weather was on our side today, as it was all week and wonderful fun was had by all!

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April 15th 2021

Special Visitors

20210415 083938 - copyThere was great excitement around the school today when we welcomed two very special visitors. Visitors of the four legged variety, that is. Once again, Ms Duffy kindly brought in not just one, but two young lambs for everyone to see.

Ms Duffy explained that when triplets are born, the mother doesn't have enough milk to feed all three, so one is left with the mother and the other two are fed with a bottle. These two bottle-fed lambs are familiar with human contact, so Ms Duffy knew that they were prepared for the children. A pen was set up outside on grass to keep the lambs safe. Each class was given a time slot to visit. We all had to be careful not to scare them, so each pod took it in turns to see the lambs, while the other pods soaked up the sunshine. For many, it was their first time to see a real lamb up close and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. A very special thank you to Ms Duffy. We all enjoyed this surprise visit!

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January 8th 2021

Enrolment Week


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     Junior Infants

     2021 - 2022

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2021

is open and takes place from

8th January 2021 - 29th January 2021


Please CLICK HERE to download an application form.


          For more information click on the enrolment button above.          






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December 19th 2020

Hot Chocolate Treat


When the days get shorter and the temperature drops, what could be better to warm you up than a steaming cup of hot chocolate! The lucky boys and girls in Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class enjoyed that very treat this week, courtesy of classmate Alfie Rock's dad Colin. After donning their hi-vis jackets, the children walked to Cosgrove's and savoured the delicious hot drink. In return, the children sang some festive tunes for Colin. Many thanks to Colin for this very generous pre-Christmas gift, by all accounts it was top notch-

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December 18th 2020

Christmas Carol Service

nativity sceneThe tradition of holding our annual Christmas Carol Service in St Paul's Church couldn't happen this year due to the restrictions so we decided to go ahead on a smaller scale in the school.

At 11.30am, Mrs Garvey  spoke to every class over the intercom. She invited Eibhlin, Filip, Conan, Aoife and David from Ms Mulcair's Fourth Class to start the Carol Service off by singing 'Away in a Manger'. From that point, every class continued on with their own individual service with readings, Prayers of the Faithful and by singing Christmas carols. In many classes, the children wrote their own personal Prayers of the Faithful which made it all the more special for them.

At this time of the year, when we 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.


December 17th 2020

The Big Sing


Around this time every year, the sound of music can be heard along the corridors of St Colman's, as classes practice and then perform their Christmas plays. Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, plays could not go ahead this year. Instead of ruling out singing altogether, we decided to sing our favourite Christmas songs in the open air. As we did with Caravan of Love, students and staff gathered together outside. We had lots of festive favourites including Silent Night, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Santa Clause is Coming to Town and Merry Christmas Everyone. As you can imagine there was plenty of dancing too as everyone got into the Christmas spirit.

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December 16th 2020

Christmas Detectives Investigate

detectiveMs Brennan's second class Maths group have been working hard in the run-up to Christmas by becoming Maths detectives. Their investigation involved choosing the favourite Christmas songs of the three second classes from a selection of five. Alexa played her part providing a selection of festive tunes for the occasion. Pod-friendly Dad dancing was encouraged to really get a flavour of each tune. Voting was tight with 'All I Want for Christmas' and 'Merry Christmas Everyone' battling it out for the top spot in many classes. The super-sleuths then recorded results by taking a tally for each song. This information was then represented in a block graph but ever the professionals, these weren’t just ordinary graphs. Each graph block was decorated with an assortment of art materials and coloured. When completed, our private eyes brainstormed a list of questions regarding their findings for each class to answer. An exhausted group of investigators were provided with some well-deserved sweet treats for their efforts. On behalf of the whole team, we would like to extend you and yours a most excellent Christmas.

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December 16th 2020

Gold stars all around

gold starMs Brennan's sixth class Maths groups have also gotten into the festive spirit. Given their extensive knowledge of 2D and 3D shapes, they constructed 3D gold stars to add to their Christmas trees. This involved an intricate folding process of gold card, a study of symmetrical lines and the identification of triangles in each half of the star. Congrats to all involved.


