Christmas Newsletter 2018

The staff and pupils of Scoil Maelruain Senior wish you a Happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year.
Board of Management: The members are Frank Moran, Thomas Conway, Mairead Cullivan, Martina Comerford, Paul Flood, Louise Kavanagh, Margaret Murphy and Caitriona Hogan.
Enrollment and Staffing: 448 pupils, 25 teachers and 5 Special Needs Assistants.

Highlights of this term

Our term opened with a Mass for the whole school in St. Martin’s Church

Christmas Concert

Well done to all the classes that took part in our Christmas Concert this year. It was a wonderful success. This years Nativity was organised again by Ms. Walsh and Ms. Ryan. All the work that was put into this production is greatly appreciated. Third class pupils from Ms Walsh & Ms Ryan’s class were televised by Virgin Media for their Christmas show which will be televised on December 21st

Friendship Week

Friendship Week took place during the first week in October. Lots of classes participated through talk and discussion, poetry, stories and art. We held a friendship poster competition for each class & prizes were awarded accordingly.

Hallowe’en Activities

We had a fantastic Art and Craft Display in the halla. The standard was exceptionally high. Over 25 children received prizes. Fancy Dress prizes went to each class. Again the standard was extremely high and a lot of effort went into making the costumes. Thanks to all involved. Lots of fantastic Halloween photographs available on the school website. Some classes also had a Spooky Halloween walk

Science Week

Ms. Byrne’s 5th class took part in the Intel Mini Scientist competition. Their theme was based on renewable sources of energy. The class really impressed the Judge from Intel with their research and knowledge. The winning group (Hydro Power) represented their class in the Regional Final in Blanchardstown IT. Some classes attended workshops in IT Tallaght also.

Special Visitors

This year we have been delighted to have the Brendan Martin cup and the Sam Maguire cup in the school. Our own past pupils Olwen Carey and Siobhan McGrath brought in the Ladies All Ireland Cup. We are so proud of Olwen and Siobhan’s success. Our own Michael Darragh Macauley, currently on secondment from our school, came back for a visit with the Sam Maguire. Check the website for all the photos.


Ms. M Murphy’s choir practice every Tuesday lunchtime and Thursday after school with the assistance of Ms. McEvoy. The choir is busy preparing for the Peace Proms concert in February. They performed at our Christmas Concert and also entertained the residents of Kiltipper Woods Nursing Home with a medley of Christmas songs and carols. The residents of Kiltipper Woods look forward to this interaction with the children every year.

We have Magic of Music coming into do music lessons with each class during the year.


• This year 5 teams participated in the Cumann na mBunscol leagues. The girls reached the final of the Corn

• Comhar Linn in Croke Park on October 22nd. All pupils, teachers and a large group of parents and past pupils travelled to Croke Park to cheer on the girls. Unfortunately ,it was not our day and we were defeated by Gael Scoil Taobh na Coille in a nail-biting final. The final score was 2-5 to 1-6. The girls were delighted to be presented with gold medals as a memento of their day in Croke Park. Coincidentally the last time the Maelruain girls competed in a cup final in Croke Park (2006) Olwen Carey was on the team. The Junior boys won their group also. Thanks to all our coaches for their hard work and dedication with the teams – Paula McGuigan, Ms. Flood, Ms. Byrne, Mr. Broderick, Mr. Moore, Mr. Kelly, Ms. Ryan, Mr. de Paor, Ms. Young and Ms. Cleary.

• Senior boys team were beaten in their Semi final by a strong Malahide team who went onto win the final.

• Junior boys team (5th) won their league (this team only conceded 4 points altogether) Classes have been enjoying their GAA slot on Fridays with Stephen Stewart, our coach from Thomas Davis. Every class will have access to this GAA for a time during the school year

• Swimming is currently on for 6th classes

• Basketball training and tournaments took place this term. Thanks to Ms. Calally, Ms. Flood, Ms. Ryan and Ms. J O’Reilly who are all involved. Congratulations to our boys who won their league and the girls did very well in their league.

