Pupils of Newtownmountkennedy Primary School attending the Delgany Cup Competition in Delgany Golf Club on the 14th of May 2018.
Every year a girl and a boy are asked to represent the school in the Young Whistlers project.
This year Keira Farrelly and I were lucky to be chosen.
We went to Bray Emmets’ Clubhouse. Mr O’Riordan came with us.
We met other boys and girls from other schools. There were two instructors and they explained all the rules to us and also what to do when the rules are broken, e.g. if a jersey is pulled you award a free to the other team. We were given a referee jacket and a whistle to use when we are refereeing. We really enjoyed the afternoon and are looking forward to refereeing our first match.
By Cillian Coffey
When I went to the Young Whistlers we started with a game where you say the number or do an action like stomp your foot. The next thing was we put our hand in a referee’s gear bag, we would say something and then take it out of the bag. We did an activity where they would call you up and you would do something you’re not allowed to do in a game and something you are allowed to do. Then we learned the symbols a referee would use if the ball was out or if someone was pulling your jersey. After that we were put in groups and you had to do the best way to count the score in a game and then they showed an example. Finally we got our gear, activity pages, a whistle and a certificate.
By Keira Farrelly
Fun and Run is a game for everyone, even for people in wheelchairs. It’s like rounders but just better because it’s for all ages. It’s called Fun and Run and it has batters and fielders. The fielders have squares that are based on the ground. Once the batting people hit the tennis ball or slider all the fielders have to touch the ball before they get it in the net/bag. The batter runs around everyone in a circular shape. These people are not standing still, they are doing exercises. There are exercises for the people in wheelchairs too!
The Rules for Batters
So I’ll start with the batters. So, you set up the net/bag beside a counter or something that counts the score and place a spike so it’s easier to hit with a bat or a hurl. After the batter hits the ball they run around all the bases. While they are running around the track, the people at the bases are all doing exercises. When the runner gets back home they get a point, and if everyone is doing their exercises you get extra points.
The Rules for Fielders
Now you probably think this is the most confusing game ever but fielders are the easiest bit in the game. The fielders are in different squares when the batter is hitting the ball. You must stay in these squares which are placed on the ground. Get this though, there is another twist, you have to pass it to all your teammates who are fielders with you at the time.
Fun and Run
A mum from our school made this game so that her daughter who has special needs can finally play some sport. The fun thing about it is that she basically made this saying come true:
If there’s no goal,
You can’t score.
By Rose Kelly Tynan
Maura visits our classrooms and teaches us some yoga. Maura turns on a CD and we listen to the music and relax. We lay on our yoga mats and put our heads on pillows. It’s very relaxing. We also do some yoga poses. Our favourite is the downward dog and the tree.
Zoe comes to our classrooms to do some dancing with us. We listen to the music and do some stretches. We wiggle our toes and then stretch all the way up to our fingers! We love doing some of the side steps, it’s good fun!
We go horse riding on a Thursday. We split into two groups. The older children learned how to canter and jump. The younger children are led on their horses around the fields and along the river. While one group was riding we had a picnic and playtime, then we swapped and we were on the horses.
On Monday the 16th April Stephen Keenan presented a workshop based on different ideas for orienteering. Stephen gave staff a variety of resources and ideas to help teach outdoor and adventure activities. All classes will focus on this area on the PE curriculum throughout the months of May and June.
From the 9th to the 16th of April the whole school took part in a million-step challenge. We used 40 pedometers, provided by Wicklow Local Sports Partnership and swapped them from class to class throughout the day with students in senior classes taking them home each evening. The teachers also got involved and took the pedometers home for the weekend. The challenge was a great success with the total number of steps at the end of the week reaching an incredible 2,752,941!!!! The active flag committee would like to say a big thank you and congratulations to everyone involved.
In mathletics we play games such as working a sum out on your sheet and then throwing beanbags onto numbers and trying to get the answer to your sum.
We do all types of maths. We do long multiplication, division, patterns and much more.
Mathletics is good to get exercise because we run and jump.
Mathletics is about team work, we get put into teams and work out the maths sums together. Thats what we do in mathletics.
All classes in the Junior School go to Gaelic football with Brian on Thursdays. We love going to Gaelic football with Brian.
We play a chasing game with a football at the start which is great fun.
We practice kicking by kicking the ball against the wall.
We love running, balancing and bouncing the ball.
Brian is really nice and we wish we could do it every day.
By Alex and Ryan R 2nd class