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Sports Day

Our Junior Site had their Sports Day on Thursday, 21st June. It was a fantastic day. Each class rotated around the different stations and enjoyed activities such as races, parachute, tug-o'-war, unihoc, the bouncing castle, gaelic, soccer, water races/wellie toss, basketball, bench ball, athletics and obstacle courses. Thank you to everyone involved in organising the day and a special thank you to our parent volunteers who manned the stations and without whom the day wouldn't have gone so well. We are all looking forward to tomorrow's Bake Sale and Saturday's Family Fun Day!

Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna Áth Luain

Well done to our school musicians and dancers who took part in the Féile Ceoil in the Dean Crowe Theatre yesterday evening. The Féile Ceoil is an annual, non-competitive children's music festival where our pupils have the opportunity to showcase their musical and dancing talent. Pupils ranging from 1st - 6th class took part. We had fantastic Irish dancers and beautiful performances by the choir and the school band, under the direction of teachers Ms. Dolan (Irish dancing teacher), Ms. Conlon, Ms. Naughton and Ms. Morris.

Scooter Training

The children in 1st - 3rd class had the chance to take part in scooter safety training in the last couple of days. The children brought in their own scooters and helmets. Tiarnan McCusker from Green Schools was here to show the children how to ride their scooters safely. Everyone enjoyed riding around the yard on their scooters!

Garda Road Safety Poster Competition

Well done to three of our 5th class pupils, who have won prizes in the Garda Road Safety Poster Competition. They were presented with their prizes today in Roscommon Arts Centre.

Garda Talk in 4th Class

4th class pupils had a really interesting and informative talk from the local Gardaí yesterday (30th April). Thank you to everyone who made this possible. The children thoroughly enjoyed it!

Chess Team

Following on from last month's success, where they won the County Shield, the Roscommon U13 Chess Team won silver in the Connacht final on 21st April. All players on the team are pupils of St. Comán's Wood. A big thank you to organiser Alistair Kerr and well done to the team!

Sporting Success

Well done to our camogie, hurling and football teams who all experienced great success in their recent matches. Our camogie team beat Newtown and Creggs on Monday and are now through to the quarter final of Cumann na mBunscol Ros Comáin. Our girls' football team beat Boyle on Tuesday and our hurling team won 3 of their 4 matches during their hurling blitz on Tuesday. Thank you to the teachers Ms McDermott, Ms Kilcullen, Ms C. Mannion, Mr Darcy and Mr Devaney who organised and trained the teams and to the children who have shown, and continue to show, great dedication during training and matches throughout the year.

We also had children who participated in the Community Games in Roscommon on Friday, 27th April. A number of these children qualified for the Roscommon Community Games finals, which will be held next month. Pictured below are two of our winners. 

The captain of the Roscommon Academy soccer team is a pupil in our school, and his team recently won their tournament final. They played Mayo, the Midlands and Sligo in the group stages and beat the Midlands in the final to win the cup. Well done to all the team.

The Army Band

The Army Band returned to our school yesterday, 15th May, to entertain the children in our junior classes. They had been to our school earlier in the year and the senior pupils really enjoyed their performance then. We were delighted to welcome them back, where they performed a wide variety of songs and taught the children about the instruments they played and the sections of the orchestra. Thank you to everyone involved!

Fleadh Ros Comáin

Well done to all the children who took part in the recent Roscommon Fleadh held in Fuerty on Easter Sunday and Monday.  St. Comán's Wood primary school was well represented and many of the children will go on to take part in the Connacht Fleadh in Leitrim in July.  Well done to all.

Many of the children were very young in their age group and the standard was very high so we commend all of them for taking part and playing and singing so well on the day.

Results:
Maeve Bhurton got through to the Connacht fleadh in the Comhrá Gaeilge competition. 
Elia Cormican came 3rd in the button accordion competition (under 10). Leeya Towey came 2nd in the solo singing competition (under 12) and Jane King came in 3rd place.  Emma Hough came 2nd in the under 12 concertina competition.
Duets:
Anna Kiernan and Emma Hough came 2nd in the under 12 duet competition and Isabelle Sexton and Jane King came in 3rd place.
Trios:
Isabelle Sexton, Jane King and Maeve Bhurton came 1st in the under 12 trio competition.  Cassie Doorly, Alison McNamara and Jennifer Morris came 3rd in the under 15 trio competition.
All participants who came 1st or 2nd qualified for a place in the Connacht Fleadh in July. Well done to all.

