"All children are capable of working through challenges and coping with stress. Resilience is the ability to bounce back from stress, adversity, failure, challenges, or even trauma. It’s not something that kids either have or don’t have; it’s a skill that kids develop as they grow.”
Over the past few days the children in St. Mary’s N.S. have been participating in Resilience Week. They have been involved in activities promoting the use of problem solving skills, promoting healthy risk taking, labelling emotions and promoting the bright side, among various other activities, throughout the school. A big thank you to all involved and a special thank you to Mr. Joynt and Ms. Purcell in particular for putting on yoga sessions for each class and organising and conducting a rendition of ‘Kusimama’ (Stand Tall) with the children from 2nd – 6th class respectively.
A huge congratulations to sisters Helen, Diana and Lucy on an incredible performance in the Irish Junior Chess Championships. The championships took place in the Stillorgan Talbot Hotel, with all of the girls coming away victorious.
Lucy in Fourth Class was crowned the U12 girls' champion, with her twin Diana coming in a fantastic second place. Helen in First Class was crowned the U8 girls' champion. Well done to all the girls. We are very proud of you all!
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A massive congratulations to our girls soccer team who qualified for the FAI 5-aside Dublin finals at the Irishtown Stadium, Ringsend on Friday, April 5th.
Our two teams competed against 20 other schools located across Dublin. Our winning side after drawing 1 and winning 5 matches went on to top their group. They qualified for the final where they won on penalties!
We are extremely proud of how both our two teams competed and conducted themselves on the day and we received a lot of compliments from the FAI staff of the skills and teamwork we showcased.
Training will resume as normal on Tuesdays after school and our 11 a-side south Dublin competition will resume after the Easter Break. Girls wishing to try the sport out are always welcome!
Congratulations to our Boys Soccer Team who qualified for the Dublin Finals on Monday, April 1st. Over 16 Teams competed on the day and one of our teams was fortunate to be one of two school to qualify out of this pool. Our final game went to a dramatic penalty shootout.
This is a huge achievement for the school considering the size of schools we were in competition with. A special thank you to parents and family members who joined us cheering on both of our teams. If anyone has any pictures of the event, could they please send them into Josephine so we can put up onto the website. Thank you.
On Wednesday 27th of March all those who attended the concert by the National Children's Choir were treated to an outstanding performance. Lead by Ms Purcell who conducted the whole impressive choir, the students from 4th and 5th class showcased their amazing talents alongside other schools. We were treated to performances of Starman, Bheir mé Ó, When I'm silent, Kusimama, When you believe, Somewhere only we know, Crandaí Bogadí, Gloria, O Fortuna, Precious Lord,Take My Hand, Medley from The Sound of Music, 59th Street Bridge Song, Tír na nÓg, Ave Maria and the fabulous Listen to the Rain (video below).
Teachers, staff and parents from the school were all blown away by the evening. It was a pleasure to hear and see 4th and 5th class students representing the school so impeccably. Our MC for the evening was Shane Morgan and the 2019 series of concerts by the NCC were launched on the night by Anne Casin who shared her memories of singing when she was in school with us all.
Myself and Mr Joynt would like to say a huge thank you to Ms Purcell and Ms Holohan who have worked with the two classes since September preparing them for the performance. Ms Purcell's energy and enthusiasm on the night of the concert was infectious and the children responded with their own energy and enthusiasm.
Thank you also to all the parents, families and friends of the children who came to see the concert. Of course a special thank you to the students of 4th and 5th class who have worked so hard during choir rehearsals. We were so proud of them all! Please look at the videos below and enjoy some of the performances.
"Somewhere only we know", performed by the National Children's Choir (4th and 5th Class from St Mary's) Conducted by Ms Purcell
Break a leg to all 4th and 5th class students performing tonight in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght. You have all worked so hard since September and sound great! It will be a pleasure to see you all showcase your amazing sound tonight! Huge thanks again to Ms Purcell and Ms Holohan for all your hard work with the choir this year. We know all parents and friends attending are in for a real treat!
Ms Kelly, Mr Joynt