Today we put all the skills we have learned over the past few weeks to the test in our senior school basketball blitz. 8 teams played against each other in the morning in the group stage of the competition and after lunch we progresed to the knock out stage. There were some unbelievably close matches in the knock out phase with one quarter final being decided by a final second basket and one semi final coming down to a free throw shoot out . In the end the Rockets team of Ross, Grace, Niall, James Mc, Maria and Lillian narrowly beat the Knicks team of Conor R, Ciara, Felicia, Ben, Jack, Emma K and Juliette by one single point!
Peace is the Prize
28 of our senior school pupils gave up their time to come back to school from 4.30 - 5.00pm today to join a Zoom call to launch World Peace Sports Day. Along with another Irish school in Ballina, Co. Mayo we were the first in the world to take part in this event and we spoke live to the founder of World Peace Sports Day Derek Peaple in the UK. We recorded a message of peace which will be sent around the world to different schools passing the baton from country to country to say that 'WE'RE IN FOR PEACE'. Famous celebrities such as Brian O'Driscoll and Paula Radcliffe sent messages to us to say that they support the campaign. The campaign directors have an appointment at The Vatican on the 29th and 30th September when they will sign a document for Peace in the presence of His Holiness, Pope Francis.We look forward to our World Peace Sports Day this Friday when we will wear blue and yellow to school and raise funds for Ukraine. Check out the details of this wonderful event here /www.worldpeaceschoolsportsday.com/
As part of Science Week 2022 we visited the National Botanic Gardens today. We were blessed with glorious sunshine and we had a wonderful day walking the Bark Trail and the National Biodiversity Trail. We saw so many species of tree and plant. We learned about cacti and carnivorous plants. We sweltered in the heat inside the arboretum where we saw rainforest plants and trees. It was an amazing way to learn about horticulture, botany and biodiversity! Have a look at our gallery below.
The rain was pouring down as we arrived at Trinity Sports Ground, Santry for the annual Brother Cross Country event. This event has not taken place since 2019 due to Covid restrictions and we were all very excited to be back in Santry again. Schools from all over the country were in attendance and 41 intrepid runners from 4th, 5th and 6th classes lined up in the challenging conditions to represent our school. There were phenomenal performances all round and personal bests beaten by many in fields of well over 150 runners. Special mention to Emily (fifth class) who took gold, Anna May (fourth class) who took bronze and to Aoibhinn (fifth class) and Hannah (fourth class) who both finished 6th in their races. Our school is a true minnow compared to some of the big schools who competed and we are bursting with pride at the performance of every single one of our athletes! Please click on the slideshow to view some photos.