It was Active Schools Week here in Ballyneale NS this week. All pupils took part in a variety of activities to improve their mental and physical health.
Busy Breaks were taught by the senior classes to the younger classes, relaxation and mindfulness took place throughout the class day, a soccer league was held at lunch time and the younger classes learned some new playground games. Secondary students are also completing a Sports Profile for all pupils in the school which includes details of their best long jump, standing long jump, ball throw, sprint, speed bounce and skipping.
Homework this week also included different physical activities to complete at home.
On Tuesday 3rd to 6th went on a hike through the woods near Kilcash Castle while on Wednesday pupils from 1st, 2nd, 5th and 6th went to Templeorum for a looped walk through native woodland on a local trailhead. A very big thank you again to parents who provided transport and helped out on these walks.
Thursday saw the whole school take part in our annual sports day. In the morning teams rotated to station games and in the afternoon we had the traditional races including the ever popular egg and spoon and sack races. Thank you to the Parents Association for providing healthy fruit and juices during the sports day and parents Nicola and Helen for helping out. Also thank you to past pupils and secondary students Hazel, Siobhán, Cillian Crowley, Jodie, Rachel and Cillian for setting up, running stations and tidying up at the end of the day.
Its been a busy week here at the school but one that every pupil enjoyed.
We had a great day at the cross country competition in Marlfield on Wednesday. There were lots of individual medals and team medals. Gold for Ava and silver for Annie! Silver for Erin and Seán and bronze for Maeve!
For team medals we had gold for the boys 3rd and 4th and for the girls 5th and 6th. Silver medals for the girls in the 3rd and 4th, bronze for boys in 5th and 6th.
Well done to all pupils who ran on the day.
Yesterday we had a sports day. We were divided into eight groups. First we did stations in our groups. The stations were; the welly throw, penalties, parachute games, dress-up, water relay, skittles, musical chairs, jenga, slow bike race, hoop throw and obstacle course.
After lunch we had races such as the sack race, egg and spoon, three legged race, relay races, sprints and cross country.
We had such an excellent day!!
By 5th and 6th Class
Courtesy of Helen and Nicola here’s a taster of some of the healthy foods they made for the kids:
Smoothie – yoghurt, berries, bananas, orange juice.
Juice – apple and carrot.
Sandwich – tuna and sweetcorn
Lettuce wrap with cream cheese, diced cucumber, red pepper and tomatoes.
Kebab Sticks – pineapple, grapes, kiwi, melon.
Snacks – nuts – almonds, dried fruit – prunes and cranberries.
Veg and Dips – carrots, celery, cucumber, red pepper, broccoli. Humous, cream cheese dips.
Mini oatcakes and rice cakes.