Active Schools – It’s Epic to be Energetic
Our school has been very busy this year finding new innovative ways to engage with all strands of the PE curriculum.
Athletics: Our focus strand this year was Athletics. Children took part in running, relay, hurdles, javelin, shot-putt, discus and jumping. Throughout the year children engaged in running initiatives, teachers incorporated fundamental movement skills into athletics and we had a fun Christmas jumper run.
Unfortunately our 4th & 6th Classes could not attend swimming lessons this year due to COVID, however several classes engaged in PAWS and other water safety lessons.
Children engaged in both Irish dancing and modern dance this year.
Children engaged in a number of games this year including GAA, soccer, basketball and rounders.
Due to COVID some equipment was off limits so teachers had to get creative where and how to teach gymnastics.
Outdoor and Adventure:
This year the students of Scoil Mhuire have been out and about more than ever. Unfortunately our annual orienteering trips to Kennedy Park and Graiguenamanagh could not go ahead this year but the children have enjoyed many hours exploring our school grounds.
Move Well! Move Often!
Ms. Cosgrove, Ms. Radford and Ms. Warner are now trained in the Move Well! Move Often! Program. All teachers have made an extra effort this year to incorporate fundamental movement skills into P.E. Lessons and Movement Breaks. Our focus skills this year were walking, running, jumping, landing, balancing, catching, throwing and kicking.
Scoil Mhuire opened its Active Walkway in May 2019 and it was updated with new exercises in 2021. The Walkway is 150 m with exercise breaks every 25m. Classes can use the Walkway as a Movement Break or at Lunchtime.
Reducing Sedentary Time & Cross Curricular:
As a staff and school each class is timetabled at least 60 minutes of P.E. a week. Every class has an agreement identifying at least 3 ways to reduce sedentary time during the school day. Teachers have made an extra effort in planning activities to incorporate movement and activity outside of allocated P.E. times.
Every year our school holds different physical activities to celebrate Hallowe’en, Christmas and Easter. This year we had a Fancy dress walk/jog, Christmas Jumper Run, Christmas Dancing Fun and Easter Egg Hunt.
The School Garden:
This year 1st and 4th class are in charge of the school garden. After preparing the soil, they planted a wide range of fruit and vegetables. Every week they tend to the garden and are looking forward to a bountiful harvest.
60 Minute A Day and Movement Breaks:
In November and December we ran a 60 Minute A Day Challenge. We challenged each student to try to do at least 60 minutes of activity every day. Children recorded their activities on a daily chart. In conjunction with this we also ran our Movement Break Challenge with each class challenged to take a running, exercise and dance break each day. We also agreed as a staff to use extra movement breaks after break and lunchtimes on rainy days.
Run Around Ireland:
In September and October and again in March and April the whole school took on the Tour of Ireland Challenge (a four week running initiative), which saw us running to various landmarks in Ireland. One lap of the basketball court was our school kilometre.
This May students of Scoil Mhuire are taking part in Climb The Heights, a four week skipping challenge. Children are working hard to reach as many mountain peaks in Europe. Some of the teachers have been getting in on the act!
Active School Committee:
Our Active School Committee was first set up in November 2018. Each year children have the opportunity to become part of the Active School Committee.
Well Done to the Active School Committee of 2020/2021 for all their hard work over the last few years. We are delighted with our new flag.
Active School Slogan:
The Active School Committee agreed to keep Harry’s slogan – It’s Epic to be Energetic. All Children were asked to come up with a new poster using our Active slogan.
In Partnership with the Local Community:
What Clubs Are You In?:
This year 5th Class conducted a survey of all 5th and 6th class students to see what clubs they are members of. 5th then created a bar chart to show this information.
GAA: This year we have been very fortunate 6th Class were treated to some GAA outdoor training in September and October.
Inclusive Games: Thanks to Fran Ronan, Coordinator and Triona Shalloe, Sports Inclusion Disability Officer from Sports Active Wexford for supplying our school with inclusive games. Children of all abilities were given the opportunity to take part in inclusive games. The games included Y-ball, Curling, Table Cricket, Go for Life and Scooch and were a big hit with everyone.
ACTIVE HOME WEEK 15th – 19th June 2020
Due to COVID we ran Active Home Week instead of Active School Week. Children were only assigned active work for the week and given a variety of challenges to engage with. Past pupil Mikie Rowe (Tormenta FC) supplied videos and challenges for the pupils of Scoil Mhuire. We would like to thank Mikie for his time and effort. Children also had access to videos from John Murphy which focussed on developing and improving Fundamental Movement Skill. We had great feedback from both pupils and parents. Well Done to all!
Active Week Challenge Chart and Activities (1)
Active School Week will run from June 14th to June 18th 2021
National Fitness Day Take on the Teachers Challenge (September 2019):
The boys and girls of 6th Class challenged the Teachers to a Tug of War Match. The whole school turned up to cheer on the Tug of War Teams and there were some surprising results.
Well Done! to all who took part.
6th Class took part in a FAI 5-a-side Soccer Blitz in New Ross making it through to the semi-finals.
Rugby Blitz: 6th Class took part in Rugby Tournaments in September 2018 and May 2019
Twilight Dance Convention and Competition: Well Done to Jessie, Ciara, Ava and the other members of 2Many Dance Moves who competed in Individual and Group Dances in Limerick.
Rural Sports: Well done to all the boys and girls from Scoil Mhuire who competed in the Rural Sports Competition 2019 in Enniscorthy.
Visiting Sports Stars
6th Class were treated to a Webinar with Rachel Blackmore where she highlighted the difficulties faced by her, and many females, in a male dominated sport and also encouraged all students to continue to take part in sports in teenage and adult life.
Tadhg has popped into his Alma Mater on several occasions. On his last visit he was given the task of raising our Active School Flag.
Mikie, a great role model and past pupil, always pays a visit to Scoil Mhuire when he is in the area. After signing to Tormenta F.C. in Georgia. Mikie visited Scoil Mhuire in 2018 and 2019. He gave the boys and girls an inspirational speech about working hard, following dreams and highlighted the importance of education.
The Camogie Team got a surprise visit from Wexford’s Joanne Dillon during a training session. Joanne gave the girls some tips and advice for the upcoming Camogie season.
Brendan Holohan, Leinster Rugby, brought the European Championship Cup and Pro 14 Trophy to Scoil Mhuire. Children and staff were delighted to pose with the Silverware.