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 11th 2020

Siopa Bréagáin

Bhí lá iontach againn i Scoil Cholmáin inniu. Mar chuid den céiliúradh do Seachtain na Gaeilge d’eagraigh na daltaí ó rang a cúig Jumble Sale le difríocht amháin...bhí ar gach duine a chuid gnó a dhéanamh trí Gaeilge! Bhí sé go breá na páistí go léir a cloisteáil ag baint úsáid as an Gaeilge atá ar eolas acu go muiníneach agus iad ag baint taitneamh as. Bhí deis acu bréagáin, earraí spóirt, cluichí bord, bonnóga, leabhair, míreanna mearaí is ar uile a ceannach agus bhí rud éigin ann do gach duine. 
Ba bhreá linn ár buíochas a  gabháil do na tuismitheoirí go léir as an tacaíocht a thug sibh dúinn arís, go háirithe na daoine a sheol bonnóga blasta isteach chugainn ar maidin. Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir.

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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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March 4th 2020

First Confession

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Congratulations to the 75 boys and girls from First Class who made their First Confession tonight in St Paul's Church. I'm sure they're all pleased to have taken the first step on the road to making their First Holy Communion.


February 26th 2020

Ash Wednesday

ash wednesdayAsh Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten season. At Mass, the priest marks foreheads with black ashes, in the sign of the cross. The ashes used are typically made from the burning of blessed palms from the previous year's Palm Sunday Celebration. All classes from 1st to 6th attended Mass today in St Paul's Church to receive their ashes.

Traditionally, we think of Lent as a time when we give up something, sweets, x-box etc but it can also be a time when we start something new. Why not make a special effort to keep your room tidy, help around the house, or do something kind for someone you meet during your day?  


February 25th 2020

Pancake Tuesday

The wonderful aroma of tasty pancakes wafted along the corridors of St Colman's today as many classes treated themselves to Pancakes, to celebrate 'Shrove Tuesday' or 'Pancake Tuesday' as it is more commonly known. Traditionally, it is the day when we feast on rich foods, like tasty pancakes, before Lent begins tomorrow. In France and the United States the day is known as Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. The French like to make a wish before flipping their pancakes. They do this while holding a coin in the other hand.

Many classes had pancake parties today and enjoyed a variety of fillings such as sugar and lemon, jam, butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit and of course chocolate spread. What filling will you have tonight?

The boys and girls in Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Class and Mr O'Reilly's Second Class thoroughly enjoyed their pancakes today as you can see from the photos below!

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February 19th 2020

It's a Ewe!

In March last year, Ms Duffy brought in a lamb from her Dad's farm to show the children. For many, it was their first time to see a real lamb up close and they enjoyed it immensely. It was a male lamb and the children chose his name - Ned. So you can imagine the excitement this morning when Ms Duffy brought another lamb into school!

This time, Ms Duffy brought in a ewe. She is a cross between a Suffolk ewe and a Texal ram. She is eight weeks old and is one of triplets. Her mother didn't have enough milk to feed all the triplets so this ewe was taken from the mother and fed with a bottle. She is bottle fed four times a day and is now beginning to take lamb pellets and some hay and water. The children were once again allowed to name the lamb and after many suggestions, they opted for Nelly.

Ms Duffy brought Nelly into school in a trolley which had some hay at the bottom. Two students from Ms Murphy's Sixth Class, Seoidín Thornton and Megan Crichton, were chosen to take Nelly to and from each classroom and to ensure that the excited children didn't frighten her. A special thank you to Ms Duffy for taking Nelly in to see us.

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February 14th 2020

Grandparents Day



happy grandparents day 20The St Colman's N.S. calendar of events is certainly a very busy one! One of the most special and enjoyable events has to be Grandparents Day. For a number of weeks now, Ms Healy-Donoghue has been busy organising this wonderful occasion and today the culmination of all her hard work came to fruition.

