This year of 2020 will remain in our hearts and minds for many a long day. So many significant events have been cancelled or postponed that our social and cultural environment is almost unrecognizable.
Not least among the events which have been postponed are our First Holy Communion and the Confirmation of our young people in the Faith. May 9th was planned as the big day for our two Second Classes and their teachers. Alas it wasn’t to be. However, we know that we will celebrate again in better times.
Saturday, May 16th was to be a big day for our two Sixth Classes and their teachers, Ms O’Connor and Ms Moroney.
The display of names of our pupils making their Confirmation this year. It is still up in the church.
As it is such a disappointing time for our pupils, both teachers wanted to mark the occasion in a special way.
To that end, all the pupils due to make their confirmation, sent a video message to remind us all that they stand ready and willing to step forward and be confirmed in their Faith, whenever the call comes.
Here they are …
We are so proud of you all, girls and boys!
(Videos not displaying? Click in the white space and you’re good!)
Many of you watched the live-stream of the 11 a.m. Mass from our parish church, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Ashbourne, on Sunday May 17th.
At that Mass, both teachers read out the names of those who were to be confirmed this weekend.
To everyone who has worked so tirelessly to support our young people in these extraordinary times, we say, thank you!
Do you like Stop-Motion Video?
Check this out from Séamus Brett in 3rd Class!
Congratulations to Johnny Logan on his wonderful appearance on Eurovision’s Special, Shine A Light Programme from Hilversum, The Netherlands, on Saturday Night.
Johnny, AKA, Seán Sherrard, a long-time resident of Ashbourne whose children attended St . Mary’s, has been a great supporter of our school and our Parish, especially at Christmas.
We wish you many more years of record-breaking music-making Johnny!!!
Hello! Virtual school will continue until September 2020!
Your teachers will continue to be in touch with some fun activities for you to do every week.
Please keep up with your work, be good for your parents/guardians and try to have as much FUN as possible until we see you all again!
Classes using Seesaw can easily keep in touch with teacher!
We’d LOVE to hear from you!
In compliance with the announcement made by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, on Friday, May 1st, St. Mary’s National School will remain closed until
Online school will continue as before.
Stay well, everyone!
Click the image below to go to this lovely book…
for the latest updates and messages from your child’s class teacher.
Also, do remember that any work sent home is recommended but NOT compulsory.
See below for a wealth of resources online…
Would you like to put some structure on your day? Click below…
The timetable above is a GUIDE, it’s not compulsory. The links in blue are there for your convenience. Feel free to edit the document , add or remove sites and adjust times and activities to suit YOUR particular situation.
Advice for parents on using the internet as a resource for education is available at…
Cliceáil ar an bpictiúr thíos chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil ar na cláracha íontacha atá ar fáil ar TG4 do pháistí sa bhaile!
Click below to go to the World of David Walliams
Lots of games and videos for free at present. No need for a printer with these activities!
Click the image below to get going…
Click HERE for ArtForKidsHub on YouTube!
Try and have as much fun as possible while stuck indoors. The Scouts UK site has lots of interesting activities you may not think of yourself. Click the image below to go to their site.
Get e-books and audio-books FREE on loan from the Ashbourne Library!
If you’ve got a library card, then you can borrow up to 5 books at a time, downloadable to your computer or mobile device!
Click the image to go…..
Learn to type……Click on the image below to begin!
World Book offer of FREE access to over 3000 e-books and audio-books!
Click the image below…
When the energy levels are flagging, just get up and MOVE with gonoodle!
Click the image below to go straight to gonoodle FAMILY on desktop/laptop!
On tablets tap the image and then tap on the menu (top right) then, Get Started Now, then Families, Play Now! Easy peasy!
Add Music to your collection of useful educational websites by clicking below and signing up for DabbleDoo Music. We use this in school. Kids love it!
Learn how to make cool scenes and program for free with scratch! Everything is explained in simple tutorials.
Click the image below to begin…
Check out Scoilnet at the link below for a huge selection of Irish resources for schools.
We strongly recommend visiting the link below for a world of useful sources of educational material!
We highly recommend:
Pupils in 3rd Class already have FREE access to sumdog and can play at home.
