FUNDRAISER FESTIVAL in Mullingar Park Hotel Saturday November 25th 2017.Don't miss out!

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November 16th 2017

Christmas Shoebox Appeal

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

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

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

 Well done everyone!


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November 13th 2017

Violin Lessons


In association with Music Generation, we have a number of music teachers who visit the school weekly and teach our students to play the trumpet, flute and guitar. The lucky boys and girls in our second classes have just been offered the opportunity to attend violin lessons in school. Today, twenty three excited children took up the offer and met their teacher, Mrs Francesca White. We wish Mrs White and her students luck in this new venture and we look forward to hearing the wonderful sounds of violins along the corridors of the school.


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November 13th 2017

Deputy Principal

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

 

November 13th 2017

St. Colman’s and the new Digital Learning Framework

 

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

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


The framework will among other things:

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

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

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


November 13th 2017

New Sports Field


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

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

 

November 13th 2017

Good News! New Classroom

 

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



November 13th 2017

St Colman's School Choir Launch their First CD

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

November 9th 2017

Save the Date


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save the date f fSt Colman's N.S. is excited to announce a very special event which is coming up soon and it's one you won't want to miss! 'Fundraiser Festival' is a night of music featuring local bands, The Blizzards, Fallen Lights and Radio Star. St Colman's School Choir will also perform on the night and the Lir Ukulele Band will welcome guests on their arrival. This unmissable event takes place on Saturday November 25th in Mullingar Park Hotel. Tickets are on sale and can be bought in the school, Wilfs, Presents, Foys, Sports Outlet, Martin's Quik Pick and the Mullingar Park Hotel. Save the date in your diary and get your tickets fast because this night is one you're sure to enjoy!

 

November 6th 2017

Parent-Teacher Meetings

 

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

 

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October 27th 2017

Halloween Fun!


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


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October 27th 2017

Halloween Games Past and Present

 

During their recent History lessons, the students in Mrs Walters'/Mrs Slevin's Fifth Class have been investigating games from the past and comparing them to the games they play today. They interviewed, parents, grandparents and teachers, asking about outdoor and indoor games. With the Halloween holidays approaching, they had a special interest in games played at Halloween. Some of the games played by the children's grandparents have been passed down from generation to generation and are still enjoyed today. As an end of term treat today, the boys and girls had great fun playing many of those Halloween games!


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October 25th 2017

Chocolate Apple Treats


Today, Mrs Gavin treated the children in her junior infant class to a very special surprise because they had worked so hard during their first term in school. They were making chocolate apple treats!

First, Mrs Gavin gave every child a chocolate button to hold between pressed hands. Of course, the heat from their hands melted the button but that wasn't a problem as the children really enjoyed licking their hands clean! Mrs Gavin explained that they would need a quicker way to melt the chocolate so everyone headed to the staff room to use the microwave. Then each child took it in turns to dip their apple into the melted chocolate. After decorating with sprinkles, the excited children tucked into their well deserved treat!


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October 23rd 2017

M.O.M.!


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


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October 20th 2017

Hurling Final

 

Seven young hurlers from Ms Mc Laughlin's Second Class wore their winning medals with pride today. Jack Devine, Scott Sweeney, Cillian Breslin, Andy Sinnott, Mark Gallagher, Eoghan Beehan and Jack Connaughton are all members of Cullion's under 8 hurling team. Last Saturday, they played in the final of the Darren O'Donnell Shield in Pairc Ciaran in Athlone and finished as winners! Well done boys!


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October 19th 2017

G.A.A. Club Blitz

 

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Ruairí Kelly and Nathan O'Reilly from Mrs. Fagan's & Mrs. Brennan's Second Class play football with Shamrocks G.F.C. On Sunday last they took part in an under 8 club blitz and were delighted to come in first place. Congratulations boys!

 

October 16th 2017

Severe Weather Update!

 

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


October 15th 2017

Severe Weather Alert!

 

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

 

October 6th 2017

October Nature Walk


The boys and girls in Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class had their first nature walk this morning. Wrapped up nice and warm, the children started their walk by crossing the path that leads to St Paul's Church. They gathered any leaves they could find in the many shades of Autumn colour, seeds, berries or acorns and not forgetting the must have 'helicopter' seeds from the Sycamore tree! Soon it was time to cross the main road in search of conkers from the Horse Chestnut tree and there were plenty to find. With bags full of autumnal treasure, the children returned to class to fill out a 'Nature Walk' worksheet and create their own 'Nature Table' that I'm sure they will add to over the coming days and weeks.