At 11am, all students and staff, grandparents, parents and friends gathered in St Paul's Church. Fr Joe extended a warm welcome to everyone before inviting Ryan, Kaja, Vanessa and Txema to the altar. Each student welcomed everyone in a different language - Irish, Polish, Lithuanian and Spanish respectively, reflecting the multi-cultural nature of the school. During the Procession of Symbols, pupils accompanied by their grandparent brought symbols of our faith, our time in school and the love we have for each other, to the altar.

grandparents day flowers 20Fr Joe told us about his grandmother and some of the wonderful memories he has of her. She always sprinkled you with Holy Water when you left her house. She reminded you of the importance of going to bed early - even though she didn't follow her own advice and how she would stay awake until you came in at night. She especially loved it when there was a bag of chips involved and she listened to stories of how your night went.

There was a poignant moment when we were asked to remember those grandparents who are no longer with us. Four students read self penned personal letters to their grandparents in Heaven. This was followed by a Procession of Light. Children and grandparents brought 18 candles to the altar, one for every class in the school, to remember grandparents who have died. Shoes were also brought forward to symbolise how we hope to follow in their footsteps.

Our first class students gathered on the altar and sang 'You're never dressed without a smile' and they did a great job! Our school choir also sang beautifully throughout the service.

grandchildrenThere were of course many funny moments like when some of our younger children spoke of all the things that Granny and Grandad let them do that perhaps Mum and Dad didn't know about, or when Emma read that humourous poem entitled 'Grandma's off her rocker!' Darragh and Maria had us all in stitches at their poem 'Gran can you rap?'. 

As the service was drawing to a close, our junior infant classes were invited to the altar to sing 'Who do we love?' and of course the answer was Granny and Grandad! 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 this wonderful family event that was enjoyed by the young and not so young in the St Colman's Community.

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February 5th 2020

New Buddy Benches!

20200205 124243 - copyBack in October we met this year's group of Student Council representatives. They had plenty of great ideas and plans that they hoped to work on. One idea was to acquire some 'Buddy Benches' for the school playgrounds.

20200205 133244 - copyThe idea of the benches is to encourage friendships new and old, ensuring that no child will ever be left alone in the playground. Children can use the benches to chat to their friends or perhaps meet some new friends. If a student is in need of a friend, they can sit on the bench and others will know to join them and keep them company.

img-4174 - copyThe student council met with Mr Trevor Mc Donnell who is father of Oisín from Mr O'Reilly's Second Class and Tiernan from Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Class. Trevor is a Prison Officer in Mountjoy Prison and he very kindly arranged for the men in the joinery shop to make two buddy benches for us. The finished products are of an exceptional quality and finish and we will be proud to place them in the playgrounds. As a thank you for all their hard work, we asked Trevor to take two food hampers back to the men.

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February 3rd 2020

Aladdin Success!

Following the roaring success of 'The Jungle Story' last year, Mrs Garvey thought this should become a yearly event and so, back in September 2019, our fifth class students began preparations for their own show, 'Aladdin'.

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All in all, these two shows were resounding successes for all concerned. Huge congratulations to Clare Gilmartin 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.


January 26th 2020

Catholic Schools Week


csw2020Catholic Schools Week 2020 runs from Sunday January 26th until Saturday February 1st. The theme this year is 'Living in Harmony with God's Creation'. Today and every day this week, students will read 'prayers for the day' over the intercom at a chosen time and the entire school will be joined together in prayer.


January 16th 2020

Aladdin Update

img 7145Our fifth class students have been busy working on their performances of the Disney classic 'Aladdin', since September. Now with only two weeks to go, the excitement is definitely building. All the rehearsals have taken place in the school to date, so it was a special treat for the children to take to the stage in the Mullingar Arts Centre this week. They also had a back stage tour from musical director, Claire Gilmartin.

Our fifth classes will be supported on the nights of the shows by our superb third class choir, who were also busy rehearsing last week, late into the evening .

Everyone in the school is eagerly anticipating what promises to be a fantastic nights entertainment for all the family. Tickets are available from the school office priced at €10 per adult and €6 per child. Get yours quickly to avoid disappointment!

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January 13th 2020

Feile Rince Tulach Mhór


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Kara Mc Keown and Faye Mc Donald from Mrs Gilligan's Third Class are members of the Fiona Gallagher School of Dance. Yesterday, the girls travelled to Tullamore to take part in a feis and came home with a number of awards. Congratulations girls!