St. Comán's Wood Choir

Our school choir won the cup at the Ballina Feis on Sunday, 25th March. We are delighted that their hard work and commitment paid off and we are very proud of them all. Our senior site pupils attended the choir's final practice on Friday and the school was abuzz with praise for all involved. A big thank you to our choirmaster, Ms. Aoife Conlon. 

Check out the performances of their songs 'Africa' and 'Fight Song' below.

Army Band

A big thank you to the Army Band who visited our school today, where they entertained our senior classes in the halla. It was a fantastic show! We look forward to their return in a few weeks time where they will perform for our infant classes. 

Lá ‘le Pádraig Sona Daoibh!

Chaith na páistí éadaí glasa chun Lá Fhéile Pádraig a cheiliúradh. Bhain said taitneamh as an lá!

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Bhí Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ó 1-17ú Márta. Is é an fhéile Ghaeilge is mó in Éirinn. Bhí na múinteoirí agus na páistí sa scoil ag déanamh sár-iarracht níos mó gaeilge a usáid go neamhfhoirmiúil ar fud na scoile agus lasmuigh den scoil freisin. Bhí go leor gníomhaíochtaí ann chun an fhéile a cheiliúradh i ranganna éagsúla.  Tá súil againn go raibh craic agus caint againn go léir le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge!

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Comórtas Ealaíne

Seo iad na páistí a bhuaigh comórtas ealaíne le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí na pictiuirí bunaithe ar sheanfhocla.  Maith sibh! Táimid an-bhródúil asaibh! Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.

Damhsa ar an Sean-Nós

Tháinig an rinceoir Tommy Stenson go dtí an scoil ar an 13ú Márta le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge, chun cuid de na damhsaí traidisiúnta a mhúineadh do na páistí sna ranganna shinsearacha. Bhí a lán craic agus spraoi ann ar an lá! Féach ar an bhfíseán chun na rinceoirí iontach a fheiceáil.

Seachtain na Gaeilge

Beidh Seachtain na Gaeilge ar siúl ó 1-17ú Márta. Is é an fhéile Ghaeilge is mó in Éirinn. Beidh na múinteoirí agus na páistí sa scoil ag déanamh sár-iarracht níos mó gaeilge a usáid go neamhfhoirmiúil ar fud na scoile agus lasmuigh den scoil freisin. Beidh go leor gníomhaíochtaí ann chun an fhéile a cheiliúradh i ranganna éagsúla. Cuirfimid pictiúir ón bhféile anseo. Tar ar ais chun an spraoi agus an craic a fheiceáil! Tá súil againn go mbéidh craic agus caint againn go léir le linn Seachtain na Gaeilge!

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Comórtas Ealaíne

Seo iad na páistí a bhuaigh comórtas ealaíne le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge. Bhí na pictiuirí bunaithe ar sheanfhocla.  Maith sibh! Táimid an-bhródúil asaibh! Mol an óige agus tiocfaidh sí.

Damhsa ar an Sean-Nós

Tháinig rinceoir Tommy Stenson go dtí an scoil ar an 13ú Márta le haghaidh Seachtain na Gaeilge, chun cuid de na damhsaí traidisiúnta a mhúineadh do na páistí sna ranganna sinsearacha. Bhí a lán craic agus spraoi ann ar an lá! Féach ar an bhfíseán chun na rinceoirí iontach a fheiceáil.

Engineers Week

Engineers Week 2018 ran from 24th February - 2nd March. We had a snowy end to the week which unfortunately saw some of our planned activities cancelled or postponed. Many pupils had the opportunity to explore engineering activities in their classrooms earlier in the week. Check out the pictures below to see some of the engineering challenges they worked through.

Army Band

A big thank you to the Army Band who visited our school today, where they entertained our senior classes in the halla. It was a fantastic show! We look forward to their return in a few weeks time where they will perform for our infant classes. 

Credit Union Quiz

Well done to the St Comán's Wood quiz teams, who recently took part in the Roscommon Credit Union Quiz. Our teams prepared well for the event and one of our teams placed 3rd overall. Well done to all who were involved in preparing for and who attended the quiz.

Photo Credits: Roscommon Credit Union Facebook Page.

