Active School Week

Friday – Basketball, orienteering and team challenges

Sinéad Ryan was back in with her assistants today to take 3rd to 6th class for taster sessions.

Mr Murray’s and Ms O’ Neill’s classes tried out the orienteering course and passes with flying colours!

Our three infants classes were paired with our 1st and 2nd classes for some team challenges such as sack races, three legged races and egg and spoon races. The infants learned loads from each and every one of the partners in 1st and 2nd class.

Thursday – Sports Day!!!

Many student’s favourite day of the year. Students from 1st to 5th class were first bused to the local St Laurence’s GAA complex where students took part in tag rugby, basketball and hurling/camogie stations. Ms Bradley’s 5th class also organised dodgeball, relay races, 3-legged race, team games and tag games for all students!

A massive thank you to all volunteers at the GAA complex. We are very grateful to have so many parents and past pupils there on the day happy to help out!

Students then returned to our school where many fun inflatable activities were set up on the green and astro turf pitches for all students from junior infants to 6th class.

And of course the Sports Day favourite arrived on cue again this year to get our hearts pumping for all sorts of different reasons!!!

Dave’s Jungle included snakes, chameleons, tortoises, snap turtles, tarantulas and more. Some hearts got more of a workout than others!!!


Wednesday – Yoga, football, tag rugby, 6th class adventure

Local yoga instructor, Pamela Sage, volunteered to take all classes from 2nd to 5th class to warm up their minds and their bodies today. This was a great success and a great change of pace for our students.

Our regular football coaches dropped in as usual to coach all classes on the basic football skills. Thanks as always to John Joe, Vincent and Mr Finnegan.

Our 6th class tour organised their outdoor and adventure, overnight school tour to conincide with our Active School Week this year. The tour involved many outdoor team challenges to push our 6th class outside their comfort zone.

Joe Carbury, our regular autumn tag-rugby coach from Athy Rugby Club, dropped in to give afternoon coaching sessions to 4th and 5th class also.

Tuesday – Basketball & Orienteering

Sinéad Ryan of the local Larrie Birds Basketball Club very kindly volunteered to coach all our junior classes today (junior infants to 2nd class). A big thank you to her assistant coaches also.

Senior classes took on the first ever orienteering challenge on our new school campus. It wasn’t easy but with a little teamwork and no little stamina they overcame it. Well done to all!

Monday – Badminton & Tug of War

To kickoff our 2017 Active School Week Oscar Malone of the local St Laurence’s Badminton Club volunteered to provide coaching session to all six of our senior classes (3rd to 6th class). Thanks Oscar!

Classes also took part in tug of war on the astro turf pitch and we even found time for some of the strongest teachers to take on the students. 1st to 6th class were easily defeated but junior and senior infants were way too strong for the teachers!

ASW Suggestion Box

The ASW suggestion box is overflowing with creativity and ideas of fun activities to be included.


Active School Week 2017

Our active school week will run from Monday 12th June to Friday 16th June 2017.

This week will include the annual sports day at St Laurence’s GAA complex as well as a host of other fun activities throughout the 5 school days. 

Provisional Plan . . .

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Active Travel – Walk and Cycle Active Travel – Walk and Cycle Active Travel – Walk and Cycle Active Travel – Walk and Cycle Active Travel – Walk and Cycle
Wake Up & Shake Up @assembly Wake Up & Shake Up @assembly Wake Up & Shake Up @assembly Wake Up & Shake Up @assembly Wake Up & Shake Up @assembly
Badminton Taster Session Junior Classes @halla Badminton Taster Session Senior Classes @halla Yoga Taster Session Senior Classes @halla Sports Day Basketball Taster Session Senior Classes @halla
Orienteering Challenges Senior  Classes @green Orienteering Challenges Junior  Classes @green Obstacle Courses Junior Classes @green  @St Laurences GAA Complex Crazy Races All Classes @astro (3 legged, piggy back, etc.)
Tug O’ War Senior Classes @astro Tug O’ War Junior Classes @astro Penalties v’s class teacher all classes @astro Rotations and Taster Sessions Penalties v’s principal @astro
Active Afternoon Assembly Dodgeball @astro Active Afternoon Assembly Tug O’ War @astro Active Afternoon Assembly Basketball, camogie/hurling, bouncy castle, sumo suits, tag rugby, playground Presentation of IHF 60 Minute Challenge Certificates
Active Homework Active Homework Active Homework Active Homework Active Homework

Active School Week 2016

Fourth class pupils organised a week of lunch break activities. These included station teaching for classes first to sixth and playground games for the junior classes. The whole school was involved on a daily basis.

Active School Week 2015

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Skipathon workshop Skipathon workshop Celebrity bainisteoir Penalty shoot out Cycle to school
One minute challenge Soccer League – girls GAA skills training Tug of war Swimming
Soccer League One minute challenge Cycle to school Soccer League Whole school dance workshop
Cup Stacking Whole school skipping Children choose their own PE activity Extra lunch time Inter class dance off
Mexican wave Mexican Wave PE homework Lunch time challenges Jersey day