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Fifth Class Make Christmas Wreaths

Pictured are fifth class making wreaths to be sold at the Christmas Craft Fair. Well done all! {gallery}fifth_class_wreath_making_december_2012{/gallery}


More Christmas Craft Fair 2012 Photos

Our thanks toMairéad Hanniffy for these lovely photos of the Christmas Craft Fair which took place recently. {gallery}craft_fair_12_part_2{/gallery}


Chloe Wins Kickboxing Young Player of the Year

Chloe (6th class) pictured with her trophy for young player of the year, Black Dragon Kick-boxing Club. {gallery}chloe_kickboxing_dec_12{/gallery}


School Notice - 20 December 2012

Nativity Play: Tonight Thursday 20.12.12 at 7.30 pm in the Church. All welcome. Parents' Association: My thanks to the P.A. for the wonderful Craft Fair on Sunday. It was a lovelyoccasion with a great atmosphere. All the hard work by all involved and the generosity of our sponsors ismuch appreciated. Maree Musical Society: MMS are collecting and recycling Christmas trees from Jan 7th to 13th. Seeposters locally for details. Choir practice: Choir Practice with Louise Wright on Sunday 23rd at 6pm in prep for Children'sChristmas Mass which is at 5.30pm on Christmas Eve. New arrival: Our congratulations to Ms Cepta Hannon and her husband Mark on the arrival of their newbaby Róisón. I would also like to acknowledge all the hard work of the staff during the term and I compliment thechildren on their excellent behaviour and industry.Happy Christmas. Dermot


Parent Reminder - School re-opens 7th January

School re-opens after the Christmas break on 7th January 2012 at 8:50am.


Christmas Craft Fair 2012

The Parents' Association ran a very successful Craft Fair on Sunday December 16th. Our thanks to all who supported. It was a brilliant day. Well done to all. Here are some photos of the day. More will follow as we get them in. {gallery}craft_fair_12{/gallery}


Junior Infants Nativity Play 2012

Have a look at photos of Junior Infants brilliant Nativity play. {gallery}junior_infants_nativity_play_2012{/gallery}


Football Squad

Mr Duffy's football squad take a break from training on the astro turf to pose for a photo. {gallery}soccer_december_2012{/gallery}


4th Class Christmas Play Cast

4th class and teacher Miss Kelly relaxing ahead of the performance of their Christmas play. {gallery}fourth_class_christmas_play_2012{/gallery}


Rang a Tró Christmas Art

Rang a trí displaying their lovely Christmas Art. {gallery}rang_a_tri_nollaig_2012{/gallery}


School Notice - 13 December 2012

School Craft Fair: The School Craft Fair takes place on Sunday 16.12.12 after 11oc Mass in Maree Community Centre. The Parents'Association is putting in a huge amount of work in preparation for the fair. A huge thanks to them, to the teachersand children who are working hard to produce lovely crafts. This event is more than the sum of its parts. It is alovely meeting point for parents and there is always a great atmosphere. If you have a few minutes to spare be sureto come in and show your support. Nativity Play: The School Nativity Play with 2nd class under the directorship of Ms. Reidy and Ms. Corry is on Thursday night20.12.12 at 7.30 pm in the Church. All welcome. This is not to be confused with Fr. Richie's Play, which is at theChildren's Mass on Christmas Eve. Reminder: School closes on Friday 21.12.12 at 12 noon. Reopens Monday 7.1.13 at 8.50 am. Strictly Come Dancing: Strictly Come Dancing. The school is being represented this year by Marie Ni Bhroin (mother of Naoise, 1st classand Liam, Junior Infants) and Derek Glynn (father of Ella, Junior Infants). 'Strictlys' takes place on Saturday Feb2nd and we are confident that this year will be third time lucky for Maree NS. No pressure Marie & Derek all wewant is the cup. Please book your ticket for the event by contacting Derek 087 6356364 or Marie 087 9170844. On behalf of the staff I would like to acknowledge all your help and support throughout 2012, and to wish you all avery happy & peaceful Christmas. D. Cleary


Past Pupil on Late Late Show

Make sure to tune into the Late Late Show tonight from 9.30pm. Our past pupil Jamie Harrison and friends will be performing Tiny Dancer - a song for Lily Mae at some point during the night. Lily Mae Morrison (4) from Claregalway, Co Galway, is recovering following a life-saving operation to have a large tumour, which was twisted around her kidney, removed. The staff and pupils of Maree school are very proud of what this noble young man has done for this cause since it was first brought to his attention by his sister Katy in early summer.


Presentation on Internet Safety

Presentation on Internet Safety by Helen Butler. Click here to download this presentation. {edocs}/downloads/parents_association/Internet_Safety_Presentation_Helen_Butler_2012.ppt,600,485{/edocs}


Parent Reminder - Christmas Holidays 2012

School closes for Christmas holidays on Friday, December 21st at 12 noon. See calendar.


