Our school boys team have qualified for the Kildare Final of the Spar Primary 5s 5-a-side football competition. Our squad of 8 players had 4 group games - drawing 0-0 against Timahoe and 2-2 against Scoil Diarmada before beating both Killashee and Naas CNS 5-0.
We were unlucky not to beat Timahoe as we found their goalkeeper in inspired form. In the second match against Scoil Diarmada we found ourselves 2-0 down at the halfway stage but the boys kept battling and goals from Jordan and Michael gave us a vital draw. The next match saw us really hit top gear as goals from Emmet, Jordan, Michael, Sean M and Aidan saw us overcome Killashee. In the final match we knew we had to win big to have a chance to qualify for the semi-final as the best placed runner up with Scoil Diarmada having beaten Timahoe. We did just that with goals coming from Mark, Aidan, Michael and two more from Sean M.
The semi-final saw us up against Scoil Diarmada with whom we were lucky to escape with a 2-2 draw earlier. They went 1 up but we began to dominate play and deservedly got the equaliser through Aidan. The game went straight to penalties. Three penalty takers from each team were selected with Aidan, Michael and Emmet ready to step up for us. Scoil Diarmada struck first, scoring their first penalty before Aidan replied in emphatic fashion. Sean D pulled off a brilliant save to give us the advantage with Michael capitalising - scoring the second penalty. Their third penalty came off the upright and we were through!
The final is scheduled to take place on the 31st of March! Stay tuned!!
Our girls team also took part in the tournament - playing four group games. We were beaten in all four but they were very tight affairs. We lost 1-0 to Naas CNS in the opening game before Killashee beat us 2-0 in the second match. Abbey rattled the crossbar in that match but we just couldn't get the ball over the line. In the return match against Killashee we were beaten 2-0 again before Naas CNS beat us 3-0 in the final match.
The girls played very well but lacked experience and a cutting edge up front. However, it was great fun and a great experience to play in the competition.
There are lots of pics from the day on our Twitter page!
Ms Brennan's 5th & 6th class have been busy making their own Christmas books to share with our Junior Infants. They completed beautiful illustrations and wrote wonderful stories and put them all together using Book Creator on our iPads. The stories really capture the magic of Christmas. You can read them all below. Well done Ms Brennan's class.
Dear parents, guardians and prospective parents,
We have commenced the enrolment process for children starting in Junior Infants in Autumn 2020. Formal enrolment takes place during the week of January 20th to 24th. In order to enrol your child in Junior Infants 2020 you need to drop a completed enrolment form and a copy of your child's birth certificate and (if applicable) your child's baptismal certificate. These can be copied in the office for you, if required.
The enrolment form can be downloaded here or if you fill out the 'Expression of Interest' form below, it will be emailed to you.
Our enrolment policy, which outlines the criteria for enrolment and the order in which children will be offered places in Junior Infants, has recently been updated by the Board of Management. and is available here.
We look forward to welcoming your child into Junior Infants in Scoil Mhuire, Ballymore Eustace in 2020!
Ms Brennan's 5th & 6th class completed a very interesting project recently. The children, in groups, were asked to research various charities that they might be interested in sponsoring during this academic year. They created presentations and wrote speeches to convince the pupils of the school to choose their group's nominated charity. The went from class to class making their pitches. They organised for each class in the school to have a vote for their preferred charity with the ISPCA coming out on top. Keep an eye out for some fundraising events during the year, organised by Ms Brennan's class for the ISPCA. Well done to all the children involved and to Ms Brennan too!
The children of 5th class had a really interesting, informative and moving visit to St. John's Church last week. Grainne Glancy, who had invited us down, gave us a brief talk about World War 1 and her family's connection to the war. Paddy Cooke spoke to us about his life story and that of his family's. Paddy's grandfather served in World War 1 with his father serving in World War 2. Paddy himself served with the British army in Cyprus. He told a fascinating story of being sent alone by boat to England at age 2 and a half during the second World War to be reunited with him mother who was not allowed to return home to Ireland. The boat that he traveled on would be sunk by German torpedoes on it's next voyage across. Paddy told us a lot about other near misses that he had throughout his life.
