St. Mary's N.S. in a Winter Wonderland - February 2018
Nestled at the foot of the Three Rock Mountain, St. Mary's N.S. Lamb's Cross has a long history. The first school was built in 1841 on the site of a small country hospital and was replaced by the existing iconic, granite-faced building with the green steeple in 1936. As the Sandyford/Stepaside area has grown from a sleepy backwater to a bustling mixture of industrial and residential buildings, the population of the school has grown. As a result, a two storey modern extension incorporating a new entrance and hallway was added in 2011. Throughout the years, St. Mary's has always aimed at having a child-centred approach and a friendly atmosphere and despite the trebling of our pupil numbers in less than ten years, we still take pride in maintaining this ethos. Many generations have attended our school and, as we move ahead in the twenty first century, we look forward to welcoming many more!
Our school stands proudly as the oldest Catholic school in Sandyford Parish and this Christian generosity of spirit serves us well as society in Ireland changes. The area the school serves has seen great changes in the profile of the population and this is reflected in our pupils. We have enrolled pupils from many countries and cultures around the world. This international intake has truly brought a great vibrancy to the life of the school community. In November 2014, the school was awarded the Yellow Flag for Incusion and Diversity, of which we are extremely proud.
Flags have played a large part in the life of the school over the last eight years. Due to the great work of successive Green Committees, we have been awarded four Green Flags for waste management, energy conservation, water conservation and transport initiatives. The current committee has just been awarded the fifth Green Flag for work on biodiversity, which will be presented to us in May. We are also striving this year to achieve our first Active Flag and the committee has introduced many fitness initiatives such as the Daily Mile where each class has fifteen minutes scheduled exercise in the yard, apart from the normal breaks.
While academic studies are central to our children's education, the school also promotes a rounded approach. Our school choir takes part every second year in the National Children's Choir. Needless to say, the choir also sings at the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion. We also nurture a long tradition in sporting activities, especially athletics in which we have enjoyed great success in the annual Santry Sports. Our girls' football team made history in October 2016 by playing in their first Cumann na mBunscol final in Croke Park. This year we are fielding two boys' and one girls' teams. This year, we have also entered a boys' soccer team in the Dublin Interschools' League.
Over the years, our children have benefited hugely from the active participation of many dedicated parents who willingly contribute their time and resources to raise funds for the school. Interactive whiteboards and wifi have been installed in all the classrooms and many other improvements have been made to the school due to the efforts of the Parents' Association. Particular thanks to the PA for funding our three football kits.
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