January 8th 2020

Enrolment Week

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     Junior Infants

     2020 - 2021


Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2020 will take

place during the weeks of

13th January 2020 - 24th January 2020

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

All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2020,

together with the necessary documentation - original 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 24th January 2020


January 6th 2020

Nollaig na mBan

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 Mass was officiated by Bishop Smyth. 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.


January 6th 2020

Happy New Year

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Happy New Year to Everyone!



Welcome back after what I hope was a relaxing Christmas Holiday. Best wishes to you all for a successful term ahead.



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December 19th 2019

Farewell Mrs Jones


goodbye and good luckAs the Carol Service was drawing to a close, Mrs Garvey invited Mrs Jones to join her at the front of the church. Sadly we had to say farewell to Mrs Jones, who retired in October. Mrs Jones worked in St Colman's for 36 years and has helped countless children during that time. She was instrumental in bringing 'Reading Recovery', a short-term intervention for struggling readers and 'Power Hour', a literacy station teaching approach, to St Colman's. Over the years, Mrs Jones has helped many young readers to achieve competency and confidence in their reading abilities.

Mrs Jones was presented with a book signed by children in the school and a beautifully crafted wooden crib. We wish her a healthy and happy retirement but we hope she won't be a stranger to St Colman's.

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December 19th 2019

Christmas Carol Service


At approximately 11.15am this morning, all students and staff were joined by parents, guardians and friends in St Paul's Church to celebrate our annual Christmas Carol Service. A hush fell over the congregation as our violinists opened the service, followed by the choir singing the first hymn, 'Hallelujah'.  Children from fourth to sixth class 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.

fr joeBack in September, we welcomed Fr Joe Campbell as our school chaplain and since then, he has visited the school every week or sometimes a few times a week. By now he has met all our students and is a familiar face to all. Today was Fr Joe's first time to officiate at the Carol Service and he was delighted to do it. 


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 18th 2019

Christmas Plays


christmas play clip artThis year we had a total of nine Christmas plays. The first play, 'Scrooge' by Mr O'Reilly's Second Class, started the ball rolling on December 11th and today 'Away with the Manger' by Mrs Gilligan's Third Class brought the entertainment to a close. Of course the baby Jesus featured in most plays, there was a star that couldn't shine, inspectors came to St Colman's in another and even a theatre cat called Tommy! What a great variety we had. All classes put huge effort into their productions and it showed! Congratulations to everyone involved!

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December 16th 2019

Christmas Fair


christmas fairThe 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 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. Lucky dip crackers and novelty guessing games and the very popular 'Pelt the Elf' were a huge hit. The photo booth with exciting backdrops and festive props was also busy throughout the morning. Many families sat for their 2019 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. 

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 5th 2019

Break time Entertainment


After finishing six weeks of dancing lessons with dance teacher, Siobhan Moore, the students from Mrs Lyons' Fourth Class thought it would be a shame if no-one saw the dances they had learned. So a plan was hatched! Just as the junior and senior infant children arrived in the playground for their break, the fourth class boys and girls took their positions. The music began and the dancers completed two dances for the younger students and their teachers. If the shouts and cheers afterwards were anything to go by, the audience loved the dances. Well done guys!

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December 3rd 2019

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Wed Dec 11th


Mr O'Reilly's Second Class


Thurs Dec 12th

'The Grinch'

Ms Nugent's First Class


 Fri Dec 13th

‘The Nativity’

Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Class



'A Special Present for the Baby'

Ms Healy-Donoghue’s Second Class





 Sun Dec 15th

Christmas Fair






Tues Dec 17th

'Shine Star Shine'

Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class



‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’

Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class



‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Mrs Gavin's First Class


 Wed Dec 18th

‘Tommy the Theatre Cat Purrs Again’

Mrs Granahan's Senior Infant Class



‘Away with the Manger’

Mrs Gilligan's Third Class


Thurs Dec 19th

Carol Service

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November 25th 2019

Buddy System

Every Friday, our sixth class students partner up with the boys and girls from Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class and Ms Kelly's & Ms Mc Laughlin's Junior Infant Classes. Over many weeks, the older students will enjoy some paired reading with their younger friends and introduce them to board games.

