In 2021 we began the process of becoming an Active School. Our newly elected committee members, Cora, Hugh, Adam and Isoline, under the guidance of teacher Clara worked very hard to lead a wonderfully active example for all the students in our school. Throughout the year we planned various themed days and events including Spooky Halloween Sports, a Santa Dash, A New Year’s Parade and Easter activities. We also took part in various initiatives including; Active Break Everyday in the month of November and the Run Around Ireland’ initiative in May. At the end of June following all our hard work throughout the year our school was awarded the Active School Flag. We are so proud of or flag and our efforts. Please take a look below at some of the activities we take part in in our effort to keep active.

Active Break Everyday Initiative

Starting in November every class in the school participated in a whole school initiative committed to increase the amount of physical activity each pupil in the school received throughout the day. Over a four week period, we included an active break into our daily timetable. These active breaks included running laps in the playground, in class stretches and HIIT activities, guided dances and Go Noodle workouts. We had so much participating in the initiative that we are striving to continue for the entire year. What a success!

Feel Good Fridays

Every Friday the Active School committee, following the previous Friday’s meeting organise, ‘ Feel Good Friday’ activities on the school yard. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to try out various sports equipment. Our Active Leaders also like to introduce and teach the younger pupils simple playground games and activities. A clear favourite amongst all the children is our yard discos. The children sure have some excellent dance moves.

Active Week 2021

Every year our school organises a super fun and energetic Active Week. In 2021 for our Active Week we organised a whole timetable of events. Every morning before school we completed a morning movement activity as a whole school activity on the astroturf including mile with a smile, circuits, tug o war challenge, parachute games and a Zumba class. We completed a daily activity which included a visit from an athletics coach, a football coach, an outdoor yoga session and team work activities. The teachers swapped traditional homework with an active grid of activities. Each day a challenge was set for the children to complete at home with their families. We used a Padlet page to outline the activities, challenges and schedule with parents. We also used Seesaw to offer the children the opportunity to send in any pictures or videos of them completing these activities at home which was an excellent way to acknowledge their hard work at home in school. The highlight of the week was a whole school Sports Day where the children got the chance to try out a range of fun activities and sports stations. The week was topped off with a medal presentation ceremony.

Check out our Active Week Padlet page here:

Active School Week 2022 was a major success. Every morning the children participated in a whole school activity including orienteering, Zumba dancing, obstacle courses, oodles of noodle fun, limbo dancing and outdoor circuits. Each afternoon we had visits from different sports coaches including Munster Rugby, a special Rinka session with Colm as well as a Salsa dancing session. This was a great opportunity for the children to get an introduction to new sports and activities. On Wednesday we had a whole school walk to school. Once again this year the teachers swapped traditional homework for activity grids and set active challenges using a Padlet page.

Sports Day 2022 was a major success and a fabulous way to round off our Active Week. The children had the best time with traditional relay races, egg and spoon races, three legged races, sack races, target throwing, ring toss, playground games, parachute fun and a whole range of water activities including challenges balloon races. There were medals all round for all the participants.