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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:

 

St Molaga’s Active Schools Programme

St Molaga’s is committed to becoming an Active School. We are currently working hard to be awarded our first Active Flag. Here is some information about what we have been doing over the last two years.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAMME
In terms of our Physical Education Programme, all classes provide timetabled PE for a minimum of one hour per week and engage with every strand of the PE curriculum as laid down by the Department of Education. The different strands are: Games, Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Outdoor and Adventure and Aquatics. Unfortunately, we no longer have access to the swimming pool in Gormanston where we used to bring 3rd and 4th classes for swimming every year, but every class in the school covers Water Safety lessons which also make up an important part of this strand. Teachers in St. Molaga’s had the opportunity this year to avail of continuing professional development in the area of Gymnastics. This was very beneficial and will be helpful to teachers in delivering the Gymnastics strand of the curriculum. Many classes got several opportunities to dance this year, during Seachtain na Gaeilge and Arts week, not to mention work done under the Dance strand in their class PE lessons. Many teachers have uploaded photos of their Dance lessons to the Blog and they can be viewed by clicking on the “Active Flag” tag. The summer term is an ideal time to work on Athletics and Outdoor pursuits and many classes are busy working on these strands this term. The Games strand is always very popular amongst the pupils and a wide variety of different sports are played by the different classes throughout the school. Teachers are also supported by local clubs (Balbriggan rugby club, O’ Dwyers GAA etc). in their delivery of the Games strand.

PHYSICAL ACTIVITY INITIATIVES
We have introduced a number of new initiatives between this year and last year to help make our school community more active. The majority of classes are now “doing laps” every day, some classes several times a day as a transition between lessons. Both children and teachers are very positive about the benefits of the running. The children enjoy getting out to stretch their legs and the teachers report that the running keeps the children alert and energised. This is a wonderful, simple, cost-free initiative that has great benefits for the children, both academically and in terms of building up their fitness and stamina.
Another initiative we have introduced is “busy breaks”. Many classes have built these movement breaks into their daily routines, again often as a transition between lessons, where the children get up and dance or jump around in their places to stretch their muscles and work off some energy. We have also agreed as a staff to always give children movement breaks in the classroom on days when it rains and it is not possible to go out.
Children in St Molaga’s are encouraged to walk and cycle to school and the Golden Boot and Golden Bike awards are given out regularly to the classes which have walked or cycled the most to school. Children are encouraged to be active at break times in the yard and we have rotas to encourage use by all of the basketball nets and the football areas. We have yard markings to encourage yard games such as hopscotch, and equipment such as skipping ropes to appeal to children who may not like to play ball games. 6th class pupils look after the equipment and show newer children into the school how to use it.
Another initiative this year is the introduction of active homework. Many classes do this on a weekly basis, other at certain times of the year. We are very keen for our pupils to understand that PE is a subject as important as everything else they study in St. Molaga’s.
As a staff we made the decision to do away with the “treat on Friday” that had become traditional in the school. We now encourage the children to bring a healthy, balanced, nutritious lunch every day, including Friday and to keep sweets as an occasional treat, at home rather than at school, with the exception of special days such as the school tour, or an end-of-year party, but again, even on these occasions, children are encouraged to eat sweet foods in moderation.
We have been focussing on building in an active element to as many of our school activities as possible this year. All special events, arts week, Christmas, Seachtain na Gaeilge etc. should have activities planned that get the children up and moving. Many teachers have been reflecting on how to bring more activity into other curricular areas, whether that means a history, science or maths trail, a nature walk, or dance movements to go with times tables!
Children with special needs are very well catered for in St Molaga’s school. They are included in all PE lessons and active pursuits. Many children with additional needs are afforded extra busy breaks and valuable opportunities to build up their fine and gross motor skills during the school day.

PHYSICAL EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS
In St Molaga’s we are lucky to have excellent and beneficial partnerships with many community groups. Since last year, groups that have come into the school to share their expertise and work with our children include: O’ Dwyers GAA, Balbriggan Rugby club, the FAI and Balbriggan boxing club. Children have also had cycle training, yoga, scooter training and Sports Conditioning. We also had a parent who generously shared her expertise in Basketball coaching. Many children in our school participated in Gaelic football, hurling, soccer and rugby blitzes and competitions outside the school organised by our local clubs. We are hoping to continue to develop these partnerships in the years ahead and try to bring some new sports into the school as well.

ACTIVE SCHOOLS WEEK
We ran a wonderful Active Schools Week in St Molaga’s in 2017 and we are planning to run another in June 2018. There are many photos on the school blog of Active week 2017. This was a new initiative and has grown out of the Sports Days that classes participated in in the past.
Last year we had a very successful and popular Gymnastics, Dance and Skills display in the school hall. For many children, this was the first time they got the opportunity to showcase their talents in gymnastics, kick-boxing, karate, Taekwondo, ballet, Irish dancing etc. in school. We also had some terrific sports skills displays that included “keepie-uppies”, hurling skills (solo-ing, pucking, catching with one hand) and rugby skills. It was something we had never done before and both the participants and the audience were delighted with the outcome. This is certainly something that could become a fixture in the school calendar!
Other events that were part and parcel of Active week last year included a Gaelic Blitz for girls, two soccer leagues, two Pupils versus Teachers soccer matches, an obstacle course, basketball coaching, taster sessions in boxing, marathons, races, inter-class matches, Drop Everything and Dance and Drop Everything and Run.
We are greatly looking forward to another successful Active Week this year and hopefully we can continue to build on these successes going forward to make St Molaga’s the most active school in Balbriggan.