We live in a world surrounded by technology so it is vital that we encourage our young children to enjoy pastimes like reading and board games. Reading ensures that a child is exposed to vocabulary on many different topics and they will hear words or phrases which they may not hear on a day to day basis. Children, who read every day, will learn to concentrate and sit still for longer periods.

The benefits of board games are far-reaching. Even simple board games help young players to identify colours, count spaces and develop hand-eye coordination and dexterity when moving pieces around a board. Learning to take turns and follow rules are also very important lessons that will help children right into adulthood.

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November 15th 2019

Chef Weronika


Our junior infants were delighted to welcome Chef Weronika Cybula into their classrooms today. Over the past two weeks, the boys and girls have been pretending to be chefs, while covering the topic, 'The Restaurant' during Aistear. Today, they got to see a real chef at work! Weronika, mother to Alex from Mrs Moloney's Fourth Class, works as a chef in the Annebrook Hotel and she had great pleasure in instructing the children on how to bake a cake. She began by listing the ingredients they needed. She gave the children the opportunity to beat the eggs and mix in the flour and sugar. Then, rather than waiting for the cake to cook, she produced one she had prepared earlier and allowed the boys and girls to decorate it with cream, jam and fruit. Thanks Weronika for a great cookery lesson!

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November 15th 2019

Cosy Jumper Day

Our student council have gotten their first term off to a flying start with a fundraiser they've called 'Cosy Jumper Day'. Students and staff were asked to wear a warm cosy jumper into school today - perfect for the drop in temperature - and to make a small donation to the fundraiser. The money raised will go towards a 'Buddy Bench' for our junior playground and also to help a young girl called Erica, who is very ill at the moment, with huge medical expenses. Erica's mum is a past pupil of St Colman's. As you can see from the photos below, everyone fully backed this initiative and loved wearing their cosy jumpers!

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November 6th 2019


Aistear is an early years curriculum developed in 2009 by NCCA (National Council for Curriculum and Assessment) and designed specifically for children between birth and six years of age. The word Aistear is the Irish word for journey and was chosen because early childhood marks the beginning of children's lifelong learning journey.

The children in our junior infants enjoy Aistear daily. This structured playtime has benefited the children in many ways. It helps develop social and cognitive skills. The children gain self-confidence and mature emotionally and this is wonderful to witness.

The theme this week in Ms Kelly's Class is 'The Restaurant' and the boys and girls are thoroughly enjoying the experience. They have four different stations - role play, sand play, construction and arts & crafts. The special 'words of the day' are 'healthy and non healthy'.

Today at the role play station, the boys and girls became chefs, waiters, waitresses, managers and customers. At the sand play station, the children searched for plastic food items buried in the sand. They also created sand pizzas and pies, remembering to sieve the sand of course and not forgetting to add the healthy veg! At the construction station, builders, carpenters and painters built a new restaurant. At the arts and crafts station, the boys and girls searched through magazines for food items and after cutting them out, they designed their own food menu made up of all their favourite foods.

As you can see from the photos below, this fun and creative way to learn is going down a treat!

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November 5th 2019

Biodiversity Nature Walk


Mullingar Shamrocks G.F.C. has recently opened a beautiful biodiversity nature walk around the G.A.A. pitch. Information plaques have been erected in various locations on the walk, each one specific to the biodiversity of the flora and fauna found in that area. A Biodiversity Art and Poster Design Competition was staged, earlier this year, among primary and post-primary school children in Mullingar. The walk is further enhanced by these winning designs, which have been painted at each of the information locations. The project also involved the placing of bug hotels near the River Brosna. Two benches, provided by the Mens Shed Mullingar, have also been placed along the track. Joan Ormsby is the 'Healthy Club' representative for Shamrocks G.F.C. and she deserves huge thanks for all her great work during this project.

