Active Week in Fourth Class

We had a fantastic active week last week. Our class took part in a Gaelic blitz on Wednesday, it was great to use the skills we had practiced during our matches. We also took part in cricket and basketball coaching sessions and we practiced our relay running. Many of our class took part in the skills displays in the hall.  It was great to see so many different children sharing their talents.

A showcase of extraordinary talent

On Wednesday of Active Week, the pupils of St Molaga’s took part in a display of gymnastics, dance, sports skills and other skills in the hall. In total we had three shows throughout the day featuring performances from gymnastics, tae-kwon do, kickboxing, freestyle dance, ballroom dancing, Irish dancing, hoola-hooping, baton twirling, rugby skills, Gaelic skills, hurling skills, keepie-uppies, jiu-jitzu and, wait for it… horse-riding! Unfortunately we weren’t able to have the actual horse in to visit on this occasion, but Naoise showed us a video clip of herself competing in a show-jumping competition and untacking the horse and talked us through all of the skills that she has learnt in the last five years. We were wowed by the performances of our amazing dancers and gymnasts not to mention the performances of our martial arts experts. We were also treated to some more unusual performances with the baton-twirling and hoola-hooping. We got a complete run-down on the different skills needed for tackling, throwing, catching, soloing, moving with the ball, protecting the ball, blocking etc. from our young experts in Gaelic, hurling, rugby and soccer. It’s really hard to believe the range of talent that the pupils of St Molaga’s have!

Here are some photos from the three shows:

Check out some video clips below:

 

St Molaga’s super dancers

As part of our Active Week timetabled activities, all the 3rd and 4th classes had dancing lessons in the hall with our resident dancing expert – Ms Ferguson. Ms Ferguson also trained up some apprentices to help lead the “Wake-up, Shake-up” in the yard every morning during Active Week. All of Bath Road has been rocking to the beat from St Molaga’s as we shake off our cobwebs and pull on our dancing shoes!

Check out this video clip of one of our dance sessions with Ms Ferguson:

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Check out these clips of our Wake-up, Shake-up:

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All fired up for Active Week

We can’t wait for Active Week which begins tomorrow. We are going to be even more active than usual (which might be challenging as we have been so active in recent weeks that we nearly need our break times to get a rest!) We have coaches coming in to do soccer, basketball, cricket, tennis and hip-hop. We will have an obstacle course laid out at the front of the school for the week. We will be doing a “Wake-up, Shake-up” in the line every morning. We are having a soccer league on Monday, an Orienteering Day on Tuesday and a Gaelic blitz on Wednesday. We are looking forward to a terrific Skills Display in the hall on Wednesday and also a Teachers vs Pupils soccer match. All of our PE equipment is laid out and ready to go. Roll on Active Week!

Gaelic Glory for Mighty Molaga’s

On Thursday 14th June, a team of boys and girls (drawn from our senior boys and girls Gaelic teams) took part in a thrilling Gaelic football competition in O’ Dwyers GFC. Ten schools from the locality were present: the Gaelscoil, St Teresa’s, Scoil Chormaic,, St. Georges, Bracken Ed. Tog., Balscadden, Balrothery, Ballyboughal and Hedgestown.

We won our first game (against our old opponents the Gaelscoil) a goal and six points to no score. This was followed up by a second win (against Bracken) a goal and four points to, yet again, no score. Having thrown down the gauntlet at that point, we went on to win our third game in the qualifying round, (versus Ballyboughal) two goals and four points to 1:2. Disaster struck in the fourth game when one of our key attacking players, Ciarán, hurt his wrist when going for the ball. In the confusion that followed his injury and his leaving the field, we let that game slip, losing by a two point margin to St Teresa’s. After a little rest however we regrouped and got stuck in for the quarter finals where we found our winning form again beating Ballyboughal 1:3 to 1 goal.