Cara Wins At Regional Gymnastics

Cara from 6th class with her winner's medal from the recent regional gymnastics. Well done Cara! {gallery}regional_gymnastics_november_2012{/gallery}


Parent Reminder - Parent Teacher Meetings 2012

Parent-Teacher Meetings take place on November 22nd & 23rd. See calendar for more details.


Leaf Rubbing

On Friday (19 Nov), Junior Infants used leaves to create art. {gallery}junior_infants_leaf_rubbing_october_2012{/gallery}


Junior Infants Go On Nature Walk

Our new Junior Infants recently went for a nature walk shortly after starting school. {gallery}junior_infants_nature_walk_oct_2012{/gallery}


Leaf Collecting!



Junior Infants Play Parachute

Pictured are our Junior Infants class playing a game of parachute recently. {gallery}parachute_october_2012{/gallery}


Junior Infants at Halloween

Happy Halloween from Junior Infants! {gallery}halloween_2012{/gallery}


Junior Whistlers

Past pupils Niamh Hanniffy, Richard Noonan and Eanna Corry as well as Stephen Flanagan from Oranmore did a great job in refereeing the recent mini 7s hurling competition in Oranmore. {gallery}junior_whistlers_october_2012{/gallery} The final was a repeat of the recent football final, a shootout betweeen Maree N.S. and Oranmore B.N.S. This time it was a reversal of the football result with Oranmore winning with a couple of points to spare. We wish the Maree team and the Oranmore team the best in the County Finals in Spring 2013.


Photo of recent Mini 7s Preliminary

The Maree mini 7s panel with teachers Dermot Cleary and Cathal Duffy after the recent hurling mini 7s preliminary round in Oranmore. {gallery}mini_sevens_preliminary_october_2012{/gallery}


First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion Mass will take place on Saturday May 18th 2013 in Maree at 12 noon.


First Holy Communion

First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 18th 2013 at 12 noon in Maree Church.


First Holy Communion 2013

First Holy Communion will take place on Saturday May 18th 2013 at 12 noon in Maree Church. The school calendar has been updated.


School Notice - 16 October 2012

Parent Teacher Meetings: P/T meetings will be held on Thursday 22nd and Friday 23rd of November. You will be given your time slot in advance. Baboró: 1st & 2nd classes will be going to Baboró Children's Theatre on Wed 17th and 3rd & 4th classes will be going on Fri 19th Oct. Thanks to the funding received from the Parents' Association, the children only have to pay €2 which covers the cost of the buses. Other classes will benefit from the funding at some other time during the year. Building: Our proposed new school building project is still making progress. We have received notification from Galway Co. Co. of intention to grant planning permission. We should have full planning permission before the Halloween break. The Design Team is in the process of preparing tender documents etc. so we are hoping that the Department will allow us to progress to invitation to tender. However this will be dependent on available funding. Parents' Association: The Parents' Association is holding a meeting on Wednesday October 17th at 8.30 pm in the school. There was a low turnout at the AGM so I would urge more parents to come along on Wednesday. The P.A. plays a vital role in supporting the work of the school and your child benefits from this. It is also a great way for parents to meet other parents. The meeting will be held in Ms. Sinnott's prefab to the rear of the school and it should not be a long meeting so please come along if you have a half an hour to spare. Congratulations: Congratulations to Evan Os'Rourke, 3rd class, who was mascot for the Irish soccer team last Friday. To the school camogie & boys' football teams who won their blitzes last week to qualify for the County Mini 7's Finals in Spring. Personal belongings: Please take time this week to put your child's name or initials on his/her jacket, track-suit tops etc. We always have unclaimed clothing at the end of the year so even their initials would be a help.


Our Irish Mascot

Evan O'Rourke from 3rd class was the mascot for the Irish soccer team on Friday night. No doubt Evan will be seen on this stage again as a player. Well done Evan. We are very proud of you. {gallery}evan_irish_mascot_2012{/gallery}


School Notice - 27 September 2012

Parents' Association A.G.M.: Parents' Association A.G.M. will take place on Wednesday 03/10/2012 at 8pm in the school. The P.A. plays a very important role in supporting the school so a good attendance would be welcome. My thanks to the outgoing members for another very productive year in 2011 / 2012. Maroon Day: Best of luck to Ailish and Niall in their All Ireland replays at the weekend. This is a proud day for Maree school as we are one of only a handful of schools in the county with a player on both Galway teams at the weekend. Please encourage your child to wear something maroon and white tomorrow Friday 28th to show support for the lads. See the article 'The 16th Man' on the school website. Confirmation: Confirmation Date is 12.4.2013 in Oranmore at 11am. Art, Craft, Photocopying: My thanks to all families who have paid their €30 per child fee for the above. A reminder to those who may have forgotten to pay it to please send it in an envelope to your child's teacher at your earliest convenience.


