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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!

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, Ciarán, 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 Ciarán 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 Seán 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 Seán Creamer and Seán 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.

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! 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!

Junior Boys receive Heroes Welcome

Our wonderful Junior Boys Gaelic team received a heroes welcome when they returned from playing in the Fingal League final in Abbotstown today. Sadly they did not bring the trophy with them but they played an exceptionally good game against tough opposition (Gaelscoil Brian Boroimhe) and they fought like warriors, never letting their heads go down and making Brain Boroimhe work very hard for every point they scored. The team worked very hard and played some exceptional football to get to the finals, and while the result on the day didn’t go their way, they were wonderful ambassadors for their school and should wear their medals with pride! Many congratulations to: Adam M, Callum J, Jamie M, Sean C, Shane C, Callum T, Ryan T, Adam D, Billy R, C.J M, Sean A, James B, Judge I, Max K, Sean L, Conor M, Daniel N, Callum D, Adam K, Daniel K IMG_5627 and Sean M.

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

Children get moving!

It’s lovely to see the sun today as we have had so many rainy days recently! It can be hard for children to be cooped up in the classroom when they can’t get out.
Lots of the classes have started doing Active Breaks in the classroom especially on wet days.
Many classes are using GoNoodle which has some great dances and movement breaks.
Here are pictures of some of the classes getting active on rainy days:

More videos of Ceolchoirm Sheachtain na Gaeilge

A few more clips of our great concert for Seachtain na Gaeilge today. The 5th classes did a lovely version of Óró sé do bheatha bhaile with percussion, chime bars, guitars and keyboard, and the Junior choir sang Raglin Road and the Foggy Dew beautifully. You can download the following clips to have a listen:

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