St. Mary's Primary School


Active School Week

Introduction | Active School Week | Physical Education | Physical Activity | Partnership

Our annual ASW took place from Mon. 1st to Friday 5th April. The ASF committee met and came up with many ideas to make the week fun and enjoyable. What an action packed week it was.

Monday commenced with skipping for all. The older classes were partnered with a younger class. Here we got to see the younger children being taught how to skip and the older girls showing off their tricks.

On Tuesday, a penalty competition with a difference took place. Each class teacher volunteered to stand in goal while the children took penalties on them. Mrs. Fitzgerald made an appearance and pulled off quite a few saves!! Each class cheered each other on and you can imagine the noise levels when a penalty was converted.

Tuesday also saw the large playground transformed into tennis courts for the morning. Shelly from the Causeway Tennis Club delivered some taster sessions.

Following on from that, Aislinn O’ Regan, a recent participant in the IWAS World Games came to visit. She spoke to the children about her athletics career to date and brought in her West Waterford Athletics club singlet and her Ireland singlet. Aislinn explained about her two events…shot putt and discus. They got to see her in action and some children even got to take part themselves.

Swimming lessons also concluded for 4th class.

On Wednesday, our attention turned to athletics. Our annual trials took place with sprints and long distance races being run off. Our active lines exercises came in very handy for our warm-up. Every pupil from 1st to 6th took part. Everyone crossed the finishing line with a smile on their face.

Our infants continued their hurling coaching with Katie and Dion from Dungarvan College. The infants enjoyed the warm-up games and picked up a few skills along the way.

Thursday was a hive of activity. Active lines took place after break with the infants.

Next, the junior infants walked to the local playground where they had great fun with their friends.

Our school camogie team cycled to their match in Dungarvan GAA pitch. They were unlucky on the day, but have a few matches remaining.

The children from first classes continued their hurling coaching with Conor and Stephen from Dungarvan GAA club. The coaches tell me that they are making great progress.

Swimming lessons finished for 3rd class on Thursday too.

Friday saw Lada return for her hugely popular zumba lessons. The music could be heard from the halla right up along the corridor.

Barry Dunne also came to visit us for hurling coaching on Friday. His enthusiasm was great and everybody got stuck in.

Throughout ASW, each class continued with our daily running initiative…the Tour of Europe. Active homework was given everyday and was enjoyed by all.


St Mary’s Primary School,
Youghal Rd, Dungarvan,
Co. Waterford

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