This year the whole school took home pedometers to trace our steps we aimed to reach one million steps! Some people went on long walks, and some were just a bit more active than usual. The teachers even took home pedometers over the weekend. Altogether we raised over two million steps. Every student in the top and bottom school brought home a pedometer and tried to be a bit more active and get a high amount of steps. Some people got steps in the ten thousands. The activity encouraged people to be more active and do some things you wouldn't usually do. Everyone was very pleased we more than doubled our goal. We made multiple posters and put them around the school. We were happy the school went the extra mile to encourage people to be more active. For example taking the stairs more often or walking to school if possible. There are multiple ways to be more active. Our school provides lots of options such as golf, hurling, GAA, football, swimming and many more.
By Hannah McDonald
On Tuesdays after school we would have Gaelic training with Ms Egan, Ms Nolan and Ms McConn. We would normally do warm-ups first, play a few games and sometimes we would play a match. Some of fourth, fifth and sixth did Gaelic training every week. We had a Blitz in Bray on a Wednesday a few weeks ago and we won all of our matches. We played lots of different schools and Ms McConn was our coach.
Thank you Ms Egan, Ms Nolan and Ms McConn for training us this year. It was so much fun.
By Anna-Faye Hanley and Shona Odlum
Recently, some of the girls in our school went to an Indoor Hurling Blitz in Greystones. Before we left we went to get our jerseys. Then we went on the bus to Shoreline Sports Hall. We got our place and played some warm up games. We played against Kilcoole and we lost 2-1. We played a different Kilcoole team and we won 3-2. Lastly we played St Laurence’s and we drew 2-2. After the blitz we got back on the bus and went back to school. We put our jerseys away and went back to our classroom and had our lunch.
By Hollie Breen Jackson and Keira Farrelly
This year we did a Gaelic blitz in Bray Emmets GAA Club. We played four matches, we won three and lost one. The first game was against Kilmacanogue School, our second game was against St Laurence’s School and our third game was against St Patrick’s School from Wicklow Town. Mr O’Riordan and Elaine came with us to the blitz.
There were three students from CCA Secondary School refereeing the games. Before we played the matches, we warmed up by taking 45's, passing and shooting. We went to the Blitz on David Murray’s Bus.
There were twenty five schools at the Blitz. Our school team played on the grass pitches but some teams played on the astro turf. We got back to school just before home time.
By Bailey Collingwood, P.J. Duffy and Aaron Hackett
In March, the pupils in Newtownmountkennedy Primary School completed a different physical activity every day. On Mondays and Wednesdays pupils ran laps of the yard. On Tuesdays they completed a GoNoodle and on Thursdays they took part in a Kidnetic fitness challenge. On Fridays, pupils completed in a freestyle Friday challenge where they could engage in a physical activity of their choice.
Throughout the month of February, pupils in Newtownmountkennedy Primary School took part in the Operation Transformation 10@10 challenge. Each day the pupils took part in a different 10 minute physical activity guided by the RTEjr website. On the 9th of March the whole school got together to complete a final 10@10 activity in the Community Centre. Lots of fun was had by all!
Super Troopers with laya healthcare is Ireland's first ever health homework programme designed to help children increase their levels of physical activity in an effort to combat childhood obesity. It encourages children and their families to become more active and learn about healthy lifestyles. The programme includes short burst, fun activities around physical activity, well-being and nutrition. Newtownmountkennedy Primary School are delighted to be a part of this initiative. We joined the programme in January and every child received a Super Troopers participation pack including an activity journal and family wall chart. Every evening children get one Super Trooper activity to complete as part of their homework. Children can complete these fun activities alone or get their family and friends involved.
In addition to PE lessons pupils take part in many fun activities to stay active. Our school day is regularly revitalized within the classroom with ‘brain break’ activities such as yoga, dance, aerobics and Zumba thanks to the Go Noodle website, the Bizzy Breaks programme and teacher led physical movement breaks. These regular brain breaks boost energy levels fuelling the children’s brains for further learning. These breaks are particularly important on rainy days when we can’t get outside and movement breaks are extended on these days.
We have many initiatives to promote activity throughout the day and school year. These include chiristmas disco, zoned playground games, the 10@10,school discos, Run around Europe, whole school walks, céilís, million step challenge, active week, whole school cycle to school day using the playground markings and having active rewards.
Teachers also use activity throughout the curriculum. For example maths trails, nature walks, tours of the school, Deir O Gradaigh as Gaeilge.
The girls competed in four games and displayed some excellent skill.
They showed great team working passing the ball around really well.
The defenders were excellent, blocking the ball and clearing it out.
Newtown won three of the four matches and lost out by the slimmest of margins for the Shield.
The girls should be extremely proud of their talents and sportsmanship.