In the past year St. Mary's N.S. has become involved in the 'Active School Flag'. As a school we decided to prioritise the first two key messages of the P.E. curriculum.
1. The importance of enjoyment and play.
2. Maximise participation by all children in all activities.
To promote these two key messages a sports committee was set up consisting of staff and pupils.
An activity notice board was set up to engage children in sports activities and keep everyone updated within the school.
An 'active school' week took place during April in which children had an opportunity to engage with all strands of the PE curriculum.
Since our active school week GAA training with Thomás McCarthy continues once a week (weather permitting). Second and third classes have participated in a six week course of hurling and football skills with Kevin O'Donovan from the Cork County Board Games Development. Here the children concentrated on footwork, ball handling skills and strengthening their hurling ability. The course and GAA training with Thomás McCarthy is thoroughly enjoyed by all.
To promote the dance strand of the PE curriculum Derek comes once a week to engage children in fun-filled dance activities.
Equipment is put on the yard to encourage younger pupils to become involved in group, paired and individual activities to promote the two key messages.
In addition all children have an opportunity to participate in basketball, soccer, football and their own individual, paired and grouped imaginative games during lunchtime.
Throughout the year leagues are organised to promote certain games and activities and all school tours are activity based. Children also continue to participate in camogie, hurling and football training with Ms. Murphy, Mr. O'Mahony and Mrs. O'Regan Walsh.
We will continue these activities throughout the school year in addition to childrens PE classes to promote and encourage children to participate in an activity filled lifestyle.
From Monday 24th May an action week was held as part of the 'Active School Flag'. Blessed with great weather the week was a huge success where pupils participated in a variety of physical activities.
The week began with outdoor and adventure activities where pupils had an opportunity to take part in an obstacle course. This was followed by gymnastics activities on Tuesday and indoor games evolved into outdoor games on Wednesday due to the fine weather.
Hurling training continues on Thursday with Tomás McCarthy and the week concluded with a fun day of dance with Derek Long. Throughout the week the action committee worked very hard to ensure everything went to plan.
It is hoped to continue this activity throughout next year to promote enjoyment and participation as we apply for our 'Active School Flag'.