- All pupils enjoy participating in Physical Education lessons each week. Pupils from Second to Sixth Class are being introduced to Hurling. Their coach, Aidan, is a member of the Monaghan GAA Coaching & Games team. Junior and Senior Infants also enjoy participating in Physical Education with their class teacher, Mrs. Slowey, each week.
- Our school has placed a big emphasis on the development of Gymnastics, this academic year. Pupils received a number of Physical Education lessons from their local gymnastics club, Border Bounce, in the first term. Many pupils continue to show a great love for gymnastics here at St. Dympna’s, and exhibited some of their skills during Active Week.
- The pupils in St. Dympna’s National School have also been presented with many other Physical Education lessons, physical activities and events throughout this academic year. Each of these lessons and activities have incorporated various aspects of the Physical Education curriculum, giving the pupils a taste for Gymnastics, Aquatics, Athletics, Games and Outdoor and Adventure.
- Our Active School Committee have recently elected Store Room Monitors. These two boys are also members of the Active School Committee. They have been busy carrying out P.E. equipment audits, ordering, sorting and labelling equipment and disposing of P.E. equipment that is no longer fit for use.
- We believe that we have a range of equipment and resources which allow us to involve all pupils in various types of Physical Education Activities. We would also like to say a big Thank You to Mr. John Mullen who kindly donated money to St. Dympna’s N.S. This donation allowed us to purchase a range of new equipment.
- Our school provides twice daily playground breaks. Pupils are encouraged to be active and enjoy themselves during these breaks. Some equipment is made available to pupils and pupils are allowed to run.
- We currently in the process of renovating our school yard. At the moment, pupils from Junior Infants – First Class use the yard at the rear of the school and pupils from Second to Sixth Class alternate between the front yard and the playing field daily.
- Senior pupils, i.e. members of the Active Committee, have been training as Playground Leaders. They have been busy organising and presenting activities to the junior pupils during lunch times. They also provide a friendly face and a helping hand to the younger pupils, when needed.
- Senior pupils have also become familiar with the “Do Your Talking as You are Walking” technique and can often be spotted participating in this activity. This encourages pupils to be more active on a daily basis.
- We have also had the opportunity to participate in many activities this year, including, soccer blitz and Gaelic games
- Active Lines are also completed at the end of each break. Pupils love to lead this activity and each pupil is given an opportunity to do so as often as possible.
- Our Active School Committee is made up of pupils from Third-Sixth Class. Each member of the Active School Committee make every effort to encourage the wider school community to live a healthier and more active life.
- Each member of the Active School Committee has been given a leadership role and each strives to ensure they fulfil their responsibilities effectively.
- Our school acknowledges physical activity and sports achievements achieved during and outside of school hours. Pupils are encouraged to share stories of their success with the entire school community and are permitted to bring medals and photographs into school. A big well done to these two boys who competed in a blitz in Co. Derry with their club, Scotstown GAA.
Active School Week 2017
- Active Week in St. Dympna’s National School was held from April 24th – April 28th 2017. Staff and pupils were very busy this week, implementing physical activity into almost all aspects of school life.
- The Active School Committee were the main organisers of a variety of activities introduced and experienced during Active Week. Suggestions from the suggestion box were also acknowledged and considered.
- Pupils and staff were invited to wear their tracksuits in place of their uniform this week. This was particularly evident on our “Blue Day”, when pupils turned up to school dressed head to toe in blue and white to support their local GAA Team, Scotstown.
- Each teacher encouraged physical activity on a daily basis as they allowed pupils to enjoy the outdoors, participating in running, games and much more.
- We were also very fortunate to receive visits from a variety of sports clubs and physical activity providers from the immediate locality as well as from neighbouring parishes.
- On Monday 24th April, Junior Infants to First Class enjoyed a visit from Geraldine McAree. Geraldine is a founder of the Glaslough Harriers Athletics Club. Geraldine talked to the pupils for a brief period before showing them fun stretches and allowing them to participate in running activities. Pupils enjoyed jumping over the hurdles and participating in relay races.
School Turns Blue For Scotstown
- On Thursday April 27th we received a visit from six members of the Scotstown Senior Football Team. Pupils from Junior Infants to Sixth Class were delighted to meet some of their favourite sporting heroes and even had the chance to get a picture with the Mick Duffy cup. We would like to extend a big thank you to Rory Beggan, Ross Mc Kenna, Conor Forde, Cian Mohan, Brian Mc Ginnity and Damien Mc Ardle for donating their time to help make our Active Week more enjoyable. All six Scotstown players shared their skills and expertise with pupils from First Class to Sixth Class and a great day was had by all.
- Aidan Morgan, a Hurling coach from the Monaghan GAA
Coaching and Games Team also visited our school on this day. He will be back to visit our pupils very soon to deliver some more Physical Education lessons to them. Many pupils only played hurling for the first time on that day, and it cannot be denied that they are mastering the skills of the sport with ease.
- On Friday April 28th pupils in Mr. Finlay’s room also had the chance to receive training from Killylough F.C. coach, Aidan Mc Quaid. Aidan provided the pupils with the opportunity to participate in warm-ups, drills and games. A big thank you to Aidan for providing the pupils with such a wonderful afternoon.
- Throughout the week, each of the class teachers also presented the pupils in their class with a variety of activities. The pupils at St. Dympna’s National School definitely made every effort to become more active during our Active Week.