December 15th 2020

Winter Wonderland

its-beginning-to-look-a-lot-like-christmas-580x386 - copyAs the old song goes... 'it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'. Everywhere in St Colman's anyway! Our Christmas trees are lit at the front of the school. We have two Christmas trees inside the school, adorned with decorations made by the children and today, children from junior infants to fourth class came to school dressed in their Christmas jumper, t-shirt or hat and all for a very special reason.

Sadly, due to the Covid-19 crisis, the pantomime that takes place in the Mullingar Arts Centre annually had to be cancelled. With all the parts given out and the costumes decided on, the staff in the Arts Centre came up with a plan. They turned their theatre into a Winter Wonderland and very kindly invited us down to see it.

In military fashion, every class took it in turns to walk to the Arts Centre. Upon arrival, the boys and girls divided into their pods and each pod was led into the theatre separately, by a royal guard of the kingdom. As they walked through the magical kingdom, the children met with some familiar characters. Olaf, Elsa and Anna chatted to the children about Christmas. Snow White then guided the children into the frosty forest of the evil Snow Queen, who incidentally told us that she wasn't evil! They danced with Frosty the Snowman and finished off their visit with a chat with Mrs Claus and Santa.

The children thoroughly enjoyed their trip to the magical Winter Wonderland. What a wonderful way to start the Christmas season in St Colman's. Thank you to Sean and all the staff of the Mullingar Arts Centre for the special invite. We loved it!

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December 2nd 2020

Enrolment Week


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     Junior Infants

     2021 - 2022


Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2021 will take

place during the weeks of

8th January 2021 - 29th January 2021

Application forms will be available to download from this website during this time.


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2021,

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


4pm on Friday 29th January 2021


November 19th 2020

Caravan of Love


Today, for the first time since we came back in September, the entire school, students and staff gathered outside for a very special reason. As we had to maintain a safe distance from each other, we used the lower playground, the upper playground and the path around the front green and the children all stood in their pods and bubbles. 

We were approached by Brendan Mc Evoy to take part in an exciting project to help put a smile on everyone's faces as we go through this second lockdown.

You might have come across 'The Lockdown Ukulele Rockdown' video on Youtube, which was recorded during the first lockdown. This was such a huge success that Brendan and his team decided to make another one. Many different groups in Mullingar have been asked to be part in it. The theme is 'inclusion and community and how no matter where we are from or our backgrounds, we are all human'. We were asked to sing and dance to the chorus of the old hit song 'Caravan of Love' by The Housemartins. The dance movements were created by 'Across the Boards', a Mullingar based drama group for children and adults with special needs. While we performed, Declan Murray filmed us using a drone (which was exciting in itself!)

Many thanks to Brendan, Declan and the team for inviting us to participate. It certainly brightened up a cold November morning and gave us a wonderful boost, which we all need during these Covid times.

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November 13th 2020

We Love Science!

we love scienceScience is all around us - at home, in school, in nature and right down to the food we eat. It is an important part of our lives. Here in St Colman's, we love any excuse to study science and as it's Science Week, we had all the reasons we needed.

science week 2020This year, Science Week is celebrating its 25th year. It runs from 8th - 15th November and throughout the week, every class in St Colman's has been trying out experiments. From making slime, to chemical reactions and everything in between, we've seen it and we've loved it!

To enable classes to share the information they have learned this week, Mrs Garvey invited children to talk about their class' experiment over the intercom every day.

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Today's group began with Abigail and Aoife from Ms Molloy's Second Class. Their class took part in a Paperchain Challenge. The aim was to see who could make the longest chain using only 2 sheets of paper. They had to think like engineers and come up with ideas on how best to make the chain. The longest chain was made by Khadija and Olek and it measured 2 metres and 88 centimetres long. They found that cutting the paper into long strips made a longer chain.

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Aoife from Mr O'Reilly's Fifth Class spoke next. Her class made paper helicopters of different sizes. The helicopters were dropped from the same height to see which one hit the ground first. Then weights were added and they re-tested. They found that the heavier the object, the quicker it falls and the bigger the propeller, the more air resistance it created. They concluded that if they were making helicopters again, they would use light materials and make a large propeller.