The 16th Man

Please wear maroon and white to work, school, college etc. on Friday 28th Sept to show your support for the lads. {gallery}maroon_white_day_2012{/gallery} Kilkenny have the big day experience while Galway are on relatively new territory. This is where you, the 16th man/person come in. The sound that reverberated around Croke Park when the lads marched around before the drawn game was very uplifting for the Galway players. Likewise the colour that adorns almost every house and workplace in the county will give the boys a great boost as they depart for Dublin. Come on out and support them with a big splash on Friday.


Best of Luck to Ailish and Niall

What a weekend this is going to be for our past pupils Ailish O'Reilly and Niall Burke. Ailish plays in the All Ireland Intermediate Camogie Final on Saturday 29th Sept in Ashbourne, while Niall plays in the All Ireland Senior Hurling Final on Sunday in Croke Park. We are extremely proud of both of them and we hope that it will be a double celebration.


Parent Reminder - Parents Association AGM

Parents' Association AGM takes place Wednesday 03/10/2012 at 8pm in the school.


Best Wishes to Ailish O'Reilly in the All Ireland Camogie Final

Best wishes to our past pupil Ailish O'Reilly who is playing with Galway Intermediate Team in the All Ireland Camogie Final in Croke Park on Sunday next 16th September. {gallery}ailish_oreilly_all_ireland_2012{/gallery}


Good Luck to Niall Burke

The staff and pupils of Maree NS would like to wish our past pupil Niall Burke the very best of luck in next Sunday's All Ireland Senior Hurling Final. {gallery}good_luck_niall_burke_060912{/gallery} Niall's potential was in evidence while he was attending Maree NS. He won a county school medal while still only in 4th class and was an integral part in Maree's best ever mini 7's hurling team that was unlucky to lose out to a classy Loughrea team in the mini 7's final of 2003. Niall's mother Nonie and his dad Michael were always very positive and supportive parents when Niall and younger brother Eanna attended Maree school. We wish this fine young man from Blackweir and his family the very best on Sunday.


School Notice - 05 September 2012

Welcome: As the school year begins I would like to extend a warm welcome to everybody. We welcome in particular our new Junior Infants and also our new entrants who have joined other classes throughout the school. We hope all will be happy in our school during the year ahead. Safety: We request that parents use the Community Centre car park when dropping off/collecting children. The children may then use the side entrance path to the school. Please also encourage your child to exercise caution in the car park particularly when cars are reversing etc. Under no circumstances should anybody park on the yellow lines in front of the school gate to drop children off. It is also very dangerous to park across the road from the school and to allow a child to cross the road. Our primary concern is the safety of your child. School Building Update: Our application is still in the Planning Department, Galway County Council. We had some requests over the Summer for further information on the road safety arrangements for the proposed new building. These have been addressed by the Design Team and the Board of Management so hopefully we will be granted planning permission within the next few weeks. Please note that, while this is a major step in the right direction, it is by no means a guarantee that the Department will progress us to tender immediately given the current economic climate. Past pupils to be proud of: Well done to Niamh Hanniffy and Galway U-16 footballers on winning the All Ireland A final in August. This is Niamh's second All Ireland medal in this year alone. Best of luck to Ailish Os'Reilly who is currently starring with Galway Intermediate Camogie team. Their All Ireland Final is coming up in a couple of weeks time. Lest we forget, Galway take on Kilkenny in the All Ireland Senior hurling final on Sunday 9th September. We wish past pupil Niall Burke who plays at centre-forward the very best of luck in what will be a big occasion. Please encourage your child to wear something maroon and white on Friday 7th. Please note that any adult attempting to enter the school premises wearing black and amber will be refused entry. School Calendar: The school calendar is now available on the school website here. You will be notified if there are any changes.


Parent Reminder - Mid-term Break

Mid-term break runs from 29th October - 2nd November.


Parent Reminder - Closed for Summer Holidays

New term begins for all pupils (including Junior Infants) on Thursday, August 30th at 8:50 am.


