Spring Term 2017

On Friday, April 28th, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Classes participated in a coaching session on Spike Ball, a version of Volleyball.

Instructed by Volleyball Ireland Coach, Dwyne Hill, the pupils really enjoyed the experience and learned a tremendous amount during their time with Dwyne.

We plan to run a volleyball league for 4th, 5th and 6th Classes in the near future, time permitting!

Keep an eye on the web-site for more details!

 We’d like to thank Dwyne for sharing his expertise with us in such a professional and good-humoured manner.

Thanks Dwyne!

Keep an eye on the web-site for more details!


Easter Raffle Winners!

At Assembly on Friday, April 7th, Principal, Mr ÓhÓbáin drew the winning raffle tickets in the recent Parents’ Association Easter Raffle.

Pictured above are the delighted winners, Zara, Devin and Harrison, with Mr ÓhÓbáin!

Congratulations everybody and thanks for supporting us!


F.A.I. Soccer Tournament

Above, we have the players, with mentors, Mr Giblin and Mr Halpin. Also pictured is a very proud Mr Ó hÓbáin, School Principal.

On Wednesday the 29th of March, 8 of the sixth class boys from St. Mary’s Ashbourne, travelled to Navan to compete in the Meath 5-a-side soccer tournament. In the first game we drew 2 all with St. Stephens, who later won the league. In our second match we beat St. Colmcilles 5-2. In our third match we were unlucky to go down 2-0 to a very good Dunboyne side. In our last match we defeated Scoil an Spiorad Naoimh 3-1. We finished the tournament as runners-up and we all got a trophy.

Thank you very much to the FAI schools for organising the competition, and thank you to Mr. Giblin and Mr. Halpin!


Fourth Class Fund-raiser for

Crumlin Children’s Hospital

Pupils from 4th Class, Room 8, decided recently that they wanted to raise some funds for Crumlin Children’s Hospital, to support the great work they do.

So, they organised a bake-sale in the classroom and invited their neighbours from Room 7. On the day, they brought in an amazing variety of delicious cakes and biscuits which were devoured in jig-time by a very appreciative cohort of young connoisseurs!  The compliments were flying and the money rolled in to the sound of happy chomping in the classroom. The young philanthropists even provided a cool selection of soft drinks!

In an hour, the cakes were all gone and it was time to count the money raised. This amounted to €206.00 which was banked and sent off to Crumlin where we know it will be put to good use.

Congratulations to the girls, pictured above with St Mary’s Principal, Mr ÓhÓbáin and a cheque for the amount raised. 

We are super-proud of you girls and of the two 4th Classes who supported you in the way we always do in Saint Mary’s.

Well done!


The Return of Part-Singing!

The pupils entertained us with their beautiful singing!

At Assembly on Friday, April 7th, we were treated to a lovely rendition of the Katy Perry song, “Fireworks!” by Ms Biggs’ 3rd Class.

Learned in only 4 days and containing lovely part-singing and harmonies, it was an excellent way to start the Easter Holidays, with its message of self-esteem and support for each other. Well done!

Part-singing and rounds were once very common in school. Over the years we have seen less and less of it. However, we are now witnessing a resurgence in this most enjoyable form of choral work.

Well done again!





Parish Easter Art Competition


Is From

Saint Mary’s!

Congratulations to Ciarán O’Sullivan, who took 1st Prize in the recent Parish Easter Art Competition.

Well done Ciarán!

Great Excitement In The Yard!

We are so excited with the new, painted games in the Senior Yard.

Already, the pupils, both junior AND senior have been playing on the new markings.

They’re a HUGE hit!

Well done to the teachers involved in getting the children moving. Now, we’ve no excuse to be just sitting down!

Follow the Leader!

Check out the first time the pupils saw the new playground games…priceless!


Sixth Class were Confirmed in the Faith on Saturday, March 25th @ 3pm in our Parish Church.

We were delighted to welcome Bishop Smith to Ashbourne and we were so proud of the candidates for their wonderful preparation for this hugely important rite of passage in their young lives.

Teachers, Ms O’Shaughnessy and Mr Giblin were justly proud of their pupils because they did so well on the day.

The two 5th Classes and their class teachers, Ms McDaid and Mr Cawley had been working really hard on the hymns, as they were the choir on the day. They produced a really high standard of  music which enhanced the celebration enormously. Well done!

Along with their accompanist, Claire McGonigle, we thank them for their work. We will remember the beautiful ceremony for a long time.

A special word of thanks to our School Chaplain and Parish Priest, Father Derek Darby for his constant support during the preparations for Confirmation.

