Active School Flag

Active School Committee 2018/2019

Find out more about our journey as we aim to achieve our second Active School Flag

Active School Motto

The Active School Committee visited each class to inform them about a competition to create a new Active School motto for our school. They received fantastic entries. The winner of the event was Nessa Dowling in 5th class. Her poster and motto will be displayed in all classrooms and public spaces in both buildings.

Gymnastics

This year as part of the Physical Education Curriculum we have chosen the strand of Gymnastics for further development. All teachers have made use of the fantastic resources that have been provided by the PDST. These include the Move Well, Move Often series of books developed to improve fundamental movement skills. We also used gymnastics skills cards for rolling and sequencing movement. Our school purchased new gymnastics equipment this year to enhance teaching and learning for pupils.

The Daily Mile

All classess are taking part in the Daily Mile running initiative. This non- competitive activity will last for 7 weeks commencing on the 25th of Febrary up to 12th of April for senior pupils and 4 weeks for junior pupils - 25th February to 29th March. It involves 15 minutes of physical activity each day in addition to the 60 minutes of Physical Education instruction each week. The school grounds have been zoned into three different areas. Junior and senior infants will complete the Daily Mile on the Junior yard. First and second class will use the Senior yard. Third, fourth, fifth and sixth class will use the path on the school driveway.

Bainisteoir Beag

Our Senior pupils were delighted to take part in the Bainisteoir Beag training programme for playground leaders. This pilot project is run by the Kilkenny Recreation and Sports Partnership and the pupils were taught a variety of activities to play with younger pupils in our school, including traditional playground games. Pat Power of KRSP provided training to all pupils in 5th and 6th class and our school received €800 worth of playground equipment.


Santa Walk

We held our annual Santa Walk on Thursday 20th December. All classes enjoyed our route around Graignamanagh.

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Active Advent

During the month of December all classes are keeping active in class by using our active advent calendar. They will be completing a variety of challenges which include, star jumps, squats, plank, push ups and lots more.

Our Playgroud Leaders have been using Active Lines to keep the classess busy with lots of exercise after break.

Partnerships

Golf

Sean and Jennifer from Mount Juliet Golf Academy came to hold a golf session with our Senior pupils in November, as part of their school golf programme.

Halloween Dance

Halloween Dance Mash Up

As part of our annual fundraiser for the Trick or Treat for Temple Street event we held a fashion show in the hall. This was follwed by a Halloween Dance mash up which was led by some of our Senior Pupils

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Yoga

All classes enjoyed a yoga class during Mental Health Week 1st- 5th October with Ann Ryan. Ann will return for 10 weeks in Term 2.

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European Week of Sport

Every class took part in activites during the European Week of Sport 24th- 28th Septmber. The highlight of the week was held on National Fitness Day Ireland on Thursday 27th Septmber. 5th and 6th Class were the overall winners of the 'Take on the Teacher' Challenge

Balance Bikes

The school received a set of balance bikes for September and October from the Kilkenny Sports and Recreational Partnership. Junior classes really enjoyed taking part in the activites and learned about cycle safety.

Partnerships

Cycle Right

5th and 6th Class took part in a six week cycling programme during September and October 2018

Playground Markings

Thank you to our Parents Association who fundraised for new playground markings on our Junior and Senior yards. This is a great addition and all pupils are enjoying using them at break times and during PE.