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Cross Country 2018

We had a very successful cross country season with 65 children from 3rd class to 6th class on our team. We had three league races in Griffeen park in Lucan in February, March and April and a finals day in Corkagh park in Condalkin in May. 78 schools with 5000 children from South Dublin competed in the finals.

The League:

Race 1:

1st: Michelle Muddiman 4th (Ms. McKelvey)


3rd: Conor Quinn 4th (Ms. McKelvey) Bobby Russell 4th (Ms. McKelvey) Evan Donnelly 6th (Ms. Hartnett)

Race 2:

1st: Keelan Comisky 3rd  (Ms. Cronin) and Dafne  3rd (Ms. Cronin)  Conor Quinn 4th (Ms. McKelvey)

2nd: James O’ Reilly 2nd  (Mr. Holmes)

3rd: Michelle Muddiman 4th (Ms. Mckelvey) and Hazel Jordan  6th (Mr. Hill)


Race 3:


2nd: Eliora 3rd  (Ms. Cronin)

3rd: Conor Quinn 4th (Ms. McKelvey)


The Finals:

Fantastic day yesterday at the Cross Country Finals in Corkagh park. 

Three children got to compete in the Champions Race as they came 1st in the previous league.

Dafne (Ms. Cronin) Conor Quinn (Ms. McKelvey) Michelle Muddiman (Ms. Mckelvey)

We also won 2 gold, 1 silver and 2 bronze: 

1st Lee McConnell 6th (Ms. Cleary) Hazel Jordan 6th (Mr. Hill)

2nd James O’ Reilly 3rd (Mr. Holmes)

3rd David Dignam and Davide Fais 3rd (Ms. Cronin)

Every competitor got a medal for all their training and competing over the past 5 and a half months.

Well done to all the children. They did us proud!

Each came to training and fought hard for their place on the team. Each encouraged and cheered each other on. They wore our school colours with pride.

Ms. Fitzpatrick and Ms. McGinley

Training throughout the year


Race days and medal winning

Hurling and Camogie


Hard luck to the camogie girls yesterday who were defeated in the Quarter Final of the Cup. We are so proud of their fight, spirit and excellent attitude shown throughout all the matches and yesterday was no different. A brilliant fight to the finish – Well done girls!

The boys have the Semi Final of the Cup next week – team and location to be decided.

Our hurling and camogie season had a bit of a delayed start due to the weather. Both teams had matches postponed because of pitches being unplayable. Thank you to all the boys, girls and their parents for being patient with last minute changes. Hopefully the better weather will stick around for a while. 

Both teams have had a fantastic start, winning their first matches with great results. The hurlers beat St Marys, Saggart and the camogie girls beat St Finians, Newcastle. Great teamwork and skill were shown in both matches which was reflected in the winning results. Most importantly, all players showed excellent attitude and sportsmanship.

Well done to both teams and let’s hope our success continues.

Both teams have made it out of their groups and into the cups. We are very hopeful for success.

Click below to download the Active Flag work so far this year:

The Active School Flag Document


The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community, by awarding them with an Active School Flag (ASF). To learn more about the Active School Flag Initiative, visit their website   –  http://www.activeschoolflag.ie

The pupils and staff of Holy Family N.S Rathcoole are working hard together in order to become an Active School. Please take a look below at some of the activities we have been taking part in as we strive to become an Active School.


To kick-start the school year actively we introduced 10@10 where the children have 10 minutes of activity in their classroom every morning. The children love it and it is really helping them to wake up and be more focused for the day. Active lines at small break were also introduced by the Active committee members. The committee members lead classes in a number of different exercises on the line while waiting to be collected from teachers.


Our Active Flag committee members are taking a break from leading the active lines and have become ‘fitness police’. This involves them patrolling the yard in high-visibility jackets encouraging their classmates who are sitting/standing to move around the yard during break time. Committee members in 5th and 6th class have also been assigned the job of storeroom checkers for the last 5 minutes of each day based on a rota. They make sure the P.E storeroom is in order and every item is in its right place for classes the following day. We are continuing our 10@10 in the classroom every morning and introducing active lesson transitions (e.g. 30 jumping jacks) for better focus/concentration during the day.


Children are invited to bring in any awards earned in outside clubs and have their photograph taken to be displayed on the Active Flag noticeboard in the school. Their achievements will also be announced at the monthly assembly by Mr Gavin. Our fitness police are taking a break from their lunchtime duties as we are introducing dance in the hall at lunchtime one day a week for second class to sixth class.


Alongside our active lesson transitions in class Mr Byrne is going to play a song randomly over the intercom a couple of times a week for the coming months to get classes to get out of their seats and drop everything and dance (DEAD). Parents are also invited to join us in a 10 minute walk every Wednesday morning at 9.15 (WOW) around Forest Hills weather permitting.