We thank everyone involved in making this day so special for our pupils and their families. We were especially happy to welcome so many guests back to the school for light refreshments and a chat.

The school looked beautiful and we thank our caretakers, Mr Swinburne and Mr O’Connor, as well as our housekeeper, Sandra.

St Mary’s Principal, Mr Donal Ó hÓbáin, the Board of Management and the Staff of Saint Mary’s would like to congratulate our Sixth Classes on their Confirmation and wish them well for the future.


Maith Sibh, a Pháistí!

Seo iad na páistí a rinne sár-iarracht an Ghaeilge a labhairt ar scoil i rith an lae.

Bhronn an Phríomh Oide, an t-Uasal ÓhÓbáin plaic orthú ag Assembly an Aoine, ós comhair an scoil go léir.

Táimíd uile, an bhródúil astaibh a pháistí!


Well done Grace!!!

Grace H. in Ms Daly’s 3rd Class

Grace was a prize-winner in a recent Mother’s Day Art Competition in Ashbourne. She is pictured above, with her entry on the theme of…

“Putting Mam in the Picture!”



A Special Visit: 23/03/17


Anne the farmer came to visit us in both 3rd Classes. She brought a Blue Leicester lamb called Séamus and a hen called Sneachta. We smelled fresh herbs; fennel, thyme, rosemary and mint. We looked at branches of different trees; Ash, Birch, Hazel, Pear and Hawthorn. Blackthorn hedges grow in Ashbourne, they are very important for the survival of bees. We learned how to grow rosemary. You cut a heel off the rosemary stalk. First; dip the heel in custard powder to root it, and then place it in a pot with compost to grow. Anne is an important person in our community.

She is passionate about nature and farming.

Gallery from Ms Biggs’ Class…

Pics from Ms Daly’s Class… 

Thank you, Anne for bringing Séamus and Sneachta to see us!


Le Déanaí…


Seachtain Na Gaeilge

Hé gach duine!

Tá Seachtain na Gaeilge críochnaithe agus bhí spraoi agus spóirt againn ar scoil.

Bhí Tráth na gCeist ar siúl sa Halla Mór do na ranganna sinsearacha ar an gCéadaoin.

Míle bhuíochas do Mr Walsh a d’eagraigh agus a bhí ina láithreoir!!! 

Rinne tú an-jab ar fad.

Bhí clár na dtorthaí nua againn i mbliana agus b-shin an chéad uair riamh go raibh scór-chláir mar sin á úsáid.

Míle bhuíochas do Mr Ó Brádaigh a d’eagraigh é! 

Comh maith le sin, bhí dhá Cheolchoirmeacha ar siúl sa Halla Mór ar an Déardaoin agus bhí na páistí uilig ag glacadh páirt.

Dár ndóigh, bhí na ranganna go léir ag cleachtadh i gcomhair an Cheiliúradh Galánta seo, ann a bhí Craic den Scoth againn, mar a bhí le linn na seachtaine seo.

Go Raibh Maith Agaibh Go Léir!


Bhi ceachtanna agus taispeántas scipeáil againn ar an Luan agus an Mháirt. Bhí Marc ó “Skip’n’rope” againn agus mhúin sé scileanna scipeáil do na rannganna go léir. Bhí iontas ar na páistí, féachaint ar an méid craic gur féidir leat baint amach as rópa scipeáil!

Go raibh maith agat a Mharc agus go raibh maith agat Mr Walsh a thug cuireadh dó teacht ar cuairt chugainn!

Maith sibh go léir!!!

A very appropriate story for World Women’s Day 2017!

Our pupils constantly amaze us in the way they respond to world issues such as poverty and disadvantage.

They want to make a difference in the world and this group of girls in Sixth Class are really showing us the way…

The six girls pictured above are entering projects into the Irish World Aid Awards!

They are focusing on…

1: gender inequality in the world


2: life in Losotho!

They have been looking closely at the UN humanitarian goals and comparing our lives in a developed country compared to those living in poverty! And most importantly, spreading the word!

Best of luck to them!


 Chess League Winners announced

St. Mary’s School Principal, Mr Ó hÓbáin presented overall league winner, Jacob W. with his trophy. Well done Jacob! Also pictured is Chess Club Coordinator and mentor, Mr Ó Brádaigh.

Here we have all the prize-winners, with Principal, Mr Ó hÓbáin and Mr Ó Brádaigh. Congratulations everyone.


Model Student!

This is Ronnie B from 4th Class, Room 8. As part of his project on the USA, he decided to construct this model of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. It’s the most impressive model we’ve seen for a long time. Well done Ronnie!


