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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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.

 

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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 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 until the summer holidays.

 


 

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May 15th 2017

Swimming Gala


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John Casey, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, participated in a swimming gala in the Aer Lingus Club on Sunday. He came 3rd in the U11 age group and won a medal. Keep up the good work John! 

 














May 15th 2017

 

Irish Dancing Feis

 

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Megan Brock, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, has been a member of the O'Reilly Bransford School of Irish Dance in Longford, for the last four years. On Saturday she took part in a school feis and was happy to win 5 medals and 2 trophies. Well done Megan!











May 2nd 2017

 

Dancing Duo

 

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Classmates and friends, Áine Creagh and Amy Corroon from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class, have been dancing together for seven years as a duo. They attend the Energy Plus School of Dance in Mullingar and enjoy learning tap and ballet. They took part in a dance competition in their school last weekend and were delighted to win two medals. Well done girls!








May 2nd 2017

 

Boxing Award

 

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Alex Clyne from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class began boxing just last year. He is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club and he trains three or four times a week. He is preparing for a competition in four weeks and in recognition for all his hard work, he received a trophy for 'Trainer of the Week'. Keep up the good work Alex and good luck in your competition! 








April 24th 2017

European Open Premiership


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Amy Devanney from Mr Boyle's Senior Infant Class travelled to Killarney on Friday last to take part in the 'World Irish Dance Association'  European Open Championships. She won no less than six medals and a trophy & sash when she came first in the U7 age group. Well done Amy, keep up the hard work!   














April 24th 2017

 

National Champion

 


 

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Last Friday, Tadhg Sheridan from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class took part in the Irish Athletic Boxing Championships, which were held in the National Stadium, Dublin. He competed in the 29kg weight category and was delighted to win first place and become the National Boy/Champion.

 

Congratulations Tadhg on a great acheivement!







April 4th 2017

F.A.I. 5-A-Side


Twenty five boys and girls from our sixth classes travelled to Athlone Institute of Technology yesterday to represent St Colman's in a F.A.I. Primary Schools 5-a-side soccer tournament. Our teams played three games each and performed to a very high standard. Among the highlights of the day was Naomi Muresan's 'screamer' of a goal in the second game. Well done to all involved. You represented your school very well indeed!

 

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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 15th 2017

Walk a Mile with a Smile

 

Spring was in the air this morning and wasting the glorious sunshine would have been such a shame! What better way to enjoy the weather than to take a 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walk along the canal line. The children from Ms Healy's Third Class and Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class partnered up with the children from Ms Kiernan's Second Class and Mrs Shiel's First Class and together they began the walk.

As the children walked, they looked for the signs of Spring all around them. Unfortunately, there were no flowers to be seen but there were many trees and bushes with budding branches. Due to the unseasonably dry weather we've been having over the last few weeks, the water levels in the canal were very low. All the rushes at the canal edge were fully visible and were brown and dried out. Markings on the walls at cerain parts clearly showed the previously higher level. As always, a couple of swans were slowly gliding along the water. There were a number of workers out today keeping this wonderful amenity looking great. A member of Westmeath County Council was cutting the grass and members of Waterways Ireland were dredging the canal and clearing away any waste they found.  

We are very lucky in St Colman's to be so close to the canal line and I'm sure this will be just the first of many 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' walks that will take place this year.

 

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March 8th 2017

Basketball Coaching


This morning, the students from our fourth and sixth classes began basketball lessons with their new coach Christina. Today's lesson was all about passing and shooting. Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to next week already!

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March 6th 2017

Gymnastics Win

 

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February 21st 2017

Irish Dancing Sisters

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Sisters, Holly and Katie Martin from Mrs Fagan's/Mrs Brennan's First Class and Ms Skelly's Fifith Class respectively, are both Irish dancers with the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. Recently, they took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis in the Mullingar Park Hotel and won trophies and medals for their performances. Well done girls!  









February 21st 2017

Indoor Hurling Blitz


St Colman's young hurlers took part in an indoor hurling blitz this afternoon in St Mary's gym. They played with growing confidence and skill as the tournament progressed and made it all the way through to the final. They were narrowly defeated in the end by a very good Ballymore side but it could easily have gone either way. Well done to all involved for representing your school so well.

 

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February 14th 2017

WIDA Mullingar Open

 

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Congratulations to Emily Mc Sherry from Ms Kiernan's Second Class who took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis in the Mullingar Park Hotel last Saturday. Emily is a member of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. She danced well and received three medals and a trophy. Well done Emily!











February 13th 2017

Irish Dancing Trio

 

Amy Devanney from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class, Molly O'Donnell from Mrs Farrell's First Class and Rania Connell from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class are all members of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance. The dancing trio took part in the WIDA (World Irish Dance Association) Mullingar Open Feis on Saturday last which was held in the Mullingar Park Hotel. The girls performed well and as you can see from the photo, they each took home a number of medals and a trophy. Congratulations girls!

 

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Februaury 10th 2017

10@10 

 

The T.V. programme 'Operation Transformation' has been running for ten years. To celebrate, they have asked every primary school in Ireland to take part in an event called 10@10, where children from all over Ireland will get moving for 10 minutes of exercise at 10am on February 10th.

 

Mrs Walters' and Ms Healy's Third Classes participated this morning. They had many events organised  in the upper playground - obstacle course, races and basketball to name but a few. They enjoyed the exercises so much that they continued for forty minutes.

 

The children and their teachers thoroughly enjoyed being part of the largest junior group exercise session to ever take place in Ireland.


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December 22nd 2016 

Winning St Loman's Players Visit 


St Loman's G.F.C. have had a wonderful winning streak this year and today, members from the seven winning teams paid a visit to the school with the cups. All classes gathered in the school hall and Mr Geraghty introduced the players one by one. Many of the players present were past pupils of the school. Daire Smyth, Fionn O'Hara, David Winsor and past pupil and present teacher, Julie Mc Laughlin were all there. David is also father to Shane in Mrs Walters' Third Class. It's great to see so many of our past pupils doing well in the sporting arena and I'm sure they were an inspiration to our current pupils. The St Loman's teams won the U14 Premier Championship, U16 Premier Championship, Senior Ladies' Championship and Senior Ladies' League Division 1, Senior Men's Championship, Senior Men's Division 1 and Senior Men's Feis Cup. Congratulations to St Loman's G.F.C. and best of luck to you all in the future.

 

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December 14th 2016

Karate Red Belt

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Mrs Walters and her third class children are very proud of their classmate Oliver Szyndzielorz who was awarded his second red belt in Karate last Sunday. Oliver trains very hard and attends Karate class every Tuesday. There are ten coloured belts in Karate beginning with the white belt and finishing with the black belt signifing the highest rank of acquired skills. Next grading for Oliver is in June and we wish him the very best of luck with it. Keep up the good work Oliver!

