Super Soccer Stars!!

Soccer Success!!!!

We are delighted to say that our school soccer team experienced huge success in the league that they took part in. The school team played Delgany Football team in the final and what a final it was! The game was 0-0 for most of the game and then Delgany got a goal. Our Lady’s team showed immense resilience and strength as they battled on trying to create chances where they could. And that they did!! Fionn McGovern was the first to find the back of the net! The pressure was then on as there were only minutes left and we needed another goal to clinch the title. In dramatic style, Charlie Leech Murphy found the back of the net once again and Our Lady’s got that all important last goal!!! There was jubilation on the side lines and on the pitch! The final whistle was blown seconds later and the game was over. Our Lady’s were crowned the winners!

We are all very proud of each member of the school team. Each player had a huge part to play and together as a team, they pulled through and clinched the title! A huge thank you to Mr Heneghan too who has given so much of his own time to this team and through all the trainings and team talks inspired them to keep going and to believe in themselves. Thank you also to Ms Carberry (SNA) who provided some refreshing oranges during the match. Well done to all the team once again. We look forward to the medal ceremony in assembly very soon!

School Team: Jack Connolly, Demi-Leigh Curtis, Jamie Doyle, Henry Fottrell, Oliver Fottrell, Ferdia Gibson, Oscar Gibson, Luca Holmes, Victor Lace, Oskar Maghder, Fionn McGovern, Mohammed Mukhtar, Charlie Murphy, Mohammed Al-Najjar, Daniel Okunade and Jack Weadick.

Sports Day 2018

Sports Day this year was another roaring success. We couldn’t have been luckier withe the weather and everything ran very smoothly thanks to the organisation of the school and of course the support from the parents as well as the parent’s council.

The junior and senior races were running parallel to each other or time efficiency and to ensure children were as active as they could be. The infants completed running races, egg and spoon races, sack races and crawling races. The senior end completed all these as well as three legged race and one or two more. We were delighted to see so many parents taking place in the parent’s running race.

Huge thanks again to the Parent’s Association who supplied us with a healthy tuck shop in line with Active School. All children received a medal for taking part and a fantastic day was had by all. Well done to all the boys and girls and of course to the mums and dads who take part also!!

More pics to follow!!…

 

 

Girls Soccer team

Soccer

Our Lady’s Girls Soccer team qualified for the Spar Dublin Finals which took place in Irishtown on Wednesday 25th April. Having played very few games together the girls put up a fantastic performance on the day. Our first game was against Good Shepherd N.S. A last minute goal by Demi-Leigh Curtis secured us a 1-1 draw. Good Shepherd went on to win. Our Lady’s defeated Hedgestown National School with goals from Demi-Leigh Curtis and Emma Dunne. In our last game we were defeated 5-3 by Ballybrack . Fantastic goals however by Demi – Leigh and Eunsae! Unfortunately, we just missed out on silver medals as Ballybrack beat us on goal difference.

Well done to all the girls involved and a special thanks to Ms Leacy for accompanying the girls to the matches and preparing them in advance of their games.

On a separate note, our school soccer team top the Dublin league table with one game to go. They continued their unbeaten run with a recent hard fought draw with Sandford. Jack Weadick scored his first goal for the school!! Well done Jack! The team are also involved in the Plate Competition and hope to keep the fantastic form going into the summer!

Once again, a huge thank you to Mr Heneghan for his dedication in supporting and preparing the school soccer team.

National Bike to School Week Art Competition

As part of National Bike Week 2018, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown Count is holding an Art Competition for primary school pupils in the County. Students are asked to draw an A4 size poster focusing on making trips by bike with a theme ‘Cycling with your Family’. We will be entering this competition as part of National Bike Week. The closing date for entries is June 7th.

We are also encouraging children to bring their bike with them to school this week. Who knows, we may even have another Slow Bike Race!!

Rory McIlroy watch out!!

We love to encourage children to try a new sport. Not all children are naturally fond of all sports so Active School’s Week is a great opportunity to get a taste of different sports so that children can find one that suits themselves.

Budding golfers from 4th to 6th classes tried their luck on our pitching ground. Ms. Leacy talked the children through their grip, swing and technique as the children attempted to land the ball in the umbrella! What a great introduction the the game!

