October-Christmas 2017

  Rounders 2017   


This year the Rounders boys were against four teams in Meath. The first team was Dunshaughlin who we beat by 26 points, that gave St.Mary’s more confidence and less nerves against the next team, who were Kentstown. This game was a lot harder than the other game but we still managed to win by 18 points. That put us through to the semi-finals against St.Michael’s Trim. We started the game really well and that led us into winning by 22 points. We therefore got to the final in Navan against St.Joseph’s Mercy. We were delighted and eager to bring the shield back to Mary’s. Straight away we knew St.Joseph’s were exceptional at fielding because when we went up to bat we scored 0. That meant St.Joseph’s were up. Their best batter was up to bat, he hit the ball all the way to the furthest player on the pitch who was Finn and he pulled off the best catch Mary’s boys have ever seen. Marys were up to bat and we scored 8. This was the first time any of the teams got home. Then it was Joseph’s turn they scored another 0. We then scored 9 and Josephs scored 0. Now the match was in the last innings and we scored another 2. St.Joseph’s scored 2 at the end of the game and that meant that St.Mary’s boys won the rounders final by 15 points. It was an unbelievable win.

All the rounders boys would like to give a big thank you to Mr Halpin and Mr Ó Brádaigh. Without their hard work and dedication we wouldn’t have come this far, so a massive thank you to you both.

Well done everyone involved!


Parent-teacher meetings for pupils in 1st to 6th Classes, have concluded.

We were delighted you could attend.

Many thanks for your support of our work in Saint Mary’s!


In case you were wondering…

Meetings for parents of pupils in Junior and Senior Infants will be held in Spring 2018.

We will inform you of the exact dates in due course. Many thanks.


Coin Trail Results 2017

Congratulations to the Parents’ Association for their trojan work in coordinating the collection and counting of all the monies donated to the school during the recent Coin Trail.

It’s a huge undertaking and is always cheerfully done by those involved.

Congratulations also,to the children and their teachers for supporting this venture so well every year.

The announcement of results, at Assembly on Friday, November 17th, was eagerly awaited, with everyone doing their very best to come out on top!


Congratulations to…

Ms Milligan’s Senior Infants Class

winners of this year’s Coin Trail!

Also, very well done to Mr Ó Brádaigh’s Junior Infants Class, who came second!

As their prizes, every child in the winning classes received a selection box.

Every class in the school received a box of chocolates as a thank-you for participating.

In reality, EVERYONE is a winner, because all the money raised: €2716.25, goes to fund projects which benefit EVERY child in the school.

Well done everyone! 


High Street Ashbourne sponsors our exciting new school jersey!

Representatives from various school teams, proudly wearing the new school jersey! Also pictured is Principal, Mr Dónal ÓhÓbáin and Ellen from “High Street Ashbourne”.

Since its foundation in 1981, Saint Mary’s has always been at the heart of village life in Ashbourne.

Now grown into a vibrant town, Ashbourne has managed to retain its village feel.

As a leading part of the new town, “High Street Ashbourne” supports the community by donating funds to various worthy causes in the area.

We in Saint Mary’s are delighted to have received €500 from “High Street Ashbourne” recently. We decided to commission a new jersey and we present it here today for the first time…

Featuring the “High Street Ashbourne” logo, the stunning design and sleek lines will mark us out on any playing surface!

Thank you, “High Street Ashbourne” for your support in purchasing the new jersey!

Come on Saint Mary’s!!!


Girls’ Rounders Team Say…


The Saint Mary’s Girls’ Rounders Team played a match against St Joseph’s Navan recently.

The game was so close and so evenly contested that the referee said she had never seen such play in many years of refereeing rounders games!

No matter that we didn’t win the match on this occasion. We were so proud of our girls that we felt like the winners! There is great hope for the future and we will be watching these girls with interest from now on!

As a thank-you for their mentoring and the time they have given the girls, the team made a presentation to their mentors, Ms McGuone and Ms Biggs at Assembly recently. Well done girls!


Clear round!

Saint Mary’s Equestrian Team Victorious!!!

Team members, from left: Sophie M, Niall O’S, guest rider, Lucy O’C and Dara O’S just after their win!

Bet you didn’t know that our school has an Equestrian Team. Well, we do and the team of four recently won a major competition. The Inter-Schools Competition was held in Killossery Stud outside Rolestown. 

There was an individual competition where our team did very well. Then, in the team event, we had to jump up to 65cm. All four members of the team went clear and this meant that we qualified for the jump-off. We nominated two members of the team for the jump-off.

Niall and Dara went forward for Saint Mary’s.

We were the only team that went clear in the jump-off and this meant that we came first in the competition. The competition was fierce. Our main rivals, Curragha were chasing us heading up to the last fence. Their competitor took a turn too tight and the horse refused, 4 faults! Curragha came third. Skryne came second and we came FIRST!

We were delighted with our victory as it had been a long day. Our team had triumphed over very stiff competition and we received a rug each as our prize. Along with the rug we were each presented with a Blue and White Rosette. Finally we received some Hallowe’en treats. Victory was ours! We did a lap of honour which was accompanied by the cheers of our loyal supporters!!

We are looking forward to the next competition on November 19th, once again in Kilossery.

Report by:  Niall O’S, Dara O’S and Sophie M.


Check out the new Saint Mary’s Parents’ Association Newsletter…

Well done to the P.A. on their newsletter which issued recently. 


 In our school we take cyber security and cyber-bullying seriously!

St. Mary’s Parents’ Association

(In conjunction with Cyber Safe Ireland)

Presented a talk

for Parents