Well done to everyone who helped with the Table Quiz, held on Friday night in the Donaghmore/Ashbourne  GAA Club.

It was great fun!

Special thanks to

Quizmaster, John O’Sullivan.


Sixth Class are keeping an eye on you!

This is a display of origami eyes made by Mr Giblin’s 6th Class. We took pieces of paper and folded them in lots of different ways. We all drew and coloured in pictures of eyes. We then coloured the outside of the eyes  to make them look like eyelids and added eyelashes. We decided to display the eyes in a pair of glasses so Ms Dolan and a small group made the glasses, eye-brows and nose. The title we chose was, “Mr Giblin’s Pupils!”

All of the class really enjoyed making the eyes so thank you Mr Giblin and Ms Dolan.

 report by: Isabelle O’Brien


Fourth Class Celebrate Carnevale in Style!

Pictured above, we have a lovely selection of masks made as part of  their study of Italy, by Ms Flaherty’s 4th Class to mark the annual Carnevale in Venice. Carnevale is an Italian word meaning farewell (vale) to meat (carne).

“Carnevale first started in Venice in 1094 and has been officially sanctioned in that city since  1296. On the day they celebrate Carnevale, we celebrate Pancake (Shrove) Tuesday. Carnevale is the last celebration before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Celebrations are held all over Italy, from Venice to Milan, all the way down to the villages of Sicily. Many of the biggest celebrations are held on Martedi Grasso or “Fat Tuesday”. Carnevale is a big parade and a tradition  is that you wear very fancy masks and costumes.

To celebrate Carnevale, we made and decorated the masks seen above.”

report by: Isabella and Melanie

Well done boys and girls!




More signs of Spring!

Our daffodils and crosuses are in full bloom now and we love them all!

We also heard the cuckoo singing clearly in the yard.

Spring is DEFINITELY here at last!


The Saint Mary’s Parents’ Association held a bag-pack on Friday and Saturday, March 10th and 11th and we thank you for YOUR help!

All monies raised will go towards projects in school…


Thanks to everyone who helped in any way!


In 4th class we are really interested in History and we’ve been doing lots of projects this year.

Our latest one is on The 7 Wonders of the Modern World.

Everyone has been working very hard on their projects and we are delighted that our budding historians have been so enthusiastic!

Above, we have four model-makers with their creations.

(Roll your mouse over the pictures for info on who’s in them!)


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

We are here, all year-round to help parents and students stay safe online.

Here’s how…

See our many links on INTERNET SAFETY. They’re up a bit, on the right-hand-side of this page. Follow the arrow…

Check out the video below. Made in Cork, it explains how to deal with cyber-bullying.

It’s the best way we’ve ever seen to get the message across to our children.

A powerful way of learning how to tackle cyber-bullying!

Keep talking to your children about how to stay safe online and how to cope with online or mobile bullying.

(It may be the most important conversation you have with them this week!)

and finally…

Anti-Cyber-Bullying Poster Competition

Congratulations to all our entrants in the poster competition. We were overwhelmed with the high standard of the entries.

Winner, Lara R. received her prize of a €20 Eason’s voucher from School Principal, Mr ÓhÓbáin at Assembly on Friday, February 17th.

The runners-up also received a lovely pack of crayola colouring pencils each.

Thanks to everyone who helped with the competition.

Here is the winner…

by Lara Ryan, in Ms Flaherty’s 4th class.

And above are the top runners-up…

ALL entries are now on display on the ICT Display boards in the hall!

Well done everyone!!!


Saving Lives In The Water…


This is Noah W. from 4th Class.

He’s a champion life-saver and he’s holding his TWO medals, won recently, to prove it!

Well done Noah! It’s great to know that there are such special people, happy to give their time to ensuring that the rest of us are safe in the water. Bravo!



Many thanks to all the parent-volunteers, and a very special word of thanks to the hard-working Parents’ Association for coming up with the idea and for making it a huge part of the school entertainment calendar!!!


Tom’s Viking Longship

Tom C, in Ms Flaherty’s 4th Class made a wonderful model of a Viking Longship to go with his Powerpoint project on the Vikings. He’s a busy man!

Well done Tom! Here’s a close-up of his work. Brilliant!


Now, see the other great students of history with their projects in our gallery…



Roll the mouse over the pictures to see more about the students.


Thanks to everyone for their support of the recent Book Fair and especially to Mr Walsh for organising and running it all week!


Some activities currently running after school…

Girls’ Football

Several times a week.

Boys’ football

Several times a week.



Karaoke on Tuesdays, 3 to 4 pm


Chess Kids

Mondays and Wednesdays.