With the new year beginning we are looking for suggestions on how to make the school an even more active place during the day. Committee members have been asked to collect 3 suggestions for the suggestions box on the active board from their class. Committee members will also carry out a ‘What club are you in?’ survey with their classmates.  10@10, WOW, dance in the hall at lunch time and DEAD will continue for the foreseeable weeks as they have been very successful in contributing to the children’s activity.


Operation Transformation on RTE1 has launched 3 weeks of new daily 10@10 videos for schools to partake in every morning in class. These are really worthwhile and the children love doing them. Classes are also taking part in a poster competition to promote activity in the school. Each class’s winning poster will be displayed in the P.E hall for the rest of the year. Cross country trials are taking place in Rathcoole Park for our runners this month. All children from Third to Sixth will walk to the park and are encouraged to take part in the trials for the exercise.


To link in with St. Patrick’s Day and Seachtain na Gaeilge classes are encouraged to do the Operation Transformation lesson transitions in Irish for the month. Mr Gavin is setting up a basketball tournament in the hall for 6th class during lunchtime and Mr Commins is setting up a soccer tournament for 4th class on the grass area in Forest Hills during lunchtime, where all children will be encouraged and welcome to take part. DEAD and WOW will continue. A slogan competition will take place too.


Now that the weather is improving extra yard time and astro-turf slots are being rewarded to classes highlighting ‘No sweets as treats’ to all. Our Active committee are also delivering the message of the winning slogan competition to classes ‘Being Active is Cool, especially at School’. Smile For a Mile will also start this month, whereby children will run for 5 minutes as a class weekly. A 126m perimeter was measured on the senior yard and children will record the number of laps ran in 5 minutes (on average) each week on the Active Board.


Active Flag activities in our school






The girl’s vision of playing in Croke Park sadly ended yesterday on Monastery Road. Having already had well earned victories over St. Finians New Castle and St. Mary’s Sagart and being marginally beaten by Scoil Chronain in the last group game we were still given a chance in the quarter final of the cup. The girls were up against a tall, strong side from Our Lady Queen of Apostles Clonburris and up until the last 5 minutes when a soft goal snuck into the corner of their net it could have went either way. Despite very wet and windy conditions it was a fast-moving and exciting game from start to finish. Clonburris got an early goal to lead but we came back with some cracking scores from Saoirse Murphy, Susie Cronin and Anna Magliozzi. At half time the sides were level and Saoirse got another key point which had us in the lead for the majority of the second half. The backs had a tough job throughout the match with Hannah Byrne particularly showing great bravery. Unfortunately when Clonburris’s third goal came to put them ahead they built on this and got another goal soon after leaving the scoreline at 4-1 to 1-5. The girls were devastated but did themselves and the school very proud. Well done to the team for their fantastic attitude, effort and enthusiasm throughout the season.

Active Flag Partnerships

 We have been very fortunate this year to have a number of local partnerships working with the students of Holy Family NS. Some of these are:

  • Our local GAA man, Peter Elliott, from Commercials GAA club has been taking the junior classes for sessions in both gaelic football and hurling since the start of the year. This is a great opportunity for children to learn new and develop skills in these sports and get them active during the school day. 
  • 5th Class participated in cycling safety workshops during term 1. This gave them excellent life skills for cycling on the roads which they can carry through to adulthood. This has also encouraged more children to cycle to school.
  • We have recently arranged for a coach from Leinster Rugby to take 5th and 6th classes for a 4 week block of tag rugby. 

Tag rugby

4 Corners GAA tournament Girls team

The girls team won the 4 corners Gaelic football tournament last June for the 3rd year in a row & the credit union sponsor the cup. Scoil Cronán won the boys. Past pupils Sophie Simpson, Molly McGlynn & Amalia Svarsiuc & Meaghan Quinn from the current 6th class. And of course Peter Elliot 🙂 

The boys football team have had mixed fortunes on the playing fields this past week. On Thursday 21st September, they lost a cracking game against Sacred Heart NS, Sruleen on a scoreline of 3-11 to 3-9. The teams were very evenly matched throughout. Sacred Heart led at half time by 3-6 to 3-3 with Holy Family’s goals coming from Lee McConnell, Dean Simpson and Jacob Comiskey. It was score for score in the second half but unfortunately, we just came up short despite a great effort.


Team v Sacred Heart: Kyle Maguire; Jamie Moore, Aaron McCusker, Tony Ashby; Kyle Humphries, Ben Ratcliffe, James Dignam (0-1); Lee McConnell (1-3), Conor Quinn (0-1); Dean Simpson (1-2), Cillian Byrne, Jacob Comiskey (1-0); Daniel Kelty (0-1), Shane Manscier, Eoin Keane. Subs: Lee Campbell, Seán Craig, Cormac Dixon, David Idemudia, Seán Mattison, Andrew Millar, Evan.