 







December 12th 2016

Quite the Sportsman!

 

p1070533 - copyOne of our young fifth class students had a very busy weekend indeed. Tadhg Sheridan from Ms Skelly's Fifth Class is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club and on Saturday, he took part in the Longford/Westmeath Boxing Championships and made it through to the semi-finals winning his final bout. On Sunday morning, Tadhg, who is also a member of the Harriers Running Club, travelled to Omeath, Co Louth, to take part in the All Ireland Cross Country Run. Although Tadhg is just 11 years old, he ran in the under 13 age group and finished in a very credible 28th place. Later on Sunday afternoon, Tadhg boxed in the final of the Longford/Westmeath Championships and won his bout in the Boy1 - 31kg category. He also won a trophy for Best Male Boxer! Congratulations Tadhg on your fantastic sporting achievements.




November 21st 2016

Irish Dancing Winners


Irish Dancing is very popular among the students in St Colman's. Two of our young dancers had a busy time last weekend attending competitions and today they showed me their winnings.

 

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Kaja Zboch from Ms Kiernan's Second Class attends Sarah Jane's School of Irish Dance in Tyrellspass. Yesterday she travelled to Dublin to take part in the Leinster Championships of Irish Dancing. She danced the reel, jig & hornpipe in the U8 section and came away with 8 medals, a sash and trophy.

 


 


 

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Amy Devanney from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class is a member of the Emerald Lakes School of Irish Dance in Rochfortbridge. On Saturday she travelled all the way to Letterkenny in Co Donegal to participate in the Irish Open Premiership. She also danced the reel & jig and took part in a group dance, winning 6 medals, a sash and trophy.

 


 


 

Congratulations girls. A great achievement by both of you. 


October 26th 2016

Camogie Training for Beginners

 

Every Monday during the month of October, Ms Murphy and Mrs Collins held camogie training for girls in first and second class. The girls all listened well to the instructions and performed well on the pitch. Perhaps we'll see them in years to come representing St Colman's in the Cumann na mBunscoil competition.


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October 21st 2016

Hurling Championship


The Intermediate Hurling Championship replay between St Oliver Plunkett's and Crookedwood was held in Cusack Park last Saturday, October 15th 2016. After a hard fought game, St Oliver Plunkett's emerged as the  winners.

Today, four players from the victorious teamConor Lynch, Michael Harris and past pupils Brian Carter & Shane Donoher visited the school with the Adrian Murray Memorial Cup. The hurlers were very happy to pose for photographs with the children who gathered in the school hall in their honour. Michael was very proud to pose for a photograph with his daughter Stephanie Greville Harris from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class and his nephew Elliot Harte from Mrs Shiel's First Class. Congratulations to St Oliver Plunkett's Hurling Club on their great win and thanks for visiting today.


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October 19th 2016

Martial Arts Demonstration

 

Today all classes from second to sixth were treated to a martial arts demonstration in the school hall. Three instructors, Colm Fitzsimons, Darren Melio and Teresa Hatchett, from Shogun.ie Martial Arts gave the children educational lessons in the art of traditional Japanese Martial Arts. They had Japanese Samurai Armour and a number of swords with them. Colm explained that it is the oldest martial art in the world and will teach children the value of manners, discipline and respect. He also stressed that it teaches not how to fight, but how to escape. A clever martial artist does not need to fight but knows how to defend themselves when there is no other option.

 

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October 5th 2016

 

W.O.W.!

 

We had another great turnout today for our fourth W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event.

 

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September 3rd 2016

Westmeath A.A.I. Cross Country

 

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Conor Casey and Patrick Finnerty from Ms Kiernan's and Mrs Slevin's Second Classes respectively, took part in round 1 of the Westmeath A.A.I (Athletic Association of Ireland) Cross Country Championships yesterday. The event was held in Belvedere House and Gardens. Both boys ran well and returned home with a medal each! Well done.







September 30th 2016

Team Award Winners


Ms O'Dowd received some very good news this morning. Not only did we have many individual medal winners in the Schools Cross Country Run, but it was confirmed today that we also have four team winners also. Our Fifth Class Girls team came fourth, our Second Class Boys team came third, our Fourth Class Boys team came second and our Third Class Boys team came first in their categories. Congratulations once again to you all. The photos below are of the individual winners, the team winners and the entire group of runners who took part.

 

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September 29th 2016

 

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The annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run was held yesterday in Belvedere House and Gardens. The event was organised by the Mullingar Harriers and was attended by schools from all over the county. Sixty children from St Colman's N.S. participated. Thanks to Ms Kiernan who trained the children over the last couple of weeks. All our runners performed well and many came home with medals. Congratulations to you all.


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September 28th 2016

 

W.O.W.!

 

It was great to see so many students running the laps today in our third W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event. Fitness levels have improved all round as have enjoyment levels!

 

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September 21st 2016 

W.O.W.! 


Our second W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event of the school year began this morning at 8.50am and once again we had a great turnout. Some of our students used this morning's event as an opportunity to get some practice in for next Wednesday's Belvedere Cross Country Run.

 

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September 14th 2016

W.O.W.!


This morning we held our first W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event of the new school year. Thankfully the weather held and we had a great turnout. Many of you are already being #BEACTIVE as part of European Sports Week. Some children cycled to school today before taking part in the walk! But for those who were a little slow off the mark, our W.O.W. event today was the perfect kick start you needed to be active. We hope to continue with W.O.W. for the next four weeks, weather permitting, so please come along and join us!


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September 13th 2016

 

European Week of Sport 

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The 2016 European Week of Sport runs from September 10th - 18th. It aims to promote sport and physical activity across Europe and inspire Europeans to #BEACTIVE on a regular basis. So whatever your sport of choice is, we hope you'll take every opportunity to get out there and do it!

 

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September 6th 2016 

Ballet Award 

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Congratulations to Shannon Breslin from Ms Kiernan's Second Class who received the 'Primary in Dance' Class Award for ballet, from the Royal Academy of Dance recently. Shannon loves Ballet and trains for two hours every Monday. Keep up the good work Shannon!






June 28th 2016

Raising the Flag

 

In between showers this morning, all classes gathered in the upper playground for a special event! Two weeks ago, St Colman's School was awarded the Active School Flag (ASF). ASF is an initiative by the Department of Education and Skills and is supported by Healthy Ireland. For more than a year, St Colman's have been working towards the award. Our students and staff active school committees under the guidance of Mr Beehan have organised many events to encourage everyone to be more active. We held our second Active School Week (ASW) recently and it was a great success. The finale of ASW was our annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk which included entrants from the community along with students and staff. The award recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community and today all our hard work paid off as we proudly raised our 'Active Flag'!