School Notice - 27 June 2012

On behalf of the staff and BOM I would like to wish all the children a safe and enjoyable Summer. I would like to thank everybody who helped us with various events during the year. Were it not for this support we would have a very difficult job. We very much appreciate it. Our thanks to the Parents Association for all their hard work & support during the year. In particular I would like to acknowledge the dedication of the school staff in what was a hugely successful year both within the classroom and also in extra-curricular areas. School Calendar: Please note that the children will be returning to school on Thursday 30.8.12 at 8.50 am. The new school calendar will be posted on the website at a later date. Lost Property Please remove all belongings from the front hall, cloakroom areas and shelter as we will not be in a position to store any coats etc that are left behind. D. Cleary


Teddy Bear's Picnic

Junior Infants had great fun at our Teddy Bears picnic today. We brought our teddies to school, had some treats and watched the Smurfs! {gallery}teddy_bears_picnic_june_2012{/gallery}


Hansel and Gretel

Junior Infants worked very hard over the past few weeks learning their lines and lots of songs for our end of year play "Hansel and Gretel".A big thank you to all the parents who spent lots of time at home practising lines with their little stars! {gallery}hansel_and_gretel_june_2012{/gallery}


County Stars Present Medals

County stars Niall Burke, Ailish O'Reilly and Niamh Hanniffy visited the school today to present the Camogie and Hurling medals. {gallery}hurling_and_camogie_medal_presentations_june_2012{/gallery}


School Notice - 21 June 2012

County Final Double: Congrats to the school hurling and camogie teams who won a historic and fantastic double in the County finals last week. My thanks to Breda, Cathal and Ann for their dedication to coaching the teams throughout the year. Well done to the boys and girls who, apart altogether from the winning, were a credit to their families everywhere we went. These victories have put the icing on the cake in a year that also yielded an All Ireland Debating Crown. My thanks to Keith Kelly, sub-editor of sport with the Connacht Tribune, for his coverage. See this week's paper - page 24. Golf Classic: Many thanks to the Parents' Association and in particular to Joe Keaney for organising a very enjoyable Golf Classic last Friday. Thanks to all who played. Your support for the school is much appreciated. Closing: School closing Thursday 28th June at 12 noon. COW Day: Well done to all who cycled to school on Wednesday. Ms Sinnott was pleased with the number of cyclists on the day. D. Cleary


Raise the Roof Show Dancers

Maree NS pupils, Diarmuid O'Donaghue, Aisling Horgan, Ava Walsh, Blathnaid Higgins, Kayleigh Slevin and Oisín Holland who performed in the Celine Hession School of Irish Dancing annual Raise the Roof Show in the Town Hall Theatre on Sunday. {gallery}raise_the_roof_show_june_2012{/gallery} Named Scoilnet Star Site

We are delighted to announce our new website has been named a Scoilnet Star Site! Launched in March 2012, the new design has seen a 200% increase in visitor traffic to our website. Central to this success is our new school blog feature, updated as often as possible to showcase our pupils' work and achivements. Resources for parents were also refreshed and enhanced to provide all required information online. {gallery}star_site{/gallery}


Parent Reminder - Summer Holidays Upcoming

School closes for summer holidays on Thursday, 28 June at 12 noon.


Junior and Senior Infants School Tour In Pictures

Junior and Senior Infants recently visited Turoe Pet Farm on their school tour. {gallery}junior_infants_school_tour_2012{/gallery}


Maree Camogie Team Wins The 13A Camogie Final To Complete A Double For The School

Well done to Maree girls who took a leaf out of the boys' book and won the camogie final today in Kilconeiron with a smashing display of skill and determination. The boys won the hurling final on Wednesday thus making it a fantastic and historic week for the school. More details later. {gallery}camogie_county_final_june_2012{/gallery}


Montessori School Visit

Marian's montessori school visit today. {gallery}montessori_school_visit_14_june_2012{/gallery}


Maree Boys Win County Hurling Final!

Well done to Maree NS Boys on winning the County Hurling Final today! {gallery}county_hurling_final_2012{/gallery}


Family Fun Cycle Day

Corrib Lions are hosting a Family Fun Cycle Day in Oranmore on Sunday next, 17th June 2012. The cycle kicks off from the Maldron Hotel Oranmore. Sign in starts at 9.30am. The event promises to be great fun, with a certificate for all who complete. For more information, or to pre-reigster, text or phone: Rory: 086-8371638 Derek: 086-2416199 Jimmy: 086-2606691


Well Done Leah And Molly

Leah Connaughton & Molly Qualter completed their first triathlon in Lough Cutra. Conditions were tough after all the rain but they managed it very well. They are both new members of the Predator Club. {gallery}Triathlon_Lough_Cutra_June_2012{/gallery}


