All posts by Ms Costello

Senior Boys Football Final

Well done to our senior boys football team who played in Parnell Park today. They played a brilliant match but it was not their day. We are all very proud of them and their managers, Mr Brown and Ms Daly. Thank you for all your hard work.

Thank you to all our supporters also who showed their appreciation of our great team.

Garda Mounted Unit Visit

We were delighted to have a visit from two Garda and their horses, Donnagh and Oscar today. This was a prize for our achievement in winning the overall prize in the Garda Christmas Card competition  in December. Kevin Dowling won the overall prize and Alanna McCormack won the top prize in her category. Congratulations again to you two and I would like to say Thank you on behalf of all in St. Molagas to  Alanna and Kevin for their achievements.

Each class had an opportunity to meet the horses and hear all about the work of the Garda Mounted Unit which is based in the Phoenix Park. They also had time to ask lots of questions and to pet the horses. I would like to say a big Thank You to Garda Kate who organised this event for us.

Kid’s Marathon


Over the past few weeks, all of the sixth classes have worked extremely hard to prepare for the Dublin Kid’s Marathon for the first time. We have worked hard since September, by running increasing numbers of laps around our local all weather pitch. We persevered for eight weeks to prepare for the event.

A group of people gathered at the National Sports Campus to run at the original event. Their aim was to run the last mile of the Dublin Kid’s Marathon.

While some people attended, some were unable to attend and therefore Ms Walsh kindly organised our own event in our school. Ms McGinley’s, Mr Brown’s, Ms Gray’s, Ms McMahon’s and Ms Reilly’s c;asses all ran, regardless of their ability. Everybody that ran got a medal! It was a fantastic event.

A BIG THANKS to Ms Walsh and all the other teachers that were involved in the 8 weeks of training.

Colm, Daniel, Kate, Kevin and Mary from Ms McGinley’s class. Continue reading Kid’s Marathon

This Is How I Made My Stable:


crib crib2 Step One

You take a cardboard box and form it into a stable. You apply glue on bit by bit and for every bit of glue applied you quickly put a ripper piece of newspaper on it before it dries, but don’t do it at the bottom.

Step Two

After the whole stable is covered, you paint the inside, outside, roof and sides with a dark brown. You cut lots of sticks approximately the size of one side of the roof, then glue them on with super glue (be careful not to stick your fingers)

Step Three

Rip out pages of magazines you don’t need anymore and form them into the characters you want in the stable. I made Mary, Joseph, Jesus, a sheep, a bull and a horse. When you’re happy with the shape ,use sellotape to secure them in place. After you can paint them and dress them.

Step Four

Cut off the bottom of a bottle and paint it a dark colour. Don’t stick animals or people yet. First take some hay and stick it to the bottom inside the stable. Using a hot glue gun stick your characters in. You can also staple fry lights inside it.

By Zofia Plucinska

North County Outreach

This is our St. Molaga’s sweet collection for North County Outreach. It was collected on the 7th and the 8th November. In Geography we learned about homelessness and how it has increased through out the years.
Ms Sullivan’s fifth class decided to contact North County Outreach to see if we could donate some of our Halloween candy. The next day we all made posters to ask the pupils of St. Molaga’s if they could donate at least one thing from their Halloween bag. Pupils from Ms Sullivan’s 5th class went around the school with notes and posters sharing our idea. In the next few days we collected five big boxes of sweets and treats. On Tuesday, 8th our teach
er drove the collection over to North County Outreach. They were thankful for our donations and we were happy to help with the organisation.hallowwen-treats2

By Zofia & Chloe


Arts Week & Character Day

We have just come to the end of a very successful Arts Week in St. Molaga’s.img_1054arts-week
On Monday we had a visit from Brian Gallagher, author of a number of books published by O’Brien Press. We have read Stormclouds, Against the Divide and Friend or Foe. We learned that he is currently writing a book set inBalbriggan during 1920 when the town was attacked by the Black & Tans, an event known as the sack of Balbriggan. we are looking forward to the publication of this book next year.
On Tuesday, Ms Ferguson facilitated dance classes and we certainly showed our moves and learned a few new ones.
On Wednesday we had drumming workshops with Neil Dowling and on Thursday , Aideen McBride entertained and scared us a little with her stories. Friday, we had our character day and while dressed as book characters we had music workshops with Maria Sheil and an opportunity to compose music with Peter Moran.fullsizerender-21 fullsizerender-22
The Book Fair was also well attended by pupils and parents and as usual there was a great display of books and games. We will be able to replace and renew four class libraries from the proceeds of the book fair so that our pupils can continue to access new and interesting books in school.
Thank you to Ms Hegarty and all the teachers who helped to organise this wonderful creative learning opportunity for us.
We are looking forward already to next year. we hope that everyone has an enjoyable and safe Halloween break.