 

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Winners in the 5K Family Fun Run/Walk

 

After the Active Flag was raised, it was time to present medals to participants in our annual 5K Family Fun Run/Walk. The medals were presented by past pupil, Conor O'Brien. Conor is a member of the U-20 Irish Rugby Team who were runners up recently in  the World Rugby U-20 Championships. Medals were presented to the first student from each class group to complete the run. Congratulations to you all.

 


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Cumann na mBunscoil Finalists

 

Next up, was the presentation of medals to this year's St Colman's girls and boys footall teams. Mr Geraghty reminded us that Conor was not only a past pupil, but also a past member of St Colman's boys football team who also made it through to the Cumann na mBunscoil Final so it was fitting that he should also present the medals to the football teams. Congratulations everyone.

 

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St Colman's Girls Football Team 2016

 

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June 22nd 2016

Penalties Against the Principal

 

Today, we held 'Penalties Against the Principal' which was unfortunately called off last week during 'Active School Week', due to rain. Two boys and two girls were chosen from each class to try their luck against our goalie, Mrs Garvey. Now if Mrs Garvey thought it would be easy, boy, was she wrong! These children were out to win! After many attempts, some successful and some not, a boy and girl from each class group were deemed winners.

 

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Junior Infants enjoying Penalty Shootouts

 

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June 20th 2016

Irish Dancing Wins


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Molly O'Donnell from Ms Morris Senior Infant Class and Amy Devanney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class took part in a feis at their Rochfortbridge Dance Academy yesterday. As you can see from the photo, the girls were very successful. Congratulations girls!










June 19th 2016

5K Family Fun Run/Walk

 

The annual St Colman's 5K Family Run/Walk took place today. We thought the rain this morning may turn people off but we were wrong! Once again, we were delighted to have such a wonderful turnout. Of course many of you got some practice in over the past few weeks at our weekly W.O.W. event. 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! Mrs Skittles was keeping everyone's spirits up at the starting line and playing some music for the warm up. Afterwards, many returned to the school for refreshments and a chance to chat with friends. The fundraiser was organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association. Thanks to everyone who helped in any way and of course to those who braved the weather to take 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 17th 2016

Sports Day

 

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After the mixed weather we've had this week, everyone was delighted to wake this morning to a dry day.

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 white 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 16th 2016

 

Staff V's Sixth Class Boys

 

Football Match

 

Today, it was the turn of the sixth class boys to try their luck against the staff. The sport of choice - Football. At 12.15pm, the teams walked to Shamrocks G.F.C. accompanied by the boys and girls from our senior corridor. The staff were joined by Fr Paul Crosbie and the game got started. Both teams were definitely playing to win. There was speculation that a few of the footballers thought they were in the Euros! After a very enjoyable game, Mr Smyth was declared 'Man of the Match' and was presented with a trophy. As Mr Smyth is retiring at the end of this year, this was his last game with us and he was thanked for all his work with sport in St Colman's over the years.


 

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June 16th 2016

Boxing Demonstration

 

Many of our students love the sport of boxing and are members of various boxing clubs around Westmeath. This morning, the entire school gathered in the lower playground to watch a boxing demonstration given by the Olympic Boxing Club. Eight St Colman's students and members of the club, together with their coaches, Derek Sheridan & Pat Mc Namee, gave us an insight into what the sport is all about. 

The boxers, Oisin, Tadhg & Saoirse Sheridan, Ali, Emmet & Kayla Nevin and Jack & David Geoghegan all took the boxing stance and showed us 'Shadow Boxing'. The group followed the instructions of their coach. They moved as one - forward, to the left, to the right etc. They then used the 'pads'. The coach held up the pads and instructed the boxer - jab, hook, one two etc. Then, the group showed us 'School Sparring'. Wearing boxing gloves and working with a boxing partner, they practiced movement and technique. Derek explained all of these techniques to the audience as they happened. He also explained that boxers are divided into their boxing groups according to their weight and age. 

The most important message he gave us today was that boxing is only for a controlled environment, such as in a gym or club and NEVER IN THE PLAYGROUND! He advised the audience to join a club if they would like to box. Before they finished, Derek called Ms Mc Laughlin, Ms Owens and Mr Geraghty up to try their hand at boxing, much to the delight of the audience! 

Many thanks to Derek, Pat and our boxing students for a wonderful demonstration.

 

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June 15th 2016

Staff V's Sixth Class Girls

 

Basketball Match

 

Thankfully the weather stayed fine this morning and our eagerly awaited staff v's sixth class girls basketball match went ahead.  All classes made their way to the lower playground at 11.15am to support the teams and the excitement was high when Mr Smyth finally blew the whistle to begin the match. The competition was intense, with no side willing to concede any ground to their opponents. The jury's still out on who the actual winners were, but as the saying goes - It's not the winning that counts, it's the taking part.


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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 14th 2016

Tug of War


The Oxford English Dictionary says that the phrase 'Tug of War' originally meant 'The decisive contest', 'The real struggle', 'A severe contest for supremacy'. Only in the 19th century did it become the term that we recognise for a contest between two teams who haul at the opposite sides of a rope. Many of our students had an introduction to the sport 'Tug of War' today. Cathy Sheerin, who is a member of a 'Tug of War' team herself, very kindly visited the school to impart some of her intensive knowledge to the children.

Cathy spoke to the boys and girls about the correct clothing and shoes to wear. Two belts are tied around the waist. These are very important as they support and protect the back. She also told them to keep their feet close together and that the team must move as one and pull together. Cathy then separated the children into teams and gave them the opportunity to pull on the rope.

Unfortunately, the weather was against us today, but that didn't deter Cathy. When the rain started, Cathy moved everyone inside to the school hall and the fun continued. The competition was quite fierce and was enjoyed by all! Many thanks to Cathy for spending the day with us and teaching us the art of 'Tug of War'.


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June 14th 2016 

Karate Kid

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Karate is a martial art which was first developed in Japan. Kelly Flynn from Ms Brennan's Fourth Class has been learning Karate for the past five years. She trains at the Mullingar Kenpo Karate Acadamy three times a week. Kelly has achieved a number of belts in the colour system - white, yellow, orange, purple and blue. Last night Kelly gained her most recent belt, the green belt. Well done Kelly on all your achievements. Keep up the good work.








June 14th 2016

Yoga for Beginners


Unfortunately, the rain has curtailed some of our outdoor events this week during our 'Active School Week', but one sport that works as well indoors as outdoors is yoga. Yesterday and today, many of our students were delighted to take a 'Yoga for Beginners' class in the school hall. Ms Siobhan Farrell, mum to Darragh Keane from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, very kindly volunteered to facilitate the classes. The children enjoyed learning some basic postures which are animal and nature inspired. Yoga has many benefits, some of which include- increased flexibility, increased muscle strength & tone, improved respiration, balanced metabolism & weight reduction, improved cardio and circulatory health and protection from injury. Yoga helps the physical body, the internal organs and the mind. The boys and girls loved this new sport and some hope to continue lessons outside of school. Namaste.


