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Molaga’s Got Talent

Well done to all the participants, and of course the winners, of “St. Molaga’s Got Talent” – the most hotly anticipated show in the school calendar! We were all blown away by the range of talent on display – from singers to musicians, from dancers to magicians!.

Many thanks to our celebrity guest judges – last year’s winners, singers Michael and Muna – who took time out of their holidays to come and help adjudicate this year’s show! They even treated us to an impromptu performance in the interval between the show and the announcement of the winners!

As always, it proved very difficult to choose a winner. After much deliberation, the winners of the Junior talent show were announced to be:
3rd place – Iveta and Sadiya (Irish dancing accompanied by piano)
2nd place – Julia (who sang, accompanying herself on piano)
1st place – Ben (freestyle dance)
The winners of the Senior competition were:
3rd place – Jack, Grace, Ellie-May, Leah and Bethan (singing)
2nd place – Teegan (T.J)
1st place – “The Carnations”, Merk, Esther and Divine

Here are a few pictures of some of the winners and runners up, not to mention our hard-working backstage crew!

Active Week novelty activities

Well done to all the children of St Molaga’s who tried out a lot of new activities during Active Week. We had classes skiing down the grass in front of the school, we did skipping, we played tennis and we set up nets in the all-weather pitch and played badminton! Ms Ferguson even practiced her own skipping. Mind you she was a dab hand at it – probably because of all her dancing experience! ­čÖé Well done Ms Ferguson!

Here is Ms Ferguson getting a bit of skipping practice in:

Check out this video of our “skiing”!!

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4th Class Gaelic Blitz

We had a brilliant Gaelic blitz in the all-weather behind St. Molaga’s on Wednesday of Active Week. Ten schools from the Balbriggan area took part and St Molaga’s entered four 4th class teams (approx 15 children from each class). We played 10 a side, with subs rolling on and off every 5 minutes. It was a great experience and gave us a good opportunity to put the Gaelic skills we have been learning with Larissa into practice. We also had a chance to try out some hurling! It was a brilliant day! We were active all day long except when we sat down to watch the skills show in the hall – but lots of us were performing in that as well!! The kids who didn’t want to do the blitz did class v class matches with children in the other 4th classes so we were all on the go! Hopefully we can have another blitz like this next year!
Here are some photos:

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 from the show below:

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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:

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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, Ciar├ín, 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 Ciar├ín 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 Se├ín 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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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 Se├ín Creamer and Se├ín 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!

Balbriggan Roadrunners Event

On the evening of Thursday 31st May, a family-friendly running event took place in Balbriggan as part of the Balbriggan Summerfest celebrations. This was a 5 km run, starting and finishing at St. Molaga’s school. Well done to all who got involved, including many children and staff in the school. Hopefully this will become an annual event and more and more families from the school will get involved each year.

Active Flag Committee present their findings

At our Green Schools Action Day on Friday 1st June, four children from the Active Flag committee represented the school at a stand in the hall. Many parents came in to view the Green Schools projects and to talk to the children from various committees to hear about what we are doing in school. The children from the Active Flag Committee presented the results of a recent survey undertaken by Ms Grey’s 6th class to find out how many children in the school are involved in different sports clubs outside school. Well done to them and to all the children who took part in activities on the day.

Action Day – 6th Green Flag

To celebrate the raising of our 6th Green Schools Flag we held an Action Day in the school on Friday 1st June.

Each class displayed the work they had done to help achieve the flag. The theme was Global Citizenship – Litter and Waste. The projects, art work and games on display were varied and all were very interesting.

Well done also to the Green School Committee for all their hard work over the last two years!

Work on our 7th flag will begin in September!

Click on the link to see some photographs!

Pat Browne Rugby Cup final 30th May 2018

Congratulations to all the wonderful members of our tag rugby team who took part in the finals of the Pat Browne cup on Wednesday night! They fought valiantly over three rounds, scoring some amazing tries and grabbing tags with extraordinary skill. Shannon, who was captain of the team at the knock-out stages and on the night of the final, gave wonderful leadership, keeping the team on their toes and in line! Ciar├ín and Eoin scored some stand-out tries and Eli was the tag-grabber of the night, slipping in between players like an eel to grab every tag in sight. Well done to Hannah and Nathan, both seasoned rugby players, and Katie who gave us a master class in how well skill in Gaelic can transfer to skill in rugby! Excellent performances were also made on the night by Toby, Jude and Cathal (also from our Gaelic team!) and not forgetting to mention Se├ín – the man to call on when you’ve a need for speed! Important also to acknowledge the players who were not able to participate in the final but who took part the the heats and in the blitz last September, all helping to get us to the finals this year. Sadly the trophy went to Balscadden at the end of the night, but it was a very closely contested match and I’ve no doubt that the trophy will be heading back to St Molaga’s again in 2019 as it did in 2017 and 2015!

Active School Activity Rewards

At two o’ clock yesterday, there must have been a dozen classes out and about in the school grounds all at the same time! Every single open space was in use: the front of the school, the Gaelic pitch, the yard, the basketball pitch, the small all-weather pitch, 5th/6th football area and another four classes out on the large all-weather pitch. There were different groups of children playing cricket, basketball, rounders, following maps, skipping, playing with hoola hoops, practicing ball skills and no fewer than five different football matches on all at once! Many teachers are rewarding good work and good behaviour with extra activity time, so there must have been a lot of very good children in St. Molaga’s this week!