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October 5th 2017

Chocolate Pudding Delight!

 

On Friday last, the students from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class got a fabulous surprise when their classmate, Rania Connell, treated them to a cooking masterclass. She prepared a Romanian style chocolate pudding for her classmates to sample. No such thing as a free lunch though! While Rania worked on the cooking, the rest of the class learned all about Romania. A big thank you to Rania and especially to her mum for sharing her wonderful recipe with us.


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October 4th 2017

We've reached our Destination!

 

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

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September 28th 2017

A Back to School Service

 

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


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September 28th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

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


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September 27th 2017

 

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

 

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The annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run was held today in Belvedere House and Gardens. The event, organised by the Mullingar Harriers, was attended by schools from all over the county. In spite of the inclement weather today, St Colman's was very well represented by a terrific group of boys and girls from second to sixth class. Thanks to Ms Kiernan who trained the children over the last couple of weeks. As always, our runners performed well and did us proud. Congratulations to you all.


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September 26th 2017

European Week of Sport


The European Week of Sport runs from September 23rd - 30th 2017. This week is for everyone regardless of age, background or fitness level and aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe. Sport Ireland is the national co-ordinating body for the European Week of Sport in Ireland and this year they have set a very special challenge for everyone, aptly called 'Run around Europe'.

St Colman's students have of course taken up the challenge. Over the course of this week, the children will endeavour to complete a total of 12,300 laps around the track in front of the school. Each lap represents one kilometre of our journey across Europe. Every class has been given a target of laps to complete relative to their age. The fine weather today and yesterday has gotten us off to a great start and we are well on our way to achieving our target. Please check out the Active News board at the top of the junior corridor for regular updates on our journey. The good news is that if we reach our target, all students will get a night off homework!


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September 22nd 2017

Cleaning up can be Fun!

 

I think we can all agree that cleaning up isn't top of our list of favourite things to do! The boys and girls in Mrs Gavin's Junior Infant Class have turned this job into a fun task by singing the 'Clean Up Robot' song as they tidy up. Today, during their art lesson, the children painted their own clean up robot and had great fun doing so.


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September 19th 2017

Camogie Championship Winners

 

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Anouk Gibney and Katie Gannon from Mrs Walters' and Mrs Slevin's Fifth Class play camogie for Cullion. Recently they played in the final of the Westmeath Under 12 B Championship and were very proud to finish as winners. Congratulations girls!

 

September 13th 2017

All Ireland Camogie Winners

 

Today, the school was delighted to welcome back former pupil Fiona Keating and some of her team mates from last weekend's All Ireland winning camogie team. Fiona was quick to point out that she got a great start in St Colman's under the guidance of Ms Murphy, Mrs Walters and Margaret Collins and was delighted to return to where it all began. The children were treated to the team's now infamous version of 'Singing in the Rain' and got to pose for photographs with the girls afterwards. A huge thank you to Fiona and her team mates for dropping in today and we wish them many more successful outings in Croke Park in the future.


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September 8th 2017

Settling in Well

 

Our new junior infant students have just finished their first full week in school and are settling into their new surroundings very well! By now, many are walking to class on their own in the mornings, eager to start the day!  

The school playground can be quite daunting to these new students and in an attempt to help them settle in, our sixth class students spent some time with them today and taught them some of the old playground games that have been keeping children active and healthy for decades. This will become a weekly event and I have no doubt that both the junior infants and the sixth class pupils will be looking forward to it each week.

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August 27th 2017

Welcome Back

St Colman's will re-open next Friday September 1st 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 Friday September 1st until Wednesday September 13th. They will go home at 1.30pm from Thursday September 14th onwards.


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


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June 29th 2017

School Tours

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


 

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


 

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

 

 

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

 

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



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



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



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

 

June 28th 2017

Goodbye to Sixth Class


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



On Monday night, friends and family were invited to an end of year Mass in St Paul's Church to celebrate their lives thus far and to wish them well as they move on to secondary school and new adventures. Many of the sixth class pupils took part in the Mass and the music was supplied by the school choir. Afterwards everyone returned to the school for refreshments.


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This morning a very excited bunch arrived in school in their white shirts ready to be decorated with 'well wishes' from staff and students. After having lunch in town it came time to say their goodbyes. The children are moving to pastures new and we wish them great success in everything they do.


