On the 19th October our school went to the Cross Country in Valleymount. There were 32 people who qualified in the trials two week before. 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th class students went on the day. We won a few team medals and it was a really nice day. We went on the bus and we were singing on the bus. There were a lot of other schools there on the day.
For the last few weeks Terry Allen has been coming in to teach us all how to play Gaelic football. Terry has been working in the school for the last twelve weeks. They trained 5th and 6th classes and then 3rd and 4th classes. He came in on Tuesdays to do drills with us, after the drills we usually play matches. It was great fun and we would all like to thank Terry for giving us his time.
On Friday the 14th of September Ms Nugent took some girls to a Gaelic Blitz in Hollywood GAA pitch. We played three matches. We won one and lost one and drew the other one. We played Donard, Hollywood and Valleymount. We had a great time and we had a laugh.
Many thanks to Ms Nugent and Mr McCorristine.
Each year our whole school takes part in an indoor soccer league which Mr Sheridan and Mr. Mc Corristine very kindly organise.
It is so much fun. The league is split into two competitions – the 3rd Classes and the 4th Classes play each other and then the 5th Classes and the 6th Classes play each other. The finals are usually played outside on a lovely sunny day with the whole school watching. We are looking forward to the league starting in the spring time.
The Indoor Soccer Senior League Final on the 14th of June
The tic-tacs. It was a 5 a side match. It was a tight match for most of the fist half until the Purple Pandas player Oisin Farrel scored a screamer from the half way line, the keeper didn’t see it coming. At the end of the first half Sean And The Tic Tacs were in control and forced the Purple Pandas keeper, Daniel Archbold to make some great saves. After many attacks from Sean And The Tic Tacs they finally scored the equalizer with Paddy Schofield placing the ball in the back of the net. Oisin was injured from a knock in the nose and the whole game changed after that. Sean from Sean And The Tacs scored from a beautiful pass from Paddy. Sean took his time and scored with ease. The third goal was very similar. Sean scored and it was 3-1 to Sean And the Tic Tacs.
Once again our swimming programme in Tallaght Leisure Centre will be starting soon. The children learn a new life skill and it is always amazing to watch them improving week by week. The swimming instructors have been full of praise for the enthusiasm and good manners of the children over the years. Ms Smith will be sending a letter home soon giving more information. Any volunteers to accompany the children swimming would be greatly appreciated.
Training takes place every Wednesday after school from 2.30pm-3.15pm. There has always been a huge interest among the 5th and 6th classes and this year was no exception as over 60 children tried out for the 16 places available. Well done to those who made the final teams. The first matches will be played in the new year and then on to the Leinster finals. We have a fantastic record in St Marys as each year we have brought a team to the All Ireland Finals in Limerick. Lets hope the winning streak continues.
As the Olympic Handball Season fast approaches, we are delighted to have over 70 children from 5th and 6th classes registered with the IOHA. Training commenced at the end of September on Tuesday’s from 2.30pm-3.30pm. Two teams will be selected to represent St Mary’s SNS in the South Dublin Leagues and these will compete with other schools. There will be a boys team and a girls team. Ms Smith and Ms Nugent are coaching the teams.
Basketball with Lenny will go on for 8 weeks on a Monday afternoon after school for third and fourth classes and after Christmas another 8 weeks for fifth and sixth classes. We will be divided into teams. We will also play against different schools. At the end of the year if you improve you will get a bronze, silver or gold medal. If you do really well you will get a trophy. It’s held outside on the yard. Lenny doesn’t only train our school, he trains other schools in Blessington. He will have a helper from the 12th of November onwards.