Green Schools / Active Flag Raising Ceremonies /Discover Primary Science and Maths Award

We had a wonderful afternoon at school on Thursday last celebrating our Seventh Green Flag renewal for Global Citizenship-Energy, our Active School Flag and our Discover Primary Science and Maths Award of Excellence.

Green School

This theme helped us discover how Green-Schools work has positively influenced people and environments worldwide while we revised our previous energy theme.

It was a great success. An afternoon of music and song with a few speeches thrown in along the way! Thankfully the weather was very kind to us. At the outset we must say a very special thank you to Ms.Delaney for all her hard work not alone on this renewal but indeed her commitment to the Green School programme over many years. She can be so proud of her hard-working and talented committee and indeed all the students in our school. Each of the children supported and worked so hard on this renewal. Fr Doherty had the honour of raising flag, we are very appreciative of all his support of our school and would like to congratulate and wish Fr John well on the recent Diamond Jubilee of his ordination.

Active Schools

We were thrilled recently to have been awarded Active School Status recognising our physically educated and active school community.Active schools programme has been hugely successful project this year in our school.We are very appreciative of our hard working committee, supporting parents and co-ordinating teachers Mrs Quinn, Ms.Sloyan, Ms.McDonagh and Ms.Durkin. We were also delighted to welcome past pupil Ella Brennan back to our school to raise our Active Flag. Ella is a member of the Mayo Senior Ladies panel preparing for their Connacht Senior Final replay.Ella is a great role model for the children in our school and county. We wish her every success for the Summer ahead!

Finally thank you also to all our wonderful teachers for their continued support as without them days like yesterday would not happen.Thank you also to our Parent Association who provided a lovely treat which everyone certainly enjoyed! We thank all the members sincerely for all their hard work today and throughout the year.

Discover Primary Science and Maths Award of Excellence

Huge congrats and thank you to Ms.Ruane and Mr.Clarke who successfully coordinated our Discover Primary Science and Maths Award submission. We received lovely feedback on our whole school efforts to promote STEM throughout our school involving young and old. This is the third year in succession that we have received this award. It is a fantastic initiative having a significant impact in all of our classrooms!

County Final Heartache!

Commiserations to our girls who were defeated earlier in their Cumann na mBunscol County Final at McHale Park losing out to an excellent Myna NS, Kilmeena.

While this evening may not have gone our way, we are so proud of each of the girls, of their determination, their never say die attitude and their willingness to give their all.

The girls have given us a fantastic year, winning their area in the Mini 7’s and reaching todays County Final. While understandably their was disappointment earlier they can be so proud of all they have achieved.

As the year ends a very special thank you to Ciarán McBrien and his team who always made the wonderful facilities at Charlestown GAA available for us. We as always sincerely appreciate this support.
Also, a very special word of thanks to all our supporters in McHale Park this evening, it was fantastic to have you with us especially when the going got tough. Finally, thank you to Mr.Rushe for all his time and hard word preparing the team so well.

Maith sibh a chailiní!

Good Luck Girls!

All that remains this evening is to wish our team the very best tomorrow evening in their County Final in McHale Park at 3.15pm. We are so proud of the girls and hope they each enjoy this very special occasion.

All support would be greatly appreciated. Go n-éirí libh!

Girls Reach the Cumann na mBunscol County Final!

Our Girls team were victorious earlier in their Cumann na mBunscol County Semi Final. They defeated Crossmolina N.S in a thrilling game.

A good start is half the battle and this was very true of the girls first half performance.However, Crossmolina were difficult opponents and they came right back at us in the second half. To the girls great credit they showed great composure and desire to finish the game strongly and ensure progression to the Final.

We would like to thank Crossmolina for a very sporting game.It was a great contest. We have a lot of work to do in the coming week to prepare for our Final which will take place on Monday June 10th at 3.15pm in McHale park against Myna NS Kilmeena.

Well done to all the girls who have trained very well throughout the year.Today was a great team effort. We have a good panel and it really is fantastic to see so many talented players pushing so hard to get a starting place.It is also great to see players taking up Gaelic Football for the first time. These girls are also a very important part of our panel and are making great progress.

Maith sibh a chailiní!

Reminder Final

St.Attracta’s NS v Myna Kilmeena Monday June 10th at 3.15pm in McHale Park.

Cumann na mBunscol Area Finals

Congratulations to our Girls and Boys teams who earlier progressed to the County Cumann na mBunscol Quarter Finals after hard fought games against Swinford NS at the Amenity Park in Swinford.

Both our teams acquitted themselves very well and now move onto play Ballindine NS (Boys@11am) and Gaelscoil De Burca (Girls@11.30am) respectively in Thursday’s County Quarter Finals here in Charlestown.

We wish our both teams well!