Pupils in 4th Class already have FREE access to mangahigh and can play at home.
Manga High has a free offer to schools affected by the covid-19 virus. We strongly advise that parents take up this offer. Details here.
We also highly recommend:
twinkl.ie is a website covering the entire Irish Curriculum at Primary Level. Check out their special offer during this extraordinary school closure to keep in touch with your child’s school work.
In particular we recommend using the free offer to access twinkl’s
SCHOOL CLOSURE PACKS, COVERING THREE WEEKS OF WORK FOR EVERY CLASS LEVEL IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL.
Please keep monitoring Aladdin for updates and helpful advice.
Click logo to go there …
From before we closed…
Bímís ag ceiliúradh gach rud Gaelach an tseachtain seo, ach go háirithe, ár dteanga féin!
Chuaigh na páisti ag siopadoireacht le haghaidh milseáin ar an Máirt.
Bhí an-spóirt acu…
Well done Julia!
“I started gymnastics 1.5 years ago. I’ve always been interested in how to do the splits or cartwheels. My first competition was from my whole school, Wave Gymnastics, where I took first place. Since then I have been motivated even more.
My mam enrolled me in a higher level at gymnastics: two times a week for two hours each day. On March 7th, I took part in the National Series Woman’s Level 1 all around and Team Championships where I got 10th place out of 31 participants!”
Córfhéile na Scoileanna 2020
Well done to the two 4th Classes who represented Saint Mary’s at the 2020 Córfhéile na Scoileanna, Music Festival in the National Basketball Arena, Tallaght this week. They played three songs on the Recorder and did really well. Thanks to Ms Dowling for all the hard work in preparing the music and of course, to all the boys and girls for their hard work too!
The Board of Management, Principal and Staff of Saint Mary’s National School sincerely thank the team of Department of Education and Skills Inspectors, who were with us recently.
Thank you for your courtesy, kindness and constructive advice!
Congratulations to the Peace Proms Choir 2020 for a wonderful night on SATURDAY, February 1st, in the RDS with 2,500 other children and a host of musicians & other musical stars!
On Saturday, 1st February, the Peace Prom Choir went to the RDS to perform with other schools in front of an audience of 3,500 people.
First, we all came to the school to get a bus to the RDS. There was great excitement on the bus. When we arrived, we were shown to our seats. Once we sat down, we grabbed a bit of lunch before the conductor, Greg Beardsell, came out. Greg came on stage with the orchestra to practice a few songs before the show. Once we were finished, Greg and the orchestra went back to get ready for the performance.
All the children ate another small lunch before the show. The performance began at 8pm and finished at 10.30pm. A few months ago there was a competition for a solo in the Peace Proms show. The soloist who won sang “Into the Unknown”. During the show we sang songs such as “Friend, Like Me”, “We are the Champions” and “A Million Dreams”.
Near the end, there was a dance medley, where everybody including the audience danced along. The Peace Proms was a great experience.
Thank you to Ms Wylde, Mr O’Byrne, Ms Flaherty and Ms Moroney for taking the time to help us practice and prepare for the show.
Thanks to Lila Moran for the excellent report.
Tá an t-Earrach linn!
Féach ar na Plúiríní Sneachta…
See the lovely display of snowdrops from Senior Infants. A beautiful sight, cheering everyone up after the Winter. Maith sibh a pháistí.
Well done to the two teams which represented Saint Mary’s so well in the local Credit Union Quiz, held on Friday, 31st January in the GAA Club!
The Junior Team came a close 2nd, missing out on the top spot by ONE point! The Senior Team came 4th in a hotly contested competition.
We are really proud of you all, boys and girls!!! Thanks to each and every one of you for giving up your time to train so well for this competition and to your mentors, Ms Kelly and Ms Moroney!
The happy actors who entertained us!
Meet the actors from the Reader’s Theatre Club who performed the humorous “Food Fight” short play for us at Assembly recently. It was very funny and really entertaining!
Well done 5th Class and Ms Ní Mhurchadha for organising it.
Go raibh maith agaibh Mamó agus Daideó !!!
Thank you for coming to see us, granny and grandad!!!
Tea and coffee were provided in the Hall for the morning and we were thrilled to see so many visitors in the school.
What a memorable day!