The pupils from Mr O'Reilly's Second Class visited the grounds today and enjoyed it greatly! They took notes and kept a careful eye out for the flora and fauna described on the information plaques. They were delighted to spot a swan and a robin on their travels!

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October 22nd 2019

New Student Council Representatives

student councilA new school year brings a new group of student council representatives. Similar to last year, representatives were chosen by the students themselves from third to sixth class. The group have had two meetings already and came up with lots of ideas to benefit the school community. Two very interesting ideas were put forward - a 'Buddy Bench' and 'Cosy Day'. We will have to wait to see how those ideas pan out so watch this space!

Over the coming days our representatives will visit every class to talk with them about the Christmas shoebox appeal. This is a long-standing tradition in St Colman's so we hope everyone will support it. 

Click here to view the list of teaching and student representatives.

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October 11th 2019

Nature Walk with a Buddy...

The beautiful Autumn weather that greeted us this morning was perfect for a nature walk. And what better way to enjoy a nature walk than with a buddy from sixth class! So shortly after first break the boys and girls from Ms Kelly's Junior Infant Class partnered up with the students from Ms Murphy's Sixth Class. After the inital introductions were completed, the older students took the junior infants around the grass area and pointed out all the wonderful signs of Nature and helped them to collect leaves of many colours, conkers and acorns to take back to class for their nature table.

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October 9th 2019

Plants and Flowers


The boys and girls in Ms Hamill's Senior Infant Class are learning all about plants and flowers and they're loving every minute. Student teacher, Ms Allan, first introduced the subject during their Science lesson. She told them exactly what a plant needs to grow ie: sunlight, air, water and soil containing nutrients. She also explained the structure of a plant. Above ground, there is a stem, leaves and a bud which blossoms into a flower. Below ground, there are the roots.

Ms Allan also got the children to decorate yogurt pots and they planted cress seeds in them. Over the coming weeks, the children will water their plants when needed and will watch the seeds grow into a hairy plant! What better way to learn about nature, than to see it happen before your eyes. To complement all this learning, every morning during Aistear, the subject continues. At the creative table, the boys and girls designed and made the most beautiful flowers, which now decorate their classroom. Over in the role play section, they are running their very own flower shop, all the while sharing all the information they have learned.

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September 27th 2019

Summer Stars Programme

summer starsThe 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 last night in Mullingar Library, they received medals to mark their participation. Well done all of you and remember to KEEP READING!

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Cillian Deane from Ms Hamill's Senior Infants and Odhran Meally from Mr O'Reilly's Second Class, who both received medals last night!


September 25th 2019

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run



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 today 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, with many bringing home medals. Well done to you all.


Siblings, Conor and Lily Walsh from Mrs Lyons' Fourth Class and Mrs Healy-Donoghues's Second Class both won medals on the day.


September 11th 2019

All-Ireland Camogie Champions Visit


We were delighted to welcome three of the winning Westmeath intermediate camogie team to the school today. As you will all know, the Westmeath ladies played Galway on Sunday last in Croke Park. Despite being seven points behind at half time, the team produced a marvellous display in the second half and won by two points becoming All-Ireland Intermediate Champions for the first time.

Captain, Mairead Mc Cormack, goalkeeper, Fiona Keating and defender, Amy Cully were welcomed with huge cheers as they entered the school hall with the Jack Mc Grath cup in tow. Mr Beehan congratulated the camogie players and introduced them to the children. A Q&A followed with no shortage of questions from the avid fans. Many of our young camogie players were inspired by past pupil Fiona and live in hope that they too might be part of a winning Westmeath team in the future.

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September 9th 2019

Cup Winners


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A group of our fourth class boys, Evin Smyth from Mrs Lyons' Class and Riley Thornton, Andy Sinnott, Cian Matthews, Jack Connaughton, Cillian Breslin and Mark Gallagher from Mrs Maloney's Class, are members of St Loman's U10 football team. Last Saturday, they took part in a tournament in St Mary's GFC, Rochfortbridge. After many hard fought games, they were delighted to finish as the winners. Well done boys! 


August 22nd 2019

Welcome Back

St Colman's will re-open on Monday September 2nd 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 2nd until Friday September 13th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Monday September 16th onwards.

