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 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!
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 five Green Flags for waste management, energy conservation, water conservation, transport initiatives and biodiversity. The current committee has just been awarded the fifth Green Flag for work on biodiversity, which was presented to us in May. We also achieved our first Active Flag in June 2018. The Active Flag 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. We had a double flag raising ceremony for the Active Flag and Green Flag at the end of June.
School Choir & Sports
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. On 22nd October 2018, our boys' senior football team came within a whisker of winning a final in Croke Park when they launched a stirring rally after being well behind against St. Patrick's Ringsend, equalised with a few minutes to go but then lost out to a last minute goal. We are immensely proud of them. Last year, the boys' soccer team reached the semi-final of the Dublin Interschools' League in their first year to enter the competition.