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June 14th 2016

Wake up - Shake up!


First thing this morning, all classes from the junior corridor, gathered in the lower playground for a little early morning line dancing. Ms Brennan and her trusty team of dancers were waiting to lead everyone in the dance moves. Our 'Drop Everything and Dance' song, 'Cheerleader', started us off and everyone joined in with gusto. The children already look proficient at this! 'Cotton Eyed Joe' was up next. Shouts of 'Heel, toe' and 'To the right' could be heard from time to time. Thanks to Ms Brennan and the students from sixth & fourth class who make up her dance team.


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June 13th 2016

Penalty Shootout Practice

 

All classes will have penalty shootout competitions this week. Two boys and two girls from each class will then go forward to the final on Thursday morning for 'Penalties against the Principal'. Mr Beehan's Sixth Class got a little practice in this morning while some of our junior and senior infants watched on. Get ready Mrs Garvey, the boys and girls today mean buisiness.

 

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June 13th 2016 

GAA Inflatable Pitch

 

At 9.10am this morning, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class walked to Shamrocks GAA Football Grounds. The boys and girls had great fun there playing football in an inflatable football pitch! Their time was up all too soon and it was then the turn of Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class. Before the day was over, every class had their turn in the inflatable pitch and the general consensus was 'It was great fun!'. Many thanks to our school GAA coach, James Heffernan who organised the inflatable pitch for us.

 

gaa inflatable pitch 


June 13th 2016 

Active School Week 

June 13th - 17th 2016

 

active-school-week1 - copyOur second 'Active School Week' (ASW) begins today! Over the coming week there will be an array of activities to keep everyone moving. Throughout each day, you will see children playing sports - basketball, soccer, football, hurling, skipping, running, dodgeball, penalty shootout and tug-of-war, to name just a few! 

 

drop everything and dance - copyMany activities have also been arranged to get the whole school involved together. Each day begins with 'Wake up - Shake up'. Every class must choose a physical activity to do, either outdoors or in the classroom. Our senior classes will partner up with junior classes to 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' along the canal. When the popular song 'Cheerleader' is played over the intercom, all staff and students must 'Drop Everything and Dance'! When we get the signal over the intercom to 'Drop Everything and Move', once again all staff and students must get up and exercise.

 

On Wednesday, it is National COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday) and we hope to see as many of you as possible cycling to school. 

 

This is just a few of the many activites arranged for ASW and you'll hear about more fun events as the week progresses.

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June 8th 2016

 

W.O.W.!

 

The overcast weather this morning didn't deter anyone from taking part in our sixth W.O.W. event.

 

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June 2nd 2016

P.E. in the Sun is Fun!


Even after a long walk in the fresh air, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class had enough energy to have their P.E. lesson in the sun. The boys and girls had great fun getting a little practice in for their sports day which is coming up very soon. Running, jumping, racing backwards and three-legged race were all practiced and enjoyed but by far the most fun and giggles were when they tried the wheel-barrow race!

 

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June 1st 2016

W.O.W.!

 

Today, the many participants in our W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event stepped it out to the beat of loudly playing music! D.J. Brennan kept the popular tunes coming and got everybody moving!

 

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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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May 25th 2016 

W.O.W.!

 

With our annual St Colman's '5K Race and Family Fun Run/Walk' just around the corner, it was wonderful to see such a huge turnout once again at our weekly W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event. Fitness levels are definitely improving as many are now running the laps instead of walking. Keep up the good work everyone!

 

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w.o.w. - fourth event


May 24th 2016 

Tennis in the Sun

 

Tennis lessons began today for our First and Second Classes. This was the first of four weekly lessons and what a glorious day it was to start a new sport. The children really enjoyed the brisk walk to the tennis club, but after one hour of activity in the sun, the walk home was a little slower!

 

tennis in the sun


May 24th 2016

 

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

 

Many of our Junior Classes partnered up with a 'Buddy' from our senior Classes today and enjoyed walking a mile with a smile! Walking along the canal in the sunshine was a lovely start to the day. Friendships were forged and the fresh air and exercise set everyone up for the days work ahead!

 


 

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Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class partnered with Ms Maher's Sixth Class


May 19th 2016

Scores on Doors


Our Active School 'Scores on Doors' competition is in full swing this week, as all classes on the senior corridor battle it out running laps on the school running track during their lunch break. The class that amasses the highest number of laps between them over the next four weeks will win an afternoon of fun at Shamrock's G.F.C. astro pitch. Some of the Active School committee are pictured below keeping a very close eye on proceedings at lunchtime today. It's fantastic to see classes running over 300 laps on average each day this week so far. Keep it up everyone!

 

scores on doors


May 18th 2016 

W.O.W!

 

National Walk to School Week

 

We woke this morning to a dry, sunny day. Just what we needed for our third W.O.W. event! We hoped for our biggest crowd yet and that's what we got! Students, parents, teachers, grandparents, babies in buggies and pets all came out in force and today we joined schools all over Ireland in trying to reach the target of 20,000 people walking to school, as part of National Walk to School Week.

 

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May 17th 2016

 

Station Workouts

 

It's wonderful when the weather is fine and we can have our P.E. classes outside. Ms Mc Loughlin's Fifth Class took advantage of the fine weather yesterday to enjoy station workouts in the sun!

 

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May 16th 2016

National Walk to School Week

2016


walk to school week 2016 bNational Walk to School Week is taking place from today, Monday May 16th, to Friday May 20th. As a 'Green School' we know that walking to school whenever possible helps to create a healthier environment for all. As an 'Active School' we are also very much aware of the benefits of walking to our well being. Our Active School committee have been running 'WOW' (Walk on Wednesday) events for the past two weeks and have been delighted with the huge turnout each day. walking shoesThis Wednesday, as part of National Walk to School Week, we hope to see the biggest turnout yet to join with other schools in helping to reach the target of 20,000 people walking to school all over Ireland! So get your walking shoes ready and join in if you can.

 


May 13th 2016

 

Fun Activities in the Sun

 

Everyone enjoyed the good weather today. The photos below are just a sample of the varied outdoor activities that kept the children busy today. What a great way to end the week!

 


 

fun activities in the sun 


May 11th 2016

 

W.O.W.! 

 

In spite of the inclement weather this morning, we were once again delighted to see a huge crowd taking part in our second W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event.

 


 

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May 10th 2016 

Loving Gymnastics!

 

Niamh Cassidy and Kelly Flynn from Ms Brennan's Fourth Class love gymnastics! They both began the sport about five years ago. They train with the 'Bounce' club in Loreto Gym every Monday evening. They have learned handstands, bridges, cartwheels, front walkovers and back walkovers and over the last five years have won many awards. At the moment, the girls are at 'Gymstart level five' standard but they have plans to make it all the way up to level ten! Keep up the good work girls.

 

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April 27th 2016

 

A Great Turnout!

