Our pupils just love being active!!!
Our Biodiversity Notice Board 2019/2020
Girls School Team 2018/2019
Boys School Team 2018/2019
Pupils taking part in the Witches Walk
Active Pupils October 2018
Pupils who competed in the Cross Country running in Dungarvan recently.
Pupils enjoying Zumba dance lessons in the school
Active Pupils September 2018
Operation Transformation 10 @ 10
A group of 5th Class pupils who have reached their destinations by running on the Slí na Sláinte track since September 2016.... Well done to you all !!
Active School Winners - December 2017
Active School Winners - November 2017
Active School Winners - October 2017
Active School Winners - September 2017
Lunch time Leagues - Term 1 - 2017/2018
Busy Pupils for the 2017/2018 school year working towards our 5th Green Flag for Biodiversity.
Physical Education plays a central role in the education of the child in the primary school. Each year pupils are taught five different strands of the Physical Education Curriculum. The five strands are:
Outdoor and Adventure activities
The pupils get to experience the aquatics strand on at least one occasion during their primary school life as pupils attend swimming lessons for a block of six weeks at a local swimming pool.
In conjunction with our Green schools, active travel to school is promoted. Through our links with Waterford Sports Partnership the pupils engage in workshops on safe cycling.
Our Parents Committee organise an annual sponsored walk.
The RSA visit the school to give a presentation on road safety.
Pupils are encouragd to participate in physical activity daily during playground breaks. The school has a Sli na Slaínte track painted onto the school yards. Pupils are encouraged to walk and run on this track as fun physical activities.
Active stations are laminated on the walls of both playground yards to encourage pupils to engage in exercise. The children
enjoy playing traditional playground games which are painted onto the yard. A "No Ball Policy" for 11:00am break times helps to encourage these activities. The pupils engage in ball games at lunchtime and a PE resource box containing skipping ropes encourages pupils to engage in physical exercise if they are not involved in a game. 6th class pupils act as playground leaders for the Junior classes.
A Walk and talk policy has been successful in increasing the amount of physical exercise the pupils are engaging in during breaktimes.
On wet days pupils engage in Bizzy Breaks and Go Noodle dance breaks in their classrooms organised by their class teachers. A Junior and Senior Active pupil of the week award encourages and rewards the physical activity of the pupils. the schools active school's week and active school events. Pupils also engage in cross curricular events such as Maths Trails.
Our school has many partnerships which have proved successful in promoting physical activity in school. Our school has strong links with the local GAA club and soccer clubs. The Waterford County Board through their Games Development Officers regularly visit the school to provide coaching in camogie, hurling and gaelic football.
Coaches from Colaiste Cathal Naofa visit the school to provide sessions in soccer, spikeball, tip rugby and hurling. The school participates in GAA and soccer competitions, coaches from our local GAA club and soccer club provide coaching sessions for the pupils. The school promotes athletics and participate in the Primary West Waterford Athletics competition.
Active School Week
Active School Week is becoming part of our annual school calendar. Active school week takes place in the month of April. Pupils engage in hurling blitzes and each class take part in active stations daily. The active schools committee which comprises of 2 members of each class help to organise the week. A guest speaker gives a short presentation to the pupils on healthy living and the benefits of exercise. In September of this year our school engaged in European Week of Sport.
Pupils in the A.S.D. unit, SEN pupils and resource pupils engage in gym ball activities that address a wide range of therapeutic goals including upper body and core strength, motor planning, visual perception skills, fine motor skills and sensory input.
Gym ball activities include sitting activities, prone (tummy) activities, standing activities and stretching activities.
Upper body and strength activities build strength and flexibility.
Activities are designed to challenge the trunk, shoulders, arms, wrists and hands and develop the fundamental skills needed for motor development.
This year we commence working toward our 5th Green Flag for "Biodiversity".
On Friday October 21st 2016 Senior Infants went on an Eco-Safari to Glenshelane Woods as part of the Eco-Rangers Bord na Mona initiative. In taking part we hope to help get the children back outside and enjoying nature. Senior Infant pupils carried out a variety of activities on their woodland trail and filled out their woodland log book on the way around the woods.
Their trail began by using their senses to explore around them, identifying things they could see, hear, smell and touch. The pupils used magnifying glasses and searched for
minibeasts. They discovered lots of interesting plants like ferns, ivy and even toadstools. The pupils did leaf rubbings and identified native Irish trees. The pupils really enjoyed exploring the woodland habitat.