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The Big Garden Bird Watch


We are getting ready to take part in the Big Garden Bird Watch from 26th -28th of January.


If you would like to join in at home you can sign-up to request a FREE postal pack, or take part online and get access to Big Garden Extra.


Click the link below:

Plastic Toy Swap Shop

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The Eco-committee organised for the USPCA to come into our School to discuss the importance of looking after our pets, protecting wildlife and how we can do this in school. The pupils really enjoyed learning about the different wildlife in our area that we can protect.

We would like to thank the USPCA for visiting us and providing us with so much information!

Cash for Clobber

Well done to all the families who participated in the Cash for Clobber October competition. It is very much appreciated.

The totals were as follows:

P1- 3 bags

P2- 11 bags

P3/4- 21 bags

P4/5- 40 bags

P6/7- 15 bags

Well done to Primary 4 and 5 who will enjoy a trip to the Park after Halloween to celebrate. Individual winners will be announced at Assembly.


Commonwealth Canopy

The Eco-committee were delighted to receive a gift. It was a small Silver birch tree, it is fast-growing and supports more than 300 species of insect.

The tree is a part of the Queen’s Commonwealth Canopy. It is a wonderful initiative that unites all 53 countries of the Commonwealth in protecting the Earth’s forests. It links conservation projects around the world.

We feel proud that we are helping to make a difference!

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Butterfly Release

The Eco-committee were excited to help the Primary 1 children release 28 beautiful butterflies which we have watched throughout their lifecycle.

The Eco-Committee visit Stormont

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Well done to the new members of the Eco-committee. They prepared their insightful speeches and delivered them with confidence to their classes.

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Outdoor Play


Young children need the opportunity to use their whole body and develop their gross motor skills. It is only when they have mastered these that they will be able to control their fine motor skills, such as using a knife and fork or holding a pencil, for instance. As a result, children playing outside has a fantastic impact on children’s progress and development. It is also amazing how fresh air can blow away the cobwebs and make a world of difference to how you feel.


This year the Eco-committee have been working hard to help develop outdoor play in our School. They have helped to source the materials, collect resources and set them up.


Primary 1,2,3 and 4 have enjoyed building outdoor play into their Activity Based Learning.

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Butterfly Release


A big thank you to the Eco club who kindly bought the Primary 1 class caterpillars. The Primary 1 children looked after and cared for them throughout each stage of their lifecycle.



Mindfulness is a big part of our ‘Healthy Living’ topic in School. Here are some activities to help children become more mindful.


These exercises are quite simple, but it may take some time before children will feel comfortable with stillness and quiet and focused concentration. Be prepared for some frustration and comments that it seems strange. This is a normal response at first. It takes practice but the practice is worth it.


Quiet time focusing on breath




This exercise helps the child to be aware only of the present as the focus is on the current breath. It also has the effect of calming the mind and any anxiety in the body.

Arrange a daily time where you sit quietly and focus on your breathing. Young children should not be expected to sit for long. A general rule is that they can sit quietly for the number of minutes that matches their age. So a 5-year-old could be expected to sit for 5 minutes; a 10-year-old for 10 minutes and so on. When you first introduce this to children you should only do it for one or two minutes. You can do it sitting on chairs with feet on the floor or children may prefer to sit cross-legged on the floor. You could guide the quiet time as follows:

"Become aware of your breathing. Focus on the feeling of coolness at your nose when you breathe in and the feeling of warmth as you breathe out. Say 'one' as you breathe in and 'one' as you breathe out. Then say 'two' as you breathe in and 'two' as you breathe out, and so on, up to five. Then start back at 'one' again. Thoughts will come into your head. That’s ok, just know that they are thoughts and just push them gently away and go back to counting your breath, beginning with one."

Children can be encouraged to use this focus on breathing in their daily life when they are feeling worried or angry or before starting homework or going to sleep.














Walking mindfully




This can be useful for children who find it difficult to sit still. It helps them become more aware of their body.