Goal Jersey Day

We held a Goal Jersey Day on the 16th September, the Friday before the All Ireland of Dublin v Mayo. We all enjoyed dressing in our favourite jerseys and each pupil was asked to donate to GOAL. We collected €720 and today,Louise from the Goal organisation, visited our school.all-ireland

In the morning she facilitated two Drama workshops with 6th classes which were great fun and made us think about the work of Goal and life in a developing country. In the afternoon she spoke to 5th & 6th class about the work undertaken by GOAL in countries worldwide. We learned a lot about the work of GOAL and how we helped contribute to it through our donation. We will continue to learn about global citizenship, climate change, migration, the refugee crisis, conflict and natural disasters in our SPHE work in class.


Daffodil Planting

Third classes planted daffodils in September. This is an annual event as each year all our new entrants to St. Molaga’s plant a spring bulb. As a result, each springtime our school grounds are alive with colour. This year our daffodil bulbs were generously sponsored by Woodies in Airside.  A big thank you to the manager in Woodies, Airside for your generous donation.img_1016


College Awareness Week

College Awareness Week 2015

 On Friday, 27th November 2015, a number of students and teachers from Balbriggan Community College facilitated workshops for pupils in 6th class in St. Molaga’s Senior N.S.

The workshops organised by Ms Buckley and supported by Ms Mannion allowed the 6th class pupils to become aware of the subject choice in post primary and how this can impact on their choice of college courses in the future. The 6th class pupils had opportunities to speak with the second level students about the various subjects and to ask questions about college and their future education.

As part of their work the pupils also researched a second level subject and created a project about their chosen subject. The children have to be commended on the efforts they made and the two winning projects received a special prize.

Parents attended a meeting in the afternoon so that they could also become more College Aware.

We would like to thank Ms Buckley, Ms Mannion and the students from Balbriggan Community college who made this such a successful event.IMG_0810IMG_0818 IMG_0814IMG_0816IMG_0820IMG_0832 IMG_0829

New School Building News

St. Molaga’s Senior N.S. is listed for the new programme of capital investment in schools. Minister Jan O’Sullivan, announced the new six year building programme on the 17th November which will eliminate the need for any school to use pre-fabs as a long term accommodation solution. We currently have 12 prefab classrooms catering for 14 teachers and 233 pupils which is 52% of our school enrolment.

St. Molaga’s applied for a new building/extension in 1999 and we are delighted to finally be included in this building programme. Hopefully, we will progress to building in 2019 and should be in our new building in 2021, if all goes to plan. The Department of Education and Skills officials will be in contact with us in early 2016 to commence the planning phase for this long awaited project.

Digital Safety Seminar for Parents

Date for your Diary

St. Molaga’s Parent’s Association in conjunction with the staff of St. Molaga’s have organised a day devoted to internet and digital safety. ZEEKO Academy will visit us on Monday, 1st February 2016. Each class will attend a workshop on digital safety.
On Monday evening at 7:30pm, parents are invited to attend a seminar covering
*Cyber bullying, Internet addiction, Social media and gaming and how to manage these digital threats.
*Getting up to speed with your child’s digital world
* Different ways to talk to your child about their online world.

This seminar should provide parents with essential information in relation to their children’s online activity.

All parents/guardians are invited to attend.


Dublin City Marathon

marathonWell done to the pupils from Mr Cloherty’ s sixth class and members of our athletics group who took part in the run today.  The pupils ran the last mile of the marathon after training and running in school over the past 6 weeks. They all had the great experience of running to the Finish line and received t shirts, marathon medals and a goodie bag. Perhaps they will run the full marathon sometime in the future!