 

It was great to see such a  wonderful turnout this morning at our first W.O.W. (walk on Wednesday) event. Well done everyone and we hope to see you and many more next Wednesday when we do it all again.


 

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April 26th 2016

 

W.O.W!

 

walk on wednesday - copyReminder that all parents are invited to join us tomorrow morning for our first W.O.W. (Walk on Wednesday) event from 8.45am - 9.05am. This is a great opportunity for the whole school community to come together each week and show the children the importance of physical activity for life.

 


 

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Looking forward to seeing you there!


April 22nd 2016

North Leinster Soccer Final


Yesterday, our boys' soccer team travelled to MDL Grounds, Navan to take part in the SPAR FAI Primary School 5-a-side competition. The team performed well and qualified for the C Cup final. Unfortunately, they came up against a very strong team from Dunboyne and finished as runners up. Well done lads!


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April 18th 2016

 

Roscommon Open Feis

 

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Last Saturday, Amy Devanney, a young Irish Dancer from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class,took part in the Roscommon Open Feis. As you can see from the photo, she did not come home empty handed. Amy won an impressive five trophies and one medal. This is not the first time Amy has featured with her 'wins' and I'm sure it won't be the last. Congratulations Amy!

 


 

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April 13th 2016

 

Buddy Walk 

 

The sun was shining and the temperatures were up, today was the perfect day to take a 'Buddy Walk'! Bright and early, Mr Beehan's Sixth Class teamed up with Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class to get some exercise and make new friends. Every sixth class student partnered up with a junior infant and when introductions were made and coats were put on, the walk began. The children left by the front door and made their way to the canal pathway. As they walked, the signs of Spring were all around with buds on the trees and flowers springing up. There was great excitement when someone spotted some small fish near the first small bridge. The sixth class students jumped into action as they assisted their younger buddies to see over the bridge. Further up, two graceful swans were also seen. As they approached the exit at the Loreto College, Mrs Slevin showed the children the lock was explained how it was used. There were many happy faces as the group returned to the school. Everyone enjoyed the exercise in the sunshine, friendships were forged and everyone got some early practice for the upcoming 'Walk a Mile with a Smile' that will take place during our Active Schools Week. As a very special treat for behaving so well on the walk, Mr Beehan and Mrs Slevin bought some ice cream for all, much to the delight of the tired buddies.

 


 

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April 11th 2016

Keep it in the Family 


The O'Herron family like to keep fit and their sport of choice is boxing. Patrick from Mrs Fagan's & Mrs Brennan's Third Class, Arlene from Mrs Connaughton's First Class, Carley from Ms Mulcair's Senior Infant Class and Leah from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class are all members of the Rochfortbridge Boxing Club. They train weekly which keeps them pretty fit! On Saturday last, Patrick and Arlene took part in a boxing competition held in Clara Boxing Club, Co Offaly. Patrick fights in the U10 age group and Arlene in the U7 and they both finished in first place. Well done guys and keep up the good work!


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March 16th 2016

 

Flash Mob

 

announcement-speakers-and-peopleAt 10am this morning, Mrs Garvey announced over the intercom that all classes from junior infants to second class should gather in the upper playground! There was great excitement as everyone made their way to the yard and some questions too! What's going on? Why have we to go to the playground? Well they soon got their answer!p1050561 - copy

 

On arrival in the yard, students from third to sixth class could be seen lined up in four rows. Very soon, the song Uptown Funk could be heard and all of a sudden, the back row of sixth class students began dancing. Then the row of fifth class students joined in followed quickly by the fourth class students and lastly by the third class students. For the remainder of the popular song, the boys and girls danced in sync together while the audience clapped and sang along to the funky music. This wonderful flash mob was put together by Ms Sinead Mc Greevey from Magic of Music. Sinead visits the school weekly to teach music and movement to the children and taught the routine to each individual class and today they came together to perform for us. This was a great end to the school term and it put everbody in good form as we begin our Easter holidays. Well done to Sinead and all the dancing students!

 


 

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March 9th 2016

Seachtain na Gaeilge

2016


As part of Seachtain na Gaeilge, two of our young Irish dancers visited every classroom today to perform for the students. Katie Martin and Rania Connell from Mr Geraghty's Fourth class are members of the Emerald Lakes Academy of Irish Dance. They dressed in their competition costumes and danced a reel and a treble jig to great applause.


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March 3rd 2016

 

Skiing Success

 

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Maciej and Mateusz Zarebski from Mr Geraghty's and Ms Brennan's fourth classes, recently visited Poland to enjoy a skiing holiday. The boys thoroughly enjoyed themselves and are pictured holding medals they received when they completed their ski course. Well done boys.

 

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February 29th 2016

 

Leinster Boxing Championships


 

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The Leinster Boxing Championships took place in Portlaoise on Saturday and Sunday last. Congratulations to Jack Geoghegan from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class who came first in the 44Kg weight category. Jack is now through to the All Ireland Championship which will take place on March 24th, in the National Stadium, Dublin. Well done Jack and we wish you the best of luck in the All Ireland Championships. 

 

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February 8th 2016

Slogan Competition Winner


Our Active Schools Committee held a slogan competition recently. They wanted to find a slogan that represents them and encourages everyone in the school to get active. The prize - a 'pancake party' for the winner's class. The committee was delighted with the huge response from all classes in the school and after much deliberation, chose a winner. Brandon Campbell from Ms Hamill's Second Class wrote the winning slogan and tomorrow his class will enjoy freshly made pancakes served to them by Mr Beehan's Sixth Class students. The winning slogan is


Walk, Run, Jump, Skip - Come on St Colman's, Let's Get Fit!!


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February 8th 2016

 

Run Forest Run

 


 

p1040983 - copyYesterday, the Midland Triathlon Club held a 'Run Forest Run' event in Lough Ennell Caravan and Camping Park, Tudenham, Mullingar. Following in her Dad's footsteps, Ella May Ferris from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class was one of the participants. Ella May who took part in the U8 age group, told me she first had to run around the edge of a field, then cycle the same distance and then run again. She received a medal for her efforts and although she was very tired after the event, she enjoyed herself immensely and will definitely be taking part in many more triathlons!






February 5th 2016

 

Irish Dancing Success

 

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Lucas Vaskelis from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class took an Irish Dancing Grade 1 exam recently and was delighted to be awarded 1st class honours. Lucas has been dancing for a number of years and this is only one of the many awards he has won. Congratulations Lucas!










February 3rd 2016

 

How Much Sugar Are You Really Eating?

 

spoon of sugarSugar is one of the hot topics of conversation at the moment. Whether it's on T.V., radio, newspapers, magazines or the internet, everyone is discussing the hidden sugar content in food and drinks.