School Notice - 11 June 2012

Hurling and Camogie Finals: We are delighted to have two teams in County Finals this week. The boys play Killimor on Wednesday 13th at 10am and the girls take on Craughwell on Friday 15th at 1pm. Both games take place in Kilconeiron. Best of luck to all. My thanks to Mr. Duffy, Breda Hanniffy and Ann Nolan for all their work in reaching these finals. Thanks also to Ms. Sinnott and Ms. Hannon for putting up with all the disruption to their classes during our path to the finals. Building update: The current status of our building project is that we are at Stage 2B. We have applied for planning permission which will take a number of weeks to be granted. At that stage the Design Team will be preparing tender documents after which we will be hoping that Minister Quinn will provide the funding to progress the project to tender and construction. From looking at the difficulties other schools have met at that stage, we know nothing is guaranteed but we must secure our planning first before we start on the next step. Golf: Reminder for your Diary - Golf Classic in Athenry Golf Club on Friday 15th. Some Tee Times still available - Contact Joe @ 086 173 3738Maree NS Parents Social Night & Golf Classic Prize - giving on Friday 15th June at 9pm in Maree Community Centre. All Welcome Infants' Tour: Junior and Senior Infants tour to Turoe Pet Farm takes place on Friday 15th. Your child should have a packed lunch including water. They would need to dress appropriately for the weather and wear sun cream. They start and finish school as per normal day, 8.50am to 1.30pm. Cost €10. Please send this in tothe class teacher.


Times And Dates Of Upcoming Hurling And Camogie Finals

County Hurling Final: Maree NS v Killimor NS Wednesday June 13th at 10am in Kilconeiron. County Camogie Final: Maree NS v Craughwell NS Friday June 15th at 1pm in Kilconeiron. Directions to Kilconeiron pitch: Take the old Dublin road to Loughrea. At the Meadow Court hotel take a left. Continue to the next T-junction. Take a left and continue for a short distance and you will arrive at the pitch. {gallery}hurling_county_final_may_2012{/gallery} Maree school team were put through their paces ahead of their County Final against Killimor school by County Senior Playe, Niall Burke and club colleague Padraic Keane both past pupils of the school. The final takes place on June 13th in Kilconeiron.


ICA Children's Book Competition Prize Winner!

Well done to James Spillane who was a prizewinner in a recent ICA Children's Book Competition. {gallery}ica_childrens_book_competition_2012{/gallery}


Parent Reminder - Golf Classic Reminder

The Golf Classic will be held in the Athenry Golf Club on Friday, 15th June from 12:30pm to 16pm, followed by a fun night in the Maree Community Centre.


Parent Reminder - School Closed 1st June & 4th June

School closed Friday 1st June, and Monday 4th June (June Bank Holiday Weekend).


Camogie Team make it to County Final

Maree girls put in a splendid display of camogie in Craughwell today to qualify for the county final. They came up against a very strong Carnmore team in the opening match and were pushed all the way to the final whistle. Carnmore had beaten them comprehensively a couple of weeks back in the early stages of the group but this time the Maree girls held on for a deserved one point win over their neighbours. Next up were Kilnadeema who had come through a very tough test against Mountbellew in their first match. The Maree girls got a dream start and led by three goals at half time. In fairness this was not a fair reflection on the efforts of the Kilnadeema girls who came out in the second half and threw everything at their opponents. However the Maree rearguard held firm and went on to win and qualify for a final showdown with Craughwell on June 15th. Great credit is due to Breda and Ann for all the hours of work they put in to training the girls. Regardless of the result in the final this has been a magnificent year for them, having come runners-up in the Mini 7s Finals a few weeks ago


Maree Boys Through To Hurling Final

Well done to Mr Duffy and to Maree boys hurling team who are through to the Cumann na mBunscol hurling final. A group that included Athenry Boys N.S., Carnmore N.S., Claregalway N.S. and Maree N.S. was always going to be a tough assignment but every single player and substitute stood up to the task today in Maree's magnificent new grounds to emerge victorious and go forward to their first school hurling final since 2006. The final will be held on Wednesday June 13th in Kilconeiron. Our opponents ,we believe, will be Killimor who have come through from the other half of the group. Maree will be confident of doing well but will take nothing for granted against a team from one of Galway's hurling strongholds. Well done boys, we are very proud of your achievements so far.


Boys Through To County Hurling Final

Well done to Maree NS Boys Hurling Team and their trainer Mr Duffy who have qualified for the final of the Cumann na mBunscol hurling competition.


Parent Reminder - School Closed for Fiscal Treaty Referendum Polling

School closed Thursday, 31st May to facilitate polling for the Fiscal Treaty Referendum.


Parent Reminder - Transition from Primary to Secondary School Talk

The talk for parents on the 'transition from primary to secondary school' will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd.


Maree NS First Holy Communion Class 2012

Pictured below is the Maree NS First Holy Communion Class of 2012. First Holy Communion took place on Saturday, May 19th in Maree Church. Well done to all those involved. {gallery}First_Holy_Communion_Class_2012{/gallery} Also pictured is the communion choir, minus a pit-singer. {gallery}communion_choir_12{/gallery}


Maree Girls are Runners Up in County 11-A-Side Football

Well done to Maree girls who finished runners-up in the County 11-a-side football blitz held on Thursday May 17th in Oranmore. Maree defeated Galway Educate Together in the first game with a spirited performance from the entire team. Next up came Scoil Mhuire, Oranmore and, with the bragging rights at stake with their club teammates, the Maree girls knew they were up against it. However Maree dug in and finished with a bit to spare to qualify for the final. Their final opponents were Barna who had vast club experience compared to their challengers. The Maree team gave it their all but had to settle for silver medals as Barna ran out winners in spite of a stiff challenge from their opponents. Well done to all and especially to Breda Hanniffy and Ann Nolan who put a huge amount of work into preparing the girls during the year.