20201113 113738 - copyThen we had Felix from Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class. He told us about the Skittles Rainbow experiment. Teacher got a plate and put the skittles in a circle, in the rainbow colour order. She poured some hot water over the sweets and the dye in the sweets quickly disolved, creating a colourful rainbow.

20201113 113704 - copyFinally, we had five students from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class. Patrick, TJ, Arlene, Abbey and Sophie told us that their class has been learning all about electricity and circuits. After dividing into their pods, they each created a model lighthouse with a working light. They used a shoebox, a pringles container and a glass jar to make the lighthouse and 3 wires, a battery and a bulb to make the circuit. The electricity flows from the negative end of the battery in a loop through the wires, known as conductors, to the bulb, giving it power and then it flows back to the positive end of the battery, completing the circuit. They installed a switch to turn on and off the light. To complete their work, they painted each lighthouse and decorated the box using blue paint for the sea and adding stones and sand.

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Of course, there were other classes conducting experiments during the course of the week.

The students in Ms Clarke's Third Class learned all about magnets. Each pod had a bag of items including a clothes peg, tin foil, a drawing pin, a battery, a five cent coin, a ten cent coin, a hair clip, a tea light and a piece of styrofoam. They filled up a form, predicting which items would be drawn to the magnet and which items wouldn't react. Then they used the magnet to test each item and recorded their findings with some surprising results. 

They also made a DIY needle compass. They needed a bowl of water, a needle, a magnet and a piece of craft foam. You must turn the needle into a magnet by stroking the needle in one direction across the magnet about thirty or forty times. Place the needle on the foam and gently put it on top of the water. Try to ensure that it is in the centre of the bowl. You will then see the needle move around until it is pointing north and south.

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The children in Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class learned about creating a chemical reaction using an acid and a base. They cut a lemon in half and placed it on a plate. They then covered it with washing up liquid, bicarbonate of soda and food colouring. When they squeezed the lemon, the juices (citric acid) mixed with the soda (the carbonate base) and it caused a chemical reaction and created carbon dioxide (CO2) which bubbled and fizzed on top of the lemon. As you may know, carbon dioxide is the same gas that is added to soda drinks to make the fizz.

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After the boys and girls in Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class finished making their skittles rainbow, they moved onto making slime. Yuck!! To make the slime, you squeeze glue into a bowl. Add a drop or two of food colouring and some bicarbonate of soda and mix well. Then, add some contact lens solution and very quickly you will see the slime begin to form. It becomes stringy and comes away from the bowl. Once it is formed, take it out of the bowl and knead it with your hands. It will be sticky at first but after about 30 seconds, you will have a smooth and pliable ball.

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That was only a small selection of the experiments performed in school this week so it's safe to say that fantastic fun was had by everyone! 


October 2nd 2020

Farewell Mrs Mulcair

farewell mrs mullIt was a bittersweet day for us here in St Colman's as Mrs Mary Mulcair, one of our long-standing teachers, retired. Of course we are very happy that Mrs Mulcair is starting a new chapter in her life but we will miss her terribly.

Mrs Mulcair is a native of Tuam, Co Galway. She began her school days in the Mercy Primary School, Tuam and thoroughly enjoyed her time there. This very happy start in life planted the seed in her mind of becoming a  primary school teacher. She left secondary school at the young age of 17 and went on to attend Carysfort College, Dublin, where she graduated as a teacher. Her teaching career started in Ardee, Co Louth, but the need to be closer to Galway gave her itchy feet, which was fortuitous for us here in St Colman's. She joined the St Colman's staff in 1983 and remained with us until today, over 37 years later.

