Active School Flag raising ceremony follows action packed sports day!
Herbertstown NS’s annual summer sports day took place today with the children participating in a whole host of activities. Firstly, there were running races, spud & spoon races, sack races and three legged races. Next on the agenda was the obstacle course and the morning was completed with javelin throws, a Cic Fada competition and a Welly Throw.
Following these events the finals of a number of competitions took place. Two new competitions, the Ned Daly Shield and the Pádraig Pearse Cup, were contested by the pupils of second and third class. In two very even finals, Limerick emerged victorious in the shield final and Cork claimed cup glory in the second game.
The final of our summer soccer league also took place. In a Euro 2016 themed league, Northern Ireland faced off against England in the final. Again, the spectators were treated to a close game with England notching some late goals to claim victory.
To cap off a great day, Limerick hurling star James Ryan visited the school to raise our new Active School Flag. It was a wonderful culmination to both such an active day and year and our pupils should be very proud of their efforts this year!
Tree Planting Ceremony to Mark the 100th Anniversary of the Easter Rising.
As part of our final WOW walk this year, a tree planting ceremony took place to mark the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. The young oak tree which was planted had grown from an acorn which was found nearby on a nature walk in the autumn of 2015.
A big thanks to Pat Barry for facilitating the planting of the tree. We look forward to watching its growth on future WOW walks!
Today the children and staff dressed in green to support the Irish football team as they begin their UEFA Euro 2016 journey. There was great excitement in the school in anticipation of Ireland’s first game against Sweden.
A large crowd turned out to support this year’s Anthony Baggott Cup. Despite the damp conditions, the crowd were treated to a very competitive tournament which featured Herbertstown NS, Hospital NS, Barna NS and the holders Knockainey NS.
The round robin portion of the tournament went as follows:
Knockainey NS edged a closely fought encounter with Herbertstown NS to emerge as 2 point victors.
In the other game, Hospital NS produced a clinical display to defeat Barna NS.
Herbertstown picked up their first victory of the day with a win over Barna NS.
Knockainey NS had too much firepower for a gallant Hospital NS team in their game.
Barna NS produced their best performance in the last round of the group and picked up a 1 point win against Knockainey NS.
In what was effectively a ‘semi-final’, Herbertstown NS had to fight to the very last minute to see off Hospital NS and set up a final meeting with Knockainey.
A couple of early Knockainey NS points gave them the advantage but when Herbertstown captain Adam Boyle powered home a goal his side went into the lead. Adam, Seán Murnane and Aaron Hanley were now fighting hard in the middle third and their ability to win possession was setting up attacks further up the field. One such attack was finished to the net following great build up play by Patrick Bermingham and Aisling Farrell. At half time, Herbertstown NS held a 4 point advantage.
In the second half Knockainey NS battled hard to try to retain their title, but with Jack O’Sullivan, Ross Winship and Declan Ryan McNamara in fine form, Herbertstown were holding on. Some cool moments under pressure from goalkeeper Ryan Hanley in the closing stages ensured Herbertstown would see out the game and secure what was a memorable victory.
Full time: Herbertstown NS 2.06 Knockainey 2.02
Full Herbertstown squad, with all players featuring during the tournament: Ryan Hanley, Jack O’Sullivan, Ross Winship, Declan Ryan McNamara, Aaron Hanley, Sean Murnane, Aisling Farrell, Adam Boyle, Euan Hickey, Jack Gleeson, Stephen Ryan, Michael Keane, Colm Bermingham, Liam Bermingham, Tadhg O’Connell, Ryan Siebert, Sean Hennessy, Liam Gleeson
A number of prizes were given out following the game. The prizes were kindly donated by Hospital/Herbertstown GAA.
Rising Star Award
This award went to a Darragh O’Sullivan, who played in the junior & senior infant game at half time in the final.
Give Respect, Get Respect Award
David Curtin – Barna NS
Most Improved Player Award
Scott Sheehan – Hospital NS
Best Young Player
Declan Ryan McNamara- Herbertstown NS
Player of the Tournament
Eoin Cleary – Knockainey NS
Man of the Match (final)
Adam Boyle – Herbertstown NS
Eileen Baggott then presented the Anthony Baggott Cup to her grandson and Herbertstown NS captain Adam Boyle.
All players and supporters enjoyed the vast array of cakes, buns and sandwiches which were provided by the Parents’ Association. Sincere thanks to everyone who made the day a success.
Our pupils return to Herbertstown with silverware for a second time in a week!
Two teams travelled to Corbally today to take part in the UEFA Grass Roots soccer 5 a side competition. Our girls team performed admirably, picking up a win,a draw and a loss in their three games.
The boys qualified out of a tough group which included Roxborough N.S., St. Nicholas and Christ the King, Caherdavin. This set up a semi-final meeting with Milford NS and with confidence building among the group they advanced to the final.
In the final Herbertstown faced a formidable Bilbao NS side. In a tense affair the scores were tied on a number of occasions including at half time where the game was finely poised at 2-2. With Ross pulling off some vital saves and captain Patrick Bermingham leading by example our team produced a memorable victory with a goal in the dying moments to win 4 -3.
Huge congratulations to the team who displayed tremendous team work throughout. Well done to Mike Bermingham who gave up his time to guide the team through the day.
Team: Ross, Seán, Adam, Aaron, Patrick, Euan, Ryan
Junior Infants, Senior Infants and First class had a super day at Free Range Kids, Croom on their school tour. The sun shone down on them as they enjoyed outdoor play, a scavenger hunt and they even made their own cookies.
“After lunch we had a treasure hunt, it was fun. Everyone ran all around the place. Next we were in for a real treat because we were going to a secret playground.It was so much fun. We all tried to get across the monkey bars but I did not get across. I had the time of my life!” Orlaith (1st Class)
An exhibition of Easter 1916 themed projects and art pieces went on display in the community hall over the June Bank holiday weekend. The children had been working on these projects for a good number of weeks and the exhibition offered an opportunity for the local public to see their work. Some of the work exhibited included profiles of individuals who took part in the Rising, a portrait gallery called ‘Faces of the Rising’ and interpretive paintings and drawings of the events. A replica of the 1916 Proclamation was also on display alongside the children’s own Proclamation for 2016.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to view the exhibition!
Herbertstown National School