The Daily Mile

The aim of the Daily Mile  ‘is to improve the physical, emotional and social health and wellbeing of our children – regardless of age or personal circumstances’. The concept is simple; to get children running more every day. It may be simple but it really is effective. It has become part of our school culture over the past two years and the children absolutely love it!

Along with Go Noodle, we strive to provide children with opportunities to give their working minds a break so that they can reset and refocus for the following classroom activity or task. The Daily Mile simply requires children to run laps of the school yard in a non competitive setting. The children keep track of how many laps they have completed and can challenge themselves to beat their record the following day.

The children have commented saying it is their favourite part of the school day and teachers have noticed a massive improvement in concentration following it’s introduction. What’s more is that teachers have also noticed improvements in overall fitness and endurance levels among children who struggled to complete one lap at the start of the year and who are now running non stop for a full 15 minutes!

Go Noodle

Go Noodle

We have been made increasingly aware of the positive benefits of movement with learning. Go Noodles strives to create a more positive classroom environment by boosting productivity, improving behaviour and building community. All teachers in our schools have been making use of this fantastic resource throughout the year to give the children a ‘brain break’ and in turn increase the productivity in the classroom. We have really noticed what a positive affect movement has had on concentration and learning following an exercise.

What is so fantastic about this resource is that it has a range of activities and exercises to suit all class and levels and each video clip can serve a different purpose. There are guided dance and free dance videos as well as breathing exercise and meditation. Teachers can choose which exercise will suit their class at a specific time. It also has longer, more energetic videos for the days it is raining and classes have to stay in at lunch.

 

Active breaks

Playground leaders lead activities

Here in Our Lady’s, we want our play times to be as active as possible. We encourage ‘Do your talking while you’re walking’ and we also have designated playground leaders who help to lead activities and teach news games/skills.

Some of the older children have been given leadership roles and are responsible for leading activities on the junior yard. At break times, some children have the job of distributing equipment while other children actually instruct the children in completing the activity for a specific group. This allows all children to be more active and allows for a more positive playground environment.

Christmas fun run 2017/18

We had a blast doing a whole school daily mile as a Santa fun run this year. All the pupils and teachers put on their Christmas jumpers and Christmas hats and took the yard with the Christmas songs blaring for the fun!!

Our Active School Committee

Our Active School Committee have been doing some fantastic work throughout the year. Each member has a special role. Some children are in charge of distributing equipment at break times, some children lead playground activities, others lead active lines and all members encourage ‘Do your talking while you’re walking’.

It is also the role of the members to remind other students and teachers to get 60 minutes of exercise every day. Committee members also remind teachers to complete the Daily Mile as well as Go Noodle Breaks on rainy days.

The committee were a huge help in organising and implementing activities during Active School Week and they took their roles very seriously. They generated ideas which we are able to follow through on and also requested ideas from their classmates. Well done all on a job well done!

2017 Winners

Niamh won 2nd in the Irish Orienteering Championship in Oughterard. Well done Niamh!

 

Jessica came 1st in the Pangea Maths Competition, held in Trinity College. Excellent work Jessica!

 

Congrats to Ms O’ Neill’s 3rd & 4th class. They won the Terenure College Drama competition with their production of Roald Dahl’s Jack and the Beanstalk

 

Winning drama group.

 

Hannah Clarke came 3rd in the Russian Art Competition. She met the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Cllr. Brendan Carr and the Russian Ambassador, Maxim Peshkov. well done Hannah.

Daily Mile 2017

The Active School Committee attended the daily mile in Mount Merrion, along with a number of students chosen by teachers who have shown great enthusiasm in the Daily Mile since we began. Ms Lynch and Mr Murphy accompanied the children who warmed up with music and stretches and ran to the finish line to a big round of applause. Well done to all children involved.

Christmas fun run 2016/2017

‘Oh I wish it could be Christmas everydaaaay’!! What we fun we had on our first ever Santa Fun Run as a whole school. We turned up the volume on the Christmas tunes and took to the yard for a whole school daily mile as a Santa Fun Run. Looking good everyone!