Summer Newsletter 2015

Summer Newsletter June 2015

Enrolment: Current enrolment: 351 pupils. Staff: 20 teachers, 2 SNA’s.

Board of Management: Thanks to the BOM Members, Frank Moran, Tom Conway, Martina Comerford, Mairead Cullivan, Paula McGuigan, Aileen O’Toole and Margaret Murphy, who are extremely supportive of Scoil Maelruain and have been kept busy this year. The BOM annual report may be viewed on the school website.


We are very appreciative of all the support given to the school by various parent groups:

  • Our Parents’ Association have been very active this year. In the last month they have organised the Confirmation reception and the sixth class disco. They subsidised Music in the Classroom and the sixth class cycling course. They also contributed towards buses and paid for e-safety talks for the fifth and sixth classes. They also bought beautiful ‘Scoil Maelruain’ hoodies for the teachers involved in sport. Many thanks for your wonderful support.
  • Thanks to the Lotto Committee who organise weekly draws to raise funds for the Junior and Senior Schools.

  • We are also thankful to the volunteers who organise the library and provide a great service to all the pupils of Scoil Maelruain.

Literacy and Numeracy

The staff of Scoil Maelruain engaged with the school self evaluation process again this year and drew up a School Improvement Plan for Numeracy. Our Literacy and Numeracy scores are improving every year. Congratulations to the teachers and the pupils. A summary of the plans are on the school website.

Highlights of The Year

Peace Proms Concert

  • Ms. Murphy’s choir performed in the Peace Prom concert in the the end of January. It was a fantastic occasion. Over two thousand children sang with the Cross Border Orchestra of Ireland. The event was very well organised. Well done to Ms. Murphy and her choir. A lot of hard work was put into this concert. Thanks also to Ms. Biesty and Ms. Carty who helped out on the day.

Credit Union Quiz:

  • Scoil Maelruain and Ms. J. Walsh were very successful in the Credit Union Quiz. Congratulations to our Junior Quiz Team – Jack Mc Naughton, Kai Young, Sarah Cowley and Niamh Nolan who won the Dan Mc Cabe cup. Our senior quiz team Joulee Zaki, Ben Ryan, Oisin O’Hanlon Downes and Lucas Saiz won the Fr. Pious Doherty cup. Their combined knowledge and great team work enabled them to win the South Dublin Library quiz. They also came joint fifth in the Credit Union All Ireland Quiz. We are all very proud of their achievements.

Talent Show

  • Our annual talent show took place on the 20th of March. It was a fantastic event and everyone who participated was a winner !!!!Ms. K. McHugh organised the event. There were 16 acts in total. Ms. M. Murphy, Ms. Biesty, Ms. McHugh and past pupil Patricia Rafter judged the items. Hannah Gilson, Emma and Anna Macari came first, Hayley Hughes second and Faye O’Neill came third. Jamie Tobin Fox got a special “Entertainer’s Award” for his amazing rendition of the Freddie Mercury classic – Bohemian Rhapsody. It was a very enjoyable event.


  • Congratulations to Mr. Lucas and the chess team, R.J. Lojo, Cormac Kiernan, Callan Green, Lucas Saiz, Donald Ogbonna, Dmytro Kosynskyy , David Nwafor, Rachel Dunne, Arjun Sasidharan, Ryan Flood and Ava Harris who won the much treasured Tallaght Schools Chess shield. They beat Scoil Santain in the final.



Senior Hurlers

  • There was great excitement and joy in St. Anne’s Park in Fairview when we had a comprehensive win in the Cumann na mBunscol semi-final and secured a place in Croke Park, Having suffered many defeats at semi final stage in the past few years it was very emotional. The boys and their coaches, Mr. Moore and Mr. De Paor , showed great commitment and dedication as they prepared for their trip to Croke Park. Unfortunately we were defeated but we all had a great day out. Each of the boys were presented with engraved medals, a lovely memento of the day they represented Scoil Maelruain in Croke Park. Well done to Reece Donohue, Steven Fox, Trevor Grehan, Cormac Kiernan, Shane Byrne, Evan Caffrey, Joshua Keaty, Sam Stewart (captain), Conor Jackson, Ben Voka, Jason Haide, Fionn Lynch, Shaun Carroll, Karl McGill, Darren McCormack, Glen Brogan, Adam McGill, Callum O’Brien, Lee O’Connor, Scott McEvoy, Alex O’Rourke Williams, Layton Smith, Scott McKeown, Scott Hanrahan, Ryan Flood, Ryan Duggan and Jason O’Connor Golding who wore the school jersey with great pride. Thanks to Cormac Kiernan’s grandfather who donated a banner to the school for the event.


  • Over sixty children travelled to Morton Stadium in Santry on May 25th and June 3rd. A medal in Santry never comes easy. However this year our wonderful athletes were awarded 27 medals in total – a remarkable achievement. Congratulations to Kyle Glass Young, Gracjan Anisewski and Shaun Barry who beat off stiff competition in their events to claim gold. Well done to Denis Ogbonna, Evan Carey and Runak Waissi who won silver medals in the 100 metre sprints. Congratulations to Ava Harris, Cillian Holohan, and Anna McCari who won medals in their events. Our U14 boys, U12 boys and U12 girls came second in their relay finals after progressing through several tough heats while our U11 boys won bronze medals. Check out our photos on the school website.

U 14 boys: Evan Carey, Gracjan Aniszewski, Ben Voka, Darren McCormack and Sam Stewart.

U 12 boys: Evan Caffrey, Ahmed Khalife, Scott Herraghty, David Nwafor and Michael Stog.

U12 girls: Anna McCari, Angel Agabasierre, Runak Waissi, Megan Foley and Kate Kavanagh.

U 11 boys: Aaron Connolly, Cillian Holohan, David Pyke, Kai Young and Liam Nugent.

Thanks to Ms. J. Walsh, Ms. J. O’Reilly and Ms. M. Ryan who worked so hard preparing the athletes.


  • This year 4th, 5th and 6th classes were given the opportunity to train in basketball. The coaches, Ms. J. O’Reilly, Ms. Flood, Ms. Ryan and Ms. Callaly are delighted with their progress. The Senior teams participated in tournaments and a South Dublin league. Our boys came second in the Dublin Primary Schools Mini basketball Tournament and are very proud of the plaque they received.

School Sports Day:

  • We held a very successful Sports Day on Wednesday June 17th. The children had a great day and the mist and rain did not dampen their spirits whatsoever!!! Thanks to our past pupils who helped out on the day.

On behalf of all in Scoil Maelruain I’d like to wish our sixth class pupils every success in the future. It was a pleasure having them in our school and I am confident that they will have bright futures. We hope they will look back on their time in Scoil Maelruain with fond memories.

A sincere thanks to all the teachers and ancillary staff who work tirelessly all year to make Scoil Maelruain the school it is.

Hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable holiday.

School reopens on Monday August 31st