St. Mary's would like to welcome all staff and students back after the short break. We hope that you all enjoyed the snow while it lasted and the extra few days off that came with it.
School Closed Wednesday, February 28
The school is closed today today, Wednesday, due to adverse weather conditions and the Red Alert warning warning from Met Éireann. We will keep you updated with regard to school closures on Thursday and Friday.
The school will be closed on Wednesday, 21 February 2018 to facilitate the teachers attending a seminar on the Primary Language Curriculum provided by the PDST, (Professional Development Service for Children). The school closure is sanctioned by the Department of Education and Skills.
We are delighted to announce that we have been invited by UCD A.F.C to join them as mascots for their opening League of Ireland First Division Match against Shelbourne F.C in the UCD Bowl on Friday, 23rd February.
The Saint Mary's Boys Soccer team will get the opportunity to walk out with the players onto the pitch in what is anticipated to be an early top of the table clash between two sides looking to get promotion into the Premier division. We will also get the opportunity to play a 15 minute small sided match during the half time interval.
The pursuit of excellence is part of the mission of UCD and their soccer scholarship programme is renowned and widely respected.
UCD has a number of talented players in their current squad including; Gary O'Neill (Ex Wolverhampton Wanderers), Greg Sloggett (Irish Universities player) and Daire O'Connor (Rep of Ireland U-19 player).
The College scholarship programs offer talented young people the highest standards in coaching, training, nutrition, strength and conditioning advice, while also completing their chosen course of study. This is an ideal environment for athletes to develop their careers by combining sports participation with academic work within the University.
We have been training every Tuesday morning at 8 a.m. in preparation for the FAI Primary Schools 5 a-side competition which begins later in March. Our young Saint Mary's players will no doubt have a wonderful and enjoyable experience from their evening at the UCD Bowl.
Huge thanks to the Parents Association for organising Pancake Tuesday in the school again this year. This is the third year that the Student Council have helped with the running of this event in the school. We hope you all enjoyed your pancakes!
A big congratulations to Catherine O’Connor and her horse Casper who represented St. Mary’s N.S. in the Jumpinaction Interschools League Finals 2018 in Killossery Lodge Stud on Sunday, 4th February. The pair put in a magnificent performance to finished second overall in the competition. Well done to Catherine, and Casper, on their outstanding achievement.
On Friday, 2nd February, St. Mary’s welcomed the children’s grandparents to a prayer service in The Church of the Sacred Heart, Donnybrook followed by refreshments in the school hall and a tour of the junior classes as a part of Catholic Schools Week 2018. The children led a beautiful ceremony with prayers, hymns and stories for their grandparents.