Active School

After a wet week mainly spent indoors, the sun shone on Friday morning and 72 boys were happy to get a good run-out in the magnificent grounds of Terenure College. Out of four boys’ races we had three winners with Cillian, Ben and Gareth all winning their races. What a great achievement! Unfortunately, despite a great all-round effort by Ms Tynan’s and Mr. Brennan’s classes we were just pipped by St. Mary’s for the team event as they had more top 10 finishers than us. There will be more cross country events coming up after Christmas and every boy from 3rd to 6th will get a chance to represent the school so keep active everyone!
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Today was Blue Friday in St. Joseph´s as Evan Comerford visited with the Sam Maguire Cup. Evan is the young sub goalkeeper with Dublin and played in two matches this year when Stephen Cluxton was injured. Sam was on his sixth visit since 2011, all witnessed by our present 6th class boys, some of whom were also happy to show off the Geraldine Cup they won recently. The boys who played in the 3rd & 4th class league and the successful school junior team, managed by Ms. Byrne & Mr. Hallinan were presented with their medals by Evan. More photos here (& a look back to 2011!).

We would like to thank Skippy John for teaching the boys individual, partner and team skills/techniques in skipping. Our boys loved learning how to do crossovers, double unders, link skipping, cluster skips and double dutch skipping. ‘Keep the pot boiling’ was a particular favourite with teams as big as you like. The challenges set by Skippy John are aimed at improving self-esteem as they are not competitive, the boys just aim to beat their own PBs, (personal best). It was a wonderful opportunity having the Skipping4life workshops. The workshops finished with ‘A Whole School Show’ which incorporated all they had learned and gave a few boys the opportunity to demonstrate each technique to the whole school. Brave energetic boys! Thanks to all who assisted in any way in bringing Skippy John to our school.

Well done to our senior football team and their managers, Mr. Brennan & Mr. Killane on their great achievement yesterday. Thanks to Bishop Galvin for a fine, sporting game. Photo Gallery Flickr Gallery (our thanks to Marc Monaghan) Video

We´ve had a very active start to the school year indeed. Classes have been doing laps of the school yard, fitness classes, swimming lessons, Gaelic football leagues, hurling and football coaching and 93 boys have run in two cross country events(with Gareth, Ben and Cillian all winning races!). There´s also much to look forward to later in the year with hurling leagues, soccer, track athletics, tennis and cricket.
We are encouraging all families to part take in the Super Troopers programme again this year. This is a programme which encourages children and their families to live healthier and more active lifestyles. Through simple, short burst, fun daily activities based around physical exercises, wellbeing and nutrition, this programme helps to promote healthy minds and bodies.You will find a SUPERTROOPERS Health Homework Journal in your child’s school bag in the next few days. There are some great age-appropriate exercises at the back of the journal and you can also check out this website.

We also embarked on a road safety campaign for the past few weeks – where
we had poster competitions and talks by our traffic wardens about being safe
on the footpath and crossing the road. Other areas such as bike and scooter
safety were covered too and some of the younger classes received high-vis
vests, high-vis arm bands, stickers, pencils and rulers.

Our 1st class pupils focussed on the Seatbelt Sherriff’s message which is to
buckle up in any vehicle they are travelling in. Our 2nd class pupils
created posters – their glow in the dark posters were very effective and
remind everyone to be bright day and night when out walking, or cycling.
Our 3rd class pupils created a dance and made a simple video for our
younger pupils to teach them ‘The Safe Cross Code’. Bn Ui Loingsigh’s class
also enjoyed dancing to the older version of ‘The Safe Cross Code’ that some
mammys, daddys and grandparents may remember!
Check out our gallery of safety posters here!

 

 

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