Transition from Primary to Secondary School Talk

A talk for parents of 5th and 6th classes on the 'transition from primary to secondary school' will take place on Tuesday, May 22nd at 8:00pm in Maree school. Parents from other classes are also welcome to attend.


Parent Reminder - Communion Date

First Holy Communion will be held on Saturday, 19th May at 12 noon in Maree Church.


Prize for Emily at Bonny Baby Spring Fair

Emily Donnellan from 4th class with her prize in a recent Handlers class at the Bonny Baby Spring Fair in Mountrath, Co. Laois. {gallery}bonny_baby_spring_fair_110511{/gallery}


Congrats to Maree Musical Society

Congrats to all involved with Maree Musical Society's very professional production of 'All Shook Up' which is running nightly at 8pm until Saturday 12th of May in Kilcornan. Maree school are very proud of our 3rd class and their teacher Brona Smyth as well as our past pupils who all play a huge part in this wonderful and hilarious show. While there will be many contenders for the 'best female' award there is no doubt but that Fr Richie will pip Louis for the Oscar for best male actor. Well done to all.


Girls Soccer Awards - May 2012

Congratulations to Rachael Hanniffy, Ciara Fogarty and Alison Blaneywho received awards from Maree Oranmore Soccer Club for being selectedon the U12 Galway Girls Soccer Team. Well done also to Eabha O'Rourke and Lisa Blaney for U12 Premier Player of the Year and U12 Division 1 Player of the Year respectively. {gallery}girls_soccer_may_12{/gallery}


Parent Reminder - School finishes at 1pm for Staff Seminar

School closes at 1.30pm on Wednesday, May 9th for all classes as the staff are attending a Seminar in Scoil Mhuire, Oranmore.


Well Done Kayleigh

Kayleigh Slevin pictured with her Maree-Oranmore Girls' Soccer AFC U10 medal and U12 most improved player award. {gallery}kayleigh_slevin_medals_070512{/gallery}


Parents' Association Golf Classic

Save the date! Maree National School Parents' Association are holding a golf classic in the Athenry Golf Club on Friday June 15th, followed by presentation of prizes and a lively night in the Maree Community Centre. Tee times are from 12:30pm to 4pm. €100 per team of 4. Contact Joe for bookings on 086-1733738. If any parents would like to sponsor a hole for €40, please contact one of the parents' association committee members.


School Notice - 03 May 2012

Staff Training: Please note that the school will close at 1.30pm next Wednesday, May 9th for all classes as the staff are attending a Seminar in Scoil Mhuire, Oranmore. Building Update: Our planning notice will appear in next week's Connacht Tribune. While this is great progress, we hope that funding will be made available to proceed to construction when the time comes. NPC courses are booked for the following dates; Tuesday 22nd May - Transition from primary to post primary - 8pm-10pm (this is for 5th and 6th class parents); Monday 8th October - Internet safety - 8pm-10pm.


Three Cheers for Molly

5th Class Student Molly McNamara Reaches New Heights Molly recently competed in the 'Scotcheer 2012' All Star Cheer and Dance Nationals, at the SECC Glasgow with Ace High Cheer. Molly competed with 3 squads, taking 1st place in the Elite Squad level 3, 1st place in Junior stunt group Level 2 and 4th place with Diamonds Squad Level 2. She is the youngest member of the Elite and Junior Stunt group. Three 'cheers' for Molly. {gallery}three_cheers_for_molly_270412{/gallery}


Parent Reminder - School Closed for May Bank Holiday Weekend

School closed Monday, 7th May (May Bank Holiday Weekend).


Two Class Acts

Past pupils Niamh Hanniffy and Ailish O'Reilly won the All Ireland Minor Camogie Final with Galway on Saturday. {gallery}all_ireland_minor_camogie_final_12{/gallery} Well done to Ailish O'Reilly, Niamh Hanniffy and the Galway team who won the All Ireland Minor Camogie Final today in Nenagh. We are really proud of Niamh and Ailish.


Well Done John!

