St. Paul’s Wins Cycling School of the Year!

St. Paul’s Wins Cycling School of the Year!

Last February St.Paul’s took part in the nationwide Big Travel Challenge run by An Taisce. This competition saw the Green School Committee choose a mode of green transport to promote over a 10 day period. As we had noticed a drop off in the number of children cycling we set ourselves the challenge of encouraging more children to travel by bike on the school run. The committee made classroom visits and teachers recorded the numbers of cyclists daily over the ten day period. Names of all children who cycled were were entered into a raffle and Ms. Egan’s second class created some cool posters and slogans to display on the corridors.

The data we collected was sent in to An Taisce along with evidence of the work our Green School committee is involved in and details of how St. Paul’s embraced the Big Travel Challenge 2017. Our cyclists increased from a baseline figure of 32 to 104 by Day 10 of the challenge and this was based on data received from 552 pupils. We were delighted with the improvement!!

Things got even better two weeks ago when we received word that St. Paul’s had won a prize in the Big Travel Challenge awards. Details were kept secret and we were invited to attend an awards ceremony and create a display focussing on our Green School work on the travel theme.

Seven lucky committee members along with Ms. O’Doherty, Ms. Egan and Ms. Prendiville set off for the Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham on Wednesday 10th May armed with big smiles and a colourful display! It was lovely to browse and see all of the work the seven other featured schools were involved in and we got to listen to some very interesting speakers. Then came the highlight – the awards ceremony itself! We couldn’t believe it when we were announced as the Cycling School of the Year 2017!!

We were presented with an engraved plaque, a framed and mounted certificate and a cheque for €500 to put towards our Green School endeavours next year!! To be in the top 8 of 1800 schools eligible to enter this competition is a huge achievement and we are all very proud of the Green School Committee and all of the pupils and parents of St. Paul’s who have embraced the idea of sustainable, green travel and are playing such an important part in changing our attitudes and safeguarding our environment for future generations!

Sponsored Walk and Run

Sponsored Walk and Run

Friday was a very busy day in St. Paul’s with all the children taking part in our annual sponsored walk and run. The children from Junior Infants to Fourth Class walked various routes around the village, while the children in Fifth and Sixth Class had more of a challenge having to run around Fairyhouse Racecourse. The day was a great success and well done to everyone for taking part.

Thank you to all the children and their families for gathering sponsorship money for our school, and thank you also to our Parents’ Association for supplying water and apples for all the children.

Great Success for Olympic Handballers in Meath Championship Finals

Great Success for Olympic Handballers in Meath Championship Finals

Congratulations to our four Olympic Handball teams who performed so well in the Meath Championship finals played in Gormonston College on Monday the 3rd of April. All four teams won their respective semi-finals, which was a fantastic achievement in its own right.What follows is a brief report on the four finals:

Results of Meath Championship Finals:

U-11 Girls’ Final

St. Paul’s NS V Skryne NS:

Having made a great start, scoring early in the final, our u-11 girls’ team lost out to a very good Skryne team on a final scoreline: Skryne NS 3 St Paul’s NS 1

U-11 Boys’ Final

St Paul’s NS v Yellow Furze NS:

St Paul’s made a great start to the final scoring first and they maintained their lead throughout to record a great victory!

Final Score line:  St Paul’s NS 3 Skryne 1

U-13 Girls’ Final

St Paul’s NS v Yellow Furze NS:

This was a very entertaining and high scoring match. Our girls played excellently but they came up against a very talented Yellow Furze team.

Final Score line: Yellow Furze NS 6 St Paul’s NS 3

U-13 Boys’ Final:

St Paul’s NS v Skryne NS:

This was a very tense and exciting match. Having trailed by three goals mid-way through the match, our boys fought back to level the match, forcing the game into extra time. In the end, St Paul’s emerged victorious on a final score line of St Paul’s NS 7 Skryne 6.

All these impressive results mean that our four teams have qualified for the Leinster finals which will take place on Monday May 8th in Gormonston College.

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

Happy Easter from everyone in St. Paul’s! Don’t eat too many eggs!

Meath Spelling Bee Final

Meath Spelling Bee Final

A super well done to Jack Tormey in Sixth Class who represented St. Paul’s in the Meath Spelling Bee final! Jack worked very hard to prepare himself for the challenge and we are very proud of him for doing so well. Well done Jack!