 


 

We all know that adding teaspoons of sugar to our food is not good but maybe we need to look at the hidden added sugar content in foods that are particularly targeted at school children? The Active Schools Committee in St Colman's have done just that!p1040961 - copy

 


 


 

Please check out the Active Schools board at the top of the junior corridor. You might get a surprise when you see how much sugar has been added to some popular drinks, some of which can be found in lunch boxes all over Ireland.






January 25th 2016 

Dancing Buddies

 

Two of our young Irish Dancers attended the 'Laois Open Feis' yesterday in Abbeyleix and were very successful! Friends Amy Devanney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class and Molly O' Donnell from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class took part in the Under 6 and Under 8 competition respectively and came away with an array of trophies and medals. Well done girls!

 

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January 12th 2016

Boys Shield Winners


Today, three boys from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class proudly showed me their U10 Boys Soccer Shield medals which they received on Friday last at an awards ceremony. Luke Mc Cabe, Lucas Lozano and Shane Mulderry play soccer for Mullingar Athletic and really enjoy the sport. Well done boys!


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December 14th 2015 

Boxing News 


Many of our students enjoy boxing in their spare time. Jack Geoghegan from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class, Owen Charles and Oisin Sheridan from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class and Oisin's brother Tadhg from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class are all members of the Olympic Boxing Club. Yesterday, Jack, Owen and Oisin participated in the Longford/Westmeath Boxing Championships. Jack made it to the semi-final in his weight group but was sadly beaten by a very strong opponent. Owen and Oisin boxed well and were both delighted to win first place in their weight group. Congratulations boys! Tadhg was unable to box yesterday as he is too young but he's definitely eager to get started and I'm sure it's only a matter of time until we hear about his endeavours.

 

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December 10th 2015

 

We Love Keeping Active!

 

Despite the chill in the air today, Mrs Slevin's Junior Infant Class enjoyed their P.E. lesson in the playground and proved just how much they love keeping active! Although they only began playing basketball in September, they have grown to love the game and are improving with every week that passes. They also love using the markings on the ground to play games such as chase or hopscotch. As you can see from the photos below, they really do love keeping active!

 


 

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November 26th 2015

 

Keeping Active

 

What a wonderful sight at lunchtime today! Children from the senior corridor were making full use of our running track during their break and having a great time into the bargain. It's great to see so many of you getting active!

 


 

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November 24th 2015

New to Boxing


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Oliver Dinnegan from Mr Smyth's Fifth Class began boxing just three months ago. He is a member of Elite Boxing Club, Robinstown and trains every Wednesday and Friday. Last Sunday, Oliver took part in his first competition and won his first medal! Well done Oliver, I'm sure it's the first of many.














November 24th 2015

 

Irish Dancing Winner

 

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Amy Devaney from Ms Healy's Junior Infant Class loves Irish Dancing! She attends dance classes in Rochfortbridge on Tuesday nights. Last Friday, she took part in the Irish Open Championships 2015 in Ashbourne and came away with a trophy and five medals. Congratulations Amy!










November 20th 2015

 

Basketball Tournament

 

A group of boys and girls from our fourth, fifth and sixth classes attended a basketball tournament in Streete today. After some very competitive matches and a few close encounters with Moyvore N.S. and Mullingar Educate Together, St Colman's are now top of the leaderboard! The children really enjoyed themselves today and are looking forward to their next tournament in February.

 


 

basketball tournament



November 6th 2015

 

Parachute Fun


Ms Hamill's Second Class took advantage of the mild weather today and enjoyed some exercise in the playground. They had great fun too as you can see from the photos below!


 

 parachute fun



October 1st 2015

 

Westmeath Schools Cross Country Run

 

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i heart cross country runningCongratulations to the fifty one children from St Colman's N.S., who took part in the annual Westmeath Schools Cross Country run yesterday, in Belvedere House and Gardens. The event was organised by Mullingar Harriers and schools from all over the county attended. All our runners performed well. Well done to you all!

 


 

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September 29th 2015

GAA Blitz Winner

 

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Ellie May Murtagh from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class plays Gaelic with the Downs GFC. Last week her team played in an U10 blitz and Ellie May was delighted to win a medal!





 





September 21st 2015

 

Leinster GAA Winners

 


Congratulations to twin sisters, Kelly and Dánagh Nagle, from Mr Beehan's and Mrs Deane's Sixth Classes respectively, who won Leinster U12 Gaelic Football medals on Saturday last. The girls, who are members of Shandonagh GFC, travelled with the Westmeath U12 girls football team to Portlaoise to take part in a county blitz and were very proud to return home victorious.

 


 

leinster gaa winners


June 24th 2015


Martial Arts Display


This morning, the entire school were treated to a Martial Arts display on the front green. Natalia Rittau and Philip Pietrzak Wotodko from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class took part with their teacher, Krzystof Duda and other members of their Martial Arts Class. Natalia and Philip attend classes twice a week and train for one and a half hours each night. Today the demonstration involved martial arts, dance and aerobics and was enjoyed by all.


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June 22nd 2015

 

Staff Versus 6th Class

 


Shamrock's G.F.C. grounds was the venue today for the match of the season! (At least that's what the staff called it!) Of course it was the annual 'Staff versus 6th Class' Match. At 1pm, the children from 1st to 6th class walked to the football grounds to watch an exciting match where members of the staff, aided by Fr Paul Crosbie played football against our 6th class students. Like last year, it was another tough game with the staff emerging as the winners.

 


 

staff versus 6th class


June 19th 2015

Bridge to Bridge Duathlon


Waterways Ireland Bridge to Bridge Duathlon was held today as part of National Bike Week. Ten students from our sixth classes and eight students from our fifth classes took part. The participants began by cycling 2Km along the Royal Canal towpath from the Harbour Bridge to the Dublin Bridge and back to Harbour Field sports pitch, where thay ran 2 laps to complete their circuit. Congratulations to Fionn O'Hara and Ciaran Luby who came in first  and second place respectively in the sixth class boys race and to Emer Murphy who came in second place in the sixth class girls race. All our students performed well and received a medal to acknowledge their participation. Well done to you all.


bridge to bridge duathlon 2015

 

June 17th 2015

 

Cycle on Wednesday

 

2015

 

bikeweek 2015Green Schools Bike Week takes place from June 15th - 19th 2015. Today was National COW Day (Cycle on Wednesday) and schools around the country were asked to cycle to school to help Green Schools Ireland reach their target of 5,000 people cycling to school today. Children from St Colman's met at the cinema in Lakepoint at 8.30am, kitted out in their helmets and hi-vis vests and cycled to the school accompanied by Gardaí, Community Wardens, parents and school staff. In spite of the inclement weather, there was a great turnout. Well done to you all.

 


 

cycle on wednesday 2015



June 16th 2015

One Last Match


Mr Geraghty and Ms Healy brought our boys football team to Shamrocks G.F.C. after school today to have the final game of the season. The sixth class boys played against the boys from fifth, fourth and third classes. Even though it was a friendly match, it was very competitive with both sides playing their hearts out.


