postheadericon Soccer


The most popular game in our school is soccer. Every day you can see boys in the schoolyard, kicking a ball and taking part in a football match. After a few years without a team, the schools football team has been re-established and have been doing very well, remaining undefeated so far this season. Hopefully they will be able to win both the league and the cup.

The schools soccer 5 a side team have also been doing extremely well, winning the south Dublin and Dublin county championships. This has seen them qualify for the Leinster final at the end of April. Best of luck to the boys in the finals.

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Active School Week

The school’s first ‘Active School Week’ in June 2016 was a great success. We invited a Pro golfer into the school to introduce the sport and golf skills to all the boys. We involved the community in our Walk on Wednesday. We timetabled lots of fun and active whole school activities such as, rounders, tug of war, a soccer tournament, GAA activities, orienteering, swimming and a fabulous Sports Day run with Donore Harriers.

Our ‘Active School Week’ for 2017 will run from 12th – 16th of June. Staff and pupils will together plan exciting and fun activities for the whole school to enjoy. We will be promoting active travel during this week and inviting local agencies into the school to run some exciting activities. We are all looking forward to a very active week.

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As the Active School Flag involves the whole school community if you think you have any skills or ideas that would be of benefit to the Active School Flag we would love you to get involved. Your support of the Active School Flag is greatly appreciated. 


We are in many partnerships with local agencies.

We are very fortunate to avail of Donore Harriers indoor hall and access to an athletics coach.

Phoenix rowing club provide outdoor and indoor coaching to the senior classes. Check out their website


Junior and Senior classes will avail of after school training with one of their excellent coaches. They always welcome new members.

These senior classes conducted a ‘What club are you in ?’ survey to find out about physical activity opportunities in the local community.

Check out the following clubs:

Ballyfermot Leisure Co-op for squash and Badminton

Long Meadows Pitch and Putt

Castleknock Lawns Tennis Club


St Marys Drama and Dance

C and S Cherry Orchard Dance Club

Hip Hop dancing in The Base

Ballroom and Freestyle Dancing in the Sports and Fitness Club

Roller Disco on the Long Mile Road

Water Based

Commercial Rowing Club

Neptune Rowing Club

Swimming at Ballyfermot Leisure and Fitness Club


DCMBX- BMX cycling track

Cycling- Phoenix Park and Ballyfermot Youth Service

Boxing and MMA

St. Matthews Boxing Club

Cherry Orchard Boxing Club

Roising Academy Karate, MMA, kick boxing, Taekwondo

B.L.C.O – Taekwondo, Karate, Kick-boxing


Dublin Climbing Centre

Ballyfermot Youth Services

Cherry Orchard Equine Centre

Ballyfermot Gymnastics Club

Donore Harriere (Running and Athletics)

Sports You Can Try

Dance- Hip hop, Ballroom, Free Style



















Wall / Rock Climbing

Hiking/ Hill Walking









Check out the local Hurling club

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Our Active School Journey

We are currently working towards attaining an ‘Active School Flag’ here in Mary Queen of Angels 1 in recognition of all the physical activity that takes place in our school.

We started in January 2016, working towards achieving a physically educated and physically active school community. With help from teachers, students, parents and the wider community we hope that in 2017 our school will be recognised as an official ‘Active School’.

What is an Active School Flag?

The Active School Flag is a Department of Education and Skills initiative which recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active schools by awarding them an Active School Flag.

In order for Mary Queen of Angels to achieve the Active School Flag we must begin by self evaluating our current provision across PE, Physical Activity and Partnerships. We must then plan and implement improvements that will have a real and tangible impact on our school community.

As the Active School Flag involves the whole school community we would encourage you to also provide opportunities for your children to be active at home. Additionally, if you think you have any skills or ideas that would be of benefit to the Active School Flag we would love you to get involved. Your support of the Active School Flag is greatly appreciated. 

Since January 2016, we have introduced some new and exciting activities and sports. We have run art competitions and enriched the walls of the school to encourage education about how to lead a healthy lifestyle.

As part of the Active School Programme, we organised an inaugural sports week during June 2016. This whole school initiative had many exciting activities and lots of fun and games that were enjoyed by all.  

We are all looking forward to Active School week 2017 and continuing to do as our school motto suggests, we like to ‘MOVE IT!’

postheadericon Fitness Testing

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Staff from the Ballyfermot Leisure Centre came into the school to test the fitness of students from 3rd to 6th class. The weight and height of the boys were measured first. The boys were then tested on their standing jump and their sprinting speed. Finally their endurance fitness was recorded by completing the dreaded Bleep Test. All of the boys results were recorded, and at the end of the year, the tests will be administered again. Hopefully the final tests will show an improvement in all areas of fitness and activity, thanks to the work of the Active Schools Committee.

postheadericon Rowing


Every Friday boys from 5th and 6th class travel to the Dublin Municipal Rowing Centre. They receive training in rowing and water safety, and spend an hour each week rowing on the Liffey.

Students have also been involved in an indoor rowing programme. Instructors record the time it takes for them to row 500 metres, and the best students get the opportunity to row in the Dublin finals in the Mansion House.

postheadericon Move it Monday

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One of our favourite new activities introduced by the Active School Committee has been Move it Monday. Every Monday morning the whole school joins together to dance their way into the week. On Monday morning the leaders from the committee go into every class, and lead the students in dance moves, to a song chosen each week by the students themselves. The music is played over the school intercom and the whole school can be seen and heard to moving at the same time. Dancing is a great way to be active and to have fun at the same time.

postheadericon Gaelic Football

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The schools Gaelic Football had a great day out in Croke Park recently, winning the Sciath Ó Donnchú trophy for the second year in a row. There was a huge crowd of students, teachers and parents in the stands to watch the game. The crowd brought great colour and noise to the Hogan Stand. A very close game finished with the boys from Mary Queen of Angels taking the victory after a very close game. Congratulations to all involved with the team, and many thanks to the supporters who travelled to cheer the the boys on.

postheadericon Penalty Shoot-out



For Active Week we held a monster penalty shoot-out in our school. Boys in every class, from Early Start up to 6th Class, got a chance to try and score a penalty on Mr. Murphy.  There was great competition in every class, with the winner in each class getting a prize.

postheadericon Golf



We were very lucky to have a PGA golf professional come and visit our school. He spent the day teaching boys from every class how to hold and swing a golf club. At the end of the lesson each class had a chance to practice their putting and chipping, aiming at the different targets placed around the yard.