First class enjoy an ice-cream after their visit to the playground!
Congratulations to Oisín who played on the East Limerick Cumann na mBunscol team – winners of the Mackey Cup! Oisín played in the Primary Game in Semple Stadium Thurles during halftime of the Limerick v Tipperary match.
Congratulations to Laura who played in the Primary Game in the Gaelic Grounds during the Limerick and Clare match!
Looking good Laura and Oisín!
The Active School Flag process is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland which aims to get schools more active throughout the school day and within the local community. We are aiming to achieve our third Active Flag this year.
Physical Education Physical Education provides children with learning opportunities through the medium of movement and contributes to their overall development by helping them to lead full, active and healthy lives. In Scoil Mhuire Murroe we aim to focus on this area for development
- To provide active learning experiences to the children
- To benefit teaching and learning in our school
- To conform to principles outlined in the primary curriculum All pupils are provided with 60 minutes timetabled PE per week. We plan our PE lessons in line with the strands/strand units/content objectives for our class level: The strands across the P.E. Curriculum for all classes are: Athletics Dance Gymnastics Games Outdoor and Adventure activities Aquatics
All children have access to the six strands each year – Children from third to sixth have four swimming lessons in the first term each year in The Arena, University of Limerick. The instructors follow the PAWS programme and the children are awarded certificates on completion of their lessons. All classes have lessons on the Understanding and Appreciation of Aquatics- resources on the Irish Water Safety website are used to implement these lessons.
Physical Activity Our playground area consists of the basketball court and a tarmacadam and concrete area on the lower yard which are suitable for lunchtime play and PE classes throughout the year. We have grass areas to the front and the back of the school which are available to the children when the weather is dry. We have a running track which is in use throughout the year. Our GP Room is suitable for PE activities in wet weather. An enclosed courtyard area is suitable for gymnastics and small games. Children play a variety of games during breaks including basketball, soccer, skipping and walking or running around the track. We have a very good supply of PE equipment which is stored in the GP Room and is clearly labelled. It is easily accessible and any broken or damaged items are replaced regularly.
Partnerships Our Active School Committee comprises two pupils from 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th. They are involved in planning and implementing school initiatives which promote activity and enjoyment for all children. They carried out a survey to find out the clubs the children in the whole school belonged to. The results of the survey were outlined at school assembly and were taken into consideration when we were planning our Active School Week. We promote the local clubs and we celebrate the successes of the pupils at assemblies and on the Wall of Fame. We have a very supportive Parents’ Association who are always available to help with activities and fundraising. Fundamental Movement and Skills Programme – this programme is delivered by a local GAA coach and also the class teacher generally in the third term each year. Staff have completed an on-line course in the programme run by Setanta College and which was sponsored by the Murroe-Boher GAA club.
Active School Week Our school has enjoyed an Active School Week every year since we began the Active School Flag process. We have taster sessions to introduce new sports e.g. cricket and frisbee and visiting coaches from local sports clubs as well as the fun activities such as egg and spoon races and sack races. We have access to great local facilities e.g. the playground, the GAA grounds, the astro-turf and this year we went to the Pitch and Putt course for the first time.