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June 14th 2015

 

5K Family Fun Run/Walk

 


 

It was great to see so many turn up for the first St Colman's Family Fun Run/Walk. From the very young in their prams to the not so young - all ages took part! Registration was at the school and the race began at Shamrocks G.F.C. grounds. 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. Some went back to the school for refreshments, while others stayed in the Shamrock's ground enjoying the sunshine and chatting to friends. This was a very enjoyable fundraiser for the school organised by the St Colman's N.S. Parents Association and will hopefully be an annual event!

 


 

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June 12th 2015

Presentation of Medals

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p1040585 - copyAt 11.30am this morning, all staff and students gathered in the upper playground to see some of our young sports stars collect their Cumann na mBunscoil medals. This year, our Girls Football and Camogie teams and our Boys Football team all won their competitions. County footballer and past pupil, Shane Dempsey very kindly came back to St Colman's today to present the medals. Our Boys Hurling team was also acknowledged as they made it to the semi-final of the Division 1 Championship.


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Pizza Party

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As a reward for their hard work and commitment over the past year, the winning camogie and football teams enjoyed a pizza party this afternoon in the school.










June 11th 2015

 

Making the Most of the Sunshine

 


We enjoyed Sports Day in the sun yesterday and today, many of our classes took advantage of the sunshine again and moved outside to work, eat and play. Our outdoor classroom was constantly in use for 'drop everything and read' time, the front field was a perfect spot for a lunchtime picnic and the upper and lower playgrounds were buzzing with fun and activity.

 


 

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June 10th 2015

Sports Day

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When I opened my curtains this morning and was greeted by a beautiful sunny day, I knew the right day was chosen for our annual Sports Day! As in previous years, the children from the senior corridor walked to St Loman's F.C. grounds and the children from the junior corridor stayed at the school. All the usual events took place - Soccer, Gaelic Football, obstacle course, sack race, egg and spoon race, bouncy castle fun and Mrs Skittles to name but a few. The smiles on the faces of our students as they headed home today told the story - A good day was had by all!


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Junior Corridor 

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Senior Corridor

 


June 8th 2015

 

Half-time Entertainment

 

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Emer Murphy from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class responded to a special request yesterday. As captain of St Colman's Girls Camogie team, she was asked to play in a game of camogie during half-time of the Westmeath v Wexford match in Cusack Park, to entertain the crowd. Well done Emer!











May 5th 2015

Community Games Win


p1040388 - copyFour of our students have recently taken part in the Community Games representing 'The Downs' and were very successful! Mark Tunney from Mrs Brennan's/Mrs Fagan's Third Class, Ruari Hickey and Matthew Clinton from Ms Mc Laughlin's Fifth Class and Tom Hickey from Mr Smyth's Fifth Class played in the U12 soccer team and made it all the way to the county final and won. They brought home the Simon Henry Memorial Cup. Congratulations boys!

 

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Tom, Mark, Ruari and Matthew

 

May 25th 2015

 

Still Keeping Active!

 

Two weeks ago we had our first 'Active School Week' and last week three of our teams won in the Cumann na mBunscoil finals. But of course this sporting activity isn't confined to school. Many of our students are members of local clubs and take part in a wide range of activities keeping them fit and active. Just this morning, five children came to tell me about their recent achievements.

 


 

A Family of Boxers

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Patrick O'Herron from Mrs Farrell's Second Class began boxing with Rochfortbridge Boxing Club two years ago. He was enjoying himself so much that his sister Arlene from Ms Morris' Senior Infant Class decided to join too! Yesterday, they took part in a Boxing Tournament in St Joseph's Boxing Club, Edenderry. Patrick came away with his first trophy and Arlene won a medal. Well done! 


 


 




Hip Hop Competition

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Krispin Krzywanski from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class loves 'Hip Hop' dancing and thinks it's a great way to keep fit. He takes part in 'Fit Kids/Teens' dance class and his teachers, Donna and Matthew  show him the moves. In a recent competition, Krispin was delighted to win a medal. Well Done Krispin!

 


 



G.A.A. Success

 


 

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Two students, Ciaran Gowran and Rian Adamson, from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class took part in an U11 Gaelic Football Tournament yesterday in Kilmacud Crokes Football Club in Dublin. Representing Shamrocks F.C., Ciaran played in goals, while Rian was a defender and they were very happy to finish in first place. Congratulations boys!




 




May 21st 2015

Three in a Row


p1040290 - copyThe scene of jubilation in Cusack Park today was a fitting end to our participation in the Cumann na mBunscoil Competition 2015. On Monday, our girls' camogie team played against Rathwire N.S. and defeated them in a thrilling game. On Wednesday afternoon, it was the turn of our girls' football team, playing against Kinnegad N.S. and once again St Colman's were victorious in a very tough game. Then this evening at 5 o'clock our boys' football team took to the pitch in a game against Kinnegad N.S. At half time it looked like our winning streak was over but after a rousing pep talk by Mr Geraghty, the players returned to the game with a new found strength and sailed through to another win. We are very proud of all our players, not only for their wonderful successes but also for the way in which they conducted themselves in a fair and honourable way throughout the entire Cumann na mBunscoil competition. Congratulations to you all and to your hard-working coaches.


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May 21st 2015

 

Man of the Match

 


 

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Congratulations to Mikey Mc Donagh from Mr Geraghty's Fourth Class who won two medals last night playing Soccer. Mikey plays in goals for Lakepoint and not only did his team win in the final of the Mullingar Division One League, but Mikey was named man of the match. Well done Mikey! 













May 19th 2015

Poster Competition


As part of 'Active School Week', Mr Beehan held an art competition. The theme was 'Getting Active'. He was absolutely delighted with the response and very impressed with the standard of work entered. The task of choosing winners was a difficult one, so Mr Beehan enlisted the help of some of his fellow teachers and together they managed to whittle the entries down to twelve winners. The winning artists are pictured below with their work. Well done to you all.


poster comp winners - asw




May 17th 2015

 

Road to the Finals

 

We have reached the end of the road of the Cumann na mBunscoil competition and we are proud to say that our girls' Camogie and Football teams and boys' Football team have made it through to the finals which take place this week. The schedule for the finals is below and we hope to see as many students and parents as possible in Cusack Park on each of the three evenings to support our teams.

 

Date

Time

Venue

Match

 

Monday 18th May

 

3.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Camogie

St Colman’s v Rathwire NS

 

Wednesday 20th May

 

3.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Girls' Football

St Colman’s v Kinnegad NS

 

Thursday 21st May

 

5.00pm

 

Cusack Park

 

Boys' Football

St Colman’s v Kinnegad NS

 

We wish all our teams the best of luck!