John Burke and the Maree Basketball team won medals at the All Ireland U14 All Ireland Club Championship Finals last weekend. Well done John. {gallery}all_ireland_u13_basketball_medal_winner_12{/gallery}


Rugby Cup Winners

Declan and Cian won the Connacht Rugby Cup with Corinthians at the weekend. Well done lads! {gallery}connacht_rugby_cup_winners_12{/gallery}


Best Wishes

Basketball Congrats to the U14 Maree Basketball Team who won All Ireland Club Championship Finals last weekend. Camogie Best of luck to Ailish O'Reilly, Niamh Hanniffy and the Galway team in the All Ireland Minor Camogie Final on Saturday in Nenagh against the Cats.


Parent Reminder - New Parent Open Night

There will be an open night for parents of new entrants to Junior Infants (September 2012), on Thursday 19th April from 7.30pm to 8pm in the school. If you have any queries or wish to speak with us in advance, contact the school office.


Junior Infants Making Easter Cards

Our talented Junior Infants class made cards for Easter recently. See them in action: {gallery}junior_infants_making_easter_cards_12{/gallery}


Happy Easter from Junior Infants

Happy Easter from our Junior Infants! {gallery}happy_easter_from_junior_infants_12{/gallery}


Maree NS Debating Champions featured on RTÉ News2Day

Our debating champions were featured on today's episode of RTÉ's News2Day! {gallery}primary_schools_debating_galway_final_news2day_040412{/gallery} The Denny All-Ireland Schools Debating Final took place in Trinity College Dublin on Thursday, 29th March. The motion on the day was 'We should ban fatty foods from lunch boxes'. Maree NS were tasked with proposition, Our Lady's Grove, Goatstown with opposition. Watch the clip now [Starts at 00:02:18] See the photos of the day here; {gallery}primary_schools_debating_all_ireland_final_12{/gallery} The story was also covered by the Galway Independent. Read the article here. {gallery}primary_schools_debating_galway_independent_article_040412{/gallery}


Maree NS Win All Ireland Debating Final

Maree NS won the Primary Schools All Ireland Debating Final today in Trinity College. Well done to Grainne Galvin, Mary Joyce and Cathal Connolly on this fantastic and unique achievement! Check out the photos of the event: {gallery}primary_schools_debating_all_ireland_final_12{/gallery}


Maree NS Runners Up in Cumann na mBunscol Camogie Competition

Well done to Maree NS Camogie Team who were runners up today in the final of the Cumann na mBunscol camogie competition. The girls gave it their all, but came up against a better and physically stronger New Inn team in the final. The management team and all the parents who attended are extremely proud of the girls. {gallery}cumann_na_mbunscol_12{/gallery}


Maths For Fun

These are photos from Junior Infants using Maths for Fun. Some very helpful parents came to help us play Maths games. {gallery}maths_for_fun_12{/gallery}


The Parachute!

Junior Infants had great fun this afternoon playing with the parachute. {gallery}playing_with_parachute_12{/gallery}


Good Luck Wishes

County Mini Sevens Final: Good luck to Maree N.S. camogie team in the County Mini Sevens Final in Carrabane on Thursday 29th March. All Ireland Debating Final: Best of Luck to Cathal, Grainne and Mary in the All Ireland Debating Final on Thursday 29th March in Trinity College.


School Notice - 26 March 2012

Reminder: Congratulations to 6th class who will be making their Confirmation tomorrow Tuesday 27th March at 11 am in Oranmore. Please note that the school closes at 1pm tomorrow for all children. Mini 7's The school's camogie team is competing in the final round of the Cumann na mBunscol Mini Sevens Camogie competition on Thursday 29th March. We wish the girls and their coach Breda the best of luck on the day. All Ireland Debate: Best of luck to Cathal Connolly, Grainne Galvin and Mary Joyce 6th class who represent the school in the All Ireland Final Debating Competition on Thursday 29th March in Trinity College Dublin. Our thanks to Mr. Duffy and Ms. Margaret Martin for their work with 6th class over the past few weeks. TÌÁimid ar fad an-bhród̼il astu. St. Patrick's Day Parade: Well done to all involved in a very successful St. Patrick's Day parade. [See the photos] Open night: There will be an open night for parents of new entrants to Junior Infants Sept 12 on Thursday 19th April from 7.30 to 8pm in the school. Reminder: As per School Calendar the school closes at 12 noon on Friday 30th March for Easter holidays. On behalf of the staff I wish you all a very Happy Easter. -Dermot.


Third Class Shared Reading With Junior Infants

Today Junior Infants enjoyed shared reading with their friends in 3rd class. {gallery}third_class_shared_reading_with_junior_infants_12{/gallery}


Primary Schools Debating Competition

Well done to Grainne Galvin, Mary Joyce and Cathal Connolly on winning the Galway final of the Primary Schools Debating Competition. They now go on to the All Ireland Final in Trinity College on March 29th. Táimid ar fad an-bhród̼il astu. {gallery}primary_schools_debating_galway_final_12{/gallery} A photo of the winning team.


