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! Ciarán 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 Seán – 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!
6th Class boys and girls took part in the qualifying round of the Pat Browne cup (a tag rugby competition) in Balbriggan Rugby Club on Friday 4th May 2018. They played matches against other schools in the area. The team, captained by Shannon, put on a number of excellent performances to book the school a place in the final which will take place some evening in the next few weeks – date to be decided. All participants were awarded medals at the end of the day and St Molaga’s team were jubilant to get to the finals and to be given the chance to keep the Pat Browne Cup in our trophy cabinet for the coming year! Congratulations in particular to Charlie on his first time to wear the St Molaga’s jersey and represent his school in a sporting event! Well done to all the children for their excellent sportsmanship in congratulating all participating teams, and especially St. Georges who gave us a real run for our money in the final match! We are looking forward to the final in the coming weeks.
Check out these short video clips of the action on the day:
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.
what a fantastic week of soccer for our senior girls and seniors boys teams. On Monday 12th of March, the girls played all the way to the semi final only to lose narrowly. We are very proud of our girls team. Well done!
Two boys teams represented the school on Friday 16th March. Both teams played excellent football. one-team placed 3 rd in their group. The other team won their group and lost in sudden death penalty shoot out in a play off. We are very proud of our two boys teams.
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.
Our sixth classes took part in the Active Ireland “Taking on the Teachers” challenge. We did basketball relays, tug of war, a penalty shoot out and golf (which everyone found hard!) At the end of the challenge, it was a draw but sixth class won after a basketball shoot out. Everyone was delighted, especially when they got a night off homework as a prize!
In even better news, we just learned that our school, along with another school in Donegal, won the competition so we have won €150 of sports equipment for the school.
Congratulations to Adam in Ms Brennock’s 3rd Class and Michal in Ms Gray’s 6th Class, they have both been awarded a Special Showcase for their writing (for the 100 word challenge). This is a great achievement. Well done to both boys. Continue reading Special Showcase Winners!→
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.
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.
The Rugby Blitz happened on 10/2/2016. Ms.Leonard’s and Ms.Gray’s Fifth Classes competed against each other. The classes utilized their amazing rugby skills that they acquired from recent rugby activity organized by our wonderful rugby trainers.
The teamwork of both teams was outstanding in all of the matches. The teams were very competitive and sportsmanlike. The matches were exciting, especially when the better players made daring maneuvers for their teams.
Some players had extraordinary skills compared to others, but everybody made good efforts in their teams. During the matches some accidents happened but no-one was hurt thankfully.
However, all of the players had some great fun while playing.
On Friday, we used a variety of materials including dice, coins and playing cards to complete some maths investigations. We had to predict how often we thought each possible outcome would occur and then carry out the experiment
On Monday 25th of May, two volunteers from the RNLI station in Howth came to talk to the 5th classes about water safety.
Two people from the RNLI came to our school. RNLI stands for Royal National Lifeboat Institution. The RNLI save people if they are having trouble at sea. They showed us some videos of people being saved. There was a competition of who can dress in their gear the fastest. They also taught us to be safe at sea. We learnt a lot and it was fun!
2 women came and told us about the RNLI they told us about their work. They work for free, they are volunteers. They told us about some flags the white and black flags are for surfers the red and yellow flags are for people to stay between and the red flag is danger. They told us about the boats the big one is called All Weather one and the small one is called The Inshore Lifeboat. We have to be safe around water because it can be very dangerous when you’re alone and always have to wear a hat, get an umbrella and wear suncream slip, slap, slop be safe.
The RNLI women were called Irene and Bev. They told us the flags on the beach where people can swim and where people can’t. Irene and Bev showed us the boats they use .One was the all-weather boat which is very big and there was another boat that was very small. They said they have 8 minutes before they go out on the boat to rescue someone. We had a race who could get changed first in 8 minutes. At the end we got a RNLI book and a wrist band.
We have been learning lots about Balbriggan and its history. Our focus was mainly on Bremore Castle and Smyth’s factory. We worked in groups to make projects based on what we had learned! If you would like to know more about Smyth’s factory you should read here.