Active School Week
We had our Active School Week from the 7th – 10th May 2019. The Active Flag committee were very busy in the lead up to this week to make sure there were lots of fun and active events organised for each day. Have a look at some of the great activities they organised.
The Active Flag Committee asked all teachers to replace written homework with Active Homework this week. To make this an easy task for each class we devised a Let’s Get Active After School Activity Sheet for every pupil in the school. Their challenge was to complete two or more of these activities every day as part of their Active Homework. We encouraged parents to get involved also. Parents play an important role in helping children to be active through being active themselves, finding fun ways for the family to be active together and setting limits on screen time. Have a look at the Active Homework sheet below:
Visit from soldiers
On Tuesday we started the day off with a visit from two soldiers – Fr. David Murphy and Aaron O’Brien. They told us all about the tough training involved in joining the army, the food they eat and the tasks they complete on a daily basis. Each class got a question and answer session with the two soldiers. We found out so much information. Have a look at some pictures from the day:
Junior Park Run Visit
Nemone and the ladies from the Hertiage Park Junior Park Run came for a visit in the afternoon. They told us all about the Junior Park Run that is on in the Heritage Park every Sunday at 9.30am. It is a 2km walk, jog or run. It is for 4-14 year old (adults can join in with the kids too.) They told us all about the run and helped us with our warm up for our own mini version of a Park Run in the local Community Centre. Have a look at the fun we had.
Obstacle Course organised by 6th class
Some members of the athletics club from 6th class organised an obstacle course for the junior classes in the school. They used a wide variety of equipment and all the children had great fun.
GAA with Anthony Masterson
Anthony Masterson is the current ladies football manager. He is a former goalkeeper for the Wexford Football Team. Currently he is the Wexford Games Development Administrator with responsibility for Gaelic football. We were very lucky to get him into the school during Active Week. He took each class for some fun and games with gaelic football as the focus.
We invited Sports Active Wexford into the school on Thursday to complete the playmaker award with 4th and 5th class students. We learned all about being a good leader and how to organise games for the younger classes. The children came up with some fantastic games and are looking forward to practising their new skills on yard this year.
Visit from Walter Walsh and Michael Furlong along with coach James Furlong.
We were lucky to not only have one, but two inter county stars into the school on Thursday. Michael Furlong, the Wexford Football Captain and Walter Walsh, an All Ireland winning hurler with Kilkenny, both came in for some questions and answers and they even refereed a match for the older boys and girls.
Wake up Shake up
We kick started the day with some dancing as we came into school. Instead of our usual walk and talk in the morning the Active Flag Committee organised some dancing. They selected a number of well known songs, practised the dance moves and got everyone joining in. It was great fun and will definitely be repeated more often.
Fundamental movement skills with Lisa and Linda Bolger
We were very lucky to have not only one inter county camogie star but two in our school on Friday. Linda and Lisa have a wealth of knowledge in the area of fundamental skills and we were very privileged to have them in our school. Linda and Lisa taught us all about the proper technique for running and hopping. When moving our arms they reminded us to move them from ‘hip to lip’ and ‘not across the zip.’ Such great tips to follow. They also instructed us on how to hop properly on one foot. They incorporated all these skills into lots of fun games that we were all able to enjoy.
Rugby with Brendan
Brendan, Will and Pippa’s uncle, volunteered to come into school to coach rugby with all the classes. On Friday he came from 1pm – 3pm and did a coaching session with the junior end of the school (Junior Infants – 3rd class) He has kindly volunteered to return next week to complete his coaching with 4th – 6th. Everyone had great fun and the older classes can’t wait for next week already.