On Thursday 28th September, we got back to winning ways after a good win over St Patrick’s, Corduff. The old adage that ‘goals win games’ was evident in this game as Holy Family emerged as 7-1 to 2-5 winners. In a keenly contested first half where we struggled for long periods, goals from Dean Simpson, Rhys Bankin and Lee McConnell gave us a two point interval lead. The lads put some lovely moves together in the second half and further goals from Lee McConnell, Rhys Bankin, Daniel O’Kelly and Lee Campbell meant we were travelling back to Rathcoole in high spirits! The backs played especially well in the second half with great performances from Ben Ratcliffe, Jacob Comiskey, Adam Coughlan and Alex Baxter. All 30 lads that were togged got to play a part. We are now through to the quarter finals which are scheduled to be played on the 11th/12th October. Well done to all!


Team v St Patrick’s:

Liam Goodwin; Cormac Dixon, Ben Ratcliffe, Aaron McCusker; Kyle Humphries, Conor Quinn, Jacob Comiskey; Daniel O’Kelly (1-0), Lee McConnell (2-0); Seán Reilly, Dean Simpson (1-0), James Dignam; Seán Craig, Rhys Bankin (2-0), Aaron Brereton. Subs used: Kyle Maguire, Jamie Moore, Ben Noone, Alex Baxter, Adam Coughlan, Cillian Byrne, Jack O’Callaghan, Zach O’Reilly, Lee Campbell (1-1), David Vickers, Travis Moore, Jack O’Connor, Daniel Kelty, Tony Ashby and Eoin Keane.

Green Schools News 

Green Schools is about working together to create a sustainable future for our local environment and planet earth. Over the last school year we have been working towards our first green flag: Litter and Waste.

  1. So far this year we have had No Paper Day, waste free lunches and we have begun to collect bottle caps for our art around the school. Please continue to bring these in. Thank you to Mr Hill and 6th Class who conducted a Litter and Waste Review. This has helped us identify litter and waste black spots. We are focusing on decreasing the amount of litter and waste at the Forest Hills entrance to our school. Please bring your rubbish home with you and encourage others to do so.
  2. We are asking all teachers with the help of their children to create a Green Area in the classroom. A question will be given out each month to discuss and work to be displayed in your Green Area in your classroom.
  3. On Thursday, 18th Oct we will have our first Clean Up Day of the year. Senior Infants will be busy litter picking around the school. So, if you see them say “well done” and it’ll be No Paper Day on this day too, don’t forget to get outside and explore the world around you.
  4. Reminder to try make your Halloween costumes from recycled materials. Recreate will be in doing a Plastic Planet workshop with children from Junior Infants, 1st and 4th.
  5. We also ask teachers to make a special effort to bring waste free lunches and clean and dry anything that can be recycled and place it in recycling bin or take it home.
  6. Please bring in any dead batteries and place them in the battery box on the first floor beside the photocopier and bottle caps in boxes provided outside the staff room.
  7. Thomas Brennan from Solar 21 will be in on Oct 18th to talk to the Senior Classes about renewable energy.
  8. Thanks to Mr Boggins for organising Toner and Ink boxes. Our computer company takes these away and recycles them.

Finally, we would like to congratulate 2nd class for having the least amount of recycling waste in their bins and 4th class for having the least amount of general waste in their bins during September.  Your teacher can reward you at their discretion.

Once again, we would like to thank everyone for recycling and helping us all achieve our school’s first Green Flag – Litter and Waste Flag. Continue playing your part by recycling at home too.

Mrs Merry (Green Schools Coordinator) would like to say a personal thank you to our Green Schools Committee who work so hard to keep our school clean with their litter picking and rubbish collections and to the children and staff for helping us be green.  The future is GREEN!

Girls GAA team news

The girls football team had their second great victory recently against St. Mary’s Saggart 8-4 to 0-2 in miserable conditions. They also won against Newcastle by 2 points in a tight game. We hope to continue the winning streak next against Scoil Chronáin and be one step closer to Croke Park.

Boys GAA team news

The boys football team got off to a great start to the year, defeating St Mary’s Saggart on a score line of 5-4 to 1-0. Congrats to James Dignam who has been chosen as the team captain for the year.


Dublin in the All Ireland!

Well done to both the ladies and men gaelic football teams who were both victorious in the All Ireland this year. It was a fantastic three in a row for the men. We decorated our school in the hope of victory and it worked! We were lucky to have the Sam Maguire brought into the school for the boys and girls to see. We may even have some Dublin players of the future amongst us.

Decorating the hallway for the Dubs in the All Ireland

The San Maguire comes to Holy Family NS