Ask the children to walk around a room. Ask them to lift one foot at a time slowly and carefully as if walking on eggshells or walking in slow motion. Ask them to place their foot down smoothly and slowly. Then ask them to take a step with the other foot the same distance ahead. Ask them to feel every muscle in their legs while they walk and every shift in body weight. Ask them to feel their hands and arms in space. You can ask them to move a bit faster, then more slowly again. Tell them that, if they begin to think about other things, they should gently allow these thoughts to pass, then return their attention to their body.











Paying attention to how we think




Becoming more mindful involves understanding that we produce our thoughts - they are not who we are, they are just something that we do. Once we understand this, it is easier to push any negative thoughts out of our mind. Once the child has learnt to keep awareness on the present moment by focusing on their breath, you can then help them become aware of their thoughts and feelings. You can use the following exercise:

"Close your eyes and say to yourself: 'I wonder what my next thought is going to be?' Then focus very carefully, waiting for the next thought - like a cat watching a mouse hole. I wonder what thought is going to come out of the mouse hole?"








The WOW Factor




What are the things that fill you with wonder? Is it a rainbow, how you breathe, a new-born baby, a mountain, the sea, a butterfly, a forest of bluebells, a whale? You can do this next exercise in a group or on your own.

What you need:

  • Paper or thin card
  • Thick and thin felt tips.

What you do:

  • Make a big cartoon-style ‘WOW!’ in the middle of your sheet of paper.
  • Use bright colours to make your ‘WOW!’ and draw one of those zig-zaggy shapes around it with a thick felt tip so it looks like a word from a cartoon.
  • Think about all the things that fill you with wonder and make you want to say ‘WOW!’ and all the things that give you a special tingly feeling when you think about them.
  • Maybe your ‘WOW!’s are things in nature, or being loved in a special way, or doing something amazing, or a new baby, or being in a beautiful place. Maybe they are rainbows or crashing waves, or bees, or being on a mountain. Maybe they are being close to a waterfall, being hugged, a special piece of music, a tree, or being in a place of worship.
  • Write or draw your ‘WOW!’s or moments of wonder all around your ‘WOW!’ word.
  • Tell each other about your favourite ‘WOW!’ moments.

Things to talk about together:

  • What are the things that give something a WOW-factor?
  • What ‘WOW!’s did you have that were the same as someone else’s ‘WOW!’s?
  • What was the biggest ‘WOW!’ you experienced in the last week?
  • When you think about yourself what is the biggest ‘WOW!’ about you?

Other ideas:

  • Make a collection of pictures or objects that make you or the people in your family, class or group go ‘WOW!’
  • Go on a ‘WOW!’ walk together. Find a special place and look for as many things as you can that make you want to say ‘WOW!’ – even ants and daisies can be pretty amazing!


Earth Day

Earth Day was a huge success! 


In class we 'powered down' and enjoyed some paper free lessons. The Eco-committee ran the day, taking members of each class out to Spring clean and tidy up our School environment. Thank you to Mrs McGrane for providing the beautiful flowers.The School looks fantastic!


Well done to everyone who dressed up and took part in eco activities!




Earth Day

On Friday the 20th of April  the Eco-committee will be running an ‘Earth Day’ in school.


Children are invited to dress in ‘Earth’ colours and will be taking part in various eco activities such as planting new grow beds and taking part in a big Spring clean of our school grounds.


In class we will be ‘powering down’ and avoiding using electricity and paper as far as possible.

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Take a Book, Leave a Book!

The Eco-committee would like to introduce our latest project. The ‘Take a Book, leave a Book’ box is a little free library to encourage reading and recycling within our School.


You simply take a book you would like to read out of the box and replace it with one of your own books. Make sure you don’t give away a book you would like back!


On behalf of all the Children and Staff at St. Colman’s Bann we would like to thank the very talented Peter Milton (Senior) who made this fantastic creation!

