Congratulations to Sam in Senior Infants who won a certificate in the Texaco Art Competition! Well done Sam! Keep it up!
The boys and girls of St Mary's Senior Choir enjoyed a BBQ after school today to round off a fantastic year!
This morning, students from 5th and 6th class treated their fellow classmates, Ms Purcell, Mr Furlong and myself to an incredible debate. The standard was so high. We were very lucky to have Ms Murphy and Ms Kiernan as adjudicators for the event. The debate team members showcased their weeks of hard work and effort excellently. The motion for the debate was: "This generation's children will grow up in a better world than their grandparents did." Both sides made compelling arguments. In the end the For team for both classes won. Huge congratulations to everyone who took part, the standard was exceptionally high. Thanks again to our respectful, encouraging and attentive listeners from 5th and 6th class who made up our audience. Thank you to Ms Murphy and Ms Kiernan for the constructive feedback which will be invaluable to those students who will be taking up debating in the future! Is feidir linn!
The mighty St Mary's teachers swatted away a strong challenge from 6th class to win their 2nd dodgeball in as many years. It was a great way to show that, while 6th class are growing up and flying the nest next week, the teachers are still very much in charge!
In all seriousness, it was a lovely event and the sportsmanship shown by the children was just one example of many as to why this class will be sorely missed next year!
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.