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Active School Flag 2020/21

 

 

We are once again been busy working towards our Active School Flag. These are some of the activities and challenges we have engaged in this school year so far. Have a look at our sports activities on our sports tab.

 

Our Active School Committee 2020/2021

Class representatives

 

  1. Cara King- Ms Murphy’s class
  2. Max Mooney- Ms Beaubien’s class
  3. Conal Conroy- Ms Nugent’s class
  4. Jamie Power- Ms Kenny’s class
  5. Cillian Taylor- Ms Lucas’ class
  6. Lewis Toolis – Mr Forde’s class
  7. Amy Nolan- Ms Murphy’s class
  8. Jamie Martin- Ms Feely’ s class
  9. Oísín Quigley- Ms Dineen’s class
  10. Tara Carey- Ms McGrath’s class
  11. Daniel Smith- Ms Nugent’s class
  12. Daniel King- Ms Heraghty’s class

 

 

Active School Walkway

The walkway is set out in two sections which encompasses the grass and pathways of the school. The first section is mapped out along the pathways around the school and is  500m in length. This can be used even in wet weather during the autumn/winter months. The second section along the grass area is also 500m and can be used in drier weather.  Our active school walkway was launched on the 23rd of October this year.The launch was a great success and was held in conjunction with our Halloween week. Each class took turns to walk the designated route in their Halloween costumes. 

Some pictures to follow! 

 

 

 

Active School Flag 2019/20

 

We have been busy throughout the school year working towards our Active School Flag. These are some of the activities and challenges we have engaged in this school year. Have a look at our sports activities both in school and after school, on our sports tab.

But firstly let’s meet the team!

 

Our Active School Committee 2019/2020

Class representatives

  1. Jamie Power- Ms Gallagher’s class
  2. Cillian Taylor- Ms Heney’s class
  3. Lewis Toolis – Ms Gilligan’s class
  4. Amy Nolan- Ms Beaubien’s class
  5. Jamie Martin- Ms Morris’ class
  6. Oísín Quigley- Ms Kenny’s class
  7. Tara Carey- Ms McGrath’s class
  8. Daniel Smith- Ms Nugent’s class
  9. Daniel King- Ms Heraghty’s class
  10. Thomas Leitner- Ms Lucas’ class
  11. Jack Kinane- Ms Murphy’s class
  12. Leah Richardson- Ms Nugent’s class
  13. Sean McCudden- Mr Forde’s class

 

Teacher representatives

  1. Lisa Hogan
  2. Gillian Kenny
  3. Bernadette McGrath
  4. Geraldine Fleming

 

Playground Activities

Our school playground is zoned for different games and activities. We have tried to include a range of activities in order to cater for as many different interests as we can. Each class is given a class basketball and this can be played on the court nearest the wire fence. Every class is also given a sponge ball for soccer and this can be played on the other court area. Yard goals and cones are also used to help zone off this area. Class skipping ropes have been provided for all 3rd & 4h classes and these can be used on the area of the yard where the children line up each day. This area also has hop scotch, a map of Ireland and a compass. We plan to include a clock face in the coming weeks so that the children can play chasing games and this can be linked to maths activities during maths week in the future. We have displayed station activity posters in the windows nearest the PE hall, so that the children can do these during their break time, should they wish. Last year we introduced the Craze to break times. An area of the yard is zoned off and the children can take part in activities such as hola hooping, catch pads, bean bag games etc. This area is set up by our playground leaders, who are on hand to help with all yard activities. We hope to do this again in the coming weeks. We are extremely lucky in St. Marys SNS to have such large grass areas within our school grounds. We make great use of these especially at break times, during dry weather. The children bring foam rugby balls onto the grass at break times and play tag rugby. More often than not, chasing, dancing and running games take place too. All class teachers in 3rd & 4th classes have been given a copy of some suggested yard games. They have been introducing these to their classes as part of their PE lessons and encouraging the children to play these at break times. Some of the children are running laps of the yard as part of our Run around Europe challenge (see below). In all of this we try to ensure that the children get the most from their playtime and get a well-deserved break.