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Global Perspective


Our Children are aware that as  global citizens we have a responsibility and that our actions even on a local scale impact globally such as choosing to walk or get the bus, or choosing the correct bin to recycle their waste appropriately. The children are currently covering; pollution, climate change and exploitation of natural resources.


We chose to support Trocaire as our charity of choice during Lent particularly for their work surrounding ‘Humanitarian Crises’. We found when researching that these are increasing in scale and frequency due to climate change. The children raised money via collection and running Easter competitions. We then took part in a ‘coin trail' around the assembly hall to show the children just how far their efforts really stretched!



Important Dates:


  • International Day of Forests on 20th March 2018


  • World Water Day on 21st March 2018




This terms topic is Biodiversity. Each class will be learning what Biodiversity is and how we can increase it in our own local environment.


Biodiversity comes from two words: bio which is short for biology (living things) and diversity (variety).


Biodiversity means the mixture of life on earth.


It includes all the species, habitats and ecosystems which exist on our planet.

Cash for Clobber Total


The total money collected from the Cash for Clobber drive was £264. The Eco-committee are delighted with this amount and very grateful. We will we using this money to make our School an eco-friendlier environment for everyone to enjoy!

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International Polar Bear Day is on

Tuesday 27th February!


We invite you to join us in making it an extra-special day for polar bears by taking part in our THERMOSTAT CHALLENGE. It’s simple: by turning your heating down a little to burn less oil, you are reducing global warming and the polar bears ice homes won’t melt as fast.

Other things you can do:

  • Stop phantom power by unplugging electronic devices. You’ll save energy and reduce greenhouse-gas pollution. Here are some clues to help you recognise a product that draws power continuously:
  • it has a remote control;
  • it requires an external power supply;
  • it has a digital display, LED status light or digital clock;
  • it contains a battery or charger;
  • it has a soft-touch keypad.
  • Many people idle their vehicles when going through a drive-thru, picking up or dropping off passengers or warming up their engines before driving. For every two minutes an average vehicle idles, it burns the same amount of fuel it takes to drive one mile. By not idling, you’ll save fuel and reduce greenhouse-gas pollution.
  • By walking or cycling to school we can reduce carbon pollution and help polar bears at the same time.

PLUS: Try to:

  • Use energy saving light bulbs.
  • Take a shower instead of a bath.
  • Add insulation to reduce your energy consumption throughout the year and then you don’t need your central heating on as much.

Talk to your child about the challenges polar bears face in a changing Arctic and the part each of us can play in stopping global warming.

Thank you


Cash for Clobber


A massive thank you to every family who donated a bag/s to the Cash for Clobber competition during the month of January. In total we collected an amazing 257 bags! We look forward to hearing just how much we have earned for our School.


Many thanks for your continued support,


The Eco-committee.

Our individual winners Aoibhin (P4) and Eilis (P6), who brought 12 bags each!

Our individual winners Aoibhin (P4) and Eilis (P6), who brought 12 bags each! 1

Congratulations to the winning class Primary 4 and 5, who collected an amazing 76 bags for Cash for Clobber! They enjoyed a fun afternoon in the Park!

Unboxing 'The Great Plant Hunt' treasure chest!

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Planning our new Biodiversity topic

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The Eco-committee have been working hard to secure the new Cash for Clobber bin, situated at the main entrance of our school! We are having a competition in School during the month of January to see which class can bring the most bags in, the winning class will get a treat afternoon in the park!

The Eco-committee have been working hard to secure the new Cash for Clobber bin, situated at the main entrance of our school! We are having a competition in School during the month of January to see which class can bring the most bags in, the winning class will get a treat afternoon in the park! 1
The Eco-committee have been working hard to secure the new Cash for Clobber bin, situated at the main entrance of our school! We are having a competition in School during the month of January to see which class can bring the most bags in, the winning class will get a treat afternoon in the park! 2

Eco-Committee 2017-2018

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