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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:

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!

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.

The 2018 St. Molaga’s Junior boys team

Congratulations to the 2018 St. Molaga’s Junior boys team. There were an amazing team who had a great year winning every match in the league and knockout phases to reach the final of the Fingal league.  Although narrowly beaten in the final they never gave up. Hopefully they’ll all be back next year fighting to get a place on what promises to be a great senior team.

It has been a pleasure to work with this team alongside Ms. Long. I’d like to thank Ms. Costello and all the other teachers and parents who have supported and helped out with the various boys and girls Gaelic teams.

Mr. Gorman 

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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!

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!

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

Pat Browne Rugby Cup

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:

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Fingal Football League

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.

Jake

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.

Shannon