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

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June 28th 2019

Excellent Attendance


Congratulations to the students pictured below, who were awarded certificates this morning in recognition of their excellent attendance in St Colman's, in the last school year. For many, this was not their first time to receive this award. Well done guys!

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June 21st 2019

Penalties against the Principal


Unfortunately the weather was not on our side last week during Active School Week. Some of our usual activities had to be called off, one of which was 'Penalties against the Principal', but if Mrs Garvey thought she was getting off the hook she was sadly mistaken! Throughout this week, many of our classes have tried their goal scoring skills against Mrs Garvey. It has to be said that Mrs Garvey did herself proud!  Or in the words of one of our second class students - As a goalie she's a legend!

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June 18th 2019

Sports Day



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

As in previous years, 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, benchball, no man's land and Gaelic football were just some of the events enjoyed by the children. The red team were the winners this year so congratulations to all red team members.

The children from junior infants to second class remained in the school grounds. Basketball, football skills, sack race, a bouncy castle and a bouncy obstacle course kept all the children very busy. On the junior corridor, it wasn't so much about winning and losing but more about having fun and yes, they definitely had FUN!

There were plenty of smiling faces leaving school this afternoon too so it's safe to say - A good day was had by all!

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June 16th 2019

5k Family Fun Run/Walk


It was with a sigh of relief that we greeted the dry, bright day this morning. The annual St Colman's 5k Family Fun Run/Walk was scheduled for 1.30pm. We thought the showery weather we've been having this last week might turn people off, but we were wrong! Once again, there was a huge turnout. Registration was at the school and the race began just outside the gates of Shamrocks G.F.C. grounds. Mrs Skittles was on hand to get the race started. The serious runners were up at the front and everyone else followed at their own pace. All ages took part - from the very young in prams, to the not so young, and everyone in between - there were even a few family pets! Afterwards, many returned to the school for refreshments and a chance to chat with friends. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way and of course to all those who took part. A fitting end to our 'Active School Week', a great success and one we hope to repeat again next year.

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June 10th 2019



Our Active School Week got off to a great start this morning with our first M.I.M. (Move in the morning) of the week. Parents and younger brothers and sisters joined students and staff as we walked around the green and playground in front of the school. A great way to shift the Monday morning cobwebs!

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June 7th 2019

Maths Trip Down Town


The magic of Maths is all around us if we take the time to look! Yesterday, Ms Skelly and Ms Brennan donned their detective hats and with their team of private eyes and clipboards in tow, strode down the town for examples of where Maths can be seen around us. Shape was an important item on the agenda with squares, rectangles, triangles, ovals and circles featuring in many of the buildings, road signs, vehicles and walls. Their 3D cousins of cubes, cuboids, spheres and half-spheres (on a church light) prompted much discussion also. Parallel and perpendicular lines appeared regularly in, for example, car park lines, gates, railings and even blinds. This sparked a discussion on tessellation (as you do!) and the reason why we especially need tessellation in the surrounding brickwork. Kayla thought she spotted a rhombus on a railing but on closer inspection its sides were curved and not straight as a rhombus should be. The next stop was the train station, where timetables were inspected. The 24-hour clock was displayed and explained, the concept already familiar to the fifth class children. The team pretended to get a take-out treat from Apache, discussing what notes and coins would be needed and what amount of change they would get. This activity made the team hungry so sustenance was provided with a pitstop to Dealz. The children had €3 to spend and carefully made their purchase, calculating their totals and expected change. All in all, the team had a successful Maths snoop around the town, with their clipboards packed full of information about where Maths is featured around them. Well done detectives!

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June 4th 2019

Standardised Test Results


standardised test results photoSt Colman's N.S. has decided to administer the recently updated Drumcondra standardised tests in English and Maths. To learn more about the new tests and what to expect for your child please CLICK HERE


May 30th 2019

Street League Tournament


Many of our young footballers from first, second, third and fourth classes are members of St Loman's GFC. Last night, as the end of the football season draws near, they took part in a street league tournament. The boys and girls who play U8,U10 and U12, divided up into mixed teams and each team was given a county name. After some great games and a lot of fun, the Offaly team emerged victorious. All the footballers received medals and some received certificates for the most improved players on the night. Well done to you all and best of luck with the next season!

