When we embarked on Active School Flag in 2018, we expressed our commitment to maintaining our Extra-Curricular Programme which is primarily run by volunteer staff members and parents. In our school, we play table tennis, camogie, Gaelic football and basketball. We also participate in the 80m sprint and relays in Athletics each year. The photographs above are of teams and events over the past 5 years.
Teachers are ensuring that the children in their classrooms get regular active breaks during the school day.
Our 6th Class girls teach our infant classes games at yard time each day. The simple games are available on laminated instruction cards which the girls use.
Our yard would probably be unrecognisable now to past-pupils of our school. In order to increase children's activity levels in school, during the Active School process, we introduced yard equipment-balls, skipping ropes and hoops. The children are so much more active and the feedback has been really positive from parents, staff and children. We store the yard equipment near the exits to yard for easy access. Apart from all of the exercise that the children are getting, developing coordination etc. , many teachers have noticed that the children are far happier in yard and this has improved their wellbeing.
Whole-School Run a Mile Event 2019!
Through our partnership with DLR Sports Partnership, we learned of this absolutely wonderful event! Every child from Junior Infants right up to 6th Class, along with most teachers and even some parents, ran a mile in Marlay Park on 9th May, 2019!
Over the past 5 years , we have introduced the children to 'taster' lessons in ultimate frisbee, yoga, tug-of -war and much more!
Yard Equipment and Playground Leaders Up and Running Again!
A new school year and all Active School systems are operating again! Yard equipment rota sorted !
As part of our Active School initiative, we requested and received funding from our Board of Management , for playground markings in the Junior Yard. We are very grateful as the children are now provided with more opportunities to develop coordination and have even more fun at break times. We got our basketball court lined too!
Yearly Active Break Everyday Challenge
Every class participates in a yearly Active Break Everyday Challenge for a month. The children really enjoy the breaks and we all learn about the importance of active breaks for concentration and well-being!
Christmas 2019 Active Event-On the First Day of Fitness, My True Love Said To Me....!
February 2020: The Active Message is Getting Out There!
We are always heartened when we see that our message about the importance of physical activity is being transmitted very well! One of our pupils in 1st Class decided all on her own to write out lists of 'active things' to do, 'lazy things' to do etc. We're delighted that the children are thinking and using the word 'active' as part of their everyday vocabulary now!
Our Yearly Run a Mile
We do this for a month each year! All teachers have agreed to incorporate running into their daily and weekly schedules as we have all seen the benefits of it for physical health, wellbeing and concentration, along with the fact that the children absolutely love it.
We are very excited about our new Walkway. The walkway has been erected within the school grounds, starting at the front of the school, making its way down to the basketball court, continuing on to the playground area and ending at the big tree near Room 4. The walkway will be up and running in 2023! Very exciting!
Thank you DLR Sports Partnership for the beautiful medals provided each year to our students after completing their 'Run a Mile' month challenge!