Look at this beautiful Geography-themed board from Ms Ivie’s 3rd Class. So informative and colourful!
Well done children!
Meet the winners and runners-up from the boys’ mini-leagues, held after school before Christmas. The pupils really enjoyed the experience of playing together on a team, (some for the first time) and the standard of play was very high indeed!
Well done boys!
Thanks to Ms Bennett, Mr Cawley and Mr Giblin!
School Self-Evaluation 2020
We are always striving to improve in St Mary’s and currently we are focusing on English.
In 3rd Class, Mr Dunne’s class have been working on procedural writing, displayed above.
Well worth a look, if you’ve ever wondered how to go about explaining something to someone else!
Well done boys and girls!
In our last school term the two 6th classes took part in a programme called Zeeko. This programme covered online safety for young children. A speaker came into our class, this person was one of the founders of Zeeko. He explained to us that for the following 6 weeks we would be teaching 3rd, 4th and 5th class about internet safety. He explained to us there would be three different roles that we would be assigned to. These roles were: group leaders, this person would be in charge of a group of 4 children from younger classes, the other two roles were presenters, one being the person to stand up in the younger classes and teach the lesson and the other person would work Powerpoint on the whiteboard. Our class was split into 3 groups, each group had 2 presenters and 8 group leaders. The group leaders asked the children in their group questions about the topic that had been taught each week during the lesson.
Under the topic of Online Safety we covered areas of cyber bullying, self-esteem and digital footprint. I think this programme benefited the children very much because it made them aware online and will help them to stay safe online in the future.
I feel the idea of us as children presenting them with this safety information was effective. I also enjoyed participating in this programme.
Report by: Zak Dennehy 6th Class.
Zeeko Report 2
In 2019 a man from Zeeko came in to us to talk about online safety. Throughout the day he taught us about different topics of online safety such as; Digital footprint, Cyber-bullying, Self-esteem, Screen time and Friends online.
Every Thursday we would have to go to teach the younger pupils one of the topics for 45 mins. This is called peer to peer internet safety education. We were all very excited but before we could go to the other classes, we were separated into 3 different classes: Mr Dunne’s 3rd class, Ms Bennett’s 4th class and Mr Cawley’s 5th class.
It is great fun to be a peer leader and if you ask any of our classmates, they will definitely say the same.
Zeeko isn’t just fun and games, it is also hard work. Everyone got a turn to be a presenter. Presenter number 1 has the job of teaching the class about the topic chosen. Presenter number 2 has the job of controlling the Zeeko online game which we played with the class. On the game there were phones. Each phone had a number from 1 to 10 on it. Every phone had a different story or scenario to discuss with the class. Every few phones, there was a signal for the peer leaders to give each pupil a sheet and do an activity with them.
When we were leaving, we would give the class teacher the homework for that week and some posters to stick up on the wall. We continued to do this for the next 5 weeks.
Zeeko is a fun way for kids to learn about the importance of online safety and help with confidence and communication skills. We would strongly recommend doing this again.
By Leanne, Kyle, Maisie, Kayleigh and Jodi.
Zeeko creates a world where young people can safely benefit from technology and the internet. Zeeko visitors came into our class and told us some facts like how they have been to over 400 schools across Ireland per year delivering internet safety seminars to pupils, teachers and parents. Zeeko education reduces the negative consequences of cyber-bullying. He showed us some short stories and situations that come up for people when they are online.
The facilitator taught us some simple steps to remember to keep us safe on the internet such as:
STOP, BLOCK and TELL
He made sure that we were all set to go before sending us off to different classes.
OUR STEPS FOR THE OTHER CLASSES
- We were split into 3 different groups and then assigned to different classes.
- We planned out 5 weeks of lessons for all the different classes.
- We had somebody on the computer as well as somebody talking in front of the class and we would all switch jobs.
- We did lot of different activities with the class and they really enjoyed it and so did we!
- With this experience Zeeko has helped us learn so much about online safety and the internet.
By : Niamh – Ava – Adam and Zach H
Click the Manga High logo to see the winners of the recent online challenge!
Click the Peace Proms Logo Below to go to our official PP2020 page!
Click the Maths Week logo to see the winners of the art competition receiving their prizes.