Grandparents Day

We had a fantastic day last Wednesday, 31st January when a number of our wonderful Grandparents and minders visited our school to celebrate Grandparents Day. There was mass at 10am in the Sacred Heart Church followed by a reception in the junior site halla. After a visit to the classrooms to meet the children and a beautiful prayer service, some of the Grandparents and minders proceeded to the senior site to visit the children there. They were entertained by our wonderful musicians and dancers on both sites. The children were so happy and proud to welcome their grandparents to our school and we thank all who contributed to making this day so special.

NCCA Visit

The NCCA visited the Junior site on Monday, April 8th.  They were in the school to record footage in Mrs. Dolan’s 2nd class. The footage will be used on the NCCA website to aid teachers in planning learning experiences to achieve the learning outcomes of the new Language Curriculum.  Three representatives from the NCCA were present, our own Ms. Connaughton and her two colleagues Susan and John. They spend from start of school until after lunch recording within the classroom. They recorded the class partaking in a variety of learning experiences and even interviewed some children about their learning experiences.  As part of her usual class planning Mrs. Dolan had focused on specific learning outcomes for teaching the narrative writing genre. Using whole class and small station group teaching she worked through the Gradual Release of Responsibility Model employed by all teachers within the school and these stages are what the NCCA documented through film. Particular focus was placed on presentation and the children completed their own narrative story books including illustrations which they read to the class and displayed for others to also read. To develop their target audience further, the children converted their story books into ebooks using apps on the iPads and we hope these will be made available soon via link on the school website. All of the above related to learning outcomes and was captured by the NCCA. The last aspect for filming was reflection on the learning experience, in class the children had already completed a writing rubric and 2 Stars and a Wish critique but they assessed their own learning on camera, with some children critiquing each others work.  The videographer John explained as he went alone what he was doing and why he was using certain equipment and we even had to reshoot a few times and we heard “Cut” and “Take 2” on occasion, so we felt like real movie stars!!! It was a great experience and the NCCA will be back after Easter to visit the Senior Site with Ms. Mc Neill also taking part in the initiative. The school is very privileged to be associated with the NCCA and the amazing work they do.

 

 

 

 

Sports Day June 18th

We had a fantastic Sports Day on both sites. Huge thanks to the teachers who organised this great day, as well as all the coaches, parents and past pupils who helped out on the day. Click here to view some photos of the day.

 

 

Sports Day 2019

 

St Comán's Wood Newsletter May 2019

 

Green Flag Presentation

Well done to all at St. Comán's Wood on receiving a Green Flag at the recent presentation awards in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone. Pictured below are Holly Connaughton and Melanie Robak, Green School Committee members, along with Ms Duignan and Mrs Feeley. Missing from photo is Ms J Mannion. 

 

We would like to encourage all our students (and teachers!) to make a special effort to walk, cycle or scoot to school during the month of June

 

NED show visits St Comán's Wood

Pupils on both sites thoroughly enjoyed the NED show today. The NED show is a character education programme that centres around 3 important messages that have life long relevance: Never Give Up; Encourage Others; Do Your Best. The children learned about NED's 3 messages while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humour and yo-yo tricks. For more information on the NED show please click here

 

Féile Drámaíochta-Féile Náisiúnta 2019

Comhghairdeas mór don fhoireann drámaíochta a bhí ar fheabhas san Fhéile Náisiúnta den Chumann Scoildrámaíochta i Muileann gCearr inniu. Táimid an-bhrodúil as gach duine. 

 

 

 

Our School Garden

Have a look at our beautiful school garden

 

 

Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna 2019

Congratulations to our dancers, musicians and choral group who took part in the Féile Ceoil na Scoileanna Competition  in the Dean Crowe Theatre in Athlone on Monday evening. We are very proud of you all. Thank you to Ms Conlon, Mrs. Morris, Mrs. Dolan and Ms Brennan for all your hard work over the last few weeks preparing the children for this event.

 

Mary Comiskey Award for most improved reader

Eddie Corcoran pictured with his parents Brian and Helen and his brothers and sister receiving the Mary Comiskey Memorial Award for most improved reader in St Comán’s Wood Primary School. The award was presented by Maura Comiskey and Úna Feeley (School Principal). Missing from the picture is Allanah Corcoran, Eddie's sister.

 

New Jerseys for St Comán's Wood

Seán Mulry of The Peppermill Restaurant, Roscommon presenting Úna Feeley, principal of St Comán's Wood PS, with a set of GAA jerseys. Seán and his wife Bernie own the very popular restaurant on the Golf Links Road for over 10 years. St Comán's Wood are extremely grateful for their generosity and hope to have much success in the jerseys over the coming year!