Delighted to be into the semi-final, we were quite confident facing the Gaelscoil again. On this, our second meeting in the competition, we dispatched them 4:2 to 1 point. All fired up at that point, the lads and ladies of St. Molaga’s didn’t even sit down to rest, but after a quick drink of water they were back on the field, raring to go again, against the only team who had beaten us on the day – St. Teresa’s.

St Teresa’s are a strong team and they gave us a run for our money! Having scored three points quickly in the first half, they dropped most of their players back into defence blocking our shots on goal time and time again. At half time, they had three points and we still hadn’t scored. Time for a change of strategy! “Go for your points lads”, they can’t block those as easily! However as time began to slip away in the second half (it was only 7 mins a side) we quickly realised that despite all our excellent play the cup was going to end up heading to St Teresa’s! With one minute and 17 seconds on the clock, Ms de Faoite was screaming from the sidelines: “a goal lads, we need a GOAL!!!!” Right on cue, Callum J won the ball in midfield. He carried it forward using up his two touches. and blasted it into the goal to keep us in the game. As the 7 mins was up, we knew the next score would win the trophy. A desperate battle ensued to win the kick out. We won the kick out. Could we keep possession? We battled to work the ball up the field, one score, one score was all we needed! And then it came, fittingly, by the hero of the hour, Callum J, and what a score it was! Another goal, blasted into the net to destroy St Teresa’s hopes and set Molaga’s wild in celebration as the final whistle blew!

Great credit to the team, they gave it everything they had over the course of seven games. Scoring 11 goals and 21 points between them, our attacking players – Billy, Toby, Shannon and Ciarán as well as Callum and Eoin in midfield, can all be justly proud of their contribution. At the other end of the field, massive credit also to Adam who pulled off some spectacular saves over the course of the seven games, and also to Seán A, who, with his unerring instinct as to where the ball is going to drop and his superb skill in picking out a pass, turned attack into counter attack time and time again. The fact that we conceded only three goals and seven points over the course of day speaks volumes for the contribution made by our defensive players, Sean, Katie, Callum T and Jude who were, all four of them, in top form on the day.

Many thanks to Paul from Bracken Ed. Tog. for organising the competition and to Larissa Muldoon and O’ Dwyers GFC for hosting it. Hopefully we will be back again next year to defend our title. So keep practising your skills, youngsters of St. Molaga’s – next year it might be you!

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5th Class Soccer League

As part of being an Active school we are using activity as our rewards. The 5th classes are working hard in order to keep their 5th Class Soccer league going!

We have done 3 days so far!

 

 

Creating Calendars – Maths Fun

This week we have been learning all about the importance of knowing dates, months, seasons and time. We have been studying timetables, diaries and TV schedules.

Today, we worked with a friend to make our own June 2018 calendars and wrote special occasions into the correct dates. We wrote in Active Week, School Tour, Cispheile, Astro, Soccer Blitz, Molaga’s Got Talent…. It’s no wonder June is our favourite month of the year! 🙂 We then came up with questions of our own based on our calendars and quizzed our peers in our class. It was great fun!

School Tour

9am and off we went on the bus to Gormanston for our end of the year school tour. We had a great day taking part in lots of activities. We did rock climbing, ipad orienteering, went on bouncy castles, wrecking ball castles and Xorbing. Ms Geraghty and Ms Long even gave the Xorbing a go!

The sun was out all day and we were absolutely exhausted after a fantastic day out. It was a great start to a sunny weekend!

Hurling – Brega cup

Congratulations to all the children who participated in the hurling (Brega) cup on Friday 8th June. Various schools from the area took part and spectators were treated to a wonderful display of hurling skill! 16 children attended from St. Molaga’s school, between 4th and 6th Class, all, bar one, currently hurling with O’ Dwyers. Well done to Druhan who showed how well cricket skills can transfer to hurling! Well done also to our top scorer over the four matches (Callum J) and to Shannon for making what surely must have been the “catch of the tournament” – a one-handed catch of a sliotar struck from half-way down the field! Superb play also from Seán Creamer and Seán Lawlor in midfield. As most of our team was made up of 4th and 5th class we have another great blitz to look forward to next year hopefully!

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