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May 28th 2019

An Evening of Music


music note mixed upYesterday evening at 6.30pm, parents/guardians and friends of St Colman's gathered in St Paul's Church for an evening of music performed by the talented musicians of the school.

The senior choir started proceedings with three songs - 'The cat came back, Riversong and This is me'. This was followed by our guitar players. The beginners and intermediate groups played three pieces each.

The children studying flute and saxaphone were up next followed by the children from our second, third and fourth class who are learning to play the recorder. Then it was the turn of our violin players from second and third class who played four pieces.

musical instrumentsThe trumpet players continued with four tunes and then our junior choir sang a medley from the Jungle Book. To close the concert our school orchestra played three familiar pieces that had everyone swaying to the beat!

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

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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May 22nd 2019

St Colman's New School App


aladdin logo - appWe are now ready to launch our new school App. A text message has been sent to each family with a link to download. This will be our main portal for information between school and home from now on. CLICK HERE for a quick set-up guide. Once downloaded, please check the App frequently.


May 21st 2019


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Each year, we like to celebrate the wonderful musical talent that we have here in St Colman's. To that end, we would like to invite all parents/guardians, extended family and friends to attend a very special night of music and song in St Paul's Church at 6.30pm on Tuesday May 28th 2019. Our school choir and orchestra and all students who receive music lessons during the school year will perform on the night. This promises to be a wonderful entertaining evening and certainly one not to be missed!


May 18th 2019

Exhibition Game


The St Colman's Hurling Team played an exhibition game today in Cusack Park at half time, during the Westmeath and Offaly hurling match. The game was against Gaelscoil an Choillín and was enjoyed by all the spectators. Congratulations to all involved and thank you to Cullion Hurling Club for providing refreshments afterwards for all the players. 

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May 2nd 2019



Today, the students from third to sixth class welcomed a visitor, Sophie Deegan from the charity Trócaire, to the school. Sophie, who is the Trócaire Fundraising and Events Officer, spoke to the children about the tremendous work that the charity undertakes on an ongonig basis.

Trócaire, meaning 'Compassion', is the official overseas agency of the Catholic Church in Ireland. It was established in 1973. Trócaire's headquarters is in Maynooth, Co Kildare. Their work is to support the most vulnerable people in the developing world and also to raise awareness of injustice and global poverty. Every year in Ireland, Trócaire hold the 'Trócaire Lenten Campaign' during the season of Lent. Sophie thanked the children for their support of the campaign. This support helps children like Maria, Maya and Patricia and their families, who are pictured on the 2019 Trócaire box.

The children and their teachers would like to thank Sophie for taking the time to visit us and for telling us all about the essential work that Trócaire do.



April 29th 2019

World & International Irish Dancing Championships



Huge congratulations to Amy Devanney from Mrs Lyons' Second Class, who took part in the World and International Irish Dancing Championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands last week. Amy is no stranger to the website as she is regularly featured with medals and trophys from various Irish Dancing competitions. During the championships last week, Amy came first in the treble, becoming a World Champion. She didn't stop there. She came second in the reel and second in the St Patricks Day Dance, which consists of three dances - the reel, the treble and the jig. Once again, congratulations Amy on a wonderful achievement!

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April 6th 2019


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Congratulations to the 51 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.


April 3rd 2019

Student Council

student councilThe first St Colman's N.S. Student Council has been established. Representatives from third to six class were chosen and together with teaching representatives, they will endeavour to improve school life for everyone. They will meet every second Thursday at 8.45am. The  student reps. hope to give a voice to all our students. They will consult with their classmates to ensure that every point of view is heard and will bring forward any fresh ideas that will benefit the school community. They have already made a difference by getting involved with the organisation of Grandparents' Day and are at the moment helping with the Book Fair which is being held in the school this week. We wish the Student Council every success in this new venture! 

Click here to view the list of teaching and students representatives.

