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Saint Mary’s National School

has closed

for the

Summer Holidays.

We hope that our pupils, their families and friends all have a wonderful, safe summer.

See you in the Autumn!

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Mr ÓhÓbáin held his last Assembly on Wednesday at 11.00am in the school hall. The whole school assembled to wish Mr ÓhÓbáin well and to present him with some gifts and reminders of his work with us in Saint Mary’s.

Following prayers and readings for Mr ÓhÓbáin, read by a selection of pupils from many classes we sang one of his favourite Assembly Hymns, “We’re here Again” which got us off to a great start.

Mr ÓhÓbáin thanked everyone he had worked with during his 9 years with us and he was thanked in turn by the Chairman of the Board of management, Mr Pat O’Connor.

Pupils from many classes who had maintained 100% attendance during the school year were awarded with a lovely certificate. 

Next,the Jack Barrett Awards were presented by Mrs Kate Barrett, to Amy Spratt and Michael O’Sullivan, two sixth class students who displayed the characteristics of hard work, friendship and respect  we value in Saint Mary’s, throughout their time here.

The Chairperson of the Parents’Association, Johanne Maher, presented the Principal with a beautifully painted “Friendship Bench” as a reminder of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s big ideas of respect and care for each other. 

The children presented Mr ÓhÓbáin with a garden centre voucher so he can buy something appropriate for his garden at home. They also presented him with a giant book of memories from each and every class. This included fond memories of Mr ÓhÓbáin and pictures drawn by the children. It is a lovely book.

During the ceremony, Sixth Class sang “Time of Your Life” with the words altered to wish Mr ÓhÓbáin well. The junior classes sang a lovely selection of Jolly Phonics songs spelling out Mr ÓhÓbáin’s name.

Finally, the entire school sang a rousing rendition of “The Dublin Saunter” as an acknowledgment of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s Dublin roots.

Then Sixth Class paraded through the hall for the last time and exited via their block to begin their well-earned Summer Holidays and the rest of their hopefully, happy and fulfilling lives. We wish them well.

The very last thing on the agenda and a tradition at this time of year in our school was when the pupils moved into their new positions in the hall, recognising their imminent transfer into their new class for next year! There was much excitement as everyone had a look at the hall from their new vantage point, looking forward to September and more exciting adventures!!!

It was a lovely celebration of Mr ÓhÓbáin’s time with us and we were delighted to be able to wish him well in his retirement.

Thank you, from all of us!

Beir Bua Is Beannacht!

Grad Mass 2018

At the Sixth Class Graduation recently, School Chaplain, Fr Derek Darby celebrated a special Mass of Thanksgiving for the lives of the young people leaving us this year.

Following the mass, outgoing Principal, Mr Dónal ÓhÓbáin praised the students for their positive contributions to the life of the school over their 8 years with us. He also advised them in ways of staying safe as they venture out into the world. Finally, Mr ÓhÓbáin gave some good advice to the parents on how to support their children in the exciting and possibly challenging times ahead.

Following the Mass refreshments were served and everyone got the chance to chat and reminisce about fun times shared together.

This occasion was a great opportunity to thank MrÓhÓbáin for his massive contribution to the development of Saint Mary’s over his 9 years and to wish him well in his retirement. It was a lovely occasion.

Race Winners From Sports Day Receive Their Medals!

Check out the gallery below!

Thursday, June 21st,

(the longest day of the year)

was

2018

The Green Team  with Mr Ó Brádaigh and Ms O’Connor were kept busy organising a great display in the Hall. All classes did fantastic work over recent weeks. We were delighted to see all the projects on green issues and the constructions made from found materials! 

Check out the gallery on the Green Day Page!

It was really great!

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Congratulations to all the participants and winners in the relay races and the Principal’s Cup, run during school on Tuesday. 

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THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE SPORTS DAY 2018 SUCH A BIG SUCCESS.

WE WERE DELIGHTED TO SEE SO MANY PARENTS ON THE DAY.

THE CHILDREN DID SO WELL AND EVERYBODY ENJOYED THEMSELVES.

WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!

THANK YOU!

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We’ll be back…

Pictured above, with Principal, Mr Dónal ÓhÓbáin,  are the Boys’ Senior and Junior footballers and their teachers, with the O’Byrne Cup, recently won again  by the Meath team, containing some Saint Mary’s past-pupils!

(The Bord na Móna O’Byrne Cup is a Gaelic football competition organised by the Leinster GAA. The competition is named after Matt O’Byrne, a former Wicklow GAA club officer. The participants are the eleven county teams which field a football team… Kilkenny do not field a football team.)

We were looking forward to our Senior Boys competing in the final against St Colmcille’s BNS,  Kells on Saturday!!!

The road to the final…

On the 9 of June 2018 we played Kells in the Cuman Na mBunscol final at 2 o clock. This is how we got there. Our first match was against Dunboyne in Donboyne who we beat well with great performances by Danann Donnelly and Daniel Holmes. Our second match was against Whitecross who were missing a few players  so we beat them by 5 goals thanks to Adam Power and Cian Dowling. Our third match was against Canistown and solid performances from Conor McNally and Ben Cox saw us the win.

In the quarter final against Kildalkey we were down at half time but with Captain Eoin Kelly and leading scorer Michael O’Sullivan coming off the bench we won the game. In the semi final we faced Whitecross again. Great performances from the fourth class Ross Wilson and Dara Maher we were in front at half time. Unfortunately we went 2 points down with ten minutes to go. Thankfully Niall Daly scored an unstoppable goal with eight minutes to go. Whitecross went on the attack but didn’t break through the defence of Oisin Daly, Daniel Holmes, Andrew Skelton, Leon Holmes and Troy Mahon until the very last minute but a great save by Jodev Puchon got us the win.

We were really looking forward to the final and we would like to thank Mr Giblin, Mr Cawley , Mr O Connor and Mr Halpin.

By Oisin Daly

After a superb display of quality football from both teams in sweltering conditions, Kells emerged the winners after rallying in the last ten minutes of the game.

We in Saint Mary’s are immensely proud of you all, boys and we thank you and your mentors, Mr Cawley, MrGiblin and Mr O’Connor for all your dedication and hard work over recent months!

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Pictured above with Principal, Mr ÓhÓbáin are the Girls Footballers with their mentors, Ms Kavanagh, Ms Kelly, Ms O’Shaughnessy and Ms Flaherty with the O’Byrne Cup. Well done to everyone involved with football in Saint Mary’s!

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