Student Council

Thank you to the student council of Mia Flood, Zara Flood, Jason Crowley, Sean Murphy, David Flood, Charlotte Tolan, Lily Campbell, Katie Brady, Abi Lawlor, Keelan Lynch, Jake Redmond and Jack Healy for all their hard work. They did a fantastic job of cleaning out the bike sheds and organised the “Phones away, Go out to Play” competition in October. They helped with the organisation of the Halloween Art and Dress up competition and with the St. Vincent de Paul bake sale. They are promoting good attendance in the school and have set up a reward scheme to reward the classes with the best monthly attendance. Congratulations to the student council for winning € 150.00 in an I.N.T.O. sponsored competition. They will spend the money on games for the school.

Paired Reading

Mr. de Paor’s class take part in paired reading with all of the 3rd classes. This is a very popular activity in the school and is hugely beneficial to all involved.


Ms. McHugh’s green committee are busy recycling clothes, batteries, stamps and phones. Well done to everyone who donated so far this year and thanks to the green committee for all their hard work.


Thank you to Mr. Jonathon Haverty who came to our school and did coding classes with Ms. McEvoy’s 6th class, Mr. Moore’s 5th class and Ms. Byrne’s 5th class. The children really enjoyed the experience.


Mr. Lucas’ chess club for fifth and sixth class pupils is up and running.

Cake Sale

The annual cake sale and raffle in aid of the St. Vincent de Paul was held on Thursday 13th December. An amazing € 3,184.00 was raised. We are very grateful for all the donations of cakes and raffle prizes received. Thank you to Ms. Walsh & the Student Council for organising the event.

Green Flag

The school is going for it’s third Active Flag. Active leaders are encouraging physical activity at lunch time. Lots of classes are taking part in daily exercise challenges.

Class Trips

• Mrs. J O’Reilly, Ms. Nolan, Ms. Fox and Mr. Kelly attended Tallaght library with their classes.

• The 6th classes are attended the Redline Book Festival in the Civic Theatre

• All 5th and 6th classes watched the Old Bawn Community School’s version of Joseph and his amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat

• Ms. Floods class attended a talk in the Civic Theatre featuring Women who inspire us.

• Mrs. J O’Reilly’s class went to Collins Barracks Museum and took part in the “If things could talk” workshop.

• Ms. Byrne’s class visited Tallaght IT for the Juggling Expo

• Ms. Ryan’s class saw “Susie and the Book Shredder” at the Civic


All in Scoil Maelruain are so proud of former student, Shauna Tighe who won a prestigious award last month – Junior Carer of the year. Well done Shauna !!!

Bailey’s Birthday

Our school community celebrated a very special birthday in November. Bailey Willow, the school’s pet rabbit, had a party to celebrate her first birthday, Bailey loved all the fuss. Bailey is “fostered” out to different families every weekend and has become a very important member of the school. Thank you to all the families who have volunteered to have Bailey at weekends. It is very much appreciated. The children love taking care of her during the school day.


Check out the school website for all the latest photos of events taking place in the school.

Looking forward to the following events in 2019

• Credit Union Table Quiz

• Wicked the Musical

• Peace Proms Concert

• Hurling and Camogie Leagues

• Annual Talent Show

• Santry Athletics

• Basketball Tournaments

• Chess Competition

Scoil Maelruain takes this opportunity to sincerely thank

  • All the wonderful teachers who are so committed to the school and give so freely of their time organising and supervising extra-curricular activities.
  • Our diligent, flexible SNA’s – Miriam, Lucy, Maureen, Connie & Frances who are always willing to help out with school activities.
  • The Board of Management. All members of the The Parents’ Association of Scoil Maelruain Senior in particular: Chairperson- Michelle Farrell, Secretary – Denise Kieran and Treasurer – Maria Kellett.
  • Keep up to date with all that’s happening on the Scoil Maelruain Snr Parents Association Facebook Page.
  • Fr. Michael Hurley, our school chaplain, who pays regular visits to the school.
  • Rosanne Kavanagh and Deirdre Dunne of the School Completion Programme.
  • Orla Hardy and Joan Green who keep the school clean.
  • Our fabulous secretary Fiona who keeps the school running smoothly.
  • Finally – Bernard who is always cheerfully on hand.

We remember at this time all the pupils and staff who lost loved ones during the year. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.

Nollaig Shona agus Bliain Nua Faoi Mhaise Dhaoibh Go Leir

Compiled by Ms. D.O’Reilly