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March 27th 2019

Unusual Visitor!!


20190327 105855 - copyToday we had a very unusual but welcome visitor to the school. One of the four legged variety, that is! Ms Duffy lives on a farm and her father Kieran very kindly allowed her to take a lamb into school to see everyone. The children were so excited to have a real lamb in their classroom. For many, it was the first time they had ever seen a real lamb up close. We were allowed to give it a name and we weren't short of suggestions. Betty Boo was a hot favourite until Ms Duffy told us the lamb was a boy! Finally, the name chosen was Ned.

20190403 160240 - copyMs Duffy explained that Ned was one of triplets. His mother didn't have enough milk to feed all of her three babies so Kieran made the decision to leave the two weakest lambs with their mother and Ned was taken away to be fed powdered milk from a bottle.  He is one month old and because he has been bottle fed since birth, he is used to being around humans. Ned didn't mind the children petting him and having a 'good old look' at him.

Ned is a Suffolk Sheep breed. Suffolks are a common breed of domestic sheep. They are polled, which means they are hornless. They have black open faces along with black legs and white wooled bodies. 

thankyou1Ms Duffy brought Ned into school in a trolley with hay at the bottom. He became tired from all the excitement so he needed to rest in his bed of hay at regular intervals. Of course, the children would love to keep Ned in school full time but we had to send him back to his home with Kieran. A huge thank you to Ms Duffy and her father Kieran for allowing Ned to come and visit us and for making a very ordinary Wednesday, very special and exciting!

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March 26th 2019

Inter Schools Show Jumping Event



On Sunday last, the Mullingar Equestrian Centre hosted the Inter Schools Showjumping Event 2019. St Colman's N.S. was represented very well by Adam Mc Namara from Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Sixth Class, Megan Crichton from Ms Scally's Fifth Class and Erin Murray from Mrs Gilligan's Fourth Class, with Cathal Mc Namara as the team sub. In the first round, our team had a clear round on all ponies and this qualified them for the jump off. Erin was nominated by the team for the jump off and the St Colman's team ended up in third place. Adam then took part in an individual event and earned himself a rosette. Congratulations to you all!

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March 6th 2019

Table Quiz



The annual St Colman's N.S. Parents' Association Table Quiz took place in the Annebrook Hotel last Thursday February 28th. Quizmaster on the night was our former Vice Principal, Mr Willie Geraghty, who also compiled the quiz questions, challenging everyone on a wide variety of topics.Thanks to Mr Geraghty and St Colman's N.S. Parents' Association for organising such an enjoyable event.

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February 18th 2019

Chinese New Year


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



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 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


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 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


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December 20th 2018

Christmas Plays



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



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


The gladness of Christmas give you


and the warmth of Christmas grant you



December 12th 2018

Christmas Calendar of Events

Wed Dec 12th

‘Santa’s Hat

Mrs Granahan’s Senior Infant Class


Thurs Dec 13th

‘Nativity Rock’

Mrs Lyons’ Second Class



‘Whoops a Daisy Angel’

Ms Duffy’s Senior Infant Class



‘A Christmas Toy Story’

Ms Nugent’s Fourth Class


Fri Dec 14th

‘Shine Star Shine’

Ms Mulcair’s Senior Infant Class



‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Ms Mc Laughlin’s First Class


Sun Dec 16th

Cathedral Carol Service

St Colman’s Choir


Mon Dec 17th

‘A Special Present for the Baby’

Ms Healy-Donoghue’s Third Class


Tues Dec 18th

‘The Nativity’

Ms Clarke’s Junior Infant Class



‘Tinsel and Tea Towels’

Mr Boyle’s Second Class



‘Lights, Camel, Action’

Ms Murphy’s Third Class


Wed Dec 19th

Carol Service

St Paul’s Church


Thurs Dec 20th

‘A Christmas Sing Song’

Ms Hamill’s Junior Infant Class



‘Away With the Manger’

Mrs Gilligan’s Fourth Class



December 10th 2018

Christmas Fair



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!


November 15th 2018

Christmas Shoebox Appeal


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 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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