Finally, while it was a very disappointing result yesterday afternoon in McHale Park, all our thoughts and best wishes go this evening to Tom Parsons after his injury. All here in St.Attracta’s wish Tom a full and speedy recovery.

Spar Girls 5’s 2018

Comhghairdeachas and well done to both our Girl’s team’s who earlier took part in the FAI Spar 5’s at Kiltimagh and Knock United.

Team 1 / White had a fantastic morning winning three of their group games before losing to the eventual winners from Bekan NS. The can be so proud of their performances.

Team 2 / Green also performed brilliantly progressing from a very difficult group (Scoil Íosa Ballyhaunis, Claremorris Girls NS and St.Aidan’s NS Kiltimagh) winning all three of their games and with each member of the squad playing a big part in this.

Unfortunately the girls lost the final against an excellent Bekan NS team who had earlier defeated our White team. Again, each of the girls played their hearts out and can be so proud of their efforts. Maith sibh a chailiní.

Finally a special word of thanks to Ms.Sweeney for all her support this morning and to Paul Byrne of the FAI who organising the competition here in Mayo. Despite the weather conditions it was a really enjoyable day for us all!

Next up on Monday of next week will see our Boys team take part in their qualifiers. We wish them well!

Spikeball National Finals 2018

What a day we had in Limerick! Our Girls advanced from the very difficult pool stages to reach the last eight at the National Finals. This was a fantastic achievement from our team who displayed such courage, determination and never say die attitude throughout the day. To say we are very proud of their efforts is almost an understatement.

We qualified with three victories from three in our group before unfortunately going down to Glenville NS from Cork in a gripping Quarter Final on count back after the game ended one set each. The girls played so well collectively throughout despite often being up against taller and physically stronger teams. They should be delighted with how well they performed and it certainly was no disgrace to be beaten by an excellent team.

As always a short word of thanks to Geraldine Finn who coached our team and year on year puts so much into Spikeball in our school. We are so fortunate to have her expertise, enthusiasm and support always. We really appreciate her work with us throughout this past year.

Well done again to all the players involved this year. It was fantastic to watch this progression and improvement as our year unfolded. Our teams this year were excellent role models for our younger students who hopefully in time will continue this great tradition we have in our school.

St.Attracta’s reach All Ireland Spikeball Final!

Our three teams Girls, Boys and Mixed teams set off this morning to participate in the Connacht Regional Spikeball Finals in Loughrea. This alone, was a fantastic achievement on their behalf, having progressed from Mayo County qualifiers. The standard of Spikeball from all of the other Connacht qualifiers was, as you would expect, very high indeed. Nevertheless, both of our teams did us very proud as always, showing great spirit and determination in all of their matches each playing four matches in the initial rounds.

What a morning we had with our three teams progressing from their group stages, despite facing some very challenging teams. Unfortunately, here our Mixed and Boys’s team both were defeated by the eventual winners in thrilling games. Despite this, they both can be so proud of their efforts, they each certainly represented our school with pride.

Our girls team also faced stiff competition, with tightly fought contests in all rounds. Their performance increased and improved as the day progressed and after some epic battles they reached the Connaught Final. As a result they qualified for the All Ireland Spikeball Finals in Limerick on Thursday next. What an achievement it is to have our school back again on the National Stage. As with all our teams we could not be more proud of them. All our students have made great progress and we were delighted their efforts.

As always to conclude a special thank you to Mr.Rushe who prepared our students so well and to Geraldine Finn who coached our teams and year on year puts so much into Spikeball in our school . We are very fortunate to have her expertise, enthusiasm and support always.

Onwards and upwards for our Girls as all roads lead to Limerick on Thursday next, a very exciting way to conclude our term!

Mayo Spikeball Finals 2018

Congratulations to our Girls ‘White’ Team, our Boys Team and our Mixed team who on Monday progressed to the Connaught Primary Spikeball finals following Monday’s Mayo deciders here in Charlestown.

Well done also also to our Girls (Green 2 ) team who also played so well in their respective group. We were delighted with the progress the children have made in such a short space of time. It was heartening to witness the improvement in confidence and skill level as the day progressed.

As mentioned both our Girls, Boys and Mixed teams have now qualified for the Connaught Finals which will take place in Loughrea, Co.Galway (Date to be confirmed). There are still lots of areas for further improvement and we look forward to working hard over the next month to prepare for this date.

Finally, a special word of thanks to Geraldine Finn for coaching the teams. Geraldine’s knowledge and expertise is invaluable alongside her interest in the game. We really appreciate this support.

Thank you also to Mr.Rushe for all his help in preparing the teams and to the Transition Year girls from St.Joseph’s Community College who gave the students such a great base through their coaching programme throughout the autumn.