Paddy showed us some of the memorabilia and medals awarded to himself, his father and grandfather for their service. Paddy's grandfather was awarded an OBE and the French Legion d'Honneur. Grainne showed us a picture of an uncle of hers who was killed in the war and showed us a collection of letters that a soldier had sent from the front back to his wife and family in Ireland. The children remarked that the handwriting was exquisite.
Sean presented a Remembrance Day cross signed by 5th class to Paddy with Annamai reading out a prayer. Hollie laid a wreath on the war grave of Private M O'Hara with Noah reading a beautiful reflection.
We have some photos of the trip below.
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The boys u11 football team have topped their group in the u11 Kildare Schools Competition. They put in a fantastic performance against Scoil na Naomh Uilig, Newbridge last week winning 1-9 to 1-2. Despite the strong scoreline we did not have all our own way as we went in trailing at the break 0-3 to 1-2. A brilliant 45 from Aidan Grace keeping us in contention near the end of the half following earlier points from Peter and Aidan.
However Scoil Mhuire came out of the traps strongly in the second half getting an early score from Martin, who broke from defense and surged forward to slot a neat shot over the bar, and a wonderful goal from Jordan a few minutes later. Scoil na Naomh Uilig had a few chances to respond but didn't take them and with super points from Aidan Grace, Fionn, Martin, and Jordan we ran out comfortable winners in the end.
We have a semi-final date against Scoil San Treasa on Thursday (10th) in the neutral venue of Caragh NS at 12. Watch this space!!
There have been mixed fortunes so far for both the boys and the girls' teams in the FAI Schools Soccer League so far. This season marks the first year that Scoil Mhuire have entered a team in the girls league and it has been a tough couple of games so far against very experience opposition.
The first match saw the girls lose to the much bigger Scoil Diarmada, Castledermot 7-0. Despite the scoreline there were some very impressive performances particularly from Abbey Grace, Abbie Fisher, Lily Clohessy and Eimear Lynch. There were a large number of girls making their soccer debut and they did themselves and the school proud.
Things got marginally better in the second match but unfortunately the girls ended up the wrong side of a 6-0 scoreline against Naas Community National School. The scoreline was very unfair as we had a huge number of chances but the ball simply refused to cross their line. Again some very impressive performances from the girls - in particular from Ella Foster, Brooke O'Brien and Amy Dowling. The girls have one more match next week against Moone NS.
The boys also lost their first match out against Scoil Diarmada 6-2. We actually took the lead early in the first half with a wonder strike from Michael Fisher. However, the larger school started to attack with more purpose and began to pull away. The score would have been worse only for a wonderful penalty save from Sean Dowling. Michael added his, and Scoil Mhuire's second in the 2nd half but despite a few good chances we couldn't draw closer. The boys played very well with some great performances from Sean Murphy, Noah Evans and Mark Tutty in particular.
The second match was a different story with Scoil Mhuire dominating from start to finish against Naas CNS. It took a long time to get on the scoreboard with Aidan Grace hitting the crossbar twice in the early stages before an own goal from a Michael Fisher cross got us on our way. Another goal quickly followed from a long-range wonder strike from Mark Tutty. The goals continued in the second half with Emmet O'Connor, Michael Fisher and Jordan Cullen all getting on the scoreboard. There were also some wonderful performances in defence that kept them locked out from Conor Counihan and Fionn Steward-Byrne. This results gives us great confidence going into the final game before the knockout stages against Moone NS.
On Friday of last week the children from 1st to 6th class joined with young citizens from more than 150 countries in participating in the Global Climate Strike. This event was organised to give young people a platform to pressurise global leaders to do more to combat the existential threat that climate change represents.
The children from Scoil Mhuire, accompanied in solidarity by the staff, assembled in the yard and walked down along the river to the one of Ballymore's most beautiful spots - the wooden platform that overlooks the river. There, we were joined by parents and members of the local community to hear Fiona Breslin explain the issue of climate change and to listen to how we could make a difference. The children had lots of questions and suggestions for Fiona and responded really well to her talk.
We'd like to thank all those who stood in solidarity with the children and to the children for taking part so enthusiastically. A very special thanks to Fiona for speaking to the children with such passion and enthusiasm.