In the lead up to our Active Schools' Week, children from 3rd to 6th Class have been showing off their Gaelic football skills by competing in the "St Mary's All Ireland" during lunch times. Each team had a mixture of boys and girls from each class and were split into 4 groups of 4 teams. Each team were named after an Irish county and played in a group named after that county's respective province.
Each team played 3 competitive group games to find out the provincial champions.
Laighean Champions: Baile Átha Cliath captained by Max and Jetta.
Mumhan Champions: Tiobraid Árann captained by Lucy
Connacht Champions: Ros Comáin captained by Issy
Uladh Champions: Tír Eoghain captained by Ríodhna
Each champion played a semi final on Sports Day in front of a capacity crowd in Milltown.
Firstly, Baile Átha Cliath narrowly bet Ros Comáin, with players such as Ali, Issy, Becky, Alice Kate, Callum, Sophie and Danielle starring for the defeated team.
Afterwards, the second semi final saw Tiobraid Árann defeat Tír Eoghain by a single point in a hotly contested affair. The sides were inseparable, with the teamwork of Daisy and Jamie rivaling the excellent play of Zach. Impressive Tír Eoghain players also included Daniel, Luke, Maggie and Isabel.
The final was played directly afterwards and proved to be just as exciting as the games that came before. Max and Zach had a great battle midfield while there were displays of real skill all around the field, including the performances of Martina, Alexander, Ella and Aisling for the defeated Dubliners. Tiobraid Árann emerged victorious thanks to great skill and teamwork from Zach, Lucy, Carter, Katie, Kate, Christian and Caoimhe.
Thank you to Mr Furlong who organised a boys versus girls basketball match yesterday morning. It was a great start to Sports Day. 2nd - 6th were treated to a showcase of the basketball talents of the girls and boys from 5th and 6th class. Congratulations to the boys who were overall winners on the morning!
Congratulations to our mixed tennis team representing St.Mary’s N.S who recently reached the final of the Leinster Primary Schools League. This was an amazing achievement and we are very proud of them. In an extremely competitive set of matches, it came down to the wire with a nail-biting Championship Tie Break where we lost by only two points to Bennekerry N.S from Carlow. The team of Max Duggan & Zach Mulligan, Lauren O’Neill & Sinéad McNally, Thea Daly & Josh Mulligan played really excellent tennis and represented their school brilliantly.
Our boys and girls soccer teams enjoyed a great day at the 11th edition of the Camel Trophy on Wednesday, 29th May.
Our boys team played on a difficult and large hockey-astro pitch but to their credit battled hard to earn some well deserved performances against teams with high profile players. Unfortunately on the day it was not enough to progress to the latter stages of the competition. The lads went above and beyond to represent the school proudly as they always do and they have achieved so much this year, notably with them qualifying to the Dublin finals with only two 6th class boys should leave them full of optimism for next year.
Our girls team were equally as fantastic and earned themselves a spot in the final to play against Taney NS. Sadly they were unfortunate to be on the wrong end of a 2-1 result in a game that really could have gone either way. Grace showed that her halfway line winner against Kill O' The Grange earlier in the year wasn't a fluke by scoring another long-range rocket from an even further distance in the final. We learned after the game that the entire Taney squad play together on the same club team every week so to have come so close to beating them in itself was a massive achievement and shows how far the girls have come in so little time. The day ended on a very positive note with Alana Costello picking up the player of the tournament award which we are all extremely proud with. Well done Alana and very well deserved!!
Thanks again to parents for providing lifts to and from the venue and for their very much appreciated support all throughout this year. Also a massive thank you to Mr. O' Briain and for his help on the day with our boys team and to Ms. Moloney for her continued support with our girls team. If anyone took any videos/pictures of the day, please send them and and we can upload them here.
Our present Junior Infants wowed the parents of the new Junior Infants with their tips and tricks!
One day, we were all in the park. We decided to sing for people to make them happy. Then we thought about singing songs to raise money for the Irish Caner Society. Some of us have relatives who have passed away from cancer so we wanted to do something to help. We raised €22.85 in hope that we would help someone who is fighting with this disease.
By Molly, Baily,, Lizzie, Alice-Kate and Maebh (4th Class)