May 15th 2015

'Fun Friday'


Today was the finale of 'Active School Week' and it lived up to it's title - 'Fun Friday'. Throughout the week the school was buzzing with activity, whether it was in the classroom, in the school hall or outside in the playgrounds. The children learned new dances, used the hoola hoops, ran countless laps, took part in soccer, Gaelic or basketball games, practiced their penalty kicks, took part in Tug of War and much more...... All the children without exception enjoyed this special week. They looked forward to their 'active' break when they were studying in class and after they had their 'active' break from study, they were energised and ready for more work! The boys and girls were very excited today because all events were against the adults!

'Penalty Shoot out' was the first event this morning. During the week, every class had their own penalty shoot out and the top two boys and girls in each class competed against, Mrs Garvey, Mrs Skittles and many of our teachers. As you can imagine, the cheers, when goals were scored were deafening!

We then had some dodgeball games - Teachers versus Fourth Class. Thankfully the balls were made of sponge as some of the participants were very competitive.

Finally this afternoon, we had  basketball - Teachers versus Fifth Class. This was a very sporting finish to a wonderful week of events.


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The winners of the 'Penalty Shoot Out' from each class group 



May 14th 2015

 

Get the Party Started..... 


 

Using a police siren to announce her entrance, Mrs Skittles visited every class today and got the children up on their feet and moving! First she taught the children some dance moves and then she led the way as everyone got dancing. This fun interlude in the middle of our working day was exciting and enjoyable and I'm very sure the children would love it every day!

 


 

get the party started - mrs skittles



May 13th 2015

Miles More Smiles


Quite a few of our classes took advantage of the beautiful weather today and completed their 'Walk a Mile With a Smile' along the canal. The children saw no less than five swans in the canal and were amused when some of them did 'handstands' in the water!!


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May 13th 2015

 

Tug of War Masterclass

 


In February 2014, the World Indoor Tug of War Championships took place in Castlebar and our very own Ms Healy was a participant. Today, she invited one of her team mates, Cathy Sheerin along to the school to give our students some tips on Tug of War and an opportunity to take part in a contest. With Ms Healy co-ordinating the classes, Cathy had a constant flow of children eager to learn all about Tug of War. Cathy began by showing the children the correct shoes to wear. Heavy boots with spikes in the heels for outdoor contests and rubber soled footwear for indoors. She tied two belts around her waist and explained that these are to support and protect your back. The top belt has a special flap to hold the rope. The jersey Cathy wore had a thicker padded panel down the right side which is also for protection as the rope is always on the right hand side and the panel prevents rope burns. There are eight members on a team and the last person in line is called the Anchor. The children were shown how to hold the rope correctly on the right hip, keeping feet close together and how the team all move at the same time, moving the right foot, left foot, right foot etc. A rope was tied to a pole for practice pulls and when everyone was ready, the contests began. Cathy as Ref asked the teams to pick up the rope, take the strain and pull. This event was enjoyed by everyone and we would like to thank Ms Healy and Cathy for sharing their expertise with us today.

 


 

tug of war masterclass

 



May 13th 2015

Boxing Success

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Many of our students are members of boxing clubs and have been performing very well indeed. One young student, Jimmy Kerrigan from Mr Beehan's Sixth Class, recently took part in the Leinster Amateur Boxing Association Championships. Jimmy, who is a member of the Brosna Boxing Club, was delighted to win gold in the Boy 2 - 60Kg section. Well done Jimmy and good luck in future competitions.






 







May 12th 2015

'Walk a Mile With a Smile'


As part of 'Active School Week', the children and staff of St Colman's are going to 'Walk a Mile With a Smile'. For safety reasons it was decided to use a 'Buddy' system with our infants, which means they will walk with a student from the senior end of the school.smile

First up was Ms Healy's Junior Infants, Ms Morris' Senior Infants and Mrs Walters' & Mr Geraghty's Fourth Classes. The boys and girls from fourth class were paired up with the children from junior and senior infants. Introductions were made and the walk began. They walked along the canal towards Loreto Colege meeting many walkers on the way. When the rain fell, our very kind fourth class students took great care of the infants, fixing coats and hoods to ensure they were well covered. In spite of the inclement weather, friendships were forged and fun was had by all. The children returned to the school by the tunnel. For some, it was their first time to see and walk through the tunnel, so excitement was high, as were the shouts! Before the week is out, the rest of the school will have also 'Walked a Mile With a Smile'.


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Not Tired Yet ??

 

Instead of feeling tired when they came back from their walk, our fourth class boys and girls were energised and looking for more! Zumba exercises were the way to go. Mrs Walters very quickly sourced some Zumba Classes on-line and the children had great fun following them. Then to wind up their day, they tried out some brain exercises. Can you tap your head while rubbing your tummy?


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May 12th 2015

 

All Ireland Boxing Win

 


 

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Congratulations to Leah Mc Namee from Mrs Deane's Sixth Class who won an All Ireland medal for boxing last Friday. Leah, who is a member of the Olympic Boxing Club, took part in the National Girls Championships in the National Stadium, Dublin and was victorious in the Girl 1- 50 kg section. Well done Leah and best of luck in future competitions.










May 11th 2015

 

Active School Week

 

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St Colman's has always been a very 'active' school. Throughout the school year, our students take part in an array of activities - dance, drama, soccer, football, hurling, rugby, swimming, tennis and cycling. And as if that's not enough, this week we are having our very first 'Active School Week' (ASW).active-schools-flag

 

At 9.30am this morning, Mrs Garvey's voice came over the intercom inviting all staff and students to the playgrounds for the 'Opening Ceremony' and the first 'Wake up, Shake up' call of the week. The children from the junior corridor quickly gathered in the lower playground while the children from the senior corridor gathered in the upper playground. Excitement was in the air as everyone waited for the 'off'. Very soon the 'Macarena' could be heard and the dancing began! Although most of the boys and girls only heard the music and learned the dance moves last week, they all did a terrific job. The dancing was followed by keep fit exercises and leap frog - just to make sure everyone was awake! For the remainder of the week, everytime the children hear the 'Macarena' over the intercom, they will drop everything and dance. This was just a couple of the new activities arranged for ASW and you'll hear about other fun events as the week progresses.

 


 

active school week - first day



March 24th 2015

Active School Committee


active-schools-flagThe Department of Education and Skills wishes to recognise schools that strive to achieve a physical educated and physically active school community by awarding them the Active School Flag (ASF). St Colman's has recently entered the process towards obtaining this award and we are planning to hold our first Active School Week (ASW) in May 2015. The ASW initiative is about providing fun and inclusive physical activity opportunities for all members of the school community. Our first Active School Committee has been elected and they are eager to get started on this new venture. Keep an eye on the school notice board and here on the school website for regular updates over the coming months.


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Active School Committee


L-R Niamh Mc Kenna, Ava Donoghue, Ben Mc Grath, Áine Mc Kenna, Brock Igbomma and Matthew Clinton