During Active Week we had the great chance of trying out tennis. For many of us it was our first time trying the sport. Maybe there’ll be a Roger Federer from Balbriggan in the future!
We had great fun completing a range of orienteering activities during Active Week. Our favourite activitiy was completing the map of the school from an birds eye view. We loved how the activities involved both physical and mental challenges!
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:
We have been running three laps of the Astro pitch almost every day since September. It is great exercise and we have al improved our fitness and speed. Earlier in the year we completed the Kids Marathon where we ran the last mile of a full marathon in Santry. We learned that a marathon is 26.2 miles or 42.195 kms.
We had Cycling Skills lessons with Mick and Shane every Tuesday for a month and a half. We learned lots of important cycle safety skills such as how to make turns safely, how to dress appropriately while cycling and where you should be positioned the road. We also learned how to read and understand different road signs. At the end we received a cycling certificate to show we completed the Primary School Training course from the Irish Centre for Cycling.
SENIOR BOYS GAELIC TEAM
On the Gaelic Team it is quite fun and we have great managers and equipment. We train a lot and very hard.
In our first game we played against Realt na Mara. We played very well and ended up in a good win.
In our second game we played against St. Pat’s of Skerries out on the big astro. It was a very sunny day and a very close game. In the end we won it by a very late point. It was a very good game.
In our third game just a week ago we played against St. Olivier Plunketts from Malahide. We didn’t have a great start and it ended up to cost us.
Next game was a quarter final against Olivier Plunketts the team that had just beaten us. If we won this game we would be straight through to the semi finals and if not we would have a play-off to get through. We played a great game but so did the opposition. We lost by a few points.
Our next game will be on this week and if we win were one game away from Parnell Park.
MOLAGA’S GIRL’S GAELIC TEAM 2018
Playing for the school team is an honour. You learn new skills and make lifelong friends. Playing for the school team has definitely helped me develop into the player I am today. Playing for the school team is an amazing experience and hopefully in the coming years more girls will play for the school team because the skills you learn are just amazing.
Win, lose or draw our coaches would be very proud but would always want more.
This year the Malaga’s girls team has been probably the best team yet. Unfortunately, we got knocked out by Howth. It was very tough but someone was going to win. Unfortunately, Howth won and that was us knocked out in the qualifiers for the semi-final.
On behalf of all of the girls we would like to thank our coaches, Ms. McGinley and Ms. Geraghty. Without them the team wouldn’t be here. They thought us skills that will help us all in our Gaelic careers. Thank you for everything.
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!!
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.
We are all looking forward to the rematch!
During the interval of the 3rd/4th class Molaga’s Got Talent final, Kevin I from Ms McGinley’s class read The Gruffalo to us. Kevin had rehearsed this a lot and really entertained everyone with his fantastic voices!!
Follow the link for a clip of one of his rehearsals, as well as a picture of a Gruffalo that Kevin drew.
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
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.