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The staff and pupils of Scoil Mhuire Junior are gearing up for their 2019 Active Week starting on June 17th as part of the Department of Education and Skills and Healthy Ireland Initiative, which provides opportunities to bring physical activity into the classroom and school-yard. The school has been awarded with an Active Flag by the Department of Education and Skills because of its commitment to promoting and encouraging pupils to be more active and healthier with a wide range of annual activities. Active Week will be launched on Monday, 17th June with , Moorefield and Kildare Senior footballer, Adam Tyrrell at 9am, kick-starting a programme of physical activities , culminating with a School Fun Day. Co-ordinator, Rosarii Harty, in conjunction with the in-school organising committee hopes that the week will re-inforce the message that physical activity is not only good for you but it is also very enjoyable. The week provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the physical activity opportunities available in the locality as well as offering opportunities to work collaboratively with students, teachers and parents. Activities include GAA skills with coaches from both Sarsfield and Moorefield, gymnastics, dance activities with Brenda Malone, football skills training, yarn bomb trails, fun- run, visits by heritage expert and explorer, Vinnie Butler, bubble races as well as a series of in-class activities. Scoil Mhuire Junior is indebted to members of local sporting clubs and societies who volunteer their time and skills to make Active Week the most popular week in the school calendar and in particular its vibrant Parents Council who have fun-raised for the bouncy castles and many other treats during the year. It is hoped that this week will continue to improve attitudes of both children and parents towards physical activity and lay the foundations for positive, lifelong physical activity habits.
The running track has become a part of daily life in Scoil Mhuire Junior. It is used for movement breaks for all classes. The children love to down tools and get out for a run to clear the head!
We have also used the running track to complete 2 running challenges this year. The first challenge was for the whole school to collectively run 50km, the equivalent distance of running to Dublin Zoo. We called this ‘Run to the Zoo’ and were thrilled with the support we received from Dublin Zoo. We smashed the target and have since started the second challenge. This time we are running to The Giant’s Causeway. This means we need to run a total of 3760 laps, which is equal to 312km.
There has been lots of teaching and learning opportunities around this challenge both in terms of maths and also learning about the destination. It has also helped the children to improve their fitness levels while developing a love of running. To make it extra exciting, the class which runs the most laps each week is presented with ‘The Golden Boot’. This has proven to be a real incentive! Our pupils on the Active Committee take charge of counting the laps run each week as well as presenting the Golden Boot.