Mrs Mulcair has taught in every class level but says her favourite class to teach is junior infants. Giving young students a secure and enjoyable start in school sets them up for the years ahead. Mrs Mulcair went on to become Special Needs Coordinator where her gentle and kind nature helped her to positively influence the lives of so many children. She was a strong advocate of 'Reading Recovery' a short-term intervention for struggling readers and 'Power Hour', a literacy station teaching approach. Over the years, Mrs Mulcair has helped many young readers to achieve competency and confidence in their reading abilities. In recent years, she became Assistant Principal and introduced many initiatives to the school, one of which was the St Colman's Student Council.

mrs mulcairs flowersOne event in the St Colman's calendar that Mrs Mulcair will be remembered for, is organising the First Communion party. She has had this role for the last 20 years. During that time she has decorated the school hall and set the tables with plates of goodies for almost 1,200 children. This year, her job was made harder by the Covid-19 restrictions but she still managed to put a smile on young Communicants' faces when she organised two parties - one for each class. The children this year presented Mrs Mulcair with a bouquet of flowers to thank her for her years of work!


mrs mulls benchThere were plenty of surprises in store for Mrs Mulcair today. At 9.15am she had her last Student Council meeting before beginning visits to every class in the school. Many of the children wrote poems, others told stories about the nice memories they have of Mrs Mulcair, while others asked her questions. There were many thoughtful gifts too. Ms Clarke's Third Class wrote messages of good luck in the form of mobile phone texts. Each one had a photo of the student attached and were put together in a booklet and presented to Mrs Mulcair when she visited the class. Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class drew pictures of Mrs Mulcair working with them and Mrs Deane's/Mrs Walter's First Class made Galway flags to wave when she came to their class and sang along to an aptly chosen song especially for her - Galway Girl!

inscription on the benchThe Student Council finished up a very enjoyable day with a treasure hunt. All the questions were written with Mrs Mulcair in mind, taking her to various places in the school, for example, where she had her first cup of tea and the first classroom she taught in. The final question brought her to the new building where her S.E.T. room is situated. There, she had another surprise in store - a beautiful wooden garden bench gifted to her by the students in the school. The inscription on the bench says - 'A book is a dream you hold in your hand', a fitting tribute to her inspiring career as a teacher in St Colman's!

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September 11th 2020

Settling in Well



After months of preparations, it was with great pleasure that we welcomed students back to school on  Monday August 31st. A lot of new procedures were put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic and I'm delighted to say that the children are adhering to these changes as if they were always in place. Huge thanks to parents for fully co-operating with the new procedures for drop-off and collection. It certainly makes for a very smooth entrance and exit. A special word of thanks to the parents of our new junior infants. We know it must be hard for you to say goodbye in the playground and not to see your children settle into their new classroom.

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 next Monday September 14th, they will begin their longer days. Parents are asked to drop their child in the usual pods in the playground at 9.05am and collect them at 1.20pm. Parents are welcome to leave as soon as their teacher gets to the playground. We ask that parents are on time for collection as other classes are coming to the playground at 1.30pm and we need the area to be clear.

Below are photos from Ms Kelly's and Ms Nugent's junior infant classes

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Decorated Trees

I'm sure you all noticed the colourful flowers and decorations that adorned the trees at the entrance to the school. Huge thanks to the Ferris family, Ella May from Mr O'Reilly's Fifth Class, Faye from Mrs Byrnes's First Class and their very talented mum Ciara and dad Richard for creating this wonderful display. It certainly made us all smile!

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As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic there have been many changes in school life in St Colman's.

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 August 28th 2020

Welcome Back

St Colman's will re-open on Monday August 31st in line with current Government guidelines.

We look forward to this occasion more than ever this year after such a prolonged closure. There will be a number of aspects of school life that will be different but we hope that everyone will settle back in quickly. From the outset, we all want to return to a safe and happy learning environment with the emphasis on ‘safe’.

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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When children enter the school grounds, members of staff will direct them along the paths to their classroom.


Main Entrance

To be used only by


Junior & Senior Infants

St Paul’s Door

To be used only by


First Class: Ms. Hamill/Mrs. Byrne


Second Classes: Mrs. Gavin

                       Mrs. Connaughton

                        Ms. Molloy


Junior & Senior Infants entering from

St Paul’s carpark

End Door

At end of Senior corridor

To be used only by


Fifth Classes: Mr. O’Reilly

                      Ms. Casey


Sixth Classes: Ms. Murphy

                      Mr. Beehan

Middle Door

At covered storage area

To be used only by


Third Classes: Mrs. Healy Donoghue

                      Ms. Clarke


Fourth Classes: Mrs. Gilligan

                        Ms. Mulcair

New extension back door

To be used only by


First Class: Mrs. Walters/Mrs Deane


Fifth Class: Ms. Skelly

To facilitate a steady flow of students and to avoid a congregation of groups at the entry points, it is important that students arrive at staggered times listed below.