Teddy Bear Hospital

These are photos of the Teddy Bears Hospital, where Nurse Julie came to visit and took care of all the sick teddies in our classroom. {gallery}teddy_bear_hospital_12{/gallery}


50th Birthday Celebration

In June 2011, Maree National School celebrated it's 50th Birthday. Download 50th Birthday Magazine [17mb] You may require Adobe Reader to view & download this magazine. Click here to get Adobe Reader.


St. Patrick's Day Parade Photos 2012

Well done to all involved in today's St. Patrick's Day parade. They were fantastic! {gallery}st_patricks_day_12{/gallery}


Jr. Infants Make St Patrick's Day Flags

Junior Infants are all set for tomorrow's festivities. The class have made their own St. Patrick's Day flags for the parade! {gallery}st_patricks_day_flags_12{/gallery}


School Notice - 15 March 2012

Féis: Congrats to all the children who participated with great success in the Féis on Sunday 11.3.12. Well done to the committee, the teachers, parents and indeed anybody who helped to ensure the success of the event. Photos are available here. School Debating: Congrats to Cathal Connolly, Grainne Galvin and Mary Joyce who represented us in the recent debate in Oranmore library. They successfully opposed the motion that 'crime does not pay'. The final takes place next week. All of 6th class participated in in-house debating for the past few months under the direction of Ms. Margaret Martin. They benefited greatly and the overall standard was excellent. Parking/Drop off: Please reinforce with your child the need to be extremely careful in the community centre car park while being dropped off/collected. Some children have a tendency to run to or from the car and this obviously could lead to an accident. We have had Garda Alan Keane speak to the children about safety but it would be of benefit if parents consolidated the message. Confirmation: 6th class will be making their Confirmation on Tuesday 27th March in Oranmore. Please note that the school closes at 1pm on that day for all children. Easter Holidays: Please note the school closes at 12 noon on Fri 30th March as per school calendar.


Féis 2012 Photos

Have a look at the photos of our Féis participants. They all performed with great success. A big thank you to the committee, the teachers and parents involved! {gallery}Féis_12{/gallery}


New Building Project



School Notice - 01 March 2012

Credit Union Quiz: Well done to the boys and girls from 4th, 5th and 6th who represented the school in the recent Credit Union Quiz. They scored really well and enjoyed the occasion. Table Quiz: A big thank you to the Parents Association who ran a very successful table quiz last Friday night in Maree Community Centre. Quizmaster supreme on the night was Mick Hanniffy who has always been an outstanding supporter of Maree school over the years. My thanks to him for making the night an enjoyable occasion. Thanks to all who supported and/or attended on the night. Congrats to the winners Marie Ní Bhroin, Austin Grealy, Tony Jordan and Karen Jordan. Confirmation Meeting: There will be a talk for parents of the Confirmation class on Tuesday 13 th March 2012 at 8pm in the Pastoral meeting room in Maree Church. The speaker is Ms Eileen Kelly, Director of the Galway Diocesan Pastoral Centre. Confirmation is a very significant step in your child's life so I am sure you would find the talk very useful.


Table Quiz Winners

A big thank you to the Parents Association who ran a very successful table quiz last Friday night in Maree Community Centre. Quizmaster supreme on the night was Mick Hanniffy who has always been an outstanding supporter of Maree school over the years. My thanks to him for making the night an enjoyable occasion. Thanks to all who supported and/or attended on the night. Congrats to the winners Marie Ní Bhroin, Austin Grealy, Tony Jordan and Karen Jordan. The winning team; Tony Jordan, Marie Ni Bhroin, Karen Jordan and Austin Grealy. {gallery}quiz_winners_12{/gallery}


School Notice - 25 February 2012

New Building: I am pleased to report that the plans for the new building are progressing well. We are still on track to have a planning application made to Galway County Council shortly. Meanwhile there will be an archaeological investigation on the site very soon so if you see a JCB it doesns't mean we have started on the foundation yet. However we have had no hold-ups in our preparations during 2011 so I am optimistic that this will continue. Table Quiz: The Parent's Association is holding a table quiz on Friday 24th Feb at 8.30 pm in Maree Centre. Please note that every euro raised will go to funding the extra activities that your child benefits from in the school. Your support is much appreciated. Parking: Despite repeated requests some parents/minders are still parking on the yellow lines directly in front of the school. This is very inconsiderate and dangerous to our young population. Please leave this area clear at all times. Head Lice: No recession with the head lice. Please check your child's hair and treat if necessary. FAI Soccer: Well done to Declan Gill, Adam Rooney and Jack Morrissey who reached a very high standard in the recent All Ireland Soccer competition.


Litter Bug Brigade

Our litter wardens look the business in their new gear! {gallery}litter_wardens_12{/gallery}


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