Academic Calendar 2021-2022

TERM STARTS

TUESDAY 31st AUGUST at 08:50 am

MIDTERM BREAK

School closes on FRIDAY 22nd OCTOBER @ 2.30 p.m.
School Re-opens MONDAY 1st NOVEMBER @ 8.50am

PARENT-TEACHER MEETINGS

Dates & times will be confirmed by the class teacher nearer the time in November

CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon WEDNESDAY 22nd DECEMBER 
School Re-opens THURSDAY  6th JANUARY at 8.50 am

MIDTERM BREAK

School closes FRIDAY 18th FEBRUARY @ 2.30pm
School Re-opens MONDAY 28th FEBRUARY @ 8.50am

ST PATRICK'S DAY

School closes THURSDAY 17th MARCH FRIDAY 18th MARCH
Reopens MONDAY 21st MARCH

EASTER HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon FRIDAY 8th APRIL
School Re-opens MONDAY  25th APRIL at 8.50 am

MAY BANK HOLIDAY

School closed MONDAY 2nd   MAY
School Re-opens TUESDAY 3rd MAY

ANNUAL STANDARDISED TESTING

Last two weeks of May

JUNE BANK HOLIDAY

School closed    MONDAY 6th & TUESDAY 7th JUNE
School Re-opens WEDNESDAY 8th JUNE

SUMMER HOLIDAYS

School closes at 12.00 noon THURSDAY 30th JUNE

Details regarding First Holy Communion, Confirmation & 6th Class Graduation will be advised when we have dates. E

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Thursday, October 28, 2021
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School Sports

St. Mary's B.N.S. is an active school where sport is promoted and is central to the life of the school.

Hurling/Iomáint in St. Mary’s 

Hurling has grown massively as a sport in the last number of years in the St. Mary’s. At the beginning of we had an average of 2 boys in every class playing with a local club. We were struggling to field a senior team for league matches with many of the boys playing picking up a hurley out of a bag for the first time on match day.

Today we have an average of 10 children per year involved in a club with 2 junior teams and 1 senior team. Every class from 1st to 6th Class gets the opportunity to try out hurling throughout the school year. We have made it to Croke Park four times with our senior team in the last 5 years, winning a Cup Final along the way. Our Junior teams have competed in Go Games competitions over the past number of years with great success climbing up from Division 8 to Division 2 in 2019. We also added a second Junior team a few years ago as we had so many boys wanting to play hurling. Whether they are playing hurling in a club or just trying out in school, it is great to see a growing love for our national game.

 We looked at a strategic Plan as to how we could develop G.A.A. as a whole in the school. First of all we decided to buy new jerseys for our Junior and Senior teams. We kindly asked the parents to buy the appropriate shorts/socks for the school teams. We also set up school blitz competitions in both Gaelic and Hurling taking place in Kilmacud Crokes. The idea was to make students and parents familiar with their local GAA club. We contacted Dublin GAA players Danny Sutcliffe (hurling) and Kevin Nolan (football) to present medals on the day. We also invested in more helmets, hurleys and sliotars for the school with GAA Coaching being provided by Kilmacud Crokes (Niall Corcaron and Paraic McDonald).

With the building of the new classrooms, we took the opportunity to paint a “Games Wall” in the school. This wall is used for multi-sports activities including Gaelic, hurling, tennis, golf. We also are grateful to Kilmacud Crokes for their on-going support both in school and with the use of their facilities for training our teams.

We are very proud of the success we have hand in recent years, not only in winning trophies but in giving students of all abilities the opportunity to play and develop their skills in our national games. We hope to continue this development for years to come.