 

Active Lines

The children on the Active school committee have been putting everyone through their paces after each break. They have been performing a series of exercises and movements for their class to copy and keeping everyone active. These include- jogging on the spot, jumping jacks, squats, knee lifts, lunges and much more. It is a great way to keep everyone occupied and warm on cold days when they are standing in their lines. Well done to all the boys and girls.

 

Halloween Walk

Each year the pupils and staff of St. Marys take part in a Halloween walk around the town of Blessington. It takes place on the Friday before the Halloween midterm. This is a sponsored walk organised by the Parents Association, to raise much needed funds for our school. The duration of the walk is usually dependent on the weather on the day. Unfortunately, we had to change to plan B on the day and instead held a parade within the school.

 

Santa Dash

On Wednesday the 18th of December the whole school took part in a Santa Dash. All the pupils and staff wore Santa hats and everyone ran a lap of the school yard. It was a great way to get everybody up and active before the Christmas Festivities began.

 

60 minutes a day physical activity challenge

During the months of December and January each class took part in the 60-minute physical activity challenge. Each child calculated all the activities that they did each day over the course of a week. Some of these included: walking/cycling to and from school, traveling by scooter or skateboard, playing a sport during break times, walk while you talk, chasing, skipping, dancing or other playground games, doing station activities (posters are displayed on the windows of the building), active homework given by each class teacher, PE, afterschool sports, training with local teams/clubs.

This was a great success and got everyone thinking about how to increase their physical activity

 

Run around Europe

Each class has been doing laps of the playground at different times throughout the school day. We do this each year in preparation for our trials for Greystones Track & Field event. This year we have been encouraging everyone to track their laps and take part in the Run around Europe challenge. Some children have been doing extra laps at break times to top up their class scores. The children on the active school committee have been plotting their class progression on the Run around Europe challenge chart. Some of the places that the classes have reached are Vilnius Lithuania, Luxemburg and Bratislava Slovakia.

 

 Virtual Sports Day

The Challenges

                        

Challenge no. 1. How many keepy uppies can you do? 

 

                                        

 

Challenge no. 2. Throw a ball behind you, over head into a hoop (bin, box      will do)

                                    

Challenge 3.    How long can you balance on one leg blind folded? 

 

              

Challenge 4. How many skips can you do without stopping?

 

                                 

Challenge 5. How far can you run in 20 seconds holding an egg & spoon? 

    

      

Challenge 6. How long can you sit for?

                             

Challenge 7.    How many hurling keepy uppies can you do?   

 

           

Challenge 8. Can you crab walk around your garden or outdoor space?

                                                    

   

Challenge 9. How many Jumping  jacks can you do in 1 minute? 

Challenge 10. Throw a ball into the air and see how many times you can clap, before catching the ball?                                                             

                                           

Challenge 11. Assume a plank pose in front of you partner. How many         times can you high 5 before giving up? 

 

Challenge 12.  Join up with a partner and see how long it takes you to do a lap of your garden or outdoor space?

 

                                          

Challenge 13. Standing with your  feet together and keeping them together. How far can you jump?  

 

Challenge 14. How far can you throw a welly in a garden or outdoor space?

 

 

  1. Complete 5-7 challenges to achieve a Bronze certificate
  2. Complete 8-10 challenges to achieve a Silver certificate
  3. Complete 11 + challenges to achieve a Gold certificate

 

 

Take a photograph of some of your challenges, get your parents’ permission and email them to your teacher.

 

 

 

Good luck and enjoy the week!

 

Congratulations to all our Gold certificate winners

3rd class
Jude Connolly
Ciara Flynn Caballero
Thea Smith
Darja Meksa
Grace Doran 
Liam Teague
Sienna Keegan
Julia Keegan
Jessica Clow
Jack Lyon
Lauren McCabe

4th class

Leah Roche
Wil O’ Connor
Conor Murphy

Matthew Keogh
Ruairí Cummins
Ryan Duggan
Zoe Harman
 
5th class
Daniel King
Ryan Keegan
Sara Nugent
 
6th class
Dylan Clow
Pauric O’Connor
 
 
 
Well done to the boys and girls for taking part
 
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