St Marys Booterstown

Active School




Our Whole School Dance Challenge

On Monday 12th June, we will be taking part in a whole school dance challenge in the yar. (Weather Permitting) If it rains classes will perform in their own classrooms.

The boys will be practising these two dance routines this week in school and must also practise them at home before our challenge on Monday. All the have to do is copy the moves and if they wish they can sing along. Please click on the links below to see the videos.





What is happening this week?


Because we are such an active school, we thought it would be helpful to see what is happening each day this week.


Please note that occasionally things may have to change or be cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. It is always a good idea to double check the Active Schools Board which is located in between the senior infant classrooms downstairs.






 Team for Track Events on Tuesday 30th May


Can parents please use this list to arrange lists for the squad to Morton Stadium in Santry for 9.15am on Tuesday 30th May. Ms. Cartwright will meet you in the stand at the stadium near the finish line (up the first set of steps). The parade will begin at 9.30am and the first races will begin at 10am. 


4th class    

Louis Bolger, Daniel Carey, Rory Treacy, Jack Lyons, David Agnew, Luke Walshe

5th class  

David Purcell, Lochlainn Maher, Alex Aileman, Luke McLaughlin, Ryan Sheridan, Christopher McInerney, Charlie Woodcock, Robert O'Brien, David Boyle

6th class

Ruben Bolger, James O'Brien, Hugo McLaughlin, Joe Ballance, Eoin Maher, Euan mcElroy



CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well done to all of the boys who competed in Santry at the Field events on Monday 22nd May. You were all fantastic. You worked really hard and it certainly paid off as you can see by these results. (Photo's to follow)


Hurdles                          600m                                     Long Jump

U11 David Purcell Gold                 U 11 Brian O'Flaherty Gold                       Luke Kirkland Gold 

U12 Chris McInerney Silver        U 12 Robert O' Brien Silver                      Shot Putt

U14 Ruben Bolger Gold                U 14 James O'  Brien Silver                     Seán O'Riain








Both 3rd and 5th class are due to have their final swimming lesson in Merrion Swimming Pool this Thurs 25th May. The boys have made excellent progress and are really enjoying the swimming sessions.

Next Thurs 1st June will conclude this years swimming lessons from 2nd to 6th Class and we would like to thank the Parent's Association for the funsing they have made available to provide this oppurtunity for our pupils.



Get Ireland Active

We  know exercise is good for you, but do we know how good? No matter what age we are regular physical activity can improve our lives. 

Don't forget to keep check the Get Ireland Active website here for more ideas and updates. It gives us ideas of what we can do to keep active.


It tells us where some of these activities are taking place and how they can help us stay fit and healthy.



This year's Active week will be on from

Monday the 12th of June until Friday the 16th of June.

This week will provide the pupils of St. Mary's with a wide range of activitites to be active and have lots of fun in the sun! Please check the Active board in school to see the wide range of activities which will be running in our school during this week!

This year active week coincides with Bike week. As an active week challenge, our senior classes are going to cycle to Galway!!!.....well...

      we are going to cycle the distance from Dublin to Galway using stationary bikes!!! Keep an eye out here for more details so that you can come along to cheer the boys on.



Mon 12th - Friday 16th June











Junior Classes

Junior Infants – 2nd Class.

Mini Teddy Bear Walk/Run with parents

(Jnr - Snr)

Fun Run with parents and teachers

(1st – 2nd Class)




Junior & Senior Infants

World Cup


Senior Classes

3rd Class – 6th Class.

Fun Run with parents and teachers in Booterstown and Blackrock Park.



Senior Classes


Sports Day


World Cup

As you are aware we will be running Active Week from Mon 12th June – Fri 16th June 2017 as part of our efforts to achieve the active schools flag for our school. 
The week will begin with a Fun Run for the boys from Junior Infants - 6th Class on Monday morning.


The boys will arrive to school in their tracksuit. Their teachers will explain the safety rules to all of the boys before accompanying them down to the park at 9.10am. Any parents who wish to take part with their son will meet the class in the park at the start line.

The boys will run in pairs so that we can keep out of the cycle lane. The fun run will be led by 6th Class, followed by 5th, 4th, 3rd, 2nd, 1st. There will be a separate route for Senior Infants.

The route for the senior infants will be 3 laps of Booterstown Park.

The route for all other classes is outlined on the maps below. Classes will line up in their pairs at the start/finish line.

They will follow the pathway from Booterstown Park behind Carroll and Kinsella Motors up to Blackrock Park.

The boys will run around the bandstand in Blackrock Park and loop back towards Booterstown Park as per the map below.


There will be stewards positioned at various intervals along the route to ensure that the boys are safe and following the correct pathway.

Safety Rules

·  Safety when crossing the road.

·  Stick to our side of the pathway- watch out for bicycles.

·  Be aware that boys will be running back on the opposite side of the path.

·  Children must follow instructions from teachers and stewards.

·  The boys are representing our school and must behave accordingly.


Running Tips

This is a long distance FUN RUN- it is NOT a sprint.

·  You take the course at a level you are comfortable with. If you are tired and need to walk then do.

·  If you are jogging at a comfortable speed you should be able to chat to your partner.

·  Keep some energy in the tank to get you over the finish line.

·  When you finish your run- place your hands on your head and walk upright to gain your breath back quicker.


Additional Information:

In addition to sports day we will also be holding other events such as The Olympics and Mini World Cup. To further support/promote being active, the children will not be assigned any written homework this week. They will be asked to complete various active tasks both within the home and in their local environment. These active tasks will be assigned by the class teachers and homework journals should be signed as normal as proof of completion.

If any parents/guardians are interested in being a steward for the fun run please contact your son’s class teacher.

Kind regards, 

Christopher Hughes        Aoife Cartwright


St. Mary's is an Active School

We enjoy being active in lots of different ways especially during different subjects. Take a look.





We enjoy active Maths



We even made reading time active by climbing into unusual places




Measuring capacity is far more fun when you have a water race



Even infant story time can be active. These boys are about to act out their favourite story






We went to the park to practice for the daily mile fun run. Some of the juniors even brought their teddy along to run.


Hurling- first class began hurling this year. Former Dublin hurler Niall Corcoran comes in each week to put the boys through their paces.



If the first class boys keep training hard the will hopefully share in the success that our senior team had in getting to Croke Park



Our Gaelic Football team also got to Croke Park again this year. All the training and extra blitzes for Gaelic and Hurling anre certainly paying off as more boys than ever before are playing these sports.







We enjoyed playing some Spanish games with Carolina when she came to teach us some Spanish. 





St. Mary's Fun Run 



We love to explore the outdoors through our outdoor and adventure activities

St. Mary's Golf Team. The Golf team have a competition coming up against Our Lady of Mercy Girls School. Wish them Luck!!!



St. Mary's Spooky Walk / Fun Run





We love to go outside for 5 minute filler games in between lessons  



We were learning about balance in Gymnastics.


Parachute games make yard time more fun on Football Free Friday



We were learning about bird so we decided to take a walk and explore the wildlife in the nature reserve at Booterstown Park


Our teachers organised a Blitz for us. Lots of us had never played Gaelic before. We hope to join the school team when we are old enough.




 We had visitors from other European schools as part of the Eurasmus+ programme. We took them and some students on a special adventure walk to Glendalough.







Sam Maguire Cup comes to visit St. Mary's



Our Gaelic footballers ask some excellent questions about what it takes to win the Sam Maguire Cup