Remember, our new Active School Motto is:
HOP, SKIP, JUMP, PLAY,
LET’S BE ACTIVE EVERY DAY

India Projects

We recently completed group projects on various elements of Indian culture, following our teacher’s trip to Kolkata last summer. Each group researched and presented on a particular aspect of Indian culture such as food, religions and customs, clothing and festivals, animals, traditions, sports and languages, famous people. We learnt a lot of thing we did not know about India and how different some things are there, in comparison to Ireland. After researching, each group illustrated their findings on a poster before presenting it to the class. We peer and self-assessed the quality of our project presentations just before the Easter holidays. Some children mentioned they would love to visit India in the future. We can’t wait for our next group projects!

Ceolchoirm Sheachtain na Gaeilge 2018

Comhghairdeas le gach rang a ghlac páirt i gceolchoirm Sheachtain na Gaeilge.

Bhí dánta, ceol, amhráin agus rince le fáil. Bhí na páistí go léir go hiontach ar fad! Go raibh mile maith agaibh do na múinteoirí agus páistí go léir  – chuir sibh an-obair go deo isteach sa cheolchoirm!

Go raibh maith agat do Michael freisin, a d’ullmhaigh an stáitse agus do Gill agus Colette a chroch suas na póstaeir a rinne na páistí chun an halla a mhaisiú.

Ar scáth a chéile a mhaireann na daoine!

Tír gan teanga, tír gan anam!!

Seachtain na Gaeilge – Ceol traidisiúnta

Táimid ag céiliúradh Seachtain na Gaeilge i scoil Naomh Mhologa an tseachtain seo.
Dé Luain tháinig beirt chailín isteach agus sheinn siad ceol deas traidisiúnta dúinn ar uirlislí difriúla: an giotár, an fhidil, an fheadóg stáin agus an bodhrán. Bhí an ceol go hálainn agus bhaineamar go léir an-taitneamh as! Seo cúpla griangrafanna a thugamar.

Na páistí ag éisteacht go géar.
Andrea agus Sharon ag seinm ceoil

Visit from Peter Gunning- Author of Reaching the Heights

Last Wednesday, Peter Gunning visited the school to speak to the 6th class students. Peter is the author of the novel Reaching the Heights, a novel which all of the 6th classes have enjoyed reading this year. Peter Gunning spoke to the children about the writing process, the inspiration for his characters and his thoughts about Reaching the Heights and the other novels he has written (including Stanley!).

Peter also read an extract from the book and used a wonderful Cork accent to add to his dramatic reading! The children asked some very insightful questions and really enjoyed the visit. Thanks to Ms. Murphy for contact Peter to organise the talk.

 

Friendship Week

For the last week, we have been celebrating Friendship Week in St Molaga’s. Each class studied poems about friendship and made a special effort to be nice to one another! Some classes made friendship chains and friendship bracelets, while others wrote poems about friendship.

Throughout the week, the children collected Friendship Tokens when they were seen being friendly and polite. Everyone made a great effort to win as many tokens as possible. Here are the children who received a certificate for being the most friendly and courteous in their class.

Children of the World

Third classes are a frenzy of wings, sunhats, drums, stars and candy canes this week as all the children and teachers sing their hearts out and prepare for next week’s performances of “Children of the World”.
Looking forward to seeing lots of parents and grandparents at our shows on
Tuesday (Ms Geraghty/Ms Brennock/Ms Kiely) and on Wednesday (Ms Carmody/Ms Sullivan/Ms Kiely).

Still Running!

Even though it’s cold outside (even colder than our prefab) we still go out for a run twice a day almost every day. On Monday mornings we have P.E. but every other morning we go at approximately 10:10 and every afternoon at 2:15.  If it’s really cold or raining we wear our coats. If it’s lashing rain we stay inside and do a ‘bizzy’ break. That’s only  happened twice so far.

We have the choice to run a full lap or a half lap and we can go at whatever pace we like.  Mr. Gorman only runs a half lap but most of the class run a full lap.  Anyone who has been in every day and ran a full lap will have run approximately 50 km by Christmas.

The amazing thing is that it takes less than 5 minutes from the time we leave our desks until we’re back at work again. We know because we’ve timed it.

Yesterday it took us 4 minutes and 34 seconds from the time we lined up until we were all back in our desks at work.
This afternoon the astro was locked so we ran around the yard.

Here are some comments from our class. 

Laps clear my mind and after running I feel calm. Juwaria

Laps let me express my feelings and clear my mind but finally it is fun for me and the class. Senan

Sometimes when the astro is closed we do them around the yard but there still a lot more fun than doing work in class. Ellen

I like laps and I always beat Mr.Gorman. Mark

I like doing laps because it clears my mind and it is great fun to do laps. Sean

I like to do laps because it wakes me up and it’s really fun. Sam

I love doing laps because they are fun. Amy

I love laps because they help me get ready for the next subject. Caitlin.

I love laps because they keep me active. Tadhg

I like laps because you get a break from work. Daniel

I love laps. I am glad that we do laps. Hannah.

I love doing laps two times a day. Rhys.

Laps are so fun and they make you happy. Jack.

Laps are and cool but they are very tiring. Donal

I like the laps because it helps me get fit. Ava

I love laps because it gives me fresh air and helps me get fit. Cillian

I like laps because they’re fun to do. Sophia

I like laps because its fun. Niamh.

I love laps because its nice to get outside. Max

I like laps because I beat teacher all the time and it’s nice to have some fresh air. Austeja

I love laps because we get to go on the big astro and it gives you fresh air. Jake

Laps are for life because we get fresh air and it helps us to get fit and it’s great fun. Bartosz

Even when I don’t feel like going out I still do, because it give’s me and all the class energy and it helps us to concentrate.  Mr. Gorman