Engineers Week

We had great fun working as engineers this week in St. Comán's Wood!

Ms Dolan's 2nd class had great fun with their engineering challenges:

Ms McGuire's & Ms Gately's 5th class also undertook some great challenges:

 

 

 

 

 

Féile Drámaíochta

Comhghairdeas to our Féile Scoildrámaíochta Ros Comáin champions with their production of “An Mhurúch Bheag”. They received “Corn Máire Bean Uí Cheallaigh” Múinteoir agus Drámadóir. They now go on to take part in the Connacht Finals of Féile Scoildrámaíochta in Indreabhán. Maith sibh rang 5 agus 6 agus na múinteoirí Ms Ní Dhonncha agus Ms Crehan. Comhghairdeas freisin leis na páistí a bhí ag glacadh páirt sa dráma “An Rí agus a Ghruaig Fhada”  sa Féile Scoildrámaíochta Ros Comáin. Maith sibh agus na múinteoirí Ms Finneran agus Mrs Morris. Bhí sibh ar fheabhas.

 

 

 

 

Easter Parade Committee Presentation

Senior students with Mrs Feeley and Ms Morris from St Comán’s Wood who took part in the Easter Parade being presented with a cheque for €100 by Caitlín McConn on behalf of the Easter Parade Committee. 

 

Rubgy Blitz

Our 6th Class girls recently enjoyed a rugby blitz in Creggs. representing France. A great day was had by all!

Halloween Fashion Show

Our Parents' Association organised a Halloween Fashion Show in the school on Friday, 26th October. Well done to everyone who put huge effort into dressing up. We were blown away by the creativity exhibited. Photos of the fashion show will be uploaded here soon, so make sure to check back!

Halloween Fashion Show

Our Parents' Association organised a Halloween Fashion Show in the school on Friday, 26th October. Well done to everyone who put huge effort into dressing up. We were blown away by the creativity exhibited. Photos of the fashion show will be uploaded here soon, so make sure to check back!

Road Safety Authority

Thank you to Caroline Jordan from the Road Safety Authority (RSA) for visiting our school this week. She spoke to a number of our classes about road safety and ensured that our children are familiar with the rules of the road and how they can best stay safe in the car, when walking and when cycling. The children also learned the Safe Cross Code and a number of volunteers performed the dance for the other children.

Heritage in Schools

Heritage in Schools Expert, David Swift has been involved in Irish historic recreation work for more than 20 years. Our pupils were treated to a powerful presentation on military attire and weaponry used during the 1916 Rising and the War of Independence. Pupils had the opportunity to inspect David's unique and varied collection of artefacts from this important historical period in Irish history. An unforgettable experience for all who were lucky enough to be present! Thank you David and Ms. Mannion for organising this event!

GAA Fundamental Movement Skills (ABC)

The ABC/Have-a-Ball Nursery Programmes are a series of fun-based exercises to develop basic movement and motor skills for children aged 4 to 8 years old. These skills form the basis for the later development of the specific skills of Hurling and Gaelic Football.

Our junior classes have enjoyed taking part in the GAA ABC sports' skills programme over the past number of weeks. We have had a number of fantastic coaches come into the school and work with the children, helping to develop a love of the sport and to develop the basic skills children need to play hurling and gaelic football. Thank you to all involved!

Athletics Medalists

A number of our pupils recently won medals in the County Athletics competition. Well done to all of the children who represented our school on the day!

Football Blitz in Ballyleague

Our Senior Girls' gaelic team attended a L.G.F.A. blitz recently in Ballyleague. They had a great day! Thank you to all involved in organising the day.

Potato Harvest

Ms McCarrick's class had a busy day recently. In the space of only 3 hours, the children dug potatoes from the school garden, washed them, cooked them and ate them for their lunch!

Rope Making Workshop

On Monday last, some of our senior pupils took part in a rope making workshop. We made skipping ropes and developed an appreciation of the value of natural fabrics. It was great fun! Thank you to Steffi Otto from 'Heritage in Schools' for running the workshop.

Schools Golf

Last Monday, 17th September, two girls from St. Comán's Wood played in the Connaught section of the Irish Girls Schools Golf. This is the first time our school was represented in this event. The girls were competing against All Secondary schools from Connaught. This is a huge achievement... well done girls!