It is imperative that no student arrives to the school grounds before 8.45am



Arrival Times

Collection Times

Children with surnames beginning with A - F



Children with surnames beginning with G - M



Children with surnames beginning with N - Z




For the first two weeks of school we ask the parents of our incoming Junior Infants not to take their child to school before 9.15am.


August 27th 2020

Junior Infant Induction Day

jnr infs 2020 - copyThe excitement is building for everyone as we prepare to return to school and no one more so than our new Junior Infant boys and girls. We are very much looking forward to welcoming our new students. Even though this welcome will be different to previous years, we will endeavour to make their first experience in 'Big School' a positive and enjoyable one.

To facilitate the children meeting their new teacher, classmates and getting to know their new classroom, we propose to have the children in for an introductory visit tomorrow, Friday August 28th, for 1 hour.

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We hope to welcome Ms Kelly's Class at 10am and Ms Nugent's Class at 11.30am. We ask that the children are picked up from the school at 11am and 12.30am respectively.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, it will not be possible for parents to enter the school building for any reason and we ask parents to prepare the children in advance, so that they have a clear understanding of this prior to tomorrow's visit. Tomorrow, it would be preferable that you use the same route/entrance to the school that you will be using going forward.

There are three entry points to the school:

                                                          1. Main front gate entrance

                                                          2. St Paul's entrance

                                                          3. Beechgrove entrance

emoji byeTomorrow and for the first week of school, junior infants can be brought to the lower playground. Members of staff will be waiting to welcome the boys and girls. We ask that parents don't linger too long with goodbyes so as to avoid large numbers of people gathering. Parents can collect the children one hour later from the same playground.

school booksFor the first two weeks of school, we will have staggered starting and finishing times. We ask all parents of junior infants not to take their child to school before 9.15am. Please use the same route daily and the same drop-off and collection point. This will establish a smooth routine for our new junior infants. Collection times for the first two weeks will be at 12 noon. From September 14th onwards, children can be collected from the playground at 1.20pm. 


June 16th 2020

Aladdin Schools Connect


aladdin - copySt Colman's N.S. uses the app 'Aladdin Connect' to keep parents up to date on school and classroom news via noticeboard messages and also allows them to view what items their child had for homework. Other in-app features include the ability to submit absence reasons and book time slots for Parent/Teacher meeting days, make payments, view the school calendar and amend personal details.

Before using the app, parents will be sent a link via text to complete a short registration. Aladdin Connect can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store (iPhone) and Google Play (Android Devices). A quick guide to registering and set-up can be viewed by clicking on the links below

Parent Signup

App Setup

Aladdin uses state of the art security to safeguard information entered by the school and data is stored and processed in strict compliance with Irish data protection laws.


March 13th 2020

School Closure

St Colman's N.S., along with all other schools in the country, closed today and will remain closed until March 29th. This is following the directive from the Department of Education and Skills in order to contain the spread of Covid-19.

Please click on the links below for suggested activities to keep busy over the coming weeks:

Junior and Senior Infants

First and Second Class


March 9th 2020

Save the Bees!

beesDid you know that Irish bees could be in danger of becoming extinct! Bee experts and researchers in universities across Ireland came together a number of years ago to network with communities in an effort to help Irish bees survive and thrive.

So why are bees so important? One third of the food we eat is pollinated by bees. Simply put, bees keep plants and crops alive. They do this by transferring pollen between flowering plants and so they keep the cycle of life turning.

Our Green Schools team have been visiting classes in recent weeks to inform our students of the plight of the bees. Carla O'Reilly from Ms Murphy's Sixth Class, took on board all the information and wrote a poem which succintly tells us all we need to know....

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