Go n-éirí an bóthar libh.

 

June 22nd 2017

Choose Time Treat

 

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


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June 20th 2017

Learning about Poland

 

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


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June 19th 2017

Future Fundraising Events

 

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


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June 18th 2017

5k Family Fun Run/Walk


Students, staff, family and friends of St Colman's turned out in their droves today for the annual St Colman's 5k Family Fun Run/Walk. All ages took part, from the very young in prams to the not so young and everything in between - even a few family pets! Registration was at the school and the race began just outside the gates of Shamrocks G.F.C. grounds. The  newly retired Mr G was there to announce the start of the race. The serious runners were up at the front and everyone else followed at their own pace. There was a tremendous atmosphere and the glorious sunshine just added to the occasion. Afterwards refreshments were available at the school and many took the opportunity to relax and recharge while chatting to friends. This was a very enjoyable fundraiser for the school organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association. Thanks to everyone who helped out in any way. A fitting end to our 'Active School Week', a great success and one we hope to repeat again next year.


To view the list of winners please CLICK HERE

 

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June 16th 2017

Au Revoir Mr G

 

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

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

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

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

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

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


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June 16th 2017

Visiting Athlete


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

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


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June 15th 2017

Getting Penalty Ready


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


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June 15th 2017

Flashdance


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


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June 15th 2017

W.O.T.! - Active School Week

 

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


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June 14th 2017

Sports Day

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

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

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


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June 14th 2017

An Evening of Music


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


 

June 13th 2017

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

 

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


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June 13th 2017

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls

 

The eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class girls basketball match took place in the lower playground this afternoon. All classes made their way to the playground to support the teams. The competition was intense and the game was enjoyed by all!


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June 13th 2017

Food and Nutrition

 

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


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June 13th 2017

Relax Kids


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


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June 12th 2017

Tug of War


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


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June 12th 2017

Hurling Techniques

 

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


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June 7th 2017

Kidathon

 

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

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


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May 30th 2017

Soccer Win

 

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


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May 29th 2017

Boxing Tournament

 

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

 

May 26th 2017

Couch to 5K

 

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


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May 18th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

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


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May 16th 2017

W.O.T.!

 

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


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April 7th 2017

Fond Farewell

 

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

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

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


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April 6th 2017

Music Recital


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

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

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

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


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March 28th 2017

Sports Update

 

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


Basketball


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


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Aldi Tag Rugby Festival

 

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


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Hurling Player of the Week

 

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

 

March 24th 2017

'Turn Your School Yellow'

 

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


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March 16th 2017

Seachtain na Gaeilge

2017

 

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

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

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

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

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


Lá Fhéile Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

 

March 10th 2017

Grandparents Day

2017

 

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

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

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


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March 6th 2017

Gymnastics Win


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


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March 2nd 2017

World Book Day

2017

 

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

Have fun searching for a special book this weekend!

 

February 22nd 2017

Mullingar Town Band Visit

 

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

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

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

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

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


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February 11th 2017

Table Quiz

2017

 

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


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February 1st 2017

St Brigid's Day 

 

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


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


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January 30th 2017

Catholic Schools Week

2017

 

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

 

January 19th 2017

Save the Date

 

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

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

 

December 21st 2016

Christmas Carol Service

2016 


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


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June 15th 2016

C.O.W.!

 

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


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June 9th 2016

An Evening of Music

 

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

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

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

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

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


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May 26th 2016

Cumann na mBunscoil Finals

2016

 

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


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


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April 25th 2016

Mark this on your Calendar

 

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The annual St Colman's N.S. '5K Race & Family Fun Run/Walk' takes place on Sunday June 19th, starting at 1.30pm. The Fun Run/Walk, organised mark this on your calendarby St Colman's N.S. Parents Association, promises to be a very enjoyable event. What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to get the whole family out for some exercise in the fresh air and have a relaxing chat and cuppa afterwards in the school with friends. So please mark the date in your calendar and spread the word to family, friends and neighbours - everyone is welcome!

 

January 7th 2016

Enrolment Week



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     Junior Infants

     2016 - 2017

   

Enrolment for Junior Infants for September 2016 will take

place during the week of


18th January 2016 - 22nd January 2016


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


All completed applications for places in Junior Infants for September 2016,

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


4pm on Friday 22nd January 2016


 

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